Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pictures!!

Here are some pictures of Sophia's first 3 weeks:












My Beautiful Baby

So, like most parents I am sure, I think that I have the most beautiful baby in the entire world.

Only the difference between me and other parents is that I really DO have the most beautiful baby in the entire world.

And, we are hoping to use her beauty to get her scholarship money for college...because at the rate college tuition is increasing, she won't be able to go otherwise.

You can vote for my beautiful baby here:
Sophia's Sunhat

So, if you have stumbled across this blog and read this post, please go vote for my Sophia!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

First Day Alone

Well, tomorrow is the big day.  The first day that I am home alone with Sophia.  I have been absolutely spoiled to be able to have my Mom here during her first two weeks. I can't imagine doing all of this without her - she has probably saved the doctor's office quite a few phone calls!

Today I drove Mom to the airport, and as I was driving away I was crying and realized that for the first time it was just Sophie and I in the car - no Chris or Mom or anyone else with us.  So, we went shopping :) The Mall of America is about a 30 second drive away from the airport, and Sophie needed a sunhat because she is not supposed to wear sunscreen unless absolutely necessary.  I thought walking around the mall would be a good idea, because I wouldn't cry if I was out in public.  I was *mostly* right, though I teared up a bit here and there.  Anyway, we bought a very cute sunhat and then went to Paciugo (a gelato place in the mall) and bought some "Fat Tire" beer flavored gelato for Papa (my Dad) when he comes into town in two weekends.

Then we drove home, and I cried a little more - probably best just to get it all out!  Anyway, I am really looking forward both to having my Dad in town at the end of May, and having my Mom and sister come into town at the end of July. I am quite lucky to have family coming as often as they are, and grateful for all of the help that I've been given!

Tonight our small group provided a meal for us as well, which was awesome! We had Cane's Chicken (my FAVORITE!) for dinner and enjoyed some great fellowship.  The women in that group are going to be a big help to me as I take this little venture into motherhood, and I am looking forward to what I am sure will be many helpful conversations about raising children in a godly manner.  I thank God that he has given Chris and I the supportive family that we have, and that he has led us to a church with such a wonderful group of young married individuals who are such a blessing in our lives.

I will be posting many pictures soon! Stay tuned :)

Best Sad Song Ever

Yesterday, my Mom, Sophia, and I went to see the Pirates! Band of Misfits movie. Well, Sophia slept (and ate) rather than watched the movie... I enjoyed it - very cute. Probably  my favorite part was the sad part of the movie, where they played this song from Flight of the Conchords:

I'm Not Crying

So, you're leaving, aren't you?
I knew it when you said just then when you told me you were leaving
That's when I definitely knew
But if you're trying to break my heart
Your plan is flawed from the start
You can't break my heart, it's liquid
It melted when I met you
And as you turn around to leave
Don't turn back to me
Don't turn around and see if I'm crying
I'm not crying

I'm not crying
It's just been raining
on my face
And if you think you see some tear tracks down my cheeks
Please, please, don't tell my mates
I'm not crying
No, I'm not crying
And if I am crying
It's not because of you
It's because I'm thinking about a friend of mine who you don't know who is dying
That's right, dying
These aren't tears of sadness because you're leaving me
I've just been cutting onions
I'm making a lasagna
For one
Oh, I'm not crying
No
There's just a little bit of dust in my eye
That's from the path that you made when you said your goodbye
I'm not weeping because you won't be here to hold my hand
For your information there's an inflammation in my tear gland
I'm not upset because you left me this way
My eyes are just a little sweaty today
They've been looking around
They're like searching for you
They've been looking for you
Even though I told them not to
These aren't tears of sadness
They're tears of joy
I'm just laughing
Ha ha ha-ha ha
I'm sitting at this table called love
Staring down at the irony of life
How come we've reached this fork in the road
And yet it cuts like a knife?
I'm not crying
I'm not crying
I'm not cry-y-y-y-y-y-y-y-ing

Friday, May 11, 2012

Announcing Sophia Alexis Pitts!!

So, the part everybody wants to know when babies are born: 7 lbs, 10 oz, and 20 3/4 inches long :)

She was such a sweetie, letting me graduate and everything first before she was born. I wasn't sure if I would be able to walk, and I did get to walk and it was a very cool experience that I don't regret!!

Okay, okay, I am a little bit late. Once more I must warn that, as with the pregnancy, there are going to be some details about the birth that you may  not be interested in reading. Since I have warned you, it's fair game. No complaining, because you are choosing to read from this point forward.

