Aside

I know, I am a total slacker…

… but in my defense, it has been just crazy busy with holidays, visitors, etc.  Still no excuse, I know.

Anyhoo, we had an amazing First Christmas!  We celebrated our Christmas with my family the weekend before the 25th and it was fantastic!  It actually felt as wonderful as Christmas’ felt as a kid and I am so happy to be able to start that again and continue it for Delaney:)  She was showered with awesome gifts, here are a few pictures from that:

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On the actual day of Christmas, we had Darcey and JB over for turkey stew.  We tried to introduce them to Settlers of Catan, Ryan’s favorite board game.  Mostly, I think it just made JB really mad.  I think it is safe to blame that on Ryan’s ability to inflict his disdain for not being in the lead all the time, not the actual game itself.

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The weekend following, Ryan’s mom Carolyn came into town.  We went up to Crested Butte for a few days, then spent some time down in D-town.  It was so much fun and a great pleasure having her here.  I loved seeing her meet Delaney and just totally dive in to being an awesome grandma:)  Too bad she is so far away:/  I think it is safe to say that Delaney had her first, full blown melt down in public on this trip.  I thought I was either going to start running in circles or burst into tears.  Having a screaming baby that you cannot seem to console is NOT fun, especially with spectators.

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The day after Carolyn left, Ryan’s Uncle Timmy, Aunt Sandy, and cousins Danny, Shannon, and Matthew came into town to ski.  So we got to hang out quite a bit which was awesome and Delaney got to meet even more family as well!  We also went for tea at the Brown Palace which was… expensive?!  Ha, it was a good experience and I am glad I spent it with Timmy and Sandy for our first tea adventure.  Delaney enjoyed lots of laps around the atrium.

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I think that bring us up to speed in terms of the big events since my last post.  Day-to-day life has been a rollercoaster, up during the day and way faaaaaaar down at night!  This little monster is SO much fun and developing so much!!  She attacks her feet and eats them like they are going to fall off her body, never to be found again.  She is a total foodie for sure.  She started solids and is now obsessed with the concept of eating off a spoon, swooshing it around in her mouth, squirting it through her gums and lips, sucking it off the highchair, etc.  Who needs a TV for entertainment!  She has rolled over a few times, laughs but only after it is earned with a TON of effort, squawks pretty much all day, preforms for an audience as long as she has gotten over her stranger anxiety, and did I mention her obsession with her feet yet?  That being said, she is up every two hours at night.  She is learning so many things and they say they literally practice it in their sleep so it can keep them up.  So in between that and teething, which is AWFUL, there is no sleep to be had in this household!  Poor thing, I hope these dang teeth cut soon so she stops hurting.  See these happy pictures of either feet in her mouth, or my hand.  Poor thing.  Oh, also please note the necklace she is wearing.  Yes, I am a sap and gave in to an amber teething necklace.  I find it so hard to believe they work, but we are desperate to ease the discomfort and will try anything!

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Random pictures and videos:

Naked time is the second best past time to feet:)

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We went to the art museum for her first time and got to go to the Van Gogh exhibit!!  Thanks Auntie Mia:)  I was surprised that only two art snobs scoffed at my bringing her.  You would think real art snobs would appreciate exposing her to such fantastic art so early:)

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Another baby play date (aka: mom’s attempt to adult sanity).  Too cute!!

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More food fun!!!

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Here are her 4 and 5 month photos, I forgot to post the 4 month photo last time.  And yes, that is drool:

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And I found a way to post videos, as requested:)  YouTube, who would have thought:)

Here is Delaney eating solids for the first time.  Too funny!

And here is Delaney and Daddy babbling back and forth on Christmas:

MUCH LOVE!!!

Whoops!

Okay, I know I totally let you all down, my huge fan base of people that like to adore our daughter.  I am so sorry.  I just cannot keep up with it all!

Let’s see, since the last post we have gone through Halloween and Thanksgiving.  Both were great, carving pumpkins with Auntie Miachelle and friends.  Thanksgiving day was spend with Auntie Darcey, Unc JB and their family, then we joined my family up in Crested Butte. They just built their dream house in their dream location so it was really wonderful and exciting to share that with my family:)  I am sorry to say I should have gotten more pictures of the special days.  Mommy fail!

