Saturday, July 31, 2010

An amazing ride

I was so fortunate to get to be a part of one of the most amazing experiences ever last night.  My best friend Amy went into labor yesterday afternoon and as planned, Job texted me to let me know that things were moving along.  Nervous and excited I jumped in the car and headed for Olathe Medical Center where Amy was already progressed to a 4 and effaced to 50%. 

Determined to help her achieve her natural birth desires, I lugged my "Mary Poppins" bag up to her room.  It was full of things I thought I might use but ended up only using the camera, video camera, and yes...the rolling pin!  Soon after I arrived, we went for a walk and she filled me in on how things had gone that morning.  A rough start, but no IV or cords or monitors at the moment so she was doing much better.  Job went to get some dinner and when he returned Amy was getting monitored and doing great.  We watched an episode of Rob and Big and Amy laughed so hard that one of her contractions went through the roof.  We turned it off shortly after!  Then it was back to the tub and at 5 and 50% she was getting much more intense contractions.  The rest of the evening went by very quickly.  Amy's contractions kept getting closer and stronger and just when she thought that she was at the end of her rope, the nurse told her she was at a 7, almost 8 and now entering transition.  The doctor came in and helped Job, and I get Amy through the worst pain she has ever experienced.  At around 9:15 she started pushing and her sweet baby boy was born at 9:35pm!

He weighed in at 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 20 inches long...exactly what Jude was!  I am so proud of Amy and Job for sticking with it even when it seemed the end was not so near.  She is very strong and has a beautiful baby boy to show for it.  I am so thankful that I was able to be there and celebrate the moment with both of them.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Our Little Grape

I'm a week late posting this.  I feel I'm lagging behind already with this new one on the way.  Last Monday was our first official doctor's appointment.  We had a sonogram done since I'm still nursing Aaron and it was more difficult to predict my due date.  Everything looks great.  We heard a strong heartbeat and got to see our little grape.  Of course there isn't much to see at this point but we still got some pictures to show.

 This is our little Grape.  Yes, that round thing you see is our kiddo - not a head. : )

This is a picture of the heart rate.  155bpm I believe. 

Our due date was pushed back to February 25th instead of the 19th so that makes me now just over 9 weeks as I'm typing this.  We are so excited and can't wait to find out what we're having.  I have a sneaking suspicion it is another boy because this pregnancy is so similar to the last.  But who knows?  Next appt is August 16th.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Chasing Aaron

Having a one year old is a little like chasing those silly pet gerbils we used to have when I was a kid (Black-y and Stripes I think it was).  Those little stinkers would get out of their cages and roam the house before you even knew what hit you.  Next thing you know we were scrambling around at the sight of those little tails as they constantly seemed to make it just two more feet ahead of us.  As soon as we could get them rounded up and put back in thier cages, they would play around like nothing happened and then promptly escape once more when our backs were turned.

Aaron is not a gerbil thank goodness, but he IS a little escape artist.  He's not getting out of the crib on his own but we certainly cannot turn our backs on him!  He's either into the kitchen drawers (the ones that don't have hooks yet) or in Ellie's water dish, or getting into the tub to play, or splashing around in the toilet!  Just today I pulled a little stuffed kitty cat out of our bedroom toilet...  yuck!!!  I try to keep the toilet lids down, the bathroom doors closed, Ellie's water dish covered.... but it's just no use.  He's much to fast.  We've now lost 2 of our cordless phones do to a dunking in the water bowl.  They finally work again but they will never be the same - they both hang up or just stop working at random.  Time to get new ones I guess.  He also likes to EAT any kind of paper that exists.  This includes toilet paper, computer paper, bills, and other important mail.

All that being said, I wouldn't trade him for the world and I'm glad he finds things so interesting and entertaining.  I love that little guy sooooo much!  Here are some recent pics.

How do you eat your oreos?

Chillin' in my daddy's Jeep

 John's new additions...

Ready to roll

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Swim Lessons Update

Today was day 3 of 8 for Aaron's swim lessons and the first day that he didn't absolutely bawl.  The first day was pretty horrible considering they put him in the class with 3 and 4 year olds since he was the only one signed up for the 10:00 guppies class.  They could have told us there was another one at 11 and we would have gladly switched.  That first day was too far advanced for him and he was the smallest one there.

Day 2 was better.  Daddy came with us and stood on the side of the pool watching as mommy and Aaron hung out with the other kiddos (who were appropriately aged as we joined the 11:00 class for the rest of our lessons.)  He hated the cold water and about 10 minutes in he started crying and never quit.  There were other criers and whiners but I think Aaron was the worst.  He clung to me for dear life and would scream if I pried him off of me.

So today we decided to let daddy go with him and mommy would sit on the side lines.  Maybe he wouldn't be as clingy with dad.  He did much better today.  He may be getting used to it (the routine is the same everyday) or it might have been because he was with dad but he didn't wail today.  That is not to say he didn't whine but we're making progress.  He went down the slide several times with daddy and even played in the kiddie area after wards for a little while.  The younger classes only last for 30 min and then they have 20 min of free time to splash around and play.  Tomorrow we're going to try both of us with him and see how he does.  This will daddy's last opportunity to join us as he will be working all next week.

These are some pics I snapped with my phone today.  The quality is poor because it was on my phone.

