Leaving the hospital with our daughter was legitimately one of the scariest moments of my life. The enormity of responsibility that we’d just undertaken didn’t really hit me while we were in the hospital — we were taken care of so well by the staff at Carolinas Medical Center, everything was very structured and organized.… Read More 2009: Going home with our girl.
Day two with our baby girl, a surprise visit from Aunt T and Uncle M from Ohio, and cousins meeting for the first time.… Read More 2009: Day two with Pumpkin.
Our little Pumpkin arrived at 7:32 pm on Thursday, September 24th! She weighed 8 pounds and 14 ounces, and measured 20 and 3/4 inches long. She is incredibly strong, bright-eyed, and positively beautiful, with a head full of silky dark hair. She looks just like her daddy. I was exactly a week “overdue”, and had… Read More 2009: September 24, Pumpkin’s birth.
The Captain used his woodworking savvy to build Pumpkin’s crib (which was then Peanut’s, then Panda’s, and will likely be our grandchildren’s), starting with a pile of beautiful raw Brazilian cherry. I wish I’d taken more photos of the progress — I can’t find any that I’d taken before he had it mostly assembled. This… Read More 2009: Pumpkin’s crib and nursery.
When I found out I was pregnant in January, I looked forward to the belly. I’m not a small person — 5’11 with bare feet — and I assumed that with pregnancy, my frame would expand accordingly, and quickly. I was ready for it. It didn’t happen. I didn’t really begin to show until I… Read More 2009: The belly grows.
There’s a distinct lack of photos between February and April of 2009. My first experience with morning sickness had me down for the count. It was all-day sickness for me, accompanied by a profound fatigue. On April 20, 2009, we had our first ultrasound, where we found out that Pumpkin was a little girl. Now,… Read More 2009: Our first ultrasound.
In a one-year period of time (2008-2009), we adopted three dogs, and I became pregnant with our first child. We didn’t have a fenced back yard when we adopted the dogs, so when we finally got one, it was a big deal. Not having to take the dogs out on leashes, allowing them to have… Read More 2009: A fence for the Bubbas.