Ryleigh Kate's Nursery...

We are ALMOST done with her nursery. We still have a dresser to pick up but other than that we completed it on January 16th with the addition of Ryleigh Kate.


Hello Ryleigh Kate...It's me, your mom

As I sit here in the hospital waiting for you to arrive there are a million thoughts going through my mind. I can't believe this is actually happening. That we have been so blessed to be here right now. It is very surreal and exciting. I can't wait to see your beautiful face and kiss you all over and smell you and hold you. I know I will fall in love all over again. I want you to know what an incredibly amazing journey this has been so far and I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you in it. I wouldn't have traded one moment of watching you grow inside of my belly. I am going to miss feeling you all day, especially after your hiccups. You are a feisty one my dear and it was never a dull moment with you. I am anticipating for it to be the same once you arrive. I LOVE your little personality already.

I hope everything goes very smoothly tomorrow with inducing and you are healthy and happy. I am nervous, scared, anxious and sleepy. I hope to be the best mom ever and to love you unconditionally every moment of your life. This will be new for both of us so please bear with me as we learn together. I can't promise I won't make mistakes but I do promise to fix every hurt, catch every tear, and wipe away any fears. You have a wonderful family and already some little friends. The best part about tomorrow besides you joining this world...You will share your special birthday with your Daddy! He is very excited to meet you. He will be the best dad ever I promise. He is an amazing husband and has taken care of me very very well. He has a huge heart but a strong mind. I can only imagine how much of a daddy's girl you will be.

I love you SO much. More than you will ever know.


Ready and Waiting Miss Ryleigh Kate...2 MORE days.

At our 39 week appointment last week Dr. Hinton once again provided us with an update that was not favored. We had not progressed AT ALL. Monday and Tuesday last week there was a significant decrease in movement from Ryleigh...mind you she is probably the most active baby ever so it was just a little concerning. They hooked us up to the monitors and she put on the biggest show with more punches and kicks in the 10 minutes than she had all week!

So we go back to Dr. Hinton on Wednesday this week (1/14/09) for our 40 week appointment and to discuss dates and options for inducing. HOPEFULLY we have made some progress in dilating. They will not induce unless we are because they don't want us sitting there forever...I agree. My hope is that we go ahead and schedule the date but that she comes before then.

I have learned that she makes the rules and will come when she wants. I can't wait to hold her and kiss her all over. This week will be VERY busy at work with a new client and meeting my new supervisor and I am expecting she may make an appearance because of this. Stay tuned for an update from our appointment on Wednesday!!

Love, A


Week 39....Mommy needs some wine!

You are your mother's daughter. The oh so familiar phrase my mom's mom said to her and then said to me. Miss Ryleigh Kate is her mother's daughter. This little lady is as stubborn as they make them. Obviously because she doesn't want to come out. We knew we would have a wild one when we realized that she never stops moving and kicking...even when its time for bed. What we didn't realize is that she would be this rebelious before she is even here! Come out I said! We have had many talks and she is still not here. Well soon enough she will have to come out.

We go for our 39 week appointment tomorrow with Dr. Hinton again. Yes...I am seeing her again because she said she would "assist" with pushing labor along. No, not inducing but I will spare you all the gruesome details. We have tried everything else (well except drinking Castor oil). Hills, spicy food, chiropractic adjustments, massage, and sex. Not that you needed to know that part. SO hopefully we will have some more news tomorrow or the end of the week.

If for some CRAZY reason she is not here by the 15th we will induce that afternoon. Dr. Hinton will do it as early as the 12th but if we are going to plan this we would rather wait until the weekend so Kyle can have extra time with her since he only gets a week off of work.

Stay tuned for more updates!!! And please keep us in your prayers for a speedy and healthy delivery. Love, A

The Last Supper...

Ryleigh Kate Watkins 1.16.09 8lbs. 9oz. & 20 inches of pure joy!

Belly Laughs 10.22.08