Thanksgiving was so much fun this year. Not only did we have a great time seeing all of the family, but it was K Baby's first Thanksgiving. My parents and brother were able to join us this year over at B Dubs parents house. It was nice for K to have all of his grandparents together for his first turkey day. Sadie also got to celebrate her first Thanksgiving as well. We really do have so much to be Thankful for this year.
Here are some pictures that walk you through K's first Thanksgiving!
K with his "Gobble till ya wobble" bib.
He and Gigi took a break to go outside and watch Daddy and Pops throw the football.
When the boys were outside playing football, B Dubs threw the football and hit a bird.
They were "saving" it.
Mailing Christmas Cards this year??
In addition to mailing this years Christmas News Letter to Family and Friends I thought it would be fun to mail our Soldiers a Christmas card as well.
I have received a few emails about mailing Christmas Cards to the Wounded Soldiers @ the Walter Reed Medical Center. In doing a bit of research I found out that these cards will not be delivered to Walter Reed Medical Center. They will be destroyed or returned to the sender.
You CAN however mail a Christmas Card to a Soldier using the Holiday for Heros Mail Program.
Here are some of the details. I hope that you too will consider mailing a Christmas Card to a Soldier this Holiday Season.
Holiday Mail For Heroes is here again! This year, we are teaming up with our friends at Pitney Bowes for the third time to send holiday cards to service members, veterans, and their families. This is a great way to give back this holiday season - by sharing your kind words and thanks with those who have given a great deal to their country.
We will begin accepting cards on November 2nd. Send in your cards to the address below, and please read the guidelines carefully!
Please don’t forget to follow these guidelines while preparing your holiday greetings!
- Sign all cards
- Entitle cards “Dear Service Member, Family or Veteran”
- Limit cards to 15 per person or 50 for school class or business group
- Bundle groups of cards in single, large envelopes (there is no need to include individual envelopes and postage for cards)
- Send letters
- Include personal information such as home or email addresses
- Use glitter – excessive amounts can aggravate health issues of wounded recipients
- Include inserts of any kind as they must be removed in the screening process
Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
All cards must be received no later than Monday, December 7th. Cards received after this date will unfortunately be returned to the sender. This deadline ensures enough time to sort and distribute cards before the holidays.
After the mailbox closes, the cards we received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country. Then, the cards are sent out to recipients in time for the holidays.
Created By: Life in the Dub Lane on Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Whew... What a long and fun week. Looking back over this past week, Kyah and I spent everyday in LA. Last Monday I traveled with my Mother and Father in Law and we arrived back to Dallas late Wednesday night. Thursday, Bryce's oldest sister Holly flew to Dallas and we made the trip together later that night. Both times we arrived around midnight. Bryce arrived on Friday so that he could spend the weekend with all of us and meet his new niece, Sadie.
We had a great time but it's nice to be back home and back on schedule again. Kyah was such a trooper this past week but he did get out of routine yesterday. I am so relieved that we are back on schedule today.
The point of this post is to gain a Caption for the following photo for my 09' Christmas Newsletter. Be creative and fun and let me know what you think.
We sure had fun adding captions to it all weekend.
Aunt Holly (Bryce's sister) with Kyah -11 weeks and Sadie-5 days
Created By: Life in the Dub Lane on Monday, November 23, 2009
Here are a few pictures from K Baby's "Photo Shoot". Courtesy of Wisner Photo! I should be getting more, but for now I will share what I have. I can't wait to see the rest. We had all sorts of different shots. I just get excited thinking about it!
Created By: Life in the Dub Lane on Saturday, November 21, 2009
Talk about sitting on pins and needles. I can only imagine what people had to endure when they were sent out of my delivery room. I was going absolutely crazy waiting to hear of Sadie had been born. Once she arrived however I was shocked to learn that Kyah could not go into the recovery room to visit. Talk about a bummer. My inlaws had to sit with him in the waiting room while I went to visit and then I would sit with Kyah when they went back. Everyone helped out so much when it came to watching him so that I had the chance to go see the new family in the recovery room. If I didn't have anyone to watch him I don't know what I would have done. I guess I would have had to load up and come home. When you are trying to keep a 10 week old on a schedule and yet live in a waiting room for 2 days you are extremely drained by the end of the day. In order to keep him as much on schedule as possible I tried to keep with his normal daily routine. We would sleep, eat and play. Since I didn't bring many toys with us, we were lucky enough to be able to borrow a bouncer to take to the waiting room.
