Thursday, January 12, 2012

Baby Tarena...Is not a baby anymore :(

Melora Ann is now 2 1/2!! She is still my 'scrunchy baby', but oh how she's grown! Little miss sassy is my mini-me. I never would have guessed how strong the bond between us could be. There is no place that I'd rather be than with her. We are both head-strong, go-getters who fight just as passionately as we love. This makes for a very interesting dynamic at our house (poor Dante). Speaking of Dante, there is no man that even comes close to Daddy in Melora's eyes. To see her run to him when he gets home from work will melt your heart. The joy that she brings us everyday is more than fulfilling, it's a true miracle and blessing that only God can provide.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Wow, How time flies! / 5 months old

Yes, I know I have completely neglected my blog. It's tough to find the time to write. As you can imagine, my time has been pretty occupied lately. Little Melora keeps Dante and I quite busy. We are enjoying every moment with her. We are constantly torn between wanting to see her grow and wanting to keep her a baby forever. She is truly the joy of our lives. We melt every time she looks up at us and smiles.

From now on I will try to keep you up to date with little milestones in baby's life...and try to post more pictures too.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

It's a GIRL!!

Melora Ann Tarena was born on April 27th at 8:03 am. She weighed 7lbs 8oz and was 19 1/4 in long. She is perfect! Our little angel is doing great. The surgery went well and I'm feeling pretty good today. Dante is one proud papa.

Here are a few pictures. I will post more later, but I have to get back to loving on my daughter for now.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Baby Tarena due Monday!!

A quick update: because baby is breech and because my doctor is booked most of next week, we have scheduled a C-section for Monday April 27th. The surgery will be sometime early that morning.
Dante and I are very excited. We ask for God's guidance and healing hand and leave the rest up to Him.
I know the next few days will be a whirlwind, but I will try to keep the blog up to date.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

This Way Up / 38 Weeks

Yesterday I had a very interesting doctor's visit. After the physical exam the doctor said that it felt like baby's head was still very high. He wanted to do an ultrasound to make sure that everything was ok. They immediately discovered that it was not the baby's head that he was feeling, but its bottom. The baby is breech! This means baby has not turned to the correct position and is currently sitting straight up with its little feet trying to come out first. Like mother, like baby. I was a breech baby and caused my momma trouble from the beginning too. I was so shocked when the doctor told me. I'm still in disbelief. Doc said that "we will give God one more week to change his mind". I go back next Monday to see if baby has turned (which is highly unlikely). If there is no progress then we will schedule a C-section for sometime between April 28th and May 5th. For weeks I had been feeling a lot of movement way down low in my belly....turns out that this was baby's little feet paddling like a duck.
The baby currently weighs 7 lbs, 5 oz.
I will let you know the verdict next week. Please keep us in your prayers as we embark on this birthing adventure.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Content Baby / 37weeks

I went to see the doctor yesterday. I am now 30% effaced. Effacement is the thining of the uterus wall. In order for baby to come out, I must be 100% effaced and 10cm dialated. There is no dialating yet. Doc says this is normal. This means that baby has made just a little bit of progress in 1 week, but baby is still perfectly content inside mommy's belly. Baby's weight gain is supposed to be about half an ounce per day. (Boys, though, are likely to be heavier at birth than girls and because of that, Moms carrying boys tend to eat more than moms carrying girls. I can say this, my appetite is just fine. Only problem is that there is not a lot of room in my stomach for food. Our little one is now considered full-term at 37 weeks pregnant, so if baby was to leave the nest this week, he or she would likely be perfectly healthy. Baby is simulating breathing by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, sucking on his/her thumb, blinking, and pivoting from side to side (which I feel a lot more frequently these days).

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Our Sweet Honeydew / 36weeks

About mommy: I went to the doctor Monday and had my first physical exam. Nothing is happening yet, no dialating. I guess this is a good thing since we still have about 4 weeks left until the due date. Doc says that baby is in position and everything looks great. I feel pretty good during the day except for the low energy level. Sleeping has become just a fantasy. Between aching hips, heartburn and itchy skin there's not a lot of Zs. I am having braxton hicks several times a week. These are fake contractions that are meant to prepare my body for labor. They don't really hurt, but they're not very comfortable either.
About baby: Baby is about the size of a honeydew melon and should weigh about six pounds. Baby's skin is getting smooth and soft, liver and kidneys are in working order, and circulation and immune system are basically good to go. Baby's lungs are the only organs that still need to fully mature, but every day he/she gets a little closer to breathing on their own.
About daddy: Dante is keeping me on track. He reminds me of the things I have left to do before baby arrives (thank goodness because I can't remember anything these days). He has been busy around the house helping to prepare baby's nursery. He has also been especially tentative to my needs, always asking if he can help in any way. I think he is getting more excited about everyone else finding out what we are having.
Doctor visits are weekly now, so I'll check in next week.