Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Princess's Throne

First off, how do you do the possessive of princess? Princess'? Princess's? I wasn't sure and wondered if anyone knows.

One of our latest purchases for our little girl was a Nap Nanny. Thanks to our cousins, Chase and I were introduced to the magic of a Nap Nanny. It's helpful for babies who have a problem with acid reflux and it's a perfect replacement for a swing (and way easier to transport for us right now). Pretty much Mila loves it! She just lounges in it, and that is why we have deemed it her throne. Make way for our little princess!My all time favorite pic...her typical slouched position, leg extended, and an awesome pensive look out the window. What a poser :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Mila's Latest Do

Chase drove up this weekend and while he was in Dallas he decided to try out a new hairstyle on Mila since she has so much hair to play with. What do you think? I couldn't allow her to have a mohawk without also having a bow. I don't want anyone confusing her for a boy :)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

3 Years

What a year! Looking back this year has been consumed with the trials, growth, and joy of bringing new life into this world, and truly that has made it one heck of a year! Fitting right? In our 3rd year our family grew from 2 to 3. Gone are the days of just me and Chase, and gone are the years of complete freedom to go and do whatever we want. But, there is something to be said about having a little person in your life that is completely dependent upon you. It really has brought us closer together more than any trip or date night could. And that's what has made all the trials of becoming parents so worth it. Thanks Chase for an amazing year! Thanks for your support throughout pregnancy and motherhood. I'm so glad I have you by my side!Here are some major events from our third year of marriage:

Traveling to North Carolina--a first for both of us; me running my first 10k with Chase cheering me on at the finish line; attending the Smith family reunion in Texas; working at the Beatles festival in DC; Chase starting and completing his second year of law school; finding out we were expecting; visiting my brother Chip & the Fishers in San Francisco; surviving first trimester; both of us losing grandmas; finding out we were having a baby girl; Chase landing one of 50 internships nationwide with the Air Force's JAG; enjoying second and most of third trimester; playing lots of tennis; me wrapping up 5 years of teaching; bringing Mila Christy Gunnell into this world; migrating to Texas for the summer.

Friday, June 24, 2011

A Shout Out to Mila's Visitors!

Since I was slacking on my posting during Mila's first month, I didn't get a chance to thank all of those who came to visit Mila in the hospital when she was born. She (as well as me and Chase) felt very loved by family and friends.
Aunt Karlee was there, unexpectedly, for Mila's debut so she was officially the first visitorSoon after Aunt Dayna arrived. Uncle Nate was anxious to meet Mila too so he flew home early from a job interview in NY. Of course cousin Gabe came too. Gabe was very cute and shy with Mila.
Mila's grandma and grandpa Gunnell came as soon as they landed from their flight home from China.Mila's great grandparents, the Gunnells One of my former students, Christina, was doing an internship this last semester at Orem Community so she came in and helped us out by introducing Chase to the warmer. Chase almost baked Mila to death while we were at the hospital :)My coworker and good friend, Justin Su'a stopped in after work.The Fitchs and of course cute Roman came by. The Breadys visited. Doesn't Eric look ready to be a daddy himself? Since this picture was taken they have welcomed their new little girl to this world. Mila and Harper are going to be great friends, I know itWhile the Breadys were visiting more of our friends from church stopped by. Little Owen was exstatic to meet Mila :)Emily even stopped in on her way back to work after her Dr's appointment with Dr. Judd to meet Mila. Mila's anxious to meet her little girl who is still on her way.We sadly didn't get a shot of the Klains who also came by and visited. We probably forgot because we were in amazement at how effortlessly they are now parenting two children of their own. Seriously, they seem like veterans in parenting!




Thanks to all those who came by even after we left the hospital. We loved introducing many of you to sweet little Mila.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

One month already!!

I can't believe one month has already come and gone (actually as of today, 5 weeks have come and gone). Mila survived!! It was touch and go at first :) See when we brought Mila home from the hospital we decided to give her a sponge bath the following day. We were so excited and thought we knew what we were doing. Sadly, by the end of the bath we thought we had killed our baby. Tips to new or soon-to-be parents: When sponge bathing your newborn, keep in mind that they do not regulate their body temperature very well yet, and so you must be careful to keep them warm while bathing them. We suggest having multiple towels and only uncovering the part of the baby's body that you are wanting to wash. We did not think through our method of attack very well and instead took our time, while snapping pictures the whole time.In hindsight we realized we spent way too much time gawking at her adorableness in her duck towel, because when we took her out of her towel we discovered her feet were bright blue and her lips were becoming a shade of blue. We freaked out! We frantically dressed her to try and warm her up, but we then faced her falling asleep and becoming limp and lifeless. She wouldn't wake up for anything. Needless to say I called my SIL who is a nurse and even my doctor's office to make sure she would be okay. What a crazy first 24 hours! Thankfully we have slowly been improving in our efforts to not kill our child. This first month and parenthood in general has caused me to rely even more on the true principle of if I do everything in my power to do what's right, the Lord will make up where I fall short. I am grateful for the Lord's help.

