Monday, December 31, 2007
Quinn's new favorite chill out activity is listening to me sing 90s songs on the 90s music channel on tv. She looks up at me and smiles, laughs, or cries (if I stop singing oddly enough...).
We are singing "walking on broken glass" now (and she's farting)...
No plans tonight. Dannie and Nate were going to come but they are under the weather.
Oooh, now Paula Cole....she reminds me of a party I once had in West Allis (Jill).... :)
Well, now to go grocery shopping!!!
Friday, December 28, 2007
With my decreased pain, visitors, and nice weather to help me increase my walking and activity, I'm down another 5# this week (only 20# from pre-pregnancy weight as I gained almost 50#). I put on my size 4 jeans today and ALMOST got them to fit comfortably!!!
he bought me a hat,
and Mike managed to get us Orchestra seating the afternoon of the show on Broadway to see "Avenue Q"
(and what's the internet for??).
Why did I feel officially "old" you may be asking?? We were at dinner (about 2 hours after I left home) we sat down, and before I knew it I was asking Mike how much fun he thought Quinn, Granny, and Judy were having. A big "no-no" of actually having a night away from the baby!! I tried hard to not mention it much the rest of the night, but she was still on my mind.
Overall, it was a fabulous evening and we were glad we were able to get away for the night and allow Granny and Judy some quality time with Quinn. This is what we walked home to...
JUST WAIT until she's walking around...they'll really be wiped out after a night of babysitting!!!!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I snapped some photos of Quinn's first Christmas morning. There are about 25 shots similar to what is posted, each with a slightly different hand motion or face, but posted are the cutest!
Thanks to everyone who sent presents for our daughter. Grandma and Grandpa Rebarchik bought some great toys and cute outfits. Grandma and Grandpa Born bought some room decorations and a web cam (technically for Daddy to use, but will show live video with us and Quinn!!). Great Aunt Mary Kay sent an ornament and Gopher jogging suit (that will hopefully fit for next football/hockey season!!). Aunt Jen sent a jingle bell ornament. And Quinn opened many other presents last week from wonderful folks from Eagle Lake and Mankato! Thanks a ton, everyone! It was a great first Christmas as a family of three!! The Rebarchiks should be proud, as there were only five of us (including Quinn) and it took us almost 2 hours to open presents!
Also, we weren't able to get photos of the fun, but Grandma Rebarchik purchased light-up catnip balls for Eggo and Killer. THEY LOVE THEM! Eggo likes the fact that they light up and speed across the floor, Killer loves the catnip. SO, they're great toys for both of them! There aren't too many toys that they will both play with, so it's a good thing she bought two!!
Monday, December 24, 2007
After our walk to the grocery store to get goodies for Christmas Day dinner, Quinn was making awesome "funny faces Friday" faces on Monday. This is the best one actually captured on "film". Quinn is sporting the Christmas outfit Grandma R. bought, complete with "My 1st Christmas" had and booties (the booties would be big on a 12-month old, but whatever). It is a newborn outfit, and it doesn't really fit her, but I had to get a photo anyway!! Thanks Grandma R.!!
Overall, we're having a good Christmas so far. It was about 45 degrees and sunny today, with about a wind chill of 40/gusts to about 20mph. Tomorrow, we're looking at another sunny day, high temperature forcasted (from what I heard) was 47 degrees. What kind of Christmas weather is that?!?! Even though I comment on the weather, I can barely say I miss shoveling, bundling up in a million layers, or waiting 10 minutes for my car to warm up before I drive anywhere. The 30-50 degree weather, wearing a coat and maybe gloves, and walking to stores/the subway really is something else to be thankful for this year!
We're heading to midnight mass, and word on the street is that masses fill quickly! So, in order to get seats, we have about 45 minutes before we have to leave. I should start getting prepared for the walk and taking Quinn out again!
Also, there are plans to get Christmas cards out, they may end up being "happy 3-kings day" cards/birth announcements, but you'll all get a cute photo regardless. Thanks to everyone who has sent us holiday greetings! We love to get the updates and our shelf is overflowing with cards and photos.
LOVE, Mike, Katie and Quinn
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I handled the walking pretty well. Took a few extra Advil, but I'm feeling okay so far (we'll see if that continues next week!!).
Only a few more days until our first Christmas in New York! Too bad there won't be snow. Last I heard we're expecting maybe 40's and sunny (seasonal chills here, remember!) :)
Friday, December 21, 2007
Someone's hungry again...
