Tuesday, November 29, 2011

All clean and ready for bed!:)

Friday, November 25, 2011

2 months old!

Olivia is 2 months old!!
Weight: 10.5 lbs
Starting to smile!! (-:
Eating: She is eating 4 1/2 ounces of formula every 3 to 4 hrs during the day, but at night will sometimes sleep for 5 to 6 hours at a time!
Clothing Size: She still fits in her Newborn sleepers, but barely! Mainly, she is wearing 0-3 month clothing!

Looking back, I never posted the 1 month pictures, so here they are:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Despite the bad economy and the fact that my paycheck on Friday (my 1st after being out on maternity leave) will only be $78, we do have a lot to be thankful for. Our beautiful children, our health, our home, food in the pantry (although according to the oldest two, we "have nothing good to eat")and Shane finally got a job! Yep! A real life job that pays $2.50 more per hour than the one he was laid off from at the beginning of the summer! He starts on Monday....they are flying him to Orlando for a week for training. I am jealous! Since he will be out of town all next week, we went ahead and put up the outdoor Christmas lights yesterday.....

Bella was not too happy about being left inside....

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Little hand (but long fingers!)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bella helping pick up leaves!

Tonight's dinner...layered enchilada bake! I am about to bake it now! Yum!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

NYC weekend and now back to reality......

We just got back yesterday from NYC. It was a wonderful trip up for the wedding of one of my longtime friends. We went to high school and college together & she finally decided to tie the knot with her boyfriend of 8 years! It was so much fun getting together with my 4 best friends from high school and getting to meet their kids and them getting to meet my husband. We took Peyton with us and my mom stayed with the babies. We drove to Baltimore on Thursday, and stayed the night with my cousin. It was so nice to see her and her daughter. My aunt and cousin also stopped by to see us. I had not seen any of my mom's side of the family in years! I am ready to go back and visit again, maybe next summer!Friday morning we got up early & headed to Jersey City. It only took about 3 1/2 hrs. The wedding was beautiful, a night wedding aboard "The Bateaux", which cruised around the water as we ate and celebrated. It was beautiful! NYC at night is amazing of course! Now, we are back home and back to reality! I go back to work this coming weekend, but signed up to work tomorrow night from 11pm to 7am. I went to my 6 week post partum check up last week & was given a clean bill of health, so tonight I went out and walked a mile & ran a 1/2 mile. Time to get this body in shape. I swear, I need to lose 30 lbs and it is going to be rough! But I am ready to DO IT! Looking forward to Thanksgiving and CHRISTMAS! I am ready to decorate!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Bella...17 months old!

Testing out my new mobile settings!

Yeah, they work! Now I can blog and send pictures here from my phone!!!!!

Olivia's Birth Story, Part 2!

Ok, so Olivia is 6 weeks old today! Time for part 2 of the birth story...LOL!

We arrive at the hospital at 4:15pm, it is dark and raining. The transporters wheeled me up to the 8th floor while Shane parked the car. I was in quite a bit of pain when the contractions came by this point. They took me to my room and the nurse had me change into a gown while she set things up in the room. I don't think they expected me to be so close to delivery.... When I came out of the bathroom, nobody was in the room, so I went to the bed and laid down and waited. It seemed like forever, but really 5 or 10 minutes later, she came back in & hooked me up to the monitor. She was doing my admission, asking me questions.... Finally, Shane arrived to the room. My contractions were anywhere from 3 to 6 minutes apart & hurt like hell when they came. Another nurse came in the room and said that she would help out and go ahead & check me so that my nurse could finish the admission etc. Ok, great! So, she checks me and says "hmmm....I really don't feel any....." and then the look on her face, LOL! Priceless! She says "ohhh! I think you are 8 or 9 cm already!" Of course, the first thing out of my mouth is "I can still get an epidural can't it!?" She says yes, thank God! I knew that I needed fluids before they could start the epidural, and sure enough, she said "well, we need to start an IV", I hold my arm up and say "here you go! I have great veins!" So, they get the IV started and I struggle through the pain until the anesthesiologist finally arrives. I believe my husband had on a "Tennessee" shirt, so immediately, the two of them start talking football as he prepares everything for me. I am in agonizing pain & they are talking sports! Contractions come & go and instead of comforting me, my husband is discussing football! LOL! Nice! Finally, it is time for the stick. I brace myself, my back to the window....but as I said before, it is pouring rain out. He sticks me and starts to advance the catheter...all of the sudden it feels like my right thigh has been electrocuted! WTH?? All I can think in that instant is "the rain is coming in, he is standing in water and we've been electrocuted!" LOL! He ask me what happened & I tell him "um, you shocked me!" Turns out, he hit a nerve. It happens. Ok, so we try again and again and again...still getting electrocuted! Not as bad, but still.....at this point, yet another contraction is coming and they hurt like hell, I started to cry. Not sobs or out loud, but just big tear drops were falling. I am such a wimp, all I could think was "the epidural is not working, I am going to have to do this without it and I am going to die!" Finally it goes in ok, without hitting my nerve! Thank you Jesus! I lie back down and all I know is that re-runs of Dancing With the Stars was on TV! I don't even watch that show...why couldn't it be "The Housewives of NJ"...LOL! Oh wait, because the hospital doesn't get "Bravo", grrrr!!!!! Anyways, I digress! My contractions were still kinda irregular, so we had to wait several minutes sometimes to push, but when they came they were very strong and effective. Dr Lucas came in, checked on me, waited a bit and then said for us to push awhile and he'd be back. So, we pushed. And pushed. I swear, I never had to push that much with my other kids! I was starting to think "can they just get some forceps already & pull her on down & out!?" After a bit, the nurse offered a mirror so I could see what was going on down there. I have never had a mirror before, so I said "sure, why not?" So, I watched and watched.... It seemed like forever, but I know it wasn't! Finally, I see her head and it is staying there even after the contractions and pushing...ah ha! She is down & ready, get the Dr! I hear the nurse ask him if we need Peds in the room or Respiratory, and he said "no, I think we will be fine!" So, in he comes, a few more pushes and out comes our 6lb 11oz tiny princess!!!! Apgars were 8 and 9. She was 36 weeks and 3 days, breathing well on her own, great pink color, and so tiny! (tiny for me....my smallest baby was 8lb 1 oz!)It was 6:39pm on September 25, 2011.

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