Keeping up with Kinley- Month 2

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Kinley is officially two months old. It’s difficult to imagine what life was like before her arrival. As cliché’ as it might sound its true. The hours in the day go by quicker, the weeks seem shorter and before I knew it my baby Love was another month older.

MONTH TWO:
Weight: 9lbs. 6 oz.

Length: 23 ¼ inches

Diaper Size: One.

Clothing size: A mixture of Newborn and 0-3 tops. Sleepers/Onesies- 0-3 months, Pants- 3 months.

Eye Color: Her eye color is still blue, although not as grey tinged as they were at birth.

Favorite Toy: Momma and Daddy are still her favorite “toys”.

Sleeping Habits: She is sleeping for longer stretches of time. Around 5:30 p.m. she will sleep about an hour and half in the evening after daddy leaves for work. She will then wake up between 7-7:30 p.m. to eat and “talk” with momma. At around 8:30 p.m. she will eat again and stay awake till I feed her and put her down for the night. This usually occurs between 11 p.m. and midnight. Kinley then will sleep till 5:30 a.m. and wake up for another feeding and then fall back to sleep for approximately another hour. Of course, this schedule is approximate and varies slightly from day to day but it’s nice having some sort of schedule set in her second month.

Kinley’s likes/dislikes: Kinley does not like to be in the same room for a significant period of time. It seems we are going to have a curious little girl on our hands. It appears she loves to be on the go, as we do not have any problems when taking her out. She gets excited when put her in her car seat as if she knows she is going on an “adventure.”

What Kinley has learned: In her second month Kinley is now a pro at nursing. She focuses on mommy, daddy and objects held in front of her. She has begun responding to our voices by smiling, and trying to “talk”. She has a strong grip and can hold our fingers when presented to her. We are continuing to work on increasing muscle strength in her neck through tummy time and play.

What Mom has learned: The job of a mother cannot fully be understood until you become one. From our home to most importantly our hearts, Kinley has taken over.

Mommy notes: Postpartum appointment went well and my incision is healing well. My doctor finally gave me clearance to resume my workouts but warned against overexerting myself too quickly. This month my favorite holiday Valentine’s Day definitely was sweeter because of my precious daughter.

Memorable moments: In her second month Kinley experienced her first Valentine’s Day which was even more special since it was also her first holiday. Other first during her second month included her first dozen roses, first trip to the park, first shower, first elevator ride, and her first photo contest.

Misc: Kinley’s cry is no longer that of a newborn. Gradually fading away is the “squeak toy” cry when upset. As I tell her, “You have a real cry with real tears and everything.” Kinley has begun to take a pacifier to help her fall asleep. Within seconds of having it, she is out. It definitely is better than her falling asleep at the breast.

Kinley’s accessory count: Hair bows: 56 Headbands: 64 Flowers/ clips: 13

Looking Forward to: New milestones, memories and experiences as a mother

~XoXo
Christine

Here are some pictures of Miss Kinley Love Griffin during her second month.

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Keeping up with Kinley

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Kinley is officially one month old. How quickly this month went by. I celebrated Kinley’s official one month birthday by changing diapers, breastfeeding and washing her clothes. What a difference a month makes. The first two weeks were the hardest and it seemed by the third week everything fell into place and we were able to develop a routine of some sorts. I’m loving her growing and learning but at the same time it’s bittersweet because the tiny newborn stage is going by way too quickly.

MONTH ONE:
Weight: At birth 7 lbs, 8 oz. She dropped to 6 lbs. 13 oz.

Length: 21 inches

Diaper Size: Newborn

Clothing size: Newborn

Eye Color: They are a blue for now. We are waiting to see if they will stay light colored or darken.

Favorite Toy: She obviously isn’t big enough for any major toys, but she loves being bounced by daddy.

Sleeping Habits: Initially she slept the majority of the day for the first couple of weeks. Lately, she is staying awake for longer stretches of time, approximately 2-3 hours between feedings. Her most active time is between the early hours of 2a.m.- 5 a.m.

Kinley’s likes/dislikes: She loves sleeping on mommy and daddy’s chest and being swaddled. She dislikes being cold and her greatest dislike is having a wet diaper. It’s instant crying the second she urinates.

What Kinley has learned: Probably the biggest lesson learned by her is that Mommy is a food source. She can recognize mom and dad’s voices and can focus on our faces when in close proximity to hers.

