Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
I took at picture of Henry at approximately 1.5 weeks with his "Zero month" t-shirt and then on his "one month birthday" with his "One Month" t-shirt. I can't believe how much he has changed in such a short amount of time!
Friday, June 18, 2010
We had lots of visitors and Henry got to meet his cousins of both the canine and little girl variety:) (All three greatly approve!)
We love all the visitors and have too many photos to show so below is just a sampling, but grandmas and grandpas, great-grandparents, friends, and relatives all stopped by. Everyone was so generous and took excellent care of us with a helping hand, meals, advice and of course, super cute gifts for baby Henry!
Thanks again to everyone for helping us survive those first few weeks at home--we could not have done it without you! Thank you also for making Henry feel so welcome! We already know that Henry is so loved by you all and will have an excellent, supportive environment to grow up in!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Henry Kryn G entered the world May 6, 2010 at 4:01 PM weighing in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches long. He has lots of blonde hair and big blue eyes (for now).
Labor went well until about hour 11 when he just wouldn't come down. I ended up having a C-section, but the important part is that everyone is happy and healthy and adjusting well to life at home.
We are so blessed and so in love! Here's to a new life as a family of 3!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
My favorite lullaby as a child happens to be one of those songs.
My daddy always used to sing me the song "Little Bird, Little Bird" which he learned in high school choir. It is actually a song from the musical "Man of La Mancha" which is a muscial adapted from the original play "Don Quixote" about the Spanish Inquisition. The most famous song from this musical is acutally "Impossible Dream." Odd choice? Yes, we know, but it was a song my dad knew well. So, while "Little Bird, Little Bird" is really not well known by many, and not a traditional lullaby, I know the entire song by heart and always have!
Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, I was actually able to find a recording of someone singing it! And so...I have decided to add this song as the tune of our blog since I plan to sing it to Baby G very, very soon!
Here we are at 39 weeks. Baby G, we are so ready for you! Lots of contractions, but everything just fizzled into nothing. On a more positive note, we are so happy you have stuck it out this entire time and look forward to your healthy arrival!
However, I must note that Ron and I had a wonderful weekend going down to the LUAP festival to enjoy some Mexican food for Cinco De Mayo, seeing Dutch Dance and trying to walk Baby G out at mulitple garage sales and the Art in the Park. We also spent lots of down time at home making tacos (note a spicy food theme?) and playing games together like Skip-Bo and TriOminos. Yes, we are that boring on at Saturday or Sunday night, but my Freddie Flinstone feet needed a rest, and it was so nice to spend time together.
We got our photos back from our maternity session and love them! Christina from Closer to the Heart Photography did a great job! Here is a sneak peek on her blog if you are interested....but be forewarned **Bare Bellies Ahead**
Here's to hoping for updates with baby photos soon.....
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Here we are most recently:
It's hard to tell from the pictures, but Baby G has dropped. Mom V was the first to notice:) I noticed it earlier that weekend, but Ron said he couldn't tell. I hadn't seen Mom in 1 1/2 weeks and she said something the minute I opened the door! Let's hope this means the end is near....
My wardrobe is hoping the end is near too, as all my tops are getting too short:) I have some nice ones I can still wear in public but around the house I have a bad case of what we refer to as "Pooh Belly"...as in Winnie the Pooh and his stylish way of wearing his shirt:
Mom tells me it just means I had perfect planning when it comes to my matenity wardrobe. :)
In other news, we had our 38th week appointment with Dr. H. I really wish I could take his nurse, Marissa, with us. Ron and I both adore her. She is so sweet and after seeing her so many weeks in a row, I wish she could be with us at the hospital. I'm sure that whoever we have at the hospital will be fine, but I'd feel so much better knowing in advance. Dr. H says things are progressing well, right where they should be. He wasn't too concerned about my Flinstonitis:) and told me just to put my feet up as much as possible.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
The nesting saga continues....I have reorganized all the kitchen cupboards, the bathroom drawers, the linen closet and have begun to freeze meals for after baby G's arrival (6 in counting so far!) I figure it is easier to do it now than to try to figure out what to make with a brand new baby around.
And....what you have all been waiting for...the Nursery!
Finally, our comfy glider where I am sure we will be spending lots of time!
Monday, March 15, 2010
We went to the see Dr. H Thursday for our 32 week appointment. All is still well:) Baby G is measuring right where he/she should be and has a strong heartbeat of 144 beats per minute!
Nothing much else exciting to report, except that we are happy Baby G is staying put for now. We will now start seeing Dr. H every 2 weeks instead of every 4 weeks. Not really looking forward to all the appointments, but at least the snow has cleared for a better drive there!
