Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas 2011

For the first time in a long time my family was mostly together on Christmas Eve (my oldest sister and her fam weren't able to make it).  My parents graciously agreed to come up to our house for the couple of days so that we didn't have to all make the trip with the kids and take over their house with all our crud and screaming children.  Other than having to be on the road, I think it was a much more enjoyable time for them.  Christmas morning, Wyatt enjoyed his Santa gifts, Abigail was clueless and we were able to go over and spend a relaxing morning with JuJu and Doc's.  It was a good holiday.  Next year will be even more fun with Abigail more into the holidays and I plan on getting Wyatt more involved with an 'elf on a shelf'.  (btw, saw THIS homemade one on pinterest and want to do this for my kiddos. I want their elf to be an original and something we can pass down...I probably should start now working on it)

Okay!  On to the pics!

Our Sweet Abigail
The bigger kiddos chowing down - we had the ENTIRE dining room table filled with food.  Please disregard Wyatt's white trash attire.  He had on a cute sweater but got hot and stripped down to his undershirt.
Tessa and Wyatt I think are actually sharing toys in this picture even though it looks a little "gimmie that!"  they play really well together.

Our little elf.  Wyatt could care less about unwrapping presents but thought it was fun to be the one to get to hand them out.

Grandad and Abigail - one of my favorite pics of the holidays.
Santa brought Wyatt a tricycle, Mater and Lightening for being a good boy this year.  Wyatt thought Mater and Lightening liked to ride his new tricycle better than him.  :)

Playing with his new ride.  He really did get on it, but I just can't find a picture of it.  he does okay if he goes straight but if he turns the handle bars, the pedals move too far for him....need blocks on the pedals or some platform shoes.

See my new cars!?!?

Attempt at a family photo xmas morning

Abigail smiling at silly Daddy

Wyatt showing Aunt Christal and Scott his new car.

Our Family

Smiling at Great Grandma Margaret

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Why I am skinny.

I took this pic on my phone the other day when I had just walked back in the kitchen from putting Wyatt down for afternoon nap.  It was my attempt at breakfast and lunch (looks like I got a little further on lunch).  Note the coffee mug was never removed from the dispenser.
I remember I had made myself a PB&J when I made Wyatt his, but just as I started to eat it, Abigail decided she wanted to nurse and it is always easier to do that when Wyatt is distracted (and strapped into his high chair eating). 

So now, when people ask me "How are you so skinny after just having a baby?" - I can show them this picture instead of going with my standard "I chase after this little guy and carry around this little girl all day."  Don't worry, this is not everyday, just some days and I make up for it in the evenings when the kids go to bed and I eat two honey-buns and a big piece of egg custard pie for dessert after dinner. 


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Abigail - 2 Months

......just a week late in posting this.  been busy with munchkins and holiday hub-bub.




Stats:

WEIGHT: 9lbs 14 ounces (25th percentile)
HEIGHT: 22 inches (50th percentile)
HEAD: 39 cm (75th percentile)
*given all the nurse did not stretch her out, so I think she is longer and the nurse had her finger tucked in the tape measure on her head, so I don't think her head is that big at all

2 month checkup went okay.  My doctor fussed at me a bit saying she should weigh more and that her only feeding 5 or 6 times a day is not a enough.  She was in the 75th percentile for weight at her 2 week appointment but that was just a starting point, in my opinion, not a growth point, so she didn't slip greatly in her growth pattern.  She is a petite thing.  Everything about her just seems so precious and tiny (except for her long feet).  She is wearing 3 month clothes for the length and her toes seem squished in her footie pajamas.  Anyone know where I can get peep-toed footie pjs?

Abigail sports a fantastic, but sadly thinning a bit, mohawk.  No amount of combing can tame it.  Abigail is a great eater and sleeper.  We are still having a really easy and successful time breastfeeding and I couldn't be more pleased with that.  She has started sleeping 8 hour stretches at night (thank you, baby girl!) but she is still just mainly cat napping during the day.  Of course we have our occasional "bad night" but those aren't super frequent.

She LOVES baths. Only screams when you take her out - but who does like to get out of a nice hot bath?

