Saturday, April 26, 2008

Two Weeks Old!

We celebrated Anna Kate's second week with us with our first dinner out since she got here! We met Tyler's dad and family at the Cracker Barrell and hoped for the best! Anna Kate did famously, and everyone ooed and ahhed over her...of course! :) We then spent the rest of the evening with my mom and grandmother at my parents house...all in all...Anna Kate had a fun night out, and it didn't completely wreck her schedule! Yay! Maybe we won't be home-bound forever...It was definitely starting to feel that way. Another new development...Anna Kate LOVES to swing. After a fussy evening on Tuesday, my mom came over and watched Anna Kate so that Daddy and I could make an emergency run to Babies-R-Us where we saw Brad and Casey, our dear friends who gave birth to Drew, their first baby, two days before Anna Kate was guys are doing great! :) We had a good time laughing about the joys of parenthood and was good to catch up, and I'm sure there will be play dates to come soon! Anyway-we picked up a swing, a mobile, and a GINORMOUS box of diapers! It was a productive (and expensive) trip, and it turns out that Anna Kate LOVES to swing! Hallelujah! Hope everyone is having a great weekend! Oh, and before I forget, Happy Birthday Fran! Hope you have a GREAT weekend! We'd love to see you soon!

At the Cracker Barrell...I'd be lying if I said that Daddy wasn't just a bit protective during our dinner!

Grandaddy and Mae Beth getting Anna Kate situated...much to Grandaddy's disappointment, Anna Kate was mainly interested in sleeping during their visit!

With Robin...She seemed to hold the pacifier in all by herself, which we all thought was pretty funny!

With Aunt Sarah and Aunt Mae Beth! They're going to be such fun aunts! Look at Mae Beth holding her like an old pro!

Hanging out with Grandmama on the sweet

It looks like Anna Kate has been hearing all this talk about her not dating until she's in college and she's giving her daddy the ugly eye! ;)

Coolin' it in the swing!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Our weekend

We had a good was punctuated by our first venture out of the house as a family! We went to Tyler's dad's house for dinner Saturday night so that Tyler's grandparents could meet Anna Kate! It was a good visit overall...Anna Kate and I spent most of our time upstairs so she could eat dinner, but everyone was very understanding. Sunday we spent the day recovering and just hanging out around the house. This week has been good. Anna Kate has started staying awake a bit more, which makes getting her to sleep a little more interesting, but we are still on about a four hour schedule, surprisingly enough! :) We are just so blessed to have her and have already fallen head over heels!

In the recliner with Grandaddy

after fresh and so clean! :)

Bella has definitely had to adjust, but overall, she's doing really well

Kisses from Grandmama

There's that hand again...fascinating!

Mom's in love

So proud

waking up with Daddy

I thought this sleeping position was too funny not to take a picture of it!

Friday, April 18, 2008

One Week Old!

Well, it is impossible to believe, but Anna Kate has been here for an entire week. She is already changing so much, and the week has absolutley flown! My mom has been here with us, and she has just taken such good care of me and Tyler and Anna Kate...she is just the best! I honestly don't know what I would have done without her! Thanks Mom! Anna Kate is doing remarkably well. She is almost completely on schedule with her feedings...she feeds about every 4 hours and is really sleeping quite well! I feel so blessed to have such a good baby so far. I would feel blessed if she were the most colicky screaming baby, too...but things have certainly gone much smoother than I could've ever imagined. I know it's because of the prayers of many friends and family, and we so appreciate you guys! We have much to be thankful for...that's for sure. I wanted post a couple of pics from tonight (her one week birthday) and the last couple of they are!

By the way-we had some prego shots done with the photographer that will be shooting Anna Kate (Studio 193), and the gallery is available to view online. Go to and select high speed or dial up and their page will open up. At the bottom of the page, select "Client Preview" and enter "eharris" in the space provided for a password. Keep in mind that there were tornadic winds that day, and I looked like the side of a barn...there was, after all, a nearly 10 lb baby in there, y'all! :)

Birthday kisses from mama and daddy

Still lookin prego, but proud as punch!

with my mama...after the experiences of the past week, she really is my hero. Thanks mom for taking such good care of me this week...I love you!

lovey dovey

more lovey

extreme close up!

ladies and gentlemen: I found my hand!

first walk with mama and daddy on Wednesday...what a beautiful day!

more bath time...whew...still not fun for Anna Kate

sleepy time

hanging out with Daddy...much to Mama's shagrin, I think they've taken back the recliner! :(

Daddy is completely smitten, and Anna Kate is lovin it!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The last three days...

