The Story of Us

The Story of Us

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

1 month

The first month with Olivia was definitely the hardest. I definitely got tired of everyone asking "Isn't this the best? or It's so great isn't it?" ummm no. It's very hard and very exhausting and you don't sleep and most of the time all I wanted to do was lock myself in a room and cry. Yes I did that a lot. She cried and screamed a lot to say the least. There were days I thought it would never end and I desperately needed a break. On the plus side it went fast, I look back now and just think of it as a phase and that its over. Everyday is a new challenge but also a new reward. Olivia was smiling a lot and those first few smiles definitely tear at your heart strings.
~ She learned our voices quickly especially her Daddy's. When Ben would walk into a room she would hear him and turn her head immediately trying to find him.
~ She loves taking baths or showers, they make her really happy and she smiles and laughs the whole time. Olivia definitely has a small laugh but of course no sound yet.
~ Olivia really likes lights and color and observes her flashing lights games.
~ Other then baths to calm Olivia down I walk a lot with her in the Ergo. We will go across the street and walk with Reggie. Most of the time she would instantly fall asleep or she would just stare at the tree tops and the contrast of the leaves and sky.
~ We are amazed at her strength and how she can lift her head and look around already.
~ She has her daddy wrapped around her finger completely :) It melts my heart. 
~ Reggie is very protective of his little sister but still is slightly scared of her I think!

Although it was definitely super hard I wouldn't trade it. I can't imagine life without her and I look forward to watching her grow and develop even more. At this point it has made me change my mind about having future kids but everyone says that will change!  Our hearts are full and she totally rocks our worlds.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Olivia Evea Eller - August 10th, 2014

Here we are, August 9th, 2014 I am in the hospital being induced. I want to make sure we remember certain details for sure. The whole being induced part really sucked to say the least, labor was a nightmare and they say you immediately forget the pain well thats not true at all. I will never forget that or at least the parts I remember, there was definitely parts I was on the verge of unconsciousness to say the least and Ben says those are the parts that are engraved in his mind forever. So lets go over the details.
- The Nurses were AMAZING! We loved them all. 1st nurse was Joy who helped with the beginning our overnight nurse was Kim who got there at my worst and helped through it. Epidural was a nightmare by a lady who Ben almost punched in the face. Once we got upstairs after delivery we had Ashley who was Ben's cousin. Everyone we met was wonderful!
- Ben was my rock, he was always there and absolutely amazing. I will never forget all that he did and I am very proud of myself for never once yelling at him (you always hear those horror stories). I am pretty sure I wanted to give up quite a few times and he kept believing in me.
- Both our parents came and helped out in so many ways. By bringing us emergency supplies, sneaking in food and helping out in every way possible.
- It was a beautiful Sunday morning when Olivia arrived. I remember (after the epidural kicked in at I was alert again) at about 8 0r 9:00 am just looking out the window holding Ben's hand and the sun was shining brightly into our window and I said its a Beautiful morning, sun shining, birds flying, angels singing and God praising, the perfect day for our daughter to arrive.
- Delivery was surreal, amazing, wonderful, magical. There are so many ways to describe it. I remember every detail, every push, every squeeze of Ben's hand, the sun in our window, asking if she had hair coming out, Ben's face and tears, having Ben take her and lay her on my chest and watching her eyes open and stare right at us. She arrived at 10:56 a.m.on Sunday morning August 10th, 2014. There was no crying or screaming she just looked at both of us and snuggled in, she grabbed Ben's finger as we talked to her and were amazed at her beautiful big eyes, perfect lips and breathtaking beauty.We stayed like this for quite a while and I never wanted it to end. It was perfection, the 3 of us.

After awhile our families came in and we announced her name... Olivia Evea Eller. She was weighed at 6lbs. 6oz. and measured at 19 1/4 inches long. Everyone was in love and enraptured by her beautiful eyes that looked around at everyone and observed so well, memorizing faces and hearing voices. Throughout the next few days we had many friends and family visit and Olivia stole everyone's heart.

