Saturday, August 30, 2008

Newborn pics

To see some of the pics Tasha took, check out her blog at Mallory's pics are posted today, Aug. 30. So, if you are looking a few days from now, you may have to scroll down or click on Aug. 30 on the blog archive (calendar) at the top of the page to see them. I can't wait to see them in person!

Gig 'em, Aggies!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Hanging out with the boys

Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence around our house... you gotta love those terrible twos! The crying and carrying on are also known as "I didn't get my way and you're going to hear about it!"
Drew loves brushing his teeth now that he's allowed to have toothpaste.
Hanging out with her brothers...

Mallory will be two weeks old on Saturday. I took her in this morning for her dr.'s appointment, and it went pretty much as expected. Everything looks good and she's already up to 7 pounds. The goal is to be back to her birth weight by now, which was 6 lb. 8 oz. Let's just say she doesn't care to miss a meal... Like mother, like daughter, I suppose.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

An uneventful day...

was what we had today. I think that's good considering the past couple weeks! Mallory is doing well. She is awake more and more, but still sleeps most of the day and night away... Both boys are still enthralled with her. Drew especially is so fun to watch - the way he interacts with her is so cute. His voice goes up an octave or two when he talks to her, and he loves to point out her eyes, nose, etc. and "pet" (for lack of a better term) her on the head. He also tries to hold her bottle, but is a little too enthusiastic at this point. Brady asks to hold and feed her often, although I would say the novelty is wearing off a bit for him. But, that doesn't stop him from saying how cute she is many times a day and letting us know how glad he is that she's here.

I've spent the day pouring over Mallory's newborn pictures that we had taken last Friday. I am ordering a few portraits for the house and family members, but also announcements that I know I will be very happy with. So, I am definitely looking forward to getting those and sharing a cute pic of our little girl! If Tasha ends up posting any of her favorites on her blog, I will definitely let everyone know so you can take a peek.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Another hospital stay...

for Mommy, not Mallory. I don't want to be too graphic, but I ended up back at the hospital yesterday because I was bleeding heavily and knew things weren't right. After several hours in the E.R., they admitted me upstairs to watch me overnight. They gave me some medicine to help slow things down and monitored to make sure I wouldn't need surgery. I saw my regular doctor this morning, who told me that I wasn't allowed to have any more problems with this baby... I would be happy to oblige! So, I am back at home and hopefully things will be back to normal, or as normal as they can be with a newborn.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Pretty girl...

Mallory was so sleepy yesterday afternoon, she let me mess around with putting headbands and bows in her hair... the headbands are way too big for her head (not surprisingly), but I am determined to make them work, so just don't ask when you see her wearing one and the bow is sideways! Of course, maybe Karen is the only one who would notice that anyway.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A few new pics...

We gave Mallory her first bath this evening - she wasn't too keen on the idea, but I'm sure it will be better once she can actually sit in the water and stay warm!
A decent pic where her skin doesn't look so splotchy... Daddy is trying to wake her up to eat.
A rare moment where her eyes are open!

Mallory's check-up

We took Mallory in this morning, mainly to check her jaundice level. I was plesantly surprised that they didn't even take her blood - she doesn't look very yellow anymore and her levels weren't that high to begin with, so the doctor didn't think it was necessary. I know she didn't understand, but I was happy that I didn't have to deal with any trauma! She's gained a few ounces since coming home from the hospital Tuesday, so everything is looking good.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Our first night at home...

was uneventful, which is a good thing! Mallory is still sleeping all the time except when she gets her diaper changed or needs to eat. She is definitely spoiling us thus far! She sucks down her bottle and had no trouble changing from the bottles in the hospital to what we have here at home. That might seem trivial, but Drew gave us grief about things like that from the beginning, so we are very appreciative of even the little things! (Of course, I even hate to put anything like that in writing, for fear it will come back and bite me in the butt.) She has slept in her bouncy seat, in the crib, and with me in the recliner. I think I am several days from being comfortable enough to sleep in my own bed, so rather than have to get up and down to check on her, I decided it would be easiest to keep her with me.

I am trying very hard today to take it easy and do nothing around the house. Most of you know how difficult that is for me!! I am feeling better each day, but my feet are very swollen even after sleeping with them propped up all night. I'm sure that will get better as time goes on, though.

Tomorrow we will take Mallory in for a jaundice check, although I don't expect any issues. Her numbers were not that high at the hospital, and she has been eating well, but better safe than sorry. Then, Friday Tasha will come to take her newborn pics. I am very excited about this!! The pics I've taken have sufficed, but I don't think they do her justice... not that I'm prejudiced or anything.

Two deliveries...

Uncle Marc and Aunt Sheree sent us a cookie bouquet... it's a good thing I took a pic immediately because I couldn't get the cellophane off fast enough for Drew! The boys split a huge cookie, which was probably the highlight of their morning. Thanks, guys!

