Monday, April 28, 2008

just remember "sleep when the baby sleeps"

......right. and if I do sleep when the baby sleeps, assuming that when she is awake she wants to be eating, or paid attention to, when do I do anything else...like unpack my new house?

We're in...and loving it. Look forward to what life, in a house that we could possibly live in for a LONG time, is like.

Monday, April 21, 2008

I CANNOT WAIT!

I can't lie and say that I have always loved to read, but I definitely do now. When I was younger I read all things related to gymnastics or ice skating and my mom was always very encouraging of it, because at least I was reading something. As I got older I read a little more, but it wasn't rare for me to stop halfway through whatever book my english class might be reading. I am very glad now that I've grown out of that...so much so that I have a hard time not finishing a book, even if its terrible. When I got pregnant with Natalie I started reading constantly, and I just haven't stopped. My sisters all read a lot, so I rely on them for the best book suggestions, and within all of the books they've told me I read, came The Twilight Series. I read all 3 books in 6 days and they absolutely overtook my life....I LOVE THESE BOOKS! My love is probably a bit unhealthy, but I just can't help it. I visit the authors site often. So for those of you that are as anxious as me, for the fourth book, and the movie in December, GO HERE!

And if you haven't read the books....what's wrong with you?

when you're out and about

A friend of mine at church had a baby in January and a little while after, I saw her nursing her little boy, with this lovely invention as her cover. Of course there is the standard, cover yourself with a blanket, but it falls down and when you're not an seasoned veteran at it, it can be a little awkward....but now I have this, and all worries are gone. It doesn't fall off, and you can even see the baby without having to lift up the blanket. WOOHOO!

I highly recommend to all nursing mothers, but especially to those of my friends who are new moms like myself.

Alright, now I'm done.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

back in the 22153

From the day I was born, until August 20, 2001, I lived in the zip code of 22152, and now after 6 plus years, I'm living in 22153...very close. Its hard to believe that I have lived in this area for all but 3 and 1/2 years of my life, and I doubt I ever would've guessed it. It doesn't seem like we'll be leaving anytime soon either, a weird realization for me and Benjamin, but a happy one.

So anyway....this is where we live
And this is where we're moving to

p.s. Today was Natalie's due date, and in honor of that, she did decide to start gaining weight....tons of it actually. Also she's awake all the time now which is super crazy, so there will be lots of video to come!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Saturday, April 12, 2008

do you know who's playing right now?

At Natalie's 2 week check-up we were informed that she's not gaining weight fast enough. I feel like she's getting huge, but I guess I'm wrong. So, she an I have been eating, eating, eating, and while she and I work on fattening her up, Benjamin has been working, working, working. That's frustrating, but there is always hope when I know there is a DC United game on tv....and not just any game...its the first leg of THE BEN CUP!!!!! Are you out of the loop? Well, find out all about it at http://www.edgellsupporters.com/


The second leg of the cup is going to be played 2 weeks from today (here in D.C.)...the same day WE'RE MOVING!!!! Natalie and I won't be in attendance, but it is not even a question that Benjamin WILL be going.


We really know what's important here in the Edgell household. All life stops when the black and red are playing! Especially when I get to see my new love...."Tino".

And while I sit at home each day (not able to drive for another 2 weeks) I am looking for the "end of the internet" in search of any DCU gear for Natalie....how cute would that be!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

a little of this...a little of that

So it seems like everyday Natalie tests out a different pattern in which to sleep, as well as different positions. Yesterday, this is how she spent her naps.
And the day before that...it was this.

And this is all when her highness isn't on her feather pillow.

In non-Natalie news, I think I'm back on the reading horse. I have missed my books over the last 2 weeks, and I'm anxious to get back into the wonderful world of fiction.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

rub-a-dub-dub

Daddy got to give Natalie her first bath, a few days after we came home. She since has had a second, and it went much better than the first, but we only felt photo conformation was needed for the monumental first.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

nice to meet you...my name is Natalie

These are currently my two favorite pictures of her. We take about a million a day (and that's with her Omie on vacation) so I'm sure these will be ever changing.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

the ever changing pattern of sleep

The second night we were home I fell asleep on the couch and Benjamin sent me upstairs to get some sleep until Natalie needed to eat. I gladly went to sleep, and woke up at 11. I came downstairs and Natalie was laying on Benjamin's chest, and the two were just out. I immediately started balling because I slept for 3 hours!!!!!! Obviously I'm so emotional but it was just funny. Sleeping for 3 hours was just heaven!

