Archive for December, 2010

What a wonderful first Christmas for Adelyn!

We’ve been so busy enjoying our first few weeks with her. In the days leading up to Christmas, she had quite a few adventures. She had a photo session with the wonderfully talented Kendall Price (click here for a slide show of pictures from the shoot). And she finally got to meet her sure to be life-long friend Priya.

And, while we didn’t celebrate with our usual family traditions, we did our best to adapt them to life with a baby. At just 16 days old, travelling with Addie was out of the question, so my mom, Vic and Alyssa spent Christmas with us in Reno this year. We had a great time, but sure did miss the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who have always been part of the festivities.

Every Christmas Eve, Vic cooks steak and lobster and this year was no exception. Being vegetarian for the past few years, I passed on the steak, but I certainly enjoyed it this year! Adelyn didn’t miss out either as she insisted on being held by Gram throughout dinner, though I don’t think Gram would have had it any other way!

While living in Vegas, Jimmy and I had another tradition of attending Christmas Eve church at Community Lutheran with Grom. Sadly she passed away just before Christmas this year and is already missed dearly, but I know she’ll be happy to know that next year, we plan to introduce Adelyn to Christmas Eve services. I hope one day she enjoys Christmas Eve church with her grandma as much as I enjoyed it with mine.

Our Christmas morning consisted of a delicious breakfast of blueberry and mango crepes and turkey sausage followed by hours of present opening – not because of the quantity of presents, but just because everything takes three times as long with a newborn!! While Jimmy, Vic and Alyssa relaxed by the fire watching Elf and the Grinch all day, my mom and I cooked a lovely dinner of turkey breast with brussel sprouts, poached pear salad, parmesan mashed potatoes and oatmeal dinner rolls. We ended the night with velvety berry cheesecake then headed to bed with full bellies and grateful hearts.

Jimmy and I got the best present this year and feel so blessed that we have this amazing little one to enjoy each and every day. We can’t wait to share her with all our friends and family! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

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A Week of Adelyn!

I can hardly believe that a week ago, we were sitting in a hospital room anxiously awaiting the arrival of our little girl. Adelyn Elizabeth graced us on December 9th at 3:21pm, weighing 6 pounds, 7 1/2 ounces and 20 inches long. I don’t think she was quite ready to exit her cozy digs in the womb, but when I went in for my weekly doctor’s visit, I was admitted on the spot. Needless to say, we were a bit taken off guard and not entirely prepared but we were excited regardless! This picture is pre-contractions, hence the smile on my face.

And poor Jimmy had to sleep on the saddest excuse for a bed for two nights in a row…

After checking in to the hospital and being induced, labor lasted 24 hours in all. Jimmy and Alyssa were amazing throughout the whole delivery. It was all worth it when I saw this beautiful little face for the first time.

We spent two days in the hospital and finally got to go home Saturday. Though she’s only 6 days old, we’ve learned quite a bit about her likes and dislikes.

Topping the list of likes…

Aunt Alyssa

cozy hats to wear home from the hospital

the boppy

the amazing Orbit car seat (and more cozy hats!)


getting weighed

baths (don’t be fooled by the picture, she was screaming the whole time!)

It seems like the last week has been a big whirlwind. It’s gone by so quickly and she’s growing and changing so much each day. We’re just thrilled to have her here with us and so glad that Gram and Aunt Alyssa are here to spend her first couple weeks with us. We finally put up the Christmas tree today and are excited to have the best present of all this year. Adelyn is the most perfect thing ever!!

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Oh my goodness, what an eventful month already. December really is the best month of the year…after all, the first day is my birthday, but this December is slated to be the most exciting yet! I know, big change from last year where my birthday sent me into a week-long depression. I’m not sure if it’s being past that 30-year hump or all the exciting things to celebrate this year, but either way, it’s been so much better than last year and we’re only 4 days in!

To tell you the truth, my birthday was pretty uneventful. I didn’t even anticipate it much this year. I honestly forgot it was even so close. My wonderful grad class brought cheesecake (my all-time favorite) to celebrate, and it just happened to be the last day of our last class of the program! I spent the evening at a lovely dinner with Jimmy and two of my favorite people, Seema and Lesley. Very nice, low-key, amazing burger…it was just perfect.

Then, yesterday, the 3rd, this little beauty came into the world.

Priya Regina Rose Donahoe was born, and is just perfect! Seven pounds, 5 1/2 ounces of pure joy. She’s the most precious little thing ever! Seema and Tim are going to be such amazing parents to this little one. What a lucky girl! Baby G really wants to meet her too. The whole time I held her, she was kicking like crazy. It makes me so anxious for her to be here! We’re trying to tell her to vacate the womb for her own good. The sooner she comes, the farther away from Christmas her birthday will be. We shall see if she listens…just waiting now! 

Then today, 18 months in the making. I’m a Master!! Well, a very happy girl with a Master’s degree anyway. Today was graduation and while I still have one thing to turn in, I’m done. No more class, no more driving to the university, unfortunately no more seeing my 7 fabulous classmates and awesome professors twice a week. We had a very nice reception yesterday with all the grads and undergrads from the journalism program.

This morning, bright and early, was the ceremony. I’m so proud of my classmates, we worked our butts off and came a long way from last Fall. And thankfully, all made it through the program! They truly are a remarkable bunch. I’m so glad to have gone through this crazy program with such great people.

I’m also very thankful for my amazing family, friends and of course, husband for supporting me through the program and to my parents for coming up this weekend so I wasn’t the only one without family at graduation!

So, 27 days left in the month and the most exciting thing is yet to come. We’ve been telling baby g that after the 5th she’s more than welcome. Now we just wait and see when she’ll be ready! She’s getting pretty snug in there, hopefully it won’t be too much longer. We’re so anxious to meet her – and give her a name too!! 

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