Monday, July 23, 2012

baby pictures

Baby Erin
Baby Chance
Baby Leo
It is pretty amazing that we all start out as little babies and then grow up into the people we are. Our parents sent us these baby pictures of us and I can definitely see the resemblance!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

One Month

We can't believe Leo is one month old already! Some of our favorite things about him right now are:
- how he rolls over when we put him on his tummy

-the smile he gives us as he is drifting off to sleep
-how we can hear his poops in the other room because they are so loud (seriously cracks me up every time)
-his clean little body after a bath
-when he falls asleep on our chest
-how cute he looks when he is sleeping (it would be even cuter if it lasted more than 2 hours, but oh well)
-going on walks together around our apartment
-And bringing him into bed with us on Saturday morning for cuddle time
Parenthood has been a crazy and wonderful adjustment for us. We love this little guy more than we thought possible and we are excited to continue watching him grow!

Sunday, July 15, 2012


If Chance and I were to be graded on our swaddling we would get an F. Every time Leo wakes up, both arms are out of the swaddle and above his head. This is his favorite way to sleep!
We get an A in creating a cute baby though :)

Saturday, July 14, 2012


Chance's parents were able to come visit baby Leo last week and we are so glad they were able to come! I didn't have to lift a finger while they were here and they loved meeting their new grandson. 
Leo is one lucky boy to have such a great family!

Thursday, July 12, 2012


About 10 months ago we found out we were pregnant and after all of the excitement calmed down and I calculated the approximate due date I realized that my parents would be on a boat in the middle of the Amazon River. I couldn't believe the bad timing! I was due June 27th and they flew to Lima, Peru on June 28th. Needless to say they weren't too happy with the timing either! As the time grew closer for our baby to arrive my mom started praying that he would come a little early so that she could see him before their trip. Although it seems my mom's prayers are always answered, I really thought I would be going over my due date. I called my mom the morning I started feeling labor pains and after the doctor confirmed we were having a baby that day she immediately booked a ticket to fly into Austin that night. Having her walk into the hospital room that night was so special for me. 
I had no idea how much I wanted her there until she had actually arrived. She was such a great support during my recovery from the surgery and the scary incident with Leo. I can't picture that experience without her! I am so grateful she was able to be there. I love you Mom!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

photo shoot

One of my good friends here in Austin is trying to develop her photography portfolio and offered to take some newborn pictures of Leo. I love the way they turned out! Thanks Diana!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Leo Cruz

 Baby Leo Cruz is here and we are so in love with him. Here is how he came into this world:

I went in for my 39 week doctor appointment and I had not dilated at all, so I was thinking I would definitely be going over my due date. Early the next morning at 12:18 AM I woke up with the really bad low back pain that would not go away no matter what I did. It woke me up every hour until Chance's alarm went off in the morning. As he was leaving for work I told him that I was going to call my doctor if the pain didn't subside. Well I made it to about 10:30 AM and then I called his work and told him to come home because I needed a ride to the office. The doctor took one look at me and told me my water had broken and that we were having a baby that day. I had no idea my water had broken because I was expecting it to be a huge gush of fluid or something, but it wasn't that way for me. We walked next door to the hospital and as soon as I got into the hospital bed the contractions hit me so hard I thought my back was being broken in half. I received an epidural about an hour and half later and oh what a blessing that was in my life. I was progressing well on my own and so the nurses and doctor left for a bit and it was just Chance and me in the room. A short while later a nurse came in looking frantic and started having me turn and move in all different positions because the baby's heart rate was dropping to unhealthy levels. They tried everything and then called the doctor who was quickly in the room telling us that a c-section would need to be done. I was so overwhelmed at how rapidly everything had changed and I think this is when my emotions boarded the roller coaster that they would be riding all week. The c-section went well and the moment I saw our baby I knew everything would be ok because he was here safely.
On the day of our discharge Leo was circumcised and then on his way to our room had a 'blue spell' where he stopped breathing. The neonatologist thought it would be best to keep Leo in the NICU for 72 hours to make sure it didn't happen again. I was able to 'nest' in the hospital, meaning I could stay in one of their rooms so that I could feed him without being a patient. It worked out well and 72 hours later we were on our way home. I still can't believe I am a mom to this cute boy.