Sunday, December 28, 2008

Elisabeth's First Solids

We were at Chili's for lunch and Kelly was holding Elisabeth while he ate. She kept grabbing at the things in his hand and the stuff on the table. Kelly stuck his finger in some ranch dressing and offered it to her. She got all excited and tried to grab his hand and really seemed to like it. She responded similarly to a bit of ketchup. That told me that she was past ready for some solid food. She's 5 1/2 months now and I was planning to wait until the 6 month mark before trying the solid food. Jonah didn't start eating solid until 6 1/2 months. So I got some jars of 1st foods - banana and apple sauce. That evening I gave her some and she loved it. She ate almost a whole jar the very first time. So the first day she ate a jar and a half of banana. The second day she finished the banana and ate a whole jar of apple sauce. Jonah was not as enthusiastic when he started eating solids and he spit up a lot. Elisabeth is already opening her mouth well and everything. And so we have hit a new milestone earlier than mommy planned.

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Friday, December 05, 2008

Jonah's Latest Performance

For those of you not on facebook, here are some videos of Jonah that Kelly made last night.

I just taught Jonah Jingle Bells yesterday - he really likes to sing it.





When we go to places with play areas like McDonald's and Chick-fil-a Jonah likes to growl or scream at other kids and the girls don't really like it. So we have been practicing saying "hi, how are you" "What's your name?". Here is Kelly practicing again with Jonah.



Here's a video with some funny affects compliments of my techy husband.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Jonah Decorates our Christmas Tree

Jonah did some nice decorating of our Christmas tree last week. Kelly blogged it here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Potty Time

One day last week, Jonah pee'd in the potty with Daddy's help (I was getting out of the shower). Jonah knocked on my door and said, "Mommy, poop in potty, yay!" I opened the door and Kelly confirmed that he had pee'd in the potty so I gave him a hug and cheered and we put a sticker on his chart.

Later in the week, Jonah had gotten a diaper rash from a long bout of diarrhea. And so Saturday evening at the retreat (we had the nicest room - it was huge with a gas fireplace) we let him run around naked. At one point he started to sprinkle and Kelly asked him if he needed to pee in the potty and he said yes and ran in the bathroom. Kelly helped him onto the big adult potty where he pooped and pee'd. Major milestone as he previously hadn't pooped in the potty at all and this was the first time using the big adult potty.

Then last night, Kelly put him in underwear after his bath. (He had just had a ton of juice/water and his stomach was huge.) After a couple of accidents, we moved his potty from the bathroom into the tiled foyer so he wouldn't have far to go - he was running around completely naked by this time, which he seems to enjoy. I saw him pause and look down and I asked him if he needed to pee and told him to go sit on his potty - he ran over and sat down but pee was shooting forward onto the carpet. I helped adjust him and said to make sure the pee pee went in the bowl. Not sure he quite understood. Oh well. So we're making progress on this potty training thing. Honestly though, he drinks so much and goes so much I'm not sure it's even practical to have him completely potty trained at this point.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Baby Puke

Well, it seems that Elisabeth now has whatever Jonah got last week. Except it is manifesting itself more as baby puke than diarrhea. She puked a lot on Friday night in the car just as we were getting to our weekend destination. Then Sunday night after we were back in our hometown but at a restaurant it happened again. And then again this morning when I put her in the swing. And then again before lunch. It doesn't look like much more than baby spit up but the volume indicates that it is indeed more than that. She is still pooping and peeing so I'm not concerned about dehydration at this point. And she seems in very good spirits. Funny how kids are - She will break out into a big smile right after puking. If only us adults were so resilient. Just pray everyone is happy and healthy before Kelly goes of to San Francisco for a conference on Sunday.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Up and Down with a Sick Kid

