Thursday, December 23, 2010

7 months old already!

Abby has had lots of excitement the last couple months.

Abby really fought the cold, flu, and couch bugs for 6 weeks. She was on a number of antibiotics, nebulizer treatments and I felt like her fever would never. Finally Abby is in good health and we are so grateful.

For Halloween Abby was a lady bug and a cat. In both outfits Abby seemed like she was more interested in chewing on them and she could not figure out why I kept taking so many pictures.

Abby has moved on from eating vegetable and is venturing into the trying some fruits and rice rusks. She loves to drink water from a sippy cup or a small glass. Bill thinks it is hilarious when Abby dislikes her food and is the spitting image of her mother as she make a horrified face that says ‘do not make me eat
any more of this’.

On November 13th was the first snow that Abby had seen. It was a beautiful storm and we were very thankful family had arrived safely.

Abigail met her Great Grandmother Bet when family visited for Abby’s baptism. On November 14th Abigail was baptized at Plymoth Congregational Church with Grandma and Grandpa Nelson, Grandma and Granddad Kinney, Uncle Rob, Grand Aunt Sue, and Grand Aunt Rachel.

Abby’s first two teeth arrived mid November. Next, she began to crawl and Bill and I are trying to keep up with her. She is working hard to sit up but still tips over from time to time. Abby loves to be upside down or on her Daddy’s shoulders.

Thanksgiving we hosted Katie’s aunt Sandy and Uncle Terry came from Nicolett along with Grandma and Grandpa Nelson. We had a good time eating, telling stories, and playing with Abby.

Abby is excited for the holidays. She had her Christmas picture taken December 3, 2010. She loves looking at the lights of the tree and trying to get ornaments off the tree. We are looking forward to Abby’s first Christmas. Abby went to the Macy’s Auditorium show on December 10th with Katie and Grandpa Nelson. We hope this will continue as a yearly family tradition.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Abby's 5 months!

It's been a while since we've updated, and Katie and I are going to try to update more frequently! You can always find us on Facebook where we tend to post more pictures and updates, and Abby is pretty much the main subject of Bill's Flickr Account these days.

Since we last updated, Abby has increased her motor skill and loves to put everything in her mouth. She loves to kick, reach, and grab for toys. She has now rolled over from front to back and back to front. Once she does roll over she is not able to roll back so sometime Abby will fuss once she accomplished this. She is doing really well at holding up her head these days. We are very proud of our growing girl.

Ready for winter!

New excitement came as we removed the hammock from Abby’s bath and now she can kick and splash more than ever in her baby tub. Abby loves to play and splash around. This often involves squealing in delight. After she gets out of the bath we show Abby herself in the mirror and she smiles.

Abby attended her first bridal shower for Tara this month. She had a great time getting shared with Tara’s friends and family. Another first for Abby was the great American Get Together. Bill, Katie and Abby went to the Minnesota State Fair on a record setting date for attendance. We met Tom, Mandy, Ethan, and Jessica at the fair. Ethan and Abby looked adorable as they wore cute hats.
I'm a chicken, dad!

Abby has been growing so much this last month. We went to our 4 month check up and she is now 15 pounds 13 ounces, 25 and 3/8 inches long, and has a 17 inch head. She did a great job at her check up and is continuing to be a very happy and healthy baby.

In September Abigail had many adventures. She went to her first wedding outside the womb. Bill, Katie and Abby went to Tara and Gannet’s wedding and had a wonderful time. Abigail is a fantastic job during the wedding and then flirting with all the guests during dinner.


Abigail was lucky enough to be able to spend some time with Grandma and Grandpa Nelson. They took very good care of Abigail for a week when our day care was closed. Abigail enjoyed reading stories, going for walks, singing, and loving her grandparents.

Abigail also likes to have conference calls with Grandma and Grandad Kinney in North Carolina. Skype makes it so easy!
Conference call with grandma and granddad

Abigail is working very hard to move herself around. Mostly she rolls from side to side. She has gotten exceptionally good at reaching for toys she wants. She appears to want to crawl and continues to work at it. She is teething it seems as we have had more fussy nights, drooling and everything is going into her mouth. Abby is growing more and more each day.

Abby began eating rice cereal now that she is 5 months old. She is becoming more familiar with the texture and learning how to eat with a spoon. She enjoys getting her dinner all over her face, arms, and bib. Thank goodness bath time is one of our favorite activities. She's also eating squash, green beans and sweet potatoes.

Abby's ready for the ALDS!
Bill's gotten a head start on introducing Abby to the trauma of being a Minnesota Sports fan. She's been startled a few times by dad's enthusiasm for the games.
Abby's ready for some football!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

3 months old!


Time flies! Abigail continues to have many new adventures this month. She attended her first fundraiser "Bowling for Boobs" to support the three day walk for breast cancer. Abby loved hanging out with all of her friends while Mom and Dad had a chance to bowl a couple games.

