August 31, 2010

Up to my Chin!

That's where Hayley wanted her hair, up to her chin.  She's been wanting to get her hair cut for the last couple months, but I wanted to wait until it was closer to the start of the school year.  That time has come and Hayley was ready to chop off about 4+ inches of her hair.  I was fine with it.  Jonas was a little nervous about the drastic change, but Hayley assured her Daddy that she'll be just as beautiful with hair up to her chin.  She was actually very stern with him about it and also told him that it was her hair.     

We headed off to Fresh Salon + Spa in Snohomish to see Kelsie.  Kelsie has been cutting my hair for the past year and she's awesome at her craft.  Hayley is also a big fan of Kelsie.  Kelsie knew of Hayley's hair intentions and was ready to make my girl happy.  Hayley was very excited to get her hair shampooed and exclaimed that it was her favorite part of getting a hair cut.  Kelsie gives a great shampoo too. 

Kelsie cut Hayley's hair with a razor that Hayley was fascinated by.  It was cooler than scissors according to Hayley.  Ryan and I sat and watched as Kelsie razored away.  I was able to snap some pictures because my friend's daughter Jessica came with me to help me out with the kids.  Thanks Jess!!  Soon, there were piles of Hayley's hair on the salon floor.  A quick blow dry later and Hayley was beaming in the mirror at her new "up-to-my-chin-do."  She loved it and so did I.  It really suits her.  Thanks Kelsie, Hayley's hair look fabulous.

Before heading home, we stopped at Simply Sweet Cupcakes afterwards for a treat.  It's kind of a tradition for us.  We used to go to a Seattle kid's salon for Hayley's haircut, but her stylist left I never liked any of the new ones we tried afterwards.  The Seattle salon was next to a local cupcake place and we always got cupcakes after a haircut.  So, it was pretty awesome when Simply Sweet Cupcakes opened a few doors down from Fresh.  I wish I had taken some pictures, but I was anxious to get home before Jack woke up to nurse.  

It's only a week away from Hayley's first day of school!  She's got a new haircut for the new year.  Her supplies have been purchased.  The only thing left to buy are a few pairs of new shoes and a few more pieces of clothing for the chilly fall weather that's already pushing summer out.  Today was very much like a typical fall day in the Northwest; chilly, windy and rainy.  I went ahead and let the girl's wear their new hoodies; I normally hide all the new stuff away in the closet until school begins.  I'm looking forward to the new school year and getting back into a good routine; however, I am planning on enjoying this last week I have with all three of my babies at home.  Before I know it, they will all be in school and I will be home alone!

Ready to cut it off!

Razor cut.

Wow, so cute!

Look at all that hair!

Blow dry!

So cute, love it!

Thanks Kelsie!!

August 27, 2010

3 years - father's perspective

Ryan is 3 years old today! Wow.

I remember the waiting too. I remember we had a plan to try and have kid #2 when the 1st was about 2, 2-and-a-half.. We tried! Ohhhhh, how we tried. Yes, the trying was good. Mmm. ........... what? Oh, sorry.

We tried and failed to get pregnant on our own, so we went to see Dr. Sharmahd, who is a legendary O.B. And he hooked us up with some meds. They worked in the end, but they made Lacy pretty sick, and I couldn't wait until we got pregnant just so she could stop taking that stuff. Eventually we did, and I remember it was a joyful moment! Lots of jumping around and wooping and fist-pumping  and such :)
But she had to stay on some of the meds even afterwards, and she was still pretty sick through a lot of that pregnancy, which sucked. It sucked for her, and it sucked for me. I couldn't fix it, and I hate feeling helpless.

Anyway, on the day of the scheduled c-section, I remember waiting around for the doc and the anesthesiologist, but it wasn't that bad :) I was just excited to finally have the baby (well not me physically having the baby, but you know what I mean). Once the operation was started, Sharmahd was really quick! He had Ryan out before we knew it, and hearing that first cry of hers brought tears to my eyes (again)! It was a beautiful moment. I had experienced it all before with Hayley, so I wasn't as giddy, but still, was pretty excited!

