I'm starting this a little late as you are almost 3 months old now, but better late than never!! I'm going to back up a few months and re-post your birth story.
It went like this....
On the morning of the 27th of January, 2003, (around 8 a.m.) I began having mild contractions that were spaced about 3 minutes apart. They slowed down and began to get a little irregular so I did not really pay them much attention. Around 10 a.m. they began to get a little stronger and when I began timing they were exactly 2 minutes apart, lasting about 40 seconds. At this point I decided it was time to call Jason (aka Daddy) and head to Labor & Delivery to be checked.
Daddy came home from School (we'll talk about that more later) and grabbed our bags, the camera, and us and we headed off to the hospital!
I truly thought that I would be sent home experiencing either just the early stages of labor, or false labor. I was in very little to no pain and talking pretty steadily throughout the contractions.
We arrived at the hospital around 11:30 a.m. When we walked in the doors of the hospital we heard them page our doctor (which was terribly funny! It was like they were announcing our arrival even though it was a totally unrelated page) We bumped into him (Dr. Thibideau) coming out of Labor & Delivery! He told us to go ahead to be checked and that if he was needed they would page him.
They monitored the contractions for about 20 minutes and when the doctor on call finally made it out to the observation room, I was 8 cm dialated! I laughed at her in disbelief when she told me!
They called Dr. T. up from family practice. (He didn't believe them because he said he had just seen me and I wasn't in any pain! HaHa!) He very quickly decided that we should break my water to keep things progressing. That upped the pain a little, but it was still manageable. At around 2:45 p.m. it was time to start pushing. I wanted to give up somewhere around 3:15, but with much help from Daddy (who is an absolute wonderful man in every sense of the word) I "pushed through the pain" and at 3:49p.m. the (IMHO) most beautiful little girl in the world was born!
You weighed 6lbs 4.3oz and were 19.5 inches long and I was instantly in love!
In the beginning, You & I had a little difficulty getting the breastfeeding going in a good direction! You were quite a bit jaundiced in the first few days! But we kept at it and everything turned out great!
The first person to visit you was your Nanna Kate. She drove from Oklahoma with her friend Kay. We spent quite a few days just watching you sleep!
During your first month you did not much more than eat and sleep! Grammy was here for your 1 month 'birthday'! We took you to have your pictures made. (You didn't like the bright lights and the flash!)
By month two you were holding up your head pretty steady and finally smiled at us! I honestly can't remember when the first smile occurred, but I will always remember what it looked like! (Beautiful!)
Somewhere in the 2nd/3rd month you began sleeping for 6 whole hours at night which was absolutely wonderful!
Now you giggle at us and have started making 'words'. Your favorite thing to say seems to be 'goo' followed very closely by 'ng-e' (which we have decided to be our prodigy child saying she is "Hungry"! You hold your head up so high, and any day now we are sure you will turn over (you try so hard). Just today you have become very grumpy and are sucking on your hand a LOT. Those two things combined with the drool makes us wonder if you are teething! Time will tell...
I can't remember what life was like before you, nor would I ever want to try! You are one of the two most wonderful things that has ever happened to me!
February 10, 2003: 2 week appointment you weighed 6 lbs 6 oz and were still measuring at 19.5 inches long.
March 28, 2003: 2 month appointment, you weighed 10 lbs 2 oz, and were up to 22 inches long. Received 5 shots/ hated life!
May 28, 2003: 4 Month appointment, you weighed 12 lbs 7 oz, and were recorded at 24 inches long! Got another 5 shots and were very unhappy for the rest of the evening!
*That was our last appointment with Dr. Thibodeau! I am still waiting to find out who we will be assigned to next.
July 29, 2003: 6 month appointment, you weighed 13 lbs, 11 oz, and at 25 3/4 inches long! Just 3 shots this time, you managed to get through the first without crying, but the next two got ya! We were reassigned to Dr. Lyon, but I don't think we'll be seeing him again unless you get sick! We will be transferred before you need your 1 yr checkup/shots!
Add today to the list as one of the milestones of your development!
You rolled over! From tummy to back, twice in a row and from the look on your face you have decided that it is the most fun thing you've learned to do! I must admit I am pretty excited about it as well! I called your Grammy (but she wasn't home so I will probably talk to her tonight) and I called your Nanna Kate. Nanna Kate was very proud of you and can't wait until she can see you do this with her own eyes!
