Monday, December 29, 2008
To start our vacation out with a bang, we didn't have our luggage for 2 whole days. That means that we did not have our winter coats, Jack's car seat base, any baby supplies, winter clothes or our Christmas presents. We were able to buy a sleeper and an outfit for Jack, some basic supplies for us, and borrow the winter apparel. I have never been so excited to see my own stuff as i was when those suitcases arrived!
Jack has been the star of the show and has charmed every single person within eye reach. He has been absolutely WONDERFUL this whole trip. Everyone has commented on how great he is how and happy he is. The little guy even cut another tooth and had his first one emerge even farther. For not being on his schedule, he has been a saint. He is also rolling everywhere. We can no longer leave him playing on the floor for even a second. He is growing and developing in leaps and bonds and getting way to big! Sometime i just miss cuddling my little baby. Jack cuddles when he sleeps and that is it. Otherwise, he has way to many things to explore than to take time to cuddle mom.
Christmas was especially good to me this year. Correction. My husband was especially wonderful to me this year. I got my dream present that i never thought i would get. A Canon digital EOS Rebel XS and a 75-300mm lense as well!!!!!!! I was BEYOND excited. It was probably the greatest gift ever. If i had not had a sleeping baby on my lap when i opened it, i am sure i would have screamed and done a little dance when that was opened. I can not wait to start playing and learning how to use it. I am not slightly intimidated with it, but looking forward to learning everything.
We just got back from a little trip to Chicago. It was so so wonderful to be back in a city again. My sister, brother -in- law joined us and we spent a night in the windy city and shopped the Magnificent Mile. It was lots of fun, even if it was rainy and cold.
I have lots of pictures to post, especially ones from the new camera, but i have not had a chance to even download a single one.
I hope that everyone had a blessed christmas and that God will continue to work in your life in this new year.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Last night Ryan was holding him and i patted Jack on the butt and told him it was time for bed. He started laughing. I patted Ryan on the butt and told him that he too needed to go to bed. Jack laughed so hard that he started to get tears in his eyes! Really, it was not funny. It was normal talking. But to Jack, it was the funniest thing ever. That is happy hour for you.
He is so smiley and funny during this hour that it erases any thing negative that could have happened that day. I love his happy hour. His little laugh is so darn funny and cute, that we end up laughing as well. It is my favorite time of the whole day. But be warned, 10:34 he will start instantly fussing, ready to eat and go to sleep. If you don't move quickly, it will be a full on scream.
But even so, you will still be so charmed from the last hour, that it won't even faze you.
What is your happy hour?
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
25 Christmas Things About Me
I too borrowed this from Worley House. I haven't done survey type thing in a long time, and Christmas time is always lots of fun. It doesn't really feel like Christmas when it is 64 degrees out and i have barely started shopping...so this will help!
Welcome to the Holiday edition of 25 Things About Me.Okay, here's what you're supposed to do. Just copy this entire post and paste into a new post. Then change all the answers so that they apply to you.
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both. I like to wrap, but i also like the really cute bags.
2. Real tree or Artificial? Real. I grew up with a real one, but have a 3ft fake one in my house. Once Jack is older and we spend more time at home than in Michigan for Christmas, we will get a real one. They smell so much better!
3. When do you put up the tree? After Thanksgiving, give or take a few days.
4. When do you take the tree down? The first couple weeks of January.
5. Do you like eggnog? I hate it.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Nothing specific comes to mind. I always liked clothes.
7. Hardest person to buy for? My father in law, grandfather and uncle.
8. Easiest person to buy for? My mom
9. Do you have a nativity scene? i have the Willow Tree one. We got it for a wedding present.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Umm... i haven't sent any... but if i did, i would mail them. I should send cards... maybe next year...
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A block of cheese
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? White Christmas
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I usually buy a few items in October and go from there, when i find something great. This year...black friday.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Nope.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Sugar cookies, ham and cheesy potatoes, lady finger rolls, chex mix... the list can go on and on
16. Lights on the tree? Yes. We have white on ours, but my favorite it blue. I hate multi-colored lights.
17. Favorite Christmas Song? O Holy Night
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We travel to Michigan. We both have family there...