We went home on Monday and were so excited to get her home. Big mistake!! We should of stayed another night. The whole first night was a complete nightmare with no sleeping and constant crying. Luckily we went to the pediatrician the next day and he helped out tremendously. The first week adjusting was rough but wonderful at the same time, Ben and I being there together everyday and spending time as a new family. We are so blessed beyond words and Ben is the most amazing father. Watching him love on her is the best feeling ever. She has her daddy wrapped around her finger in every way possible, same with the rest of us. She was smiling that first week and stole our hearts even more with that look and those eyes. Reggie was amazing and is constantly watching over his little sister.We couldn't ask for anything more. Olivia changed our world and will forever keep changing our hearts.

Wow! 18 months later and a baby!

There truly is so much to say I don't even know where to start. 18 months is a long time and an unbelievable amount of stuff has happened. The most obvious being I am now a first time mother to the most beautiful, precious little girl. We are over the moon in love with her and it has changed our lives completely. I was horrible about documenting everything throughout the pregnancy and birth so now that she is 10 weeks old I feel like it is long overdue to catch up and write down some memories before I forget everything completely. So let's start at the beginning.

2013 was crazy busy... once gymnastics season started I was working almost every weekend and traveling a lot, which was really fun. I love my job and going to meets with my girls, it just got a little busy being gone so much. I loved it but I missed having a social life and hanging out with our friends on the weekend too. The summer flew by and fall was gone before we knew it. We had been wanting to plan for like 2 years to have a baby but things kept getting pushed back or new plans popped up and the timing never worked out. So we finally decided on planning to try in the fall. Well it didn't take long at all and I'll never forget the moment we found out.  It was Friday night December 6th. I knew it was early and there might be a chance a test wouldn't show but I was too excited and so I stopped at a drugstore on my way home from Grand Rapids (I was at a meet). I got home and told Ben I bought one and that it was early but I still wanted to try. He was making me dinner and I came back into the kitchen and said "Don't let me go back in there and look before time us up" so we waited. Timer went off and we walked back into the bathroom together hand in hand. I left it right there on the counter and sure enough 2 pink lines!! No one said a word and we just looked at each other for a moment and smiled. Then I said something like " This better be for real... or I can't believe it" something along those lines. We hugged and cried and were so happy!  I of course took many more tests over the next few weeks just to make sure!
We wanted to be able to tell our parents for Christmas and we did! It was a wonderful surprise and we made special gifts for each of them and wrapped them up.
Our first appointment was in January and Ben went with me. I was super nervous and just wanted to make sure everything was ok. At that point you can't feel any movement, I just wanted to hear that heartbeat so bad and there it was steady and strong!
Over the next few months everything was great... I am one of the lucky ones to have had a fairly easy pregnancy. I didn't start to feel movement until after about 20 weeks and we had our 20 week appointment on April 4th before we set off on Spring Break to Branson. We were so excited to find out what it was and FINALLY be able to shop for her. Yes her, our beautiful little girl.
Time flew by after that I finished up my gymnastics season and Dance Recital pics. Once June hit it was nice to relax a little and I had a few baby showers and spent time with friends. By the middle of July I was definitely feeling it worse and worse as I am sure everyone does. At 37 weeks I was really sick and  had bronchitis and a bad sinus infection. All the coughing spurred on contractions and we went to the hospital. They didn't want to induce me till at least 38 weeks so I was sent home on bed rest and medicine. At 37 & 38 week appointments my blood pressure was really high and I went in a few times each week in those 2 weeks to be monitored for lack of movement and high blood pressure. On Thursday of my 38th week I had my last appointment with my OB and she said she was on call all weekend so if my blood pressure stayed high I needed to let her know. So by Saturday we were monitor my blood pressure at home and it had stayed steadily high so I called and she said come on in to labor and delivery. So we went in on Saturday, August 9th, they decided to induce me that evening and the story begins. So now we are on to the whole labor & delivery.