Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Husband Tag

Well, I've been Husband Tagged by Amanda, and I'm glad, because it gives me an opportunity to talk about Adam!

1. What is his name? Adam Andrew James
2. Who eats more? Generally he does, but during the pregnancy I definitely had my moments.
3. Who said I love you first? He did, and it shocked me! But I said it back within the week.
4. Who is taller? Definitely Adam, by half a foot.
5. Who is smarter? He thinks I am, but I think he is.
6. Who is more sensitive? Definitely me, but he's pretty sensitive to my needs.
7.Who does the laundry? We usually do it together, since I can't lift all the heavy stuff.
8. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? We switch occasionally. Last night we brought the bassinet into the bedroom and so we switched during the night so Adam could take over baby duty.
9. Who pays the bills? He pays the bills but I keep track of the details.
10. Who cooks more? We switched off while we were both in school, but it pretty much falls to me now. But Adam likes to do more advanced cooking and I don't like to spend much more than half an hour cooking.
11. What meals do you cook together? Our kitchen is too small to cook at the same time.
12. Who is more stubborn? Probably me!
13. Who is the first to admit they're wrong? Ummm...depends.
14. Who is more clean? Me, generally.
15. Who has more siblings? Me- six to his two.
16. Who wears the pants in the relationship? I have no idea!
17. What do you like to do together? Skip school and go to Jamba, cuddle on the couch, watch movies, go out for floats/italian sodas/ice cream.
18. Who eats more sweets? That would be me.
19. Guilty pleasures? Fanta and doritos for him, root beer floats for me.
20. How did you meet? I was heading to Teacher Improvement during Sunday School and he held the door open for me. It was a couple months later before he asked me out and I really took notice of him.
21. Who kissed who first? Definitely he kissed me. I had no idea it was coming or that he had been trying to for days.
22. Who proposed? He did, twice actually. I said yes twice too, don't worry.
23. His best features? His smile, hair, back.
24. What is his greatest quality? His sensitivity towards me, willingness to sacrifice, and how great of a dad he is.

Graduation and Baby Blessing

Here are a couple of pictures from our eventful weekend. On Friday we walked together with Adam's college, Family, Home, and Social Sciences (his major is Econ). We slept in and thought we would miss it but barely made it and walked at the end of the Econ line. Katrina slept in her carseat for the entire thing! We have her dressed in this picture in a BYU onesie and booties.
Sunday was her baby blessing. She looked so adorable in her blessing dress, which was a replica of my wedding dress.

Thursday, April 24, 2008


It's official... today Tori and I graduate. We took our very last finals yesterday, and have nothing more to do than accept our diplomas. While we've been anticipating this for a while, it's still an interesting feeling knowing that you are moving to a completely different stage in life. For example, I've never worked full-time for more than a few months; Tori has never been a full-time mother -- but that is exactly what we are both going to be doing now for many, many years.

Well, as a result of graduation (and the baby) my parents flew in from New Jersey yesterday. It's pretty nice getting to see my parents on my own turf for once. We'll be blessing Katrina on Sunday (since all 4 grandparents will be there). So, in short, this has been a big week.

Pictures to follow.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

More pictures

Adam already put up a slideshow of pictures in place of our baby countdown, but we've been busy taking plenty more! She is just so darling.

As for me and Adam, he only has one final left and I have two. It's a weird feeling to be at the end of our college careers, possibly for good. His family comes into town tomorrow and graduation is the next two days. Then the baby blessing will be on Sunday. It's fortunate she was born early so that she'll be almost two weeks old when blessed. We were not sure whether to bless her in Utah or New Jersey, but now the decision was easy with both families in town.

Katrina is doing great, especially now that she's not under the bili-lights. That was a sad three days for mom and dad. The third night was the worst for her. None of us slept much after about 2:30 a.m. And she's gaining weight really well which is nice, since she had to go on formula for two days because my milk wasn't coming in and she had lost too much weight too fast. Sadly (and this is only for other moms who care), I'm having so much problems with soreness (which is an understatement!) and she's having such problems latching on after using bottles that I'm using a friend's pump for a few days and am on antibiotics. I'm seeing a lactation specialist in two days and I hope things get better.

She was so cute in her little swaddle blanket while on my lap that I had to take a picture!

This is my dad holding Katrina. He looks pretty smitten.

She is so absolutely miserable in this picture! We gave her her first bath and she hated it. But the snuggle towel we have to wrap her up in is way cute.

Adam is so wonderful with her. He's had so many hard finals and still gets up with me in the middle of the night to help me change her or to feed her a bottle while I pump. Last night he claimed all duties related to her so I could hopefully catch up on sleep. I can't emphasize enough what a fantastic guy I married!

And this is her in my boppy nursing pillow. Contrary to all these pictures, we do actually clothe her sometimes. :] But she had to spend the majority of three days naked with a diaper while under the bili-lights, so we ended up with lots of naked baby shots. She's too small for most of her clothes though.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Baby is here!

