Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Three Years Old!

My first baby girl is three!

Addy had a princess party for her third birthday. Complete with a castle for taking pictures, princess food: fruit wands, pretzel stick wands, peanut butter star sandwiches, and a castle cake, frame decorating, and lots of presents!

We went out to eat and had a pink birthday cake on her really birthday!

A walk down memory lane...

Actually wrote this post 6/5/10

Monday, September 28, 2009

Too long...

It's been a long time since I've blogged...too long!

Emery will be 6 months old on Wednesday, it has been a very fast six months.


still sleeps in her co-sleeper, in our room.
is sleeping in a sleep sack.
can sit up, for a few minutes, all by her self.
loves her bobo.
gets up on her elbows and knees and rocks back and forth.
gets where she wants to go.
had a hard time gaining weight, so she...
takes 3oz. breast milk, 3 oz. formula bottles 5 times a day.
is becoming scared of strangers.
thinks Addy is hysterical.
loves her exersaucer.


sleeps in a big girl bed.
has never gotten out of her big girl bed...until today.
said bye to her bobos.
loves her little sister.
is potty trained.
has a puppy.
likes to feed Winston.
wants a job so she can buy ice cream from the ice cream man.
loves to read books.
can be a horse, dolphin, princess, tinker, or dog at any given second of the day.
likes princess movies and Tinkerbell.

Friday, June 12, 2009

MUCH better day!

No, I don't want to go to work...ever again. Yesterday was an off day I can't believe I even wrote that I might want to go back to work. I was just checking my work e-mail and saw that there was a birthday celebration on Monday. I thought "Oh, that will be nice for everyone at work...you know since it's the last full day of school and everyone is stressed...that was nice of them." Then I remembered I will be a work on Monday. I almost cried. Seriously, almost cried. Kissed my babies forehead (who is sleeping on my chest) and almost cried. I DON'T WANT TO GO TO WORK! Ugh! I hate that I have to work. I am off to find things I can sale. There must be something worth money in this house. Maybe I have 1 million dollars in my mattress. A girl can dream!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Emery will be 11 weeks old!

Oh my, 11 weeks old...not possible.

I go back to school on Monday for 2 1/2 days. I don't want to go back. Or maybe I do? Maybe I need a break? I haven't been away from Addy and Em in 11 weeks. I love them to pieces but I am stressed. I'm not sure why. Maybe because the house is a mess, too much of a mess for me to start cleaning so the mess just gets bigger, or maybe because Addy is at a hard age. She just wrote all over her teddy bear with a red marker. I mean all over. Then broke down screaming, crying, coughing, choking, red marker all over the place. 2 1/2 has been a hard age. She screams and screams and cries when she doesn't get her way, or doesn't like something I do. I don't give in, I thought it would stop (isn't that what they say?) Maybe I should give in, at least she would stop screaming?

Yes I want some cheese with my whine!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

5 weeks!

Oh my...Emery is actually 6 weeks, almost 7! I haven't taken her six week picture but I will.

Emery at 5 weeks...

Addyson at 5 weeks...

Here's some pictures from the last week...

all of these pictures taken on my iPhone!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

hurt finger

Is it bad that it hurts because I have been using it to scroll on my i phone?

Friday, May 1, 2009

One month! + a day

Emery turned one month old yesterday.

Seriously? One month. Where did the time go.

I did take pictures of her yesterday, with her one month sign. This is what I got...

Yes, she has beautiful skin but, she shouldn't be that pink. Her room is hot pink and that caused her to be hot pink in all of our pictures last night. So, I documented the day but I think we need a re-shoot.

Here is Addy at one month...

We also celebrated one month as a family of four last night with cupcakes. As you can tell Emery was very impressed...

Emery also proved she was a baby sister yesterday...

Mickey Mouse stickers all over her back!

Things to remember about Emery at one month...
* she is officially in size 1 diapers (as of yesterday)
* she sleeps like a champ
* she has very little hair on the top of her head.
* she has some longer pieces of light colored hair in the back of her head.
* she loves her bobo
* she grunts a lot
* her puckered lips are too cute
* she tolerates being swaddled
* she loves to hold onto anything when you are holding her. She always holds onto Garth's shirt when he holds her.