What Mom has learned: I have learned quickly obtaining five hours of sleep during a 24 hour period is currently the “norm”. It’s amazing how a person can function on such a little amount of sleep. Even more surprising to me is how many daily activities now occur one handed while Kinley is in my arms. Another “obvious” lesson learned is when preparing to run errands or travel it takes twice as long to get ready and leave the house. But the greatest lesson for this first time mother is the true meaning of unconditional love. It’s as if she can do nothing wrong. In the middle of the night when I am exhausted, emotional, sleep deprived and she is crying I feel nothing but pure love for her. It’s a whole new type of love, understanding and compassion for another human being.

Mommy notes: The biggest challenge for me has been breastfeeding. After a slow start, I am producing more milk. With the advice from family and friends each day is an improvement in the amount of milk produced. Mission for month two is continuing to work on increasing breast milk supply.

Memorable moments: In her first month Kinley had a lot of first experiences. These include: a car ride, a doctor’s appt., a stroller ride, a bath, a trip to the mall, a photo session, and a spontaneous smile caught on camera.

Misc: She is so alert for being so young. Within the first two weeks she was already lifting her head at a 45 degree angle and turning towards our voices. Besides her newborn cry, she makes a “squeak toy” noise when crying and sounds like a piglet when searching for food. I love watching her sleep and could spend hours watching her. In all honestly, I do stare at her when I should be catching up on my own hours of sleep. She definitely is not a quiet sleeper and snores and grunts while sleeping.

Kinley’s accessory count: Hair bows: 47 Headbands: 45 Flowers/ clips: 13

Looking Forward to: I have so much to look forward to but besides the obvious milestones to look forward to I am excited for Kinley’s Valentine’s photo session, her first holiday and celebrating Valentine’s day with our little love.
~XoXo

Christine

Here are some pictures of Miss Kinley Love Griffin during her first month.
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Our Birth Story

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Here is the story of Kinley’s arrival on January 3, 2014

After a chaotic day prior, the day we anxiously waited for had arrived. On Friday morning, we arrived at the hospital at 5:00 a.m. and checked in on the second floor. Once checked in, we were taken to the room to the prep for surgery. The IV was by far the most painful part of the morning. The nursing assistant blew my vein out on the first attempt and had the nurse insert it the second time. The nurse reviewed my medical history all the while referring to me as mommy. Yes, in just a short while this would be true. Justin and I were then left alone to wait for the arrival of our doctor and anesthesiologist. We talked about how we couldn’t believe this day had finally arrived.  We prayed for a safe delivery without complications and a healthy child to be born. Close to 7:00 a.m. we were taken to the operating room. As Justin waited in the hall, I awaited the arrival of the anesthesiologist. After a few minutes of waiting the Operating nurse called the anesthesiologist and confirmed with him that he had not been told the C-section would be performed earlier and that he would arrive within the next 20 minutes. (The time was moved up from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. the day prior)The nurses walked me back to my room, where Justin and I waited for the arrival of the anesthesiologist. It seemed as if only ten minutes had passed and the anesthesiologist was in the room introducing himself. The nurses walked me back to the operating room a second time, where I was prepped and the spinal block was administered. Once numb, my doctor entered the room and began to make an incision through my previous vertical scar. Justin was admitted into the room as our doctor began to make the incision. It was calm as the doctors, and hospital staff conversed with one another. During the procedure our anesthesiologist provided a narrative of what was happening during the procedure. It seemed like only minutes into the surgery, the anesthesiologist said “She’s almost out. Get ready, she is almost here. It looks like her hair is light.” In the next few seconds, I heard the anticipated sound of my daughter’s first cry. It was not like anything expected it was soft, and sweet.  I turn to look at Justin, asking him if he can see her. Justin looks at me and says, “I think her hair is dark.” Justin continues to describe her to me by saying, “She’s big. I think she’s big.” He handed our little miracle over to me. I was thankful that the nurses had not strapped my arms down as I held her for the first time. That was my one desire, to be the first one to hold her. She wasn’t crying anymore, she was so calm just staring at me.  She was healthy and already content being in my arms. I couldn’t believe that this little, tiny baby had just came out of my belly.  All I could say was “She’s so pretty.”  She was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen. I was in love. In that moment, all felt right. I just laid there staring at her, taking in the first moments as a family of three. I had never felt anything as amazing as bringing a new life into this world. Instantly, the world now offered a greater reason to love.

Our precious miracle Kinley Love Griffin 7 lbs, 8 oz. 20 inches 8:50 a.m.
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So happy to be blessed with this beautiful baby.
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One of our first pictures as a family of three <3
~XoXo

Baby predictions

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Our Baby Predictions

Mom says…

Hair color: Brunette
Birth Weight: 6 lbs., 8 oz.
Eye Color: Brown
First Word: Mama
Favorite Color: Pink

Dad says…

Hair color: Blonde
Birth Weight: 7 lbs., 8 oz.
Eye Color: Brown
First Word: Mama
Favorite Color: Pink

Now time for you to share your predictions by participating in the survey below.

