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Monday, March 29, 2010

Fun Weekend

We had a great time this weekend despite a Saturday afternoon fever. First thing Saturday morning we were on our way out to our friend Joseph's first ever soccer game - there is nothing better than 3 and 4 year olds chasing a soccer ball! Reagan had a blowout which required a bath and new clothes so we didn't get there until the very end. We then went to the playground on the property and were met up by our little friend Conner. The kids had a blast playing and climbing and running around. At lunch time we all moved to Chick-Fil-A and played on the indoor playground there.

Hi Conner!

Go Joseph!


After we got home, Reagan took a long nap and was up looking for her next adventure. Before long though she only wanted to snuggle with me on the couch. She felt very hot and it turned out she had a 102 fever. It was most likely a delayed reaction to her MMR vaccine because she was otherwise acting normally. Motrin brought it down to 99 within the hour and she was back up to playing. It went back up here and there but seemed to be gone by Sunday morning.

Sunday morning we got up early to get ready for Palm Sunday. It is always a chance that she will act up in church and usually that means filling the silence during silent prayer time. For some reason she just feels like that is the time to speak out - loudly! Thankfully though she was a calm and quiet angel and fell asleep during the sermon. We came home after, had lunch and lots of playtime. She decided Sunday was silly day and had me laughing most of the day with her crazy little antics. It was a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Grandmom Will Be Happy...

My mom has sometimes been referred to as "Imelda", as in Imelda Marcos and the infamous shoe obsession. She used to joke that one day she was going to run off and not tell any or us where she was and we would joke back that we could find her simply by visiting shoe stores. Reagan is displaying signs that she too will have a similar shoe shopping obsession. When I had her in Target this evening she started kicking her feet and whining when she saw shoes. I had to stop and try different pairs on her for her to be happy. When a new pair was put on her feet, she smiled broadly and giggled while holding her foot up and turning it to different angles to admire the shoe. When a pair was taken off she fussed quite loudly until the next pair was placed. I almost called Grandmom for her to hear for herself. We must have tried on shoes for 45 minutes or more before I took my whining child to the checkout line. And yes, Grandmom, she now has a new pair of shoes.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pretend Play

It amazes me that a 15 month old can pretend play. She's been doing it for a couple of months now and it just floors me that it starts so young. She will pick up a play phone, real phone or any toy if neither of those are available and put it to her ear and say "Hiiiiii". Then she will hand it to me or Adam and wait for us to "talk" on the phone and if we don't say, "Oh, you want to talk to Reagan, here she's for you Reagan" then she'll keep handing it back to you until you do. Once you comply, she takes the phone back and says, "Hiiiiiii, bladop bfjak lfjdi uiou jbaha dhouo." (tongue moving in and out of her lips to mimic speaking). I have a feeling she is going to want her own personal cell phone by the time she is 3!

Her other favorite pretend game is with her baby dolls. This game makes me happy because I played with baby dolls myself until I was like 14 and continued to get them as gifts well into adulthood! LOL She picks up one of her babies and kisses it on the lips saying 'mmmmwaaa'. Then she hugs it to her body and says 'aaaahhaaa'. Then it's my turn to do the same. Then her turn. Then my turn. Then her turn. Then my turn. And so on. By the time she is done with the game, the poor doll's face is covered in toddler, uh, kisses.

She is so much fun and gets to be more fun and entertaining on a daily basis. I always look forward to what she is going to come up with next!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Crazy Baby

Reagan can be quite the little thief. She has a sense of what she can have and what she can't have and like any other little one - she wants what she can't have. Last night was an evening of no-no's. For instance, I had forgotten to put up her little airplane ride-on toy. She was watching Gabba while I was finishing up some work on the computer. I looked up to see her doing her ta-da pose again on top of it. Yup, standing on the seat of it with her hands straight up in the air. Her balance is amazing (thank goodness) and I had to sneak over to her in order to get her safely off. Airplane is now put up unless she is being supervised like a hawk.

Since her stunt-mobile was gone she needed to find something else to get into. She came over to me and began reaching for my work area stuff - cell phone, blue tooth, work papers, computer cords, etc. As fast as I could move something out of her reach she would spy something else to try to grab. Then it became a game to see who was faster. I lost. As I moved my computer bag, her hand shot out like a bullet and snatched up an open pen. As soon as she had it in her hand she was scurrying across the room with her prize. The scurry (short, fast steps as she continuously glances over her shoulder with a surprised look on her face) is hilarious and by the time I got to her I was laughing hysterically and she made me laugh even harder by doing effective manuevering to keep the pen away from me. She thought it was funny too and it made it impossible for me to do any kind of stern no about the scenario.