Our Halloween Bear!  I know, we are a creative bunch.  Really, the costume just worked to be her snow suit as well:)

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Cooking!  Don’t worry, she was carefully watched:)

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      Just rolled out of bed on cooking day!                              How does a 3.5 mo old love books so much?!

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Delaney is now growing so much every day,physically and mentally.  I hate thinking about it but enjoy every second of her.  Even when she decides to no longer be an awesome sleeper and wake every hour.  She has gone through a growth spirt, wonder week, and sleep regression all since my last post.  All you really need to know about that is that we are exhausted in this household!!  She seems to be coming out of it though.  She now notices the world around her with great curiosity, discovered her hands and feet, is grabbing for things and trying really hard to work her little fingers around objects, laughed ONCE (not nice, I require more for all this hard work), graduated from our bed to her own, gets seperation anxiety, displays shyness, and talks up a storm after a month of silence.  Did I mention how much I dislike her speed of growth?  OH.  I also swear she says “hi!” and I know it is crazy and not possible, but I am mommy and I know all.

Here are some random pics, as always.  I have a few videos, but am struggling uploading them.  Once I figure it out I will do so:)

Her 3 month photo.  I think she has my skin… poor kid!

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 Do you see her dreadlock?  We don’t raise hippies, as much as         some of you may think…

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She makes awesome expressions.  And the picture to the left is next to a picture taken of me… I feel like she may have received my expression-filled face.  Watch out world.

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Meeting her dear friend Noah for the first time:)

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Guests and a New Baby

The past two weeks have been quite busy.  First off, Delaney turned two months on the 5th:)  She had a friend over.  Again, the purpose is NOT for us moms to get a little adult time.  They are totally capable of playing at this age…

At two months she also gets her first vaccinations. NOT fun.  We are doing a delayed schedule so she gets 2 shots every month as opposed to 4-5 shots every two months.  No matter what it sucks, but at least this way we aren’t bombarding her immune system with too much at once.  I am not sure who took the experience worse, me or her.  She is growing like a weed.  Since she was two weeks old, she has gained about 3.5 lbs, added 2 inches in length and 1 inch to her noggin.  Doesn’t that give me a free card to eat pizza every day?!  We also had to switch from the best pediatrician in the world to Kaiser.  I cried.  The new Dr. seems okay, but it is a huge difference to the awesome little integrative pediatrician I went to, sister went to, and I was hoping for Delaney as well.  To top off the terrible day, I woke up to terrible news.  I am a part of an online mom group for babies born in August, and have been since I found out I was pregnant.  Cheesy, I know, but they are the best support group and we have all become friends over these past 11 mos.  Actually, the baby Delaney is with above is the daughter of one of the women I met in the group.  Anyhow, one of the mom’s lost her baby.  I cried, again.  We all cried.

On a happier note…

We also had my Grandma Bonnie, Uncle Tom, and Aunt Jenny in town.  It was so fun to see them and have them meet Delaney.  Ryan and I wanted to stay and play with them every night… Delaney wanted to sleep.

I think those were the two main events.

We also are starting to feel like we have a different baby.  She has gotten fussy all of a sudden and really fights sleeping.  What a handful.  It seems like that is normal starting at 8 weeks, but I think someone swapped our darling little well behaved daughter for a borderline monster.  Maybe she is just learning she can control the whole house…

 

Here are some random pictures as well:)

Bumbo fun.  At least she is trying.  She also looks dizzy cause she is still mastering trying to hold up her head!

Going out for the day and actually in real clothing.  That happens about once every two weeks.  Normally I am lazy and keep her in foot pajamas.  I want foot pajamas.

Her first snow!!  She stayed inside the whole time and didn’t see it:)

A new play gym we got her to see if we can attempt to set her down for even 5 minutes.  She lasted 10 mins once, yay!

So Ryan likes to torture us sometimes and ask us to go on a walk with him at 5am.  This is her all bundled up to stay warm on one of these walks.  I prefer cookies.

