Well, I am here! I finally got the ok to come in to be induced at 11am. At noon, Cindy met Eric and Ava in the parking garage for the Ava transfer while I got admitted. Dr Ricci came in to break my water and said I was 4 cms at 12:40pm. The nurse, Donna, started pitocin around 1:15. Now I am having regular contractions and only in pain when they are actually happening which is every few minutes but it's not too terrible, yet. I already had some ice chips, an orange popsicle, and ordered my hospital dinner. There is some funky spa type music and whale sounds playing on the bed speakers. It's not good at all but for some reason I have no desire to move to change it. The view is amazing, of course, looking out over the ocean in Newport Beach. Anyways, boring details. So far so good! Eric left to get some lunch and an internet cable so I'll hold off for the epidural until he gets back. I hope my next post has pictures of baby Leah! Oh, and our house will close on Monday so I am glad we are here today taking care of our new baby girl!
You can just see how much this little girl loves her daddy! We are so grateful to Eric for providing for us and being such a wonderful father and husband. We are also so grateful to each of our dads for everything they do for us. We love you!
A few months ago, Eric tried out for the Orange County Mormon Choral Organization and made it! It is conducted by two brothers that Eric went to high school with. He's been having weekly practices leading up to tonight's performance of "Goin' Home" which is the annual patriotic concert live with narration, multiple choirs, and orchestra at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Last night was rehearsal and I went to watch since I waited too long to purchase tickets to the actual performance which is now sold out...oops! The Segerstrom Concert Hall where they performed is such a gorgeous building.
Ava went to Bill and Cindy's house while I watched the rehearsal. I have heard so many great things about the choir and performances but it really was pretty amazing and it was just practice. I called Cindy to see if they were interested in coming to watch too so Bill, Cindy, Meredith and Ava showed up to enjoy also.
The videos I took don't do the quality justice at all but here is a little taste.
"To Be American" with the adult, children, and high school choirs and orchestra.
The men singing "Love at Home" with the orchestra. Eric is a baritone. He is on the end all the way on the right.
The last minute of "The Star Spangled Banner".
Tonight Eric is dressed in his tux and ready to begin the performance in just a half hour.
Someone is getting excited for baby sister to come!
Our bags are packed and a lot of boxes are packed. It's the final 10 day count down until the due date...11 days until the closing on the house. We're still not sure how it's all going to work out but we feel really grateful for both of these life changing events. We'll let you know more details when we do!
We've had a fun last week or so. I have been trying my hardest to be a "fun" mom while I still can. Our Disneyland passes are going into blackout time until mid-August so we had to go one more time. Ava requested the carousel the entire way there. Of course Eric wanted to go on Pirates and The Haunted Mansion.
Randomly we jumped on the Mark Twain Riverboat which was boarding with no wait as we walked by. Ava liked exploring the different levels and it was a nice walking break for all of us since we ventured there without a stroller.
The Bates and the Smiths were in town which always leads to a lot of outings. We had BBQs and beach fun too. Ava has so much fun playing with her cousins and is still requesting to play with them.
Yesterday some of our old friends, the Kenchingtons, were in town and stopped by for a visit. Dave and Rachelle were in our first married BYU ward in Provo almost 7 years ago and since then Dave and Eric have graduated with their Masters together, worked at PwC together, and have moved on our separate ways. If you can believe it, Rachelle is 32 weeks pregnant in this picture with a little boy. Ava loved playing with Josh and Anna. I have never seen her talk so much to any little kids, ever. It was quite entertaining.
Last Tuesday night Rachael organized a fun girls night out to celebrate our baby girl on the way. Family plus a couple of friends, some balloons, and dinner at the Cheesecake Factory made for a really great evening. I was happy to leave my stresses behind and just hang out with the girls and think about our soon arriving baby girl, Leah. I loved all of the cute little gifts that were given. There is nothing better than tiny little girly things! Thanks to everyone for making it such a special evening.
37 weeks 2 days
Me and Rachael
Cindy and Karen
Karis and Camille
Dana and Meredith
Me, Rachael, Sherri and Julie
Our fun table.
Thanks for coming to celebrate! Thanks for the pictures, Dana!
I can't believe Ava is already two and a half years old! She is growing up really fast.
I love to see her perform talent shows and sing her little repertoire of songs, play her "horn", dancing, and she will even say a prayer as apart of her talent.
She is learning to play make believe and she spends everyday talking non-stop with her dolls, animals, dollhouse, dress up clothes, and kitchen.
She is starting to see the world of ballerinas and princesses and much to Eric's dismay, she likes it.
She is less afraid of strangers. As we maneuver around a store she will wave and say hello to the passerby.
She loves to have her finger and toe nails painted but she also loves to play in the dirt and water and play catch.
She has grown to love taking showers more than baths.
She, like every kid I suppose, loves TV.
She is a little obsessive compulsive and wants to have 20 minute long routines for bed and nap time. She still takes naps about 2-3 hours a day. There was a time that I thought they were over. Thankfully I was wrong.
She wants to walk everywhere we go.
She wants to do everything herself.
She loves to read her books and can tell the stories to many of them.
She talks about her coming baby sister all the time and tells us about the things she will help with.
When we leave the house she has to have her arms full of things to bring in the car like her sunglasses, blanket, doll, etc.
She uses the potty occasionally but it's frustrating because she tells us she would rather change her diaper than go on the potty even when candy is offered. This summer we'll work on breaking that laziness.
We are able to explain reasons to her more because she is able to communicate better which really has helped with the terrible two's syndrome.
If I would let her, she would wear her pajamas all day long.
I love that even when I bump into her she says, "Sorry Mommy."
She loves to hide behind the palm tree by our front door and yell "surprise" to Eric when he gets home from work.
She likes to roar like a dinosaur to wake you up.
I love when she says "I love you" without being prompted.
We recently had to child proof our front door because she would gather up some toys in a basket, open the door, and walk out saying that she was "going to the library".
She makes a lot of messes, I think mostly because she likes cleaning up.
There are a lot of changes that little Ava will have to endure in the upcoming month but it's an exciting time and I love to see her learning and growing. There is nothing better than sitting back and watching her run and play without hesitation. We love you!