Monday, December 28, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

4 Weeks Old Already

In some ways it seems like the whirlwind of November 23rd was so long ago but it is amazing on the other hand that Joey is 4 weeks old today!!! It is a crazy time of year with the holidays so balancing everything hasn't been easy. It seems like our "to do" list is always a mile long, we've had more doctor's appointments than we want to count and the house just doesn't stay clean for more that 1 hour. But I wouldn't change in for the world.

I love that Joey is here for the holidays. I have had fun dressing him in his little Christmas outfits and we brought him and David to see Santa this past week. Christmas morning I am sure will be alot of fun for David and it means even more because this year he can share the holiday with Joey. Lil D is already concerned that Joey might wake up for a feeding when Santa is at the house. I assured him that this will not happen LOL!

Our First Family picture with the 4 of us! All ready to go "play in the snow" (well not really)

I'm Cool!
Brotherly Love

More holiday updates to come!

Monday, December 14, 2009


If you are visiting from the link on lost and found and connections abound or stirrup-queens, welcome to my blog about everyday life and sometimes my scrapbooking! We are so excited we just wanted to share some good news with LFCA.

After dealing with secondary infertility for the past 4 years, failed clomid and IUI cycles, pcos, two ectopics, loss of a tube, one early miscarriage and then being told by the RE that there was less than a 5% chance of ever having a child on our own without IVF... Our baby Joey was born on November 23rd 2009!!! He was 5 weeks early, spent 8 days in the NICU but is home and doing great.

This past March we got rid of most of the baby stuff in our house and had somewhat accepted that our 4 1/2 year old was going to be an only child. I got pregnant in April, not trying, non-medicated, on an irregular cycle. Joey is a blessing and a miracle. We are so thankful to have him in our life!

If you are new to my blog, here is a post from a year ago about the keeping the hope alive even though the odds of having another child were so slim.

Also this is another archive post from my previous blog about dealing and healing from loss.

Baby Joey 2 1/2 weeks old

"No Earthly Joys Could Bring More Pleasure

than a Little Boy to Love and Treasure"

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Settling in at Home

aka Notes from the 4th Trimester.

(anyone who has read Harvey Karp's Happiest Baby on the Block will know what I mean about the 4th Trimester. We followed the 5 S's with Lil D and continue to do so with Joey. It is a little different since Joey is considered a late term preemie but I think the concept still holds true. )

Here are some pictures from the past week and some random facts:
  • As of monday December 7th, Joey is 7lbs 1 ounce.
  • He is sleeping anywhere from 2 - 4 hours at a time
  • drinking 2 - 2 1/2 ounces of breastmilk per feeding
  • Loves his swing and getting used to the bouncer seat. Most of all loves to be held.
  • Cries the second his diaper is wet or he realizes he is hungry.
  • Tries to suck his thumb. David loves that he is doing this and says "quick get him a silky"
  • Doesn't like his hands to be swaddled in the blanket nor does he like wearing his little hats.
  • Fits into NB newborn clothes and diapers. Size 0-3 months is still too big.
  • Smiles and makes really cute faces (I am sure this is unintentional at this point but it is still really sweet)
  • Has light blondish hair and his eyes are still blue.
  • We do tummy time everyday and his neck and arms are getting strong
  • Was not pleased with his first bath in the tubby. Little David was a great big helper!
  • David is being a great big brother. He loves to touch the baby's head and says after kissing him that he is "rubbing in the kiss so it goes straight to Joey's heart"

Trying to suck his thumb.

The Boys

Chill'n in the pack n play. He loves that blue whale.

Asleep in the swing (thanks Auntie Karen!)

Mommy post partum. Picture taken by a 4 1/2 year old...LOL

My two handsome little men!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Welcome to the World Our Sweet Little Boy

Joseph "Joey" Raymond
Monday November 23rd 2009
7:51 am
6 lbs 13 ounces 18 inches
(born at 34 weeks 5 days)
Please keep Joey in your prayers and positive thoughts that he continues to be healthy and grow more everyday! He is breathing and eating well and we hope that just keeps getting better everyday.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sorry I forgot about you blog....

well only temporarily. I guess it is just the pregnancy brain, too much going on, being sick with a yucky cold/flu etc etc etc. I am the queen of excuses.

Here is a picture from this year's trick or treat. No homemade costume, just a catalog bought expensive Batman costume. He looked very cute ~ I love the muscles. We went to a few Halloween events, had a costume party at school and then daytime trick or treat, so he got plenty of wear out of it!

