Monday, October 15, 2012

Baby O is ONE!!

One year ago, I was miserably pregnant.  It had been six days since O's due date and I was desperate to see his sweet baby face.  When I got up on the morning of the 16th I posted on FB: "Anyone have a donkey I could borrow? I'm thinking maybe I need a nice long donkey ride to Bethlehem… Hey, it worked for Mary and Jesus."  I walked a little over an hour as soon as I got up, took a long hot bath afterward, and then went to the park with the family for an additional 2.5 mile walk.

Walking with the kiddos.
During our walk, I decided to call my mom to see if she would like to join us and go to L's 1st hockey practice of the season.  Typically my mom goes to church over an hour away, but she had stayed home in hopes that I would go into labor.  So we went home for lunch, took the baby car-seat out of the car, and let my mom ride with us over to L's hockey practice.

The only picture I captured of hockey before my water broke 
About 45 minutes into L's practice my water broke and we all headed to the hospital... and baby O arrived less than about 8 hours later (Birth Story:

One last pregnancy photo!

Sweet O

I was SO HAPPY to hold baby O in my ARMS!
The next morning I added this picture with the FB status: "Snuggling with my new baby boy!"

And a few minutes later: "I'm NOT pregnant!! O arrived last night at 10:52pm. 9lbs 1oz and 22 inches long. My water broke at L's hockey practice and O was born a few hours later... after a very uneventful, quick labor."

The kids came the next morning and met their new little brother for the very first time.

Their first look at Baby O

E with her new baby brother

Baby O
The next day, we took THREE kids home from the hospital and started life as a family of five!

Ride home a couple days later

Hanging out

Proud Big Brother

More Hanging out

Sweet Kisses

Tummy Time

He was so tiny

More Tummy Time

Fast forward to today and O is one year old.  He's walking, climbing, and babbling.  He's no longer just a baby and definitely has a mind of his own.

O at his first birthday party
He loves:

His bottle

Driving Backward

Climbing/Standing in the Refrigerator 


Opening and closing things


Being Up High

Getting into things

Walking without shoes!

Getting into the toilet

Flipping over the slide

Watching church from the foyer

Riding in the stroller

The fish at the zoo


Playing Peek-a-boo


Wagon Rides

Sliding with (and without) his mama


Brushing his teeth

Climbing the stairs

I love him more and more everyday.  What a character!

His "not impressed" face!

I can't wait to watch him over this next year as he grows more and more into the little person God is creating him to be! 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Gentry's Farm Field Trip

L's first school field trip was to Gentry's Farm.

L, in his blue field trip shirt
Prior to even arriving at the Farm (I assume) L's teacher had assigned her parent chaperones to two or three children each.  So, after all the classes were lined up outside the bus, she handed me an index card with L and a classmates name, and also what group (another class) we were to follow.  It was a little unfortunate that L's class was unable to stay together as a class, but at least his teacher had everything organized... much better than the some of the other classes.  So, another parent chaperone and I had these four kiddos from L's class:

"The Fabulous Four" for L's class

The first thing we did was gather on a wagon and go for a hayride over to the pumpkin patch.  One of Ls best buddies from his preschool (in a different K class) was able to ride on the hayride with us.


L and his buddy
We rode over to the pumpkin patch and the kids were able to pick out, and cut, their own pumpkins right in the patch.  L did a whole lot of searching before finding the perfect pumpkin.

The Pumpkin Patch

On a mission for the perfect pumpkin

Touching every pumpkin

Still on the search for the perfect pumpkin

After the kids collected their pumpkin, we rode over to feed one rotten pumpkin to the cows.  Who knew that cows like pumpkins?

After the hayride, the classes divided again to play in some different stations.

"I know!"





Checking out a donkey

Next station

Spider Web

General Store

Tiny Farm


"How do we get out of here?!"


L and his buddy

L and I both had a pretty great time.  I'm so happy E was in school, and my father-in-law was able to keep O.