Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mason - 18 months!

You will be 18 months old this Friday, a whole year and a half! You have grown by leaps and bounds. It is so fun watching you take on new things and learn. You are a climber and explorer and keep us on our toes. You are also a lover, you love to snuggle on mommy (I hope you never change). Lately you have enjoyed chasing your sister around the house and trying to do whatever she is. Barney is your favorite tv show and Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle is your favorite book, we read it every night before bed. You are working on potty trainin
g at daycare and are doing well with that. It is amazing all of the milestones you have hit.

Walking: 14 months
Waving bye bye: 16 months
Talking: 17 months (first word was "daddy")

Favorite words @ 18 months: All done, uh-oh, bubbles, daddy, sissy, mommy, woof-woof

We can't wait to watch you continue to grow! You are our sweet and adventurous baby boy!

Mommy and Daddy Love You!

Aubrey - How did you get to be a whole 4 years old?!?!?!


You are really growing so fast! Our once toddler is now a little girl... you like trying to do what the big kids are doing and have many opinions of your own. It is so much fun watching you try to figure things out on your own. Your are very excited to begin pre-kindergarten this fall at Little Star. You have expressed concerns that you wont know anyone, but are confident you will make new friends. When we went to the doctor for your four year well visit you had a physical done for school at that time you were 3 feet  7 inches tall and 34 pounds.

Things you love:
  • Playing the kitchen (real or pretend)
  • Being outside
  • Baby dolls

Your favorite foods are:
  • Mac N' Cheese
  • Dino Nuggets
  • Recces Puffs Cereal
  • Strawberries
(Needles to say you have figured out what tastes good, you love sweets!)

You can:
  • Ride a bike with training wheels
  • Blow bubbles outside
  • Solve puzzles by yourself 
  • Run really fast

Favorite animals:
  • Birds
  • Pig
  • Dinosaurs

Most used phrases:
  • "But Mom...."
  • Love you!
  • No!

Favorite movies/books:
  • Little Mermaid
  • Bernstein Bears (books or tv show)
  • Who Want's An Old Teddy Bear (book by G. Hoffman)'

I feel like I am saying this every year, but it is hard to believe you are growing up so fast! I feel like you were just born not that long ago. We feel so blessed to have such a sweet, strong and loving daughter like you!

Mommy and Daddy love you! 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Mason's First Birthday!!!

Wow where did the year go!!! I can not believe you are already one year old. We have had so much fun watching you grow and learn over the last year. You know what you want and have a good idea how to get it. You are a mommy boy; always demanding to be held. You sleep through the night like a champ and take a 2-3 hour naps in the afternoon. You drink whole milk and your favorite foods are crackers, cheerios, eggs and steak. You love taking a bath, you stick your face in the water and blow bubbles.

The morning of your birthday your sister wanted to make sure it was special, so we had a special breakfast, waffles with whip cream and a candle. In the afternoon a few family and friends came over to celebrate.

Mommy made your birthday cake, this was the second time you had ate cake and you were not to sure about it on the day of your party. Before your birthday you had cake for your one year old pictures and you dove right in, you loved it.

It was a great time and you received so many trucks and tractors! Although you were more interested in the wrapping paper and boxes like any baby would be. Your sister helped you open all of your gifts, she was so excited to celebrate your day.  We  are blessed with such a great group of people in our lives. 

At your last doctor appointment you were  24 lbs and 31.3 inches. You are a happy healthy boy. We look forward to watching you grow and are so blessed to have you in our life!

Mommy and Daddy

Monday, July 27, 2015

How could it be you are already three!!!

Aubrey you turned three years old just last month! You are growing into such an independent little girl. We celebrated your birthday with a BBQ at the house inviting friends and family. You requested a "Frozen" themed birthday (it is currently one of your favorite movies). You loved all of the attention and gifts you received. You even serenaded the party with the song "Let it Go" from Frozen, it was really cute.

At a recent visit to the doctor you weighed 30 lbs and were 3 ft 2 in tall! You are growing like a weed, tall and skinny. You are very interested in riding a school bus. We often have conversations that you have to be five years old to ride on the bus. You get so excited when we see the buses in the morning. I have a feeling that five years old will be coming a lot faster than I am ready for.

