Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Kleckley family! We certainly feel blessed and are looking forward to celebrating Madeline's first Christmas. I'll leave you with our Christmas card photo from this only to 32 tries to get it. :)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Show and Tell

"Show and Tell" could easily be the theme of last week! Madeline got to meet so many friends. We had fun showing her off, mostly at my parents house. It was also the first week I was home alone with her. I took her shopping, to a new mom's support group at Women's hospital, and to spend the day at my parents' house. We are also learning more about her schedule. Apparently 5pm - midnight is her fussy time, which is a little rough on me, especially once her daddy decides to go to sleep! We give him a break during the week, but on the weekends it's fair game. :) She is also getting chunkier and looks like she's hiding something in her cheeks. Today, we took her to Bass Pro Shop to see Santa Claus. They do free photos, and she was very well behaved. She is also loving her pacifier. We tried to keep it away for a few weeks, but that thing works wonders!

I meant to post this last week, but we took this one week after she was born to complete the circle of prego pics. I'm going to print them out from each month and put them in her baby book so she can see how big I got when I was pregnant with her. My dad finally got some Maddie G time. I'm surprised the baby hogs let him hold her for more than 5 minutes!
Madeline and her friend Samantha, who was born in September. We can't wait to show them this picture when they get older!

All bundled up and ready to go
Kisses on her 2 week birthdayGoing to see Santa
Madeline and Santa!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Our First Week

Our baby is already one week old! Our first week with Madeline has been relatively uneventful. It seems like we are rotating with good and bad nights. One night I'll get 3 hours total of sleep, and the next I'll get 7. She's also like "The Princess and the Pea" when it comes to her diaper. The slightest bit of anything in it causes her to scream at the top of her lungs. We probably go through 12-15 diapers a day! Overall though, she's a very good baby. My mom and sister spent the first few days with us, and now Jon's mom is here to help out. Today, we had a professional photographer come to the house to take some newborn pics. I can't wait to see how they turn out! Here are some highlights from the week:
Snuggling with Aunt Maria

First Pediatrician Appointment

Meeting Fergie for the first time. Fergs lost interest pretty quickly when she brought Madeline her toy and Madeline didn't throw it back.
This onesie has puppies on it that look like Fergie!

Snuggling with DaddyHere's a preview of how our Christmas card photo shoot went...

Pretty flowersMadeline's first babysitter, Granny G! Jon and I went out to eat Mexican food while his mom babysat.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Madeline's Birth Story

I realize this is quite lengthy and detailed, but I'm doing this for myself as well. It's such an exciting time and I don't want to forget any of it! Read at your own risk...

Last Thursday (Dec 3), I woke up having contractions. They went away after a few hours, so I got pouty and went shopping instead. Around 4 that afternoon, I started getting them again, but went about my business thinking it was another false alarm. That night Jon and I were eating dinner and he kept asking if they were getting worse. Just as I was about to bite his head off for asking me AGAIN, I got a very strong one. Throughout the night they kept progressing, and around 8 pm it was definitely moved to the "no fun" zone. Then the nesting kicked in...I guess it was my way of dealing with it. At 11 pm I was yelling at my poor husband to fold the clothes I had just washed...haha. By 12:30 am they still weren't as close as they should be to warrant calling the doctor (5 minutes apart) but at 6 minutes apart I was in so much pain I called the doctor anyway, and was told to head to the hospital. We packed up the car and headed to Texas Women's.

Good thing we did, because by the time we got to the hospital I was 5 cm dilated. I was SO proud of myself for getting halfway there without any drugs ( I do not tolerate pain very well). By 2:30 am I had gotten an epidural and life was good. After that, it was a waiting game. We were too excited to sleep and the only thing I could eat was ice chips. My parents, sisters and Jon's parents were all at the hospital by 5 am and were able to take turns coming back to chat with us. We had a nice surprise when we learned that Clare Velghe, a friend of the family, was going to be working at Labor & Delivery starting at 7 am, and we were able to have her as our L&D nurse! By 8:15 it was time to push, and Madeline was born at 8:46! Our little snow baby was born while it was SNOWING outside in HOUSTON! A memorable day all around. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that the delivery part was much easier than I had imagined (much thanks to the epidural). My labor was about 12 hrs and I was only in pain for half that time, plus most first time mommies have to push for 1-3 hrs. With all that being said, I feel VERY fortunate and blessed that everything went so well.

