Thursday, December 28, 2006

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas! Reese and Noah had such a fun time on their first Christmas...
Reese went to the doctor for a check-up, and the scale went up again! She is now 13 pounds and 23.5 inches. Reese also tried out her first bottle today so she is ready for Mommy to go back to work in a couple weeks (TEAR), and she took it like a champ! She is a greater eater, just like her parents!

Reese Reese was one spoiled little girl! She now as more clothes than her Mama and is starting quite the toy collection...

Thursday, December 21, 2006

So cute!

There isn't too much new to report on. Reese is doing great! She keeps on growing and is cuter than ever. She is working on her smile too. Sometimes she even seems to laugh. We aren't sure if they are from gas, but I like to think it's because she is so happy we are her family!

Friday, December 15, 2006

One Day: Two Things to Celebrate!

"Hooray! I am 1 Month old!"
The happy dance. "Aunt CarCar is home! (Don't mind my double chin.)"
"How about this for tummy time! Am I strong, or what?"
"Uncle Jack, you are so warm and cozy."

Yesterday, Reese turned 1 month old! AND, Auntie Carissa came home! We had a last minute gathering at Granmda Kathy's for some pizza and a chance to welcome Carissa home. We couldn't be more excited! Now, the gang is all here!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Sharing the Love...

Here they are... Great Grandma Eileen, Grandma Jill, Daddy, and Reese! We made a trip to Milwaukee Saturday to visit Great Grandma Eileen at her Christmas party. We even got to see Santa Claus!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Double Digits!

Reese went in for a check-up and she is up to 10 lbs 6 ozs! (One pound in 2 weeks!) She is only 1/4 inch longer - 22 1/4 inches long! She did great! No crying and very alert. The doctor was impressed.

In the next month we get to look forward to her smiling back at us and responding more to sounds. She is doing better at night... just one or sometimes two nightly feedings. Besides all her grunting and tooting at night, she is becoming a sleeping champ.

3 weeks old! (Look cousin Noah, I have a picture in the laundry basket too... and it was warm!)

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Happy Anniversary!

Mark and Sabrina celebrated their 3rd anniversary! What a wonderful couple, with the most special little boy!

... and thanks for Katie Mac for coming to meet Reese! She was so sad here when you were leaving!

Sunday, December 03, 2006


The annual party was a blast, as usual. It was Reese's and Noah's first Sing-A-Long and they were quite happy to meet Santa Claus! (Thanks Uncle Jack!)

The gang was all there. The singing champ of the night was Brooke along with John (and his fabulous outfit!)

The Connelly's looked adorable in their holiday sweaters! (Noah had his on too!) - Happy 3 Year Anniversary tomorrow! - Looking better than ever.

...And a Thanks to the Berggrens for the visit to meet Reese and sing away! Only 9 weeks until the little Berg arrives! We are so excited!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Reese's First Snow!

Here is Reese in her first snow storm! Thanks to Katie Pope for the nice warm adorable oufit!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

I am 2 weeks old!

Here I am, 2 weeks old. Can you believe it? I can't.
- Reese

Monday, November 27, 2006

More Friends

Reese got to meet some more friends today. Nicole and Heather stopped by at lunch time, along with Alicia. Reese and Alicia are so cute. They will have fun flirting in the future... watch out boys!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Another Visitor...

Kristen came over yesterday to meet Reese. She also gave Reese an adorable purple Columbia jacket. Reese just loves it and can't wait until it fits! Thanks for the visit Kristen!

Today Reese had her first trip to a restaurant. We went to Weber Grill and Reese slept the entire time. What a good girl!

Friday, November 24, 2006


Reese was lucky to have some visitors today. First, she got to meet Erin and Jonathan Matta- the newly married friends of ours. Then, she got to meet cousin Eileen and Andrew! She was wide awake all morning for Erin and Jonathan, but took a nice warm nap in the arms of Eileen... must have been the name. Reese says thanks for the gifts and the company... mom and dad enjoyed it too!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Today was Reese's third first Thanksgiving. She celebrated this past Friday and Saturday and today with with Daddy's family here in Illinois!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Mommy's Little Eater!

Happy 1 Week to Reese!

We went in today to the doctor for Reese's first check up. Most babies lose 10% of their body weight in the first week... not our little Reese! She is up to 9lbs 4ozs! She is also one inch longer at 22 inches. She is an eating and pooping machine. We go back in two week for her next check up.

Everything Reese is making progress. She is a little better at night and had some tummy time at the doctor today where she really help up her head- what a trooper!

Now, the real props going to Daddy, who is taking fantastic care of his girls... what an amazing husband and dad!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Reese Eileen Staniak

Well, let me just say that this has been the most amazing, wonderful, painful, traumatic, scary, thrilling, exhausting experience of my life. As rough as it was, I wouldn't change it for the world (I sound like a mother already!).

