Sunday, June 29, 2014

My Girl

My Girl
Lyrics by the Temptations

I've got sunshine on a cloudy day
When it's cold outside, I've got the month of May
I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl, my girl, my girl
Talkin' 'bout my girl
My girl

I've got so much honey, the bees envy me
I've got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees
Well, I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl, my girl, my girl
Talkin' 'bout my girl
My girl

I don't need no money, fortune or fame
I got all the riches baby, one mommy can claim
Well, I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?

My girl, my girl, my girl
Talkin' 'bout my girl
My girl!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Shep and Emily, both at 4 1/2 weeks.

Friday, June 27, 2014

About Motherhood

A friend asked me the other day how I'm enjoying motherhood.  She wanted to know if I was
exhausted or elated.  This was my response:

It is tiring -- though to be honest the exhaustion didn't hit me until the past 1-2 weeks.  The first 3 weeks I kept thinking to myself "why aren't I more tired?!" especially since the first week I got no sleep.  As in maybe 5 hours in a whole week.  But I wasn't tired!  I guess it was just adrenaline carrying me through the first couple weeks.  Then around the end of week 3 or 4 I started getting tired towards the end of the day.  But to be honest, it's not that bad and you know how I loooooove my sleep.  It's funny how your body copes!

I am elated being her mommy.  I just can't believe how much I love her and how adorable and sweet she is.  I just want to stare at her and cuddle with her all day long.  Even when she's crying and cranky or fussy.... she's just so darn cute.  There are frustrating times for sure.... like when I can't calm her down and it makes me so sad to see her scream from gas pains, or not be able to put her back to sleep in the middle of the night.  But I just adore her and feel so lucky to have her in my life.

There definitely are things I miss about my pre-mommyhood days, most of which is more quality time with Shep.  We were super lucky that he had a 4 week paternity leave to stay home with Emily and me, but to be honest.... those 4 weeks passed by in a flash!  And although we spent almost all day every day of those 4 weeks home together, a lot of the time it felt like I didn't really get to see him.  I'd be in the bedroom feeding Emily and Shep would be in another room, doing laundry or getting dinner ready or watching a movie.  We were both home at the same time but we weren't really spending quality time with one another.  One night, pretty early in, I was standing in the kitchen and just felt a wave come over me.  I started crying and Shep asked what was wrong.  My response was that I missed him.  Yes, he was standing right there, but it was different.  I fully realize that we're a family of three now, so our couple time will definitely be more sparse, but after 5 years of marriage plus 4 years of dating {just the 2 of us!} it's going to take some getting used to.  But on the bright side, it will make the time we do get to share all the more special and enjoyable!  And we have a new person to share our days, time and love with!!


I came across this post this week and wanted to share it, for any other mommies-to-be or new mommies out there.  Although I'm only 1 month in, I can definitely relate to points 2, 3 and 5 made by the author.

Yes, it's hard at times, but it's SOOOO worth it.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hi from Em

LOL....LOL....Hey, it's Em!

So these two people taking care of me are HILARIOUS! Makes me laugh!! What's the guy's name? Chet? Schlep? He clearly has no idea what he's doing. The lady is nice, she feeds me. She seems to get really nervous for some reason when I do things like fling my head around or attempt to slide off my pack 'n play.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm really going to mess with them by screaming in my sleep. HAAAAAA!!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Double Digits!!

Guess who had her one month check-up today and reached double digits for weight?!  That's right ladies and gents, miss Emily weighed in at 10.0 pounds!  She's 21.75 inches long too!  Way to grow, baby!!!

Here's a photo of the unsuspecting little cutie pie... no idea she was on her way to the doctor.  My caption for this picture is the calm before the storm Hep B vaccine shot.

There was definitely screaming after her shot; a bit more screaming than last time which made Mommy sad.  But, luckily she calmed down within a couple minutes.... and then promptly passed out on the way home.

Getting measured and vaccinated is exhausting!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Carrier Conquered!

