Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sleeping Beauty

Date Night!

For David and Delaney! David took D to Chuck E Cheese the other night. She was so excited to have some time with him by herself. They had pizza and played their hearts out. D was so excited to show me all her prizes they won. David is such a great daddy and makes her feel so special!

Carter- 1 month

Little miss Carter turned one month old yesterday! I took some pictures of our growing girl yesterday. Her big sister even got in on the action and actually volunteered to have her picture taken with her. Here are a few things about you at one month:

- You are nursing great and we switch between that and bottles.

- You are sleeping at night for about 4 hour stretches. You pretty much go to bed around 9 or 10 and wake up about 2ish to eat and then sleep until 5 or 6.

- You cry right before you fall asleep when you are really tired.

- You are starting to stay awake a little more during the day and are happy looking around on your mat.

- At your 2 week appointment you weighed 9.3 and were 20.5in long! Big girl!

_ Your cord has still not fallen off yet so we are still doing sponge baths!! I'm so ready for that thing to be gone so I can give you a normal bath!

Those are just a few basic things about you at one month. I love you so much sweet girl!!

Here is her one month picture and some other pictures from the first month home.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Carter's first few weeks in pictures!

We have been home for 4 weeks now! I can't believe how fast time is flying by this time.

Carter Rose Brizendine

I have been meaning to sit down and write this post and I want to do it before I forget any of the details. I didn't start this blog until Delaney was about 3 months old and I forgot so many things from her first 3 months that I didn't think I would ever forget. I want to document all the details I can about her birth so I have this memory to look back on in the months and years to come.

I had been going to my weekly doctor appointments and was already 2cm dilated at about 36 weeks. I was so excited about this because I never really dilated on my own with Delaney. Every week when I went to the doctor I kind of expected to have progressed a little more and that never happened. I was inducded with Delaney, and had a great experience, so I didn't really mind the thought of being induced again. We decided at my 38 week appointment that we would schedule my induction for 39 weeks on January 25th, which is also my birthday! Delaney got a stomach bug the day before my scheduled induction and I was so nervous that someone else would get it. The original plan was for D to spend the night with my mom the night before the induction and she would take her to school the next morning and then meet us at the hospital. Well, those plans quickly had to change with the arrival of the lovely bug she got. David's sister Traci was SO sweet and volunteered to come to our house the night before the induction so she could stay with Delaney the next day. My mom was going to be in the delivery room with us so we didn't want her to take a chance on getting sick, and Traci wanted to make sure my mom was able to be at the hospital with us. We cannot thank her enough for making Carters arrival so smooth in the midst of a less than ideal situation. Traci stayed with Delaney all the next day and spent the night with her the next night. Ok on to the actual birth story.

I went in the morning of the induction at 6am. I was really excited and a little nervous going to check in. I went in the night before with Delaney and this time my doctor didn't feel that was necessary seeing that I was already dilated some on my own. Once we got set up in our room the doctor came and broke my water and we started the Pitocin about 7ish. I immediately wanted to know if there was a certain number I had to be dilated in order to get my epidural. I don't know why, but I was more nervous about the pain of labor this time. They told me once I got uncomfortable to let them know and they would start the epidural. I stuck it out for a good little while and was having contractions on the Pitocin that I really couldn't even feel. I started to think it wasn't going to be as bad as I expected. All of a sudden the pain got really bad and came on really fast. I told them I was ready for the epidural and they put me on the list to get mine next. They checked me about 9am and I was 5cm dilated. They told me they would check me in another two hours. I just relaxed and napped on and off for the next couple of hours. My epidural was amazing, and just like the first time I couldn't feel anything. They came back to check me probably around 11:30 and I was complete and ready to push. The nurses got everything set up and we started pushing around 11:45. I pushed for one contraction with the nurses and they told me to stop so they could call the doctor. I couldn't believe she was right there after one contraction because with Delaney I pushed with the nurses forever before they called the doctor. The doctor was in the room before I knew it and I pushed for two more contractions and Carter was here at 12:08! I couldn't believe how fast the pushing portion went this time around. I am so used to looking at Delaney that I thought she was so small when she came out. The doctor took one look at her and said "she is not small" and "where do you hide all of these big babies!" Sure enough she was 8.9 and 20 in long! That's an ounce bigger than her big sister. She looks exactly like her big sister looked at birth, and she was so pretty! The rest of the day was spent loving on our sweet baby and having family visit. Carter was so healthy and never had to leave our room for anything other than the routine checks. We went home from the hospital on Sunday a little before lunch. My mom was at our house waiting with Delaney to welcome us home and had dinner cooking for that night.

We are so grateful for this sweet blessing that the Lord has given us, and are so happy He chose us to be her parents!! We are already so in love and can't get enough of her. Welcome to the world Carter Rose Brizendine, mommy and daddy love you!


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Outdoors girl!

Delaney got a bike for Christmas and we have been riding whenever the weather allows. She is really getting the hang of it and loves to go ride. We also recently had a little snow. It actually wasn't predicted to accumulate at all but ended up being more than they expected. We hurried home after school and there was still plenty on the ground at our house to enjoy for a few minutes!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Christmas 2012!

We had a wonderful and super busy Christmas this year. One of the new things we did was travel to Gadsden to see the lights at the falls. We meant to do this last year and never got a chance to go. It will definitely be an every year thing from now on! We loved hanging out with Traci and the whole family and D loved all the lights. We also went to the children's museum that same day. They had a snow room and a cute play area for the kids. We had fun there as well. Here are some pictures from that fun adventure.

Our first family Christmas was with the Brizendine side of the family. We always have so much fun with them and D LOVES her cousins! It was a fun filled day of laughs and lots of family. D got so spoiled, as always, and the adults had fun playing our annual dirty Santa game.

The next Christmas celebration was at my mom's house on Christmas Eve. We always go to my moms around lunch and eat there and then open gifts with her. We always have tons of fun over there, and she outdid herself again this Christmas. One of D's favorite gifts was her Doc McStuffins doctor kit. She also got tons of clothes, a Rapunzel doll, and lots of other goodies. She also spoiled David and I as well! Once we were done with gifts we relaxed and waited for the rest of her side of the family to arrive later that afternoon. D loves that there are so many "big girls" on that side of the family and just acts like one of them. They are all so sweet to her and always include her. We all had a fun day!


Our last celebration was on Christmas morning and Christmas day. We spent the morning at our house checking out all of the goodies from Santa. I was horrible and didn't take any still pictures. Delaney's big request that she got this year were a princess bike and an Aurora doll and matching dress. She also got a few things for her dolls and some other princess things. She loves dressing up right now and anything girly! We had a wonderful Christmas this year and are SO BLESSED with all the Lord has provided for us. We are so thankful for the birth of our Savior and loved celebrating His birth!