In pregnancy news ~ I am almost 35 weeks!!!! If I wasn't anxious before (yeah right) , I am very anxious now. I am not uncomfortable per say, but it is getting hard to get things done around the house etc.
Getting the crib set up.
Other things on my mind...Christmas. Here is attempt #1 of getting a "cute" picture for our holiday cards. Needless to say, this one won't be the winner. I love the "mom I hate doing this...I am bored" look on lil d's face. We got some better outdoor ones today so hopefully I can get my cards done soon! That's it for now. It is 1:30 am and I really need to get to bed. 7:15 comes early. I took a long nap today, which I must say was very restful, but now I am not even sleepy.
PS: Christmas is only 32 days away!
PSS: Baby's due date is only 37 days away!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hello 3rd Trimester!

12 Weeks left! I hope it goes by as fast as the month of September did!

PS: That also means Christmas Eve is only 11 weeks away!!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Halloween Garbage Truck Costume Information

Recently I have had a few inquiries about the garbage truck costume with Halloween right around the corner. I admit that when I made the costume last year, I just took a few measurements and then began sewing with an idea in my head. So now I am trying to back track and write up the materials, measurements and instructions. I am almost finished and will post as soon as I have the information together.


Sorry, the original costume I made is NOT for sale and I, unfortunately, don't have time to sew costumes.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

99 Days to Go!

3rd trimester is just a few weeks away. Just saying!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Happy September....

I love the Fall. The cool crisp morning air, the changing leaves, apple and pumpkin picking and the end of the heat and humidity!!! We had a great summer despite the crazy weather but I am so ready for Fall. David starts Pre-K next week at a new school.

In Baby News:
We are at 23 weeks today!!!
Only 17 more weeks left until Baby BOY Joey makes his appearance.
That's 119 days (not that I am counting wink ;-) wink ;-)
and only 114 days until Christmas!!!

Here is the latest profile picture from my 20 week ultrasound. I feel him kicking a good amount. But somedays he is really quiet and other days jumping and kicking all day.

That's about it for now. I have lots of pictures from summer to upload but maybe later on today!

Oh and here is a picture of my little cutie pie with his new glasses. He is adjusting very well to them. He has grown so much over the summer. He just keeps getting taller and taller.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Baby Update

19 Weeks! Only 5 more days until our big ultrasound...we can't wait. Lil D is hoping for a boy. But he told me he would still be proud if it was a girl. He will say "I think she is going to be a boy" How cute.

Being 4 1/2, he has had some very interesting questions regarding the it got in there? How will it get out? Then he says funny things like I think he is watching tv in there. He also said there is another imaginary baby in there so the baby has someone to play with. He snuggles up with my belly and says "I love you baby" Oh and last month his number one name for baby was Supermarket Baby. I guess that could either way for a boy or a girl right?

Here is the newest picture of the baby:

I been feeling pretty good. Very tired by 3:00. I started to feel the baby more and it is a great feeling. This pregnancy feels different than when I was with David but I think it is more because I am 5 years older.

Here is a recent belly picture. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

In Bloom

Yeahhhh! My Morning Glory finally bloomed. I have been waiting a long time for it to grow so I was sceptical if it even would get any flowers. I LOVE the bright blue flower! I hope I have more really soon. My blue wild flowers are doing good too. (can you guess who picked out all the blue flowers?)

Our tomatoes on the other hand are still green without a hint of red and I don't have any pumpkins forming on the flowers. There is still 8 weeks left in summer so maybe there is hope!/>

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Hello Second Trimester!

13 weeks! Amazing!
We got to see our little one today - 2 arms. 2 legs, cute little face, and heartbeat of 157.
Such a blessing from above, we have waited a long time for this. We thank God everyday.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy June 21st!

Happy Summer
Happy Father's Day to my hubby who is a wonderful and fun Daddy to little David!
And a great Dad to Ms. Chloe too!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Coffee Filter Jellyfish

We did a this fun little project today and I wanted to share:
Coffee Filter Jellyfish This morning David wanted to paint, so I gave him some watercolors, a large paintbrush and coffee filters. The colors come out almost tie-dye. We set these aside to dry and then did some other things around the house. Clean up time with the washable paints was pretty quick ~ just a few minutes.
This afternoon once the coffee filters were dry, we got out:
different color streamers (crepe paper) for the tentacles curling ribbon (used for gift wrap) for the arms
sticky tape (as Dora calls it)
a small ball (for shaping the jellyfish)
thread to hang up the final project.

First lay out the painted coffee filter flat. Then tape streamers around the edges. Next tape down curling ribbon in the center.Once complete, you shape the filter around the ball. The coffee filter paper is very flexible and moldable. Once complete, string thread thru the top to hang them up.

Hang up and enjoy! If you have a fan going they look really cute floating around! (And cleanup time was pretty quick)

Thanks for looking!