The last few days have been a whirlwind to say the least...I wanted to go ahead and post some pics of Anna Kate...We had our first pediatrician's visit today, and Anna Kate has already gained back and ounce and a half of her birth weight! She rolled halfway over on the exam the point that the doctor put his hand on her to keep her still! He commented that we might just have a 3 month old on our hands here! :) Needless to say, she is incredibly healthy, and we are blessed.

With Matt, Sarah Beth, Michael, and Jen from our small group. Thanks for coming by guys!

sleeping on the couch with Daddy already...
With Grandaddy Sunday night
With GiGi and the girls last night...Thanks for dinner was great!
Before we took her to the pediatrician today, we gave Anna Kate her first bath...I think it's pretty obvious that she did NOT enjoy it!
With mama at the doctor...
Whoops...we didn't get Miss Anna Kate in the picture, but I thought Mom and Daddy looked pretty good for having a 4 day old at home, so I included it!

Full belly=zonked Anna Kate! No matter what we do...lights clothes...cold washcloth to the face...she will NOT wake up. Praise the Lord!
Whew! It's been quite a day...

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Anna Kate Harris

First of all, God is good, and Tyler and I are still in disbelief at the miracle that has occurred in our lives. He was so present through the labor and delivery of this little girl, and we are just so thankful for His faithfulness. We are also thankful for all the prayers and encouragement from all of you! I can tell you that in tough moments, it was SO comforting to know that you were praying, and we love you all more than you know. Anna Kate arrived at 5:55 p.m. April 11th at a whopping 9 lbs. 11.4 oz. She is nursing well, sleeping well, HATES to have a dirty diaper and loves the sound of her daddy's voice! :) I'm happy to report that she has her daddy's nose and cheeks and my Hackney chin and faux-hawk hairdo (from when I was a baby), which was a hit with all the nurses, by the way. I'll post more later, for sure...but here she is!

Just after she was born...look at those legs and arms!

First family photo

what a face...

Proud Papa!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

My Birthday!

Hey guys! I thought I'd post a couple of pics from my birthday...what a fun day it was...interesting, but fun. We had a fabulous lunch OUTSIDE at Bravo, a false alarm, which landed us at the hospital, then dinner with Tyler's family at Stir Fry! It was a great day. The false alarm was alarming to say the least, but Tyler and I both feel better prepared for the real thing after getting the route perfected and getting a feel for the hospital. For those of you who don't know, after a good check up on Tuesday at which my blood pressure was "beautiful" to quote my doc and everything is looking good, my doctor decided it would be best to induce tomorrow. SO...Baby girl Harris will definitely be here before the weekend. Please pray for us if you think about us tomorrow. We are trusting that the Lord has us and baby in His strong hands and has already ordained the events of tomorrow and the days, months and years following...we're just overwhelmed with excitement and a little anxiety at the thought of actually walking it out. We love you all, and we'll keep you updated as much as possible. Thanks in advance for your prayers and your love!

Me with my gorgeously wrapped present from my precious hubby!

Reading my letter from Daddy...tears flowed like rain! :)
ps: if you click on the photo and look at the enlarged version, you can see my rediculously swollen feet!

Bella has NO IDEA that her life is about to change...Drastically!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Small Group Shower

My small group girls threw a shower on February 28th. It was such a blessing to have friends from church there...Our small group has just been such an incredible blessing, and we are so thankful for their love and friendship. The food was fantastic...special shout out to Jordan for the diaper cake! :) What a special time!

Fabulous brunch food! It was ALL so good!

Fran and me...wasn't it great that we color-coordinated?

opening one of my favorite gifts...a very hip mod swing top complete with lime green leggings from fashionista Sarah Beth!

My mom and Stephanie at the shower...Mom is obviously saying something extremely important!

All the hostesses...Thanks girls!

My pregnancy buddy...Casey! Doesn't she look precious?? Thanks for hosting