Monday, August 30, 2010

1 Month!

Bella, you are ONE month old! I just can't believe it!

-You weigh 7 lbs 10 ounces.

-You are 20 1/2 inches long.

-You wear size 1 diapers.

-You still wear mostly newborn size clothes but some 0-3 months fit you.

-You get up about 2-3 times a night.

-You drink 3-4 ounces of breastmilk and/or formula 8-10 times a day.

Mommy and Daddy love you so very much and we can not imagine our lives without you! You are the most precious gift God has given me (aside from his life!)

Thank you for being such a great baby! We are looking forward to seeing you grow and to see the little girl you become!

Love, Mommy & Daddy

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sickies and TuTus

This weekend was supposed to be a fun zoo going weekend and some shopping too! But unfortunately our house has been plagued with the dreaded sinus infections. Yuck! Kirsten and I are both really sick and Noah is getting that way. ugh :( It has not been fun to be sick and take care of 3 kiddos. So needless to say we have been in the house all weekend. Luckily, Bella & Elijah haven't gotten sick! We are keeping our fingers crossed on that one!

I took some cute pictures of Bella yesterday in a tutu that her Aunt Ashley got her.

She didn't really like the tutu, my guess is because it was itchy! ha. Oh well..I got some cute pictures. I hope you all had a good weekend!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Bella's First, Second and Third Doctor Appointments

**This post is really for my record keeping isn't anything really interesting :)**

Isabella had her very first doctor's appointment on Monday August 2nd, when she was 3 days old. We had to make an emergency, after hour visit to our pediatrician's office. She was jaundice and not eating at all. I was so worried and upset. I broke down on the phone with Dr. M's nurse. But Dr. M was satisfied that nothing was wrong with her except her jaundice but that it wasn't bad enough to need hospitalization. So she told me to pump my breastmilk and feed it to her in a bottle. She also gave us some pedialyte to give her if she would not take the breastmilk right away.

She took the pedialyte and then soon after took the breastmilk. I tried for several days to get her to breast feed again but she wouldn't. Dr. M said it was laziness because getting milk out of the bottle is much easier than the nipple! ha...she was 4 days old and already lazy :)She weighed 6 lbs 11 ounces and was 20 1/4 inches long.

On Friday, August 6th, Bella had her second doctor's appointment. This was her routine 1 week check up. Her jaundice was looking better and she was eating so much better (out of the bottle of course!) I was so shocked I didn't have to wait in the waiting room at all. They took us right back to our room. It was really nice not to have to keep a newborn in a pediatrician's waiting room. :)

She weighed 6 lbs 14 ounces and was 20 1/4 inches long. She was perfect.

This past Friday, August 27th, She had her third doctor appointment which was her one month checkup! Her jaundice is completely gone and her belly button looks great. She weighs 7 lbs 2 ounces, which is 2 ounces below her birth weight and Dr. M is a little worried about that so she wanted me to make sure she at least tried to eat 4 ounces every 3-4 hours. I have to go back on Tuesday August 31st for a weight check. She needs to have gained at least 2 ounces or she will be put on a special diet. I really hope that isn't the case. She is now 20 1/2 inches long. She is growing fine but Dr. M is a little worried about her weight. I think she will gain the 2 ounces by Tuesday and that she won't have to be on a diet.

Well that is all about her 1st, 2nd and 3rd doctor appointments :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Things that have changed

Before I was a mother there were things I said I would NEVER do...

That went out the window literally the day she came home. I sleep with her on my chest, with her next to me, and with her on the couch. Sometimes, she sleeps in her pack n' play but not for very long and not very often. We are working on getting her to sleep in her pack n' play next to our bed more because I go back to work in 3 weeks and will need more sleep than I am getting now.

*Formula Feed
I breastfed her for the first 4 days until she got really jaundice and would not latch on at all. I then had to pump and bottle feed her my breastmilk. After that she would not take the breast any longer, so I had to exclusively pump and bottle feed her the breastmilk. When she got to be about 2 weeks, she started eating more, but I for some reason wasn't producing more. So at about 3 weeks I had to start supplementing with formula because I was not producing enough milk to satisfy her. She is still getting 2-3 ounces of breastmilk a feeding and then about an ounce of formula.

*Tummy Sleep
After realizing she sleeps better and longer on her tummy, I let her nap on her tummy during the day. However, at night I do not put her on her tummy because I can't monitor her while I am asleep. I am too worried about her not being able to breath or SIDS if she sleeps on her tummy while I can't monitor her breathing.

There are more things I am sure, but those are the three main things that have changed.

