Monday, September 29, 2008

Coming home from the hospital

Here are some pictures from when we came home on Wednesday.

The UVA blanket is the same one we brought Kathryn home in! Gotta get these kids in style and on the right track early on!

And this picture I stole from Lindsay's blog, because I didn't have one of his whole outfit. Just had to show you how important it is to us to raise our kids right from the very beginning! :) We're looking forward to showing this picture when he's a starting linebacker for the 'Hoos!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Some more hospital pictures

Kisses for baby brother...
Yeah, he's a hoss!

Holding baby brother for the first time!

More kisses for baby brother.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Jackson Robert

We'd like to introduce you to our sweet baby, Jackson Robert! He was born early Tuesday morning after about 13 hours of labor. Here are the stats:

9 lbs 4 oz
22 inches long
Born at 4:31a.m.
Tuesday, September 23rd

Daddy is in love!
Momma's big boy!

Big sister Kathryn meets Jackson for the first time!

Kisses for baby brother.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Heading to the hospital...

...stay tuned!

Quick update...

Well, the doctor says she thinks it will be within 72 hours. Of course, the baby could decide otherwise, but we'll see. If not, she wants to induce by next Tuesday, when she's on call again. So, one way or another, we've got a week or less to go!

Oh, and thanks for all your kind comments on the last post. You know, if you didn't say I looked great I'd probably cry, with all the pregnancy hormones and all... :)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Due date...

So yes, my due date was yesterday. And no, I haven't had the baby yet. Since Kathryn was two weeks early (a whole other story), I never experienced this waiting game, and let me tell you, it's awful! I don't know why I thought I'd be different than anybody else and deserved to have the baby a little early, but for some reason, I was convinced he'd be here before now (maybe it was because of all those people who kept telling me I'd "never make it" all the way, because I was way too big, etc.). But it turns out I'm not as special as I thought, and have now joined the ranks of those who have gone past their due dates. The funny thing is, although there are days (most days) that I of course want him to be here, there are other times that I think, "Just one more day would be ok." I've been really trying to relish each additional day with Kathryn, take the time to get more things done (I've been a nesting cleaning machine!), etc. But I must admit that I am often not a fun person to be around, and am quite lacking in the patience department these days. Pray for my dear sweet husband, and daughter, and anyone else who happens to get on my nerves at any given time! I have a doctor's appointment on Monday morning, so hopefully I'll have some info or news on what our plans will be over the next week (or two?). The good thing is, all this will be over in less than two weeks, so it's not gonna last forever (even though it feels like it might sometimes!). Please pray for us as we are at the end, especially for a healthy baby, and a good transition into being a family of 4! (Whoa! Are we really ready for this?!?) And finally, because every woman who makes it to the end of their pregnancy realizes she's just as beautiful as can be (can you detect my sarcasm?), here are a couple of pictures taken today, at 40 weeks and 1 day pregnant. Can you say hot momma? :)
P.S. Please excuse the potential "weirdness" of this post, as I am obviously not thinking very clearly these days!

Friday, September 19, 2008

All in a morning...

The other morning Kathryn was busy busy busy (as usual), so I got out the camera to take a few short videos of all she was doing. I didn't prompt her in any of this, I simply just kept grabbing the camera and recording (I recorded on our point and shoot, so it's not the best quality). I hope you enjoy seeing all she's been up to! Each video is only about 30 seconds long, by the way!

Here she is dancing...she was very serious about it!

Then it was time to move on to shapes. She got distracted by the camera this time (she loves to see/watch what I've just recorded, often before I'm actually done, as you'll be able to see). Also note how she keeps smiling at the camera...she didn't realize I was taking a video, and was waiting for me to take a picture. Now you can see why she has such goofy faces in most of the pictures I take of her!

Finally, here's her final activity of the morning: reading. No, she's not very verbal as far as being able to actually say lots of words for her age, but she sure does "talk" a lot! I love all the inflections she animated!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Welcome Payton Kemper Kite!!!

We are so excited to welcome little Payton Kemper Kite into our family!!! My cousin Diana and Wes have been in the adoption process for just over 9 months, and got the call this week that their sweet little baby had been born! He was 5 lbs 13 oz and 17.5 inches long...a little guy! Don't worry, though, Wes will have him throwing a football in no time! :) Welcome sweet Payton, we can't wait to meet you! (And hopefully we'll have a little cousin for you to play with very soon! How cool that they'll be just a few days apart?!?)
A beautiful family!

why he's her favorite player

I forgot to add this pic to the last post. Now you can see why Jon is Kathryn's favorite player. This is from last summer, if you couldn't tell!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Kathryn's favorite football player... of course none other than UVA star Jon Copper. Thanks to Aunt KK, we all have our matching #54 jerseys, including Kathryn and Baby Brother. So Kathryn decided to ham it up for the camera to show off her jersey.

And here's a picture of Jon, in case you were wondering. Go Wahoos!!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

My little cook

A while back, I posted about how Kathryn likes to help me cook, and how she wears my apron. I got lots of responses about where to find baby aprons, and after checking out Brooke's suggestion, ordered one from autumnwear. Kathryn got to use it last night while helping me fix dinner. She was so cute walking around like a big girl, and she keeps it in the drawer with my apron too. By the way, I highly recommend Autumn's's soooo cute, and Autumn was great to make sure it was exactly what we wanted!
Since what I was making was all too hot for her to handle at the time, I gave her her own cooking stuff...a metal bowl, wooden spoon, two small bowls, and some dry macaroni noodles. Now, I don't consider myself particularly creative, but I was really proud of myself with this idea. She looooved it, and it kept her entertained for quite a while! Watch the video at the end (about 1 minute long) so see how she was cooking and tasting her food. It's so fun when she pretends now...what a big girl she's becoming!!


