Saturday, November 28, 2009

Double Stroller

After a lot of consideration we decided to buy a sit and stand double stroller thinking that Malia would like the options it would provide her. We ordered it earlier this week and it was delivered to our door a little after 8 a.m. this morning.

Even though it was quite chilly out today, we bundled the girls up and took a brief walk to our mailbox to test it out. We are quite pleased with it and so were Malia and Davey.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

We spent today with Andrew's entire immediate family and his grandparents. Lots of food, conversation and passing of babies. It was in the 60s so we were even able to spend some time outside which was so nice.

A generational picture. Our girls with Andrew, his mom and her parents.

The first picture of the Dan Wolgemuth family with the 2 new additions, Graham and Davey.

Love this face.

Malia is such a natural with babies that she can hold 2 of them and watch tv at the same time.

Monday, November 23, 2009

2 weeks

Davey is 2 weeks old today. Amazing.

We went to the doctor this morning, and the most exciting part was getting her weighed. She was born at 7 lbs, 1 oz and last time she was weighed she was down to 6 lbs, 11 oz. Today she weighed in at 8 lbs, 2 oz!

The not so fun parts of the doctor visit included getting the remaining part of her belly button dug out and having some blood drawn (for some standard test).

Belly wound - doesn't seem to be phasing her much now.

Its hard to believe she was living inside me just 2 weeks ago.

A dimple just like her sister.

Align CenterShe is a sleepy eater. After burping, she gets a diaper change to wake her up so I can get her to feed on the second side.

Malia continues to love to hold Davey and to give her kisses.
Surprisingly, Malia hasn't started breastfeeding her babies yet. She did want to sit with Davey and the Boppy the other night though.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Miss Ali and Cora visit

Yesterday, my friend Ali came over. Not only did she bring us yummy Chipotle (thanks again Ali!) but she also brought her adorable niece, Cora. Cora was adopted from Ethiopia in August and is just coming up on her first birthday. Malia really enjoyed having Cora around.

Don't know if anyone has noticed but yes Malia has spent a lot of the last 2 weeks in her pajamas as we have not left the house much. Today she at least got a real shirt on!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Bow-Hawk?

Davey's hair is definitely thicker down the middle of her head which is why I think she had a faux hawk the first week or so of her life. It has calmed down but if you stroke back on her head, you can still get some good hair to stand up.

One of the things that I really want to instill in Davey at a young age is a love for bows in her hair. Here are some pictures of my first attempt.

Unfortunately the pictures cut off the top of her hair but there is a little tuft sticking up from the top of the bow.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Mimi / Grandma's Dress

My mom brought a dress with her that she wore when she was little and that she had my sister and I photographed in when we were little. Last night we put Malia in the dress and did a little photo shoot. The girl does not really like to wear clothes so we bribed her with sweet tarts to put it on and pose. To our surprise, once she got it on, she didn't want to take it off!

On our own...

My parents came into town two days before Davey was born and left early this morning which means we are on our own. I am so thankful that they were able to spend these two weeks with us to help us transition to a family of four.

My mom, who is a fantastic cook, cooked for us the entire time she was here and left us with a freezer full of meals. She also was our "night nurse" who stayed up with Davey after a late evening feed into the early morning allowing us to get some sleep. My dad ran to the store almost everyday to pick up something that we needed. And both played with Malia giving her much needed attention when I couldn't.

Thank you mom and dad. I will not forget these special days together.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Oops.

I (Andrew) got a little over creative and seem to have screwed up our blog's feed for the last six posts. Those of you that are "subscribed" to Wolgablog probably didn't see those posts in your faithful RSS reader. Sorry about that. It's me not you.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

One Week

This time last week we were enjoying our first moments with Davey. I feel like I have blinked and a week has gone by.

A few thoughts and then some pictures.

- I am not quite sure how to concisely describe Davey but words like peaceful and content pop into my mind. She is so chill and easygoing. We are amazed and grateful for how easy she has made the transition to a family of 4.

- Malia definitely loves Davey. She asks to hold her and often is kissing her - it is so sweet to see. Along with the sweet times have been some challenging times as she processes our new addition - we keep praying for wisdom and patience and feel like we are learning a lot.

- I can hardly believe how back-to-normal I feel just a week after having Davey. The day after she was born, I was very discouraged because I felt so uneasy on my feet and just wanted to stay in bed. It sounds stupid but I didn't realize that even when you don't have a c-section, giving birth is an exhausting experience that takes its toll on your body. Each day I have felt stronger and more mobile and am so grateful for the speedy recovery.


