Friday, February 27, 2009


Ethan seems to be doing pretty well adjusting to having a new little brother around. We've had our moments, but with the attention from grandparents and friends, he's making it. His Aunt Connie and Uncle Skip got him a harmonica for a gift (little did they know that harmonicas are his latest obsession - thanks to Stevie Wonder), so he's been a VERY happy guy. It's hilarious watching him walk around the house jamming out. Owen has been able to sleep through it all so far...

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Owen Christopher

Little did we know how well Owen Christopher had things planned! He waited for us to get everything done we needed to, and decided to make his arrival Sunday morning. (the 22nd...just like Ethan's birth date) I started having contractions around 3:00 in the morning, and he entered the world a few short hours later at 7:14 weighing 6 lbs and 2 oz. He's been a great baby. Just like his brother, all he wants to do is eat and sleep. I hope that continues!

Friday, February 20, 2009

An interesting morning...

It looks like Owen is setting the stage for his very own kind of entrance into the world. I woke up at 2:30 this morning with mild contractions and couldn't go back to sleep. So, I ate, caught up on emails, did some wrapping up on some design work, and then tried to go back to bed. The contractions kept coming every ten minutes and were lasting ten minutes. I got Chris up around 3:30 to let him know, and he called our doula around 4:00 to see what she thought. Everything we've heard from her and our doctor was "the MINUTE" something happens, head to the hospital... But we only know how to deal with water breaking and intense pain, so we're not sure what any other "something" looks like! She told us to wait till they were a little more intense and somewhat closer together. By 6:00 they were a little more intense, so we called my parents to get them on the road. And then all contractions stopped around 7:30. I have had one since then...what in the world?!? We've been all geared up for another fast, out-of-the-blue delivery. My legs are shaved, toes painted, and my make-up is on - where's the kid?!

My parents are now here, which is really a relief knowing that I don't have to get someone to our house to watch Ethan when things really do happen. They brought some furniture we've been waiting on, so that's all set up and ready to go. And I have to remind myself that the longer Owen "cooks", the better it is for him. It's just so hard not being in control of the situation! Oh, how God likes to teach us things...

Hopefully there's more to report soon!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ignorance is Bliss

On Monday after our doctors appointment, I was sure we were having a baby that night. Obviously, nothing has happened yet, so I am convinced that it's better to have no idea what's going on down there! He'll come when he's ready... We got the "Your Baby is 37 Weeks" email today - that's the same email we got two days before Ethan made his arrival. Could the boys be on the same time frame? Who knows...

How your baby's growing:

Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away.
Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Getting Very Close

We had our 37 week doctors appointment yesterday, and come to find out I have been having some contractions! (I never had any sort of pain/discomfort/warning with water broke and I was in full blown labor) I knew things were going on down there, and my doctor said he was pretty sure they were Braxton Hix contractions - till he checked me. I am dilated to a 4 and 85% effaced. Hello!!?! The doctor was pretty surprised how low his head was too (stage 1 as opposed to a negative 1 where he expected me). Now I feel justified for the millions of bathroom trips! Thankfully we've made it to week 37, so having a water birth is a feasible option. Our only fear is that we won't make it to the hospital in time to have the tub set up. Ethan's labor was barely over 5 hours, and the doctor is expecting this one to go faster. So, at the first sign of anything serious, we're supposed to head that way. Craziness.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Scary Boogers

We made an "almost trip" to the ER on Friday with Ethan this past weekend. For some reason, he woke up screaming at 10:30, and all the usual methods of consolation didn't work. He wanted to be held, then he didn't. He wanted to be tucked in, then he didn't. And the weirdest thing was that he kept asking me to get the boogers off of his fingers!! We turned the lights on to show him there were no boogers. We stripped him down to make sure there was no rash or bites. He had no fever or any other sick symptoms. We let him "cry it out" for awhile. When we asked him what was wrong all we got was "Boogers on fingers." Strange. Finally after an hour and a half of this, we put him in the car and headed for the hospital. And, naturally, he fell asleep almost immediately. So, we drove past the hospital and took a scenic night tour of Bentonville. I carried Ethan to his bed after the drive and he slept w/o making a peep till 8:30 the next morning. We still have no idea what was wrong with him. I really hope this isn't God's funny way of preparing us for a colicky baby...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

New favorites...

I'm not sure why I even bother buying toys for Ethan sometimes. It seems like it ends up being the most common/random objects that he could play with for hours. His new favorite thing is a step stool that we keep in the laundry room. His new found height has enabled him to reach things on the counter that he's never seen before, and he thought he could get the front door unlocked with it the other day. It's getting a little scary the new things he's trying...
Another new "favorite" is the desk his Pa Pa brought him. It used to be Chris' when he was little (I think), and Ethan has LOVED sitting at it to draw, play with play dough and eat. He requests to eat every meal there, but I get a little lonely at the table so I make him sit with me sometimes.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Ethan's Second Birthday Party

Mimi and Papi came up this past Saturday to kick off Ethan's 2nd birthday party. Papi built Ethan a big sandbox for our back yard, and he had Ethan help him put it together. Ethan loved carrying around Papi's tools and banging on stuff.

Later that afternoon, we had a few friends from church and family members over for cupcakes and a basketball pinata (unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of that). Ethan's Grandma Debbie got him a tent full of balls which was a huge hit with all the kids.

My brother's family stayed that night with us. Jack and Ethan enjoyed practicing for their future rock band, bonding over juice boxes, and breaking in Owen's bed with some jumping. It really was a perfect weekend!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

AMAZING Baby Books...

Okay, I have to put a plug in for my friend Kobie's AMAZING baby books that she's designed. I looked all over for a cool baby book for Ethan and couldn't find anything anywhere. I cannot wait to get one started for Owen...

Monday, February 02, 2009

"Sorry Mimi, I am a Sooner."

Yes, those are the words that came out of my son's mouth last week when Mimi was here visiting. We had the OSU basketball game on, and my mom asked Ethan if he was a Cowboy. Very seriously, and completely unprompted, he responded with those words. My mom and I didn't know if we should laugh or cry... I guess I'll give brain washing my second son a try, because obviously Ethan has gone over to the other side.

Miss Maymi

Ethan loves Miss Maymi (Amy), and this is one of the reasons why...she'll wear his OSU hat. The hat fit on her head before we started taking the picture, but it kind of popped off by the time the flash went off. It makes me laugh. Sorry, Amy, I had to post it!