Tuesday, March 31, 2009

More music and lights

Watching the lights
The music and the lights stopped
Mommy to the rescue
Watching the lights again

Friday, March 27, 2009

All around

I knew that this was going to happen but I didn't think it would be so soon. And I'll be honest, it is frustrating to me and I hate being frustrated with her because of it. I am referring to bottle time. Hanna would prefer to look around (at the lights, the fan, the wall) instead of eating. It has increased our time at night from 15 to 20 minutes to anywhere from 3o to 45 minutes. I'm not saying I don't enjoy the time with her but I do enjoy 6 hours of sleep over the course of the night. It has just really started within the last 48 hours so I can only hope that it is a phase.

On another note, the weather is going to be gorgeous today and I am so looking forward to going for a walk. We need to get out and stretch our legs!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

2 Month Checkup

Today was Hanna's 2 month checkup and my baby is getting so big! Currently she weighs 10 pounds 13 ounces and she is 22 and a half inches long. (Stephen says she is going to be tall like him!) Percentage wise, she is 50 in height and 40 in weight. The doctor was very pleased with everything. Hanna got 4 shots today and an oral vaccination. Poor baby cried and cried for 3 or 4 minutes then she went to sleep. Our next visit isn't until June 1st, and that is her 4 month checkup.

As for the monitor, the doctor agreed with stopping on April 8th (YEA!!) but if something shows up in the read of the data that is disheartening, then there is a chance she may have to go back on. We are confident that all will be well.

I have no new pictures to post ( I know, I'm a bad Mommy!) so I'll try and get some in the next few days.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Easter photos

Hanna had her picture taken for Easter on Saturday. Here are just a few of our favorites :)


Today Hanna had her first playdate with Owen. I think it's true love!!

For Aunt Becki


It happened again. This is the 3rd day in a row and you would think that I would have learned by now. The first day was around 3am, yesterday and today were around 5am (hence why I am blogging at 5:45am!) It is why the same item has been washed 3 days in a row. What is it you are wondering...Hanna is tinkling as I am changing her diaper.

Now my routine is no different then any other time of the day. That is what baffles me. Maybe she is mad because I change her before she eats. Maybe she is mad that I make her take the binky when she really wants her bottle.

I can count on one hand the number of times she has not needed to be changed when it has come time to feed her. Clearly these times should have been included. But I guess my one eyed, groggy judgement has been off.

So today I am off to buy another changing pad cover. I think a spare would be good idea.

Cross your fingers tomorrow morning is better!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday Brunch

Hanna went to G-MomMom and G-PopPop's for brunch and had a wonderful time. We can't wait to go back and visit after G-PopPop's surgery.

Saturday morning

Daddy gave Hanna a bath before she went to have her picture taken.

(We won't have the pics till April 1st, sorry folks!)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Music and lights

The music and lights are very entertaining!! (and it allows Mommy to get some stuff done!)

Thursday Playtime

Hanna played in her room while Mommy put her clothes away and straightened up her room. (She can't crawl yet and already her room is a mess!!)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Never a dull moment

Last night for the first time ever, Hanna slept in her crib and she did surprisingly well. It started off rough because she wasn't ready to go to bed when I was ready for her to go to bed but she eventually gave in and all was well. I think she didn't understand why she was in the rocking chair getting her bottle rather than in our bed. I have faith that after a few nights she will enjoy it and I will stop checking the video monitor and actually get some sleep :)

Then there is the monitor. As you all know Hanna is on a monitor for apnea and low heart rate. The low heart rate isn't an issue. The apnea has gone off but it isn't considered an event because it doesn't beep more than 10 times. It is mostly likely because she begins shallow breathing and the sensor doesn't pick it up. Well last night, just following our 3:30 am feeding, the monitor started beeping like it does when there is a loose connection. Only the loose connection light wasn't on. (I should preface by saying that the monitor memory has been full for a week and a half but that it is ok because it records over the early data. All of this is normal.) When the monitor was beeping the full memory light went off. I found this to be odd and called for Stephen. We turned the monitor off then back on again to see if the correct lights came on. But they didn't. And we both got upset at the idea of loosing all of the data from the last 2 months. So I called the monitor company (at 4:30am) because in my mind, loosing all of the data is an emergency. A few minutes later a kind nurse called back and after I explained what had happened she asked me to pull the monitor out of the bag and tell her what the screen said on the bottom. We looked and it said 0% memory full. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!

