Thursday, July 29, 2010

4 years!

Not Nina, although she is growing quickly, but Kara and Ben's Fourth Anniversary. We enjoyed walking around the Como Conservatory and ate at Pad Thai on Grand (one of our favs). Nina was a trooper for all the romance. Nina is using her hands more (especially her left), loves her pacifier, and wants her face cleaned whenever she ever burps.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

We love summer



The Naks have been hanging out and enjoying their summer. We've been sleeping in, visiting with friends, sitting outside, reading, and watching the Twins. We've gone for a few walks and enjoyed today's fantastic, less humid, weather. Sorry, I don't know why the picture below won't rotate properly, I've tried 4 things and have given up.

Monday, July 26, 2010

More new friends


Nina made her first trip to church and barely made it 4 feet before she was fought over by friends who have been waiting for her arrival. She met many loving new faces and was excited to see many other young children at St. Philip's. She spent the afternoon with Emily Kaiden and rewarded Emily with many waking hours and showed off her eyes. Then we joined Suzanne & Ben, Kayla & Matthew, Laura and Ellen at Ol' Mexico for a beautiful night on the patio. Today she met her first animal friend as the neighbor cat patrolled the yard and stood guard. Nina has been sleeping pretty well and has been awake more during the day, we hope it keeps up.


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Grand Ave & Flugtag

The Naks have been busy getting back out into the world. Wandering Grand Ave on Friday and touring some family favorites like Grand Ole Creamery, Ten-Thousand Villages, and the Red Balloon Book Shop. Update for Aunt Cassie, Nina wore her "All you need is love" onesie today, but does not have the Abby Road outfit. ;)


Saturday was a trip to see the Red Bull Flugtag (flight day) where crazy people basically make parade floats and hurl themselves into the water. Not a lot of engineering going on, but we apparently saw the Red Bull World Record flight. Pretty funny, pretty sunny, and good friends made for a wonderful time.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Missing her Mommy pt. II


It's now Kara's turn to miss her mom as Jenni, a rock in the upbringing of Nina, left today after changing countless diapers, taking millions of midnight watches, and washing load after load of laundry. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Nina has enjoyed meeting the wonderful Judy Lykins, the fantastic Emily Sandager, and the amazing Amanda Oklobzija in the past few days. Nina got her tears and some oils in these days and seems to enjoy her "strawberry fields forever" onesie. While she may not be able to see as far as the tv, Nina got excited at the red bull commercial for the flying machines exhibition at Harriet Island on Saturday, so maybe we'll check it out.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

2 weeks old!

Nina had a nurse's visit today and she weighs 9 lbs 7 oz! In today's pictures she is showing off a few firsts. Her first yard project was helping her grandpa and dad put in a new hedge in front of the house. Her first trip to Como Lake also featured her first concert as the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony lulled her to sleep.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Fun Family From Florida

Nina had a sleepy day while meeting Diane, Carly, and Nikki. She also loved seeing Great Grandpa Don and Bridget again. It was a fun introduction and birthday party. Nina spent more time outside yesterday and she did a better job with her bath today. While her hair was definitely curly yesterday, it's less so today, go figure. We've also added a photo documenting how she loves to put her feet up while feeding.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

40 hours straight at home!

Kara and Nina are both doing well and enjoying uninterrupted time with one another. The only doctor they saw today was a relative, so life is good. Many kind and thoughtful gifts and visits from Angie, Jess & Jason, J-Mac (who won't ever see this nickname) and then Bruce & Laura. They have been so fun to see and helped brighten our days. Kara's blood pressure has been better (maybe the Twins really are influential?)

Nina has enjoyed some trips outside, has started using her pacifier, and is still sleeping well. We hope it continues! Happy Birthday to Uncle Jake, Grandma Katie, Great Uncle Nick, and Happy Anniversary to Auntie Annie and Uncle Adam! What a fun-filled day!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Back to the ER

not again
where everybody knows your name
another setback
driving at 2am never gets old
the Twins give anyone high blood pressure
i thought it was the actual baby that prevented sleep

so many titles for this frustrating stretch. Kara was back in the hospital last night with another splitting headache and high blood pressure. The labs showed that Kara's other preeclampsia symptoms had actually improved (hemoglobin, liver count, vision) so, while suspicious, they hope this was a hiccup on the way to recovery. Kara is home again and sleeping and she'll try to take it easy these days. So, once again, I must ask for you prayer warriors to fight on Kara and Nina's behalf. Thanks again and we hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The many faces of Nina

Nina decided to wake up late last night and, looking cute, I thought I should take her photo. She continued to pose and cried anytime I put the camera down so I kept clicking. Sorry they are poorly lighted and blurry, I hadn't anticipated the marathon photoshoot nor did I want to use the flash right in her face without Aunt Esther's sunglasses. It didn't help that she was trying to ride a bicycle and kicking throughout the photoshoot. Blurry or not, I think you'll get the idea.


Happy at Home - Part II

Kara was given a clean bill of health and was excited to return to her little one. She and Nina spent most of the day together and couldn't be happier. Thanks for all your good thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Prayerful Progress

Kara is getting better, still in the hospital, but feeling more like herself. Yesterday, Kara felt more like Nina, as she had straws thrown in her face when it was time to eat, napped a lot, and occasionally went to the bathroom. Today she had more color, lower blood pressure, and less swelling! Hooray! Nina went to cheer her mom up and it was a beautiful reunion.


Nina's numbers were better and she is off her treatment for jaundice, only one more blood-draw to go. We've felt blessed to have such an agreeable baby, supportive family, and caring friends through these early trials. Kara's mom has been taking care of everyone and everything while the Nakagaki grandparents have made more meals in 2 days than most families do in a month. Thank you, friends, for all the prayers and well-wishes, we feel so lucky to know each and every one of you!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Missing her Mommy

Kara was readmitted to the hospital at 3am this morning and is being treated for postpartum preeclampsia. While rare, this is becoming more common as women don't get to stay in the hospital as long after birth. She is getting magnesium which will hopefully help her headache, blood pressure, swelling, and other ailments. Kara will be getting treatments for 24 hours and then they will want to monitor for another day or so. She is working hard to get better and see her little angel.


Nina had two trips to the clinic herself for her jaundice. Despite being a trooper and not crying at either blood-drawing, Nina made sure to cry and yell at the nurse who treated Kara so poorly yesterday. Nina is doing better and her jaundice is expected to be gone soon, and she can't wait for mommy to join her in good health.

Monday, July 12, 2010

She lights up our world...

Nina had a huge day today, with a few more guests, a bath, a trip to the doctor, and turning into a baby glow-worm. Her doctor told us that she has jaundice, which is very common in asians (I don't know about quarter-asians : ) and so she had to get some blood drawn and now is getting treated by being hooked up to a portable tanning-wrap, known as the billie blanket. Hopefully this won't last long and she can poop out the rest of her problems... if only that worked later in life. Thanks for all the thoughts and well-wishes. Please keep Nina and Kara in your prayers!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Happy at Home


Nina is jovial about life at her new house and all the love she receives from friends and family. She went for a stroller ride, captively listened to guitar, played 500, and slept for many other relatives. Thoughtful Esther, Jason, and CC made sure to get her some sunglasses (and a million outfits) due to the paparazzi's love for Nina.