Wednesday, March 30, 2011

McKinley Elizabeth Koford

Baby McKinley is here! She was born Monday, March 28, 2011 at 11:34am. She weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces and was 20 inches long. McKinley was delivered by Dr. Mark Wiseman by Cesearean Section. She screamed as soon as she came out, and the doctor noted how fiesty she was. She didn't want him to even suction out her mouth.

McKinley is such a beautiful, sweet baby. She's a total cuddle bug. She loves to be held and have "skin-to-skin" contact. She is a really good eater, too. On her first day, we thought she looked just like Henry. But on her second day, she looked just like Owen. It's going to be fun to watch her grow and develop her own look. She has dark brown hair, almost exactly the same color as Emily's. It's pretty short and thin on top, but there is lots of long hair all around the back. Cute! We just love her and are so glad she's healthy and she's ours!

Welcome to the world, Baby Mac!!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Last One

Today is the last Sunday before I have my baby. I started the countdown back when I had ten Sundays to go, and I was really hoping that I might get out of going to church on this last one. Because, when it comes down to it, I think that Sundays are the hardest for a pregnant woman in her third trimester. You walk through the hallways at church, garnering comments from lots of people who have plenty to say regarding your body and its funny shape. All the while trying not to waddle and keep your too-tight nylons from rolling down. And it's hard! I try to focus on the compliments, and while there are many of them, there are always far too many comments that I take hard.

Like, No! I'm not having twins! But thanks for reminding me that I have eaten way too much in the past 7 months or so and my body is far larger than it should ever be, even if there IS a baby in there. Or, how about that fabulous comment, "Did you go off your diet, or are you just pregnant?" Ouch--that one from a few months ago still stings. It always astounds me that so many people feel like a pregnancy means you have free reign to tell a woman exactly what you are thinking about her body. Especially when it almost always comes from other women with smiles on their faces.

So anyway, today I face the music one last time. I think I'm prepared, though. Yesterday I had a fabulous manicure and pedicure, so I'm hoping my sparkly hot pink toes might somehow distract people from noticing and commenting on my enormity! I hope I have a good day. Because certainly in about a month or so, all of those looks will be right back on my abdomen, checking out how well I've fared in the slimming portion of post-pardomhood. And I have a feeling it's going to be rough!

On the bright side, here are some things that are keeping me happy:

Who says the mother has to do all of the nesting? I got Owen to dust all of my baseboards and all I had to promise him was 25 minutes of video game time. Best trade I ever made.

Sister Albright at church made this cute bonnet for the baby that I am positive is going to look better on the wee one than it does on Henry. I LOVE the giant flower!
Tim's coworkers threw a surprise baby shower for us this week. They gave us so many cute things for the baby! I loved the cake--it said, "Babies are a Hoot!" Soooo cute.

And on my freezer door is a list of ELEVEN meals I've stored up inside for the next few weeks. (Thanks to Cyndi Bickmore for adding #11--yum!) So bags are packed, the house is clean, I'M READY to have my baby tomorrow! All I have to do is get through three hours of church.  

Friday, March 18, 2011

Nursery Progress: The Dresser That Started Everything

When I was contemplating the nursery and trying to think of a design for it, I had a hard time deciding which direction to go. The only thing I knew I really wanted to use in the room was my Grandma Mitchie's green dresser for the changing table. I love the look of this old dresser--she gave it to me along with a whole bedroom set that I love. I thought it would add a lot of charm to the room, and I thought long and hard about a wall color that could really help make the green color (which can lean toward avocado or artichoke, depending on what's with it) pop. Eventually I settled on pink walls as a compliment to the green dresser and found fabrics to work with the two. I love it!

My Grandma painted the dresser back in the 1970s, in the heyday of lead-based paint (which is now outlawed due to its danger to children). I've had a sinking worry for months that it may have been painted with lead paint, but this week I bought a lead test kit and eventually I worked up the courage to test the dresser. After waiting the two minutes and holding my breath, I got a negative result and breathed a huge sigh of relief. No lead--yay! This week I added the collage of frames and shelves to go over the changing table. It's sort of a work-in-progress that I plan to add to as time goes on. The small square green frame is actually a shadow box that will house some tiny booties that my mom saved from when I was a baby.