Jonah has had some mild diarrhea this weekend. Yesterday, we went to a birthday party that started at his normal nap time. He acted weird the whole time and we thought he was just tired because he didn't get a nap. He acted like he wanted cake but then when we offered it to him he didn't want it. And he went to the car a couple of times wanting to go home. He fell asleep in the car (6 p.m. Standard Time) and we put him to bed when we got him home with a little bird bath before hand - I'm suprised he stayed asleep for that. About 45 minutes later he fell out of bed and woke up crying. He stayed up for a while and ate dinner with us - he actually ate fairly well - corn and fish sticks and fruit. We put him back to bed at 9pm. Kelly checked on him about 11pm and he was sitting up whimpering. On closer inspection, Kelly found that he had thrown up all over himself and his bed. Kelly took Jonah in the bathroom to clean him up and I cleaned up his bed and changed his sheets. About 2am Kelly woke me up saying he needed my help because Jonah had puked again. Kelly took him in the bathroom and discovered it wasn't puke but diarrhea everywhere. So again Kelly cleaned him up while I dealt with his bed - I'll save you all the gory details. We put him in bed again with a sippy cup of water. I checked on him about 30 minutes later and he was sleeping soundly. This morning when he got up he had another diarrhea diaper - this one was a bit more contained, but I still had to strip his bed again. I called the Pediatrician's office this morning and the nurse sounded confident that he had a stomach bug and just said to feed him liquidy, bland foods. He seems fine behavior wise this morning. He keeps asking for food though. Pray that he recovers from this quickly.
Also, Elisabeth had blood in her stool on Friday so they want me to bring her into the Doctor today. I'm confident it's nothing, just a bout of lactose intolerance perhaps, but we want to make sure. It was a dramatic evening but we are all fine. Jonah's watching Sesame Street and we're just keeping everything low key today.

Friday, October 31, 2008

A Messy Milestone

Last night we had guests over for dinner. Jonah was in his high chair and at one point got this weird look on his face and then puked all over the high chair tray. This was the first time he had ever thrown up and it scared him. Don't worry he isn't sick. He was drinking and drinking and drinking and we think some of it went down the wrong pipe so to speak and when he coughed all the liquid came back up. He hadn't eaten very much so it wasn't too disgusting and since he was in his high chair it was a quick clean up. Luckily our quests took it all in stride and we were all able to finish our meal (except Jonah, he went a played) and have dessert. Jonah later had a couple of bites of ice cream and then fell asleep in his high chair. (He missed his nap yesterday.) He hasn't done that since he was 10 months old.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Potty Training

I am happy to report that Jonah pee'd in the potty once last week. I went in his room to change his diaper and get him dressed one morning and he says poopy diaper. And I said, "Do you have to go poopy. Want to poopy in the potty?" To which he nodded and said yes. So I left him naked from the waste down and sat him on the potty. He sat there for a couple seconds and then wanted to get up and I said no go poopy in the potty. Kelly was in the bathroom shaving or something and I let my attention drift as we talked about something. Then Jonah tried to get up again and I saw there was water in the potty - he pee'd. So we gave lots of praise and clapped and hugged and cheered and put a sticker on his potty chart. Later he just sat on the potty and got back up and cheered. He really likes the accolades. Yesterday, he was having some nasty poopy diapers and ended up with a diaper rash so we let him run around in underwear. We kept asking him if he needed to go peepee in the potty - nevertheless he pee'd in the floor. So it's a slow process to be sure.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

3 Months Old

Elisabeth was three months old last week and has really started changing in looks and behavior. I have really enjoyed her this week - she is sleeping easier and very smiley and interactive. She is a real joy. I thought it would be fun to compare pictures from when she was a week or so old and now, so I put her in the same outfit and took a picture. They aren't the same pose but you get the idea.
Here's a recent picture:

And here is 3 months ago:

Friday, October 17, 2008

BebePOD

I have been wanting one of these kind of seats for Elisabeth as she wants to be up and interacting with everyone already. This particular bebePOD usually retails for $60 and I found this on clearance at a toy store near our house for $20 (without a box). She can't sit in it for more than a couple of minutes at the moment, but as you can see she enjoys it (as does Jonah). Anything I have out to stimulate her, he always gets interested in.
Here you can see Jonah knows how to use our old digital camera. It has batteries and a memory card in it and every so often he manages to take an actual picture. :)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Star Wars Fans

