Monday, December 8, 2008

4 months old!

Weight: 11 lbs 12 oz (10th %)
Height: 23.25 in (20th %)
Head: 39.5 cm (15th %)
Monkey rattle
Activity mat
Bouncy seat
TV (Yikes! Taking after mom and dad already... trying not to let her watch it yet)
Minky blanket
People singing to her
Tummy time
Getting out of the bath
Being strapped into the carseat
Riding in the car
Being held for a long time (she's getting better, but is still not a cuddly baby- very independent!)
Cold hands

I chose to put loves and hates instead of likes and dislikes b/c Maddie is very opinionated. She is generally either very happy or very mad (or very sleepy which leads to very mad).

Time for a much overdue blog update. Today my little girl is 4 months old!!! I can't believe 4 months have already gone by...and at the same time, I feel like I've been a mom forever now. Maddie is really starting to interact with us a lot, which is so rewarding. And the colic seems to be starting to go away too, which makes Mom and Dad VERY happy! She still has her days, and by no means is a laid back baby, but she now has entire days without meltdown hours long screaming fests- so there's improvement :). She's even started enjoying sitting in her bouncer some, which is nice- still no luck with the swing though.

She is just the smiliest little girl in town in the mornings, and loves to smile almost as much as she loves to cry- sometimes doing both at the same time! She's on the verge of laughing, she's got the motions down and just needs to add the sound. She is grabbing toys with both hands and shoving everything she can in her mouth, which I think makes her look like a very grown up baby :). Tummy time is still quite hated in our house, so she doesn't have the strongest head or arms yet, but she's working on it.

At 3 months, breastfeeding was still very painful, so I decided to switch to exclusively pumping. Unfortunately, my supply doesn't quite match up with her demand while pumping, so we have had to supplement with formula more than I would like. But she is still getting mostly breastmilk, which is important to me, as much as I hate pumping! We will try breastfeeding again in a couple of weeks. If successful, I plan to nurse until she weans or 2 years, whichever comes first. If unsuccessful though, I will probably start weaning at 6 months when we start solids.

Maddie continues to be a great sleeper, hooray! We had a few weird weeks where she was wanting to go to bed at 5pm, and waking up 2-3 times a night after that, but for the past week has switched back to once a night again. She sleeps from about 9/10pm to 5/6am, and then goes back to sleep until 8-8:30. Not bad at all! She usually takes a long nap in the late morning and then a couple of shorter naps in the afternoon too.

I've recently joined a playgroup so Maddie can start socializing a bit (and me too!) now that she's more aware of her surroundings. Obviously she can't really play with other babies yet, but she loves to sit on my lap or lay on the floor and watch the older babies play. And it's always nice to spend some time out of the house where a crying fit doesn't mean we have to leave :).

I'm really going to try and update this thing more often, I'll aim for once a week. But as always, I am pretty good about putting pictures on her shutterfly site on a regular basis. That's it for now- Mom needs to eat some lunch before Maddie's morning nap is over!

Friday, October 31, 2008

First Halloween!

Well, we couldn't find any costumes small enough to fit Maddie, but here are pics of her first Halloween anyway!

Her "little monster" t-shirt

Doing her best little monster impression

Time to go out for dinner!


Alright, Halloween is pretty boring, I'm going to sleep!

Notice the My First Halloween rattle...we weren't going to get it, but then she smiled when we handed it to her....this little girl isn't going to be spoiled at all!!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

2 month appointment!

Maddie turned the big .17 on Wednesday! We celebrated by taking her to the pediatrician for her first vaccinations. She got DTaP, HepB, and Polio, but they were all combined in one shot, so she just got one stick. I'm one of those crazy granola moms who insists on spacing out baby vaccinations, so we'll be going back next month for two more shots. In fact, she'll be getting shots every month for about the next 7 months :(. She screamed when she got the shot (although I think she was mostly just mad that the nurse had to straighten her leg out), but immediately settled down after I picked her up, so it wasn't too bad.

Speaking of granola, I'm happy to announce that we are switching to cloth diapers! I'm really excited about it, and I'll be posting pictures of her in her very adorable diapers once we get the hang of them. And for those of you that haven't seen/heard of/used a cloth diaper in 10+ years, I promise I'm not crazy! They've come a long way and are much easier to use than the old fashioned cloth options.

