February 24, 2009

Meeting Nana, Poppy, and Dr. Payne

This past weekend, Evy got to meet her wonderful great-grandparents, Nana and Poppy! (My mom's parents.) It was so great to see them and spend time together. We also celebrated Aunt Alyssa's birthday a little early. I am so thankful that Evy has a godly legacy in her grandparents and great-grandparents!



Yesterday we had our first 2-week visit to Dr. Payne, our wonderful pediatrician. I call him Mr. Bill, because his daughter Constance is one of my very best friends (we went to high school together). It was great to visit with him. However, Evy was NOT pleased with having to take her clothes off (a virtuous woman already). She screamed bloody murder! However, we did have great news: she left the hospital weighing 6.14, and at her 5 day checkup was up to 7 lbs. Yesterday she was 7.14 1/2!!! Nursing is definitely one thing going well for us. However, we're still struggling with nights. She just loves to be alert when she should be asleep. We're definitely working on this for everyone's sanity, but I covet your prayers. I know there are moms with worse problems out there, but I don't think it hurts to ask for prayer! :o) Here are pictures that we took before our trip to Dr. Payne's:



I love my sweet girl!



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February 22, 2009

Husband Questions

I was tagged to do this, and I want to highlight my sweet husband :o) He is God's wonderful gift to me!

1. He's sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen?
Motor Week, College Football, or an old movie

2. You're out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad?
Caesar, just like me.

3. What's one food he doesn't like?
Dips---so insane.

4. You go out to eat and have a drink. What does he order?
Water or Diet Coke

5. Where did he go to high school?
Ripley High School

6. What size shoe does he wear?
10 1/2??

7. What is something he likes to do but never gets to do?
SLEEP!!!! Also just relax and do nothing.

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich?
I think just your run-of-the-mill turkey.

9. What would he eat every day if he could?
He has coffee every day...he would eat potato chips.

10. What is his favorite cereal?
Kashi----ew.

11. What would he never wear?
Anything that makes him look remotely feminine.

12. What is his favorite sports team?
Ole Miss Rebels.

13. Who did he vote for?
My husband will always vote Republican, just like me.

14. Who is his best friend?
Me! (I'm not just saying that...we've discussed this!)

15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn't do?
I get stressed out too easily sometimes.

16. What is his heritage?
All I know is that his family has lived in the same place for years and years.

17. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what kind?
He's not a huge "cake" person. We both like cookie cake or ice cream cake better than the traditional kind.

18. Did he play sports in high school?
Football and soccer.

19. What could he spend hours doing?
Sleeping---believe me, he needs to!

20. What is one unique talent/gift he has?
He's a great listener and is a wonderful conversationalist with people.



I tag anyone who wants to do this---I'll read, I promise! We're doing well here...about to watch the Oscars and still getting used to things. Pray for physical stamina; as I predicted, Evy's a little confused about day and night. Ha! I'm exhausted, but love her so much. So pray for strength, please! But, in keeping with the "theme" for this post, I couldn't do it without my precious husband (Mom is here too, and it's a given how much I appreciate her). I am a blessed girl!


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February 18, 2009

Evy Is Home!

So, here are the pictures we have so far of our sweet angel Evy at home. These include meeting Aunt Andrea and Uncle Will for the first time (please ignore the fact that I was still MAJORLY swollen from surgery!), and basically just pictures that we think are adorable--haha!



I know I haven't given many details about the whole birth experience. This is basically because I was OUT OF IT the whole time I was in labor/delivery! Long story short, we induced on Monday morning, Feb. 9, starting at 5:30 am. I had spent the night before on adrenaline. Funny sidenote: the day I found out I was pregnant, I watched "You've Got Mail." The night before we induced, I watched "You've Got Mail." And while I was in labor, I watched "You've Got Mail!" Haha! Something about that movie :o) Anyway, I spent 9 hours in labor on Pitocin, and several other drugs. I just wasn't progressing. I had a terrible adverse reaction to Staydol, which I knew I shouldn't have taken (but did because I was in so much pain). This caused me to be intensely sick, even while trying to get my epidural. I was given Phenigren to ease the nausea, which completely knocked me out. I was literally in a coma-like sleep when my doctor told me that a C-section was basically our only option. At that point, I was praising the Lord about having major surgery--haha! I don't remember a thing about the surgery prep, etc. They didn't even bother to put a sheet up to block our view because of Kurt being a doctor---they knew he wouldn't pass out (isn't that funny?) But I forced myself to stay awake and when I heard Evy cry for the first time, I just burst into tears! The first thing Kurt said to me was, "She has your nose!"

