Friday, March 26, 2010

3 Months











WOW!!! I can not believe that our little boys is already 3 months old! He is 14lbs 24" and the cutest kid I know! He has dicovered his voice... he coos all day long and love singing along to music-especially when daddy plays his guitar. He also laughed for the first time last week! It was so precious and halarious at the same time! He is very aware of things around him which makes it very fun for us. He loves his toys, especially this cute little gator that Mamma Aje got him. He has a pretty bad addiction to sucking on his hands. He hasnt landed on any one favorite finger yet (knock on wood) but he definately prefers them to a binky. He has the biggest smile and a dimple that makes me weak! His hair is just about gone, but hopefully it will grow back soon! I am going to learn how to use another source to post pictures because this way is too slow, so for now here a few updated pix!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Reef





















We have already filled and had to empty the memory cards on both our camera because we are obsessed with Reef! These pictures are all from our very long stay in the hospital.


So, here's the scoop on Reef's entrance into the world. After experiancing major pain in my lower back and hips for about 2 days straight, we finally decided to go to the hospital Monday Dec 21st around 11pm. We were taken to triage to be examed. At this point I was at about 3cm! I was thrilled to know that I had made some progress. We spent the next hour walking around and made it to a 4. We were of course excited because even though I was already having extreme back pain, we were making progress. We were then admitted and decided to try to get some sleep. Tuesday morning arrived and Mama Aje was on her way. She gave me strict instructions to keep the baby in until she got there...boy would I regret agreeing to this! With the routine check ups through the night, we were getting disappointed becasuse I was no longer progressing at a quick rate. In fact it was taking about 3-5hrs for each cm, and my pain was increasing serverly through my back and hips with every contraction... not fun! Around 4am, my Dr. ( Dr Kells... bless his soul!) decided to break my water. I had heard that this can be painful but with all the built up pressure I was having it was such a relief!
Unfortunately, after many, many, MANY more hours of intense labor and back pain, I was still progressing very slowly and hadnt slept at all. So I decided to get an epidural= GOOD CHOICE! I was able to get some sleep through the rest of my struggle to dialate. And it really was a struggle. I cant even tell you how many nurses we went through! Thankfully they were all wonderful and encouraging. Around 1am on Wednesday...yes that's right... Wedesday, I finally got to a 10 and was given the go ahead to start pushing. I worked with the nurse for about half an hour until Dr. Kells arrived. After a brief examination, he quickly decided that it was time to get this little baby out.... C-Section. I am still suprised to even think this, but I was so relieved when he made the decision. And so was Alex. We both just looked at each other, and I could see on his face that he was as happy as I was just to know that very soon we our baby would be here.
We were both quickly prepped for surgery and taken to our delivery room. The surgery went so smoothly. On Wednesday December 23rd at 4:31am Reef was born and we were both just instantly overwhelmed with joy. He cried right away and I was able to watch as Alex stood by as the nurses cleaned him up. Alex cut his cord with a very proud daddy face. I was able to see Reef just briefly before I was taken to get finished up. We were exhausted afterward, but it was so worth it! Soon we were all together in our recovery room.... finally Reef had made us a little family.
My mom (Mamma Aje) was able to be there for most of my very long labor.... about 27 hours from the time we were admited. I am so thankful to have had her there for added support for me and for Alex. We were sad to see her go just one day after Reef was born, but it was Christmas Eve and she needed to be with our family.
We spent Christmas in the hospital and although we missed our families, it was so special to spend our first Christmas together just the 3 of us. Words cannot express how just being together and not caring about anything else in the world put into perspective how much we love this little baby boy. We couldnt have asked for a better Christmas present.
We are loving parenthood so far. Reef is such a sweet baby and he has made the transition so easy for us. I am so thankful to everyone for the support and love that you have given us. And I am especially grateful to have Alex. He is such a great dad and I would be undoubltbly pulling out my hair by now if I didnt have him by my side.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Reef Is Here!!!

Announcing the very exciting arrival of

Reef Alexander

Born December 23, 2009 @ 4:31am
8lbs 11oz, 22"

PERFECT

We love him so much and we are so excited to have him here! Millions of pictures to come!!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Belly Shots by Erin Householder






















I was able to do a maternity photo shoot with Erin while I was in town for my baby shower. I was so much fun. She is a fabulous photographer and I can't wait to use her more in the future. These are just a few of my favorites... they all turned out so good! Enjoy!!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

35 Weeks




I am 35 weeks today. Here is a picture from last week and today.... my belly sure is getting big!

Christmas Performances

I am so proud of all my dancers!!! The progress this semester has been really amazing. I am especially happy with the focus on memorization that has been put forth. As you all know, my baby boy is expected to come pretty much any time after Thanksgiving. This may cause me to miss a show or two depending on his timing. Please know that I feel confident in putting all my classes on stage, even in the event of my absense. I feel very blessed to have such amazing co-workers that have been willing to fill in for me if I cant be there. Thank you for your support durring my pregnancy... I have the best students/partents ever!!! That being said, I hope to be able to attend as much as physically possible!
Here is the schedule for all:

Higher Ground:In Class Performances
-Monday Nov 30th: 10-11am Ballet, 2:15-3:15pm Ballet
-Wed Dec 2nd: 10-10:30am Combo
-Thurs Dec 3rd: 9:30-10:30am Combo

We will have seating in the studio for guests to watch our entire class! We will hold a modified class to show you what we haved learned, perform the Christmas dance, and then have a little party. Please being a treat to share at the end of class. I will provide a bag for each dancer. Treats do not need to be food- it can be anything! If you do choose to bring an editable snack, please make sure it is individually wrapped as we cannot eat in the studio. Cameras welcome!!!!

HG Christmas Recital:
-Thurs Dec 17th Dress Rehearsal @Brimhall Jr High
-Fri Dec 18th Recital @ Brimhall Jr High

This applies only to Musical Theater. Unfortunately I will not be able to come to this show. I will either be a home with a new baby, or I will be in Globe for another recital. I am a company teacher at Lynn's and thus my help is much needed if able. Thanks for the understanding!

AZDD/USA:
-Mon Dec 7th: Dress Rehearsal @ Mesa Arts Center.Specific class block times TBA
-Fri Dec 11th: Christmas Recital @ Mesa Arts Center.
Backstage arrival time 6:15-6:30pm
Show begins at 7pm
Tickets are now on sale through the MAC box office

Lynn's School of Dance:
-Tues Dec 15th: On stage company rehearsal
-Wed Dec 16th: Non-company Dress Rehearsal 4pm
-Thurs Dec 17th: Company Dress Rehearsal 4pm
-Fri Dec 18th: Christmas Recital @ High Desert Middle School

Ticket sales through Lynn's School of Dance

I would love any support of friends and family... if you're going to be in the valley, please let me know if you'd like to see any of these shows!

Friday, November 13, 2009

More Belly Pics




Many of the great bloggers I know faithfully take pictures every few weeks when they look super cute and post updates about their pregnancies.... I am not one of these people! lol. I just really never think about taking pictures of myself and dont really want to since the only day that I'm not in dance clothes is sunday. Anyhow, I appologize for not being a better pregancy blogger, so I hope that a few pics will do.