Monday, August 31, 2009

Hudson's Nursery & Stuff

Well this past weekend we got Hudson's nursery painted and furniture all moved around. I'm so excited to have that done! Now I've got to put things on the walls and over the next couple of months buy stuff that we don't already have which shouldn't be too much. We bought everything gender neutral with Emma so we really don't have much to buy for him. Our house has been such a disaster the past week while we cleaned out the front room and it sure did stress me out! Luckily George and I worked really hard yesterday to get everything boxed up and cleaned up so now I feel so much better! Enjoy the pics!

Our new glider/ottoman that I'm in love with! It is so comfortable and hopefully will hide spit up with the brown color. :)


Like the new curtains?? Hudson is the only person in the house to have curtains! ha ha. I actually got them at JCPenney for half off the other day and I was amazed. The only thing is they didn't come with a panel on the other side so I need to sweet talk someone into sewing the other side for me. This front room is just so bright so he needs more coverage. Doesn't the room look so boyish?? I like it!


My father-in-law hard at work! He helped us so much this past weekend. Thanks Ru-Rus!


Daddy starting to paint. He did a great job too!


I had to take a pic of this...it is Emma's princess CD player and Daddy was using it to listen to music while they painted. He claims it was the only CD player in the house. Sure Daddy!


So that's the one for now. I'm working on painting a picture for Hudson and I've also got to hang stuff up on the walls. Then I think it will look even better. I hope he likes it and the bright colors don't keep him awake all the time. :)

In other news Miss Emma is doing much better. She ran a fever up to Thursday evening and finally on Friday we were fever free! Poor thing had a rough week. She's still coughing quite a bit due to her lung irritation but hopefully that will clear up soon.

Today we went to my OB, Dr. Cimino, for my 23 week appt. At my 23 wk appt with Emma my blood pressure was a little elevated but within a week I was super sick! I was admitted in my 24th week and delivered her at 26 weeks. I've been very nervous since I'm not at the same point in this pregnancy but so far so good. Today my BP was great, no protein in urine, weight is okay, and measuring 25 weeks. So my next appt will be my gestational diabetes test where I drink that nasty fruit punch drink. I actually never drank it with Emma so I'm excited to do it this time! Wish me luck that I make it another 4 wks. Hudson, you MUST STAY PUT!

This week should be fairly relaxed with Ashli and Brandon's wedding this Labor Day weekend. We are all looking forward to celebrating with them and Emma's big flower girl debut! :) Pics will definitely come next Monday.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Emma, What Happened To Your Hair??

I think she's been sleeping with the rats again! Poor thing has had a cold for the past few days and then started running a 102 fever last night. We took off to Dr. D's office this morning and Emma has an ear infection. :( She's been running a fever all day but we got some good ol' Augmentin that hopefully kick in gear tomorrow. She's still in great spirits (as usual) so that's a good thing. She's also had some major stomach issues today and I'm hoping we are almost through with that. What a fun day!

Emma was being a monkey earlier so I had to take her picture. After I took her pic she said "thank you mommy for helping me take my picture" in such a sweet little voice. Have I mentioned how sweet Emma's voice is? We get so many compliments on how cute she sounds when she talks.

Oh and Amy G., Emma is obsessed with picking out her own clothes now and today she insisted on wearing her swim shirt to Dr. D's office. She LOVES her shirt! I told her what it said on the front and explained that Melissa was a little bitty baby just like she was and she's been talking about it all day. :)


I told her to open her eyes up for this shot and she opens her mouth! What a character!


In other news I go to the baby dr on Monday! Nothing exciting, just the usual. Also, this weekend Ru-Rus is coming down to help put the nursery together! I'm so excited! We've got lots of stuff to move around and I also want to pain the room. Of course, I get to direct while the men do all the work. :) I'm happy to get started on it though b/c that will be one less thing to worry about. I can't wait to show pictures!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

We Have A NAAAAAME!

Finally we have confirmed the name and I just love it! Little bean's name is George Hudson Titsworth and we will call him Hudson. I have already been calling him that sometimes and it just feels right. :)

Here Comes The Bride...



