Monday, December 12, 2011

4 months old!

Sydney is 4 months old today and over the past week she’s been busy!
Sydney visited Santa on December 3rd.  Pratt Medical Center (where Mom works) holds a Santa party each year for employees and their children/grandchildren.  Mom signed us up, which I was thankful for so we did not have to fight the line at the mall, and she got Sydney a pretty dress to wear.  Santa arrived, read a story, and the kids got to go up and tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas.  Sienna (my niece) was with us and she told Santa what she wanted (nail polish) and then it was Sydney’s turn.  Sydney was hot, hungry, and tired so she was not happy about hanging out with Santa…LOL…here’s a picture of her visit:

On December 9th, we went to Cranial Technologies for an appointment for pictures of Sydney’s head so her DOC Band could be made.  We spent about an hour there and they took several sets of pictures.  Although the attempt was made, the pictures were not good enough for making the band.  They said if the pictures aren’t precise, the band may not fit well and cause irritation.  Her head control is better than it was but needs to get a little better so she doesn’t require so much assistance when they are taking the pictures.  We go back on January 6th to reattempt the pictures.  If all goes well at that appointment, we will go back on January 13th to get her band and then go back every week for adjustments until she no longer needs to wear it.
Today was Sydney’s 4 month pediatric appointment.  She is 24 in long (35 percentile), weighs 13lbs 2.6 oz (45 percentile), and her head is measuring 44.75 cm (98 percentile – this is usual for her).  Her pediatrician says she is growing right on track and she looks good!  She got two shots and an oral vaccine today.  Here’s us at the pediatrician’s office..she was sooo sleepy:

Here’s a comparison of how big she has gotten….the picture on the top is from her first doctor visit the one below it is from today:

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Turkey Day

For Thanksgiving dinner we went to my mom’s.  This year Sydney had formula for dinner…LOL…but next year she’ll be able to eat dinner with us!  Here are a couple of pictures of Mommy’s Little Turkey J

If anyone wants or needs ideas for Sydney for Christmas, I made a (short) list on Toys R Us.  The Wish List number is 31194032 or you can search by her or my name.  Most of the toys can be purchased elsewhere but I figured it was easier to make one list at Toys R Us.  She is wearing size 3mo clothes right now.

Monday, November 14, 2011

3 months old!

Not too much has been going on since the last blog post except that Sydney is continuously growing!!  Here are a couple of her 3 month pictures.  I wore this outfit when I was a baby.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween & Cranial Appointment

Since my last blog post Sydney has had a slight cold and I picked up strep somewhere…lucky us!  We are on the mend though, thank goodness!

We got Sydney a costume for Halloween….a peapod.  She wore it long enough to get a picture (which she would not smile for) and long enough for Granny to sport her around at her work where they dressed up too.  She also had a pink skeleton sleeper she slept in.  We tried to execute my grand idea of taking a picture of her IN a pumpkin…she was not happy about that scenario, but I think the pictures are priceless!

Today was her appointment at Cranial Technologies for her DOC Band evaluation.  The employees there were really nice and informative.  They first took several pictures at different angles of her head and measured different points on her head.  Then the pictures were discussed with us and we were told that Sydney has Brachycephaly with Plagiocephaly – basically her head is shaped some-what like a flat sided egg.  The clinician did recommend the DOC Band treatment for her.  We have to wait a few weeks for her head control to get better so they can take digital surface images of her head.  These images require her to be able to hold her head up on her own without bobbling.  The images will be used to make her DOC Band.  Once we have the digital surface images done, the DOC Band will be made and we’ll go back to have it put on.  She will have to wear the Band 23 hours a day.  We can take it off for baths, cleaning, and physical therapy.  We will have to travel to Annandale once a week for a period of 5-8 weeks to have the band adjusted.  The length of time she will have to wear the band depends on how rapidly her head grows and takes proper shape.  I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated on the status and if you want to read more go to

I would like to ask that everyone who reads my blog keep my best friend Danielle and her family in your prayers.  Danielle’s sister passed away Tuesday unexpectedly. 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

2.5 months!

