Thursday, January 28, 2010

Day 1: A Success!

So in the world of new mommies, a successful day is measured not by quotas met or sales made but by whether or not you snagged a shower in between feedings and diaper changes. It is 3:30 and I'm still in my jammies but I did manage to get both kiddos down for a nap at the same time so I could take a quick snooze . . . and I've done two loads of laundry and a sinkful of dishes so I'm thinking I can call today a success. This was my day 1. Grandpa left yesterday, David went back to work today, and I was alone with my two girls for the first time. We really had a great day. Eva and I made pancakes with chocolate chips on top that turned into chocolate pancake sandwiches that we pretended were fancy English tea sandwiches and we ate them with our pinkies up like Fancy Nancy. Then she put on her Cinderella dress and showed Mia and I how to dance like a princess. She is such a big helper. Everytime I needed her to grab me a diaper or a towel or whatever she would get up and go do it.

Grammy came by to check on us and drop off some more food. God Bless Grammy! She is so awesome. Over lunch we were talking about how similar I think the girls are and thought I would post some pics of both of them.

Ok so these pictures don't show the similarities as well as I can see them in person but they still look alot alike. Mia seems to have fuller lips and she pouts them for pictures but their upper lips have the same defined "Franceschini" curve. They have the same distinct heart shaped jaw line and Brown family button nose. I can't wait to see how they change as they grow!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Grandpa's Visit

We brought Mia home from the hospital on Friday and picked grandpa up from the airport the next day. It was so nice having him here! He did lots of dishes (thank you thank you) and helped us repair a wobbly stair railing. Mostly he could be found cuddling with his grandbaby . . . and can you blame him, she is heart-melting. Here are some pics we took during our visit.

I love Mia's little pirate eye. She definitely hasn't been as alert as Eva was. She is a chain napper and barely wakes up to eat. When she does give us a peek it is usually a squinty pirate eye followed by lots of unhappy faces about the light and eventually she'll look around at us.

On Monday we took Eva to Chuck E Cheese because she was being such a great big sister and she kept coming back to drive this bus. I sat at a table with Mia and ate all of Eva's cotton candy. Oops.

Here is a picture of our little family. Isn't Eva a character! We went up to Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs for Mia's first outing just like we did with grandpa when Eva was born. It was a fun tradition to keep. We had a great first week and now it's back to life and laundry.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Our New Baby Girl

Isn't this a cute picture I just snapped. David wanted some cuddle time with Mia so they crashed together on the pull out bed and I thought it was adorable.

Here is the post everyone's been waiting for. I have pictures of Mia's first moments, I have funny stories about her delivery, and most anticipated of all, I have a name to share. Without further ado . . . may I introduce you to

Mia Isabella Franceschini
She actually picked it believe it or not. Dave and I were talking about the middle names this afternoon and he was leaning towards Isabella. She was sleeping snuggled in her daddy's arms so I leaned over and asked her, "Are you my Mia Bella" and she cracked a huge little smile in her sleep. I looked up at Dave and said, "well I guess that's that." In hindsight she was probably just passing gas, but it was too cute to ignore. Thank you to everyone for your votes and input, we love how everyone embraced the story behind this name.

Speaking of stories, her birth is quite a story in and of itself. It all started on Sunday with our pregnancy photo shoot and baby shower. After the shower my cousin Lynn gave me an awesome reflexology foot massage that started consistent contractions a few hours later. Those contractions lasted through Monday and Tuesday with absolutely no change, but Tuesday night we came to the hospital because they were only 5 minutes apart and super intense. I was still only 1.5 cm dialated so they had me walk for an hour. Well I wasn't about to deal with all of this no change nonsense anymore so I was doing lunges down the hall, squats, jogging in place, and after an hour we were to 2.5 cm. So we started on some contraction inducing medicine to try and make them more intense, and the medicine actually shut them down. By this point it was about 7 am on Wednesday morning and we got down to business with an epidural and Pitocin. When she came back to check at 10:30 am I was barely 4 cm and at the rate we were going it looked like we would be meeting baby Mia that night.


My contractions were completely different and painful so we called her back in thinking I needed to up my epidural dose. She had me explain the pain, raised her eyebrows, checked me again, and said, "Well honey, we don't have a cervix anymore." I was shocked. We'd gone from a measley 4 cm to past 10 and ready to go in 10 minutes. She was a pro as she preped the room for delivery and Dr. Watson raced over just in time. I pushed a total of 12 times over the course of 3 contractions and we were done. Mia was bright purple because the cord was wrapped around her neck twice but started breathing beautifully and showed no signs of distress. It was an absolute miracle that she came so quickly because my tailbone is totally in the way and she was face up so it should've been much harder. Had she spent any more time in the birth canal with that cord around her neck we could have had serious problems so thank you Jesus for getting her out so quickly and easily.

During this very quick and easy delivery my sisters Stacia and Sarah were by my side along with David. Sarah was hanging out up by my head and after witnessing two very mild pushes (no screaming or anything) she turned white, almost threw up, and the nurse barely got her on the floor before she almost passed out. It was hilarious! She'll never live it down the poor thing.

Eva was eagerly waiting across the hall with Grammy and was just so precious when she finally got to come in the room and meet her little sister. She sang to her, kissed her little hands and forehead, and made sure the paparazzi stayed away with their cameras because she noticed that Mia didn't like the flashes. She's going to be a great big sister! Here are some pics from her first moments and the visitors who were there to welcome her.

Her uncle Matt gets home from military leadership training tomorrow, and Grandpa gets here on Saturday so we'll keep the pictures rolling.

Welcome Baby Mia

It is 2:30 in the morning and even though I have had a collective 4 (maybe 5) hours of sleep over the past two days, and feel like someone beat me between the legs with a baseball bat, I am sitting here updating this blog because I am obsessed. This beautiful new baby has stolen my heart.
I let the nurses take her to the nursery tonight so I could rest and they said they would bring her to me every two hours to nurse. I just woke up at exactly two hours like my subconscious had set some alarm. I layed in bed checking my cell phone clock every 30 seconds for about 2 minutes and then snuck down to the nursery to check on her, too impatient to wait. She's still sleeping. They said they'd bring her to me in another hour and I am just dying to hold her. My eyes are drooping and my body is aching but I can't sleep until I get my fix. I'm addicted. You would be too. She is so delicious. Here are some pics I took of her at only 7 hours old. She looks like a perfect little porcelain doll. My beautiful Mia.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ponies and Colts

Today was a super fun day. Eva has been totally obsessed with horses ever since we watched the stockshow parade downtown last week so David's friend Leia invited us to ride her horses this weekend.

She has a little pony named Nick and a beautiful huge stallion named Kansas. Eva fell in love with Nick and had a blast riding him around. Dave rode bareback on Kansas for a while and then we played with some sweet 4 month old barn cats. It was so much fun, thanks Leia!

Then after our well earned naps it was time for the Colts first playoff game against the Ravens so we threw on our Colts gear and settled in for the game. GO COLTS!