We ventured out to the park for the first time (other than the couple of runs to the hospitals for check-ups and the airport to pick up grandma) Mommy is not too good at pushing the stroller yet, and sometimes the ride got a little bit bumpy for Maddy. We watched daddy playing Volleyball in the park and got some sun to help reduce Maddy’s jaundice. Brownie has been a exceptionally good girl. She acts like a big sister… always waits for me and Maddy and does not cause any problems.
Nursing bras are the most ugly and un-sexy bras you can ever find. They are very anti Victoria Secret, but they do the job.
After being a new mom for one week, I find so many hidden treasures in life:
I smile when you open your eyes and find me;
I rejoice when you poopoo in your diaper;
I am delighted to spend our feeding time together in the middle of the night;
But most important of all, I’m proud to have found my unconditional capacity to love you, however perfect you are, or however imperfect you are.
My incision hurts so much when I move, and I can’t even get out of the bed (well, it takes me about 5 mins to just sit up). It’s a good thing that they gave me the pee bag, so I pretty much stayed in bed the whole day. Maddy slept a lot… only woke up twice
My contraction started my 8/18 3:15am. People are right about “You’ll know when the real contractions come”. Since we’re instrcted by the doctor to go to the hospital when the contractions are 3 mins apart for at least one hour, I started to write down mine. At first they were 7 mins apart for about 40s each and I could still ‘watch TV’ with ease, by 7am I can no longer talk during my contractions… Man, it really hurts. I quickly woke Joe up during my three min break and we headed to the hospital.
I was 5cm dialated when we went to the hospital. We had a nice big delivery room, and the nurse/doctor are really sweet. Most of the time the nurse pretty much did everything and stayed with me. At 11:50am, I was ready to push.
I pushed for 2 hours, but baby Chen seems to be stuck in me. The doctor and nurse declared that the baby is ‘Sunny side up’ in me (instead of having the narrow part of her head down first, she has her face down first or something like that) I pushed for another hour and finally the doctors said we should stop before the baby goes into distress and go ahead and have the c-section.
I was so happy to hear them say that because I was really really tired and didn’t think I had any more strengh to push.
The doctors pretty much did everything else after that, I just lay there and listened to whatever that’s going on. My upper body is so cold for some reason that I can’t stop from shivering.. then I vaguely remember baby’s cries and I think I just kind of dozed off. Madison has a girly cry.
I think I was half druged out for the rest of the day; however, my incision wound started to hurt after I was rolled off to our recovery room. There were so many different nurses coming in to check on my tempeture, blood pressure, the baby’s condition, but no body to give me the darn pain killer. I must have asked for the pain killer at least for an hour before finally getting them.
We had a private recovery room as well, which is really nice. I don’t remember what happend for the rest of the day.
Joe and I celebrated our 9th year ‘Going-Out’ Anniversary today. Nine years ago, I secretly fell in love with the guy who was really really loud and sweatted A LOT.. yet he was everything I expected a ‘perfect’ guy to be. We sneaked out alone that night (usually we were with a whole group of friends).. and no, we didn’t make out or anything.. we just had ice cream at Goodberry’s After some ‘relationship’ talks, he asked me out and I said yes. We walked into the relationships with much excitement and hope about our future, but I had never thought that 9 years later, well, ten years after I first met him in the college fellowship, we’re having a baby together! Isn’t life profound? One simple question and one simple answer can totally alter your entire life. One day, I’ll tell Maddy about all the little stories between mommy and daddy… and one day, I hope there is another ‘perfect’ guy who is brave enough to ask her the question so they can start their own stories.
My work group threw me and two other co-worker a surprised baby shower last Friday afternoon. It was really sweet of them to decorate the conference room and gave us all the goodies. On Sat, we had our ‘official’ baby showers hosted by friends from church. We had so much fun there playing games and eating all the goodies everyone made. Maddy got a whole bunch of gifts from everyone.. She’s really spoiled. Thanks everyone!
Brownie is back to her normal self. Not only that, she’s acting like a queen. She waits for me to carry her to the door before our daily morning walk to the park as if “I” am the one who wants to go to the park. Then she goes out of her routine and picks different spots to do her business… sometimes purposely ignore my telling to get off the road and come up to the sidewalk.
Brownie is two year old.. you can say that she’s going through the terrible two, or you can say she is a teenager (since her age equates to a 14-year-old girl)
I don’t know why I keep on comparing Brownie to parenting, but I guess in many ways she is our first child. Sometimes I discipline her, sometimes I let her have her ways, and I pretty much take responsibilities of the consequences of her actions (whether good or bad), yet I would do it over and over again for no particular reason except that I love her. It must be sort of like that with God… we’re the immature and think we-know-everything kids, but it doesn’t matter to Him. We are loved by the creator of the universe!! Isn’t that awesome enough to make you stop whatever you’re doing and give thanks to Him.
Anyway, I hope Maddie won’t give us too much trouble when she goes through her teenage years. She better not be wearing low cut jeans with her thong showing. Well, it does look pretty cute on some of the girls, but you won’t hear me saying that in front of Maddie.