 This was on the lazy river trying to help him float.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Happy Kid

Aaron woke up on the extreme happy side today. He babbled in his crib forever and I actually didn't have to go get him out until 8:00 - woohoo!! Beats 6:30. I tried a tip from my best bud Amy and gave Aaron some yogurt when he woke last night. Maybe he really is just hungry at night!

We went grocery shopping at Sam's Club and Wal-mart and he babbled to total strangers flashing his toothy smile all the while. He's finally getting that fourth one on the bottom! Then at home he had the best time playing with daddy. One of his animals he got from his birthday (Alex the camel) came with a website to log onto. Daddy helped him get Alex all registered and has now officially "adopted" him. He carries Alex all over the house. He also has had fun playing with Ellie today. I should get this on video sometime because the only way I can describe it is to say that Aaron loves Ellie like Elmira loved her pets on Tiny Toon Adventures! He won't leave her alone but she just takes it and even smiles too sometimes. I think she secretly loves the attention.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Father's Day at the Lake

A few weeks back we got to spend Father's Day at the lake house with Nanny and Papa. Here are some pics from our visit and a cool video.

Trying to "escape"

wiped out!

Dad's chilaxing

Awesome rainbow after a big storm

Here's a video of Aaron's true first time playing in the lake. His over-anxious parents dipped him in the water when he was only 6 weeks old but now he's actually old enough to really get in and play.

Rainy Day

Nothing to do but update the blog. : )  I know this is out of order but I still want it documented in our book.

On May 25th we got out our baby pool for the first time.  Aaron loved it!  It was like being in the bathtub but outside.  I took a page out of my mom's book and boiled a pot of water to add to the cold hose water so that it was nice and warm.  After a while he discovered that he could get out pretty easy and we had to move the pool to the grass so he wouldn't bang up his legs.  Ellie was a good dog and laid next to him - (I'm sure she was wishing she could get in too!)

Then on June 3rd we finally did the first hair cut.  We were going to leave for BAK the next day and I didn't want him to bothered by hot sweaty hair sticking to him.  This is the before shot.  Notice how happy he still is.

He did pretty well until the very end.  When I did his bangs I used the scissors to cut across his forehead and we had to have someone holding his head while I did the cutting.  Somewhere I have video of it but of course I can't find it right now.

We also did go to the real pool for the first time a few weeks back with the Heintzleman crowd.  We had a great time and Aaron enjoyed sitting in Eve's float so much that mommy went and bought him one too.  We start swim lessons on July 12th!  Can't wait!

Friday, July 2, 2010


We are expecting!!!  Yay!!!  I know, I know, I haven't even gotten around to posting Aaron's little firsts that I promised but they are still coming.  I just had to share our news first!

So back in May after John passed his boards we determined that it would be fine to go ahead and try for baby number 2.  Actually we just weren't "not trying" anymore not realizing how fast it would happen.  Life was sort of hectic with graduations and birthdays in May and then June rolled around and we were getting ready for the BAK.  By the time we got back from biking across the good old state of Kansas it was the middle of June.  Little did I know that I was a month along already!!!  Yes - I biked 528 miles across Kansas in wind, rain, and heat while nursing and pregnant.  I am wonder woman!  Hehehe.  I was tired of course but who wouldn't be after a trip like that?

So the next weekend we packed up our stuff and headed down to Table rock for a Father's Day weekend with my family.  One night we went to the Branson Landing (similar to the Legands here) and John says, "Honey, if you really are pregnant than from now on I'll always know how to tell because you're acting like you have a serious case of baby brain."  I appraently say funny stuff and get quite clueless about random things.  Since I was late anyways, I stealthily grabbed a test while I was at Wal-mart with my mom and Aaron.  I took it that night which was the night before Father's Day, thinking I would tell John the news on his special day.  I should have waited until the morning because I couldn't keep a straight face.  When he got back to the house after going to a movie with dad and Katie I just grinned and he knew.  He whispered in my ear, "you took a test didn't you?"  We went downstairs and I showed him the results.  I took another one the next morning just to be sure.  We thought about telling my family then.  It would be perfect news on Father's Day but we wanted to wait until the 1st doctors appt.  Turns out when I got home they couldn't see me until the 1st and that was WAY too long to wait!  So we told both of our parents on the same night. 

We bought Aaron this cute little shirt that says, "I'm the big brother" and made him walk in the house first.  At my parents house mom was the first to notice and she looked at me and went, "what?" I smiled, confirming what she was thinking but my dad was still lost!  He hadn't seen the shirt yet.  Once he saw it he realized too.  It was really funny.  A similar thing happened at John's parents.  Only Ron was holding Aaron and Teresa pulled the shirt down to read it better.  It was classic.  Right before she read it she looked at us and said, "oh I just love the shirts he wears, they always say such cute things."  Then she starts reading it slowly and when she got to the brother part she screamed so suddenly that it startled Aaron!  So funny!  We wished we could have told all of the family in person but it's hard to get everyone together at the same time. 

I went to my first appt which was just a consultation, mostly confirming I'm pregnant and taking some blood tests. Since I'm still nursing (which I am really having trouble weening) I am getting a sono to determine how far along I really am.  That appt is the 19th.  But for now they are saying February 19th is the due date.  Maybe we'll have a valentine baby like little Isaac Heintzleman!

Now that I've written a book, I'll have to save the other post regarding Aaron's recent adventures for later. : )