Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Family Update!

New Family Photo!

Lyla... looking cute

Close-up

The best stocking stuffer EVER!
I love that smile!!

Lyla fell asleep as she was feeding...

Nate and Lyla taking a little nap... Nate LOVES holding her like this.

Lyla and mom resting together.

Lyla's "Take Me Home" outfit. I love this picture.

She looks a little stoned here but she's still cute...

We found this at our door when we got home... We have awesome friends!

One of our first adventures of parenthood at home... a bath. She hated almost every minutes of it!

The first time I changed her diaper (Nate has been very diligently taken most of the diaper duty... and I didn't even have to ask!)

Nate's mom, Pat, came down to Utah from Idaho to stay with us for the first week. She has been such a great help!

Lyla, chilling on the boppy. I just thought she looked so cute here!

Well we've been home for a few days now and things have been going pretty well. I have been recovering somewhat nicely. Lyla has a little bit of jaundice, so we have to get her tested for the next few days. We don't have to do any lights or anything but they said as long as she feeds frequently she'll be fine and her body will get rid of it. Unfortunately, that hasn't really been our strength. She has had a tough time eating frequently enough and just eats when she wants to. So we would sometimes go 5 hours without feeding and she would only feed for 5-10 minutes. I had been getting pretty concerned. The past day we both have been getting better with it. We also went to a lactation consultant today and we feel a lot more confident in her feeding abilities. It turns out that she gets a ton of milk in a short amount of time so we don't have to worry about that. She has also been eating a lot more, so it seems to be getting better. We also saw our pediatrician for the first time. He said that her club feet actually look really good. He said that he doctor who treats her at Primary Childrens will be very pleased because her feet really aren't that bad. He also said that he doesn't think she will need to have surgery and that casting should be enough for treatment! So, that left us feeling really good. We have an appointment at Primary's on Friday, which is the day they do casting, so more than likely she will get her first casts on that day. In all honesty, I am dreading that appointment. I think I will have a hard time with it, but I know it needs to be taken care of.

Anyway, I love being a mom. I never thought I could love and care for someone so much, and I have only known her for 4 days. I love being able to feed her. I love that she already knows who I am. I know I probably won't love this forever, but I love being up with her in the middle of the night to feed her and then to just snuggle with her afterwards. I always want to be with her. I just love her to death. I think it's so interesting that my emotions are so tied to her and how she is doing and all the things that are coming toward her way. Even though I won't be working anymore (which I love to work), I really could not be happier and would not have this any other way. As for Nate, he LOVES being a dad. He said today that he never expected that he could feel the way he does about Lyla. He feels so protective of her and has been my biggest helper. He changes her diapers and clothes, does the main part of bathing her, swaddles her in blankets, holds her and calms her down. He pretty much does everything but feed her and he loves doing everything he can to make her happy. And when she cries, he gets flustered and assumes responsibility to get her to stop. It has really been cute watching him develop his relationship with her. Nate also loves to sing to Lyla and she seems to love it too. His singing will always get her to either stop crying or more often, she will fall asleep at the sound of his voice. He has also been getting excited to see that she is starting to recognize him as her daddy. In short, even though it has been and will be a lot of work, she has been the greatest joy in our lives thus far. We couldn't be happier.

13 comments:

Liam and Kimberly Breakwell said...

What a sweet little family! So glad to hear that things are going well. Every day, you will love your little child even more...it just grows and grows and never stops. Good luck with recovering and all the adjustments! Hopefully we can see you guys sometime soon in the future because it has been a while and we need to see eachother's children(especially if you might be moving far away soon then we want to see you before you go). Lyla is beautiful. Take Care

dave said...

Congratulations you guys. I am so excited for you and she looks adorable. Jen and I can't wait for our little girl to come in March.
Are you guys going to be in Utah at any time over Christmas break? Jen and I are going to be there from the 20th to the 4th and would love to see you guys if you're there.

Emily said...

It's amazing, isn't it?!? It just gets better everyday! Congrats again and enjoy every second cause they grow so fast. I already want to do it again! Maybe not too soon though....: ) I am a bit jealous though, cause that first week is so incredible.

Collin and Hilary Hanson said...

honestly kelly, this is thee cutest post blog thing ever! i love how tiny she looks when nate is holding her after her bath! i know im not yet ready to have children but after reading this, im already so excited about having kids in the future! im so glad that she hopefully wont have to have surgery either. Dont worry! all is well! congrats again!

Erin and James said...

so fun! she is so precious. how big was she when she was born? MY sister in law told me that all new moms MUST see a lactation specialist because it will make it all sooo much easier! I'm so happy for you guys and can't wait to feel what you feel for your baby!

Elena & Alan said...

I'm really happy for you guys. So glad Lyla is doing well. You are such a cute mom. It's so hard to imagine how much those little ones change our lives, our attitude and how we feel about everything. Your love for her will only grow. Lyla is a doll, you guys are such a cute family!

Michael said...

Well isn't that just special? Thanks for putting up so many pictures of my little niece. I can't wait to meet her at Christmas.

Neal & Wendy said...

Sheesh. I cried and cried and cried some more as I read your last paragraph! Your beautiful family is growing, and it's so touching reading about all the feelings and emotions that go along with realizing the joys of parenthood. I am sooo happy for you both, and I look forward to reading more blogs about your experiences as mommy & daddy :) By the way, Pat looks amazing!

Tasha and Ryan said...

how precious! She is ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!! That makes me want our little boy to be here sooner!! Kel I would just love to come over sometime and see you and your baby. let me know when works for you! Again, congrats!

Here Dwells Happiness said...

Yeah, I am so very happy for you. Trust me - the nursing takes a little while. I've been at it 5 weeks and I still get frustrated at times. It's so worth it though. I'm so glad to hear that her treatments wont be as bad as anticipated.

Erin | Adam said...

Ian had to have casts on too right after he was born and my mom said it was just fine, send her an email and maybe she can help you feel better about it. rondaf@mindspring.com

Jeff and Kira said...

Wow she is SO gorgeous! I LOVE the smile!! And I can't get over how beautiful YOU looked just after having her!

Nick and Blaire said...

You guys!!! She is beautiful!! My goodness! You seriously are wayyyy to beautiful and look too rested to have just given birth... maybe I I'll rethink my stance on epidurals! ;0) We love you! CONGRATS!