Here are the 2 month stats!
Weight: 9 lbs 1.5 oz (10th percentile)
Height: 21.75 inches (25th percentile)
Head: 36.4 cm (5th percentile- pea head)
Her growth has slowed down since that first month, but she was still below the 5th percentile at 2 weeks, so we're happy with her growing!

Maddie has also started almost sleeping through the night! She now sleeps from about 10pm-4am, and then from about 4:30am-8am. Not bad at all for such a little monkey! Her mommy is thrilled to be getting such a long stretch of sleep, but her Daddy is missing that 2 am feeding a little bit. But I have a sneaking suspicion that he doesn't mind sleeping through the whole night again.

We are in Greenville for the weekend, and Kat is home so lots of pictures will be forthcoming!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

It's October...where's my candy?

Long time no blog! Turns out this whole "having a baby" thing keeps a person really really busy. And tired. Go figure! Maddie is doing great. She is gaining weight like a champ- she's even starting to outgrow some of her newborn sized clothes (those preemie clothes are soo last month). She is still a hungry hungry hippo, but this week she has dropped a nighttime feeding, much to the delight of her mom and dad. Her nighttime "schedule" is now to nap from about 6:30-9 (very convenient for when we go out to dinner), wake up, bath, eat, then to bed for the night. She wakes up around 1am and 5 am to eat, but quickly falls back asleep after these feedings. Then she either sleeps until about 6:30 or 8 (Mommy prefers the 8am wake up call).

Breastfeeding is still pretty hard and we haven't quite got it down pat yet, but it's certainly gotten a lot better and hopefully will just get easier from here. Maddie recognizes our voices now and smiles when we come to pick her up after a nap or when Daddy comes home from work. She is also smiling at her favorite toys- a pink poodle, a mirror and of course her #1 fave- the ceiling fan. She has a little activity mat that she loves to lay on and look at all the pretty animals and colors. She's fascinated by faces and likes to practice imitating all the expressions she sees.

We think (and hope and pray) that we've gotten through the worst of the colic...this week she has pretty much been crying from about 3-6:30, but other than that she tends to be pretty well behaved. It's 3:15 now, so I better hurry up and finish this update! I think that's about it...her 2 month check up and first vaccinations are next Friday, so we'll find out how much she weighs/has grown then. And although this blog has been sadly lacking, I do post updated pictures to her picture site pretty regularly, so check there for your Maddie fix!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Hungry Hungry Hippo

I have a feeling I'll be seeing this face a lot in about 13 years.

I took Maddie to the pediatrician today to get her checked out b/c she's been acting a little fussy lately (and by fussy, I mean screaming and writhing in pain after every feeding). The bad news is the doctor thinks she has reflux. The good news is she may not be possessed by the devil after all. We have some meds to try, so hopefully she'll be feeling better soon. She weighed 7lbs today!!! This is great progress. Average weight gain for her age is around 1 oz/day. She has gained 21 oz in 13 days, so she really is trying to catch up to all the other babies! She gets the competitiveness from her daddy.

That's pretty much the only new news. She is having more awake periods during the day, and I can tell that she is getting a lot more interested in the world around her. I will catch one of her big grins on camera soon- they are ridiculously cute! In the meantime, if anyone has some extra sleep laying around, send it our way!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Couple of cute pictures!

Grandmother, house cleaner, laundry folder, bottle feeder, diaper changer and cook extraordinaire!

Look at that fat little face! She's bound and determined
to catch up with all the other babies in weight.

That hat is still too darn day she will grow into it!

Tummy time!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Nursery is finished!

In honor of Maddie's supposed due date, the nursery is done! Well, actually I still have a few more frames to buy for the flash cards, and I need to order some pictures of Maddie to replace the generic photos on her hutch....but other than that it's done! She's still sleeping with in our room right now, but we spend a lot of time in the nursery rocking her, so I'm happy to have it done.


Adorable wall letters!!! Made by the very talented Pami. I just
sent her some pics of the nursery and she came up with this!
She is just starting up her own business and her
website is she is awesome!artistic shot from Kat

This sign is not a joke.

Friday, August 22, 2008

She's huuuuge

Happy 2 weeks to Maddie! She had a doctor's appointment today and it went really well! Well, actually she started screaming to be fed on the way there (even though I fed her right before we left), and even though I fed her in the car before going inside, she still cried the whole time we were in the waiting room. Then she peed on my hand/all over the floor when I was putting her on the scale to be weighed. And then had to be fed again before the doctor came in. But it was our first trip out alone, so I guess overall it went well!