Hanging with Abby at Bowling For Boobs


Abby continues to grow and grow. She is so amazing to us! She was 12 pounds 10 ounces at the doctor on June 28th. Abby began to love bath time. Daddy gave Abby a bath by himself and she even peed on him one of times Bill was preparing to get her ready for her bath. (It was quite funny!)
It's TUBBY Time

We loved celebrating Father's day and began a new family tradition that we will be making a father daughter page each year for Abby and her Dad.

My sister Amy and her son Luke came for a visit from Georgia the end of June.Grandma and Grandpa were very excited to have both grandchildren to ogle over. We even got a visit from our Aunt Sandy and Uncle Terry. We had wonderful family time.
Lunch Time
family picture

Abby went to her first Pride parade and enjoyed sleeping though most of it while laying on Desi's shoulder. We enjoyed being with friends and families.
After the parade Abby went to her second restaurant Pizza Luce with Desi and Becky.
Abby visited Pepito's again when she went to lunch with her new friend Josephine who was only eight days old at the time.
Desi, Becky and Abby
Abby likes Pepitos

The most precious moment this month occurred July 3rd. Bill was making silly laughing noises in varying styles of laughs and Abby began to giggle at her Daddy. It was so amazing to see how happy she was with her Daddy. He is very good at making her laugh out loud.
Hanging with Daddy!
Abby also had her first day in her swimsuit when she visited her grandparents pool. She did not go into the pool because it was too cold but she enjoyed sitting in the shade.
In the yard at the grandparents house

We had a major milestone when she rolled over just before she was three months old. Katie and Abby were on the floor singing and doing tummy time when she rolled over onto her back. Bill was there watching too. We were very proud parents together as we shared in this moment.

Grandma and Granddad Kinney came to visit and take care of Abby when Katie returned to work. We all had lots of fun together working on projects around the hours, singing songs, reading stories, and going for walks.

With Granddad Kinney
With Grandma

Saturday, June 19, 2010

7 week update!


Abby has had lots of excitement the last few weeks making friends. On Friday May 14th Abby had her 1st play date with Ethan Benedict.

Babies and Moms

Abby loves making new friends! She was excited to have Evy and Sheri come to visit from Duluth.

Evie with Abby

We visited Evelyn Zebot who just moved into the neighborhood and we are very excited for her Mom to have another little girl soon. We loved just laying around with Amelia Dufek.

Abigail and Amelia

Abigail had fun meeting Leo and Dru and hanging out with Desi, Becky and Heidi. Leo is one year old and Dru is two years old and it was amazing to see how much growth happens year to year.

At Heidi's house

Abigail met her boyfriend on June 13th when Jack Reiter came to visit from Wisconsin. We were so excited that Jack and Bridget were able to come visit us!

Abby with her boyfriend

Abby is our social butterfly that is constantly attracting family and friends. She loves when people come to our house to play.

Abigail has had some fun adventures as well. She went to Lake Calhoun on May 22nd to hang out at the lake with friends and relax.

We went to Willow River State Park for our first Camping Trip. We loved handing out in the shade, being loved by friends, and being outside at the camp site.

Out with the Campers!

Abby loves having people come and visit with family and friends.

Abby began sleeping in her crib on June 9th and she has started sleeping on more on a schedule. Katie is very excited that Abby is sleeping for 4-5 hours in a row at night. Abby seem to be growing each day. She seems to be getting very long. We think that she will be a very tall girl. Her head is getting stronger but she is still practicing holding her head up. Bath time is beginning to be more fun and of a chore. Abby does not like getting her hair washed yet. Abby is working to hold her head up, follow objects with her eyes, and take short stroller rides. Bill and I love when Abby will smile, squeak, and we have even had a couple giggles.

We had a spectacular Mother’s day as Katie was spoiled. Bill and Katie look forward to every day that we watch Abby grow and learn more.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Abigail Elizabeth Kinney Arrives!

On April 28th Bill and I were very excited to have a new coming soon. We were filled with excitement and anticipation for the following days events. Bill took one last picture of Katie to show her size.

On April 29th Bill and I prepared to go to the hospital. Bill and we made sure we had everything for the hospital. We got into the car and Bill realized he did not have our camera. Frantically Bill searched for either of our camera’s and had no luck. Katie ended back going back into the house and finding the camera on the dining room table under a bag. Finally we were off to hospital. We had to wait for 2 emergency cesareans to be completed.


We went into the operating room and shortly after at 10:55am Abigail Elizabeth Kinney arrived weighing 9 lbs 2 oz and measuring 20 ½ inches. Bill went with Abigail to get cleaned up and captured a video of her opening her eyes for the first time. After Abigail was cleaned up Bill introduced her to Katie and was off to the nursery with her while Katie went into recovery.

