this is what Christmas is all about

This is what Christmas is all about! Seeing his face light up when he gets to open a present! He got so many fun things this year!
He got boots!
And a puppy!
And a surprise vacuum cleaner!
He has fun breaking it! (We've already had to readjust the batteries 5 times)

Isn't he just too cute!  We had such a great Christmas, I can't wait for the next one!


Merry Christmas!

I read a blog called NieNie Dialogues... the author is a woman that lived through a plane crash with all of her body burned. She wrote a beautiful post about this holiday season that I think everyone should read!  Remember that even though this is a happy season, there are still those that are grieving or that are hurting... let's do our best to lift them up!
Click here to read her post!


Tis the Night before Christmas

It's the Night before Christmas!  We sure do miss our family! I wanted to show you a few glimpses of our Christmas Eve...

Our nice little Christmas Tree:
One of my favorite Christmas ornaments!
Lil Jed got to open a present... he hasn't stopped playing with it since!
Sweet baby Jay.  Do you like his outfit? Teehee!


Why are you frowning?

We just got a package from Grandma. She sent Christmas gifts for all of us! Included in the box was this adorable elf outfit for Little Jed. It's so funny on him! I couldn't stop laughing. I just imagined elves being this small running around Santa's workshop.  The little guy wasn't too keen on getting his picture taken... so he is frowning. 

Grandma also sent a big bear almost the size of him. Although it doesn't look it, lil Jed loves to hug and snuggle with him.  


the first few days of life...

Newborn babies are so sweet! I feel like Jay has been apart of my whole life, 
even though he's only been here for a few days. He'll never be just days old ever again... 

Look at his little feetsies!

Thanks, Kelly, for the adorable dino outfit!


First of All...

Well first of all... I have to shout it out:

Baby Jay is so ooober dooober stinkin cute!

But of course I'm biased. So... to continue:

He sleeps a lot, needs a diaper change a lot, and nurses a lot. But, thats what newborn babies are for! Right?  Thats partially what makes him so adorable.  I love his little squeal cry too...

I've had a couple people ask me the birthing story- so here it is!  Warning, you might want to read in chunks! It's kinda lengthy.

The week before I went to the hospital- everyday I would have timeable Braxton Hicks contractions. I was partially excited because with little Jed that's how it started too! However after days of them still being fake contractions and not the real ones, my excitement turned sour...

And then, some hope!  The Sunday before he was born (2 days before) I was having actual labor contractions. They started weak at 15 minutes apart. And got stronger, but farther apart.... they stopped altogether before the night started.  Monday morning I awoke to nothing.  Noon, still nothing.  Ugh! Where did they go?  So we drove to town to do our grocery shopping.  I thought maybe walking around the supermarket would get things moving... but nope.  Starting the drive home I told Jed that he should call in and say he's going to work, because obviously nothing was happening.  Right when I finished that sentence it struck!  A labor contraction- a pretty good one too!

We got home, put little Jed to bed and started a movie.   By the time the movie was done- they were only getting stronger.  I started to get excited! Then around 11'o'clock or so... I started to get nervous! Should I go to the hospital? The contractions were definitely tolerable.

We called a babysitter and drove to the hospital... not sure if I would even be admitted. I thought to myself... "Do they admit you into the hospital if your contractions are just tolerable?"

I walked up to the exam room and got checked- I was dilated to 3cm, 90% effaced, and the baby's head was stationed at -2.  I was really iffy.  The nurse went to call the doctor to get his opinion. I prayed, prayed prayed!  "Please pLEASE don't send me home..."

The nurse came in and said "Looks like we'll admit you!"

YES!  So it's almost 1'o'clock in the morning and I'm admitted.  I get an IV and lay down to go to sleep...
I wake up an hour later to find that my contractions have stopped. Completely stopped.

The nurse comes in and says "Looks like we're going to start you on Pitocin to get these contractions going again." I wasn't keen on getting Pitocin this time around, but I didn't argue.

They slowly started up the dose, and the contractions started coming on again. Boy were they strong.  I  had to stare at a bolt in the ceiling in order to concentrate. The same bolt, every 15 minutes, 10 minutes, 5 minutes, then 4 minutes- 30 seconds at a time.  By the way, I never knew that contractions were only 30 seconds long.  I had an epidural with little Jed, so I didn't feel anything.  Any longer than 30 seconds and I didn't think I could do it.

I was excited that I could do this. I was concentrated and determined to do this: to manage the pain and make  it through each contraction.

Then it hit. I hit the wall that everyone talks about. The "I can't do this anymore" wall. The contractions were getting so strong and had to come to only 2 minutes apart. I felt like right when one would stop, another would start.
 I called in for the nurse and asked her to check me. If I was dilated far enough, I would go on without an epidural, but if I was only say a 5 or so, I was going to get one.