 Things you love:
  • Playing outside! You can't get enough outside time. You love to play on your scooter, your swing set, eat lunch on the deck or just hand out with mom and dad when they are working outside. 
  • Your baby brother, your brother arrived February 20th this year and you love him so much. You are a little mommy, always wanting to help change his diaper, "shushing" him, telling him its "ok" and of course entertaining him.
  • You still LOVE music class and dancing- you are always eager to go to music class and you are not shy to sing and dance. Your confidence is inspiring!
  • Playing Play Doh
Your favorite foods are:
  • Waffles are your favorite breakfast food, you like them cut into strips and then dip them in syrup.
  • You love pizza with pineapple and ham.
  • Ice cream is a favorite treat, you always look forward to having ice cream when visiting with grandma and papa Forster.
  • Chicken nuggets and french fries
  • Strawberries
You can:
  • Ride your tricycle and scooter all by yourself
  • Count to 20
  • Zip and buckle
  • Climb to the top of the slide all by yourself
Favorite animals:
  • Dogs - specifically Cedric (papas dog) and Samson (Uncle Jason's dog)
  • Bears - you like to pretend there is a bear in the bathroom or upstairs. You tell us "shh..." there is a bear over there.
  • Birds- you love watching for birds in the backyard
Most used phrases:
  • Pick me up
  • No, I don't want to
  • What are we doing today?
Favorite books:
  • The Lion King
  • Pip and Squeak
  • Gerald the Giraffe
Favorite movies:
  • Frozen
  • The Lion King
  • Sesame Street (tv show)
  • Daniel Tiger (tv show)
  • Caillou (tv show)
You are growing into such a sweet caring little girl. Your exploring and learning is always amazing to us. Every since you were a year or so old you would shake with excitement. I hope you never grow out of this. It is so fun to know when you are super excited about something! We are so lucky to have your in our lives.

Mommy and Daddy

Sunday, May 17, 2015

3 months already!

I can not believe it has been three months since you were born. Today we went to the park and had your 3 month pictures taken. You are changing so quickly! You are losing your "newborn" look and are much more alert now and vocal to your likes and dislikes. 

You recently have discovered your hands and enjoy studying them and putting them in your mouth. You smile a lot and are starting to have cooing conversations with us. I love watching all of your milestones. 

You have began to sort out your days and nights. Bedtime is around 8:00 and you are waking up 2 times a night to eat. You usually wake up for the day around 6:00. In the morning your sister loves running into your room and peering into your crib to say good morning, you grin and smile at her. It's so cute!

You had your first round of immunization at your 2 months well baby visit. It broke mommys heart to hear you cry so hard, but it I guess it is necessary. At your appointment you were 13lbs 6oz and 24.5 inches. People often comment on how big of a boy you are. Just more to love. You are a happy and healthy baby!  

We all love you so much! Xoxox. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Your big arrival...

Being a week overdue everyone was anxious for your arrival. The night of February 17th I noticed a few labor signs. We wanted to wait it out to make sure it was truly labor, we had learned prior that spending lots of time at the hospital was not fun. So I tried to relax at home as much as I could.

The morning if the 18th I was pretty sure my water had broke but was not 100% sure. We decided to take your sister to daycare and more than likely head to the hospital. We stopped at Leo's Coney Island so dad could have breakfast and then decided that maybe a little walk would speed things along. So we went to  Lowes and walked around. Dad also picked up a few things he needed. At this point I was ready to go to the hospital, as I was positive I was in labor. We arrived in triage where they check you in to labor and delivery. They checked me and I was only 3-4 dilated. Then they asked me if my water had broke and I told them I was not sure but had been having contractions since last night. They were able to run a lab and confirm my water had broke. At that time they admitted me to labor and delivery. This is where our long journey begins...

Once we were settled in our room we did lots of walking down the hallways to try and encourage labor. After hours of doing this my body became very tired, things were not progressing. We tried to rest and stay positive that a natural labor would be possible. However, the evening passed and early morning came with very little progress. At this time we knew that my body needed help to bring on labor. The doctors started me on pitocin and we waited. From there it was still a very slow progression and as each hour passed by we became anxious that your birth was taking the same path as your sisters. We expressed our concern to the doctors but they did not feel that there was any reason we couldn't continue with a natural labor.

