Sunday, October 25, 2009

She's Here!

Finally, I know.  She's a week and a half old and I am barely getting around to posting.  For me, the last week and a half has been one big long day broken up by 1-3 hour naps.  I knew sleep would be scarce, but I didn't realize it would be this scarce.  Every day get's better and we get to know her better and I get a little more sleep between each feeding. 

My C-section went well.  I was so surprised at how fast it went.  I'll try and do a post about it.  I know I would have liked someone to tell their c-section story before I had mine so I knew what exactly to expect. 

I guess I'm a speedy healer.  I was released from the Hospital 48 hours after the surgery.  I was up and walking half a day before they expected me to be.  I was also eating a regular diet much sooner than they expected.  From the moment I came home I was up and moving.  It wasn't easy to get around or stand up for the first few days, I was walking quite slow, but each day got better.  I had some upset stomach issues for a day or two - no throwing up, just a very tender tummy. Because of Motrin I was more swollen than during pregnancy and it was horrible.  I stopped taking it and since I've been sweating up a storm whenever I sleep - it's gross, but I can see my ankles and my face is thinning up a bit again! 

I ordered a cesarian support belt thingy that has really made quite the difference.  Within the first day of putting it on that night I lost more water weight and my stomach visibly shrunk quite a bit.  I'm a big fan!  It was quite the task to put on at first but then after that first day it got a bit easier each time.  I highly recommend it.  I can give you the link if you'd like.

As for the baby; she is perfect.  Her name is Naomi and she looks exactly like Jaren.  She has my nose and my detached ear lobes.  But that's all we can find of me.  She has Jaren's long skinny fingers, toes and arms and legs.  And each day as she get's a bit older I find she is more and more the spitting image.  In a much prettier daintier package.  :)  I'm rather impressed that Jaren makes such a beautiful girl!  He quite enjoys it.  He is such a wonderful father and since the second she has come out he has been right there taking care of her without complaint of sacrifice. 

Sleep has been the biggest obstacle.  She likes to be held.  A lot.  She wouldn't lay down by herself in her bassinet for longer than 40 minutes.  Then I tried laying her on her side.  Oh man, she slept in that thing 3 1/2 hours today.  It makes sense!  It's how she likes to be held, it's pretty much how she was in my belly.  On her side.  So nice to find out all these little quirks that help us. 

Since this is the worst flu season ever we are in lock down.  She was born 3 weeks preemie and is so tiny.  It would be horrible to have a sick baby and it's dangerous with how small she is.  Because of this we are only letting immediate family come to see her and even then, they need to have their flu shots.  If anyone feels even a little bit under the weather they stay away.  We appreciate that.  It makes me sad that I can't show her off like I'd like, but I would much rather have a happy, healthy baby. 

Here she is!

She is so bright eyed and was since I first held her.  She is so much fun and every day has little things that show bits of her personality.  She's a happy wonderful baby.  I'm SO glad she is here and so glad to not be pregnant anymore.  I can move!

Her stats:
5 lbs 14 oz
18.5 inches long
Oober cute
Jaren look-a-like in girly form
Lots of brown hair - hangs down her neck
Loves to have her hands on her face

The private blog:  I've posted on there and added all of the email addresses I have.  If you have not recieved an email I either don't have your email address or entered it in wrong.  Send me an e mail at whitneykathleen at gmail dot com or leave me a comment with your email in it.  I'll try to update as much as I can on both, but until I have some free time it may be sparse. 

I love being a mommy!


Kristina P. said...

She's beautiful, Whitney!

Tiffany Fackrell said...

so glad recovery is going well. i left really puffy too, my shoes still don't fit, but I think that is because my feet have gotten wider and not from swelling anymore...grrr.

I couldn't believe that bridger was born at 7:32am and i was up and walked to the bathroom around 10:30that same morning!!! i guess having my baby in the NICU and having them tell me as soon as I could feel my legs and get up I could go down there helped out a bit. But I just remember when I had cambree I was in SO MUCH pain, this time I could actually get out of bed by myself with very little pain.

we are on lock down mode too, and my babe is lots bigger. but I REALLY don't want the swine flu. I have been a hand washing maniac and Cambree sanitizes her hands a million times a day since I have a bottle sitting my the couch that I use after diaper changes, she loves that stuff so she uses it all day long but i am ok with it! I need to get her in for her flu shot.

That Girl said...

So. Freaking. Cute.

Glad it went well - and post the link for that belt!

The Boob Nazi said...

awww cute

Amanda said...

She is a cutie. I would like an invite to the private blog, sweetsister16 at hotmail dot com Thanks!

Marcistar said...

Whitney she's so beautiful! Congratulations! So happy for you guys! I'd love to be invited to your blog marcistar27 at gmail dot com!

Wendyburd1 said...

She is so tiny and cute!! I didn't get an email so here is my email again:

It is so funny. One of my BFF's is a Naomi. One of my sister Katie's BFF's is another Naomi!! You naomi is going to have lots of BFF's too obviously!!

Tanner and Lindsay said...

oh my gosh... such a cute blog whit :) She is beautiful... just like her mommy!! I am glad that everything went well.


Congrats Whitney.. I am glad to hear that you c-section went well. I had a c-section with my first and was up and walking in no time. I would like an invite:

Nassim and Erfan and Leo said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! I am so glad for you that your little girl arrived healhty and that you are on your way to getting back on your feet. I only just found your blog via That Wife recently and started reading since we were due at about the same time.

I would love to read your baby blog - I jut had my second tiny one last week and it's lovely to read about others who have delivered at around the same time. my email address is

The Gillmans! said...

She is adorable. Congratulations. I would like an invite to the private blog:

Trudy said...

Congratulations!! She’s so beautiful! I'm glad you’re doing well, and recovering quickly. We all knew both of you would be amazing parents!

Kristen said...

Congratulations, she is just beautiful and I am glad that you are starting to feel better as well.

Jon, Julee, and Maddie said...

I thought she looked like Jaren, so fun when your studing her over trying to figure out what features are whos. You need to email me a DETAILED story if you don't want to share all your info over your blog. I just remembered something else Bob told my mom and I wanted to know what they figured out about TWO? Mainly because I want to know about your blood pressure and if your on meds. I didn't get that email but I think I gave you the wrong one try

Jessica said...

Whitney! Yay! She's adorable!

This whole last week I've been secretly worried at your lack of news. I didn't know if something had gone wrong or if you were only posting on the other blog or what!

Glad to hear that both of you are doing well. :)

Jo said...

I have very anxiously checking your blog and hoping everything was just crazy and nothing bad happened. Whew. She is darling! So tiny and sweet.

Paloma said...

She is so adorable! I would love to be added to your other blog as well. :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Whitney.... she is adorable...Enjoy every min of her cuz it goes by sooooo fast, really happy for your family... <3

Em said...

I am so sad to hear that Jaren had the swine flu. that is horrible. I can totally understand not wanting visiters. please take care and keep us posted on your little one.

Em said...

oh, by the way she is so cute! and my email is

Suzie and Chadd said...

Ur really cute...I found your blog on facebook! I want invited to your private one... my email is also I have a private blog and I'm not sure if I've sent you an invite to be a reader so if not write on my facebook your email addy! I also healed really fast from both of my c-sections. I feel like I'm cheating or labor and an easy recovery! It's great if you can do it that way =) CONGRATS!!

The Raaps said...

She is so adorable! congratulations. I am anxious to read more about her! my email

Good luck with everything!


TyBrit Boyce said...

Aww! Congrats Whitney! The name Naomi is so cute!
Okay, so my e-mail address is
I have not yet received an e-mail from you!