Monday, July 21, 2014

Welcome Arya!

Arya Orianna Nace
Born July 4, 2014
10:26 pm
8 lb. 3 oz.

Welcome Arya!  I apologize for the lateness of this post; newborns are sure time-consuming (but wonderful, too!).  She has been described mainly as alert, strong, and calm.  We're fortunate that when she fusses, she is always trying to communicate something.  Occasionally it is, "I'm tired but I'm not sure I want to sleep!"

At this point, her hobbies still pretty much include eating, sleeping, spitting up, and pooping.  If she is awake in a day, it's typically for an hour or two in the afternoon.  One of my favorite pictures is below.  When her umbilical cord fell off, she was able to have her first immersion bath.  There was no crying, just faces, as she experienced this new sensation.

I will do my best to do better at updating this blog.  I'm contemplating simply tossing up pictures from time to time with little text to attempt to get rolling again.  Enjoy your week!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Close, but not quite!

Just a quick update for those of you eyeballing our blog - I went to the OB yesterday and she reported that I am 50% effaced and 3cm dilated.  I haven't experienced any contractions yet, but she thinks Arya will likely make her grand entrance within a week.  I'm busy trying to take care of myself and things that need to be done (or I think need to be done) - hopefully more soon!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Pictures!  Arya smiled for her very first 3D ultrasound picture.  The radiology technician tried to get a melty face picture, but she stayed still, so no funny pictures!

Here's a side view.  She was expected to be 2.5 pounds, but is 2 pounds, 15 ounces.  I'm just hoping she won't be too much above average at birth!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Funny Stories

Thursday night I had my very first babymare.  (Baby+nightmare.)  I have never woken up so anxious and so amused all at once.  As is the case with dreams, it seemed entirely possible and real while I was asleep.  I did spend a little extra time in bed afterward, though, getting some reassuring cuddles while recounting the whole thing to Kelly.

We had borrowed a crib for our daughter.  When she was a day and a half old, we had to return it.  However, we managed to return the crib with the baby inside.  When I realized it and brought it up to Kelly, he said, "We have places to go this weekend, so we'll just pick her up afterward."  When I confirmed that he was sure, I just accepted this statement.

After the weekend, several events prevented us from being able to pick her up.  It finally sounded like we'd be able to pick her up while we were at a camp site.  I eagerly followed the folks who had her and went into a room full of cages.  I wondered if a cardboard box contained my daughter.  All of a sudden, the woman I was with proclaimed, "Ah, there she is!" and pointed at a cat.  When she saw the crestfallen look on my face she said, "Oh, you thought you were picking up your daughter.  You're allergic to cats, aren't you?  Well, maybe I should carry her."  In desperation to carry something, I wound up carrying the cat.

By the time the facility that took the crib was "ready" to return our daughter to us, I was beside myself and in tears.  We arrived and they were giving us ice buckets and liners as well as other random objects.  I was trying to settle the bill and wound up tipping the wet nurse $190 for her troubles.  The next thing I knew, my alarm went off.  Weird and hilarious, huh?

My second funny story had to do with Kelly.  We purchased a new energy efficient washer and dryer.  I came home from work on Friday and had barely set my things down when he said, "The washer is about to go into the fastest phase of the spin cycle; you have to come watch!"  We were sitting down against the wall when my roommate came to say hi.  She, too, was invited to watch the spin cycle.  So, there we were, the three of us sitting against the wall with the washer a couple feet from us.

As we were waiting for it to rebalance itself and achieve the high speed, Erin and I started discussing where she was in reading the Dresden Files.  Well, that's when we weren't getting play-by-plays from Kelly about the washer.  Eventually, we realized that we were all supposed to be discussing the washer.  I asked which character in the Dresden Files our washer was most like.  In a features-based discussion, we decided to name it Michael and the dryer subsequently became Charity.

Kelly teased us for naming the washer.  We teased him right back for spending his Friday night watching appliances.  It has certainly been a fun couple of days here in the Nace household!

Quick baby update: I'm now at 27 weeks - the last week of my sixth month and third trimester.  She's coming in 13 weeks - MEEP!

Love to all!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Return to Blogsville

Okay, okay.  I'll start blogging again!  Thanks to those of you who gently bugged me - this will be a good habit to get into now!

If you haven't heard, I'm embarrassed and apologetic, but I'm officially 6.5 months along with a baby girl in tow.  She's due July 5.  It has been an extremely easy pregnancy so far - no morning sickness, no weird aversions or cravings.  Since this seems to be an appropriate venue for funny stories, I can tell you about the 4 random moments where smells were influential.

One morning, Kelly was having ketchup with his breakfast.  (Now, I am usually the person who has breakfast with her ketchup.)  I had to order him to the opposite side of the couch as the smell of his ketchup turned my tummy.  What was the delicious smell later that day?  Little Ceaser's.  Go figure!  Another day, sweet Kelly had to clean the chicken coop all by himself as I could not deal with the smell of chicken poop.  It usually doesn't bother me.  In the evening, we'd been snacking on pickles and playing board games.  I had to move the jar of pickle juice to overcome the nearly overwhelming desire to chug it.  Ugh.

Today I had a routine check-up.  All seems well and fine, but I should weigh about 166 and I weigh 161.  My doctor ordered an ultrasound out of an abundance of caution, but it doesn't seem like there's a reason for worry.  However, she told me to go get a shamrock milkshake at Burgerville.  Doctor's orders.  Best appointment ever!

Lots of love,