S: Anika: Pregnancy and Birth
BC: "Every child begins the world again." | - Henry David Thoreau
FC: "Sometimes," said Pooh, | "the smallest things take up the most room... | ...in your heart."
1: About Our Family | Andrea had a fairly easy and happy pregnancy and really enjoyed feeling the baby kick amd wiggle, and taking pictures of her changing tummy. In June we were excited to discover that Pook was a little girl. Work on a very girly and pink nursery for Pook began shortly thereafter. . We also managed to take a nice trip together to Maine and New Hampshire in August. Anika Vivian Hentschel surprised us by arriving into the world one week early on the night of November 12th, 2009, between Remembrance Day and Friday the 13th after an emergency cesarean section.. She was one week early. This is the story of Andrea's pregnancy and the long but wonderful 9 months we waited to finally meet our little girl.
2: How We Found Out | On March 1st I took a pregnancy test early in the morning and saw a faint pink line. I woke Kevin up to show him, but he couldn't see the line! I was so excited, but waited another day to test again to be sure. We knew our lives would never be the same again...
3: How We Told Our Family & Friends | We decided to tell close family right away because Kevin's brother, Carl, saw the positive test (and Andrea couldn't keep a secret). We called Australia to let Tina know, texted Caitlin and Haley and when Julie and Bernie came over, we added the photograph of the test to the back of the wedding album we had made for them. Everyone was surprised and excited! We waited until Andrea was 11 weeks pregnant to tell everyone else. | 6 weeks | 6 weeks | 6 weeks
6: Summer | It's a girl! | 19 weeks
7: Decorating the Nursery | Before | After | sanding the ceiling | installing the chandelier | laying the hardwood
8: Gloucester, Salem & Boston
9: chin slap!
12: 33 weeks | 19 weeks | 39 weeks | Pook!
13: Vera & Andrea 11-11-09 | Baby Shower
14: 11-12-09 | 2:35 am | 19 inches | 7lb 3oz
15: Anika Vivian Hentschel
16: Bringing Home Baby | Meeting Nana for the first time | Auntie Haley
17: AFter 2 long days in the hospital, and the car not starting in the parking lot (!) we came home on Saturday afternoon. We were welcomed home by Nana and Auntie Haley. | Cuddles with Daddy
19: Adapting to daily life
21: Anika is a sweet little girl. She loves having her hair washed, sucking on our pinky fingers and being cuddled. When she is finished nursing, she purses her lips tightly shut and uses Mommy's breast as a pillow. She is more beautiful and perfect than we could ever have imagined. | Anika Vivian Hentschel
22: The Big Brother | The Finger | The Polar Bear | The Lip | The First Play Date | The Nana
23: The Wiggler, Little Girl, Munchkin, Muncher, Cranky-Pants. Kiddo, Rumpelstiltskin, Monster, Stinky, Monkey Bum