Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry 1st Christmas, Allie!

Did I mentions how much I LOVE Christmas?  I had the warmest feeling in my heart this morning waking up and seeing presents under the Christmas tree and a stocking bulging full of new toys, teethers and butt paste. 

Last night, as our family always does, we have Christmas Eve dinner, desserts and Christmas cookies, then we all gather around the Christmas tree to open our gifts.  We do have a system, of course...what family doesn't?  The youngest person opens one present.  Then the next youngest opens one present, and so on.  Usually Todd is the youngest (yes, he is younger than me...only by 2 months though), but this year our Allie girl will have the joy of opening the very first Christmas present.  Todd and I took turns opening Allie's gifts for her as visions of sugarplums dances through her dreams.  Allie napped the entire Christmas present opening session in various family members arms.  She was all swaddled up wearing her "Daddy's Little Girl" outfit that Grandma gave her. 

Allie recieved many wonderful gifts from family.  She got a very cute keepsake box for her 1st lost tooth and first lock of cut hair from Grandma and Grandpa.  Allie received a bunch of cash to start her own bank account.  Diapers, wipes and other small toys were wrapped up too.  Allie's first Christmas would not be complete without a "Baby's 1st Christmas" ornament...or two...or three. 

On Christmas morning (after feeding and diaper changes) Mom and Dad took Allie down to see what jollly St. Nick brought for her during the night.  Santa blessed Allie with blankets and books, rattles and toys. 

Allie on Christmas Day

This Christmas was by far the most loving Christmas I've had.  My heart was exploding with overwhelming joy as I gazed at my family of three on this special day.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Oh yes, I did!  I couldn't help myself.  I put Allie in her stocking for a quick photo shoot.  I did this, of course, when Todd was at work.  He would have NEVER let me put his sweet, innocent baby girl in a Christmas stocking.  Allie was so adorable, too cute for words...and if I didn't get this picture now, I wouldn't be able to in the Christmas she isn't going to fit in her stocking anymore.  She didn't like it very much and this was the only decent picture that I managed to get.  She was probably is winter.  

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Christmas!  It is my most favorite holiday.  I love the lights, the decorations, and the Christmas trees.  I love wrapping presents, watching Christmas movies and SANTA.  Christmas has not been the same these past few years.  It seemed something was missing.  However, this Christmas will be different.  This Christmas will be better.  Allie will have no idea what is going on this Christmas, but this year will be one I'm sure we'll never forget.  We put our Christmas tree up way back in November.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm always prepare and I have a plan.  I knew that after Allie came, putting up the tree would be the last thing on our minds.  There was no way that I was going to have Allie's first Chrismas without a tree.  Today I swaddled up our little Christmas miracle and placed her under our Christmas tree.  Perfect fit!  Look what Santa brought us!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Home Alone

The next couple of weeks will be the test run if I'll really be able to do this whole mommy thing alone.  Todd went back to work today and I was left home to fend for myself and for my Allie.  I was a bit nervous at first, but it wasn't that bad after all.  Our day was filled with so much excitement...diaper changes, nursing, snuggling and napping.  I was so proud of myself as the day neared it's end.  I'm finally doing it...I'm being a MOM!  My lifelong dream is coming true.  My heart is so full when I stare at Allie (which is what I do 90% of my day...the other 10% I sleep).  I was relieved when Todd came home from work.  He was thrilled to give our girl a hug.

Todd giving Allie a hug after a day of working

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Healthy Hammerick

Allie had her first family outing the doctor's office for her first check up.  The doctor said she is perfect.  We had so many questions for the doctor...feeding schedules, pacifiers, nursing, bellybutton, baths, much to learn and know.  I'm already overwhelmed.  From all the books I read, no amount of reading can prepare you for being a parent, or the lack of sleep.  How long does it take a baby to sleep longer than 3 hours at a time?

Allie is fast asleep in the car seat on the way to the doctor's office

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Say Cheese!

Allie's first professional photo shoot was at our house on her 4th day of life.  She cooperated very well for her parents (and the photographer).  Todd and I were shocked at how successful it was.  We for sure thought she would be crying the entire time.  Lucky for us, we now have these beautiful newborn photos of her to treasure forever.

...and since Christmas is right around the corner, we thought it would be fitting to combine our Christmas card and her birth announcement which will include this super, too cute for words photo.  YES!  That is really her sleeping in a Santa bucket.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Welcome Home

After 3 days in the hospital, Allie came home.  It's so nice to be home with her, but I would have stayed an extra day or two if they would have let me.  I got to choose when and what I wanted to eat, people waited on me, changed the was great.  Allie's daddy walked her all around our house and introduced her to everything, including her room.   I wonder if it will stay this neat and clean when she's a teenager.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Birthday, Alyson Rae!

My life, my Allie girl.  It feels like ETERNITY that I've waited for my precious, beautiful little GIRL (and yes, I'm not going to lie...I really, really wanted a girl, a daughter of my own).  She is my world, my love, my everything.  To think that there was a time that I was doubtful that she would bless our lives.  Our journey of her being was scary and unknown at one time, but she was worth every bit of the wait.  I truly believe that God only gives us what we can handle and everything happens for a reason (I know...cliche).  How she came to be happened for SOME reason.  Allie will always be loved, wanted and will never be taken for granted.

How I went from this... this...


Exactly a week early, Alyson Rae Hammerick made her way into the world.  Allie was born on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 8:44 am.  I starting having contractions here and there at work on Tuesday...but didn't think anything of it.  I just thought they were cramps and that they would go away, just like every other time.  Around 5:00 pm they were 20 minutes apart, and by 11:00pm they were 10 minutes apart.  Todd was supposed to go in for his very first day in the Detroit office on Wednesday, however Allie had different plans for her Dada.  At that point, believe it or not, I still thought they would go away.  I was trying to not wake Todd up with my squirms of pain every 10 minutes, so I retreated to the living room couch.  Around 1:00  my contractions were about 7 minutes apart and I finally gave in.  I woke Todd up and off we went to the hospital. 

We went through the ER because it was after hours.  I chose to walk to labor and delivery. I was more comfortable standing than sitting.  To be honest I just wanted to get there and get this show on the road.  If I walked I could go at my own pace.  As I was walking through the door, I asked for my epidural (I really didn't want to miss it!)  The nurse at the check in desk replied with "You have to be admitted first, honey."  Unfortunately my show was haulted when the nurses told me they wouldn't admit me until I was dilated to a 4...I was a half...yep, a HALF!  What?  They allowed me to stay at the hospital in my fashionable gown and walk the halls for an hour...which turned out to be the longest hour of my life.  All I really remember is walking from bench to bench, enduring the most awful pain EVER.  At each bench my wonderful husband could feed me ice chips and then I was on to the next one.  After an hour had passed, I made my way back...only no one came to see me for another 30-45 minutes.  My contractions were about 4 minutes apart and I was dilated to 3.5.  I think they felt sorry for me because they admitted me.

I walked to my LDR room (labor, deliver and delivery).  Got my epidural and Todd and I were left to let nature take it's course.  Lucky for me, Allie was ready to meet her new parents.  After only 15 minutes I had Todd call for the doctor.  We were well on our way.  I pushed for 15 minutes with hardly any breaks...I wanted this torture to end as fast as it began. 

At 6 pounds 13 ounces our beautiful Allie was born.  She is our joy and happiness.  Now the rest of our lives can begin.