Sunday, June 30, 2013

Newborn photos

Like I mentioned before, our good friend Kayla took newborn photos of Emerson at 5 days old. She is the same friend who took our maternity photos and both turned out fabulously! The link to the whole album is below, but here is a sneak peak of some of our favorites. Enjoy! 

B is on the local search and rescue team and we wanted to have some more personal ones. That is his gear surrounding her.

Friday, June 21, 2013

3 weeks already!

Our lives with Emerson have been an adjustment to say the least. Yes, we read books so we could have an idea of what to anticipate, but nothing we read, no discussions with friends and family members could prepare us for what it would really be like. 

At 3 weeks she:
-loves to look outside. Her big blue eyes open so wide so she can take in the sights of the outdoors.
-has good sleep habits at night, but still struggles during the day.  I'm sure it is largely in part to her wanting to see and be a part of the daytime, but as a result she gets overtired easily and then fights sleep like no-ones business.
-has zero issues with regular bms, and doesn't seem to mind having her diaper changed.
-eats like a champion. There are times I feel I can't keep up with her demand, but knowing that she is growing and thriving is a great feeling.
-LOVES car rides, walks and anytime she is being moved in her carseat.  She usually ends up sleeping like a champ afterwards (which we love).
-Still has a will of steel.  Not only does she move around when she's positioned in a way she doesn't want to be, she also exercises it when eating or falling asleep.  Unless she wants a pacifier when falling asleep, she will spit it out forcefully until she is ready to take it.
-her looks change more and more with each passing day.  We got a few of her newborn photos back (taken at 5 days after birth) and she looks SO different already!  I will do a post shortly showing off a few of those :)

Taking a photo of a 3 week old is a little difficult (hence her squinchy face)
this was last night when we went to a festival downtown. Cute right??

That said, I feel that some of what we have experienced isn't normal.. For example:

-we put baby gates throughout the house to help keep Copper corralled into the main part of the house, and out of the bedrooms with the carpet. As a result however, we have both tripped through the gates while half asleep checking on Emerson, and I actually broke my pinky toe last week. 

-I have woken up at least three times now, dream nursing Emerson. My subconscious must've thought she was crying, and in my half asleep state of mind, I sat up in bed, got myself ready to nurse her, and woke up holding the bare air, with her still sound asleep in the nursery. We aren't co-sleepers by any means, and I've never nursed her in bed, so I'm not sure what my mind was thinking..

-I have fallen into the "new mom" getting ready phase. I shower one day (or night), sleep with wet hair, "do" it the next (usually in a pony tail or braid) and I've worn makeup three times since coming home from the hospital. Sexy.

Here is one day we actually got ready!  Had some errands to run and she wouldn't wake up for anything. So I had some time to kill ;)

On an exciting note, the combination of nursing, lack of sleep, no appetite and other various new mom things, I have bounced back to pre-pregnancy size faster than anticipated and fit back into my summer shorts.  Granted, my stomach still has that weird mommy skin that needs to be worked on, but it just goes to show how much water weight I really did have.

She sleeps like this all the time!  I feel badly for her poor little neck but it doesn't seem to really bother her.  She does great in her swinging chair, and we are slowly working our way up to sleeping in her crib.

She spent time with daddy yesterday watching videos on how to train dogs.  Its a big passion of daddy's, and she will no doubt be his little helper one day!

-meals before Emerson's arrival use to consist of a protein, a vegetable of some sort and a carb. Meals now consist of a plate of scrambled eggs. Or pop tarts. Or another snack item. People have been so gracious and made some freezer meals for us, but by the time dinner rolls around, we are usually so off schedule that we eat whatever is fastest. It's gotten better but we've had some interesting "meals" so far.

-One thing no-one told me- showering for the first time while your newborn is sleeping in the other room is one of the most terrifying things ever!  I kept having irrational fears that she was screaming her head off and i'd step out of the shower only to find her sound asleep.   It added a decent amount of additional time to my shower, and the puddle on the bathroom floor was an interesting addition too. =/

-my hearing is now super sonic. We can be watching a movie with the dishwasher running, a load of laundry washing and another being dried, and I can hear her cry out from her bedroom. With the door nearly shut. I feel there should be a super hero modeled after the modern mom. Not sure what her name would be, but her powers would be: super sonic hearing, feeding someone else literally on demand and the ability to live like a zombie but be fully functioning.
 -speaking of super heroes; Emerson could be one in her own right. This girl may be tiny, but don't let her size fool you- she is the gassiest and poopiest baby I've ever known. Literally, her poops sound like an adult, and every time she does one, I have to check to make sure there isn't poop everywhere underneath her. We have had two blowouts thus far, and at the rate she goes, I'm sure many more are in our future. 

