Saturday, December 15, 2012

Friends Christmas

We have the tradition of celebrating Christmas with our best friends every year a few weeks before Christmas. The kids do a gift exchange and the adults draw names and buy for each other as well. We did a (sort of) progressive dinner at the Towne's home. Great drinks, appetizers, salad, filets and creme brûlée (our contribution). The kids enjoyed watching Christmas movies in their festive jammies while we ate, drank, and were merry! Here are a few pictures from last night...

Can't wait for all of the festivities this week! Have I said Christmas is so much better with a little?!

Also, a BIG congrats to my mom (aka Nana) on finishing radiation this week! She is officially done with all her cancer treatments- just in time for Christmas and the New Year. 2013 is going to be a great year :) we love you!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

We had a great day today! David took it off to spend with Kendall and I. We had a fun day of putting up our tree (thanks grandma for our tree!), decorating it, and going to target to buy lots and lots of Christmas presents. I also got a little bit of wrapping done and I must say, a tree with presents underneath it looks much better than one without. Here are some pictures from today. I just LOVE this picture of Kendall with her first Christmas ornament.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Decking the Halls

I have had so much fun the past few weeks decking the halls for Christmas. I have always loved the holiday season (who am I kidding, I love ALL holidays!) but there is something extra special about the holidays now that we have our sweet little baby girl, Kendall Marie. Poor thing has four, yes FOUR (!) Christmas outfits. She is getting her picture taken with Santa this week and has her first holiday party on Friday night. Can't wait to share pictures of our sweet little girl!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Chalkboard fun

For a while now I have been wanting to put a chalkboard up in our house. We have the perfect spot for one in the kitchen, and after much searching for the perfect frame (finally found at Michaels for $8!), buying Martha Stewart chalkboard paint, and talking my dad in to cutting me a piece of particle board, I got my craft on, I painted two layers of paint on the hoard, let it dry, nailed it in to the frame, and got to decorating. Behold the final product!

Monday, December 3, 2012

2 Month Update

I can't believe my little girl is two months old already! (As I write this, she is more like 2 1/2 months!) She is aleady doing so much - it is amazing to watch as she reaches different milestones. So, here they are ...

  • Holding her head up - She likes tummy time, but only for about 5-10 minutes at a time. She is able to hold her up the whole time, but starts to get frusterated when she kicks her legs and pushes off, but doesnt go anywhere. It wont be long before this little lady is rolling over and crawling!
  • Smiling more and more - Her smiles arent from gas anymore! She is smiling all the time now! She is too cute- she looooves to get her diaper changed, and will coo and smile the whole time. She is most "smiley" in the morning time. Thank goodness she is a morning babe!
  • Cooing - Like I mentioned above, she is cooing all the time. She will talk back when I sing or talk to her, especially after her bath at night time. It reminds me of the movie Baby Geniuses - anybody seen it?
  • Sleeping - she is a great sleeper! Has been since about two weeks, but we are at the point now where she is falling asleep on her own for her naps, and at night time. knocking on wood so i dont jinx myself!
  • Ceiling fans - this girl is OBSESSED with ceiling fans. So much so that she is getting one for Christmas from Nana and Papa Anderson

I started decking the halls yesterday! I can't wait for Kendall's first Christmas! I am trying to draw it out for as long as I can. Whenever we are in the car, or hanging out at home, we are listening to Christmas music. I have also recorded a number of movies on ABC Family's 25 days of Christmas that I can't wait to watch as a little family! Be prepared for a bombardment of pictures as well. Girlfriend has multiple Christmas outfits already!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here are a few snapshots from our first Thanksgiving as a family of three.

Kendall had a great first Thanksgiving. She got to meet her uncle Dean for the first time, had lots and lots of snuggle time with her favorite Auntie Katie, and got to spend lots of time with her nana, nonni, and both papas! We are so blessed to have so many people in our lives who love our little girl as much as we do.

Wish us luck during our Black Friday shopping tomorrow!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Kendall's Christmas Wish List

We can't wait to celebrate Kendall's first Christmas! Here are a few things we hope Santa leaves under the tree for her.

Kendall and I in Tiburon at the hotel while Daddy was at the wedding

Wooden Walker- too cute to pass up! It will be a while before she needs it, but it is adorable!

Bean Bag Chairs - these bean bags from Pottery Barn are the best! We have great friends that have these for their daughters and they are great for lounging in, having baby give herself a bottle, etc. would be perfect in our upstairs loft.

