2 months old!

Mia is now 2 months old. I wonder where those 2 months have gone, it truly does feel like yesterday I was fed up being pregnant and willing her out! But she is already growing so much, no longer like that little newborn I brought home! Here is her 2 month shot!

And for comparisons, here is Dakotas. I am starting to wonder why I always put her in hats for those photos, but she was pretty much bald. So Mia definitely beats her in the hair stakes!

Hugs for Mommy!

It's been strange for me the past few weeks. I have been feeling incredibly down about a couple of things - I honestly have no idea if it has to do with not being blog active, but it's a reasonable guess.

This place really is like my outlet, I love looking back at old posts and I have so many things I could post about right now, I just can't motivated. So I am honestly going to try harder :)
One day last week Dakota saw me looking down and came over and gave me a great big hug- I think it is amazing a child so small can understand and grasp emotions so well. I mean, I wasn't crying or anything, she just sensed it and came over to try and make me feel better. I know everything thinks their child is the greatest and smartest in the world, but I honestly do believe I have such a little bright spark in my life!
She is so affectionate with Amelia as well. She wants to help and do everything with her she can. I am just getting a post together of pictures of them together and the way Dakota treats her. She hasn't been jealous barely at all, she has her own baby and she burps it, changes its dipe & takes it out walks the exact same way as I do with Mia!
She is still my little wild child, I don't think I will ever calm that. But her maturity, just, shocks me. It's sad, yet so amazing to see her growing up and understanding much more every day!

Wordless Wednesday - Full of giggles!

We swapped their beds!

Dakota is now in her own big girl bed and Amelia is in the crib! So far, it's going great. Kota is taking it all in her stride and actually doing really well with having her own room, I even set up her own baby's "crib", so her room could be the same as ours! She is doing great with it. Mia was getting a bit big for the basket and she transferred to the crib really well, so well she slept for the longest stint yet (5 hours) last night! Yay!

A comparison!

Dakota at one month

Amelia at one month!

I think they look pretty alike. You can't really see there because Dakota had a hat on, but Mia has a lot more hair than she ever did at that age. Mia looks slightly longer and thinner than Dakota too, but I'm not sure how true that is because in my records Dakota was actually bigger than Mia is. I love doing comparison pics though, it's amazing to see the differences and similarities.

Some Baptism Photos

That's really just a selection. If you have me on facebook there are more there, but I didn't want to overload the blog with things.

We had a wonderful day - it made me really happy to be in Poland. I didn't think I could ever say that but I did, it has only taken me 10 months to get used to it all but I really do love this country now. Of course it was also great to be surrounded by my family and all my new friends I have made here too. Life really isn't so bad sometimes!

My life at the moment!

I know I haven't been keeping up so great and for that I really apologize. I miss blogging, I really do!

I have such a backlog of pics I just want to share with the blogging world I can't see to get moved on to. Being a Mommy of 2 is tough! But I will be back & I will get used to this. I'm just enjoying the last week with my parents here before they have to return home & then hopefully I will be back with all the wonderful stories of their time here and the new things the girls are doing! I just haven't had time for the net full stop recently.

Amelia still isn't sleeping great and I'm starting to get pretty tired with it. I've been feeling really lethargic and my Doctor has advised me to try and start gaining weight. I know, one month pp and already being told I need to put some on again. It's just hard when it seems all my battles are with gaining weight. However, I do know breastfeeding is not doing me any good and if I want to keep on breastfeeding I need to try.

So I've started on a new diet with more protein and carbs and things - I also hope I can get back into jogging soon because it helped me an awful lot before with building muscle and things. So wish me luck! I don't mean to be sickening but I often feel like my problems trying to gain any sort of weight must be the same as trying to lose it. I know that feeling of sheer desolation when nothing seems to work.

But I look back at pictures of me now before I got pregnant with Amelia and realize I was too light - the whole move and the stress took it out of me completely. I don't want to get that way again.

- Anna

Amelia's Baptism

Yesterday, Amelia got baptized. It was a wonderful day! My sister Lauren was and is still here for the longer weekend, it's great to have her here! I haven't seen my sister (and my best friend for that matter) in 2 years! She has never "met" either of my girls! So it's been a big meeting.

Everything went really well, Mia slept through the majority of the service & my family just sat there not a clue what was going on! But it was still nice to have them there. Yesterday was also Polish Mother's Day. So we got a meal & then went out to explore the city a bit more! I think / hope my Mom really enjoyed herself, she seemed to! I will be sure to be back with pictures later. My baby is a month old already & I can't believe it! It is just going so quickly. I want to skip back and have the whole first month over again, but I am excited for everything that lies ahead. I am so blessed.

Keeping up is so hard...

But we're all doing good & I promise I'll be back soon. Mia is doing fantastic already she smiles all the time and is a really great baby, I am so blessed!

Our week in photos!

Busy busy busy!

Life is so busy these days, just trying to get everything into a schedule. My Mom and Step Dad are coming tomorrow though and I honestly cannot wait to see them, I haven't seen them since Dakota was born so wow they are going to get a change when they see her and new little Amelia! :) They are staying for 3 weeks so I'm not sure I will be about for the next 3 weeks, but I will try to get on to at least post updated pics now and again!

My definition of perfection!

She is just the most perfect baby. Still getting used to having 2 but she is a great baby and hasn't been much problem so far. My boobs hurt like hell but she is latching great and loves the breastfeeding. So I am chuffed about that! Here's a comparison of pic of Dakota at a few days....

Alike huh? LOL

The big sister!