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Not a chance
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? I have a gold star
21. Open presents on Christmas Eve or morning? One present before bed on Christmas eve, and than the rest on Christmas morning.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The crazy shoppers and the warm va weather. The extra baggage fee for flights.
23. Favorite Ornament theme or color? I like blue lights and ornaments with a real tree. When the lights are off, it is beautiful.
24. Favorite thing for Christmas dinner? Ham and cheesy potatoes with rolls...
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? My sweet baby boy to stay little... and maybe a Canon digital Rebel to capture it :)
Thursday, December 4, 2008
He has grown so much! He loves to eat his toes. He loves to laugh at the silliest things. He loves to be startled, he laughs like crazy when that happens. He likes to watch our cat Oscar play. When placed on his back, he rolls to his belly in 2.5 seconds. He now sleeps on his belly. He responds to his name. He likes his exersaucer. He likes to grab anything and everything. He studies everything around him very seriously. Everything goes in his mouth. His hair is getting longer, thus making his flouffy hair lay down. Right now, he is trying to grab the lighted Apple on the front of this computer. He likes to stand. He can sit for 15 seconds all by himself. He likes other babies and animals and charms most women that he comes in contact with. He loves when his dad comes home. He loves to hangout on his changing table, sans pants with his feet in his mouth. He doesnt like to nap. When he is tired, he wants to have his face on your face. He will move around till that happens. He likes to take naps on his momma, and no where else. He talks to keep himself awake. He doesnt go to bed till 11pm, but he will sleep till 10:30am. I have tried to get him to bed earlier for the last 4 and 1/2 months. His cheeks are getting chubbier and are super fun to kiss. He makes cute baby noises. He smiles when he see his mom or dad. He will try to mimmick different noises that we make.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
The dinner conversation was filled with questions about american consumersism, i.e. crazy black friday shopping, and stories of being raised in a communist society and now living in a democratic society and the pros and cons of both. Not the typical conversation, but very very interesting.
It was nice to be able to share a day of thanks with friends from all over the world. I enjoyed cooking with Roza even if it took us all day! No matter where you are from or how you were raised, there is always something to be thankful for. I am thankful that i still have some left over cake!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
~Peppermint White Mocha from Starbucks. This could be because i have been caribou-less for 2 years now, but it taste amazing.
But when i can't afford the money or the calories, there is this wonderful substitute.
~ My boots.
I love them. I love the color. I love how soft they are and how comfortable they are to wear. I love that they actually fit my large calves WITH jeans on.I love them.
~Pedicures. The last time i had one was in August for my sister's wedding, but i love them. Even if they are a few times a year splurge, they are still one of my favorite things.
~ Edy's Vanilla Sandwich Ice Cream.
If you have never had it, you should. If you like vanilla ice cream sandwiches and you like the best tasting vanilla ice cream, than this will change your view on ice cream.
~ Going anywhere alone. It doesn't happen very often, but when it does, i enjoy every quiet carseat free moment of it.
~ My church. New Life Providence is a transethnic church. On a regular Sunday you can hear Don Moen, Chris Tomlin and a hymn for worship.They shake it up like that. I like the fact that our pastor teaches from the Word. No gimmicks, no fancy schmancy illustrations, no tip toeing, just what the Bible teaches, plain and simple. He does that with a nice side of humor.
~ My cat, Oscar.
Never have i met a cat like this. He is funny,naughty and domineering. He get into everything, as seen above, thinks he is human, and makes me laugh almost everyday. He is probably the weirdest cat you will ever meet, but definately one of the most unique. I like him.
~ Jack's laugh. By far one of the greatest thing i have ever heard in my life. When Jack laughs, everyone laughs. It is contagious and quirky. It makes even the hardest day a million times better and worth every little frustration. More on that laugh to come.