The room we got to stay in this time around was fully equipped. I got a nice pull-out futon thing to sleep on, and it wasn't too bad! I still couldn't get food delivered to me, like Lacy got.. but whatevs. My mom was there to bring me fast food and such, so that was nice. I remember Hayley coming in to see Ryan for the first time. We weren't sure how she would react, but she loved the baby right away, and is the best big sister ever :)

So, though getting pregnant and getting through the pregnancy was a little rough, it came to a happy and pretty smooth ending (or beginning)! And we got our new little angel, healthy and beautiful. I love you Ryan, Happy Birthday!!

3 Years

There seems to be a theme when I think back about having Ryan; I waited.  I waited for Ryan.  I waited much longer than I had planned to get pregnant with her.  I had many negative pregnancy tests, but I waited.  I waited through blood tests, ultrasounds, other uncomfortable tests and many medications.  That happy day finally came after Christmas when I learned I was pregnant and I was finally glad to wait for my nine months to pass.  I went into early labor with her, but still had to wait another week before she came.  And on the day of my c-section, I waited.  That day was three years ago and that morning is still very fresh in my mind. 

My delivery day had been scheduled during the sixth month of my pregnancy and I anxiously waited for those last three months to pass.  Jonas' mother had flown in to take care of Hayley while I was away at the hospital.  Everything was ready.  I could barely sleep the night before, I remember Jonas and I waited Zodiac to kill some time since I couldn't sleep.  We never even finished it because I finally decided I was tired enough to try and sleep.  Soon, the alarm sounded at 3:00am.  We had to be there by 5:00am for my 7:00am surgery.  We got there and got settled in my room.  We were waiting to be taken downstairs for my surgery, but my OB was running late.  We waited.

We were told that this was very uncharacteristic of him and that they were usually the ones making him late.  He finally arrived, but then other issues came.  He was really only about 15-20 minutes late.  Then there was another momma in labor and she may need a c-section.  Meaning, I was going to get bumped.  Lame.  Apparently, that issue was resolved and I was finally brought into the operating room.  I was getting set-up for my spinal.  The anesthesiologist came, but was then paged from the ER.  For some reason, there was only one anesthesiologist on call.  I was brought back to the recovery room.  Again, lame.  I remained calm, but I was beginning to get really impatient and wondered how long I was going to have to wait.

Finally, the anesthesiologist issue was resolved as well and we were finally able to get started.  I was brought into the operating room, again, and set up for my spinal.  My anesthesiologist returned and started.  He complimented me on being so still and calm during my spinal.  He also told me that some women scream during the procedure.  I was just thinking; uh no, you're sticking a needle in my spine, I am going to hold still and not even breath for that matter.  And it wasn't really as bad as I had imagined.  A nurse brought Jonas in and my OB began.

My wait was finally over at 8:49am, I heard a tiny cry and the nurses telling me that it was a beautiful baby girl.  I looked at Jonas, he had a huge smile on his face.  He went over to watch the nurses clean her up and cut her cord.  All I could see were little arms and legs swinging around.  Jonas brought her over to me, she was chubbier than Hayley and she had a full head of black hair.  She weighed 6lbs 8oz and was 18 1/4 inches.  My OB said that everything went perfectly and congratulated us on our new arrival.  I was just so happy that she was finally there.

Today, Ryan is three years old.  She is spunky, clever, beautiful, sassy, determined, articulate and shy.  She's a tiny girl, but she can hold her own.  She hates to be embarrassed or pointed out, and runs to me or Jonas if that situation arises.  She's now a big sister and a little sister.  Ryan adores her big sister Hayley and loves to emulate her.  She's so loving with Jack and loves to be a little momma to him.  She evaluates situations before deciding whether or not to take part.  She love to jump and have dance parties with Hayley.  I just caught her singing, All the Single Ladies, the other day.  

