Thursday, February 12, 2015

She is here! Miss Piper Renee

Piper Renee

Born February 3, 2015 at 11:32 am
Weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces
Measuring 20 1/2 inches

Birth story and more photos to come...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Baby's Firsts Knits

I can't believe I'll be 38 weeks pregnant tomorrow.  Both of our kids were born at exactly 41 weeks so I have been expecting the same with this pregnancy but little tiebreaker has been surprising us every step of the way.

At my 36 week growth ultrasound, she flipped breech/bottom up after being head down the entire pregnancy.  I followed all advice of my midwives and the spinning babies website to coax her to turn on her own (pulsatilla tablets, forward leaning inversion, breech tilt, moxibustion through my local acupuncturist) before my scheduled version (ECV) at the hospital to turn her.  We were definitely surprised 3 days later at the hospital to be told she was already head down.

She is an active baby, and I am hoping that doesn't mean she is going to have the sleeping habits of Teagan.  Her activity along with the frequent contractions make me think that I wont see 41 weeks this time but I am hoping I am wrong.  I'd like to keep her in as long as possible since Nathan is currently sick, with a persistent fever and cough.  He started tamiflu as a precaution and the pulmonologist just called in Cipro as well.  Today I am experiencing early symptoms that I'm catching what he has (headache, cough) - definitely in no mood to be in active labor.

In an effort to ease my mind, I am trying to make sure our bags are packed and ready to go.  I've never been one to need much in my hospital bag - my camera is the most important item since it is the one thing that can't be brought to me after delivery.  Regardless, I added baby tiebreaker's coming home outfit along with the lamb stuffie I knit for her.

It took me months to decide on the perfect pattern for her coming home outfit and I am so glad I didn't settle.  I knit the entire set with Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, which is a soft blend of cashmere, merino wool, and microfiber.  The little lamb stuffie measures just under 8 inches head to toe.

Pardon any grammatical errors, 8 pm means bedtime.  I don't cheat myself out of sleep these days.  I never know when I will need the energy.  

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy 1st Birthday Baby Pug

Baby Felix Valentine turned one year old on Christmas Morning.  We were busy with Christmas festivities with the kids so we celebrated her birthday the day after.

I made her a mini two layer peanut butter and carrot pup cake with whipped cream cheese icing dyed pink with juiced beet.

I don't think she got past the cream cheese frosting but I had to stop her before she made herself sick.


After Baby Felix's cake smash, her buddies Big Felix, Lola, and Family joined us to celebrate.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our family to yours.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Our Christmas Tree 2014

This year, choosing our Christmas tree was almost a complete disaster.  The day couldn't have been any colder.  The kids were freezing cold and did not stop complaining.  Teagan did not dress appropriately and honestly I would have ditched the whole affair if it were up to me.    

We have a smaller artificial tree from our apartment days that is always a backup.  This year would have been a perfect year to go that route but Jay was determined to get a real tree.  We quickly walked up and down the rows of trees and picked one.  We called Nathan over and put Teagan in front of the tree for a very quick picture.  

Once Nathan realized that we chose the tree for them he became very upset.  He wanted a tree that cost an additional $20 and was half the height and double the width.  I honestly didn't think he would ever get over the meltdown.

That evening he had no problem cutting the netting off the tree and now at least a week later he seems to like our tree.

It took over a week to decorate the tree in stages.  The kids broke a half dozen Hallmark ornaments while they waited a couple of days for Jay to get the lights up.  I think I am just going to buy Krazy Glue in anticipation of Christmas.  Hallmark ornaments are cute and don't shatter but they break, ALL THE TIME!

Once we got the lights up, then the ornaments went up.  Then another couple days passed and the star went up.  Another couple of days passed and the garland went up.  Another couple of days and we found our bubbling lights.  I think whatever the tree looks like now is good enough.  I'm too tired for this.

I'll have to post an updated photo of our decorated tree.  The ornaments move on a daily basis, and I'm sure that little lady dressed in pink above is the culprit.