Monday, June 29, 2009

June 29, 2009

A long, long time ago, Jay signed up with the Air Force. The separation date they gave us was June 29, 2009. I remember, because that would be the day before my 33rd birthday, and I told Jay that what I wanted that year was a plane ticket home and a house (I'm totally low-key for birthdays, huh?).

Well, June 29, 2009 is here, and we're still with the Air Force for three more months. Why?
And she's still totally worth it.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

A Week of Firsts

In addition to the museum, Alice had several other firsts this week. On Wednesday, we went to the zoo. It was horribly hot, so we only stayed an hour.

Normally we wouldn't have gone when it was so hot, but Jack had to see the dinosaurs one last time before the exhibit closed.

We also stopped by the butterfly garden and Jack got to work on a butterfly hunt.

Thursday was the first time Alice went to storytime. You can't really tell it from the one picture I took, so just take my word that she's in the storytime room.

And I didn't take any pictures while we were there, but Friday was Alice's first checkup. She weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces and was 22 inches. When she was born, she was 8 pounds, 4 ounces and 21 inches, so she's growing quite well.

Today Jack got his first video game for his birthday--a Madagascar game for the GameBoy Advance. He thinks it is the coolest!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Art Class

Alice went on her first trip to a museum today.

As you can see, she was really excited.

The kids inside--they were very well behaved!

Listening to the story...

and then painting some pictures. And it is all free. Have I mentioned how much I am going to miss this place when we move?

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Why Would You Think She's Spoiled?

Doesn't every baby have someone else's finger to chew on?

I think we're in for trouble.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Today is our ninth wedding anniversary, and as I've mentioned before, we don't usually do too much for this day. Last year, though, we began to use our anniversary as a sort of birthday celebration for our family.

With the birth of a child so recently, my mind has been very much focused on our little family this year, and when I read this article by Elizabeth Foss, this jumped out at me:

"I see my children as gifts. And before I even knew those gifts, I saw my husband as a gift. I have tired days and frustrating days, but those 10 people are always gifts in my life. And they know it."

Well, I have 3 people, not 10, but you know what I mean. And I hope they do, too.

Happy Anniversary.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Did I Mention?

Did I mention that this pregnancy was harder than the first one?

Did I mention that this labor was worse than the first one?

Did I mention that I threw up several times during labor?

Did I mention that she was born face up?

Did I mention that I still have no feeling in my hands?

Did I mention that she is totally worth it?

Happy One Week Birthday, Alice!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Pigeon Day

Today was Pigeon Day at our library--a great go-along for our bird box!

Jack was excited to introduce Alice to the librarians.

He also got to make a bird puppet.

Just because it's cute: Jack at Pigeon Day in 2006. I can't believe how much he's grown!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My Favorite Five Year Old

Is there any better way to start your birthday than getting a He-Man DVD? I think not.

We had to stop by Jay's office, so Jack took the opportunity to organize a sack race down the hall.

Later, we went to the Hat Symbol (Jack's name for Arby's) for lunch. The workers there were nice enough to look through all of their kids' meal toys for the two he was wanting, so we got two kids' meals. Points to Jay for thinking of this cheaper, quicker way to keep up from going to Incredible Pizza. (Here is the only picture I have of my 5 year old and 5 day old together today.)

The obligatory 4:30 picture.

This evening he got to choose his dinner (PBJ) and then we went to Braum's, where he chose some Birthday Cake ice cream. Happy Birthday, Jackabooter!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I'm Back!

Contrary to popular belief, I was not blogging in the hospital. Instead, I had done a post ahead of time and set it to post on Thursday since I'm all high-tech like that. Truthfully, though, I would have been posting on Thursday if I could have because I was bored out of my mind.

Thursday morning my parents came to watch Jack while we were at the hospital. Before check-in we grabbed some lunch and posed for our last family photo with just the three of us.

Around noon I checked in at the hospital and the waiting began. I was so bored it was crazy. I watched about 43 episodes of Law & Order and napped on and off.

The plan was to start the induction on Thursday and then have the baby sometime Friday morning. They started me on pitocin around 1:00 Friday morning and nothing was happening. Around 5:30, the nurses said if I wasn't making any progress, we would have to discuss some other options, which I was thinking meant a c-section. That completely freaked me out, but it turns out, they meant possibly send me home, which freaked me out even more. Thankfully, some labs came back high, so they kept me.

I got an epidural at some point Friday morning and was in a lot of pain, but nothing was happening. The doctor was finally able to break my water and eventually, Alice was born at 3:31--27.5 hours after I checked in, which was even longer than it took with Jack.

Jack was thrilled that he got a baby sister. He is still mostly thrilled with her, although I think he would be happier if she had the skills of at least a three year old.

Friday night, Jack and Jay stayed at the hospital with us. I think Jack was the only one who got any sleep.

By Sunday afternoon, we were more than ready to go home. Alice had a very fussy day, but made up for it by sleeping almost all the time yesterday. Today has been a mix, but overall, she seems to sleep a lot more than Jack did.

Tomorrow is Jack's fifth birthday, so we have some fun things planned to do as a family. I will also try to post more pictures soon, but time is limited lately!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Mystery Solved

Hello! Jay here- with an update on Jen, who is currently resting in the hospital.

As many of you know, Jen has been having a rough time lately. Various aches and pains, unintentional weight gain for several months, swelling and tingling in her legs. Due to an increase in her puffiness and more severe pains in her belly we went to the hospital yesterday afternoon to get her checked out. They ran some tests and gave her medicine in an IV, but the cramps just kept getting worse.


Anyway, long story short: they say hindsight is 20/20 (boy, is my face red now!) but just when the pain in her belly seemed its worst, a baby girl popped out of Jen's knickers! We named her Alice June, and plan to take her home with us on Sunday. So far she's cute as a button and healthy as a horse. Neither of us thought to take a camera in all the rush, but we'll get some snapshots really soon. Thank you all for your support during this trying time. Huzzah!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Post Pregnancy Top 10

While you're waiting for Jay to post some pictures of the baby, here is a list of the top ten things I'm looking forward to about not being pregnant anymore. (I am not including things like cute baby smiles, chubby baby cheeks, etc. Those are a given and will be posted about ad nauseum later.)

10. Wearing shoes that are not flip flops. This rarely happens in the summer even if I'm not pregnant, but at least I will have a choice.

9. Not panicking when I realize I left the Zantac at home.

8. No more itching stomach.

7. No more planning around bathroom breaks--at least not for my bathroom breaks.

6. Actually being tired when I am awake at 4:00 a.m.

5. Walking for more than ten minutes without having to go to the bathroom.

4. Sleeping on my stomach.

3. Wearing jewelry again.

2. No more weekly doctor appointments.

1. Feeling my hands again.

Next up should be some cute pictures of a baby!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Our Last Day Out

With the baby due to arrive sometime Friday morning, Jack and I made the most of our last day out for a while. Hopefully we will pick back up with things soon, but it will be a while before I can handle a day like today! We started at the movies, where we saw Nim's Island.

After the movie, we met up with our friends for a nature walk downtown. It really turned out to be more about how nature is incorporated into urban spaces and architecture than a regular nature walk, which was quite interesting, but hard to listen to while you're making sure a five, a four, and a two year old aren't flinging themselves into oncoming traffic.

And after walking all over downtown for an hour, of course we had to have lunch when we were done.

After lunch we spent some time watching the ducks and playing on the playground before finishing some errands. We ended up being gone for about 8 hours, which was a looooong day for us. It's going to be quite a while before we do that again!