S: Shelby's First Year
1: August 4th,2010 Well my dear this is my first attempt at a pregnancy journal. I think I have finally grasped the fact that I am pregnant with you. Your dad and I have known for about a month and have needed a little bit of time to get used to the idea. We were not planning on having you so soon but I guess that God had other plans for us :-) I went to the doctor on Monday and got the official "You're Pregnant" from them and even though I knew, it was still a bit eye opening. I have had many of the normal symptoms for a bit now.I am very very tired and have been told that I should have more energy in a few weeks. I also want to eat everything in sight. One thing that has not been looking very appetizing to me is meat. Your daddy has been very good to me but it is the beginning and that could change. | We have told only a handful of people about you and everyone is very excited for you to come. Your cousins seem to be pretty excited. Bradyn pats my tummy and Hailey could sit for hours and look at pictures of what you look like each week. One thing about your mom is that she is a procrastinator and for some reason waits until the last minute to get things done. So now I am working on getting my stuff in order so that I can go in for my 1st doctor appointment. I am so looking forward to seeing you for the first time and hearing your little heartbeat. Well I should go for now... I love you peanut! August 31st, 2010 My little peanut, today everything became even more real for me. I heard your heartbeat for the very first time. I went to the appointment thinking I was just going to give blood and get some information. Boy was I wrong! She had to search for it a bit but then found it. Mommy started crying instantly! 152bpm - It was the most beautiful sound I had ever heard in my life. I fell so much more deeper in love today. I have done all the fun gender predictions and they all say that you are a girl.I wonder if it is true? At first I had a feeling that you were a girl and last week for some reason I thought maybe a boy. I won't have to wait long though because in 7 short weeks we will be finding out. WOW! That will be the half way mark and it is going by so fast! September 11th, 2011 My beautiful baby! I am sitting in a hotel room right now watching Larry King. They are playing back all the September 11th interviews. It was such a horrific day in 2001 for America. I remember it so vividly. While you will never know the feeling of that sad, sad day - you will learn about it in school and I am sure someday ask where I was on that day. The reason I am sitting in a hotel room is that we had your daddy's company fishing trip today.
2: Mommy caught a few nice sized perch and so did daddy. The weather was nice and it didn't get chilly until the end of the trip. It has been a very long day and your big sister Samantha is coming over for dinner tomorrow. I love you my little peanut and I cannot wait to hold you in my arms. September 27th,2010 My little peanut, it has been a couple weeks since I have written. Since then I have been back to see the doctor and was able to listen to your beautiful heartbeat again. Listening to it was just as wonderful as the first time. I also scheduled my ultrasound for October 13th. In 2 weeks and two days, we will know if you are a little boy or a little girl. I am so excited to see you move around in my tummy. I will get to see your little fingers, arm and legs. Hopefully I won't cry again but knowing me I probably will. My belly is getting bigger and I don't fit into my pants anymore. I think that I am feeling you move inside of me but am still a little unsure. I am sure it will get easier to notice as time goes on. Well my little peanut, mommy is very tired and needs to be up early. Till next time my beautiful baby! October 11th, 2010 In two short days my little one, I will know what you are. We will also know if you are growing like you should. I am very excited and very nervous all at the same time. I cannot believe that I am already halfway through my pregnancy! I am not sure that I can call you my little peanut anymore as you are getting so much bigger and are moving around quite a bit. Right now I am the only one that can feel you moving but soon other will be able to feel you as well. It is kind of nice that this is something that you and I share. Tonight your daddy and I are going to Jason and Deanna's house to watch the Vikings game. | It should be a good game as it is the first game with Randy Moss and Brett Favre together! My poor sweet child... You have inherited a bunch of Vikings fans as a family. Lucky You! October 12th, 2010 Well change of plans my little peanut... I had my ultrasound today! YOU ARE A GIRL! I am going to have a baby girl! I have pictures of you and I cannot stop looking at them. My sweet baby GIRL! October 29th, 2010 Wow! It has been a really long time since I have written. It is mommy's birthday today. I am now 32 years old and getting ready for my first baby. A lot has happened since I wrote last. Your daddy and I moved out of Grandma Cindy's house and will be moving into our apartment that we are renting from Auntie Erika. I have had 1 more ultrasound so they could get some better pictures of you. They needed you to be a bit bigger than the last time. Mommy drank some Dr. Pepper before the last one and you were moving all over the place. So much, that I was only able to get one picture of you this time. We have been calling you a she... And I think that we may have chosen a name. We are thinking about naming you Faith. I just want to be sure as this is one of the most important things we will give you. Tomorrow is the family Halloween party at Auntie Jackie's. Next year we will be dressing you up. Well my darling - I am so tired, I promise to write more soon. I love you peanut! November13th, 2010 Hello my little darling! Today is the first time it is snowing for the season and we are getting dumped on. They are saying 6-12 inches. Ick! Daddy left early this morning to go deer hunting. First