This is her pooping face. If you're holding her and this appears, watch out!


-she isn't super burpy, but she has gas like a trucker. Thankfully for us, she is still nursing so they don't smell, but the sound alone makes you think we have a teenage boy living with us, rather than a nearly 3 week old little girl.
  -we had our first date night the other night, B was so sweet and rented a movie, got some cheese, meats and olives and opened a bottle of Chardonnay. I made it through four sips and promptly fell  asleep on the floor. =\ sorry babe, and here's to hoping I get to be a better date as Emerson gets older. 


Monday, June 17, 2013


As I sit in our glider chair, nursing Emerson for what already feels the bazillionth time, I find myself thinking of how great our life is in this very moment. Yes, our first few days with a newborn made me want to claw my eyes out every time she woke up, things gave slowly gotten better, and she now follows the smallest glimmer of a schedule.
At 11 days, she:
- Nurses like a rock star. She had a great latch from early on, and I thank God everyday that it has continued that way.
- as a result of her rock star nursing skills, at her 2 week follow up dr. appt yesterday, she is back to birth weight (and then some!) at only 10 days old. Born into the featherweight division at 6lbs 7.5oz, she now weighs 7lbs! Woohoo for a healthy growing baby :)

many of our feeding are spent like this.. sleepy

-is very expressive. She makes funny faces constantly, everything from Elvis eyebrows to looks of pure surprise.

This was taken one morning at 4:20am
when she wouldn't sleep =/
She is surprised by herself often :)

 - She smiles without knowing it, and we love it!

-Loves the outdoors. If she is fussy, we can throw open the door or blinds and she loves to look around and bask in the sunlight.
-Does whatever she wants. I can position her in a swing, car seat or boppy looking in a certain direction, but if she doesn't want to look that way, she does everything in her power to adjust to a different position.
-  has a twisted sense of humor. Four separate times now, we will be in the process of changing a poopy diaper (with no new one underneath) and she thinks that is the perfect time to go pee.  All over herself, her outfit, the changing pad and cover. It happened to B first, and he accurately describes it as a cascade =\. Needless to say, it's good gma Dobbs made multiple crib sheets, and most recently, a waterproof liner pad.

This was taken after our first family outing to a local BBQ festival.  needless to say, she didn't see much that day, but she looked stinkin' cute!
-she has shown limited potential in being a self soother.  granted, she soothes by sucking on two fingers rather than her thumb, but hey, potential is potential in my book!


There are a few updates into our crazy amazing life with this beautiful little girl.  It has been hectic, many tears have been shed (by me of course) but in the long run, we are incredibly blessed to be her parents.  I mean, look at that face ;)


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Emerson's birth story

One of the last photos of Emerson on the inside
Emerson has been in this word for a week now, and we've experienced so much with her already.  All those memories have taken precedence in my mind, but documenting her birth story to remind us of the end of one journey and the beginning of another is very important.  Enjoy :)

We had seen our doctor on Thursday, May 30th for our routine 39 week check up and all was well with me and little Ms. We had previously decided that we would do a membrane sweep that day to try and jump start labor.  Afterwards, I went to work for a half day and then started my maternity leave, met B for lunch and did one last grocery run before heading home.  The rest of the afternoon passed fairly uneventfully, a few minor cramps, but nothing to make me think 'holy cow, baby A is coming!' 

We went to bed that night with high hopes but no expectations.  I was woken from a sound sleep early Friday morning by a loud SLAP sound.  B sprung out of bed, said a spider had landed on him and flew out of the room.  Now, it could've been the membrane sweep that started the contractions, but B thinks he had a role in the early labor festivities ;).