She checked me and sure enough, I was just a 5.  It had taken me hours of breathing through contractions to only dilate 2 cm.  That was it. I called in for an epidural.
It seemed like it just couldn't work fast enough. By the time I was completely numb, I got checked again and had dilated to an 8. An 8!?  3 cm in less than an hour!  How come that couldn't have happened before I got the epidural?

The nurse came in 5 minutes later and checked me. I was 10cm, ready to push.  At this point it was 10:30am- I couldn't feel much, and started pushing with contractions.  With little Jed, three pushes and he was out. So I was expecting the same this time around too.  However those three pushes came and went, and Baby Jay wasn't out.  He was face up and stuck! I pushed for 30 minutes and he still was stuck! I was getting so discouraged... it's not supposed to be this hard, I thought.
Finally I was able to push him farther down until his head started to crown.  They called for the doctor and then TADA! He finally came!

Baby Jay was born 3 weeks early and weighed the same as Little Jed- he even was 1/2 an inch longer with 1 1/2 cm bigger head!  The umbilical cord was thick and healthy- which made me think I had to have done something right!

I came home from the hospital the next day, ready to go!  I'm having a fast recovery and hope to look like me again soon!  Baby Jay is a cute, healthy lil boy who is just going to be so spoiled this Christmas, along with his big brother!

Well there you have it. Sorry for the lengthy post. You can't say I didn't warn you!

I hope everyone is having fun getting ready for Christmas!


Introducing Baby Jay

 Our second baby boy was born Tuesday, 11:35am at 37 weeks and 5 days.  (It feels so good not to carry all the way to my due date!!)

He was really hard to push because he was posterior, (face up)... I was huffing and puffing! And having a cold makes it ten times harder. 
7 1bs 11 oz  (The same as Little Jed)

It's so wonderful being a mother! 

 Little Jed came to visit and was being very honery! He doesn't handle mom holding another baby very well... so he protested by getting on the floor and rolling around.


Our two year anniversary!

Wow! Time sure does fly! Our two year anniversary is in just 5 days...
These twenty four months have been awesome! I looked under the tree this morning and saw a Christmas present that said "I love you, Happy Anniversary!"  awwww so sweet.... I wonder what it is!

Here are some of engagement pictures so that you can see how cute we used to be!  ( a lot changes in 2 years) ha!


still growing!

This is it! Today I'm considered full term... 37 weeks!

Yes, I'm pretty miserable. All my friends here me say all day is "ooo ouch, ahh eek!"  I have Braxton Hicks contractions every 9-12 minutes some days, and others days I'm just miserable with crampy knife pains everytime the baby's head moves lower!  So, labor is no more than 3 weeks away... but hopefully it could be closer :)  I'm dilated 1 to 2 cm and 50% effaced... but I  could walk around like that for another 4 weeks if this boogar didn't want to come yet.

Do you get what I'm saying? I'm almost there... I can literally feel it (lol)... but just not quite. I say give it at least a week.  Then maybe those contractions will start to dilate me even more.

But, I'm happy though! I saw a  little newborn the other day and just about cried I wanted my little guy so bad.  I squeezed baby Jed extra hard as we looked through his baby pictures together.  

Toodles to everyone!  I hope that you've had a good day so far.  Pray for me and send happy thoughts my direction. "Please bless Madeline that she'll have her baby, if the baby is ready of course!"

Watch, because you stuck that last part in there, this baby isn't going to be ready until after Christmas... ugh



I'm half-convinced I saw monsters over Thanksgiving Break. Jed's Grandfather loves taxidermy (making stuffed animals, lol) and so he has some of his animals all over the house.  I didn't really grow up around wild animals in the house... but if you did- maybe you'll appreciate this post.  I don't know what half these animals are... so here is my guess:

this is some type of deer

billy goat

Blitzen the Reindeer

Now let's jump to Africa:


looks like a lamb 

Definitely not a lamb

another horned animal that looks really sweet up close

the devil
( I actually know this one! It's a water buffalo)

a zebra-skin rug

this is the monster I was referring to earlier..... It's so UGLY!
Woo Pig Suie

Phew... now that that is over with, let's view some LIVE animals... outside the house.

Now it's time to play a game! (You get it, Game? Hardy har har)
This game is called Find Them Deer! There are two deer in this picture... can you find them? ( Look for ears on the right)

If you had trouble finding the second deer in the picture above... you lost.  But that's okay. You'll definitely be able to find the deer in this picture:

Aren't they so pretty when they are alive?