S: Avery Michelle Stair: Pregnancy Journal
FC: A baby is something you carry inside | you for nine months, in your arms | for three years and in your heart till | the day you die." ~ Mary Mason | Avery Michelle Stair
1: About Our Family | Mommy and Daddy have known each other since High School. After 12 years we ran into each other out one night and the rest seems to be history. We got married on March 11, 2011. In October 2010, Gizmo our beloved puppy became a member of our family. He follows mommy around the house and likes to cuddle with her belly every night. He will be so excited to meet you. We prayed for you to come into our live. And on January 27, 2012 our prayers were answered! We found out we were going to have YOU!
2: How We Found Out | I was a few days late getting my period, and decided to take a test one Friday morning. To my surprise it came back with a faint positive. I decided to go to the store on my way into work and get a digital test to be sure what I was see was in fact right! As soon as I got to work I took the test, and again POSITIVE!!! I wanted to wait to tell daddy when I got home, but it was a Friday and I needed to go see the dr to get medication so I couldn't wait to tell him...I called him and told him the great news... WE WERE GOING TO BE A MOMMY AND DADDY! | Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go waking around outside your body...
3: How We Told Our Family & Friends | Once the pregnancy was confirmed we told your grandparents the good news :-) They were so excited! We decided to wait until our 12 week appointment at the doctors March 27, 2012 to tell our friends. It was definitely a long wait! After our scan I decided I was going to take a cute picture of baby shoes and mommy and daddy's shoes and post it on Facebook. It was a big hit.. Only downside, I never changed the picture to black and white and everyone assumed we were having a little boy.
4: February 7, 2012 we were scheduled to see you for the first time.. When the Dr. did the ultrasound we were not as far along as we first thought., so all we saw was a yolk sac. She rescheduled another ultrasound for the following week. So on Valentines Day 2012 we were able to see you and your amazing heartbeat flickering on the screen for the first time. It was incredible to see and hear! You were the size of a blueberry. I was feeling great during the entire first trimester. I was more tired then usual, but that was the only thing. I was pretty blessed with such a smooth first 12 weeks!
5: 6 Week Ultrasound | Heartbeat 131 | 10/8/2012 | Our little Gummy Bear | We treasure this first glimpse of you, The amazing miracle of life is true. So small, yet awesome in what you'll become, Grow strong and healthy our little one. We are here, dreaming and waiting, Wishing, preparing and anticipating. Each day a step closer to life anew, Each day a touch closer to holding you... | First Ultrasound
6: 5 Weeks | . | I was blessed the entire 1st trimester with no morning sickness at all! I was extremely tired every day after work, but that was all! I couldn't have asked for a better start to this 9 month journey!
7: First Trimester: Week by Week...
8: Meet baby Avery | Gender Scan | A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years and in your heart till the day you die...
9: April 19, 2012 | We decided after our 12 week scan we just couldn't wait till our 20 week to find out what you were! On April 19th we decided on our way to Orlando for our mini vacation we were going to see you again and see if you would let us see what you were :-) After a few minutes of trying to get you to wake up and uncross your legs, you finally showed us you were A GIRL! We couldn't have been more excited! We have another appointment to see you in 3D at 28 weeks, we can't wait to see how much you have changed.
10: A mothers joy begins when life is stirring inside...when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the very first time and a playful kick reminds her she is never alone. ~Unknown
11: 2nd Trimester | 2nd Trimester | 2nd Trimester
12: Mommy and Daddy | Mothers Day 2012
13: Your first wedding in the Keys :-)
14: C R A V I N G S | (Decaf)
15: The Joy of being pregnant! In the 1st trimester I was craving Honey Nut Cheerios and carbs of any kind! Mac & Cheese , mashed potatoes and cheese fries were my favorite! During the 2nd trimester, I was able to eat my salads again, so that made me happy . I also started craving ice cream and decaf coffee more and more :-) | During the 3rd trimester I started craving more and more fruit. Watermelon was my favorite. Daddy had more cravings during this pregnancy than I did..it was pretty funny. | Daddy craved Cinnamon Toast Crunch almost every night for the last 4 months. And he loved french fries also!