Aden & Anais security blankets- A&A make the best swaddle blankets, so it's a safe bet that these would be great too! They are much smaller, and lined with a silky fabric that babies love to hold on too. I think this print is adorable too!

Baby Ugg Boots- Kendall will have these at some point in the next year :) she doesn't need them now, and I would rather her have them when she gets older, so these are probably better to go on a birthday wish list, but look at them! They are adorbs!

Months 1 and 2 necessities continued

Last night as I was feeding little miss (at 5am!) I thought of a few more products that I HAD to add. So, here they are...

Boppy Pillow - great for breastfeeding. Use it to support the baby, so your arms get a break! Also great for when the baby is older to prop them up, for tummy time, etc.

Soothies - I was never an anti pacifier parent. Like I mentioned before, I would rather her take a pacifier then suck on her hand. These were the pacifiers they gave Kendall in the NICU, and luckily we got some as shower gifts because she LOVES them. Something about me being able to put my finger in it really calms her down. Plus, she looks adorable when she has one in!

Starbucks Tumbler - I have about three different tumblers at home that I constantly have full of water. I find that I drink more water if it is from a straw (weird I know), and it really helps with keeping my milk supply up (FYI - so does oatmeal and flax seed)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Months 1 and 2 Necessities

This is a list of all of my personal "must have items" for baby Kendall. These are all items that we have found to be extremely helpful and beneficial to Kendall (and Dave and I) over the last 7.5 weeks.
Dr Brown's bottless - we give Kendall one bottle every day (started at 2 weeks) of pumped breast milk (see below for my pump recommendation). She has never had a hard time taking a bottle, and I think it is largely due to the fact that we started her on one so young. She will even take a bottle from me :) Best part is, she doesnt care what temperature it is, as long as there is milk in it! These bottles have been great, because they reduce the amount of air flow, and thus prevent gas bubbles for your baby.
Coconut oil - this stuff has been amazing! Kendall had a moderate case of cradle cap, and per the recommendations of other moms, I started rubbing this on her scalp a few hours before bed time. We have been doing this for a week now, and it is really starting to clear up.

Burts Bees baby products - we love this stuff for bath time! Kendall loves her baths (after the first experience that is) and we give her one almost every nights as part of her nightly routine (we only use soap ever 2-3 days though). The soap is mild and smells great! the lotions do too.

Aiden and Anais - I can't say enough great things about these products. We have both the swaddle blankets and the burp cloths. The swaddle blankets have SO MANY uses. We use them to swaddle her, cover up her carseat from the eyes of prying strangers in the stores, keep her covered from the sun when out on walks, you name it! The burpy bibs are great too! Not only are they great burp cloths, but they also have a snap so you can use them as a bib as well. One less thing to pack in the diaper bag!

UppaBaby Vista - we LOVE our stroller. it is easy to use (like one, two clicks easy to use) and has the great feature of coming with a basinet as well for when you have an infant. I love taking Kendall for walks in the basinet, and the stroller has great storage for when you need to pop in to target, Buy Buy Baby, the grocery store, the Mall :)

Swaddle Sacks - if you have a baby Houdini like we do, you will soon find that he/she can break out of any swaddle, no matter how tight you might make it. Thats where these little gems come in handy. You put the baby in feet first, and then you pull one part ofth fabric over one shoulder, arm, etc, and then pull the other side over the opposite arm and velcro it down. Kendall sleeps in one of these every night- keeps her nice and snug and also keeps her crazy (batlike) reflexes from waking her up.

Nap Nanny - the famous nap nanny! We LOVE this product. It might be my number 1 baby recommended product to parents to be out there. The nap nanny puts your baby at a 30 degree angle, which is ideal for an infant. Kendall is a great sleeper, but didnt like to be flat on her back. I read in an article that babies feel like they are falling when they are flat (you will probably notice they flail their arms and look startled sometimes when you are changing them). They also dont like to be in wide open spaces like a pack n play. Kendall was no exception for any of these, so off I went to the baby store when she was two weeks old to try and find something that would make her feel more secure, and I came across the Nap Nanny. The first night we had it, she slept 6.5 hours straight (at two weeks old mind you!). Now she averages anywhere from 7-9 hours straight (knocking on wood...). We only use it for night time though. During the day, she is unswaddled and in her crib for naps.

Madela Breast Pump - I LOVE my pump! It is hands free, and pumps both sides at the same time, so cuts down the time by half. I knew I was going to need a good pump, and went ahead and purchased this bad boy when Kendall was a week old. I started pumping at two weeks to start building my supply up for when I have to go back to work. It has also been great because it allows for Dave to be able to feed her as well, and when we go to friends houses, out to dinner, etc, I can bring a bottle with us instead of a hooter hider :) I pump first thing in the morning when I wake up, but before she does, and then again at night after she goes to bed.