You're on the fast track to growing up kiddo and part of me is saddened by that, but none of me would accept the alternative!
Yesterday your Daddy & I went on our first date since you were born. We went to lunch and a movie. You stayed with Ms Kathy. You acted perfectly for her, and really didn't seem to notice when we left or came back. That is reassuring and sad all at the same time, for me. Though I suppose that at 3 months I probably shouldn't have expected much of a reaction from you!
You haven't rolled over for daddy yet. I do hope that you will sometime soon! Though he does have a hard time not holding you when he is home and not studying!
He graduated school on this past Wednesday. He was at the top of his class for this part of the school. You & I are going to be working very hard to help keep him there! So get your pom poms ready kiddo we've got some cheering to do!
Yesterday you turned 3 months old! Time is flying by!! It seems like just yesterday we brought you home from the hospital!
You are getting stronger each day. Turning over seems to be your favorite pass time! It makes us so happy to watch you!!
Nothing extra-ordinary happened. We missed getting your portraits done because we are a little short on money right now. Hopefully we will be able to have them done within the next week as I wanted to capture the 1st, 3rd, 6th, and 9th months in portraits! Then we could start a yearly tradition!
Your Grammy did call and wished you a happy 3 month birthday! I held the phone to your ear so that you could hear her. You seemed to be listening, but really didn't show any emotion! Maybe, next time
I missed posting on your 4 month birthday!! Oh the things you've done! You're sitting up very well these days! (With our assistance of course!) Your laughs are so much more frequent! And just yesterday we started feeding you some rice cereal! You took to it quite naturally!! You even took the spoon away from your daddy and started putting it in your mouth all by yourself!! You had to have a little assistance in refilling the spoon, but after the spoon was full you put it perfectly in and took a bite!!
Today you went on an outing with daddy! You guy spent about 4 hours away! Went to the base and saw the stationary planes and the little park, and then you went to the Mall and watched the people walk by! Daddy said you slept through most of it, but that he felt like you guys had really bonded and he had a WONDERFUL time!!
You've started 'playing' on the computer! you sit in my lap and tap on the keyboard, or the back of my hands!
What a little wonder you are! It's like watching someone turn on switches in your little brain! Every day a new light comes on! I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!
Its been a while since I sat down to write. You have grown so much in that time! It appears that you are starting to reach for us when we pick you up! That makes my heart all warm inside! You've begun blowing raspberries at us!
We said Good bye to Dr. Thibodeau on Friday. He is transferring to Puerto Rico. I am sad that he is gone. He is a very good doctor, and I will miss seeing him at your appointments as I truly trusted his opinions about my "first time mom" questions! He re-assigned us, himself, so hopefully the doctor he chose for us is just as kind and trustworthy!
Daddy has his first flight this week! He is very excited to finally be in a real plane, instead of the trainers! Though I think he is nervous too!
Tomorrow you and I are going on a road trip to meet Aunt Diana, Uncle John, and Leslie! I'm very excited for you to meet them! Aunt Diana can hardly stand the wait! She has been so anxious to meet you since the day you were born!
I wanted to make a special note to tell you about the way you've begun to nurse recently! This happens mainly at your nighttime feeding. You've been laying ever so sweetly in my arms, but putting your hand up over your eyes! You have a very "Scarlet O'hara"-esque look to you when you do this! I imagine that this is just you becoming the "Princess" that we know you will be! What a drama queen we'll have! Which is fine, by the way. Mom was one! err...>is< one!
I have more laundry to do now darling! And I think I just heard you stir a little, so you're probably waking up.
I will try to keep up with this a little better from now on!
We gave you a pickle today, Shanyn! It was a bread n butter (aka sweet) pickle! You seemed to like the flavor as you kept sucking on it for quite some time!
We also gave you your first sippy cup today! You're already a pro at using it, though I don't think that you like the grape juice that much..(an icky face each time you sip!)
The teeth are still moving up, but none have broke through.
Today we watched the Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood. I do hope that we have a mother-daughter relationship that will shadow all others! Though I know we'll have our rough times, you'll always be my baby beans!