Last weekend we took Sydney to the ocean.  We went to Nags Head for the weekend and it was a nice get-a-way.  The weather was good, a little windy but sunny.  We took Sydney to see the ocean and got some pictures J  She spent most of her vacation napping though…LOL

I went back to work this week.  I plan to only work about 2 days a week for now.  Even though I am commuting to Northern Virginia for work it’s not too terribly bad since I’m riding with a couple of people when I can.  We’ll see how it goes….Sydney is staying with a babysitter those two days.  Our babysitter is local and we’ve known her for years.  Sydney is the only infant she watches.  She has a few other toddlers and a few school aged kids she puts on or gets off of the bus each afternoon.  She is so excited to have a baby to babysit!

We have an appointment on November 3rd at Cranial Technologies for Sydney’s head shape evaluation.  They said they will determine at that appointment if she needs a DOC Band.  If so, we’ll go back to have all her measurements taken then go back again to get her band once it’s been made.  From there we’ll have to go either once a week or once every two weeks to have the band adjusted for a period of 2-4 months.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

9.5 Weeks Old

Yesterday was Sydney’s 2 month pediatric appointment.  She is 22.5 inches and weighs 10 lbs 15 oz!  She sure is a growing girl!!!  She got two shots and an oral vaccine yesterday.  She was not a happy camper about the shots but she only cried for a few minutes.  Her head is still measuring in the 98% but as long as it stays in that range everything should be good.  The pediatrician did recommend that we take her for an evaluation to possibly get a DOC Band to treat her plagiocephaly (her head is flat on one side b/c of her torticollis).  We are going to do some research on this and maybe go to Cranial Technologies in Annandale, VA to have the evaluation done (if you want to read more about plagiocephaly visit, ).  We are going to Nags Head this weekend and it will be Sydney’s first trip to the beach…we can’t wait to take her and get some pictures!!

She has found her thumb and is quite fond of it…. J

Thursday, October 13, 2011

2 months old!!

Here are some pictures we took yesterday on Sydney's 2 month birthday!  She was not into smiling yesterday...LOL

Friday, October 7, 2011

8 Weeks old

Since I last blogged Sydney has really started to hold her head up.  If she is sitting on my lap, she’ll hold her head up on her own without any support from my hands.  The really good part about this is that when she holds her head up she holds it in midline.  This means therapy and stretching are doing really well!  Today was her appointment with the pediatric neurosurgeon at VCU in Richmond.  Dr. Tye was extremely nice and said that her large head is the result of familial macrocephaly….meaning both her father and mother have large noggins!  He measured her head circumference as well Steve’s and my head.  Dr. Tye said as long as her soft spot feels normal and her Torticollis doesn’t get worse he doesn’t see any reason to be alarmed about the size of her head and will not need to see her again.  Sydney has literally been checked head-to-toe now!  I’m going to post her “monthly” pictures on or around the 12th of each month so I’ll post a new one next week but here is a picture of her all smiles J

Friday, September 23, 2011

6 Weeks Old

Not too much has happened since the last post…Sydney is just growing like a weed. J  We’ve scheduled the appointment with the pediatric neurologist for October 7th.  We have to go to the VCU medical campus in Richmond for the appointment.  Today was physical therapy and the therapist said that her left rotation is at about 80% (she needs to get to 90%) but it is a lot better than when we started taking her so that is positive feedback…yay!  Sydney got to meet her Grandma and Grandpa Basham this past week and spend time with them.

Friday, September 16, 2011

5 weeks old today...