No, not Emma! ha ha! Our dear friends Ashli and Brandon are getting married on Labor Day weekend and Emma is one of the flower girls! Ashli stopped by to check out her dress and it's just a little big so we have to get it altered. But is she not the cutest little flower girl you've ever seen?? :) The sash/bow might be the one in the picture or it will be a green sash/bow. She's also going to wear a halo hair piece and I've got to get her some little slippers. I'm so excited! I'm also a little nervous b/c I have no idea how she's going to react to a large group of people staring at her. More than likely she will stick both fingers up her nose and not move. That's her nervous habit. :( Of course everyone keeps saying how cute she'll be but when it's your child you don't want them to stick their fingers up their nose! I'll keep you updated...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Great Day for Dublin Park!

After naptime today I took Emma to Dublin Park for a little playtime! She loves going to the park and we had so much fun even though it was rather humid. Enjoy the pics!

She's obsessed with the yellow swing.


Trying to conquer the dolphin!


It's a monkey day!


Queen of the playground!


So angelic!

Exciting Morning!

I am so happy today b/c this morning George got to feel little bean kick for the first time!!! I've been dying for him to feel the kicks and every time he would put his hand on my belly little bean would stop kicking. Little stinker! Well this morning he was kicking a whole bunch before G left for work so I had him put his hand where mine was and bam! he felt 2 kicks! I love being a woman and to me feeling those kicks is one of the best parts of being pregnant. Recently little bean has been kicking a ton and has found my bladder. :) Emma was always kicking my bladder b/c she was always so low but I love it.

Also, I'm now 21 weeks and I go back to the OB on Aug 31st for a routine visit. I've been getting a little paranoid every time my head starts hurting b/c with Emma I started swelling around 22 weeks and my blood pressure was higher than normal at 22-23 weeks. Then I went into the hospital at 24 weeks so it's all just getting too close and I'm trying not to think about it. I'm really looking forward to the day I make it past 26 wks!

As for a name update, I'm not sure if we have one or not. I really like a certain name but G isn't so keen on it so I'm going to give it more time before we fully decide. Although I find myself calling him the name I like sometimes. :) I just feel bad giving our little man a name if G isn't completely on board ya know? Hopefully we will come up with something soon.

Now for a princess update! Emma has really enjoyed mommy staying home with her and she acts so grown up now it makes me sad. She understands so much and puts sentences together so well. She also knows exactly what she wants and can communicate it. It's nice in some ways but I realize she's only going to get bigger and not smaller. :(

We took her last Friday for another chest x-ray to see if there was improvement in her lungs. There was improvement but she still had several spots of atelectasis (sp?) so we went yesterday (Monday) to see Dr. Mahesh. LOVE Dr. Mahesh and all of the sweet nurses. He is not too concerned since there was improvement and we get to switch back to her Symbicort inhaler which makes me very happy. So hopefully little miss priss will stay healthy for a long time. So far she's been perfect since coming out of daycare. Fingers crossed! Oh and she's finally back up to 24 lbs even! Her eating has picked back up and I'm super ecstatic about that.

Pics to come later...I've been rather lazy this week after our busy weekend but I promise to get on it soon. :)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

2009 Swim For Melissa!

It was an awesome day! We had such a great time this year and there was such an amazing turnout. Last night George and I attended the Miracle Bash at the Davidson Space Center and let me tell you guys, there were SO MANY people! I have no clue how many people were there but it was packed and I loved the building. There is a huge rocket that extends all the way down the building and it is just so cool. The food was great too and we even made friends. This year we didn't take our camera so no pics from last night but Emma's picture was on some tables again and then they also had a projector set up that showed pics of several babies that were in the NICU. I think I could stare at the pics all night and be happy. Such a wonderful evening.

