Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Time flies when you're having fun

It has been on my mind lately to tend to our blog. I even typed out an entry a month or so ago, only to get distracted half way through. (I imagine someone began crying.) And of course it never did get completed. Now I'm not even sure what I was writing about! So I noticed that I neglected the entire month of October -- and now seeing as November is wrapping up I figured I might finally update everyone on how life has been thus far.

The number of 'firsts' for our little Madelyn grows daily. She had her first bath, rolled over for the first time, gave her first big smile, took her first out-of-town trip and even celebrated her first Halloween. (Although she looked awful cute in her bee costume, she did not make it trick-or-treating!)

Madelyn dressed up for the State-ECU game.  Go Pack!
Her two-month doctor's appointment went fairly well. Dr. Gessner continues to be impressed with her growth, both physically and developmentally. We are now around the 15th percentile in weight and length (not too bad for being born a whole month early), and Madelyn's baby skills are very good. She holds her little head up like a pro, reaches for her toys and is currently trying to master sucking her thumb. At her check-up, she was measuring 23.5 inches and weighed in at almost 10 pounds!

Madelyn continues to amaze us every day. I knew I would love my baby very much, but never realized just how much I could be captivated by such a little girl. She has such a cheerful disposition and is very charming. Her little laugh makes our hearts melt, and I have never been so happy in my life as I am right now. Obviously we are still very much lacking in the sleep department, but still, very thankful and very blessed. Now if only one of her new firsts will be a full-night's sleep, our lives will be spectacular! The record currently stands at a solid 6.5 hours of sleep during the night, which is fantastic, yet not consistent. Sometimes we only get 2 hours at a time.

I seriously cannot believe how fast these past three months have gone by. Next week, I will be returning to work already! Twelve weeks seems like a long time at first.... Part of me is ready to go back, as I've missed my friends, and I'm sure my brain could stand some stimulation in forms other than trying to count hours between feedings and number of poopey diapers in a day. On the other hand, I am so sad to leave my little friend! I know she will be in excellent hands -- Nana will be staying with her two days a week, and we will have a sitter for the third. Of course, her Mama will be with her the rest of the time! We are so lucky to have the opportunity for such a great arrangement, and we will see how things go.

Celebrating my Great-Grandaddy's Poultry Hall of Fame award!
All in all, parenthood has been amazing so far. I don't regret deciding to expand our family one bit, even during the worst of our sleepless nights. We're looking forward to celebrating the holidays with family, and will continue to count each and every blessing and savor every moment with our baby!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Growing girl

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of diaper changes, endless nursing sessions and sleepless nights. They have also been the best two weeks of my life! I am amazed every day at my beautiful daughter, and am already finding myself torn between wanting to see how she changes and wanting her to remain my tiny little baby forever. We love this girl so much, and although she threw us off course by arriving four weeks early, every day we've had with her has given us another blessed moment.

We just got back from Madelyn's two-week check in with the pediatrician. We've been taking her to Raleigh Children and Adolescents, and have been so impressed with the doctors and the staff at both their Rex and Brier Creek locations. Today she got high marks from Dr. Fletcher, for both her weight gain (a full pound since the last visit 10 days ago!) and for her exceptional baby skills. Our little advanced one is already grasping with her tiny fingers, focusing on objects, holding her head up and is on her way to rolling over. I dare say I feel overwhelmed with pride -- almost as much as when Maggie graduated from doggie school. Hopefully Madelyn retains her new-found knowledge more than her furry sister did!

I am so thankful that we have one more week with Daddy around before he goes back to work. I really dread next Monday -- it will be so sad to not have his company during the weekdays. For now, we are going to enjoy these moments as a family, even if it does mean subjecting him to another full week of sitting on the couch in front of TLC. How he hasn't gone crazy yet, I'm not sure. But he is a much more patient man than I ever gave him credit for, and I'm so happy he is the father of my child! We are very lucky indeed...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Welcome to the world, Madelyn Elizabeth Dozier!