She is up to 5 lbs 11 oz today! And is almost 19 inches long. So all that eating she's been doing (and let me just tell you- this child is exactly like her mommy...if she's awake, she needs to be eating to be happy) has done a lot of good. I guess that makes me sacrificing my sleep worth it! She's been eating pretty much every 1-2 hours most of the day and night, with a couple of 3 hour stretches thrown in there (and sometimes one of those even happens at night!). She's kind of a slow eater too (again, just like mommy) so she's somewhat of a permanent fixture on my chest. I guess she's got a little catching up to do. Breastfeeding has been our biggest challenge so far, with the frequent feeding and some latching issues it's been painful. But I'm hoping it will be second nature soon, and I think we are getting the hang of it.

Everything is going well! Mom was here for the first week and half and cleaned the house from top to bottom and kept us full of delicious meals (and she changed just a few stinky diapers too). Dad and Kat came back up last weekend and Dad did a ton of yard work and Kat took more great pictures! So we had lots of help during that first tough week. I am feeling really good though, much better than I thought I would so soon after the c-section, so we are now figuring out how to take care of the baby (and ourselves) on our own. So far so good, although I'm sure I'll be wanting mom to come back and visit soon- with all the cooking she does it's easy to keep this weight on! Mike and I are definitely missing that thing called sleep, but I think we're just going to have to wait a few months (or maybe years!) to sleep through the night again. I'm just looking forward to the night when 2 hours of sleep in a row is no longer so exciting.

Maddie is just the cutest and sweetest little baby around! We love just sitting and watching her make funny faces in her sleep. She's getting more and more alert and I know she is going to change so much in the next few weeks! I will try and keep the blog updated as much as I can. I am also trying to upload pictures every few days so I can show off her adorableness! I have put all of her pictures on a website- and the password is maddiegrace.

Thank you SO much to everyone for the calls and cards and gifts and words of encouragement and congratulations. Maddie is such a blessing and we can't wait to introduce her to everyone!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Maddie has left the uterus!

In case you haven't heard yet, Madeline Grace was born at 11:20 am on August 8th! My water broke in the middle of the night, and we got to the hospital about 7am that morning. They confirmed that labor had actually started and then checked to see if Maddie was still breech- she was! So they put me on the fast track to a c-section and she was born a few hours later. The actual c/s wasn't too bad. Mike was in the operating room with me and when they took Maddie out they moved the scale/warmer so that we could see her the whole time she was being weighed and checked out. She weighed 4 lb 10 oz (although they weighed her twice to make sure b/c she didn't look quite that small). Then Mike got to sit beside me and hold her for the remainder of the surgery.

She came with us into the recovery room, where I was able to start breastfeeding and eating right away. They took her to the nursery about an hour later for her bath and pictures. My parents and Kat arrived and went up to the nursery with Mike to see her! When she came back from the nursery, they reported that she was 18 inches long and in the nursery she weighed 5 lb 4 oz, so her real birth weight is likely in between those two numbers.

We were lucky to be able to leave the hospital on Sunday afternoon, which we were really happy about b/c hospitals are not fun! Of course we are still not getting much sleep at home, but I'd rather not sleep in my own bed.

Maddie is just perfect! She is so adorable and it's easy just to sit around all day watching her sleep. I never put my camera down! We are working on getting her to sleep at night too- right now she has her days and nights a bit mixed up. Breastfeeding has been a bit of a challenge, but we had a lactation consultant come out and that's helped a lot. I was feeling really good the first couple of days after the surgery, but I think I did too much too soon and I'm paying for it now. Luckily my health seems to be doing pretty good, which will hopefully stay true for a while b/c coughing has been the most painful part of recovery so far.

Here are some pictures! Here's a link to some from the hospital:
And if you're friends with Kat on facebook, she took a ton of great pictures that she has posted there.

Here are a couple of my faves!:

goofy baby
baby burrito!

sporting the cool hair after her first bath!

first bath!


teeny fingers

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

One more thing...

Mike and I have officially placed our bets on how much Maddie will size, so feel free to "weigh" in (hardee har har) with your guesses!

Me: 6 lbs 14 oz, 18.5 inches
Mike: 7lbs 4oz, 18 inches

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

37.5 weeks!