Bath time!  So stinkin cute!

I think swaddled babies are hysterical.

Delaney and Auntie Mia!  That was a great day of relaxing and catching up.

What an Exciting Week!

Except, not really:)  This week Delaney has been a little under the weather.  Not a full blown illness, but I did have to put saline in her nose and use a bulb to suck stuff out.  Poor thing, she hates it.  And I hate it because it makes me think of her poor little inflamed nose in the NICU.  However, it certainly seems to help, so I reluctantly sucked it up.  Last Saturday, Ryan and our friend Eric climbed Mt. Evans, their first 14er (a peak that hits 14,000 ft elevation above sea level).  I won’t call Ryan out, but he *may* have hobbled in the door after the hike in pitiful soreness and pain… I couldn’t stop laughing;)  Hey, at least they did it… my one and only experience trying to climb one as a kid was deplorable!

Some silly mountain goat that would only show his back side for the photos.  Needless to say, these mature boys took many silly pictures with it:)

Sunday we went on a fantastic drive up Guanella Pass to look at the Aspens changing color.  I am terrible, I didn’t get pictures of the spectacular views.  But it was gorgeous.  We eneded up in Georgetown for a lovely lunch and terrible drive home in traffic.  I loathe I-70.

That is about it for our exciting week!  I find it a little nervewracking leaving the house a lot with her.  Between the fear of her freaking out in public and feeding her… we are hermits.  I hope that fear will pass soon because I sure am getting restless.  I suppose it is hard anyway, considering she eats almost the entire time her eyes are open.  Makes it hard to do anything anyway.

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Delaney and Sophie, her new friend.  This is their second playdate.  It is all about the girls, not the moms in desperate need of adult time:)  Purple is definitely her color.

So, my mom is certain that Delaney looks like Ryan.  I have always been torn.  I see it in this picture though… lol!

Our Friday night, cuddling her sickly sorrows away.  And daddy, being daddy.

I just love this little snippet.  She looks like the keeps smirking and such.  It is so cute how she is still trying to move her face.  And yes, she is ALWAYS that vocal.

Her insanely ridiculous attempts to cry.  Like anyone can take that seriously.

Catching Up!

Even though I tend to be long winded, this will probably be abnormally long since I put off starting this blog for quite some time.  It’s fine, except that I procrastinate to the Nth degree, it will never change.  I debated where to start… moving from Ohio to Colorado, brand new jobs for both of us after a summer apart, finding out we were pregnant, holidays, having a honeymoon, getting married, buying a house, pregnancy and bedrest, then labor and delivery!  Welp, that’s where I start, and that is the order of our past year and a half of massive change.

moving from Ohio to Colorado

’twas awesome

brand new jobs for both of us after a summer apart

’twas NOT awesome

finding out we were pregnant

That is pretty much indescribable… and unexpected.  Still have a picture of the test on my phone with lots of funny texts between dear friends in sheer panic and freak out mode.  Ohhhh, the moments leading up to breaking the news to parents.  Did I mention panic?  Little did I know that our lives could take no other course.  This was it:)

   holidays

They were wonderful and mostly spent in Crested Butte, where my pregnant self was so cold I thought I would die.  It was the hormones of course.  It was so nice not to have to wonder if Ryan and I would be spending the holidays apart.  We come as a package deal now people!

having a honeymoon

We went before our wedding, yes.  Don’t ask.  Kauai was absolutely spectacular.  It was so fun to be  in such an exotic place with Ryan and to see his awe of surrounding beauty.  We were there for a week: eating, not boozing, whalewatching, best hike ever, relaxing, reading, hammocking, beaching, avoiding pregnant lady freak outs.  Not in that order

Our  home for a week

Hammocking

Pretty sure their canyon trumps ours…

A view from the best hike ever.  That should be it’s name.