3: he was going to go to Grandpa Darwin's and then up to the place he normally hunts with Grandpa Doug and Jesse. Grandpa Doug got a small buck this morning. I have been sitting home alone in the warm house watching TV all day. It really looks cold and icky outside. This past weekend was when I really starting feeling you kick. Now you don't stop... I LOVE IT! The other day I could see my belly wiggling. My sweet baby girl, I am now 24 weeks along - only 16 weeks left and it will be time for you to come. The time is going so fast and with the holidays coming, I am sure it will go even faster. I have really started to wonder what you will be like... Will your eyes be blue like you daddy's or brown like mine? Will you be born with a full head of hair or none? How much will you weigh? Will you recognize my voice as they say babies do? Will you look like a Faith of will we choose a different name? So many questions... One thing I do know is no matter what the answer is to any of those questions is, I will love you! I already do and I can't wait to hold you in my arms. I love you peanut! December 15th, 2010 My sweet baby girl... My how time is flying. I am now 28.5 weeks along which means that you will be here in just over 11 weeks. I am so nervous, excited and scared all at the same time. I feel you all the time - you are constantly letting me know that you are there :) The other night you had the hiccups at about 3am. It was very funny watching my belly jump. I am still very tired and don't have a lot of energy. I may have an excuse for that. I had my glucose test on Friday and I failed it miserably. The cutoff is 140 and I was at a 201. I will now need to go in for the 3 hour test next Tuesday. I can't eat for ten hours prior and then when I go in they first draw blood. They then have me drink this sugary liquid, wait an hour, draw more blood, wait an hour, draw more blood, wait an hour and then draw more blood.Ouch! 2 of my 3 baby showers have a date. Your Auntie Becky is planning one for February 12th and your Auntie Tiki and Cousin Katie are planning one for the 19th. We are now thinking that your name is going to be Shelby. I think I like that name a bit more than Faith. Well my sweet girl... Mama is tired and needs to be up early for work. Till Next time - I love you my peanut
4: December 21st, 2010 Only 4 more days until Christmas. I am not quite ready yet, I have a few things to make yet for gifts. Right now I am sitting at the clinic for the dreaded 3 hour glucose test. I have been here for 2 hours and have 1 more left. I am pretty queasy and very hungry and thirsty. I haven't eaten or drank anything since 9 last night. We had a good bit of snow come through yesterday and got probably about 4-5 inches. So far this year we have had like 28 inches of snow. They say that we have already gotten 2/3 of our average snowfall for the whole season. I am still battling this horrible cold that I have had for about a month now. Your dad has been very sick with the stomach flu. He is a very big baby when he is sick - He whines A LOT! This will be a very big week for us, we have to go to Christmas at your Grandma Cindy's on Thursday night, to Great Grandma and Grandpa's on Christmas Eve and then to Grandma Colleen's on Christmas Day. Plus, I think we are going to Auntie Holly's on Christmas morning. I am now 29 weeks along with only 11 to go... I cannot believe how fast it is going. You will be here very soon my little peanut. I am so excited to see you a snuggle you. I love you baby girl! January 5th, 2011 My sweet lil Shelby... I am now 31.5 weeks pregnant. You will be here in 8.5 weeks and it is crazy how fast time is going. The last time I wrote I was in the middle of my 3 hour glucose test. Everything came back good - No Worries! Christmas was good and very busy. Mommy was worn out. Your aunties got you some cute clothes for Christmas. Your Auntie Holly got you a cute camo outfit and had. Auntie Wee Wee got you a cute little piggy outfit that your cousin Hailey just giggled about.Uncle Tony got you a little pink 1 piece outfit and you also got this cute little stuffed dog from Hailey and it's name is Shelby. I woke up with contractions early yesterday morning and they did not go away. After work I went to grandma's and rested to see if that would help and no luck! I ended up driving myself to they hospital where they hooked me up to monitors and did some tests. They checked to see if I was dialated and I was not at all so they gave me a shot to stop the contractions and sent me on my way. Well my sweet girl - till next time. I love you!