I've mentioned before that Emily loooooves to be held.  She will sleep forever in my arms, but that makes getting anything around the house done a bit challenging.  While I certainly love to sit and snuggle with my baby, between nursing, rocking and then holding her while she sleeps, hours and hours can go by without me ever leaving my chair.  I'm the first to admit that I'm a pretty lazy person and would love to sit around nuzzling Emily's head all day, but things need to get done!  ;)  A girl needs to feed herself!  And I need to feel like I'm accomplishing at least one thing every day {even if it's just feeding myself, writing a blog post or reading a book} in order not to feel like I'm turning into a sloth.

"Baby wearing" as it's called is a great solution to this challenge!  There are many different carriers out there that allow babies to be toted around, snuggled up to their mommy or daddy's chest, while leaving said adult's hands free to do what they need.  I received a Moby as a baby shower gift, and purchased an Ergo with infant insert on sale soon before Emily was born.  But try as I might -- which I did numerous times over the past couple weeks -- I just couldn't get Emily into either of them!  She'd fight and squirm while I tried to get her in and then if I was successful, she'd scream until I got her out.

Well, on Saturday evening Shep and I were FINALLY able to get her into the Ergo.  She fussed a little going in, but as soon as I got her situated, she passed out like a light!  She was exhausted from not sleeping enough that day, so I was so glad the Ergo did the trick to calm her down and put her to sleep.  We went for a nice long walk, picked up a few things from CVS, some dinner on the way home, and she slept the entire time!

Here she is, snug as a bug in a rug...

Mission = Accomplished!  Finally.  Hopefully I'll be lucky enough for a repeat performance in the future!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

1 Month Old!

Guess who's 1 month old!

It's hard to believe that a month has already come and gone!  On the one hand, it seems like just yesterday that we were anticipating our little one's arrival, and then holding her for the first time.  On the other hand, we already can't imagine life without Emily.  Each and every time I look at her sweet face, I feel an overwhelming sense of pride and joy.  To think that we created someone so beautiful is just amazing.

All About Emily at 1 Month:
  • Frequently gets hiccups {which she also got in utero!}
  • Has super soft skin.
  • Forms her lips into a tight circle that looks like a Cheerio -- this is my favorite face she makes!
  • Smiles and laughs when she sleeps and farts.... also smiles when you tickle her mouth with her burp rag!  She's smiling while awake more and more as she grows.
  • Is very curious -- loves to look around and especially out the window!  She also loves staring at the wood panels in our bedroom that forms rectangular shapes.
  • Growing so quickly!  My guess is that she already weighs over 9.5 pounds!
  • Doesn't like to sleep laying flat.  Within 5 minutes of laying her flat in her crib or her pack-n-play, she wakes up!  She'll sleep longer in her swing or her Rock-and-Play.... and longest in my arms!
  • Hates being swaddled!
  • Likes crossing arms across chest when fussy; likes putting arms up next to head when sleeping.
  • Has 2 chins and lots of rolls in her neck and thighs!  Love that chubbbb!!!
  • Grunts and turns red when pooping.
  • Can lift her head really high up and hold it during tummy time if she's alert and not fussy.
  • Can roll over onto her back from her tummy!
  • Keeps her hands in fists most of the time.
  • Loves scratching her face and neck with her razor sharp finger nails.  I like to call her Emily Scissorhands.  Despite clipping and filing her nails as often as I can grab them while she's calm, they grow like crazy!  That's why we try to keep hand mitts on her when possible.  :)
  • Likes to head butt Mommy & Daddy when we're holding her over our shoulder.
  • Eats on average every 90-120 minutes.
  • Sleeps ~12 hours a day on average.... this number should be higher so we're working on taking more naps during the day!
  • Hair is turning blonde.

Friday, June 20, 2014

4 Weeks New!!!!

Emily is almost 1 month old!  Yesterday marked 4 weeks since her birth, and she is growing like crazy!

