Thursday, November 24, 2011

Introducing Abigail Bonnie

November 22, 2011

Abigail (Abbie) Bonnie was born at 5:48 pm weighing 6lbs 8oz and 19 inches long.

She is named after Abigail Adams (wife of John Adams - 2nd president of the United States) and Matt's mother Bonnie - another example of a remarkable woman.

Right after her first bath.

Here she is 2 days old.

Hayden and Carter are also in love with little Abbie. Carter takes the more soft and gentle older brother, responsible approach with the baby. I'm pretty sure Hayden thinks she just got a new baby doll to play with.

The nurses put this cute Thanksgiving bow in her hair.

My baby girl Hayden as of 3 days ago, looks like she grew up over night. She now looks so much bigger to me. She really has lost most of her baby look and is looking more and more like a little girl.

We are so excited to have our precious Abbie in our family now. She is so precious and we are feeling so thankful to have her here safe and sound this Thanksgiving Day!

Here are a couple videos of Abbie and the kids:

Friday, November 18, 2011

Let's go ahead and finish up October

Carter finished up his 3rd season of soccer. And I think it may be his last one for a while. He is ready for a break. He improved this season, but we still have a ways to go.

Grandpa reading to the grandkids.

I can't remember for sure, but I think I was just shy of 35 weeks here.

The kids wanted in on the fun so they stuffed their shirts with babies or stuffed animals to take a picture, too. Hayden only wanted to run around with her pregnant belly.

And here's a quick video of my two children that I love and adore:

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Carter's First Stitches

We had a traumatic beginning to our day this morning. Carter was trying to climb up one of the bar stools at the counter with legos in his hand. He slipped and fell and hit his face on the edge of the stool and his teeth went right through.

I automatically assumed we were headed to Urgent Care (which is much cheaper for us than ER but still $75) when Matt said, why would I ever go pay for one of those guys to do it when i could do a way better job? Well, ok then. I of course was worried about scarring our child with the pain that we were about to inflict, but no matter what I knew it was not going to be a pleasant experience.

So Matt numbed him up with two shots, this was the worst part!! Matt put Carter's head in between his legs with his legs over Carter's arms while I laid myself over the rest of his body and kept his head still. Carter was screaming and saying the saddest things. I turned my head, I couldn't watch, and cried the whole time. Hayden was worried for her brother so she was crying too. Once Carter's lip was huge and numb, Dad sewed him up while I held the IPad in a place where he could watch something while Dad stitched. It was pretty intense, but Dad did one heck of a job. I learned through all of this that I could never be a dr or a nurse. Carter is all about showing off his stitches now and I think he thinks their pretty cool stuff. He had to go show them off to all his neighbor buddies this afternoon. Boys will be boys!

But the sweetest thing of the day was when Grandma and Grandpa were leaving this evening, Carter told them, "My Dad can fix anything." Yes honey, you keep believing that.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Our Day on Bedrest and Leaves

Yesterday it felt like the whole family was on bedrest with me. We had a lazy Sunday around the house. The kids were so fun to watch in the morning. They played dogs for almost an hour. It was amazing to watch them get along, not fight, and even help out each other when they fell into "the pit of snakes."

Then around 4:00 that afternoon, Matt asked if I'd be able to handle sitting in the car because he felt we all needed to get out of the house and get a breather. I had remembered that Carter had begged about two weeks earlier to make a pile of leaves and jump in them. We don't have enough trees at our house to make leaves to do that, but we knew of a local park that had tons of HUGE trees filled wtih leaves. So we hopped in the car with the rake and headed out.

This was the most perfect place to go and play in the leaves. It literally took about 2 minutes to make a HUGE pile of leaves because there were so many! The kids were in leaf heaven.

When Matt and I got married, my Aunt Valerie told me once that even though she thought I was pretty she really hoped that we would have a child that looked just like Matt especially with his big, chocolate brown eyes. I agreed! And this picture clearly shows those beautiful, big, chocolate brown eyes.

Matt getting his rake on.

You'd think I'd look more rested after being on bedrest for two weeks, but man I just look worn out.

Carter also decided to help out and rake up the leaves.

Wow, doesn't she look so big?!

Boys and sticks go hand in hand.

Yes, that's right I am 35 1/2 weeks pregnant at this point. I know I am not very big for how far along I am, but man this black jacket really does have a slimming down affect. It's also nice have a son photographer so that Matt and I can actually be in the same picture together. He is such a great Dad and helped to make this evening so fun!

Below I have a bunch of videos of our time in the leaves. I know there's a lot, but it was such a magical and needed time for our little family that I wanted to be able to remember this evening for a long time to come.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Halloween Pics

Our church does an annual chili cook-off and trunk or treat at Halloween time. It's always a big turn out and a lot of fun. Sadly, I was unable to go this year and Matt got the kids there and met up with Grandma and Grandpa. I have been on bedrest for the last week and a half. I am just over 35 weeks. Since about week 29 I have been showing signs of pre-term labor. My doctor was kind enough not to put me on bedrest that early on and just put me on some meds to slow down the contractions. But at week 34 the meds alone did not seem to be able to keep this little munchkin in, so on bedrest I went. Thanks to friends and family, our family has been getting through it though it's been tough.

The Sunday before Matt and Carter carved our pumkin. Carter loves bats and he loves vampires, so why not combine them?

Halloween Night. We got together with our awesome neighbors and took pics at one of their houses and then the kids went off trick or treating. I got to go back home and lay low. Sadly, I didn't even think of if our camera was ready for Halloween night so I barely had enough battery just to snag a couple pictures. But what a CUTE group of kids!! We are so lucky to live on the street that we live on!

What a cute ladybug and strong batman we have!!