Monday, April 21, 2014

Ava Madeline Kelly

Sorry for the silence! I've been wanting to share Ava's birth story forever now, but I'm finally finding the time and energy to type it out! Here it is:

During the last few weeks of my pregnancy, I had been waking up in the middle of the night uncomfortable with some back pain. At 38 weeks, on March 26, 2014, I woke up at 2am feeling the same type of pain, and hung out in the living room to try to get comfortable. Around 3am, I noticed my back pain increasing and then going away. I started timing when the pains occurred, and after 45 minutes, I came to the realization that baby was coming. I woke Matt up at around 4:30am to tell him the news, and unlike with Leah, Matt popped up and got ready to go! I called my parents at 5am to drive up to take care of Leah. I was hoping I could wait until they got here to go to the hospital, but at 5:30am, the contractions were getting really strong, and we woke Leah up. She was such a trooper, and was in a good mood. Since she didn't really understand the urgency of needing to leave the house, she insisted on eating her breakfast first, which I couldn't deny her. :) So I patiently waited for her to finish her waffle before we left the house.

Last picture of Leah as an only child

As we were driving, Matt and I looked at each other and finally decided on the name! We arrived at the hospital at around 5:45am, and I was 3 cm when I was checked in Triage. My parents got to the hospital around 6:15am, and I was actually so sad to see Leah go. I teared up a little bit when she left the room. This was my last moment with her as my baby. I was moved to Labor and Delivery, and they asked me if I wanted to get the epidural now or wait. With Leah, I waited until I was 5cm dilated, but the contractions the second time around were way more intense, and I asked for it now. I felt like a million bucks after the epidural, and now it was just a waiting game. The epidural did slow down my labor a little bit, but once my water broke at around 9am at 4cm, it picked back up. At 11:30am, the nurse came to check on me, and I told her I was feeling the urge to push, so she said she would tell the midwife to check on my status. The OB resident walked in around 11:45am and said I wasn't quite ready to deliver yet. Then the midwife came in at noon, and lo and behold it was time! The staff quickly prepared me and the room for delivery, and then I finally heard the word to push! This delivery was different from Leah's, in that they rolled me on to my side. I pushed literally for a second or two, and the midwife told me to stop and to blow! At first I was totally confused what she meant by blow, but then I got the hang of it. At 12:29pm, after about 3-4 pushes and several more blows, out came Ava Madeline Kelly in less than 10 minutes at 7 lbs 11 ounces and 20 inches {a pound bigger than Leah}! It was pretty insane how quickly this all happened. Matt and I were so excited to meet the newest member of our family.

My parents came back to the hospital with Leah at around 1:30pm, and Leah was thrilled to meet her baby sister. She sat with me on the bed, patting Ava and admiring her. It was the sweetest thing to see. She said "Baby not in mommy's tummy anymore. That's funny!" haha! Having my two girls next to me was such a special moment. Welcome to the world Ava! Our family is officially complete!

I'm hoping to share what life has been like the past 3 weeks soon!

*Last 4 photos by Bob Cho

Monday, March 31, 2014

Maternity Photos

Well first I'd like to say Baby Girl has arrived! Her name is Ava Madeline Kelly, and she was born March 26, 2014 - 11 days early! I will do a separate post about her arrival, but I wanted to post our maternity photos first. I'm so happy with them, and although I was hesitant about taking maternity photos with the second baby {mostly, because I was lazy and not in the mood}, I'm really glad we did it. Sorry for the photo overload!

* all photos by Little LA Photography

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pregnancy Round 2

38 weeks! We're in the final stretch! I'm feeling pretty good besides the normal discomforts of being this far along. My parents brought up all the baby gear this past weekend, and it was kind of a weird sight seeing them all back in our house again. 2 years ago seems like forever! We're finally settling on a name, and hopefully once we meet the new baby, we'll be more certain.

I think Leah definitely knows what's going on. She sees the baby gear and acknowledges that they're for baby sister, she calls herself big sister or "jeh je" {older sister in Cantonese}, and she loves to pat, kiss, and hug my belly. We had the sweetest moment over the weekend when she was feeling my belly move and kept cracking up. One of her besties just had a baby sister as well, and she is so in love with the baby, I hope she will feel the same way about her very own! 