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Also, I've set up a facebook account; much due to the persistance from Jen. But, turns out most of my friends are on facebook too! So, that's another fun way to communicate with you all in "the outside world" per Jill's post on "my wall".
So, that is where I will be posting additional photos of Quinn, too (past what I show on the blog). Hopefully the link on the right will take you directly to her albums. We'll test that out.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Mike and I can only hope Quinn likes to clean like that too, as we all know how much we like to clean!!
Off to decorate our tree!! We walked to the tree lot the other day (about 2 miles there and back and it was a seasonal 29 degrees) and got creative on how to get the tree home. Any guesses? My family can't answer yet as I told them the story already. Regardless, it felt AWESOME to get out of the house and get some exercise (even if I was sore for the next 12 hours). I've been stuck at the same weight now for 2 weeks...need to get those pounds off so my clothes fit again! I'm getting sick of wearing the sweat pants...and Mike's probably getting sick of seeing me in them!
Photos to be posted soon of Christmas Quinn and tree!!!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Well, this video was taken just a short 2 hours ago...since she's been awake and crying, so you are lucky to get to see the happy Quinn today! (Yes, I'm uploading video as she is crying because she's not settling down if I'm holding her or feeding her or changing her, so she's next to me crying while I get my blog posted and Christmas shopping done! I don't think she liked the pasta salad I ate for dinner last night and lunch today...)
We got snow yesterday...about 1/2 inch (they got more about an hour north)! I don't know that we'll ever get more than that...of course it is only mid-December. It was raining and sleeting most of the day, which put a damper on my plans to take Quinn for her first walk to the corner pharmacy (as Mommy is out of Advil!!).
Regardless, we enjoyed the day of "playing", eating, and (as Dad found out last night) crying. Looking at lights is her favorite activity; I can't wait until our tree is up! Of course, we need a tree first...we're a little behind on that this year. Her second favorite activity is probably bath time. She would sit in water all day if I would let her (and if she could stay warm enough!). Her favorite part is the water splashing her face and back when I wash her hair...she actually fusses if I cover her eyes when I'm wetting her head! We spent about 15 minutes playing in the water yesterday.
Hope all is well with everyone else!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Well, another day of rain in Brooklyn. Unlike the Midwest, as it's snowy there! Above is a photo of my sister's (Claire) children making a snowman yesterday as schools were closed!
Here are some of Quinn's 9am looks...she's REALLY cute at that time of day. The rest of the day she's cute, but sleeping or crying. One of these days I'll post a video of her screaming so you can all enjoy that along with me. One of these days I will feel good enough to venture outside with her and go for a walk down the block. She likes movement and can see her enjoying the stroller and going for walks! Maybe we'll even get some snow so I can take some photos of a snow baby!
And for some video...spit-up-less (I think)...
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Now, back to why most of you visit, Quinn time! Daddy likes to play the "what faces do you make when I touch your ear or cheek" game when Quinn is awake. Unfortunately, the camera isn't quick enough to catch most of the crazy faces. Also, I don't pretend to understand the enjoyment of this game for Mike or Quinn. BUT, it's bonding between Mike and Quinn, so I take the photos and love every minute!
Great Grandpa Born and Albina sent Quinn a warm pink and white afghan to welcome her to the world and to the family. We love it! Thanks a bunch! Great Grandpa B. is so proud of this little girl, hopefully we'll get a chance to meet soon! Our little girl is extremely lucky to have so many family and friends that love her so much. Again, your support means a ton!
We had a great time visiting with Dannie and Nate. We finally gave them their wedding gift we bought for them (bought it in June!!). Nate helped Mike break down the boxspring that has been in our dining room since we moved. It was the best birthday present! The room is so much bigger now!! A nice space for a plant shelf...I'll just have to find a shelf and get plants to put on it!
Also, Dannie gets photographed holding a baby (she really likes it when I use present tense when it's something that's happened already)!!
We had lunch and dinner delivered to the house yesterday. We learned that a grilled cheese with bacon should actually be called a triple decker BLT with cheese (we were trying to figure out why it was $7...then we saw the sandwich and said--OH, THAT'S why!).
Quinn's screaming for her lunch...until next time.....
Saturday, December 8, 2007
This photo to the left of the page--does that remind anyone else of Zoolander's look(s)?? Maybe I'm just sleep deprived, but I love this photo!
The only thing she really dislikes is being cold, these days. She loves her bath time, just not the times right before and right after being in the water. Once she realizes she's in the water, she's as happy as can be.
