Friday, August 28, 2009

Raegan's First Week

Some things going on in our household these days...

Lots of visitors and lots of help! Thank you Jesus!

Not a lot of sleep. Raegan has her days and nights mixed up.

Peyton running full force and slamming into my legs while I'm nursing. That always feels good.

Peyton running full force, grabbing the bassinet, and running around the house. But not while the baby is in it! :)

Me wondering how I'm going to survive by myself when all the help leaves!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Raegan Videos

A quick video of Raegan getting checked out by the nurse...

Here is a short video of her getting measured...

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Birth Story

Here is the story of the birth of Raegan Kiley........

Friday about 5am, I woke up with a really painful contraction. Off and on during the morning, I had painful contractions. I came home from work at 12:30, had a few more painful contractions, but went back to work at 1:30. At about 2pm, I was advising a student when I started having painful contractions that I began to notice were coming about 10 minutes a part. So at 2:30, I went home and told Arnold that we needed to leave. By this point, the contractions were five minutes a part. Now, unfortunately, I had not packed my bags or prepared, so we were both scrambling around. We finally get in the car on a Friday afternoon and it's raining and yucky and traffic is horrible on the interstate. It took us 45 minutes to get to the hospital. At this point, I'm about to panic as the contractions are very painful and coming about every 3 minutes. We finally get to the hospital and I am four cm. dialated. They take me back to the room to get the iv started so that I can get an epidural. They get the epidural started and check me. I am now 8 cm dialated and not that much time had passed! At this point, the epidural was basically worthless. I felt most everything. I finally called for them to see if they would give me more...same result. I then called again to say that i felt tremendous pressure, and WHERE'S THE DOCTOR???!!! They said they would come check me and that she was on the way. They check me again, and I'm now at 10 cm., though my water had not broken. Probably about 10 agonizing minutes later, the doctor shows up. At this point, I am feeling every contraction and dying and the pressure of the baby ready to come. So the doctor breaks my water, and about ten minutes and four pushes later, Raegan was born!!! I have to say that I am thankful she is so small since I felt everything. I am really thankful to God that everything went so well (and so fast!) during the labor and delivery and that we now have a beautiful little girl. Our internet connection at home is dial up, so you can imagine how slow it is to post pictures. But I will try soetime later to post a few more.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Raegan Kiley

Raegan Kiley was born August 21 at 7:18pm. She weighed in at a whopping 6 lbs. 3 oz and was 19 inches long. She is healthy, tiny, and beautiful with black hair. We just got home from the hospital tonight (Sunday) and will try to post more pictures and details later.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Raegan K. Arredondo

Well, here she is... Raegan K. Arredondo. Born August 21, 2009. She is about 6 lbs and 19 inches long.

Peyton meeting her new little sister

little Raegan opening her eyes for the first time.

We will write more later.
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Thursday, August 20, 2009

An Update and Why I Love Target

I went to the doctor again today, all I do these days, as I am 9 days days away from her due date. I am almost 3 cm. dialated, and the doctor said she would probably be coming pretty soon. But I have learned to take these famous last words with a grain of salt. Then I had to run over to the hospital to preregister. I have to say that it was exciting being up on the labor and delivery unit. I can't wait!

And here's something random. While at Target, I picked up a bottle of salad dressing, the good kind, after noticing the price was only $2.04. I even read the price tag very carefully to make sure it matched the label on the bottle. I get down to the register and lo and behold it rang up $2.84. I told the cashier that the price tag said $2.04. You know what she didn't do???...she didn't call someone over to check the price and hold up the line for twenty minutes, she didn't roll her eyes at me or have an attitude. She simply changed the price and finished checking me out! And this is why I love Target (for the most part!).

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


These are my toes. The reason my toes look so good is that my roommate from college, Tara, came over last night and gave me a foot massage and a pedicure. I was in heaven! God bless Tara. She is a saint. I can no longer reach my toes, and they were looking nasty! You should see my legs...they're getting the same way! haha

Below is a picture of Peyton and her Papaw. They bought her this little rocking chair, and she loved rocking beside him. This picture is not very good, it's blurry.

Peyton loves to color....ALL over EVERYTHING... :)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Johnny Cash - Hurt

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Peyton and her daddy sharing a bowl of cereal.

She's scarfing it down!

Peyton apparently thinks that once she finishes her breakfast, she needs another one. Of course she just has to whimper one little time and Arnold lets her up in his lap.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Girls Day

I realized the other day that I haven't put a picture on the blog in a really long time. I guess it's because I've gotten lazy with taking pictures. But I'm sure that in the next few weeks, there will be tons of pictures of the baby that will make it onto the blog.

Well, my sister only has five days left in NOLA, so this past Saturday, we had a girls day...Cheesecake Bistro (how can you top Snickers Cheesecake?), hair cuts at the salon, browsing in a few shoe stores, and Target. The time flew by, and then it was time to pick up Peyton. I'm going to be very sad when she leaves. I can't believe the summer has flown by so quickly, can you?

Friday, August 7, 2009

Just One of Those Days

Today has been one of those days. The kind that starts off bad and just keeps getting worse. It started with the fact that I didn't sleep well last night. I will spare you with the details of this morning. Then Arnold picked me up for lunch. We were actually going to go somewhere to eat, which turned out to be a nightmare. Bad food, horrible service, we ended up going to McDonald's. I will spare you all the details there too. Then I get back to my office to eat McD's and my Sprite tasted like carbon, I guess they had run out of the syrup. Then I spilled my parfait on my pants and half of it on the floor. I'm just wondering now what the night has in store for me. :) Hey, at least it's Friday!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Nesting and Walmart

Well, I have about 3 1/2 weeks left until baby, and I have done something very's called procrastination! It hit me the other night about 2 am after I got back in bed from using the bathroom. "It" being the list...the LONG list of things that need to be done to prepare for the baby. So instead of resting and chilling, which is what my body needs, I have been making trips to Walmart(more on this in a minute), cleaning, and driving everyone in my family crazy. I guess it's part of the "nesting" that you read about in the books, that extra burst of energy that helps you clean and prepare.
Now about Walmart. I may have blogged about Walmart before, I can't remember, but I despise it. I actually haven't been to Walmart since May (when I was in SC), but since they opened a new one here, I decided to try it out. After parking at the END of the parking lot, walking a mile to the store, walking a mile throughout the store just to get from one end to the other, darting the throngs of people inside and weaving my way in between people and carts, waiting in line for 25 minutes, and walking back a mile to my car, all the while trying to keep Peyton from jumping out of the buggy, I was exhausted last night. This excersion took two hours. And this is why I shop at Target. I'm willing to pay a $1 or two extra. For those of you who live in smaller towns, this may help you picture the Walmart here....your Walmart the day before Christmas is like ALL of our Walmarts every day of the year. Walmart has some great bargains, and they have everything you could possibly want, but it's just not worth it. How about you? Are you a faithful Walmart shopper?