Little Lamb Sound Machine - this is the travel size. we use it in her crib for nap time, and then I use a white noise app on my iPhone for night time. Kendall LOVES the white noise. Just the other night she was super fussy in the car, so I put it on, and she calmed down and closed her eyes instantly. Highly recommend white noise of some sort! (PS- i just purhcased a humidifier/sound machine combo for when we move her in to her own room)

WubbaNub - great product for babies that like pacifiers. Kendall took a paci from day one. I would rather her have a paci then suck on her hand or fingers (which is where we were headed prior to the paci). However, they are a blessing and a curse! A blessing because it soothes them, a curse because they can't keep the dang things in their mouths! Thus, the wubbanub! Helps the baby keep the paci in their mouth :)

These are just a few of the products that we have come to love over the past few months. We use pampers swaddlers diapers and wipes and have lots of carters clothes (soft and dont shrink down). Message me if you have any questions or recommendations yourself! 

Life Lately, according to my iPhone photos

her favorite stretch after waking up in the morning
snuggles on the weekend

her first "real" (aka non gas related) smile

Halloween week

Our Lil' Pumpkin

At the Franklin vs Elk Grove football game

At the Franklin vs Laguna Game (notice the blinged out beanie? - thanks Johnson family!)

My shopping buddy

starting to smile more and more

Yet another GENIUS baby invention - wubbanub - why didnt I think of this?!

And there you have it, our life in iPhone photos as of lately :) 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Life Lately

Happy November everyone! I can't believe it has already been 6 weeks since Kendall was born! The time is FLYING by. In six short weeks she is already smiling, celebrated her first holiday, and had her first over night trip to Nonni and Papa's house in Modesto.

Kendall and I have been having a great time together! At six weeks, we are starting to get in to more of a routine. She is a great sleeper- goes down at night around 8-8:30, wakes up for one feeding, the sleeps again till 8 or 9am (knocking on wood!). Once she eats, we get her ready for the day (I try to get things done for myself when she is still sleeping in the morning), and run any errands that need to be done. We get out of the house once a day or so. I think it is good for her to be used to her car seat, the car, etc.  After we run our errands, we come home where she eats again, we play (tummy time!), she goes down for a nap, and then we do it all over again until Daddy comes home after football. She loves watching him do his Insanity work out DVD's, and then while they play together, I get dinner going.  Sometimes she lets me eat in peace, other times I'm multitasking to keep her happy while I scarf down dinner. After dinner is her bath time which she LOVES, then we brush her hair, read a book and she gets a bottle of pumped milk, then she is down for the night. She has this great pillow that she sleeps on in our room called the Nap Nanny - ever since we got it, she has slept for at least 6 hours at night. The first night she slept 6 hours I felt like a new woman! It's a MUST HAVE for any new parents out there.

I will put up some pictures later :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pictures Galore

I could post hundreds of pictures of our sweet baby girl, but I wont bore you all. Here are a few of my favorites...

Our first famiy photo

Kendall sleeping in her crib for the first time

Photographs from our newborn photo shoot. Can't wait to see the rest of the images!


Bringing Kendall Home

Below are the pictures we took the morning we got to bring Kendall home from the hospital...

Monday, October 8, 2012

Introducing Kendall Marie Danielson

Little Baby Danielson is here! We welcomed her in to this world on September 19th, 2012 at 5:43pm. Her labor and birth were a looooooooooong process.

Kendall's Birth story:

