Friday, February 27, 2009

8 days old

Faith turned 8 days old today! Mommy is happy but very tired... I haven't had much time for the computer lately but I just wanted to let you know that Faith is doing well. We started her UV light therapy today and hopefully it will help with her jaundice. She ate well today and frequent feedings are supposed to help too. The only thing that I don't like about the light therapy is that I don't get to hold her as much... but if it helps break down some of the biliruben in her system than it's worth it. I really don't like to see her so yellow. I am always so relieved when she starts to pink up. It kind of goes up and down. I need to push that breastmilk through her as best I can. I figured out a good trick for stimulating her to eat today and it's kind of cute. I sort of nuzzle her face with mine and put my nose to her mouth. She eventually starts sucking on my nose and then once she gets going I introduce the syringe. It really works! And did I mention it's cute? I'll have to get that on video. Anyways I really really need sleep, so it's bed time for me and Faith. Thanks for checking in on us :)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Happy 1 week birthday, Faith!

Happy 1 week birthday to my sweet baby girl! We had a good day today. For her "birthday" Faith got some brand new sleepers and a Winnie the Poo movie that we're watching right now (I forgot how much I loved Winnie the Poo... it's too cute). Faith is doing well but has a bit of jaundice, so I am trying to push as much breastmilk through her as I can and sitting with her by the window when it's sunny out. I don't think she is getting enough milk to flush out her system and the window light is just not enough, so Grampy went out and bought a UV lamp tonight so that we can do some phototherapy at home. I hope that we see an improvement in her colour soon. Right now she looks less yellow than usual but her levels are always going up and down and I just hope she starts to pink up. Well, I am going to go snuggle my little girl... thanks for checking in on us :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

6 days old :)

Well what can I say... I am so in love with my baby girl and so glad that she is still with us. Faith turned 6 days old today at 12:26 in the afternoon. She is such an amazing baby. I wish I had time to download some more photos and videos of her but we are just so so busy. Right now Grammy is laying down with Faith while I take a few minutes to myself and update you. And I am already anxious to get back to her... I don't want to miss a thing! I promise I will upload some videos and photos when I get the chance. When I'm not feeding Faith I'm either expressing milk for the next feeding or changing her diaper or taking pictures or sleeping beside her. So if I don't answer your calls or emails, I hope you understand! This is the longest I've been on the computer since Faith was born. Grammy and Grampy have been staying home this week to help out and I don't know what I would do without them. Our nurse practitioner -who we love to no end -comes over once a day to change Faith's dressing. I don't know what we would do without her either! My mom and I were thinking that maybe I shouldn't have said that I didn't need anything when I had my prayer shower. We only had a few sleepers for her and thankfully Jennifer and her sister dropped off a few extra outfits. We really needed them! Especially since I bought her preemie-sized clothes, thinking she would be smaller than average. She is already fitting into 0-3 month clothes because she is so long. We even dress her in 3-6 month sleepers sometimes and they aren't very baggy on her either. She is one big baby :) Anyway, I have been away from my baby for too long and starting to get anxious to see her. I'll post another update soon. Thanks for checking in!

5 1/2 days old

This is mommy quickly updating you before I go to bed. I know I haven't posted very often but I've had my hands full 24/7 caring for this little miracle (and loving every minute of it). I just wanted to let you know that she is still with us and doing well! She is so amazing. Hopefully tomorrow I can upload a few photos and maybe a video. This morning she sat right up on her own and we caught it on video... no kidding! She just keeps surprising us. Anyways I need to go snuggle with my little girl and let Grammy go to bed. Night night :)

Monday, February 23, 2009

4 days old

My little rosebud... she turned 4 days old today! Faith is slightly jaundice but is doing amazingly well. She breathes well on her own, she cries when she's hungry or needs changing, she talks and cooes (she has the sweetest voice) and she smiles. She is so beautiful... she is such a miracle :)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Faith is almost 24 hours old

Hello! Its Jennifer again with a beautfiul update for you on behalf of a glowing mother. Faith will be 24 hours old in just under a hour and I am just praise God for the time Myah and precious Faith are having together.

I got a chance to finally hold Myah's little miracle and I couldn't believe how beautiful she was. Ten tiny fingers and toes and the cutest little nose. I just melted in the few seconds I got to hold her. Myah is just so proud of her little one.

The greastest news of all is that Faith Hope Walker will be going home tomorrow if all goes well with mommy and baby. Wouldn't that be a true answer to prayer! I will post again if any other news comes up!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Faith!

Hello everyone! This is Jennifer updating you on behalf of Myah. This morning Myah went in for her c-section with her mom by her side. The dr's and nurses were just amazing! At just after 12:00 Myah went into surgery and at 12:23 (approx) Faith Hope Walker was born crying! Faith weighs 6lbs 9oz and don't know the length but either way she is here and just beautiful.

Faith is such a beautiful little miracle! When I left at 1:30pm Myah was having a few issues with blood pressure but Faith was suggled close to her the whole time. I will update more once I learn more.

Happy Birthday Faith! You are very loved...