Update time! I had my external version last Tuesday and I think "sucky" really sums it up. How's that for showing off my vocabulary? We got to the hospital at 9 and they couldn't find my chart, so I wasn't even hooked up to the monitors until about 10. It took the doctors another hour and a half to make their way into the room to do the version. I was surprised by how much it hurt. It definitely surpassed uncomfortable and was quite painful, but it helped that it wasn't indefinite pain. They took a break after a couple of minutes b/c Maddie's heartbeat was dropping. It bounced back quickly, so they tried for a little bit longer. They weren't able to get her all the way turned though, just halfway. They were hoping she'd stay sideways and then go head down once I went into labor, but no such luck. She turned back up in less than an hour!

They continued to monitor both of us for another couple of hours. Maddie's heartbeat was fine almost immediately after it was over, but they were a little concerned b/c mine was really fast (it stayed in the 120's-140's the whole time we were there) and I was having a few contractions. I grew increasingly cranky b/c I hadn't eaten anything since the night before and they wouldn't let me have anything to eat/drink until they were sure I wasn't going into labor. So all in all it was not a good experience, but I don't regret trying it. I'm sure I would've felt a lot differently about it if it had worked!

So at my appointment yesterday we went ahead and scheduled my c-section for Tuesday, August 19th. It's scheduled for 11:30, but obviously women who are in labor and/or need an emergency c/s will be more of a priority, so there is no telling what time it'll actually happen. Based on my other experiences at UNC, we should expect to have her by Friday.

And of course there is still a chance that she could flip and I will be able to go into labor...fingers are crossed! But she sure does seem to like the position she is in. I can't say I blame her. I'm not a big fan of being upside down either.

But at least we have a real end in sight! I know my mom is laughing at me now, but I was just sure that I was going to have her in early August. I am glad we were prepared for her to be early though, b/c I am not at all stressed out and I'm enjoying the last few weeks b/c everything is done and ready to go. As long as I spend most of the day resting I am feeling really great! So she can hang out in there as long as she wants (especially if she is just waiting to flip!). My nesting instinct has come and gone. I'm hoping it'll make at least one more appearance so I can get the house nice and clean before I never have time ever again :P.

I also know that a few people have asked about good hotel options for coming to visit the baby, so here are a couple of options. Raleigh actually has a surprising lack of good hotels, but either of these would be a good choice.
Brier Creek Hampton Inn- brand new, supposed to be really nice. It's in a great area with lots of restaurants and shopping. It's on the way to our house if you're coming from 85N/40E, but it's about 20-25 minutes away.
Capital Blvd Hampton Inn- a little older, but we've driven past it and it looks pretty nice. Near lots of restaurants and shopping and less than 10 minutes from our house.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

My homage to the 50's housewife

Updated belly pic, which I like to call "Barefoot and Pregnant in the Kitchen."
Also- I got so excited when I saw this on the scale tonight that I had to whip my camera out....woohoo! That means I've now gained 15 lbs from pre-pregnancy weight, but almost 25 since 1st trimester! My original goal was to hit 140, and I might not make that but I'm really happy with my progress in the last couple of weeks. I can be seen outside of various Triangle Chick-fil-a's shooting up insulin before heading in for a delicious, chock full of awesome calories chocolate shake.
The moxibustion hasn't worked yet- but luckily for me no neighbors have called the police reporting their pregnant neighbor outside smoking pot. My acupuncturist gave me his number for them to call in case that happened- guess it's a common occurrence! Luckily I have my handy dandy mini fan to keep all the gross smoke away from my lungs.

That's it for now. For the first time since I've been pregnant, I allowed myself a half glass of wine with dinner(no worries, it's doctor approved) and it's got me ready for bed! And can I just say that wine seems to be much more effective than Tylenol for relieving that back pain. I'm already looking forward to my first post-delivery martini! Or maybe they'll serve one up in the hospital before my version on Tuesday morning? One can only dream....

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tuesday update!

I went for my weekly appointment this morning. I had another growth ultrasound, and everything looks really good. Maddie weighs about 5 lbs 2 oz now, and is in the 18th percentile for growth. Assuming the measurements are correct (they can be off by about a pound in either direction), she should be about a 7 -7.5 lb baby, which is a perfect size! She again refused to show her face or privates, so for all we know she's a boy with 2 noses, but at least her measurements look good. And they love to tell me about all the hair she has- at this point I'll be disappointed if she has anything less than an afro!