Surprise! No sooner did I declare my expectations of a precise arrival on her due date, did Miss Madelyn decide she would be calling the shots from now on. And so begins a new life -- for her and her parents -- and we are thrilled to share the exciting news with you all.

Madelyn arrived at 1:05 p.m. on Friday Sept. 3, 2010. A modest 6 pounds 2 ounces, our "little one" lived up to her nickname. However, when you consider she made her grand entrance almost 4 weeks early, I can only imagine she would have been a good sized baby if she made it to her due date of Sept. 29!

Now for the details (so stop reading now if you don't care to know!)

All day on Thursday I had been feeling a little off. I woke up that morning to find that I had lost my mucous plug (or so I thought), and I determined it was a non-event. After re-reading all about what that meant, I decided she may actually arrive earlier than I expected, but pegged her to be only a week or so early. I just knew I had more time to prepare and didn't sweat it. I went to work as usual, had a productive day, and even a lovely lunch with my mommy friend Kira. That evening, I came home to find that Scott had to take a call for work, had pasta (by myself) and settled in for the night. But still, something wasn't quite right. Scott was still working as of 10:30 -- if his bosses are reading this, thanks a million -- and something inside me felt the need to get my personal items together for my hospital bag. So I spent some time gathering toiletries (just in case) and opted for a nice shower. I even shaved my legs -- a rarity these days, but something compelled me to do it. Afterwards, I headed to bed and divulged in some trashy TV while I waited for Scott to join me. I suppose my daughter will have a good laugh that her father and I were watching the last five minutes of Jersey Shore when my water broke! So classy... I know.

Well, I did not keep my cool. Pretty much flew off the handle. Thank goodness Scott is so laid back and was able to counter-balance my insanity. We called the doctor, and despite my best efforts to convince her that I wasn't ready to have this baby and didn't really need to come in, we found ourselves franticly packing our bags for the hospital. We were ready in an hour flat, and on the road to Rex. We managed to pack everything on our lists, but for the record, you don't need half of that stuff! I'd seriously like to know who has the time or energy to read a book while in labor -- dumb suggestion from the list gods!

We checked in around midnight and the triage nurse confirmed the obvious -- my water had in fact broken and I was dilated 3 cm and in labor! The fabulous part -- apparently labor and delivery was at maximum capacity that night. Funny, considering my ONE question while on the hospital tour was 'what is the likelihood you won't have room for us when we get here' and their reply was 'that never happens!' Apparently women go into labor in droves when there is a hurricane approaching, and it just so happens Earl was threatening the North Carolina coast that same night. They suggested something about the pressure dropping can cause your membranes to rupture, but I'm not sure I believe that. After finally getting a room of our own, we settled in for what was sure to be a long night.

I spent a little time braving things without any medication, but quickly found that was not the way to go. An anesthesiologist with the personality of a cactus became my new best friend when he gave me a half-assed epidural that only took 100 percent to the left side of my body. Somehow, I didn't seem to mind this (until the very end) and was able to get a few hours of sleep though the night. Anyone who tries to do this without the drugs is crazy in my opinion! Due to my lopsided epidural, transition hurt, but luckily it was over before too long and was time to push. And I never expected pushing to be such tiresome work -- they don't call it labor for nothing! I seriously felt like I was running a marathon, and since I am such the non-athlete, that was quite the challenge.

Scott was a wonderful coach through the whole ordeal, and I certainly couldn't have made it though the tough times without him by my side. In the end, we were holding our beautiful baby girl, and all the stress, anxiety, pain and lack of sleep were well worth it. I will never forget that Thursday night and the hours leading up to Madelyn's birth -- it was an amazing experience and a true miracle. I am in awe of how precious life is and what the human body (and mind) are capable of. It was hard work, but I would do it all again in a heartbeat. Our baby girl is perfect in every way, and I cannot wait to share her with the world -- she is such a blessing!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Good fortunes

"Do not give up; the beginning is always the hardest."

