Posts tagged with "bean"
So far we have:
- Ickle Pickle
- Icky Picky
- Icky Von Picky ,shortened to
- Icky Von
- Icky McPicky
- Grumple Stiltskin (when she's in a mood)
I get a bit carried away
Imagine the scene... It's late at night. Holly's unsettled, and I try to comfort her. She slowly calms done as I pace back and forth, and then falls asleep in my arms. I go to put her back in her cot, and slowly move her toward it. Reminiscent from the above scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark, I carefully place her down, knowing that one false move could start her off again, and unleash a rolling boulder* if she wakes.
But success is oh so sweet It's just not how you'd want to emulate Indy.
*metaphorically, of course. The room's not booby-trapped with spears, rocks, or poisoned darts. Well, not that I know, anyhow.
Hours of endless amusement (in between the crying and pooing...)
And I've taken the opportunity to upload some more pics to the Hollybean album.
I don't think I've had such a roller-coaster of emotions before, going from the trauma of seeing Pip in labour (due to a variety of things she couldn't have a painkiller, and she really needed one), the elation of Holly being born and holding her in my arms,
then the fear and panic of her turning blue and being taken to the Neo-Natal Unit and being attached to so many wires and tubes.
She was in there for just over a week, and although they unit has 24 hour visiting, you can't help feeling distant from her, and helpless.
Each day we hoped to see improvement, but for the first few days she was stable, but not improving. All we could do was look at her through the perplex, as the Doctors told us they wanted to have minimal interaction, concentrating all her energy on breathing.
But then there was a distinct change. It's like her lungs finally got the idea, and kicked in. She was taken off the oxygen for longer periods, and we even got to hold her.
The nurses and staff were fantastic, letting us getting involved as much as we could; changing her nappy, and helping with the feeds.
One by one the different wires came off, starting with the oxygen, then the drip and monitoring leads, and finally the feeding tube.
I was moved into the hospital to help establish a feeding routine, and slowly Holly started to feed for longer and longer. She wasn't, however, putting on weight, but the Doctors allowed us to take her home on Monday.
We had to take her back in today, to make sure that she had put on weight, and she had! A whole 4oz. So now she is home for good, and we're enjoying every minute of it. Even the night where she didn't settle until 4am
I was dubious at first (not being a fan of this social networking malarkey), but what sold it for me is the ability to send updates by text messages. This is going to be a major part of Operation Baby Watch™, which is potentially going to begin very soon. I'm trying to get friends and family to sign up to Twitter so that I can update them on Holl•E's arrival. It's not because I'm being a cheapskate, sending one message to update several people at once, but I daresay I'll have other things on my mind when the day arrives, and the ability to broadcast news with one message is going to be very handy indeed.
I also love the ability to send picture message updates via Twitpic. I doubt Wifety will be in a very photogenic mood, but it's going to be nice to be able to share photos quickly. On a sidenote, whilst MyOpera has this ability, it never manages to remove my operator's signature (even though I tell it to), which is a little frustrating. MyOpera is still the best blogging platform that I've come across, and it makes me happy that my posts get sent to Twitter via Twitterfeed.
I don't know how many people will be involved with Operation Baby Watch™, but those who are currently following my Twitter updates don't really have a choice in the matter... muhahahahaha!
This is THE EGG. He's going to be watching over Hollybean's room, and let us know how hot or cold it is. I've been giving him a trial run in preparation of Hollybean's arrival, and THE EGG has not been happy.
Look at his face! He's red with anger! It's soooo hot at them moment, and this pic was taken on a relatively cool night. Luckily Hollybean's arriving in the Autumn, so hopefully it won't be as hot. If it is, we could be in for some (even more) sleepless nights, as I dare say she'll be unhappier than THE EGG.
And yes, Khad, I realise that this isn't hot at all for you
We had our third scan today, and bean finally behaved enough so that we could determine the sex. As you can quite clearly see from the scans (!), bean is a girl! Pip did have a sneaky suspicion that the baby would be a girl, and I have to admit that I did too
It's fantastic news, and having got two little brothers, it's going to be nice having a little girl in the family. Everything is fine, and Bean's looking healthy. Though now we know the sex, we probably can't keeping it Bean for much longer. The quest for a name continues!
It's been 8 weeks since we last saw Bean, and today Pip and I went for our 20 week scan. It really is amazing to see Beany move on the monitor, and he/she has grown so much.
We were hoping to find out if he/she is a he or a she, but unfortunately, Bean was not playing ball! As you can just make out, their legs are tucked up, and so it was impossible for the sonographer to tell. More importantly, due to this she couldn't carry out all the tests that needed to be done. Of all the ones done, everything is fine, but it does mean that we have to go back in two weeks to have another scan.
That's actually really good, because I love seeing the baby. On the scan today we saw Bean's little face, hands, feet, and heart. We even saw it sucking its thumb. Well it probably wasn't, but it looked like it It also keeps to suspense about the sex going for that little bit longer...
See! Very cute indeed! It is also a well-known fact that babies in costumes are even cuter. Again I will call on my LL brother to prove this:
He's wearing a pirate hat! Cuter!
As we've now announced the future birth of Bean, Pip's started to buy stuff for the baby. I think I'm going to lay down some ground rules, and be quite strict about this: Bean can only wear outfits that make him/her look like something else. I think that this will make him/her that much cuter, and provide countless "embarrassing picture" material for when they are older.
This was Pip's first baby-related purchase (and a bargain at £0.50, no less!), and it's good to see she's sticking to the rules. Note the ears on the hat which will make Bean look a little like a bear. Genius.
Whilst searching for baby outfits on t'Internet, I came across this site, and I'm sure you'll agreed that it is the Holy Grail of baby costume sites. Just look at this one:
A polar bear! Just how awesome is that?!?! Okay, that may be going slightly over the top. Perhaps I should just stick to the subtler efforts...
As a first time parent, I'm pretty sure I'm going to need some advice on how to look after our new born. Luckily G-Off pointed me in the direction of this site (albeit a while ago...). It's very informative, as you can see.
Knowing the sex then brings another, probably more important decision: baby names. I think Pip and I starting thinking of names as soon as we found out. Although we have got a couple of definite contenders, we have struggled to find names that we both like. Here are a few of the names that have been vetoed by either (or both) of the prospective parents:
|Names for a boy||Names for a girl|
Some cracking choices there, I'm sure you'll agree! Has anyone got any names for us? You may have guessed that the above choices were less than serious (most are my big little brother's suggestions), but if anyone has ideas for names, I'd love to hear them!
Pip (or Wifety to those who know), is 12 weeks pregnant, and today we had our first scans \o/
We found out that she was expecting about 2 months ago, and it's been a big secret until now Now we've had the scans, and everything seems to be fine, we thought we'd let the world know!
It was such an incredible experience seeing little "Bean" (as we've called him/her) for the first time, and the scans don't do it justice. In the second one, you can just make out his/her little hand!
The due date is on the 25th September, and I can't wait Although it's pretty scary how things will be changing from now on...