Here is a cute one of Elisabeth watching this animated Clone Wars series with daddy.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Proof of the Giggles

Well, we finally got it on video. Here is Elisabeth giggling.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A day in the life...

of Jonah and Elisabeth's mom. I took Jonah to a kids hair cuttery, anticipating a difficult time. Boy was I right. Jonah screamed and cried all through his haircut. I think there were more tears and snot on his cover-up than hair. I had to hold him in the chair trying to make him happy with crackers and candy. Nothing worked until near the end, I ask him if he wants ice cream, which of course he says yes. He continues crying and fighting though until we give him a lolly pop and another lady comes over and starts blowing bubbles. Then he settles down enough for the beautician to clean up around his ears and neck. After Jonah calmed down, Elisabeth, who has been sitting quietly in her carseat this whole time, decides she isn't happy and starts crying. So I pay and we get loaded back up in the car and I realize I now have to find a place to get ice cream because I said he could have some and I don't want to be a liar. So we are in route to the grocery store and I start thinking, "I could just get ice cream at the grocers and save a stop," but Elisabeth is crying hysterically in the car seat to the point that I think she is going to pass out or something. So I decide to stop somewhere for ice cream, which will give me an opportunity to calm her down. So we stop at this place I see along the way that has ice cream in the title. The nice gentlemen behind the counter says they don't have ice cream but haven't had enough money to change the sign (in that moment I am reminded of the financial crisis going on in the nation - easy to forget about when you have two kids). I see that he does have frappacinos and I figure that's close enough to ice cream that Jonah won't know the difference and I would really enjoy that as well. So we get our order and sit down. I nurse Elisabeth and at the same time give Jonah a lesson in sharing as he keeps saying "mine" and won't take turns sipping on the frappacino - little stinker. (By the way, that is the best frappacino I have ever tasted.) So we finish up and I manage to get everyone loaded back in the car after having to pry some toy Dinosaurs from Jonah's grip and carry him to the car and then change his diaper - just a wet one - Thank God. Elisabeth, of course, wakes up in the car seat on the way to Food Lion and isn't real happy but she's not screaming quite as bad as earlier. We arrive at the grocery store and I have to think through how I'm going to get myself, an active toddler, a baby, my wallet, and my coupons in and out of the store. I decide to put the baby in a snuggli on my chest as she obviously hates the car seat. I decide on the huge cart that's shaped like a race car to put Jonah in as well as my diaper bag and coupon binder. Jonah wants in the big basket area instead of by the steering wheel. So here I go through Food Lion with a baby on my chest and Jonah in the cart and me trying to keep him from throwing the cantaloupe like a ball or eating the grapes that I haven't paid for yet. People who see me look on with pity or like I'm crazy, but on we go, some people going out of their way to "make way" for us and to help us get checked out. We manage to get back to the car and this older gentlemen comes over to help me load the car and to take my cart back for me. Elisabeth is freaking out again through this process. I thank the man and take Elisabeth to the driver's side with me and nurse her again until she falls asleep. I managed to get her strapped back into her carseat without waking her up. She stayed peaceful for the drive home while Jonah watched a DVD on the portable DVD player - so I spent a very peaceful 10 minute drive back home. Elisabeth wakes up as car pulls in the garage. I get groceries and kids inside and manage to get the little girl down for a nap, feed myself and Jonah ......there is more but they are both sleeping now. And so I thank God for giving me grace for today and for Elisabeth sleeping 7 hours straight last night - you're much less likely to flip out during all the craziness if you're well rested. :)

Cake Anyone?

We went to a dinner celebration the other evening and Jonah was nice enough to share his cake with his best friend Olivia.



Notice he's sharing the best part - the icing :)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Elisabeth's Video Debut

I took this video of Elisabeth a few day's ago. I was trying to get her smiling. Of course, she doesn't like to cooperate when I have the camera, but there are a couple glimpses of her smiling and you can hear a few coo's too. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Giggles and Fun

Elisabeth giggled for the first time. Yesterday afternoon I went to clean her ear with a Q-tip and she shrugged her shoulder and giggled. I was shocked and delighted of course. I don't recall Jonah giggling so soon, but then it may be that time just seems to go slower with the first child. Later, when Kelly got home he held her for awhile and she was very alert and talking and smiling. Then he started tickling her and she started giggling again, which made us giggle as well.

