Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Easy St. Patricks Day Wreath

I have been trying to create a wreath each month for our new house. This can get really expensive and time consuming! However, this St. Patrick's Day wreath was neither. I grabbed some scraps I already had and bought a wreath form with a 40% off coupon and a half off sign and was good to go!
I initially wanted to make it different hues of green, but didn't have enough in my stash. So...I went with a rainbow theme. Good thing I remembered ROYGBIV from way back when! It's a little abstract, but works well enough! It was super easy. I just cut strips of the fabric. No measuring needed. (My favorite kind of project!) and wrapped them around the wreath form. A little hot glue here and there and it was done! I just looped my sign into one of the strips and added a ribbon loop on the back so it would hang.
And because I never blogged my Valentine's stuff, here is a picture of the wreath. I also made a make shift flag. (Evidently, our old one didn't make it through our 43298529875 moves.) I ended up sewing pennies into the bottom to help it stay down a bit, but let's face it flags and Midland wind are not friends. ever. Oh Well!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Valentine's Day 2012

This was a very special Valentine's Day at our house! I got to have two Valentines this year!
Ryan made us reservations at an Italian restaurant the night before Valentine's Day. It was really good and nice to get out just the two of us. We were very thankful that Mamaw and Uncle Zac came and watched Owen for us. Of course I didn't get a picture of us all dressed up. (Which is a rare thing for me these days! )
We celebrated the actual day with our little family. Owen and I hung out while Ryan worked that day, but when he got home we celebrated with some Chikfila! The line was for once not crazy long! Guess Chikfila isn't the most romantic place in the world. Ha!
Owen got some new books for bedtime for Valentine's Day from us. He also got Lady and the Tramp for Grammy and Grumpa and a sweet card from Nana!
Our fun day tired us all out...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Owen: 1 Month

Owen turned 1 month old on January 27th, so I am again playing catchup!

Owen- You are one month old! On one hand, I can't believe its already been a month and on the other hand it seems like you have been a part of our family forever!

This month you:
- wore newborn sized clothes ( which are hard to find I might add!)
- wore newborn sized diapers
- took your 1st bath (daddy did a great job, but you still screamed)
- peed on both mommy and daddy once!
- lost your jaundice 'tan' (sorry buddy you are pretty destined to be pale!)
- ate every 2 1/2 hours- 2 hours during the day
- worked on sleeping at night (We spend A LOT of nighttime together ha!)
- visited the dr. a little TOO much for mommy's liking ( We had some spitup issues, but all got
worked out and we are SO thankful that was our only health issues!)
- hung out with Izzy (She has done so well with you and we are so proud of her!)
- gotten to know mommy's camera a little too much (and did not care for it!)
- met lots of family and friends
- slept right through the PKU test! (but NOT through the night :) )
- got newborn pictures done by a sweet friend (didn't like her camera either)
- went on your first walk (again...NOT a fan)
- only showed us a few true smiles (no matter how many silly faces and voices mommy and daddy tried, you mostly looked at us like we were crazy!)
- hung out at the house A LOT! (dr's orders!)
- began your love affair with your play mat
- loved to look around and hold up head up (doctor said you were very strong!)
- At your 1 month checkup, you weighed 8.9 oz and measured 21in long.

Daddy and I have fallen more and more in love with you each day this month! (I think you may be winning Izzy over too!)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Owen's BIRTHday

He's here! (He's technically been here awhile, but better late than never, right?) I realize that probaly noone but my mom cares about this, but I wanted to write it down for memory's sake.

We went in to be induced on December 26th at 9 pm. I was pretty anxious about the whole thing, but ready to not be pregnant anymore. When we got to the hospital, we were told to go to our room and wait because they were dealing with a 'situation'. Not exactly comforting words as we began! We went in and waited for about 45 minutes and finally our nurse came in and said they had everything under control! While we were waiting, someone from the lab came to draw my blood. She asked my birth date and I automatically answered with my mom's! ( They ask 9million times when she goes for treatment.) The girl didn't even question me when I said 1963! Ha! After we had waiting about 45 minutes, our nurse came in and we did all the normal paperwork and 5 million questions. She started my IV, set up all the monitors, and gave me my first dose of Cervadil. It was getting pretty late at the point so she told us to get some rest.

Our night was full of in and outs by our nurse checking things and me asking Ryan tons and tons of questions! Ha! At some point I got another dose of Cervadil. There was also a point when the nurse came in and began messing with the baby's monitor. I, of course, questioned her and she said that the baby's heart rate had been lower for a bit so she wanted to make sure everything was ok. I then, of course, freaked out. It ended up that he was being pretty wiggly so the monitor was picking up my heart rate instead. Needless to say, I was really relieved.


A little after 6 I was finally getting some rest, when it felt like a balloon popped inside of me. My water broke by itself and it was the weirdest feeling ever! At this point Ryan and I are thinking this is going to go super fast.

Boy, were we wrong!

My doctor came in and checked on me about 7 and said that we should start the Pitocin at 8. We ended up starting it about 9. About 10 my nurse came in and said that the anethesologist would be going into a c-section soon so if I wanted an epidural we better get on the list before the surgery started. At that point, my contractions weren't that bad, but I went ahead and agreed. I was so thankful I did! I had mentally prepared myself for contractions to feel like cramps, but I had back labor instead. Contractions got much stronger and closer right before she came. I'm not sure I have ever been more thankful to see someone in my life! As nervous as I was to get the epidural, I do not have a high pain tolerance and wanted meds ASAP!


The epidural wan't near as bad as I thought it would be, and of course Ryan was interested in the learning experience it could provide! Ha!


The rest of the day consisted of not much progress. Our short day was turning into an all day affair. My doctor came in about 4 and said she thought it would be about 5 more hours. Not exactly news I wanted to hear! Luckily, she was wrong and I was ready to start pushing about 7. My poor doctor had an engagement party to attend that night, but came was so sweet to leave her party and come back. I only pushed for 10-15 minutes and sweet Owen was here! Our sweet boy arrived at 7:14 pm and weighed 7.2 ounces on Tuesday, December 27th. Ryan was able to cut the cord and change his first diaper. We then got to spend about an hour with him before they took him back. We also got to let our family and friends that were there come and meet him. It was the most surreal experience of my life! I could not believe he was finally here!

We spent the next few days in the hospital and were released to come home on Thursday. Owen did not get released to come home until about 9 that night because of a mild case of jaundice. After 6 hours under the lights, we finally got to bring our sweet baby home, and life hasn't been the same since!