Thursday, January 24, 2008

Kaiya's First Week

I can't believe a week has passed since Kaiya's birth. In many ways, time has simply stood still. Everything has gone so well... my healing, our adjustment, even our levels of sleep. I don't think it's supposed to be this easy. But I'm not about to complain!

So now I share with you some random and disjointed thoughts and observations from the first week.

-home births are awesome. There's nothing quite like the peace and quiet and comfort of your own home. And there's nothing like being able to konk out in your own bed immediately after the birth.

-bacon and eggs taste unbelievably delicious after 10 hours of labour.

-meconium (baby's first poops) works as a great substitute to roofing tar.

-always be ready for the squirts. These like to make their appearance in the split second between throwing out the old diaper and putting on the new one.

-breastfeeding hurts. Especially when your little one has a latch like a barracuda. But we press on...

-lanolin has become my best friend (related to above point)

-she reminds us a bit of the show we once saw about narcoleptic dogs. One second she's feeding or squawking, the next she's completely out of it. Cute and pathetic all rolled in one.

-family and friends are invaluable in the first week. I haven't had to lift a finger. In fact, today was the first day I actually ventured downstairs. I've had a week of food being brought to me. How wonderful.

-her scream has changed to a raspy little high-pitched cry that absolutely threatens to break my heart.

-and yes, I regularly check to see she's still breathing. Life has forever changed.

A quiet snuggle after feeding. Although I know that one day I'll probably miss my job and want to go back, for now I can't even begin to imagine it. Everything is about right here, right now. Moment by moment. Nothing else matters.
Our little lounger. This is her sexy pose.
Yes, it may look like a cute yawn, but this was actually a not-so-cute scream!
Proud grandparents. They received the shock of their lives that day. They had just stopped by to drop off some food when Jeff opened the door and said, "Hi! Come on in! We have a baby girl!" I had given birth just two hours before, and three days before my due date. Certainly NOT what they were expecting when they stopped by that day.

Friday, January 18, 2008

our baby girl has arrived!

our baby girl has arrived!, originally uploaded by Jeff Epp.

8 lbs 5 oz bundle of joy! the above picture is about 20 minutes after she was born (11:39 am EST thurs, jan 17, 2008). everyone is healthy and sleepy.

Here she is 24 hours later. Her name is Kaiya (快也) Jade. Kaiya means forgiveness, and these Japanese charactors for ka-i-ya (快也) mean pleasant. We are beside ourselves with love for her.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

A Day in the Life of...

So, I woke up this morning, looked out the window, and said to Jeff, "Someone graffitied our car." He said, "Whaaaat?" And I said, "Someone graffitied our car."

No joke.

Here's the proof:

I guess that's what you get for living in ghetto downtown St. Catharines. We'd been expecting graffiti on our fence, especially since we live beside a laneway, but on our freaking car??!!! What the heck!! When Jeff called it in, even the cop was surprised. Apparently, we're a first for lovely St. Catharines. Yay!

But to be honest, I love our neighbourhood. I really do. As I watched out the window, I saw neighbour Dave walk by and take a look. Neighbour Dave was soon joined by I-need-to-remember-his-name-but-for-now-I'll-call-him-Funny-Crass-Neighbour-who-Always-Walks-Around-the-Neighbourhood. I said to Jeff, "Why don't you go talk to them." He did and came back in shortly thereafter howling over Funny-Crass-Neighbour-who-Always-Walks-Around-the-Neighbourhood's conspiracy theories. The paint colour was suspiciously similar to that of Neighbour Tony's ginormous Dodge Ram (who Neighbour Dave called in to the cops yesterday for once again angrily parking up on the curb because -boo hoo - "his" spot on the road was taken.) But all parties agreed neighbour Tony wasn't creative enough to be responsible for said graffiti.

If you're confused at this point, it's okay. It's just the fun banter and politics of our wonderful little ghetto neighbourhood. The same neighbourhood where if you don't lock your car door at night, your Christmas gifts will be stolen out of your backseat (sorry, Nathan & Rose), or, if nothing else is available, they'll steal your gum (see if I ever forget to lock again!)

Luckily, I have an amazing husband, and after some Internet searching and a quick stop at a car wash, he figured out a solution: a microfiber cloth and some varsol. And now, our car looks like this:

Monday, January 07, 2008

The Super Duper Holidays of 07/08

Christmas is fun when you're pregnant. Completely exhausting, but also entirely fun. Of course, it helps that you basically have permission to do whatever you want. Like konk out for a nap in the middle of the festivities, or get people to bring you food and drinks. I tried my best to take full advantage of the perks ;)

Probably the best part of the holidays was that my pregnant friend Maria was down with her husband, Nathan. She's due a month after me, so we could compare notes and commiserate. What a wonderful thing!

Me and Mre at the church shower that was held for us on December 17th.

Out with the Klassen gals before the shower at Spicy Thai for dinner.

Being goofy with the Klassens at Christmas brunch on the 24th.

Celebrating Christmas with the Urbancok family (+ Rita). Yes, the tacky influence of Japan lingers on...

On a serious note, our friend Rita has left Canada... for good. Rita, who's lived here for over 7 years, is gone. She's off to Japan to complete a Master's degree, and will then settle back in her homeland of Taiwan. She spent a few days with us before she left, and we're really going to miss her. We miss you already, Rita! All the best in Japan!

Me and Jasmine and belly.

At the Epp family Christmas on the 25th.
Sadly, we forgot to take a family picture this year, so these will have to do: shots of an intense game of Cranium.

Hanging out with Maria and Nathan (and scary Panda puppet)
And this one's for you, Jo. Does this face look familiar? ;)

A second shower. Suzanne made this AWESOME blanket for Peanut! (Along with the cutest ever baby hat). Thanks to all our friends and family, we are fully stocked now. Just a little more waiting to do...

Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year's! All the best for your 2008!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

...with Bated Breath

It's been a beautiful Christmas season. Relationships have felt richer than usual, especially the one I share with Jeff. Every day I find myself increasingly thankful for his kindness, love, and patience. Now we just await the arrival of Peanut to complete our joy. Please pray for her safe and healthy entry into the world. Thank you.