The pitocin was bumped up frequently to see if it could encourage my labor further. I remember asking the nurses in the beginning of labor how high the machine went and she said "20, but no one ever gets that high". Well, by the end of the evening we were at 20 and in full labor. Around 9:30 pm is was a 10 and it was time to push. I was so determined to deliver you without a c-section. Your dad and grandmas were all in the room. Your dad was so motivating and kept calm the whole time, it was just what I needed. After 3 hours of pushing we were able to feel the top of your head, but you were not moving any further, it had been that way for awhile. That is when the doctor said a c-section was necessary. It was so crushing, we were so close but so far away, but wanted to do what was the best for you. At that time they prepped us for surgery and down we went to the familiar bright white OR we had visited just a few years ago.

Your daddy cool as can be...
Once in the OR things started off as I remembered from before. Your dad was right by my side and the team of doctors and nurses starting with the surgery. Very early in Dr. McFarland pronounced "this is a very big baby". Not long after you could tell the pace of the OR team took a turn, the doctors and nurses started working more  aggressively. You were stuck in the birth canal and were not coming out. The nurses had to manually push you out of the canal while the doctors worked feverishly to pull you out. I remember looking at the doctor during this time and knew this wasn't going smoothly, her forehead glistened with perspiration and  her calm demeanor was shaken. In the background they had ordered more doctors and nurses to help and blood. I became very nervous as the time passed it felt like an eternity. The good news is you never showed any signs of distress which with a long labor was surprising. Finally you were free, the nurses took you for a quick evaluation and pronounced you were 10lbs 4oz and 21.5 in long. You official arrival time was 2/20/15 @ 1:37 AM. Now it made sense why you were stuck, during my pregnancy and labor all the docs were confident you were no more than 8lbs. Finally daddy was able to bring you over while the continued to work on me. You were so beautiful, I just wanted to hold you but had to settle with giving you sweet kisses on your precious face. The doctors were still having difficulties finishing the surgery. Things weren't going back in well and my uterus was bleeding a lot. Finally they completed the surgery and we all got to go back to recovery.

We meet at last...
Our big boy!

We spent two hours in recovery making sure there were no further complications from surgery. I got to hold you during this time.  Your dad and grandma Chloe were there as well. By this time we were all exhausted it was so time around 4am. They kept us in labor and delivery until the afternoon hour and then went over to the mother baby unit. The nurses in the mother baby unit were wonderful. They took great care of all of us. You blood sugar was low and with frequent feedings we were able to avoid the NICU. We spent the next 3 days at the hospital recovering and getting to know you better. We also had lots of visitors. Your sister came and visited you twice, she was very excited to meet you and give you a bottle. Finally on February 23 we were able go home!

As I am writing this you are 2.5 weeks old. We are adjusting as a family of four. It is fun watching you change daily. We are all in love with you. Your sister talks to you and wants to be by your side, it is very sweet. We are so blessed to have a healthy happy family and can not wait to watch you grow!

Mommy and Daddy

Sunday, February 15, 2015

40+ weeks... and waiting

Your due date arrived and there were little signs of labor in sight. Now we are just waiting patiently for you arrival, currently we are 3 days past the anticipated due date. We know you will make your arrival when the time is right. Not to say that I haven't tried an array of things to encourage you. Which may or may not include eggplant lasagna, bowling, spicy food, mall walking, raspberry leaf tea, bumpy roads, etc. 

On Tuesday we will visit the doctor again to see how things are progressing. At the last visit I was 3cm 70% effaced which seemed promising that labor was in sight. Let's hope this time there will be more progression. If labor does not start on its own in the next week we will be faced with a difficult decision of inducing labor or scheduling another c-section. I have been praying that you arrive before we have to make this decision, as we are torn on what the best thing to do is.  Either way we know we will be meeting you soon and this is a very exciting thought. We are just praying that you are healthy and labor uncomplicated. Everything else will fall into place. I can't wait to hold you in my arms. 

40 weeks 2 days

Mommy and Daddy love you! Xoxoxo

How far along are you: 40 weeks and 3 days
Total weight gain: about 34 pounds
Maternity clothes: Yes… over the belly maternity jeans and sweat pants are most comfy 
Sleep: I get up a couple time during the night, anxious about your arrival.
Stretch marks: Nope!
Best moment of the week: Knowing we are soo close to meeting you!
Miss anything: My waist and sleep
Movement:  Lots of hard movement still, I am convinced you are out of room.
Food Craving: Sweets ( Dairy Queen just opened, not a good thing)
Anything making you queasy or sick: No
Have you started to show yet: Yes, there is no question about it, I am pregnant.
Gender: Boy :o)