Newborn Pictures with Anchor Images Photography

Thursday, March 23, 2017










 








It is crazy to think that these were taken three weeks ago. Time really needs to slow down; before we know it we will be getting Rowan's senior pictures done. My good friend Megan that I also shoot weddings with did these pictures for us right here in our own house which was great. Even though I have been very go-go-go since her arrival, leaving the house with a newborn is still a huge chore. Megan did an amazing job and we will cherish these pictures forever. Now to just get them printed and put in all the frames but the hard part is picking our favorites. 

One Month of Rowan Christine

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

And just like that we have a one month old, Happy One Month Rowan Christine!
As cliche as it may be we cannot believe how fast this first month has gone. Life has sped up so much and it needs to slow down any time now. Even though it has only been a month since we welcomed Rowan into our lives it is hard to remember what life was life like pre-baby. We could not imagine life without her and cannot wait to see what this adventure is going to be like.

Here are Rowan's Month 1 Photos and Updates…


CHANGES + MILESTONES :

  • She has gained almost two lbs since she was born and is now 21.5″ long! She is in the 88th percentile for height and the same percentle for weight! We got some use out of a couple of her newborn outfits in the first week but quickly outgrew them and now she is wearing 0-3 month clothes.
  • She rocks over to her side to sleep but doesn't actually roll over. She also prefers sleeping on her belly during naps and after she has burped. As long as one of us is holding her we allow her to do so but make sure she is a back sleeper during the night.
  • She is sleeping during the night in the bassinet and napping during the day in her Rock n Play Sleeper.
  • She has some really strong neck muscles and can hold her head up for quite some time. We still have to be there to catch it because when she gets tired her head is falling like a ton of bricks. Everyone comments on how strong she is.
  • While nursing she has started holding onto my breast and Anthony said she does the same with her morning bottle. 
  • She has started making little sounds here and there like she is trying to talk to us. I figure in the second month she will really start making more coos and being a little more interactive.
  • She loves getting a bath and barely makes a peep.
  • She has met a lot of our family and friends so lots of pictures have been taken that I need to get developed and put into an album for memory purposes because we will soon forget since time has officially started flying by.


PEDIATRICIAN CHECK-UP & GROWTH:

We went to her two week appointment with the pediatrician last Monday and Rowan is a healthy, growing little girl. She has surpassed her birth weight which we kind of knew because Daddy has been weighing her on the bathroom scales. She was up to 10.5 lbs from her 9 lb birth weight and 21.5 inches long from 20 inches long at birth. That progress makes this Momma extremely proud!

EYE COLOR, HAIR & BABY GIGGLES:

Miss Rowan's hair is starting to lighten up and her eyes are this grayish but turning much bluer every day, just like Mommy and Daddy's eyes. They are so big and bright. Rowan also has the biggest smile which she flashes around pretty often! Every time she does so I try to grab the camera so I can capture it. There have been a couple times that she has giggled but it was following a gas bubble so I don't think it was necessarily a real laugh just yet. 

SLEEP:There is no sleep schedule going on around here just yet. Other than we can count on her to be awake every 2-3 hours throughout the night to nurse. In the first couple of weeks we were really thrown off track with the constant getting up throughout the night. She was up to nurse, needing a diaper change or we were jumping at every little noise she made. Those first nights at home really were kind of scary and looking back I am not sure how we were even coping during the day... Naps, lots and lots of naps were going on. 
Last week we kind of started getting into the groove of things and kept everything bedside so that diapers could be changed while laying in bed and nursing could be done right there as well. A few nights we slept on the couch, okay maybe for a week straight we were sleeping on the couch. Rowan was sleeping in her Rock n Play Sleeper and since our bed sits so high up it made for a real struggle getting to her in the middle of the night so the couch put us right at that level. This week we decided to get back to our bedroom in hopes of getting back to some normalcy and switching her to sleeping in the bassinet so there will be an easier transition to her crib once the day comes for that. We are doing a little bit better in there now and we actually had two amazing nights in a row (Sunday & Monday night this week) that our lovely little lady slept for 4 hours straight. Talk about amazing and a wonderful little treat!

SCHEDULE:

Little Miss is still not sticking to a consistent schedule other than I can tell you that she eats every 2 to 3 hours, has a wet diaper every time she wakes up and even sometimes in between and has a poopy diaper 2-3 times a day and sometimes has one in the middle of the night. She has slowly started to be awake more than she was in those first few weeks. During this time I love to walk her around the house and let her look at everything (even though I know she can't recognize it yet I see her focusing on certain objects like door frames and picture frames hanging on the wall)

FEEDINGS:

In my opinion Rowan has been a fantastic eater. She latched right on when we were doing skin to skin right after delivery and after some tips with the lactation consultant nursing has somewhat been a breeze. Other than in those first two days at home when I was waiting on my milk to come in and I was scared she was not getting enough nourishment and that we were going to get scolded at the 1 week check up that she was not gaining and that we would need to supplement. Throughout the day I nurse her and then Anthony will give her a bottle of breast milk in the early morning (5 a.m. or so) when he is awake and he wants to give me some time to sleep. We have been using the Dr. Brown's natural flow bottles in the 5 oz. size and have no complaints. She has upped her drinking amount to almost 6 oz. so here soon I think we are going to opt for some bigger bottles.