Daddy is back to work as of today, so it's just me and my baby girl now!  I'm working on getting her to sleep a little more during the day because on average she clocks in a few hours of sleep less than her pediatrician would like her to get each day.  She's just so curious -- she wants to look around instead of closing her beautiful blue eyes!  Today I've tried to keep the apartment lights off and the bedroom curtains closed to make it a bit darker when I'm feeding her, which seems to have worked a little bit.  It's hard not playing with her as much when she's awake -- she's just so darn cute!!!  I could stare into those eyes, tickle her, and talk baby gibberish to her all day long.  But, sleep and health are more important than playtime with mommy.  So far she's napped a bit longer than normal today, so we'll see how this plan works out.... wish me luck!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Emily's Birth Story {Part 1}

Warning:  This post is loooooooooong.  Shep and I wanted to capture as much detail as possible so we could always remember how our little Emily entered the world.  Most of this is likely not interesting to anyone else but us, so apologies for boring you and feel free to skip over it!

Like many couples these days, in anticipation of our little one's arrival we created a "birth preferences" plan. Thanks to the plan we filled out, the childbirth prep classes we took, and some stories we'd read about labor and delivery, we knew generally what to expect.  But like most births, Emily's arrival didn't go exactly as expected.  Here is our birth story...

Emily was due on May 25.  Throughout the night of Tuesday, May 20th leading into Wednesday May 21st, I woke up with menstrual-like cramps.  This wasn't anything new -- I'd been feeling these kinds of cramps off and on during the night for a couple weeks -- but this time it was a bit more constant and kept me up most of the night, though there wasn't really anything with a stop or start that could be timed or tracked.  I just generally felt crampy.  Needless to say, the morning of Wednesday, May 21st I was feeling less than stellar and asked Shep to stay home from work with me, just in case anything started happening.  Around 10:30 that morning, I got what I thought could possibly be a first "real" contraction, but I wasn't sure!  Apparently {and despite our childbirth instructor's sermons to the contrary} it is not easy for everyone to tell the difference between a really strong Braxton-Hicks and a weak early labor contraction!  I experienced another similar feeling around 30 minutes later, and then again another 30-40 minutes later, so after the 3rd one we figured perhaps they really were contractions!  Around noon, I called our birth doula to let her know what was happening.  She said there was no need to keep timing at that point, unless they started feeling stronger or closer together.  She said I should go about my normal day, make sure to eat and stay hydrated, perhaps go for a nice walk, and to keep her posted.  But, by the early afternoon, the contractions began tapering off instead of maintaining a pattern.  Shep considered going into work for a partial day, but realized that by the time he'd get into the office he'd only have a few hours to work before heading back home, so he continued working from home for the remainder of the day while I sat around exhausted from not sleeping and feeling like a dope for keeping him home for a "false alarm".

I watched some television and tried to rest during the late afternoon, feeling more random contractions as the afternoon progressed.  Some of them started getting a tiny bit uncomfortable, though nothing I'd describe as painful -- but the duration and interval between them was all over the place.  All the materials we'd studied in childbirth prep class said that as labor progressed the contractions would start forming MORE of a pattern and get closer and closer together, while becoming more intense.  Well, not mine...

1:09 pm - 56 seconds
1:21 pm - 1 minute 5 seconds
1:23 pm - 1 minute 54 seconds
1:37 pm - 21 seconds
2:28 pm - 2 minutes 18 seconds
2:41 pm - 45 seconds
3:11 pm - 2 minutes 30 seconds
4:43 pm - 1 minute 8 seconds
4:44 pm - 3 minutes 11 seconds
4:54 pm - 22 seconds
5:23 pm - 1 minute 42 seconds
5:34 pm - 4 minutes 2 seconds
5:39 pm - 1 minute 19 seconds
5:43 pm - 42 seconds
5:50 pm - 2 minutes 6 seconds

The contractions that were lasting 3 and 4 minutes were especially confusing because nothing we'd learned about the early phase of labor indicated that they'd last that long.  In early labor, we were taught, contractions usually last 30-60 seconds and are 5-20 minutes apart.  Then in active labor, contractions can last 45-60 seconds long and are 2-5 minutes apart.  But mine were coming every 2 to 30 minutes and were lasting 20 seconds to 4 minutes long.  Shep looked on several websites that indicated such long contractions were "false labor" contractions, not real labor.  But they didn't exactly fit the description of Braxton Hicks either.  While they were only in my abdomen, they didn't stop or go away when I changed positions, and they did seem to be getting stronger.  We were stumped.