So, here goes...
We came to the hospital at 7pm on Tuesday night.
8:30 pm - Started the cervidil
4:00 am - The nurse said I was dilated to about 5cms , so they took out the cervidil and decided I didn't need the pitocin since I was moving right along.
5:00 am - The contractions got completely painful and I was ready for the epidural.
7:00 am - I waited for about a half hour for the epidural. It was tough, but I survived. (I was originally most scared of the epidural... it was nothing.)

So, the next few hours were ok.
8:00 am - My water broke and I was 7 cms. Things were moving along nicely, I felt happy and ready to go.
10:15 am - I was fully dilated and it was time to begin the final stretch. No problem... right? Well, Ryan and Sabrina were in the room with me and the pushing began and I was doing ok. I pushed... and pushed... and began to feel like I was never going to get the baby out. At this point, the epidural was starting to fade. I thought it was normal to feel stuff, but really, I was feeling too much! It hurt me so much.
11:30 am - I started to make great progress and she was ready to come out, but of course, I had to wait for the doctor.
11:42 am - Reese entered the world.

They announced it was a girl, and I didn't even care, I was just happy I had the baby out and that I made it and mostly, that she was healthy.

The experience was overall rough and tough for Ryan and me (I got very beat up), but as people always say, it was worth it because she is so amazing. I can’t even believe she is ours! We love her so much.

So, here’s the info…
Reese Eileen Staniak
8 lbs 14 ozs
21 inches
11:42 am
November 14, 2006

Thank you to all the hospital visitors- Sabrina, Mom F, Carissa, Noah, Mark, Jonathan, Jen, Dad F, Janet, Mom Jill, John, Jason, Grandma and Grandpa Z, Aunt Nancy, Uncle Eddie, Katie Pope, and Joey.

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It's a baby girl! More to come!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Just Waiting...

Here is little Noah. We hung out on Tuesday to pass some time waiting for baby Staniak. We had a nice time and Noah got to try out some new toys and break in the crib for little Stanny.
We were thinking that maybe the babe would make an appearance before Tuesday, but with only one day left, it looks like November 14th will be the day! Can't wait!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Week 39

Well, we went in for the 39 week appointment and there was no change! The doctor checked the fluid level and we did a Non Stress Test and every thing seemed to be ok, but the doctor does not want me going past our due date. SO, if the baby does not come before Monday, we will be induced and the baby should then be born on Tuesday, November 14th... the due date. Well, the next few days could be very long with all the anticipation. I will keep everyone posted.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Happy Halloween!

Here's my adorable nephew Noah on his first Halloween!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Week 38!

So, we went in yesterday for the 38 week appointment. We made a tiny bit of progress... 1.5 cms dilated and 70% effaced. The doctor said we could go any day now, but that doesn't mean the baby will make it before the due date. I am doing pretty good. Feeling huge and pretty uncomfortable, but I know the end is near, so I am surviving.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Week 37

Another picture from the shower... Daddy, Grandpops and Grandma Jill.

Just got back from the doctor... no new updates, we are a the same point as last week! Bummer, but only 3 weeks to go!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Baby Staniak Shower #2

October 22, 2006- We had our second baby shower given by Ryan's Mom. It was a great time! Of course she made it perfect! We received many great gifts and had great company. The food was also delicious. We got many of the great gifts that we had left for Baby Staniak. It was great to see friends and family that we don't get to see quite as often as we like.

3.5 more weeks until the due date... I don't know if we will make it! That belly is huge!:) Ryan's still thinking Halloween will be the day. That's just 9 days away!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Week 36

Well, I went in for my 36 week appointment yesterday and it looks like everything is progressing quite nicely. My blood pressure is good and I am not retaining too much water at this point, which is great. I am 1 cm dilated, 50% effaced and -2 to -3 station (How far the baby is "down" in the pelvis. Measured in negative and positive numbers. -3 is a floating baby, 0 station is said to be engaged in the pelvis, and +4 is crowning. ). This doesn't mean the baby will be here early or anything, just means that the baby is well on it's way. I have been feeling pretty great. I am pretty sleepy and by the end of the work day I just want to be laying down, but other than that, things aren't bad at all.
We went on our hospital tour this past Saturday. It all just makes everything more real. We are getting really excited and Dad-to-be is ready for the baby to come! (easier for him, since he won't be doing the pushing!) I am very excited though.. can't wait to meet the little one. (Or maybe the big one... Dr. thinks it's going to be at least 8 pounds!)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Week 34

I am getting so big! I feel like a whale! The baby is still moving around a lot and enjoys hanging out with my ribs. It's getting so close are we are getting really excited.