Recovery has been hard. I had a respiratory complication that requires me to be on an inhaler now (stuff just settled into my chest and because of my surgery I couldn't cough or clear my throat). C-sections are tough. But, we have been very blessed this first week. She is sleeping for 3-4 hours at a time, even at night. She adores her bouncy seat, and only cries when she's hungry. We know that this will probably change shortly, so we're enjoying it while we can :o) She is just a joy. I told Kurt the other day that I've never felt closer to God that I have in these last few days. I just can't believe He would give us such a beautiful, precious child.

Thank you for your support and continued prayers. I'm definitely not back to normal, and my recovery is the main prayer request. Also, our sweet cat Doris has been gone for about 4 days now. Something had to have happened to her, because she's not the type of cat that would just leave. (And no, we know she didn't leave because of the baby...she was totally fine around Evy.) I had a huge cry about it last night and am trying not to think about it. I'm still hoping she'll come home---I have to be optimistic not to go emotionally crazy. One more thing: pray for when Kurt goes back to work Saturday. I have been intensely attached to him since the baby has been born, and thinking of him not being here during the day makes me cry (no, really...I have cried when he went to the library to study). My mom is coming back to be with me, but I just need your prayers. Thank you!

So that's what's happening in our corner of the world. We thank God for our sweet baby girl!


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February 17, 2009

Update Coming Soon!

I know, I know...it's been forever since I updated! Now that I have my beautiful baby girl, even my family is commenting on the lack of updates :o) I have had a difficult recovery...I'll explain later...but am on the mend. Evy is wonderful...we just adore her. I will update really soon with pictures, etc. We are alive! Continue praying for us...I feel God's blessings from the prayers. Lots of love----


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February 13, 2009

Evy's Arrival Pictures

Here are pictures from our camera of our precious baby's arrival. I will post pictures of our first days at home soon....just taking one thing at a time!



I do want to highlight one of my favorite pictures so far. I snapped this in the hospital room and happened to catch her showing one of her little dimples. That was actually the first thing I noticed about her: she has dimples!


I'll put up pictures of our first days at home when I get them done. We are loving her so much :o)


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February 12, 2009

Arriving Home

We arrived home this afternoon and it's so good to be here. I am in pain but managing through meds and just toughing it out. I knew a C-section was major surgery, but it's totally different when you're going through it. I'm ready to be able to move around freely; I didn't realize how much I usually take that for granted.

Evy is doing very well. She's been sleeping for awhile now. I had my "realization" moment yesterday night and just burst into tears over how much I adore and love this child. I just....had no idea how much I would instantly want to protect her, adore her, and do anything for her. I didn't even want her to go to the nursery at the hospital! It's almost like she has become my security blanket, because she's been with me for 9 months already, and now I just can't imagine life without her. It even helped me to sleep in the hospital with her right next to me so I could smell her little face :o)

I am trying to download some pictures but of course the computer is moving slowly. Speaking of computers, I do want to state the obvious: I just won't be on the computer as much. I'll do my best to write some updates throughout the next few days/weeks, but it's just not #1 priority!

Thank you again for your support and comments. Lots of love from our family :o)


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February 11, 2009

Hello from the Hospital

Hello everyone,

This is my first time to be at a computer, and I've enjoyed reading everyone's comments and encouragement. Evy and I are doing well...just resting after a very long and difficult day Monday (story to come soon!). We will be going home tomorrow (Thursday). Home will be wonderful, but we have really enjoyed our time here at the hospital. Thank you again for everything. We praise God for our little blessing :o)


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February 9, 2009

Pictures of Evy!

I am sorry that it's taken me a little while to get these pictures up. When I got home from the hospital, I had to download them, then I edited some of them. There are lots more - I know Ashley will add more! Hope you enjoy!


Evy was NOT happy at any point when her clothes were taken off of her - she wanted to be with her Mommy!


Brother Mark and Ashley talking. At this point, Ashley was still very groggy and out of it. But I loved this picture!