5: January 31st, 2011 Hello my sweet girl! I am now 35 weeks along, which means only 5 more weeks to go (give or take a few days) before I can hold you in my arms! I am getting so excited now and maybe a little nervous too. We have been very busy recently - lots of running. We went up to Joe and Vonda's one weekend. You daddy, Uncle Jason, Drew and Joe all rode their snowmobiles up to the cabin in Bemidji. Mommy, Deanna and Vonda drove up pulling the trailers in a snowstorm. We had a lot of fun that weekend. Daddy took mommy out to the fish house on the snowmobile. He went really fast and I thought that I was going to fall off! On the 23rd we had the fishing tournament out at Ridgewood Bay. That weekend marked a year since your Uncle Nick passed away. We all still miss him a whole bunch and I am sure that you will hear a lot about him as you grow up. This past weekend we were back out at the lake for the snowmobile radar runs. Your daddy and Uncle Jason ran their sleds a few times in it. Daddy's sled ran 85, 86 and 85 again. We have started getting ready for you. I have picked out what you will be wearing home from the hospital. It is a cute little fleece outfit that I got in Bemidji. I have went through your cousin Julianna's clothes and picked out some stuff and washed them. We have gotten a few presents in the mail from your family in England. You Granddad Geoff and Grandma Christine, Auntie Anne, Uncle Neil, cousins Hannah and Josh and mommy's friend Pat. It was so nice of them. | The craziness is about to start... I have 3 baby showers coming up. Becky, Auntie Holly and Auntie Wee Wee are throwing me one on the 12th, Then Auntie Tiki's and then Grandma Colleen's. I sometimes feel like I will never be ready for you but that does not mean that I am not super excited. I can't wait baby doll! March 5th, 2011 My sweet little princess... It is 9pm and I am laying in bed. Tomorrow is the BIG DAY! Your daddy and I need to be at the hospital at 7:30am. I have so many things running through my head. So many emotions... I'm happy, scared, excited, nervous and everything else. I can't wait to see you and hold you in my arms. As I write this you are squirming around in my belly. This will be the last time I have my this special time with you. No one else - just you and me... You have so many people that are waiting for you to arrive. You are already loved by so many people. Your cousins are excited, especially Bradyn. He wanted to come see you on Tuesday. I have been pretty uncomfortable lately but I guess that is just par for the course. I go to the bathroom all the time - something I will definitely not miss. Well my little lady, mommy is going to rest. My life is about to get so much better than it has ever been! I love you princess!
6: Your dad and I arrived at the hospital at 7:30am on March 6th. Dr. Friese came in at about 8:15am. He wanted to try breaking my water to see if that would put me into active labor. I was already dialated to 3. After he did that I took a few walks around the floor and the contractions really started. I got an epidural and I felt so much better. I watched TV with your daddy and talked to your Auntie Holly. I kept everyone updated with what was going on. At 4:52pm it was time to push. It took a while to get you out though because every time I pushed your heart rate would go down so I was only able to push every other contraction. Auntie Holly could see your head and she told me that you had A LOT of black hair. Your daddy sat up by mommy's head the whole time. At 7:21pm you joined our world. You didn't cry at first but I think mommy did enough crying for the both of us. They didn't let me hold you right away and said that they needed to take you to the nursery for observations. They needed to keep an eye on your breathing. Before they took you they placed you in my arms and I was finally holding my beautiful baby girl. My heart fuller than it had ever been before...
7: Shelby Ann Spafford March 6th, 2011 at 7:21pm 6lbs 11oz 20 inches Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids, MN
11: Going Home | Prices of a few things the day you were born... Gallon of Milk $2.99 Loaf of Bread $1.49 Gallon of Gas $3.69
12: You had a lot of people that couldn't wait to meet you. Although mommy tried to get a picture of everyone, it was impossible. Here are some pictures of the people that met you in the first week.
13: On March 9th, the day after we left the hospital you had to be admitted again for jaundice. Mommy was a wreck and cried all the way to the hospital. You had to be under the lights over night and were not very happy at times - I think you missed cuddling with your mommy and daddy. Mommy and daddy spent the night with you and you were doing so much better the next morning that they let us go home. | First Hospital Stay | First Hospital Stay
14: Newborn Photos ~ March 15th, 2011 ~ Melinda Burg Photography
15: "A baby asked God, 'They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?' God said, 'Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you.' The child further inquired, 'But tell me, here in heaven I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy.' God said, 'Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy.' Again the child asked, 'And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?' God said, 'Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.' 'And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?' God said, 'Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray.' 'Who will protect me?' God said, 'Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life.' 'But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore.' God said, 'Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you.' At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, 'God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name.' God said, 'You will simply call her, 'Mom.'"
17: March 2011 | Our first month was amazing... I could never have imagined how much I would love you. You were a bit fussy your first few weeks but have turned into such a good baby. You sleep a lot and I love to snuggle with you. You daddy does too. The picture above is from your First Bath. You got the ducky towel from Kathy and Mike. The other one is with you, daddy and Wally. Daddy is very proud of that deer and I am sure that you will grow up petting him.
18: Bunny Love
19: Easter 2011
20: April 2011 | April was a very busy month for us... It was the first time that mommy and daddy left you with a babysitter. Grandma Colleen watched you for a few hours on April 2nd. It may have been longer but when mommy called to check on you - grandma said that you had been crying the whole time. I came and got you right away! That was also the first day that you smiled. Mommy was lucky enough to have a camera nearby. April 8th was the Twins Home Opener. We get together at grandma's house every year for a barbecue. That was the first day that we let Julianna hold you. She was VERY excited! April 29th mommy sat up with you in the early morning hours and watched Prince William get married. Daddy thought that I was crazy. The picture on the next page on the top left is from that morning. I think that you liked it too... The picture of the man and you is the doctor that delivered you. They took you away that night and I wasn't able to get a picture so I got one when we went back for our check ups.