So yeah, I've kinda gone of the deep end. No, really. As many of you may know, I've been considering cloth diapers for a while now. I went ahead and got some, and started Kathryn in them a few days ago. So far so good. I don't quite have all my accessories and all, so we haven't quite been doing it full time, but we've had several good days of cloth for most of the day. This is on her first day, showing off her "pretty diapers".
She made the switch fine, and seems to like them well. She knows that her cloth diapers are different than her disposables, and will show me where to put them when we change (in a diaper pail in the baby's room). I'm still in the decision-making process about what exactly to do for the baby when he's born (when to start him on cloth, what kind, etc.), but so far we like it. We'll keep you updated!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I'm at the point in my pregnancy when...

...people stop me all the time to comment on how I must be "about to pop".
...I don't fit into regular bathroom stalls anymore--it's handicapped stalls for me.
...if people don't stop to ask when I'm due, they give me very concerned/sympathetic looks. Sorry, it doesn't really make me feel any better, but thanks for trying.
...I waffle back and forth between wanting to do nothing but sit for hours, and then cleaning everything in sight.
...I wake up every day thinking, "This could be the day" then realize it could be another 4 weeks too.
...people ask "It's just one in there?"
...I get mad at every little thing, like mosquitoes, ice that melts too quickly, and dirt.
...most everything hurts, most all of the time.
...I am hungry all the time, but then eat just a small amount and feel miserable because there's simply no room for my stomach to expand with food.
...I will break out in tears, sometimes literally over nothing.
...rolling over in bed is quite the ordeal, involving lots of grunting, moaning, hoisting, and repositioning of my four (yes, four!) pillows.

But, all that being said, I know that once the baby is here, things aren't going to be easier. Sure, all the "funs" of pregnancy will be over, but with that brings many more challenges. However, I am trying to enjoy both sides of the equation. Right now, I'm trying to focus on spending good quality time with Kathryn, as I don't know when will be my last day with just her. And I'm trying to enjoy feeling the sweet kicks (and rolls, and punches, and pokes and prods) from my little guy inside. That truly is one of the greatest things about being pregnant, is feeling all those sweet movements.

Here are some pictures of the kids' rooms (wow, kids...). Kathryn loves her new bedroom, and I love how girlie it is. And the baby's room is all set and ready for him too (more prepared than I was for sad!). Be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom to see a picture of our little guy taken last cute!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Noa's Song

Kathryn loves videos of kids on blogs. She particularly loves the one of Noa singing her song, and has watched it so many times that she learned it, and now loves to sing it herself. So, Noa, this is for you!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

20 months old!

So, last month I said I wouldn't be doing "month" posts anymore. Well, here's another month post. I was wrong. Kathryn has just been so funny recently, and I have a couple of videos to post, so here goes. Anyway, here they are. This first one is her discovering some bird poo on our sidewalk. Anytime we say anything is stinky, yucky, dirty, or refer to her diaper, she'll say, "Shooo, shooo." It's quite funny...listen closely, and you can hear her...

This second one shows my ingenuity. Seriously. I taught the kid out to beat box! Yeah, we're that cool. You can't really hear the sound she makes when she does it, but it gives you the idea. She's pretty much the coolest kid on the block.

Finally, I thought I'd update you on a few more fronts.

Kathryn still amazes people with her eating habits. She eats more than any kid we know. For instance, the other day for breakfast she had: Cheerios, oatmeal, eggs, raisins, grapes, and yogurt. The other night it hit me how weird she is: for dinner she ate mixed vegetables and salad. Yes, lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes. She's also known to eat green pepper strips, among other things. What one year old does this?

Some favorite activities include: bouncing golf balls down the steps outside (and then collecting them in her bucket), picking tomatoes in the garden, and stomping on bugs (seriously).

She's really into her alphabet, numbers, colors, and shapes. She loves reading books about them, pointing them out, etc. She can pretty consistently point out a star, circle, and triangle, and sometimes gets square and rectangle. It's a really neat learning stage.

She loves singing and music, and doing hand motions to the songs. I will post another video soon of her doing her friend Noa's song.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Love my hubby

These pictures were taken back in the middle of July at our friend's wedding, but I never got around to posting them. Johnny looked quite handsome in his seersucker pants!
We still know how to have fun and be goofy!

I sure do love this man!!!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

My Baby "Sprinkle"

This weekend my sweet friends hosted a Baby Sprinkle (aka mini baby shower!) for me! It was so fun, and so sweet to celebrate this little guy! Enjoy a few pictures.

Kathryn was my helper to open some of the gifts.

Nick picked this out himself for his nephew!

Scoping out the food. Notice her beads...she seldom leaves home without her beads on these days! So cute!!

Now all we have to do is wait for this little guy to come. We're kind of in "any day now" mode, although we know that it could still be a few weeks away. It's so hard to have such a wide range of possibilities for when he'll come, especially for my planning personality. In the meantime, I'm trying to keep somewhat on top of housework (just in case!), and enjoy lots of playtime and snuggles with Kathryn while she's our only one for just a short time more. I'm definitely in the nesting stage, though, and hope he'll be here before too long!