Did I mention the bougainvillea.  Unbelievable!!

getting married

This was a pretty epic event.  I could not have imagined a more perfect beautiful wedding.  Even the rehearsal dinner was stupid great.  We had the most amazing support there and our day was really spectacular.  I don’t even know how to pick pictures to post here.  And, for those of you who were not amused by the change in date… I really apologize.  I HAD to fit into my dress which was not only already purchased, but amazing.  If I do say so myself:)

Rehearsal Dinner

If anyone needs access to the photos from the photographers website to get prints, please let me know!

buying a house

Our lovely house is far from work, but not far from family in a wonderful neighborhood called Park Hill.  We are within walking distance to a coffee shop, restaurants, etc, and bike riding distance to City Park, the zoo, and the museum!  We are very lucky to have scored such an amazing home and location.

Moving day!

pregnancy and bedrest

Pregnancy was… okay.  First trimester I just wanted to sleep.  Fruit and saltines were my diet… oh, and Shirley Temples!!  Second tri was fine.  BUT third tri… oh how I STILL loathe thee.  Not only was I uncomfortable, constantly hungry, had massive heartburn, and couldn’t sleep, but thats also when they put me on bed rest.  So from 29 – 36.6 weeks I was on the couch.  This may have been the darkest time of my life.  I do not enjoy sitting around non-stop by force, topped off by discomfort and guilt as every time I would move around, I worried that it would hurt our bundle.

Pretty sure these are the only photos I agreed to while pregnant:)

labor and delivery

One day shy of 37 weeks, on my birthday 8/5 (now Delaney’s as well!), my water broke at 12:30am.  Ryan is trying to wake up while I keep chanting “This is it, okay, wait, this is really it… how is there THIS MUCH WATER?!”  Call the midwife on call and she tells us to stay home as long as possible because the chances of medicinal intervention are significantly higher if we come in and she knew we wanted a natural birth.  However, if we got to noon and still weren’t having contractions 3-4 mins apart, call.  HA.  HA. HA.  Hop in the shower to pass a little time and contractions start right away, maybe 10 mins apart.  20 mins later they are much faster so I get out.  I can’t even complete blow drying my hair because they are coming too fast and we quickly get ready to head to the hospital.  Car ride and getting through the ER to labor and delivery take forever cause I have to stop every 3 mins to cope with the pain.  We finally get to our room and I am already at 4 cm.  I tried a bath, breathing, etc. but no matter the method, we can’t seem to get anywhere for pain tolerance because as soon as it stops, another comes.  Well… 12, 18, 22 hours of this… absolutely not.  I demand, rather forcefully and with lots of yelling and expletives, that I need an epidural.  Ryan does his job to try to disuade me, but I immediately let him know that is no longer not an option, with lots of  yelling and expletives.  The anesthesiologist comes up and dares to ask me questions during a contraction.  Between the pain and my irritation with his audacious desire to speak to me, I *may* have bit Ryan’s stomach… that part is a bit fuzzy.  All of a sudden I start screaming that I need to push!  Exit the anesthesiologist with a look of defeat.  In two hours I went from a 4 to a nine!  One more contraction took me to a 10, enter the pushing phase.  I liked this much more because even though the pain was even more intolerable, at least you can push your frustration away.  I have my mom on one side helping with O2, cold rags, and looks of sheer terror and awe.  The other side is Ryan looking calm, and reassuring me with every breath.  After two hours of pushing Delaney finally entered our world:)  I wish I could describe those moments, but I am not even going to try.  After 4-5 hrs of enjoying her company, my dad notices she is starting to look a little blue.  She was rushed away to a transition unit to see what is going on.  O2 wasn’t helping her enough so she was transferred to the NICU.  She had some lung complications and what was going to be pretty intense jaundice due to our blood types so she was there from Sunday to the following Friday.  That.  Sucked.  I don’t even want to talk about it.  Going home and being home was amazing.  My recovery was a little bit rough, but besides that, Ryan kept me on a strict and very needed schedule and we enjoyed the next week as a transformed family.

First time daddy holds her in NICU

My first time as well, with the mask of doom:/

One of the first times they take off her eye mask

First week home!

I think we are now caught up… at least with the large  events.  A couple more random photos:

sweet dream faces

First day of legit social smiles:)