Thursday, May 17, 2012


So I know that I haven't updated this blog in ages... trust me, I am reminded daily. I have a pretty good reason though... believe it or not, I am loving being a mom and I have chosen to dedicate all of my time to Madeline rather than being on my laptop. Things were CRAZY the first couple of months and I am just starting to feel like I can slow down enough to consistently update this thing... just in time for school to start back. Awesome.

I really don't think I could possibly updated everyone on our lives in one post so I think I will spread it out through a couple of updates.
 I'm going to try and keep this post short and sweet.... and crappy.

Okay, so in the first 3 months of Madeline's life, her absolute favorite thing to do was take a bath. If she was grouchy, sad, or just too much to handle rest assured, we could give her a bath and she would calm down. Well, around month 3 all of that changed. Bathing her was a total NIGHTMARE. I swear you would think I was dipping her in acid. I would have been better off bathing a cat (Maybe even a lion). Ever since then I have been trying to come up with ways to make bath time more enjoyable tolerable for her. Recently I have been filling the bathtub with a little bit of water, and setting her in her bath chair and hopping in with her... it seems to help. Every time I do this, Mike always comments that he "wishes she would poop on me." Well, today while Mike was at work, Madeline spit up all over herself and covered her beautiful (reddish) hair with crust spit up. Clearly a bath was needed. Just as I had gotten in the tub and placed her in her bath chair I heard a very long, drawn out grunt. "Oh, no!" I thought, I knew exactly what that noise meant, she was granting Mike's wish. "That little monster baby is taking a poop!"Sure enough, she was. Before I had time to do anything the bath tub QUICKLY filled with her crap. I think I started to panic, and everything kind of went blank. (Okay it wasn't THAT bad, but it wasn't enjoyable) I felt trapped, and really dirty. She must have thought the sight of me panicking was funny because she started to laugh (which almost made taking a poop bath worth it). After cleaning her up and cleaning the bath tub, it was time to try again. Luckily this time she was pooped (literally) and didn't fuss or fight bath time. I even got her to play in the water and splash around a bit.

I love her more than anything. Poop and all.

Monday, January 30, 2012

ONE month

It's crazy to think that our girl is already ONE MONTH old... (one month down, 17 years and 11 months to go!)

... but then again it's not THAT hard to believe; between the sleep deprivation and my newfound bad hygiene it has been a long month. At the same time, it seems to have flown by. It is crazy to think that a month ago we were in the hospital, just getting used to being a little family.

I am so bad at updating this blog, and I was dumb to think that I would have more time to update it once she was here... HAHA. I am lucky if I have time to wash the spit up out of my clothes or just get a shower in. Mike went back to work when she was almost 2 weeks old, and I had plans to go back to school. After trying to go to school and juggle being a new mom, we decided that it would be best for our family if I took the semester off. At first it was really hard for me to not return to school, but now I have accepted it, and I am loving all of my time with Madeline! Mike is jealous. He shouldn't be though, because she absolutely adores him. It's so obvious she is going to be a daddy's girl. It REALLY pisses me off! I mean, I destroyed my body and went through "torture" for her... and that's how she is going to repay me? Ungrateful. Oh and can we talk about how all outfits for little girls are like "I love daddy" or "Daddy's girl", but then the outfits for mom's just say "Mommy loves me". Why can't they say "I love mommy"?! So unfair! With all joking aside, I LOVE how sweet they are together.

They both have the same facial expression

Mommy and Madeline just hanging out...
She got to meet her great grandma!

Over the past month we have watched Madeline become much more alert and responsive. She is such a strong little baby, and can't stay still for a second. However, she is still tiny. At her doctors appointment on Friday she was 21 1/2 inches and weighed 7 lbs 8 oz. Who would have thought that at a month old she would still be in newborn diapers? We really underestimated how many newborn sized diapers we would need. She is also getting better at sleeping at night, last night she slept for 6 hours! That's my girl! I could go on forever, but I think it's safe to say that we are LOVING her to death.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


So BIG NEWS! Madeline Grace Hayes was born exactly a week ago on December 28th at 5:31 p.m.

Our sweet girl weighed in at 7 pounds and 3 ounces and 20 and 3/4 inches
It is safe to say that most of the weight I have been carrying around these past couple of months was not due to her.

This picture was taken while I was in labor and moments away from starting to push. As far as labor went, We went into the hospital at around 8pm on Tuesday night and spent the night there. The nurses monitored me and kept an eye on my blood pressure. At 5 am the nurse came into start prepping me for my induction, at 6:45 a.m I was given the pitocin and at 7 am my water broke. After being in labor for almost 10 hours, the doctor came in and decided it was time to push, after pushing for just around 30 minutes we were able to meet our beautiful daughter.

This is our first meeting. The moment was unreal. I couldn't believe that Mike and I had made something that seemed so perfect... and so hairy! We were both in love instantly and it was an extremely emotional moment for Mommy, Daddy, and Madeline. Our first meeting was pretty brief however, because Madeline's breathing was not exactly  perfect and she was whisked away to the NICU to be monitored. Luckily it was nothing major and we were reunited with our sweet girl about 4 LONG hours later. Both of our parents were able to be at the hospital and welcome Madeline into the world. 
As the week has progressed I have absolutely loved watching Mike interact with our daughter. It is unreal the amount of love he has for her. She has only been around for a 7 days and already has him wrapped so tightly around her tiny little fingers. I am so excited to see what an amazing dad he is going to be.

Finally around 8 p.m on Friday night our little family was released and we were able to go home and settle into our new life style... we are still settling in.

After spending a little time at home, it was time for Madeline to go to her first pediatrician visit. It didn't go so well. She was given a shot and also had to have blood drawn. Seeing her cry so much really upset me and I almost started crying, but I didn't. What stopped me from crying you ask? Well, our little girl started farting uncontrollably from crying so hard and it was too funny not to laugh. Don't worry, we hugged her and loved on her immediately after. The results came back from the doctor and her bilirubin levels were so high, so the doctors recommended that we keep her in a UV bed at all times unless she is feeding or being changed. This has been really hard for us, because it is almost impossible to look at this sweet little girl and not go over and sweep her up in your arms, but we are dealing with it. She will be in the bed until Friday and hopefully after that I can report that we have an extremely healthy and happy baby.

This past week has been a very emotional and rewarding week for us. As much as I hated being pregnant, I wouldn't take back a minute of it, because the love that I have for this little girl is unreal. I never knew I could love someone this much, and I never knew I could love Michael more than I did, but I do. We are so excited to see Madeline grow. We look forward to sharing this little journey with everyone else.