Monday, September 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Annabelle

Happy Birthday Annabelle!
( I have a box of tissues next to the key board, not kidding!)

I can not believe that I am typing those words out!!  Where has this year gone sweet one?  We have had the time of our lives with you.  You have challenged us, stretched us and made us laugh harder than we ever thought was possible.

You are seriously the funniest baby that I have ever met.  Once you figure out that something is funny, you keep doing it and it's precious.

I loved you the second that I saw you in that ultrasound room.  You were so tiny, but I knew our Maker had great plans for you.  I loved you even more when we found out that you were a girl.  I felt like I could know you more.  Gosh, then when you were born and our eyes met for that first time... it was over!  I knew that I was toast.  I just loved you so much and promised myself to protect you forever, no matter what.  You were beautiful.  Our Maker had done well!

Over the last year, there have been some challenges.  Living with your sweet grandparents that took us in.  It was hard.  I had no idea what I was doing and was under the microscope.  It was hard.  We eventually got back on our feet and moved into our first home as a family of three and it was beautiful.  We hung out, ate, talked and lots of playing.  I love it.  You learned to sit up, eat solids crawl and all of those milestones the first year.  I have cried with you in my lap while my depression set in.  You held me.  We held each other and it was beautiful.
We have learned so much from you.  You have taught us to laugh even more that we already do.  You have taught us what  good snuggling is (when we can get it and you aren't too busy).  You have taught us the excitement of meal time and we LOVE how you are so NOT picky!!  Thank you thank you thank you!  Can you please continue down this path??

Sweet baby, thank you for loving us so unconditionally.  You have brought us so much joy and joy to those around you!  You make everyone smile and people stop us constantly to tell us how beautiful you are and how sweet you are.  I just smile because I know and I'm SO SO thankful!
You became a big sister way to early.  Not even one yet!  You have done great and have been so brave. I'm sorry that I can't hold you all the time like I use to, thank you for being patient and trying to feed our "babo".

So here is your updates:

  • You can say, mamma, dada, babo (baby) and Abbey (thank you frank and sisters!!)
  • thank you, please, up, dallas, all done, more and some other words that I'm not really sure what you are saying, but you say them all the time.  These group of words are more the sounds and you don't annunciate them, but you know how to say them at the correct time!
  • You are still in size 3 diapers and we are sorta cloth diapering... we took a break when E.K. got here.
  • You are in 12-18 month clothes!!  What the heck... i was just packing up you NB's it feels like last month!
  • You are getting more and more confident every day on standing by yourself.
  • You love to walk around either holding on to us or the furniture... eek!

I love you sweet baby!  I can not wait to see where this next year will take you!

All my love,

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Emma Kate

Here is the story of how our sweet Emma Kate got here:

The Robertson's
Monday, September 5th (labor day!!) started like every other day at the Robertson house.  Frank left for work before the sun was up and WAY before these Robertson women are up.  I decided that today was the day of cleaning.  I cleaned and cleaned, well as much as you can when you are 38 1/2 weeks preggo.  Laundry was well on the way, the living room was vacuumed, the kitchen was clean and the master toilet was clean.  I sat down for a few minutes to give the braxton hicks contractions a break (and myself).  I realized that I hadn't felt E.K. move very much.  I sorta panicked.  Side note: She did this the week prior and was MORE THAN FINE!  I immediately called the office and told them what was going on.  They told me to wait an hour, after that they told me to high tail it to the hospital to find out what was going on.  So I left dinner in the crackpot and Dallas in the bathroom.  Thank goodness one of my sisters was home and available, so I met up with Frank and Amanda and dropped off AB.
I got all hooked up to get monitored... I was 3 cm and 30% effaced.  I kept telling Frank that I felt like I had to go to the bathroom and he said, "You mean to tell me that we are at the hospital because you have to take a sh*&?"  I started laughing so hard, I could not control myself.  The nurses came in to see if we were okay.  They told me to go walk around for 1 hour and come back.  So we did.  Stopping along the way while my so called braxton hicks contractions passed.  We get back and they check me, 4 cm dilated and 100% effaced.  It was official, I was in labor.

I'm not going to lie, I was a little disappointed.  I had in my mind what labor was like, and this wasn't it.  I envisioned that Frank would drive me to the hospital (not myself) and we would get out and walk in together and have our car seat with us and our bags.  That my house would be all cleaned and have fresh linens on the bed waiting for my sister to sleep in while she watched my babe.  In reality, I just had my purse and hadn't even showered or anything.  In reality, my baby got dropped off in public with no pants or any in the diaper bag for that matter.

We checked in, the sweet lady gave my an IV and got it dripping good so I could get my epidural.  Fast forward a few hours, Emily made it to us and got the dog, the car seat and some other things for us.  No dinner in the crackpot... I was so mad!!  Fast forward a few more hours and the pain was unbelievable.  I could not take it.  We got the anesthesiologist in there to up it.  Turns out, the labor was happening so fast that medicine could not keep up.  Our sweet nurse checked me and was like, her head is right there, do not push, I need to get everyone.  We got all set up, we looked at the clock... it was 2:23 am.  I said, I bet she will be here by 2:35am.  The Dr.  said, why wait to long?  At 2:26am, Emma Kate made her appearance.  She was beautiful and MAD!  Weighing 7.14 lbs and 21 inches long.

Meet Emma Kate
What I loved about it, they bathed her, measured her and did everything in the room.  We waited for the epidural to wear off, I went potty and we were off to the recovery room for some sleep.  By 5:30am we were off sleeping.  The rest is blurry due to extreme exhaustion.

First Bath.

The next morning, Emily and AB came to see us and to meet Emma Kate.  AB wasn't really sure about her at first, but then was really liking her.  She calls her "babo" for baby.  It really is precious.  Frank has taken the week off and goes back on Thursday to work.  It has been awesome having him home, bonding as a family and not to mention the obvious of having extra hands around!
AB meets Emma Kate
Unsure of all the hype and why the whole family has cameras out!!
AB talks about the "babo" non stop and is constantly looking for her.  Just this morning, we were having breakfast, just the two of us and she was just talking away about babo and dadda.  I have no idea what else she was saying.  So precious.  There have been some challenges as well.  The fact that there are two babies in our house under 1 year is enough.  AB has suddenly started waking up in the night around 11 or 12 as well as some behavior issues.  We are not sure if it's just her age or jealously, but are working on them.  She is so big compared to Emma Kate that it is sometime hard to remember that she is just a baby herself.
There are some serious baby kissing going on at our house!!

Welcome to our family Emma Kate!  We love you so much already and are so excited where were are going as a family... you are only going to make this journey that much better!!

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