Sunday, July 26, 2009

Vivienne Grace is 1 Month Old!!!!

Our baby girl is one month old today! She still rocks the bottles, and enjoys sleeping, but unfortunately (and expectedly) we have hit some colic. It flares up late evening, and continues until about 1-2 AM. Not every night thank goodness, but 3-4 nights a week is enough for me!
Lucy continues to do well. She loves holding Vivi, getting her diapers ready, and replacing her binky when needed. It doesn't hurt that I have also pulled out all the baby toys again that have been packed away. I think Lucy is playing with them more now than she did back then!
My mom came in last week when Mark went back to work full time, and gave me some much needed help. The house was still in a bit of chaos, and it was nice to finish organizing things and catch up on some sleep. It was also nice to spend some time with my mom, and to allow her some time to bond with my newest daughter. We also did some shopping, and all of us girls got some new clothes.
The social worker comes tomorrow for our one month post placement. I need to have a birthmom letter and pictures ready. I bought the birthmom a card a few weeks ago, but have yet to write it. So many things have been running through my head. There are SO MANY things I want to say to convey to her...but I just don't know how to put it in words so that she can "feel" the emotion I am trying to share. I wish I could just meet her for 2 minutes.......
I pray in time this may happen.
I am just taking my time and enjoying my family. God is good!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sorry for the delay

It has been 2 weeks since our sweet daughter was placed in our arms! She remains a champion eater (at her check-up last Friday she had already gained a pound and grown an inch!!) and a pretty good sleeper (although I am still pooped!!). She fits our family like a glove, and we couldn't imagine not having her around! Don't get me wrong...things have DEFINATELY changed, but I am trying to relax and not put to much pressure on myself. Two kids are A LOT different than one! Lucy continues to embrace her role as a big sister. She is helpful and attentive, and her tantrums have become less frequent. Her biggest fault is wanting to hold her all the time...not bad I am thinking.........

We figured it would be an all or nothing thing with her, and are JOYOUS she seems to have chosen the more positive route. I pray it is NOT just a novelty thing and that she will continue to mature as her sister gets older.

Vivi's skin continues to darken and become more beautiful, and she has a STUNNING head of curls. I must admit I am a bit afraid of her hair......dealing with African American hair is all new to me, and there are so many cute styles I will be able to will just be a challenge trying to learn them all! I am fortunate to have a bloggy friend (this is a shout out to you Stacy!) willing to show me the ropes, and I am eager to speak with her soon!

Thanks again to all of you who have been thinking and praying for us! Thanks also for all the sweet comments. I am sorry I haven't been able to post much on yours, but I AM able to read them late at night while cuddling, and I have been thinking of you all, it is just hard to type one handed (hence my all undercase posts to some of!)!

Hugs, Me

Vivienne's bedroom...almost finished!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Vivi meets the Adamo's

Today we went to UA to visit good friends of mine. T and Eileen are the sweetest girls and have been such a help to me over the years. Lucy and I have always loved to spend time with them! It was only fitting that they meet the newest member of our group.......... They invited us up to visit, and spend the afternoon with their family.

They also spoiled us with all this! Lucy got a slip and slide, Vivi got 2 outfits, a blanket and hairbows. And me....I got over 2 dozen roses and a bunch of balloons! They treated us like rockstars! THANK YOU ADAMO FAMILY! We really enjoyed our afternoon!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Morning of Pampering

My best friend Emily and her daughter Becca came back to Ohio to see us and meet Miss Vivi the week after she was born. We had a free morning to ourselves (Mark was home for Vivi) so we decided to go pamper ourselves and the older girls with their first pedicures. They loved it, and we had a chance to spend some time together and catch up. Afterward, we met up with some other friends for lunch at O' Charley's* .

and then onto lunch w/more friends

Lucy & Dustin

Monday, July 6, 2009

Friends meet Vivi

My best friend Em and her daughter Becca drove in today to see the newest addition to our family. Em's old neighbor, and our friend Betty invited us all to her house for dinner. I was SO excited to see Em, and Lucy was overjoyed to see Becca again. Miss Vivi soaked up the love and was more than happy to be passed around!! Afterwards, the girls and I made our way up to GG's (my grandma's) house to have some cake for her 82nd birthday. Unfortunately we missed dinner at Hunan House with her, but wanted to make it up to her in the end! Happy 82nd Bithday GG! We love you!

Friends Forever!

It was also Grandma's B-Day!