Friday, April 4, 2014

Baby Animal Days

Our family ventured up to Logan today to the American West Heritage Center for Baby Animal Days.  There were a TON of people there, so we didn't get to see the baby bears or ride the train. But we DID get to have a ton of fun.  We saw lots of adorable animals, and even got to hold and pet some! Grayson even got to ride the mechanical bull!

T is always a climber.  He had to climb all the fences. 
Mr. Pouty and Mr. Sassy posing it up.  HA! :D

Thatcher and his cousin DeeDee are so cute -- the love each other!  They had to  hold hands the whole time. 

Petting the calf

Petting a piglet. Gray said this was his favorite animal of the day

Daddy and Avy.  And a peacock.

Avy Jane was fascinated by the chickens

Avy and I loved the bunnies.  We want one now. :D

Daddy, Avy, and some cows.

Avy Jane loves her Nani :)

Thatcher got to hold this chick. He was so sweet and soft with it -- and kept saying "peep peep peep" to it in this tiny soft voice.  It was so cute!

Grayson got to hold a duckling!

Daddy helped a little bit :)
Grayson REALLY wanted to ride the bull -- we couldn't believe it! He did great! I was so  proud of him. 

Such a proud little guy :)

We stopped at Maddox Drive-in on the way home. Gray got a HUGE hotdog.  He loved it :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Avy Jane is 10 months old!

Oh my, this little girl is wonderful.  She is getting so big, so fast. Here's a little about our baby girl:
- She says "dada", "mama", "buh-buh" ("brother" -- when she sees one of her brothers), "dah" (doll), and "nah-nah" (for nonies -- that's what we call it when she nurses). She also signs 'milk' and 'all done'.
- She is SO close to crawling. She can scoot herself pretty much where she wants to go, but no tummy-off-the-floor crawling yet. 
- Her bottom middle two teeth are both coming in -- sooo close to breaking through. 
- She loves Baby Einstein and Baby Signing Time. And My Little Ponies. 
- She loves dolls and shoes -- my girly girl! :D
- She's eating solid food like a champ, but still gets most of her nutrition from nursing. She loves to feed herself from the refillable food pouches I have. She loves peas and crackers. 
- She sticks one foot straight up in the air every time she nurses. (I feed her lying down in bed). She also likes to grab fistfuls of my boob, or pat my boob or face. 
- She loves her brothers, and they sure love her right back. She is Grayson's little darling, and he loves to make her laugh. 
- She's still sleeping in our bed, with occasional naps in her bassinet. 
- She hates getting dressed or getting her diaper change. Anything that involves lying down when she's not sleeping or nursing. 
- She claps and squeals with delight when she sees her daddy ❤️
- She belly-laughs when Steve lays his head down on her tummy.  Apparently it's hilarious.
- She sings with me whenever I sing her lullabies. 
- She likes to listen to Chester See while she falls asleep. If she's fussy, playing his YouTube videos will calm her right down. I think she has a crush on him. 
- She is the sweetest, happiest, snuggliest baby ever. I love it. I love HER!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Grayson is SIX!

Grayson is SIX!! Why does that seem so much older than 5?! He's such a KID now. And such a HANDSOME kid at that! 

Here are some of Grayson's favorite things right now 
Color: blue
Book: The Gruffalo
Movie: the Lego Movie 
Food: melted cheese [its pretty much all he eats] 
Treat: Nerds. And brownies. And cinnamon rolls. 
TV Show: Teen Titans Go and Wander Over Yonder 
Toy: Skylanders and Legos and my teddy bear. 
Animal: monkey
Song: Popcorn Popping and Do You Want To Build a Snowman
Sport: bowling and tennis 
Holiday: Halloween 
Number: 3
Cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Game: Skylanders 
Favorite Skylander: Stink Bomb and Slam Bam

And here are his answers to some interview questions I asked him:
What do you and Mommy do together? Cook
What do you and Daddy do together? Play
What makes you happy? My teddy bear 
What is something scary? Zombies, and birds pecking on my fingers. 
What are you really good at? Coloring skylanders 
Who is your best friend? My teddy bear 
What do you want to be when you grow up? An explorer! 
What is something new you'd like to try? New skylanders 
What do you think about before you fall asleep? My favorite things I did that day. 
Who is someone famous you'd like to meet?  Meeting Skylander Dad would be pretty cool. [he has a YouTube channel all about Skylanders]