At 2:05 last Friday morning (after the spider massacre), I felt what I knew was a contraction. 12 minutes later I had another, and 5 minutes after that another, and they continued to be 5 minutes apart or less for the next hour. Dr. D. had previously told us the rule of 5-1-1 (contractions 5 min. apart lasting 1 min. for 1hr.) to gage when to head to the hospital. Knowing we were rapidly heading this way, I woke up B and after a short discussion, we got things ready for the hospital. 

We checked into the ER around 4am and got sent to Labor & Delivery for evaluation to determine if we were going to be admitted.  I wasn't as dilated as I had hoped (still only 1.5cm) so they had me and B take an hour long lap around the L&D floor to see if I would progress so we could be admitted.  After many painful contractions (all of which B was fabulous through- helping me breathe, rubbing my back to relieve pressure, etc.) I had dilated more and they decided to admit us. Baby A was making his/her HER arrival in the coming hours!

**Just wanted to include a side note here that B was AMAZING throughout the entire process.  Every contraction, he was right by my side, helping me through them, helping keep focused on the end goal, and being my rock throughout the entire process. So blessed to have him as a husband

The plan was to go through labor all natural, but once we got into the thick of things, my body couldn't handle it.  I tried every yoga breathing and other relaxation technique I had read, but my body progressed on its own to about a 4 and then stalled out because every muscle would tense up to make it through the contractions.  After discussing with B, we decided an epidural was the route to go and the doctor came in and worked his magic.  The labor experience afterwards was like night and day.

With the help of the epidural, B and I were both able to get some much needed sleep in preparation for what was to come.  A downside of the epidural however, my contractions drastically slowed down during our nap time.  They gave me some additional medicine to help kick things back into gear.  Another nap later, my epidural began to wear off, so when I was around 7cm I felt the contractions in full force again.  They got me refilled and it was a looong half hour/40 minutes until I was pain free again.

Dr. D was working during this whole period, but continued to monitor our progress from afar. after she got off work, she went out to dinner with friends and waited to hear from us.  The nurse checked me a final time around 8:45pm and after one test push, she called Dr. D and it was game time.  They got the additional nurses and equipment ready for her arrival, and as our Dr. suited up, she turned to B and asked 'do you want to help with the delivery?'  We looked at each other in shock, and B decided that he wanted to help.  He got suited up, and I got ready to push.  The delivery itself wasn't nearly as bad as the labor.  The hospital staff was very helpful throughout the whole process, and delivery was no different.  B was able to assist with the delivery, helping to rotate her as her head came out, and guided the rest of her body out into this world.  I pushed for a little less than 30 minutes, and she made her arrival at 9:26pm on Friday, May 31st, 2013. The minute B put Emerson on my chest and told me she was here, and a beautiful healthy baby girl, there are no words for how amazing that moment was. 

Holding our daughter for the first time was so powerful.  Knowing that B had helped bring her into this world, right along side me.. There are just no words for how special a moment that was for the three of us.  We had prayed for this little blessing for the past 9 months and to finally meet her for the first time was great.  I sound like a blubbering fool, but for those of you who have experienced it, you know exactly what I mean.  God has blessed us so much by bringing her into our lives, and we are so grateful.

With our awesome Dr.

She weighed in at 6lbs 7.5oz. and was 18 1/4" long. A little one, but don't let her size fool you- she has a will of steel already and is very stubborn!

Both grandmas (and all immediate family really) were waiting on pins and needles for news that baby A had arrived.  Once we had spent an hour or so as just the three of us, and both Emerson and I were in good health after the delivery, we called both families and grandmas were there within minutes.  We kept the gender a surprise until they met her, and finding out she was a girl was such a great surprise for both of them when they held her and met her for the first time.


Coming home from the hospital, our neighbors saw we had a car seat and came over to investigate. it worked out perfectly because they were able to take this photo for us of us bringing her home for the first time!

Welcome to the world sweet Emerson, we love you so much and are so proud to be your parents :)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Introducing Emerson Lynn Akley

Proudly introducing Emerson Lynn Akley. She was born Friday May 31, 2013 at 9:26pm. Weighing 6lbs 7.5 oz and 18 1/4inches long.

We are incredibly blessed and are so in love with our new addition!

Here's a few photos of her time at the hospital and our first days home, a more detailed birth story will follow shortly.

Enjoy :)