Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Best Friends

Good friends can be hard to come by.  Growing up I went to 18 different schools.  I quickly learned to make friends but to never get to close so when I moved it did not hurt to leave them.  In high school I had my first best friend.  Janell and I met in gym class first semester our freshman year.  We had little in common but had an instant connection.  I let my guard down with Janell, I felt safe with her.  We continued our friendship into college.  Our friendship was meant to last a lifetime.  Then one day I got a phone call that would change my life forever; Janell was killed in a drinking and driving accident.  I was devastated.  Losing a best friend is so painful.  At Janell's funeral they read some of her journal entries.  One of her entries was about the Garth Brooks song "The Dance".  She explained how it was more important to love and get hurt than to never love at all.  These words were very helpful as I went through the grieving process and still speak to me today. 

I will always treasure the friendship Janell and I shared. 
After Janell's death I was a little guarded about friendship. I did not want to be hurt again. In the back of my head I always remembered Janell's journal entry. I felt like that entry was her speaking right to me.  
Over 5 years ago I met Kristi. The back story is my husband Eric and her husband Adam grew up together. Once Adam and Kristi were engaged they bought a house in Huntington 2 blocks from our apartment. Adam and Kristi invited us over for a cookout and the rest is history. We hit it off right away. Kristi and I could and would chat for hours. Over time I started to trust Kristi and our friendship was taken to another level. It is so nice to have someone I can always count on and that is always there cheering me along.  No one will ever replace Janell but it is nice to have a best friend again. 
Our little girls were born one year and one day apart.
Friendship is truly a gift from God.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

One Month

My sweet little Piper you are now one month old.  
You are growing and changing daily. 
You have changed our lives for the better.  I could not imagine my life without you. 2 years ago I never thought I would be sitting here on our couch with you on my chest writing  a blog post about my sweet little girl, who is now 1 month old.  We struggled for 17 months to conceive you and with the help of the Lord and the doctors our prayers were answered.  We were so thrilled to be expecting but our excitement soon turned into fear due to health concerns.  Throughout my pregnancy we prayed along with many others for a healthy full term baby, again God answered our prayers.  You are truly a blessing in our lives and we love you more than words can express. 

Weight: 8.9 lbs - 50% percentile
Length 21.5 inches - 75% percentile
Size: You are still wearing newborn clothes & diapers
Feeding Schedule: During the day you eat every 1.5-2.5 hrs and at night every 3-4.5 hrs. You are still a great nurser. We have started to introduce bottles so you are prepared to go to daycare next month. You are not a big fan of the bottle yet and you do not like pacifiers either.
Sleeping Schedule: We usually go upstairs between 8:30pm-9:30pm and you nurse at 10:00 pm and then we start our night feeding schedule. 
Likes: You love to be swaddled very tightly.  You enjoy baths.  You liked to be rocked.
Dislikes: You do not like it when Max barks. You do not like your car seat. 
Events: In your first month of your life we have been very busy! We celebrated Annabelle's first birthday and Father's Day.  You attended church 3 times.  We went to 2 parades (Huntington & Warren).  You spent time with both set of grandparents and all of your aunts and uncles.  We have spent several evenings with your
God Parents (Aunt Kristi and Uncle Adam). 

Friday, July 6, 2012

First Father's Day

On June 17th (which was Piper's original due date) we celebrated Eric's first Father's Day. 
During my pregnancy Eric would express his concerns about being a parent.  I always reassured him that he will be fine and he always supported me with my concerns.  Once Piper was born Eric had no choice but to jump right in.  Since I had a c-section, I was unable to get around for the first 3 days. Eric changed his first diaper the day Piper was born and to his surprise he did great.  I was not surprised at all, I had faith that he was capable of taking care of her.  During those first days Eric would change her diapers, give her to me to nurse, then he would rock and burp her. Sometimes the best training is just being thrown right into the situation. 

I love watching Eric hold Piper, you can see the love and bond they share already. 

Growing up Father's Day was also a depressing day for me.  It was a reminder that I did not have a Father. At the age of 13, I was placed with new foster parents who later adopted me.  At 13 I celebrated my first Father's Day.  I will never forget that day.  My sister Jennifer and I helped our Mom make a huge lunch with all our Dad's favorite foods.  I look forward to watching Eric and Piper's relationship develop and I love knowing that Father's Day will be a day for celebration for my little Piper and her Daddy!

She already has him wrapped around her little finger (just as she should)!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Birth Announcement

Pip's Newborn Pictures

Here are my sweet Piper's newborn pictures, taken by Gill Bayless
who owns Gillian Dyan Photography. 
A huge thanks to Gill for being so patient and gentle. 
We love the pictures you really captured Piper's beauty and innocents.

 She looks just like Eric in this picture.