Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hannah is 2 Weeks Old!

Hannah is two weeks old and I just wanted to share a few pics of her that I really like.004








She looks so sweet in this outfit...thank you so much Wendy!  We love it!


Lily wanted to take a picture with ""just the girls".  She decided after we got out the camera that smiling WASN'T in her best interests.  Oh well, someday we will look back on pictures like this and she will be embarrassed, I hope.




I know I put mostly sleeping pictures up of her but that is still really all she does. 






And.......I'm done.  These are just a few of the pics documenting 2 weeks of life.  Wouldn't it be weird to take pictures like this of an adult?  I think it's so funny that we do this with kids...

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Please Pray

A dear friend of our family, Tom Eggers (or as my children like to call him Grandpa Tom), was in a car accident this past week.  Fortunately he was driving an older car that was fairly substantial and was not hurt as badly as he could have been.  He does have some minor bleeding on his brain in addition to some other more minor injuries.  We are hoping that he makes a full recovery soon.  He was discharged yesterday but will be going back in for CAT scans to check on the bleeding.  Please keep him in your prayers.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Tubs and Teeth

I have an ongoing battle at bathtime with our children.  They either like to dump water out over the side or insist on standing in the tub.  Last night was no exception.  Lily was standing in the tub "watering all the flowers" when she slipped, fell, and hit her mouth on the side of the tub.  Joe ran to take care of it and called me a few minutes later to ask if I thought Lily's mouth looked ok.  Obviously it wasn't.  She now has a chipped front tooth.  We will be lucky if she is able to loose any of her teeth the way God intended.  Also, the newly chipped tooth is not the one that she hit on the drumset last year and killed.  So now, my precious princess has one slightly dark tooth and one chipped tooth.  CUTE!  She is NOT going to be entering in any Baby America pageants in the near future.  I am relieved that she didn't knock it out or that it isn't sensitive to anything.  Thank goodness for baby teeth. 

You would think that Jake, after watching his sister suffer, would have learned his lesson about standing in the tub BUT no, he didn't.  My son, the adventurer, has to discover everything for himself so he experienced a "teachable moment" or four.  Hopefully he will grow out of some of the stubbornness that he inherited from both parents and learn things the easy way.  Hopefully.  On the upside, I think that Lily has learned her lesson now.  Finally.

They DO love each other!

I caught the kids giving Hannah love yesterday.  It just warms your heart when you see that your children love each other.


















Ben and Jerrys! YUM!

On MSN homepage today this greeted me...

MSNBC Article

I just have to ask....WHY!  This has to be one of the most irrational things I have ever read in my life!

I leave it to you to decide what you think of what I consider insanity...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

It's just a little button...

This  may be a little gross so heads up.  We just got back from taking Hannah in AGAIN for this belly button situation.  I was sitting on the couch feeding her, went to change her diaper and saw that she was bleeding through her onesie, sleeper, and my t-shirt.  I quickly undressed her and saw the black dried up cap on her button hanging off and this stump looking thing bleeding everywhere.  I don't usually freak out but this was nasty and the office closes today for the weekend so we ran her over there and they proceeded to try and figure out what to do for her.  They ended up putting silver nitrate on the bleeding part and got the rest cleaned up.  Basically she only had part of the cord dry up so now we have to go through the whole thing again.  They also said that she is pretty much guaranteed an outie at this point (trivial point I know).  We are supposed to be putting rubbing alcohol on it to try and help dry it out faster, she is to continue antibiotics, and if by Monday it isn't looking better they said that we might have to take her in and get "major cauterization" done.  YIKES!!!  Praying that doesn't happen!

Who would have thought that a little belly button could cause all these problems.  She has been sleeping all day since we got home thank goodness.  I think she got worn out while we were there.  I will save you all the visual, it's bad enough that I have to look at it, and just put the cutest sleeping picture ever.  She sleeps just like her siblings and her daddy...arms up above her head.003

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hannah's Update

Today we went in to get my staples out and Hannah's well baby check up.  Turns out that she is not as "well" as we might have hoped.  Her little umbilical cord is having problems healing.  It started to bleed yesterday so they just prescribed her an antibiotic for infection.  So sad...only 11 days old and she has to go through this already.  She seems to be in good spirits today though.  Yesterday she seemed very sad and almost as though she was in pain.  Having a child that doesn't feel well is so hard but when it is a new baby it just doesn't seem fair.

I am feeling much better now that I am "whole" again.  They still don't want me to drive for awhile.  I am getting checked again on Monday when I take Hannah in for a follow-up of todays visit.  On the upside she is now 6 lbs 4 oz and 18 1/2 in.  EXCITING!  She is growing!  It seems funny to get excited over a few ounces and 1/2 an inch but it is such a relief to know that she is getting bigger. 










I just had to show her off in her stylin' new outfit...Thank you Uncle David and Aunt Rachel (and family).  We love it!


Monday, September 22, 2008

The visit

Grandpa and Grandma Lee were able to come for a visit this last weekend and we all had a wonderful time.  Lily and Jacob were so excited to have visitors and to be able to show off their new sister.  We had fun relaxing and hanging out with them and the kids. 


