Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Still Here...

I know it has been over a week since I posted last...

...blame this little peanut...

...for keeping my hands full and my brain fried from sleep deprivation (she has lots of help in that department from her big sister Lucy!)

Will get a post on here soon...PROMISE :) Happy New Year and hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas :)

Monday, December 21, 2009

How to Make a New Mom Feel Depressed...at Christmas no less!

Ruby and I headed to Wal-Mart yesterday to get some grocery shopping done. She stayed in her carseat in the cart and slept the whole time...ahhhhhhh peace :)

Anyway, as we were walking out of the store a lady stopped and saw Ruby and this is the brief (and depressing) conversation we had...

Lady: "What a beautiful baby. How old is she?"

Me: "Thank you. She's a week old today."

Lady: "Are you grandma?"

***SPLAT*** (that was my self-esteem hitting the floor)

Me: "Excuse me?"

Lady: "Oh, is she yours?" (She sounded somwhat surprised at the possibility)

Me: (Having a tough time keeping myself from ramming my cart into her kneecaps) "Yes, she's mine."

Lady: "Oh, well she is a cute one" (Lady walks off)

THAT ladies and gentlemen is how to make a mom of a week old baby feel mighty depressed about how she looks! Forget losing the baby weight...apparently I need to look into a facelift or something first.

I have to admit that when I came home and told John about it I cried (blamed it on the hormones). I'm pretty sure my mom cried when I told her about it...I mean when you laugh really hard at something don't you usually shed some tears?

I told Ruby on the way out to the car that I guess Mommy has a lot more work to do on herself than she thought!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

She's Here!!!!!

John and I, along with big brother Max and big sisters Abby and Lucy would like to introduce you to the newest member of our family...

Ruby Anderson Bailey
born December 13, 2009
7lbs 14 ozs
20 in

not exactly sure why there is a white dot on her chin in this picture...
When I get a chance to sit down and post her birth story I will but right now I am typing with one hand and my other hand is holding our precious baby girl.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Baby Girl Update and some pics...

Alright, apparantly my eviction notice has been ignored! I had a checkup this morning and there has been NO CHANGE since last Wednesday. Are you kidding me???? I told my doctor I was expecting her to say I was at 7cm and needed to go home and get my bag then go to the hospital...she laughed at me ;P

Baby Girl is "looking" good though. She had a couple of days this past week where she didn't move a whole lot but she has certainly picked back up. Her heartrate was in the 140's and my BP was 122/78.

My dr. is on call this weekend so I am hoping we can get things going :)

The other night we got the kids dressed in their Christmas pj's (my mom buys all the grandkids matching pj's every year...what a sweet Nana) and got some pics taken for our Christmas card. I had thought about whether or not I should wait until the baby gets here but no telling how long THAT will take. I'll just send out her birth announcement later. Anyway, here are some of the rejected pictures...you know...for your enjoyment!

Lucy looks like the back of her head is glued to the chair.

This would have been good if Lucy had been looking at the camera!

Abby complained that I couldn't see her sitting behind Lucy...

Max was trying to help :)

Max had begged during the entire "shoot" to do a silly picture.
This is how I felt at the end :) It pretty much sums them up too :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Playing Mama...

I just had to post this.
Abby and Lucy walked into the room a few minutes ago with a surprise for me...

Apparantly John and I will be grandparents soon! They have never done this before...Oh my word :)

I'm guessing they will take after my sister Shea and me. With the exception of this time, we have been pregnant at the same time each time. Max and Jack are only 5 1/2 weeks apart, Abby and her Molly are almost 5 months apart, and Lucy and her twins Sophie and Macy are 6 months apart.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A One Night Streak Only...

Apparantly Sunday night was not the beginning of a "Sleep Through the Night Streak" for Lucy.

Last night she fussed once just before midnight. I checked on her and her eyes were still closed so I gave her the pacifier and fixed her blankets and she rolled over and went back to sleep...whew...right? HA!