For the swim our awesome friends Kylie, Ella Grace, and Lucas met us at Hampton Cove pool and we always love to see them. Ella is destined to be Emma's best friend for life and I've talked about her before. She was also a 1 pounder and during our first week being neighbors in the NICU, Kylie and I became friends. We share such a special bond and I will always love her for all of the support she provided and for being such a sweet person. Love me some Kylie! She now has a 15 month old boy, Lucas, who is just a doll. She made it to 36 weeks with him and that gives me lots of hope for our little boy. :)

The girls had a blast swimming and Emma was so worn out. Normally her nap time is 1pm and today around 12:30 Emma said "mommy, I'm all done swimming!" She was wiped out from the sun and all that kicking. So glad Daddy got to see her swim. He was amazed at how well she does. Next summer we are definitely enrolling her in swimming lessons!

I don't know the total amount raised for the event this year but when we left the Swim it was over $138,000! Can you believe that? Our community has been so generous and it just amazes me to think that all of the proceeds go to our NICU and helping those sweet little babies. I'm just overjoyed with happiness that people are so willing to help. :)

Now on to the pics...

Mommy & Emma swimming! It was the PERFECT day for the Swim!


My two little 1 pounders that are now 23-24 lbs!!! Such sweet little miracles!


Check out this hug! I could just eat them up.


This year they had XS kids shirts so of course Emma had to have one!


My little miracle :) LOVE her to death!



Thanks to EVERYONE who made the Bash & Swim a success and Amy, Chris, Ann Catherine, Lily, and Melissa George for putting so much time and effort into helping babies like Emma. I can't say enough things about this family. They work so hard all year long to prepare for this event and we are so thankful for them and all of the other families that make it all happen. Looking forward to next year and soon Emma and Ella will be able to swim. Woohoo for our miracles!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

There's A Fish In The Water, Oh Yeah, Oh Yeah!

The fish in action!


Her little legs were going ninety miles an hour!


Nice leg formation! Maybe she'll be a synchronized swimmer?

What A Day!

I've been slacking this week in the blog department but I feel like we've been so busy. Our weekend is going to be rather crazy too so I hope to get some pics up tonight and then hopefully some on Sunday.

This morning I woke at 4:45am unable to sleep so mommy is a little tired. I waited for my other babies to wake up and then Emma and I headed off to Sparta, TN to visit my granny Scott & Pa and my Granny Dunham. Gigi (Granny Scott) is having a yard sale tomorrow and Saturday so I wanted to try and sell some clothes & stuff with the hopes of making a few extra dollars. :) Gigi also has a pool so Emma got to be a fish today. My little stinker amazes me in the water. Today was her first time with water wings and she just took off all the way across the pool! She did not want my help at all! Then after we took the water wings off she wanted to swim by herself and she just didn't understand that she really couldn't swim! How funny is that? She would jump off the bottom step and of course go under the water but came up smiling so big. She is such a doll! I'm looking forward to showing daddy her swimming skills on Saturday at the 4th annual Swim For Melissa! Emma is not actively swimming but we can swim on the other side of the pool. I'm so excited to attend and see some of our preemie NICU friends. Ms. Ella Grace and her mommy Kylie will be there too so we will have a blast!!! In case you haven't made your donation you can visit Emma's webpage and make a donation- http://swimformelissa.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=309971&lis=0&kntae309971=84B31E66EFEE4576846694149D0FC0BF

We came home today and found out we had met our goal of $1000! It means so much to our family that so many people are willing to help out. Thank you so very much for all of your donations and support.

So tomorrow night George and I plan on attending the Miracle Bash and then on Saturday the Swim for Melissa! If you are in the area head on over to Hampton Cove b/c there will be lots of fun things for the kiddos to do. Check back on Sunday for pics from the swim!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Guess What I Just Bought???

A Best Chair Glider and ottoman! I'm so excited b/c I've always wanted a rocker for Emma and never got one but this time around I did it! Who knew rockers could be so exciting? :) That is the one and only piece of furniture we are buying this time around. It was so hard deciding and after Friday I thought I wanted a recliner but then I got to thinking "what if I want to rock with my feet propped up?" So I switched back to a glider! Today I stopped back by the baby store to test out my glider again and had to choose a fabric color. That was tough! They have probably 50 samples to choose from and if you know me well, you know I don't make decisions! But I ended up with a new model that only comes in Espresso which is PERFECT for our house and I went with chocolate plain fabric that is so incredibly soft. I seriously could sit in this glider for hours and not move. So I hope I love it when it comes in in about 4 weeks. Those gliders are definitely not cheap! Pictures are sure to come. Now little bean has 3 boxes of diapers and a chair for mommy to snuggle her 2 precious babies in. :)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Clutter Be Gone!

