Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy Week One, Little Girl

My Darling Girl,

Yesterday marked one whole week that you've been out in the world, and what a wonderful and delirious week it's been for the Gwyn family. You've been a great sleeper, sleeping through the night three nights in a row this week, and of course just when I was bragging about that feat to your pediatrician you decided to stay up until 5 am that night. But that's ok because there's something so lovely about walking around the house with you at night watching your wide-awake eyes take in every shadow and every light. I get a lot of thinking done at night walking the floors of our apartment with you in my arms.


If seven days is any indication of your personality, you're going to be a curious little lady. When awake you're absorbing the sights and sounds of our home with bright, wide eyes. You love looking at and listening to the wind chime we have hanging over our kitchen sink; the Christmas tree holds an endless fascination for you; and the sound of the overhead oven fan soothes you when you're fussy. In fact, we keep the oven fan on all high all night long, so you can hear it in our bedroom.


Yesterday you had your very first appointment with Dr. Texidore, your and S's pediatrician. You grew half an inch from 20 inches at birth to 20 1/2 inches at one week. Dr. Tex was impressed with your weight gain. You gained all the weight you lost the first few days before my breast milk came in and even gained a few more ounces on top of that. Your weight at birth was 7 lbs. and 15 oz., but you got down to about 7 lbs. and 2 oz. before my milk arrived. As of yesterday you weighed 8 lbs. and 2 oz. That means you've gained a whole pound in just a few short days. It's no wonder because you nurse all the time. You came out of the womb knowing just how to do this without any encouragement from me.

All the Gwyns are madly in-love with you, especially your big brother, who loves to hold you and dote on you as often as possible. He rubs my back while I nurse, kisses your forehead when you cry, sings you lullabies to sleep. You are a very lucky lady to have this new little best friend always by your side. Your papa is also smitten with you, smiling and laughing every time you look at him. He's already told his friends that you've got him wrapped around your finger. He is such a sure and confident father, a natural. I'd forgotten what an expert swaddler he is; he makes you into the neatest baby burrito at night before we go to sleep, and you sleep tight and cozy for hours this way.


Week one with you has been a lot easier than we expected. Your papa and I are a perfect team, alternating waking shifts at night, fetching items for each other before anyone has to ask for them, staying up late with you watching old episodes of Roseanne on Netflix, taking turns entertaining Seamus and knowing just what the other person needs without having to say a word. I don't know if it's your personality of if it's our experience with a newborn already (or both), but life with a new extra family member has not been nearly as difficult as we expected (so far). You fit right into our lives as if you were always meant to be here.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Yarn-Along

Joining Ginny from Small Things this week for another yarn-along...

On the Needles: An apple hat for Baby Vivian. I couldn't find a pattern I liked, so I'm making a simple baby hat and attaching a stem and leaf to the top. I've been so busy with the baby and the boy that I wanted something quick and easy to work on, and this little hat is perfect.


Off the Bookshelf: I've been spending a lot of time with my old copy of What to Expect the First Year, and S and I just finished up The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home, another in Jill Tomlinson's series of books (recommended by Little Macaroon).

Saturday, December 24, 2011

It's a Girl!


Vivian Llewella Gwyn was born on December 22, 2011 at 5:59am after a beautiful (and super-fast) labor. She weighed 7 lbs. and 15 oz. and was 20 inches long.

We came home from the hospital on Christmas Eve with the best Christmas present ever.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

What We've Been Up to While Waiting for Baby...

Taking long walks and playing in the park:


Making a popcorn and cranberry garland for the tree:


Enjoying the lights in the City and in our living room:





Counting down the days with a simple, homemade-by-me advent calendar:


Making gingerbread houses:


We've also been knitting, baking (T's mom has made biscuits for us twice now...as well as cookies, homemade Chex Mix and several yummy meals), reading, listening to lots of Perry Como Christmas songs, sleeping in, staying up late and eating too many Christmas candies.

I've been drinking tons of red raspberry leaf tea, walking up and down stairs, meditating and yesterday my mother-in-law surprised me with a prenatal massage at the local spa...all this in hopes of getting my labor on. But nothing yet. I'll have contractions for a spell and then they'll fade away. My due date is tomorrow, and I didn't think I'd still be pregnant by this weekend, but here I am getting bigger and bigger. Even though I'm fully effaced and 3 cm dilated, I'm not that uncomfortable. I just can't wait to hold that baby.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Week 39


Highlights of Week 39:

*My mother-in-law arrives to help out for a couple of weeks while we wait on baby to arrive
*First full week of maternity leave left me feeling relaxed and rested and reconnected with my guys
*Sleeping in until 8:30 every morning; so much better than waking at 5 or 5:30am to catch a train
*A lovely and relaxing morning at the spa with my mother-in-law. We got haircuts:
*Lots of time with S
*Very active baby, who now seems huge to me

Lowlights of Week 39:

*Anticipation and the excitement and let down that Braxton-Hicks contractions bring
*Lots and lots of contractions every day but no baby yet

Midwife Update: This is actually a week 40 update, but since I'm not sure I'll make it all the way through week 40 I'll update now. The appointment with my midwife on Monday went well. She checked me and found that I was fully effaced and 3 cm dilated. She didn't think I'd still be pregnant by this weekend. Each day this week I've had tons of contractions and cramps and feel like I've dilated even more. A couple of nights I've thought I was in labor only to find my contractions subsiding. I'm hoping this is my body's way of doing a lot of pre-labor work so I won't have such a long labor. Any day now. We're ready baby whenever you are.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Finished Object


The R2D2 Hat is off the blocking board and on husband's head. Happy early Christmas Mr. T!


