Sunday, January 31, 2016

Final Four

January 22nd, we welcomed the fourth and final member of our little family! Living up to the meaning of her name from the get go, she made her way into the world in a hurry. 

Thursday I had been having contractions all day but very sporadically. Sometimes 10 minutes apart sometimes a few hours I knew we were getting close. Friday I woke up around 5 and they were a consistent 10 mins apart. I took an early morning bath, got ready for work and by the time I got to work they were about 4 mins apart. After about two hours I called my doctor and she told me to head to the hospital. By the time I got there they were about 3 mins apart. I got settled into our room and started walking up and down the hallways to help things along. I was about 3 cm dilated. After about an hour I was only 4 cm and still 3 mins apart. They told me I could stay and see how things went for another hour or I could go home. I didn't want to miss my window for an epidural and since contractions were already at 3 mins I decided to stay. Brett left to go pick up JT and my mom and I walked some more. I took a bath and got back in bed for her to check me. I was only a 4. She said it's progress so we'll keep waiting. About 10 minutes later my water broke! Brett quickly headed back and thankfully he did because things went fast after that! My first contraction after my water broke was 100 times worse than I had ever felt and they continued to get worse every time. So they quickly called for the epidural however the anesthesiologist took his sweet time getting to me. When they sat me up to do the epidural my contractions were so painful (Brett's hands would agree...sorry). After he started I had a contraction and I knew it wasn't going to get done in time because I needed to push. She was coming now. I told my nurse I needed to push now so they did their best to finish the epidural and when she checked me I was a 10 (from a 4 in about 20 mins) and she was coming. I was in so much pain but the next thing I knew nurses and the doctor had been running down the hall to get set up and I was pushing. I looked at Brett and said, "I can feel everything I don't want to do this without an epidural!" Didn't have much of a choice! After about 20 mins of pushing she arrived! It was the most exhausting, painful, and rewarding 20 mins of my life. The funny thing is I had told Brett a long time ago that maybe I didn't want an epidural this time...then I said never mind! She clearly had different plans! 

Landry Marie
7 pounds 9 ounces
19.5 inches long
4:24 pm

She is an absolute blessing and the perfect addition to our family and we are smitten with her. So far she sleeps great, waking up about every 3 hours. She's not much of a crier so far and is pretty content. Straight out of the gate she was trying to suck her thumb and like her brother, sleeps with her hands by her face patiently waiting to be able to get that thumb. And she looks like me! Jaris is Brett through and through and now I have a mini me. She even has one dimple like I do on the same side! She is perfectly sweet and we cannot get enough of her!


Jaris and Landry

mommy and Landry

Jaris is adjusting well, he loves to hold her and give her kisses. She is really interested in him when he talks to her, so sweet to watch. He is struggling a little bit with the amount of attention I have to give to her because it takes away from him but he is learning to give and take. We've made sure to still have some one on one time with since her arrival.

Our hearts are full and complete! 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Landry's Nursery

It's so perfect! I love love love this room and cannot wait to add our sweet girl! Still waiting on one more curtain to arrive but other than that here it is...

Sweet bedding and the teddy bear Brett gave me when we were 16!

Love the sweet little details.

"There was something in her movements that made you think she never walked, but always danced."


Another great Christmas in the books! Last years Christmas and this year are both very similar and different at the same time. Both years we've been super busy, last year we were preparing for Christmas and a funeral. This year we were preparing for Christmas and a new baby. Last year I hosted and thankfully I didn't have to this year! It's a lot of work! We had Christmas with my family this year (we switch holidays every other year) and it was perfect. My grandparents and aunt came into town as well as my sisters. 

We did our church service on the 23rd with Brett's mom because she was leaving for a month starting on the 24th.

Christmas eve we went over to my parents for our tradition of my dads awesome chicken noodle soup. We played a lot of ping pong and headed home so Santa could come.

Christmas morning JT woke up and opened his presents from us and Santa of course. A lot of his Christmas was the trip to Hawaii so we kept it small, plus we knew family would spoil him plenty.

We headed over to my parents for our traditional breakfast...always so good. We opened presents, played a lot, some people were lucky enough to get a nap in, we cooked a lot and ate A LOT, Jaris got a bath and headed to bed, and we ended the night with games. It was relaxing and time well spent with family.

Last year, we knew Brett's grandma only had a matter of days. I knew we would be hosting family and most likely after the funeral as well. So I put Christmas stuff away early. This year I was 36 weeks pregnant so Christmas stuff went away early. In case I were to pop anytime I wanted to have the house back to normal and not deal with putting Christmas stuff away with a newborn! So the day after was spent loading it all up and putting it away, going through JT's toys that need to be donated (we do every year), went through his clothes for donation, got his playroom and new toys all put away, got the tree down and out, cleaned, and felt a huge sigh of relief! The next day we hit up Target for a new rug and Home Depot for a new fan. HUGE shout out to my husband who kept up with my crazy need to get things done asap. He carried tubs up and down stairs multiple times, put our basement back together, installed a new fan, and so much more without hesitation. So thankful!

The Ballards joined us the day after Christmas and were here until New Years Eve. Jaris loved the cousin time!

Our wild and crazy NYE!

Landry's nursery is almost ready! Here's a few of the last few weeks baby bump! Its nice not to be a marshmallow this time around!

That's all for now!