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Born Friday June 10th at 5.53am Weight: 8lbs 6ozs Length: 18.5 inches Mom: Elisabeth Marie Schumacher De Donato Dad: Bryan James De Donato

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Dinner Party

Last week Friday Gaga and Papa Jimmy had the three of us over to their home for dinner, so we (well, mostly just Flora) got all dressed up.  The dress and cardigan was a gift from Gaga this past Easter... yup, before Flora was born she was getting holiday gifts!  And the headband a gift from Auntie Sammy.

Mom and Flora
Dad and Flora (look at that cute side smile Flora is giving the camera... He-he!)
 Gaga, Papa Jimmy and Flora

Thanks for a wonderful dinner!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Uncle Joey & Auntie Sammy Come to Visit from Pullman

Uncle and Auntie meeting Flora for the first time.
Auntie Sammy walking Flora around the house.
Uncle Joey cracking jokes for Flora. 
 Thank you auntie Sammy for this beautiful headband! 
(We got a red one too that matches our WSU Cougs outfits!)
 So precious!
Thanks to my brother and sister-in-law for a wonderful weekend!  Flora loves her uncle and auntie!

Friday, July 15, 2011

A cool beginning to the summer...

The cute onesie I envisioned Flora wearing this summer:

The outfit I put on her this cool, overcast morning:

Either way, she's pretty stinking cute. :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

1 month birthday

Today, July 10th, is Flora Mae's 1 month birthday.

Happy first month of life to our sweet baby girl.
Love you, mom & dad

Friday, July 8, 2011

First 4th of July

We had a great 4th of July BBQ!  Gaga, Papa Jimmy and our friends Nolan, Alicia, Blake, Dylan & Christina came over to celebrate.
Blake and Flora meet for the first time... instant friendship.
Blake is 5 months older then Flora.
 This was too cute! Blake grabbed Flora's hand...
 ...and held their hands up to his face...
 ...ah, friends!
 Flora then had to show Blake that with a little help she could roll over...
 and do some tummy time.
Thanks for a great Independence day Friends and Family!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Photo shoots

Nana loves to do photo sessions!  Here are some poses...

This colorful blanket was a gift from Janet.

 This beautiful hand-made quilt also from Janet.

 This hand-made outfit from Julie.

 Teddy bear from great-grandma Gigi

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I was born

Here's the abbreviated version...
The night before mom was admitted into the hospital to have me, I tried to break open the sack of waters to get the show on the road.  Mom noticed a small leak and told dad it was time to go to the birth center's triage for a check-up.  After the doctor examined mom, he said: "nope, not leaking amniotic fluid..." and sent us on our way home.
The next day mom and dad went to the scheduled post-due doctors appointment and the ultrasound tech looked at my position in mom's belly and also measured the amniotic fluid surrounding me.  Sure enough it was really low.  Mom told the doctor as they were talking in the examination room and the doctor said: "looks like you're having a baby today!  I will call the birth center and get you admitted right away.  Just walk across the courtyard to the registration desk, they'll get you a room and begin the induction process."  Mom and dad were a little shocked because it wasn't exactly how they planned to be admitted to the birth center, but also they were excited that I'd be on my way soon.
By 5.30pm Thursday June 9th the pitocin to induce labor contractions was hooked into mom's I.V. and shortly after mom began to feel things happening.  Nana arrived at the hospital around 6.30pm... she was excited that she made it across the state in time for my arrival.  Mom labored by walking, standing, swaying, bouncing on a yoga ball, sitting in the jacuzzi tub (both hot and cold water), and laying in bed. Finally just after 4am Friday June 10th it was time for mom to start pushing.  The nurses helped for the first hour +, then the doctor came in to finish my delivery.  Nana left the room and waited by the door to hear my first cry.  I wanted to greet mom and dad for the first time with my hand on my head waving hello (I thought would be fun but mom thought differently as I needed extra room to wiggle out).  Lung's in full force as I made my entry. I was born at 5.53am June 10.
I felt mom's warm skin as the doctor laid me down on her tummy, and I looked up at dad.
 Dad then got to cut the cord that gave me nutrients for the past 9+months.
It was emotional.  I love being here with mom and dad.
Nana came into the room shortly after to meet me, then she had to go pick up papa Willy at the airport.  I hung out with mom and dad.  Had milk for the very first time.  Then got to say hi to papa Willy.  After I took a couple naps (and in-between my milk breaks of coarse), gaga came to meet me.
And later on in the evening gaga and papa Jimmy came by to say hi.
Mom, dad and I stayed a night in the birth center and left the next day, Satruday, around noon.
We were greeted home by nana and papa Willy.
What an amazing adventure!
My mom and dad love me so much!

Mom's a good sport and has been healing from a level 3/4 tear.