16: Anatomy Scan | May 18, 2012 we had our anatomy scan. You were being very shy for most of the scan, with your face towards my back. You made it hard to get a good look at you. But after some time we were able to get at least a few good pictures :-) You were 19 weeks and 5 days.
17: I LOVE YOU I am your PARENT, you are my CHILD I am your QUIET PLACE, you are my WILD I am your CALM FACE, you are my GIGGLE I am your WAIT, you are my WIGGLE I am your DINNER you are my CHOCOLATE CAKE I am your BEDTIME, you are my WIDE AWAKE I am your LULLABY, you are my PEEKABoo I am your GOODNIGHT KISS, you are my I LOVE YOU | I | Perfectly Healthy Baby Girl
18: Starting your room
19: Mommy was searching online for decorations for your nursery and came across a tree decal that I fell in love with. Because our walls are knockdown we were unable to buy the sticker. So daddy put his artistic skills to work and drew it exactly how I envisioned it. It turned out perfect!
20: Your Nursery | We spent weeks trying to decide on the perfect way to decorate your nursery. After changing our mind 3 times, we decided to stick with what we first saw and loved. We are so happy with how your nursery came out, we hope you love it as much as we do!
22: Mommy has been feeling you move around since around 15 weeks. It has been an amazing experience. On May 23, 2012 Daddy felt you kick for the first time. He was thrilled to finally experience what I get to feel everyday! Now you are a kicking machine. At least you are good about timing :-) you move around a lot throughout the day and once I go to bed you are pretty quite. Unless I am in a position you don't like, you definitely let me know when I need to move! At 27 weeks I felt you have the hiccups for the first time. What a crazy feeling that was! You got the hiccups almost everyday after that.
23: Gizmo loving baby Avery | Since we found out we were having you, Gizmo has been following me around EVERYWHERE! I couldn't even go to the bathroom by myself! Any time we did anything in your room he was right there supervising everything. He loves to cuddle up next to my belly at night and listen to your heartbeat. He is going to make a great "fur" brother.
24: Progress | shower | To: Baby Stair | Gifts, Gifts, and more Gifts You’re shower was held on July 29th at Plantation Preserve for brunch. We were very grateful to our wonderful family and friends for giving us such a beautiful baby shower. And very thankful to everyone who showered us with gifts and love for you. We got so many things we needed for your arrival. We can’t wait to hold our little princess, in just a few short weeks you will be here. | We Have Been Blessed With Such Generous Family & Friends!
26: You were showered with so much love from family and friends. We had such a wonderful day celebrating you!
27: Family and Friends | Playing Games | gifts of love
28: Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart... Winnie The Pooh
29: 3rd Trimester
30: 29 Weeks | NO ONE ELSE will ever know, the strength of my LOVE FOR YOU. After all, you're THE ONLY ONE who knows what my HEART sounds like from the inside.
31: 29 week ultrasound | On July 28th we had our 2nd 3D ultrasound to see you. Both your grandparents were there as well as your aunts and great grandma. Although you didn't want to wake up and show them how much you love to move, we were able to get some good shots of your beautiful face. We are so in love and can't wait to meet you! 10 weeks to go...
32: Ten tiny fingers that always want to play, that never stop exploring the wonder of today. Ten tiny little fingers that from the very start, will reach out for tomorrow yet always hold your heart. ~Unknown | 39 Weeks
33: 9 Months of Love | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
34: Maternity Photos | July 30th we had our maternity photos done with Bianca. She is AMAZING!!! We wanted Gizmo in some of the pictures with us, he loves you so much already. He only wanted to be where mommy was... Daddy and I can not wait to meet you in just 10 weeks (or less)
36: August 29, 2012 At our 34 Week appointment we were asked if we wanted to see you again to measure and see how big you were..Of course the answer was YES! Here you are 34 weeks and 5lbs 5oz...Growing perfectly!