Abigail's first picture ever


In the hospital we had the opportunity to have some professional photos taken. We feel they turned out great!!! Bill began coming up with nicknames for our beautiful daughter such as Baby Burrito and Beeb’s.


We spent 3 days in the hospital and were elated to have many visitors welcome Abigail into this world. Thank you very much for the friends and family that were able to come to the hospital. We loved showing off our beautiful baby girl.



Bill and Katie’s work sent the most beautiful arrangements to our house. Katie received an edible arrangement and Bill received a magnificent flowers arrangement with the cutest pink vase with baby feet from their work.

Flower Arrangements from work

Abigail was welcome home and Katie and Bill were truly in awe of the beautiful bundle of joy that they have added to our family.

Here are a couple of Abigail’s first~

On Tuesday May 4th Abigail travelled to the airport in the car to pick up her first out of state visitor- Cindy Kinney arrived and Abigail has a change to meet Grandma Kinney.

Grandma and Baby

On Wednesday May 5th- Abigail went to her first restaurant with Uncle Rob, Grandma Kinney, Mom and Dad. For Cinco de Mayo we went to Pepito’s.

Baby's first dinner out

On Thursday May 6th Abigail had her first doctor’s appointment at Children’s Clinic.

Upright Abby

Thursday, April 22, 2010

3 Wonderful baby Showers

I had the pleasure of having 3 wonderful baby showers as we began to prepare for Abigail’s arrival.

The first shower was February 20, 2010 at Jenni and Matt’s house. I loved this shower because it was a celebration of life. Jenni made the most magnificent food and had punches available for the pregnant and not so pregnant. On the television there was a looping slideshow of pictures of Bill and I when we were we were not posed or smiling. This was hilarious as I learned how often I am silly and enjoy sticking out my tongue in pictures. The pictures were of the many camping trips, adventures to Las Vegas, and fun times we celebrated together. We played a bottle game and dice game- and opened gifts. It was an AWESOME coed shower!

The 2nd shower was March 20, 2010 at Bill’s Aunt Rachel’s home in Golden Valley. This shower was about friends and family. Cindy and Rachel hosted this shower with delicious tea sandwiches, wonderful deserts, and fruit and vegetable platters. I was truly honored to have Abigail’s great grandmother Bet here from Florida, Bill’s Mom Cindy from North Carolina, and Bill’s sister Jill and Aunt Sue from Connecticut. It meant so much to me to have people come from so far for the weekend to celebrate with me. We played a few games that included naming the baby animals and filling in missing words in nursery rhymes. I have a lot to learn because I think that I did the worst. We opened gifts and laughed together. I loved spending time with family and friends.

Diaper Cake!
Three Pregnant Ladies
The Wells Fargo crew
Katie and Sherri
Grandma talks to Becky

The 3rd shower was April 3rd hosted by my Mom and her good friend Janis. This shower was filled with people I cherish from my past, friends of my mother, neighbors from Minneapolis and Edina, and family. I felt very fortunate that my aunt Diane was able to come all the way from Litchfield and bring my mothers childhood best friend Ruth Ann. I was delighted to see friends that I have not seen since Bill and I got married and catch on each of lives. We ate delicious scones, an assortment fruit and vegetables, and delicious deserts. I loved having the opportunity to introduce family, neighbors, and friends to each other and tell stories of past, present, and future. It was exciting learn how families have changed and grown.

I wanted to thank everyone for their support, generosity and kindness as we shared in the excitement of bringing Abigail into the world.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Getting Ready for the Baby

On a cold, snowy Minnesota day Bill and I went to the Park Nicollet Clinic in Minneapolis and had an ultra sound. We were both amazed by the little person growing inside of my belly. We saw her profile, face, foot, and spine. The technician said, "Do you want to know the gender?" The baby was sitting with her legs wide open. Bill and I eagerly said, "Yes, ABSOLUTELY!" The technician indicated "it is a girl." Bill and I were both elated to know the gender of our baby.

Ultra Sound
Ultra sound picture from December 4th, 2009.

Ultra Sound
Second Ultra Sound picture from December 4th, 2009.

Bill painted the bedroom a beautiful shade of purple. I am usually the painter and it was really hard not to be able to participate in the work. Bill ended up taking a day off work to do this. We decided to go with a butterfly theme. He installed light switch covers and ordered wall decals. I worked on the changing table that my father made for me in college. The original purpose of it was to be an island in the kitchen of an apartment I rented in Menomonie. I love being able to reuse furniture that had a previous purpose. Now we have a changing table under the window and right next to the crib.

Crib and Changing Table

New Dresser!

Reading Nook
Reading nook.

The reading nook is one of my favorite spots of the room. The little rocking chair has been passed down in my family from the Nelson side for three generations. Underneath the purple is brown plaid little rocker. We have a number of books that have been passed from Cindy Kinney and from when I was a teacher. We are very excited about the upcoming arrival of Abigail Kinney.

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