Wednesday, July 30, 2008
1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot-- or just from blogland-- anything you remember!
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Annabelle's pregnancy was pretty routine, with very little morning sickness in the beginning and really no problems. I started having some mild, completely inconsistent contractions around 36 weeks, which is very routine for me. So, the next week, on Wednesday night, I started having them about 30-45 minutes apart, but pretty strong. So, the next morning, Zoe went to school and we took the boys to Moms Day Out and I headed to the doctor. She told me I was a little over four cm and since I was having regular contractions, I could go on to the hospital. I called Adam, who had just started his job on Monday and this was Thursday. He met me at the house and then we went and ate at Plaza del Sol, a mexican restaurant in between our house and the hospital. I was still having good contractions the whole time. We got to the hospital and got checked in and hooked to the monitors and, sure enough, I was having really good contractions in a good, regular pattern. I was getting to stay! We were very excited. Made all the necessary phone calls to family and friends and prepared for her arrival. Well, the contractions started to space out and, while they never stopped, everything slowed way down. My OB said if it stopped, she would send us home since I was still just 37 weeks...she didn't want to augment labor unnecessarily. My friends, Kim and Christine, came and visited and walked the halls with me. Then, they left to go have dinner and promised to come back. At this point, I was about 5 1/2 cm, so the nurse had mercy on me and brought me some hospital chicken tenders, which are some of the best chicken tenders! They tasted so good. Then, Kim and Christine came back at which point the nurse told me I was between 6 and 7 cm, which was good news because at least my OB wasn't going to send me home. Kim and Christine left around 11 pm, leaving behind a very tired and frustrated woman in labor. I couldn't believe how long it was taking! This was my third baby in three years - shouldn't she just fall out?? Anyway, labor began to pick up around 1 am and by four am I was having to vocalize through the contractions. My previous two births had been natural and I was hoping to have Annabelle naturally, too, but at four am, I was exhausted and asked for the epidural. She put the epidural in and I think she put a very low dose in, because I could still feel the contractions, but I was able to sleep in between, which was perfect. I hate to be out of control, which is why I was a little nervous about getting the epidural. Right before 6 am, I woke Adam up because I was feeling an incredible urge to push. My nurse came running in to check me. I had previously told my nurse that if my water breaks, she should not leave the room because there is usually a baby coming immediately. Right before she checked me, my water broke. She used the phone in her pocket to call the doctor on call. His name was Dr. Bolton and I had never met him before. I didn't care at this point. He came into the room, put on one glove and caught Annabelle. I pushed her out in one push! I pushed a second time, which I thought was the rest of her, but it was actually my placenta. I didn't tear at all, so Dr. Bolton left a few minutes later. She was born at 6:04 am, she weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. She didn't get squeezed enough coming out, so she sounded a little "wet". So she spent about four hours in the Special Care Nursery, which is not NICU. We could visit her anytime we wanted to and bring anyone back there. She came back to our room about 10:30 or so and was great!
I loved her birth, even with the epidural. I started labor around 9 am and she was born at 6 am the next day - 21 hours of labor. I couldn't believe it! My longest labor up till then had been about 11 hours, so she surprised me. The only thing I will do different the next time is to wait at home a little longer, but since I had two babies and Zoe to worry about, I chose to go a little earlier than necessary. But, it was great!
Other quirky things about me...let's see...I cannot stand to put syrup on anything. I don't like the soggy mess it makes! So, if I am eating waffles, pancakes, or french toast, I always have a separate bowl for the syrup and dip it in there. Yes, it dirties another dish, but it has to be done. Still along the food lines, I also do not like ketchup at all. On anything! I will not eat a burger if it accidentally has ketchup on it. Since having kids, I'm at least not nauseated by the smell of it anymore, but still...
Let's see...anything else? I can't think of anything else...but, I'm sure there's more.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Then we went to the rehearsal dinner at a steak place called Texas Land and Cattle. It was delicious! We had a great time with Adam's family and just eating and enjoying ourselves. Then back to Josh and Allie's and pretty much straight to bed. Very tired.
Saturday morning, we got up and Josh made us homemade waffles! Oh, so good!! Then, we headed out to Uncle Jerry and Aunt Brenda's house which is on the other side of Dallas and took us about an hour and fifteen minutes to get there. Their house is so nice and we got to visit with his family again, which is always fun. Then we had to go home and get ready for the wedding. We did get to take a nap, uninterrupted and wonderful. Then we got dressed and headed to the wedding. The wedding was so beautiful. It was nice. The reception was in an old warehouse that they made into a place for wedding receptions. They had a fajita bar and chips and salsa and it was so good. We got to dance and had a good time. We got home after midnight and once again pretty much went straight to bed because we had to be at the airport again at 8:00. We did find out that Josh and Allie are pregnant right before we went to bed! Congratulations!! We are so excited!!
The next morning we went to the airport to catch our 9:30 flight to Houston and then on to Nashville, supposedly. Well, we were flying stand-by, so when we got to Houston, the flight to Nashville was full. And the next one was full. And the next one was full...So, we sat in the Houston airport from 11:00 am until 5:45 pm!!! We ate lunch and dinner and watched The Office on Netflix. It wasn't bad, but we were so relieved to get on the 5:45 flight. We landed in Nashville at 7:45, central time. Then we had to drive back to Chattanooga. While we were sitting in the airport, we called Melissa, who had Zoe and she said Zoe could just stay till Monday morning and I could pick her up and Melissa's mom's house which is very close to ours. Then, Christine offered to let Kim drop the boys at her house so Jason and Kim could go back to Montogomery, which is a four hour drive. So Christine had 8 kids at her house overnight!!! She's my hero!!!
