Friday, May 10, 2013

Teagan turns 2 months

Teagan Stella, you are two months old! I cannot believe how fast the last 8 weeks have flown by. Today is one of my last days home with you and that makes me really sad. I had three years with Keira so only 8 weeks feels like a blink of the eye. Oh well, what can you do right?!

2 month stats:
You weigh 9lbs 14ozs - 25th percentile
You are 21.5" long - 25th percentile
You are a very good eater, which means you are still waking up every 3-4 hours during the night to eat. Makes for some delicious baby rolls on your arms and thighs but a very tired momma!
You still sleep an awful lot during the day, but you are working on staying awake for longer stretches, especially if you are being played with or cuddled.
You are wearing size 1 diapers, mostly because I shop at Sams Club and you have a lot of diapers left to go through.
You love to be worn in your carrier. If you are fussy, all I have to do is strap you on and you are out like a light for however long I'll wear you.
You also wiggle A LOT! You are constantly in motion and love to sit in your swing. I'm thinking you will be constantly on the move like your big sister and your daddy when you get older.
You started smiling at exactly 6 weeks old. Right on schedule. You have the best gummy grin I have ever seen. It makes me bust up laughing every time.
You are a very, very good baby. The only time you ever cry is when you are hungry. You rarely fuss, even with your reflux. Your daddy, big sister and I just love you so much. We are so lucky to have you!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Teagan's birth story

On Monday March 11, I went into work like any other day. I was pretty used to having contractions but since I was no longer on any medication to stop or slow them, we were being pretty careful. I had a classical c section with Keira and there is a chance of an abruption if I ever had labor or even strong contractions. I called my doctor to tell him that my contractions were coming every 6-7 minutes or so and that though they didn't hurt that bad, I did have to hold my breath. He told me to come in and he would check me out. So, the girls and I went back to work until I had to go in. One of my girlfriends kept yelling at me to leave and go NOW instead of continuing to take clients. But, hey, I'm a tough broad. Plus, how many women can say they got to get waxed by a woman in labor?! My mom lived a few streets away from my work so she told me to come pick her up on my way to the doctor. When I got to Dr Coltons he checked me, asked me how my contractions were and promptly said, "Looks like we're having a baby today!" I may have freaked out a bit. I started crying. So, he revised his statement and said that it may not be today but to go over to the Women's evaluation unit to get checked out. They took me into one of the rooms, got me hooked up to the monitors and started the 50 questions. Jeremy was freaking out by this time wondering if we were or weren't having a baby today. I didn't know the answer so I told him to stay at work and I would call him when a decision was made. After an hour or so of monitoring and checking with anesthesia, my nurse told me that my contractions hadn't stalled out, it was pretty likely this was happening today and that I should call my husband because if they did decide to do surgery, I would happen pretty fast. Jeremy got there in record time and was only there a few minutes before it was officially decided that yes indeed, we were going to have a baby today. The next couple of hours were kind of a blur for me. They took me up to one of the new recovery rooms and got me ready for the surgery. My parents and Jeremy did a great job of keeping me calm and entertained. The anesthesiologist came in to give me the epidural and that's when I started to freak out inside. I was terrified but knew there wasn't any going back now. He did a great job and with minimal pain got me numbed up. I had a hard time keeping my eyes open but everyone kept asking me questions so I tried hard to stay awake. They wheeled me down the hall to the surgical room and got me on the table. It was time to have a baby!! Jeremy was allowed into the room then and he asked if he should peek over the curtain. I told him he probably shouldn't and I think he agreed. After what seemed like forever but was probably only a few minutes they said she was out. I heard her little squeak and a tiny cry and then it was over to the table to check her out. They got her mouth and nose cleaned out, wrapped her in a blanket and brought her over to me. I cupped her tiny little head and gave her a kiss. She was absolutely perfect and totally gorgeous. After letting me look at her for a minute they took her over to the table to check her out. I could hear her screaming and Jeremy kept telling her to "belt it out little girl". Guess he liked having a full term baby that could actually cry. My dr got me stitched up and told me I did fine. I got wheeled back into the recovery room and got to hold Teagan for the first time. I have to say I was pretty nervous that I wouldn't be able to love this baby as much as I loved Keira but I needn't have worried. I kept thinking to myself, she has the most perfect head! I guess I fell in love with her head first. Jeremy went down the hall to the waiting room to tell the family the good news and brought Keira back to meet her sister. She was intrigued. She helped change her diaper, and even got to help give her her first bath. We were allowed only two visitors at a time and there was a lot of family who wanted to meet her so we told Keira to go back out to the waiting room. That didn't go over well! She did not want to leave Teagan's side so she was allowed to stay. Good thing she's little and doesn't take up much room. Everyone got to meet Teagan and then everyone went home. After that we were wheeled down to our room where we stayed for the next 4 days. Well, that's what I remember about the birth. Thanks for reading. I just wanted to get it all written down before I forgot anything!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

What's been happening?

I'll admit it, while I love to read other people's blogs I suck at keeping up my own. In light of our growing family I will try my best to keep everyone up to date on recent happenings.

