Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Amelia has Arrived!

Our small, but tight family of three,
with a VERY big 39 week belly...

became an exhausted, but happy family of four!

Amelia Rachel Siuta was born at 7:48am on Tuesday, April 17th.  She weighed 7 lbs 3oz and was 19.5 inches long.  Amelia was over a pound smaller than Morgan at birth and I was completely unprepared for her small size!  Not only was her smaller size a surprise, but she came out with a perfectly round head of little to no hair.  We could actually see Morgan's flowing locks in the ultrasound, so I think we just assumed Amelia would have hair as well.  Just like Morgan, Amelia is completely beautiful, very strong, and already a strong willed little lady!
Above is a picture of Amelia right after her first bath in the hospital.  Everyone there can confirm she has a very healthy set of lungs!
We were very lucky to have both sets of grandparents, 
and one very excited Aunt Jamie at the hospital after Amelia's arrival!
After a day for Mommy to rest and recover, Morgan arrived at the hospital to meet her little sister.  Morgan was thrilled to see the little baby and could not wait to hold Amelia. 

Even now she tries to help out in whatever way she can, whether it is giving Amelia her pacifier (or chi chi in our house), burping Amelia or trying to feed her a bottle. 

Morgan is one very proud BIG SISTER!
And I am one very tired, but very happy Mom!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Morgan's Big Girl Bed

As many of you know, we are slowly but surely preparing for Amelia's arrival on April 17th.  We decided to use the crib and changing table/dresser we used for Morgan, which meant that Morgan needed her own bed.  In order to make the transition a little easier, we changed her crib into a toddler bed and let her try that out for a month or two.  The transition went REALLY well and she seemed to like the freedom the toddler bed allowed. 

Matt and I faced a dilemma: do we purchase Morgan a toddler bed, a twin bed, or a full size bed?  We went back and forth on whether to get Morgan a toddler bed and finally decided on a real size bed.  From there, Matt and I disagreed on whether she should get a twin size bed (my preference) or a full size bed (Matt's preference).  I did not have a full size bed until I was a junior in college, so I didn't think it was necessary.  Plus, a full size bed would take up too much room and I wanted to be able to add some fun furniture.  As you can imagine, I eventually persuaded Matthew the twin size bed was the better option and the hunt for the perfect bed was on! 

We LOVED the day bed with trundle design that IKEA and Pottery Barn Kids has, but the Pottery Barn Kids version was WAY too expensive and the IKEA version didn't seem sturdy enough to withstand our crazy toddler!  We ended up finding a twin size platform bed at Potter Barn Kids.  It's very low to the ground, probably even lower than the toddler bed, but a box spring can be added at a later date to increase the height.  Below are some pictures of Morgan testing out her new bed and mattress.  NOTE: Morgan did help me pick out the bright sheets!

Jumping on the bed was actually the first course of action!

Morgan is a crazy sleeper, so this picture is probably pretty typical of where you might find her anytime during the night.  I have already gone in there twice and she has been on the floor.  As you can see the bed is low to the floor so the small trip down doesn't really hurt her so much as scares her. 

Can't wait to post more pics once we get the room finished up!