Those sweet little feet.


What a little angel!!!


Brother Mark and Mrs. Karen looking in on Evy before her first bath!


All wrapped up and warm after her bath!


Aunt Alyssa was the first person (other than medical staff and Kurt/Ashley) to get to hold Evy! She got to hold her before she left to go back to Starkville!


Ashley, Evy, and Alyssa.


Such a cute hat - especially compared to just the ones that the hospital puts on! Ashley kept saying that she looked like a cute little elf!!!




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Evy is here!

Hello, all! This is Suzanne. I am at the hospital with Ashley, Kurt, and their newest most precious addition-Evy Kate Lancaster.

Ashley wanted me to post Evy's stats....

Evy Kate Lancaster
7 pounds 2 ounces
4:12 p.m.
20 1/2 inches long

Ashley had a c-section and is doing fine!

I will post more pictures when I get home and download them



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February 8, 2009

Big Day

Tomorrow I will be induced to meet my beautiful daughter. I am experiencing every emotion known to man at this point---the most prominent feeling is absolute joy! I covet and already thank God for your prayers. Thank you for being with me through this journey and for supporting me along the way. I will be excited to introduce her to you--she has no idea how many people have known her from the very beginning.

Love to everyone,


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February 7, 2009

Being Announced In Style

I made a door hanger for when we're at the hospital! I made it easier on myself because I started with something pre-made and embellished it.

My supplies for the hospital door hanger: pre-made "Valentine" art, white fluffy trim, pink ribbon, package of 3 tiny canvas boards, and gold paint pen. (All from Hobby Lobby.)


This is the finished product:



I really enjoyed making this...Maybe I could sell them? Every baby needs one :o)


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February 5, 2009

Letter to My Daughter

Dear Evy,

I can’t believe I’m writing this letter to my first child! It’s such a surreal feeling. When I found out that I was pregnant on June 8, 2008, our world forever changed. Now that you’re almost here (within days), our world is about to be changed again.


I’ve heard that once you become a mother, you better understand the concept of unconditional love. I can’t imagine what that feels like, yet I’ve never been more ready to experience it. I have known from the time I was a little girl that being a mother was my calling in life. However, I’ve never felt more overwhelmed than I do now: Will I teach you all you need to know? What kind of mom will I be? Will I model for you the Biblical legacy that I want to leave? I have so many questions, but all that seems important right now is that you arrive safely.


I want you to understand that you’re about to come into a world that isn’t what God intended, although He’s not surprised by it. Our world is a beautiful place. God has given us nature to enjoy, and family to love, and so much to experience and see. But our world is a very ugly place at the same time. People don’t have the love and reverence for God that they once did, and sin is in the world. You will come in contact with this; it’s only fair to warn you from the start.


However, I am humbled and blessed to say that you are a child who will have the opportunity to grow up in a Christian household. Your dad and I love the Lord and acknowledge Him as the authority and head of this household. Only by His mercy are we saved, and our number one goal from the moment you’re born is to point you to Him. We will have moments of failure. We will not be perfect parents. But Jesus, our Savior, is perfect. We are already praying for the day that you fully come to understand this for yourself and ask Jesus to be the Lord of your life and heart. What a wonderful day that will be!


I want to make some promises to you:
-You dad and I will always be together, and we will always be a family.
-I will be your mother first, then your friend. Sometimes this will make me unpopular, but it’s for our own good (yours and mine).
-We will be proud of you simply because you’re our daughter. Any accomplishments are just icing on the cake.
-As your mom, I will listen to you calmly, even when the conversations are uncomfortable.
-God has a perfect, wonderful plan for your life, and we can’t wait to see that come to fruition.


Some advice for my sweet daughter:
-Play with dolls and make believe for as long as possible.
-Don’t date just to date; it wastes time. Trust me on this.
-Your purity is a precious gift from God. Protect it with everything you have.
-Your dad will take the above statement very seriously. Don’t test him on this.
-Learn what’s in the Bible. Don’t just hear it. Learn it and live it.


