Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wesley's First Two Weeks

Wesley is a great sleeper! We are so grateful for that! Hard to tell what is personality will be so far... he has days where he barely cries at all...and then he has his fussy days too. But he is going four hour stretches at night already so hallelujah. Bless you child. During the day he sleeps on and off, gazes at us and has even given us a smile or two(and they are REAL, not gas! :) He is precious and oh so handsome. I could kiss him and smell him all day:)

He has been blessed with lots of visitors this past week or so. My mom was here for several days and was a HUUUUGE help to me. I'd never seen the bottom of my laundry bins until she came, I'm not even kidding. Wish I was! She took care of the kids, fed them, played games with them, made treats with them, played in the backyard(badminton and vball kept em busy) and was just there for me. I won't forget all you did Mama! She had even come a couple of weeks before the baby was born for a visit and a Glenn Beck gig(I went with her and my Aunt Cindy-it was fun!). I ended up having some pregnancy problems that put me in the hospital a couple of times and she stayed longer to make sure all was well. I really needed it and enjoyed some time with my Mama. She kept thinking she was overstaying her welcome but she could NEVER. My sister was here for a couple of days and helped with the kids on the day of Wesley's delivery which was a big help. I hated she had to leave so soon but with her new job she couldn't ask off more days :( I appreciated she came all this way when she just had to turn around and go back home so quick. Thansk Tara! And my dad did the same thing, he drove late into the night to be able to come up and meet his second grandson and I appreciated that he did that. The first time he held Wes, Wes was mesmorized by him:) I got some cute pics of that. Joey's parents came a few days after Wesley's birth and the kids had a ton of fun with them. Ammon looooves his Tata and they shared in lots of memorable moments together. Nana spent lots of time with the girls in the sewing room. They even had a fashion show! And one afternoon they went to American Girl Bistro for lunch and shopping. And of course we were well fed with island style food while they were here. I always love that. In between all of the fun with the older kids and the grandparents, everyone got lots of snuggles with Wesley boy. It was nice to have the extra helping hands and lots of people to entertain the kiddos. I was so grateful for everyone that came. Here are pics from his first two-ish weeks with us...



                                  Just cuddling on day two with my little boy at the hospital...


Balloons my mom brought to the hospital with the kids...so cute!

Time to go home! Check out the Underarmor onesie :) Hes already a stylin dude.


My mom and the girls made these treats and the sparkling cider was a little surprise from a family in our new ward. So thoughtful!

 One of my mom's creations with the girls...a brownie peanut butter cup trifle. It was wowsas.
                                                  

Grandpa visits! These pics are so so sweet.

Silly Ammon..
                                                             
                      Nana & Tata visit!

                                            Gotta smell those baby feet..its a Tata thang :)


 Ammon making his little brother happy..loooove these pics...



 Daddy & Wes chillin out.

Fun with Tata & Nana...
                                                                        
                                                           AG Bistro!
                                  
                     Fashionistas...the girls helped Nana sew lots of awesome stuff!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Five

Somehow I missed these pics when I blogged about Wesley's birthday...I'm glad I did though because they deserve a post of their own. There is something about this sequence(namely Cali and Ammon) that just cracks me up. I don't know what her deal was that day, but Cali didn't want to smile for a picture. And not only that, she had a look of sheer pain on her face. Or terror(probably that because I started threatening her...lol) And Ammon was just staring off into space the whole time. Or licking his hand.  It was awesome. Aubrey & Ella were smiling away though, good girls..thanks for being troopers for your camera happy parents :) It was a fun photo shoot in the hospital as you can see. Looking at these pictures makes me smile. I love my kids. I love how they are all unique and different. And beautiful.  I can't believe we have five! We are old grown ups now. Officially.




Friday, August 24, 2012

Go Rangers! (And Angels!) Our kids are confused.

Rewind: In the beginning of August, before Wes arrived, Joey took the girls on a daddy-daughter date to a Rangers game. It was our new ward's "Rangers Night." Someone in the ward was able to get ten buck tickets(not the best seats obviously, but cheap!). I was very very pregnant so I passed, plus Ammon isn't exactly the age to sit at a baseball game. Or sit anywhere for more than a few minutes:) Let me tell you how glad I was I didn't go(that sounds awful, I'm such a good mom, haha)...it was SO hot that day. I think the high was like 107. I would not have survived. But the girls were very excited. They hadn't been to a Rangers game in years.  What made this game even better was that the Rangers were playing the Angels. If you know our family, Joey is from Southern California..he grew up going to Angels games and is a big fan. And our girls(and mine too actually) first major league baseball game to attend was an Angels game in Anaheim a few years ago. So we are fans of the Angels...and the Rangers(of course, we are Texans!). We joked around about wearing fan gear for both teams and confusing people. Or having half the fam wear Angels stuff while the other half wore Rangers. We joked with the kids about choosing which parent they love most...(I'm obviously more partial to Rangers and Joey is to the Angels...so we messed around with the kids:) In the end, I won. They wore Rangers hats-hehehehe. I told them Texas is their heritage, their birthplace, they gotta embrace it! And they can still love the Angels too. But when the Angels play a Texas team, well, sorry dudes...:)

Joey and the girls had a great time cheering on the Rangers(and the Angels:) Enjoy the pics from their night at the stadium! And I threw in the last one for a good laugh..even though Aubrey just asked me who looks at my blog..she isn't sure she wants it posted. Too bad. Its here. Its posted! Too late!!!!