Unlike her big brother who was quite the stoic child and content to hang on his own for periods of time in his bouncer and swing, Abigail wants to constantly be entertained and held and is full of TONS of smiles (the above was quick and easy to get) and is tickled pink to coo at us and make gurgling/giggling noises.  She especially loves to coo at her Daddy.  Similar to Wyatt though, she is a big fan of ceiling fans and will talk to those as well.  She gets toted in the baby wrap a lot of the day which probably only adds to the "I want to be held 24/7" demands but I have to be able to play with Wyatt and get things done around the house, so I let the little princess get her way for now (even though my back is tired of it).  Truly I think she is a bit bored at times and will be less frustrated when she can do more things.

She is not as strong as Wyatt was - she is still our sweet little bobble head but does bear weight on her legs a lot and would prefer to be standing while gabbing with you. 

She is already flipping herself over from tummy to back - mainly b/c she is not a fan of tummy time, but is getting better about it.  She doesn't mind it as much when I let her cheat with the little crescent shaped pillow that goes with her mat.  On days where she wants nothing to do with it, she will scream with her face pressed into the play mat and do froggy kicks to propel herself across the floor and if that doesn't work, she fights until she flips herself over to her back. 

Wyatt still enjoys her and is super sweet to her when she fusses, rubbing her head and saying "ohhh baby.  ohhh baby."  We can't get him to say Abigail or any form of it yet - but heck, the kid doesn't say his own name either.

She is just the cutest sweetest thing (yeah, maybe I am a little biased) and we can't imagine our lives without her.  She really makes our family that much more complete.  We are so blessed and JB and I are always saying how lucky we are and how much fun it is to be parents....even on those crazy tough days.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is again, thanks to Pinterest.  I am addicted and I don't care who knows it!

I made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies about a month ago for a Thanksgiving Potluck Party at my bro-in-law and sis-in-law's house.  They were a huge hit with young and old alike.  They have more of a cake-like density to them and the pumpkin is not overpowering at all (I am not a pumpkin fan). 

It is more of a fallish recipe but they are super yummy and could be enjoyed all year.  I got the recipe from HERE and changed a few things (adding nutmeg and using less chocolate chips).



Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

1.  Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, and egg.
2.  In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
3.  Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir in with dry ingredients.
4.  Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
5.  Add vanilla and chocolate chips.
6.  Drop by spoonful on greased cookie sheet or I use parchment paper and that works great. 
7.  Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 10 minutes or until lightly brown and firm.
8.  ENJOY!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Guys and Dolls

So, for Christmas this year, I want to get Wyatt a baby doll.  Not a prissy pink one with a bow.  A cute manly cabbage patch.  My sister found one that is called the dirty to clean doll that has disappearing mud - that is manly right?  Anyway, JB thinks that is dumb, does not want me to get him one and we should just continue to diaper and burp Curious George (Wyatt designated him as his "baby"). Maybe Santa will bring him one!  I mean, come on, Daddy, are you really that caught in the dark ages that boys can't play with dolls?

Besides, if dolls are what you think are your biggest concern, you have another thing coming.  You should hear him say his favorite color is purple (his TCU horned frog Aunt Chris would love this) and when he asks me to put sister's purple bibs on him during the day while he helps me with laundry, well I always oblige!

And yes, that is a smile.  And yes, I know JB and Wyatt will kill me one day for posting this.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pinterest Project : Felt Tree

Gotta love Pinterest ideas - a felt tree - GENIUS! I remember using felt boards in Sunday School when I was little! I know a lot of my other mom friends have made these for their toddlers. Best things about it....cheap and easy to make, quiet and length entertainment for Wyatt and I don't have to store it - for as cheap as it was to make, I probably will just chunk it after the holiday season is over and make another one next year.

Also, this would make a fun gift for a friend who has a little one during the holidays. I think it keeps Wyatt from bugging our normal Christmas tree as much!



CHEEEESE!


Hard at work decorating!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My A-mahj-zing Friends

I have amazing friends.  Some of my amazing friends are the ladies I play mahjong with. They have become some of my closest confidants and I love them dearly.  We began playing mahjong in December of 2009. I came to my first game night VERY pregnant with Wyatt.  We started out as a motely crew just meeting up once a month (half of us didn't know but 2 other people in the group) and now are a tight group of support and friendship and I can't go a day without talking to these gals!

When we started out, our group had 2 babies.  Now just a couple years later we have added 4 babies (sadly one of our gals and her family have moved away) and we still have one on the way (come on, Bear! we are ready to meet you).  At one point this year, 4 of us were pregnant at the same time!