Boy, do I feel productive today! Let me just start off by saying that Emma's room has been giving me major anxiety with all of its clutter. Every few months I go through all of her small clothes and box them up but it's a constant job. I don't know where she accumulated so much stuff but it was unbelievable! So with George's help today we organized her room the best we could and hopefully that will make the transition of the baby boy's room a little more easier. Enjoy!

I wish I would've taken pics of our hallway/living room while we were cleaning stuff but I was too embarrassed to show them so I never took pics. But here is the "after". We went to Target and found this cute pink cubicle thing on sale as well as the baskets. LOVE it! Emma has loved her "new" room too and has been playing all day in it.


Here's her cleaner hutch/armoire. We are actually going to put the armoire and Em's crib in baby boy's room in the next month or two. New furniture is just so expensive and we plan on moving our guest room queen bed into Em's room for her to use. BIG changes coming up!


Last but not least, her crib/shelve area. I love her shelves but it had been so cluttered there were days I just wanted to throw it out the window! :) Now that we have the cubes in the closet we were able to free up some space on the shelves. Whew all of that hard work paid off!


Now my goal is to drive up to Sparta, TN sometime this week and drop off several things of Em's for my granny's yard sale. We could really use the extra money and of course, we have no need for the clothes so hopefully we will make a few dollars next weekend. Now if I can just talk myself into driving up there...yay for decluttering!

Anyone Seen Emma?

Oh, I see her!


Peek-a-boo Mom!


Last week we played alot with Emma's babies and she loves to climb in the baby crib too. Recently she has been acting like a baby alot and I'm assuming it's due to all of the baby brother talk. She'll run around the house whining and say "mommy, I'm crying." Then she'll say "rock me" and "I'm still crying mommy!" It's cute but I hope she doesn't do this forever. Last night she wanted me to rock her so I held her and she snuggled into me with her blankie and thumb in her mouth. She's just so cute when she does it. :)

In other news, I made my FIRST peach cobbler last night! It was so awesome I had to take a picture! We went to the farmer's market yesterday and got a huge basket of peaches. So with a little help from Paula Dean we made the easiest peach cobbler ever! I was so proud and it tasted absolutely delicious! Seriously, I can't wait to eat some more later today. Here's the recipe but beware, it is not low calorie! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/peach-cobbler-recipe/index.html

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Excuse Me Mr. Horse!

We had a blast with Mrs. Tracy, Barbra. and sweet little Jillian! The drive thru zoo was very interesting and kind of scary at the same time! I've decided that I could never be the driver b/c I would have a nervous breakdown. It was hard to tell when those cute baby deer were in front of the car and then the other animals surrounded the car. But it was neat to see all of the different animals in the nice air conditioned car!

Afterwards we headed to Chuck-E-Cheese for an afternoon of fun! Emma has been begging to go back there after she saw a commercial awhile back. The girls got lots of tickets and then settled on suckers while Mrs. Tracy and I visited. Very relaxing!

Emma wanting to eat her sucker.


Mrs. Tracy got it opened! She was so excited!


And some cute animal pics. I was amazed at the big antlers on the deer!


And Mr. Horse that tried to eat the door handle on Mrs. Tracy's car! Then he tried to eat her mirror. He was a hungry horse!


Being lazy...


Those cute little turtles! LOVE the turtles!


Cute little iguana...I liked him!


And some more turtles. They were just chillaxin!


Thanks for the awesome fun day Mrs. Tracy! We had a blast!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Happy Tuesday!

Look at my grown up princess! I think she is just the greatest thing and love her little cuteness. We are on our way to the drive through zoo and then off to Chuck E Cheese with Mrs. Tracy and Barbra! Just had to show off miss Emma Bemma in her new dress. Happy Tuesday!


This is her newest pose when I get the camera out. What a character!

The Big Sister!

