It feels good for us both to be back on Catherine, showing Lily around her new place, and settling into our routine. Danielle finally agreed to turn the heat on. Our house now looks a jungle, but a cool kind of jungle, with all of the flowers (Thank you Nicki, Michelle, Peggy, Jayne, and Donna and crew).
In the past couple of days, Lily has had several visitors. Wednesday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAYNE), Duncan and Don came to visit. Duncan brought three great outfits, and a cool baby toy. Don (and Jenni) ushered in almost the entire produce section of Kroger, magazines, candy bars - his mother made a fantastic blanket, a baby CD, and a bib. Which one of you hooligans is next on the baby shuttle? We are blessed to have such great friends.
BTW - Kevin and Michelle - we have used the entire Target gift card already! THANK YOU!
Thursday, Jean and the D Train surprised us with a great meal, and Mimaw Dar and Grandpa Dan brought a chocolate pie (yum)! Jean also brought a handmade fleece blanket and pillow. And by the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY D Train.
Lily and I watched the Dayton Flyers beat Georgia Tech, that is always a good way to start the afternoon. Although Lily doesn't fit into her Dayton Flyers uniform just yet, she nearly crapped her diaper the game so close.
The in-home visit with the nurse was perfect. Lily is gaining weight again, her color is rosy, and she is right where she needs to be. Danielle is recovering nicely and back to herself - but she now feels more "accomplished."
Tomorrow, Lily has her first visit to the pediatrician (the same doctor that looked after Danielle and her sisters). After we dust the cobwebs off the the doc, we'll give an update.
I have included a picture of Danielle and Lily making their way out of the hospital. I am so proud of Danielle and our little Lily Bean.
Today was a GREAT day for Danielle! Her color, her spirits, and her sense of humor are back! She finally got to eat solid food. Her first meal was grilled cheese, potato soup, and angel food cake. Baby Lily took plenty of naps, is feeding very well, and is gearing up for her night time rowdiness. Toward the end of the day, we got a much needed visit from Granny and Grandpa Mac, and Mimaw Dar (Danielle's spelling) and Grandpa Dan. We also got a surprise visit from Snacks Ventura and his wife Emily.
Danielle is doing much better than she was yesterday morning. She is getting a much needed blood transfusion, which should help speed along the healing process. Physically, she is feeling much, much better. We expect to be able to have visitors at some point today.
Lily - she is doing "perfect" according to the pediatrician. She has her days and nights a little mixed up though! It's good to know her vocal chords work in full effect. Lily is feeding and it just seems so natural to have her as a part of our family.
Dad - he's eating a bunch of cookies, some peanuts, a couple of Vitamin waters, and is becoming a diaper changing machine.
Danielle and I are proud to announce the birth of our daughter, Lily Nicole McColaugh. Good things come to those that wait! Nine days past her due date and after 37 hours of playing hide from mommy and daddy, she was born. Sunday, November 15th, at 2:05AM, we welcomed her to our family. She is a whopper! She was born 9lbs, 5ozs, and 21 1/2" long. Basically, she is the size of a small first grader.
Danielle is AMAZING!! She was very tough, but kept her sense of humor the whole way. We are getting used to our new home, as it looks like we will be here until Thursday.
Here is a picture of Lily, not too long after she was born. I will be posting more pictures as I learn how to use the blog! Say prayers for our new family and we will be in touch soon.