And now, for some comic relief: a five-year-old boy who was playing in his parents' closet and thought coming out and surprising his mother by wearing her maternity dress would be HILARIOUS:

Well, it made me laugh, at least.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Henry is Three!

Henry turned three this week! I can't believe how fast the time has gone by. Henry is so much fun to have around. He loves to laugh, sing, and mimic everything his brother is doing. Henry loves to play outside and ride his scooter to the park. He is really sweet--anytime I say "ouch", he is quick to come kiss me better. And he is very fast to say he's sorry when he makes a mistake. I love it when Henry plays "robot". Basically he'll take anything he can find and put it on his head or up to his chest and say over and over in a monotone voice, "I am a robot. I am a robot". What's really funny is his choice of items that he believes make him turn into a robot--today he had a guitar on his head, saying "I am a robot", and later he had an empty crescent roll biscuit roll up to his chest, proclaiming his robot-ness to the kitchen. Silly kid!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Nursery Progress: The Crib and Skirt

I really, really wanted a white Jenny Lind crib for the nursery. I didn't really want to spend the money for a new one, so for about two or three months I stalked Craig's List, waiting for one to come up for sale. I was hoping to find one for 50 dollars or less. There were several that came up for sale, but most of them didn't meet my standards. I was even willing to buy a recalled drop-side crib and do the required repairs myself if necessary. But most of the cribs listed came in a set with old bedding or a changing table, and most people wanted more money that I wanted to pay. And for a used crib with drop sides (recalled last year and now completely phased out for new ones), I wasn't willing to pay a hundred dollars or more, even if some old purple butterfly wall art was thrown in the package deal.

Last week after having no luck, I got desperate and decided to buy a new one. But for some reason there were no white Jenny Lind cribs in stock anywhere--every website that sold them said they were out of stock until April. That's when I really started to panic. This baby was coming and she needed a white Jenny Lind crib! And even though I had a perfectly good natural wood crib sitting in my garage, it would not work with my design for the room. It probably goes without saying at this point that I am completely crazy with pregnancy hormones and reason stands no chance with me and my design.

Anyway, lucky for me, I finally found someone in Fresno who had one to sell and I snapped it up gratefully last week. Even the chipped paint from some baby with seriously powerful teeth couldn't deter me. I can paint it, right? And best of all, I got it under my budget--only 45 dollars. The replacement parts to make sure it's safe came in the mail today.

Having the crib kick started me into sewing mode. For the crib skirt, I was thinking of ruffles. Lots of ruffles! So I found some fabrics to compliment my window shade fabric and went to town with the ruffles. I had never sewn ruffles before, so as I made these, two things were running through my mind:

1. THANK HEAVENS for the serger my mom gave me!
2. Ruffles take FOREVER to sew--at least these ones did. If I had known how many steps were involved, I probably would have just done flat panels with only one fabric. Oh they're done and I love them!

Next up is the formidable bumper pad with another component I've yet to try on my own: piping! 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Nursery Progress: Lighting

My mom likes to shop at Ikea with her friends once in a while. One time when they were there, they were looking at a big light fixture and one of them said, "Where in the world could this ever go and look good?" It was a giant white light with about 160 big petals shooting from the center, giving it the look of a big dandilion. They thought you'd have to be crazy to buy the thing.

It wasn't until after I'd already decided I just HAD to have it for the nursery that my mom told me that story. I knew the perfect place for that light! The nursery is very small. It's only 10 feet by 10 feet. But it has a very tall ceiling. The ceiling is about 14 feet high at its peak. So when I was thinking about a fun light fixture for the room, the big one from Ikea popped in my head. It took some convincing to enlist Tim to help me remove the perfectly good, nearly new ceiling fan to put up this light, and to be honest, I'm still not sure that he actually likes it. Too bad for him. Once we had it up in the room, it was as if my baby leapt in my womb with joy (not really). It looks so cute! It's almost 3 feet in diameter, and I think it's perfect for this girly bedroom! You have to see it in person to really appreciate it.