I am typing this one-handed while sitting on the couch, surrounded by huge piles of blankets and pillows and holding our baby girl in the other arm. Katrina Marie James is four days old today and so absolutely adorable! During the days I love to hold her on my lap once she's eaten just so I can cuddle with her and look at her. I'm using my J-shaped body pillow to prop her up to nurse and it completely envelops me! I need to buy a boppy pillow.

Well, congratulations have flooded in. Thanks to everyone!

So, obviously things started moving along fairly quickly after my last post. I slept in ten-minute increments on Sunday night because my contractions were so regular. And they were so strong! I hated it, and part of what made it so awful was that I anticipated them getting closer together and more intense and that thought almost made me ill.

My mom came on Monday so Adam could go to some important classes and finish a paper. I called the doctor, thinking that I'd rather go see him for free than to pay to go to the hospital and be sent home. However, my doctor was about to take some emergency leave and his office was swamped. They told me to go to the hospital and the nurses there could call him and ask for pain relief, which would be faster. So we got in the car and headed over there shortly after noon. In the car and at the hospital, my contractions switched to every five minutes (which is usually when you are instructed to go to the hospital) but thankfully decreased in intensity. I thought I would have to be monitored for an hour to see if my labor was progressing, like the nurse at the prenatal classsaid, but when they discovered I was 4cm+ dilated and completely effaced, they admitted me right away. Plus, they noticed her heart rate dip and wanted to put an internal monitor on her.

I felt so much better! My contractions weren't nearly as bad and everyone was saying I'd have a baby in just a few hours. I felt like I could hold out but went ahead and got an epidural. It was good timing because I started to get really shaky and it was better for me to just lay back and rest. I had gotten a dose of antibiotics for a common bacteria that I have and they wanted to be able to give me another dose in four hours, so they told me to plan to start the pushing phase at about seven. I also got some oxytocin (Pitocin) to help things along, which made the contractions harder and stronger but painless because of the epidural.

My doctors, instead of making you push forever, let the body do a lot of the work during a "rest and descend" phase, and then the pushing is shorter. I ended up resting almost two hours at request of the doctor. I'm pretty the doctor just didn't want to come in yet because he kept increasing the time. My nurses finally started the pushing without calling him, which another nurse asked them about and makes me think they were taking the decision into their own hands a little bit. By this time I was exhausted. The contractions were constant and so strong that they were taking their toll on me even without pain. I had to click the button for more medication 2-3 times to keep up with them. This made me even more lethargic, and when the time came to push, I had very little left in me. I had to push for about an hour. Adam said it was kind of sad to watch the contraction monitor because he could tell I was trying just as hard but they were weaker and weaker. I was able to summon up some extra strength somehow, since she did eventually come out!

So little miss Katrina Marie James was born at 9:41 pm on Monday, April 14, 2008! She was 6 lbs. 12 oz. and 19 inches long. Such a little baby! She was already so pink when she was born, though they did whisk her away to check for respiratory problems because she had some stuff in her lungs.

We came home Wednesday evening and are doing great! She has jaundice, so yesterday and last night we had a special light to shine on her. She lost too much weight so we're supplementing her with formula for a couple of days. Today we go back to see if she needs more of the lamp or not. My recovery is going so much better than I ever anticipated, so that's nice.

Adam is taking his first final. I don't have any until next week but need to study for them. My mom comes over and helps during the day, which is so wonderful!

This was a long post, but now I at least have a record of what happened. I haven't had time to write in my journal and who knows when I will!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Antsy and Eager

So I've been having contractions ever since yesterday but they won't get close enough together for me to go to the hospital! In fact, they've slowed down even since I came home from church, from 6-7 minutes apart to more than 10 now. I've been trying to get everything done that I can to make finals easier since it looks like she's coming before finals, but I also just want to get it over with! Contractions are no fun and it looks like I have hours of them to look forward to before I can even go to the hospital. Plus, I've been up since 5:00 since they prevented me from sleeping, so I am super tired. My goal now is to try to sleep until Adam comes home from church, and then maybe I'll get back to tackling the dishes or my organ recital report or something else useful.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Baby Shower and Nesting Instinct

Well, I had a really fun baby shower last night! I was so grateful to my sisters and mom for planning and executing the whole thing, and for all of my friends who came and gave me things. I feel much more secure about bringing this baby home. We actually have clothes now! I had some really unique presents, like a diaper cake that was super cute. I also was really excited to open the blessing dress that Adam's mom made for the baby. I saved it until last to open.

Last night I organized the stuff somewhat, but then today before conference and between sessions I spent my time putting everything away and organizing it as much as possible. We also started my hospital bag. I asked Adam if he thought I was nesting or if I was just being a responsible, organized person, and he said I definitely looked like I was nesting! I just feel like I've been so blase about getting ready for this baby that it's a relief to have my hormones finally kicking in and pushing me to be more prepared.

Here's the link to the pictures from the baby shower. I have to say, I look huge in these pictures, and since I looked much better in pictures last week and haven't gained in weight or anything, I'm convinced it's because of the baggy pants and non-maternity shirt that I've just been stretching more and more! And the lighting makes my face look awful. So I kind of hate the pictures, but I figure other people would enjoy seeing them! :]