Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sister's Baby Shower #1




This weekend I went home to host my sisters baby shower. Her friend (mine too) Patty also hosted with me. It was so fun!


We went "shabby chic" with light pink, white, and burlap. We used the local golf course club house and it was a perfect spot.





The shower was at 10am so we wanted to keep the foods pretty light. We served yogurt, granola, fruit, (My mom made her famous fruit tree.) and breakfast casseroles.





We also set up a cute table with a blessing tree, favors, and the thank you envelopes...






The turnout was great! She is loved by so many. ;)






Baby girl is coming soon!!!!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ears

It's been a few days since I have posted...oops! We have just really been hanging out and enjoying our new schedule as a family. ;)

Monday was a big day for baby girl! We took her to get her ears pierced. *LOVE* I know everyone has their own opinions about piercing a baby's ear so keep them to yourself, please and thank you!

It was so fun! She was a doll too. We met Aunt Shelly, Ariel, and Cruz at the mall. We went to a little girls boutique called Sweet and Sassy! It was perfect!



They know how to "do it up right!" LOL! The girl marked Sloane's ears about 20 times to make sure she had them perfect. They had 2 girls doing it at the same time too. Phew! It was quick and then it was over...the hardest part was trying to get her to not move.



She was so mad for about 2 mins...



and then she was looking at herself in the mirror...





Cousin Ariel was so happy to be there with her:


So was Aunt Shelly:



The boys didn't care at all. Lol! They were playing with all the Halloween decor...






She hasn't acted as if they are hurting at all. She hasn't touched them or even cried when I clean or turn them. ;) She is so stinkin' cute!!!!

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sloane's Birth Story



Sloane is already 6 months as I finally put her day of birth into words. Mark and I had so many expectations for this day. We had so many emotions including fear and excitement. Even though this was our "2nd baby" this was a completely new experience from the boys birth.
We has some tests run on Feb. 28th to see if she was developed enough to have a c-section at 36 weeks. This was done for many different reasons but reasons I am choosing not to list. I was checked in, I.V. hooked up(after 2 sticks and a terrible painful job), we waited for hours, we had bags in room, and were all settled in when we got the news. She wasn't ready. Actually the nurse's words were "She isn't just not ready she is REALLY not ready." We were so bummed. They unhooked me and we checked out and drove home that day super bummed. Talk about an emotional roller coaster. We knew this was a possibility and tried to be as prepared as possible but it was still hard to swallow. We thought we were going to meet our baby girl that day. All family was in place, Wyatt was taken care of, Mark had all his patients properly schedule, we had even had our "last night" with JUST Wyatt...but the Lord had a different plan.
After that day my Dr. wanted to see me every 3 days for a non-stress test and he wanted another ultrasound just to check on everything. At this point they had been also checking cord blood flow to make sure her cord was NO WHERE NEAR any part of her upper body. On March 13th, 38.3 weeks I had an appointment. After an ultrasound and talking to my Dr. he felt it was time for the c-section. Thank goodness Mark was at this appointment because they sent me straight to Labor and Delivery from the office. (For the record though he hardly EVER misses an appointment with me! He is so involved. ;)) We were checked in and added to the list of c-sections that night. It was 3:30pm...we waited, we waited, and we waited. We made our phone calls, Mark went home and got our bags, and we got all settled into the room. I had eaten a fast food fish ;) sandwich about noon so we had to wait at least 6 hours before surgery. ;/ About 9:30pm they began the surgery prep and such.
When the boys were born I had an emergency c-section. I know the term "emergency c-section" is thrown around lots but mine was MAJOR, like as in I was put to sleep and was cut and sewn back together within 6 mins. I hardly even have an i.v. started when they ran me back...Mark wasn't allowed in the room, I wasn't awake, I didn't have any prep...blah blah blah. So this "repeat c-section" as some would call it was a FAR CRY from a repeat for Mark and I.
They gave me the epidural and Mark was able to sit in the room with me. Having him there really helped a lot. At this point I was pretty emotional, I am glad he was able to stay with me. I started getting nauseated. This feeling was only for a short time. Pretty quickly after that was over I was being wheeled back to the O.R. My Dr. asked if I had a certain choice in music. LOL! I love him so much!! The nurses were all smiling and so sweet. Mark was able to sit right next to me. It seems like an etunirty before that first cry. I can't even begin to write words that will come close to describing the feelings I had at that moment. During the actual moments Dr. was "pulling her out" he had Mark stand and look over the curtain. I loved watching his face. It was a moment I WILL NEVER FORGET. The song "How sweet it is to be loved by you" was playing on the music. So appropriate...

She SCREAMED-I mean SCREAMED so loud and for so long! It was truly amazing. Mark and I both held her, the nurses took pictures, Mark even got to actually get to see her and stand next to the little bed while they cleaned her up. It was perfect. ;)
Mark brought Buddy in the room to see her. I nursed her for the first time. She did amazing! Family was able to take turns coming in. It went just how it's "supposed to go." We were so BLESSED!!




Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dr. Daddy (Logan Awards Breakfast)

Today is a big day at our house. Mark left this morning FOR WORK!! I couldn't be more proud of my husband. I have known him for almost 8 years and he has ALWAYS been in school. He has been working toward his goal of being a Chiropractor for 4 of those years. :)

On August 25 Mark was hooded by his brother and crossed the stage to graduate. It was so emotional but all good emotions FOR SURE.

