Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas and a New Year.

So here it is about 3 hours till the new year in Germany. It's been almost 3 months since I last updated this blog and Milana has changed so much. She has had some major milestones since then. She is now sleeping in her big girl bed, sleeping on her side, starting to eat some solid foods, cooing and babbling, wants to stand a lot, has fun playing swing dancer and airplane with Daddy, examining objects up close, and smiling none stop.

We had a small Christmas at home. Milana, of course, received many presents from friends and family. She was delighted to watch me open the gifts for her. Books, toys(noise makers), stuffed
animals, clothes and videos were some of the things in her loot. I received a really nice pair of brown leather boots from David. It makes me feel less Mommy like which is mom jeans for me.

As for the new year, I don't have any new year's resolution. I wish for a happy and healthy family. Knock on wood, Milana hasn't has a cold yet. We hope to explore more of Europe next year and I should return to work. Until my next update, hopefully it will be sooner than 3 months.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The trip down South to Mobile

After spending almost a week in St. Louis and enjoying the relaxing family time there we took off to fly down to Mobile. As we were heading through the airport in St. Louis and going through the security screening Milana was making quite a few fans being cute and sleeping. She was actually called back for inspection after going through the metal dectector. Apparently the individual doing the checks thought she was a doll since she was sleeping. After that the flight was very easy with her sleeping the entire time. She really likes sleeping while moving whether it is in a car, plane, or by foot. Once we made it to Mobile she got to meet her Uncle Brian and then Grandma and Grandpa Presken. They were quite taken with her from the moment they saw her. She got to meet her Aunt Christy a little later at dinner down on the causeway. We tried to find a gator that is supposed to live near the restaurant but it must have been hiding. The room we spent the nights in was really nice and Milana had an entire bed to herself, so of course I made a pillow fort for her to sleep in. The next day we went shopping with the grandparents and Milana got more new clothes for when she gets bigger. Lots of cute stuff! Milana spent a lot of time hanging out with her new family members and just loving the attention. Since the weather was quite warm she got to wear a lot of her cute dresses we had bought for her in St. Louis. The next day we went over to a friend's house and met up with some high school friends for dinner. It was a lot of fun and it was nice to see them again and their families. Milana spent the whole time asleep, I think the jet lag was finally starting to get to her. On Friday we went to Christy's wedding rehersal and dinner and Milana had yet another cute dress to wear and this time Mommy and her matched! Don't they just look too cute together? Milana spent a lot of the time at the rehersal dinner being passed around and held by family and friends, again she was quite content and did not fuss at all. As long as she gets attention she is very well behaved (don't begin thinking that she is spoiled, I haven't begun to spoil her yet). On Saturday was my sister's big day and that meant another cute dress that was a gift from Grandma P. The wedding was wonderful and it was a beautiful day, but that also meant it was quite warm and Milana had to be taken inside to cool down. But that just led to her being passed around more and she just loved the extra attention she got in the pretty dress. She also got to spend some time being with her Great Grandmother Presken and Great Aunt Phyllis. I don't think she has ever met so many new people in such a short amount of time while we were in Mobile. But time drew short and before we knew it we had to board a plane heading back to St. Louis and then back to Frankfurt.
It was a wonderful trip and we look forward to doing it again next year. Until then Grandparents B and P will have to make do with seeing Milana grow through photos and Skype.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Milana's first trip to meet Grandpa and Grandma Benscoter

Milana is about to embark on her very first trip over seas to the US. She is going to meet both sets of grandparents and other relatives. She had to endure a 12 hour plane ride. She did extremely well. We were so lucky. No major fussy moments until we reached our final destination of St. Louis, Missouri. Here we are on the plane somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean.

Our first stop was to St. Louis Missouri to visit her Grandpa and Grandma Benscoter. Milana was very excited to meet them. Here she is with Grandma B. holding her for the first time. Milana seems so cozy with her. Grandma got really attached to her.

Now it was Grandpa's turn to hold and meet Milana. I think he's telling her about the big fish that got away. Her sideways tongue makes me think he's telling her a whopper of a story.

Milana had presents waiting for her at Granny and Grampy B's.
She received some cute sandals from her Great Aunt Charlotte.

Mommy also bought her a cute rocker hat that she immediately had to ham it up for the camera and play her air guitar.

While in St. Louis we decided to take a little adventure to the St. Louis botanical gardens. Milana enjoyed sleeping and being carried around in her front pack. Mommy and daddy each took a turn.

Our next adventure in the US will take us to Mobile, Alabama where Milana will get to meet the Presken Grandparents for the first time.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Two shots, a wine fest, and a polka dot dress.

Milana received her first two needle shots. Her little squeal was heartbreaking but she seem be over it five minutes later. I think it was worse for us to watch than it was for her to get the shots. In the picture to the right you can see the little band aids on her legs from the shots. She is still a good eater and has grown and gained some weight. She now weighs 8.7 lbs and is 20.5 inches long. Now that she has her beginner shots, she can travel to the US next week to meet her grandparents for the first time.

We also decided to take a trip to a wine festival in Bad Durkheim, Germany. Since Milana was getting out of the house, she got to wear her new pink polka dot dress. Milana was content and slept the whole time we pushed her in new stroller. This allowed mommy and daddy to shop
for wine, drink some wine, have bratwurst and spatzel for lunch, and a amaretto crepe for dessert. It then decided to rain and we headed for home. Here are some before (with mommy) and after (with daddy) photos of our adventure.