So read Scott's fortune cookie from PF Chang's last night. We love this place -- I personally could eat there every night and not get bored. And the fortune cookie was right on the money. This having a baby thing is a lot more work then I know we ever imagined, and we're not even officially a family of three yet! Four more weeks to go, or maybe less (since everyone seems to think I won't make it to my due date of Sept. 29).

I haven't yet figured out which part of preparing for this baby is the most challenging. But most likely it's the unknown. An obsessive planner by nature, it is absolutely killing me to not be able to anticipate the exact moment of Madelyn's arrival. I'd really prefer she sent me an Outlook calendar meeting request for when she plans on making her debut, that way I can plan accordingly. I suppose that is why I am convinced she will be here right on time. I have so much faith in my little one... we shall see if she cooperates!

And speaking of cooperation, the good news to announce is the my little angel has apparently accepted my bribe that her daddy will buy her jewelery if she turned in the right direction and settled in head down. Poor Scott now has another girl to buy diamonds for (oops!). We are very relieved that she is behaving, and I'm super excited that my chances of having a less complicated birth have increased. Now if only she would stop kicking me in the ribs!

We're feeling pretty well prepared at this point (or at least as prepared as we can be) and it is exciting to think that after nine long months we're almost ready to meet our daughter! My sweet friends at work threw us a shower today, complete with ice cream sundaes, and have graciously helped us purchase our final major item -- the pack 'n play. It feels so good to have things in order. Now my biggest problem is finding time to write all these thank you cards! I'll take that as my biggest problem any day!

So, what was my fortune? "You are a lover of words, someday you should write a book." Ironically, that was one of the things on my 'things to do before I turn 30 list.' We might have to push this back to 40, but still, someday I will write that book! For now the blog will have to suffice....

Monday, August 23, 2010

Diapers and bottles and bibs, oh my!

My best efforts to maintain a clutter-free environment in our home have failed... miserably! It is all piling up. Who would ever imagine that such a little person, yet to be born no less, could require so much stuff? Now don't get me wrong, we are eternally grateful for all the generous gifts (and there have been many of them -- we are very fortunate). I just never imagined what it would all amount to!

And I have organized my heart out, arranging and rearranging every last book, toy and tube of butt paste. All that precious storage space in the nursery closet that I couldn't imagine needing for the baby, is gone! Scott and I continue to laugh about needing a bigger house. A pipe dream at this point -- for now we will make due and count it as a blessing that our lack of storage space will prevent our buying unnecessary items.

So shower number two was a huge success, thanks to my best friend since birth (literally), Danielle, my sweet little sister, Katrina, and my over-indulgent but loving mother. Mom, who swore she would never be like her mother or mother-in-law, regretfully has become just that. She needs to control her shopping! We had more food than we had serving platters, and the company was delightful. A wonderful time was had by all, and I even managed to shed a few tears. Leave it to Mom, a.k.a. 'Nana,' to to ensure that Madelyn's great-grandpa Nic sent a piggy bank full of pennies from heaven for his first great-grand baby! I will treasure the gifts, and those moments forever, and cannot wait to share them with my daughter.

The days seems to be going by so slowly at this point, partly because I am not getting much sleep! We are both starting to get impatient in this wait to meet our little one. Only five more weeks to go, and I can hardly stand it. However, at the same time, that's only four more weekends alone with my husband, 37 more days to prepare for the big arrival and 268 more diapers to stockpile until I feel like "we're ready." Oh yeah, and 1.9 million more trips to the ladies room!

And Scott just walked in announcing "I need a vacation!" Good luck with that one, buddy!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Time for a shower

I wanted to take a minute and thank some amazing friends for a beautiful baby shower. It was so wonderful to spend time with a group of such wonderful women, both family and friends, some of whom I don't get the opportunity to see very often. But the day would not have been so special without the hard work of Allyson, Melissa and Kristin! These girls mean everything to me, and all their hard work on the shower makes me feel so loved!

So Saturday we all attended Sharon's baby shower (or as I've been referring to her -- the mother of my daughter's future husband) and between her shower and mine I think we all filled up on enough cake to last us weeks! Such a special time for us all...