One Week Countdown…

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One Week and counting…

Feeling: It’s crazy at full term; Baby Griffin can arrive at any moment. It’s hard to believe that our daughter’s scheduled debut is less than a week away. This journey has gone remarkably fast. Both Justin and I can’t believe it’s our last week as a family of two.

Symptoms: I have been having Braxton Hicks and other little signs that things are progressing (I’ll spare you the TMI details) but no signs of labor.

Food Cravings:  No current cravings, my appetite has become nonexistent. As far as cravings for foods to indulge in once she arrives, I am looking forward to sushi, sweet champagne, and a nice medium rare steak.  Sounds like the perfect celebratory meal.

Food Aversions: None

Clothes: The nine month mark definitely has limited my wardrobe selection. I find myself often repeating the same outfit… definitely going for “stylish” comfort these days.

Weight Gain: 27 lbs. Lately, everyone has been asking if I am concerned with the weight I have gained. Despite being the heaviest that I have ever been, I am not putting pressure on myself to return to my old body. It took 9 months to develop, so it’s going to take some time getting back to where it was.

Sleep: Hardly. This little girl is one active girl and does not allow me to sleep anymore. Between her constant movements (I’m seriously wondering when she sleeps) and the endless trips to pee I am averaging 2-3 hours of sleep total.

Best Moments: Car seat installed, Ordering custom hair bows, finding a baby book.  MATERNITY LEAVE!!!!

Memorable Moments:  Christmas Eve was our last doctor’s appointment. According to our doctor he estimates her current weight around 6 and ½ lbs.  

Nursery Prep: Nursery is nearly complete, just awaiting the arrival of our princess. A few projects remain unfinished but they are not necessary to her arrival. These include completing her bow holder, and photo gallery wall.

Random:  Giving a urine sample at the doctor’s office at 9 months isn’t easy… it’s more like something from a comedy. Ladies, admit it…

Looking Forward to: Meeting our daughter and starting the next chapter in our lives. <3

~XoXo

Christine 

Sweet Baby Princess

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For the last few weeks, I have been meaning to complete a post about the wonderful shower thrown for our Princess…but oh, how time flies. Words can’t express how thankful I am for the wonderful shower thrown by my amazing family and BFs. From the invites, favors and decor, each detail did not go unnoticed and I couldn’t have asked for more. There is no question that our precious Baby is blessed with a family (near and far) and friends who love and adore her. Again, an amazing job and I am truly over the top thankful for those who hosted, and each person in attendance. ~XOXO

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Table decor
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Guests were asked to take a candle to light and say a prayer in her name on the day of her arrival
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Every party needs a candy buffet
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Princess cake
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Oh, What a happy day! :)
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A few special guests

Thanksgiving Blessings

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“Behold, Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.” Psalm-127:3

This year Justin and I are thankful for our biggest blessing that has yet to arrive. There are no words to describe how thankful we are for her. It seems like just yesterday we decided to try and shortly in 5 weeks (or less if she decides to make an early debut) we will be welcoming her into our arms. I can’t wait for the moment I get to look into her face for the first time, to hold her and kiss her.  What a journey it has been… From being told that I would not be able to conceive, much less carry a child to being blessed with an amazing pregnancy I am truly thankful for the entire experience. Pregnancy is an unbelievable experience. It’s surreal to watch a small grainy, grey spot on an ultrasound grow and progress into a baby throughout the months. Really, that life is inside of my body?!?

I can’t imagine what this year would have been like had the Lord not decided it was our time to become parents. With this pregnancy I have so many reasons to be thankful. From the physical symptoms which included minimal discomfort and lack of morning sickness to the most heartfelt and meaningful ones.  We are thankful for the support and love family and friends have shown to us throughout this journey. From those who provided support during our time of struggle, to those who now celebrate with us during this pregnancy, we are grateful and truly thankful for each of you. To those individuals, you will never know how much your continual support, prayers and well wishes mean to us. Lastly, but most importantly, I am thankful for my hardworking, handsome husband. I couldn’t have chosen a better person to have alongside me.  I am blessed to have such a wonderful husband who only wants the simple things in life; a loving wife, a happy home and a family of his own. I couldn’t ask for more in a husband. With each day, he wants to ensure my happiness and that I am taken care of no matter how independent I am. I love this about him, and I know that our daughter is one lucky girl for with each characteristic that makes him an incredible husband and my best friend, he will be an even more amazing daddy.
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Happy Thanksgiving & Many Blessings to each of you,