Monday, December 3, 2007
I had a follow-up appointment with Dr. Sticco last night, too. I've lost 15# so far, a third of the way to my pre-pregnancy weight! The nurse and doc knew I was breastfeeding just by looking at me. The ab pain is finally starting to subside a little bit. Mike had me laughing last night so I was a little more sore, but no hard feelings. Also, my incision site is looking awesome and a scar should be minimal if anything! She did a really good job and I should be able to wear my bikini for years to come in the summer! THANKS DOC!
The cats still want nothing to do with Quinn. I've been feeling a little better and able to brush them and play once or twice daily, so they've enjoyed that time. We got out of their routine when the parents were here, so they're readjusting to life in the basement at night and only having me around during the day. They seem to be doing okay, they just really don't like it when Quinn is out of her bedroom! The crying doesn't seem to phase them much, or at all. If they're downstairs and she cries upstairs, they'll perk their ears towards her, but that's about it.
Overall, life is getting "back to normal" or getting to the "new normal". Making easy meals/reheating leftovers, helping with dishes, sweeping the floor (as the vaccuum is scary to me yet), playing with the kitties, and, most importantly, taking care of Quinn! I am anxious for the day I can walk the block to the mailbox, stores, etc, but that is at least a week away yet. Heck, I'm excited for the day I can walk the stairs without pain! I was picking up the house (mail build-up from two weeks mostly) today and found our other camera battery, so I'll try to get some photos of the darling today. Her double chin is slowly disappearing, her hair is still very dark, and she's just as adorable as ever.
We're also planning for visitors! Jim is in town for work and is stopping by to see Quinn today. Louis will be in town this weekend and offered to babysit if we want to go out for my birthday on Saturday. Last I knew, Dannie and Nate were also hoping to come visit at some point this weekend too. Lots of visitors, lots of fun!
It'll be nice to show off Quinn in person--can't wait to see you all!!
Sunday, December 2, 2007
We're getting our first snow, but NOTHING like what Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Chicago have seen (from what we can see on the weather channel).
Dad called at 2am today to let us know Mom's flight was cancelled. I woke up with Quinn at 5:30 and I was as hungry as she was, so I decided to double check status JUST IN CASE something changed (as Mom's co-workers and family in Wisconsin are anxious to have her home again). I checked the website and it said nothing about cancellation, so I woke up the rest of the house. After a few phone calls, one said the flight was cancelled. With different status reports, Mike and Mom are off to the airport about 30 minutes later than they wanted. It looks like just about everything in/out of Chicago is delayed/cancelled this morning. I'm guessing her flight is cancelled and I'll see them in about an hour. With the snow here, too, I'm not sure how on-time things will be running in the next hour. Maybe this is God's way of saying Mom's supposed to stay! She's ready to get back to her "real world" though. It's tough being away from home for 2 weeks...whether it is visiting grandbaby or not. Overall--good luck, Mom, if you need to rush to your gate!!
Quinn also decided she wants to sleep in only 2-hour blocks of time since yesterday afternoon. How happy was I that she decided to keep the routine through the night too?? I have a feeling I'll be napping today--especially since I'm relatively awake now and it's 6:30am!
Sneezing after a c-section--let's talk about excitement there!! The doctors stress how you should watch how you sit-up and lift (etc) to take care of the ab area after the section. They never tell you how much sneezing and coughing will hurt. I wish there was a medication for that too! Luckily the stinging pains in the abs and back only last a minute or two!
SO, I'm going to go back to my blanket and will probably watch a movie and wait for my husband and/maybe Mom to return home again. If I'm really lucky, I'll fall asleep again!! Probably just in time for Quinn's next feeding, but that's the life of a Mom!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
My mom has been a great aide this week too, physically and emotionally. We wish everyone could be closer as we know we'd have a million people pitching in. It just gives you all a reason to come visit NYC for a few days! Just give me enough time to recover so I can enjoy NYC too. :) It'll be probably a month or two yet before I can move too gracefully...just in time for the next wedding we'll attend!
We've taken the opportunity to quiz Grandma R. this week on any and everything as she had 5 kids of her own and she's a Grandma to (now) 6 and before next summer comes, a Grandma to 8! We have A LOT of stairs in our house and the grocery store is a few blocks away, but she's handled all of it wonderfully despite the bad knee that's started acting up the past few days. Just like I would do anything for Quinn, she's willing to do anything for me and just work through the pain to make sure her baby girl is okay. THANKS MOM!! ALSO, a huge thanks to Dad who "let her" stay here an extra week. I know he'd be here too if work would allow, but you have bills to pay too!! She leaves on Sunday already.
