Friday, November 27, 2009

Gratitude Turkey: Year Two

Here's what we were grateful for this year (ordered as Daddy, Mommy, Jared and Belle):

1: Constitution, Sacrament, Daddy's Lap
2: SwRI, Priesthood, Medicine
3: Queso, Naptime, Books
4: FAMILY!!
5: Heavenly Father, Friends, Cardboard
6: Electricity, Water, Blankies
7: Sleep, Daddy, Food
8: Technology, Nursery, Bathtime
9: Friends, Prophets, Grandparents
10: Babysitters, Epidurals, Playmates, AIR (Welcome Annabelle)!
11: Dude Time, Room Service, New Little Sister, Big Brother
12: MeMa's Here!!!
13: Co-workers, Games, Strollers, Milk
14: Cookies, Glue Gun, Elmo, Sleep
15: Fire Ant Bait, Felt, Buttons, Blankets
16: Small Things, Car Seats, Slides, Clean Diapers
17: Jacket, Scriptures, Fruit Snacks, Newborn-sized clothes
18: Airplanes, Temples, Yogurt, Cousins
19: Good Bosses, Motherhood, Milk, Boppy pillow
20: Rain, Scales, 5pm, Adjustable Straps
21: Appointments, Goofy photographers, Stuffed Monkeys, Jared's kisses
22: Gospel, Mother's Room, Pretzels, Headbands
23: Oba & Jiji are HERE!!
24: Excel, Modern Medicine, toys, naps
25: Sunshine, Vacation Time, I-Phones, Growth
26: Each other, our house & Jesus Christ!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Annabelle's First Sunday

The four of us went to church for the first time today. Why so early, you ask? One---I feel pretty good; my body must have taken Jared's birth way hard because recovery the second time around has been better. Two---It's not fridgely cold here like everywhere else, so I don't have to be a hermit for a couple months. Plus, it's not like I bring my baby up to sickies, or anyone else for that matter, and say please touch my newborn. Three---Annabelle sleeps for 2-3 (sometimes 4) hour stretches so we knew she wouldn't be trouble.

She wasn't; we all had a pretty good Sunday. She slept through sacrament, ate during Sunday School and was awake for Relief Society. Daddy even dropped Jared off and didn't stay at all during nursery.

Boy do I love Sundays. Now all we have to do is enjoy the rest of the day and wait for Oba & Jiji to come tomorrow!!!

Oh, did I mention we took Family pictures yesterday? Well, we did... and now you have to wait to see them. :)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Newest Twi-hard

Annabelle wanted to show the proper support in honor of New Moon coming out yesterday...

Since she's such a great baby, we'll probably attempt to see it this week...wish us luck!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Yay for MeMa

Greg's Mom was able to come out for a week shortly after I had Annabelle. She helped out a bunch, especially with Jared. We're glad she was able to come out... Thanks again MeMa!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Annabelle's Biggest Surprise Yet

So, everything about my pregnancy with Annabelle was a surprise.

SURPRISE--- you're pregnant and Jared's only 9 months old! SURPRISE--- it's a girl! SURPRISE--- Braxton Hicks contractions will start a month early! SURPRISE---I'm so much smaller than my brother that the doctor was worried about it. However, she saved the biggest surprise for last...

Since we scheduled the induction date (which was today), Gweg, Jared and I were carefully planning our last days before our trio became a quartet. Gweg had home projects, I had craft projects and Jared had a certain amount of time to enjoy being the only child.

Last Monday started off like any other day---except for the strange extra strong contractions that would come and go. I tried really hard not to pay attention to them because of my past history; they weren't coming in regular intervals so I knew the hospital wouldn't do anything about them--- especially since I had two weeks left. By the time Greg got home from work I was done for the day; I was really made these contractions were getting to me because I still had another week to endure them and, at the time, it didn't sound like fun.

When we were heading to bed, I could barely move. I even contemplated sleeping on the couch; it was at this point I started entertaining the notion of packing because it might be the real thing (yes, we hadn't packed yet---what kind of experienced parents were we). I mentioned this thought to Gweg and his response was: "well, we'll worry about it when your water breaks because then we know it's real for you." He kindly got me some ibuprofen and off to dreamland we went.

That lasted until 445 when I roused from my slumber by a particularly nasty contraction, followed by a pop and trinkle. Luckily, I was sleeping on my side and as soon as I realized what had happened I ran into the bathroom. Gathering my wits, I yelled to Greg something to the effect of my water just broke. His response: are you sure? Yep, I have ways of knowing. SURPRISE---Annabelle wants out!

We spent the next 45 minutes packing the bag, calling the hospital and wonderful friends to watch Jared, and trying not to freak out. Once my water broke, I had sporadic mild contractions---just like Jared. One of my emotional moments came when I had to say goodbye to Jared. I hadn't spent a night away from him since he was born, I was about to alter his world completely, and he barely understood what was going on--- I'm not going to lie---it was hard.

Gweg and I got to the hospital around 630 and, after a quick visit to triage to make sure I really was in labor (4-5 cm, water-broken--yes, it's real) we were in the L&D room by 7. My doctor ordered pitocin to get my contractions regulated (another point for her in listening to me)---so I ordered an epidural first!

I got my epidural around 730--- the same time Gweg came back from getting breakfast. :) The pitocin shortly followed about 8ish. We spent the next hour and a half enjoying random shows on TV, taking naps, and updating family. My doctor came in to say hi and check my progress at 930--- I hadn't really changed dilation-wise but I had thinned out completely. So, they thought we had a few more hours to go---SURPRISE---yet again.