Jonah has advanced in his playing recently. He has a couple of little people that he has been playing with a lot and pushing them around in his Little People boat. And what is funny is I think he is calling one of them Redgy which he actually pronounces "Ready". I think he is associating that boat with his Papaw who took us on a boat ride during a recent visit. Jonah heard Grammie calling his papaw, "Redgy" and started repeating it. He still says "papaw" but he still remembers "ready" as well. :-)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Early Teether

Well, I have determined that Elisabeth really is teething and that has been the source of much of her fussing the last few weeks. I gave her tylenol pretty much around the clock last week and it was a much more pleasant week than the previous month. Jonah cut his two bottom teeth at 3 months - his first 3 months were really difficult - being a first-time mom I didn't realize the cause of his crying until afterwards. This time all the drooling and the fact that tylenol has helped confirms it for me this time - even though I don't see teeth yet. She has been a much more smiley girl this week. I keep trying to catch her smiling with the camera but it hasn't quite happened yet.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Jonah Likes to Dance

We went to a wedding reception for a friend a week or so ago and when the music started Jonah showed us he knew how to "cut a rug."

Weekend in the Mountains

We went to the mountains this past weekend for a little getaway. We really enjoyed a little hike on Friday and then Jonah got to sit atop a horse on Saturday when we visited the same spot.


Friday, September 12, 2008

Nap Anywhere

As I mentioned in a previous post, Jonah is no longer sleeping in a crib. It has made naptime particularly interesting. We pretty much lock him in his room. Most days he goes to sleep fine, but you never know where exactly.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

First Daycare Experience

I went to my first MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting this week. I was a bit apprehensive about the childcare aspect, particularly with Elisabeth. Jonah did great - and it was his first experience in a daycare type setting. Elisabeth was having a fussy morning, but the ladies in the nursery really worked with her to sooth her. I checked on her 2 times - the first time she had fallen asleep. The second time I had to nurse her. When I picked her up at the end she was having one of her alert & calm moments. But she started crying when I put her in the carseat.

So far we haven't found any foolproof ways of soothing her. Sometimes one thing works, other times it doesn't. And sometimes she can cry so loud my ears litterally ring. But when she's having one of her quiet alert times, she is so sweet. She coo's and even smiles if you talk and smile at her. It looks as if she is going to have some striking blue eyes of her own, but darker than her brother's.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Screaming Contest

Okay, lots of blogging this week, but this is really good. We went to Florida a couple of weeks ago to see family. Jonah spent some quality time with his grandparents and aunts and uncles. Here is a clip of Jonah bonding in a way that only he can with his Aunt Christina, "AunTie." It begins with Jonah innocently putting a tuperware over his head and then deciding it's a good idea to scream also. Which is fine at first as it muffles the noise. Then AunTie does the same thing, and Jonah finds it hilarious, screams back, and falls on the floor. They do this for awhile until AunTie no longer has to make any noise at all; she just opens her mouth as if she's screaming and Jonah fills in the noise. Be prepared for some gut-wrenching histerics.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Juggling Act

I've posted a lot of Jonah pictures and didn't want to leave the little girl out.

She has been eating nonstop today. This may be the precursor to a growth spurt. If so that means she'll sleep all day sometime soon - that could be nice (sigh). It seems like for the most part I spend my day going back and forth between kids meeting their needs. Elisabeth slept long enough for me and Jonah to have lunch. Then she had a quiet moment when I was dealing with Jonah at nap time. But there are those moments when the baby is crying and Jonah is into something at the same time, that's when it gets a little hectic. I just signed up for a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group that meets twice monthly. The fact that I found myself being so excited about means I probably really need it. And they watch the kids for two hours. I don't know what I'll do with myself.
On a separate note, I'm starting to think I'm too lazy to keep calling her Elisabeth (Not that I call her by her name much now anyway - usually it's baby doll or baby girl or something). I may end up calling her Rose. I guess that means I should call her Elisabeth Rose until I make up my mind so I don't confuse people by changing her name on them. I'm sure this isn't the last thought on that though :-)