This morning our representative from the monitor company came out to the house and gave us a new monitor. She said she believed that the loss of memory was because the internal battery died and that she was going to take it back and see if she could get anything from it. Well she just called and all of the data from January 23rd till last night is gone. The only good news that has come out of this is that the supervisor at the company said Hanna only has to be on the monitor for 3 more weeks. (That's April 8th for those wondering!) We are very excited about this.

Stephen has put a call in to the pediatrician to inform him of last nights events. Please keep your fingers crossed that he doesn't want her on the monitor longer then the 3 weeks!

I will keep you posted if anything changes.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


...brave, whatever you want to call us.

Why you ask?

Stephen and I embarked on the 17 hour drive to Panama City Beach on Thursday evening to attend his step-sister Lisa's wedding. We weren't alone though, AnnMarie and Stephen's younger sister Carlie were along for the ride.

People thought we were nuts for taking Hanna on such a long car ride but this girl was a trooper. She was so good. I can't even begin to tell you how happy we are. (Now only if all future trips would go so well!)

We arrived around dinner time Friday evening and settled in as we were all exhausted. Saturday we went to lunch and to get some gifts. The wedding was at sunset on the beach and was very quaint and informal. Saturday evening Stephen and I went out to dinner to celebrate our 1 year anniversary which was Sunday. On Sunday we had a relaxing afternoon visiting with Lisa, her husband Joe and their daughter Annabell. All of us went to dinner and then AnnMarie, Carlie, Stephen, Hanna and I went to this great shopping area to go to RonJons. We packed up and headed North around 10pm CT.

While it was a quick trip we all had a great time. I am so happy that Hanna did so well on her first trip to Florida!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Hanna and Daddy using the computer Hanna and Daddy watching 24
Hanna posing for the camera

Monday, March 2, 2009

How God Chooses a Preemie Parent

Here is a poem I found...

Did you ever wonder how mothers of premature babies are chosen? Somehow, I visualize God hovering over Earth, selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation.

As he observes, he instructs his angels to take notes in a giant ledger. "Armstrong, Beth, son. Patron Saint, Matthew. Forrest, Marjorie, daughter. Patron Saint, Celia. Rutledge, Carrie, twins. Patron Saint. . .give her Gerard. He's used to profanity." Finally, he passes a name to an angel and smiles. "Give her a preemie."

The angel is curious. "Why this one, God? She's so happy." "Exactly," smiles God. "Could I give a premature baby a mother who knows no laughter? That would be cruel."

"But does she have the patience?" asks the angel. "I don't want her to have too much patience, or she'll drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wear off she'll handle it.

"I watched her today. She has that sense of self and independence so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I'm going to give her has a world of its own. She has to make it live in her world, and that's not going to be easy."

"But Lord, I don't think she even believes in you." God smiles. "No matter, I can fix that. This one is perfect. She has just the right amount of selfishness." The angel gasps, "Selfishness? Is that a virtue?" God nods.

"If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she will never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less than perfect. She doesn't know it yet, but she is to be envied.

She will never take for granted a spoken word. She will never consider a step ordinary. When her child says momma for the first time, she will be witness to a miracle and know it. I will permit her to see clearly the things I see, ignorance, cruelty, prejudice--and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life because she is doing my work as surely as she is here by my side."

"And what about her Patron Saint?" asks the angel, his pen poised in the air. God smiles. "A mirror will suffice


It is March 2nd and we got more then just a dusting of snow. I shouldn't be surprised though. This coming Sunday (March 8th) is our anniversary and for the last 2 years we have had something other then nice weather the week of anniversary. (Not only is this year our 1 year wedding anniversary but it is 3 years from the day we met) I don't remember the year we met (2006) but in 2007 there was a nice snow storm. Lucky for us we were in Florida. Last year (2008) we had rain, hail and gusty winds all on our wedding day. Lovely. But rain is good luck, right?

Sorry, there are no pictures of Hanna in the snow. She has spent most of the day asleep. Must be nice!!