Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Some Free Time....

Ahhhh it is so nice. My husband is home. Quinn is getting on a little schedule. The twins are adjusting so well with their new baby brother and life is getting back to normal.

I have even had time to work on my projects for Inque Boutique. I have been having so much fun with them. Unfortunately, I cannot share them with you just yet.

See, I do not officially start the Design Team until March 1st. So please check Inque Boutique's gallery and my blog then to see the projects the Design Team has created.

Have you seen the new CHA Sneak Peaks for Inque Boutique? Click HERE to see them....

It is going to be a great year......

Speaking of "great things", Quinn had his 1 month old appointment yesterday. He gained 32 ounces in 2 weeks. He is a good eater. My little man weighs 9 lbs 2 ounces now. He is going to be my little chunky monkey. I cannot believe how fast he is growing. And it seems like his little face changes every day. I will post more pictures soon. I have been a bad scrapbooker Will try to work on that one.

The other day James and I realized that other than a crib and changing table, we have not really purchased anything for Quinn. It has just been so crazy around here.

So, we just bought a Papasan Cradle Swing. It swings back and forth AND side to side. Quinn loves it. It looks so comfy. James said if they made an adult size one he would get one.....LOL The ones 6 years ago were nothing like this.

I think that is it. All of the FREE TIME I have, that is.

I hope everyone is doing well.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Who has the sweetest husband ever???

I do!!!

As some of you know, James has been out of town for 2 weeks.

And it has been a little stressful at home without him, but yesterday he made my day a little brighter and a lot less stressful.

The fed Ex man delivered a package to me yesterday. It was a package for me from my husband.

He sent me a beautiful and HUGE bouquet of miniature roses.

and a little note....

I just about cried.

It was so sweet of him.

I totally needed this.

I miss him terribly and cannot wait for him to come home (which will be very soon).

Isn't he the best?

Thank you for letting me share my "Good Husband Moment"

I love you James

Sunday, January 20, 2008

relaxing weekend and AMAZING NEWS!

Last week was an emotional roller coaster for me with my hubby leaving town and the complications with my c-section. For the people who know me, it is hard for me to ask for help. Well, not this time. I called in reinforcements. I had to go to the hospital to change the dressing on my incision and I did not want to take the kids. So, my mom came over this weekend to help.

Can I tell you how much I love my mom? She has always been there when i needed her. Even when I did not know I needed her. She even took Quinn with her when she went to bed so I could sleep through the night. I did not realize how exhausted I was until then. I slept like a log. I am so grateful. I do not think I could have made it this weekend without her.I am the luckiest person to have a mom like her.

Then, Monday my MIL came up to watch the kids.

I am so blessed to have family so close and willing to help. You cannot ask for anything more.

So, that was my weekend.

Now my AMAZING Scrapbook news!

I have been asked to be a member of the Inque Boutique Design Team!! I am truly excited to be a part of this talented team.

I start next month. And they just sent me their stamps and I could hardly wait to play with them. I already did a 6x12 layout and I am in love!!!

Want to save 15-20% off of all Inque Boutique Products?? Well, you can! On January 26th, Inque Boutique is having a celebration!! Everything Inque Day!

I hope you will check it out.

Fun Tag from Debbie Hill.....

I saw this on Debbie Hill's Blog. And thought it was a lot of fun to read. At the end she tagged us. So, here are my answers.

What's his name? James Taylor. Not the singer. LOL

How long did you date? 3 years but moved in with each other after dating for 6 months.

How old is he? 38 will be 39 soon. But he looks like he is 18. No i am not kidding. He has a baby face

Who eats more? Hmmm that is a hard one. He loves food. But I will say me.

Who said 'I love you' first? He did. And he will tell everyone that. We were at a bar. Sitting alone. And he just looked at me and said it. He is quite proud of that moment.

Who is taller? James. he is 5'7" and I am 5'6"

Who sings better? Neither. We are both horrible singers!! But I can dance better than him.

Who is smarter? Wow another hard one. I think we are both smart. James has a skill. You know the filing of useless information on his head. Things you think would never be asked in a normal conversation but somehow always does. He will be the one that knows the answer. He is also a Discovery Channel Freak.

Who does the laundry? Both. I wash and dry. He folds. I hate folding. And I will put away.

