Friday, October 8, 2010

These Days

Tuesday, September 28th - Birth Day
- We get up at 3:30 AM. I had been awake all.night.long.
- God moves a baby.
- A fairly large and completely wonderful little girl is born.

- "Well, we're going to have to take the baby to the nursery downstairs. By the time you are moved to a postpartum room, she should be ready to come back and see you." (It didn't happen.)
- Daddy is happy. - Momma is happy. - Elijah is excited. Haven does not like being smooshed on her chair but is, otherwise, out-of-control with squealing and excitement. - The new family of five:

Wednesday, September 29th - Day One
- Polly Jane gets dressed in the same going-home outfit Elijah Millard wore...only the socks are too small for her!- Eric (who loves to NOT make a stir) says "Can we just walk out of here?" -After much ado, we left the hospital! - Susie weighs Polly Jane who has dropped to a scant 8 pounds, 6 ounces. - Grampa, who had helped at the hospital the entire day before, finally gets to hold Polly Jane.
Thursday, September 30th - Day Two
- Haven goes pee-pee on the potty - Haven calls Polly Jane "Row-Row" and thinks we stole our friend's baby.
- Haven squeals with delight upon seeing/touching/hearing Polly Jane. - Elijah says, "When you get bigger, Polly Jane, I'll teach you tricks." - First bath at home which pleased no one except Momma.
Friday, October 1st - Day Three
- Haven goes poo-poo on the potty and gets entirely freaked out.
- Polly Jane continues to eat every two hours...or less!
- Eric & Grampa finish cutting and hauling a huge tree to our house. Eric arrives home with several injuries. "Oh. This is where part of the wedge split off and flew into my arm."

Saturday, October 2nd - Day Four
- Eric begins to feel the effects of what we came to call a "virus."
Sunday, October 3rd - Day Five
- Polly Jane does a photo shoot. Ready:Posing:Irritated:Exhausted:- I hoist myself into our "tractor" to take a ride with the kids. That's the kind of Mom I am.

Monday, October 4th - Day Six
- PawPaw comes to visit.- Mom continues to be the World's Best Helper!- Pediatrician visit with the girls. (It's really fun to say "the girls!")- Polly Jane surpasses her birth weight by 7 ounces. (9#2!!) Eric is surprised. I am hungry.
- Elijah learns to draw a face.- Eric gets a tetanus shot.

Tuesday, October 5th - One week old
- Polly Jane gets goopy eye (yuck!) and stops eating.- We flip the mattresses, change the sheets, and put our winter comforter on the bed.
- Eric doctors his wounds and gives us frequent updates on his condition.
Wednesday, October 6th - Day Eight
- Polly Jane has a poop explosion through two layers of her clothing, three layers of my clothing, a duvet cover, down comforter, blanket, sheets, and mattress pad.
- I remove poop clothing and put on my robe.
- Friends come over.
- Cow comes frolicking towards four small children. I run outside.
- Strange woman comes walking up the driveway.
- Strange woman wants to know if all these children are mine. Strange woman wants to see my baby. Neighbor has much entertainment while mowing the grass. I wish that the neighbor would come give me a hand.
- We go to Costco. - We go to sleep on blankets.

Thursday, October 7th - Day Nine
- I realize that I'm not *quite* as recovered as I was pretending to be.
- We do 100 loads of laundry.
- Baby Mason meets Polly Jane. - Mombo shows herself to be Super Mom - watching the four older kids while letting Charlotte and I chat for an hour!
- Eric exclaims "Those blankets have poop on them too?!?!" Eric sleeps without his usual extra blanket.
- I go to bed early.
- Polly Jane stays awake and upset (unless I'm holding her) until 1:00 AM. I stay up late.

Friday, October 8th - Day Ten
- We do 100 more loads of laundry.
- Polly Jane makes great eye contact with me and does a real smile. I don't mind being up late anymore.
- Haven and Mombo head outside. Haven turns around, waves, and says clearly "BYE-BYE! Love you!" with her cheerful little voice. I love being a Mom.
- Polly Jane tips the scales at 9 lbs, 9 oz. Eric is proud. I am hungry.
- Polly Jane resumes her "I like to eat every 2 - 2.5 hours" feeding schedule.
These are the days we are living, and oh! they are sweet, sweet days!

11 comments:

Katie J said...

She's beautiful and congratulations!
But, I have to say, that tractor ride was too, too much! Take it easy girl! You just birthed a baby!

Katie Jenkins

Anonymous said...

Awe, Lydia, that was so enjoyable! Thanks for posting! KB Ribelin

Anonymous said...

Way to go posting this run down on events. I laughed a lot.
Mombo is awesome.
I am SO EXCITED to join the chaos and help(?) I can make some beans and rice...

I love all FIVE of you!!
-Aunt Ab


"I told you it was a girl!" -Joe

"Let me into the circle of trust!" -Ab

"Baby Beluga" -Bella (A new song we are learning)

"Snore" - Miles

Anonymous said...

Way to go posting this run down on events. I laughed a lot.
Mombo is awesome.
I am SO EXCITED to join the chaos and help(?) I can make some beans and rice...

I love all FIVE of you!!
-Aunt Ab


"I told you it was a girl!" -Joe

"Let me into the circle of trust!" -Ab

"Baby Beluga" -Bella (A new song we are learning)

"Snore" - Miles

Tom Gabbard said...

Lydia, I'm worn out after reading about all that activity!! I think I need a nap! :)

Laura said...

I need to come see that baby girl again....and bring you some food :0)!

The Goodman Family said...

Love it! Polly Jane looks like your other babies. Haven is such a cute big girl. I wish "Esa" and I could visit all your kiddos. How was shopping with 3? You survived. Love you all so much.

Grammie said...

I thought I was getting a 60-second overview of "LOST" there for a minute (no pun intended)! Sweet "Little Polly Jane"! She is beautiful and we thank God for her. Enjoyed so much of the rundown of "These Days"! Love to all!

Michelle Roll said...

Oh, Lyd. You are living your own new adventure, huh?! You had me cracking up at work reading about the strange woman in your drive way!!haha I can just picture your face!
Polly Jane is gorgeous! I am totally impressed with this update. I can't believe so much happened between having a baby, Eric getting hurt, Haven growing up all of a sudden...and on top of all that you take everybody shopping and go on a tractor ride! You.are.AMAZING:)Love ya tons and can't wait to meet Polly Jane.

Anonymous said...

Lydia, what a beautiful mommy you have become. The pictures and your narrative along with them bring back so many wonderful memories for me. Enjoy the time you have with your babies - the time really is so brief.
K. Melchers

Amy said...

LOVE it. I laughed, I grinned, and I marveled at how amazing you looked IMMEDIATELY after she was born! holy cow. you are just glowing in that first pic. beautiful, mama.