Jonah's 2nd Birthday

Yesterday was Jonah's actual birthday and since they sent us a coupon for a free kids meal, we went to Red Robin for dinner. Jonah really enjoyed meeting the Red Robin and eating spaghetti. They brought him a free dessert and sang a happy birthday song to him which he really loved. There is a couple of videos below (the lighting isn't so good but you get the feel of it.)

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Jonah's Birthday/Labor Day Party

Since Jonah was born on the Labor Day Holiday in the year he was born, we had a party for him this labor day and invited a few friends. He had a great time at the park. Here are some moments from the day:





For more pictures from the party click here.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Fort Fisher Trip

Today, we went to Wilmington (actually Fort Fisher) to the beach and Aquarium. Things went fairly well considering. Elisabeth had a good weekend all in all. She seemed more content than she has in weeks. Here are some snapshots from the trip that Kelly took with our new fancy camera. (Happily the old camera is working fine after getting dried out - it's smaller and therefore more user friendly for documenting everyday activities with the kiddos.)




Click here for more pictures of the day.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Jonah goes from Crib to Bed

Jonah will be two next week and it looks like we will be converting his crib to a bed this weekend. Yesterday, he crawled out of his crib at nap time and opened the door and walked into the living room. He did it twice before his dad was able to convince him to stay put and take a nap. Then, last night he went to bed and about 30 minutes later decided to do the same thing - this time we heard him trying to open his door from our room. Kelly was home yesterday, so he dealt with the escape artist. Today, I was home by myself and at naptime was dreading a fight. To my suprise, there were no episodes and he stayed put like normal. A coworker friend of Kelly's has already put thier child who is a few months younger in a toddler bed, but she doesn't know how to open the door to her room. Apparently, there is a sweet spot for transfering them to a toddler bed and we missed it. New update: Kelly just walked in from the garage with the parts to tranform the crib. I guess my request to wait until this weekend got Vetoed............. Upon questioning, Kelly has decided that the way he gets in and out of the crib is not safe. I guess I can't argue with that. :-)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Elisabeth Rose Meets Roszella

As you can probably tell by my lack of posts, it's been a little busy around here with a two year old and a newborn. We did managed to drive to Florida and back last week just in time to endure Tropical Storm Fay which seemed to match our movements across the state as we visited family. It was nice to see family however. Elisabeth Rose got to meet her grandparents, aunts and uncle, including one of her namesakes, her great-grandma Roszella (also called Rosie). Mamaw (Rosie) enjoyed talking baby talk to Elisabeth and Elisabeth responded with lots of cute little coo's and caw's. Here is a picture of one of their moments together.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Good Morning Poopy

This morning I went to get Jonah up. When I went in he said, "poopy," and I just said, "I know, mommy will fix it," as I walked over to open the blinds in his room - he will sometimes tell us when he has a dirty diaper. As I went over to the crib, however, I saw a little poopy turd in the crib. And I thought, how did that fall out of his diaper. Then I saw his diaper laying in the crib and realized he was naked from the waste down. I got him out of the crib and cleaned him up and put a diaper on him - thankful there wasn't more of a mess but fussing at my husband in my head for not putting pajama bottoms on him last night. A few minutes later we are in the kitchen getting breakfast and I smell another stinker. He had quite a load this time. Perhaps, he willingly showed some restraint earlier realizing he pooped in the bed - I can only hope.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Home Alone with the Kids

Well, I survived my first day at home alone with both kids (23 month & 2 week old). Kelly still has quite a bit of paternity leave left but he was asked to work a few days here and there if possible and so yesterday was the first day we tried that. It went fairly well - although lunch time was a little frantic with baby crying and me trying to make lunch. Besides that though, I'd say it was a good first day. Of course, there was no major activities going on. It will be a while before I try an outing alone with the two of them. I definitely need to be more fully healed from the c-section before that happens.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Baby Shower for Elisabeth Rose

A big 'Thank you' to Sheila Burns for hosting a lovely baby shower for myself and Elisabeth Rose. We had a great time and Elisabeth can't wait to show off her new wardrobe. Here are a few pictures from the event.



