Monday, July 27, 2009

A Star is Born

Chloe had her very first photo shoot last Tuesday with our wedding photographer and she was amazing!! Our little Chloe is a star in the making. Now granted, she is not really good at posing with her eyes open, but nothing seemed to phase her throughout the shoot. Glitter, itchy material, enormous flower bows (thanks to Auntie Heidi), flowers and butterflies had no effect on her at all. She pretty much slept through it all. I hate to brag, but our little girl is the perfect little baby!! (I think all moms say this, right?)

But really, she is perfect, haha. She only cries when she is hungry, sleeps at least 5 hours at night, and she is only 1 month old. Anytime we take her out, she just sleeps in her car seat. Now, I know she is only a month old and who knows what the future holds for us, but I am enjoying every second of her right now.

So, I have been dying to post the pics but wanted to wait until her announcements were out. I tried to narrow it down to a few, but it was just so hard to pick through 600 pictures! So here are several of our favorites. I will be posting more on facebook tomorrow.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Chloe makes her arrival

Our little one decided to make her arrival 2 weeks early via c section on Thursday, July 2 2009 at 4:38pm. Chloe Renaye Salmon weighs 8lbs 11oz and is 19 inches long. We have been home from the hospital for one week, and have loved every second of our new life. I had no idea how much love I could have for her.

Everything happened so fast. I went in for a regular check up on Thursday morning, and advised the Dr. that I was not feeling her move as much as usual. They ran a stress test on her and in a 30 minute time frame they did not catch any movements from her. Her heart beat was steady but the Dr. sent me over to the hospital for an ultra sound. They ran the ultra sound for another 30 minutes and there was still no movement. They sent me upstairs to labor and delivery to be monitored for a couple of hours.

David and I were starting to freak out but knew that at this point we were in good hands. The Dr. immediately admitted us and told us that we were having this baby today. My mom was in AZ and we barley had time to call our family. The Dr. gave us the option to be induced and try to go through labor natural, but we would take the risk of her crashing. This was one of the hardest decisions we ever had to make, but we knew for the safety of the baby the c section was the best option. Once we made our decision, we were in the operating room within 10 minutes. We were not even able to tell our family what was going on.

Going into the operating room was terrifying for us both, but the second I heard my baby screaming, it was all worth it. Chloe came out very healthy and chubby, kicking and screaming. Daddy got to cut the umbilical cord, and was able to spend her first moments with her. My recovery has been difficult, we stayed in the hospital for 5 days, but I could not be more happy. Having our daughter has been the best thing that has ever happened to us.

So now we have been home for a week, and everything has been going great with the exception of breastfeeding. Unfortunately, due to the c section, my milk took a long time to come in. In the mean time, we had to supplement with formula and the bottle, and now she wants nothing to do with breastfeeding. It has been very upsetting but I know I have tried everything . I have met with 4 different lactation specialist, spent endless hours trying to get her to latch, and everything elseI possibly could do. We have not given up yet, but I fear the worst. She is currently 8 lbs 2oz and the pediatrician would like to see her back at her birth weight by Thursday. Either way, we will do what is best for her and her health.

David and I love being parents, and have had so much fun staying home together taking care of our little girl. We have had so many visitors and tons of food this week! Chloe is definitely loved! Thanks Grammy for staying with us and helping us through every step of the way. We love you!!

On a side note, we finally got our new car 2 days before I went into labor. We got the Acura MDX and love it!! Here are 2 pics of our baby, we lost our camera at the hospital so I will upload more photos soon.