Saturday, May 29, 2010

Newborn Shoot by Amy Call Photography


Vintage Pearls & Diamonds

Family Shots

Sisterly Loves


Aren't they so sweet? This was such a fun day getting the girls dressed as princesses and posing them. Thanks Ames for all your hard work!

Knitted Hat & Swaddling Sac with Sweet Baby Toes

(Amy DeWaal made this darling knit hat. She's so talented!)

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Abigail's Birth Story

As most of you know, all my babies have been born via cesarean. After two it's pretty much decided that all future births will be c-section as well. So Abigail was scheduled for early on Sunday morning so that we could have my OB/GYN for the surgery as well as our first pick for the anesthesiologist. The nurses set up a mirror in the corner so I was able to watch the surgery (and catch first glimpses of Abigail) like we did with Sarah. Though my OB doesn't mess around. It was 5 minutes flat from getting numb to hearing Abigail's sweet cries. A little surprise kicker was that Miss Acrobat Abigail had managed a rather large knot in the umbilical cord and had I gone into active labor contractions we would have been in an emergency c-section rather than just a planned one. We feel very grateful for modern medicine and the prayers of our friends and family members.

It's rather different having a baby around family. Everyone at the hospital seemed to have a connection to my family or Nate's. The nurse cleaning baby Abigail happened to be Nate's cousin's wife Crystal. The anesthesiologist is a good friend of my mom's. The first hour was painful and full of nausea but once we got the right cocktail together I have felt great ever since. In fact I was supposed to stay in the hospital until Thursday morning but on Tuesday we were ready to go home so we did.

Abigail means source of joy and we decided to pick that name out of our three main ones because as soon as I heard her little cries my eyes welled up with tears of joy. She's been eating well and growing and sleeping for two 4 hour blocks at night. I say this and now she wont be sleeping at all...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Abigail Starley

Abigail Starley was born Sunday May 2, 2010 at 9:26am. She was 6lbs 15oz and 20inches long. Here are some cute photos from the hospital (not all because my camera lost battery power) and I will get you a recount on the experience in a bit:

Catchin' a ride home

Post Op Room

Katelyn holding Abigail and Sarah practicing holding her hands out

Sarah holding Abigail

Katelyn and Matt Holding Abigail

The Three Muskateers

Sweet Moments

Loves From Great Grandpa

The Geese at the Hospital Reflecting Pond were a great distraction for the girls

Mom getting Abigail ready for the car

Cute Sticker on her stats chart

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Family Photos

We've had a tradition taking shots of our family at the very end of pregnancy. We had Amy Call (see take our photos on Saturday (the day before surgery) and loved how they turned out. Now to just pick which ones to have on the wall...
We spent the last evening as a family of four at Chuck-E-Cheese and the girls had one of the very best days ever!