Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
This one is Claire at the hospital the day after she was born.
Claire getting ready for her first big outing at two weeks - a Thanksgiving dinner at our church.
I love watching Claire's face while she sleeps - she makes the best expressions! I'm just ready for her to smile at me when she is awake!
Don't be fooled, she is really very sweet. She just looks super intimidating in this picture.
Claire's mommy (I find myself increasingly referring to myself in third person these days) has had quite a ride over this past month. From the rough delivery to surgery to infections to complications and mistakes made by the medical team during surgery, I have had to change my perspective on what my new mommyhood was "supposed" to look like. Of course, I had envisioned myself leaving the hospital ready to take on the world with my new little girl - running five miles with Claire in the jogging stroller, keeping up with all the housework, cooking gourmet meals, making frequent trips to the store and visiting friends and basically saving the world. Instead I have officially now spent one month on the couch. It's been one of the most trying times of my life, both physically and emotionally. At some point along the line it dawned on me that I should be putting our middle of the night feedings to good use, so I have now moved my quiet time to 2:00 AM. I just finished Genesis (one of my favorite books) and was reminded of how nothing in Joseph's life went as he had planned. Things really didn't make sense when they happened - bad things happening to this good kid. But Joseph didn't despair over his circumstances - instead he allowed God to use them to mold him into the leader he was meant to be. I don't know why I've had to go through all this pain, but I trust God has a good purpose in it. Maybe He's developing my faith or patience. And one wonderful purpose is named Claire Alyse, and she is worth every ounce of pain I have been through.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
What a day that was! It started early as we headed to the hospital around 4:00 in the morning. After a few hours of very light contractions, the doctor decided to start a flow of Pitocin to help speed things up a little. Well, it sped things up all right! I got the Pitocin early in the afternoon, between 1:00 and 2:00. Within about an hour I was feeling the contractions pretty heavily. The nurse checked and I was dilated to a 6; the next time she checked I was at 7cm; and 10 minutes later I told Spencer, "I think I have to push!" He ran and got the nurse and sure enough, I had progressed to 9 1/2 in that small amount of time! Claire was not ready to wait any longer! After pushing for about half an hour, Claire arrived in this world at 4:58 PM. Her daddy and I loved her at first sight. I soon realized that things were not over yet, though, because the doctor seemed to be inflicting even more pain now than I had felt during labor. As it turns out, little Miss Claire was in such a hurry to get out that she was not very careful with her mommy, and I had multiple 3rd degree tears and had lost a large amount of blood. I was able to endure labor and delivery without an epidural, but now I had to be taken to the OR and put to sleep to repair the damage! Not a great experience...but it was all worth it after one look at this precious little girl.
Claire Alyse Shugart...7 lbs...20.5 in...11/7/09 @ 4:58PM
More pictures to come! God is so good!!!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Starting out on our seven and a half mile hike (I begged Spencer to just let me say "eight-mile hike" because it sounds so much better than "seven and a half mile hike" but he wouldn't let me)...
There were so many pretty waterfalls along the way!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
34 weeks! Only six weeks to go!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Spencer's mom refinished this table and put tile on the top, making the most beautiful changing table! The next picture shows off the tiling that she did. Everyone who has seen it agrees that Mrs. Kay should do this professionally!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Here you can see her face, kind of from the side. She is facing toward our left and is resting her cheek on her little fist. If you don't see it at first, don't give up :)
And, of course, her foot. For some reason, we always get really good pictures of her foot.
Spencer was in class, so he didn't get to come to the ultrasound today...but my parents (aka "Papa and Nan") made the trip to get their first glimpse of their granddaughter!
Here is Claire's Papa, doing his best imitation of his granddaughter...
Here's me at 33 weeks!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Same shirt, six weeks later!
And this one was taken today at twenty-nine weeks! My how she has grown :)
Monday, August 31, 2009
Here is Claire's daddy, working hard to put her crib together. Now that we are only eleven weeks from her due date, it's time to start preparing the nursery!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Here is our first picture with our sweet little baby growing inside. Ummm... Spencer has decided to call the baby "Truck." I told him we'll talk about it.
And here are the newly complete "Pickard girls." Jeni and I are so blessed to have Bonnie as our new sister. She is perfect for our brother, and we couldn't be prouder!