Grayson is the sweetest, funniest, smartest kid I know. He loves making up his own jokes, playing Go Fish, making his baby sister laugh, pretending he has his own YouTube channel, and (duh) playing Skylanders. He has a fantastic imagination, a great sense of humor, and an incredible memory. 
He's doing great in kindergarten, and he loves his teachers (who are WONDERFUL with him). We're working on getting him an IEP plan due to his Asperger's -- he needs some extra help with social skills. But he is excelling at academics. He is especially good at math, and is constantly surprising his teachers with how much he can do.  He's getting really good at reading, and I love when he reads to me. He loves learning, and telling me what he learned about that day. He's made some friends, and has a few girls that follow him around (and he's totally oblivious to that fact!). He has grown by leaps and bounds at this school, and we are so grateful for it! The Montessori philosophy is perfect for him, and it has done wonders. 
Gray is such a good big brother, and does a great job watching out for his little brother and sister. He has a hard time getting along with Thatcher sometimes (he's three, whatcha gonna do), but most of the time they play nicely together. And Grayson loves, LOVES, Avy -- always giving her hugs and kisses, and entertaining her all the time. When he first sees her in the morning, he always yells "BABY!!" And runs to her. She calls him "buh-buh", which I'm guessing is "brother", and she loves him too. They have a special bond -- I love it. 

We love this little guy. He is such a special part of our family! He is so sweet and caring -- surprisingly sensitive to the feelings of others (some kids with Asperger's aren't at ALL). I love you so much, Gray! I'm so proud of the little man you are becoming!! 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Thatcher is 3!!!

Here are some of Thatcher's favorite things right now (as told by T himself) 
Color: blue
Book: The hippo book (Hiccupotamus) and the bear book (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See) 
Movie: Lilo and Stitch
Food: Mac n cheese 
Treat: a green sucker 
TV Show: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 
Toy: Ninja turtle sword 
Animal: puppy and kitty cat 
Song: Popcorn Popping 
Sport: Bowling
Holiday: Halloween
Number: fwee! (Three)
Cereal: Yucky Chawms (Lucky Charms) and Fwoot Woops (Fruit Loops) 
Game: Skylanders 
Favorite Skylander: Eruptor and Tree Rex

T is crazy. CRAZY, I tell you. He never ever stops moving. He runs everywhere he goes. He climbs on and jumps off of everything he can. He has no fear. Keeps us on our toes, this one. 

He is quite the typical 3-year-old. He has some pretty bad tantrums/screaming fits. Nowhere near as bad as Grayson at this age, but it's still no fun. Oh, he tests me. But oh, is he CUTE. He really can be SO sweet. And everything he says is so darn adorable in his tiny little voice. When he says "I wuv you, Mommy!" I just die.  

He corrects anyone that doesn't call him by his full name.  For instance, if I say "Good morning, honey!", he says "No I 'honey'.  I Tatcher!" This is pretty funny, coming from a kid that called himself "Grayson" for a good 6 months of his life....

He is still so skinny. He only weighs 26 lbs.  But he's growing, and he's healthy. He's actually a really good eater -- he will usually try whatever Steve and I are eating for dinner. 

He idolizes Gray, and does everything he does. He's a trooper, and keeps trying at everything until he's done everything his big brother does. 

He's very close to being potty trained. Still some accidents, but doing pretty well. Half the battle is getting him to put the unders on (he almost always demands a diaper), but once he has them on, he does pretty well. 

I could not imagine our life with this crazy kid around. I love him to death. He makes life interesting. :) 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Welcome Little Miss Avy Jane!

Avy Jane Wayment
This sweet little miss made her dramatic debut into the world on Thursday May 23rd at 7:28 pm.  She is wonderful, and has everyone around her just absolutely in love.
I'll post the pictures here first, then if you want the whole story, feel free to read to the end.

Waiting for the antibiotics to finish so we could get things started!

Steve demonstrating how to push...

My momma was my extra support -- she even braided my hair to keep it out of my face

Here she is!!
Two very proud parents
That first skin-to-skin snuggle is my favorite thing in the world!

Avy was pretty purple right after she was born, but she pinked up pretty quickly.
6 lbs 8 oz.  19 1/2 inches

Thoroughly enjoying her spa treatment
Look at that double chin! Hehe!!

Thatcher was sick, so he had to stay with Nani, but Grayson came and met his baby sister in the hospital.  He was so cute, and so excited! He kept saying "She's so cute!" "She's so tiny!" and for some reason, "She's so fuzzy!" 

