Friday, January 31, 2014

Our Week

Ellie climbed in the bassinet and convinced me to let her hold Cece for a minute.  Cece was not excited about that idea.

Ellie conked out while Greg was checking his email.

"Mom, are you done feeding Cece this morning?  Can I hold her?"

I love how Cece furrows her brow!

Wednesday was Cecilia's first Kindermusik class.  She did great in the car seat until she got the hiccups...

 Piper was fascinated with Cece and wanted to peek in the cover every minute (we are taking the class with Tayler and Piper).  Lynnie was sitting on the floor by Cece, "to protect the baby."  Piper just plopped right on Lynnie's lap.  That worked well for a couple of minutes, and then Lynnie said, "Mom, can she sit on your lap now?  She's heavy!"

Tayler took this picture while I was smiling at Piper.

After class, we came home, picked up Ellie from preschool, and had a fun lunch with Tayler and Piper.

Tayler was so kind and dropped Ellie off at her Kindermusik class.  It was nice to not have to pack up all three girls twice in the space of 45 minutes!  Ellie was so excited to ride in Tayler's car and spend some alone time with her and Piper.

 Lynnie has really warmed up now.  She held Cece about five times in one day, and kept on talking to her and trying to wake her up.  Once when she was napping, Lynnie said, "I want to say a prayer to Heavenly Father to bless the baby."  I said, "go ahead!" and she said, "Dear Heavenly Father, please bless the baby.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."

It was really sweet.

We have barely left the house in a week and Ellie is starting to go a little stir crazy.  Her big idea today was to put on her "exercise clothes" and play Wii Sports.

Cecilia has had some fussy times this week.  The swing seems to help, as well as the wrap.  She is sure sweet to snuggle.

Look at those sweet eyelashes!

Later that day, after Cece was a little fussy again, I tried the wrap.  She instantly settled down and fell asleep.  I carried her for over an hour, and then took her out and put her in the bassinet where she finished her nap.

Ellie cried herself for over an hour.  She wanted me to tie a wrap on her and let her carry Cece.  I explained that only grown-ups can carry babies, even in wraps, and she melted down.  She was saying things like, "Cece doesn't love me anymore!  No one loves me.  Cece is always cranky when I try to hold her."

It was comical.  And a little pathetic.  Poor girl is trying so hard to be a good big sister

After Ellie calmed down enough that we could talk, we spent a happy few hours making bead necklaces.  Thanks to Elizabeth for bringing us this great gift!

Lynnie was giving Cece lots of kisses before we went to a follow-up audiologist appointment this morning.  Cece failed her newborn hearing screen, and she failed it again today.  The audiologist said it could be a number of things:  fluid in her middle ear, an infection, temporary hearing loss, or permanent hearing loss.  We already have her 2 week appointment set up for next week, so the pediatrician will be able to diagnose or rule out middle ear fluid or infection.  If neither of those are the cause, then I will take Cece to a 3 hour diagnostic audiology test next Friday.

No matter what happens, Cecilia is perfect the way she is!

But maybe say a few prayers for this angel baby that everything will work out the way it is supposed to.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Three Girls

Can you believe there are three little girls in our family now?  I'm having a hard time believing it myself...

We are having so much fun, soaking in Cecilia and her goodness!  She is a really sweet and mellow baby.  And so gorgeous!

Good morning, sunshine.

 Lynnie rocked Cece in her bassinet.  Great job, helper!

Ellie is glued to Cece.  Every single moment.

A quick check-in at the doctor.  Our first outing as a family of 5!

This outfit was picked by Ellie.  Cece is wearing the outfit Tayler sent Ellie home from the hospital in (Ellie said she would share), the frog hat and cheetah mittens that were a gift from Lynnie's birth dad & his girlfriend, and the zebra blanket from our friend Kari. Cece was styling!

Cece's first official photo shoot with her 0 months old sticker.  She is so gorgeous!

Lynnie's first time holding Cece!

Bath time!  Cece hated every second of it.  Eliana and Lynlee loved every second of it.  They are fascinated with Cece's belly button "owie."  Lynlee especially.  She asks me every time we change Cece's diaper when it is going to fall off and if it hurts Cece.

I love taking pictures of babies in the morning.  The sunlight is perfect in our family room, and it is generally a happy time.  The girls picked out this outfit for Cece.  It was a special one I splurged on for Lynnie, but then only put on her once.

