Sunday, January 28, 2007

New Years

So we're a little late in posting this, but I thought for a change of pace we'd blog about something different. For New Years, a bunch of friends from college always get together. This year we all gathered at our house (so that we wouldn't be far from our doctor, just in case the baby came!). We had a dozen people with us for the weekend, and we had a blast! It's such a blessing to have such wonderful friends and fellowship. The only bad part about the weekend was the fact that everyone had to leave (oh yeah, and the stupid rash that started!). I haven't posted this until now because Kathryn was born just 3 days after everyone left, so we just haven't had time!

Every year we have a white elephant gift exchange. It's always a fun time of randomness and craziness, and this year was no different. Before doing the actual exchange, we watched the Office episode where they have their gift exchange. Here's some of us in our basement watching the Office and waiting.
Some of the best gifts in the exchange were Chris France's stuff, including his IPOD, his IMAC, his 20 Questions game, and his underwear (shown below). Some of the guys had gone around when he wasn't looking and snatched everything up, then wrapped it up and added it to the pile of gifts. He didn't think it was quite as funny!
However, I think the prize for best gift ever goes to Josh and Tabitha, who regifted this real, taxidermied dog. Take special note of the mouth...whoever stuffed this pooch deserves two thumbs up!
Other fun activities of the weekend included some much-needed hang out time, many games of Settlers of Catan (that the boys played), a trip to the pet store and Target, playing with baby Noa, and sharing meals together. Thanks everyone for such a wonderful New Years! We miss you all already!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

To the Grandmas

This post is dedicated to the Grandmothers. Thanks to Grandma Crabtree for the outfit, which was a hand-me-down from Aunt Ali and Uncle Nick when they were babies. Thanks to Grandma Sink for the Boppy (the thing she's propped up on).

This is a face we commonly see from her. She likes to purse her lips into a small oval while we laugh at her funny face!

We don't know what face she is making here. She may have been half-way smiling, or just passing gas! Either way, it's another funny face.

Oh, we must have worn her out with all those pictures! Time for bed!

Uncle David's Visit

Uncle David came to visit last weekend, so of course we needed to put pictures of his visit up. David, I just had to put both pics... so cute! :)

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Family Visit

Last weekend my parents came down for a visit and brought Aunt Ali and Uncle Nick to meet their niece for the first time. Here are a few pics from that:

First Walk and Diana's Visit

Last Sunday, with the weather in the 60s, I decided it was a good time for Kathryn's first walk. Johnny got the stroller out and set it up, and we were on our way. My cousin Diana had come down on Saturday night and stayed with us, so she went along too. While on our walk, we ran into two ladies who wanted to come see the baby. We chatted for a few minutes, then as they were getting ready to go, one of the women looked at Kathryn and said, "Welcome to the world. It's a horrible place." And with that they left. Although there is some truth to what she said, it made me kind of sad and mad at the same time. I found myself wishing I could have covered Kathryn's ears so she didn't hear such negativity. She was only 9 days old, and it made me sad that already she was being somewhat polluted by, well, sin. I wanted to protect her from that, and it upset me that I couldn't. I suppose it was one of the first of many lessons like that. I had to realize that it's not possible, even at such a young age, to protect her from the fallenness of the world. It's a step in releasing her to God, even now, realizing that He is the one that has her in His hands. I have to trust Him with her; I can't keep her from hurt, from pain, from harm, from sin. Lord, help us as parents to continually give our daughter into your Hands, trusting You with her every day.

Here are some pics from our walk and Diana's visit.

Thanks, Diana, for spending the night and taking a shift of rocking Kathryn during the night! It was a blessing to get a couple of hours of uninterrupted sleep!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Isn't she cute?

Our first family's not that good, but it's our first, so had to post it.

Kathryn's first bath.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Kathryn's Birth Story

I know all we've managed to post so far is a few pictures, so I figured I'd write a little about her birth story. I know the timing of it all may be a shock to some/most... She did come 2 weeks early. We had a doctor's appointment on Thursday, and as some of you may know, I have been suffering with a bad rash all over my body since last week. It's a random thing that happens in about 1% of first-time pregnancies, and I happened to be one of the few lucky ones to get it. It doesn't affect the baby at all, but makes mommy miserable. The only way to get rid of it is to deliver the baby, and then wait for it to clear up (usually within a couple of weeks after delivery). So while at the doctors, I asked if there was any way I could get induced earlier than the 11th, which was our scheduled date. I've been miserable with it, and couldn't imagine dealing with it for another week plus the time after delivery, including the sleepless nights because it keeps me up. So, after a few minutes, she called us into her office, and said that they'd walk us over to the hospital. Whoa, talk about a shock! It was quite overwhelming, and I for one was trying my hardest to hold back the tears as we were walking to the hospital, so I didn't look silly going in there crying!

An hour later, I was hooked up to pitocin and the labor was starting. I had to send Johnny home to get our stuff, because our bags weren't even packed! In the meantime, lots of calls were made, and we began the waiting and laboring. Finally, at about midnight, it was time to push. After about an hour of pushing, Kathryn Elizabeth was born at 1:12 a.m. on Friday, January 5th. She missed her grandma's birthday (Johnny's mom) by an hour and 12 minutes (Sandra's birthday is the 4th!). We think she just wanted her own day! She weighed in at 7lbs 4.25 oz, and was 19.75 inches long.

We are so thankful for our little girl. We think she is absolutely beautiful and amazing. I am amazed at God's creation of life and birth. One thing that keeps hitting me as I think back about the whole labor and delivery experience is focus. I am so thankful for Johnny...I couldn't have done it without him. He was so good to be there during it all, and be involved. When the labor got really hard, he was right there with me, holding my hand and talking me through it. He really experienced it all with me. And when it felt like I wasn't sure I could make it, he would get my eyes on his, and just hold the gaze. When I looked away, I had a hard time, but as soon as I would focus on him and listen to him, he would get me through. It makes me think of the Lord...when we take our eyes off Him, we start to lose it. In keeping our eyes on Him, we keep the right perspective, and He goes through whatever we are going through right with us. He leads us through every part, just like Johnny did for me. It still hurts and is hard, but just keeping that focus makes all the difference in the world. Thanks, Johnny, for being such an amazing husband, support, and now daddy. And thanks God, for being who You are. I encourage each of you to do what it takes to keep your eyes on Him, whether it's something you have done before, or something you do for the first time.

And because I know what you really want to see is pictures, I'll work on getting a few more on in the next couple of days. Thanks for your continued prayers for us!

Friday, January 05, 2007

More pics!!

Kathryn Elizabeth

Before the pushing...

Getting ready for her to come...

Just a few minutes old...

Johnny's favorite picture so looks like she's winking!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Christmas pics

Nick and Ali

me and Lindsay, my sister-in-law

Johnny's mom and dad