Milana has learned something new. I don't know if it is her first word but when she is excited or wants something she makes a noise that sounds like she is saying "hey". She has done the quite often. If she keeps it up that will be her first word at almost 2 months old.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Chuga, chuga, chuga,....Poo, Poo

Chuga, chuga, chuga in goes the milk and out comes...well you get the idea from the title. Like a little digestive train, Milana spends most of her days perfecting this art. She does have other favorite activities like sleeping on daddy's chest, bath time, mommy's back scratches and swinging in her swing to keep her occupied.

Today we thought we would give her a change in her routine and take her on a shopping trip to Ikea, lunch and the grocery store. Like any girl going out on the town, she had put on a cute outfit. Here she is excited to wear her new outfit.

Mommy and daddy had figure out how we were going to carry her around in the store. We decided to try the baby front pack. Here daddy is modeling it with her in it.

She did very well in her baby front pack in Ikea and she slept the whole time. Our trip was going good so far, so on to lunch at an American icon McDonald's. She didn't get a happy meal but she sure got a lot of attention. At the table next to us was two older women and they couldn't stop talking about her. They wanted to know all about her. They kept saying "sehr suss" which means "very sweet" in German. She sure can take over a room. After we said our goodbyes to the nice ladies, it was off to the grocery store.

It was in the grocery that she started to wake up and get hungry. So while David pushed the cart and fed her at the same time, I grabbed the groceries from the shelves. All in all it was really kind of fun and not as much of a hassle as I thought it would be. Our four hour excursion was a success. Our trip out put my mind at ease since in a month we will be going over to the US on a twelve hour flight to visit family. After today, I think she will do good on the flight. On Monday we have a new adventure, our first set of shots! Stay tuned to see what happens...

Friday, August 21, 2009

One month old and a US citizen.

Milana turns one month old today. It seems like the time has just flown by. Yesterday she went to the US consulate to become a US citizen. Hopefully she will receive her passport before our trip to the states in October. She has changed so much in the past month and continues to change everyday. It is fun just to watch her change and her personality develop. She is the queen of facial expressions.

Here is a picture from the day she was born. So tiny and small.

Now a month later, with a healthy appetite, a little budda belly, and chubby even cuter cheeks. She has lots of nicknames. Tooty, Sweet Pea, Boogie Britches, Princess Poopy Pants, or her daddy's favorite just Princess. She loves to move her arms and legs to music, grabbing on to fingers, nap times on her daddy's chest, and rockin' in the chair with mama. Her favorite songs right now are most anything from the Mary Poppins sound track and Forever by Chris Brown. I am sure that will change but it keeps her happy and the content when she is fussy. She loves to get dressed in her different outfits and isn't camera shy. In fact, I would say she is a ham for the camera.

She is a very unfussy baby most of the time. However, when those fussy moments do arrive, it is apparent by her facial expressions what is making her unhappy. It makes it easier for mommy and daddy to decode what is wrong. She has recently started to make squeaking and stretching noises or maybe cooing. We can't wait to see what she does next.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

2009 The Year of Big Changes

So I have never written on a blog before, but so many exciting things have happened to David and myself in the past few months that I felt this would be the best way to share it with everyone who is interested. That being said, lets start from the beginning of the year.

2009 started out with a big decision for us both to make. David and I were given the opportunity to live and work in Germany. So after about six months of weighing the pros and the cons before hand, we decided that we could not let a chance like this pass us by and make the move to Germany. So we accepted the positions and planned to make the big transition later in the year.

Excited about our big move, we weren't expecting more exciting news to come our way. About a month after accepting our jobs in Germany, I discovered I was expecting our first child. Needless to say we were taken by surprise, happy but very surprised. Now do we still go to Germany? We then decided it would be in our best interests to continue with our plans to move to Germany.

By the time we moved over to Germany, I was about seven months pregnant and feeling it. We had already found out we were having a little girl and had a name picked out. Everything though the pregnancy had been smooth sailing until about two weeks after we arrived in Germany. The baby was doing great, I on the other hand, was not. I won't go into the details, but the doctors over in Germany were discussing taking her early via c-section if I got much worse.

I managed to make it until my 33rd week. I had be up all night with pain and what felt like the worse stomach flu I have ever had. By the time six am came around, I was waking David up to go to the hospital. I had a hard time walking and even getting my clothes on. I was already scheduled to have more testing done that day and a decision was going to be made of when I should have a c-section. I guess when we got to the hospital they took one look at me and it was decided that our little girl needed to be born today.

I was prepped and in surgery by eleven in the morning. I was so terrified I could not stop shaking. I guess I have a fear of operating rooms or the fact that I was going to be awake for this or maybe the last thing I heard was that David was not going to be in there with me because he was afraid he would pass out. Although when I rolled over from getting the big long needle in my back, there he was in scrubs and a mask. I think having him there made all the difference in the world.

Milana Helen Presken was born on July 24 at 12:03pm in Heidelberg, Germany. She weighed about 4.1 lbs and was 16.7 inches long. She was healthy and everything checked out fine, she was just early. I started to slowly recover too. My stay was about a week in the hospital. Milana stayed for two and a half weeks until she gained enough weight and ate her bottles with out a feeding tube. She got to come home with us last Wednesday.

So this blog starts when she is about three weeks old. Hopefully it will be another way for our relatives and friends to get updates on our adventures in Germany and parenthood.