Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Ryan's Special Day!

Everyone in Ryan's class gets to celebrate their special day at some point during the school year. Students usually do it on or near their birthday, but for those with summer birthdays, they can pick any day they want.

I asked Ryan awhile ago if he wanted to do his day before or after the baby came, and he definitely wanted to wait for her arrival so she could be a part of it.

On Sunday, we made his poster. This was to contain some of his favorite photos, and he wanted lots of ones of he and Jillian. He planned the poster ("Happy Spring", not "Ryan's Special Day" and Jillian's name HAD to be on it and it has to have flowers!) and I just steered him a bit in terms of design. I was pretty proud of how it turned out...the right balance of parent help and student work!


On Monday, we made cupcakes for snack.

And, today, we all went in to celebrate with him! First he told the class about the pictures on his poster.


Then, Daddy read the book Ryan had picked out and Ryan went around to show all the pictures to the class.


Next, he shared the toy he had brought (his Bendaroos from Aunt Katy).


Finally, he opened a present from the class and showed it off.


We all had a great time and were very proud of Ryan!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Ballerina Girl

I thought Jillian looked like she had perfect ballerina arms and hands going on while she was sleeping.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Some of Dad's Pictures

I found a few more with me in them!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Two week stats

We went to the doctor today for Jillian's 2 week check-up.



She weighs 8 lbs 5 oz (50th percentile) and is 21 inches long (75th percentile)! That's me and the little one in the examining room mirror...I have to get somone to take more pictures of her and I!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Two Weeks



Crazy. We've been waiting so long for March, and now it's almost over and Jillian is here!

Some things from this week:

Daddy and Ryan reading Jillian a book:


Jillian looking at Mr. Bear while lying on the changing table. Ryan hung these up and I think she can actually see it!
And one more:

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Lost and Found

Ryan found (caught is probably a better word) a catfish at our local fishing spot today:



We all came over to look, and Grammy and Grandad stayed to fish some more. Grammy caught a catfish, too, and Grandad caught a few smaller fish (should've left my camera with them!).

Back at home, Jillian lost her umbilical cord stub!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

A few more pictures of Jillian

When Ryan was born and our family left, I started sending a photo of Ryan almost everyday to them via email. Then this blog was born and I did not have to do that.

Now if there ever was a person who would defy the old second-born doesn't get the same amount of pictures taken, it would be me. So far we have taken hundreds of pictures. Probably not as many as Ryan, but still, do you think Jillian will feel left out?

Here are a few recent ones:



Thursday, March 19, 2009

Walker's Birthday Party

Ryan's friend and classmate, Walker turns 5 today. We went to Build-A -Bear for his party yesterday. Originally, his grandparents were going to take him, but he came home a little cranky, and I agreed to go with him. Glad I did, because I have never actually built a bear!

They picked out their animal, then hopped to the next station.



They got two hearts, one for their animal and one for Walker's bear.

Their animals got stuffed,



then washed,


and then everyone picked outfits. With the NCAA basketball tourney starting today, the Memphis Tiger shirts were very popular. (Don't worry, we already have a B-A-B turtle at home with a Terps shirt!)


The party-goers and their new animals:



One Week Old

Jillian was one week old yesterday! In an effort to take as many photos of her as I did of her brother, I will do these milestone pictures like I did for Ryan.


Plus, there are going to be all the pictures of Ryan holding her, because he does it and I just can't resist taking a picture of the sweetness!


Hanging out at Home

Some of my favorite pictures from being home this week.

Ryan has been such a good big brother...the other day, I was changing Jillian, and I turned to him to ask him to get me more diapers, and he already had them in his hands!




While the family took a walk, the four of us had a quiet moment just being a family of four.



Aunt Katy before she headed home.

We have a lot of sleeping baby photos! I think this is an outfit Aunt Marcy got her.


We have been playing a lot of Wii. Jillian brought Ryan MarioKart and we have enjoyed it so much, Ryan and Scott went out to get a second controller and wheel. Ryan and Scott got me Dance Dance Revolution, but I am not allowed to use it yet.


It's good to be home!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Jillian's Story

Here it is...

I promised that if I hadn't had the baby yet on the morning of March 11, I was going to the grand opening of the new Duncan Donuts (it's on Kirby Whitten, just south of 40, if you were wondering). I woke up at 5:15, and figured I might as well go. I took my sister's car rather than opening the garage and waking her up (she was sleeping in the bonus room). Got there, got my dozen donuts, munchkins, and free coffee (not for me) and headed back home. At 6:06, on the way home, I got my first contraction.


They were pretty mild, so I wasn't sure if we should head to the hospital or not. Ryan was up watching cartoons in bed with Scott when I got home. I finished packing my bag, put away laundry, and tried to distract myself with the internet for awhile. At 7:25 I called the nurse (who sounded really tired and not that happy to help me) who told me I could go into the office after 9 to get checked or, if the contractions continued 5-10 minutes apart for an hour, I should go to the hospital.

At 8, I told Scott we should go, knowing it would take 30 minutes to get there. The contractions got stronger, so it was good to go. When I got there, I was 3-4 cm, and since I was 40 weeks, they said they'd keep me. Got into a delivery room, got an IV, and sometme around 10, the doctor came in and broke my water. Then the contractions got worse. At 10:15, I got my epidural, and things got better. Better even than when I had Ryan. No pain, no pressure! So nice.


A little before 11, the nurse checked me and I was 9.5 centimeters and she said it was time to have a baby. So funny, because Scott kept saying this could be a long process, and I was thinking baby wouldn't be here until the afternoon. People brought in all the equipment, and then the nurse had me push 3 times through a contraction until she could feel hair! She left to get the Doctor (not mine, BTW, mine was in Disney World. But, it did happen to be the same doctor who delivered Ryan!).

The doctor came in after 11, had me push 3 times through a contraction, then again without a contraction, and Jillian was here! (hope this isn't too graphic!)



She weighed 7 lbs 12.5 oz. Scott held her,


then me. She cried a lot those first few minutes (much different than Ryan).


While we were waiting for Ryan to arrive before Jillian went upstairs to the nursery and me to a post-partem room, I changed my Facebook status. Mom and Katy both thought this was funny and took pictures. I figure, it was the best way to let the most people know quickly.


Ryan and Gramps arrived before we went upstairs and he was very excited to meet his little sister.


After going upstairs, but before Jillian joined us, Ryan loved going to see her in the nursery.


When they brought Jillian to our room, we got our first family photo!


And a few of my kids (plural! Wow!)





We stayed at Methodist Germantown Wednesday night. It wasn't too bad a ight...we let Jillian go to the nursery between feedings and her nurse was super! Always smiling and happy when she came in. Scott went home to get showered Thursday morning and returned with Ryan. Mom and Dad came back for lunch, and once we got all the approvals, we headed home in the afternoon! Jillian and I were both doing great and Scott & I were looking forward to sleeping in our own bed!




OK, that post took awhile! Hope that holds all of you until I can find another few minutes (or hours) to update you on how it's going at home (and it is going well, so far!).