Have I really not posted since August? I wish I knew how to make time slow down, but it just seems to keep speeding up.
Two weeks ago, we took our family vacation to Denver & Wyoming. It was nice visiting our families out west. We miss all of them so much, and for many of them it was their first time meeting Laney.
Traveling with two kids was actually easier than I thought. Elias thought he was big stuff by getting to ride on the plane, even though he has been on several planes before, this time he actually understood what was going on.
First, we flew into Denver to visit my Aunt, Uncle and cousins. My cousin's daughter Lily, is just one year younger than Elias, and they instantly became best friends. We had fun taking turns riding in their Razor, and my cousin's 1948 Jeep.
Uncle Kim taking Elias for a ride in the Razor
Laney fell asleep while riding in the razor!
Lily & Elias in the '48
For dinner, my Uncle Kim suggested we all go to dinner at a restaurant called Casa Bonita. My family used to always eat there when I was a kid, and he thought it would be fun to take my kids there.
It is a weird unique Mexican restaurant. You can click here if you want to read more about it on there website. Basically, there is a 30 ft waterfall with performers randomly jumping into it, live music, a haunted cave to walk through, several arcades, a gift shop etc.
This was my husband's first time going, and he described it as a Mexican Chuck-E-Cheese! Ha! He is probably right, but it was fun taking my kids there, and laughing about our memories there when I was a kid myself.
Next we drove to Wyoming, to join Mac's family who was already camping in the mountains.
This is a picture of where we camped. Go ahead, be jealous! It is incredibly gorgeous!
Laney is just beginning to enjoy table food, and now I think her favorite food is Aunt Lorraine's hot and fresh homemade tortillas. She was so content with her Tio Juan, and him sharing his yummy tortillas with her, made it even better!
Laney and Mac's Tia Lorraine share a birthday, so Laney's new neckname for the week was "Laney Lorraine" So special!!
Laney was really roughin' it, can't you tell? She had so many people who were more than happy to hold her, or give her whatever she wanted.
I loved seeing her in this camo high chair that Mac's cousin let us borrow.
Mac was able to spend a lot of time hiking in the mountains. He was in Heaven! I was worried he might not come back with me and the kids :) He is a Rocky mountain boy at heart, and I love that about him. We are currently trying to move back out west, but I will save all that for another post.
Elias was fascinated by the elk...he was all boy and had fun poking it in the eye and playing with its tongue.
Some of the men at camp. Good looking guys!
Here is a picture of all the women at camp. Pretty good looking bunch of women. I am blessed to be a part of such a loving family!
I have been missing from blogland for awhile. But I have a good excuse...
We had more family come visit us this summer, then we have had our entire marriage of 8.5 years. The main reason was of course to meet/visit this little girl...
Nana was our first visitor. We really enjoyed having her here!
Elias loved racing his cars with Nana. It is entertaining to see my mother get on the floor and play cars. I am sure it is treat for her too, since she doesn't have any brothers and only had daughters herself.
I must admit too that I enjoy the extra help. Cooking, cleaning, and laundry etc. run a little smoother when Nana is around.
Oh, and I may or may not have gotten a nap every day....ahhh!
Next Papa (Mac's dad), Uncle Bert, Mac's sister Sarah and his niece Hannah came for a visit. We had a full house, but it was so much fun!
The weather was pretty crummy during their visit, it was either raining or unbearably hot, but we made the most of it and had a great time together.
Here are some pictures/highlights from their trip.
Ice Skating at Liberty
Quality time with Papa!
We took advantage of a rare sunny day, and decided to go swimming in my friend's neighborhood pool.
Elias did great learning how to swim and Laney even took a little dip herself.
Watching fireworks for the 4th of July
Goodbyes are always hard. Thankfully we were all able to spend the night in D.C. before they flew back home. This is a picture of us (minus Sarah who was taking the picture) hanging out in the hotel lobby.
Karen came the following week. She served in the Marine Corps with Mac, and has been a good friend of ours ever since. She is being stationed in Okinawa and it was nice to see her before she left the states. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of her quick visit, but we love you Karen!
Last but definitely not least was my sister and her family. Elias loves playing with his cousins, especially Emilynn who is only one year older than him.
Elias and Emilynn held hands wherever we went.
This is the two of them getting ready to go through Amazement Square,
a fun museum for kids, with hands on exhibits.
My brother in law Dave, took his two older girls up to D.C. for a quick visit of the historical sites.
He also made a special stop by Georgetown Cupcakes, and was nice enough to bring cupcakes home for us to try. It was my first time trying them, and oh.my.word!
