Monday, September 29, 2008

Eden 2 months

Well, yesterday was Eden's 2 month "birthday"! Her appointment is on Wednesday so I will come back and Edit this post to include her weight and height. I think she has grown a lot!!

Eden at 1 month

Eden at 2 months

Friday, September 26, 2008

The weekend

Well, the weekend is here again. YIPPEE!! I love the weekend for two reasons. 1) Sleep and 2) Help! Totally different reasons that I used to love the weekend 5 years ago....but the weekends are still just as enjoyable nonetheless. Tonight we have football practice, followed by a 9:45 am game tomorrow. Then tomorrow after naps we are headed to McKinney Oktoberfest. I don't have high hopes for McKinney Oktoberfest, but I'm sure we will have a good time. After living in Switzerland and experiencing true Germany...I have little faith that Oktoberfest in Texas can compare in any way shape or form. While I am hoping Oktoberfest will be like this:

With lots of


I'm sure in actuality it will be more like:

With lots of


I'm sure we will make the best of it though.....and a German beer is sounding VERY yummy about right now!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

WOW! Has it been 8 weeks!??

When I created this blog, I fully intended for this to be a documentary of Eden's first days/weeks and then for it to turn into a "tell all" of our day to day lives. It has now been 8 weeks and I have not written so much as a sentence in here! I guess than means I am either too busy, or too lazy to keep up with it like I should. You be the judge. ;)

I guess I should start with Eden's arrival. She came into our world on Monday, July 28th at 12:22 pm. I had a scheduled C section this time, so we knew what to expect. We had to check in at 10 am that morning, to which they led us to a nice room to prep me. They started my IV and then we hung around for a while just waiting for it to begin. My nerves were CRAZY that morning, I could not even lay still in the bed! It is a surreal experience when something so monumental as your own baby's birth is about to happen, and all you can do to prepare is lay there and watch "The View"! We waited and waited though and finally at about 11:45 they told us that Dr. Webster was on her way and that it was time to take me to the OR.

They wheeled me in to the room and did my spinal, which went off (or should I say in) without a hitch. After a few minutes I started to feel really nauseous and then all of a sudden I felt like I was going to puke! I told the anesthesiologist how I was feeling and she gave me a pan, to which I proceeded to dry heave in for a few minutes (eww!). She started the blood pressure medication and told me that low blood pressure was a side effect of the spinal and that my BP had been down to 59/25. Was I even alive!?? I started to feel better almost immediately though and by the time they brought Mike in, I was feeling 100% and ready to begin!

After Dr. Webster got in the room, it all happened very quickly. Mike was amazed at how much pulling, tugging, and cutting there was. No wonder you are so sore after a C section! Our beautiful girl came out at 12:22 pm, screaming crying! It is so cliche to go on and on about what a wonderful sound that is....but it is so true. That little cry lets you know that a) she is alive, b) she is breathing on her own and c) she is doing well enough that she has the energy to cry! It is truly a beautiful sound. This was the first time I cried when one of my children was born. With Jacob I was dog tired and just glad it was over, with Parker I was scared to death since I wasn't prepared for a C section...but this time was different. I was so peaceful and just so, so happy to have her here!

They held her over the sheet for just a second and then brought her over to her cart, where they cleaned her off and suctioned her mouth and nose. C section babies don't get all of that amniotic fluid "squeezed out" as they come down the birth canal like vaginal babies do, so they usually have to work on them for just a minute before they give them to you. I looked over as they were working on her and my first words were, "She looks just like Jacob!" (which she still does). She is absolutely gorgeous, with dark brown hair and a little tuft of white blonde hair right at the top, on her soft spot. We don't know if it is a birthmark or something that will go away, but I personally hope it stays. It is something that makes her different and unique and I love that. Not that her own being doesn't make her unique, but it looks like a little angel kiss and I find myself looking at it all the time. I just love it!

The rest of our hospital experience went well. Bebe was here staying with the boys and they both enjoyed coming up to the hospital and meeting their baby sister. We came home on Thursday and things have been wonderful ever since. She fits right in just perfectly, and so far life with three is not really any different than it was with the two. Sometimes when I go out and people see me with the kids, I get a lot of "WOW, you really have your hands full!" To which I always reply, "Yes, I do.....but better full than empty!". We are so blessed with 3 perfect children.

Eden is just the greatest baby; only fussing when she is hungry or over tired. Well, add the occasional cries when Parker screeches. Poor little baby jumps out of her skin sometimes. Plus, it triggers her startle reflex, so she can go from sound asleep, so eyes wide open and arms flaling. Dude has the neighborhood dogs at our doorstep with his is so insanely loud! But she is just as happy as ever with the smiles and coos happening all the time. She is getting to be such a big girl and has already lost that "newborn look" makes me so sad! She is definitely our last, as I had my tubes tied with my C section. It makes me so sad, although I know it is for the best and honestly don't think we would have any others anyway. I am so glad I ended on such a good note though! After Parker being so colicky, it is so refreshing to have a happy content baby who sleeps and smiles all day. She is the perfect caboose. :)

Well, I am off to tidy up this house. I am going to try to write in here more often, although judging my track record....we'll see how that goes. :) I really do want to have a written account of all the shenanigans that go on I am going to try my best. More about the boys sometime later.

Oh yeah!! Real quick.... how could I forget!?? Or newest niece/ cousin/ love bug was born yesterday morning at 7:45 am. Leah Elizabeth is here...all 6 lbs. 3 oz. of her. She is BEAUTIFUL (and I am not biased) ;) and I can't wait to meet her! Eden and I are heading for Gulf Breeze next Thursday so until then I will be on pins and needles waiting to see and hold her. I can't wait!! And just to hang out with Laura makes me so excited! I have been lucky enough to be pregnant with her the last two times and it has been so much fun.

Ta ta for now and more to come later....