This week Sydney had her 1 month check-up.  She weighs 9.08 oz and is 20.5 inches long.  We took her to get an x-ray of her neck just to make sure there are not any issues with her C-spine.  The doctor just wants to be sure that her Torticollis is the only problem and there isn’t something else going on with her neck.  The doctor also wants us to take her to a pediatric neurologist because her head is measuring in the upper 98% so it is slightly larger than it should be.  She wants to be able to rule out any problems with her cranium – and just be able to say Sydney’s got a big head J  Physical therapy and home stretching seem to be working well for her Torticollis. She slept through most of today’s appointment but the therapist was able to get good rotation and stretching while she was relaxed.  All of these doctors appointment as annoying but at least we are having all of this stuff checked and ruled out now.  The pediatrician also said she will probably have blue eyes, although they can still change, but they are light and definitely blue now.  Sydney got to meet her Uncle Stacey last night (although the slept most of the visit) and will get to meet her Grandma and Grandpa Basham in the next couple of days.

Sydney slept through her first two NFL games last Sunday but she represented Mommy and Daddy’s teams J

Friday, September 9, 2011

1 month!!

Sydney is one month old today!  She is becoming more alert when she’s awake and she is starting to stay awake longer.  Thankfully, she still has her days and nights straight so we are crossing our fingers she doesn’t change that on us!  She is taking 3 oz at each feeding and is sleeping in 4 hour stretches.  Although, last night she slept all night – 7.5 hours!  I know it’s a fluke at this age but it was nice!  Both Steve and I thought the other one had woke up with her in the middle of the night to feed her but nope, neither of us had.  She really slept that long!  We also overcame a hurdle today…napping in the crib!  She has taken short naps in her crib but today she slept about 3 hours and seems to be getting more used to being in there. J

Tuesday we took Sydney for an ultrasound of her hips (just to make sure nothing was wrong with them since she was breech).  She did really well for the ultrasound.  Her pediatrician’s office called Wednesday with the results and said that everything looked fine for both hips!  Yay!  Knowing that everything is okay with her hips, we can fully concentrate on correcting her Torticollis.  Today we went for PT for her Torticollis and the therapist said that her range of motion is getting better so we just need to keep working on her stretching and massages.  We’ll go to PT once a week until the therapist determines she can go see them less frequently.

There was no hurri-quake this week but it has been raining and thunder storming almost EVERY day/night.  Luckily, Sydney sleeps through anything (Steve ran the vacuum under her swing the other night and she didn’t even startle).  Some roads washed out headed towards Colonial Beach and Westmoreland due to the amount of rain but everything is okay on our end.

Steve went back to work this week but will be taking off again when his parents come for a visit in a couple of weeks.  Sydney has her 1 month pediatrician appointment next Wednesday.  Oh, and we set up a savings account for Sydney this week too…need to start saving for a car, college, wedding…etc... J 

I’m having trouble uploading pictures tonight so I’ll try again tomorrow....

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hurricane, what?

21 days old today!!  So week 3 started off with a hurricane….in Sydney’s first 15 days of life she has experienced an earthquake, a severe thunderstorm, and a hurricane and she got to experience what it was like without power for almost 3 days.  The hurricane wasn’t too bad on us, we lost a pear tree but other than that no damage.  We lost power on Saturday and didn’t get it back until Monday evening.  Luckily we have a generator and the weather was in the mid 80’s so we didn’t suffer too much.

We took Sydney to visit my office in Alexandria Monday so everyone could see her.  Since it was a day after the hurricane and many people were still without power there weren’t too many people there but everyone that saw her said she was beautiful J and that she had soooo much hair…LOL.

Sydney had her 2 week pediatrician appointment Wednesday.  Everything was good.  She weighed 8 pounds and grew a ½ inch (according to them she was only 19 inches at her first appointment and she was 19.5 at this appointment).  She’s had some discharge from her eyes but the doctor said that it was probably a blocked tear duct and that happens every now and then with infants and should go away.

Today was her second physical therapy appointment.  The physical therapist said she can see an improvement in her range of motion since last week.  We need to keep up the stretching exercises and she showed us some massage techniques to use on her muscle too.  We need to be conscious about giving her tummy time so that the pressure on the back of her head (when they lay on their back) can be relieved and try to correct the small flat spot she has on the right side.  This is what happened the other day at tummy time…

Friday, August 26, 2011

Home - Week 2

Sydney is 14 days old today!!!