Who does the dishes? Both again. I will load the dishwasher. And he unloads it.

Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? James

Who pays the bills? Me.

Who mows the lawn? James usually does. Unless I really want to do it and hop on the mower without him knowing.

Who cooks dinner? Cook? What is that? I do most of the cooking. He has a few dishes that he enjoys making. And he is KING OF THE GRILL!!

Who drives when you are together? I do. I like driving.

Who is more stubborn? ME ME ME MEEEEEEE

Who kissed who first? James did. Another moment he is proud of.

Who asked who out first? Not sure we ever did. We both worked at Home Depot. We went out a lot after work to a local bar with other co-workers. Then we just started going with just the 2 of us. We have a lot of funny dating stories, but still not sure who asked who out first. I may have to ask him that question.

Who proposed? James.

Who is more sensitive? James is. I am just bitchy.

Who has more friends? In the past, I would normally say me. But now would say him.

Who has more siblings? Me. I am 1 of 5. James has one sister. His family is very small. Mine is huge!

Who wears the pants in the family? Yikes. When it comes to family. I would say me. But with other things I would say it is 50/50.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

I only have a second.....

But I realized today that I have not even started my birth announcements yet. So, I took pictures of Quinn today. And I had to share this picture of him....

Isn't he the sweetest?

I love this picture of him.

Ok have to run....Quinn is hungry....

P.S. I have some exciting Scrapbooking news. I will fill you all in soon.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

C-section Set back

WARNING: Not for the queasy......

Whenever there is surgery involved there are risks. Chances of complications. I never really thought about them because the twins c-section was such a breeze for me. I recovered fast and the scarring and bruising was minimal.

Unfortunately, this is not the case with my latest c-section.

While in the hospital, my incision opened a little. The doctor on call who delivered my baby (not my regular ob/gyn) told me not to worry. It would heal up on its own. He told me to follow up with him in a week. A week later I went to see him. I had major bruising and the would was not closing. he still told me not to worry everything looked fine. I saw him 2 days later and he said I was healing and the bruising was going away. He told me I had a hematoma under my incision, but that would heal too.

Well, I was unsure. One hole was the size of a nickel and the other a pea. I just did not see the big hole closing on its own.

So, I went to my regular ob/gyn today to get a second opinion. She was not happy with how it looked. Said I had some major clots in my belly and it needed to be cleaned. I told her to go ahead. Not thinking of what it entailed. They had to open my incision, clean the would with saline and peroxide (OUCH!!!!!!!), and pack the wound full of gauze.

I cannot tell you how much this whole procedure hurt. I consider myself a person with a high tolerance for pain, but this had me in tears. Toe curling pain. And the worst part is that I have to go into their office every day for the next two weeks and have them take out the old gauze and repack new gauze in its place. They are treating it like an abscess .

My hubby feels awful because he is out of town and cannot help me. Luckily my brother is here and he has been a HUGE help! And I have called in my reinforcements. My mom and dad. LOL To help me this weekend.

I am a bit overwhelmed. I am happy that I am on the road to recovery, but I am hating the fact that it is holding me back from completely enjoying my new baby and time with the twins. Know what I mean? And I have no idea exactly how long my recovery will take before I am 100%.

So, today was a bad day. A rough day. And I think it will be rough for awhile. But I am trying to make the best of it.

I just wanted to let you all know what was going on. Just in case you do not hear from me for awhile. Sorry for the blog downer but I promise my next entry will be an upbeat one.

But there is a up side. Even though I am going through all this, it is still all worth it because I have my new baby boy. He is healthy and too cute for words. I am grateful for that.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Birth Story of Quinn...............

New Year's Eve was a quiet one. Kids went to bed, James and I watched a movie together, and then I was on the computer surfing the web.

We actually missed the New Year come in. It seemed like a regular night. I think it was 12:05 when James looked at me and said "Happy New Year." As you can tell the ringing in the New Year was not a big deal for us.

That all changed about 30 minutes later.

I started feeling a little crampy. I dismissed it as contractions because I had just had a nasty stomach virus a few days before and thought it may be coming back.

