Sunday, October 31, 2010

Slice of Heaven

Abigail was released from the hospital Monday evening. My mom got a last minute flight and was here on Tuesday night. We spent the most heavenly two and half weeks together! It was this wonderful time that I will always treasure.

Joseph was in heaven with Grandma here, too. She arrived with a suitcase full of presents (for all of us). She brought an ambulance and tow truck for Joseph as well as card games (and that only scratches the surface). Joseph and Grandma played "Old Maid" and "Go Fish" and "War" in the mornings before I even got out of bed. Grandma took Joseph to the truck park, Penrose park, McDonalds, the library, and on lots of errands--including multiple trips to Costco (where Grandma let Joseph show her around the toy aisles). I haven't stepped foot in a grocery store for over a month!

Mom cooked wonderful meals for us like French dip sandwiches and fried green tomatoes, eggplant parmasean, taco "pile ons," chipotle pork burritos, and homemade pumpkin pie! She did all of the cooking, dishes, laundry, cleaning, and shopping.

I have these wonderful memories of being able to lay in bed with my little pink bundle--in my "baby cave." I napped or rested while Mom entertained Joseph and ran my entire household. Then Mom would admire my baby and listen to me cry and tell her my birth story one more time--and hug me tell me it was all okay. And somehow when mom says it's okay, it's okay.

She also stayed with Abigail so I could have some one-on-one time with Joseph--taking him to the library for storytime and taking him to the park to watch him show off his monkey bar skills, and even a date to Subway and to get the car inspection (a trip to the mechanic really is Joseph's idea of a fun date). Mom also gave us the treat of a night out--she stayed with Abigail and Joseph so Marc and I could go see a movie. She even watched "the kids" while I went back to classes; I took three midterm exams while she was here--I could never have done that without her!
She held Abigail in the morning if it had been a rough night, or rocked her to sleep in the evening. She accompanied me to Abigail's pediatrician appointments and made the preschool pick up run.
On the Saturdays Mom was here, Marc and Joseph took adventures in the country and Mom and I chatted and adored Abigail. Is that heaven or what?

Three generations...

Grandma and Abigail became really good friends.

Grandma gave Abigail her baths.

October 12-29, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Our Abigail

We love our baby Abigail...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Celebrating Abigail

We have been showered with so much love. It has been such a celebration of joy!  I have really enjoyed having visitors stop by to meet our Abigail.  Many dear friends and family have brought delicious meals (I didn't know so many of my friends were such gourmets!). We have had gifts dropped at the doorstep, packages arriving from all over the world, cards, emails, and phone calls. We had balloons and flowers and sparkling cider and a cookie bouquet and pink bows everywhere--it has been so much fun! I have sincerely loved having so many people share in our joy--and letting the world revolve around this baby for a time. The love and support I have felt is almost tangible--I hope Abigail will one day understand how much she is loved. 

Cousin Missy meets Abigail

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Our Little Family

October 24, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Home from the Hospital

I had this adorable white with embroidered pink flowers sleeper-nightgown for Abigail to wear home from the hospital. It swallowed her. Yet, she's still adorable. And we were going home--we couldn't have been happier. Joseph was ready for us to come home, too. Forced naps in teh car and having to be quiet in the NICU are not fun. We tried to give him some outlets--like a nearby park. But,wWhile playing at the park on our last day at the hospital, he got hit in the face with a swing and came home with a black eye!

>So, so tiny!
When we got home from the hospital, we realized it was Bob's 75th Birthday! Grandma Donna and Aunt Rachel came by with more presents and dinner. We invited Bob in to meet Abigail, and put a candle in one of the cupcakes from Grandma Donna and sang him "Happy Birthday!" Joseph really sang with his whole heart. Bob blew out a candle, and he said he made his wish for Abigail.
October 11, 2010

The First Week

Despite all of our planning and preparing and thinking we were ready, I was once again reminded that life is beyond my control. Nothing went as expected with little Abigail. Her first week was spent in the NICU, and I stayed with her at the hospital. We cannot say enough wonderful things about the nursing staff at INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital. I will be forever grateful.

While it is never easy to be in NICU and we went through the roller coaster of emotions that accompany such an experience, walking by the other rooms reminded us how lucky we were and that things could have been much more serious. It put it all in perspective.

Beautiful, tiny Abigail.

Gratefully, we could stay in the room with Abigail. We spent the week getting to know our little angel baby.

As she moved out of the warming bed and off the I.V., it became easier for Joseph to have Abigail time. By the end of our stay, he was even able to help feed her a bottle--and he took his job very seriously.
October 6-11, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Grandchild #2

Grandma Donna, Grandpa Lincoln, and Aunt Rachel all came to visit Baby Abigail. They also watched Joseph during much of the week that Abigail was in the NICU. Hospitals can be scary and boring places when you're four-years-old. We are so blessed to have Marc's family nearby--and for their wonderful, close relationship with Joseph. He loves being with them, and they helped him enjoy the time we were away from home--with trips to McDonalds and the truck park.

Grandpa Lincoln and Marc gave Abigail a priesthood blessing. I will never forget their fingers--not hands--on her tiny head as I held her.

October 6-10, 2010

Joseph meets Abigail

The first phone call we made in the hospital was to tell Joseph the news of his new little sister.
Brilliant Aunt Rachel took pictures of the momentous occasion.
October 5, 2010

The next day, Joseph came to the hospital to meet her. I love this picture because even though he is wearing the mask, his eyes give away the huge, proud smile underneath.

Daddy helping Joseph hold her for the first time.

Joseph meeting and touching Abigail for the first time.

October 6, 2010

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Welcome Little One

The world will never be the same; a new life has begun.
Abigail Moore Oliphant was born on October 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm. She was 6 pounds and 19 3/4 inches long. We hope to teach her to be kind and generous, passionate and confident, strong and courageous, compassionate and genuine. We look forward to what she will teach us, too.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Due Date Field Trip

On my due date, which was a rainy day, Joseph and I dropped Marc off at work and then went on a field trip. First stop, McDonalds for breakfast.

Next, we headed to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

October 4, 2010