Wednesday, July 23, 2014

georgia's frozen party

We, along with every other parent of a little girl, threw a Frozen birthday party this year. This was Georgia's one request for the past several months and honestly we were excited and happy to oblige. 

It was a very simple Frozen party filled with snow cones, Frozen character coloring sheets, fruit loop necklace making and a snowball toss - which turned into throwing:)! We even had a visit from Queen Elsa who dusted the little girl's cheeks with glitter and painted their nails. What a fun celebration it was!

Before I discarded the #3 balloon, I decided to take a few pictures of Georgia with it. I just love images of kids with balloons. These turned out pretty great and make for a special way to remember her age. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

we blinked

Happy 3rd Birthday to our little Georgia. The past year was filled with lots of growth and change for Georgia which she handled so well. She had many new experiences and really blossomed into a little girl. She is smart (maybe too smart), energetic, full of life, loving, independent, adventurous and fearless.

We blinked and she turned 3! 

First day of preschool. 

First trip to Disney World.

Found out she was going to be a big sister. 

Saw her first movie in the theatre. Frozen, of course.

Said goodbye to her beloved paci. 

Potty trained...calls for a fiesta. 

Loves to dance in her "bootiful dresses"

Loves to cook, especially when she can "qwack the eggs".

Enjoyed her first big snow. 

Loves to swing. 

First trip to Riverbanks Zoo. 

First pedicure. 

Became a big sister. 

Beautiful baby, beautiful child
Gentle and maybe just a little bit wild
When I see your face, I know that its true
No one anyplace, is as beautiful as you
Beautiful as you, bring to my life miracles untold. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

happy 2 months

Happy 2 Months Graham. You continue to be a great baby. Over the past month you have gained lots of weight which is good. I think you weigh around 10lbs now.  You enjoy short increments of tummy time and love looking at the animals hanging from your activity mat. You are one smiley boy!

What Graham has been up to:
-Traveled to Tweetsie Railroad in Boone
- Went on your first beach trip
-Met your great grandparents (Papa and Grandma Faye)
- Slept 6 1/2 hours straight one night (you give a consistent 3-4 hour stretch most nights)

Happy 2 Months!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

lets back up

 I want to back up for just a moment to remember all the memories made over the past month. It has flown by, but has been filled with fun times. 

Our blueberries came in! We had enough to make blueberry pancakes even after one little girl snacked on most of them!

Georgia finished up first year of preschool. It was a wonderful year. She made lots of friends and really has grown in many ways. She especially loved music class and gymnastics. Her favorite thing on the playground was the swing, with a close second being the monkey bars! Paul and I could not be more proud of her accomplishments this past year! The preschool had an end of year program with a railroad theme. The program was precious. 

 Cousin Leighton graduated and will be heading to big school next year!

 Baby Graham.

This girl has a love for horses. 

One thing I love about summer is grilled food! Paul grilled tilapia and vegetable packets one night and they were yummy. 

Georgia had her first pedicure and loved it. Her nail color choice was of course pink!

Our hydrangea bushes are starting to bloom. 

We celebrated Father's Day. So thankful for a husband that loves our children so well. 

We've had a great start to summer so far! I hope you have too!

Monday, June 16, 2014

happy 1 month

Graham hit the 1 month mark on Saturday! Having a boy has been very different in many ways. We feel blessed to be able to experience bringing up both a girl and boy.  Overall, Graham is a very good baby. He sleeps and eats pretty well and gives us lots of sweet smiles already.

Happy 1 month baby Graham! We, especially big sister Georgia, love you very much!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

graham's birth story

I know most folks do not care to read birth stories, but I am going to do my best to document Graham's first year just as I did Georgia's so it is only appropriate that it includes his birthday!

I thought for sure this would be an uneventful, scheduled c-section story, but there was a little episode that made it more memorable. We were scheduled to have the c-section at 1pm so obviously we had to arrive at the hospital about 2 hours before. I got changed and then spoke to my nurse as soon as we arrived. By noon we were just killing time in the room until 1pm. My doctor finished up his clinic early that day and popped in around 12:15 and said he was ready if I was ready so Paul put his scrubs on, we spoke to our parents briefly and then walked ourselves down to the OR. 

I must say, I was way more nervous this time around about the c-section. I have just become more anxious since becoming a mom.  I think it would have been mentally easier if things would have just happened naturally. Anyway, once we got to the OR, Paul had to sit outside while I was prepped for surgery. It was so strange being fully alert this time. I talked to everyone in the room and could even hear a Taylor Swift song playing in the background. Once my doctor came in things progressed fairly quickly. There was a lot more tugging and pulling involved than I remembered last time. I had the shakes pretty bad again this time, but was still able to carry on conversations with everyone. I remember hearing the nurse say 'We are about to have a baby folks' and then I heard Graham's sweet little cry. He was born at 1:03pm.  Paul was able to snap a few pictures of him once they laid him down to weigh him (7lbs 8oz - 20in'). That's when things got interesting. 

After Paul got some pictures of Graham he came back over to check on me while they were stitching me up. I said, 'Paul, you don't look good. You are turning green'. The nurse also agreed. Paul's eyes started rolling back in his head. I told the nurse he needed help. Next thing I know, they are calling for back up - " Dad down in OR 3, we need some help in here".  He didn't fully pass out, but was put on a bed and rolled into the recovery area. Once I was stitched up, I met Paul in the recovery area. I jokingly thanked him for adding some spice to Graham's birth story. 

Daddy is feeling much better now. 

I was able to hold Graham as soon as I got to the recovery area which was perfect. I wasn't able to do that with Georgia so I really enjoyed this special time with him. About two hours later we were sent to our room for the long stay. 

Later that night, our parents brought Georgia to the hospital to meet Graham. She was smitten and so proud of him. I think she was a little worried about me. She kept asking where my doctor was. 

We got her a 'big sister' gift. Graham gave her the Elsa doll and Paul and I gave her the Anna doll. She was so excited!

Georgia came to visit every day. It made my heart so happy to see her, especially to see her with Graham. 

We have had an army of help as we have been adjusting as a family of four. A big thanks to our parents who took care of Georgia, prepared meals, did laundry, cleaned, etc... 

Life as a family of four is busy and a bit chaotic, but in a good way. It is a sweet life that we would not trade for anything. Happy Birthday Graham Carter Summerville!