About 1:30 I thought I heard Abby fussing so John went to check on her and it was Lucy and she was wide awake! I went in to hold her for a couple of minutes then I followed the dr.'s instructions and put her back in the bed even though I knew she would scream...she did...do I know this kid or what? I tried to talk to her and let her know she was fine and to go to sleep before she woke up Abby. I told her I loved her and fixed her blankets...all the while she was screaming and stiffening her back. I walked out and closed the door and waited to see how long it would take for the screaming/crying to stop. About 6 minutes into the 15 minute allowance I gave her, Abby calls for me to tell me that Lucy wants me...no kidding!

Since she woke Abby up I picked her up for a minute and told Abby to go lay in my bed so she could go back to sleep without Lucy bothering her. I held Lucy for another minute then we started the process over again. She finally cried herself to sleep at about 2:00. By that time Abby was asleep and I was too tired to get her back in her bed so she stayed.

Lucy was up for the day at 5:30am. What will tonight bring????????? I'm pretty sure screaming will be involved...

Monday, December 7, 2009

To Sleep or Not to Sleep...

First let me say that something wonderful happened last night...nope, didn't have the baby but something almost as wonderful :)

Lucy went to bed in her big girl bed last night because I had been sorting through bab y clothes in the nursery and told her I had to work in there. She went down at 7:30 and after lots of fussing, talking, cajoling, etc. she was finally out like a light at about 9:15! The biggest part of this momentous event is that she slept ALL...NIGHT...LONG! (well, until 5:30am anyway). I was sure she would wake at some point but she didn't and although I did a lot of tossing and turning I wasn't up and down and in and out of the bed! Don't get me wrong, I do not hold the same expectations for tonight...I'm taking it one small accomplishment at a time.

I had made Lucy an appointment with her pediatrician today. I told him about the sleep issues we have been having and about my recent concerns that she has been exhibiting some signs of acid reflux. After listening to what I told him he thought that it could be a possibility as well. He wants her to try some medication for 1 month and we'll see if the sleeping gets better. After 1 month we'll let it run out and see how she does once she stops taking the med. If the sleep issue comes back then we may have our answer. I really don't like the idea of her having to take the med. but if she is having reflux and heartburn/acid indigestion waking her up at night (mine has been horrible lately and wakes me up...I'm up for at least 2 hours with it) then I want to see if we can get her some relief.

Lucy is back in her big girl bed tonight. The dr. said just go ahead and make her sleep there since she will have to do it soon anyway. She went down at 7:30 and FINALLY fell asleep at 9:15 (after fussing/crying for me for about 10 minutes). Abby was awake for awhile too and that has been my biggest concern with them rooming together...Abby missing out on sleep as well. I'm hoping this will all calm down within a week or two and they can start going to sleep faster.

Any bets as to whether or not Lucy wakes up during the night????? I'll let you know the results tomorrow :)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Eviction Notice...

Dear Baby Girl,
This is to inform you that you are being evicted from your current place of residence. You need to have your possessions removed no later than Dec. 11th. You're being served with this eviction notice because of your continued "wild parties" that keep your landlord up at night and for, at times, being a real pain in the behind (I don't know how you happened to find my sciatic nerve but it is not yours so you really should leave it alone).

As a loving landlord I promise that your new accommodations will be warm and cozy and you will get lots of love from your "neighbors".

Thank you and I am sorry if this causes an inconvenience but it can't be helped.

Your Landlord

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


It seems the contractions that I have been having since Friday night have been doing some good! Last week Wednesday I was not effaced yet and was at 1 cm. This morning I checked out at 50% effaced and almost 3cm! I have been having contractions off and on since 5am this morning so my dr. told me today that if they start getting more serious then to give her a call.

Baby Girl's heartrate was in the 130-140 range and my BP was up a little at 138/70. My legs are swollen like crazy though and the fact that Lucy still isn't sleeping very well could be contributing to the rise in BP.

My next appointment is next Friday...I have a feeling I'm not going to make it but who knows.