(Later in the evening)

Just talked to Myah and her and little Faith are doing well. Myah is starting to slowly feel human again after the anestetic (sp??) wore off. Faith is doing really well. She is a beautiful pink color and she is eatting a little bit of colostrum that Myah is trying to pump! What a little miracle Myah has. I am truly blessed to have had a chance to be one of the first people to meet this little princess who has touched my heart.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

2 days until the delivery

Well, I actually got outside for a walk today, if you can believe it. I bundled myself up and took the dog for a walk to the store and back. Or should I say she took me for a walk? I had a pretty strong motivation though... cravings. I have been craving different things everyday. Yesterday it was a McDonald's cheese burger and their non-fizzy orange pop (which my mom kindly went out and got for me). Last night and today it has been ice cream bars. You know, the ones with the chocolate coating and white ice cream on the inside. So I went to the store and got a few of those ice cream bars. It was sooo worth the walk...

It's hard to believe that Faith will be born in 2 days! As a first-time mom, I can't even imagine what it's going to be like to hold my child for the first time. I'm trying to decide what clothes to dress her in when she's born. I'm thinking maybe her pink footie sleeper thing. It's nothing fancy but it looks like it would be cozy. I know Jennifer has a little outfit for her too, which I haven't seen yet. Anyways, I will post a message before I leave for the hospital on Thursday morning and then I think Jennifer will be posting updates after that. Thanks for checking in on us!

Friday, February 13, 2009

41 weeks

Sucking her thumb!

Today was our last profile/prenatal appointment until the delivery. We're scheduled to have a c-section Thursday at 11:30. In less than a week from now, she'll be in her mommy's arms.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

40 weeks, 5 days

This was taken today at UC Baby. When I went there to have a heartbeat bear made, the ladies offered to take a few photos for free. This one is my favourite. And here is the teddy bear... Yes, that is Faith's heartbeat.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

40 weeks, 4 days

Ok, so the full moon didn't have as strong of an effect as I thought it would. Faith was a little more rambunctious than usual but that's about it. My water stayed intact and no contractions yet. Last night a woman named Shannon offered to buy me a UC Baby "heartbeat bear." Apparently they record your baby's heartbeat and stick it in a teddy bear, and when you squeeze the teddy it plays back the heartbeat. I thought it would be an awesome keepsake so I accepted her offer. We have an appointment for 11:30 tomorrow to have one made. So hopefully I won't go into labour before then. I get really nervous driving on bumpy, icy roads so I hope the drive goes smoothly. Not sure what I'll be doing today... It's a little after noon and I feel like going back to bed.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

40 weeks, 2 days

If I seem really cranky or short-tempered lately, it's probably a combination of hormones and the fact that I'm really tired... and I have been getting so many messages a day from people who feel the need to offer their advice. All the advice and cliches have been wearing me out lately. I know you all mean so well but I think I've had all the advice I can take at this point. Right now I just need rest... so if you write and I don't respond, please don't take offense! Ok, once again I need to get some sleep. Thanks for checking in on us. Tomorrow is the full moon. I'm going to try my best to hold in all this water, but I'm thinking tomorrow might be the day... we'll see.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Due today

Well, today's our due date (and Grandpa's birthday). No signs of active labour yet but we're getting closer. Since Saturday I've been really sleepy and having menstrual-like cramps. The cramps have been getting more frequent and yesterday I started to have some tummy upset too (which is actually more than tummy upset but I'll spare you the details). I guess my body is naturally clearing itself out. I'm not sure how much longer it will be before active labour kicks in, but I wouldn't be surprised if it started sometime this weekend. There is a full moon on Monday, so we'll see what happens then. We have a check-up and another profile scheduled for today and I really don't feel up to leaving the house at all, but I guess I have no choice. It will be nice to see her on the ultrasound monitor again, though. That never ceases to amaze me. Anyway, time to get more sleep... I'll update again soon.

(Later that day...)

Our profile went well. My fluid levels are up to 28.5 but that's not too bad. We scored 6/10 today but the points we lost don't really indicate anything. We lost 2 points because my fluid levels are high and 2 points because Faith's heart rate didn't fluctuate 15 bpm above the resting heart rate in a certain amount of time. But everything looks good. She is swallowing (and peeing) and she's practicing her breathing movements (her chest moves up and down as if she was breathing air). And she has good tone, which means she's moving normally I guess. I did get another picture today. It's not as clear as the one she took last week but you can see her lips, nose, and chin from the side. She sure has a pretty set of lips, doesn't she?

Anyway, I am exhausted so I think I'm going to lay down for a while... thanks for checking up on us!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Due in 3 days

Our due date is this Friday, the 6th of February. I'm very grateful that I've been able to carry Faith for as long as I have and I'm grateful for each day that she is still in my belly. I won't lie... I love being pregnant. I love the feeling of having her in my belly and I love feeling all her kicks and jumps and hiccupps. I love my big round belly, I love my stretchmarks... I don't know what you other women are complaining about. The discomforts are a small price to pay. If I could keep Faith in my belly for another 9 months I would. I cherish every moment --even when she kicks me in the ribs! In fact, I enjoy that too. This week my number one priority is to relax. I am more sleepy than usual and I need that extra rest, so I might not post very often until I go into labour. If I don't post for a while, it just means that I'm still pregnant and I'm taking it easy.