Ryan loves the colors yellow and blue.  She has a love/hate relationship with the color pink.  (Probably because of Hayley's insistence that everything pink belongs to her.)  Ryan's favorite toys are her Littlest Petshops and she has a small army of them to rival Hayley's My Little Pony collection.  She also loves stickers, or "steekers" as she calls them.  When you ask her for her name, she answers with: "Ry-Ry."  And she will usually tell you no if you tell her that her name is Ryan.    

I love to hear her laugh when she is playing with Hayley.  And I love to hear her swoon over her baby brother.  She's a daddy's girl and I can't help but smile when she's cuddling with her Daddy.  It's hard not to laugh when she gets sassy.  I grew up with sisters and I am so thankful that I was given a second little girl so that Hayley would have a sister.  It melts my heart when she tells me that she needs me.  And even though it's becoming more infrequent, I love it when she comes to cuddle with me in the mornings.  In three weeks, she will be starting her first year of preschool.  Tear.  She's growing up so fast.  She's my baby girl, my "angel face" as I call her.  Happy 3rd Birthday Ryan, I love you so much.  And even though I waited for what seemed like forever, you were definitely worth the wait baby girl.                                         

August 25, 2010

Six Weeks

At six weeks of age, I had my children's pictures done.  Or in Jack's case, I took them.  All of them in black and white.  And always had a few in a tiny chair.  Hayley's were taken by the same photographer that photographed my wedding.  Tamera did an awesome job at my wedding and photographing my first baby.  (Check out Click Photography.)  Ryan's were done by a photographer from Our 365, the same company that took her newborn pictures at the hospital.  Not as good as Tamera, but good.  And as I stated before, I shot Jack's.  I think I did pretty well. 

So, here are two different sets of shots of all of my kiddos.  I love how you can tell how each of them was bigger in the chair shots.  And you can definitely see the similarities in my babies.  Hayley, Ryan and Jack; Mommy loves you all.

Hayley - 6 weeks
Ryan - 6 weeks
Jack - 6 weeks
Hayley - My skinny tiny baby.
Ryan - My tiny, chunkier girl.
Jack - My chunky little man.

Wordless Wednesday

August 22, 2010

Baby Boom

Last fall, I found out that I was expecting my third child. Of course, I was excited and I also wondered if I would be getting a call from my older sister, Michelle, telling me she was also expecting. Why, you ask. When I pregnant with Hayley, Michelle was pregnant with my nephew, Johnny. Hayley is older by four months. Two weeks after I found out that I was pregnant with Ryan, Michelle found out she was also pregnant. This time, Ryan was only born 9 days before my niece Brianna. Crazy huh! But, alas, my sister was done having babies. So, this time, it was just me. Boy was I wrong...

A couple months along in my pregnancy, in a matter of two weeks, I found out that three of my cousins, all hailing from my Mom's side of the family were expecting. I was due first, followed by my cousin Jared and his wife Jayme expecting their first baby, then my cousin Lesli (Jared's sister) and her husband Nam were expecting their second child and finally, my cousin Patrick and his wife Jennifer were expecting their second. Wow. My Granny was going to be one busy woman with all those baby blankets to crochet.

So, here are the four new babies born to my Mom's side of the family. They were all born in just over two months of each other, 63 days to be exact.

Jack Brady - June 7 @ 9:14am
7lbs 2.8oz - 20 inches long

Landry Reed - July 29 @ 6:59pm
8lbs 8oz - 20 3/4 inches

Anika Marie An - August 4 @ 3:26am
6lbs 14.8oz - 18 inches

Emersyn Bryleigh - August 9 @ 12:35pm
5lbs 13.8oz - 19 1/4 inches

There they all are! Aren't they adorable?! I'm excited to meet all of them in March for a family get-together. I will be sure to get a picture of them all together and post it on here. Yeah for babies and our own mini baby boom! And congratulations to Jayme, Lesli, Jennifer, their husbands and siblings on your new arrivals!