We started off week 2 with a visit to the doctor.  Sydney was constipated (yeah, not the most exciting thing to talk about but hey, it’s part of her news J) so I called and got her an appointment Monday.  And wouldn’t you know it….as soon as we got to the doctor she had a dirty diaper! LOL!  The nurse (who was male) said she was just like a woman – she knew she was going to be getting weighed so she was trying to shed some weight first…hahahaha!!  The doctor said everything was okay and since the only change was switching her formula from the ready-made that we were given at the hospital to the powder version when we got home, we should go back to ready-made and see how that works for her.  Since Sydney has her two week appointment on 8/31/11 that will be a little over a week and we can update the doctor on how she is handling the ready-made formula then.  And speaking of weight, Sydney is already back to her birth weight!   Her umbilical cord stump fell off Monday so we don’t have to worry about that anymore.

We experienced an earthquake Tuesday.  It was crazy!!  Steve and I were watching TV and Sydney was napping in her swing when the house started to shake.  Steve and I looked at each other and both asked if the other had started the washing machine (sometimes on spin cycle it shakes the house).  Once we realized that we hadn’t started the washer, Steve looked outside and saw the power lines moving and said he thought it was an earthquake.  I grabbed Sydney and we ran outside.  I watched Steve’s work truck rock back and forth.  Then it was over.  We don’t have any damage to the house other than a couple surface cracks on the foundation and a few things fell off of shelves in the house but nothing broken or damaged beyond repair.  Now we are preparing for the hurricane to hit….

Sydney had an appointment today for physical therapy for her Torticollis.  The physical therapist gave us some stretching exercises we need to do with her 5-6 times a day and we will go back to physical therapy once a week so they can monitor her progress.  The physical therapist said since she’s so young it’s good that we are starting the exercises now to “retrain” and strengthen her muscles.

I had my 2 week follow up with my doctor today so he could check my incision.  He said everything looked great.  I can drive again but still can’t exercise until after my 6 week follow-up.  He did say that I could go for short walks so after these storms pass, Sydney and I are going to start taking a stroll in the evenings.

In other news…I FINALLY got my feet and ankles back – no more cankles J and I’m back to my pre-pregnancy weight.  Steve hasn’t gone back to work yet – he plans to stay home until after the holiday.  I ordered Sydney her first STEELERS jersey so we are ready for football season and Steve got her a Redskin jersey – I guess she can be allowed to wear that…LOL.  And, we finally got Sydney’s newborn pictures from the hospital, here are a couple of them:

Saturday, August 20, 2011

First Week...

Sydney is 8 days old today…..the first week has been really good.  I’ve been two days now without pain killers – other than Motrin every now and then and going up and down stairs has become easier – I even got to sleep in my own bed last night!!!  We moved her pack-n-play upstairs with us and Steve took over night-shift last night J

Sydney has been out and about meeting everyone and we took her to get her 1 week pictures taken at Picture People yesterday.  She was asleep when we got there so she did pretty decent at first but by the time we were on the third outfit change, she was getting fussy because it was getting close to feeding time.  We were able to get some cute pictures!  I’m still waiting on her newborn pictures to arrive in the mail but here are some from yesterday:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

First Days Home and First Dr. Appt

We’ve been home since Monday and things are going really well.  Sydney sleeps about 3 hours then wakes up for her bottle then we start the cycle all over again.  I’ve been staying downstairs since I’m not supposed to go up and down stairs a whole lot so I’ve got night shift and Steve’s been really good about doing most everything during the day. 

