Sunday, December 28, 2014

What a wonderful year

Enjoying our sweet family so haven't had a lot of time to blog, but wanted to post up some pictures for all who still follow us along - we love you all and are so blessed to have such amazing friends and family surround us!  We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy 2015!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

5 years and 5 weeks!

Liam turned 5 at the end of September!! Talk about time flying by -- I struggled so much with what to do for his birthday, but we decided to just do a family outing at his favorite park for dinner.  I'm hoping to do some kind of party for him this month, but still undecisive - mainly just don't want to get any germs around Noah, and it's not the best time of year to avoid them!! 

Liam is such a good big brother....I just can't get over how in love with Noah he is...and I am so thankful for that!  It's funny, he likes to be "in the know" with everything Noah is doing - very big on knowing what kind of diaper he has (wet? is it poopy? big poopy? what color...etc) and he often remembers for me what side I last nursed on, which is very helpful when I am sleep deprived during the day and can't remember.  In fact they recently started snuggle time on the couch in the mornings (don't worry, I don't go too far away from them)  but it is the sweetest. thing. ever.

 Noah is 5 weeks old!  Man, time is flying by - He is doing great, gaining weight like a champ and just a really good baby.  We are so blessed to have him home for the first weeks of his almost felt like we had never had a newborn before!  With Liam being in the NICU for the first 3 weeks of life, the nurses mostly had the overnight duties and a lot of the day to day care, so it's been new for us for sure!  Thankfully Noah is a pretty good sleeper at night, although he does wake about every 3 hours to eat still.  But at least in between he sleeps =)

Noah's 1 month appointment showed his weight up to 9 lbs 8 oz (a gain of 2 lbs since birth!) and everything healthy as can be. He is happy for the most part when he is awake and sleeps well.  He is just started to follow things with his eyes and be awake for longer periods during the day, which is fun.  

All in all, we are doing wonderfully adjusting to having Noah in the family.  It's always busy busy around here, but when was is not? LOL  More to come soon!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Our newest addition!

Our sweet Noah Henry was born 9.10.14 -- 7 lbs 7 oz -- 18 inches

Lots of blonde hair!  And he looks exactly like Liam when he was born!
Right after delivery

Noah's first family picture

Going home!

Noah is doing great and we came home the next day after birth.  My labor was a little longer than I expected being this my second child I always heard they came a lot faster than the first.  But I am thankful he come on his own in the timeframe we were looking for! I started having contractions shortly after my OB appointment Tuesday morning of last week.  It was a slow going until the next morning, and Noah came pretty quickly and arrived at 9:05 Wednesday morning.  I opted to forego pain meds and epidural, and was successful, however I am not sure I would do that again! LOL  But I am glad everything went smooth and I recovered much faster this time around.  He has been feeding great, gaining weight and being a normal baby.  We did have a slight jaundice issue which prompted some home phototherapy treatment last weekend.  I actually got a little emotional when they delivered the equipment to our house, mainly because I am hormonal!  But it brought back some memories of Liam's birth, and those feelings came unexpectedly.  But all is well, after much prayer and hearing from the Lord about it, I am at peace.  It is so sweet for me to see both my boys together - Such sweet precious miracles they both are!

We have been adjusting to life at home with a newborn and trying to maintain some sort of consistency in our days for Liam sake -- it's been a challenge, but we have wonderful family and friends here who have helped out this past week and we are SO appreciative! 

More to come!  I'm off to feed our lil guy!  Love and hugs to all - thanks for keeping up with us!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Progress Reports and Back to School!

Thought I'd better post another update before the baby gets here and you don't see me for awhile again, haha.  I'll be 37 weeks tomorrow and we are counting down the days until delivery!  I've started on some Evening Primrose Oil to help things along, so it could be anytime!

About 36 weeks here!
 Liam had his 6 month cardiology appointment last Tuesday, and it couldn't have gone better!  I think this was the best visit he has EVER had - news and all!  So, Dr. V has been watching him for some isolated high pressures in the 70's in his conduit they have been seeing on the Echo at each previous appointment....I was so very hopeful, this would be the year with NO medical interventions being needed (aka, no heart cath!)...Praying very hard for favor and a break to say the least.  Well, it turns out, Dr. V reported that they didn't even see ANY isolated high pressures on his Echo this time, and pressures were consistent in the 40's!!  You can't even imagine how sweet that news was to our ears!  We serve a mighty God, who hears our prayers!!  So we go back for a routine visit next February.  SOO very thankful!!

