Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Strength Training

Here's Lucy during her 'tummy time' - she is getting pretty good at picking her head up, and turning it from one side to the other. This photo doesn't show that, but it does show how her legs go up while she's trying to lift her head. There are other pictures on our photo page, but I liked this one because it looks like she is really working hard! She holds her own head up more and more each day - like when I'm burping her, etc. It's fun to see her making progress...

Thursday, October 19, 2006


At the hospital the on-call pediatrician heard an extra little sound in Lucy's heartbeat. Then Dr. Joe heard it, but said, "it's nothing to get excited about". But today we went to the pediatric cardiologist he sent us to, and they did an EKG, and an ultrasound. The doctor said she has a tiny pinhole in the septum between her left and right ventricles. This is called a ventricular septal defect (VSD). That hole makes a little whistle sound when blood crosses (some oxygenated blood is getting over to the side that is not oxygenated yet), but it's not causing her any harm. He thinks it will close up on its own within a few months, almost definitely by 1 year. I am not worried about it, but it sure sounds dramatic - our baby has a hole in her heart! She's thriving so it's not having any adverse effects. I feel better knowing what it is that is making that little sound, and glad that the medical professionals aren't concerned (so neither should I be).

I also finally mailed the birth announcements that I made. I have to make a couple more for a couple people, but I sent over 50! I would not think we needed to send so many, but I hate to leave people out. It's only been 2.5 weeks so I think that's pretty quick to get them out.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Lucy Helena Denning

We had our baby!

Saturday night, September 30, we went to the hospital... I was having contractions 5 minutes apart. We arrived around 9 PM and I was already about 6 cm. At 10:10 the nurses broke my water and I progressed to 10 cm by the time the epidural was being put in... around 1:00 AM. Then it was time to push anyway, and at 2:04 AM October 1st, Lucy was born! She was 8 lb. 3 oz, and 20.5 inches. She looked great and was very alert, loud, and flailing. We've been a little busy lately, but when things settle down a bit, I'll update this more often.