We got back to Chattanooga about 11:45 pm, eastern time and went directly to bed! We were so very tired but glad to be back home. Then this morning, I got all the kids and the dog and we were home by eleven. So good to be all back together! Oh, and by the way, Zoe started feeling better on Friday and had a good weekend with Meg!
Monday, July 21, 2008
You weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and were 19 3/4 inches long! Happy Birthday, my sweet boy!! Now, you are my funny little comedian who owns every room he walks into. You have a strut that is so great - you walk like a football player. You are so smart, you can play any video game and work any puzzle. You are kind and friendly and always roll with the punches. I love you, Jude-a-licious!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Then we went by his doctor's office to pick up the official shot record for school so he is now completely registered for kindergarten! I still can't believe it.
On the subject of things I cannot believe...we celebrated Jude's 4th birthday tonight! His birthday is not actually until Sunday, but Adam and I will be traveling back from Texas, so we did it tonight. We took the kids to Chick-Fil-A (Jude's favorite "restaurant") and then to Target and let him pick out his own birthday presents. We had already bought him a Nintendo DS, so we just let him pick out a few toys and he was happy. Then we came home and gave him the DS and he was so surprised and excited!
So tomorrow, Adam and I leave for Texas until Sunday. I will write about my memories of Jude's birth and the trip when I get back. I can't wait!!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Then, on the way home, we stopped by the school to pick up the Kindergarten registration packet. I still can't believe it. I'm very emotional about it if I stop to think about it at all. I try to picture him in the cafeteria line, walking by himself (yes, I realize his big sister will go in with him, but still) and I just can't imagine it. I know he's ready and he talks about it all the time, but I just can't believe it. We were supposed to register in May, but the only announcement of it that they do is by posting it on the sign outside the school. Well, our neighbor takes Zoe to school and she rides the bus home (she gets dropped off in our driveway and we live less than a mile from the school) so I don't ever go by the school! So we missed that day, so I am just now getting the information. It had his supply list in it, which just made me smile. And a calendar for the next year. School for Zoe starts Tuesday, August 12 and they do phase in for kindergarteners. Which means, he goes one day that week, one day the next week and his first full week is August 25.
Now, I am off to finish laundry getting ready to pack and go to Dallas! I'm so excited. I think we are also going to have lunch with my mom since she is leaving for a cruise on Saturday and she'll be gone for a week. I'm pretty jealous of that. DH and I have talked about going to a Sandals resort next year maybe. A couples only resort! How fun would that be? It would require some definite weight loss on my part. This morning, all the kids and I did walk around the neighborhood. Which, may not sound like a big deal, but if you've ever seen my neighborhood, you'd understand. It has huge hills and by the time we got back, we were all tired. We put Jude and Annabelle in the double stroller and Sebastian walked. Zoe pushed the stroller most of the time and Jude eventually got out and walked with us. So everyone got a workout! If I could do that most days, I would probably lose weight!
Monday, July 14, 2008
We made donuts this morning and they were so good. Not necessarily healthy, but very good. You take a can of those layer biscuits and break them apart and drop them into a deep fryar and then roll them in sugar. I usually roll them into balls so they make pretty donuts, but this morning Jude and Annabelle helped, so they just broke them and dropped them. But they tasted really good and they had a good time doing it! Yummy!!!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I am a big Joe Wright (the director) fan, so I love his Pride and Prejudice and Atonement. In Pride and Prejudice, I love the landscape shots where you see the beautiful land at dawn and how you can hear Elizabeth Bennett's small gasp when she sees him coming across the moor. And how Mr. Darcy is so confused how to act when he is around her. I think it is beautifully shot and the simple piano music that is played throughout the movie is so pretty.
I know Atonement doesn't have a happy ending, and while I normally only like movies where everything works out, I really liked this movie. James McAvoy is so good in this movie. I like the way it's all told from Briony's viewpoint even to the very end. I love the intense scene with Robbie, Briony and Celcilia where only Celcilia's love can bring Robbie back to reality. So powerful. And, I love how Joe Wright strategically uses the color red and has it placed in scenes where it's stark contrast is unmistakable. So good.
Those are my two movies that I watch over and over again and never get tired of them.
So, DH and I are leaving on Thursday for our trip to Dallas! Well, we're driving to Clarksville to fly out of Nashville on Friday morning. I am very excited, but also a little nervous about leaving the kids. My Mom is leaving for a cruise on Saturday, so we have friends keeping the kids. Zoe is going to her friend, Meg's house, the boys are staying with their friend Jake and Annabelle is going to Lily's. I hope they all do okay. We will get Zoe and the boys back late on Sunday night and get Annabelle on Monday morning. We are going to DH's cousin's wedding and it will be so much fun to go without any children! I really need a break too so I am definitely looking forward to some time alone with DH. It's going to be a very fun mini vacation. I can't wait, but I have so much to do before we get to leave. The laundry is endless and cleaning the house and boarding the dog and...well, you get the idea. Plus packing to go to four different places...But, I know that once I get on the plane on Friday morning, it will be so worth it!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Last night was Parents Night Out at church, so we used the opportunity to go to Carrabba's and eat with our friends. It was so much fun and the food was so so good. A friend of ours is head of the kitchen there, so he gave us two appetizers and a dessert! Oh, it was so yummy. Fried zucchini and scallops in a delicious sauce and a cake with bananas and strawberries on it. Oh so good! For my meal, I had a fettucini alfredo with mushrooms and shrimp! Then we headed to Books-a-Million and looked at books and talked until it was time to get the kids. We had a great time and a much needed break. So much fun!!