~XoXo
Christine

6 week countdown

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Feeling: I’m anxious for her arrival but don’t want her here any sooner than planned since I want her birthday to be a separate occasion from Christmas. Ultimately, this is out of my control and we will just have to wait and see. With the holiday season and her upcoming arrival it’s hard to feel like everything is under control and in order. From laundry, to housework, errands and a to-do list, it’s a feeling of never being able to catch up with what needs to be done. Family and friends have assured me that the feelings won’t subside as long as there are children in the home. It certainly leads to very busy weekends and long workdays. Physically, I am starting to feel uncomfortable at times, but overall it’s not too bad. I continue to be thankful for being blessed with such an amazing pregnancy. She will occasionally surprise me with a sharp, quick movement on the left side of my Pelvis bone. It may sound weird, but when this happens I am thankful for it and will tell her thank you. I imagine it’s her playing with her hands and feet and I want to encourage her to be a playful baby. As for her preference on where she likes to lie, she prefers to stay at the front of my belly. It feels as if she is stretching out towards my belly button.

Symptoms: Not much has changed since the last post. Overall, I am feeling great with mild soreness around my pelvic bones in the evenings. People say she has “dropped”, but I have carried her low the entire time and haven’t noticed a change in her position.

Food Cravings: Sugar. This last trimester has definitely brought about my sweet tooth. Usually a fan of chocolate, I have been craving sour candy… sour skittles, sour gummy rings, sour belts…

Food Aversions: None

Clothes: Still wearing maternity bottoms, and a mix of maternity and loose-fitting pre pregnancy tops.

Weight Gain: 23 lbs… (A loss of three pounds) The doctor didn’t seem concerned and denoted possible causes as appointment time, or clothing attire. He confirmed both her weight and measurements were on track. As for the size of the belly, it has definitely grown. (*side note- next pregnancy: I want to do measurements of the circumference of my belly and document that in addition to weight gain)

Sleep: Overall, I have been sleeping really well with the occasional night of tossing and turning.

Best Moments: Justin assembling her pack/ play and bassinet. Once it was put together, I couldn’t help but look inside her bassinet and imagine our daughter inside. Her travel system is put together and awaiting her arrival. That evening I practiced pushing the stroller around the house. Justin and I went with the Britax B-Agile travel system and so far I am in love with it. It’s lightweight and easy to maneuver, granted there isn’t an infant in it yet but soon… :) I am definitely looking forward to our family walks around the neighborhood.

Memorable Moments: A few weekends ago, two of my coworkers hosted a Paris themed baby shower for our little princess. Stay tuned for an upcoming post with pictures. We are so thankful for each person who has helped us prepare for the arrival of our daughter. She is definitely one loved little girl.

Nursery Prep: With the addition of her dresser, recliner, and rug her room is nearing completion. The wall shelves and shelving for her closet have been purchased and will be assembled by Daddy soon.

Random: We saw the doctor on 11/18/2013 and were told everything was progressing as it should. As of now, my belly button remains in and stretch marks are not to be seen yet.

Looking Forward to: Our upcoming Maternity photo session, hospital tour, and packing our hospital bags.

~XoXo

Christine

Less than 8 weeks away

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Feeling: I can’t wait for her arrival. I have days where I see other mothers, a commercial or social media post that makes me want her in my arms at that moment. Then other days, I start stress over how quickly time has passed being pregnant and how time will fly by even quicker once she is here.  Often, I just sit staring at my belly thinking of all the times we will share.  There are not enough words to describe the immense joy; she has already brought to my life before she is even born. I know there will be moments when she will try my patience, times when I’ll consider myself failing at being a mother but I just hope that she will never doubt the love that Justin and I have for her.  Perhaps it’s the pregnancy hormones kicking in, but as I think of everything that led us to where we are today I am overwhelmed with emotion and wipe away tears of joy knowing that she is blessing from the Lord. I am sooo thankful for her!!! 

Symptoms: No complaints. I usually have no symptoms, other than the occasional cramp in my calves or mild lower back pain after an extremely busy day on the go.  On a side note- pregnancy did affect my eyelashes.  My eyelashes have become sparse and there are days that I forgo mascara and only wear eyeliner since it only manages to highlight their nonexistence. Any of you mothers experience or notice the same? Or want to share a random symptom that you attribute to pregnancy or hormones?

Food Cravings:  No particular cravings. Although, lately my sweet tooth has come back and is satisfied by a nightly bowl of cereal.  In regard to foods that I am missing, I do miss having a nice medium rare steak, and delicious Sushi.