She just gets more beautiful every day!

Amelia's First Day - The Picture Edition!

Sorry nothing is in order!

Last ever preggo pics!

Took these just before Dakota went to bed - about 2 hours before my water broke. The last ones where you can see the bump properly! Nice to have these!

Amelia's Birth Story

" I had been having contractions all day Wednesday (04/22) but wasn’t sure if they meant anything. I had had irregular contractions all through my pregnancy so wasn’t getting my hopes up but was secretly hopeful. At around 10pm I was on the computer (as usual!) when I felt I needed to pee. Nothing out of the ordinary, so I waddled my way to the bathroom. Just as I got into the bathroom, my waters broke. Nothing like the massive explosion you often imagine, but there was still no mistaking it. I got everything cleared up and informed Daniel. He instructed me to sit and “DON’T MOVE” while we timed the contractions. They started coming every 4 minutes and we decided we better to head to the birthing center, which was about an hour across town.

We arrived at the center around 11pm and I got changed and hooked up. The contractions were short and stabbing at this point, nothing I couldn’t deal with. We sat and waited for an hour, playing about on the laptop and chatting, as well as informing close family members things were happening. At around midnight I was checked and was told I was only 3cm dilated and hadn’t progressed at all since I arrived. They offered to try and move things along a bit, but I declined because it had only been an hour and I was ok with everything.

After waiting for another while, things finally started to progress. Without really noticing, the contractions were starting to get harder and I was beginning to have to stop what I was doing and really concentrate on contractions as they came. I was still able to deal with them but increasingly they were becoming more difficult. I was incredibly tired as everything was happening in the dead of night, I tried to rest for a few minutes but soon realized I wasn’t going to get any rest. I got out of the bed and walked about for a bit and the contractions got stronger again. I was feeling a lot of pressure already and felt Amelia must be quite close to coming out. The pressure even at this point was a lot greater than I can remember with Dakota.

Things continued like this until around 4am. They decided to check me again and told me I was 7cm dilated. I was pretty upset at this because I felt I was ready to push and was getting incredibly uncomfortable. I was seriously considering the epidural, but just told myself to take it 5 contractions at a time and review the situation after the next 5. I took some gas & air (entonox) to calm me down a bit. I just kept changing positions to try and get comfortable. Daniel played some silly songs on the computer: for example “Go Baby Go”. This cheered me and took my mind off the contractions for a while. I tried stretching out but the contractions were becoming increasingly unbearable and I really started doubting myself and my capabilities.

After asking to be checked again, the midwife said I was progressing really well and it wouldn’t be much longer. After finally get myself into a half comfortable position I started feeling like I needed to push. I just went along with the contractions for a while and after realizing that YES I was actually needing to push a little. I informed the midwife. She checked and said I wasn’t fully 10cm dilated yet but just to go along with what my body was feeling. I pushed a little like this until the Doctor arrived. It was nice to have something to take my mind off it.

The Doctor arrived at 5.20am and I decided I wanted to deliver on my front. I am sure I was not a sight to be missed, but that was the way I felt most comfortable, down on my front with my back end in the air. The Doctor was happy enough to go along with this for a while and I started pushing in this position. I was so tired but really gave the pushing everything I had to get this baby out. After 30 mins intense pushing, the Doctor suggested I turn round on my front. I was not keen to do this and actually getting turned was the hardest, but after a lot of moaning and groaning, they set up some stirrups and got me delivering the “normal” way on my back. The pressure was really intense and I could feel her right there but she didn’t seem to be shifting. At around 6 the Doctor let me know we would try pushing for 15 more minutes and then he would decide what to do because he could see I was trying really hard and getting stressed that not much was happening. Well, at around 6.10am something finally happened. After 2 massive pushes with lots of screaming and groaning and then panting, her head finally crowned. I had completely forgotten how exhilaratingly painful the experience was but it was amazing at the same time. One more massive push and she was out.

Amelia was born at 6.15am exactly weighing 7lb 10z and 19.75ins long. I tore in the exact same place I did with Dakota and required 4 stitches but after all that I was up walking around again quickly. Achieving another drug free birth was great and I really appreciated getting to feel everything that was happening and really being in control of my body. Amelia nursed like a champ from word go. We are just recovering now but I feel so blessed to have been given another beautiful baby girl. I could just stare at her all day long; she is truly the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. "

I have a ton of pics to upload, for those of you that have me on facebook they are there but I will get them up soon for my bloggy friends! Thank you for all the congratulations!

She's here!

Amelia Izabela K was born this morning (04/23) at 6.15am Polish time! She weighed 7lb 10oz and was 19 3/4 ins long. She is just perfect, she came out screaming her head off and is BF'ing like a champ. I can't believe I have another baby girl! Dakota hasn't met her sister yet but is hopefully coming to see her tonight soon sometime before bed! Here is the premiered first photo of my new little princes!

Maybe this is it?

I have been having contractions all day and they are starting to get closer together! I am trying not to get my hopes up but I really don't think it will be much longer. Hope not anyway! Just took some more belly pics in the hope that they will be my last, I will just bore you with one because I know I post way too many. Her face was too cute to pass out on!

Wordless Wednesday - She's a cool kid!

Daily Dose of Bathtime Cuteness

Haven't had one of these in a while! This may be one of the last baths I get to watch my cutie enjoy herself without a screaming newborn, so we are taking advantage of that!

"Hey Baby Sister, we're going to meet you so soon!"

To Amelia,

PLEASE come out soon, we all want to play!

Lots of love Mommy, Daddy and of course Dakota!!