1 Week Old: Bringing A Lot of Love and Joy in 1 Week

Today, Ava is one week old. It has been a very great week full of love and joy.  I am sure mostly friends and family will be reading these posts. To introduce myself I am Ava Kalea’s mom aka. Monkey Baby’s Mama. More on that story in a minute…

I was thinking about creating a baby book for Ava but I thought since Ava’s dad and I are a very digital couple that I would write about her life here. I will also start to write to you Ava so that you can read these posts when you grow up.

Hello! Monkey Baby!

So why do we call you the monkey baby? The back story on that was that before we got married we talked about having a baby together. You already have a big brother Makaya and sister Jacquline. Your dad and I wanted to manifest you into our lives. So like everything in our lives time is of the essence. There is no time like the present to make our dreams come alive. Not only our conscious dreams but even our unconsious ones. I literally woke up one day and told your dad I had a dream that I had a baby and she looked hairy like a monkey lol…

One of your aunties, Aunty Andrea would say that she wanted to have a Monkey Baby. A baby born in the year of the monkey. Your dad and I got married in October 2015. So we talked about having monkey baby also. That means we would have to create you later that year so that you could arrive within the time frame of the chinese monkey zodiac. Further in this post you will learn mommy has a lot of friends and though they are not related to you by blood they are all your aunties.

Your Big Birthday Story!

So much has happened this week Ava your arrival was highly anticipated. Your daddy and I couldn’t want to meet you in person. We had several ultrasounds taken of you before you were born and one that they took a 3D photo of you that looked just like me. Your dad was so excited to see that you would look more like me because he thinks I am so beautiful.

On September 6th which happens to be the day after your real Aunty Mahea’s birthday I was scheduled to go into one of the twice a week appointments I have to check on you. They check to make sure you were swimming around with enough water in my belly and make sure you were kicking and moving around great.

That morning before I left I started to bleed after I peed and I thought you were ready to come into the world. Since your older brother Makaya happened to enter the same day that also happened to me when I gave birth to him. I called your dad and said, “I think it’s happening today”. He rushed home and  I called the Midwives emergency line. They took forever to call me back only to tell me that day was not the day for your arrival. But I knew it would be very soon.

Your dad took me to my Dr’s appointment later in the day even though I missed my original appointment and I found that I was having contractions.  I wanted to make sure everything was ok and it was and I also learned that the hardness in my belly was a contraction. You were getting my body ready for you to come out. Now that I knew what a contraction felt like I started to take notice.

I had your dad take me to work later that afternoon but he stayed in the area in case of an emergency. My co-workers and friends are super nice and by-the-way they threw us a baby shower a week before your arrival which now looking back I feel like is always a sign. A week after your brother’s baby shower he arrived a month early. That was probably just a coincidence. They made and gave you such amazing handmade gifts, dresses/outfits and gave generously. They can’t wait to meet you too!

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Later that evening your dad and I decided to chill at home and rented a few movies which we ended up falling asleep to or at least your dad did. I couldn’t sleep but I thought I should rest because I had a feeling you were going to come soon.

Your dad got up at around 2am so of course, I woke up and started to feel more contractions. They got closer and closer together and stronger at about 5 or 6am and that was time for me to call the Midwife emergency line again and this time they called back within 5 minutes or so and they told us it was time to come in.

Your dad has been making me the same lite breakfast which includes 1/2 of a whole wheat English muffin, toasted with almond butter and 2 scrambled eggs. This was my breakfast choice since I got diagnosed with gestational diabetes. It’s the type of diabetes that some women get my age being 35 and it could be because diabetes runs in my family. This is something we don’t want for you.

But it was a good thing that I received that news so that I could be better at my eating habits and make sure you got the right nutrition you need. I ate that and we were off to the hospital. Your dad turned on his camera and started video blogging while we were on our way to the hospital. He started at

So I had my light breakfast and we were off to the hospital. Your dad turned on his camera and started video blogging while we were on our way to the hospital. He started a blog at DaddyBloggerWorld where he posted that video so you can see how happy were to be going to the hospital. You may get tired of it but you will have a camera in your face probably until you get old enough to tell us to stop. But we will probably keep doing it anyway hehe.