Also, a special thank you to the husbands, for their help in preparing food, taking care of the dogs and ensuring Scott fully understood that his college days truly are over. Needless to say, time spent with my friends is always memorable, even if all the memories eventually all run together. My wish is that someday Madelyn will find friends of the same caliber to share these joyous occasions with.

And I must admit, after all the adorable gifts, I can safely say that Madelyn now has a more extensive (and way cuter) wardrobe than her mother. We absolutely cannot wait to play dress up!

Overall, it was a great weekend, and although completely exhausted from the excitement and obscene heat (we apparently broke a record yesterday in Raleigh of 102!) I look forward to a fun-filled weekend at Lake Hartwell with the gang again next weekend. I must be insane...

Friday, July 16, 2010

75 days and counting

Two and a half months to go -- unbelievable!

Things are getting very real: the nursery is basically complete, our stroller just arrived and my Raleigh baby shower (thanks to some of the best friends ever) is right around the corner. We have way too much to do right now, so it is too bad that all I want to do is sit on the couch and watch reruns of The Real Housewives of whatever. A very bad addiction for sure...

And Scott and I got quite the treat today -- after some persuasion I convinced him to let me make an appointment for an elective 3D ultrasound so we could get a good look at our little girl. It was amazing, just as it had been at 20 weeks when we found out she was a girl. I would highly recommend it to expecting mothers -- there is nothing quite like seeing your little one in such detail before she is even born! We will cherish the memories forever, I'm certain.

Even better yet, we've got some precious glamor shots to share. Now this is a big step for me, as I've been very hesitant to put pictures out there for all to see. Something about having my baby's photos online for the world to see creeps me out just a bit. But I've come to to conclusion that everything else is online anyhow, so it is pretty much unavoidable to keep my little baby protected forever. So here goes -- your first glimpse at our darling Madelyn:

Cute right? We think so! Little one had her legs up and over her head the whole time, which made it hard to get the perfect shot, but it seems quite possible she may someday be a gymnast! And although she's currently breech (which scares the heck out of her momma) we have our fingers crossed that she flips around properly before the big day. She may be uncooperative at the moment, but I'm so in love already...

Monday, July 5, 2010

And we shall call her...

After months of contemplating the perfect name for our little girl, we finally have chosen a winner:

Madelyn Elizabeth Dozier!

Finding a name was a lot more challenging than either of us anticipated, and we quickly discovered that the book of 100,0001 names we've been searching through didn't contain all that much we found to be appealing. We knew we wanted something that sounded feminine, and also classic. And then Scott was determined to have her name end in 'lyn, so that didn't leave many choices. We both loved the name, and when one day my Mom suggested it out of the blue I knew it was the right one. It was important to us to be 100 percent sure before telling the world, so we've been sitting on it for awhile... but we're so excited to finally talk about her like she's a real human being, not just a possibility.

For those of you who are interested, the name Madelyn holds no real significance in meaning to us. It literally means "woman from Magdala, or woman of the high tower." And no, we do not plan on calling her Mady, but I suppose people still will at times. Elizabeth, is a great name for us to honor both sides of our family. My sister's middle name is Beth, and Scott's grandmother was Bessie -- both variations on the name Elizabeth. And we felt it flowed perfectly.

So there you have it... less then three months to go before we meet Madelyn! And my third trimester begins in two days. Time sure does fly...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The never-ending to-do list

So, it has been quite some time since my last post. I thought it would be easy enough to keep up a blog, but these days I cannot seem to find time for anything! We've had so many things going on, as I'm sure many of you can relate easily too. The past month has been ultra productive, although stressful at time. Our friends and family have been so helpful and encouraging throughout this process, and I am welcoming any and all advice people have to offer at this point. And many thanks to my recent-mommy friends -- their wealth of knowledge is more valuable than they may realize!

