December 19, 2013

Miss Marilyn is ONE Month Old!

Marley is One Month Old!

How old are you?
One month old

Do you have any nicknames?
Tiny Munchkin, Elf, Angry Elf

What makes you happy?
- Snuggles- I'm very cuddly!
- My bunny- He's the best!
- Holding my own bottle- When will Mommy and Daddy realize I'm a big girl?!

What makes you sad?
- Being hot- Got this trait from Daddy.
- Cold feet- Got this trait from Mommy.
- Stop lights and/or traffic- I have places to go and people to see!
- Wet diapers- Enough said.

What is your favorite animal?
Stuffed- My bunny
Real- My doggies Kato and Mango

What is your favorite thing to eat?
Formula. Preferably nice and warm- don't get lazy Mom and Dad.

What is your favorite thing to do?
Hang out on the sofa and stare at the lights on the Christmas tree! So sparkly.

What is your favorite song?
Big Bang Theory Theme by Barenaked Ladies

If I'm crying just because I'm a little fussy and Mommy and Daddy play the song, I immediately stop crying.  Sometimes I'll even put myself to sleep.

What is your favorite TV show?
The Big Bang Theory (see above- duh!)

What are you really good at?
Sleeping, snuggling, smiling, tummy time.

What is your favorite movie?
Any Christmas Movie. There's not a lot of variety in this house right now.

What is your favorite color?
Pink, then Teal--probably with polka dots.

Who is your best friend?
My doggie Mango. She gives the best kisses.

What do you and mom do together?
Snuggle, play with my stuffed animals, go for walks and other adventures.

What do you and dad do together?
Make silly faces, have deep conversations, fly like superwoman on Daddy's shoulder.

What is your favorite sport?
Soccer. Daddy and I watch it every weekend together.

Where is your favorite place to go?
Grandma and Grandpa's house

What is your favorite book?
'Twas the Night Before Christmas

What do you think about before you fall asleep?
I like to multitask and make sure all my ducks are in a row before bed. Must be the type-A personality I got from Mommy and Daddy.  I always sway my head side to side and start to breath a little faster like I'm checking things off the to-do list.  Once I've got all the important stuff taken care of I get nice and calm so I can drift off to sleep.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I'm not sure yet, I have the whole world at my finger tips! And my fingers are pretty long so I can reach a lot...

Wow. Where did the last month go?! I feel like it was just yesterday that Grant and I were walking and walking and walking trying to get Marley to start moving out!  She's absolutely the best!  We love the snuggles and smiles.  She's sleeping like a champ.  Usually she sleeps 8 to 8 and a half hours, then wakes up to eat 5 oz, then falls back asleep for another couple of hours.  Once or twice a week we'll get a 4 or 5 hour stretch and then she'll wake up to eat.  We are feeling very, very blessed and keep praying that this trend continues.  She came out of womb holding her head up and she LOVES to look around and see what's all around her.  She's so observant and already soaking up everything.  Trips to Grandma and Grandpa's house are her favorite---minus a few wailing episodes in the car.  She loves spending time with Kato and Mango.  Marley doesn't even flinch when they bark--must be from hearing them in the womb.  She loves kisses from Mango and smiles each time Mango lands one on her baby chub (or the lips...).  Marley is so expressive.  We get lots of smiles and every so often she becomes quite the Angry Elf.  She's got a flair for the dramatic with the hand flips and has been known to try and topple her body to the side while you're burping her to get you to feed her faster.  She has the determination and desire to hold her own bottle but we're still working on the arm strength.  We couldn't have asked for a better start to our life with this sweet little girl.  Can't wait to see what the next month holds for us!

December 9, 2013

The Name: Marilyn Elizebeth

Keeping the pregnancy a secret for the first 12 weeks was difficult; 
but, keeping the name a secret was something both Grant and I knew we wanted to do....
no matter how many bribes our family members offered! 

We had her name picked out before we even knew we were pregnant.  

The list of names we considered was short and we quickly knew that 

Marilyn 'Marley' Elizebeth 

would be her name.

Marilyn was my grandma's name.  
Grant and I both loved her lots and 
the whole family was incredibly sad when she passed away in June of 2012.