I decided a long time ago that I wanted to experience everything with you. So, I decided not to have any pain medication or drugs. I wanted a very natural birth. It happened very quickly, we arrived at the hospital at about 7:30am your dad dropped me off at the entrance and went to park the car. The security asked me if I wanted a wheelchair but I insisted on walking.

The contractions were getting more painful and closer and your dad was taking forever it seemed like. He was having issues with the parking meter thing. He finally met me at the front and we walked up to the delivery room. I know this is starting to be a long post so I will cut through the graphic parts basically 2 and half hours later you were born at 9:54am.

You were 7lbs 1oz and 19 3/4 inches long. The most beautiful Angel!

You came out screaming and they handed you directly to me. It was amazing! Your dad had tears and just fell in love with your right then and there. You stayed with us in the room the entire time. Of course, right away your dad was posting photos of your arrival on to Facebook. Your posts I swear could have started a trend you got a lot of like’s, love buttons and comments on your posts.

We ended up in a very tiny room that they normally use as a triage room because all of the other rooms were taken but it didn’t matter because we were not in there for very long. You arrived very quickly and besides the major pain I was in a pushed through and it wasn’t so bad. I didn’t tear and I was up and walking around the next day.

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One of your favorite aunties Fancy and Desi just moved to orange county area of California which is just about an hour and a half away. They decided to come visit us right away. They brought you some awesome gifts and spent time with us. Your dad brought us one of our favorite dishes that I couldn’t eat while I was pregnant with you, Sushi!

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See you are already bringing joy to the world. For those who don’t know yet Ava’s middle name Kalea means “to bring joy” in Hawaiian.

I didn’t get much sleep the first night in the hospital since you woke up every 2 hours to feed and someone would come in and check on us seemed like every hour or 2 as well.

Plus I told your dad I couldn’t sleep because I just kept staring at how beautiful you are. Everyone who came in also mentioned to me how cute you were. Not every baby is that cute! You are the cutest and I didn’t care that I had no sleep.

Your First Week In This World

You have been here an entire week and have been such a good baby. You have been getting up to eat about every 2 hours. You are doing what every normal baby does. Eat, Sleep, Poop and repeat. hehe!

Your dad is a very light sleeper and hasn’t been sleeping well. Of course, I can sleep anytime, anywhere and I sleep whenever I can. Mostly during the day I watch you sleep and take photos of you yawning or trying to catch you smiling in your sleep.

Your dad has been trying very had and has gotten up at night to let me sleep. I finally got a breast pump in the middle of the week to be able to have something for you to eat at night when your dad wants to wake up and feed you so that I can go back to sleep.

The Aunties Came To Visit

To end a great week. Your aunties came to visit. Some of my besties, Aunty Christine, Aunty Rachael and Aunty Jolyn. They flew all the way from Seattle to come visit you and bring you more gifts. They brought you pretty tutus, hats, and bows for your hair. They even got you a little bouncer you can play in. They just fell in love with you also and all the joy you brought to them. They held you, rocked you and played dress up with you. It was a great day!

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Ok here comes the pictures and videos of the week. I took a few photos at the hospital and photos of our week at home.

(more videos and photos to be added later. Momma needs to go back to sleep)

2 thoughts on “1 Week Old: Bringing A Lot of Love and Joy in 1 Week”

  1. So happy for you and your new addition to the family, Stacia!

    Sometimes things just seem to come together the right way in life and you just know it was all meant to be. With you and Joe moving down to San Diego, it was the start of a new journey and a new life. And it just feels like it was the right thing to do.

    Ava Kalea is such a blessing in your lives – she’s one more positive event of many more to come. I hope you continue to share her life with all of us so we can follow along. Having all these new tools to document her journey will certainly be something she will cherish forever.

    Sending warm thoughts to the three of you down there in sunny California!

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