Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas Dresses!

My gorgeous girls....

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Our Little Dancer

It's dance recital time again! I love that her studio does a Christmas recital. It's just the younger classes so it's not such a long recital. It's just fun to see all the kids having a good time on stage!

After the recital the kids get to visit with Santa!

Celebrating afterward with Mom! I'm so proud of our little dancer! She's so good at it and loves it so much.

Coming Home...

Here's Leah at the hospital getting ready to come home!

SISTERS!!!!! Olivia meets her baby sister for the first time. She is so cute with her! She loves to hold her and feed's been fun watching her fall in love with Leah. SO CUTE!

Grandpa finally gets a turn! Leah has captured everyone's heart.

The look on Leah's face is priceless!!! Olivia loves to take care of her.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Our New Arrival

Our precious little girl was born on November 30, 2009, almost 3 weeks early. Leah Marie Acton was 7 lbs. 6 oz. and measured 18 1/2 inches. Mom had been on bedrest for 2 weeks with super high blood pressure, and as soon as we got to the 37 week mark, my doctor decided not to wait anymore. The swelling from my high blood pressure was out of control and I was miserable! So we went in for a C-Secton on Monday afternoon. Leah had a little fluid in her lungs so they kept her in the Transition Nursery for several hours on oxygen and monitors. She was born around 2pm and at about 9:00 the nurse called and said they were bringing her to my room. Five minutes later she called and said that Leah had stopped breathing and needed to be stimulated to start breathing again, so she was headed to the NICU! I was devastated, but knew it was what was best for her. She had 2 more apnea episodes that night in the nursery, and I was so glad it wasn't while she was in the room with me! They kept her for 2 nights for observation and finally ok'd her to come to my room on Wednesday morning. It was a happy day! We both came home on Thursday, and she has been just fine ever since! We sure are enjoying her!
My poor little baby in the Transition Nursery

The first time I got to hold Leah! The nurses actually wheeled my bed from the C-Section Recovery to the Transition Nursery so I could hold her for like 2 minutes. They tried to get my bed into the nursery, but it wouldn't fit, so I held her out in the hall. I wouldn't get to hold her again until hours later! It was torture....

After I was able to get up and around a little we spent a lot of time going back and forth, the nurses or Gary pushing me in a wheel chair to the NICU to feed and hold Leah about every 3 hours. NOT the way I pictured my first few days with her, but it all worked out in the end...

Gary feeding her in the NICU. She's telling us her Dad is #1
So cute!!!!

Wide awake in the NICU, laying on Daddy! We sure treasured the time we got to spend with her! It was hard to go back to my room empty handed. The 2 days she was in the NICU felt like at least a week!
Sweet little Leah! This is one of my very favorite pictures of her.

Finally back in our room where she belongs!

Beautiful baby!

With Grandma Edmonds...there were strict visitor restrictions because of the dumb Swine Flu, and we were only allowed 2 visitors TOTAL the whole time we were in the hospital. So the 2 Grandmas were the lucky ones to wear the wristbands to get in. They only got to see Leah through the glass in the Transition Nursery on Monday, and still came to spend time with me while she was in the NICU even though they couldn't see her. It was happy times on Wednesday when they could finally hold her!!!!

With Grandma Taylor

Disney On Ice

How can I resist taking my 4 year old Princess to Disney On Ice when it's all about the Princesses???? Of course we had to go, and so did Grandma. After all, she is Grandma's Princess, too! This time we splurged on the almost most expensive tickets and boy was it worth it! We were on the 6th row and had a perfect view of everything! It was so much fun, even for us older Princesses, and Olivia sure got spoiled!


Olivia as "Olivia the Pig" for Halloween! My favorite costume so far. Here she is with her cousin, Tyler, the caterpillar! So cute!!!!

I was so proud of these bloomers my friend helped me make. Thanks, Lindsey!

In front with our Jack-O-Lanterns. Fun times!