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  • Mia's 1 year old today!

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    MIA YEARMia is a year old today. It's funny to think that a year ago today I was sitting in the studio secretly timing contractions throughout the morning show. At this time I was walking into Joe Cassady's office asking him to sign a form allowing me to take a half day sick. And about 5 and a half hours later Mia was in our arms!

    In honor of her birthday I thought it would be fun to repost the blog I wrote about the day she was born the day after she came into this world.

    11/9/11

    Mia Anne

    Yesterday was quite a day. I was on the air in the morning. I said a couple times when we were promoting the guess the arrival contest that it could be any day any hour. I was right. I knew I wasn't feeling well and came in planning to make it a short day. Once the show was over I filled out a time off sheet requesting a half day sick. Joe signed it and wished me well. I got out of the office around 9:25am and headed home. I called my mom and told her to keep her phone handy because I had a feeling it was the day we'd meet our little girl. I called Josh and told him that I was on my way home from work and he asked if he should come home too. I told him not to rush just finish up whatever he had to do and come home early. He decided he'd leave work at 11 so he could get a half day in and I said that would be fine. Minutes later I started having painful contractions about 5 minutes apart I didn't have an accurate timer in the car I was just using the clock on my radio. By the time I got home I thought I'd try a few things to make the contractions go away. I tried a bath and that didn't work. I tried to eat something light and that didn't work. I tried to bounce and rock on the exercise ball and that didn't work either. Luckily Josh didn't stick around at work too much longer he got home around 11:30 and by the time he got into the house I was sitting on the bathroom floor feeling like I was going to vomit. Then I had to get on all fours to get through my contraction. We used an accurate contraction timer and called the hospital, the contractions were 5 minutes apart and lasting about a minute and it had been happening since 9:37am and continued to get more painful and longer over that time. The woman on the phone at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital in the Women and Infant Center said, "It sounds like you're still in early labor so you can come in or just wait a little while." I told her we were going to come in because we're 20 minutes from the hospital. Josh had the car already loaded up and the dogs in their kennels while I was on the phone with the hospital. He was ready to go. So we hopped in the car. By the time we were on our way my contractions were 2 minutes apart.

    When we got to the hospital shortly after noon the nurse checked me and I was 100% effaced and 3cm dilated. My water sack was bulging so the nurse didn't want to push to hard to find the baby's head, but she did say that my cervix was low so that's a good sign. The doctor on call, Dr. Jamison, came in shortly after and checked me concurring with the nurse's assessment then did an ultrasound and found that baby was breech! Which was crazy because she was head down for the last 4 appointments we were at and the last of those was just this past Thursday! Dr. Jamison ordered another ultrasound machine just to get a clearer picture. She wanted to measure how much amniotic fluid was there to see if there would be a chance for them to turn the baby externally, but she found that there wasn't so we'd need to do a C Section. She also ordered the epidural that I would need for the C Section. After that things started moving really quickly because they were worried about my water breaking because it was buldging so much. If my water had broken I would've had to deliver her breech which is not an impossible thing to do, but certainly not ideal for either of us. 

    The anastisiologist came in to talk to me about the epidural. I was having very close contractions and very painful contractions by this point so I was not listening to a thing he was saying just thinking please just give it to me I really don't have much of a choice about getting it anyway. I think I had 4 massive contractions during his speech then he finally let me sign the papers. 

    They sent Josh to change luckily my mom was there to hold my hand for the last contraction before they wheeled me away. She arrived just before they did the second ultrasound to confirm what they were going to do. I really didn't want to have to do it this way so I cried a little it was nice that she was there to help me deal with it.

    They wheeled me into the operating room and gave me the epidural. Josh still wasn't in there. They made him wait in the hallway until they had me all set up and ready to go. I was asking for him, they told me he'd be in soon. Shortly after he was by my side and we cried together while the doctor sliced me open.

    At 2:57pm our beautiful baby girl was delivered. They showed her to me for a second and then took her away. Josh went with her while the doctor stitched me up. They asked me what her name would be and I told them I didn't know yet. Josh came back in by me to tell me how perfect she is and I asked him, "what color is her hair?" We had two names picked out and decided that her hair color would determine her name. He told me it's dark and so fuzzy and soft so we decided to call her Mia Anne. Anne is my grandmother's name and she was so excited when she heard that we gave her greatgranddaughter her name.

