Wednesday, January 30, 2008

First Bath

Katelyn had her first non-sponge bath today. Amazingly enough, she didn't cry much at all...she seemed pretty content the whole time. Video coming soon, but here are two pictures!

Also, she is back up to her birth weight finally.


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Katelyn in a basket

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A tisket, a tasket, Katelyn in a basket. I bought some baskets with liners to store some of Katelyn's things in, and her mommy just had to see if she would actually fit in the basket and she does!

Katelyn's blanket cradle

Monday, January 28, 2008

Katelyn and Mommy

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Katelyn's blog was starting to look a little Daddy-centric so I thought I would put a picture of Katelyn and mommy on the website.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

In Daddy's Lap

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Courtesy of the Webcam...

I'm starting to get the hang of typing with one hand while I'm holding Katelyn...

Getting Old

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I Love Daddy

This picture was actually taken on the 20th but I never posted's just too cute to save for a big photo gallery.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Birth Weights

So Tammy's mom noticed that if you take Tammy's birth weight of 7 lbs. 11 oz. and my birth weight of 9 lbs. 3 oz., the average is exactly Katelyn's birth weight of 8 lbs. 7 oz. Pretty cool, huh?

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Good Taste

For Katelyn's first photo shoot we put her in the first piece of clothing we ever bought for her: a Coca-Cola shirt. And in other news her umbilical cord fell off today.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

First Snow

Katelyn didn't seem fazed by her first sight of snow today. The snow held off for the most part until we got back from the pediatrician this morning (for a weight check), and it came down enough to coat most everything but the roads and sidewalks.

Winter Wonderland

We had rare snow in Birmingham today...

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Family

Everyone is doing well at home!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Welcome to Katelyn's Page!

We're still in the process of figuring out how we want to do the layout of this page, so be patient...we'll also have tons more pictures and videos to post soon!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

first checkup

At her one week appointment on Monday, Katelyn was 7 lbs 13 oz and 21 1/4 inches long. That puts her in the 50th percentile for weight and the 95th percentile for length.

Everything looked great!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

the end of a long but great week

We came home from the hospital on Thursday. The introduction to Angel went better than we had expected...we've had a few instances of Angel getting a little too close for comfort to Katelyn, but for the most part, she's pretty much ignored her. I'm sure that will change when Katelyn is older and moving around more. Angel has started standing guard by whoever is holding Katelyn a lot of the time.

Thursday night, which was really the first night we had with her (since she was in the NICU every night in the hospital), did not go very well. Katelyn wasn't very happy most of the night.

Tammy's parents left on Friday so we could have some time with her by ourselves. Things went pretty smoothly for the most part. Friday night and Saturday night were a lot better, and we actually got a decent amount of sleep. Katelyn has to eat every 3-4 hours, but in between those feedings she's sleeping pretty well, which means we are too. The nursing is going pretty well for Tammy, and both her and Katelyn are getting better and better at it each time. Katelyn hasn't had a drop of formula since I think Friday.

There is always a lot to do with a newborn at home...the clothes washing, bottle washing, rocking, feeding, has been a very tiring week but a great one! Tammy's mom is back tonight and will be here this week to help Tammy since I have to go back to work tomorrow. Katelyn's first appointment with her pediatrician is also in the morning.

Hopefully I'll find time to post more pictures and get Katelyn's web page all ready!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

the day after the day after the big day

Still blogging live from Brookwood Hospital Room W243...

10:55 AM - We are going to be spending one more night in the hospital. Katelyn is completely off of her IV and they have allowed her to come up in the room with us for a while last night and today. She should be able to stay with us all day today until about 8 PM if we want. Tammy's getting a little more mobile, and we both slept really well last night. Katelyn's chugging a bottle at the moment, and we're starting to mix more nursing in with the bottles. Best of all, Katelyn's sugar has been stable enough that they don't even have to test it anymore. Today will be much more relaxing than yesterday, and we won't have to cram into the NICU to see her.

2:05 PM - I just added a video to the photo gallery...use the same address as before and it's the last thumbnail on there. There is no sound, only the picture. I don't have all my video editing stuff at the hospital so it's nothing fancy.

9:15 PM - We are looking forward to having a wireless baby tomorrow. Even though she's been disconnected from the IVs and the monitors, they left all the wires in for when they have to do stuff. This makes changing diapers and handling her a bit of an adventure sometimes. She was with us in our room all day until about 8, and she'll be back up here after she gets a bath and some more medicine. We are still set to all go home tomorrow, most likely sometime after 2 PM.

10:28 PM - I have made a page of all things Katelyn-related at That will eventually be the centralized place for everything.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

the day after the big day

Continuing the running diary from yesterday....

9:45 AM - Unfortunately, we haven't actually been able to see Katelyn very much so far. Her blood sugar keeps dropping down too low, so she has been put in the NICU. She was in the room with us some overnight, but at some point this morning (I think it was around 4 AM) they said they were going to have to admit her. She's going to be in there for at least a couple of days, but we can go downstairs and visit most any time. Her condition is fairly common when the mom has gestational diabetes. Hopefully she'll get balanced out and everything will be fine.

10:39 PM - Okay, so I didn't have any time for updates today. I spent most of the day giving tours down to visit Katelyn in the NICU for friends and family. Also, the lack of sleep finally caught up to me so I briefly zoned out in the little bit of down time that we had. Everything is fine...Katelyn just had a really long first 24 hours. Her sugar seems to have stabalized now, and they have actually let her leave the NICU and come up to visit us in the room twice.

10:43 PM - I really wish they didn't close the Chik-Fil-A and the Subway at 3 PM.

11:18 PM - The first collection of Katelyn pictures is now online here.

Monday, January 07, 2008

2 + 1 = 3

We took last pictures in the morning before we left for the hospital...

...And here's our first family photo!

the big day!

I realize that most likely no one will see this until after Katelyn has arrived, but I thought it'd be fun to keep a running diary as best I can during the day.

9:21 AM - We're coming to you live from Labor and Delivery Room 11 here at Brookwood Medical Center. We got here about 6:15, and got Tammy all settled in. They broke her water and gave her the pitocin a little while later. Then the contractions started. They gave her a mild painkiller that has made her sort of sleepy, which is where we're sitting now. The nurse says so far everything is good!

10:00 AM - They just gave her the epidural, and not being able to feel her legs is a little weird for her right now. She's making great progress still.

10:38 AM - So I wouldn't call it the highlight of the day or anything, but I was very excited that they have Cherry Coke Zero here at the hospital.

12:47 PM - Tammy's sleeping now. She got pretty sick earlier, so they turned off the epidural pump and gave her like five different things to try to make her feel better. All the monitor's show Katelyn doing great. I will now find out how the hospital's Subway compares to a normal one.

1:30 PM - Time to start pushing! If I don't have another update for a while, you'll know why.

3:07 PM - Progress has been made, and Katelyn is now turned the correct way. Tammy was starting to hurt so they turned the epidural back on, and after it kicked in she couldn't feel enough to push very well. We're now taking a 30 minute break from pushing so Tammy won't be worn out. After all, we're not in a huge hurry or anything.

3:09 PM - Not that anyone cares, but I'm doing fine.

10:44 PM - Katelyn was finally born at 7:03 PM. She was 8 lbs 7 oz and is 21 inches long. She's beautiful! Tammy ended up pushing for about four hours (with some breaks in there). Katelyn wasn't cooperating and we almost had to do a C-section, but Tammy was stubborn and determined to deliver her. Lots of pictures and video will soon follow. We're in room 243 at Brookwood for anyone that needs to know.