Wednesday, May 27, 2009

More pictures!

Thought I'd post some more pictures of the world's most peaceful and content baby! With all the doting she receives, it's easy to see why she's so peaceful and content! :-)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

More pictures of our beautiful girl!

Well, the past two days have been wonderful. Theresa is amazing. The older kids are totally in love and almost love her a little too much! LOL. It's a good problem to have. I've been recovering well, and Trey is taking good care of me. So, there's really nothing to add but pictures!!! So, for your viewing pleasure.....

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Baby T is here!

After literally days and days of "false" labor, Baby T finally came into the world yesterday. Thursday night was particularly hard night with hours of very hard back labor that eventually fizzled out. I called my midwife, Ilise, Friday morning, and she decided to come over about one o'clock. I made an appointment with my acupuncturist for 11am. After chilling at his office with needles in my legs, hands, and arms - connected to electro-something-or-other stimulation - listening to his Chinese music for an hour, I was much more relaxed. When Ilise came, she gave me something homeopathic - I don't know what it was. Then she checked my cervix and found out that the baby was malpositioned. She moved her around and finally got her into the proper position. When she first touched her head, Theresa punched at her! It was pretty funny. Once Theresa was in position, Ilise put castor oil on my cervix. Then, she made me a "childbirth cocktail" which included castor oil, black and blue cohosh, and a bunch of other herbs. She left and I drank the cocktail around 2. I relaxed and was able to even fall asleep for 30-45 minutes. I woke up and started having contractions at 3:40. They weren't too awful, and I stayed very relaxed for a while until I realized I was having regular contractions, and Ilise had warned me that things would probably take off - FAST. So, I got up and timed them for a while and called Ilise about 20 minutes later. I told her the contractions were regular - every 3 to 4 minutes, but they weren't unbearable yet. I told Trey that he needed to wrap up what he was doing because we were having a baby. 20 minutes later the contractions were very strong, and I told Trey to call Ilise and tell her to come. The contractions had gotten very strong and very fast. Trey timed them for a few minutes, called Ilise back and said, "The contractions are 30 seconds apart." Ilise said, "Oh shit." LOL. She told Trey to be prepared because she might not make it on time. I called my friend Carrie, and she came over to help us. Luckily, she lives very close. I'm really glad she was able to come. She was such an incredible comfort to me. Contractions came fast and hard, and I could feel the urge to push before the midwives arrived, so I stayed horizontal on the bed. Trey was trying to figure out the birth tub liner and get the tub filled. I knew if I got on my hands and knees or got in the birth tub, I would be pushing Theresa out before the midwives got there, and I didn't want that. At one point, I remember yelling, "Where is Ilise?!" Ilise showed up with Yvette behind her by just a few minutes. Just a few minutes after they got here, I got in the tub. I had one or two contractions in the tub, and I knew I was in transition. Then I got a few minutes break which was heaven. On the next contraction, I gave one or two really large pushes, and she was born! The whole thing took about two hours. It was a whirlwind, and I am still a little fuzzy on all the details. She's perfect, and we are in heaven!

Theresa Aaralynn (air-uh-LYNN)
Born May 22, 2009
8 pounds 12 ounces, 20 3/4 inches

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The graduate

Tonight was Olivia's preschool graduation. I have some videos of the songs they sang, but they still have to uploaded to YouTube, so I'm just going to post pictures tonight. Thanks to our crappy camera and computer, not all of the pictures uploaded either. Oh well - I have some cute ones!
The first one is the annual kidlet picture in front of the plants by the school. Yes, we are missing a kid in this picture because Ray decided to be a terd and not get in the picture.

Here's a cute one of Livi and her Daddy.

This is Livi and her best friend at preschool - who, we found out tonight, will be going to kindergarten at St. Mark's, too! Hooray.

There is always a big congratulations cake for after the ceremony.

I'll try to get the videos on YouTube tomorrow, so that I can post them, but this is it for tonight because I'm beat!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Beth's Jump Rope

I finally got the videos on Beth Ann's jump rope exhibition downloaded. This year is the second year she has been a part of the jump rope team at Heritage. She loves it. Here are her videos!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Okay, so maybe I was ready to knock his block off yesterday with something heavy, but he has to put up with my crap, too! This song sums up my feelings for my husband perfectly! If he actually READ my blog once in a while, he might actually find out nice things about us! LOL.

Monday, May 11, 2009

40 weeks!

Mom and Dad came in today, and Beth Ann had her jump rope exhibition, but I am just too darn tired to download those photos!!! So, I am just going to post what I hope is my last belly picture - 40 weeks!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Quick garden update

It's finally getting to planting season here in Colorado! Of course, it's also getting to be "baby having" season at our house, so we'll see what gets done in the next couple of weeks! LOL. What we do have planted is doing really well though. We're going to try and put some stakes out for our pea plants this weekend. They're doing really well. The kids are so excited to see them growing. The peas are the first picture. The second picture is of our first batch of lettuce (in the front) and spinach (in the back).

We also have planted rosemary, sage, a second batch of lettuce, mache, and carrots. We have two kinds of basil planted in egg cartons that we'll be transplanting in a couple of weeks. I would be remiss in not mentioning the two bean plants that, so far, the cat has not completely killed growing in the kitchen window. Olivia planted these in Sunday school several weeks back (way too soon!). We're going to need to transplant those somewhere in the garden soon as well.

I also want to post an update on our compost bin. It's starting to really cook. Trey was stirring it today, and we could feel the heat coming off it. It was very cool. It's also starting to make some great dirt. I'm not sure how much you can see in the pictures, but it's really doing well!