I pray you have:
-The courage of the Egyptian midwives (Shiphrah and Puah) who saved so many Hebrew children against their Pharaoh’s wishes.
-The intelligence of Miriam.
-The loyalty of Ruth to family and those you love.
-The perseverance of Hannah in your prayer life.
-The boldness and speaking ability of Esther.
-The obedience of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
-The hospitality of Martha.
-The learning spirit of Mary.
-The bold witness of Corrie Ten Boom.
-The accepting and positive attitude of Helen Keller.
-The adventurous spirit of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
-The creativeness of Joni Eareckson Tada
-The love for God’s Word of Beth Moore.
-The ministry of Elisabeth Elliot.
-The traits that only God can place in your unique personality.
And finally...
-The attitude and attributes of Christ Jesus Himself.


This is a daunting list, I know. But I will be praying these things for you, not so you can try to copy these women, but emulate their positive and godly traits. You can do it!

Evy, I love you. I’m here for you no matter what, anytime, anywhere.

Love, Mommy

Doctor's Appointment

Well, the appointment went well today---I am at 1 cm, which is 1/2 more than last time! Evy is estimated to be in the 7-pound range. I am so anxious to meet her. On the positive side, I figured out that I've gained 36 pounds during this pregnancy---and I thought I had gained MUCH more. However, I definitely didn't exercise like I should have and I know I could've eaten healthier...but that's the story of my life anyway. Oh well. I'll give it a better attempt next time. In fact, I KNOW I'll be more active during my next pregnancy because I'll have another child I'm caring for!

Still waiting to hear from the hospital about the induction. It might end up being a more last-minute thing, so please don't get offended if I'm not able to post and give ample warning. I know I won't go until the 13th, but that's about it. Thank you for understanding!

It was nice to have Kurt with me at my appointment...even though my doctor was in one of her "abrupt/rude" moods. I know she was in a hurry to have lunch (we had the appointment right before lunch hour), but gee whiz. We ate at Chick Fil A afterward and are now home before Kurt goes on call at 3:00. I had a contraction or two (seriously, nothing major) last night, and so who knows, I might go into labor on my own without induction. I doubt it though, because it would be just like my body to be stubborn. Nothing comes easily for me--haha!

So I'm just doing last minute things...it feels great to have the nursery done, the carseat installed, and the bags basically packed. But I always feel like there's more I should be doing. Nervous energy! Thank you for your prayers and encouragement...I so appreciate it!


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February 4, 2009

Haha!!

Just received a comment from Brittany about "tactfully" asking my husband to medically intervene...(from my previous post)...

I literally did mean that I wanted him to go to the hospital, get the supplies necessary, and break my water! (Because he is a legitimate physician--or "Doc Doc" as I like to say.) People have been quite frank about suggesting other methods--- :o) ---but I just can't go there.

Just made me laugh and I had to clarify!!

[Addendum: Right as I hit the "post" button, afore-mentioned Doc Doc walked in with flowers from a random grocery store run. Is he not the best? Thank you, sweet husband!]


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February 3, 2009

Last Minute Indulgences

Today I treated myself to a pedicure with my wonderful "beauty diva" Judy at Bdazzled, her private shop. If you need a fabulous nail/facial/toes/waxing experience, go to this adorable friend of mine! Just ask me for details. I was determined to have pretty toes to go through labor and delivery and to meet my daughter in style. My color is a pretty Valentine-ish pink, called "That's Hot! Pink" (in homage to Paris Hilton's famous phrase).


Made a trip to Target where I got a Valentine entry rug, a pack of onesies, Valentine dishtowels, a gift for Kurt, and one of my FAVORITE movies, You've Got Mail (my family has our DVD of it in Cape, so I HAD to buy my own copy). Totally unnecessary purchases to anyone else, but not to me.

Then I got lunch.

And people...I am lovin' it.

Then I went with Suz to the grocery to learn how to utilize coupons. It's one of my goals, and I've been learning a lot over the last few months. I can't wait to eventually have a receipt that I'm proud and excited to show Kurt! Thanks, Suz!

Look what I found for myself on Etsy! These are vintage-inspired charm necklaces. I am ordering 3 necklaces---A, K, and E for our little family. They're going to be great for layering. I also am getting this amazing cocktail ring. Can you tell I'm BEYOND ready to get back to dressing stylishly?