This pregnancy sure has flown by!! We can't wait to share about her arrival!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

New Orleans

Happy Tuesday! Last week we were in New Orleans for a conference, and I did not touch a computer once! It was a nice break to enjoy time with my family, and my parents also joined to help out with Leah. I was 36 weeks pregnant during the trip, and luckily baby girl decided to stay in! For the first time ever, at both LAX and MSY airports, we were able to go through security through a separate family line. We flew Southwest airlines, which allows pregnant women to fly up to 38 weeks. I brought a doctor's note just in case I needed it, but was never asked any questions. I did receive a disability card since I was pregnant, and I was able to board first. Sitting in the bulkhead on our return flight was very helpful to stretch my legs out and give Leah space to play without bothering other passengers. 

Wednesday, I took Leah to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. She enjoyed seeing all the fish, touching sting rays, watching the penguin feeding, and talking to the sea otters. It's big enough to spend a couple hours there, but not too overwhelming. 

Leah was so excited when I told her po-po and gung-gung (grandma and grandpa) were coming to New Orleans too. She jumped into their arms the minute she saw them arrive at the hotel. We then headed out to explore a little while Matt was in meetings. The street cars in New Orleans are a really convenient and affordable mode of transportation. $1.25 a ride, and the best part is that Leah loved riding on them! We checked out Bourbon St. in the early evening to try to avoid the crazy party scene later in the night. The street definitely makes for some good people watching, but it also has plenty of yummy restaurants. We had a delicious dinner at Ralph Brennan's Red Fish Grill. I highly recommend it!

Bananas Foster French Toast. Mmmmm

The Superdome building is massive!

Thursday, Matt spent the day with us, and we started out by checking out the French Market and Jackson Square. We had breakfast at Stanley which was the perfect way to fill our bellies first thing in the morning. Afterwards, we took the Hop On, Hop Off bus to take a tour of the city. I love taking these buses! It's a really easy way to get a general feel of the city, and you can get off and explore different areas for as long as you want, and then just hop back on the bus and continue on your way! I wish I could have taken more photos while on the bus. The Garden District is really beautiful! If we ever go back, I'm definitely going to check that area out more! Leah fell asleep half way into the tour, so we just stayed on for the whole loop, which took about 2 hours total. 

After we finished the loop, we were right next to Cafe Du Monde. At first we saw the line, and it totally intimidated us! We found out that the line is for take out, and there was no wait if you wanted to sit down! Score! The beignets had the perfect amount of doughiness, and our bellies were all happy. 

Friday, we took Leah to the Louisiana Children's Museum. I love these types of museums which is similar to Pretend City and Zimmer Museum in California. They have a lot of make-believe sections like a grocery store, restaurant, and kitchen, a story time area, train tables, etc. My parents and I had just as much fun as Leah did.

While people often think of New Orleans as a party town, they also have so many kid friendly activities to enjoy, and we only covered a couple of them. This is our last trip before we officially become a family of 4! Getting a little nervous now... eek!

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Life Lately...

The last couple weeks have zoomed by, and we've been busy busy busy! We went on a little mini-trip to OC for a weekend, celebrated Joy's Target launch, and spent a lot of time furniture shopping for Leah's new room! Here are some photos from the past couple weeks. 

She's so proud of her creation! 
Beach baby!

Water was so cold, but she refused to get out!
Marisa and I at Joy's Target launch party
Such fun colors!

More goodies from the collection 
34 Weeks!
Hope you're having a good week!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Art/Mo Project

I don't normally have Leah do studio photo sessions, but when I heard about the Art/Mo Project collaboration with photographer Jennifer Young and Geronimo Balloons, I thought it would be a super fun thing for her to do. She got to play with frill, giant balloons, and confetti, and best of all her bestie was there too! I love how happy she looks {of course we had a few not so happy moments as well}. And boy is my belly getting big now!