~ My husband and baby boy. They are the greatest, most important things in my entire life. I love them beyond words. They really are my favorite things...
Saturday, November 15, 2008
A walk in the park by afedell
and take Jack on a walk in that outfit...
Mrs. B from She's Star-Crossed found this wonderful site and has the most BEAUTIFUL creations. I would kill to get some of those clothes. Anyway, have lots of fun and create to your hearts content. Right here.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Check out our website,1cubed.com. If you are from good ol' NCU, you might recognize a few faces. I shot and produced 3 My World's in Minneapolis a year ago. Aaron Smith, Justin Vagle and Dave Skahen had their stories done.
On a cute baby alert side note... Little man can now roll! He can go from belly to back and back to belly. He has done them both consecutively, which, in my book, equals a roll! Luckily for me, he does it on his playmate, and can't seem to get past the four foam posts, so he bounces around between them and doesnt get too far away.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Jack has been waking up every 3 hours for the last week after sleeping 6-7 hours straight. The dr recommended that we just let him cry, that he is not hungry, he is just waking up. If i feed him, than it will get him in a habit of night "snacking". So, two nights ago we let him cry. It broke my heart, poor baby. He was just fussy for 5 minutes, than he screamed bloody murder for a full 5 mins and than just passed right out. Last night he woke up, fussed for a few minutes and than went back to sleep. It was so hard the first night to let him cry, but last night it was wonderful to sleep straight till 5am!
Now, for something more fun than crying at night...a cow outfit! My mom picked it up for him at a garage sale and we had to put him in it. With a face like that, you can see how hard it was for me to let him cry!
Monday, November 3, 2008
My idea of yummy
We have lots of left over trick or treater candy, so that means lots of tootsie rolls left for me. We have the little one, the long skinny ones and the big fat ones left. It doesn't matter to me, cause i love them all. I don't know what it is about those little chewy chocolates of goodness, but i could literally eat them all day long and make myself quite sick. But it would all be worth it. I need this candy to go away quickly.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Hiking with Daddy
My beach babes
Thursday, October 23, 2008
However... as we were walking we saw an old beater car that had Seniors 09! written in red all over the back windshield. 09? Man, high school kids seem to look younger and younger. I was reminiscing about the days of senior year when my hubby decided to figure out just how young these senior kids were. When i was a senior in high school, they were in 3rd grade. That is right, THIRD GRADE! For the love. I feel old. Little baby third graders? It can not be THAT long ago since i was a senior. I felt so old. I kept walking past the enblazen senior car, pushing my stroller and was thankful for the chocolate cake that was waiting for me at home.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
In two years a lot has changed. We had just moved to VA two years ago and both were getting settled in our new jobs. Since our wedding Ryan has been promoted to Sales, and risen from the bottom of the sales people in the VA area for Aerotek to the 5th highest sales commission in his area. He now is in charge of two recruiters and has the highest growth for his division in the office. Ryan also started his MBA program at Regent University and has 3 1/2 semesters under his belt with a A average. You wouldn't want my husband to be in your class for he is the guy that sets the curve at an A. He has started a mentoring-leadership program at Aerotek and will probably make a senior project out of it and present it before investors before the end of next year.
I was promoted twice, once to an Associate Producer 2 and than to a Producer. I spent 6 weeks in Nashville, TN last year producing shows and music segments for One Cubed. I interviewed over 30 different Christian music artists. I produced My World stories in Minneapolis, MN, Budapest, Hungary and Kiev, Ukraine last year.
We bought a condo July 07 and also got a crazy kitten that has turned into an even crazier cat.
The biggest change in our life was getting pregnant pretty much exactly one year ago and having our son, Jack David on July 4th.
We have had some major life changes in those two years, but wonderful two years those have been. I would not trade a single second of it!
Here we are, October 14th, 2006.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Let's hope that we go back to the wonderful 7 1/2 hour a night of straight wonderful sleep.
