Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Mia's first Halloween! Aunt Becky sent us a very cute costume for her to wear. 

We also had this cute onsie that I thought was appropriate for today

We went to the neighbors house and trick-or-treated, and also to Grandma and Grandpa's. We had a fun first Halloween.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dee's Birthday / 12 Day Old Mia

We Celebrated Dee's birthday yesterday, fortunately his gift came in the mail on time to surprise him. I decorated for him very early in the morning since I was awake already, and he was glad I didn't forget about him:)

Mia is also becoming more aware and starting to have more wakeful times so now she can enjoy tummy time without just falling right back asleep.

She doesn't know what she is looking at yet but she likes it when it moves.

 Looking more awake

And then back to sleep to look peaceful again.

Happily in Daddy's arms. "Thanks for staying up with me all night last night!"

Saturday, October 26, 2013

10 Days Old

Mia is 10 days old today! Yay! such cuteness cannot be contained in only one picture.

She is starting to have longer wake times, so I actually captured a picture with her eyes open. She is looking around and trying to take in all around her. No focused gaze yet, but I can tell it is on it's way.

She also occasionally finds that her hands are useful, like for holding in her pacifier during diaper changing times. Mostly they are pushing it away unintentionally. 

And just so we remember how small she really is, Daddy is holding her head in the palm of his hand.  

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

One Week Old Bundle

I cant believe that Mia, our little bundle, is one week old today! I love her little peaceful faces when she is asleep and her exploring glances when she is awake. She has a furious hunger, and hates to be changed, but her warmth when I hold her is glorious and relaxing. Today she smiled while she was sleeping. You can tell she is dreaming of eating as her little lips make sleepy sucking motions. Her little toes are so long that she grabbed my finger with them and held on as I fed her. She likes to keep daddy up at night and wakes quickly when he is home from work.

I could almost have a picture for each of the seven dwarfs from Snow white to describe her moods. I haven't captured Sneezy, although that is a daily occurrence, or a picture with Doc, and I will refrain from showing Grumpy:) Interpret the following, mostly they are Sleepy with slight variation. 


Smiling. 7 days old

Peaceful. I'm clean and fed why wouldn't I be peaceful.


6 days old


She doesn't like being uncovered, but the warmth of the sun through the window helped her relax.


Milk drunk. Just having eaten, there was no waking her up!

 Her little hands are so very tiny.

And here are those cutie feet with the long finger like toes.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Things You Do With a Newborn

Until you have a newborn, you don't fully realize how many little things need to be done. On top of doing laundry, washing dishes, going to the doctor, and all the normal daily chores there are all sorts of new experiences for Mia and for us.

Here are some of the many things we have done over the last few days.

 Eating often.
 Having a manicure.
Taking a bath and making our hair pretty.

Getting dressed up.

Visiting with family

 Meeting with our adoption caseworkers to sign paperwork.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Happy Birthday Mia!

Beautiful Mia was born Wednesday morning and is now home with us. The last few days have been a wonderful, amazing, emotional, stressful, tiring, uplifting time. Things seem like they have happened so suddenly, and now already and finally she is here.
 Here she is! So very cute.

7lbs 3oz

20 1/4 inches!

All bundled up. Our nurse made the cutest bow for her hat, that way everyone would know she is a girl.

Her cutie little foot and super long toes.

 Dee looks so confident already.

All snuggled tight with grandma. They came to visit at the hospital the night she Mia was born.

Happy with grandpa.

They sent us home after just one night at the hospital. We were shocked and thrilled to be able to bring her home so quickly!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Baby Shower Fun!

We feel VERY loved. I had 2 baby showers one with friends and family and one at work. Here is some of the baby shower fun:
 The cake mom made. You can't tell that is is super yummy chocolate inside. 
It reads: "We made a wish and you came true."
Diaper cake / Yummy cake

This picture cannot even begin to show the number of people jammed in my mom's living room, dining room, and office. Everyone was trying to answer questions in the quiz like 'How many diapers do you use in a year?' The answer is A LOT!

 Opening gifts
 The gifts in the baby's room, the shelf and couch were empty before!
The shower decorations which I plan to hang from the ceiling- hopefully.

At Work: My coworker's wife also is due close to the same time so we had a double shower.

 Carol made this huge amazing basket with all home sewn stuff!
 My boss brought this all the way back from South Africa. 
Any work party must involve FOOD... lots of it!