I'm getting anxious to see how I do "alone" next week. I should be okay as I feel better each and every day. I CAN'T WAIT until I can walk around outside again without the assistance of Advil and at a "normal" pace. Heck, I was excited about being able to take the flights of stairs "left foot, right foot," (7 times each foot/each flight of stairs) yesterday instead of "left foot, pause, left foot, pause, left foot, pause". I thought for sure my days of waddling would be over when she was born! Some day soon...
My belly has gone down considerably already too. I was slightly discouraged last week when I had a 8# baby, plus tons of other "stuff" out of my body and had managed to only lose 3#s. I was VERY fluid filled, though! I'm amazed at how the body stretches during those 9 months to make a baby fit...and then only a week later, being close to where you were at 5 months pregnant! Now, all I need to work on (once I can work on it) is being more fit by utilizing the treadmill and walking the neighborhood, playing with Quinn, and giving attention to my cats again!!
The cats have been slightly neglected the past week, but they've been getting TLC from Grandma R. When either Mike or I are holding Quinn or are near Quinn, they don't come near us. They've steered clear of her toys, car seat, chair, and bedroom. They've even stopped crawling on my chest and belly as if they know it's sore and they know to stay away. I miss that cuddle time with them, but am EVER SO greatful that they've not attempted to crawl on me as they'd be sorry they did. So, they've enjoyed her nap times when they can cuddle at my legs and give them a little TLC. Someday soon I'll be able to play fetch with them again!
New photos will post tomorrow as the transfer cable is MIA. Sorry! Additionally, I have been adding and organizing photos on Snapfish so you can view more than just the one or two I get to posting. You can order photos straight from that website if you want some "real" photos as our baby grows, too!
I guess I had a lot to say tonight!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Yesterday morning, Quinn was given pediatrician approval to be discharged from the hospital. All we needed to leave was for my doctor to give approval to discharge home too!! So, as soon as Dr. Sticco gave us word, I called Daddy and Grandma and told them to rush so we could get home! Between the fluorescent lights, cold, not so great food, no snacks, hard bed and PAIN in my abs...I really just wanted to be at home with my family.
While Mommy dressed in a full outfit of "real clothes" for the first time in days, Daddy dressed me in a cute froggie onsie and cuddled me into my cute jungle receiving blanket and cute yellow duckie blanket.
She put up a little fuss (screamed for 30 minutes) until we put her cover over her car seat to take her to the car. Grandma R. was a huge help with the car seat process as Daddy went to get the car so we could finally get home.
We didn't hear a peep from her until we got her out of the car and carried her to the house. After a quick meal, she was very content in her bouncy chair for about 20 minutes alert and happy to be home. Killer hasn't made much notice to the fact that she's around. Eggo stares her down every now and then. They both tend to run away from her cries, but they haven't seemed to care too much since her arrival.
I can't believe it's been five days already. She's growing up so quick!!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Actually, chicken broth and jello for the Mom of honor - at least until dinner. Somehow, I don't think Katie minded one bit, as she and I got our first extended time with our new daughter, Quinn.
Also present were Grandma and Grandpa Rebarchik and Auntie Jen, lending their moral support and relishing the opportunity to hold our newest family member. (Sorry Jen, we'll work one of your pictures in tomorrow)
Katie's still having me do the entries for a little while, but she recorded a little introduction for our little girl....
I'll give Katie a reprieve from writing this momentous announcement because she's worked hard enough over the last 30 hours....
In any case, I'd like to officially announce the birth of our baby girl, Quinn Constance Born. She came into the world at 1:26 AM EST, Thanksgiving Day (11/22), weighing in at 8 lbs, 2 oz. Mommy and baby are doing well and the doc sent me home to get some sleep (after the obligatory blog update, of course).
In any case, I am sure there are at least a few people out there who are eager to hear the news, so here it is. Our day has finally arrived and as you parents out there can attest, the feeling is truly indescribable. On that note, I will leave further details for another time, as I am exhausted (Disclaimer: Dad's statement of exhaustion is not intended for comparison with Mom's exhaustion). Of course, more info will be forthcoming, but I thought I'd get the basics for all you out there, wherever you are.
Happy Thanksgiving to all,