Monday, August 20, 2012

First Bath

Wesley got pretty fired up during his first bath at the hospital...boy, this kid gets red when hes mad!! :) But once the nurse submersed most of his body and put a washcloth on his belly he stopped crying and stared at her so contently..it was so so cute. She was talking to him for awhile while he just laid there. He is already so alert and aware of his surroundings. I love those moments when he just stares at me and studies my face. And probably wonders what all these dots are :)



All clean now!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Welcome Wesley!!!

He has arrived! Our new sweet little boy is here. Introducing...

Wesley Dean
Born August 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm
Weighing in at 7 lbs 12 oz (Yea for a smaller baby boy!)
Length: 19 1/2 inches


Birth story: So I was scheduled for induction on the 13th..Ammon was such a biggie which caused some medical issues for him and a rough recovery for myself so I wanted to have this guy a little bit early(just five days before the August 18th due date). I was measuring a little big and I also had gestational diabetes so I knew it was the right choice. I was also already dilated(to a 3 a week before) and all that good stuff too. My mom and sister came the day before and were a huge help with the kiddos the day of delivery. I really appreciated it! The awful thing about the days before delivery was that I came down with a wretched cold. I was miserable. The night before induction I literally got 2, maybe 3 hours of sleep. I was not rested at all. So I woke up so tired, stuffed up, I had a headache and I felt stressed and upset. I felt like I could not push out a baby that day! But I knew I had to and I knew I would be able to. But it wasn't a preferable situation...I was in near tears on the way to the hospital feeling like I couldn't do it. We arrived at the hospital that Monday morning bright and early. The pitocin got started by around 7:30am. When I got to 5 cm or so(around 11am)I told them I was ready for the epidural, not because I was in major pain, I wasn't. But I always worry I'll go from a 5 to a 9 or something quick(which happened with Aubrey) and then not be able to get one! I was so nervous for the epidural-those totally freak me out. Even after so many kids...but the anesthesiologist did a really great job and was so nice. I was in minimal pain during that scary process.  But dang, that pressure is awful when they do it-yuck.  So worth it though. I love me some anesthesia. I barely got sick(anesthesia always gets me nauseated) so that was nice too. So it was thankfully a good epidural experience..I've had pretty bad experiences in the past which always worry me. The other great thing about the epidural was that I could still feel the pressure of the contractions and knew when I was having them. And I could still feel enough to push which helped in the end. I was given some anti-nausea medication which helped me to fall asleep finally..I was OUT. And when I woke up, the nurse said I was ready to push and the doctor would be there soon. Whoa. Wasn't expecting that. So I basically slept through the worst part of labor-score! :) After just a few pushes, Wesley was here. It was easy! It was one of the easiest labor experiences I've had. So thankful. And he came out with a good set of healthy lungs and big open eyes(Joey said he turned and looked right at the doctor when he was born with big open eyes). He passed the apgars with flying colors and is a healthy beautiful boy. We are so grateful he is here safe and sound. I always shed tears of joy when I first see my babies. Its always such an amazing moment to see the little one you've been carrying for so long and finally get to hold him. No words can express the amount of love you have for your children. Joey and I are so grateful to have five wonderful beautiful precious children to love and to raise. Wes, welcome to the posse! We love you so much!! He is such a sweet baby already and sleeps great-yea! Enjoy pics from his first day with us...












Have to caption this one: Aubrey bought me a milkshake that day (thanks Tara for being the transportation:) Every baby I have I think I deserve a milkshake for...lol. Its hard work and a milkshake just makes me happy! Someone has brought me one every time and this time Aubrey had it in her mind that she was going to buy it for me this time. It was really sweet :)


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Maternity photo shoot by my talented hubs

I don't think I'm the best subject for photos, but Joey somehow captures a great shot of me every so often:) A couple of days before I was scheduled to be induced with Wesley he took pictures of me all preggers and some pics of the kiddos too. They turned out really great. I love them! One of them(the first one that is sepia tone-ish) is actually canvas worthy. And I'm not the type that wants a canvas or large print of me anywhere but its really really nice so I'm considering it:) He is such a great photographer. He turned our front yard into such a beautiful backdrop. He had noticed when he was doing yardwork how it would be a great photo spot and it is. I'm so lucky to have gotten some wonderful and FREE maternity pics from my sweet man. The fact that he takes them makes them extra special. We are so excited to meet our new son soon!! He is already so loved as you can see...