On the bright side, Jack found his toes this week! He likes to hold his right foot with his right hand and wave his left fist in the air. He especially likes to hold his toes WHILE i change his diaper. Fun.Let's hope those cute fingers and toes stay asleep tonight.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
This is my niece Emily. She is 6 and gorgeous. She is also FULL of personality. She always has been, since she was a little baby.
When Ryan and i were in Michigan we were at his parent's house for a big family picnic. I needed to nurse Jack, so i went inside. Emily and my 12yr old niece Paxton were playing around the house. Jack was nursing and i was properly covered, but most of Jack's head was exposed. It was hot and there was no A/C in the house. Emily and Paxton had been running through the house and now were playing in the living room. Emily came over, patted Jack's head and asked if he was sleeping. I told her that Jack was not sleeping, he was eating right now. She stopped dead in her tracks and went back over to look at Jack. She than looked up at me, with the most horrified look on her face, and with a disgusted voice she proclaimed, " Jack drinks boob?!?!" I nodded yes and told her that it was how babies ate. She than told me that that was absolutely disgusting and she was SO glad that she was not Jack. Paxton tried to explain that babies always nurse from their moms and that she did it too. I don't really remember if Emily was formula or breast fed, but she would not believe that babies would want to drink boob. After she ran out of the room, Ryan and i laughed so hard... Poor little girl, she was probably scarred for life.
Friday, August 29, 2008
My sister is on her honeymoon in the Rivera Maya part of Mexico. Ryan and i also had our honeymoon at an all- inclusive resort in the same area. It was pure heaven. We did not have to worry about food, gratuity, or activities. Our biggest decisions were if we should get room service for breakfast and if we should go to the pool first or the ocean... ahhh, those were the days. When things are really hectic and busy, Ryan and i still talk about just leaving and going to Mexico. Wouldn't it be nice to just hop on a plane and head to sunny Mexico, hit the beach in a fabulous bikini (that makes your post baby yucky belly disappear) and enjoy a nice miami vice? A girl can dream....
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The bride and groom were giddy happy. There were not a lot of tears at this wedding, as opposed to mine where my husbands SOBBED the entire time, thus leaving not a dry eye in the whole place. But that was o.k... cause everyone was just, happy. For those of you who do not know my sister, she is an amazing songwriter and singer. She is about to release her second cd and you should buy it. Seriously. Go to abbeyandrew.com and have a listen. Well, she decided not to sing at her wedding. She sang at my wedding. She took a poem that Ryan had written to me and turned it into a beautiful song. That was another reason why there were tears at my wedding. Kurt(the new hubby) and Abbey wrote a song together and just played it instrumental. While Abbey played the piano and Kurt played the guitar there were slides of scripture verses about marriage. It was really beautiful.
Here are a few pics of the event...
Cute wedding outfit #1
Mommy and baby with cute wedding outfit #3
(Jack was 3 for 3 with soaking through his outfits for the wedding)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
It was also the first time that i was away from him for any amount of time. I had been pumping and freezing milk, so that Ryan would be able to feed him while i was away. It seem to work out pretty well, except that i missed my baby! It was nice to get a bit of a break and spend time with my mom and sister though. Abbey lives an hour and half away from my parents where we were staying, so i did lots of driving. We had to get my dress fitted, get pedicures of course and than the bachelorette party, rehearsals and so forth. Needless to say, Jack was with his dad quite a bit!
Ryan was amazing and took great care of Jack. He really enjoyed spending so much time with him. He was at his mom's house though, so if there were any major questions, she was there to help out. Ryan's oldest brother Micheal was also in town with his two kids, which was great to see them. Jack ended up meeting 1 grandma, 1 grandpa, 2 great grandpas, 3 great grandmas, 3 uncles, 1 aunt, 6 cousins and a whole slew of other relatives.
