Friday, June 29, 2012

Isaac's newborn photos

Just a few pictures from Isaac's newborn shoot today with my Aunt.......he's such a sweetie!

All images Caroline Madsen Photography

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Home Sweet Home

Sweet little Isaac Asher came home yesterday at noon.

SO, SO, SO happy to have him home, but I've slept for three hours since then.

Be back soon!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Safe in my arms

         Feeling very blessed tonight because I got to hold sweet little Isaac for the first time!!

He is off of the ventilator, his chest tube has been removed and he is doing great! They will be starting him on a feeding tube tomorrow and once he is breathing fine on his own and eating well he'll be able to come home.

Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support for our family!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Isaac Asher

Isaac Asher was born at 6:38pm via C-section on Friday the 15th. He weighed 8lb 11oz and was 20.5 inches long. He had a Pneumothorax, which is a collection of air between the lung and the chest wall that develops when air leaks out of the lung.

He has been in the NICU since his birth. They inserted a chest tube to drain the air from his chest cavity as well as a ventilator to help him breathe as he was struggling to on his own. 

Please pray for our sweet little baby! He is starting to show some improvement and we are hoping that he will be able to come home soon!!

Thank you to all who have been praying for our family, we truly appreciate it!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


At my Dr. appointment today we found out that I have preeclampsia, again (I had it with Phin too). For the next two days I'm on light bed rest, Friday morning I have lab/blood work to do and then I have a follow up OB appointment on Friday afternoon. If my blood pressure is still high at that time my Dr. will deliver Isaac via C-section that evening. Not the delivery that I was hoping for but I am so thankful that I'm full term (38 weeks) and that he is thriving.

I take so many things for granted and complain about so many things that I really should be thankful for. I am blessed beyond measure and need to get some perspective sometimes.

Especially when I read things like this heartbreaking story about Michelle's sister in law Cali, who has already gone through so much.

My heart seriously breaks for them, please, please say a prayer for this family!!

Today I read this excerpt over at Gus and Lula and laughed so hard I about peed my pants.

"Look, you're not ready to have a baby. 

You're probably in your late twenties or early thirties, and you've gotten some stuff figured out, and now you're pretty sure you're "almost ready" to have a baby. But a baby is the ultimate, cosmic limit-tester of all ultimate cosmic limits, and no matter what you do to prepare, you will still find yourself thrown for a loop. 

You think you're ready because you have a dog? Ugh, sorry, but no. If you want your dog to help you prepare you for an actual human baby, it only works if you have the worst dog in the universe. It has to be, like, only trainable on Thursdays and it must never eat the first three types of food you offer it. Doesn't sound like any dogs I know! 

If you want to get ready for a baby, take my advice, and do the opposite of fun stuff. I'm not saying babies aren't fun, but it's not the kind of fun for which you need any practice. In fact, if I were selling my own Baby Squad Fitness Program for Actual Baby Readiness, it would come with the following drills/regimen for the entire year prior to conception. (Yes, conception! Yes, a year! Not doing anything fun while already pregnant is not actually all that hard and therefore not true readiness training)
  1. Practice wrestling a large, slippery fish three times a week.
  2. Wake up every two hours at night, punch yourself in the face, walk around for 28 minutes pleading in gibberish. Go back to "sleep." Repeat.
  3. Socialize with friends in 18-second increments.
  4. Practice asking for the check, boxing up your food and exiting a restaurant in under sixty seconds - two bites into the meal.
  5. Watch 38% of any film or television show. Never see the ending or resolution.
  6. Read the same three paragraphs of a novel once every two weeks; fall asleep.
  7. Shower every three to five days, but only for two minutes.
  8. Hire a makeup artist to make you look up to 10 years older. Look at yourself in the mirror, then laugh, cry, laugh, cry, laugh, cry. Do not go get a drink
  9. Pack two additional bags of random stuff to carry with you every time you leave the house.
  10. Stand around a tennis court and catch fly balls with one hand for two hours a day while also preparing a peanut butter sandwich.
  11. Practice wrestling aforementioned large, slippery fish, then dress it in seasonally appropriate outfit, including hat and/or jacket. Then go back, remove all clothing, and apply sunscreen. Re-dress fish. 
  12. Make 24 hours of baby-crying audio. Hit play the moment you take a phone call, fire up your computer, or begin speaking any sentences to another human that contain important or useful information.

I can speak from first-hand experience, all the above only scratches the surface.

But then you realize you have a BABY...and you are a mother...and who cares if you're not ready? It's all worth it."

Have a great day and if you don't hear from me for awhile it's because I'll be holding a sweet baby boy!!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Living Room Evolution

Well, I've held off as long as I can in showing you our living's not finished, nor will it ever be. If you know me at all I'm always moving furniture and painting something. It's like therapy.

Anyway, I've been promising some pictures for about two months now...sorry. Life with two little boys while growing another one inside me is kind of crazy!

This what the living room used to look like...........

(Sorry for the poor picture quality!)

I repainted about 5 months ago after we discovered the finish on the existing paint would not work. It was marked as satin but covered like flat....flat paint and young children are not a good mix! I chose a pale gray and repainted the living, dining room and hallway. Moved in the refinished china cabinet and made some pillows in pretty pastel shades.

After about two weeks the pastels got to be a little too much for me. So, onto plan B (have I told you how much I LOVE my hubby?). We sold the china cabinet, brought up an antique dresser from the basement and I painted it black. I also painted the outside of the light fixture black. I moved around the art and the pillows and here's what we have now.......

 I'm sure it will be rearranged again but for now this set up works really well with the kids. They have the ottoman and tv cabinet for storage, plus the basket in the corner. The room is more open now and much easier to clean at the end of the day. There's also plenty of room for the mountains of baby things that will be taking over soon.

We still plan on ripping out the carpet sometime this summer but we're waiting on baby first. ;)

Speaking of which I have an appointment this afternoon, can't wait!!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Birthday, baby update and a house tour

Sorry I've been MIA....we've been super busy this last week.

Saturday I had a joint baby shower with a friend and it also happened to be Phin's birthday.

This sweet little baby

Is now a big two year old, time flies too fast!!

He got to go out for breakfast with Grandpa, Daddy and Jude while Mommy slept in...YAY!

Afterwards he opened some gifts from our friends and we had a little mustache fun. :)

Later that night we had a little party at my parents house with some friends and family. All of his little friends brought their bikes and had so much fun.

You can't really tell how big my belly is here but I am GIGANTIC!  Isaac turned head down last week which is what I wanted but now I can hardly walk I'm in so much pain. At my appointment last week (36 weeks) I was dilated to 1 cm and 30 % effaced, I'm REALLY hoping he decides to come a little early, like in the next week or better yet TODAY. Poor kid better hurry though or he's going to have the worst cone head ever and I may end up a cripple!

In design news go check out Bailey's house tour on Design Sponge today, it's fabulous!!!

Hoping I'll be back with baby news soon, in the meantime I'm off to do some lunges.

Come on water and break!!!