Monday, June 27, 2011

One week

Oh my! Where has the week gone? It has been a haze of feeding, diapers, and sleeping. This recovery has taken a little longer than the last time because I had an allergic reaction the epidural. Also because of the way she was laying in my belly which left me a little more bruised up from them turning her prior to the c-section. I guess if they didn't turn her she would have been traumatised in some way or another.  I can't really remember the doctors explanation of why he had to turn her.  Maybe something to do with her lungs? I have to say though this little girl is such a joy. Seriously sweet that it  makes my heart melt with each day.  Now I can understand why some people have mega families like the Duggars.  It can be addicting.  I can't imagine our family without Addy.  She truly is a miracle!  It is still a little strange having her here all ready.  She wasn't suppose to come until the 19th of July which was the day I was scheduled for a c-section.  If it wasn't for the pain to get out of bed or cough, I think I would forget that she is not in there kicking anymore.  Yet, she is here and what a miracle it is.  Last Monday, started off like any other day.  I took my son Roman to school and came home to rest before going to the Perinatalogist.  At 1:00p I got in my car and headed to his office totally oblivious to what was going to occur later that day.  I was feeling fine.  I was hot because it  has been in the 90's since the beginning of May, but I was fine.  I checked in and and was brought back to the ultrasound room where like every previous visit I hopped on the table and was asked how I was doing.  I told the technician I was doing fine despite being really swollen, but that was nothing new.  They asked me if the baby was kicking and I told them yes though maybe not as much as a couple of weeks ago which is not to abnormal in this stage of pregnancy.  However, in comparison to my other pregnancies she was pretty quiet and would often have me freaked out by how quiet she was, but just when I would be about to pick up the phone to talk to the doctor she would prove she was still in there.  Now looking back on the visit I think the technician did not let on that things were not right because when the perinatologist came in  he said I would like to remeasure your fluids and the babies weight as opposed to saying everything looks within normal limits like previous visits.  He remeasured and said to me that he just didn't feel comfortable leaving her in my tummy and that if he did he felt she might not make it.  My amniotic fluid was very low and she had not gained any weight in the past two weeks.  Despite the placenta looking normal and there being a great blood flow in the umbilical cord something had to be wrong because she just wasn't growing.  As he left the room, he asked me to sit in the waiting room while he talked to my OB.  Within a few minutes, his assistant came out and told me to drive myself to the hospital.  I asked if I could go home first, and she told me no that I was to go straight to the hospital and to make sure I didn't eat or drink.  I called my husband and told him to meet me at the hospital and then called my mother to have her come and watch the children.  I was in such shock that after going out to my car I had to go back into the office to ask which hospital because I had planned on delivering at the hospital closest to my house; however,  as I thought they had said they wanted me to go the hospital in the city because it has a better NICU. 35 minutes later I arrived at the labor and delivery where they checked me into my room.  Thankfully, the nurse allowed me to take a shower before changing into  a hospital gown.  Then my husband arrived where we waited together until the took me back to the OR.  My c-section was scheduled for 9:00 pm since they were waiting for my stomach to empty out a little.  I had just eaten lunch before going to the doctor.  I think both of us held our breath until the nurses announced that Adelaide was doing great and was breathing on her own.  They told us that she would have to go to the NICU due to her size: but if she continued to breath on her own, could maintain her body temperature, and eat then she would soon be able to come to our room.  We expected her to be there a week given her gestational age; however, 3 hours later she was released into my arms.  It was the longest 3 hours of my life.  I had been to the NICU before with Roman and it was something I didn't want to have to experience again.  Now looking back at the pregnancy, it is strange to be so grateful that because of Roman's heart condition I was considered a high risk pregnancy and because of this I received extra medical attention where they were able to see that she had stopped growing and that I had no amniotic fluid.  Without the ultrasounds she appeared to be normal and not in distress and thus she could have possibly died in utero.  We just got back from the pediatrician and Addy is now weighing 4 pounds 9 ounces.  She is doing really well given that babies usually lose weight not gain weight the first weeks. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

First Days in Photo

Here are a few photos from the last couple of days. I am so tired and in a bit of pain. I promise to write her birth story tomorrow. Hope you are all doing well. Thanks for all the well wishes!
Hello World!

She is well loved!
As big as a doll weighing in at 4 pounds 2 ounces
Or maybe she is a glow worm. Addy spent 2 days on Billi Lights.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


On Monday, June 20th at 9:21 p.m. Via emergency c-section Adelaide Louisa was born to our adoring family. She is doing amazing despite being born 5 weeks early. She was 4 pounds 3 ounces. No NICU for this baby . Yahoo! Pics will be posted on Friday when I get home from hospital.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Winston and Marc go to Leggoland

On Friday, Winston and his Oma headed south to Stuttgart to hook up with his Aunt Martina and Cousin Marc. This weekend was much anticipated as Winston has been looking forward to going to Leggoland with his Oma and his cousin for years just like his brother Harris. Despite the weather on Saturday being yucky, the boys had a great time. Isn't that Albert Einstein made out of Leggo's cool? What did you do over the weekend?

