Thursday, July 25, 2013

2 months!

I can't believe what a dream baby Madelyn has been so far. 3 kids is definitely not easy, but she fit right in the family without tripling the chaos.

Her loves continue to be chowing and snoozing and growing. She's already outgrown some her 6 month clothes! Yikes! I decided to stop worrying about her love for sleep and just enjoy it.

We're not exactly on a schedule, especially during the day, but I put her down around 11 pm and she sleeps until anytime between 6 and 8 the next morning. She'll wake for a feeding and then go back to sleep for awhile. She still sleeps quite a bit during the day. If she doesn't wake up, I'll wake her every two to three hours to eat. Sometimes when I go wake her up, she's already awake. Just laying there and smiling.

Often I miss her because she's always sleeping so I'll pick her up and she'll just keep sleeping while I hold her. Or she'll wake up for a few minutes and then go back to sleep. She's very soothed by motion. She likes her swing and being in her car seat (as long as it is moving). She tags along on errands just fine! Since she's so easy, and since we've had a fairly cool season, we've had quite a fun summer going out and about with 3 kids in tow. Here are some of our adventures:

Festival of the arts:
This is one of my favorite summertime activities and was counting on not being able to go since I was due May 30 and festival is always first weekend in June. My early induction combined with mild weather and a good 2-week old baby made it possible.

Whitecaps game:
I got a couple of dirty (or maybe curious) looks from people for bringing such a tiny baby. But we were in the lawn section at 5 pm on a cool, cloudy day, so what is the big deal?

Kyla decided to make friends with the people in front of us so she could steal their nice chair!

The jungle bus driver said she was one of her youngest passengers!

Grand Haven State Park:
This may have been more trouble than what it was worth but I think I'm glad we attempted it. Again, it was in the evening on a cool, cloudy, night. I think Ellie and Kyla had fun! They made us buy a season pass so maybe we'll try it again!

We also take lots of walks and visit my parents to swim in their pool. When Scott isn't around on the weekends, my mom usually helps if I need to go anywhere with all 3 of them. I don't see trying this alone anytime soon if I can help it!!!

I have 3 weeks and 6 days left of maternity leave, so I'm trying to make the most of it! Dreading bringing her to daycare soon! The other two I don't mind -ha! Also wondering how to fit work into an extremely chaotic tired life! We'll figure it out! Lots of exclamation marks!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

1 month and counting

Here are Madelyn's 1 month stats:

23" (96%)
11lbs 8oz (86%)

She apparently loves to eat! She came into this world weighing 1 lb less than her sisters, and she already has them beat by 1 lb in only a month!

As of today, she is 6 weeks old! I don't know how the time passed so quickly yet it feels like she's been part of the family forever!

Everyone continues to adjust well.  Ellie absolutely adores her. Kyla likes to steal her pacifiers and body slam her, but she's getting better. Sometimes she help me burp her by lightly patting on her back. Then the next minute she slams her head into the baby's head.

She still sleeps all the time. It was continuous through 4 weeks and now she's up maybe an hour or less two or three times a day.

Rock and Play is the best thing ever!

Wont stay awake for tummy time

Still sleeping!

The sleep schedule is also getting better. She takes a feeding around 10:30 or 11 and will sleep until 4 or 5 for another feeding and go back to sleep until 7 or 8. Not too shabby!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Happy due date Madelyn!

Hard to believe you've been in our lives a week already! During those rough first few nights I may have wondered what it would have been like if you were still in my stomach and I was napping and sleeping the day away, but now I can't get enough of your sweet snuggles.

At your 4 day check, you already gained back your birth weight plus 4 ounces! Someone sure likes to chow. You fit in well.

You are hardly awake! Not that you slept in good stretches at first. That required the purchase of a Rock N Play. All is good for now!

Your sisters adore you, especially Ellie! She is always in your face talking to you and trying to rock you in your bouncer. Kyla shows her affection by trying to lay on top of you.

You like to snuggle with your mom!

You pooped all over the photographer of your newborn shoot and about 4 feet of her studio floor. Well played girl!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Birth Story - Madelyn Elise!

WARNING: Mildly graphic :)
Like all my other pregnancies, my BP spiked at the end, so at my 37 week appt, they put a 39 week induction on the calender. This was earlier than the first two pregnancies, but I was OK with it. It was nice to have a little over a week warning, so I could wrap up as much as possible and get prepared!

Unfortunately, two days before the big day, Kyla got the stomach flu and the next day Ellie got it as well, so I didn't have the relaxing few days prior that i was hoping for. In fact, they were sleep-free, stressful, and stinky. I spent the whole day leading up to going into the hospital doing load after load of laundry, disinfecting everything, and praying Scott and I wouldn't catch it. Fortunately we kept in the clear!  That evening, we tried our best to get to bed early since we had to wake up at 2:55 to get to the hospital on time, but I couldn't fall asleep until midnight!