Shep made dinner around 6pm {my stomach was feeling pretty upset by this point so it was just   gnocchi with a tiny bit of butter for me} but by the time it was ready I began to get more painful contractions and didn't think I could eat.  I managed to take 2 bites of gnocchi, but that was it.  At this point, my contractions were even moreso all over the place -- lasting from 10 seconds, to 1 or 2 minutes!  They were also coming more frequently -- every 15 or so minutes.  It was hard to see a pattern, but the one thing they had in common was that they were now all painful to me.  Shep and I looked at the birthing class materials yet again.  Though we had originally assumed these were pre-labor contractions because they were so erratic, the one tell-tale sign of pre-labor contractions is that they are not painful, and these contractions were definitely hurting big time.

6:06 pm - 2 minutes 39 seconds
6:18 pm - 3 minutes 45 seconds
6:25 pm - 53 seconds
6:34 pm - 1 minute 25 seconds
6:41 pm - 10 minutes 42 seconds (!!)
6:55 pm - 51 seconds
6:56 pm - 19 seconds
6:56 pm - 50 seconds
7:00 pm - 6 minutes 57 seconds
7:10 pm - 53 seconds
7:18 pm - 5 minutes 10 seconds
7:25 pm - 42 seconds
7:33 pm - 3 minutes 22 seconds
7:44 pm - 54 seconds
7:49 pm - 2 minutes 18 seconds

So, I was having erratic contractions that were painful.  And by about 8 PM, they were increasing in duration {including the monster that lasted over 10 minutes} and becoming more painful with each one.  Using the contraction timer app, Shep told me that they were averaging about 2-4 minutes in length and coming every 5-7 minutes at this point.  We called our birth doula Annette around 8:15 and she recommended to drink a lot of fluids and take a warm bath.  She hypothesized that my contractions were coming in clusters due to my uterus being "agitated" {possibly the result of my vaginal exam two days earlier} and thought the bath would help to relax the uterus and regulate the contractions.  I drank tons of water and Shep ran a warm bath for me, which I stayed in for an hour, but the contractions kept coming and coming.

7:57 pm - 2 minutes 42 seconds
8:03 pm - 4 minutes 2 seconds
8:08 pm - 1 minute 23 seconds
8:10 pm - 1 minute 26 seconds
8:13 pm - 3 minutes 41 seconds
8:21 pm - 4 minute 56 seconds
8:28 pm - 2 minutes 48 seconds
8:33 pm - 30 seconds
8:38 pm - 3 minutes 39 seconds
8:45 pm - 1 minute 42 seconds
8:51 pm - 3 minutes 27 seconds
8:57 pm - 2 minutes 52 seconds
9:02 pm - 4 minutes 37 seconds
9:09 pm - 41 seconds
9:15 pm - 3 minutes 5 seconds
9:24 pm - 2 minutes 46 seconds
9:32 pm - 1 minute 43 seconds
9:36 pm - 1 minute 57 seconds
9:39 pm - 3 minutes 53 seconds
9:44 pm - 38 seconds
9:48 pm - 2 minutes 32 seconds
9:53 pm - 2 minutes 2 seconds
9:56 pm - 1 minute 13 seconds

By about 10 PM, Shep noted that I had been having contractions more often than not having contractions. We called our doula back who recommended we meet her at the hospital, instead of her coming to our home as we originally planned, since I was already in pain from the contractions and not getting any rest in between {which is the whole point of laboring at home as long as possible}. When I spoke to the on-call doctor and told her that my contractions were very close together and lasting 2 minutes on average, she replied "I've never heard of that", with a tone in her voice that made me think she didn't believe me!  Not exactly the reassurance I was looking for at that moment.  She then asked: "What do you want to do?" and I said I wanted to go in to the hospital.  She seemingly reluctantly agreed to call the hospital to let them know I'd be coming in, which is when the reality set in..... we were going to have our baby very soon!!!

