Tuesday, March 30, 2010

First Bath

Kellen got his first bath about a week ago (He is 3 weeks old today!! Where does the time go???) His belly button wasn't completely healed, but seems to be doing good. He is such a CUTE little baby, and so sweet. Yesterday, I swear he smiled at me for a while... love it! He is getting fussy at night, but it is par for the course, right?

Friday, March 26, 2010

visit with Grammy!

Grammy was here visiting, a little over a week ago; but of course, time escaped me! S here are some pics:

We had alot of fun over that weekend, with lots of games played, good food made, naps were taken, and even some pretty christmas ornaments made! The kids had a wonderful time (and so did the adults!!)

I have started my walking regiment; getting out there every(?) day. I am also trying to be more conscious of what I am eating... not just to drop the baby weight, but to see what affects Kellen, too. He is definitely showing more typical baby qualities... fusing in the evening; not letting us eat dinner peacefully (whatever that is, right?!); and waking up frequently at night. Still, he is very sweet and I can't get enough of him! I love to have him sleep on my chest, and catch his little grins! Babies!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lone Pine with Grandpa & Grandma

Ayla jumping to GrandpaKellen in the sling
Jumping to Grandpa
Family shot (Kellen in Tyler's sling!)
I am not sure what she is looking at, but she's cute!
Grandpa & Grandma & the kids

We headed up to the local state park, Lonepine, with Grandma and Grandpa... the kids had a great time and the weather was pretty decent. We hiked around and showed off the views. Soon, I hope to be hiking up the cliff trail, getting back in shape! I've got a long way to go (about 50 lbs!!) Wish me luck! Most has to do with diet, for sure! Damn you chocolate!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

who's who?

What kid is it? There is a picture of each, and an extra one of Kellen! Answers at the bottom... don't they all look alike?


1: Kellen; 2: Ayla; 3: Kellen; 4: Colton

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Time with Papa and Granna

I forgot to put these pictures up of our time spent with my mom and dad aka Papa and Granna. We had a great time with them here, just waiting for Kellen to come. We were so happy to have them here and can't wait to see them again soon.

Monday, March 15, 2010


Monday is here. Little Kellen is almost a week old, and just as cute as can be. He is (so far) an easy-going little guy and adjusting quite well. He is loved by his big brother and sister a bunch. Ayla is always trying to help change diapers or hold him.... so cute.
However, Colton and Ayla have decided they want Daddy home all the time. He is setting a huge standard by playing with them ALL day without many breaks. Good thing they don't expect that from me! I don't know how he does it! But it is great - he is such a great dad. And it is beyond awesome having him home to help.
And the family that has come has been really nice. The house is clean all the time.

OH, and all the neighbors and their wonderful dinners! I think that is the best thing you can do for someone with a new baby. Not having to worry about dinner is fantastic. And the dinners have been absolutely delicious.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

It's a BOY!!

Kellen Reed was born at 7pm on March 9, 2010. He weighed in at a whopping 8lbs 11oz, and was 20.5 inches long. His head was 14.25cm.... which means he was above average in weight and head circumference! What a sweet boy.
We came into the hospital that morning at 6am; had the water broken at 745am, and waited.

And waited.

The contractions were coming, but would be regular for a while, and then go away. But they were getting stronger. I relaxed in the tub for our planned water birth, and tried to focus on the birth.... thinking it would happen sooner than later!

But by 330pm and no REALLY strong contractions (and only 4cm) we decided to kick it up with a little pitocen (sythetic labor drug)... and low and behold! The contractions started up! AT 550pm, I was 6cm dilated and they were getting pretty intense (to say the least!).

By 650pm(ish) I was ready to push. He came into this world pretty peacefully into the big tub, and I got to pull him up to my chest and exclaim, "It's a boy!"
Recovery has been great so far, and at this moment Kellen is cuddled up with his Daddy while Tyler is reading his book! All in all, an absolutely wonderful experience; thanks to wonderful doctor and awesome nurses!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Vintage Swap

I participated in the Vintage Swap, hosted by Heather, this last month. It was my first "swap" and I found it pretty fun.
Ayla and I took a Saturday and went around to some local shops and looked for some vintage treasures for my swap partner, Hannah. We found some awesome little treasures, and then we added a couple from my "vintage" stash.
The point of the swap is to find 3-5 vintage items and send to your partner after they have emailed you some simple info (favorite color, hobby, and such). Then you send it off by a particular day. Your partner sends something to you. All in all a great experience, and I would do it again!

My favorite item that I sent was some awesome reddish napkin rings. These have been in my stash for awhile, and although I love them, I haven't used them in years, so I figured since Hannah's favorite color was red, and she uses cloth napkins - why not! I also found some vintage-ish lace and some retro bright (!) fabric and a couple pillow cases and a nice sheet. All in all, I felt it was a pretty great bunch. Look at that beautiful card! Tyler's Great Aunt (I think) designed this when she was in high school years and years ago. It was part of Tyler's sister's senior project (she did a fashion show, and sold the cards as a fundraiser) I just thought it was beautiful. It is the first one I used out of the pack, because they are hard to part with! The post office obviously needs us sending cards though.... which is one of my goals this year. Hmmmm?