Food Aversions: None

Clothes: Strictly maternity bottoms, and a mix of maternity and loose-fitting pre pregnancy tops. I finally caved in and bought a pair of maternity workout pants and I am so happy that I did. I highly recommend the pair I got from Old Navy. Super comfortable!

Weight Gain: 26 lbs

Sleep: Other than the 4:30 a.m.  Wake up call, it has been surprisingly good.  I’m guessing this little lady is just preparing mommy for her arrival and feeding time.  I’m definitely enjoying the longer stretches of sleep and only having to get up once for a restroom break.

Best Moments: Watching her movements each night.  It still seems unnatural to me and freaks me out, but I love it all the same. I’m hoping to record some of these movements to share with her in the future. As many times as I feel her throughout the day, each time still makes me smile. I know I am going to miss these movements. I love having her so close to me, within me, a part of me.

Memorable Moments:  This week my family and best friends hosted a wonderful baby shower fitting for a princess. Stay tuned for an upcoming post with pictures and more details.

Nursery Prep: Awaiting the delivery of her dresser this week. Once that arrives, the wall décor will go up.  This week I will be looking for book storage. I am not sure whether it will be a book shelf, wall shelves or baskets. I am very excited that she has a great start to her library. Hopefully, she likes to read like her mommy.  I started to reading to her each night before my bedtime and plan on continuing this when she arrives. 

Random: We saw the doctor on 11/06/2013 and were told we past the glucose test that was taken on the 4th. Our doctor also informed us that she has now turned head down and preparing for her arrival. We have now started our biweekly visits to the doctor making it seem that much closer. As for my Belly Button and stretch marks, my belly button is still in and hasn’t “popped”.  I have been blessed not to have gotten any stretch marks yet, but from what I have read many women didn’t get them till the few weeks before.  So we shall see… (Fingers crossed I won’t) :)

Looking Forward to: Nesting… starting on the list of things to do… wash clothes, purchasing and installing our car seats, setting up the pack and play, setting up the swing… ORGANIZING!!!

~XoXo

Christine 

Getting away

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A few weeks ago Justin and decided to take advantage of a long weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary by making a trip to Carmel, CA for an overnight getaway. We stayed at the Carmel Mission Inn and enjoyed walking around the neighboring shops and eateries. We decided to have dinner at a nearby steakhouse. The ambience was perfect as we ate by candlelight and enjoyed each other’s company. That night at dinner was the first time that I actually “craved” any alcohol. Perhaps it was the romantic setting, the vacation vibe or simply watching Justin enjoy his beer that made me want a glass of wine with my dinner. To suffice, I ordered a mocktail mixed with a variety of juices. Although as pretty as it was, it was definitely not the same, however, it was delicious. We spent the evening relaxing in the hotel room, which is honestly one of the best parts of vacations to me. I find it hard to relax at home with household chores, projects or a never-ending to do list waiting to be done. After sleeping in, we enjoyed a nice breakfast and decided to head to the beach. We spent the morning walking on the beach, just talking and laughing. Of course, mostly at me as I wasn’t paying attention and didn’t move out of the way of an incoming wave. As we sat on the beach, we reminisced on our time spent as a couple and how at this time next year we would have an adorable ten month old playing in the sand before us. :)
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The next hours were spent walking around the shops downtown. As we walked downtown, I noticed tucked away between shops was a children’s boutique named Heaven. It is the most adorable boutique with cutest children’s apparel, shoes, toys and baby accessories. If you are in the area, I recommend stopping by or at least checking out their website. As we walked in we were warmly greeted by staff. It wasn’t here that I expected to find a diaper bag, let alone have Justin convince me to choose one out from this adorable boutique but I did. Staff provided recommendations and offered suggestions on choosing the right diaper bag. “Although it’s for her, you need to pick the one you love. Trust me, find one you like… You will be carrying it for the next two years.” The biggest person to convince me to splurge and get the diaper bag I was falling in love from the store was Justin. I selected a limited edition Petunia Pickle bottom satchel in classic, quilted black. I love it and can’t wait to use it. What are your suggestions for diaper bag neccessities? Not only did he purchase me the diaper bag, but he also included the matching wallet/ planner. Isn’t he the sweetest?!? Although, this didn’t keep him from asking, “Since when did diaper bags become a fashion accessory?” I never knew purchasing a diaper bag would be so exciting and of course this trip’s perfect souvenir.

Time is flying. I am so thankful for weekends like these and am savoring each of these moments with my husband as we eagerly await the arrival of our little princess.
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~XoXo
Christine

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