So, the biggest news in our family is that we have a new baby girl! Teagan Stella joined our family March 11 at 6:19pm. She was born at 37 weeks and considered mostly full term! Yay! She has been such an angel. I love having a newborn and now realize all that i missed out on with Keira being in the NICU for her first 3 months of life. I don't even mind (too much) the 2am feedings because I get that much more time to snuggle this little bug all to myself. Keira has been a great big sister. She refused to leave Teagan's side in my recovery room and even got to help give her her first bath. We went through a rough couple of weeks with not listening and some attention seeking but she is now back to being a great little girl. I cannot believe how big she is getting. Well, mentally that is. She is definitely 4 going on 14. She goes to preschool now and has a best friend. She rides bicycles and plays with dolls. She plays on a soccer team without any parents on the field. It's crazy to me. My 2lb baby is not a baby any longer. It's making me hold onto Teagans baby-ness even harder. I almost cried in Sam's today when I realized I had to buy size 1 diapers instead of newborn because she is getting too big for them. Dang it kid, stop growing!

Last year Jeremy decided to take the scary leap into a new career. He is now a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual. He works long (seriously loooooong) hours and doesn't always show a return on his hard work, so it's rough on him. But, he tries really hard to provide for all of us and make everything work. I know its hard on him and I hope he knows how much I appreciate it and him. So, if you need insurance, life insurance, money management help or whatever the hell else it is he does, please don't hesitate to give him a call!

I graduated last year with my degree in aesthetics and went on to get licensed by the state of Missouri. I have been working at European Wax Center since last October and really enjoy it. There is something really rewarding about ripping hair out of someone else's body. Sick I know, but hey, someones got to do it right?!

I'm sure there is much more to update everyone on but hey I need to leave something to blog about tomorrow right?! Love you all

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

So, if you haven't heard I have changed my career. Again. Yeah, yeah I know. I'm actually going to stick with this one. I prooooommmisssee. I wanted to be a Special Ed teacher but school was going to be yet another two years and a LOT of student loans to pay back when through. At which point then I would need to start on my Masters degree. I would like to get the ball rolling a little sooner than that so after some soul searching and a few serious talks with the Mr, I decided to become an esthetician. I started school in Jan and will graduate in June. So far, I LOVE it. I am so freaking happy it's a little ridiculous. No one is supposed to love what they do this much right?! I have learned some of the coolest skin care stuff that I cannot wait to share with family and friends. Waxing, makeup application, body wraps, facials, spray tanning, microderm abrasion, chemical and mechanical peels, and (yes, how awesome is this) cellulite treatments. That isn't even all of the fun stuff I get to do on a daily basis. The group of girls in my class are amazing. These women are relatively close to my age and not at all the immature 18 year olds I was expecting to encounter. In the 6 weeks since we started school we have become a little family. So, in two weeks when I am done with my basic classes I want some of you to come see me out on the floor so I can do fun stuff to you too! Plus, its a school so it's super cheap. (bonus!)
In other news, I think Keira is feeling better today. She slept through the night and has no sign of a fever. The first thing she asked for when she woke up was food so I'm taking that as a good sign that I can go back to school today. Which is good because sitting around all day not feeling well is no fun as you can see:

Monday, March 5, 2012

We're back!

It's been so long since I last updated this blog I'm unsure where to even begin. I think it would be easier to review the last year in pictures and start fresh:
Keira got to be a flower girl in my good friend Ellen's wedding!

She is quite the boy charmer as you can see. Poor Ethan was powerless against her bone crushing hugs.
We celebrated 4th of July at Innsbrook where we watched a fireworks show and a wedding!
Keira became a cousin and I became an Aunt! Sarah had baby Olivia in April and she has become a huge part of our lives. If any baby could rival Keira in cuteness it would be this one.
Seriously, are they not the cutest pair you've ever seen?!
In September we took a trip to Naples, Fl where Aunt Jessica got married! Keira now has her very own Uncle. Welcome to the fam Uncle Rey Rey!
Keira also met her best friend Emma in Florida.
These two were inseparable.
Beach fun!
Pretty Aunt Jessica!
Flower girl!

After the wedding, Jeremy and i headed across the state where we hopped on a cruise. It was awesome mommy and daddy time.

Still quite the fashionista. She likes to accessorize. Leg warmers and zebra rain boots... Why not?

Keira also started soccer. She is on her 3rd session and is rather good. Daddy and her have such a good time running around the field!
As you can probably tell Keira is the best thing that has ever happened to us and our lives revolve mainly around her. I am so thankful that I get a chance to watch her grow up into such a beautiful, smart, healthy kid.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

dinner with friends

We had the Browns over for dinner last night and had a blast. As you can tell Keira was more than willing to play with baby Cole (3.5 mo) She got to hold him and give kisses. All in all she hammed it up like only Keira can do.
Lets go play Cole!
I'll take him!

She decided Coles chair looked mighty comfy. Oh and look at this: a Pacifier. The kid HATED pacis when she was little.

Night night!