I played in the water today.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Today we took my baby sister to the pediatrician for her 10 day check up. Doc said she was perfect and everything looked super. Mommy was worried because she's been peeing and pooping like a champ up until yesterday. NO poop diapers to speak of. Don't you worry though because she had 3 poop diapers during the 20 minutes we were in the examination room! When Emma Grace was born, she was 7 lbs 5 oz. Upon discharge she was 6 lbs 14 oz. On day 4 of her life (a kind nurse was sent out to Great Gma's house to check her out for a follow up), she was down to 6 lbs 10 oz. Now that Mommy's milk is in, she's up to a whopping 7 lbs!!!!! This is awesome and very relieving to Mommy and Daddy. Now Mommy feels okay with letting her sleep a little longer in the morning as opposed to waking her up to feed her all the time.
Speaking of sleeping... Emma Grace likes to sleep most of the day, but is having longer and longer periods of awake time during the day, which is lovely... we can see more of her baby blues. :) She's been waking up around 3 am each morning for a feeding. The last couple of days that has been known as the 'feeding from hell.' (Excuse my language... I heard Mommy and Daddy say that.;) ) After eating she was wanting to stay up for hours... and when I say hours... I mean 3-4 hours. This was allowing Mommy maybe an hour tops of sleep until it was time for me to wake up for the day. NOT GOOD. Last night though wasn't bad at all. Daddy was able to rock her back to sleep after about an hour and a half... BUT she did sleep in the bed with Mommy and Daddy as opposed to her bassinet. She can be very finicky during these wee hours and tends to wake up the second you put her down in her own bed.
Nonetheless she's super sweet and we're having oodles of fun with this little one!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
After our visitors left this afternoon, we headed to campus and to The Duck Pond to feed the ducks. Daddy and I kept offering the ducks bread, but they didn't seem very hungry... perhaps it was the 4 other families ALSO feeding the ducks bread.
Here's Emma Grace... the ducks just don't give her the excitement they give me.
Grandma and Grandaddy brought Nana down to meet my sister for the first time. She cried most of their visit... newborns. :)
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Rachel here. So today is our 5th year wedding anniversary. Yay us! We have our moments... sometimes they are quite often, but when it comes down to it... we love each other. :) As we sit here at 7:15... me in my pjs and Bryan having not had a shower, I can't help but reflect on what our lives have become. Let's reminisce shall we?
1st anniversary: A lovely trip to Chicago. The gifts were adorably thoughtful... paper was the theme. I made B some 'paper' coupons and got him a subscription to Sports Illustrated. He put a little scrapbook of postcards together for me of all the places we were to visit while in Chicago. I believe we ate at 'Harry Cary's'... it was super yummy.
2nd anniversary: New York. We did the regular New York touristy adventures. If I remember correctly we saw a Broadway Show... 'Rent'... or maybe it was 'Chicago.' Either way it was lovely. Now that I think about it... it was definitely 'Chicago', and we saw Liza Minelli being rushed out of the theater as the lights were coming up. We ate a lovely Italian dinner somewhere in some village. :) And then walked aimlessly through Time Square. The theme was cotton... I got Bryan a vintage Wild Turkey Bourbon t-shirt. He got me a bouquet of flowers with cotton balls as the buds. Good times were had by all.
3rd anniversary: Cross country trip... celebrated in San Fransisco. After venturing all over the city... visiting Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf, the most crooked street in the world, and hitting up a Giants game, we ate a super yummy dinner at 'Gordon Birsch'. Famous for their beer samplers... that I could not partake in because we were in fact expecting Reese. Theme: leather... I got Bryan a leather case of adorable shirt collar straighteners that have little sayings on them from Red Envelope. He got me a little leather bag with a gold chain in it to replace one I had broken.
Now this is where things start to head south...
4th anniversary: Blacksburg, VA. Our great friend Angie offered to babysit Reese for us while we got gussied up and headed to 'Book Binders' for a lovely... quiet... child free meal. One where we spent most of our time in silence or talking about Reese... we don't leave her with people often... if at all... and were curious as to what she was doing... she's probably eating dinner now... Angie is probably trying to coral her upstairs... she should be in bed now... ahhhhh... the life of a parent. Theme: flowers... I made Bryan a vase with chocolate covered peanuts acting as dirt and put oversized fake flowers in it. Attached to all the flowers were little sayings expressing everything I loved about him. He got me a flower and little gardening tools.
