2009 Highlights/2010 Newsletter!

This is a little late, but we sent out our 2009 highlights/2010 newsletter with our birth announcement, and wanted to include it on our blog. Enjoy :)

Although 2009 was much different than we had imagined, it was an amazing year for us! We started out the year with excitement and ended the year with the biggest New Year celebration we could ask for! - In January, we took an unforgettable trip to Hawaii for a cousin’s wedding and to visit family- what a great experience and 2 week vacation. -May was quite a busy month for us! We bought our first house and moved in May 15th! Yeah tax money and awesome new townhome. Our townhome was built in 2005 but due to the recent economy the builders were foreclosed on, so we got a sweet deal and a brand new home. Love it! Rachel was able to visit her dad to watch him graduate from graduate school- A big congrats to him. Boston is a really neat place and hopefully Ben can make a visit sometime too. We also found out that Rachel was pregnant. What a surreal and amazing experience! It took us awhile to get used to the idea that we were going to be parents, but we knew it was a blessing from God! - On August 5, we celebrated our 2 year anniversary! We have had many awesome experiences and a few struggles that have brought us closer as a couple. We look forward to many more years together! - We went back and forth on whether or not we were going to find out the sex of our baby, but in October we decided to go for it and found out we were going to be surrounded by a lot of pink! - We are sure thankful for all of our friends and family. We show thankfulness in November, but we appreciate you year round! We were able to have a wonderful thanksgiving with family and enjoy the time eating, playing games, and watching football. Ben also passed his Level 1 PGA test in Florida. We are very proud of his accomplishment and hard work! He is now working on his Level 2 and is much closer to becoming a PGA professional. - In December we celebrated the Christmas season with loved ones and welcomed our daughter, Alivia Ashleigh Spiers, into the world! She was born at 7:46 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and 20 inches long- she is such a beauty! We rang in the New Year with our new baby and many friends and family members. What a grand day to be born- she will probably have many wonderful birthday parties in her future. J We love Alivia so much and we are blessed to have her as our daughter!

We are thrilled to see what 2010 offers us and wish you a healthy and happy New Year! Here’s to new adventures, new opportunities, new experiences, new joys, new struggles, new successes, and new wonderful moments of love!

Love, Love, Love!

It's amazing how much we can love a new baby! :) I now have a closer glimpse of God's love for his children. God loves us and though I can never match how much he loves his people, I can still strive to be like him. It's so wonderful to have a child of my own because after only knowing her for 3 weeks now I can feel the power of love. Thank you Lord for our darling Alivia and for loving us through everything! :)

2 Week Update!

Alivia is a wonderful baby! We are getting to know her little personality more and more each day! We love and adore her so much. She is getting into her own little schedule. We are currently doing a child-directed schedule, so we are listening to her needs and trying to figure out what she wants. I feel like motherhood is such a natural thing for me though, and Alivia's needs are pretty easy to read for us. We are very lucky to have such a good-natured child. :) She usually only cries when she is hungry, when she needs to burp, and when she is very, very tired. And, luckily I can feed her before she gets super hungry and cranky. She gets super tired at night between 11:00 and 12:00, so after I feed her and calm her down, she goes down for a good portion of the night. She sleeps with us as she feels most comfortable there and sleeps the best. I only have to wake up one to two times during the night, if she is sleeping with us. It's another story if we put her in the bassinet. We hope that she continues to sleep well during the night, and we will probably try to break her of the co-sleeping in a couple of months, but for now we are cherishing every moment! :) I love, love being a mom! Ben is such a good dad too. He really loves her and does a great job helping me, especially since I am still recovering from surgery. We have had a ton of visitors and people bringing over meals! We just want to thank all of our friends and family for the amazing support you have shown us! Getting through the first couple of weeks has been a smooth transition for Ben and me, because of all the help and love we have received! THANKS... Two week shots are in the Shutterfly album under Alivia's Two Week Shots. Enjoy!

Alivia's Name!

Alivia's name means peace, sooth, or relieve. She sure is such a good baby so far!

Our Birth Story, Happy New Year!

Before we went to the hospital. It all started on what we thought was a typical Thursday morning- little did we know that this day would change our life forever. Ben had a few errands to run so he dropped me off at work. I only had to work a half day since it was December 31, 2009. I had two doctor appointments after work and then we were going to run a couple more errands, so to be prepared when our baby decided to enter the world. We went to my chiropractic appointment where my doctor gave me more suggestions on how to potentially turn Baby Spiers. After my 1st appointment we went to my OBGYN appointment- where we thought it would be a quick appointment like many before, but we were wrong. My doctor was on vacation at my 38 week appointment so she was unaware that Baby Spiers was breech; therefore, we had a lot to talk about with our doctor. After discovering that Baby Spiers was healthy in the womb, our doctor presented what she thought would be best for us. We were there for 2 hours, discussing options with each other and with our doctor. Options: 1) Inversion, in hopes that she will turn. 2) Cesarean Section later in the afternoon. 3) Wait until Monday to see if she turns naturally, otherwise will turn to Cesarean Section with no inversion option. We were very torn on what to do hence the 2 hours at the doctor's office. We opted to try the inversion first before shooting straight for a Cesarean Section. At this point it was past 2:00 p.m. so instead of grocery shopping or returning Christmas items, we went home! I took a shower to try to relax, after hearing the shocking news that New Year's Eve could be my baby's birthday. We headed to the hospital after finishing packing a few items and getting as ready and relaxed as I could get. Ben and I got to the hospital about 4:30 p.m. and I was admitted right away. We had to wait an hour or so before my doctor made it to the hospital to try the inversion. During this time, I was getting really nervous about the inversion technique, because I was worried about the pain of it all. When the doctor arrived at the hospital, she did an ultrasound of Baby Spiers and decided it was too dangerous to complete the inversion because her fluid/water was too low. So we now had two options-Cesarean Section now or wait until Monday... It was such a hard decision to make, but we decided not to wait because it seemed that it was safer to have our baby sooner rather than wait. I had a melt down after we decided to go through with the surgery, because I really wanted to have an all natural birth and this was quite the opposite to my vision of how I thought it would go. I also did not want to have the spinal tap, the thought of a needle in my back scared me a lot. Everything happened so fast after we decided to have our baby. Ben got prepped to be in the room and they brought me in the surgery room to get me prepared. Ben came in the room to be with me and before we knew it, we heard a baby's cry! Alivia Ashleigh Spiers was born at 7:46 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and 20 inches long! She is such a beauty! We rang in the new year with our new baby and many friends and Family members. Baby Alivia Ashleigh Spiers! Mom with Baby Dad with Baby Ringing in the New Year After Alivia was born, we discovered that the Cesarean Section was the best option for us because 1) she was a breech baby, 2) her fluids were getting low, and 3) the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck two times. I think God prepared us for the decision in a few ways. We had come up with Alivia's middle name on Wednesday, December 30th. I did not eat much all day on Thursday, which ended up being a blessing in disguise because of the shot I had to get. We had got the house all ready and the bags packed earlier in the week. God sure did know how to prepare us even though we did not know I was going to have to deliver Alivia by Cesarean Section. We are proud and happy parents and love Alivia so much already!!! We look forward to all the moments that we will experience with her!