She is still breech though- booo! I will be starting moxibustion today or tomorrow, after I meet with an acupuncturist to learn how it works. It seems a little far fetched to me, but my doctor recommended it and I'll try anything at this point! I mean really- right now I am laying upside down a few times a day with a bag of frozen veggies on my fundus and a heating pad plus music set up at my cervix- can't get much crazier than that. If that doesn't work, they have me scheduled for an external version next Tuesday morning, which I'm a tad nervous about. But I'm sure UNC does them every day, and both Maddie and I will be closely monitored the whole time.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Here are some pictures of the nursery! I am so close to being done. Just waiting on three things-

1.crib skirt and bumpers to be finished (you can see a preview of the bumpers though!)
2. my wall words to arrive and be put up
3. my cute flashcards to come to decorate the wall shelves-

and I will be able to say that I'm finished. I made a little dog bed for the dogs- the rule in the nursery is that if they want to be in there, they have to be laying down on the bed. No playing, only calm napping allowed :). So far they are doing really well with that, they are good girls!

Here are some pictures of the nursery! I am so close to being done. Just waiting on three things-
1.crib skirt and bumpers to be finished (you can see a preview of the bumpers though!)
2. my wall words to arrive and be put up
3. my cute flashcards to come to decorate the wall shelves-
and I will be able to say that I'm finished. I made a little dog bed for the dogs- the rule in the nursery is that if they want to be in there, they have to be laying down on the bed. No playing, only calm napping allowed :). So far they are doing really well with that.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

101 uses for an ironing board

Sorry I haven't had any updates lately! Not too much has been going on since we got back from the mountains. I have started insulin shots, and while they are a bit of a pain in the butt (literally, ha!), it's not so bad. I finally got the hang of how much to use with what meals, and so my glucose levels have been very stable lately. I'm still crossing my fingers that it goes away after I give birth though- I certainly wouldn't miss it! My endocrinologist said that my numbers will probably stay low for as long as I breastfeed, so we'll re-evaluate after that.

Because of the GD, I started going to weekly appointments this week. I get a non-stress test, which is where they hook me up to 2 monitors- one records the baby's heartbeat and response to movement, and the other records contractions (but I'm not having any of those yet). I'm also getting my amniotic fluid levels checked and seeing the doctor to check on weight and all that good stuff. Maddie has passed all of the NST's with flying colors, she is a very active baby who likes to try and kick the monitor off my stomach. My fluid was a little lower this week, but still within normal range so they're just going to keep an eye on that. And my weight hasn't increased at all since I was diagnosed with GD, but at least it's not going down! My favorite weight gain food (CFA chocolate shake) has over 100 carbs, so it makes me a bit nervous to drink too many. Lots and lots of trips to Chapel Hill, which isn't too much fun b/c of the distance (and the gas prices!!!), but it is nice to check on everything so often.

She is still breech, so I am trying all sorts of crazy solutions to get her to turn. The most common suggestion is to prop an ironing board against the couch and lay on it upside down a couple of times a day. In case you were wondering, it is neither comfortable nor easy to breathe when laying upside down on an ironing board. If she still hasn't flipped by next week, my doctor is going to send me to an acupuncturist (maybe they'll poke her and convince her to turn). If that doesn't work, we will try an external version where the doctor tries to manually turn her. It's supposed to be pretty painful, so she said if it hurts too much, she just stops and we'll schedule a c-section. I am really hoping to avoid that b/c I know my recovery will be a lot harder, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

The nursery is almost done! Mom made some really cute valances and she is finishing up the bumpers (which are SO cute). All our furniture is put together and it looks so great. I am finishing up wall decor and little finishing touches, so I will post finished pictures soon! All of Maddie's clothes/sheets/blankets/everything else have been washed and are ready to go, so as soon as she's ready hopefully she'll come on out! I've been thinking this whole pregnancy that I would go early, but now that I'm getting closer I'm getting nervous that it might not happen. I am quite uncomfortable and not sleeping too well, so I still have my fingers crossed for early to mid August!