Thursday, July 31, 2008

Barbaric Table Manners

I remember when I was single or married without children and out at a restaurant and a few tables over witnessing a family with a 2 year old who is acting obnoxious and making a huge mess with his food and thinking - "Wow, they really should get control of their child." Well, I have come to the realization that the table has turned and people probably think that of us. The last 6 weeks or so Jonah has really been acting out more and coming up with new habits that I'm not very proud of. Tonight we went out to a Mexican restaurant where kids eat free Mon- Thurs. It all started innocently enough with Jonah dipping the chips in the salsa, sucking the salsa off and redipping the chip - same chip several times. (Papaw would love that one. Jonah likes to do the same thing with french fries in ketchup.) That got boring, so he took a chip and munched it very quickly and systematically and let it fall out of his mouth onto the table - (I think The Cookie Monster may not be the best role model; may have to cover his eyes during that part of Sesame Street from now on.) Then when his plate of quesadilla with rice and beans came, he took the huge spoon they brought with his plate (what were they thinking?) and scooped up a huge spoonful of rice and brought it to his mouth where a small portion went into his mouth and the rest into his lap. He apparently decides he doesn't really like the rice for consumption purposes but enjoys the touch and feel of it and brings other spoonfuls up to his mouth only to touch it to his tongue and spit it back out onto his lap. At one point, Jonah starts picking up the rice and beans with his hands and would have started slinging it if I hadn't intervened with baby wipes and took away his plate of fun. Later he drank some water and then let it slowly pour back out of his mouth -a favorite new past time at every meal these days - his way of playing with water despite having a secure lid on his cup. Needless to say, there was a huge mess of rice sprinkled on the floor around our table and we felt aweful for person who had to clean it up. No doubt she was thinking - "They really should control their child better."
It's funny how we did not teach Jonah any of these behaviors but are faced with the seeming insurmountable task of teaching our brutish boy some table manners. I hope all this gross behavior is typical 2 year old stuff; but I have the sneaking feeling some of it is typical BOY behavior and may last beyond the 'Terrible Twos'.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Thanks Grammie and Papaw!

Special thanks to Grammie & Papaw who were able to come up last week from Florida to support us during this life altering event. It was a real blessing to have them here as caretakers for Jonah. Jonah warmed up quickly to his grandparents with whom he was previously familiar primarily via Skype. They all had a great time together and Jonah barely noticed we were away. They brought Jonah to the hospital to visit all three days we were there. It was a major burden off my shoulders and allowed me to focus on baby Elisabeth and on recuperating.
Jonah also learned some new words and now actually will say yes to questions instead of no all the time. He also learned to say "nasty" which he pronounces 'na-thy' and makes a special face just for this word. Apparently, he got that from Grammie who kept telling our dog Toby he was nasty for eating paper towels and other things he shouldn't. Thanks again Grammie and Papaw. Oh and Jonah loves his early birthday present. We took a walk the other evening and daddy pushed Jonah on his bike and mommy pushed baby in the stroller. It was an interesting feeling taking a walk with two instead of one.

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Welcome Elisabeth Rose


Elisabeth Rose Davis made her debut at 1:24 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2008. She weighed 8 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long.
We went into UNC Hospital Wednesday morning for an external version knowing that if it was unsuccessful we would then have a Cesarean section. (If successful, the plan was to go home and wait for natural onset of labor.) I was a little concerned that they wouldn't really try to turn the baby, but when two young male doctors came and began pushing and pulling with all their might that was no longer a concern. They managed to get her butt out of my pelvis, but try as they may they could not get her head down. (A very uncomfortable procedure I can assure you!) Apparently she was wearing the placenta like a hat. They finally managed to get her head down a little bit, but then her head would slowly spring back to its preferred position. At that point, they joked that she liked her placenta pillow and we all agreed to move forward with the C-section.