37: Last 3D session before we get to hold you in our arms.
38: Anticipation | Our Dream Come True | excitement | A grand adventure is about to begin. ~ Winnie the Pooh | October 4, 2012 | Monitoring contractions....
39: Grammy & Grandma were anxiously awaiting your arrival
40: At 6am on October 4, I was laying in bed when my water broke! What a crazy feeling that was! I woke daddy up as I was feeling the bed to make sure it wasn't wet . I decided to take a shower to get cleaned up before heading to the hospital. I definitely took my time getting to the hospital since I wasn't feeling any contractions yet, at least not strong enough ones. After daddy stopped for breakfast we arrived at the hospital at around 9am. Once checked into triage I was 3cm dilated and wasn't having bad contractions. At around 12:30pm Dr. Gadh came in to check me and I was only 4cm, she said she was going to give me an hour to progress otherwise I'd have to have pitocin. At that time we decided I would try getting back on the yoga ball for a while and that did the trick I went from 4cm to 6cm in an hour and a half. No pitocin needed! (Thank god!) We were stuck in the triage room for hours, there were a lot of other women in labor also and progressing faster than I was at the time, so they got rooms first. You just weren't ready yet. My contractions started getting harder and stronger and by 3pm I was starting to really feel what labor was all about. We were still in the triage room, getting checked on ever hour or so but I was beginning to have pretty bad contractions. When the delivery nurse checked me again at around 4pm I was about 8 cm and I could feel you were coming soon! Finally around 4:45pm they moved us into a delivery room where I labored for about 45 more minutes before you made your grand arrival It was the most amazing feeling in the world when the Dr. told me to “reach down and grab your baby girl”, and I lifted you to my chest and just kissed you and told you how much I loved you. There are no words to describe the feeling that I felt holding you close to me as they cleaned you off. A love like no other! Mommy delivered you with no medication at all, totally worth it! | The Story of your... | DATE: October 4, 2012 | TIME: 5:35pm | HEIGHT: 20 in | WEIGHT: 7lbs 13oz
41: Your First Breath Took Ours Away...
42: Avery Michelle Stair | The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.
43: Sweet Angel
44: Our Sweet Avery Michelle | Before you were conceived I wanted you, before you were born I loved you, before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of Mother's Love.
45: So this is love
46: Sweet Baby Girl
47: Your time in the hospital was spent with mommy and daddy and family that simply adored you!
48: A few hours after you were born mommy had some complications that required Dr . Gadh to come back to the hospital to treat me. I had to have a spinal and incision and drainage of a hematoma. They had daddy try and give you formula because they weren't sure how long mommy would be in surgery, but you wouldn't take it. I was on bed rest for 24 hours and hooked up to an IV for almost 2 days. Daddy jumped right in and took care of you changing all your stinky diapers . Mommy did the best she could from the bed but daddy was amazing!
49: Your first 2 days in the hospital
50: Mommy and Daddy were more than ready to get out of the hospital and take you home!
51: We were told by our vet to have Gizmo meet you outside for the first time. He was very excited to meet his little sister and just wanted to give you a thousands of kisses!
52: We got home just in time for Daddy to watch the UM vs Notre Dame game and Mommy had your outfit all ready. | Home sweet Home
53: Your first night at home in your bassinet...sweet dreams our angel
54: Welcome to the world sweet girl
55: Dearest Avery, We have waited 9 long months to meet this little angel that was growing inside me. And now here we are looking at your beautiful face, the face of an angel. We loved you right away and immediately wanted to do everything to protect you, keep you safe, warm and happy.. We never knew we could love someone as much as we love you, you are a true blessing to us. This is a new chapter in our lives and we can't wait to watch you grow and discover all the world has to offer you. Grow strong little one, daddy and I will always be here to love and protect you. Love you to the moon and back, Mommy & Daddy