In other news, Isabella is adjusting great. She sleeps about 4-5 hours at a time most nights. We have our second doctor's appointment on Friday. She will be 4 weeks old on Friday. I can't believe it. Time sure has flown by! I am loving every minute of being her mommy. She is already a mommy's girl :) I just adore it! Well she is asleep so I better utilize this time to get some rest too! Good night :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bella's Birth Story Part 2

Friday morning came around pretty quickly. My new nurse, Teresa came in at about 7 a.m. and said to me "We are going to have a baby today!" She was so awesome. She checked my cervix and I was dilated to 7 cm. Teresa told me that my doctor would be in to break my water sometime that morning. They started my pitocin to get my contractions working overtime so that we could indeed "have a baby today" At about 9 a.m. my doctor came in to check me and break my water. In that 2 hours I had dilated 2 I was at 9cm and he broke my water.

Nurse Teresa checked me 30 minutes later and I was dilated to 10cm!! She firmly announced "It's time to push!" She "kicked" all of the rest of my family out of the room leaving Noah, my mom, and my mother in law.

At around 10:30 a.m., with my loving husband on my left side holding my leg and my mom on my right side holding my leg and my mother in law behind my husband handing me my cup of ice chips between each set of pushes, I started to PUSH!

I pushed for about an hour and a half. Nurse Teresa then called for my doctor to come in. We continued to push until he could get there. About 15 minutes after calling for him, the nurse at the nurse's station called my nurse and asked if she could come to the nurse's station. We were in the middle of pushing so my nurse very firmly said "ummm no!" and then that same nurse came in my room and asked my nurse to come to the door (behind the curtain). I could hear them talking but wasn't sure what was being said. Nurse Teresa then came back to me and said "Dr. D is in an emergency c-section, he wants me to stop your pitocin and to have you stop pushing."

My initial reaction...WHAT?!? I asked if another doctor could deliver her. My nurse said that my doctor would probably be mad if we had another doctor come in and that he would not be long.

Not being able to push was the most pain I have ever felt in my life! It was worse than the initial labor pains and contractions I had the day before.

20 minutes later, Dr. D walks in and scrubs in. The nurses get the room ready, they put my legs up and 8 pushes later...She was born!

Isabella Grace Beach was born at 12:28 p.m. on Friday July 30, 2010.

She weighed 7 lbs 4 ounces.

She was 20 inches long.


I cried....

a lot...

Daddy was sooo proud...

We are totally in love and are loving every second with our precious gift :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bella's Birth Story Part 1

I wish so badly that I was better with words than I am. I would love to have some really awesome way to share my angel's birth story with you. So I guess I will just tell you how it went...

On Thursday, July 29th, 2010 at around 6 p.m., after Noah had left for school, I started having some contractions. I had been having contractions for several days, so I was not too surprised when they started again. I timed them and they got closer together at about 6 minutes apart. But they had done this same thing before so I waited because I did not want to go to the hospital and get sent home...again.

I sat on our couch, reading my new Max Lucado book that I had bought earlier that day. At about 8 p.m., I realized how strong my contractions were and that I had been having them for over 2 hours now. I was still not convinced that I was in labor. I continued to read. It finally got to the point that I had to stop reading during each contraction and grit my teeth while clenching our couch cushions.

I decided at that point, around 9 p.m. to call my doctor. He, of course, told me to go to the hospital. I could barely walk down our stairs because of the pain of the contractions. Noah was still at school. By the time I got into my Mother In Law's room I was in tears. She got ready in record time and took me to the hospital. I called and texted Noah several times to let him know we were heading to the hospital.

After getting checked in to the hospital, the nurse checked me and I was dilated to 5cm. I then asked if I was going to be admitted...her reply was "oh yes, honey, you are staying." I was scared, relieved, shocked, and excited...all at once.

Teresa (my mother in law) called my mom, dad and step-mom, they headed to the hospital from AR (which is about 3 hours away). I am pretty sure they all made it there in record time. Noah finally arrived and we settled in for a long night. Teresa and Leroy (my in-laws) went home and got some rest while the rest of us rested in my room, which I might add...was HUGE and really nice. The women's and children's pavilion that I delivered in was brand opened in February, 2010.

At about 11 p.m. that night I got my epidural. Best. Decision. Ever. I am so glad I got an epidural because I do not handle pain well.

I didn't sleep much that night. I think I was too anxious knowing that very soon I would be holding my baby girl. It was an unreal feeling.

More later....

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


pictures of our beautiful baby girl...ENJOY :)