All in all, it was a great trip. I will have to blog about the wedding and the more of the trip later. Little Man is calling me.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I am excited for Abbey's wedding and to see family and friends. Jack is going to be the star of the show! Jack will get to meet his dad's side of the family and my mom is literally counting down the minutes till she can see Jack again. He is one popular little man.
Wish us luck with all the traveling... i need to go pack now!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
I am feeling much better from my c-section, but am battling an infection right now. It seems like i am at the doctors every other week! I have a mild case of mastitis, but i still have a fever,which makes it hard to take care of Jack. Motherhood does not have sick days.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Motherhood has been much harder than i expected. I was not expecting a longer recovery and i was not expecting the feeding problems, but i am learning and growing. Jack is becoming more alert now and certainly has his own personality. He is either really happy or really mad. There is not much in between. He loves to make noises when he eats and is starting to coo more. It is a good thing that he is just so dang cute!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I woke up on Thursday, July 3rd with steady contractions. They were not very close together, maybe 15-20 mins apart and not very strong. I went into work for a few hours and they kept getting stronger. Sitting or standing, they did not change. By 4 pm they were 10 mins apart and getting stronger and a bit painful. Ryan came home and called our doula. She said to wait till they are 3-4 mins apart for an hour and than call her. I got in the bath, and it did not change a thing. My contractions increased in time and intensity and by 7pm, i had been having them every 3 and half mins for an hour. We called our doula and went to the hospital. I was check out and i was already dilated to a 4. They put me in my labor/delivery room, called my midwife and we called our doula. I was barely hooked up to a hep-lock iv(meaning i could take it out and move around the room) when i promptly threw up all over myself and the bed. I had went my entire pregnancy without throwing up and sure enough, i puke. My water broke pretty much right after that there was meconium in the water. (meaning he had pooped in the water) My midwife was not concerned, but i would not be able to hold Jack right away. They would have to suck out his throat to make sure he did not swallow any of the meconium when he came through the birth canal.
My labor increased very quickly and i was soon at a 8 and going into transition. My midwife and doula were amazed that i was moving so quickly with this being my first child and they got the room ready for the baby to come. It was getting very painful at this point, but i was ready to start pushing and have the baby. I stayed stuck in transition for 4 hours. By the end of it, i was so exhausted and in so much pain that i was ready for some help. I than was checked and i was at a 9, but i was fully effaced. The baby was at a station -1, which means he was almost in the birth canal, but he needed to be much further down. I did a few squat pushes to try to drop the baby further down. After a few hours of being at a 9, i was having a sever pain in my lower stomach that would not go away after my contractions ended. My midwife and doula freaked out about this and insisted that i get an epidural. They needed to make sure that the pain went away with the epidural and if it didnt, than i could have ripped my uterus, which my midwife said would be "catastrophic". After i was given the first epidural, i found some relief and was told i had to rest. My cervix had swollen from the pushing and i needed to wait for it to go down and to sleep and let me body try to bring the baby down. I was able to get some rest, but when i woke up i was in a full force fully dilated contraction with no pain medicine at all. My epidural had worn off in my sleep. They gave me more medicine, but it did not work. That hour and half was the absolute worst of my labor. Nothing compares to waking up in the middle of a full force contraction. I was given a second epidural and was able to rest again. That epidural was a huge relief. I was fully dilated, but the baby was posterior. He was facing my stomach instead of my back, so it would take a lot longer and harder pushes to get him down the birth canal. He was engaged at this point, but still needed to drop. I pushed in 7 different position for 2 hours. At this point, it was 11am on the fourth of July. My midwife and doula were very concerned. They called in my head doctor. They were going to try to use a vacuum to help bring him down the birth canal. Dr. Valentine said he would try, but if it didn't happen right away, than i would have to have a c-section. We tried the vacuum and the baby was not moving. I had to have a c-section right away.
The c-section went well and when they took him out, he had had his cord wrapped around his neck twice. He was posterior and a little sideways. He most likely would never have dropped down without causing major damage. I was really bruised and swollen on the inside as well. In fact, i am still dealing with the swelling of my uterus now. My doula said that if i lived in the 1800's, the baby or i probably would not have made it through. I did not realize the seriousness of the labor till afterwards. We had people praying all over the country during my labor, and we believe that it was by God's grace that Jack did not go into fetal distress at all.
