Monday, January 5, 2015

One Month

I almost forgot to post a 1 month picture of Audra!
Granted, I am several days late... but here are a few:

We are s-l-o-w-l-y getting over some baby acne... 
She wakes up several times a night to eat...
She likes her sisters when they are quietly giving
 her attention, but is not a fan of their overbearing excited 
squeals and shaking of her toys...
She was 10 lbs, 5.1 oz and 20.25 inches 
at her one month appointment...
Definitely on the short side!

A sweetie all around...
but Mommy and Daddy would like some sleep! ;)

Sunday, January 4, 2015


We had a few hiccups in our plans to hold 
Dinah's 2nd birthday party this weekend.
On New Years Day my father-in-law had an episode and was taken to 
the hospital via ambulance.  After some different testing, the doctors 
can't determine whether he had a mini-stroke or a seizure.  
Given all that his brain has been through with tumors and treatments, 
either one is not a surprise... though it does, of course, cause alarm!  
Cory had the day off from work and was able to spend it with his 
parents while my mom came to hang out with me and the girls.  
Everyone was able to go home the next day and things
are seemingly OK.  Even though it happened 2 days before
Dinah's birthday, we have just been so maxed out emotionally
 (and physically with having a new baby)...
 we decided to postpone Dinah's party until next weekend 
(assuming everyone is in good health).  But in the meantime, 
we tried to make her day special just as our little family of 5.
I think she had a good time!

Happy 2nd Birthday Dinah!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Care Bear Countdown... to Dinah's Birthday!

As we get ready for Christmas over the next two days, I have a 
little nagging in the back of my mind because Dinah's birthday
 is the 3rd...... and I have done NOTHING but invitations!  
I usually try to do lots of homemade decorations and 
preparations, but with little Miss Audra's arrival... 
I just haven't had the time! 
 I'll be lucky to get my house "clean" before company
 comes tomorrow!  I'm sure I'll figure something out for 
Dinah's birthday (and Eloise's only a few weeks later!)...

Here are the invitations I made:

I usually hand make as much as possible... 
but I was running out of time and had to 
use the computer for the inside. 

I hope to post pictures from her party... eventually! 
 First I need to just get through Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Most of our Christmas cards have gone out 
(except for a few stragglers that I need to get a right address for!)... 
so I thought I'd share the pictures we used on our card.  
Of course, they are not professional... 
just little old me taking pictures with my little old camera.  
But that's OK... they're still just as special, if not more 
(since they were only slightly staged... and free).  

We are still adjusting to life with little Miss Audra.... 
but it's been a blessing... 
even if I do feel like a professional juggler at times!

Hope you're all ready for Christmas!  
We are just about... just a little bit of wrapping to do!!
Only 8 days to go!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Our Little Bundle of JOY....

Audra Joy

Born November 26th, 2014
7 lbs, 8 oz

You may've seen my sister's post last week.  
I told her to go ahead and post something if she wanted 
since I didn't figure I'd feel up to it right away!

It's (almost) a week later and little Miss Audra is up to 8 lbs already.
We are all still adjusting, but I think it's going fairly well!
Of course, that is all bound to change when Cory
goes back to work.  He was planning on it tomorrow, 
but unfortunately we are still dealing with Eloise's rash
from back in OCTOBER!  So he has to take her back 
to the dermatologist.  He has been able to do some
work from home though, thanks to modern technology!

Overall, we haven't had any major meltdowns... (yet).
Eloise is absolutely THRILLED to have a baby in the house!

Dinah doesn't seem phased either way!

We are just trying to balance all around.
At times it is quite the juggling act!
But we are BLESSED!

We hope to soon take Audra to meet her Pappy
who wasn't feeling well enough to make a trip to the 
hospital when we were there.  We've also had
some icky weather to deal with!
I sometimes forget it's already December!

So much to be thankful for!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Christmas Dress Reveal!

If you read my post from the other day, you'd know I have been 
working on sewing my girls Christmas Dresses 
for the Holiday season.  
I have to admit, despite using a pattern that said VERY EASY... 
I made my share of mistakes!  
However, I am pretty happy with the outcome.  
And I even managed to make a little pair of baby shoes 
for our new little bundle to wear (assuming they fit!).

Eloise was very happy to have a red dress...
 as that is her favorite color. 
 Dinah doesn't care one way or the other!  
(The fabric has little snowmen on it.  I know it's hard to tell)

I haven't been feeling very well today...
woke up feeling icky.
So I am hoping to have a chance to relax a little later on.

Have a great weekend!
We just had our first little spray of snow, 
though luckily it didn't stick!