Sunday, December 30, 2012

Little shoes to fill

When we had our maternity photos taken by our very talented friend Shauntelle Sposto, she took this photo of our feet with our cute little empty baby shoes in the middle.  It turned out to be one of my favorites and I framed it.  A friend saw it in the house and said we should take the same photo with Shalom's feet now.  Duh!  Why didn't I think of that!?  Well, Shalom's feet are just about busting out of these now so we hurried to get a photo similar to it while the shoes still fit.  This proved to be much harder than we anticipated, due to the fact that Shalom doesn't stand well on her own and she wiggles like crazy.  We did get enough photo attempts to make a fun animated gif though.  :)

Here is the before photo:
And after:
 And a cute one of her "standing":
And dancing!

Merry Christmas!

We had a lovely vacation up in the Bay Area and Fresno, visiting family for Shalom's first Christmas.  Here are a few highlights from the trip:
Nephew Nicolo's 1st birthday party:
Farfar holding both babies = heaven
 Uncle Daniel smiling with Shalom
 Nicolo's woodland themed birthday crown
 4 generations of Pommerencks!  Grandma Pat's first time meeting Shalom
 Farfar teaching Shalom the important things in life, the Giants winning season stats.
 Farmar feeding Shalom pears
 Daddy and Shalom on Christmas morning
 "opening" her gifts

 2 grandpas!
 Zonked out after dinner at Michele's on Christmas night
 Visiting aunt Kate, uncle John, and cousin Kaylee
 And back home.  This one is to show you how much she is moving these days, hence all the blurry photos.  She is sooooo close to crawling, so this week we are working on baby-proofing the house.  
We are so blessed to have wonderful family, a happy healthy baby, loving parents and siblings, new traditions, and the financial means to go visit them.  Thank you God for all the gifts you've given us, but most importantly, for the gift of Jesus that we get to focus on this season.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  This year was our third annual southern California transplants Thanksgiving dinner celebration and we had 22 people!  We have been inviting our church family and friends in Long Beach to our house if they can't get out to see their own families and it is always such a blessing to us.  I really like this new tradition!  This year, Kim and John came down to spend it with us, which was so awesome.  We couldn't have pulled it off without them.  (I was recovering from a cold and even with Seth working double time, I'm pretty sure we would have had a dirty house, no table linens, and none of the food I promised if it hadn't been for their help.)  Since Seth and I have been eating a little meat these days, much to my dad's delight, I decided to brine a turkey this year.  I did a cinnamon orange brine and then John bbq'ed it.  It tasted great and wasn't all dried out, so I'd say it was a success.  Andrew brought a second turkey and he deep fried it, getting in touch with his southern roots.  The day after, Seth boiled down the carcasses and we salvaged a ton more meat for Crum's dog food.  Using all of the buffalo.  
Here we are at our one long table.  I didn't have time or energy to do nice table decor, so I just went outside and picked up nice looking dry leaves and scattered them a midst my candle collection.  Turned out festive enough.  
Only half of the spread:
 Two turkeys:
 Me and Shalom:
 Dad and Shalom:
Family portrait before John and Kim left for home:

We had a great time spending the day with so many new and old friends and family.  We had an extra good time with John and Kim visiting for the week.  Thanks for the great memories!  Hope to have even more next year.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Happy Halloween!  Seth and I went as gold miners and Shalom was our prized gold nugget.  We got to see a few neighbors and friends before the meltdown occurred and we had to get her into jammies instead.  It was a fun night!

Monday, October 22, 2012

My favorite time of year

Ah, Fall, how I love you!  There are so many wonderful things about the autumn season.  The weather getting blustery, the leaves changing, the cinnamon in the air, and of course, Halloween.  I have many fond memories of going to the pumpkin patch as a child and picking out my special pumpkin, a tradition I plan on passing down to Shalom.  We took Shalom over to the local pumpkin patch a couple weekends ago to pick out her fist pumpkin.  Well, I did the picking out, but she seemed to enjoy all the interesting things to see.  I got her a little one and I got myself a big worty one that kept catching my eye.  Seth is not quite the Halloween sentimentalist that I am, so he got his pumpkin at Trader Joes because they are cheap there.  Boo.  But he did enjoy my excitement.  It was a fun family memory.  Lots more to come!  (And no, we didn't plan to match in our stripes, we just end up dressing alike on accident a lot)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It's all making sense now

Kim brought down some of Seth's baby photos and it is all making sense now why we have such a chubby, bald baby.  I am seeing Seth in her more and more.  Check out the resemblance.  Once my dad finds my missing baby photos, I will post some comparisons of me.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Great baby moments

Here's what Shalom has been up to lately:
Eating her hands - 
 Smiling a ton - 
 Sitting in her bumbo chair - 
 Standing with much assistance - 
 Lots of tummy time - 
 Being stylish - 
 Sucking her thumb - 
 Full face laughing - 
 Going to Arsenal soccer matches at pubs - 
And a whole lot more.  She's rolling over, scooting across the floor, doing pushups, swimming, looking cute, and making us happy.

A day to remember

Well, it's been 8 years ago today since my wonderful mom died, so I am taking time today to reflect on her life, the things she taught me, and the things that I can pass on to my daughter.  I am spending the day thanking God for her and celebrating new life in Shalom.  Some days as a new mom are hard and not having my mom around to call on those days makes it even harder, but God has blessed me with a wonderful family and amazing friends who all have great mothering experience to help me on my journey of motherhood.  Thank you to all of you for sharing your wisdom with me.

Oh how time flies...