Even though we already had our bags packed and ready to go, we still scrambled a bit in getting all our stuff to the car. You think you are ready for something like this but the reality is you are never 100% ready.  I quickly got dressed and grabbed 2 pieces of plain whole wheat bread to take with me while Shep threw some last minute items in our bags, and off we went!  While Shep pulled the car around to the front of our condo building, our front desk concierge sat with me, repeating over and over again that she was "so excited!".  After a mercifully short drive into Manhattan {thankfully long past the typical gridlock rush hour that plagues New York City} we arrived at the hospital at around 11 pm.  When we entered the lobby the security guard offered me a wheelchair, but I said I was fine to walk, even though I had to stop and take a few breaks on the way to the elevator.  Some nurses saw that I was in pain and even offered to help carry the 4 bags Shep was holding!  We zipped up the elevator to the 8th Floor, marked "LABOR AND DELIVERY" in big letters, to the reception area we'd been told to go to.... and it was empty.  Dark and deserted.  Shep started to get nervous, asking "where the f*** is everyone?!" but luckily a nurse walking by directed us to proceed straight to the nurses's station.  I handed the nurse my ID and insurance card, and looked at the clock.  It was 11:15 pm.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Happy Father's Day!!!

Today was a special day in our family, as it was Shep's first Father's Day as a daddy!  To mark the occasion, Emily got her daddy an extra special card:

And perhaps a gift or two as well.  Though no store-bought gift could ever possibly compare to the beauty we get to call our daughter!  She agrees.  ;)

Emily met her grandpa {Shep's dad} for the first time today!  We all went for a nice long walk this afternoon and out for a nice dinner too.  All of the casual outdoor restaurants we had in mind along the riverfront were packed so we ended up having to go to more of an upscale restaurant.  We were pretty nervous about our first "real" restaurant outing with Emily, but she was a star!!!  We put the bassinet from her stroller up on the booth next to me, and she slept through most of the meal.  Emily did wake up to join us for her own dinner for a bit, but then promptly dozed back off in my arm.  Luckily, I had a nursing cover with me, so I fed her while I ate one-handed, and even impressed the waitress with my multi-tasking abilities!  ;)  I couldn't believe how lucky we got that she was so calm for such a large chunk of time.... we even got dessert!!!  Of course, as is her M.O. these days, she started crying on our walk home, but all in all, it was a successful outing!

Happy Father's Day to all the great daddies out there!!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

3 Weeks New!!!

Guess who's 3 weeks old???

I can't believe our baby girl is already 3 weeks old!  She's growing sooooo fast!  Shep and I took her to get weighed for her 3 week birthday yesterday and she clocked in at 8 pounds, 15.5 ounces!  She also grew to 20.75 inches in length!  Of course nothing is as easy as you think it will be when a newborn is involved.... when we undressed her to get weighed she pooped multiple times and then peed ALL over the scale and then got poop on me when I picked her up.  We went through every wipe we had in the diaper bag.... and yes there was more than 1 in there this time.  ;)  It was a memorable day, that's for sure!

Emily's hair color seems to be getting lighter and her dry flaky skin has mostly come off.  Now her skin is smooth as velvet, which makes her extra cuddly!  Aside from growing, we had a fun milestone today.... she laughed what I think was her first non-gassy laugh!  I was playfully touching her nose with her burp cloth while making silly noises, and she smiled wide and audibly laughed!  It was so cute!!!

Emily's eyes have been open wide this week and she's very alert at certain points during the day.  She likes staring out the window and up at the ceiling.  She's been having a bit of a hard time sleeping the past couple nights, and has been crying and crying for most of the night the past 3 nights.  Wednesday night was especially hard.... I didn't get into bed myself until 6:30 am on Thursday morning.  It seems like more than the normal growth spurt crankiness, and we think it's due to gas pains {poor thing!} but she's hanging in there.  At our pediatrician's recommendation, we started her on some gas drops today so we'll see how that works.  Shep and I are reallllly hoping this is just temporary digestive gas and not colic... which Shep had as a baby!  If you have any extra fingers to keep crossed on our behalf, we'd appreciate it.  ;)

We haven't been able to get outside for as many walks as we'd like this week due to the very rainy weather we've been having, so we're hoping for some sunshine this weekend!

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend and a great Father's Day!!!