5th anniversary: Blacksburg, VA. Bryan is heading out shortly to pick up our burgers from 'Red Robin'... oh and a cheesecake from the Wal-mart. We're in our pjs... for the record I've had a shower... someone else hasn't. ;) We will more than likely eat, nurse (me... not B), watch tv, nurse, sleep for a couple of hours, nurse, sleep for a couple more hours, nurse... and start all over tomorrow. Theme: wood... I got Bryan an antique Budweiser bottling box filled with supplies to brew his own beer. He got me... well... nothing. :) He planned on ordering and putting together my gift nearly 2 weeks ago, but with the world wind life we were living wasn't able to. For the record... Reese and I still haven't been able to finish his Father's Day gift, so I can't really validate giving him a hard time. :)
Here's to calmer anniversary next year... one where we shower, get a babysitter... maybe overnight, and eat OUT, talk about things other than the kids... and here's to me being able to drink alcohol in celebration. No matter how we celebrate or where we are it doesn't change how much I love you Bryan!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Rachel here... again. Now what I didn't tell you about Friday June 19th was that that morning my water had broken. With Reese my water was broken in the hospital, so I had no idea what it felt like. I honestly thought I had wet my pants. Having no idea I was in labor, I got ready to bury my gentle and kind Grandpa Jack. Following the burial, we headed for lunch with the entire family and close friends. The following morning we were supposed to be heading back to Virginia, so we thought it best to go get checked out at the hospital before leaving.
We left the lunch and headed for the exact hospital I was born in 28 years ago, which was also the hospital my grandfather passed in earlier in the week. After being registered and checked... we learned we would in fact be having a baby in Iowa (second hurdle crossed... not having the baby in Lebanon, Indiana... or worse... ANYWHERE in West-by-god Virginia). HOLY MOLY. Good thing we had taken the extra time to do all that packing because we were going to need it all.
That very night... after saying our final good byes to Grandpa Jack, we welcomed our baby girl. Thank you Grandpa for watching over our travels and taking care of us on this wild and crazy journey.
And now... presenting...
Rachel here. Gentle and Kind. Two words used to describe my Grandpa Jack. Simple words? Probably, but no two words could be more perfect. Monday morning June 15th, I received a call from my mom saying my grandfather was not expected to make it through the day. What? He was a fighter. He fought for nearly 25 years. He was superman. he always came out of it. Tuesday morning June 16th my superman was gone. I quickly realized I wouldn't be able to make it back to Iowa for his service. The devastation set in. I called Bryan... he rushed home. He said we would make it there no matter what. The preparation set in.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Today Mommy and Daddy took me to the zoo and to Chuck E. Cheese! You would think something super big is about to happen in my life, so they are trying to make it up to me now or something. ;)
Ahhhh... the dirty diaper game... what a classic!
Even Reese got to open a gift!
Some of my amazing friends and family!
Reese sporting her 'Elton John' glasses.
After running around with Brett and playing in the pool all afternoon, she slept super soundly. :)
Opening all my diapers and wipes.
Heather and Amy... friends from my working days. I'm retired now. ;)
My only regret of the day... not getting MORE pictures taken! (Especially with my SUPERWONDERFULLYADORABLECOULDN'TASKFORBETTERFRIENDS hostesses!) Thank you so much to everyone who could make it, and those that couldn't that sent their love! I just know this little girl will be just as loved as her sister! :)
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Happy 20 month birthday to moi! I am seriously the light of Mommy and Daddy's lives these days. They are constantly laughing at me and my antics. I guess that's okay with me... it's better than Timeout I always say. ;) Here's the rundown of me:
Rachel here. So for both of my pregnancies I put myself on one of those baby e-mailing lists that updates you weekly on how far along you are, what your body is doing, how you may be feeling... blah blah blah. They also tell you how big the baby is and what it might look like developmentally. I've never actually thought too much into most of it until my friend Erin recently brought it to my attention. She's preggers now with Brett's little brother or sister (and we could not be more excited for them!) and had a funny status up on her Facebook account about unborn babies being compared to vegetables by this sight when talking about their size. It cracked me up because my veggie was something I had absolutely NEVER even heard of. I mean basically if it's not the size of some sort of squash... I've probably never heard of it. :) So to celebrate the pending birth of my unborn veggie, I reveal... this week Deuce is the size of Swiss Chard.
Intriguing isn't it?
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Rachel here. So it's raining here in The Burg... AGAIN... shocker. Luckily we've gotten a lot of outside play in the last few days thanks to 'the boys' next door and our little pool. Reese now lives in her bathing suit because she has a tendency just to jump right in the pool now no matter what she is wearing. Anyway back to the rain... Winston hates the rain. If he hears thunder all hell breaks loose and he morphs into the biggest chicken known to man. He often cowers as close to you as he can get, crouches in his house, or runs for the hills. Today he ran for cover. Can you find him in this picture?