4 month check up

My little girl just had her next round of shots after her well-baby check up and she was sooooo good!!

17 lbs 12.5 oz
24 inches (which leads me to believe the last nurse who measured her 2 months ago messed something up...(she had her at 24.5 inches back in June)
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better late than ...

1. Niki needs a lot of behavioral supports and adult guided red and green choice strategies during this time of transition and change.
2. Niki needs to be in a controlled environment with a professional.
3. Niki Needs more Family
4. Niki needs to provide all team members access to technology enhanced learning.
5. Niki needs help
6. Niki needs the money
7. Niki needs to be alone for once and focus on herself
8. Niki needs someone to garden with pretty soon
9. Niki needs her head examined
10. Niki needs no example, she is the example.
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2 month check up

So we had Alaina's 2 month check up and she did great!!! She is now 13 lbs 4 oz, 24 1/2 in long and she got her first round of shots at this appointment so she was a little upset but calmed down quickly.
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Our Birth Experience

Hello Everyone,

Here is our Birth Story...

Our due date was April 10th, but I ended up going in to be induced after I went 9 days overdue and at my 41 week appointment on Tuesday April 17th I was dilated to 1cm, 50% effaced and at -3 station.

We arrived at NMMC at 7:30 on Thursday evening April 19th and I was scheduled to have a cervical gel applied, sleep the night (to allow it to work on dilating the cervix) and have Pitocin started in the morning to get my contractions started. My initial exam showed I had already dilated to 4cm so the gel wasn't needed, but since I was already in my PJ's and had all my things set up in the room I just stayed overnight anyway and had them start the Pitocin at 6:30am on April 20th. I had my first contraction at 6:35am and our journey was underway. I needed to have an IV antibiotic and since I was already hooked up to the Pitocin there was no opportunity to get into the tub for any of the labor (and that had been one thing I was really looking forward to using for relaxation).

Some of the labor is a little fuzzy for me, but that was because it went so quickly. It took 2 hours for me to dilate from 4 to 6 (I spent most of that on the Birthing ball) and only another hour and a half to get from 6 to 10. Somewhere in the 4 to 6 cm range I had 1 dose of Fentanyl to take the edge off the contractions, that relief only lasted about an hour, but I chose not to have any other drugs after that and I am very happy with my decision. From the first contraction at 6:35 it was only 4 hours and 20 minutes before our baby was born. I was a little scared when my contractions started to be 2 minutes apart and lasting for 1:45, since I hardly had time to take a breath before the next one started. Chris was a great support to me, he was always encouraging me, helping me to relax, and reminding me it wouldn't be long before we would see our baby. He helped keep me focused on positive things even when I was a little afraid. He wasn't the only person I had in the room, my sister (the mother of my 3 yr old neice) was in the corner of the room using our camcorder for us, and my cousin Tiffany who had just had her 2nd child 6 weeks earlier was also holding my hand and encouraging me during the last hour before delivery.

Our nurse had called out to the nurses station to have them let the doctor know we were going to start pushing and within another 2 minutes she called out again and told them to have the doctor come to our room. Our nurse was not prepared for the labor to progress so quickly, since this was my first baby. She had to call a couple other nurses in to set up all the baby things since I was ready to push and she hadn't gotten the chance to get the blankets and the rest of the things needed to examine and clean up the baby after delivery. when the doctor arrived about 15 minutes later I was ready to hurt someone, since I had been told not to push for the last 3 or 4 contractions, but my body was telling me it was definitely time...then the doctor was there so I was given the green light...feet up, 3 pushes, the head is out but the shoulders got stuck, one more push and here she was...our perfect little Alaina Elizabeth Cornick.

Her stats at birth were:
8 lb 11 oz
21 1/4 in
13 3/4 in head
and she had lots of thick dark hair...

Breastfeeding has been going well, and the proof of that is how much she has grown already. She is now one month old, she weighs 10 lb 8 oz, and is 22 1/2 in long. She looks like her daddy's baby pictures, except she has my mouth. She has really long fingers, feet and toes, but with both Chris and me being 6 ft tall we should've expected that.
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do I still have an Lj account???

Wow, I can't beleive how crazy things get around a house when you are preparing for a baby!!! Not much time to post anything in great detail, but I am feeling well so far and I only have 8 or 9 weeks left to go until we get to meet our little 'niblet'. We have finished our birth preperation classes last week and I promptly forgot every relaxation and breathing technique suggested other than the jacuzzi tub and the yoga (birthing) ball. Oh well, if women can have babies in the desert and the jungle without dozens of hospital staff and modern medicine I think I can make it work even if I have forgotten all that breathing stuff...I know my pain tolerences and if I have to I will ask for the injection of narcotics directly into the spine!!!
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    just the low hum of the washing machine...
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my own personal LJ 12 Days of Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas, snoopygirl_niki sent to me...
Twelve puzzles drumming
Eleven chris piping
Ten diamonds a-leaping
Nine cartoons cooking
Eight thunderstorms a-reading
Seven cats a-scrapbooking
Six movies a-quilting
Five bu-u-u-usiness opportunities
Four james marsters
Three classic cars
Two energy drinks
...and a x-men in a sean connery.
Get your own Twelve Days:
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    various Christmas tunes

a sad day in my life

I'm not gonna say much but I have to say something before I decide to hold it all in and just sleep until the pain goes away...

Today I found out a good friend, great man and wonderful husband to another good friend of mine died in Iraq on Monday.

Spc. Nicholas Turcotte, 23, of Maple Grove was in an armored vehicle escorting a logistics convoy when it rolled over on a road near Nasiriyah.

I've known Nick for almost 8 years, I was at both his and his wives high school graduation parties, I worked with him at Blockbuster video for about 1 year, I danced with him (and even caught the bouquet) when I attended his wedding 2 years ago, and the last time I saw or spoke to him and his wife Jen was just the week before my own wedding last year.

I might say more about what I'm feeling later on, but that's all for now.

gestational narcolepsy

Crap!! I feel like I could sleep for 20 hours of every day right now...what the crap is going on in my body that I somehow fall asleep while playing with puzzles on the floor with my 19 month old nephew, or while I'm feeding my 10 week old niece a bottle???? I almost fell asleep in the car on my drive back from St. Paul last night too. They should warn you about this when you mention you are trying to get pregnant so you can put your ENTIRE life on hold for the 1st 12 weeks and not risk injuring someone during one of your narcoleptic attacks.

I guess I shouldn't bitch too much though, I'm 7 weeks and haven't seen a sign of morning sickness yet *knock on wood*. That just gives me 5 or 6 to get through until that should not even be a concern.

GTG to work and play with kiddies today.

Our garage smells like NEW CAR!

So this is when I really wish I had a clue on how to post a picture in LJ...I really want you all to see our new car!

Chris and I decided to Lease a 2006 Chevy Malibu, and *bonus* I won the color's RED. Okay just to be clear it's not Fire Engine red, it's that Red Metallic color that looks like it should be a nail polish hue.

Chris always said he disliked red cars, but as soon as I suggested this red one, he was all for it.

So I promise, once I consult my LJ Yoda on the procedure, I'll take and post a pic of it, but for now I must get to bed...I've had an exhausting weekend and I have to make it through one more week of work before I can truly let myself relax and enjoy life again.
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    Snoopy's Happy Dance tune...playing in my head