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Saturday, July 19, 2014

baby brother hodge podge

Sweet baby brother will be 6 weeks old in three days!
For me that means the start of school is right around the corner. Even though my official "maternity leave" will be up, I am planning to take most or all of August off simply because being ready to be fully up and running by August 1st is unthinkable. Nevertheless, my classroom has to be ready for someone by August 1st, so this little turkey and I have been investing some time there. This is a sweet yawn face I caught.
 
The computer guy in my room was impressed when H started to cry and stopped suddenly once I turned on "Come Sail Away". He thought it was a "great choice" but probably changed his mind after it repeated for the 17th time. Say what you will about my babies, but they love classic rock music.


First smile maybe? I'm counting it!




























After his first two weeks of life spent sleeping in the nap nanny in the living room (I took pity on the others living with me and decided not to subject them to the three hour feeding rotation), H graduated to sleeping beside my bed in the bassinet of his stroller.

He has since graduated to his crib and also to the miracle blanket swaddle.

But this is what usually happens at nap time..
We have Swaddle Me, Aden + Anais, Swaddle Designs and Miracle Blanket swaddles, but this is my favorite swaddle of all..all wrapped up with a bow like the sweet gift he is.
 
 





Thursday, July 10, 2014

The world according to D

This is a collage, or goolage, d made yesterday. I got the idea of using magazine clippings and glue sticks to keep toddlers busy from another blog, and it's been a pretty good tactic. D thinks the lady on the left is JoJo, and she thinks the man on the right is her dad. 

Here are some other people she thinks are her dad...

(Hehehe)

I suppose JoJo and B should be flattered, because these are people she thinks are "mom"..

Hmm...

Friday, July 4, 2014

Funny D


This funny little turkey made me giggle last night. After we said her "Now I lay me prayer," I heard her continue her prayers in a whisper saying "Thank you for mom, thank you for Dad, thank you for the brother, thank you for the tv, thank you for cheese. Now I know my ABCs, next time won't you sing with me. Amen."  :) :)


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Welcome, baby brother

The last time I posted, it was a from a quiet 2 in the morning labor and delivery room as I awaited baby brother's arrival sleeplessly while my dear husband snoozed on the "couch". The day before was my first day of summer in-service at school, a week I wasn't sure I would be present for, and B had to be in New Orleans for work all day. As soon as he left, I started having what I was pretty sure was contractions every five minutes, and they lasted all day. This made reviewing data and planning assessments a little challenging as I was distracted by timing them. I told B not to linger in New Orleans but not to rush home. I told my sister and mom that we probably weren't going to make it to Friday so they should just have their bags packed and ready, but I would not have guessed that we would barely make it through the night. 

It wasn't long after I let the babysitter go home that I had to text her back and ask her if she could be "on call" for the night as I was pretty sure we would be going to the hospital and none of my family was in town. I spent the evening piddling, putting away diapers, dusting furniture, cleaning bottles, washing my hair, and timing contractions. I made the unfortunate mistake of just eating cereal and ice cream for dinner. My mom decided to just come down, but she wouldn't arrive until close to midnight. Near 11, after I had already called off the babysitter since my mom was coming, I just had the sense that I needed to go ahead and go to the hospital. B stayed home with D, and I headed to the hospital, which is luckily not even five minutes from my house. 

After an hour in triage, I was admitted to L&D. Contractions continued at 3-5 minutes apart with slightly more intensity, but nothing to complain too much about. More than anything, they were irritating because they woke me up at the very moment I drifted to sleep, which is why I ended up blogging instead of sleeping as I should have! Having been induced with D, I really did not know what to expect, so I tried to delay an epidural as long as possible. This was another unfortunate mistake, because even though I wasn't in that much pain, I was very tired! At around 7 a.m. and 7 cm,  the nurse advised that I go ahead and get an epidural if I wanted one, so I did. I won't go into detail here because I never know who reads this, but let's just say that my connection to the on-call doctor is too close for comfort. This is something I never experienced living in Phoenix and delivering D in another city (small town problems), so I was extremely relieved when my own doctor came in shortly after 8. I will never again be embarrassed about seeing her out and about around town after having the awkward situation I did with the on-call doctor and nearly having an infinitely more awkward situation!

My doctor checked me and decided it would be time to start pushing after she ran over to her office and came back. And just like that, after four pushes, baby brother made his calm entrance into the world at 9:05 a.m. His whole birth was so calm from the quiet room and minimal people present (with the exception of a tag along high school student who was part of a summer medical program- the mortification never ends) to his little observant first look at the world before making his requisite cry.



The next several hours were quite a blur due to a tornado warning and my sleepless exhaustion. When we finally got to a recovery room, we only had a few short hours with him before he had to be taken to the NICU because of his blood sugar levels and some other elevated levels. I'll make a long story short and say that, though we had to spend some time in the NICU which is never ideal, we were extremely thankful that our issues were as minor as they were. We also really enjoyed the nurses we met, and besides having to trek back and forth every three hours, we had a really positive NICU experience. Out of the whole birth experience, there were a few things that were slightly disappointing. I didn't get to take a final picture before going into the hospital, we had no family around until much later, and because of the NICU curveball, H didn't get to take the newborn hospital pictures. All very minor things as there will be many more precious pictures and family moments, but still a little sad to me.