So much for the after shots crankiness and soreness the doctor said she might have. LOL

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

15 Month Check Up

Today Reagan had her 15 month check up. Her tiny self weighs 19.5 lbs (5%) and she is 31.12 inches tall (75%). Oh to be tall and thin. LOL Her head circumference is 46.8 (75%). She stayed on the same curves as last time so her doctor is very pleased. When it came time for the exam, Reagan was hilarious. Dr. E kept having to stop to laugh. She said *most* 15 month old exams do not go smoothly due to the emerging little personalities but Reagan was all into it. When Dr. E was listening to her heart and lungs Reagan stayed very still and stared right at her while gently holding the stethoscope tube between her fingers. When Dr. E checked her eyes and nose Reagan leaned right into it as if to give Dr. E a better look. Reagan could not understand why we were laughing because apparently she was being very serious. LOL Dr. E said that Reagan has one of the neatest little personalities and I have to agree. I just cannot get over the level of cooperation with Dr. E because I certainly don't get that level at home from her. :-)

After a clean bill of health it was time for vaccines. Booooo! The vaccines are always very hard for me because I myself have an intense and irrational fear of needles and I don't want her to pick up on that plus it just plain hurts to see your baby cry out in pain. After her 3 vaccines (she got her H1N1 booster finally), she was doing that silent scream trying to catch her breath. Before she could get out a few loud screams though the nurse handed her the tray of stickers. As soon as Reagan saw all those bright shiny stickers her screams stopped immediately without so much as a lingering whimper and she started babbling at the stickers. It was nice to have her over it so quickly. All in all I am very proud of my brave little girl and so thankful that she is healthy.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Growing Up Baby

Here are several pictures of Reagan's first year.

One Day Old

5 Days Old

2 Weeks Old

3 Weeks Old

4 Weeks Old (just after a bath)

6 Weeks Old

2 Months Old

3 Months Old

4 Months Old

5 Months Old

6 Months Old

7 Months Old

8 Months Old

9 Months Old (first haircut to get rid of the baby mullet)

10 Months Old

(almost) 11 Months Old

Happy Birthday to Me!!

Time to Come Back...Birth Story

I suppose it is time to find time to get back into this. A good friend of mine is excellent about updating her daily blog so her extended family can follow along in the lives of her two beautiful children and since everyone on my side of the family lives hours upon hours away I suppose I should follow her lead. I have changed the title of my Blog from Quest for a Baby since we have our beautiful daughter. The next several posts will be mingled with others to catch everyone up to date. Below is the birth story of my sweet baby who is now 15 1/2 months old!

Reagan Emily - December 3, 2008 - 3:53 am - 6lbs 4 oz - 19 ½ inches long

Reagan was due November 26th and being the birth mom’s (BM) 3rd baby in 3 years, we were convinced that she was going to be early. Obviously Reagan had other plans. The birth mother spent most of November contracting but never dilating more than 3 cm and the pre-labor always subsided. First we thought her birthday was going to be November 18/19 but the progression of labor stopped and stalled. Then we thought for sure she was coming November 21 because the contractions got to 2 minutes apart and seemed to be staying in a pattern but they too stalled after several hours. So, her due date came and went and we were starting to wonder if she was going to show up on her own.

On December 2nd, the midwife visited the BM and I suggested they strip her membranes to see if that might get things started. Throughout that day the BM contracted a bit harder but not with any consistency and dilated to just below 4 cm. It was anybody’s guess on what would happen next. I spent that evening at home cleaning and organizing and not able to relax. Finally around 1 am when I hadn’t heard anything I decided to go to bed. At 2 am my phone rang and the BF said the contractions were right on top of each other and I should get there quickly.

I jumped straight out of bed and spent a few minutes confused on what I might have forgotten to pack for her before I reassured myself that I had forgotten nothing. I threw my keys at my DH and told him to warm up the car (it was the coldest night of the year to date – down in the high 20s which is very, very cold for Florida). He stood confused asking me why and it took me a few minutes to finally tell him that we were having a baby that night. He kept asking me if I was serious as he ran out to start the car. (He did not attend the birth out of respect for the BM’s personal parts privacy.)

I got settled in at the BP’s house by 2:30 am and the midwife said she had dilated to 7 so labor wasn’t going to stop this time. We all settled in around the bed and talked quietly while the BM labored. Every so often they would check Reagan’s heartbeat and the BM’s blood pressure but overall it was just everyone sitting back. The BM labored very quietly and had herself very relaxed and in a zone and she did her thing. The room was kept quiet and dimly lit and soft music was playing in the background – a very relaxed setting.

At 3:46 am the BM lifted her head and informed us that her water broke. The midwife and her nurse then jumped into action. The nurse checked Reagan’s heart rate again and the midwife checked the amniotic fluid for signs of blood and by the time they finished that, Reagan’s little head was crowned. The BM has delivered all the children very quickly after the water breaks – we joke that the babies surf out. A few pushes later, Reagan was born at 3:53 am. The nurse had me call the birth time which is a nice memory.

Reagan came out with her eyes wide open and a not so happy look on her face. She cried right away but soothed rather quickly even with all the poking and prodding. I got to cut the cord and then she was all wrapped up. The BP’s spent a few minutes with her and Reagan was making it clear that she was hungry so they handed her over to me to feed her a bottle. She took ½ an ounce down rather quickly and snuggled away.

After a bit the midwife repeated her Apgar (10 again!) and gave her the Vitamin K shot and the eye antibiotics. Then she got her first bath and I dressed her in her first outfit. We hung around for a bit and then at 4 ½ hours old I brought her home to meet her Daddy – who has been wrapped around her little fingers from that first moment and both of us are completely in love with this beautiful little person.

The most amazing part of all this is how much my heart knows that this is the child I was meant to have. I always knew I would love an adopted child just as much as a bio child and I never doubted our decision to adopt but I did not know of this entire other, deeper, more intense level of feeling of that place waiting in my heart that matched her precisely and how powerfully right and good it feels to have her as my child. We are just so unbelievably blessed and forever grateful for the wonderful gift her birth parents have given us.

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