Meeting her cousin Graham - this is the only picture I have because my camera battery died. They are 7 weeks apart and it is wild to see what a difference 7 weeks makes when they are so young.


Davey definitely has her own look but there are times, especially when she is sleeping, that I catch glimpses of Malia.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Home

Hospital policy says that you have to stay for at least 24 hours after the baby is born. Since Davey was born at 8:15 p.m. on Monday, most people assumed we would wait until Wednesday morning to be discharged. Andrew and I decided that since everything looked good for both Davey and I, we would rather be home so we asked to be discharged on Tuesday night. A little after 9 p.m. everything was in order so we left the hospital and headed home.

Davey did great during her first car ride - this might be due to the lesson we learned the hard way with Malia - make sure you feed your child before you take them home!

Most of the day Davey's eyes are closed and she is sleeping. We really enjoy the times when she is awake.

Malia is doing well. Adjusting for sure but we think she really likes Davey. Here she is enjoying a magazine given to us at the hospital full of babies and toys.

Today when Malia woke up, the first thing she wanted to do was hold Davey. This is a common request throughout the day and Davey doesn't seem to mind much.

Today Malia entrusted her beloved "baby" to Davey while she was chilling in her bouncy seat. And for those of you wondering, yes, the faux hawk does currently live on (we haven't wet her hair yet so that will be the true test).

More time with eyes open.

Her outfit today featured a cute bear on the butt of her pants. I assure you that the days are numbered that her father lets her wear pants with pictures or words on the butt!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Davey Elizabeth

She arrived last night at 8:15 p.m. - Davey Elizabeth Wolgemuth. She was 7 lbs, 1 ounce, 20 1/2 inches long and had a 14 inch head!

Where does her name come from?

Davey - it is the nickname of a character in a book we read while dating (A Severe Mercy). We liked the name and as we considered it, I kept thinking of King David who was called "a man after God's own heart". It has become our prayer that Davey would be a woman after God's own heart.

Elizabeth - this is my middle name as well as the name of a lot of influential women in our lives.
Lizbeth (Beth) Templin - my sister
Nancy Elizabeth Zastidul - my aunt
Elisabeth (Lisa) Doot - my good friend from college
Elizabeth (Libby) Shortenhaus - my childhood friend
Elizabeth (Liz) Thompson - Andrew's aunt
Here are some pictures. For a full story of the delivery scroll down below.

Just minutes after she was born. At first we thought she looked exactly like Malia.

Dad, Mom and Davey last night. We had a really good night. Davey was so peaceful and slept most of the time which allowed us to get some sleep too.

My parents brought Malia to the hospital today to meet Davey. It was such a precious time. Malia was really into Davey and loved to hold her and kiss her.

Malia look-a-like ...

... or not? While she does have dimples like Malia, we were surprised to see how light Davey's hair is. And somehow her hair today naturally fell into a faux hawk which has made us laugh.


The delivery story.

I went my normal doctors appointment yesterday and was 6 cm dilated. My doctor sent us over to the hospital to get my water broken (we knew she was going to want to do this so we had our bags packed and in the car).

They broke my water around 3:30 p.m. and I was pleasantly surprised that my pain level did not increase immediately. Over the next few hours Andrew and I watched a movie while I had irregular contractions and dilated to 8 cm. Around 6:30 or 7 p.m. things started getting painful for 2 reasons - 1) when my doctor checked my progress, she released a huge amount of amniotic fluid and 2) they started to give me pitocin because while I was dilating fine, I still wasn't contracting regularly.

Thankfully, the painful time was short because a little before 8 p.m. I was pushing and at 8:15 p.m., Davey was born! (vaginally and without medication!)

Thanks again for your prayers and support. We are so grateful for this new life and addition to our family.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Due Date

Today is my official due date and as of yet, no baby. I have had moments of frustration and impatience (yes tears too) every day this week but am trying hard to keep it all in perspective and realize that in the long run, a few extra days won't matter.

We had a great day here. The weather was beautiful which allowed for raking leaves...

... and washing the car. Our neighbor Sadie and her mom joined us while we washed the car. The girls had a lot of fun playing with the soapy water.

We were also able to spend some time in the basement cleaning up and finalizing a few things which was nice.

Thanks for all of your continued prayers and encouragement in this process. I really appreciate them.