And putting it on Cece, I remember why.  It is a ridiculous thing for a floppy newborn.  It's a long-sleeved shirt (not a onesie) with snaps in the back.  Then the jumper has buttons--actual BUTTONS--on the back and snaps on the legs.  And it is out of corduroy, so there is no give.  I don't think Cece will wear it again, either.  But it sure is cute in the pictures!

Ellie is always glued to Cece.  She loves Cece's headband, that was a gift from {R}.  She was a big help in the photo shoot!

Well, lookie at those cute eyes!

Lynnie picked out the rainbow pants outfit for Cece again this morning.  We got her all gussied up with a headband and some cheetah socks, and I attempted a photo shoot after her milk.  

Cece wasn't having any of it!

But I love the few shots we got before I scooped her back up.  I bought this outfit for Ellie and it is my favorite outfit for each girl, because they are all truly my dream come true!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cecilia's Placement

Placement Day.  Always a bittersweet day.  There is so much love, and so much heartbreak.

Before coming to the hospital, we did a lot of last minute things.  Like, I sewed the button on a pair of Greg's pants that have been sitting on my dresser for at least two weeks.  And Ellie "drove" her car while I was washing the sheets.

Greg's sister Tammy came over about 12:15 to play with the girls, and we left for the hospital.  We got there about 10 minutes early, and had the chance to talk in the lobby.  So many emotions, sitting and waiting.  Excitement and anticipation, and also worrying about how {R} was feeling, and anticipating the sadness ahead.  I had Greg read my last post on Tender Mercies, with the research on feelings before and after placement.  We really feel it is a blessing that we have not experienced the "typical" reactions of adoptive families after placement.  I think it comes from feeling like we do not "own" our children, but that we are stewards for choice spirits of our Heavenly Father.  And the more people who can love and guide these spirits while they are on earth, the better!

We met with {R}s case worker and our case worker and visited for a few minutes before heading upstairs.  {R}s Bishop and Relief Society President were there, and it was nice to meet them.  {R} requested that her Bishop give her a blessing, and asked Greg to assist.  Then she asked Greg to give Cece a blessing.  What a wonderful experience!  The Spirit was so strong.  That hospital room is truly a sacred place.

Then our group left and it was time to sign paperwork and for {R} and her family to take as much time as they wanted to soak in Cece.  When they were ready, we headed back in to visit some more, exchange presents, and take some pictures.  {R}s case worker had all of us talk about our feelings for {R}, Cece, and adoption.  We were all crying, even Greg.  Truly a special time together.

{R} got Cece the cutest going home outfit.  And a cheetah blanket and a zebra blanket!

{R} wanted us all to walk out together, so after talking with the nurse and going over the discharge paperwork, we loaded Cece in the car seat and headed downstairs.  The final good-byes in the lobby were heartrending.    Definitely "horrible beauty."  It is difficult for me to watch our daughters' birth moms voluntarily break their own hearts because of their dreams for their daughters.  I am truly grateful to {T}, {M}, and {R} for showing me the depths of their love and selflessness.

When we pulled in the garage, the door opened, and Ellie and Lynnie were jumping up and down and dancing.  They were saying things like, "I'm so nervous!  I'm so excited!"  It took us too long to get out of the car, so Ellie put some shoes on and came exploring.

Finally, finally, we were all inside!  Ellie had that car seat cover up before Daddy could move the arm.  She couldn't wait to see Cece up close!

After a few looks, we sent the girls off to wash their hands.  Ellie was holding her hands up for the "sniff test."

3 daughters.
3 Birth Moms.
1 Family.

First bottle at home, and Ellie was super helpful in holding the bottle with me.

Greg's parents & Daniel stayed for a few minutes (they had been playing with the big girls while we were at the hospital--they split the shift with Tammy) and then headed home.  Our next visitors were the Morrows.

Hailey is so excited yo have another 'little sister!'

Ellie very reluctantly let Mom-Julie and Hailey have turns holding Cece.  Then she said, "Silly Brian, I think it should be your turn to hold Cece now. Then it can be my turn again!"

Nice Brian declined his turn so that it could be Ellie's turn again more quickly.

Mom-Julie took this precious picture.

After looking at Cece a little bit, Lynnie adopted the let's-ignore-the-baby approach and went in the backyard to play.

Hailey went with her and they made snow angels.

This picture pretty much sums up the rest of our night:  Ellie holding Cece and Lynnie being a cautious observer.

My mom came for a few hours and helped get the big girls in bed.  The BCLs also brought dinner and some gifts.  What a great day!


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