Monday, October 20, 2014

Proud Big Sister Savannah

Savannah is excited to be a big sister!

It was love at first sight when Savannah held Hadley for the first time:

Savannah was tracked out from school the week before and after Hadley was born. After three days at home with Mommy, Daddy, and Hadley, Savannah started to get stir crazy. She said she was "over this crying thing" and asked to go to tumbling day camp for three days (probably to get away from Hadley's crying). Haha!

Daddy's Girls

It's a well-known fact that Tal loves his girls:

(5.5 years old)

(6 days old)

Tal returns to work tomorrow. He's been on paternity leave for the last 10 days. Having Tal at home has been a godsend. We've really enjoyed having some extra family time while we've been adjusting to life with a newborn. Plus, with Tal being home, he and I have been able to take turns feeding Hadley, changing her diapers, and playing with Savannah. I'll be on my own for a couple days until my mom arrives on Thursday!

Tired Daddy



For comparison's sake, here's a similar picture of Tal napping
with Savannah when she was 4 days old.
It's one of my favorite pictures!

Hadley's First Car Ride

Tal and I brought Hadley home from the hospital 
on Sunday, October 12, 2014:

It was a cool and rainy morning, 
but Hadley stayed warm in her car seat:

For the sake of comparison, 
here's a picture of Savannah when we brought her home 
from the hospital on Valentine's Day 2009:

When Tal and I got home, 
Savannah and Grandma Barbara were waiting for us:

Savannah asked to hold and kiss Hadley right away.
Savannah is so excited to be a big sister!

State Fair

Last Saturday, October 18, our family of four went to the NC State Fair, which is one of our favorite annual traditions. It was quite a feat with Hadley being a newborn and me being 8 days postpartum, but we managed better than expected. We arrived early and got a good parking spot, so thankfully we didn't have far to walk.

Savannah and Tal spent two hours riding rides:

Savannah got her face painted:

Savannah met Martha the dog: 

Bob the Builder

Hadley slept through her first visit to the NC State Fair:

After 2 hours of fun at the fair, all of us were tired and hungry. 
We didn't even eat a funnel cake or deep fried pecan pie like we usually do at the fair. 
Instead, we picked up lunch from Bojangle's on our way home!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Grandma's Girls

Thanks to Tal's mom for helping us before and after Hadley was born. When Grandma Barbara found out I was in labor on Friday, she drove three hours to watch Savannah at the hospital and to be present for Hadley's birth. Over the next three days, Barbara also took care of Savannah while Tal and I were in the hospital, cooked us meals, and did our laundry. Tal and I are so grateful for Barbara and her help!

Grandma Barbara with Savannah (5.5) and Hadley (3 days old)

Savannah, Tal, Grandma Barbara, and Hadley

Monday, October 13, 2014

Our Newest Addition

When Hadley was 18 hours old, Bella Baby Photography came 
into our hospital room and took her newborn photos. 
We're so thankful to have these beautiful, precious memories 
of Hadley after she was born!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Welcome Hadley Victoria!

Introducing Hadley Victoria! 
Born Friday, October 10, 2014 at 6:40 P.M. 
8 lbs. 2 oz. 
21.5 inches long

Thursday, October 9, 2014

39 Weeks!

Only 6 more days until Hadley's due date on October 15! Tal and I got a good report when we went to the OB for my 39-week appointment. We were incredibly thankful that Hadley and I continue to be healthy, but we were a bit disappointed that Hadley seems cozy in my belly and in no hurry to make her debut. I haven't had any labor signs so far!

Hadley's head was still very low and ready for delivery. I was still 2 cm dilated, so I haven't progressed since last week.

In the past, Hadley's heartbeat has always been healthy in the 140's and 150's. Today her heartbeat was lower (but still normal) in the 120's. Just to be safe, though, the OB hooked me up to a fetal heart monitor for 20 minutes. Thankfully, however, Hadley's heartbeat was in the normal range, and the doctor wasn't concerned.

As expected (but somewhat disappointing) , the OB that I saw today (in the same practice) didn't support inducing me before my due date...because Hadley's weight was normal and because I've done a good job of controlling my gestational diabetes with my diet.

My next appointment is on Monday, October 13. If Hadley isn't born by then, then the OB said he would schedule an induction on Monday, October 20 (5 days after my due date).

I feel so much pressure, pain, and discomfort in my lower belly and pelvis that I can't imagine carrying Hadley for 10 more days. However, Tal and I are trying to be patient and trust in the Lord's timing for Hadley's birth. We're taking it one day at a time and waiting for Hadley to make her appearance...within the next 10 days.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Getting Ready for Baby Hadley: We're Ready!

Hadley's due date is one week away! Whoohoo!

Tal and I have spent the last 9 months preparing for Hadley's arrival, and we're finally ready!
  • Hadley's nursery is done. 
  • 3.5 months of sub plans/lesson plans are ready for maternity leave. (Friday is my last day of school until February 2!)
  • The car seats are installed in both vehicles. 
  • Hadley's baby bottles, clothes, blankets, etc. are washed and put away.
  • Our fridge and pantry are stocked with food.
  • Our hospital bags are packed.
  • Our house is neat and clean (as of today).

Tal and I have worked really hard to get ready for Hadley, and we're so relieved to have all of these important tasks taken care of before her birth.We're ready to meet Hadley any day now! 

Sunday, October 5, 2014