Natalie is a great sleeper and although she's not quite a week old, she has already spoiled us. We're enjoying it for now, and hoping it will last.

today is the day...whether you've had a baby shower or not

MARCH 27 2008
430am: So I woke up and felt basically like I had peed my pants. That's a pretty fun feeling to wake up too, let me tell you. I went upstairs, changed, I think I woke up Benjamin and told him, but that part is fuzzy, then I came back downstairs and started watching the excellent tv programming that is available at 430 in the morning. I believe my options were "Princess Cake Challenge" on food network, and various infomercials.
900am: After convincing myself that I wasn't imagining things and that I would hate myself if there was actually something wrong, I called the doctor and told the nurse what I had felt. I hadn't leaked anything really since earlier and figured it was probably nothing, but what could it hurt.
1100am: I always go to my appointments alone, but because it was around lunch time Benjamin decided to come home and go with me. He came home and I grabbed my "bag", just in case, although I was sure that because I was bringing it, we would for sure be sent back home. By this point there was absolutely no sign of the earlier "leak" and I began to think I might have made it up.
1150am: The nurse takes us back and I tell her the whole story. She equated how I was feeling to when she used to take her son to the pediatrician for a 104 degree fever, but when they would get there he would be running around the office and would of course have no fever. My super-cool doctor (we'll call him Dr.Water-breaker) comes in to "test the water". As he's doing the swab he mentions that he's pretty sure my water is broken, but they'll do the slide and check for certain. As the nurse prepares the slide he checks to see if I'm dilated (I had had an appt the day previous and was about a cm and a 1/2), as he checks......the flood gates open and I see Benjamin's face, as he see "a giant waterfall coming from off the table". Dr. Water-breaker says "well, I guess we don't need to check that slide...you'll be having a baby today". I'm still laughing at the absolutely absurdity that my water has just broken all over the exam room and I am going to be having my babygirl 3 weeks early. After the nurse makes me a diaper and I accept just how disgusting I'm going to feel as I walk to the hospital next door (when you're water breaks, it just keeps coming...and coming....and coming), we start making the necessary calls. Mother-in-law was first of course to let her know she needed to get ready to come to the hospital, and work was next to let them know that Benjamin would be missing his 130 meeting, and that I wouldn't be coming in at 3 either.
1230pm: I'm all checked in, laying in my hospital bed, and just barely starting to feel contractions (they thought this was odd). Because my water had technically broken at 430 that morning they start me on antibiotics, fluids (to lower mine and Natalie's heart rates), and pitocin, to get the contractions going. (note: I am consulting the text messages that my big sister Melanie and I were writing back and forth to make sure I have the times accurate.....I love texting)
230pm: After having contractions for 2 hours, and feeling like I wanted to die, they give me the epidural. We found out later that the contractions I was feeling were really pathetic, I'm not sad about that.
245pm: Nurse #1 checks me and I'm only at 2cm.
320pm: Dr. C-Section (you can know see where this is headed) checks me and I'm at 3cm.
After I got the epidural Benjamin and I really were just sitting around and watching ESPN. It was about as calm and non exciting as you can imagine.


330pm: Mother-in-law arrives with food for Benjamin and immediately picks up on picture duty.
520pm: I'm still a 3, nurse #2, and Dr. C-Section have expressed concern that my contractions are consistent, at every 2 minutes, but really very wimpy. I think one of the times that she had come in to look at the monitors she had let us know that although Natalie's vitals had improved, she still was thinking a c-section could be inevitable, and just to keep it in mind in case I didn't really start to progress.
655pm: Dr. C-section comes back in and checks me again. I'm still only a 3 and Natalie's head has started to swell. She was trying to get out, but I was not cooperating. Since my water had broken more than 14 hours previous to this she didn't want to wait longer and then end up doing the surgery anyway because of more emergent and dangerous circumstances. I had prepared myself throughout this pregnancy for the possibility of this happening. I think I just new somehow that this is how it would go....and my lack of desire to "PUSH PUSH PUSH" probably had something to do with it. Anyway, Benjamin and I felt very comfortable with the doctors decision and just wanted Natalie to be healthy.
720pm: After having massive amounts of drugs pumped into me they wheel me out of labor and delivery, and into the operating room.
In the meantime Benjamin was getting prepared, in a sweet blue smurf suit, and I'm being all cleaned up and prepped for surgery. 740pm: I'm all cut open, and they finally let Benjamin walk into the ALL BLUE ROOM and instruct him that he "can't touch anything that's blue".
742pm: NATALIE JAN EDGELL IS BORN. WEIGHING IN AT 7LBS. 7OZ. AND MEASURING 19 AND 3/4 IN. LONG. As Dr. C-Section is pulling her out she comments that its a good thing I had her 3 weeks early because she would surely have been GIANT had she gone all the way to the end. If my body couldn't kick into gear to get a 7lb. baby out...I'm sure it wouldn't have done much better with a 10lb. one. Natalie had two main reasons for coming early though...1. She wanted to be here for the start of the MLS season (VAMOS UNITED!) 2. She didn't think it was fair that we were going to be having a shower in her honor and not have her in attendance.


Post-operatively everything couldn't have gone smoother. Benjamin instantly became the proud daddy, and I couldn't believe how beautiful and perfect Natalie was.
We stayed in the hospital for the next day and a half, received lots of visitors, and became increasingly more attached to our new baby.
On Saturday morning Dr.Water-breaker was back and he let us go home a whole day early from the hospital.
Since being home I have had little to no pain and Natalie just eats, sleeps, poops.

Now the really good pictures that you so richly deserve after making it through this ENTIRE inaugural post.