After she was born, we got to spend an hour with Madeline and our family members were able to briefly come back to the room to meet her. They took her back to the nursery while I was monitored. What I didn't know was that after going to the nursery, they had to bring Madeline to the NICU because she had a higher respiratory rate than normal and low glucose levels. Jon and the fam did not mention it to me until I was in my hospital room later on and I started asking where she was. Needless to say I was beside myself, but I was able to go visit her in the NICU later that afternoon. I was extra thankful to have our parents there. They had been rotating with Jon sitting with Madeline in the NICU from the morning until she was released that night. That day we had many visitors: All the Noto's including Peter and Niki, the Kleckleys plus Ben, my friend Stephanie, and our friends the Gremillions.

On Saturday morning we were woken up with the news that Madeline would have to have an ultrasound for an unusual dimple in her back. Results came later that afternoon and she was fine. We spent the day resting and spending time with the little one, which included her first photo shoot and more visitors. Saturday night, they told us that her bilirubin levels were increasing, indicating Jaundice. They had to start supplementing her breastfeeding with formula. My poor baby...I couldn't help but feel guilty that my part had seemed effortless compared to what she had to go through in her first 2 days. On the other hand, I realize there are plenty of babies that are going through WAY more than Madeline did and I'm thankful that our baby is happy and healthy. (We no longer have to supplement her feedings and the jaundice is stable).

We were able to go home on Sunday afternoon and begin our lives as a family of 3 (4 if you count Fergie :). We're all adjusting well and look forward to sharing her with everyone. I also have TONS of pictures already and will work on posting some of those (I already have a bunch on Facebook for those of you who are on there). I never get tired of looking at her and still can't believe she is ours. I'd love to see the count of how many kisses her chubby cheeks have gotten since we brought her home!

First Family Picture

Monday, December 7, 2009

Introducing Madeline Grace Kleckley!

In case you haven't heard, our baby girl is here! Madeline Grace Kleckley was born December 4, 2009 at 8:46 am. She weighed 6 lbs 6 oz, 19 inches long. Maybe I'm partial, but she is absolutely precious and such a joy. She really is a good baby and so lovable. Give me a few days and I'll have a better post with all of the fun details and more pictures!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

For Your Entertainment

Since our time these days is spent on waiting for baby girl to make her debut, we've found other ways to be easily entertained. We got our new video camera in the mail yesterday, so Jon has spent all evening messing with it. It's so can't weigh more than a few pounds and easily fits in the palm of your hand. Jon is currently taping Fergie, then putting the video on our TV and laughing as the poor dog looks around confused.

This weekend, we also put up Christmas decorations. I love our tree!
When I've been out shopping, I found these 2 obnoxious at Target, the other at Macy's. I'd be curious to know if more are purchased as gag gifts or by people who actually plan to use them. The lady at Target said today was the third time this week they've had to re-stock the bunny PJ's....
We also enjoyed a great weekend of football. There were SO many good games on TV. Although our Aggies lost, they certainly put up a good fight. I'm also extremely proud of my favorite NFL team, the New Orleans Saints! The game Monday night was amazing, and my sister Maria was lucky enough to be there with my cousin. She said the Super Dome last night was the loudest place she's ever been in. Today, I bought baby girl black leggings and I'm going to have Gerilyn monogram "Who Dat" on the booty. I'm keeping my eye out for a black long sleeve onesie, so we can monogram "Geaux Saints" with a Fleur De Lis on the front. We are already gearing up for the Super Bowl.

In baby progress news, I go to the doctor tomorrow, on the eve of the full moon (see last post). Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be much closer than I was last week. I'm having contractions, but none that are consistent or painful. Oh well. Ironically, I've had the song "While I'm Waiting" stuck in my head for 2 days. It's a song by Christian artist John Waller. I think God is trying to tell me something!