Bright and EARLY the next morning, we woke up, ate some breakfast, and headed to the hospital. I was very nervous but ready! They admitted me and I just waited to start the fun! When the first nurse checked me, she was surprised they didn't have me come in the night before to start the "ripening process" and the baby still felt extremely high and I was only 1cm. She said she had no idea how my OB was going to break my water as originally planned. She said we were in for a LONG day. She actually called the on call doc because she didn't feel right about about just starting pitocin and wanted to give me the best chance to have the induction work. The on call doc agreed and they even had to do an additional ultrasound because they weren't sure if the head was even down.  Ultrasound confirmed head was down, but they decided to do some cytotec before the pitocin to help things along. The good news was that before anything started, I already had a regular contraction pattern of 5 minutes apart so they were hopeful I was ready. So from 5:30-9:30. I just hung out while the cytotec did the job. I was having lots of contractions but I was still comfortable. At 9:30, they started the pitocin and my OB visited to say he would check back around lunch to break my water. There was a bet if this was going to be a breakfast, lunch, or dinner baby, but I was just hoping for one that day. 

I felt things pick up quickly after the pitocin. Since I wasn't far, I wanted to delay the epidural as long as possible. Scott and I just hung out and watched TV. I could tell i was VERY tired because i actually passed out between a lot of the contractions. It was pretty boring and uncomfortable. Every time they checked me, it was very minimal progress.  At noon, I got my water broken and things got even more uncomfortable.  I was just hanging out around 3cm and not thinning out either. Around 2:00 I decided to get the epidural even though I was only still 3cm. I was definitely scared this was going to end up a c-section! My OB kept checking on me and was surprised things weren't moving quicker, but said he was sure things would get moving soon and when they did it would fast and furious.

Eventually I was on my third nurse for the day and getting anxious. All the nurses were wonderful though!  There had a been a few times during the day where the baby's heart rate dropped during the contractions but they were able to stabilize things by having me move positions. It was hard to move because my legs were completely numb. The epidural worked a little too well.  Usually i could still move around a bit, but I couldn't even wiggle my toes.

At 6:50, I was checked again and only 5 cm. At this point the baby's heart kept dropping and I was moving positions every 10 minutes or so. They just moved me to an almost upright position. I was watching the heart beat on the monitor and it kept completely dropping off and coming back. I was getting really nervous. All of a sudden my OB shows up and says time to have a better look at the baby. I thought it was for sure emergency c-section time. He checked me and said "oh, time to push!" so i went from a 5 to 10 in a matter of 10 minutes.  That is part of the reason the heart beat dropped off the monitor, because the baby was dropping. 

A new nurse took over and the doc was getting prepped to deliver. I wasn't sure how easy it was going to be to push. Though I could feel contractions, i could not feel my legs AT ALL. But, it only took 2 pushes and out came baby. I kept asking "WHAT IS IT" and it felt like forever before Scott said "It's a girl!" I was completely shocked but definitely happy! 7:25 pm, 22", 7lbs 13 oz. So much tinier than the other girls. Long and skinny! She is a complete little baby monkey. 

I didn't make it to the recovery room until almost 10 PM. I had a very hard time getting to the wheelchair and bed because of all the numbness. I had to be carried and I still almost fell. It wasn't until 2:30 am where I could finally take a few steps with help.  Overall the hospital stay was OK. They were maxed on capacity and their computers were down, so the nurses didn't bother me a whole lot since I already know what I'm doing. Sleep was OK the first night and horrible the second. They HIGHLY encourage nursing moms to keep the baby with them at all times but I put her in the nursery for a few hours the second night so i could catch a nap.  I also had a super nasty nurse that night, but I tried not to let it ruin my experience. I sort of got jipped on my stay after having the baby late on Thursday. I had to be out ASAP on Saturday, so I only had 4 of the delicious meals that I didn't have to cook myself :) That was probably the worst part of the experience :)

It is nice to be home! Ellie is totally taken with Madelyn and Kyla is doing better than expected.  The weather is great so I'm trying to sit outside a little while and take a few short walks.  I'm hoping that I don't go through some of the bad swelling and high blood pressure post delivery that I went through with Kyla. Don't want to end up miserable and back in the hospital. 

Kyla - 18 months!


Kyla! You are the cheese ball to my ham! You may not get all of the blog updates that you sister did, but we still love you to pieces.

At 18 months
  • You are starting to talk more: Hugs, book, here-ya-go, night night, milk, raisens, bye bye, hi, mmmmwah, cracker, all done, up/down, wuv-woo, thank you, bubbles, coat, shoes, socks, poop, owie, apple, gamma (grandma)
  • Nods yes or no correctly
  • Bites her friends at school
  • Gives hugs and kisses freely  

  • Runs around like a crazy lady
  • Very tough - rarely cries when hurt
  • Climbs all over the place - no fear
  • Starting to get very attached to mommy - doesn't like to share attention at all
  • Loves smiling/laughing and generally cheesing it up
  • Likes to entertain the crowd as soon as she gets acclimated
  • Watches Ellie and wants to do EVERYTHING her big sister does
  • Puts herself in time out when Ellie is in time out
  • Pretty good eater - we are thankful as she has so many food allergies! Her current favorites are my homemade apple chicken nuggets, soy yogurt, bread dipped in olive oil, soy butter cookies, avocado, daddy's special allergy pancakes
  • Finally starting to sit and pay attention in short spurts. We can occasionally read a book and she will watch a good 10 minutes of elmo!
  • Good sleeper - sleeps from 8pm-7:30 am. 
  • Stats: 33.5" (90%) 23 lb 6 oz (57%)
I am dreading how she is going to react to being a big sister. She's a little too young to grasp the concept which may make it easier???? We shall find out!