Introducing Rowan Christine

Monday, March 6, 2017





We welcomed our bundle of joy into our arms on Wednesday February 22, 2017 at 12:32 a.m.
Rowan Christine || 9 lbs. 20 in. 

I will be posting her birth story and catching up whenever I get the chance. We are currently taking in every single moment with our little lady. If you are want to stay current be sure to follow me over on Instagram (@mrsfry26) 


Labor photography by: Anchor Images Photography




President's Day Zoo Fail

Monday, February 20, 2017

Anthony and I made big plans to go spend the whole day together, just the two of us before Little Lady makes her debut, at the Columbus Zoo. The Zoo announced last week that they would be having a free day on President's Day. Not even thinking that since we had unseasonably warm temperatures for February that like 95% of Columbus would also be taking advantage of this free day. We ended up sitting in traffic for 2 hours and decided it really was not worth the visit. We probably should have decided this much sooner but we never would have thought that this many people were all going to the Zoo. 

After rerouting, we decided to check out Outdoor Source for a kayak that Anthony has been wanting then we went to Pies and Pints for lunch. We ended up finishing up walking around Field and Stream. All the above is stuff that we thoroughly enjoy doing together and neither one of us complained that our plans went out the window for the whole day. We spent the day together, most of it in the car, talking about this new little adventure we are about to take on, the adventure of Parenthood. 

This morning we also had to stop at the doctor's office to sign some papers before we have our induction. I had Anthony snap one last picture of me standing in front of the office to compare to the first one we took standing there. 
8.31.2016 || 16 Weeks 6 Days

2.20.2017 || 40 Weeks 4 Days

Bump Day || 40 Weeks

Monday, February 20, 2017

40 Week Update || 2.16.2017

How far along: 40 weeks

Baby size: Size of a small pumpkin.   

Baby's progress: She is still head down! Not much progress in the dilation dept.

Weight gain: 29 lbs, actually lost a couple lbs 

Maternity clothes: I am still wearing all my maternity clothes.

Stretch marks: There have been quite a few for a while. 

Belly Button in or out: Still an outty :) 

Sleep: Sleeping has become almost non existent. Between going to the bathroom and then once I am awake I lay in bed thinking about everything possible.  

Gender: GIRL!

Movement: She was kicking a bunch but not as much now.

Best moment this week: The weather surprised us again and we had a great weekend weather wise. We also got an induction date in case Little Lady doesn't come on her own. 

Looking forward to: Finally getting to meet this little miracle and get all the unknown worries of labor out of the way. 

Food cravings: Still milk but nothing else sounds really that appetizing.

Weirdest food I ate this week: Nothing really

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Labor signs: On and off contractions but nothing worth anything 

What I miss: Wine, Non-swollen feet. Sleep. Cuddles with Anthony.

Symptoms: Still have swelling but only in my ankles and hands. My BP has been perfect so we are not worried about the swelling. A little cramping, sporadic contractions. 

Workouts: Lots and lots of walking

Things that suck: Still swollen ankles!

Nursery? Everything is pretty much done.

Nesting? Nesting kicked in a few weeks ago and left pretty quick.

Bump Day || 39 Weeks

Monday, February 20, 2017

39 Week Update || 2.9.2017

How far along: 39 weeks

Baby size: Size of a mini watermelon.   

Baby's progress: She is still head down! Not much progress in the dilation dept.

Weight gain: 29 lbs 

Maternity clothes: I am wearing all my maternity clothes and going crazy in the closet trying to find other shirts that will fit over this big belly.

Stretch marks: There have been quite a few for a while. Cannot wait to rock one pieces this summer!

Belly Button in or out: Definitely an outty :) 

Sleep: Sleeping has become a struggle. I am not up to go to the bathroom more than twice a night but changing positions is a real struggle.  

Gender: GIRL!

Movement: She has been kicking all over the place and she finally dropped so we are back to enjoying the movement because it has not been as tight as when she was in my ribs

Best moment this week: The weather surprised us with a few nice days so we took advantage and went on a few walks with Tyson. 

Looking forward to: Going into labor and finally getting to see our little lady! 

Food cravings: Still milk and fudge bars. Adding to the list is apple sauce.

Weirdest food I ate this week: Nothing really

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing

Labor signs: On Saturday morning around 3AM I woke up to some contractions that I was actually able to time. The length of each contraction was not enough to do anything and they tapered off by mid morning. 

What I miss: my ankles! Lol my feet and ankles are super swollen and I miss being able to feel them and cannot wait to feel like I am not walking on balloons!

Symptoms: Still have swelling but only in my ankles and hands. My BP has been perfect so we are not worried about the swelling. A little cramping, sporadic contractions. 

Workouts: Just some walking outside and bouncing on my yoga ball.

Things that suck: Swollen ankles!

Nursery? Everything is pretty much done. I still haven't put her sheet on her crib and need to hang some more clothes up but everything is looking so cute and almost ready for Rowan

Nesting? Nesting kicked in a few weeks ago but has not returned. I guess sleep and relaxing have just seemed more enjoyable.
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