Here are some of my favorite pictures of Cali...
Before it all began!
Thomas and I so excited for Cali to join us!
Cali's 1st Picture
This is her first picture. She's in the NICU at the University Hospital here getting cleaned up. Maybe not the best picture, but I love that she's looking right at you! I think she looks a bit upset, maybe she's thinking, "Why on earth did you force me out like that?!" :) She was pretty well as "forced out" as possible!
A Quick Visit
After getting cleaned up @ the NICU, the LifeFlight team brought her to me for a little visit. She was so cute curled up in her little isolette. After this little visit Thomas walked across the bridge, with Cali and her Lifeflight team, to Primary Children's PICU.
This is Sunday morning. Cali was blowing bubbles like crazy! It was way cute! So she earned her first nick-name, bubble queen. Thomas and I are big on nick-names, we rarely call each other by our first names, it's always babe, hon, deary-doo (a family favorite!) Even our dog has nick-names, Ellie-bellie, Ells Bells, and so on. I'm pretty happy that Cali was "initiated" properly to the family, by receiving her very own nick-name!
Monday morning, she was intubated all day monday, so we weren't able to hold her that day, but we got to look at her sweet little face all we wanted!
So calm and peaceful, Cali was a very happy baby, she rarely ever cried despite all that she had to put up with (see the cords by her body, each one of those went into an IV either in her hand or belly button). When Cali would start to fuss she was easily calmed down by being rocking, rubbed, or "shh"ed.
Cali loved to be held just like this! She would snuggle right in and stay that way as long as she was being held!
Teasing with her soother
I LOVE this one, it's one of my favorite, we have a series of about 10 pictures taken one right after the other and she has the cutest faces in them! This one's my fav, tho!
She also loved her chest to be rubbed, up and down.
On Tuesday night Thomas and I got to give Cali a little sponge bath. She wasn't too thrilled throughout most of it, but she loved it when I squeezed the water over her head! It totally relaxed her! We had a great time with her that night!
Cali loved to be wrapped up nice and tight, just like this!
Staring up at daddy!
Cali loved to open her eyes for daddy. She loved hearing his voice!
A Close Up
This is a close up of her looking at her daddy. Isn't she beautiful! She had so much hair, beautiful dark blue eyes and a perfect complexion, her skin was so smooth and even.
My mom practically lived at the hospital with us! She helped make sure that there was always one of us at the hospital with Cali. We didn't want to be too far, especially after her surgery and mom spent more than a couple nights sleeping at the hospital. Thanks mom. I know Cali just loved you!
My dear, sweet Cali girl,
Hard to believe it's been 2 months since you entered the world! What a day that was! I wasn't sure if you were ever going to make it out! It was quite the struggle, but at 9:50pm when I first got to meet you I knew it was all worth it! What a week we had! It was such a hard week for me. All I wanted was to be with you and your daddy. But I was in pain recovering and all. It hurts my heart to think that the 1 week I got to spend with you I wasn't 100% able. But, we made do, and even though I was having a tough time physically, we sure had a great week together. Thank you for sharing that time with me. I will forever remember and cherish that 1 week we had. Thank you for being my sweet baby girl. I wish so bad that I could hold you and love you here, right now. But I know that cannot be. Just know that today is all about you, on your birthday. I wonder what you'd be like today, if you were still here. I don't know what a 2 month old baby is like. I wish I could know. But, your dad and I will make the most of today. We're coming up for a visit later. Maybe you'll be there? Oh, Cali, I just love you so. Please always remember how much I love you! Happy Birthday.
your mommy <3