Holding baby sis's hand

Sucking her thumb

Avy has her daddy wrapped around her little finger already :)

All dressed up and ready to go home

So here is Avy's birth story:
On May 23rd, I went in for my regular OB visit at my doctor's office. I've been contracting/dilating for many weeks, so there was nothing really new to report.  When he checked me, I was dilated to 6cm and fully effaced, fully engaged.  Dr. Seale said he didn't think I should go home -- he was afraid that I could go into full labor any minute, and maybe not make it back to the hospital. And seeing how fast I did go, I'm glad he kept me!
I called Steve and my mom, then headed down the hall to Labor & Delivery.  I was GBS positive, so I had to have IV antibiotics infused 4 hours before I delivered.  They got everything all hooked up (after one painful IV fail), and then we settled in to wait until my 4 hours were up.  A few times, the nurse would come in and look astonished at how comfortable I was -- they all kept asking if I was "really okay" -- seeing how many contractions I was having, and knowing how far I was dilated already.  I could feel the contractions, of course, but it wasn't any different than the ones I'd been having for months, so I was just fine.
Finally it was 3 1/2 hours after the antibiotics finished, and Dr. Seale came back in, said I was dilated to 7cm, and broke my water.  He said he would stay in his office -- it was so good that he stayed close.  As soon as my membranes were ruptured, my contractions REALLY kicked up, and we were in business.  I had been planning all along to have a drug-free delivery, and I got myself comfortable and tried to relax through my contractions.  Steve ran down to the cafeteria, since we figured we'd be there for a little while.  So it was just me and my mom in the room when I started feeling a lot of pressure -- which very quickly turned into "OH MY GOSH SHE'S COMING NOW!" Baby girl had found the exit, and she was making her escape, whether we were ready for her or not.  My poor mom tried to stay calm while she tried to find someone -- which of course no one was around. Steve came back from the cafeteria, and I'm pretty sure I yelled at him to get in there quick -- she was coming! I think I scared the poor guy.  It was the weirdest/scariest/hardest thing to have to keep her in until everyone was there.  It felt like forever, but of course it was only a few minutes -- finally my nurse came in, and she did an emergency broadcast.  Everyone came running, and they all got there JUST in time.  I couldn't even move into the traditional "stirrup" position to deliver -- they didn't even have time to break down the bed. Dr. Seale just got into position, said "Oh, yep, she's crowning!", told me to push, and Avy was born! It was exactly 4 hours after the antibiotics, and exactly 1/2 hour (HALF AN HOUR!) after my water broke. Little Miss came FAST.
It was so strange to go from walking out of my doctor's office to having my baby HERE in just 4 hours. I had myself all ready and in the mindset of having to go through hours of pain -- I had read a book on hypnobirthing, and was all ready with my relaxation exercises.  I did relax through the contractions I had, and it definitely helped -- but I think anyone can handle a 1/2 hour of real labor! Ha! So I really don't count it as any real "accomplishment" that I went natural -- it wasn't anything all that bad.  The only thing I hadn't felt before was the actual birth -- that was quite the experience.  Apparently I said something like "that kind of burns", because everyone kept making fun of me for saying it.  Dr. Seale joked afterwards "I'm over here whining to myself about how my back hurts from having to be in a weird position while I deliver the baby, and you're pushing out a 6 lb baby with no drugs, and you're just like 'that burns a little bit'." Then he called me "the Chuck Norris of all birthing women".  Ha! I think I'll take that as a compliment. (?) The most uncomfortable thing was probably being stitched up afterward without being numb at all -- since I just had a small tear and only needed two stitches, the doctor said it would probably hurt more to give me the shots, so I could feel everything for those -- not very fun in that very sensitive recently-much-abused area.  But all in all, I'm very glad I didn't get an epidural this time -- I felt so much better, and my recovery was so much quicker.  It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it'd be -- but like I said before, anyone can handle just 1/2 hour of labor. Not that bad. :)
Avy was technically pre-term (I had her at 36 weeks and 6 days -- ONE DAY before she would have been term), so they had to do all kinds of tests and protocols.  It was really annoying -- they didn't used to do all that stuff unless the baby was symptomatic -- but everything was fine, and she is very healthy. She had an elevated bilirubin and had to be on the bili bed for a few days, but she is fine now.  She's having a rough time with breastfeeding, but she has a VERY determined momma that will NOT allow even a drop of formula, so she'll get it eventually. :)
Her big brothers are very much in love with her -- especially Grayson.  He gives her lots of kisses and tender little soft touches and is always saying how cute she is, and how much he loves her.  He has dubbed her "Pipsqueak" -- because she "likes to go 'Pip!' and she squeaks a lot". He says we have a "medium" sized family now, and makes sure at least once a day that we really ARE keeping her.  Thatcher mostly just ignores her, but sometimes he kisses her and says "she's so cute!!" -- or tries to shove her binkie in her mouth or something.
We're all still adjusting to life with a new baby, but we're loving it! We just love this sweet little girl to pieces!