I never imagined loving another baby as much as I loved Addy but I do. My love for Emery and Addy grows everyday. I am so thankful to be Addy and Emery's mommy!

Monday, April 27, 2009

4 weeks!

It has gone crazy fast.

Emery at 4 weeks...

Yes, she is just wearing a onesie, it has been crazy hot here the past few days. It's the end of April and it has been 90+ for the last three days. HOT! HOT! HOT!

Addy at 4 weeks...

Emery looks so much bigger than Addy to me. Emery started at a little over a pound less than Addy. I thought she would be so much smaller than Addy.

The girls together today...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

i Phone

I'm in love. Yes, with my husband, my children, and my family but I have a new love...my i phone!!! True LOVE !!!

M & M's in my camera?!?

It worked, I never get Addy to look at the camera.

Even Emery thought M & M's sounded good.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Things we do...

This one sleeps...

This one digs...

Me? Thanks for asking! ;) Feed, change, repeat.

Not me. Them!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Oh the tears...

Seriously, the tears. It won't be like this forever.

I won't have a two years old laying in her crib "wrapping up a present" (a pillow wrapped with a blanket!) talking away or a three week old hiccuping, grunting, squirming, sleeping and sucking on a BoBo.

Tomorrow will be different. We won't get this day back again.

Oh, how it makes me want, with everything in me, to be home with my babies every. single. day. of their lives. I don't want to miss any of it. ANY OF IT. But I will.

Oh, the tears. Oh, how it hurts.

BoBo Girls!

We've got two BoBo lovers now!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Blogging for 2 years!

It's hard to believe that I have been blogging for 2 years. This blog started as a photography blog {case in point} on April 7, 2007. My photography hasn't grown but I have been able to document our life for the last two years!

It is so fun to look back...

Getting presents was fun!

First cereal!

Learning to crawl!

Wanted to stay home. Wondered when it would happen. Still waiting. :(

She was weird then too!



Is that enough hyper linking?!?!?

Monday, April 20, 2009

3 weeks!

Wow! This is the fourth Monday that Emery has been alive. It has been an amazing 3 weeks since she entered our world.

Emery at 3 weeks... All 8 lbs. 2 oz. of her. She is a eating machine!
(don't mind the horrible picture. it is rainy and nasty here today.)

And Addy at 3 weeks...

There were days, right after she was born, that I felt sad. Sad for Emery because she would never have the undivided attention that Addy had when she was a baby. Emery will always be part of two. Sad for Addyson because she would never have that undivided attention again. Addyson will never be just one.

I stood in the shower and cried for my girls. Hoping that they both would be okay with the world they were in. Would Emery mind being the baby sister? Emery doesn't get the long uninterrupted cuddles from Garth and I that Addy did because we have Addy. There are sippy cups to fill, snacks to get, tears to dry. Emery has to share, way before Addy every had to. Is that fair?

Would Addyson mind being the big sister? Our whole world changed in the blink of an eye. I woke up that morning like I do everyday. I was suppose to wake Addy up at 7 and get her ready to go to Mimi's but we didn't. Addy had no warning. She was the big sister in an instant. I didn't feel like I had prepared her enough. I thought I had 2 weeks left, I don't know what I was waiting for.

Today, I am in a better place. I am so thankful for both Emery and Addyson and that they have each other. They will always have each other, sisters. There is nothing better than sisters. Yeah, it is different now but we wouldn't change it for the world. We have two beautiful, healthy, happy girls, who love each other. I think we have all adjusted to our new roles...Mom and Dad of two, big sister and baby sister.

Addy meeting Emery...

My girls!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Baby Girl!

I can't believe she will be three weeks old tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Easter + 2 weeks old

We had a great Easter filled with lots of family. We went to RiRi and KiKi's house to celebrate. Emery got passed around and Addy played and played and played with her cousins.

Here are the girls on Easter. Wearing their matching Eater outfits that I made. All by myself. Crazy, I know!

And on Monday, Emery celebrated her 2 week birthday. It's been a busy second week of life. She had her first sick visit to the doctor on Saturday. She has pink eye. Ate lunch out for the first time. Went to the mall for the first time and went to the grocery store for the first time.