August 20, 2010

My First Blog Award

The Rules:

1. Thank and link back to the person that gave you this award.

Thank you Sabrina with
Making Macreadys!! Miss you! (Sorry this took me so long, been meaning to get to this one!)

2. Share seven things about yourself.

  • I love cupcakes, Trophy Cupcake in Seattle in my absolute favorite. If we're making a trip into Seattle, you can usually find us stopping there. My favorites are a classic Chocolate Cake with Butter cream Frosting, Snicker doodle, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Chocolate Smores one. Yum!

  • I love coupons, saving money and free stuff. Granted, I also like spending money, but saving money is an even bigger high for me. Refer to this blog for a more detailed explanation of this.

  • My Keurig Coffee maker is an essential part of my daily life. It makes my coffee, my tea and cocoa if I want. It makes it one cup at a time. It makes a cup of decaf for me and a cup of regular for Jonas. I think I may have to dedicate a blog just to my Keurig.

  • I love to take pictures and learn more about photography. I've been seriously slacking on this lately, but hey, new baby people.

  • I miss thunderstorms. It's something that regularly happened in Colorado, but is very uncommon here in the Pacific Northwest. Listening to thunder and rain was always so relaxing and soothing. I do love to listen to the rain on my roof here, but a little thunder would be a welcome addition. When it does happen here, I stop whatever I am doing to savor the moment.

  • I talk to my Mom almost everyday. I get a little anxious when I haven't talked to her in a couple days. I also like to talk my Dad often too. They live down South and I don't get to see them as much as I like. The girls like to chat with them too.

  • I am a big fan of Burt's Bee chapstick, especially the peppermint one. The mango one is good too. But seriously, I have 4-5 tubes of the stuff at a time. One in my purse/diaper bag, one in the kitchen, one in the living room and one in my bedroom. I never want to have to search for one, so better to have one readily available.

3. Pass this award along to 15 bloggers you think are awesome for whatever reason. I don't have that many to tag, but here we go!

  • The Lane Family - A friend of mine from back in Colorado, always loved to read about her family.

  • Click Photography - She photographed my wedding and is one of my favorite people to visit when I'm back in Colorado.

  • Lindsey Family - Another friend from Colorado and a great photographer too!

  • The Unnerstalls - Another friend from Colorado, we used to ride the bus together when we were kids!

That's all I have, enjoy!

August 19, 2010

A Lost Art

After the girls' birthday party, I made sure to sit down and write a thank you note to everyone that attended their party and also to those that sent gifts in the mail. We had invited some friends from Jonas' office, so I just sent their thank you cards to work with Jonas. One of the recipients was surprised that I had taken the time to sit down and personally write each guest a thank you note. He was also touched by the gesture. I also had another friend of mine comment on it. It's just something that I've always done and never thought about.

I love going to the stores and picking out cute cards to send out. Papyrus is one of my favorite stores. ( I also have a thing for pens, I love those new Sharpie pens. ( I like sending things in the mail; small packages, birthday cards, anniversary cards, pictures, letters or something just because. I also love to send out cards for holidays other than Christmas. With just about everything done digitally these days, it's nice to get something in the mail besides a bill or junk. Someone cared enough to go out and purchase a card, put a stamp on it and send it out. It's thoughtful and sincere.

Saying thank you over an email or Facebook is fine and dandy too, but I still believe it doesn't compare to a hand written note. No offense. I'm also not a big fan of e-cards or e-vites. Again, no offense people. When someone cares enough to take their time and buy you a gift, take the time to sit down and say thank you. The recipient will be touched and know that whatever they did was truly appreciated. I spent hours after Jonas and I got married filling out thank you cards for all our gifts. After my baby showers. And after other occasions.

