Sunday, May 30, 2010

Ely Reed's Arrival

Needless to say, Tuesday night was quite sleepless for me.  I think I was so anxious that I could not sleep past 2am.  That was not such a big deal though.  Wayne and I had to be at Woman's Hosptial at 5:30am!!! 
Ely Reed Black arrived at 4:33pm on Wednesday, May 26th.  She was a healthy 8lbs 2oz and 20 inches long!  This is our first photo as a family of three!
Day 1 of Ely Reed's life was pretty exciting!  She had lots of visitors, an adorable outfit and lots of loving!  Everyone commented on how much ER looks like her daddy which I just love!!!  I must say that Wayne is a beautiful little girl!
By noon on Friday, the Black family was headed home with our little princess!  She wore the same blue dress that I wore home - it was perfect with her beautiful blue eyes! 
Neeli and Nova were very excited that Wayne and I were home.  They are still smelling Ely Reed!  Nova is a good bit more excited - she is already snuggling with ER and getting in her face!  Neeli is keeping her distance, but she is very curious when she thinks we are not paying attention! 

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

38 weeks

This morning I had my 38 week appointment - still no change!  Ely Reed is just chilling and loving every minute of it!  And I can breathe and have not had to deal with frequent bathroom trips, so I can not complain!  
The appointment was very informative.  It appears that the "no change" may lead to a c-section!  I was thrilled to have a sonogram - Wayne was so bummed he was not present!  She was a wiggle worm while the sweet sonographer was attempting to measure her, but it appears that she is about 6lbs. 15oz.  Needless to say, she could be a very big girl!  She still has long legs!  And she has the cutest little profile like her daddy!  
To my delight, when I arrived to the office from my appointment my co-workers surprised me with a baby shower, lunch (i heart some pizza shack) and strawberry cake (beagle bagel is the best)!  So fun!  And Ely Reed got tons of adorable stuff!  We also got to see ER's best friend's mommy, Misti (photo above).  
How Far Along: 38 weeks (but it will be two more weeks before she arrives unless something drastic happens)
Total Weight Gain: ummm... still not going to talk about it!  I have not yet surpassed the scary number, and that's all you need to know! :)
Maternity Clothes: Still loving my maternity clothes!!!  I may look like a tent, but I feel great!
Moment of the Week: Seeing Ely Reed would have to top the list, but I have gotten tons of adorable things for the nursery - its all coming together beautifully!
Movement: She is still moving & shaking!    
Food Craving: I heart SWEET TEA!  I cannot get enough of it!  But don't worry, I drink decaf!
Food Aversion: Anything with red sauce!!!
Morning Sickness: Still dealing with heartburn like crazy and just praying that it will go away when ER arrives!
Gender: It's still a little princess!  But since she is dropping I have had so many people ask if I am having a boy!  
Labor Signs: Ha!  I don't know a thing about those hence the c-section conversation!  
Belly Button: Surprisingly its not an outie so I am so happy!!!
What I Miss: Yall are going to think I am crazy, but now that I can breathe the only thing that I miss is the ability to get around and accomplish my to do list in a timely manner!!! Ha!
What I am Looking Forward to: A FINISHED nursery!!!
Weekly Wisdom: An intelligent and well rounded doctor is worth their weight in gold!  I just love that my doc is so honest, straight forward and just plain down to earth!  
Why I Think My Husband will ROCK as a Daddy: Wayne Black HATES a TO DO LIST yet he is helping as much as he can!  It is cute!  He would never do it just for me!  ER already has him wrapped around her finger!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Baby Names

Like most girls I absolutely love discussing BABY NAMES!  So, I am so thankful that Kelly at Kelly's Korner brought up the topic!  I believe I started discussing baby names with Wayne (and his family) when we had only been dating a couple of years (we dated five years before we married).  Ha!
Wayne and I love family names!  And we both have family names. 

Sally Marie Wells
Sally was the nickname of my dad's maternal grandmother - I have heard about her beautiful rosy cheeks and sweetness my entire life.  Marie is my maternal grandmother's middle name and the name she goes by! 
Travis Wayne
Travis (what I affectionately call him) is not a family name but honors a young boy who passed away in his family's church. Wayne is the middle name of every first male son in his dad's family.

Luckily, both of our families have tons of great names! The only problem is that it's hard to narrow down so many wonderful options when you don't plan to have tons of children! So, I guess that where we should start. We would like to have two or three children. Since our first is obviously going to be a little girl, if our second child is a boy we will be done. However, if our second is another girl, we plan to try again for a boy. Of course, there is always the chance that we will have three girls (which is what I think will happen since Wayne is such an outdoorsman).
Our little girl will be...
Ely Reed Black
Ely (pronounced E-LEE) is Wayne's mom's maiden name and, therefore, his Poppa's last name.  Wayne really wanted to name a child after his Poppa (whose first name is Vanis).  And since Van Black does not sound so great, Ely it is!!!  :)  Reed is both of our paternal grandmother's maiden names.  Amazingly, we have had her name picked out for six years!!!  In the beginning of our pregnancy we just knew we were going to have a boy, but I questioned Wayne one night about what we would name Baby B should it be a girl.  He frankly replied Ely Reed as if we had just concluded a conversation on the topic.  Ha!  We plan to call her by both names!
And should we have a little boy next...
Miller Wayne Black 
Miller is Wayne's maternal grandmother's maiden name.  Interestingly enough, she is adopted.  I love that we can honor the family that chose to raise her.  And you know the story behind Wayne.  We plan to call him Miller.
However, should our second and/or third child be a girl, we have a few names that rank high on the list including but not limited to
WellsLeigh & Ann Travis
but I did not discuss this with my husband prepost! Ha! For obvious reasons I love the name Wells (if we had a second boy his name would be Wells). Leigh is Wayne's aunt's middle name - she is who I want to be when I grow up! :) And since our third girl will more than likely be her dad's biggest sidekick, she should be named Travis! Ann is distant family name, but it goes so well with Travis.
I must admit that we could name twelve children with all of the wonderful names that we have picked out! But don't worry, we do not plan to have that many children!