Tonight I watched the new Duggar episodes and am about to finish Toddlers and Tiaras. So disturbing, yet it's like a car wreck. You can't NOT watch. I still have the Real Housewives of OC and American Idol to watch. And I think I'm going to eat chips and dip because it's my last week of not having to watch what I eat. In other TV news, I will soon have new seasons of Millionaire Matchmaker, Dancing with the Stars, Real Housewives of NYC (much better than Orange County), and probably a few others to DVR. I figure if I'm going to be up at all hours, I might as well have something taped to watch. :o)

I did have a moment of weakness tonight and literally begged Kurt to medically intervene so I'd go into labor.(Yes, I'm serious.) I vented that having a physician for a husband had to be good for something. Obviously, I calmed down once he told me that it would be uncomfortable and awkward on so many levels. You can't blame me for trying. I'm just so ready. Tomorrow I'm really going to focus on last-minute packing and light straightening around the house. Anticipation!

Okay, the French Onion dip is calling my name. Have a great night!


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Book Review: 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter

I just finished this wonderful book:


The author, Vicki Courtney, is now one of my absolute favorite people. In this book (her most recent), she gives 5 conversations that are essential to have with your daughter. I picked up this book at Lifeway not long after I found out Evy was going to be a girl, and I'm so glad I did!

Here are the 5 Conversations:
-You are more than the sum of your parts.
-Don't be in such a hurry to grow up.
-Sex is great, and worth the wait.
-It's okay to dream about marriage and motherhood.
-Girls gone wild are a dime a dozen; dare to be virtuous.

I try to read books from varied authors, because it challenges my way of thinking and forces me to say, 'Yes I agree with that' or 'No, that's not what I believe.' One of the books that I'm currently finishing up is by a man who is a tad more legalistic in his thinking (to be fair, his book covers many topics, not just parenting). What I love about Vicki is how balanced she is. She's the closest author I've read that is most similar to me (as far as I can tell). Here's why.

There are some parents and parenting experts that promote totally separating our children from the culture we live in. As in, homeschooling, strictly monitoring TV and computer, dressing extremely conservatively...you get the idea. While for some people these are great options and what they feel convicted to do, Vicki offers practical advice for Christian parents who don't feel led to do the whole "COMPLETELY separate" thing. [DISCLAIMER: I am not necessarily opposed to these things. I am referring to EXTREME cases of legalism.]

Vicki is basically saying that Christian kids are going to be influenced by the culture in some capacity. If Christian parents really want to influence their children and also impact them for Christ, they need to be aware of the culture, i.e. Myspace, Facebook, ipods, etc. I agree with this approach. How can you relate to your child and what they're going through if you're constantly turning your back to what's really going on? Vicki's ministry is all about promoting relational parenting, because it is essential in order to really impact kids in their formative years.

These conversations are excellent, and Vicki's personal story is incredibly moving. If you have a daughter, think you might eventually have a daughter, or are just interested in what Vicki has to say, read this book. I know I will reference it for years to come.

Check out Vicki's website and resources. There's also a link to her in my blog list on the left. Happy reading!


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February 2, 2009

LOVE!

Okay, it really doesn't take much to impress me. I've been playing with my new camera and think it's amazing. Granted, I am so amateur it's ridiculous, but after some friends have given me basic tips, I feel better about experimenting. Here are some first shots to go in my portfolio (ha!):

The Barnettes came over last night. Mary Peyton loved touching my tummy and discussing how the doctor will take Evy out at the hospital. Doris was her usual snobby self.






This picture simply shows the our Pack n' Play matches the living room. I didn't plan this. Not really. Well. Anyway....I liked it because it will work for girls or boys. Matching just happened to be a bonus!


Then I got brave and tried different settings. Most are of my wedding rings. I promise I am not posting these to show off my wonderful, beautiful rings that Kurt picked out by himself that I absolutely love :o) Seriously, they were just easy to focus on!






Here are a couple of pictures of the nursery with just the daylight. I thought it was pretty and the camera does such a good job with the lighting!




And, last but not least, this is a picture that does not showcase the new camera skills, but to anyone who knows my family, this should be highly entertaining. This is circa 1986(ish) and I'm around one, I believe. Those are my parents, looking super cute. This is weird to think about, but my Dad was younger than Kurt in this picture (both my parents were around 27 I believe). I look severely pensive, so I was either in a bad mood or I had a bad diaper situation going on. Not sure. But I wasn't usually that grumpy looking. Just ask Mom and Dad.



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