Then about an hour later, the cramping intensified. I was not sure if they were contractions or false labor, so I kissed James good night and decided to lay down to see if the pain would go away. After 2 hours of restless sleep, I got back up. James was still awake. I told him that the contractions had not gone away and that the baby may be coming today. So, James asked what he should do. I told him I still wanted to wait. The contractions were still all over the place and I wanted to wait until there was a pattern to them. I told him to go to bed and I would wake him up if anything changed.

Around 6:30 am, I could not take the pain anymore. It was intensifying. I called the hospital and told them I was a scheduled c-section and was having contractions. They told me I needed to come in and they would page my doctor.

My brother woke up to get ready for work. I told him I was going to go to the hospital and needed him to watch the twins. I then woke up James. We both got dressed and out the door we went.

When we got to the hospital at 7:15 am, the nurse and wheel chair was waiting for me. They did not want me to walk. I got up to my room, they hooked me up to monitor the baby and the contractions. The contractions were 2 1/2 minutes apart and I was 5 cm dilated. The nurse told me we had to stop the contractions. They were coming too fast and since I had a c-section with the twins, I am not aloud to deliver vaginally.

I was disappointed. I thought she meant I would not be having the baby today. I was wrong. When she rushed back into my room with the shot, she told me that the OR team was on its way and I needed to hold on until they got here to deliver my baby. I was scared, but I was so excited too. Today was the day I would see my little baby boy.

James reacted a little differently. I am not sure if it was watching me get a shot, lack of sleep, the realization that this all was really happening or a combination of all of it, but he turned a little pale. Enough for the nurse to be concerned. She asked if he needed some water. He nodded. She left and came back with a glass of water for him. After that, he looked better. And he was back to his joking self. I love this man. He can make me laugh and he is always there for me. I swear I am the luckiest person to have found a man like this.

Around 8:00 am, James called my mom to let her know what was going on and told me she was on her way.

At 8:30 I was wheeled into the OR to get prepped for surgery. That is when the doctor's told me that it looked like Quinn would be the New Year's Baby!

And at 9:30 am, they started the c-section. Quinn was born at 9:40 am. He was healthy and crying. I was able to see my little boy a few minutes later. He looks so much like James. A real cutie.

James left with Quinn, while the doctors finished with me.

James made all the calls to the family. I heard from a few nurses told me that he did it while holding Quinn. They said it was so sweet. They had never seen a Daddy beam over their child like that before. He had a glow to him.

I got to my room at about 11 am and James, Quinn, and my parents were waiting. And it was then that I was able to hold my son for the first time. It was so overwhelming. My little boy was finally here. I was so happy. I held him for a very long time. I just did not want to share.

The twins came to the hospital later that afternoon. They were so excited. They "oohed" and "aaahed" over him. It was a good day.

Quinn was unable to sleep with me in the room that night. I had somehow broke open part of my incision. It was pretty bad. There was a lot of blood. I think I actually freaked out the night nurse.

Other than that my hospital stay was uneventful. The next night Quinn did spend all night in my room. He slept with me in my bed. I woke up one time and while I watched him sleep, I realized how much I was enjoying this. How much I really wanted this.

It is now a week later at 6 am and I am feeding Quinn. It still feels so surreal. I still cannot believe he is finally here.

But I am enjoying every moment of it.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Baby Quinn is here!




JANUARY 1, 2008
9:40 AM
18 3/4 INCHES

I only have a few minutes. I just walked through the door.

but wanted to share a few pictures of him....

he is already famous....LOL

First baby to be born in tri-state area on New Year's Day

Here is the article about him....

Baby Greets New Year

He is healthy and we are all home.......

Will tell you all about it soon.....

I almost missed this guess. Good thing I read my comments section! LOL Well, I did miss it but now it is all straightened out!

BTW DAWN!!! Send me your address you won the Baby Pool. You were the closest! New Year's baby!!! You will win a Junkitz Goodie Box from me!!!! She was only 8 hours off! Way to go!!!

Hello...My fellow Tony fan!!! I am going to add my guess as January 1st 1 am. Yikes! I am glad you have set up a new blog. I have enjoyed all your projects that you have shared and can not wait to see more. You are so talented! I feel like I have gotten to know you a little bit over this past year. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Even though it is sad that Junkitz has ended, I look forward to seeing what is in store. I too, believe Kenny and Stacey will do GREAT things with Inque Boutique!

December 26, 2007 6:26 AM