I still remember learning to write letters in school. Learning the different types of salutations, closings, etc. I always loved it. Hopefully my girls will pick this up from me, I involve them as much as I can. I let them help me pick out cards, put on the stamps and insert their own letters or pictures. And we always have to pick out stickers to seal the envelope. Hayley loves to write letters to her friends and grandparents. And they both love to get things in the mail. She even has a stationary set. Hayley even writes her own little notes when we send out birthday cards. Ryan likes to draw little pictures on the cards. So far, I think they're picking up on my enthusiam for it.

Early on in Jonas and I's relationship, we went through a period where it was long distance. Jonas was away in college and I was living down South. And that was during a time where one still had to pay long distance phone charges. Instant messeging was also a little more difficult being the internet was still dial-up. Remember that annoying connetion sound? If not, click this link: ( So, we kept out phone calls to twice a week and were on the internet when we could be. But we also wrote each other letters. I still have all those letters, they meant a lot then and mean a lot now. It's a tangible sign of how much we cared for one another and the faith we had in our relationship. I still love getting cards from Jonas and reading what he writes. Buying him cards is fun for me too, I like cards will short, simple sayings. That way, there's usually more room for me to write.

Even as the price of a stamps increases every year, I will still send out things in the mail. It's a way to show you care. It also makes one take time to appreciate someone else. And it's always nice to get a little something in the mail to let you know that someone cared. I will still write letters, send out cards and spend money at Papyrus. And on pens. Letter writing may be a lost art to some, but I think most people still appreciate it these days.

August 16, 2010

A Party for Sisters

Since both of my girls are August babies, we decided to only throw one birthday party this year for the both of them. Frankly, I'm busy enough with Jack and the girls, getting everything together for one party was enough for me! It worked out well, the girls were actually really excited to share a party and had a lot of fun picking out things for their joint party. They picked a pink and yellow color scheme, Hayley's favorite color is pink and Ryan's is yellow. They even picked out little gifts for each other. One request that Hayley made early one was that we have Oreo cupcakes and I knew I could do that.
We had the party at our home and are lucky enough to have a couple friend's with bouncy houses! Thank you again, you know who you are!!! The weekend weather forecast was sunny, clear and HOT! Yes, the high that day was in the mid-nineties. So, we had the hose out to cool down the bouncy house and the kids. Even with the heat, the kids had tons of fun running around in the backyard and jumping in the bouncy houses. My punch bowl was refilled many times for the kids and adults! And I was worried about having leftover sherbet.

The girls were having a great time with their friends. Time for cake and ice cream. My Oreo cupcakes were a hit! I will brag, they were awesome!!! I'm so glad Hayley had the idea for it, because they turned out really well. I made the girls separate small Oreo cakes, they were cute too. And since we had Oreo cupcakes, we had to have cookies and cream icecream.

And then, it was time for presents!!! Ryan's Petshop collection grew that day. Grandma got her a huge Petshop Clubhouse. She also received a Leapster Explorer from Jonas and I. She's always wanting Hayley's DS and we thought the Leapster would be good for her. I can even download little e-books on it for her. She made Jonas open it right away and calls it her DS. She also received a huge floor puzzle and other fun toys. She loved her Tinkerbell pajama's from Mamaw. Thank goodness the recycling came a couple days later, it was full of Petshop boxes!
Hayley received some awesome things as well, Petshops, a journal kit and a shadow box she got to
paint. And thanks to Mamaw, finally some Tiana pajamas. (Her favorite Disney Princess!) Hayley is also growing up fast and loves music. She asked for in iPod. Jonas and I thought, why not, no more CD's and she takes good care of her DS. It was purple and she was thrilled. She was a little bummed it had to charge for a few hours though. After she went to bed, Jonas and I set it up on the computer and downloaded some music on it for her. The next morning she had her white headphones in and was singing and dancing around the house. She also got a docking station for it, no more CD player! (Thanks Grandma!)