    Josh got to bring her into the operating room to meet me for a minute before bringing her back to the birthing suite. She was wide awake and ready to eat. Unfortunately because of the circumstances I couldn't feed her for almost an hour. Josh got to hold her skin to skin to warm her up that first hour so that was really special.

    While I was in the operating room Josh's parents arrived and my dad got here. They were all waiting in the waiting room until Josh got back to the room. When the wheeled me back they were all ushered out for a few minutes. I needed to nurse and I really don't have issue with my parents seeing me do it so I told the nurse they could come back in.

    We had a busy night for visitors, my sister, my best friend Felicia and her sister and Josh's brother and his family. It was so nice that they all came. Especially with as snowy as it was today I'm glad they came yesterday so they didn't feel obligated to come today.

    Today we had a busy day of doctor visits. My regular OB came by today to check on me. Dr. Locher Mia's pediatrician stopped in to see her and to check her hip. Because she was breech she was born with a dislocated hip. Dr. Locher discovered in his check today that it is typically in place, but easily slips out which is actually better than the alternative. He said a brace can help straighten things out so he would send for an orthepedics consult. So we got a visit from him too. He brought a brace with him for Mia to wear 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We do have to take it off to bathe her, but that's it. He also referred us to Marshfield Clinic for an ultrasound of the hip to determine how bad it is. She needs to have it fixed because if it slips during her development it can cause some major problems later on. She'll need to wear this brace for 6 to 8 weeks. We have our appointment for the Ultrasound next week Tuesday so we should know more then and I'll update you.

    Breastfeeding has been going very well. Mia took to it like a champ and I did pretty good too. The nursing staff here have been absolutely amazing helping me get her latched on correctly and helping me with a lot of other things since I had a C section I have limited movement.

    Because Mia wasn't squeezed through the birth canal she didn't get all that amniotic fluid pressed out of her so she's been spitting it up. We've had to suck it out of her mouth and nose a lot today. She even chokes on it sometimes and scares the crap out of me. I was by myself earlier because Josh had to run home to tend the dogs and I had to call the CNA to get in here to help me because Mia was choking so badly.

    She's doing great now though. She's in the nursery right now getting her pictures taken and having a hearing test done. Though I'm pretty sure she can hear because she settles right down when she hears Josh's voice. Not that she's very fussy.

    We are so excited to welcome Mia Anne 7 pounds 7 ounces 19 and 1/4 inches long into the world at 2:57pm on 11/8/11.

  • Car Seats

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    car seatIt's time to get Mia a new car seat. She's 1 tomorrow and almost to the weight limit of her current car seat which is 22 pounds. I think she's small enough to stay rear facing for a little longer, but we'll have to get a convertible car seat if we want to do that and many of them only go up to between 40 and 65 pounds. If we got a forward facing car seat we could use it for as long as she needs a car seat. However, according to the average height and weight chart I found online if she stays on the same curve she's on right now at 65 pounds she should reach the height requirement for the seat.

    What are your recommendations for car seats?

     

  • Mia's bday present

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Mia got a bouncing Tigger for her birthday from Auntie Andi and she loves this thing. It makes her laugh out loud. The first time she saw it was the funniest, but we didn't have the camera ready! So this was like the 3rd time and she was still super excited.

  • Mia's 1st birthday

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    We celebrated Mia's 1st birthday yesterday. My favorite part of a 1st birthday is baby eating cake. Mia was so dainty about it. She only ate the frosting and only off one side of the cake. She barely messed it up at all. 

    Cake

    At Trig's when you order a 1st birthday sheet cake they give you the 6inch smash cake for free! Aren't they cute?

    smash cake

    mia cake

    We played a couple fun games: How well do you know Mia & Draw a picture of Mia by placing a piece of paper on top of your head. Then we opened presents and then ate cake.