Here's what we've been up to during the past few weeks:
  • The house is beyond organized. I am so proud...
  • We've made space for baby, and our soon-to-be nursery is ready for a fresh coat of paint.
  • Furniture is scheduled to arrive on July 10 (at 7 a.m., no less!) and we will see how that goes.
  • I've researched baby stuff to death, and the registries are in pretty good shape. Check out my handiwork at Babies 'R Us, Target, Buy Buy Baby and Smart Momma. And buy us lots of stuff while you're at it :)
  • The little one has been kicking up a storm, and I'm convinced she will either be a dancer or a gymnast, or if she's like her mommy, a little of both!
  • We're 99 percent sold on a name for our little girl!
Stay tuned for more updates. I anticipate my next post will be an announcement of the biggest decision I think I've ever had to make in my life... hope you all like it! (But if you don't, we really don't care!)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Too many decisions

I'm not the best at making decisions. Even choosing a place to eat lunch can stress me out.

Obviously the decision to start a family was a big one, and something we took very seriously. When the time was right, we knew it, and I think we're as ready as we will ever be. On the downside, it never crossed my mind just how many choices we'd have to make in preparation of our little girl's arrival.

So far I think we've handled it pretty well.

We took a trip last weekend to High Point to purchase nursery furniture, and had a wonderfully successful day at FurniturelandSouth. I'd highly recommend making the trip there if you ever need to furnish a room, or house, or just need inspiration. It's a full day's work, but completely worth it. We left with a little less money in the bank, but a room full of the most adorable, girly, built-to-grow furniture. I suppose you could call the look French country -- fitting for a little Dozier princess -- and believe it or not, her daddy picked it out.

I can tell this girl's going to be spoiled. I asked Scott what he would do if she got tired of it by age 10 and wanted something new. He said he would get her new furniture then, if that's what she wanted. Oh boy, lucky girl! If my daddy had been that lenient I would have had a pony by the time I was 7.

And I got the bedding also! Watermelon pink and lime green... so I guess our theme is French country meets Palm Beach. We'll see how that works out; I cannot wait to get to work on this room.

Next major hurdle -- what to name our little spoiled one. I'm not sure where to begin. Hopefully we will be able to decide on something before she graduates from college.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

It's a girl!

Healthy, perfect and so beautiful. We cannot wait to meet her :)

Send your prayers to her Daddy -- his girls are about to take him to the bank!

Friday, May 7, 2010

The wait is killing me...

Everyone keeps asking if we will find out the sex of our baby. Apparently some people don't know me as well as they think -- why would we NOT find out? I am such an anal, OCD, Type A planner that I'm not sure I could ever pass up the opportunity to know something ahead of time if at all possible!

So yes, Tuesday is the day. 11:20 a.m. to be exact. However, Scott will tell you that means after an hour of waiting in a tiny room at the doctor's office we will be graced with a 30 second visit by one of the 43 doctors who work there -- so it may be closer to 12:30 p.m. before we actually find out.

Anyways, the anticipation is building up inside me and it occured to me the other day that I haven't been waiting to know the sex of this baby for 19.5 weeks, I've been waiting my entire life. I think every little girl, from the moment she recieves her first baby doll, dreams about having a real one of her own someday. (Or, as my parents will tell you, I apparently had grand visions of bathing said baby in the tub -- head first in the water and held by the ankles.)

And I have always wondered if I will be graced with a beautiful little princess or a handsome little man. Scott is now openly favoring a boy (I think he wants a permanent XBOX partner) and as fate would have it, I'd pretty much love a girl -- mainly because of all the cute girly clothes available. Either way, we will be blessed -- we just pray for a healthy, happy, loving child. We shall see what happens -- and you can give our website poll your best guess too....

Sunday, May 2, 2010

De-cluttering our lives

Those of you who know me well understand my fear of clutter. While I love nice things (and there are quite a few of them out there for the taking), I've been feeling the need to get rid of anything lying around that doesn't serve a specific function. The lack of storage space in our home certainly plays a role in this -- and as the weeks go by I am realizing more and more that we are about to be one closet short. And no doubt will be accumulating a lot more stuff in the process.

