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!!

You know life is bad when......

- Even sitting at the laptop for any amount of time seems like too much to do!

I can barely sit here for more than 5 minutes before I am crippled and need to change positions or something. Amelia is lying really strange and it hurts! I have an appt with the Doctor tomorrow. They are seriously like gold dust or something, he never wants to see me! They just totally let you go on your own here and I'm thinking to myself all the things that could be wrong that he is not checking for and worrying myself!

Time for a game of tennis?

This morning we got up super early to go have a game of tennis. Well, I say have a game. Daniel and Helena (my SIL) played, while Dakota tried to get in the way as many times as possible and I tried to rescue her while escaping any tennis balls that may be coming my way at high speeds. It was still fun though, nice to get out in the morning air! Kota looks so small in comparison to the bat. Makes a change from the monster size she usually looks. I want to show it to everyone to be like LOOK - my kid is still only 18 months! Haha. We found another awesome job for her as well......... ball girl.

The joys of having a kid. They're a built in slave!

Who am I kidding? WE are the slaves to her.

Wordless Wednesday - *Potty baby?*

Purple for Maddie

Hi Maddie, my name is Dakota. I'm only a month older than you, though you probably couldn't tell as I am a giant monster and you were simply a little peanut. We never got the chance to play or anything but I saw pictures of you online and I know we would have had a ton of fun. You lived in California and I live in Poland. Poland is so boring, but I can make it fun sometimes. I wore this purple dress today to remember you. Your life was short but was filled of so many fantastic memories and my whole family is so thankful to God that you got that beautiful year to spend at home with your family having fun. Someday we will meet in heaven and then we may get the chance to play together.

Easter Belly!

We didn't do a lot this Easter. It was a bit difficult to get out. I went to "family" mass early in the morning and then Daniel came with me to my mass - so we got to 2. It's just another thing we have to put up with to keep both of us happy! It was wonderful to celebrate our Lord rising from the dead though. Here in Poland, people are so dedicated and devout and really appreciate all God has done for them. I seriously believe living here has been a "gift" to help me see this, and I really am starting to be. I am in no way I perfect person and man, I mess up ever day, but I am getting there.

When we came home - I took some more belly pics. Kinda hoping these will be some of my last as God blessed me with some contractions on Sunday ;-). I didn't have any before labor with Dakota so I am kinda hoping this means things are really getting going - though this pregnancy has been SO different, I can't really go by anything!

Fun at the lake!

Daniel and I planned to take Dakota to the park on Friday - but he suggested we go to the lake instead and we had a lovely day. Dakota really enjoyed the feeding the ducks and giving them her bread. My girl is too kind, the last day we were there, she wanted to give the duckies her "baby". Anyway, it is great having Daniel at home some days of the week now. I know he looks a bit weird with his phone link in his ear, but if it means he gets to come out with us during the day - I am totally up for it!

She's so ladylike...

Oh well, what can I do about it?

Daniel kicked her little butt and she giggled. This is her new favorite position to lie watching the TV. I am scared she will hurt her eyes this way. Of course Daniel sees nothing wrong with it and thinks it is funny.

I told her to sit back on the chair with us and got told "NO". I was like "Eh, ok". That kid rules our house, probably a little sad but very true!

If she needs glasses by the time she gets to 5 - she can blame her Daddy! As for her more than ladylike position, well, we will see how that changes in a few years!