Some of the people in my grandma's life called her Marley.
We love the nickname.

Elizebeth is my middle name.
Elizebeth was my mom's middle name.
Elizabeth was my mother in law's middle name.
Elizebeth is my grandma's name.
Elizebeth was my grandma's grandma's name.
So we knew we could honor lots of the special women in our lives this way.

Now that she's here and the name is not a secret...
all the name things can come out of hiding!

December 8, 2013

Newborn Photos!

Our little baby girl is already so much bigger than when we brought her home from the hospital so we knew we wanted to capture some of her first week in the world! We worked with Melissa Bartlett Photography again and she was amazing! She did such a wonderful job capturing Marley and her personality!

Quilt from Cotton & Clover

baby griki: weekly updates

What a journey it's been from our pregnancy announcement to the arrival of baby GRIKI...

She's here!

Marilyn Elizebeth Frazier 
arrived Tuesday November 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm 
weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces measuring 19 inches long.

Our little muchkin was due to arrive Friday November 15th.  The entire pregnancy I felt like she was going to come early--probably because I arrived 3 weeks early.  But she took her sweet time and at my last doctor's appointment on the 13th, we decided to schedule an induction for the night of 18th. 

I woke up Sunday the 17th with irregular contractions and even with walks all day, the contractions never stuck around consistently.  Monday Grant was able to work from home since the contractions were still showing up every so often.  We were scheduled to arrive at the hospital for the induction at 8:00pm but by 3:30 the contractions were getting more and more consistent and by 4:30pm we were checked in and settled into our labor and delivery room at John Muir.

I was feeling the contractions and overwhelmed with all the unknowns about how POTS would impact my labor and delivery experience.  The nurses and doctor on call reviewed my file and birth plan again, and even called my cardiologist to make sure everyone was on the same page.  IV fluids were started immediately to make sure that I was well hydrated to help manage the POTS proactively.  The anesthesiologist came in to discuss my POTS since everyone on my medical team was in agreement that an epidural was going to be the best way to manage my POTS.  She left to go check the CBC they did when they admitted me and the nurse returned to let us know that my platelet levels were really low---low enough that some anesthesiologists won't give an epidural.  Thankfully, my anesthesiologist was willing to run another blood test to see how the platelets I did have were functioning. The results of that test would be the determining factor.  After a very stressful hour of waiting for results (we didn't have a plan B!), the nurse and anesthesiologist came back and said the results were good and we could go ahead with the epidural.  The epidural went in and I started feeling much more comfortable.  Grant and I decided to go ahead and try and get some sleep.  At midnight the doctor on call came to check and I was still at 3 we started a slow dose of pitocin.  Grant was able to sleep a little bit, I was up all night listening to playlists from when I used to fly back and forth to Georgia on the red-eyes...

The nurse checked me again the morning of the 19th and I was at 3.5 cm.  The new doctor on call came in and thankfully decided to break my water and up my dose of pitocin even more.  She was hopeful that by noon I would be at 5 cm.  We were anxious all morning, praying that my body would make progress so we could avoid a c-section.  My cardiologist stopped by to check in and was pleased with how my body was responding to everything so far.  Around 11:30 am I started to have pain on the right side of my lower abdomen and it felt like my epidural wasn't working in one specific spot.  The anesthesiologist came back and gave me a booster shot to increase my dosage slightly.  It helped a little bit, but shortly there after, the pain was back.  The nurse decided to check again and I was finally fully dilated!  We spent the next three hours waiting for baby to naturally drop on her own so that I could try and get some rest because by this point, I could barely keep my eyes open.  At 3:30 pm I finally started pushing.  Two hours later, Marilyn Elizebeth arrived at 5:33 pm! 25 hours after we arrived in labor at the hospital...about 55 hours after contractions started Sunday morning.

The biggest surprise of all was that I had absolutely no POTS issues the entire time.  The major concerns were with my heart rate during the initial implementation of the epidural and the pushing--but throughout both my heart rate and blood pressure stayed completely stable.  While my body was completely exhausted, and the recovery was brutal, the actual labor and delivery were pain free and we are so relieved that Marley is finally here and healthy!
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