Once the decision was made things happened fairly quickly. We were first in line for a c-section and the procedure went much smoother than when Jonah was born. (I guess it helps not having gone through 30 hours of labor beforehand.) It did take a few minutes to get her out through the incision. I could hear the surgeons repeating "big baby" as they pulled out more and more baby. The head was stuck for a bit and they ended up using the forceps to deliver the head. But little Elisabeth was healthy and pink the whole time and didn't seem to mind her dramatic entry into the world. My stay in the recovery room was shorter and much less painful than what I remember after Jonah's delivery. I was able to nurse her in the recovery room (poor Jonah had to wait a bit longer) before moving to a hospital room.

We've been home from the hospital a few days now and all is going well considering. Jonah is hugging and kissing his baby sister and Elisabeth is settling nicely into life outside the womb. More to come.....

Monday, July 14, 2008

Breech Baby as Due Date Approaches

Today, I had what we were hoping would be my last prenatal appointment before the baby girl's arrival. The midwife couldn't confirm the position of the baby and sent us for an ultrasound. Turns out the little one is breech. So, now we are scheduled for a special acupuncture treatment and a chiropractic adjustment for tomorrow that will hopefully assist in rotating the baby. Wednesday morning, I am scheduled for an external version which involves an OB doctor applying significant pressure on my belly to get the baby to maneuver. If these other techniques work and I arrive on Wednesday with a head down baby they will just send me home to await the onset of labor. If after the external version, the baby has not rotated they will go ahead and do a Cesarean section right after. If the external version achieves the right position, again they will send me home to await the onset of labor. I have ample fluid in the uterus so we are hopeful that the baby will rotate via one or more of these techniques. Regardless, we will be the proud parents of a new baby girl very soon. Please pray God's blessings and protection on us during all this.

Oh, by the way, we did see from the ultrasound that the baby does have a bit of hair - maybe that's why I have had such terrible heartburn.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

More Cheese Please

Jonah was watching Sesame Street this morning and they started talking about cheese. Well, he loves cheese so he comes into the kitchen and starts saying cheese. Well I kind of ingnored him to see if he would forget about it. He follows me down the hall and says "cheese" and then "pease." We have been trying to get him to say please for a month. Of course one piece wasn't enough so I asked him to say please for more and he did - it even started to sound more like "please" than "pease." I guess now we can start working on saying "Thank you."

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Well I found another diversion for myself and Jonah so I'm not sitting home twiddling my thumbs waiting on the arrival of Baby Girl Davis. Regal cinemas are having a Free Family Film Festival, where you can take the family into a movie for free. They play 2 different movies at 10 a.m. for 3 days a week. They will be doing it every week this summer through the end of August. Click here to check participating cinemas in your area. I took Jonah to the Beaver Creek Stadium cinema this morning to see The Bee Movie. He actually sat through the whole 90 minutes. They had a deal for the festival of $1 drinks & $1 popcorn. So I got a Diet Coke for me and a popcorn for him. He pretty much munched on the popcorn the whole time. He was so cute. He barely held the foldup seat down. So in case you were wondering those movie theatre seats are for 29 lbs and up :-)

Monday, July 07, 2008

I wasn't quite up for attending one of the big firework displays this year so we bought some for home. Jonah was so cute. He went and sat next to Dad as he unwrapped the package and then when they were set off he came to stand near me. Then when Kelly would come stand away from the fireworks Jonah would reach for his hand and that's how they watched the fireworks. And then Jonah would clap after each one.


4th of July at Marbles

Since Kelly had the 4th off, we decided to take Jonah to the Marbles Kids Museum downtown. It was very good. Here are some pictures from the museum.


Jonah loves the water, but putting out the splash pool by myself is not going to happen while I'm pregnant. So here has been my or rather Jonah's substitute when daddy's not around.