It was a super fun day and we were all tired. The next day, we headed South to Fort Lewis to celebrate another birthday. It was around 100 degrees that day! It was a birthday party extravaganza weekend!! Fun and exhausting! It is still hard to believe Hayley is already 6, but it's so fun to watch her dance around and sing with her new iPod. She's so proud of it. And Ryan loves her new Petshops, especially the car for them she received. She's still learning to use the Leapster, but she's having fun with it. Ryan still has a little over a week before she's officially 3, but she had a fun party and loved sharing the day with her sister.

Jonas and I are very thankful for our friends that came to celebrate with us and the girls. And a thank you to our family that couldn't be there, but called to wish the girls a happy birthday and sent gifts. It may have been hot, really hot, but it was a lot of fun. The girls had so much fun with all their friends and loves all of their gifts. I am so glad they had fun sharing a birthday party! They told me it was the best party ever!

Oreo cupcakes!

I made these just for the girls.
Waiting to dig in after the Happy Birthday song!

Hayley's iPod!

Ryan's Leapster Explorer!

Open it Daddy!


Hayley's loot!

Ryan's loot!

August 10, 2010

2 Month Stats

Jack had his 2 month well child visit today. I was really excited to see how big he was since he is so much bigger than the girls were at that age. Everyone tells me it's because he's a boy, but still, he's huge compared to them! Hayley was always so tall and thin as a baby; while Ryan was short and a little bit chunky. The girls weren't even wearing 0-3 month sized clothes at 2 months and Jack will soon out grow that size. Jack is tall and definitely a chunk!

Jack's 2 Month Measurements:
  • Weight: 12lbs, 8 oz - 75th percentile
  • Height: 24 inches - 80th percentile

  • Head Circumference - 16 inches - 55th percentile

Jack is one chunky baby! I love it. At 2 months, Ryan only weighed in at 10lbs, 10oz and was nearly two inches shorter. I can't find Hayley's measurements, but I remember she was just over 9 pounds, but around the same height as Jack. It's so interesting how different they are, but they also so similar as well.

As for Jack's anemia, the doctor wants to wait another 6 weeks before another blood test. Babies are normally anemic at this age, so the test would be pointless. I just have to stick with the Polyvitamin with Iron drops, ick! He's gotten used to them now and no longer tries to spit it all out. I commend Jack on that, those are nasty. So it's a little bittersweet, he still has another heel prick. Let's hope that will be the last one!

Even with my excitement to see big my boy has gotten since he was born, there was a down side. Shots. I've done this countless times now, but it still breaks my heart every time. It took him a little while to calm down; he didn't even want to nurse, although he was hungry before his check-up began. He finally calmed down and nursed for a little while. And soon, he was calm and sleepy. His sisters were anxious to leave, there were stickers and suckers to be had!

Did I mention I also had the girls with me? Jonas was even working from home. Hayley had some birthday money burning a hole in her pocket and wanted to purchase a new DS game. And miss Ryan was not about to stand being left at home by herself. The girls were pretty good though. They were very protective of their little brother during his appointment and would even caution their pediatrician to be gentle. It was very sweet.

Jack is an awesome little guy and completes our family perfectly. He's a very laid back baby, loves to be held and always has a smile on his face. He does, however, make himself heard when we wants to be fed or changed. He takes in everything around him and doesn't get too upset when his sister's are in his bubble. August is a crazy month for us, Hayley just turned 6 and Ryan will soon be 3. Jack is already two months old and back to school time will be here before we know it. I try my best to enjoy every moment, because in no time I will be writing another blog a year from now looking back. I love my family, immensely.

Waiting to be called back, poor little guy, so content.

Kisses from Ryan.

And kisses from Hayley.

Uh...why are we still here?

Sleeping at home, it was an eventful morning.

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