That's all for now folks! I'll post new belly pictures (here's a preview- it's huge!) and nursery pictures later this week.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Summer Vacation

I just got back from a week long trip to the mountains and it was awesome. The weather was just so perfect the whole time we were there and it was very relaxing. The house we stayed in was so cool! Beach houses have got to step it up a notch if they want to compare with mountain houses. This house had a pool table, foosball table, hot tub, satellite tv in every room and even wireless internet (we are not a family that likes to rough it on vacay). Plus it had an awesome deck that was gated so our adventure dogs could hang out while we were gone without wandering off.

We stayed about 10 minutes from downtown Boone, which was nice for Sarah, who is staying in her apartment there for the summer. We did lots of shopping in Boone and Blowing Rock (I racked up at the Baby Gap and Osh Gosh outlets!), a tiny bit of hiking and ate at some yummy restaurants in Boone. Note to other carnivores- might want to stay away from Melanie's on King St- especially if the word "soysage" scares you as much as it scares me. However, if you are a normal person who enjoys healthful eating, I hear it is quite delish. Mike, Dad, Sarah and Kat had a lot of fun white water rafting on Monday, and although no one stayed dry, they all made it down the river with sunburn being the only problem (and really only for Mike, who still hasn't mastered the art of proper sunscreen application).

All in all, it was a great time- good for me and Mike since it will likely be the last vacation we take for a long time! Here are a few of our pics from the trip. I miss you mountain weather!!!

Dad, Kat and Mom at Howard's Knob
Me and Mike at Howard's Knob- such a pretty view!

On King St (at least he has a Carolina shirt on!)

Me and Kat at the Mast Store- we're thinking
of bringing back the bonnet.

Mom up to no good in the woods

Dad, me and Mom at Howard's Knob

I didn't take any pics of Sarah in the mtns (she
was working when I was taking the other pics!) so
here's one just for her :P.

Friday, June 13, 2008

New Pictures!

Well, we tried for a 2nd time at Prenatal Peek today, and once again Maddie was quite insistent on not having her picture taken. The ultrasound tech jiggled and prodded and pushed, but apparently she was comfortable and didn't want to move! We decided that this means that she is going to be a very laid back, hard to phase child (instead of difficult and stubborn, which is the other possibility!).

But we did get 3 pretty good pictures. We also got to see her yawning on the video, which was really cool! She looks like a real baby in the now! She is still switching positions a lot, but only likes to lay sideways, not up and down. And she also likes to cover her face with both hands and feet. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks she'll decided that up and down is more comfy so we don't have to worry about her being breech. The ultrasound tech did say that she has a ton of hair already!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Step away from the Dr. Pepper!

Well, the results are in and I do have gestational diabetes. My numbers weren't super high, but definitely high enough for them to want to monitor my sugars. I met with the CF dietitian today and got my glucose monitor, so I'll be checking my glucose levels about 5 times a day. I am also meeting with an endocrinologist that specializes in CF related diabetes next week, b/c they automatically put people with CF on insulin so that we don't have to alter our high-cal diets. I'm very relieved that I don't have to give up my milk, ice cream or ketchup. I was advised to stay away from soft drinks though, so we'll see how that goes!

It really isn't as bad as I thought it might be. I think that with a few small changes it can be easily controlled, especially since my numbers from the 3-hour test weren't crazy high. Lots of sticks, but the finger pricks don't hurt at all, and I don't mind shots so hopefully the insulin won't be a big deal either. The only downside is that my doctor mentioned that when most people with CF get gestational diabetes, it doesn't go away after the baby is born. So it might be more of a permanent adjustment.

We went to Prenatal Peek today for our exciting 4-d ultrasound, but unfortunately Miss Maddie decided that she wasn't in the mood for pictures. The ultrasound tech tried all kinds of things to get her to move (she was facing backwards and had her arms and feet covering her face), but every time she did move she managed to get in an even worse position. So we will try again tomorrow. Hopefully this is not foreshadowing her post natal disposition!

In the meantime, I have some pictures of the fun stuff that we got at the shower and have put together! We're trying to get the dogs used to all the things that vibrate, play music/sounds or just plain move.

Pack'n'play with cute little bassinet and changing table!

Swing, Boppy bouncer, Diaper Champ and cradle (Mike's
grandfather made it for him! It'll be going in our bedroom
as soon as we can figure out where to put it)

Infant stroller and carseat!

Maclaren stroller- isn't it sexy?!? We also discovered
the safety reflectors when using the flash, haha. Maddie will
be safe on our midnight strolls!

And we didn't have to put these together, but
they are just too cute not to show!!!