Here are a few photos from these past few days:
My Cutie Smiling for the Camera!
He was able to play with the toys on the Bouncer and burn some energy.
He had a great time.
Then it was time to snooze!
After he woke from his nap he was hungry.
Though he can't hold his own bottle, we can let him think he is hot stuff anyways.
PLAY TIME again!
This time "play time" was actually Tummy Time.
He's still not a huge fan of this activity but he is doing so much better. The stubborn little thing would never lift his head up until this week, can you believe that. He was trying to prove a point to me... of course being his stubborn mommy I didn't pay attention and I kept making him lay on his tummy. Finally he gave in and did was he was supposed to.
Gotta love him.
Every now and then you can see the blue in his eyes. They are just SO dark you rarely can see it in pictures.
Pops and Kyah!
Created By: Life in the Dub Lane on Friday, November 20, 2009
As you know I traveled to LA with my inlaws. I left with them late Monday night to head to LA to help welcome my newest niece into the world. We got to LA around midnight and went straight to sleep. At this point Bethany and Phillip had been at the hospital for about 2 hours so far and the Dr. had given her Cytotec to help her dilate. She was currently sitting at 1cm dilated, 60% effaced and -1 station.
When we woke in the morning we got dressed quickly and headed to the hospital. They had given her 1 more cytotec pill and started the pitocin to get things moving. They had also broken her water that morning at 7:30am (it was 9am when we arrived). Her contractions were coming slowly and she was still able to talk through them if needed.
Soon after, her contractions got stronger, longer and closer together. Phillip, me and her mother all helped her get through them using techniques I learned in my birthing class. She did AMAZING! She requested the epidural around 10:45am. They told her that she needed to get her fluids increased and that they would be back in about 20 minutes. Long story short, they had an emergency c-section they needed to do and it took them about an hour to get back in the room. All the while, Bethany was contracting harder and harder. When they got in the room to give her the epidural we were asked to leave.
She received the Epidural around 11:48am. It wasn't working at first so they had to give her two additional doses of Lidocaine to help out. When they checked her cervix she was dilated to 9cm, 100% effaced and +2 station. She was getting close to pushing!
She pushed for 3 sets before they called the Dr. Once the Dr. arrived in the room, she pushed 1 more set of 3 and Sadie Jane Scott was born! She has a head full of black hair... just like her Aunt Erin had (though we are not blood related, I can still take credit)... haha
Here is a photo of my gorgeous new niece:
Congrats to Bethany and Phillip on the birth of their beautiful little girl!
Created By: Life in the Dub Lane on Wednesday, November 18, 2009
If you have noticed... my blog is always changing these days. I have been working on making my blog more appealing to the eye (while remaining pretty generic) and in doing so I have been learning all of these new skills.
We will be getting our pictures taken on Monday and hopefully after that I can create a Blog header that I like [and keep it for a while].
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll update Monday afternoon.
In the meantime you can always enjoy our Kyah buddy.
He just melts our hearts with this adorable smile
He has such dark blue eyes and it seems that I am never able to capture their beauty. He was sitting where in the sunlight so I grabbed the camera.
Created By: Life in the Dub Lane on Saturday, November 14, 2009
Im "Artsy Fartsy" as some may call me, but in general I just love crafts and I love to work with my hands and be creative. Recently I have run across fellow "Artsy Fartsy" bloggers and have had such a fun time creating some of the projects they have shared.
The first projects I created were frames. They are super-duper easy and are so fun to make.
Each year I buy a Christmas Frame for mine and B-Dubs Christmas picture. After running across this idea, I decided to make one. Who knows, maybe this will be the new tradition. It was so easy I could make one everyday. And I might be a bit biased, but this particular frame looks way better in person. These pictures just do not do it justice. Notice the sanded detailing around the edges.
