Friday, January 13, 2012

Whats in a name?

The name we chose for our little girl didn't come easily. We had quite a few names in mind until about 35 weeks.
A few years ago, while Christmas shopping at Tai Pan with my mom, I came across a simple ornament. It was a silver star with the word Faith written across it in plain letters. At that time, I decided I wanted to name my daughter Faith. I have no idea why, but it just stuck with me. I've had it hanging in my bathroom ever since. I didn't really give it another thought since then. When we found out we were having a girl, Brian was set on naming our little girl either Jersey or Lilly after his grandma. I wasn't too fond of either of those names for our little girl, even though I love both of them. When I went to my 22 week appointment, which is called the targeted ultrasound, the tech was checking all of our little girls organs. She spent a lot of time on the heart. I asked her how many babies have heart problems that they find before they're born. She said about 4 in every 100 babies had different degrees of heart problems. I told her about my cousin that had heart problems when he was born and but he is doing well today. I started to get a little nervous as she kept looking through the heart. She informed us that she couldn't find the pulmonary valve in the heart, and she would like me to come back in 4 weeks to check again. Thats not the greatest news to hear while pregnant... Or at any time. Through the next 4 weeks, through much prayer, I new that if I just had FAITH, everything would be ok. A week before my appointment, my midwifes nurse called me to make sure that I had made another appointment. This kind of freaked me out. Sure enough, when my next appointment came, EVERYTHING was there and where it was supposed to be! I was convinced even more to name our daughter Faith, Brian wasn't quite convinced yet though. As time progressed through my pregnancy, we had some small trials that took patience and Faith to get through. At the end November, Brian came to me and said "I think Faith is the name for our little girl." This made me so happy. A couple weeks later, I couldn't get the name Faith Lillian out of my mind. One day, Brian asked me if she would have a middle name. I told her the name I had been thinking of. Tears came to his eyes. He said thats it! Now every time Brians grandma Lilly calls me, she asks how "Faith Lillian" is doing or she says "hows my namesake." She is such a special person to both of us and is so honored that we named our daughter after her. When she got Faiths birth announcement, she called me in tears. That is one voicemail that I will never erase.
Sorry for the long boring story, but it will be nice to look back some day to remember all of the little details.


Our little Faith joined us January 5th. What a special little girl she is.
Here is the birth story
After a full 40 weeks of carrying her, I decided to get my labor started a day after her due date. When my midwife made the appointment with the hospital, I hit a full panic mode. Tears were shed, we would no longer be a family of 3. I had no idea how Daxton would do without me for 3-5 days and I was so worried that something would be wrong with her. The time I was supposed to be at McKay Dee was 9:00 am. That gave me one more night to tie up loose ends, mop my floor, dust my walls, spend time with Dax. Anything to get my mind off of what was going to happen. I had had my bags packed for days, expecting her any minute.
I was induced into labor about 10:30 am and I was dialated to a 3. I got my epidural at 12:45 and my midwife broke my water at 1:30. I totally expected a long labor after that. Daxton took 10 hours to get here at this point. I told my mom that she should come around 5 and it would still be awhile before Faith would be born. She said she would just be on call and play it by ear. By the time 3:45 rolled around, I was at a 10! Holy cats! I wasn't ready! We called my mom, she left instantly. My midwife arrived at 4:15. My mom arrived at 4:25. Faith was born at 4:28 pm. Perfect timing eh? She swallowed a little bit of meconium and the cord was around her neck but neither of these caused a problem, THANK GOODNESS! One push, pretty darn easy delivery. PERFECT baby.
Sorry to bore you with a nothing exciting birth story, but I would prefer it that way!

Faith Lillian Westover
7lbs 5oz
20 inches long

Our cute nurse Nicole. I love McKay Dee hospital, they have an AWESOME staff!
A very proud daddy

Christmas Time

What a fun Christmas we had this year. Daxton has started to understand who Santa is and loves him. We had a pretty low key holiday, hoping I wouldn't go into
labor. Christmas with a child is so much fun!
Since Christmas was on a Sunday this year, we let him open his
gifts from us on Saturday morning.

Dax in his Christmas church clothes. Although he didn't go to church on Christmas. He stayed and played with grandpa.

All of the grandkids got wiggle cars from grandma and grandpa

Santa stopped by for a visit Christmas Eve
Dax got a sweet semi from uncle Brad

A few of the gifts from mommy and daddy

Santa Brought Dax a big boy bike. He's a pro! I left my camera at my parents the night before so I didn't get any pictures of it. I'll get one soon!
All day he kept saying Santa's bike! Santa's bike! Santa went bye bye.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Full term...

What can I say, My babies love to stay inside of me! This is right before walking into the hospital (after freaking out, with tears and all) to deliver baby Faith.

A lovely place to lay your head

As most of you know, our little bundle of joy recently arrived. We have been working overtime to get her (and Daxtons) room done. We finished with 2 days to spare! Here's a look at her room. (I have to note that Dax LOVES to jump on her bed so it doesn't stay looking nice for long, notice the wrinkly blanket?) I'll try to post more pictures soon including Daxtons new room, which he absolutely loves!