Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mikayla's 1st Word

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Today Maeg and I were riding the subway into the city to meet up with Landon.  Maeg started doing the loud kissing/smacking thing Nathan does to Mikayla and all the sudden she said this....I'm convinced she knows what she is saying :)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Perry Football Game

Getting a little loving before the game.
One of the first activities on our "to-do" list during our vacation was to watch Alex cheer at the Perry Football game...I mean watch football?!?!  We made Mikayla a onesie so she could help cheer too.
Being Silly
Alex and Katie
Auntie Alex
Me and Grandma
Playing with Roger and Julie

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fun things in AZ

The pediatrician said we could fly with Mikayla after she got her 2 month shots - so, a couple days after she got her shots, we hopped on a plane to visit family.  Our first stop was Arizona!  We stayed there for a week and then flew to Salt Lake where we met Nathan and spent another week in Utah.  Mikayla did great on all the flights.  She slept through it all :)  The only flight she didn't really like was the one from Phoenix to Salt Lake.  It was no surprise that there were five million kids and babies on the flight. Unfortunately the only thing that makes Mikayla cry is another crying baby so that flight was a little rough.



My first set of wings :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Our Little Miracle - Mikayla

My labor with Mikayla was so LONG. I wrote most of the details here for my own record so feel free to skip over it and enjoy pictures of our little angel.

I had the weirdest labor ever! Mom and Maegan flew in to NYC on Tuesday June 22nd, my actual due date. When the doctor told me she was already 7lbs 13oz (based on ultrasound), we decided she needed to hurry and make an appearance before she got any bigger. We tried EVERYTHING! We tried accupressure, spicy foods, pineapple, squats, and TONS of walking. Thursday night I started having contractions. They didn't hurt at all but they were coming every 3-4 minutes. I couldn't call my doctor's office because their phone lines were down so I called the labor and delivery floor. I explained that the contractions were not painful but the nurse wanted me to come in anyways. Well, 4 hours later they sent me home. Poor Nathan had to go to work that day with only 1 hour of sleep. My doctor had me come to her office that day to be placed on the monitor. She kept saying she was so confused because the intensity of my contractions on the monitor were like real labor contractions - not Braxton Hicks. She was on call at the hospital so she had me come there to be monitored some more. Once again...sent home!

By my appointment on Monday, I was exhausted. The contractions still didn't hurt but they were making it impossible to sleep and I was exhausted. My doctor decided that I should probably be induced. So, I went for induction Tuesday night at 10pm. I labored through the night with no meds but I was getting tired and my doctor wanted me to rest before the big delivery so I decided that would be a good time to get my epidural. Wow! It was fantastic! I was totally pain free and able to sleep for a couple hours. Then, the pain started to come back...no problem...I just got more anesthesia...wrong! For some reason the anesthesia wasn't helping in one area no matter how much more medication he gave me. So, he decided to re-do the epidural. That one worked much better and I was able to get a little more rest. However, shortly after, Mikayla started to have some decelerations of her heart rate. I couldn't see the monitor but I knew her heart was beating very slowly and I was so afraid. I didn't want Nathan to panic but I guess he could tell what was going on. They rolled me over on my side to see if that would help and all I could do was pray, pray, pray that my sweet little girl would be ok. Around 3pm my Mom and Maegan made it to the hospital but I had to send them out right away because I knew the baby was coming any minute.

Twenty minutes later my sweet little girl was born. When they lifted her up and set her on my stomach, curled up in a little ball, she did the cutest thing. She stretched out her little neck and looked right up at me. It was so precious and something I will never forget. I guess the labor was long and hard for her too because her poor little face was pretty swollen and beat up. She is a PERFECT baby! She is a good sleeper and a great eater! She really only cries when she has a belly ache. I would have never survived those next couple of weeks without my Mom. She did everything - cooking, cleaning, laundry and of course helping with Mikayla.
Twenty minutes later my sweet little girl was born at 8 pounds 1oz and 20 inches long. When they lifted her up and set her on my stomach, curled up in a little ball, she did the cutest thing. She stretched out her little neck and looked right up at me. It was so precious and something I will never forget. I guess the labor was long and hard for her too because her poor little face was pretty swollen and beat up. She is a PERFECT baby! She is a good sleeper and a great eater! She really only cries when she has a belly ache. I would have never survived those next couple of weeks without my Mom. She did everything - cooking, cleaning, laundry and of course helping with Mikayla.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Graduation

Oh man...this is so overdue! I figure it is time to catch up on summer events before the holidays. Graduation was WONDERFUL! My whole family came (except Maeg of course) We did so many fun things!

Whit was the first to arrive. She had been in D.C. visiting her roommate Tara and took the "China-town" bus to NY - Despite her concerns she was not kidnapped ;) Sorry Sis

Me and Whit trek through Central Park with all her luggage- harder than we thought!


Enjoying the chaos


Cutie


Oh, and she won the lottery at "In the Heights" and we sat front row


The next night Mom and Al flew in and we met Dad and Grady in Philadelphia. They had been in Pittsburg watching the Pirates and met us in Philadelphia to watch them play the D-backs. We got trashed but it was still lots of fun! Note: you MUST try philly cheese steak sandwiches when in Philly!

We got a hard time for wearing our D-backs shirts but the crazy funs went completely nuts when they saw Nathan come in wearing his Dallas Cowboys shirt - so funny!


Grady's awesome poster!


Cute Girlies!


I love Whitney's appearance in this one :)


With my favorite boys!


Na was such a good sport to drive through all that traffic - we were on the road longer than we were at the game


Getting a little stir crazy in the car


The next day was graduation! Nathan and my parents got me beautiful flowers and sat through a long and quite boring ceremony.

The whole gang


They think my coat is cool :)


I have the BEST parents EVER!!!


Girls!


We LOVE Tiffany and Devin and will miss our fun Office nights :(


So, this is kind of random...I was telling Carly one day in class that my husband got a job at Alliance Bernstein - what do ya know - that is where Steve works too!


Some of my cute classmates


We go out to a nice dinner but really, we're just not that civilized






Playing in the rain (poor Grady had just run into the fire hydrant trying to wave at passing cars)


My Cutie Husband


On the last day we did some sight seeing and ended the night with a little Broadway.

Subway from the Bronx



Some successful shopping - of course!


Dinner at ESPN-zone in Time Square


She's either hiding from the paparazzi or embarassed to be with us. What a doll!


Dad was going to surprise Mom and take her to "Lion King" for their anniversary but of course we had to spill the secret when we caught her searching for tickets for the whole family. Thanks for letting us be part of your anniversary :)