Tuesday, November 29, 2011


We enjoyed a small, quiet, relaxing, and delicious Thanksgiving.  The weather was beautiful outside, so the boys lived it up outside with Daddy and the leaves.

I think Thanksgiving is quickly becoming one of my favorite Holidays: family and good food. We had a dairy and chocolate free meal (because of allergies and nursing), which ended up being really good.  I made sweet potato casserole, rolls, and pumpkin pie using almond milk and coconut oil as dairy substitutes.  The pie wasn't as creamy as usual but the other two tasted totally normal.  My dad was in charge of the turkey and my mom made homemade cranberry sauce and her traditional stuffing.  Bondy made mashed potatoes with olive oil instead of butter and milk.....what a sweetie, he would have majorly preferred them the other way.
Belle sitting on the sidelines during dinner, well at least until I had my food dished up.....then she was ready to be held again. But that's okay, we'll take all the snuggles we can get. 
After dinner stories.
The day after, we decorated for Christmas.  Bug gets so into holiday decorating.  He is a pretty intense kid and gets very serious and down to business.  He got the stool all by himself and went to work.  I love that he enjoys stuff like this. 
Bear is our tender, care free kid. His commentary while he "set-up" the nativity scenes went something like this:
"Oh, baby Jesus, do you want to sleep here?"  Soon followed by one of the people or animals saying, "Mary, do you want to wrestle?"  To which Mary replied, "Yeah!"....wrestling sounds begin. 
I struggled to contain my laughter, I love the innocence of a two year old.
Here, Bug is making Belle dance in her boppy to our Christmas music. 
Hope your Turkey Day was spent with those you love.  We will be glad when we get to be with even more family at Christmas!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Baby Belle

Here is the almost 40 week belly.  I was scheduled to go in last Monday morning to be induced
 but ended up going into labor around 2 that morning. By the time I showed up for my induction I was already to 5 cm. 
 By that time my labor drastically slowed down even though my doctor had broken my water when I arrived so they started a slow drip of petocin and I got my epidural....heavenly.  Labor picked up quickly from there. Once I was ready I only had to push through about 2 contractions and in less than 5 minutes she was out.  Can I just say how much EASIER labor and recovery gets with each child? 
First seconds of life, first breaths, first screams. I am amazed at how instantly you fall in love with a new child.
She has a perfect tiny head and lots of chub!
She weighed in a 8 lbs 6 oz and 20" long.  Right in the middle of the sizes of Bug and Bear.
    Daddy with his little girl.
Excited big brothers, but they couldn't get too close because they were sick. :( Talk about bad timing!
Bug was sooo proud to show off his shirt at the hospital.  He took his jacket off as soon as he walked inside so that every one could read it.  Bear's didn't make it through the day without getting dirty.  Thank you Grammy and Pops!
My mom and dad took care of the boys for us during the day while I was at hospital and Bond was with either with me or at school.  I was nervous about staying overnight by myself but our hospital was SO good and I was feeling really well compared to the last two deliveries so it ended up being a lot better than I thought. 

Belle a couple of hours old.
After her first bath.

Chunky Monkey!  Ready to get dressed and head home.
I still can't believe that I actually have a little girl. She has stolen our hearts already.

If you want to know her name, you can FB or email me. :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


 Green Goblin Goo
1 C. cornstarch
1 C. baking soda
1/2 C. water
green food coloring
The boys played with this forever and even though they ended up dumping it all over the counter it was fairly easy to clean up.

 Pumpkin Painting:
Messy, but not nearly as messy or time consuming as carving. Plus, the pumpkins last way longer.

 Decorating sugar cookies.
Bear just wanted to eat anything he could get his mouth on before we would stop him, but Bug stood and decorated every last cookie all by himself.

 Nothing too messy a good tub can't take care of.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Our Halloween

 Our weather was PERFECT for Halloween. 
 Can I just say how much I love Bug's Preschool and his teachers?  Here is is face paint from the party they put on for he and his class today.
 The boys enjoyed some time outside jacking up their "monster trucks".  Here is Bug teaching Bear how to use the jack.
 Ready for Trunk or Treat with Gigi.