Our holiday party this year was a little different than last year. We had it at Cook Children's cafeteria, as Aly's little guy, Ryder, joined us earlier than we expected and needed a few days in the NICU to get fattened up and eating better. No matter where we are, we have fun!  Thanks ladies for the past 2 years of tossing tiles and growing together! Love you guys!!


Amanda, Katie, Alicia, Rachel (with Bear in her belly), Me, Amy, Aly (Gara not pictured)


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Who's the Boss?

Well, I started this post last week explaining my disappearence from blogging and talking about the lack of schedule and total chaos that I feel was taking over my house.  I felt like no one was in charge, especially not Me!  But, I decided to delete all the whining as life has taken a turn for the more organized in the last 5 days or so (I am sure this will switch back to chaos again soon). 

For now, I am getting Abigail on some sort of eating schedule, she is sleeping well at night and I finally feel like I am back to spending some quality time with Wyatt, instead of just putting "Cars" on constant repeat.  My household chores are getting done a bit and showering has become more regular (even if, like this morning, I have to wake up at 5am to get bathed). 

But to answer the question....Who's the Boss?  Well, I suppose the two munckins still dictate most of what goes on in our household (which is as it should be).  I just hope they allow me some blogging time from now on.


Abigail with her awesome mohawk, no gel or comb can tame - 7 weeks

Wyatt's new smile :)  23 months

Friday, November 18, 2011

My How the Time Flies - One Month Old

I can't believe I haven't posted in a month! Instead of trying to do detailed posts of what has been going in the last five weeks, I'll just do a quick summary.

HAPPY ONE MONTH, ABIGAIL! (I am a few days late in posting this)



Wyatt is a great big brother. He seems really unaffected by Abigail's arrival. He likes to talk to her, tells me when she is fussing and always likes to know where she is and makes sure we don't leave her behind when we leave the house (I always have to put her in the car before Wy or he starts to panic and ask where she is). He definitely gets that she is a permanent member of our family.

I am doing great. Recovery was super easy. Only thing that has been lacking at our house is much sleep but that is to be expected and is getting better. Abigail had her days/nights flipped for the first few weeks which made for a super tired Mommy. I feel I am doing pretty well adjusting to 'two under two'.  I have started to feel more confident to venture out with them on errands and even took them both to the grocery store this week (I was hesitant b/c Abigail would have to ride in the Bjorn and I was sure she was going to puke on me in the middle of our trip but she did perfectly)!

And the most important person - ABIGAIL JANE!

She is a good nurser and breastfeeding is going well, although I am seeing a lot of fussiness at random times and am now keeping a food journal and trying to lay off the massive amount of dairy I normally consume. She is a reflux kid like Wyatt, so we are back to the routine of lots of laundry and loving my find OxyClean Baby.  Even with the reflux, as she is a good eater, her growth has been good and steady, sadly she has gotten so long already that she is outgrowing newborn clothes and is now in size 1 diapers (slow down, baby girl!!).

Birth: 7 lbs 6 ounces. 18.5 inches
2 days: 6 lbs 15 ounces
2 weeks: 7 lbs 12.5 ounces. 20.75 inches (thinking they shorted her in the delivery room)
3 weeks: 8 lbs 2 ounces

Unlike Wyatt, who was born holding his head up and bearing weight on his legs, Abigail is our little long, lean bobble head.  She is so fragile and doesn't have the strength Wyatt did. However she is already starting to smile and try to coo at us. Wyatt especially  thinks it is cool.

Now here is the last 5 weeks in a few pictures!!


We dressed her up...

...and brought her home...

...and introduced her to Wyatt...

...he thought she was okay, but her toys are better...

...met Aunt Desi...
...and Uncle Tay Tay (I can't figure out why this pic won't turn!)...

..tried out our new double stroller and she went for her first walk on the trails at 3 days old...

...showed Abigail the back patio, where she will spend a lot of time watching brother play and eventually play with him...

...what she does on the back patio right now...

...little does she know what is in store of her - Wyatt is quite bossy about his mower - you have to push it a certain way.  Oh, Abigail - you and brother are going to butt heads!...

...met our sweet friend, Amy (we have an almost identical pic of her with Wyatt...

...Nana showed Mommy how to multi-task (My mom stayed the first week with us and I was SO thankful to have her and sad to see her go)...


