Thursday, July 28, 2011

guest photographer :)

My mom loves taking pictures as much as I do, though she has a love/hate relationship with cameras. I have this funny memory of mom dropping the camera in Seoul, Korea as we ran across a busy road. Oops! So thanks, Dad, for letting mom keep the camera after you headed back home!

I love being a mommy!

She's been a very smiley little lady:) But they are hard to catch on camera. Good job, Mom!

I think Abigail looks more grown up every day. She has been VERY helpful, especially with Rodney gone. I am so thankful for both of my girls.

Rodney bought himself a new espresso machine and treated all of us to lattes every day he was home (and sometimes in the morning before he headed off to work)...

I love snuggle time with my wee one.

Abigail and I can both squeeze into my rocking chair, which works out well for story time. And isn't Hannah's little cloth diaper bottom adorable! We started cloth diapering when she was a little less than a week old. We're becoming bigger and bigger fans of cotton prefold diapers! I especially love not having to deal with explosive diapers; cloth contains everything. And boy can this girl blow out a diaper!!! She soaked me my first day back at church (all down my dress). From that point onward, it's cloth diapers for church:)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

4 weeks

Monday, July 18, 2011

double teamed

Life with two little girls --

I tried to capture the adorable daddy and daughters moment.

Abigail gave me her best smile and then was on the move.

He is most definitely outnumbered.


He's a great daddy.

Two and Three Weeks

two weeks

early morning snuggle time with Mimi and the girls. I ended up falling asleep in the guest bed while everyone enjoyed breakfast:) It's GREAT having my parents here to help!

three weeks old

We've enjoyed playing gamse in the evening (surprise...surprise...).

beautiful Mimi and baby Hannah!

Abigail is all smiles and slowly adjusting to having a baby sister.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Papa (my two year old's buddy)

Papa was Abigail's buddy - a huge blessing to me (and Abigail). He took her on walks, to the park, and to the pool. He read to her and was her personal potty cheer leader. We would often hear, "Papa, I go pee pee! Yaaay!" Abigail was so sad the day Papa went home to Illinois and set him a place at the table. We're all looking forward to the next time we get to spend time with Papa.

I am blessed to have a great Dad, and he is now a great "Papa". We love and miss you, Papa!

the Mount Everest of Grilling

Miss Hannah Kate woke Rodney early on the 4th of July so that he could start our 4th of July dinner. 12.5 hours later - after much smoking, tending, and grilling TLC - we enjoyed our first grilled brisket. Someday, we'll bring our new found southern traditions up north to share with our Midwestern family and friends. They are delicious!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

a letter for my Hannah - your birth story

Dearest Hannah,

We are so excited that you are finally here! Your daddy and I had been praying for your safe and fast arrival long before your conception and throughout the time you spent growing in my tummy. I asked the Lord that you would be healthy and arrive quickly in all of God's perfect timing and ways. I prayed for you every day, and was reminded several times to trust God's perfect sovereign will.

Hannah, I have this sin problem - worry. It's a terrible thing, and it creeps up so quickly and robs me of joy and peaceful trust. But the good news is that the Lord is a gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. When I'm worried (and I often was while I was pregnant with you), I open up the Bible and am reminded how God has a perfect plan all of the time. So when the doctor told me at 16 weeks that you had a spot on your heart, God helped remind me that He was the one knitting you together inside of my womb. Even though I did pray that you would be healthy, I also prayed that the Lord would use you to bring him great glory, no matter what might come your way. I am still praying that for you, though I am delighted and blessed that you are a healthy little girl.

Weeks before your arrival, your daddy traveled all over the world (and Texas). He spent time in England, Germany, Italy, Turkey and Dubai. Then he had several trips in Texas. All the while, my body was getting ready for your birth. The Lord graciously prepared my body for your delivery without an early delivery! I was between 3 and 4cm dilated weeks before you were born, so I took my doctor's bedrest orders very seriously:)

Finally, on a Wednesday, I went in to have my membranes stripped, in hopes that it would jumpstart a safe, vaginal delivery. Again, I had been praying that God would help me to have a VBAC. I had no idea how quickly he would answer my prayers!

5:00pm -- Membranes Stripped

5:00 - 9:30 -- My contractions began almost immediately following my visit to the doctor. I stopped at the grocery store on the way home, made dinner, folded and did some last minute laundry, picked up the house, and even blogged! Around 8:30pm, I started timing the contractions and discovered they were about 6 minutes apart. That's when we called our friend who was coming to watch your sister, and I jumped in the bath/shower to help deal with the stronger contractions. By the time I got out of the shower, I was very ready to go to the hospital!

10:25pm -- John arrives to watch Abigail

10:30pm -- Daddy and I leave for the hospital. Active labor + car ride = unpleasant. But we didn't have to sit in traffic or wait very long to get checked into the hospital.

10:50pm -- in triage, I am already 6 cm dilated

Sometime between 11:00 and 11:45 -- I was 8 cm dilated when I arrived in labor and delivery

12:10am- epidural. I was torn about having an epidural. But my main goal for your labor and delivery was to stay on my feet and let you drop into a good delivery position for as long as possible. The anesthesiologist assured me that if things went south, since I had a previous c-section, it was a wise idea. In some ways, having the epidural helped me relax emotionally, even though it did very little to help with the pain!

12:48am -- I had a hard time pushing you out, though daddy assures me that it really didn't take that long. During contractions, I was quite the drama queen. I yelled things like, "For the love of God!!!!" and " I can't do this!!!" The nurse and your daddy assured me that I could and told me to reach down and feel your head. I was so close. Dad counted while I pushed and soon you were born! Whew! My arms and back hurt for days after your delivery because I was so active and loud during labor.

Hannah, you were alert and ready to eat when you arrived! And after you were warm and full, you drifted off to sleep, as did daddy. I, on the other hand, had a near fainting spell, and my nurse had to call in a team of people to help get me off of the floor. My blood pressure,which had been high before your delivery, was now too low. Drama! Thankfully, they pumped me full of fluids, and I was soon on my feet, ready to love and care for you.

We love you so much Hannah, and we pray pray that you will love the Lord with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. You are a blessing and a gift from God. We are so excited to have another little lady in our home.