Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A few new shots.

Here are a few shots I've taken the last few days.

Emma is starting to spend a lot more time awake, and her eyes are opening wider everyday.

She loves to stare at the back of the couch. Oh, and this is her in the other sleep sack I knitted.

I love the black t-shirt with the bright pink diaper. Don't mind my blindingly white belly!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Some pictures from home.

Here are a few pictures I took at home the first few days. Most of these were taken not so much to show off Emma, but to show off whatever else is in the picture.

Emma in her infant-size Tinkle Trap diaper.

In the Galaxy sleep sack I knitted.

Wrapped up in the bamboo velour blanket I sewed and dyed.

Screaming in a too-big diaper cover.

In the longies I knitted for her.

Hiding from the world....

Okay, that's it for now. Enjoy!

Monday, August 17, 2009

At the hospital...

I promise that one of these days I will get the birth story typed up. It's too crazy NOT to share. In the meantime, I thought you all would enjoy some pictures I took of Emma in the hospital.

I kept calling her a lightbulb when she was wrapped up like this.

The hat that wouldn't stay on.

Her temperature was low, so they wrapped her up in a big crib blanket. All you could see was her hat poking out the top.

See, she's really in there!

In her first cloth diaper. A preemie prefold with a Snappi.

Sticking out her tongue.

With her eyes open.

Sucking her thumb. She did this a few times in the hospital, and tries to do it at home too.
Up from home.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

She's Here!!!

Emmalee Jake Hudson
August 14th, 2009 at 6:12 a.m.
6 lbs 11 oz, 18 inches

Birth story to come....

Friday, August 14, 2009

No-Baby-Yet Update

So I thought I'd jump on and give you all a quick update before I head to bed.

I had a doctor's appointment this evening. She said I was a "good 2 cm," which isn't all that spectacular. The baby's head is down, but not stuck or anything. When she did the exam, she said she could poke the baby's head and she didn't float away or anything. She just hasn't fully dropped yet.

She told me to make an appointment for next Thursday. But while I was doing that, she came out and told me to make it for Tuesday instead. So what I'm hoping is that when I go in on Tuesday, if I've made enough progress, that they will tell me to come to the hospital on Wednesday and they will break my water (like they did with Zeke).

So, that's it for now. Nothing too exciting to report!

I'll let you know more on Tuesday.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Baby preparations.

I just thought I'd write a quick post to share how things are going in the baby department.

I had a doctor's appointment last Thursday, and nothing much was happening labor-wise. The baby hasn't even dropped yet, even though everyone thinks she has when they see how low my belly is. I haven't had any real contractions, and it doesn't feel as if anything is going on. Of course, it was the same with Zeke, and I walked around at 3 cm dilated for a few weeks with him. I've started trying to walk everyday, hoping to get things moving. Better late than never, right? I have another appointment this Thursday, so I will let you know if anything is happening.

As for housely/crafty/hospital preparations, most of that is taken care of. We rearranged our bedroom this weekend and got the bassinet all ready to go. All of the baby clothes are washed and put away. Diapers are all prepped and ready for a tiny tushy to wear them. I have to baby yarn projects waiting to be finished. I'm crocheting a blanket, and I'm definitely taking my time on it. I've got 11 rows left to go, but I figure I have until about September before it really NEEDS to be done. I'm also working on knitting a wool diaper cover, but that is on hold until some new needles get here (hopefully sometime this week). The baby's bag for the hospital is all packed, but mine isn't. I'm still wearing the clothes I want to take with me on a regular basis, so I'm not sure how that will work out. The carseat is all ready to go; I just need to put it in the trunk of the car. Arrangements have been made for childcare and hospital visits. Well, as well as arrangements can be made when you have no idea when the blessed event will actually occur!

On the baby gear front, we have most of what we need. We still have the carseat, bassinet, crib, bouncy seat, and swing from previous kids. We have lots of adorable pink and purple baby clothes (thanks, Dani!!!) in the smaller sizes. Plus, we still have the majority of Zeke's clothes, in case the ultrasound wasn't right! There are only two (big-ish) purchases left to make. I'm going to need a bigger diaper bag, now that we will have two in diapers. I've got a bag that I could make work, but it's kind of a pain in the butt. I was looking at the large L.L.Bean Touring Travel Bag today, and it seems like it would really work for our needs. Plus, it's definitely in my price range! There is one bag I would like, the Ju-Ju-Be Packabe, but it's a lot of money for a diaper bag. And thinking about the other piece of baby gear I'd love to have, I'm not sure the Packabe would be a good diaper bag choice. Hmm. I will have to think about that one.

The other baby gear item I'm dreaming of is a baby carrier. I would love to be able to strap the baby to me, instead of leaving her in the carseat all the time. I would also love to be able to carry Zeke on my back, just to keep him corralled in certain situations. I was originally looking at the Ergo carriers, but from things I've read and people I've talked to, I think the Beco Butterfly 2 is a better choice for our needs (plus, they have WAY CUTER fabric choices!). It sounds like the Beco is easier to use with a newborn (the infant insert comes with it, instead of having to be purchased separately), the back is higher, which makes it easier to carry a toddler, and the design is better for wearing smaller babies on your back. Of all the prints on that site, I think my favorite is Anna, followed by Hannah, with River coming in a close third. But. With the Beco's being even more expensive than the too expensive diaper bag, I'm pretty sure getting one of these carriers is just a pipe dream. I would love to have on as soon as possible (I'm already dreaming of having one on the first day of school to keep Zeke under control while getting the kids settled), but maybe we can use Christmas money or something to buy one.

Anyway. Sorry. I'm rambling now. I think I need some caffeine. Or a nap. Or something! Just thought I'd give y'all an update. See you later!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

The bite that never happened.

This is a picture of Tyner and his friend Luke, holding the rattlesnake that was a foot from my daughter.
Apparently while everyone was setting up the camping stuff, the kids were riding their bikes. Sierra stopped her bike by a bush and put her foot on the ground, and saw a snake slither into the bushes. She told one of the guys that she saw it, and he came over and saw that it was a rattlesnake. He grabbed a boat oar and pounded on it. Then he cut the head off. Apparently the kids all had a good time playing with the dead snake.

Jason cut the rattle off and they brought it home with them. What a souvenir from the first Bible Study Summer Camping Trip.