We’ve been out and about a little bit.  Sydney had her first doctor’s appointment on Tuesday, 8/16/11.  They said she’s doing well, she’s only lost 3% of her birth weight, and her weight matches the weight when she left the hospital, 7lbs 6oz.  We go back for her two week appointment on 8/31/11.  We will be taking her to a physical therapist on 8/26/11 so they can evaluate her neck muscles and see if we need to start some exercises on those.  We may also get an ultrasound on her hips since she was breech but that won’t be until she's a month old.  We visited with Granny and Paw-paw so Paw-paw could see her (he wasn’t able to get to the hospital) and said good-bye to Grandpa yesterday.  Today we rode to town for some Gus food and stopped by Granny’s work to show her off.  Now, Sydney is sleeping all snuggly in her swing.

Daddy & Sydney at her first doctor's appointment

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

She's here and we are home!

My going to the hospital outfit

Friday was the big day!  The anticipation that morning was aggravating!  We got up, made sure the house was straight and everything was packed for the hospital then it was a matter of just waiting…and waiting…and waiting.  We left the house around 1130 since we had to be at the hospital by noon.  It was funny when we got there…it was like we were checking into a hotel…we had our bags and a pillow and just strolled up to labor and delivery to “check-in”.  Mom met us at the hospital too.  Once we were all checked in a nurse took us to a pre-op room where they monitored my vitals, took blood work, and then Dr. Kil came and did a final sonogram to make sure Sydney was still in breech position – and of course she was.  Then we just waited some more.  Virginia and Bobbijo and Jimmy came to the hospital to support us too.  I’m glad everyone was there or I think Mom would have gone a little insane J  Once the operating room was set up and ready to go, all the guests made their way to my assigned room for after the delivery and Steve was lead off to wait for the que to come in.  The nurse took me to the operating room and they got me all prepped for surgery. 

They gave me a spinal block…it was the weirdest sensation I have ever felt.  My body went totally numb from about my breast line down and I had a warm feeling in the lower half of my body.  I could move my arms and head and neck.  They made sure I couldn’t feel any pain then the nurse went and got Steve….although it was almost too late!  Dr. Kil was ready to go and had begun to make his incision when the nurse finally came back with Steve!  Once Steve was in the room he stayed up by my head and talked to me while Dr. Kil did this thing.  I was sooooo sleepy too.  I felt like I could have closed my eyes and taken a nap while they were working on getting Sydney out.  I never really felt any pressure or pushing or pulling until they had to get Sydney’s head out.  It was strange to listen to the operating team talk about getting to her.  Dr. Kil had to “fish” for one foot, then “fish” for the other foot, then when he tried to pull the rest of her out she kept squirming up into my ribs…they joked she was trying to run away from him..LOL!  The pressure I felt was Dr. Kil pushing on my chest to basically get her head to pop down and come out.  Once she was out of the womb, a nurse took her over to the neonatologist who checked her over and did her APGAR scores and they worked on cleaning her up.  When I finally heard her cry I was so happy.  It took a minute because they had to suction her and Dr. Kil let the nurse and neonatologist take care of that.  The surgery began at 3pm (as opposed to 2pm) and Sydney was born at 3:09pm.  Steve was able to get some pictures while we were in the operating room and he was able to cut her cord…which was another hot topic.  Her cord was huge!  They said she was definitely getting some good nutrients through it! LOL!  Once she was all cleaned up, they brought her over so I could see her and the nurse took the picture I posted…our first family picture J  Steve went with Sydney to the nursery while Dr. Kil finished up with me.

Once I was in recovery, Steve, Mom, and Caitlin (more great friends showed up to see us – Robby and Caitlin and Rachel) came to see me.  They told me how beautiful Sydney was since they were able to watch the nurse and Steve through the window in the nursery.  I was in recovery for about 45 minutes before they took me to my room.

Once in my room, everyone came in to congratulate us and look at Sydney (she was brought into the room too after she was bathed and her temperature was raised).  Roy and Sandra Fenwick and their sons stopped by to see us and so did Danielle!  It was a great crowd for Sydney’s birthday J

I was feeling tired and I felt like I was hung over from the spinal block wearing off.  I was soooo pale too.  Everyone said their well wishes and let us be alone for a while so I could recover and we could adjust to having Sydney with us.