He was finally discharged on Sunday. We were so excited and nervous at the same time to introduce him to D. We had no idea how she would respond, but she was very welcoming and excited to meet him. She was so thrilled that she threw his lovies at him with great joy and did a sweet little dance for him.



Our first family of four picture.
H and JoJo
H's first Mass. We thought we were being careful and conservative by going to the 5:30 Saturday Mass, but as it turns out, it was a celebratory Mass for a newly ordained local priest. Definitely not the best time to try flexing our muscles as new parents of two, even in the cry room!

First stroll around the neighborhood.






























First dinner out.






I love chest cuddles.




























 And finally, we spend a lot of time with the Baby K'tan, a much more simplistic version of the Moby wrap.
 






Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Week 39..final post

Friends, this will have to serve as my last "belly shot" because I am coming to you live from the labor and delivery ward. One of my "home labor" tasks was to finish this post, and it just didn't happen, so I am taking this opportunity of being wide awake yet confined to a bed to do so. 



I made these lemon drop cupcakes that are purported to start labor. They didn't. And you can be sure I ate plenty of them just to be on the safe side. 

We have been doing lots with Miss D in her last days as an only child. We went to the movies for the first time, and she was so excited about the lights and popcorn. 

We've spent lots of time in the yard, and she got to see her first rainbow!

We've done Barnes and Noble story time!

Ice cream (sherbet) at Indulge, which d thought was "so pretty". 

Playtime at the Parc. 

Saturday morning doughnuts at Meche's. 

Oysters on the patio.

And lots and lots of watermelon. 

D's final walk as an only child for which she insisted upon wearing her "Minnie tap shoes". I have no idea where she learned about tap shoes. 




Aren't these bottles the cutest? I knew this time around that I wanted to use glass, and through much research I learned that these good ol' fashioned evenflo ones are the best bang for your buck. 


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Around these parts

It's nearly the end of the school year (one more week!) and baby brother is almost here (3 more weeks!), but otherwise this is what has been keeping us busy...

"Clean" Key Lime Pie via

It's not the prettiest dessert I've ever made. (That, for the record, is this...)


But it is "clean," which basically means it is healthy, and nobody in my family likes it, which means I get it all to myself.

We have some new friends in the neighborhood. They come visit us each morning and night, so we always feed them. Eventually, we will get some proper duck food. For now, we usually stick with Cheerios, of which we have an abundance.


D has had a hard time at school this week due to the school switching classrooms and moving her up to the next class. I think it is a lot of change at one time on top of all the changes we have at home, so she is having a hard time adjusting. It doesn't help that she has B completely wrapped around her little finger. All she had to say was "Daddy don't leave me!" and she was on her way to his office for the day instead of staying at school. But really, who can say no to this face? I had to take her to school the next day to attempt to break the cycle. We will see on Tuesday how well that plan worked!

And finally, I had some extra fabric left from H's room, so I went ahead and painted/reupholstered my bathroom seat.

You may recall its last facelift, which was a vast improvement then but just not right for our current scheme.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Week 35

There is a little something to be said for maintaining an element of surprise in life. With sweet D, we knew I'd be induced, and by this time, we knew when. This time around, we have no scheduled delivery set, but it is kind of fun to guess when baby brother might make his appearance.

B thinks he will either arrive on June 4th or 5th, our wedding anniversary (leave it to me to ensure that the anniversary is not one but TWO days!), and I think that if he isn't early, he will be right on time as his due date, June 13th, is a full moon. You know I believe in some hokie stuff, but I never really paid much attention to the full moon bit until my doctor told me there is definitely a correlation. As it turns out, there is real science to it, which I can't exactly say for some of the other things I believe to be true.

For the sake of good record keeping, I should add that I had an experience with some early contractions last week (34 weeks, 5 days), which landed me in the hospital for several (seven) hours and on the couch for another 12. With no other progression, they stopped the contractions with two doses of Brethine and a dose of Nubain. I've heard some people opt for Nubain instead of an epidural, and frankly I don't see how because it knocked me out cold (and ultimately stopped the contractions- seems a little counterproductive to labor, but I'm just an English teacher, so what do I know!).

All things considered, it was a good little wake up call to make us realize that WE ARE NOT READY, so I spent the weekend and subsequent days cobbling together something resembling a "hospital bag," writing lesson plans, and moderately organizing brother's things. Tonight was my one last, must-not-miss commitment, my Junior League annual dinner. So I am officially ready at any time to have this baby. I have come to the conclusion that should the full moon not do its job, the order of the universe will, and I will be two weeks overdue now that I am "ready".

Week day attire

Weekend attire
Don't be fooled- I wasn't working out. Just going to Wal-Mart. Which is kind of like a workout.
So, yes, I was working out.

I had a sweet little Mother's Day 2014. We walked down the street to brunch at Brick and Spoon. You can bet I obliged B and gave him the honor of carrying sweet D to and fro. Otherwise, this might be a different type of post!


























The last thing I'll add is that D has been so funny lately about brother. I'm not sure how exactly she thinks he is going to get here, but she keeps pulling up my shirt and saying she wants to "open it". She also has been saying, "Come out, baby 'Bopkins'. Come play with me!"

As they say, "Sha!"