It was one long, crazy labor that i am thankful is over and done with. I am still trying to recover from it. I have to recover from both a vaginal and cesarean due to the use of the vacuum. Jack has had some feeding issues, but it is all starting to come around now. My midwife joked with me a few days later, that i was the most experienced new mom on the block. I could tell them how pretty much any type of labor was like. It is something that i wish i didnt know, but i am thankful that i have a healthy beautiful baby boy to show for it. I thank God that everything worked out and that we were both in His hands.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I have had light contractions on and off, but nothing that is sending me into a real labor. I am so ready for those real contractions though... anything to get this baby moving!
Here is a picture of my shin. Just thought you might want to see what this pupps stuff really looks like. It is pretty hot. This is a more concentrated area, like what is on my belly and thighs, but there are the little bumps covering my whole leg and feet that are not as visible. Also notice how awesomely swollen my feet are!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
My mom comes into town tomorrow, so i am praying this baby decided to come, oh say, tomorrow NIGHT! So, say a prayer that this rash from the devil goes away and that this wonderful baby decides to come SOON!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
We are a day shy of 2 weeks from our due date. I doubt i will make it that long. I have been having cramps/contractions for the past few days. i also lost a pound this week, instead of gaining weight and am starting to feel a bit sick. All of these are signs of pre-labor. My goal is to make it till at least next Friday. My mom is coming into town on Thursday and i want her to be there for the birth. I also want one last weekend with just my hubby. He was gone at a wedding last weekend and i miss him. I want to spend some alone time with him before our lives dramatically change. I also have lots of things that i need to get still and things to do. So, torpedo Jack better stay put for a week more.
It is crazy to think about our lives changing so much in such a short time now. We both are excited. The baby is in a posterior position right now, so we are hoping he turns around soon. No more lounging on the couch or propping myself up in bed with pillows. I need to be either be leaning forward, on my hands and knees or completely flat in hopes that he turns to face my back. So now we wait...
Friday, June 6, 2008
My belly itches. A LOT!!! I mean, all the time. really badly. Keeps you up at night itchy. At first i thought that it was from the stretching. My belly looks like a beach ball and my baby likes to hang out right in front by my belly button, thus there is bruising around my belly button. I put lotion on it all the time, and it did not help. I put calamine lotion on it. Didn't work. Now, there is a lovely attractive rash. The doctor has looked at it and said that it was not PUPPP, but i am on benadryl and hydrocortizone. The problem? Doesn't work. I still itch like crazy. The only thing that helps is to expose my bruised, red rashed belly to air and place a cool wet washcloth on it. Cant exactly get away with that at work though...
So, with four weeks left to go... i itch. If anyone knows something that will help, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
On Tuesday the 20th, i got a phone call at 5:11am from my little brother. He had found my Aunt Susan unresponsive in our living room. Some of you know about my Aunt Susan. She bravely fought a horrendous throat cancer that eventually took her life. Before she died, she had overcome tongue cancer, lost all her hair, most of the skin on her neck, the ability to talk and eat (She had a feeding tube) and yet she was still strong. She handled it better than anyone i know. I don't know if i could go what she went through with her positive attitude. She lived with my parents the last 6 months or so and they were her constant care givers. Ryan and i got special permission from my OB to fly and we went home to be with my family and to help with the funeral. Thankfully, Crystal has a friend who lives in Lynchburg, VA and she was able to drive there and spend those 5 days with her friend.
Yesterday we went to the Virginia Aquarium and watched a 3-d movie WHILE we drank ICEEs... how long has it been since i have had an icee? I have no idea, but man, that thing tasted good.
We were able to get to the beach for a bit and took a few pictures. Here they are!
The fishing pier near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge
My hot Hubby.