Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Picture Update

Our 30 inches of snow

Emmie taking it easy

Emmie and Gibson

All snuggly

Emmie: 3 years Gibson: 6 Weeks

Update (finally)

Wow! I'm horrible at keeping up with my blog....I blame facebook. It's so much easier to update there instead of here.

Here's the rundown for the past 2 1/2 months:

Despite having contractions and progress towards going into active labor, we still had to induce on December 22nd. My due date was the 15th. At first we were hoping that he would come on his due date. Then we were hoping and praying he would wait a few days when the big snowstorm came through dropping 19 inches of snow over the course of 24 hours. Praise the Lord my labor didn't start then and Chad didn't have a crash course in midwifery.

When we finally were able to go to the hospital to induce it was a long day but really a short labor. Despite having easy but consistent and strong contractions all day, I didn't really progress any until the Doctor broke my water around 5:30pm. Gibson Chadwick was born at 8:51pm. He weighed in at 7lbs, 13 oz (the exact same as Emmie) and he was 21.5 inches long. Thankfully he was born before midnight so we were able to bring him home on Christmas Eve.

We had Christmas with family. We were even able to host my Mom and Dad, 2 of my sisters (one from Michigan and one from California), and my niece for the day a couple of days after Christmas to celebrate with them. It was so much fun to see everyone and I highly recommend Famous Dave's Bar-b-que if you've just had a baby and get to host a small gathering. =o)

A couple of days after Christmas, Chad and I started looking for a home to purchase. It was almost by accident really. Chad's been keeping an eye out for fixer-upper and he thought he found one that looked interesting so we looked at it. Unfortunately there was just too much to do and the price wasn't right so we put the idea on hold for a few days until he spotted a different property. After looking at that home though it was the same story and we didn't put an offer in on that one either.

A couple of days later another foreclosed home popped up on the scene. The description said it needed a new kitchen and to watch out for exposed wires. It also requested that anyone who made an offer be prequalified with a certain lender. Fortunately, because we had been looking at other homes we were already prequalified with the lender. We're thankful that God's timing is perfect even when we don't understand the process at the time. Since the home was missing the kitchen it made the price more affordable for us and with Chad being an electrician the exposed wiring almost made it seem like the home was screaming, "Pick me!" We put an offer in and were informed a few days later that there were 4 offers on the home and to make our best offer. We decided to stick with our original offer and felt that if we were supposed to get the home then God would make it happen. We heard back 2 days later that they had accepted our offer and we were under contract on the home! Hurray! We're hoping to close in early March and move in April or May after we are able to fix everything up.

Now that the excitement from that has died down a little we're still keeping busy with the kids. Emmie is growing up quickly and loving being a big sister. She's a good helper (most of the time) and loves to talk and tell stories. She can communicate very well and she has an amazing ability to add -ing to any word when she needs to describe something (aka blooding = bleeding, winding = windy).

Gibson is growing up quickly. At 6 weeks he weighed in at 11 lbs, 15 oz and was 23 inches. He's had his fair share of not feeling good already (reflux, pink eye) but he's a trooper and we love him to pieces. He's starting to smile and coo. Watch out ladies, he'll steal your heart! =o)

I think that's about all there is for now. I'll try and get a few pictures up so you can see us. =o)

Saturday, December 05, 2009

For Leah and those far away =o)

Here's a couple little hints too:

Emmie was 7 lbs 13 oz

Baby was approximately 4 lbs 11 oz at 32 weeks

Thursday, December 03, 2009


It was about this time in my pregnancy with Emmie that I started this blog so I thought it only fitting that I try and start things up again this time around. I'm a week and a half out from my due date and ready for our baby boy to come. The Christmas tree is up, the Christmas shopping is done (at least almost). I haven't packed my bag for the hospital yet though. I guess I don't want to get overly eager. But now that I think about it, it probably would be a wise thing to do in the next couple of days. Emmie is ready for her baby brother to come and she's looking forward to helping with him as much as she can. That's really all that is going on right now. Just waiting and trying to get things ready for Christmas. Oh, and for the record I'm guessing 8 lbs 5 oz and 21 inches....anyone else want to take a guess?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Baby Pictures

Chad joked he's showing us his "golden arm"

Playing with the umbilical cord


Everything looks good and normal. These were done at 20 weeks (that was two weeks ago). Only 18 weeks to go (give or take). =o)

Friday, July 31, 2009

Picture Update

Emmie playing dress-up

The pieces from the swing set

The parts from the swing set

The finished product

Happy Girl

Spring-Summer Update

Ok, so I'm horrible at keeping this blog updated. =o) But maybe I'll try and do more of a weekly thing now that I'm over my morning sickness. That's right, for those of you who don't know (which I'm assuming is not very many), I'm almost 21 weeks pregnant. We found out last monday we're having a little boy. We're all excited to meet him around December 15th. Emmie's looking forward to having a younger sibling. I know she's looking forward to the day when she has a little friend to play with all the time.

The beginning of this pregnancy was harder than my pregnancy with Emmie. Morning (All Day) sickness kicked in at the beginning of week 6 and I threw up more during week 8 than I did my entire pregnancy with Emmie. I would wake up at 2 am having to eat something so that I wouldn't get sick. I am so thankful God allowed Zofran to be invented because after getting a prescription at my 9 week checkup the next 5 weeks were quite tolerable. I was able to lead a somewhat normal life and as Chad put it, "I got my wife back." By the end of June I was able to go off the medication and I only feel sick once and awhile now.

This spring also saw two trips to the ER. Chad earned 3 stitches in the tip of his nose after what was supposed to be an amazing over-the-shoulder catch in softball turned into a softball ricocheting off his nose. Thankfully it hit right on the tip so there were no missing teeth, no concussion, and his nose wasn't even broken. We were so thankful God protected Chad as it could have been so much worse.

The second trip was for me and was less eventful than the last time I had to go to the ER though
both trips were for the same reason. I wound up getting a migraine headache that just wouldn't go away. So we had to make a trip into the ER for an IV and medication. The same thing happened when I was pregnant with Emmie. Only that time we were driving through about 6 inches of snow to get to the hospital.

In more fun news, we purchased a swing set for Emmie in June and she has enjoyed being able to play on her "yellow swing" and in the little clubhouse this summer. Chad and I spend about 12 hours putting it together and making sure it was level (Chad did most of the work). A word to the wise, if you're looking at buying a swing set, most places put their swing sets on sale from about Easter until mid-may and then they won't run too many sales during the summer.
That's about all the news for now, Emmie's waiting for me to finish so we can go and play outside.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Free Rita's on Friday the 20th

For those of you who love Rita's Italian Ice (or even those of you who haven't even tried it before), just a friendly reminder that tomorrow (March 20th) is the first day of spring. You know what that means! Free regular italian ices tomorrow! Yummy!

Thoughtful Little Girl

As I was watching Emmie playing in the tub last night during bathtime, I started hiccuping. Emmie laughed at first and then she dutifully poured a couple of small cups of her bath water into a bigger cup and held it up to me saying, "Here Mommy, drink dis water, makes hiccups go away!" I have such a thoughtful little girl. =o)

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The inquisitiveness starts...

This morning at breakfast I was listening to a voicemail from my mom on speakerphone at the table. Emmie was sitting there listening to it at the same time and when it was done very excitedly told me that "Grandma said hi to me and daddy and mommy." Then after looking at the phone for a few minutes and computing the fact that I wasn't actually talking to my mom on the phone at the moment proceeded to ask, "How did she do that?" I think that's the first of many "how's?" Emmie will be asking. =o)