My labor with Kendall started on Tuesday September 18th at about 6pm. I was making dinner and kept feeling this cramping in my lower abdomen that was different from the Braxton Hicks contractions I had felt on and off the last half of my pregnancy. However, considering I was already overdue, I didnt want to get my hopes up thinking I really could be in labor. After dinner, David and I took a walk, and the contractions didnt go away. I started timing them (thank you free iPhone app), and when they were five minutes apart, we called my OBGYN, Dr Chan. After talking with the Dr, he thought I should go in to be checked at the hospital to be on the safe side. He didnt think I was in active labor, since I was able to talk to him on the phone, but because I was already at 3cm, it was best to go in. So, off we went to the hospital, arriving at about 10pm. They took us to the triage side of labor and delivery, and checked me, and sure enough I was at 4cm and contracting. We stayed in the triage room most of the night (all the delivery rooms were full- September is the most popular month for babies to be born, something about Christmas and New Years wink wink) and were finally moved in to a delivery room at 5am. I had progressed well all night, and was at 6cm when they moved us in to the delivery room.  Based on my dilating, the Doctor and nurses thought Baby Danielson would arrive between 6:45am and 10:45am. David was in contact with our parents throughout the night, keeping them updated, and by 7:30am, both sets of future grandparents were at the hospital, and my sister and brother in law were on their way in from the bay area.  Up until this point, I had been managing my contractions with slow, rhythmic breathing, and silence in the room.  It was the weirdest thing, any time I felt a contraction coming on, I got into a semi squat position, tightened my muscles and just rocked back and forth. After leaking a little fluid (TMI sorry) they didnt want to check me anymore to avoid introducing an infection if my water had in fact broke.  However, after being at 6cm for 6hrs (yes, 6 hrs!), the Doctor finally checked, and sure enough, my water hadnt broken.  He went ahead and broke my water, and that brought on MAJOR back labor, but no further dilation.  Finally at 1pm, after checking again and seeing that I hadnt reached 7cm yet, I decided to have an epidural. At that point, I had been awake for close to 36 hours, and Little Baby Danielson was showing no signs of arriving any time soon.  I got the epidural and was able to relax a bit, and an hour later, I was at 10cm! Since I hadnt slept, the Doctor had me rest for a few hours, and I started pushing at 4pm.  It was strange pushing while still feeling the effects of the epidural, because it's hard to know if you are pushing the right way. Finally, after almost 2 hours of pushing, Little Baby Danielson arrived, and Daddy David was the one to tell me LBD was a girl. Unfortunately, our joy was short lived, because after they placed her on my chest and David cut her cord, the doctors and nurses had to take her away because she wasnt breathing well or handling the "transition" well. They took her out of the delivery room, and David had to watch while they hooked her up to breathing assistance (a CPAP machine) and they took her to the NICU. I was unaware of what was going on, still in the delivery room. After a while, they told me what was going on, and after getting up to my recovery room, I was finally able to go down and see her in the NICU. It was hard to see her in the NICU, hooked up to the CPAP machine, with IV's in her tiny little hand, but she was so healthy compared to other babies in the NICU. At 8lbs, Kendall was 4x the size of most of the babies in the NICU. 

The next three days were hard on us. We spent all of our time in the NICU, or in the hospital room waiting for her to wake up to feed. We had to leave on Friday night, and Kendall had to stay one more night. Leaving her was one of the hardest things we have had to do, but knew it was for her best interest. We called the NICU the next morning, and she was cleared to come home! We brought her home Saturday morning, and it has been a whirlwind every since! It is hard to imagine what life was like before she was here, she is already so ingrained in our lives. I love my little pal, and girls officially outnumber boys in our house!

Pictures to come, I'm having difficulty uploading right now

Monday, September 17, 2012

What, no baby yet?!

I can't believe I am writing this, but LBD (little baby Danielson) has yet to grace the world with his/her presence. We are now less than 6 hours away from the end of the day, and with that, the end of our "due date". Baby Danielson will officially be born past his/her due date. I never in a million years thought that would be the case, but I guess this baby is showing me whose boss already! Did you know that 80% of babies are born within 10 days of their due date (the 5 days before and the 5 days after) but that only 5% are born on their actual due date? Pretty crazy. Any it isnt looking like my baby will be one of them! As much as I have loved being pregnant, I am ready for baby to be here! Not only to meet this little bugger that has been rolling around inside of me for the last 10 months, but to be able to put a face to the feelings, a face to the names we have picked, and just to meet this little bundle that we already love so much.

Hopefully the next time I post it is with baby delivery news! XO!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Ready, set, go!

I am ready to have this baby. More than ready. DESPERATE is more like it. I don't think there is anything else to do to get ready for the little one. Our bags are packed for the hospital (snack bag included), the car seat is installed, stroller is ready and waiting, the nursery is all done, the co sleeper is set up in our room (pretty sure the cats think it is for them), the pack n play was put together today by yours truly... what else? I'm at the point where I am creating projects for myself to keep myself busy. I guess it is good, but at the same time, I am ready to meet him/her!! I want to know if it is a boy or girl, and experience waht being a mommy is all about.

The doctor said it could be any day now. At my appointment last week, the baby's head was down, so we will see if I have made any progress tomorrow when I go in for my appointment. Keep us all in your prayers that Baby Danielson decides to grace us all with his/her presence sooner than later!