Monday, June 9, 2014

18 Days New

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Chubby Cherub

Today I slept in my crib for the first time! It was just for a portion of my nap…. after I fell asleep on Mommy’s shoulder.  But, when I woke up after being in my crib for about 10 minutes, I didn’t cry, and I even fell back asleep on my own!  Later in the day, I did tummy time with Daddy and flipped from my stomach to my back by myself again! Mommy and Daddy can’t believe how strong I am at only 2.5 weeks old!  Mommy and Daddy put me on my activity mat after tummy time but I mostly just looked under the couch instead of up at the animals.  I'm pretty easily entertained, so looking under a couch kept me busy for a few minutes!

In the evening before sunset, we went out for a nice walk through town. I slept in my stroller bassinet almost the entire time, but woke up screaming my head off when we were about 10 minutes from home because I was STARVING!  Mommy and Daddy ran home with me as fast as they could, and once I got my dinner I was happy again!

I'm eating every 90-120 minutes, and it shows!  My face has rounded out and I have some chub on my arms and thighs.  Mommy said that she will love all my chins though, no matter how many I have!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Growth Spurt

I think our little girl has outgrown her Newborn-sized diapers! The Size 1s are still a bit loose but the Newborn-sized ones are very snug around her thighs, which are getting adorably chubby!

We’ve definitely noticed some more signs of the fussiness that the pediatrician warned us about this week!  I guess this is officially her first growth spurt!

In other news, she also spent a lot of time awake and alert today, which is a new experience for us, and was quite fun!  Today during tummy time Emily rolled from her tummy on to her back!  That kiddo is quite strong {in addition to being adorable}!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

2 Weeks New!!

Today was a big day! First, we went out to some stores to return a couple baby items that I don't need. Before we even left the building though I started crying for food, so Mommy had to feed me in the lounge of our apartment building! That was her first time nursing in public, though she was glad nobody was around to see. Once we got to Babies ‘R Us, I had a poop diaper so Mommy had to change me in the public restroom … another first!  She was a little nervous but everything went pretty smoothly… despite Mommy only having 1 wipe in the diaper bag -- yikes, rookie mistake!   Mommy and Daddy bought me some girly crib sheets and outfits at Babies ‘R Us and then we went to Kohl’s where I got my first Kohl’s cash {and a cute outfit that says I love my Daddy}! After Mommy and Daddy ate lunch at Panera we came home. We were out for almost 3 hours and I was pretty good and slept most of the time, but did have some crying spells!

Once we got home, after I ate, Mommy and Daddy tried to make some clay hand and foot prints with me, but that didn't work out so well…. They tried and re-tried for what seemed like forever, but I kept squirming and closing my hands and curling my feet up.  I'm so silly!

In the evening, I had my first water bath!   Daddy climbed into the big jacuzzi tub with me and laid me on my blue fishy bath pad.  I cried a little bit, but it was pretty quick! Mommy and Daddy were so excited they took a bunch of photos of me! Once I was nice and clean, mommy gently brushed my hair {which I looooed} and Daddy put me in a white frilly dress he bought me at Target last week. He wanted me all dressed up for my 2 week birthday pictures!

{click to enlarge}

After my little photo session, Mommy and Daddy ate a fancy dinner that Daddy's co-workers had catered for them as a congratulatory gift for my arrival.  Don't worry, that pink stuff Mommy's drinking is just juice.  ;)

All in all, it was a pretty exciting day!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sleeping Beauty

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Look at me grow!

Today was my second check-up with my pediatrician and my weight has gone up to 8 pounds, 8.5 ounces -- which means I get an A+ in eating!  Hooray for me!!!  To celebrate the occasion, mommy and daddy took a photo of me on the brand new blanket that my cousins Lauren & Natalie sent me.  Isn't it pretty?  But who are we kidding.... mommy and daddy will use any excuse to take my photo!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Baby Hunches

As you know, we decided not to find out whether Emily was a boy or girl before she arrived.  I didn't realize until we announced our pregnancy how very uncommon it is these days for parents to choose to wait until the birth to find out the sex of their baby.  Once I started paying attention though, I realized that almost everyone I met wished to find out their baby's sex as soon as scientifically reliable -- if not sooner!  The first question everyone asked upon learning we were expecting was "When are you due?"; the second was "Is it a boy or a girl?".  When we'd reply with a smile that we didn't know and were waiting to be surprised, some people looked at us like we were completely out of our minds!  We received the occasional "how fun!" response, but many people simply couldn't fathom how or why we were going to wait!  That's when the guessing games began...