...and started opening our eyes and interacting more (again I can't get it to turn, but I love this pic with Wyatt sneaking in the background).
...got dressed up for dinner at Rio Mambos

...Abigail had her first bath - she wasn't a huge fan. We did it during Wyatt's bath time as well.  He took it quite well, but we are now bathing them at separate times, as he so enjoys his bath time and A screaming throughout it doesn't make it so relaxing for anyone...

..."Oooh Baby!" he was wondering why she was screaming so much...

...Abigail is a diva and wants to be held all the time. She doesn't like being squished in the Moby, but she is getting used to it...she has to...

...Abigail was the only one who dressed up for Halloween. We were slackers this year - didn't even buy candy!...

...captured a bit of a smile.
  WHEW! I missed some stuff as I have pictures saved elsewhere, but that gets us a bit caught up!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Abigail's Arrival

You'll have to forgive the scattered nature of this post. I actually wrote the majority of it 14 hours after Abigail's arrival, so I could remember everything. I have edited it some, but left my random thoughts in as well.  As I use this blog also for her "baby book", this will be a long detailed post...feel free to just skip ahead to pictures.

We headed in at 7:30am on Thursday morning.  I was so nervous, I barely slept the night before.  I was so anxious that the delivery go well and anxious about becoming a mom of 2 and super anxious about leaving Wyatt (not knowing how long it woud be before I got to see him again).  Although I didn't sleep much, I did finally fall asleep early in the morning and woke up at 6:30am. Of course we didn't set an alarm b/c Wyatt has been waking at 5:45am and this morning when I REALLY wanted him to be up so I could spend some time with him, he was sleeping in.  I jumped in the shower quickly and hollered at JB to get up.  JuJu was arriving at 7am to take over care of Wyatt.  I threw on some clothes quickly, knowing I'd be taking them off as soon as I got to the hospital and they gave me my gown and hustled JB along.  I threw the last of my toiletries in my bag and finally heard Wyatt waking up.  JuJu arrived and we headed out, without too much godobye fanfare to upset Wyatt.  In fact he would barely even give us kisses, the little toot.

We arrived and they got us checked in.  Nana and Grandad texted to say they had arrived but were grabbing a breakfast taco at Fuzzy's while we checked in. We were shown to our room and I was given a gown. The room was ENORMOUS with two small loveseats and a rocking chair (3 times the delivery room we had for Wyatt).

Here are my last "belly pics" at 39 weeks exactly.





I am still in awe of how fast the amazing day went.  More than anything I was grateful for God's guidance and Him helping me give the day over to what it was to be - a day about YOU.  I had been praying constantly that He would help me be able to release my anxiety about everything, especially how your arrival would affect Wyatt and to be able to be in the moment with you.  God granted me so much serenity that day.

There were some power outages/surges going on at the hospital so it took a bit of time before they "got us going".  They also had to do my lab work to check my platelets.  I was at 104 and the anesthisiologist was good to do the epidural.  The LD floor was a buzz...they were totally full and Abigail was going to share her birthday with lots of friends.  Dr. D came in and met with me and we got things going.  They broke my water at 10:30 (I was at 3cm) and started the pitocin.  The contractions started coming, but not super strong or quick at first, so they finally started up'ing the dose.  We hung out, I updated my Fantasy Football team and played soduko on the iPad to keep my mind off the contractions.



I went ahead and asked for the epidural at around noon.  I asked for it fairly early as I was already close to 4cm at that point and didn't know how long it would take to get it (it took an hour with Wyatt). Dr. Leach came super fast (even though our nurse Cathy, made the comment she didnt call it in until 15 minutes after I asked her. Uh, why??).



The epidural was uncomfortable - it is a needle in your back- but I did well only let out one little squeak when they first put it in.  I started getting instant relief and apparently it also relaxed my body so the contractions could do their job. They checked me after the epi and I was a good 4.5 cm.



We were joking I should have Abigail by 3:19pm (which was the first pitch time for the Rangers game). Around 1:30pm, I started telling everyone that I was really feeling a lot of pressure, everyone kept asking if they should get the nurse as maybe my epi wasn't working. I said..no, it is not pain just pressure. Nurse came in probably around 1:45 and I tell her about my pressure. She checked my IV fluids and said she'd be back in 15 minutes to check my progress after she moved someone to post partum. At 2pm she checked me and laughed - I was at 10cm and baby girl's head was right there. My sister, Amanda, had come up to the hospital and they told me that I could have 3 people in the room.  We tried to convince Dad to stay, but he said he prefered to wait outside, so JB, my Mom and Amanda got to be with me as Abigail came into the world.

