Saturday, November 26, 2011

Lucy Marie's Post!

Finally sitting down to formally introduce you to the newest member of our family! 


Born at 8:01am,
8 pounds 4 oz (biggest baby of the Troupe yet!),
20 inches long.

It is said a picture is worth a thousand words!  Well, we have many pictures to share, and if I tried to write that many words, well, I would be exhausted!!  So, without further interruptions... away we go!!

Daddy, Mommy, Lucy!

Big Sister Bailey and Lucy

The Big Brother!

The Troupe!

Baby Moosie!

Many more pictures of the first two weeks
and Thanksgiving are coming soon!!!
Stay tuned....
Love you all!

A shower for Lucy...

My sweet friends threw me a shower for Lucy.  It was so special and scrumptious!!  Pictures are courtesy of the amzing Jennifer Williamson and the food (homemade tomato soup, wonderful salad, bread and more!) by Melissa Williams.  Thank you ladies for hosting and thank you to everyone who came to celebrate Miss Lucy!


So yummy!!

Jennifer is amazing at decorating for parties!

Just look at the sweet detail!! 
I got ot take those home and hang up near Lucy's bassinet!

Melissa doin' her thing with the food!

So lovely!

Is there anything better than family and friends?
Sweet, special girls...
(L to R)
Maggie, Bailey, Kelly

The beautiful women of my family... 
FOUR generations of awesomeness!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Home Sweet Hospital!

That is the theme for our week!  And why you ask?!  Good question!!!  Their names are Maggie and Lucy!

This past weekend Maggie woke Saturday night with a "seal bark" cough... Ya know, Croup type stuff!  Normally doesn't bother us, we are pretty used to this stuff by now!  But by Sunday evening she hadn't gotten any better and actually started saying her chest was now hurting.  Daddy said it was time for Urgent Care.  Away we went thinking she would get a breathing treatment and we would be home before "The Amazing Race" and definitely before "The Good Wife" started.  Apparently she was a little worse off then originally anticipated...

the steroid breathing treatment didn't work, so Nate stepped into an ambulance for the 1st time in 5 years.  This time his own little girl was the patient....

Maggie can kinda be seen in the left window.  Nate's arm (in his green Celtics Long Sleeve shirt) can sort of be seen reaching to her.

Upon our arrival to Palomar Hospital, she was admitted and given more treatments.  Still no improvement.  Ambulance ride #2 all the way to Children's Hospital accompanied by the Critical Care Team was our reality.  By now it is 11:30pm and has started raining cats and dogs and thundering and lightning.  The first time I started crying really hard was when my baby girl and her daddy and the ambulance they were in, turned south and I turned north to go home without them.  Whoa!!  Hardest. Thing. EVER!

Nate said she was given a breathing treatment every 2 hours with steroids throughout the night.  By morning things were looking better, but every time she fell asleep, the croup and stridor (simply means noisy breathing. It is usually caused by a narrowing in a child's upper airway, and makes it sooo hard to get enough air!  SCARY!) came back...  The doctor said she had to stay for more treatments AND another night!!

 Maggie and Nate are obviously both EXHAUSTED!!!

She woke-up long enough to enjoy a visit from Bailey and Will and of course Oma, Grandma Lisa and Aunt Lexie.  They spelled us for about an hour so we could eat dinner.  By the time we returned from the cafeteria, she had found her pacifier and her grandma's lap.  She fell asleep!  Maggie was also blessed by both her Grandpas!  Grandpa Bill and Dave also came to see how the little one was fairing!

I stayed with Mags the 2nd night.  I need Nate at the top of his game for this weekend!!!  By the 2nd morning all that remained was a little cough.  But man oh man!  Have you ever tried to keep a 2 year old, that is hooked up to a bunch or different monitors AND who is feeling MUCH better, corralled to about a 6 foot radius?!  Nearly impossible!  And oh yeah... Her appetite had returned....

 Two bowls of cereal, two pancakes, 2 slices of bacon and many bites of mommy and daddy's breakfast burrito.  That's our girl!

So as I type this, we are all hustling and bustling around the house, doing all those last minute things that need to get done before Lucy arrives.  Tomorrow Nate and I will be up at about 5am, to prepare to welcome Lucy into the world at 7:30.  Then it will be at least 2 more nights in the hospital for mommy and daddy!  The next time I blog, should include a picture of our family of 6!!

Come visit us!!!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

On a Rainy Day it's Fun to Remember the Summertime!

Pictures Courtesy of Jennifer W.  Her skills never cease to amaze me!

 We had such a great summer!  No complaints, except that it is over already!  But we are looking forward to the holidays, so I guess everything has it's perks!!

Lucy Update {11/4/11}

Today was our final doctors appointment for Miss Lucy Marie.  Today she weighed in at a whopping 8 1/2 lbs!!  I am aware that using the ultrasound machine as a way to determine size is not the most accurate, however, even if she was a full pound smaller than the doctor thinks, she would still be the biggest baby our troupe has seen!!  A couple other things of note... 1) My doctor actually thinks she is bigger then 8 1/2 because her head was sooo low, he couldn't get an accurate measurement there 2) I still have a week to go!!  More time to put on more lbs! 3) I just discovered NEW stretchmarks. Until now Bailey was the only one to give me stretchmarks. 

I have been fairly remiss in taking my iron the last few weeks and the numbers show it!  I believe normal range is 11-16, and mine this week was 9.  The doctor told the kids to "Make Mommy take her iron 3 times a day!"  Bailey has already made a chart to keep track of my intake!!  So feel free to call, text or email me to nag about my iron!  I can handle it!!

Baby Moosie's last in-utero picture!
Check out those chubby cheeks!!!  So Kissable!

So here is the pertinent information for next Friday!

The date is 11/11/11, which is also Veteran's Day.  Perhaps you have the day off of work and have nothing to do?!  Come visit us at the hospital!  Nate, Lucy and I will be there at 5:30 AM to check in, and she will be born right around 7:30 AM.  I will go straight into the recovery room for a couple of hours.  That gives you plenty of time to watch Nate give her a bath and for you to hold her and kiss her as much as possible, before I get my hands on her!!  And don't forget Bailey, Will and Maggie will also be there, and I imagine, desperately wanting to show off their new toy to EVERYONE!!  We will probably be in the hospital all weekend, so feel free to pop in whenever!  Visitors always make the time fly!  If you do come, maybe bring Coffee (cream, no sugar) or Pepsi for Nate?!  He doesn't sleep too great on the "bed" available to him in the hospital room.  We use the term "bed" very loosely!!

Hope this finds you all doing great!  I know we are!  Just anxious to be a family of 6!!  Now I gotta get back to cleaning the house and packing my bag.... Love you all!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Just When I Think I Am Caught Up...!

This Summer we were invited by our friend (Melissa and Charlie W.) to go to Legoland's Sea Life Aquarium with them!  These pictures are courtesy of my good friend Jennifer W. (Mom to Luke, Avery and Andrew). 

Wow!!  We are certainly blessed with amazing friends!

Will, Charlie, Luke, Avery, Maggie and Bailey

The Dudes.

I think this just might be my favorite picture EVER!!!

My girl going after starfish!

The oohhs and ahhhs never stopped!

This woman was so patient!

These girlies are so CUTE together!

As you can see, she never stayed in her stroller.
It ended up being the stroller for jackets, snacks and purses!