She now weighs 7 pounds 1.8 ounces!!

And to compare...Addy at 2 weeks

Friday, April 10, 2009

40 weeks 1 day

I would have been 40 weeks and 1 day pregnant today, with Addyson I was still pregnant.

It's hard to believe that Emery is 12 days old today.

All 6 lbs. 13 oz. of her.

I must be doing something right.

She is over her birth weight.

I had no intentions of going early this pregnancy.

FCPS gives long-term subs two paid transition days. I scheduled on of those days for April 7, my last day before maternity leave. As my sub and I sat down with the school secretary to tell her about the days she scheduled she said, "What if you go early?" to which I replied, "I won't go early. I'm not going early."

I was glad when the alarm went of a 6:35 on Monday, March 30 and I went to the bathroom and into the other bathroom, still peeing, to shower that I listened to my secretary.

We scheduled our last transition day for March 30. My long term sub was already scheduled to come in. Good thing because I thought maybe my water might be breaking.

I walked back into the other bathroom and my conversation with Garth went like this...

Me: "I think my water might be breaking."
Garth: "Really?"
Me: "Yeah, I don't know. But you need to move."
Garth: "Move? I can't. I'm peeing."
Me: "So, stop."
Garth: "I can't"
Me: "Seriously, you can't make it stop?"
Garth: "No."

I had no idea.

I decided to shower and Garth called my mom.

During my shower not much happened.

When I got out I was still feeling little leaks.

I called the doctor's answering service.

My conversation with the answering service guy went something like this...

Dude: "Doctor's answering service. How can I help you?"
Me: "I think my water might be breaking."
Dude: "Ok."
Insert boring questions about weeks along, doctors name, office, etc.
Dude: "So, you think you water is breaking?"
Me: "Yeah, or I am peeing myself."
Dude: "Oh. Ok. I understand ma'am. If the doctor doesn't call in 15 minutes please call back.
Me: "Thanks!"

The doctor called and said we should come to the hospital as soon as possible.

We still had a lot to do.

My mom came and stayed with a sleeping Addy.

We got to the hospital at 8:30.

They did all the hospital stuff and took us to delivery room 6.

I put on a gown.

Answered questions.

Was checked. "Lots of water. 3 cm. Your staying here."

Got an i.v.

Around 10 they let us walk.

We walked for an hour.

At 11. I was 4-5.

Dr. Lee talked about pitocin or walking, my choice.

Addy showed up with Mimi and Aunt Beth.

"Here I come, mama. Don't be sad. Here I come."

The monitored the baby for awhile.

We walked again. For an hour.

Addy rode the iv pole like a scooter.

Addy went and got lunch. Chicken and carrots. And ice cream. Her spoon fell on the floor. I went to get another from the nurse.

The contractions got worse.

I had to stop when they came.

Garth wanted me to lean on him.

I didn't want to be that pregnant woman. The one I saw when we walked the first time that had her head on her husband's chest.

It didn't help me.

I stood.

And tried to pant. puff. breath. through them.

Garth went to get the bags.

My mom walked with me.

We went back to the room.

Beth took Addy and her bobo's to pick up Blake and Brie.

I was checked again. 5 cm.

I got an epidural.


Pitocin started.

Checked again. 7 cm.


Garth went to tell everyone about the progress.

10 mintues passed.

Called the nurse.

"Can I push that button for more epidural?"

"Let me check you. If your cervix is the same, yes. If you have changed, no."

Checked. 9 cm.

Asked about babies heart rate. It kept dropping with my contractions.

Nurse told me with what my cervix was doing it was normal. Otherwise it wasn't okay.




No Garth in sight.




After 15 minutes Garth came back.

"9 cm."


Called mom to come back.




Garth went to the nurses station to tell them about the pain.

In walks the anesthesiologist.

More medicine.


Nurse came back, upset about the medicine.

Doctor checked me. 10 cm. Ready to push.






Baby sister is born at 6:35.

She looked to tiny.

Love at first sight.

Monday, April 6, 2009

One Week Old!