She went and got the doc and Dr. D came in and looked at us curiously as they had just now started to setup and she asked why Cathy hasn't started me pushing "because we'd have the baby if she already pushed!" said Cathy. " I have heard that before!" said Dr. D. I start pushing at around 2:15pm. They told me to push with each contraction but I did not want to take a break. They say I pushed 3 times (basically 3 times of holding my breath and bearing down).  She came out super fast.

Abigail Jane Strong was born on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 2:19pm. She weighed 7lbs, 6 oz and was measured to be 18.5 inches long, but we don't think they stretched her little legs out.  And her head circumfrance was 33 cm.  She scored 9's on her 1 minute and 5 minute apgar test.  Healthy baby girl!
JB cut the umbilical cord and they handed her straight to me - she looked so tiny, but Dr. D commented she was a good 7 lbs. She had so much dark hair and my mom ran down the hall to grab my Daddy, who had barely made it down to the family waiting room. Dr. D says I have only torn a small bit and put two tiny stitches in and said she even debated about doing that.




She was crying some, but pretty mellow. They gave her a bath in the delivery room as they were still waiting for my epi to wear off so they could move me. Abigail fussed so much when they were scrubbing her hair, but when they let her sit in teh tub, she instantly relaxed.  She is going to love her baths like her big brother. 



After Grandad got to hold her a bit, he had to head back home for work the next day and we didn't want him exhausted so we put him on the road.  Nana went home to switch out taking care of Wyatt, so JuJu and Doc could come meet their new granddaughter.  Everyone was so excited to meet you, sweet girl!  And we were so proud to show you off!


Aunt Amanda


JuJu (I never have pics of Doc b/c he is always buzzing around with his own camera).

Proud Daddy

NaNa, so excited about her dark-haired girl

Grandad and his 5th little granddaughter.  Whew, my poor Daddy puts up with SO many women :)
Abigail, sweet baby, you are beautiful and I am so excited to have a little dark-haired baby that just might possibly resemble her mommy!  Wyatt was so short and stocky, but you are long and lean.  My pain was very minimal...more of just a discomfort when I sit as I am pretty dang swollen around my bottom (normal for having her so quickly). You were good to your Momma! I am still in awe of how easy and quickly everything went.  Thank you God for a beautiful, fast and healthly delivery.

14 hours post partum..........random thoughts to my daughter.........

To My Sweet Girl:

I am awake, it is 4am and I am wandering the halls of the post-partum wing in my pajamas.  I just weighed myself....120 lbs. I am so swollen and pufffy from all the fluids and I slept for a couple hours, but was on one side, so I am significantly pudgier on the right side now. You and daddy are sleeping soundly.  I walk the floors but stop periodically to check on the two of you.  I looked at a lot of babies in the nursery. Harris SW has a policy that babies should room in 23 of the 24 hrs a day but I think some mommies have sent their babies to the nursery so they can sleep better. I chuckle at the signs in the hallway that say "Here at Harris, mommies and babies room together". I think " Nope, daddies and babies sleep while mommies walk the floor". Your night nurse, Stacy, is super sweet and came out to visit with me when she saw me at the nursery window. You are a noisy little thing, you grunt and make " puppy yelping noises in your sleep". I am still not decided on your name...I think you might look like Caroline. Your daddy just keeps rolling his eyes at me. I just want you to have a name that fits you and is worthy of you.  In the Bible in 1st Samuel, I remember reading that Abigail was "discerning and beautiful".  I have filled out most of your paperwork with 'Jane' as your middle name and leaving your first name blank.  I just need to think on it a bit more. 

You are already nursing well and I am SO proud and pleased with that. 

It feels like here at the hospital is one world and back home with Wyatt is another. I know the two will merge tomorrow afternoon and that makes me excited and also very very scared. You still don't seem real to me. You are mine. I love you so much already, you resemble your big brother but with dark hair but somehow your place in our family seems fantasy to me. It will all come together tomorrow when I take you home. I am so thankful that Nana will be here the next week to help me with the transition. I am so scared of not being able to give you and Wyatt all that you need of me. I will learn to have to let things go and so will you and Wyatt. You will have to learn to share me and you will never know a world where you didn't, but I have been solely your brothers for almost 2 years now and he will need you to be patient while he figures that out.

I cannot wait to take you home and have you meet your lifelong friend and protective older brother, Wyatt.

Love,
Mommy