Mom V. surprised me this week with some warm-weather maternity clothes! A cute t-shirt and some capris that will work now and after the baby arrives. Here's to wishful thinking that I can wear them soon!! So happy to have something to spice up my wardrobe...it was getting awfully boring here as we go into month #8!
Still waiting for the first official sign of Spring----a garage sale sign! I'll let you know when I see one....
Baby G, your Uncle Scott felt you move this week! We had dinner with Uncle Scott and Aunt Jill on Sunday. Aunt Jill made some awesome Sausage bread and then we played Scrabble. While we were playing the game you were moving all over the place--we could see my stomach moving from side to side, so Uncle Scott came over and put his hand on my belly to see if he could feel you. You didn't disappoint--a big kick for him! It was pretty funny:) I know they are so excited to meet you. You are going to love them so much and your cousin Rocky too!
And not to disappoint, here is the every-growing Baby G at 32 weeks:
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
We were both nervous and excited. We had hoped to meet lots of other parents-to-be and get a lot out of the class.
Needless to say...there was no participation which was disappointing to us both. There was also very, very little time for question and answer. Basically, we spent the whole day watching a video. ***Blah*** Not at all what we expected. We were less than thrilled with the outcome, but on a more positive note, it did really encourage some great conversation between Ron and I the rest of the day Saturday.
We discussed a lot of what wasn't covered in the class that we wished she would have addressed, and our feelings about the "normal" procedures she covered and how we felt about them. So, overall, we did learn a lot---that what we wanted to know wasn't covered and that we needed to do some research! It also gave us the opportunity to discuss our feelings on different subjects.
Sunday we made out our Birth Plan. I hadn't originally planned on doing this, but after the class it was obvious our wishes were not always "the norm." A birth plan is really a sort of list of things we hope can happen and things we don't want to happen during labor and delivery. We plan to discuss it with the doctor next week. Hopefully this will clear some things up for us and put us at ease about some issues that either weren't covered at all in class or were just skimmed over.
We've all both decided that this class really made the birth of our soon-to-be Baby G all too real!We have even started getting together a list for our hospital bag, since I would hate to be scrounging around at the last minute. The nerves have kicked in, and I'm trying to limit myself to one "nesting" activity a day. Sunday I cleaned out every bathroom cupboard and drawer. Monday Mom V. helped me organize the nursery a bit with the gifts we received at the shower. The next on my list is the linen closet--need to make room for baby towels and washcloths:) and the kitchen--again to make room for Baby G. Funny how he/she isn't even here yet, but is already invading every corner of the house!
In other news....this week Tuesday marked 31 weeks! Baby G is active as ever, but seems (for now) to have resolved the night-time dance situation:) The kicks have gone from little jabs into full on pushes. I feel like apologizing that there isn't more room in there! So sorry, Baby G:) Just a while longer!
According to the Bump.com, Baby G is the size of a squash and now has all five completely functional senses. Also, wake and sleep cycles are beginning to develop--let's hope you keep it straight for a little while longer, I'm enjoying my peaceful nights!
Here is the 31 week photo:
Baby G has also taken a liking to the right side giving me a rather lopsided look :) It's quite humorous--we notice it most often when relaxing at night on the couch or in bed. My stomach has a large bump on the right side, and slopes down on the left. Too funny! Baby G's "parts" are becoming a little more obvious as well. Not that we can feel for sure, but you can often feel a big bump which we assume is a baby G's heiny and pushes from elbows, feet, knees and hands. Sometimes we wish we could see just what you are doing in there! Keep it moving though---we know from our books all this pushing means you are working out your muscles to be nice and strong when you arrive!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
A special thanks goes out to Sherrie who was a fabulous host! Her home is always so inviting, and she is a wonderful cook!
Baby G---I've told you this before, but you are so loved by so many already! Everyone is so excited to meet you and cannot wait for your arrival---although we are all in agreement that you need to wait a few weeks to make your appearance:)
You gave us a little scare on Friday before my shower by giving us multiple episodes of Braxton-Hicks contractions. Thankfully, nothing was consistent and you settled down before the shower. Thanks for reminding your Mommy she needs to remember to take it easy;)
We had a wonderful time playing games and socializing and got sooooooo many gifts! We recieved a ton of cloth diapers and wipes, butt cream and a wet bag to get us started on our cloth diaper journey from Mom and Dad V as well as a diaper sprayer from Grandma S.
We also received a baby bather, adorable frog Humidifier and monkey baby activity gym. As well as some things baby G can use a bit later, which will be so nice! Like a Bumbo, an umbrella stoller, sand pail, and shopping cart cover. Some really unique boutique items including some little argyle socks with the letter "G" all over them for baby G :) Bowls, spoons, lotions, toys, burp cloths, blankets, bottles, pacifiers, etc.! Too much to list!