He starts out sticking his head in and playing and splashing but usually ends up as you see here.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

I actually slept better last night than I have the past few days. I'm planning to stay at home and rest today as Kelly and I are going out on a "date" tonight. Thanks to our friends (Boppie's Parents) who will watch Jonah for us tonight. We're thinking it may be our last date for awhile.
Not sure what we will do for the holiday weekend. I don't think I'll be up for any traveling nor do I want to get stuck in a crowded place that I can't leave quickly - just in case the little girl decides to make an early appearance. So no firework displays for us this year. Maybe we'll just take Jonah to a museum or something. I need to check out what's open this weekend.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Less than 3 weeks until the due date now. I'm hoping she will be a few days early. At this point I feel like I'm just trying to survive until "Labor Day." Getting rest is difficult in general due to discomfort and running to the bathroom. I'm pretty sure I felt this way with Jonah as well, but it seems worse this time around. Maybe it's having a 2 yr old to deal with that makes it more intense or perhaps it just makes me more aware of my discomfort. You would think the fact that I have gained less than half the weight this time and that I'm not at all swollen like last time would mean I felt better this time. Maybe, I just have a bad memory and the hear and now is just much more tangible. God give me grace to endure for as long as I need to. Amen.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Jonah's good friend Olivia came over this afternoon and they both played in the splash pool for a bit. Here's a clip:

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More pictures and video can be found by clicking the corresponding links.
This weekend we got Jonah a little splash pool for the yard. Can you believe Kmart didn't have the old fashioned rigid pools. Anyway, Jonah enjoys it immensely as you can see. Click on the Photo link for more pictures.



Thursday, June 19, 2008

Baby, Baby, Baby

Today, I have felt pretty good. The thought of getting out of the house was too overwhelming but I managed to be fairly productive here at home. I have felt a foot or some other baby body part protruding from below my right rib most of the day. If you gently press on it, it will either move away for a moment and then come right back or press back at you. Certainly makes bending at the waist a major challenge. :-) (Oh, now she's kicking me - she must know I'm talking about her.) We still haven't picked a name yet. We've got a couple in mind but just not a definite "this is it!" yet. And even if we did have a name picked out, we wouldn't tell. Got to leave something a suprise. Oh well, we still have four weeks, give or take, to make up our minds or rather hear more clearly from God about it. We'll keep you posted.

Monday, June 16, 2008


This morning I get up and go to check on Jonah and the door to his room is locked. "Hmm, that's strange" I think and I begin to wonder how we could have accidentally locked it on our way out last night as I go find something to turn the lock from the outside. I unlock the door and when I open it I find Jonah in the rocker which is right next to the door. As I stared at my sweet angel, I realized he had at some point climbed out of his crib and had tried to open the door only to succeed in locking it. This could be the beginning of some interesting bedtimes. He had a very full day yesterday (see yesterday's post) and slept from 4:30 to 7:15 pm and then was not ready for bed at 10 pm last night. We got him back up and then put him back down at 11 pm cause it was mommy and daddy's bed time. He cried for about 20 minutes and then got quiet. I wonder if that's when the acrobatics began?


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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day 2008

We started the day by going out for breakfast. Then we came home and Kelly decided he wanted to cut Jonah's hair, which is always a major task. So we put his high chair in the living room, turned on Narnia and fed him Chocolate in an attempt to keep him still and content. Here's a clip from that event:

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Here is a before and after picture. (In the first picture you can see we are trying to let him get used to the vibration of the clippers in hopes he won't be so freaked out):


Then, Jonah, who has been "swimming" quite a lot recently started trying to take his cloths off and saying "wa-Dur" (translation = water = I want to go swimming). So we put our swimwear and sunscreen on and headed to Jordan Lake stopping at Wendy's on the way. Jonah wore his life jacket that Grammie and PawPaw got for him at Christmas for a little while and it really helped him get used to floating on his back where previously he wouldn't do that. (When he took it off I used it for a float having forgotten one). Jonah and Daddy stayed in the water a whole hour and 15 minutes - Mommy was in and out of the water twice during that time. Here's more pictures:





Jonah was so pooped he fell asleep in the car on the way home and is still asleep as I write this. Needless to say he had a fabulous Father's Day, as did Kelly. Click the photos and videos link for more moments from our day.