Friday, October 21, 2011


Ever have a moment where you look at your life and think to yourself I'm really truly happy in this moment?

This would be one of those moments.....

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Somethings just don't work out like we plan....

Such as our attempt at a family picture today.....3 of us are in it and it looks pretty good.....
And was our 4 year olds response to participating in the photo...

Yep that pretty much says what she thinks about that....I'm actually so amused by this photo that I might frame it! It's HYSTERICAL!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Here at last!

We are so happy to announce that on October 7th at 8:45 am, Miss Amelia Belle made her debut into the world! She was 7 lbs 7 ounces and 20 inches long. We had a schedule induction for October 13th, but life had other plans for us and we ended up being induced early because I developed severe preeclamsia and my placenta started to abrupt. My husband jokes that all the OB stuff we promptly forgot after nursing school came back during my delivery. We are very, very lucky that the delivery went as smoothly as it did. As much as I have hated my prenatal care, the military hospital did a wonderful job in the delivery/postpartum area. My nurses were incredible. I can't say enough good about them, particularly Kate and LaShonda. Amelia had a hard time with her blood sugars after birth due to my gestational diabetes and there were several mentions of her going to the NICU for a stay to regulate her with IV medication. LaShonda worked so hard to help me get her sugars stable until she started regulating herself and I'm so very grateful for her help, hard work, patience and support as this new mama cried and cried while trying to force feed her hours old new baby.

My husband is a calm, cool and collected fellow and he was awesome during my hospital stay. He was also hysterical. He tried to give me a phone call while I was pushing....Captain Inappropriate?? He says he was joking but I don't know about that...He gave me a good story to tell though for years to come. He has been a super proud papa and he went up to work today and handed out "It's a Girl" cigars. He loves his girls that's for sure.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the last few days. Pictures of me are absent because I look like I got hit by a truck!!! I didn't get that many pictures at the hospital but I wasn't quite up to it for a while!

Grand entrance:
This was Alyssa's first meeting with her baby sister. She was so excited!!!
How sweet is this? This is my new favorite picture.
And how happy is that little face???
It's been fun being home! Alyssa played school with Amelia yesterday and she put her in her class. She fits right in huh?? I think that this is so adorable!!!
And this is a good picture of Amelia. She's just so precious. We can't decide if she looks like me or Jamey but she's beautiful! I feel so super blessed to have her here happy, healthy and whole AND I'm so glad that I'm no longer pregnant!!!

Monday, October 3, 2011

A room fit for a Big Sister and a LIttle Sister!

It was really important to me to redo Alyssa's room while I was making the bedding for the nursery. I didn't want to make my Big Girl feel left out that mama was busy doing stuff for the baby and not her. It was a lot of work doing both rooms and at times I felt like I was a little nuts for deciding to take both on, but I'm glad I did. I get a lot of pride looking at both girls rooms and knowing that I put all that work into making their little spaces in our home their very own. Here is my sweet Peanut Butter's "Big Sister" room done up in her favorite color PINK! I got her quilt back last week from the long arm quilter and I finished binding it this morning. My friend Benita painted the letters for both Alyssa and Amelia's rooms, and she did such a fantastic job! I still need to finish up the pillow sham for Alyssa's bed, but since Amelia is putting in an appearance any day now I don't think that I am going to get it finished quite yet. It'll just have to be on my project to do list. She has pretty pink curtains and a fluffy new rug and she thinks her room is "really amazing."
This is Amelia's "Little Sister" room. I think it looks pretty good as well. My husband thinks it's funny that we have one room that is so very Pink and the other is so Blue! I like blue and so I figured it's my one and only chance to have a pretty blue nursery. Everyone thought it would look like a boys room, but I don't think that it does. I'm just looking forward to getting my new little girl in her room and us all settling into a family of 4! I makes my heart so happy to be able to do this for my girls! I hope one day I can do it for their girls (or boys! I'd be ok with grandboys as well!)