If you want to make them you will need:
1] Wood frame from Michael's ($1)
2] Scrapbook paper
3] Mod-Podge glue
4] Sponge Brush to spread glue
5] Rolling Pen or Brayer
6] Razor Blade
7] Sand Block (or Sand Paper)
8] Anything else you want to add to the frame
You start by spreading a thin layer of Mod-Podge to the wood frame. You then apply your paper. Roll it out and make sure it's flat and there are no extra air bubbles. Flip the frame over and use the razor blade to remove the paper from around the frame and in the picture area. Flatten again just to make sure that you have a smooth surface. Let Dry. Once it's dry use the sandpaper to sand/buff/scratch the edges both outside the frame and inside the picture area. You make choose to apply a protective coat of Mod podge over your paper. Personally I do not. Then you just decorate and enjoy!
I also made this "Librarian Wreath". It's made using book pages, a foam wreath and the hot glue gun. Super simple (but time consuming)... and totally worth it!
You can get the how-to's from Living with Lindsay's blog. She gives you all the details and even has a video if you need it.
Created By: Life in the Dub Lane on Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Sunshine and Baby Smiles ... I decided to take Kyah outside this evening for a little playtime to celebrate his 9 week Birthday. I got a quilt of out the ottoman and hauled it to the backyard to a nice shady area. I got everything set up, sat him down and lo and behold he sat up all by himself with no assistance. I of course had the camera with me in case we had any photo opportunities so I was able to capture this on film.
Kyah (9 weeks) Sitting up all by himself.
I love this boy!
He was so proud of himself!
He was sitting on my knees probably wondering why I was taking so many pictures. (note: I was holding him in this one- he's not that talented yet. haha)
Created By: Life in the Dub Lane on Thursday, November 05, 2009
K Baby had his 2 month appointment today with the pediatrician. I had a few concerns to talk to her about and she was able to address all of them and make me feel better. It's hard to be a mommy and think that something might be wrong with your little one.
When K Babe was born his right testicle had not dropped. When we went for his 2 week check up she said that she would give it until his 4 month check up and if it hadn't dropped by that point that she would send us to a specialist. Well... it still hasn't dropped and to be honest I don't think that it plans on dropping anytime soon (or ever, for that matter). I talked to her about it today and she examined him. She said that everything is fully developed it just is sitting higher than normal. She explained that it's a simple fix and that she sees many, many, many babies like this. I guess we will just wait and see what it looks like at 4 months. If nothing has changed we will visit a Pediatric Urologist and go from there. All in all, I'm not too concerned about it. It seems to be a pretty common issue.
My second concern is over his head shape. When he was in the nursery at the hospital the Dr. told us that he liked to turn his head to the left. She told us that we needed to make sure that he turned to the right so that he didn't get a flat spot. We have done everything in our power to get him to sleep on his right side (ie. side sleeper) but his head is still more flat than I would like. When I talked to the Dr. about this she agreed. His head is forming, but slowly. Mr. Dubs and I have been talking about this for several weeks now and have been trying everything to make sure that he doesn't lay on the flat spot. Over the last 2 weeks we have seen significant improvement but its still flat on the left side. Our Pedi told us to keep doing what we are doing, that it's working. If his head isn't looking any better by his next visit (2 more months) then we can go see a Craniologist. We can talk with them about getting a helmet. A friend of ours has a little boy that is wearing one and it's so stinking cute! I am just hoping that it will correct it's self so that we don't have to pay for the helmet. Since it is only used to correct the skull for cosmetic purposes, Insurance doesn't cover the cost. From my understanding they are quite expensive. About $3500 to be exact.
As for teething... she said that he might not cut teeth anytime in the next month, but that he is indeed starting the process. There obviously isn't much you can do about it expect keep them as comfortable as possible.
As for everything else, he is perfect! He is hitting all of the required developmental milestones. He followed her finger, lifted his head, was sitting tall and proud (with assistance of course), etc. He was such a happy baby and even gave her a few smiles. Overall, the appointment went wonderful and she was very happy that he is doing so well. The Dr. isn't that concerned with the two things listed above, but me, being his mommy and all, I am. I just want him to be perfect... like all mommy's want for their kids.
Here are his official 2 month stats:
Weight: 13 lbs 4oz (95%)
Length: 24 1/2 (95%)
Head: 15 1/2 (50%)
Not much expression on his face, but cute nonetheless
Oh.. and I was contacted by the News Paper to publish the 5 Generational Family Photo. I will be submitting that today and hopefully I will be able to share it soon.
Created By: Life in the Dub Lane on Tuesday, November 03, 2009