Seriously, I'm a terrible blogger.  We have had a busy summer and I'm adjusting to being a stay at home mom (I know, what else do I have to do all day besides blog. No excuse).  Anyhow, We just had a big weekend with a ton of our family in town which was so fun.  The reason, you ask?!  Shalom was baptized on Sunday at Redemption Church.  So grandpa, Michele, farfar, farmar, Kate, John, and Kaylee all came down for the weekend.  It was a blast to have everyone here, although we missed Melody, Daniel, and Nicolo who couldn't make it.  We had a bbq at the house for lunch after church with friends and family.  It was a lovely day and it will be special in our hearts for our whole lives.  Here are some photo highlights.
Seth baptizing Shalom -
 Family photo
 Mom, Dad, and Shalom

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Birth Story

Well, Shalom is now 10 weeks old and I'm finally getting around to posting about her birth story.  I guess I've been a little busy, but she's sleeping now so I have time.  Disclaimer:  this story is about birth, so don't read it if you don't want to know the details.  :)
Thursday night, May 24th, we were getting ready for bed at 11pm and my water broke. We called our doula and friend, Tafida Allen, and told her that my water broke but I wasn't having contractions yet. She told me to get some rest and call her when we wanted her to come over. I was trying to get cleaned up and in bed when the contractions started and we started timing them. But they were hard to time, since there's a constant pain behind them and they weren't super bad at first. But they were like 2 minutes apart so I thought I was timing them incorrectly. Then they started to get stronger so I called Tafida back and told her that I thought they were really close together so she better come over. Seth started getting our things together and putting them in the car and the contractions started getting really intense and 1-2 minutes apart. I thought we might need to leave for the hospital before Tafida even got there, but Seth calmed me down and said to wait for her. So when she got there, she watched me for a bit and made notes and timed my contractions. She wanted me to sit down and rest to slow them down, but as soon as I sat down, I needed to throw up. So I went and did that and then decided it was time to go to the hospital. So we drove over to the hospital (fortunately only a few blocks from our house), parked in the loading zone for pregnant women, and checked in. Everyone in the hospital was very nonchalant and taking their time. When I finally got into the triage room (the room they put you in to check to see if they'll even admit you) the nurse checked my cervix and said, "Are you ready to have your baby, because you're about to!" I was already fully dilated to 10cm and fully effaced. Crazy! Seth didn't even have time to move the car out of the loading zone, so the nurses had to call security and tell them not to tow the car!  We had only brought my purse with us up to the room, since Seth thought he would get all the bags and camera when he moved the car.  Thankfully, Tafida had been toting around a disposable camera for years for just this reason!  They wheeled me into the delivery room and there were about 6 nurses but no doctor. My doctor was at another hospital delivering a baby there. They had another doctor there but he was delivering another baby. There was a resident who could do it but he was busy with something else too. So it was us and the nurses. And the head nurse told me if I felt like I had to push, I could but it would be better if I didn't since the doctor wasn't there. Aiaiai! Let me tell you, when you feel that need, it's not something you can choose to ignore. Anyhow, my doctor showed up a the last minute while I was already pushing. The next parts are a bit of a blur to me, but I think I pushed maybe 10-12 times and they lost track of the baby's heart beat at one point, so they all went into serious mode trying to get her out quick. The doctor ended up using a vacuum to help pull her out because her heart beat had gone way down. Next thing I know, the baby is out! Shalom Rose Haak was born on Friday at 1:35am, all natural.  2.5 hours from start to finish. Whew!  It was amazing. They put her on my chest and we got to see her for a minute, then the NICU doctors came in to look her over and make sure everything was okay because of the heartbeat situation. She was fine, thank the Lord. Then they handed her back to me and we got to really spend some time together. They gave me a shot of pitocin to help stop bleeding and close up the cervix but, since she came out so fast, there was a lot of internal tearing (grade 3 - it goes up to 4). The Dr. was trying to sew it up with topical anesthetic but it was still really painful. She decided it was too difficult and painful to keep going like that so she ordered me to surgery. So they took Shalom and Seth to the nursery to get her cleaned up and checked out, and they took me to surgery. I had to get a spinal epidural at that point for the surgery but she was out already so I didn't mind. Once I was out of surgery, they brought me back to the delivery room until my legs came back to life and they brought the baby in for us to bond with. We worked on breastfeeding and just hanging out together. Then they moved us over to our recovery room (we got our own room which was a big praise!). About an hour later my sister showed up (I had called her when we were leaving for the hospital and she drove through the night to come be with us). It was a huge blessing to have her there and she stayed until Tuesday, helping us do stuff in the hospital and at home. The first day was a blur and we were so tired from being up for more than 24 hours but it was really fun to hang out with our new baby! Very surreal to see her in real life. The second day, they tested Shalom for jaundice and she had a little bit of it so they had to put her under light therapy for the 2nd night. The jaundice was caused from the bruise that the vacuum made (something about extra red blood cells to process makes the liver work too hard and created jaundice). So they had her in the nursery for 3 hour stretches and then brought her back for feeding. Then by the next morning she was in the clear so they said we could all go home! So we left the hospital on Sunday afternoon and hung out, seeing visitors at the house. 
I can't even explain what a crazy love God gives us for our children the minute they are born. I feel privileged to have a glimpse of God's love for us through the love that he gives a parent.  God has given us such a great gift of a little girl.  We love her so much and are enjoying getting to know her better day by day.  Thank you for being part of our journey as parents to Shalom. 

Shalom and Mom
 Shalom and Dad
 Family with Tafida, our dear friend and doula