Friday, March 28, 2008

Happy Friday!











Ellison is doing great! She is taking a lunch time nap before she has to eat again. We had a pretty good week...we definitely stayed busy. We had visitors every day and Ellison finally got to meet her great Uncle Ed! He flew in from California and is visiting for the week. Uncle Jeff is also in town and we are having a big family dinner tonight to celebrate Ellison's, Grandma Jaci and Great Uncle Ed's birthdays! Ellison has slept well the past couple of nights and is trying harder to be a little more awake off and on during the day. Yesterday it was SO pretty outside that we spent the afternoon socializing with the other stay at home moms, babies and kids on the culdesac. Ellison also spent the evening last night watching March Madness with daddy. This morning Ellison had a little "play date" with her friend Thomas. However he is almost 7 months old so there was not much playing more just a meet and greet since she slept the whole time. I can't believe she was 2 weeks old yesterday, the time is just going by so fast already. We have so much to look forward to but at the same time I don't want her to change or grow up! We are cherishing every moment we have with her! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!
















Today we celebrated Ellison's first Easter! She had a very busy day visiting with both Connor's family and mine. She got lots of great goodies from her grandparents, parents and of course the Easter Bunny...she is SO spoiled :) We also had a "photo shoot" with a professional photographer that we are neighbors with. We can't wait to see the pictures and will post some as soon as we get them back. Needless to say Ellison is exhausted and so are mommy & daddy. I just wanted to show a couple of pictures from today. Keep checking the snapfish photo album (link is included in previous posts) for updated photos. We go back to the pediatrician tomorrow to check her weight. We are also excited that her Great Uncle Ed is coming to visit and meet her for the first time this week! We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday and we wish everyone a great upcoming week :)

Friday, March 21, 2008

1 week and 1 day!











Ellison is over a week old today! We can't believe how fast time has flown by already. She has changed so much and is starting to smile, stay awake for periods at a time and she is growing! She has had many visitors- her Aunt Sarah got to meet her for the first time a couple of days ago and mommy's best friend Jennifer came to stay a few nights. Mommy was able to go out to dinner and get out of the house for the first time with Jennifer while daddy and Aunt Sarah took care of Ellison. Ellison also celebrated her first St. Patrick's Day and dressed up for the occassion. Motherhood and staying at home is so rewarding but it is definitely no vacation- it truly is a job in itself. Nobody can truly prepare you for what to expect. Connor has been so wonderful and I absolutely love watching him interact with his daughter. He is so patient, gentle and so in love with her. We are going to take our first walk outside today because it is so gorgeous. The doodles are home and they are so into Ellison, especially Copper. I hope everyone has a great weekend and Easter holiday!

Monday, March 17, 2008

We have survived the first days at home!











Ellison is doing great! Ellison is 4 days old and today is our second day at home. She has her first pediatrician appointment this afternoon. Our first night at home was a little rough because of some "gassy" issues- Connor and I each got about 2-3 hours of sleep that night but she was worth it. She has had several visitors over the weekend and spent some quality time with her grandparents. Last night she was an ANGEL! She got on a schedule (which I know it won't necessarily stick) but she woke up consistently every 2 hours to eat with mommy and then daddy had diaper duty and she would go right back down without a fuss and sleep 2 hours. I got about 5-6 hours of sleep and Connor probably got more like 6-7 hours. We feel a little more refreshed this morning. Right now Ellison is sleeping in her swing getting a tan through the window because of a little case of jaundice. Connor will return to work tomorrow so we are going to enjoy this beautiful day together. We uploaded more pictures since being home onto the same snapfish album if you want to check them out (the link is included in a blog below). Have a great day!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

We are home with Miss Ellison!







It is 6:00pm and we have been home with Ellison since 1:00. It is going well- a few difficult spells of fussiness but we are beginning to figure out some of the cries she lets out. She has taken several naps (one with her daddy), mommy fed her twice and she had the grand tour of the house. She loves her nursery (especially her glider and changing table- the pictures show how content they make her). We are getting ready to settle down for the evening and hopefully get some rest. I am posting some more pictures and there will be more to come of course...if you want to take the time to see Ellison's life the past 48 hours you can visit our snapfish account (http://www2.snapfish.com/photolibrary/t_=35418023 200 pics already!). Thank you for the sweet comments! We hope you all get to meet Miss Ellison soon...

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Ellie is No Longer in the Belly!

Hi Everyone,
This is the first “Uncle Jeff Report"...on behalf of Lindsey and Connor, I am extremely honored to introduce you to Ellison McKinley Ball!


Born at 3:54p, she is a healthy 20.5 inches long and weighs 7lb 6oz...Ellie, Mom, and Dad are all doing great! Although it was a long day, Linds had a fairly easy delivery without complications. I can honestly tell you, that pictures just don’t do her justice...she is truly one of the most beautiful babies I’ve ever seen. :)



Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers for Ellison’s safe delivery.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

It's almost that time!

Well- it is almost 8:00 on Wednesday night...Connor and I just got back from a nice dinner and we are settling down to watch a movie. Hopefully we will catch a little sleep tonight if our nerves stay under control. We will be heading to the hospital at around 5:30 tomorrow morning for the big day. I will probably have my brother post about the big arrival with some pictures since we won't have internet access while in the hospital. Please keep us (especially Ellison) in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much for all the encouraging words and support you all have shown already! Have a good night!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Ellison's Nursery






















Some of you have been asking to see what the nursery looks like so I am posting some pictures for you. Connor has worked really hard with putting the furniture together, hanging the picture frames in cute layouts and painting everything (I was not much help at all). I love the fact that he got so into it (especially the bathroom)! I spent most of the day running errands and ate lunch with my brother. We are still waiting for something to happen but enjoying these last moments as Thursday gets closer. Everyone have a beautiful Monday afternoon and evening...

Friday, March 7, 2008

There is an end and there is a beginning!


Ellie in the belly and mommy in the pretty snow! 39 weeks and 4 days pregnant!

We went to the doctor today and there is a plan in place! We will continue to be patient and give Ellison some more time, however if she does not decide to make her grand entrance on her own then we are scheduled to be induced next Thursday (March 13th-Connor's lucky number!). We are scheduled to go in at 5:30am. So no matter what, we will be meeting our baby girl in less than a week :) The doctor felt very comfortable with inducing at that point. We are very excited, a little relieved but probably more nervous at the same time to know there is a definite day when this wonderful journey of pregnancy will come to an end but it will be the very beginning of a whole new wonderful journey of parenthood.

Of course we will keep everyone posted if something happens sooner. We are going to enjoy our last weekend of being just the two of us! Please continue to keep us in your thoughts as we take each day by day in waiting Ellison's arrival!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

5 days till her due date!


So we are counting down every minute of each day! Ellison's due date is on Monday, March 10th and she is just staying snug as a bug in mommy's belly. We go back to the doctor on Friday to see what kind of progress we are making (keep your fingers crossed)!

As anxious and eager as we are to meet her we know she will come when she is ready. These 9 months have absolutely flown by in a blink. I can't believe we are so close to experiencing the joys of parenthood and the miracle of a new life that Connor and I created together.

I am excited to start this blog not just to keep dear friends and family updated on Ellison's daily adventures and life experiences but also to meet new people and make friends!

Thank you for keeping up with us and our growing family!