I tried a salted caramel cupcake, that was soo delicious! Good thing I don't live close to D.C. because I could very easily gain 500lbs!
Now that I have two children, I understand that my memory is definitely going to be the first thing to go! So I decided to put Laney's birth story into writing so that I dont forget the details.
I assumed that I would be able to coax little Laney to come out whenever I wanted her to, because that is how it worked when I had her brother. (I used a breast pump and voila 4 hours later I was in labor)
Even though I was still weeks from my due date, I was ready to get that baby out!
Look at the picture below and you will see why. This is the last belly picture I took (1 week before she arrived), I still can't believe how big I was! Guess that is what a 9 lb baby looks like inside its momma!
Unfortunately Laney had other plans! My mom and sister came up two weeks before my due date in hopes that she would come early so they could get an extra week with her because of their spring break.
We tried all the old wives tales, spicy food, walking, sex, the breast pump, etc. Nothing worked!
I even went to the hospital once with false labor, only to be sent home.
On March 27th, my doctor stripped my membranes to try and help things along. I started having pretty hard contractions that afternoon and on into the night, but unfortunately by the next morning everything had stopped.
Thankfully we were still able to celebrate Elias' 3rd birthday that same night. (His birthday is March 25)
By this time, my family was afraid they might miss her birth. Thankfully, my mom changed her flight to stay for another week, because the thought of not having my mom to help me transition with two kids brought me tears!!
March 30th, a Saturday morning, I was woken up by a really strong contraction around 6:00 a.m. Mac was getting ready for work. I told him what was going on, but also assured him that the contractions would most likely stop since that had been the pattern thus far.
Only this time the contractions kept coming, and getting stronger and stronger. I called Mac and told him to come home because this was it! By the time he made it back home I was doubled over the couch in pain, and my contractions were coming every 2-3 minutes. Our good friend Connie came over to pick up Elias, then we (myself, Mac, my mom and my sister) headed to the hospital.
I was quickly checked into a triage room but I was still only 3 cm, so my doctor told me to walk the halls for two hours. I cried after she left my room, because that is not what I wanted to hear! But I had no choice...so we walked. Finally after two LONG and painful hours I came back to my room. I had progressed to 4 cm, and was able to go back to a delivery room.
It seemed like forever before they gave me the epidural. I told the anesthesiologist that my epidural had worn off when I had Elias, and that I didn't want to see him again, so he gave me a strong concoction with a fast drip. Aww sweet relief!! I am not sure of time frames from that point on, I just remember my doctor coming in and breaking my water to help speed things along.
I quickly progressed to 10 cm, and the doctor came back and had me get ready to push. I remember being so relaxed because of the epidural that all I wanted to do was sleep, and I was annoyed that I had to push.
I pushed for a grand total of 5 minutes, before Laney arrived at 5:22 p.m. She came out so fast that the doctor almost dropped her. Also she came out face down, so her poor little face was incredibly bruised. She was so purple we all thought she was having trouble breathing.
I got a full uninterrupted hour of skin to skin time with her before they took her to bathe her and weigh her. Our nurse (who was quite funny) took one look at Laney, and told me "She big!" And she was very big, 9 lbs. 2 oz.
We are so blessed, and can't wait to watch little Laney grow up.
Our little guy turned 3 at the end of March. He is quite a character, and we never know what is going to come out of his mouth. I do my best to write down all the funny things he says, because I always want to remember them!
Then I read about a great idea to interview your child on their 3rd birthday, and then again each consecutive year to see how their answers change.
So here is my interview with Elias...
1)What is your favorite color? blue
2)What is your favorite toy? play doh
3)What is your favorite fruit? grapes
4)What is your favorite vegetable? tomatoes
5)What is your favorite drink? Sprite
6)What is your favorite movie? Toy Story
7)What is your favorite animal? giraffe
8)What is your favorite song? Hip Hop Happy Day (a song from church)
9)What is your favorite book? Dino Dan (he's referring to a book about dinosaurs)
10)What is your favorite snack? goldfish
11)What is your favorite game? "ducking" ?
12)What is your favorite thing to do outside? bubbles
13)What do you want for dinner on your birthday? a cake
14)What is your favorite restaurant? "the vegetable restaurant" ?
15)What is your favorite thing to wear? a jacket and shoes
16)Who is your favorite person? Mommy
17)What is your favorite thing about yourself? baby Laney (maybe being a big brother?)
18)What do you like to pray about? God and pie
19)What is God teaching you right now? God made Elias
20)What do you want to be when you grow up? a firefighter (or as he pronounces it, a pirepighter)