Grandma & Grandpa Dinkel also sent us some flowers... I tell ya, I could get used to all this special treatment!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

We're home!

Mallory and I got to check out of the hospital today. So far, she has been a great baby - at this point, that just means she eats well and sleeps pretty much all the rest of the time. However, Bryan and I know that what she does in the hospital may be nothing like she is at home! Plus, it's hard not to sleep when people are holding you all the time. Both the boys were excited to see her, so that's all we can ask for this early in the game.

For those of you who haven't heard how we ended up in the hospital, here it is. Saturday morning I felt her moving around 6 a.m. Then, by around 2 p.m. I decided I needed to call the doctor because I hadn't felt her anymore since then. Of course, he instructed me to go to the hospital to get checked. Frankly, I felt a little silly and figured we would go and be right back home. So, I took nothing with me, not even the camera. They did find her heartbeat right away, but then I had a contraction shortly after and it slowed down drastically. They wanted to monitor her after that, and after it happened a few more times, decided to admit me. Basically, I was in labor and went from 1 to 3-4 cm dilated in the short amount of time they watched. I was asked about getting an epidural and saw no reason to hold off. Bryan went downstairs for a bite to eat since they kicked him out of the room while they got the epidural going. As he was walking back in, the doctor had already made the call for a c-section and they were basically wheeling me out the door. At this point, the concern was actually that her heartbeat was having trouble recovering after the contraction, instead of during which is apparently a sign of a larger problem such as the placenta not working correctly. Needless to say, things happened very quickly and she was out by 7:17 p.m. after we arrived at the hospital around 3 p.m. I was quite surprised by how everything progressed, but feel very fortunate that I made the decision to go in and get her checked out. She looks so tiny compared to the boys, but neither of us has had any problems so now we're just adjusting to her being here about three weeks earlier than expected...It must be all the times I told people I thought she would hold off until September that did it!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Brady and Drew Visit Again

Drew was much more interested in his new baby sister on Monday, so much so that he wanted to hold her. He rubbed her blanket, smiled at her, and mumbled toddler words to her through his pacifier. He gave his stamp of approval (so far without realizing she's staying at the house for good) in two ways: first he said that she was a "cool baby" and second ...

by pouting about the fact he was no longer holding her. He kept saying "back" in an attempt to instruct us to let her hold her again.

Brady was excited to see Mallory again. He was even more excited that he got to feed her. His attention span on this activity was fairly short because she wasn't fully cooperating with the less than ideal positioning of the bottle. Brady is going to be a big help with Mallory (and Drew, since he's not going to understand exactly what's going on), however, Jill has already predicted that he's going to ask a million questions. Or more precisely, the same questions a million times..."Why is she crying? What's wrong with her?"
We anticipate that Jill and Mallory will come home on Tuesday, so that is when we will truly start to see how Drew will react, if Brady's excitement wanes, and how the dogs will respond to dealing with another baby (they were already sniffing my shirt when I came home). Brady is really wanting everyone home from the hospital because he remembers that he got a toy when Drew was brought home and expects one when Mallory gets here.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Party of Five...Three Weeks Early

Mallory Erin Dinkel was born on Saturday, 8/16, via C-section. She weighed in at 6 lb - 8 oz and was 19" long (not bad for arriving 3 weeks early). Everyone says girls are more difficult than boys, so why should a situation like birth be any different. Mommy and Mallory are both doing well.

Brady and Drew came to visit on Sunday. Brady was smitten as soon as he saw his baby sister. You couldn't wipe the smile off of Brady's face if you wanted to - he was very excited to be the first one to hold her. Drew was a little apprehensive at first, but he warmed up to her and can already say her name. He lost interest quickly and preferred to walk the hallway on the maternity ward.

Brady has already made plans with Grandma to come back to the hospital on Monday so he can hold her again. He even had Grandma wash his "I'm The Big Brother" t-shirt so he can wear it again tomorrow.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A revelation...

I had somewhat of a revelation today that I was quite excited about. If (and that's a big if, of course) the baby does hold out until Sept. 4, then I will have five precious hours to myself the day before because both boys will be in school. Oh, happy day! You have to be grateful for the little things, you know.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Three weeks and counting...

This pic is already several weeks old, but it's the best I've got.

I am scheduled to go in for an induction on Sept. 4 to have the baby, unless she decides to come before then... Neither of the boys were early, so I'm not holding my breath on that one! I'm definitely feeling like it's the end of the pregnancy, but I can't say I'm miserable, so that's something. Honestly, I hope she holds out so the boys can start "school" that first week without the chaos of me being in the hospital or a newborn at home.

It's been fun hearing some of the names people have come up with this time around! For those of you who don't know, we keep the name a secret until he/she arrives. We're way too practical to not find out the sex of the baby, so this is one thing we can keep a surprise. I've known the name a lot longer than with either of the boys, so I am more than ready to share and have almost slipped and said it several times.

My next doctor's appointment will be coming up Monday, so I'll be sure to let everyone know how it goes.