I was told that I would be up and walking after 5 hours on bed rest…well…not so much.  They checked my vitals every hour and my blood pressure wasn’t playing very nice.  It was a bit elevated before surgery but we expected that and we expected that it would go down after surgery and it didn’t.  It kept increasing….a lot.  The nurse finally had to call the doctor and he ordered blood pressure medicine.  Once that was in my system my pressure dropped but I still wasn’t allowed out of bed.  This made the first night difficult for me.  I wasn’t able to get up to get Sydney out of her crib or change her.  But luckily I married an amazing man who did EVERYTHING for us that night.  Steve is now a pro at changing her, feeding her, burping her, talking to her, and swaddling her…which she LOVES…and honestly I still can’t get the wrapping part right but he’s got it down pat!

We kept Sydney in our room Friday night and all day Saturday.  Once I was able to get out of bed and the catheter was removed on Saturday I felt soooo much better.  I was able to take a shower which made everything 100 times better too.  We had a few visitors Saturday and spent time just figuring out the whole parenting thing. We had an awesome nurse during the day Saturday and Sunday, Beth.  She made everything soooo relaxed because she was so friendly.  She really made our days when she was on shift.  I didn’t feel embarrassed to ask (or show her) her anything.  She just made it easy for us.  MWH does a Daisy award and she was soooo good to us that we nominated her for that.  I hope she gets some kind of credit for at least having a nomination sent in.

Saturday night we decided to send Sydney to the nursery so we could get some sleep and she also needed to have some routine tests done so they took care of those while they had her.  She was in the nursery for about 5 hours.  We were able to sleep most of that but I was up to get my pain medication about mid-way through the night.  I was alternating Motrin and Percocet which really helped with my pain.  Luckily the pain really wasn’t a pain….it was more like I had done 1000 stomach crunches and I was trying to stand up straight…my muscles were just exhausted.

Sunday I was able to get free from all of my IV hook ups (they had to leave them in just in case I needed more BP medication).  My pain was minimal Sunday and Sydney continued to do really good with her eating…she’s a little piggy now J  We sent her to the nursery during the night for a few hours but I got her back in the room around 4am.

Monday we came home!!!  Both Sydney and I were seen by doctors so that we could be discharged.  Around 1130 the nurse came in with the discharge paperwork, I signed us out, and we were headed home!  It’s been nice being home!  My Dad came up from SC Sunday to see us and he’s spent time with us and my Mom has spent time here too.  We’ve been able to Skype with Steve’s parents from the hospital so they have been able to see her when she was just a few hours old “live” instead of just in pictures.  I’m not supposed to go up and down stairs for a while so I’m set up on the couch for a few days.  Sydney is here with me in her pack-n-play.  Cardy doesn’t know what to think about her yet, he’s still investigating her…he’s not too sure about her because she’s still here..LOL..and she moves and makes noise.  He just kinda looks at her then goes about his business.

Everyone is doing good; I’m healing nicely (pain is very minimal), Sydney is eating, sleeping, and pooping like she should be and Steve is still grinning from ear to ear J

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Week 39

This is the last week!!!  No more pregnant belly pictures to post after Friday!!  We met with Dr. Kil Monday for the 39 week check-up.  Total weight gain for the pregnancy: 20lbs.  As usual, there’s been no progress – everything is status quo as it has been.  Dr. Kil went over the paperwork for the surgery and that was the last of my prenatal appointments.  We then had to go to the hospital to register for the c-section.  Now that all that is done, we are just waiting for Friday to get here.  We have to be at the hospital by noon and we’ll go straight to Labor and Delivery to get a room where I’ll be monitored for a little while before the surgery.  Surgery is set for 2pm.  We will be allowed to take a camera into the delivery room so we should have pictures of her as soon as she’s born J.  Dr. Kil said that I will probably be in the hospital until Monday.  Only a few more days and she’ll be here!!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Week 38

