Tuesday, June 23, 2009

We are alive!!!

....and sleep deprived! LOL  I have been meaning to post the past few days but these days I find myself holding an adorable baby, sleeping when I can, and visiting with all of our wonderful company.It has been quite a whirlwind around the Fuston house the past 6 days.  We have had 2 dr's appts, lots of great company, not a lot of sleep, and trying to figure out our new roles as parents.  We are loving the new responsibility God has blessed us with more than we could have ever imagined.  Finally, I feel like I am getting a sense of myself again and getting back to the old me...just a more important me with a very important job on my hands.

So what all have we been up to?  Well, let me see....we came home on Thursday and then we had to take Harper back to the dr. on Friday to ensure that her jaundice levels had not shot back up since we came home.  Her levels were normal and she had gained an ounce and a 1/2 overnight (so up to 8lbs. 10 1/2 oz. now).  So, the dr. said she was great and we don't have to go back until her 2 week checkup.  Then, on Saturday, we just hung around the house and had several visitors.  

Since Sunday was Father's day, Brandon wanted to have everyone over and grill out and since it was his first big day, I wanted to do what he wanted to do.  So, all of his family, all of my family, and our preacher came over and we grilled out and had a wonderful time.  While all the ladies were getting everything prepared for the meal, the grandfathers were patiently waiting because they had their hands full....But something tells me that they didn't mind their jobs that much.  What do you think? :)

We had a great day and Brandon had a wonderful first Father's day.  This lady made his gift from Harper and I thought it turned out perfectly.  Thank you so much, Tabetha!  It is a bible bookmark and the back says, "The first man a little girl falls in love with is her daddy."  Awww....I love it sooooo much (and so did he)!  He also received several cards, a photo album, some money, and his sister got him a frame with our first family photo in sweet!  I love it and it's something I'll always treasure.  After we got home from the hospital, I asked B if we had a picture of the 3 of us after H was born and he said he didn't think we did.....luckily she had one on her camera!  Thank goodness for family! LOLThen, after church that night, my uncle, aunt, and cousins came over to meet Miss H.  They have been in Orlando all week and weren't here for her arrival, so they were anxiously awaiting for us to get home from church so they could meet the new addition to our family.  I think they liked her....can you tell? LOL

So, after a fun-filled Sunday, I began to feel kind of bad that night.  I really didn't think a lot about it (just figured I had overdone it like my mama keeps telling me) but then when I would wake up to feed Harper, I would just be shaking like crazy.  I finally decided that I must be getting sick and decided to take my temperature and it was 101.3!!!  My temp usually runs lower than average, so I freaked out.  I called my dr. the next morning, and by then it had gone down to about 100 and she said if it went up again to call back and they'd have to bring me in.  Well, early that afternoon I decided to check it again and it was over 100 again, so I had to make a trip to the dr. on Monday afternoon, and they decided that I must have a bladder infection.  UGH!  But, at least it was something small that's easily treatable.  

Then, yesterday we had some more great visitors and stayed at home all day.  Two of my great friends came out to see Miss Harper and they just loved all over her....and it gave mommy time to bathe and put on normal people clothes! ha:)After they left, we had some more friends come by to see her and they played with Harper and I enjoyed watching their little girl.  Is she not adorable?  She was also a 9lb baby and she began sleeping through the night at an early age....hope Harper decides to do the same! ha:)  We will see....So, as you can see....we have been B-U-S-Y!!!!  But, I have loved every single second of it.  In addition to all of our visitors and adjusting to life with a newborn, we have had several very important "firsts"......

Our first church visit...This is also a picture that I will always cherish because he is also the preacher that married us and if it weren't for him, we would not be where we are today and have this precious baby in our lives that we are so, so thankful for.

Harper's first bath (at home)...

Her first swing ride...

Her first time laying in her crib (and she totally loved it by the way!)...

First visit with Great-Grandmother Fuston...We are having an absolute ball with our little girl and we can't wait to see what all this new life brings.  Several have asked me if it was what I expected or thought it would be, and I honestly don't know how to answer that!  I knew I would love her, that was inevitable.  But, the depth of that love is something that I could've never imagined.  I knew I would look at Brandon differently, but the way I love him also changed....he appeals to me in a totally different way than he ever did before.  I just don't know how to put it into is the most life-altering decision we have ever made in our lives and it is the best thing we have ever done!  We are loving every minute of our new life!

Well, I'm sorry for the super LONG post, but this may just have to be how they are for a while...long and a few days in between. LOL  We have a super, super busy weekend planned and I'm curious to see how it's all going to go with a newborn! ha:)  We have friends coming in from Florida and staying with my parents, then we have a family reunion, newborn pictures to make, cookouts......ahhhh!!!  I'm going to go crazy if we can't slow down soon!  So, now that it is 3:30 am and my post is finally finished, I think I'm going to go try to rest for a while until our next feeding.  OH, and by the way, the nursing is going really well.  Harper has had to take a few bottles and she's adapted to those too, but she'd rather me feed her as opposed to the bottle, so that's a good thing.  AND, some other good of tonight, I am 2 POUNDS away from my starting weight before getting pregnant......2 POUNDS!!!!  That's the first time I've been excited getting off the scales in a long, long time! LOL

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week and enjoying this gorgeous weather!  Talk to you soon!

xoxo, Kara C:


Annette said...

It's good to hear from you. I was getting a little worried about you. But I see all is well and you are definitely keeping Miss Harper busy. I am glad she is doing good and her jaundice is gone.
She is just adorable!!! I think she looks like her daddy. I love her dark hair. It reminds me of Victoria when she was born. Take care of yourself and little Harper. Maybe after Tuff gets here we can get together for some matchmaking....HaHa!!!

LeAnne Grissom said...

This is just a small showing of how busy you will be from here on out. Enjoy your little bundle of joy because before long she will be on the run. You are right your entire look out on your husband changes after you have a baby. It is like this new found love for him comes with a baby, I know its weird but it does. Have a great weekend and enjoy Harper as much as possible. My favorite thing to do when my boys were little was to hold them and watch them sleep.

*e* said...

the pictures are wonderful! and yes, I'm stealing them and putting them on my facebook so all of my friends can hear about the famous Harper Claire!