It was to my great delight when I came home tonight from trip number 2 to the mall for maternity clothes -- and no, I didn't buy too much stuff! -- and found Scott had actually gone through an entire box of stuff and thrown away the clutter! I am not only amazed that my craziness has rubbed off on him, but am entirely grateful for the fact that I now have a devoted partner in my mission to achieve peace in our home. I think we might need to put a box in the garage labeled "Goodwill" and just start throwing stuff in there at random.

And then there is my mom -- God bless her -- who seeing my need for help, offered to take all those unwanted travel mugs away (you know, corporate logo-embossed junk that you feel bad throwing away, but have no use for).

Now, on top of the physical clutter in my life, I'm feeling the strong need to de-clutter myself. Time to let go of all the things that have been making me crazy. I've wrapped up my humongous Junior League project, and I'm ready to start slacking off on my housewifely duties. It is time for me to buckle down and devote the next five months to staying healthy, kicking ass at my job, and preparing for the new addition to our family. Those are my priorities. I'm letting all the other stuff go -- so if you come and visit, don't expect to see an immaculate home, I just can't do it anymore!

Any other tips on how to de-clutter my life will be greatly appreciated...

Monday, April 26, 2010

My pants are too small!

For some reason I thought I would be blessed by the pregnancy gods. I was under the false impression that the baby growing inside me would not require my participation in the maternity clothing craze. Well I couldn't hold out any longer -- my pre-prego pants just weren't cutting it any more. Which is pretty sad considering all the cute spring clothes that were waiting to make their annual appearance back in my wardrobe.

And my jeans... I so miss how comfortable they were!

So I bit the bullet and dragged Scott out on a full day of shopping. He was a trooper, and waited patiently while we trekked across the mall, and then the city, to find some cute clothes that actually fit. And I must say, this is no easy task. Very few stores carry maternity clothes, and those that do don't exactly have a great selection. And don't get me started on H&M. For all the hype, I just didn't get it. After 10 minutes in the store I wanted strangle the next tween that bumped into me.

Fortunately, I found a few items to get me started, but I still have a long way to go. All day Sunday was spent cleaning out the closet, so there is plenty of room avaialbe for any new items. I have enlisted Katrina to go with me next week to check out some more stores and we will see just how much money I can get away with spending! (And I still need to find some jeans!)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Baby Furniture

We took our first look at the world of baby furniture last Sunday at Tots to Teens Furniture . We saw a few brands: Romina, Munire, and Young America. All of the brands made"built to grow" cribs, which are cribs that turn into day beds which turn in to full size beds. The idea is the baby furniture can grow with the child and not force the parents into buying new furniture in a few years. This "built to grow" thing was new to me before going through this process, but it seems like a good idea.

All three brands had some nice options. Arielle liked the Romina line the best as it had a "self closing" feature. More to come...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

We did it!

We created...

I swore I would never do this, and yet I still managed to jump on the bandwagon. Call it the curse of working for a company like Capstrat, where new media is inescapable, and Twitter and Facebook are embraced and encouraged. So, there actually is a purpose for this blog, otherwise I probably wouldn't have the courage (or find the time) to keep up with such a thing. For those of you who don't know already, there is something else we created...

There are so many people we want to share this adventure with, and I thought keeping a blog would be a great way to keep everyone up to speed on things. That is, of course, if you are interested. We welcome your visits to this site and hope you will share your comments as well.

So a little background on our growing family: we found out in late January that we were expecting, and it has been a whirlwind ever since! Keeping the secret through the first trimester was a challenge, but it was well worth the wait to tell our families with confidence at week 13 that we would soon be parents. So the countdown to September 29 is well underway, and week 16 begins tomorrow. We went to a doctor's appointment today, heard the heartbeat again (always a wonderful sound!) and received confirmation that we would learn the sex of our "little one" as my dad lovingly calls it, in four weeks. May 11 cannot get here soon enough!

We will work hard to post our thoughts, share our joys and keep you updated on the progress as Baby Dozier grows. And to the "little one," Mommy and Daddy cannot wait to meet you!