    I made this photo banner with pictures from Newborn (the very first pic we took of her while I was still on the operating table) each month through 11 months.

    banner

    On the tables I used pictures of Mia newborn, 3 months, 6 months and 9 months as center pieces along with balloon bouquets. We had a photo spot set up along the wall and asked that all guests take a picture with or without Mia for their Thank You cards. I used an app on my android phone to send thank you post cards then using the pictures. They cost $1.49 each that includes shipping and you can put a short personal message on each post card. I will also use these pictures as a photo guest book.

     photo booth

     

  • VIDEO: Mia just like her daddy

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Mia started walking behind a walking toy yesterday and apparently she likes to walk around while brushing her teeth just like her daddy!

    This is the best baby toothbrush ever!! We got 2 different kids of first toothbrushes for Mia one from my dentist and one from Josh's (yes we go to different dentists). She didn't cooperate when we attempted to put either one in her little mouth. When we were at my sister's house for her birthday Mia had picked up and was chewing on a weird looking teether. My sister said that's not actually a teether it's a toothbrush and she loves it. My sister babysits Mia a few days a week and I guess that is one of Mia's favorite things.

    The Brush Baby toothbrush is completely made of silicone with soft bristles that surround the baby's teeth and gums when they bite on it. It is formed so that baby instinctively puts the right end in his/her mouth. Mia loves to chew on it when she's teething and she brushes her teeth/gums at the same time! I found it at Walmart and I highly recommend it.

    At this point I've been told that I don't need to put any toothpaste on it, but you can.

    Toothbrush

  • Happy Halloween!

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Happy halloween

    Mia's 1st Halloween outfit! I'll post a pic of her in her Halloween costume later today.

    Here's her costume:

    frog princess

  • Mia ready to rock at 4am

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Mia 4am

    This morning Miss Mia woke up at 3:15am. I thought I got her back down, but when I walked out of my bedroom at 4am I saw her standing up in her crib peering around the door frame into the hallway. So I went and got her. She was snuggly, but I could tell she wasn't going back to sleep so I took her downstairs to have breakfast with me. She was ready to rock with her messy hair, she started playing and throwing toys around while I made her bottle and my cereal and coffee. Daddy got up a half hour earlier than usual just in time for me to walk out the door and he looked at our smiley wide awake baby and said, "Well, what are we gonna do this morning?"

    It was tough for me to leave this morning. I am so glad I'm not the one that has to drop her off at daycare. I think I'd still be struggling with it and she's nearly a year old. I'm gonna be a mess when we send this little girl off to her first day of school. Thank goodness that's 4 years from now.

  • Spaghetti face

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    spaghetti face

    Doesn't every mom have a photo of baby spaghetti face? This was the first time Mia ate spaghetti that wasn't pureed. She had so much fun smearing sauce all over her face. I think she enjoyed eating it too.

    We love the fact we can give her food we eat now, but there are a lot of foods we eat that are pretty spicy and we're not sure she should have any of that stuff yet. When do you think we can start introducing her to spicy foods like chili?

    Is it okay to give her Chinese food? What Chinese food is okay for a 1 year old to eat?

  • My niece Lizzy 6 month photo

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    My sister in law got the idea for this awesome picture on Pintrest. I think it turned out awesome!

    Lizzy 6 months

    Elizabeth Paige 6 months old

  • Mom haircut

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    I cut my hair off at our St. Jude Radiothon earlier this year and donated 11 inches to Locks of Love. Since then I've kept it short and you have no idea how many people have said, "Oh you've got the mom haircut now." I have to admit that was not my intention when I cut my hair, but I sure do like the fact that Mia has a harder time pulling my hair these days. I love the fact that it's so much faster to dry and style too. Time is so much more valuable when you have a baby to tend to.

    I have a haircut today, but I can't decide which of the following styles I want. Will you help me? Which do you like? The top 2 pictures are the same cut just both sides.

    hair

     

    HERE'S HOW MY HAIRCUT TURNED OUT

    HAIRCUT HAIR 2

     

  • Mia's self portrait

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Mia used the front facing camera on my cell phone and took these pictures of herself. I love the last one LOL.

    Mia's pic

    mias pic 2

    Mia's self portrait