Winston, Oma, Marc, and Martina

Oma with her boys!
Time to head Home!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The yummiest Father's Day ever!

This year I have to say was one of the yummiest Father's Day ever. Everyone was licking their lips. We had braised short ribs lasagna rolls and for dessert we had frozen lemon mousse with strawberry puree (you can use lemon curd from the jar).  Seriously, they were to die for, and this is one reason why I love to cook.  There is nothing more gratifying than cooking a meal that not only fills every one's tummy's, but that they love too!  Happy Father's Day Liebling!  You are the best husband and father.  I am so grateful to have you in my life.  Thank you for working so hard for our family. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Backyard Triathon

Last weekend Frank participated in the Backyard Triathlon. The triathlon is just a group of guys who get together every once in a while to compete against one another and blow off some steam. I don't think it is a full blown triathlon, but is considered a triathlon sprint. My husband did us proud! He finished 6 out of 15. He was by far the oldest. The winner was 14 years his junior. Watch out though next time he is going to change his strategy and who knows maybe he will come in first. He had a great time!

Other random things going on around here. Last weekend, I took Roman to see Kung Fu Panda 2 which was free because it was sponsored by Land O Lake for children with disabilities. He loved the movie. I had a hard time keeping my eyes open. I also took Harris to see Pirates of the Caribbean 4. It was one of my favorites in the series. Harris also participated in a basketball camp and had a great time learning and improving his skills.  As for me, I am spending my husbands money finishing off the babies room.  It should be finished next week.  I can't wait to show you!  I tried a new recipe this week for an Enchilada Rice Bake, but it was not a sucess with the family.  Oh well, you win some and you lose some.  At least they tried it!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Waiting it Out!

Hope you are having a great day!  I am stuck in bed most of the day trying to keep this baby in for a couple more weeks.  My amniotic fluid is low, so the doctor doesn't want me doing to much activity.  While I wouldn't mind her coming, I don't really want her to stay in the NICU either.  We have been there and done that and I think I will pass.   

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Atlanta Silverbacks

                                                               Can you see me in the picture? 
                                                            I am in the reflection of the glasses.

                                                                            Perez #14
Yesterday after picking up Frank from the airport, we took Harris to Fritti one of our favorite Italian pizza places here in town, and then went to see the Atlanta Silverbacks.  It was a first for all three of us since none of us had been to a soccer game here in the states.  Despite it being so hot it actually wasn't too bad.  As soon as the sun set, a nice breeze blew in cooling us all off.  In the end, our team won their first game of the season 2-1 against Montreal.  Go Silverbacks!  After the game, Harris was able to go down to the field to get autographs and shake the hands of the players.  It turns out one of the players if from Switzerland.  This morning, Harris said to me, "Mom thanks so much for taking me to the soccer game.  I had so much fun!"

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Destination "Cornerview"

Despite our family being separated by over three thousand miles, it seems these day our destination is the Pool. Winston has been fortunate to have some nice weather in Germany allowing him to be able to go to the outdoor swimming pool, and we have had really hot weather here in Georgia that leaves us with no option but to go to the pool if we don't want to be stuck inside. Yesterday our little friend Andrew and his family came to play with us at the pool. The children had a great time. I enjoyed sipping my frozen strawberry lemonade.

Friday, June 3, 2011

A new do!

My hair has been driving me crazy for months, but I just didn't know what to do about it. Cut it short? That would have been nice for this summer time heat, but my husband isn't too crazy about me with short hair and on top of that with the additional weight it might not be so flattering on the face. In the end, I ended up getting about 2 inches cut off and some long layers put in along with a refresh on the hair color. I love it! I am so glad that I didn't whack it off. Well, here is to another day of 95 degree weather. I am off to make some fresh fruit Popsicles and the pool. Hope you have a great weekend. What are you doing this weekend?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

M is for menu "Corner View"

What do you get when you put a pregnant lady together with very hot weather? A summer menu that is fast and easy to make. Today it is suppose to be 95 degrees. After I get my hair cut and colored, I am going to spend the rest of the day by the pool eating Italian Ice and Watermelon. Anyway, the other night I made this yummy pasta. It is so simple. I found the recipe on Smitten Kitchen a couple of years ago. Boil some pasta. I choose angel hair because it cooks faster. Then in a bowl mix one package of Boursin cheese (you could use goat if you like) with 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and a Tablespoon of hot water from the pot. Mix until creamy. Drain pasta and add to the bowl. Add salt and pepper along with a couple tablespoons of lemon zest, toasted pine nuts, and some chopped parsley, and wham bam thank you mam you have a light fantastic summer dinner within minutes.