Friday, March 29, 2013


Ellie: Caterpillars give me cavities

Mom: Here are your carrots
Ellie: No, those are for bunnies

Mom: Oh Ellie, I don't know
Ellie: No, say I don't YES

Mom: Milk makes you grow tall and strong
Ellie: No it makes me tinkle

Ellie: Mom, I'm not wearing panties!!
(screamed at me when i picked her up from daycare as she proceeded to pull pants down in front of everyone to show me)

Ellie: Are your husbands at work?
To grandma and mommy when were were going out for breakfast:

2012 Look Back

Welcome to the longest post ever! I've been working on this post for 3 months and just might have time today to finish it. I forgot I had to day off of work for Good Friday and already signed the kids up for daycare. Currently my "free" time is spent caring for an emotional toddler, an extremely mommy focused, clingy but adorable one year old, a poor little neglected doggie, a house that needs more cleaning, and a part time job with 2 full time workloads. During nap time and after bed time, I attempt to clean, catch up on work, say "wasssup" to my husband, and rest my weary pregnant body. BUT, today is the day to catch up. Here's a look back to 2012. What a fine fine year it was!


 Lots of cuddly jammie times during the chilly months. I just returned back to work from maternity leave.


It was 80 degrees a good chunk of March. Crazy awesome for us, bad for the crops and such.


One of my all time favorites!!! Odie and grouchy Ellie!!!

Painting with pudding is fun and yummy!

Play time with Julia, Carson, Emma

Loves to read!

Loves her bath!

The dreaded spinal fusion surgery for Scott. 6 days in the hospital and 5 months off from work. I had to do pretty much everything and barely remember any of it. Thankful for friends and family who stepped in to help with some meals and yard work! I just wish it would have made him better. He is still having a lot of pain 1 year later.

Festival of the arts! One of mommy's favorite weekends of the summer but not sure how much the kids enjoyed it.


My baby girl turned 3! Sounds so old and definitely not a baby anymore! So smart with way too many words and expressions. Lots of different emotions on all ends of the spectrum. Sure keeps us on our toes and our hair out of our heads!

No words.


We continued to have great weather that stretched into early fall. We took a lovely trip to the beach to finally use the season pass for the first time. Also discovered baby #3 was on his/her way. HOLY WOWZAS.

We surprised the Bobbie Joes for their 60th birthday with a surprise trip! Since Scott's back was still freshly cut and with the girls age, we stuck fairly close to home and rented a nice condo in New Buffalo. It was "steps" from the beach.  We had a super cold weekend, but it was a lot of fun to hang out with the family.

Where is Kyla? Amber Alert!!!

Be still my heart. Stuffed french toast, strawberries, and Delsky's bacon.

On the last day, we ventured to Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City.  It was a GREAT zoo to visit, especially with little kiddos as everything is very close together. The sun even made a brief visit.  At the end, we let Ellie pick out a toy from the gift shop and she got a $3 snake head - ha!

How sweet is this???

Our trip to Art Prize. Both girls loved riding in the stroller and checking out the pieces. We took the kid friendly tour. Love Grand Rapids!!! Kyla's hat kept falling off and some lady lectured me about sun exposure though.
I don't love people.

My little mermaid.

Someone ate my apple I just set out to take to work 5 minutes prior. Any guesses?

The "time to wake" owl is awesome!

Playing nicely together???

Even though I bought Ellie two costumes this year, she wanted to be what she wore last year, a strawberry. She still talks about being a strawberry this coming year as well!!

It is hard to find a happier kid than Kyla!
Pro photos by Sara Combs Photography. We loved her!


Kyla's dedication at Mars Hill. She threw up the day before and within the next few days the majority of those you see in the picture below also had it. What a sweet lady! Scott's dad and Becky were also in town for the week which was lovely as we don't see them very often as they live in warm, sunny, NC!  This is also the day we announced #3. It was still far off from when we told most people. Most learned at the bottom of their Christmas card - ha! 

Kyla bear turns 1. We had a nice little shin dig at our house. The entertainment consisted of balloons on the floor. It is amazing what keeps kids occupied!

LOVE costco cake. Too bad Kyla is allergic to eggs, dairy, and peanuts which we learned shortly after.

Christmas time is here! 

Getting ready for the Happy Elephant Christmas Program

Waiting patiently for her sister's big performance

Ellie shares my love of performing to a crowd
Christmas morning!

cozy sisters!

A few toys

Somewhat smaller load

The end! We are so blessed! Hope to see you soon!