Liam also had his first "official" day of Pre-K yesterday...He is growing up so fast!  He still is going 2 days a week at a local church right down the street from us.  His teachers are super sweet and have already sent multiple communication emails, which gets a HUGE A + plus with this momma!  He had a great first day, although he did say he was a little "nervous" and then asked me what that meant, lol.  He is very excited they do not have to take naps this year too, and I am grateful we do not need to lug his nap mat up to school anymore, ha!

Ms. Kim and Ms. Jen at meet the teacher

First day of Pre-K!

Mommy and Liam before class starts

Cute first day picture taken by his teachers - so thoughtful and sweet!!

We are also "trialing" a year of homeschool Kindergarten on our days at home.  I have always gone back and forth with a decision to homeschool, but I feel like there are a lot of great reasons it will work well for Liam and our family, so decided to do a test run this year, since he won't officially be Kindergartner age until next year.  We are mainly focusing on learning to read, handwriting and math.  He loves the idea of me being his "teacher" and having "lessons" at home.  My parents will also be helping some in his teaching, as my mom is a grade school art teacher and my dad is a musician, so it has become a family affair!  I opted not to start with an actual curriculum set, but instead, researched and chose several books to help guide us in our goals for his learning this year:

Devotional: (REALLY loving this devotional for little boys - perfect in length and content!)

 Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Engelmann, Siegfried

Character building:
Coriell, Ron

Barden, Christine H.  
Science:   God's Marvelous works; Book One by Teacher's Edition (1975) - I found two editions at our local thrift store and bought them on a whim -- Indeed they are a little old, I love the way it presents science in relation to God's creation, and I am excited about doing some simple experiments and reading out of them, hopefully for a few years!
History and geography will be more play (puzzles, games) and bible story based.   

I am holding onto all my plans for the year loosely and just letting God take control and direct our steps.  I know with the new baby, there will be a lot of changes, so I am at peace knowing things may or may not work out, but I am hopeful homeschool will work out and be a fun process.

That's about all in our world right now - We have a lot on our plate, but are full with God's blessings and provision.  We are excited about this new stage as parents and a family and can't wait to see all God has for us in this season!  Thanks for journeying along with us, we are so grateful for all the loving support and prayers you all provide us!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer fun!

Sorry it may have seemed I have abandoned my blog lately!  Just wanted to hop on for a minute and provide some updates and hopefully a picture or two - All is going well in our little family, and baby #2 is growing steadily and healthily!  I am right at 34 weeks, and news from yesterday's visit is my midwife is hoping I will go into labor between 37 or 38 weeks...which means, right around the corner!!

I'll have to be honest I'm a little bit more anxious and nervous with this birth.  Mainly because I am taking blood thinners for my clotting disorder and just not sure how my body will respond with that during delivery and postpartum.  We are expecting a healthy baby boy, the fetal echo was completely normal and so was the anatomy scan, so we are SO very thankful there are no indications of any issues with the baby.  Plan is to hopefully go into labor naturally and deliver under a nurse midwife at the hospital.  Very different than what we had planned for Liam's arrival!  But I feel more educated this time around and I just want to experience everything moment by moment.

Summer has been great - I am very thankful living in Texas, it has been very mild - we haven't had too many days of extreme heat, and actually a lot of very nice weather, which has been great.  Liam is doing great as well, still enjoying gymnastics once a week and getting ready to turn 5!  I can't believe it!  He won't officially be in kindergarten this fall due to his age and birthday, but we are planning on homeschooling him kindergarten curriculum this year as a trial to see if that may be a good option for him.  He will still be in a preschool program at church 2 days a week for now as well.

Heart stuff has been remaining low on the radar, which is great.  His next appointment is August 26, so we will see if anything has changed on his echo.  I am not quite sure what the next step will be, but I'm praying we will not have to pay our deductible this year for the first time in 5 years for him!

That's about it for now!  I'll leave you with some picture highlights of our summer - Fall is slowly approaching and there will be lots of "newness" to come for us!  Will **try to keep the blog updated with our little ones arrival!  Blessings and love to all of you!

On our way to Atlanta in June to visit cousins!  Stopped at Vicksburg visitor's center for this pic!

Cousin silliness!

Cosuin love!

On the road back to our home state of Texas - Liam did great in the car, but we realized this trip, he really does get car sick...very easily =(

July 4th with more cousins!

Pool time with mommy

Belly pic @ 29 weeks

Cousins - had a little family reunion back to back with both my family and Dustin's family - We are so blessed!

Cousins at their very first circus!  And mine too =)

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Annual birthday weekend celebration for the cousins!

Family portrait in our handmade tye dye shirts!