I'm so happy I finished this before the baby came (yep, I'm still pregnant).

Although it's still a little small for him and might require another round of more aggressive blocking, I think he's happy.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Thanks Mom!

My mother has been knitting away since finding out she was expecting another grandchild. Many of the Yarn-Alongers have asked that I post pictures of all the goodies she delivered to me on Thanksgiving.

Here are just some of those sweet hand knits (there are actually more to come when she visits this Christmas):



I'm all stocked up on wool soakers now in newborn to three-year-old sizes.


I also have lots of Puerperiums in more than just the six week size.


And some cute outfits complete with booties!

Thanks so much Mom! I can't wait to see my little model dressed in all your handiwork.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Week 38

Well, I made it to week 38...actually I'm in week 39 as I write this. I don't know if you can tell by this photo but the baby actually dropped in week 38 and is head down and ready to go.

Week 38 Highlights:
*Last week of commuting to work; last week of long meetings; last week of sitting in an office for most of the day

*Sweet farewells from my co-workers complete with treats and baby gifts

*The gift of some exquisite baby clothes from India given to me by one of my co-workers who travels to India all the time

*Lots of movement from baby

*Seamus's ear on my belly listening to the baby's hiccups


Week 38 Lowlights:
*Getting harder to move around; slower walks to the train station, round ligament pain and belly button pain

*Having to say good-bye to my dear friends and co-workers for six months

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Yarn-Along Wednesday

Joining Ginny from Small Things this week for another yarn-along...

On the Needles: Finishing up T's R2D2 hat; working on the lining now, which I'll fold into the inside to cover all those color-change floats. After this it just needs a good blocking and then it's done. Don't know what's next on the needles since I had planned on this being my last knit before baby arrives. However, I think I'm going to finish this hat in the next evening or two, and I think baby's holding tight for now.


Off the Bookshelf: Started reading The Otter Who Wanted to Know as recommended by Little Macaroon. So happy to have discovered this series of books. S and I read three chapters yesterday and one today (so far). S LOVES this book; when we're not reading it he's pretending to be an otter cracking open rock oysters and diving all day.

I'm officially on maternity leave now and loving every moment. My mother-in-law is here for a few weeks to help out. So grateful!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Week 37


Week 37 Highlights:

*Getting 6 days off from work for the Thanksgiving holiday
*Spending Wednesday of week 37 on a mama/son date at the Science Center in Liberty State Park
*Four sweet days with Grandie and Grandpa, who came up to celebrate Thanksgiving with us
*Yummy T-day food
*Lots and Lots of R & R for me. T took care of laundry and dishes and everyone helped out cooking the Thanksgiving feast. I had lots of time to put my feet up and knit, and wouldn't you know all the pain and pressure I've been feeling at the end of this pregnancy went away (as did the daily contractions I've been having)
*6 days of sleeping in until 8am
*A very active baby
*A very happy son
*Watching S play with his grandparents


Week 37 Lowlights:

*Saying good-bye to G & G (but they'll both be back to see the new family member in a few weeks).

Midwife update: Had my Strep B test this week, which came back negative. Baby is head down and very low, but I'm not effaced or dialated yet.

By the way, I found a picture of me in week 37 with Seamus:


I never posted a week 38 picture on this blog that year because I ended up giving birth before I could. Wonder if I'll make it past week 38 this time?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Yarn-Along

Joining Ginny from Small Things this Wednesday for another Yarn-Along...


On the Needles: Finished the Pimp My Longies pattern, which turned out beautifully (will post photos soon) and cast on the R2D2 Hat for T. R2D2 has been frustrating to say the least because the directions aren't the clearest. If you're experienced in fair isle knitting and reading colorwork charts you probably wouldn't have a problem with this pattern at all, but since this is only the second time I've tried my hand at color stranded kniting it's been a struggle for me. I had to rip it out and start over four times, but I've finally got the hang of it and it's now become a project that I look forward to. I love watching the design come out and this time I'm very aware of my tension as I knit, so I won't have the puckering I had the first time I tried color stranded knitting. You can't really see it in the picture, but the bottom of the hat reads: May the Force be With You. T is very excited and keeps saying he'll be the envy of his co-workers. The maroon edge is a provisional cast-on that I'll eventually take out and put a lining in its place. This should be one really warm hat.

Reading: The newest issue of Poets & Writers, which has a great interview with Joan Didion.

Check out the Linky List on the Small Things Blog to see what others are knitting and reading this week.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving

During the week of Thanksgiving I was thankful for...

Grandparents and the constant smile they put on my boy's face

Time in the kitchen with my Mom

Homemade whipped cream

Yummy food in our tiny apartment with people we love

Sharing my maternity pillow, or the "nest" as the whole family refers to it

My guys
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