There were even some handmade items!! Including the tiniest knitted booties you have ever seen from my friend Jennifer as well as a handmade hooded towel and a "magic" hanky that is a bonnet but turns into a wedding hanky for the baby (if it's a girl) or his bride (if it's a boy) from my friend Stephanie.
Mama G even got her own special gift from Terri--a gift certificate for a pedicure! Ahh...this will be fantastic time of relaxation and a much-needed outing after baby G arrives!! I plan on making it an event to remember:)
So, without further ado...here are some photos from the event:
Here is my 30 week belly pic before the shower---new haircut this week too:)
Here are some general snapshots from the evening:
Oh, and here is a photo that would have been so cute (pretend my eyes are open! LOL.)
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The "nesting" instinct has taken over. (Hence why it has been a while since I have posted!) I had Ron put shelving in both the nursery and office closets and have been organizing like a mad woman. Ron really doesn't understand the need to have every closet in the house organized for arrival of the baby, but he is understanding that if it is what I need to do to feel more "prepared" (as if one could ever truly be prepared)--he humors me:) I cleaned the office last week and dumped two huge bags of paper off at the Paper Gator, (if you have never used this before, they are awesome) as well as made...er...helped Ron clean out his closet and have a whole bag of things to donate to Goodwill.
The office is already a mess again, but only because I have a work in progress:) Mom V. has been over this week working on the nursery. We got the crib skirt and curtains made as well as a liner of the clothes hamper. We also got my vinyl wall phrase in the mail from Old Barn Rescue Company on Etsy. Their stuff is so beautiful and we had a custom quote made just for our nursery! It looks like Adonna (the artist) came to my house and handpainted it just for baby G!
Yes...I know...you want to see! Well, pictures will be posted, but I want to wait until everything is finished to give you the full effect...but, we are getting close, I promise! I am so blessed to have a creative Mother who can sew anything! The nursery is going to be fantastic! Love you, Mom!!
As for the baby night owl we have on our hands....
Baby G has decided his/her favorite time of day is at about 11:30 p.m. That's when things really start moving. Usually it is just a short jig, probably just attempting to get comfortable for the night, but about 3 a.m. is when the real dance party begins!! We aren't talking little kicks and jabs, but a full-on gold-medal-worth gymnastics routine that makes me feel as if Baby G is trying to escape right through the side of my stomach. While I am so blessed to have a healthy, kicking baby and have high hopes that this means our child will have more rhythm than his/her father (hehe), it's exhausting! The past two weeks I've been wide awake for multiple hours a night, and the other day gave up on sleep altogether. Thank goodness I have a job that allows me to start work at 4 a.m.--at least I could do something productive!
We are hoping that Baby G gets this all out of his/her system since Mommy cannot go another 13 weeks on only a few hours of sleep a night. Trust me, Baby G, it is in your best interest to let me sleep now so I'm joyful and refreshed when you arrive:) Plus, don't you need your beauty sleep? I feel you all day and all night, and if you are anything like your Mommy, lack of sleep does not suit you darling, as you will be a crabby monster!
Let's hope this message hits home soon...
Last but not least...here are the latest belly photos
Looking rather tired at 25 weeks...
Monday, January 11, 2010
For instance, did you know that a baby will go through about 9,000 diaper changes in their first 2.5 years of life? (Ron turned green at this one!) Each disposable takes 200-500 years to decompose too. Yuck!! All those nasty diapers just sitting a landfill like buried treasure for future generations!
Also, Friday, we had another doctor's appointment. Baby G has an excellent heartbeat and the doctor says everything on the ultrasound looks normal! We were told pains I have been having in my ribs are probably just inflammation of the cartilage from the pressure of all of my organs pushing up into my rib cage to make room for Baby G. At least we know what it is, and have a few suggestions from the doctor for pain relief in the meantime.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
We had a wonderful New Year's Eve with our friends Josh and Linda Jo Carron. We spent the evening hanging out with great friends, enjoyed some homemade pizza, and games on the Wii. Overall, the night was so nice, low-key and relaxing! What a great way to ring in the New Year! We know it is going to be a great one!
Here is a photo on New Years day in our 22nd week:
In other news...we are beginning to get things ready for the Baby G... Mom and Dad V have been working hard refinishing an antique bassinet for us. The results are beautiful! I just wish we would have taken "before pictures" as it was a well-worn white wicker bassinet with a super ruffly cover! They refinished it to match our tastes and make sure that it was safe for Baby G!
Here are a few photos of the bassinet with the beautiful finished cover and a couple of the printed sheets Mom V made for it (there are also tons of plain ones she made that are not shown.) She made everything to match the colors we are going to use in the nursery. You can see a bit of the nursery paint color in the background. Unfortunately, you can't see well in these photos the cute little embroidery she did around the edges well..but it is there:)
Baby G, you are so loved by many already! Look at all this custom work just for you!