It is hard to believe that Emery is one week old. I took her picture this afternoon just like we did with Addy.

Emery at one week old!

and Addy at one week old!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A Family of Four

We are a family of four!

Emery Lorraine was born March 30 at 6:35 pm. She is 6lbs. 9 oz. and 19 inches long

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Right this minute...

Addy's "baking" with Daddy!!

We are listening to What a Wonderful World

It most certainly is a wonderful world!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Still a "baby sister"

We had a sonogram yesterday and "baby sister" is still "baby sister". Garth was a little concerned she might be a he. Four coats of really bright pink paint will do that to a man!

But we have a 4lb. 7oz. healthy. perfect measuring. maybe a little bit of a big head "baby sister".

I can say the big head part...it runs on my side of the family! ;)

Saturday, February 14, 2009


We are on our way to Ikea to find "baby sister" something, anything at this point (maybe a name?).

Addy feel asleep on our way. So we are killing time. Garth got a haircut and is now in World Market. Next stop to be determined!

Our next stop was California Pizza Kitchen for some lunch and then onto Ikea. We got "baby sister" a storage/dresser unit to put in her closet, some picture frames for her wall, and a pillow for "big sister".

Thursday, February 5, 2009

"Go Away Pee Pee!"

screamed in my kitchen last night while Addy was wearing underwear!

I put underwear on Addy after I changed her diaper and we made four trips back and forth to the bathroom. After our last trip we went back into the kitchen and she stopped dead in her tracks and screamed "GO AWAY PEE PEE!" To which I responed "Is it coming? Run, Run, fast...GO AWAY PEE PEE!" To only get to the bathrrom and figure out she was screaming because she had an accident! Too cute!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

To remember...

"My nose is crying."

The things you hear when a baby is sick!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Yes, Addy is in there!

Somewhere, I swear!

It was another snow day today {ice day, actually}! It was also another PJ wearing, coughing, Mickey Mouse watching, popsicle eating, don't leave the couch momma kind of day!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ten on Tuesday!

Which started as tWelve on Wednesday post last week!!

1. "Baby sister" needs a name. Keegan? Kenley? Callie? That's where we are now. Addyson was Addyson before I was even pregnant. Her middle name was hard to find. "Baby sister" can't be born as "baby sister", she really needs a name. She needs wall letters, and a towel in the bathroom. I can't buy either without a name. "Baby sister" won't cut it!

2. "Baby sisters" room is a very beautiful bright pink. Garth painted one coat of primer and two coats of paint. You can still see the blue under. Sorry, Garth! He has more painting to do.

3. Addyson had a 103.5 degree fever on last Sunday. Nothing else. Just a high fever. It was very strange but it seems to be gone now. Addy tends to get fevers at 103 whenever she gets a fever. It's never low, always high. And today she has a croupy cough and runny nose.

4. I had off last Monday with Addy (my favorite days) and my mom was with her on Tuesday. Two whole days in her PJ's. That will make anyone feel better!

5. We had a snow day today, another PJ day!

6. Addy had her graduation from Little Gym last Saturday. Technically it doesn't change anything. We went back to the same class on Saturday some kids moved up, Addy stayed right where she was. Our next graduation will be a "move up" graduation.

7. We might have off tomorrow. It is suppose to get icy tonight (love these days)!

8. I am almost 30 weeks! Seriously, 30 weeks pregnant. 10 weeks to go. This pregnancy has FLOWN by. I remember counting the days, weeks, months with Addy and they were s l o w. Not this time. With a two year old running around there isn't time to count. Okay so we count ( as in one, two, free!) but she isn't counting weeks yet!

9. We need a dresser, rocking chair, crib and stroller in those next ten weeks.

10. Hold that thought while I run to 7-11 to buy a lotto ticket!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Bump!

Here's the bump as of today, 28 weeks!

Here's the bump at 28 weeks with Addy!
Warning: It's a bare bump!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

a little bit o' baby

A little bit of our "baby sisters" room...

Her bedding...

Trees that Aunt Karen is going to help me paint on "baby sisters" walls...

Yes, she is "baby sister". As of now that is her only name. I am open to suggestions! :)