Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We have an awful lot to be thankful for this year:
1- I successfully completed physical therapy school (yes, this is a great accomplishment!)
2- Our easy transition and move to Noblesville, IN. We are employed and have a house to live in.
3- Our fantastic launch team to start The Heights.
4- Avery Kate. Enough said. :)
5- Our friends and family are the best. We love you guys!

There is a lot more that could be added to the list. God is good!

Our Thanksgiving was fun and unique this year! Kenny was unable to travel with his family to Missouri due to work, so he joined us for a meal. We (mostly Kenny) cooked a turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, mac n' cheese, stuffing, and rolls. It was sooo good! Here are some pictures from the day:

Avery in her Thanksgiving bib. She was NOT happy.

Kenny preparing the turkey. His mom is giving instructions via Skype on the computer :)

The boys hard at work.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

3 weeks old

Today was Avery's 3 week birthday! Time is just flying by... She fits in so well around here, it's hard to believe she's only been around for 21 days :)

Today we went back to the doctor and here are her stats for the week:
Weight- 7lbs 11oz (that's an 8oz weight gain this week!)
Height- 21 inches
Head circumference- 14 inches

We have to go back next week (again!) for her 1mo checkup. After that we should be good until her 2mo.

Here are some pictures we took this week, don't you just LOVE the jeans? :)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Boomer Sooner!

Avery and I decided to let Indiana know who the real Crimson and Cream colors belong to. Today is Avery's first OU football game.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

2 weeks old!

I can't believe a whole week has gone by since I've posted! I took Avery to the doctor yesterday for her 2-week check-up and here's her stats for the week:
Weight: 7lbs 3oz
Length: 20 1/4 inches
Head circumference: 14 inches

She's definitely getting bigger! Since she's not quite back up to her birth weight yet, we have to go back to the doctor again next week for another weight check. Dr. Fitzgerald isn't concerned, as long as she keeps gaining weight from week to week. We'll just keep forking over the co-pays... :)

Here are some pictures from this week!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

1 week old!

We have successfully managed to keep a baby alive and healthy for a week! Time has really flown by and it's been fun getting to know her and spend time with her every day.... we love our Avery!

I took her to the doctor for her 1 week checkup today and here are her stats:
Weight: 6lbs 15oz
Length: 20 inches
Head size: 14 inches

So based on her length that they measured today, they think she might have been mis-measured at the hospital... or she's superbaby and grew 1 1/2 inches in a week. I vote for the mis-measurement :) Either way, she's 20 inches now! We'll go back again next week for her 2 week checkup!

Monday, November 10, 2008


It was FREEZING outside today, but the sunshine coming in through the windows was so warm :)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Sleeping arrangements... and a video!

So we've learned that Avery does not like to lie flat on her back, but prefers an incline. We think lying on an incline makes the gas less painful for her, so she's more comfortable. So the sleeping arrangement is this: swaddled, placed in the boppy pillow, in the bassinet

And a video for you all to enjoy:

Friday, November 7, 2008

We're Home!

Here are a few pics of our trip home today.

We finally made it home.
Avery doesn't know she's at home yet...because she wont wake up.
Megan and Avery take their first nap at home.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Avery and Dad, and some pics of our room


Avery decided to wake up for bit this evening and we made sure we got it on film.

Fresh Pics

She's Here!

Avery Kate Higgins graced us with an appearance today at 8:58a.m. She weighs 7lbs 4oz and measures 18 1/2 inches.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

It's getting closer!

Well, today's the day! At 7pm est, we will arrive at the maternity center to start the induction! Please keep us in your prayers. We'll try to keep the blog and my facebook page updated :)

Oh, and I think I changed it to where anyone can leave a comment. I've gotten some complaints that people have tried to, but couldn't.... that shouldn't be a problem anymore!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Attempt #1

So we tried to go to the hospital yesterday to have this baby :) Key word? Tried.
I woke up Friday morning feeling like I had the flu- chills, nausea, vomiting... the works.
Around 11am I noticed that I hadn't skipped a contraction in a while, which is what had been happening for the past week, so I decided to try to pay a little more attention to how they felt.
At 12:42, I decided to start timing them for real. By 1:43 I had experienced contractions every 4-7 minutes and they were starting to get stronger... so we decided to get cleaned up and load the car. I called my nurse and she suggested we head to the maternity center for a "labor check". YAY!!
After stopping to feed the Panduku's fish (they're in Michigan) and debating whether or not to watch Thursday night's episode of "The Office" on their DVR (we chose not to), we got to the hospital around 3:15. Contractions were getting harder to breathe/talk through, so I KNEW we were on our way!
At the hospital they hooked me up to monitors for about 40 minutes to chart my contractions and Avery's heartbeat. Everything looked good so the nurse suggested we walk for an hour.
That hour was not much fun. After about 20 minutes of walking, I was feeling the contractions in my back (way more uncomfortable) and they were definitely stronger and coming more often. At 5, they hooked me back up to the monitors- the contractions were coming every 2 minutes, they were definitely stronger, and I had dilated and effaced a little more... yay, progress!
I rested until 6ish and we decided to get up and walk around a little more. We ended up walking to the cafeteria so William could eat dinner and I could get some jell-o. We returned from our trip a little after 7... back onto the monitors. The contractions were definitely stronger, enough to make me nauseated... and a couple even went off the top of the charts! But apparently all of this didn't matter because they were only 8 minutes apart. So, because of the spacing of the contractions and the lack of change in my cervix between the 5:30 and 7:30 checks, they gave us the option to head home (a place without monitors where I can eat all the food I want) or stay the night. We chose to go ahead and go home- and went to bed at 8:55 :)

So here I am. After 12 hours of sleep in 4-10 minute increments. Waiting for the contractions to pick up again. We'll keep y'all posted. :)