Grandma just had to give Jake his birthday present early...he loved the train and has played with it nonstop all morning.  So fun!




Grandpa had a birthday dinner of waffles with scrambled eggs followed by apple pie and peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream.  Lily helped with the menu. :)  She of course had to have her share of the attention so story time was a must.


They took us to lunch after church at Cucos...pretty tasty.  Jake did this the entire time we were there.  He fell asleep as we were ordering and woke up when they brought the check.  It was pretty peaceful!


Jake wanted nothing to do with a picture so this is as good as we got.  Maybe next time...

Thank you for coming and we already miss you so much!  See you in a few weeks!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Home at Last!

 006I have actually been home for a few days but just got the chance to get to the computer.  We are rapidly adjusting to life with three kids.  It takes just a little longer to do anything with me still being somewhat out of commission and a baby to feed, dress, change, etc...

Hannah has been doing great.  She is all about eating, pooping, and sleeping...the usual baby things.  She loves to sit on Lily's lap because Lily will sit there for an hour petting her hair and Hannah just sits there and does her goofy little smile like expression everytime she feels Lily touch her head.  Jacobs two favorite phrases are 1) Ohhhhh, baby crying   2) Ohhhhh, where baby nana? She's cute.002

We had to take her back into the hospital on Wednesday to get a jaundice check but her levels were going down so we are in the clear on that.  Her next appointment is next week when I go in to get all of the staples removed.  We are looking forward to seeing if the 6 lb mark will be broken by then.  On Wed she was still only 5  lbs 11 oz. 

We are looking forward to seeing my parents this weekend.  They should be arriving sometime tonight and then leaving on Monday so it will be a short trip.  The older kids of course are excited beyond belief that they are going to come.  More to come later.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Lily and Jake's Exciting Weekend!

Jacob and Lily met their new baby sister for the first time yesterday afternoon.  They love her so much.  We went back again this afternoon and they both wanted to hold her (scary), Jacob was kissing her and Lily held her with me and sang her lullabies.  001Her name is officially Hannah Leigh, though Lily calls her Hannah Laurie in honor of her Gramma Laurie.  Jacob calls her Nana which is also what he calls bananas.


Mary is doing great.  She just called and said that she was finally out of bed and sitting up in a chair holding Hannah and they were going to bring her some liquid and maybe talk about food tonight.

The excitement didn't stop with just Hannah being born though.  It started pouring here last night and rained all night and came down very hard after church and Sunday School.  Bottom line was that you could leave the church and go west but not east out of the church.  Our house is directly across the street from the church to the east.  We drove to church because it was pouring and I had these two with me, but now we couldn't get home.  It was too deep and the roads were closed. 

We decided to wait out so we went and picked up lunch at Burger King and headed to the hospital.  After I was going crazy trying to contain these two in a hospital room with a day old child and a  mother who can't do anything, we decided to leave.  Well, I thought that we could get home if we went around to the other side-not happening!  Went back to the church thinking we would just wait it out there (we had movies, toys and I could find plenty to do).  Got to the church and a couple of members with large trucks were there finishing off the sandbagging.  We parked the van there and they drove us around and then down the street from our house.  We got out and walked through the waters from about six houses down to get inside the house.  Check out the pictures:

This is our front yard!001 004This is the west side of our house.

006 Again the front yard and driveway.  I let the kids play a little.

008 backyard-notice the fire hydrant a little ways back.

011 from backyard looking toward the church.  Needless to say, we're not going anywhere for a little while.  I think it is starting to go down-a little!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hannah Dapelo!

I am not really sure how to do all of this but I will give it a try.  Hannah (still working on a middle name) Dapelo was born this morning at 7:04am.  After a couple of hours of labor Mary said that things didn't seem right and the nurses and doctor agreed.  Next thing I know I was signing a consent form and they were rushing Mary to an emergency c-section.  They were afraid that her uterus had ruptured or she had some kind of placenta erruption.  Things were okay though and Hannah is healthy and Mary is recovering nicely. 

Hannah is 6 lbs. 0 ounces and 18 inches long.  She is the shortest baby we have had but not the smallest.  She is beautiful...looks just like her sister (for now).  Thanks for everyone's prayers.  We'll keep you posted.

Now lets see if I can figure out how to put a picture on this.

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

What's that?

This was just one of those funny moments that I had to share...There is a show on the Disney channel called the Wizards of Waverly Place... it came on one day and Lily saw it.  On the episode there is a chant that the girls do.  Anyway, so Lily shows us this...025







and this...


and sings the song!  Yes, she is a Disney child!

See video...

September showers bring....

Today was the baby shower that the ladies at the church threw for us.  We had a lot of fun and got some really sweet little things.  Everyone was nervous that we would have to postpone after Joe told them that Jacobs shower was postponed because I was in the hospital with him.  We made it through uneventfully, thank goodness, and now the task of thank you notes commences.001 :)

Opening gifts was fun, especially with Lily as the little helper.  She was part entertainment, part deterrence,  and part helpful!  What can I say...she's 3!












Jake spent the shower playing in the nursery at the church.  He wasn't terribly interested in all of the events.  Lily was determined to show everyone her skills as a prima ballerina.  Isn't she graceful?