During this first month we have discovered that Mila loves swings and her car seat. Thanks Aunt Dayna and Uncle Nate for letting us borrow your swing for a bit. She made for a pretty cute lamb :)



During this first month Mila accompanied us to church practically every Sunday. Good thing too because she was able to sport this adorable dress!
At her two week appointment we found Mila to have regained her birth weight and exceeded it by weighing in at 7 lbs 13 oz. A week later when I went to the doctor again for a yeast infection they weighed her and she weighed 8 lbs 11 oz so she is growing like a weed! We also found out at her two week appointment that she had already grown another inch making her 21 inches and putting her into the 90 percentile for length/height! Looks like she might have the Smith genes!



Just after her two week mark (and luckily just 2 days after her umbilical cord fell off) we did a newborn photo shoot with our friend Whitney who did our maternity pictures. Mila was so easy to work with! We did the sitting at Chase's parents' house, so we were able to crank up the fireplace (poor Whitney is in her third trimester and so she was a saint for dealing with the heat!) to keep our little miss warm. She didn't pee and hardly cried. I love that she was so awake. Really these pictures are a great depiction of our little one...she is often very wide eyed, but not the scary wide eyed like some babies :) As you can tell, I love her big, currently blue, eyes.Here is one of our favs (as you can tell from the header of our blog)! Yellow looks so good on her. Just after these pictures were taken, Chase headed for Texas to start his internship. Mila and I survived 48 hours of being on our own. I really have to give Mila all the credit. She is such a good baby. Thanks to the suggestions of Baby Wise (I recommend this book to any new mothers! Thanks Leanne for suggesting it and letting me borrow your copy!) in this first month Mila has been following a routine of feeding about every 2 1/2 hours during the day. Her last feeding is at 9:30PM and will wake up once to feed in the middle of the night and then wake up for the day at 6:30AM. Seriously, she makes my life so much easier.



After those 48 hours my mother flew in and stayed with us for a week and a half to prepare for our journey to Texas. Yep, this past week, my mom, Mila, and I made the 1500 mile drive to Texas to meet up with Chase. Mila's face in this picture sums up how I felt after the drive:Pure exhaustion! It was more traumatic for me than her I think. Her routine hasn't seemed to be affected much and she is still a pretty easy going baby despite being in a car seat for 25 hours (divided up between 2 days). However, I was a wreck by the time we got to Dallas. Lets just say, a yeast infection mixed with a cramped backseat makes for uncomfortable feeding periods and getting stuck in two traffic jams equaling 2 extra hours of driving when you're 30 miles from home will send anyone over the edge. Thank goodness my mom kept her sanity.



So there you have it. A recap of the first month! I promise I'll be more on top of blogging now that we are in Texas :) Stay tuned.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Our Fathers' Day

As I alluded to yesterday, Chase drove up to Dallas to see Mila and me for Fathers' Day weekend, so we tried to make the 5 hour drive worth it for him :)

I had to include this picture because it looks like Mila is trying to kiss Chase back. Melts my heart!

Mila took a good nap so that I could wash the car on Friday since Chase likes his car looking good. Then together Mila and I wrote a little poem for Chase. For those of you who don't know, Chase is quite the poet himself; throughout the years he has written many a poem for me, so I thought he might like one in return. Here's how it went:

"On this your very first Fathers' Day,

There are a few things we'd like to say.


First Mila...From the beginning you've been in tune.

You heard me cry in the hospital room.

You have a knack for knowing my moods.

You sensed that I would spit up my foods.


At the airport when you were leaving,

I cried knowing what I'd be missing...


I've missed our daily walks together,

And baths with you are so much better.

I've missed you singing your Russian song,

And without you my mornings are long.


Really here is what I want to say:

I LOVE YOU AND HATE WHEN YOU'RE AWAY!


Now Christy...Since May 17 you've been a pro.

As a father you've stolen the show.

You've changed, which deepens my love for you.

You're so sweet and tender through and through.


As we know you are more fun than me,

But now you are quite the sight to see.

You make up songs for Mila all day,

And your dancing time is fun to play.


Those first two weeks were the best ever.

The timing of her birth was clever.

I thank our Father above each day

That you were at home with us to stay.


Thank you for the help you've given me.

I'm grateful for you I hope you see."


I then had Mila sign the poem with her hand print. It was a pretty fun gift to give. Maybe it will become a tradition...who knows. I also made a fruit bouquet for Chase and my dad today to help celebrate the day. Really an enjoyable Fathers' Day! Hope everyone else's was too.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers' Day

Happy Fathers' Day to all the fathers out there! Granted I realize that not many "fathers" probably read this blog, so really this is just another chance for me to express my love and gratitude to Chase on this his first official Fathers' Day.

I love you Chase and have loved watching this past month you taking on being a father so flawlessly! You really are amazing with Mila and I know she misses being with you right now. Thanks for driving up this weekend so that she could be with you and feel of your love.

For everyone else reading this, here are some photos that I love of Chase in action as a father that have been taken over the past month.