Wednesday, April 23, 2008

She's Here

And announcing the most beautiful baby(I'm a little biased), here is Miss Taylor Michelle Lambert
She was born Monday, April 14th at 7:25 am weighing in at 8 lbs 7 oz and 20 1/2 inches long. That would be Chris' finger that she has a hold of in this picture and she's had a hold of that finger ever since! She has a ton of hair, so the nurses made a little mohawk for us. She looks even cuter in the hat that the nurses made for her. Chris told them how excited I would be that she had hair so that I could use all the bows and they made a bow for her hat. Taylor has the most beautiful blue eyes that you can see even better here.

Now, one of the best non-Taylor pictures would have to be of what Chris saw as they were taking care of Taylor in the nursery.

This would be Desha, my mom, Kellie, Jeff, Chris' mom, and Chris' dad all huddled around the nursery window to see Miss Taylor.

This would be our second family photo. The first one was while I was still in the operating room, but this one is much better of us all. This next photo is of Chris and Taylor while we were still in the hospital. She's already his couch buddy and found that perfect spot on his chest to snuggle in and watch TV with him. Poor Chris slept on this couch for 3 nights and was definitely ready for us to be released from the hospital.

We got home last week and have been enjoying the new adventures of parenthood. Taylor has definitely kept us on our toes, but has truly been a wonderful baby so far. We've survived one week now and I think she's going to keep us. I am starting to find a balance to my days and Taylor managed to sleep for an hour so that I could get this posted. Here are some things that I have learned to appreciate after one week of motherhood:
- I never knew I could love someone as much as I love my husband
- I still can't believe that they let us take her home from the hospital without signing our life away like we had to for the dog at the Humane Society
- I couldn't do this without all the support from Chris and our family. Thanks Mom for stocking the fridge and cooking! Thank you Terrie for coming over every morning to help us move downstairs!
- That I won't break Taylor and most of the time I can reposition her while she's sleeping and not wake her.
- The diapers don't bother me like I thought they would.
- Daytime TV isn't all that great
- Our dog has been wonderful with the baby and checks in on her when she cries
- Naps are most treasured now than they were in college

Off to go spend some time with my precious girl.


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Last Email Update

I just sent out our last email update to friends and family about Taylor. I may do one more post before she gets here, but thought I would go ahead and post the update on here too:

It's our final update before our baby girl gets here and we cannot wait for that day to get here! It has been such a wonderful journey and an experience that I would not trade for the world.(Even when my ankles are so swollen that I could barely walk or when any smell bothered me in the first trimester) I have truly enjoyed every moment of pregnancy and look forward to all the moments of motherhood that will fill the rest of my life. If you wish to follow Taylor and all our parenthood adventures you are welcome to subscribe or read my blog at It won't be updated a whole lot in the beginning, but I will try to update at least once a week for a while.

Now on to the doctor appointment.... Taylor's heartbeat was in the 130s-140s and still strong. My blood pressure is still low and no dilation at all. The doctor could tell that Taylor is still breach and we are still going forward with the C-section. Someone had their baby early, so we were able to be moved to Monday at 8:30am. The doctor will do a quick ultrasound prior to surgery to make sure that she's still breech and if she is then we will proceed with the C-section. If she has flipped then they will send me home and make me wait until 40 weeks before they induce labor. The doctor doesn't think she'll flip if she hasn't at this point. Our little girl should be here around 9 am if they get started on time. We will do our best to let everyone know as soon as possible how everything goes. I wanted to thank everyone for all the kind thoughts and support throughout the pregnancy. It is so wonderful to know how much this little girl is loved and she's not even here yet! Only 4 1/2 more days until she is!!!

Here are two of the pictures that Chris took of me tonight. Don't laugh too hard at my HUGE belly!

Just as a comparison, here is a picture of my from two months ago in the same shirt:

I think I've reached the limits of this shirt today!

Now quit laughing!


Thursday, April 3, 2008

37 Week Update

Quick update for you...
Went to the doctor yesterday, Wednesday, for my weekly checkup and Taylor and I are still doing great. Taylor's heartbeat is around 150 and my blood pressure is still very low. My swelling is still just in my feet and ankles, but the doctor is still not worried about it too much. I don't think Taylor has turned, but they will do an ultrasound before the C-section to make sure that she hasn't. The doctor is hoping that there will be an opening at the hospital on Monday the 14th so that we can bump my C-section up, but as of right now we are still on for 11:30 on the 15th.

I realized that I didn't share the picture of Taylor from last week's ultrasound, so here is it. It's pretty hard to tell what you are looking at since they were having to take the picture from across my belly and Taylor's pretty swished in there right now. Turn your head to the left and look for the white blob in the center. That is her nose and lips and the dark spots right above it are her eyes. I think her arm is covering part of her face. Don't worry if you can't find her face right away, it took me a few minutes to figure out what I was looking at. I almost wondered if it was like looking at those 3D photos where you have to cross your eyes to see the image.

Here are some interesting facts about Taylor and my pregnancy that you might enjoy:
Taylor is very active after I have lemonade
She stays on the right side of my belly and kicks me when I try to sleep on my right side
We thought her head was her butt until we had the most recent ultrasound
I've had strawberries to eat almost every day of the pregnancy
She's always active around 9:30-10:30 at night(must get that from her nightowl father)
Taylor normally starts to be active in the mornings after she hears Chris' voice
My belly is large enough that I rest the Nintendo DS on it while playing(Chris got it for me so that I wouldn't get bored while trying to keep my feet up and swelling down)


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