On Saturday we went to the Prairieview Fall Festival.  It is really weird to think of fall.  I have enjoyed summer so much that it is kind of sad to think of fall being just around the corner.  Lily is obsessed with the leaves changing.  When we were on the way to Cincinnati we did see some fall leaves venturing out a little early.  Anyway, I digress...we had fun.  We only really stayed long enough to walk around the various tables and watch the quilt auction.  I love seeing all of the beautiful quilts.  Most of them seemed to be going for between $400 and $600 but one of them went for $1825!  I guess it was a record amount for them!  It is incredible to think that someone would pay that for another persons handiwork!  What a sense of pride.  I can only hope that someday I can make something that someone would WANT to buy! :)  The kids were a little out of control with all of the touching stuff so we bought them a 25 cent bag of popcorn that kept them busy for the entire auction.  Gotta love the popcorn!  005

Joe and the kids at the auction!

We went to my beloved Target afterwards because I have now started to grow out of the maternity clothes I had. is that time.  I was really apprehensive about buying anything new because I don't know when this baby is coming and just my luck I will go into labor tonight.  Oh well, at least I will still look somewhat cute.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


I have a hard time believing that my baby is old enough to start preschool already.  Today was her first day and we had a great time.  She was so excited to go.  She has been wanting to go daily for the last few weeks so it was nice to finally be able to say, "yes, today is the day!".


She looks so old!  I couldn't believe it!  The backpack is ridiculously huge thanks to the folder that she has to take.  You would think that they would make a folder that was a little smaller for the younger kids so they don't have to have such a big backpack!




In front of the school.  She goes to Calvary Preschool.  She had so much fun.  We did have a really hard time trying to get her to tell us anything about her day once we picked her up.  She was excited about a project that she did which we had to hang on her bulletin board once we got home. :) 



We asked Lily what she wanted for lunch today on her special day and of course the choice was McDonalds (with the playplace).  We stopped there after she got out and the kids played and  we got a little bit of extra time with Celine as she was on her way home.  We decided to take a picture with just the girls since Jake was pretty much as angry as he could be that we were going home.  It was fun day and now all I want to do is sit in air conditioning for the rest of the day. 

Auntie Celine comes to town...

We left Cincinnati and rushed back home to try and make it back before Celine got to our house.  She was able to come out for a couple of days to visit.  It was so nice to catch up with her and have my kids meet one of my best friends in the entire world.    We had so much fun with her and Lily was sad to see her leave.  We played hard and laughed harder.  I realize every time I see her how much I miss seeing her.  She took the kids on a special outing to the park, we watched Season 1 of Heroes, we painted Jakes  room and fixed it all up, we ate (lots), and she was able to be a part of Lilys first day of preschool.  It was a really fun visit and it was over too quickly.002

Joe took this picture this morning when she took the kids on a walk before Lily went to school.

The Game!

We usually only get to one Giants game a year since we have been living in the midwest.  We had an uneventful drive to Cincinnati once we got on the road, made it to our fabulous hotel, got the kids all decked out in their outfits, and walked to to the stadium.  It was such a nice night and we were walking to the game with lots of other people, some from our hotel.  It was very relaxing.  The kids did pretty well...all Jake really wanted to do once he was bored of watching the game (which didn't take too long) was climb up and down all of the steps by our seats.014 015








Up and down, over and over.  They seemed to be entertaining other fans with their shenanigans.002 003






Lily was so proud of her nails!  She just didn't feel like looking at the camera.  Thank you Auntie Re and Danny for the cute cap for Jake!  He loved it!  A big thank you goes to Gramma Laurie for the jerseys.  We got lots of comments on how cute the kids were!








We didn't get a family picture because neither of the kids wanted to cooperate and by the time they were mellow enough we were done at the game and Jake fell asleep.  We may do a "staged" family pic one of these days in the outfits.

Where are you?

We had a memorable weekend!  We were able to use Joe's birthday gift of tickets to the Giants/Reds game since the baby is cooperating and staying where it is supposed to be.  We got an incredible deal on a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency in Cincinnati (thank you Priceline!) and embarked on our adventure to the game on Friday.  We decided to stop and pick up a few things on our way to the game so we went to Walmart on our way out of town.  While there Joe and I had a moment of miscommunication which resulted in our younger child getting lost.  We started to frantically search for him up and sown the aisles of the store and informed an employee that we were missing our almost two year old.  My dislike of Walmart became thoroughly justified as I watched the inefficiency of the system in action.  After calling the code and cancelling it twice, watching employees of the store talk to each other in the aisles not attempting to help the now desperate parents, and finally having customers help us more than the employees we found the toys...on the other side of the store from where we started...and holding the hand of a strange man (who later turned out to be the former police chief of our town)...and to top it all off, having an employee tell us after we found him "oh yeah, I saw him running toward toys and thought that he moved really fast".  I HATE Walmart and if I had another option I would use it.  This is the single most terrifying experience that I have ever had.  I never thought that I would be a parent who would lose a child, I guess it happens, but now poor Jake is smothered whenever we are out because I am so paranoid.


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