The graduation weekend was a busy one but it was so fun. Friday morning we attended an awards breakfast. Mark's family attended the breakfast too!
If you know Mark you know he "gives it his all" at everything he does. It showed at the breakfast for sure! He was recognized for 3 different awards...
They had a backdrop set up for picture taking...to say we took advantage of it would be in understatement. Ha!
It was fun to sit together as a family in celebration of Mark. Saturday morning we got up early and begin getting ready for the day ahead. GRADUATION DAY!!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Family Fall To-Do's

I wanted to do this for summer but just didn't get around to it. It has felt a little more like Fall around here so I decided I could adjust a few things and make for Fall instead of summer. There are so many fun activities to do as a family in all the seasons but Fall is one of my favorites. I think it's because I feel there is a variety of fun things families can do!! Mark and I sat down and created a list together of a few things we want to do as a family during this season. ;) I am going to find a fun way to display it and then I will post a picture but for now I am just going to list our

Family Fall To-Do's
1. visit Eckert's (pick apples)
2. carve pumpkins
3. make a pie
4. go to Sam A. Baker
5. enjoy Thanksgiving
6. make a leaf craft
7. make play-doh
8. add to our "thankful garland"
9. go to Disney on Ice
10. ? 

We are still working on #10...;) I am excited about the upcoming months and the plans we have! 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sloane is 6 months old!! (pt. 1)

Sloane is 6 months old today!! AHHH!!! She is turning into such a beautiful little baby. ;) She no longer has the "newborn" cry. It seriously happened overnight. She finally is fitting into the 3-6 month clothing! Each time she moves to the next clothes size I get more excited. They just keep getting cuter...ha! (I know that will stop soon.)

Sloane and Wyatt already have the cutest relationship. She has started laughing so much and at many different things. If Wyatt notices she thinks something is funny he repeats it....over and over! When he is in the room she watches him very closely. Sloane can now roll across an entire room to get something or to someone she wants. He legs are also super strong as she can support her own weight for mins. at a time.

She loves anything that makes noise, her bouncer, and her MAMA!!! Ha, I had to say it. She is a Mama baby for sure. She prefers me over the bottle which is fine with me...most of the time. ;) I am praying she remains this way. This is about the time where Wyatt lost interest in me and wanted a bottle more. Which resulting in just pumping for me...MAJOR ANNOYING and super time consuming! We have introduced rice cereal and are still working on the whole swallowing thing. Once she has this down we will attempt other foods. We are in no rush though. Sloane is drinking about 6oz-7oz when she does take a pumped bottle.

She isn't a great napper but I take some a the blame that this one. We go a lot during the day and I am not so "strict" as I was with Wyatt. There are some days I know it's a MUST and I watch for her signs. Until about a week ago she liked to be wrapped up and held tight as she fell asleep all of a sudden she wants to be laid down and given her own space as she falls asleep. I am not gonna lie, this kinda hurt my heart....maybe it's just a phase right?!?!? (I can't believe I just said that)

Sloane is truly a blessing to us. She completes our family. I can't wait to continue to watch her grow!!
*Since we are out of town I will do a "6 month post-pt. 2" ;)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Winner!!!

I had a giveaway earlier in August on Neely's blog! The winner of the beautiful one of a kind cards from Kayleigh's is....

                          Robin Hudson

Congrats Robin! I sent you an e-mail regarding getting the cards to you. ;) Yahoo, hope you enjoy! 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Life

Life hasn't been easy lately. Actually I would just say things have been pretty tough and I have been having more bad days than good days.
We are trying to continue to pray, trust, and have FAITH. Just yesterday Mark and I just talked about how hard the word "faith" is to understand, what it truly means, and how tough it is to truly whole heartedly "have faith." After another terrible morning and another so called "set back" a dear friend showed up at my door step. She had a gift for me...



Though she knows a lot about me and what's going on in my daily life I had not discussed with her the conversation Mark and I had. Just a reminder...God works in mysterious ways.

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Project 365 August




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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sloane-5 months




Yes, I am slacking. :( I just realized I still haven't posted Sloane's 5 month post. Also in the process I realized I don't even have a 3 month one. Grrrr, I vowed to myself I was going to try to do better with hers than I did with Wyatt. I guess I am trying...:/


We had her 4 month check up when she was 5 months old. So at 5 months:
13 lbs

She is just now beginning to wear 3-6 month clothes. She can wear things that are labeled 3 months but not usually if it's a 0-3 month outfit.
Sloane is rolling over from back to belly and belly to back without any hesitation. This milestone was reached so much earlier than Buddy did. I blame it on the fact that she wants to already keep up with and be able to see Wyatt's every move. Ha! We even caught her on all fours the other day.



She has started smiling more than crying which is something we were so ready for. ;) She is turning into quite the mama's girl which is fine with me...for the most part but she sure gives her Daddy a huge smile! Sloane absolutely loves Wyatt. I know she is only 5 months but you can see the enjoyment on her face when he walks into the room. She has started laughing at things he does...so precious!
Sister girl- we love you so much! You have brought so much joy into our family. Muah!!!
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