Friday, December 30, 2005
here's aubrey on our new couch... the basement is beginning to look like an actual living room, although it feels like i'll never be finished. so much to do. it's great to be able to have people hang out though. we can't wait till it's really really done... and pretty.
Sunday, December 25, 2005
what a wonderful christmas present we received this year! our new little girl. she has turned our world upside-down...and we are so happy.
it was a whole new experience having little ones around for christmas. having a baby really changes everything.
although aubrey is a little too small to remember this christmas, i will remember every moment.
spending the day with my sisters and their new daughters. watching my daddy hold my baby. exchanging laughs and looks with my mom. running outside with a half dressed little girl, my husband and my grandmother just to wave at santa passing by the house in the fire truck. we were able to go to christmas eve service back at calvary. i got to watch my father-in-law get choked up while holding his 2 week old granddaughter during silent night and the candle lighting. this morning...we put baby jesus in the manger, matt read luke 2, we opened gifts... what an amazing christmas. i will hold it close to my heart forever.
thank you Heavenly Father for the gift of your son Jesus....and now the gift of our daughter aubrey elizabeth. you are a good God.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
melissa is so good with her... tonight around ten we were just getting ready for bed...(by now we have the routine down) feed her..burp her..change her..feed her.. burp her.. rock her.. put her down until the next time. but tonight aubrey had a little too much to eat and the first attempt to burp her ended up... messy. so aubrey gets a bath. mom changes. off come the sheets on the bed. and we instead of going to bed have a very unhappy child. so we try again... feed her a little more...and try to get the kiddo calmed down and back to sleep. this is where melissa is amazing. while i am throwing in laundry, and changing sheets, she is comforting aubrey like only mommy can... melissa even knows her favorite music. so we sit and look at pictures of aubrey and listen to music and think about how if we are so moved by these photos of her now... what is it going to be like at her wedding... or graduation?
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
sunday melissa and i had our first major venture out of the house. (major being somewhere that we went that took longer than one feeding) christmas came a week early for the webster family (my mom's side) and we all dressed for the occasion for dinner and gifts at aunt joanne's house. of course i wore my usual t shirt and jeans. there were 21 of us in all... and sitting there with the family one remark was where did all these little children come from. there are now six kids in all and it definately makes the gift opening more fun... not just socks and gift cards (instead we had baby einstein, robosapien, and monkey pillows).
just the other day melissa and i decided to kill two birds with one stone and air out aubrey's diaper rash while giving her some sun for her slight jaundice. actually it was like killing three birds... one stone, because it proved to be very entertaining. before we knew it an hour had gone by and we were still sitting there watching her. it also ended up to be a rather fun photo shoot for some "very tasteful" photos. boy is she gonna be embarrassed when i pull these out for the first boyfriend.
Saturday, December 17, 2005
tonight my sister ashley came up to visit. she intended on making it a surprise, but got a bit "misplaced" (not lost) in the king of prussia area and called from the road. after a little coaching on the in's and out's of valley forge road, she arrived unscathed.
although our time together tonight was short it was so nice to be able to spend it with her. we gave the baby a bath, commented on how much aubrey looks like matt and laughed about the "joys" of motherhood.
this week has been full of little milestones. the other night melissa put aubrey down in her cradle and aubrey settled herself to sleep instead of being held until she fell asleep. this morning aubrey's cord fell off (for those of you without children... this is a big deal.) although the loss of the cord can be seen as highly symbolic in nature... we think it's just good because you get to see what kind of belly button you child may have. will she join the ranks of the inny brigade or take up arms with the outy squad. it seems that though the cord is gone it is still to soon to tell. of course, it is quite a joyous occasion but the thing that was strangest to me was that as a new parent i contemplated saving the cord as a memento. gross.
Friday, December 16, 2005
just put aubrey down to bed...should be in bed myself, but i am sitting here thinking. week one is already gone. i keep wondering how i made it through. i have had so much help from my family and friends...thank you. matthew has been so wonderful, supportive and patient with me... (the hormones are a little out of control right now, but getting better).
my God has given me the strength to get through each moment.
i am excited to see what the coming weeks bring. i am really so blessed.
Monday, December 12, 2005
aubrey is a really good eater. although normally she has had her full after ten minutes or so. today she ate for like twenty minutes straight. i took this picture right after she fed. she's a little "milk drunk". sittin' there and starin' into space. after this she fell asleep for like four hours... so mis and i were able to get out of the house, go to the bank, grab a bite, and get starbucks. which was completely nerve racking (the"will she wake up" gamble). life is never going to be the same... and we are so happy for it.
typing with one hand never felt so great. sitting here with Aubrey I am reflecting on the whirlwind that was the last few days... she is so perfect... and i am overwhelmed. not by the things that most people think of with a new baby like endless crying, lack of sleep, exhaustion. instead i am overwhelmed by my God. the incredible grace that He has shown me, the strength He has given me, and this beautiful, beautiful child.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
today melissa had to go in to the hospital to have them check her out before the big day. of course when she calls me after the physical is over she says "hey what are you doin?" I said "nothing why"... "oh well they decided to take me today instead of tomorrow.... just kidding."
gee THAT never get's old
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Saturday, December 03, 2005
No nurses, no visitors, just us, staring wide-eyed at eachother wondering how are we going to do this?