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 I woke up just like every other morning. I had an ultrasound in the late afternoon, as well as a non-stress test, so we could see how the baby was doing before inducing labor early on Friday morning.  Mom and I went to the Minnesota Historical Society and walked around the history museum in the afternoon, and then went straight from there to the doctor appointment.

At the end of my ultrasound, I felt my first REAL contraction around 4:30 or so. Up until this point I had felt the "preparation" pains that felt like period cramps, but this one was different. It felt kind of like somebody stepped on a full bladder... I am not sure how else to describe it. It was a sharp, actual kind of pain. Then, 7 minutes later, I got a second real contraction.  Right away, I was having contractions 5 to 7 minutes apart.  The doc checked and I was about 2 cm dilated.  He sent us home, because if it was real labor then I probably had a few hours to go until I would be at the hospital.

On the way home we stopped at Cane's Chicken to pick up some dinner :) I wasn't really able to eat much, and I had to eat in between the contractions because they were reallllllly painful and steadily getting worse.  Chris went to small group and I stayed home with my Mom, timing my contractions and watching Beauty and the Beast and reading Harry Potter (the 6th book).. I was trying to stay as distracted as possible from the pain. So about halfway through Beauty and the Beast, the contractions were so bad that I was not really able to talk through them anymore.  I tried going on a walk outside to see if they would slow down or stop, but they stayed consistent and painful and left me doubling up at various times throughout the walk.  At this point I was consistently 4 to 5 minutes apart.  I called the doctor, and we headed to the hospital!

Once there, my contractions were down to 3 or 4 minutes apart and really really painful. It was quite the experience. And the epidural could not come fast enough.  By the time they checked me, at around 10 or 11 p.m., I was 5 cm dilated. The epidural was probably the most wonderful thing in the world. The anesthesiologist warned that it might take 10 to 15 minutes to start working, but it worked immediately and was wonderful. Really truly an amazing thing.

At midnight, the nurses told me it was time to start pushing. It was weird, because with the epidural it was hard to tell if I was pushing right, but I must've been doing it pretty well because after the first push she said "You're doing great! Most women would push for 2 hours before being at this point!" Which made me think "Wow... I hope I don't have hours more of this!!" but I didn't... at 1:10 the doctor came in, and at 1:25 a.m. Sophia Alexis Pitts was born, at 7 lbs. 10 oz. and 20 3/4 inches long, with a 13 inch head circumference. Her Daddy cut the cord :) It was a weird feeling, pushing her all the way out. I didn't even feel a tear and I thought for sure I would. They also asked if I wanted to see the placenta, etc., which I did, and it was pretty cool. It is amazing that what kept the baby alive was that organ and cord. Right away they wiped her down and put her on my chest for the skin-to-skin contact.  She had the sweetest little cry!! She managed to find her lungs about 2 nights later when the nurse was taking her temperature in her armpit (she HATED that) and since then has kept those lungs going. What is amazing is that I have already forgotten how bad the pain was... I know it was terrible, and I remember my body shaking and crying out in pain, but I really don't remember how painful it was, which is probably for the better (and maybe Sophie won't be an only child).

What was really nice was Chris had the ability to take off 3 days of work and spend it at the hospital with me.  It was great to have him there, especially at the beginning where it was all a new experience.  He was a good sport too, because the "bed" that he was using at the hospital was hardly a comfortable one, and there were often nurses coming in and sleep was frequently interrupted by the baby girl who was initially nocturnal.  The food was quite fun though :) I loved ordering my meals, and they actually had pretty good food. I even had coconut-crusted tilapia for dinner one night!

She was immediately a good nurser, which I am very thankful for. She loves to eat and eats very well, from day 1.  The hardest part about nursing initially was the soreness, and the cramps that happened when I nursed because the uterus was contracting back down.  A few days of ibuprofen and I am all back to normal :)

She is quite a good baby.  The first three nights were kinda rough, and the 4th night we started wearing earplugs, but she has settled into a nice routine now where she eats around 10, sleeps until 2, and then sleeps again from 3 until 6 or 7 or so.  I am getting sleep in 3 to 4 hour shifts, which is very nice.  She is just a sweetheart - I swear she can smile already (or it certainly seems like it!).  She also has some great awake moments, and just has the prettiest expressions! I love my little princess.  I will have to post some pictures here.  Praise God that she is here and healthy and we are settling into our new family routine!  It is nice that she is here in time for Mother's Day :).  I think the best gift is that my Mom has been able to stay with me for the first couple weeks, because otherwise I would be at a loss with what to do with this little princess.

God bless!!