We had our 38 week appointment yesterday instead of on Tuesday this week.  We saw Dr. Stadulis who explained the c-section procedure to us and also checked to see if I had progressed any.  And….not so much, which I knew going in.  Her head is still up by my ribs on my right side so I knew she hadn’t moved any.  The c-section is all scheduled for 8/12/11 @ 2pm.  I have to be at the hospital by noon that day and I can’t eat or drink after midnight!  That’s going to be the hardest part!  Since my feet swell daily, pretty bad, and I’m now commuting about 2.5 to 3 hours round trip daily to work (my office was moved to Alexandria a week ago), Dr. Stadulis wants me to start maternity leave a week before my c-section so my last day at work will be 8/5/11.  Our next appointment is on 8/8/11 with Dr. Kil (he’s the one that will be performing the c-section) for one last check and to fill out forms for the procedure.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Week 37

Today was our 37 week appointment.  Again, Sydney is stubborn!!  She hasn’t flipped so she’s still in breech position and I’ve not progressed any……soooooooooo……we have selected 8/12/11 to be her birthday unless she decides between now and then to surprise us and come!  I’m waiting for the doctor’s office to call me to go over the details of the c-section so I don’t have any other information other than the date we requested.  Annnnndddd you know why we picked that date – well Steve was born on the 12th of course!  He wanted her to have his date of birth if she could so it looks like she will as long as the doctor is available.  Our next appointment is Monday, August 1.

Everything else is going good other than my swelling feet every day…I have cankles…and they are sexy J

Over the weekend we went to Babies R Us and bought the rest of the items we wanted that were on the registry that we didn’t get as a gift so I believe we are all set.  Steve is testing out a webcam to use as a baby monitor before we buy an actual monitor set.  We also put some decorations on the walls of her room.  Here are some pictures:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Week 36

Today was our 36 week appointment and sonogram.  Unfortunately, Sydney is stubborn like her parents (yes, both of them) and did not want to pose for the camera so we didn’t even get a picture to bring home L.  She’s measuring around 6 lbs 11 oz (give or take).  They didn’t give us an estimated height though – probably because she’s so squished in there…LOL.  She is facing my spine so her back is to my belly.  She’s also currently in the breech position.  The doctor said that they will have to monitor her position closely at my appointments which are now scheduled once a week.  He didn’t seem too concerned about her positioning but did say that if she doesn’t turn we will have to have a c-section.  Other than that everything seems to be on target.  I’ve not started to progress any so we’ll see what next week’s appointment brings!

Over the weekend I put away alllllll of the stuff from the baby shower (finally) and put away all of her clothes.  Steve helped get the pack-n-play all together and set up.  I got my hospital bag packed with the exception of what I’m going to wear home but I don’t have that many maternity clothes so I’ll just stuff something that’s clean in the bag when it’s time to go.  We picked up a few things that we didn’t get at the shower (like a mattress pad – you know, the boring stuff  J) so all and all I think we are ready.  We would like to get a monitor set but are still researching the best option for that purchase.  We need to put a few things up on the walls of her room and that should be just about totally finished then – hopefully we’ll do that this weekend.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Week 35

5 weeks left and only 1 week until the sonogram!  Over the past week we’ve decided on her name and received lots and lots of stuff!  Mom and a few of my good friends held a baby shower for Sydney J on Sunday, July 10th.  My Dad and step-mom came up from SC as a surprise!  We received sooooooo many clothes I think I’m going to have to actually dress her (not keep her in a onesie) every day just to make sure she has a chance to wear everything!  We also received the pack-n-play we wanted along with the diaper bag, changing pad, bottles, and various other baby necessities.  Two really special gifts were a blanket my mom crocheted and a blanket my Aunt quilted (she quilted a turtle on it J).  Sydney’s great grandmother sent her first piece of jewelry too…a small gold ring.  It’s sooo cute!  I’m waiting on Virginia to get me the pictures from the shower and I’ll share some of those when I get them.

Blanket my mom made
Blanket my Aunt made
Sydney's first piece of jewelry from her Great-grandmother