Friday, May 22, 2009

Piano Lessons

Okay, in order to help out a little bit I am going to start giving piano lessons again. If you or anyone you know would be interested in taking some lessons let me know! Adults, little kids, etc. It matters not to me. I would even be willing to go up to Pima and do them there for those of you who don't want to drive the half an hour to my house. Leave a comment if you are interested and we'll figure out the details. Thanks!

Monday, May 18, 2009

The First Two Weeks

Wow! Has time flewn by! I can't believe little Jorgan has already been here two weeks. Isn't it funny how pregnancy seems to last forever and then once you get the little dears here time doesn't seem to stop. It has been an adventure and so fun. We've only had a couple sleepless nights, she usually sleeps pretty good, and we are all adjusting well. A couple days after she was born she started turning yellow... So when we went in for her first check up they had to prick her little foot (I always kind of rolled my eyes and the moms that said they would start bawling if their little one was being hurt... but I guess I can't roll my eyes anymore because I am one) and decided that she was jaundiced enough to have to wear a bili-blanket. She got to sit in this fun thing all day for a couple of days. I secretly think my mom loved it because we couldn't really put her down the machine was so bulky so we pretty much had to spoil her and hold her all day long.
I have had so much help and feel so greatful that we live close to all of our families. My mom was a fixture at my house for the first few days and I don't know how I would have done it without her. She came and helped me give her her first bath so I wouldn't drown the poor baby. I'm sure Jorgan appreciated that one as well...Its amazing how slippery they get!
Isn't she cute! We also have been having fun getting her all dressed up! Its great to put on her little bracelets and headbands and put her in some cute outfits. Its like having a real little doll to play dress up with.
My Granma Katy also came and helped out and it was so fun to have her here. She helped me give her a bath and rocked and sang to her while I took a shower (I think I have totally taken those for granted the first 22 years of my life). Thanks alot Grandma!

It is so fun to watch her little personality start to emerge. She makes some of the funniest faces and she grunts and growls constantly. She's an impatient little bugger too. She'll make one of her faces and growl at me if I don't move fast enough when she's hungry. She gets the hiccups constantly and always gets this perturbed look on her face after each one. Hopefully I'll be able to capture some looks with the camera because they are classic!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Jorgan Kimberly Claridge

Jorgan Kimberly Claridge arrived Sunday, May 3rd, at 7:18 pm weighing 7 lbs. 3 oz. She is such a sweetheart! I was supposed to be induced that morning at about 7 but about 3:30 I thought my water broke so we headed up to the hospital. It hadn't but they admitted me anyways and started to induce me at 6:30 (They didn't even have to use pitocin!) I don't really know the timeline because when you are in those little rooms or pacing the hallways you have NO sense of time.... I finally got to 3 (it took hours) and Dr. Tran came in and really broke my water and then the party began. No sooner had he walked out of the room then the contractions started coming HARD and fast. I thought "Oh this is what its supposed to feel like" because up until then it hadn't been that bad. I was supposed to wait until I was 5 to get an epidural but because I was getting NO break almost between contractions they said I was a special case and got to get one at 4 (I don't know how anyone does this without one!). The anesthesiologist came in and I went from 4 to 7 while she was giving me the epidural which was FAST. Then the drama started... The baby's heart beat started to plummet into the 40s and my blood pressure skyrocketed. We were the only ones having a baby in there at the time so all of a sudden EVERYONE was in the delivery room with us. They paged Dr. Tran and he came in and stared at the monitor for another 45 minutes and as soon as I was almost 10 they had me start pushing. I was trying not to panic at this point because he got out the vacuum and was pulling so hard to try and get her out fast enough that he broke 3 of them. And then about the time her head was coming out her shoulder got lodged and Amy Ollerton (one of my WONDERFUL nurses) had to jump on top of me and start pushing on my stomach to get her out. Can I just say again how much I love an epidural! When she came out she had the cord wrapped around her neck and her body and she was unresponsive so they RAN her over to the table and started trying to get her to cry. My mom parked herself by the little station and once they got her to respond we told everyone what her name was and my mom turned on the water works! I'm so glad we got to surprise her with that. Anyways, she is fine now and we have a beautiful little girl who is such a blessing in our lives. Here's the token new little family picture where the dad is tired but beaming and the mom looks like she has just been hit by a truck. Can I just tell you for my own dignity that the reason I am SO puffy is because they pumped me full of 5 LITERS of fluid! I was swimming!

Collin is such a good dad and Jorgan already has him wrapped around her little finger. It just melts my heart to see how gentle he is with his little daughter.

The grandparents and a few other visitors came in that night and it was so fun to get to show her off to everyone.

We are adjusting well and she really is such a good baby. I am so grateful that everything went well and that our beautiful little girl is finally here with us!

Collin's EMT Graduation

Collin has just graduated from his EMT class. We are SO proud of him. He has worked so hard and has done so well. He was a pretty stressed person this week. That was a mean trick of me to play on him having a baby the same week as finals but it all worked out in the end. We love you babe! Good job!