Around 10, Gweg and I were enjoying our discussion about some random show when I felt pressure. With Jared I never felt 'the pressure.' I was in charge of my epidural then and, by that point, I had given myself enough that all feeling was gone--- his nurse came to check me and said wow, you've probably been complete a while and I said really. So, when I felt pressure with Annabelle I wasn't quite sure, but I had a feeling. Shortly after the beginning of the pressure, my nurse (who was perfectly matched for our personalities) came into the room to insert the cathader (yeah, I know, TMI), so I told her what I felt and she checked me and said, wow, let's have a baby!

Another L&D mad-dash scramble induced by a fully-ready-to-birth Amber. Yay me. Luckily, my doctor ran over from her practice in time to be there. Everyone was ready---especially Annabelle---three contractions and nine pushes later---she made her debut. Pushing her out was one of the oddest sensations I have ever experienced. I know Jared came out the same way, but it was different because I still felt the pressure. Which I was completely okay with because I was able to control myself and the pushes that much more. It has also helped in my recovery---I feel more like myself way before I did with Jared. Granted, I still feel like I got hit by a truck, but a small dump truck, not a huge double-semi like Jared. :)

She came out, cried a handful of wails and then went silent because she wanted to look at the world around her. Those moments after-birth (so far) is the most crying she's done in a period of time. She is a very content and observant baby. She's still not sure about the day and night, but give her time, she's only eight days old. :)

S0, from beginning to end, Annabelle's pregnancy was a SURPRISE---but one with the best kind of results.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Hugs & Kisses

Jared very much enjoys giving and receiving kisses from his little sister. All we have to do is ask and usually he'll go over to wherever she's laying. It makes us so happy.


Saturday we dressed them in their 'big brother' and 'little sister' matching outfits to take pictures. Jared would not sit nicely with little sister, so this was the best one we got...

Nursery Boy & Football Girl

I didn't get a chance to post about Jared's first day at Nursery considering I was in labor 48 hours later! :) Jared had his first Sunday in nursery last week. He's been doing really well; Gweg stays with him during the second hour since it's pretty structured and then leaves him be during the third hour. Here's a picture of Daddy & Jared on his big day:
And for your Annabelle fix today, I took this yesterday while everyone was at church and we were watching football:I'll post the story and more pics soon---house will come too because our living room is now put together enough that I would be willing to share what it looks like :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

All Together Now

Yesterday was a big day for our family...

Jared & Annabelle met...

and then we all came home.Happiness is seeing everyone together. Thanks for all the well-wishes and I'll post more pictures and the whole story sometime soon.Even though she came a little early, we're so happy to have our little Annabelle Leigh.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New Addition

Annabelle Leigh

7 lb 2 oz
18.5 in
Nov 10, 2009
10:14 am

Friday, November 6, 2009

Pumpkin Carving

I promise to put some house pictures up this weekend. Since our blog is technically 'public' and we don't want to make it 'private,' we have a hard time sharing our intimate family space---plus---it's no where near what I want it to look like---AND---it changes every day because we get a little more unpacked and organized---SO--- exercise patience. :)

So, to calm ya'll down, I thought it might be a good idea to post about our pumpkin carving night last week. Since we just moved into the house, we didn't do our pumpkin farm tradition, but cheated and bought a pumpkin at the grocery store (yes, I'm ashamed). We decided together to just make a fun face. Greg drew and carved the pumpkin, I cleaned out his innards, and Jared watched it all with intense curiosity. Check it out.

Jared & I scooping out the innards

I thought he might like touching it---turns out, no--- just like Daddy. :)
Daddy carving the pumpkin while Jared performs quality control-- I love his expression in the first one!
Jared performing the final inspection---making sure the pumpkin is up to 'porch code'!
FYI: Jared is feeling loads better since Tuesday---yay for medicine, even if it's a chore to give it to him!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Save the Date

Happy Birthday Cheryl!

Because of my childbirth history and wanting my doctor to deliver Baby Girl, we decided to set an induction date at my appointment today.

I know this isn't the choice for some people, but Gweg and I feel this is the best for our family and Baby Girl. My doc also said that I have to continue to progress (which I'm doing, so far).

So, as of the 18th, we should be a family of four!

We now have two weeks to get ready---wish us luck and pray I continue to progress, baby girl keeps growing, and we get everything done!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Our Halloween: Trunk-or-Treat

I'm falling behind in posts; I've got loads of cute Jared and house pictures, but it's be a rough weekend. Jared got Strep, more than likely from the Trunk-or-Treat on Friday, but he's been feelin' yucky. Now that he has medicine to help and he's on the mend, I'll do my best to catch up.

So, a little out of order (I'd rather post these now then closer to Thanksgiving), here's a couple pictures from the Trunk-or-Treat to tide our audience over...Jared and Greg were both BIG hits. A bunch of kids would come up to Greg and to ask to duel. I was elated Jared kept his ears on---he took them off as soon as we went inside for activities, but at least he had them during the ToT part.

Since I didn't have the time to create a Pregnant Amidala costume, I did my best to get into the spirit of things. One parent asked me if I purposefully dressed as a pumpkin---he was trying to be funny and I felt sad---but oh well, I am eight months pregnant. Our Yoda helped pass out the rest of the candy after he and Darth made the rounds.

Jared figured out how to open a Snickers wrapper BEFORE the activity even began. We were so impressed I had to take a picture! :) Little did we know the fun in store for the rest of the weekend... :(

Even though he got sick from it, we're really glad we went because he wasn't able to go out the next night. It was a lot of fun and we can't wait to dress us all up next year!

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