Each relative, friend, colleague or stranger in Starbucks had their own guess as to whether we'd be bringing home a baby boy or baby girl.  Some of the guesses were based on gut instincts, some based on visions in dreams, some based on old wives' tales, and some.... well who knows.  ;)  One of the baristas in Starbucks recently guessed that I was having a girl because I was the third pregnant woman to stop in that day and the first two were having girls; one of which was also wearing a striped shirt like me.  Therefore, I must also be having a girl.  I smiled politely while I thought to myself that I must have missed the genetics class where human sex chromosomes were a reflection of summer attire....

The more people started guessing though, the funnier it became.  Everyone was convinced that their guess was right, and their rationale foolproof.  Even though one person would guess that I was having a boy because of the way my stomach looked or a certain symptom I was having, and the very next person would guess I was having a girl based on the same exact way my stomach looked or the same exact symptom, the guessers stood behind their logic!  That's when I realized we had to record this info for posterity.  ;)
Enter our Baby Hunches poll.  I know I've mentioned the poll before, and many of you have participated in it!  But, now that Emily is here it's time to see who the big winner was, and I SWEAR this was not rigged...

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There are 2 very ironic things about this:

(1) I never win anything.  Seriously.  Shep is the one with the good luck in this family.... I'm the one with bad luck!  I blame it on the 2 mirrors I broke back in 2005...

(2) Though everyone else in our lives had strong feelings about the sex of our little one, throughout the pregnancy, I couldn't really figure out one way or the other whether I had any gut instincts about the baby being a boy or a girl.  At first, I had a feeling it was a boy.  Then, I thought it might be a girl.  But towards the end of the 2nd trimester I realized I didn't really have a super strong feeling either way, so sort of gave up trying to guess.  Yet, in the baby poll, not only did I guess the sex right but I also guessed the EXACT weight and height, and was less than 12 hours off on the date/time of birth.  Seeing those results after the fact amazed me!!!  I guess maybe I had some pretty strong hunches of my own after all; I just didn't know it at the time!

10 Days New

I cannot stop taking pictures of this kid.... She is just too darn cute!!!

We are getting along pretty well so far.  Emily is still eating like a champ, makes the most adorable faces, and constantly surprises us with the interesting noises she makes.  :)  She only takes cat naps lasting about 60-90 minutes if we're lucky throughout the day and night, so we're running low on sleep, but hanging in there.  I think I only slept a total of 10-12 hours the entire first week of her life.  Surprisingly, I don't feel super sleep deprived, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time before it hits me like a brick, so the past couple days I've tried to take little naps after I feed her while daddy holds and cuddles her.

Today was a sunny, warm say, so we went out on our first long walk in her shiny new stroller.  She slept nearly the entire time, waking up on the way home because she was hungry.  I was a bit hesitant to take her out so soon, but when we left we saw 2 other babies from our building born the same week as her out and about for their own strolls, so that made me feel a bit better.  We kept a shade over her so that the sun didn't bother her and strangers couldn't really see or get near near her to touch her.  It was a nice change of scenery getting out of the apartment, even though it seemed going on that 1 mile walk required more planning and time coordination than a NASA rocket launch.  ;)

As for me, I'm finally starting to feel more myself, physically.  After having super-sized swollen feet and ankles for over a week, they're finally back down to size.  I was also able to wear my wedding ring today for the first time in 2 weeks, which is nice.  My after pains have seemed to simmer down and I no longer need to take Motrin every day, so that's a relief as well.  And, I can finally climb into my {unusually high} bed without the help of a step stool.... score!  Emotionally, I'm definitely still experiencing the lovely postpartum hormone shift which has me tear up very easily, but that's to be expected.  Overall, I think I'm on the right track to recuperation with no major complaints!

I'll be back later this week with Emily's birth story details and to announce the winner of our baby hunch poll!  In the meanwhile, HAPPY JUNE TO YOU!!!
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