Friday, May 25, 2012

2 Weeks

This past Tuesday Avery turned 2 weeks old!  That day we went to the pediatrician for Avery's check up.  Her 2 week stats:  Weight- 8 pounds 8.5 ounces (75th Percentile), Length- 21 3/4 inches (75th Percentile).

Baby girl you eat like a champ... But your daddy and I just wish we could say the same thing about your sleep habits!  This past week has been fairly challenging, all to be capped off with the transformer in our neighborhood blowing last night.  What doesn't mix together?  An almost 3 week old sleeping in a hot house.  We unfortunately had to relocate to a hotel nearby for the night.  What has been great is having Aunt Heather come this week to help.  She has been such a blessing by doing the cleaning, grocery shopping, and watching Avery so that I could have a chance to shower :)

Other than that, we're hanging in there!  Praying for our sweet girl to get out of this growth spurt so that her zombie-like parents can catch a little shut-eye :)

Avery at the doctor... "Praying my heel stick doesn't hurt!"
I am very long.  Mommy and Daddy say that I have chicken legs :)
Lexi and Avery love Aunt Heather
I went all the way downtown with Mommy to her doctor's appointment!
We weren't expecting for Avery's first hotel stay to be this early on!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Like Mother Like Daughter

Apparently this beautiful little "apple" did not fall far from the proverbial tree.

Growing up, I was a finger sucker.  A habit that my parents desperately tried to break me of through numerous tricks.... that failed.   Kudos to mom and dad for trying, but what five year old can't figure out that in order to get to my fingers, I need to take the gloves off?  I continued this practice for way too long than was socially acceptable.  I only wish I could remember at what age I stopped, but let's be honest, I would most likely lie and say that I was younger than I really was.  Definitely too old to be cute and to know better :)

Doesn't mean I'm not glad that our little nugget has picked up this trait sporadically as well.  Who cares about her teeth (sorry David), we were planning on getting her braces anyway :)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Welcome Avery Grace!

Avery Grace Hardison made her grand entrance into this world Tuesday, May 8th at 9:34 am, weighing 8 lbs 3.9 oz, 21.5 inches long.  She is healthy, perfect, and absolutely beautiful.

*For those that don't want to read about the labor story, feel free to skip on down the the pictures, although I promise I'm not going into too much detail*

M and arrived at the hospital the night before at 6:00pm to be induced Tuesday morning.  Let's just say that Avery was planning on coming on her own and ended up not needing very much coaxing :)  By the time I had put on my gown and crawled into bed (around 8pm), my night nurse came in and informed me that I was having contractions, 7 min apart, although I could not feel them (how wonderful right?!, only wish that had lasted longer. :)  This continued on into the night as my contractions got STRONGER and LONGER completely on their own...  At this point, they were still thinking that I was going to be "induced" in the morning so that my doctor would be able to deliver me, so they were trying to have me hold out getting an epidural, so that I wouldn't get it and then not deliver for 16 hours later.  Well, around 3 in the morning, my water broke, and at that point, they realized, this was not practice, but indeed real labor, and I was able to finally get the juice and get some much needed rest.  Thank goodness.  My doc called in the morning and told them to go ahead and start pitocin at about 6 am (I was 6 cm), and when he came to check me an hour later I was 10 cm.  Talk about fast!   He then wanted me to "labor down" for as long as I could stand it in order for me to not have to push as long.  I called my parents in a panic, who were still at our house, and told them they needed to get moving!  An hour later we got the ball rolling, and after 20 minutes of pushing, Avery came screaming into my arms, sort of like I did 25 1/2 years ago :)  Like mother, like daughter. 

To my daughter, I cannot fully describe what it feels like to be your mother, hold you in my arms, rock you to sleep... But I do know that God has entrusted you to us, and I will spend the rest of my life striving to be the mother God has called me to be.  For now, I will use the words my daddy wrote for me when I was born, " A part of husband and wife comes together to form a unique third person, engineering and construction courtesy of God.  You argue about technical and theological definitions if you want, I will call it what it is- a miracle."  Thank you God for our little miracle.

Now for the barrage of pictures.  

40 weeks.  Headed to the hospital!
Last picture of a family of 2.
First pic as a family of 3!

"Birth" Day cupcakes!

Going Home!