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Isn't she cute? She's very excited about being the big sister in a few months!

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Gender Results Are In!

We are happy to announce it is a BOY! The little booger was being very modest and it took us awhile to get confirmation but after pushing on my full bladder belly we got to see his parts. I'm very excited! In case you don't know I have 4 brothers so I've got lots of experience with boys. :) Everything else checked out perfect and this one even has a 3 vein cord so that's awesome. Now I go back on August 31st for my normal 4 wk checkup. Off to think of boy names!

His man parts!


And his sweet little foot! Yes, she did count all five toes on his foot. I had the dr do that with Emma too.

Sunday Fun!

A few months ago I wanted to paint Emma's bathroom b/c it had the yucky flat off white painter's paint. Well we tried one color that you can see in the pic that is a yellow color but I didn't like it with Emma's shower curtain. So we've just put off doing anything with it for awhile. Well a friend had used this tan color and I loved it in the pictures so I thought it might just look good in our bathroom. It was exactly what I had in mind to begin with. So yesterday I headed over to Home Depot to get a gallon of Warm Caramel paint and put George to work! He was not excited about painting but he did it...because he loves me. :) Check it out!

Right after he started. Don't let his smile fool you! I was torturing him with paint. :)


You can see the first paint color (yellowish color) down on the bottom right. With the flash the new color looks alot lighter but it is really a tad darker.


The finished product minus the decorations. I LOVE it! Daddy has to make a few more touch ups tonight and then I'll take a pic with everything back in place. Thanks Daddy!!!

"Remember Barney, Mommy?"

The past few nights we have really been working on Emma and her bedtime routine. Up until now we would do our bath routine and then go in her room and read 2 books. Then she would turn out her princess light and get in the bed. We would then sit there with her and rub her arm/leg and sing songs to her until she fell asleep. It wasn't a bad routine until the past few weeks it would take her over an hour to fall asleep! So that meant that mommy and/or daddy would have to sit in her floor for over an hour until she would finally doze off and usually we were asleep too. It has been really hard on me b/c during pregnancy my sciatica nerve bothers me alot especially when I sit on the floor. Not a fun time. So with the new baby coming in a few months we really want to get Emma going to bed a little easier.

So the past few nights we have been putting her to bed after her 2 books and I've been sitting there for a few minutes rubbing her arm/leg and then I tell her it's time to go to sleep and I kiss her. Well she does not like that at all! It's been over 2 hours of screaming, time outs, and putting her back in her bed repeatedly. Last night George commented on how persistent she is. :) It has been so hard but we seriously can't keep taking 2 hours to put her to bed. So we shall continue this battle hopefully for only a couple more nights or else I might just go crazy! Any thoughts or words of encouragement??

Last night she was being so cute before bedtime. She had been playing with her babies and then she laid them all out on a pillow and covered them up. Then she would pick Zoe up and say "it's ok Zoe, I'll rock you." Then she would say "see Zoe, I will rock you." It was so sweet! Then during her 2 hour screamfest she started saying "Remember Barney Mommy?" She kept saying it over and over and over. She was talking about watching the Barney show at Universal Studios last Thursday! She really enjoyed the show and has talked about it ever since. George and I just sat in the living room and laughed. She was doing/saying anything she could to get me to come in her room. What a stinker! Lets pray that tonight goes much smoother even though I don't think it will.

These next 2 pics are blurry but this was at bedtime. The flash was so bright!


Being cute


Here she is tucking her babies in. I love the way she talks to her babies. So sweet!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Home From Orlando!

Emma and I made it home on Thursday night and boy oh boy, did it feel good to sleep in my own bed! We had such a great time and it was fun to spend the week with my family. We stayed busy swimming and going to Disney on Monday followed by Universal Studios on Tues & Wed. Emma did very well on the trip and I thought she handled the long hot days at the parks extremely well! I just can't believe how hot it was! She got to meet several Disney characters and I loved seeing the excitement on her sweet little face.

Now we are home and it's back to our routine. I finally got unpacked today and the house is back in order. Here are a few pics. My uncle John took all of the pics from the parks so once they get home in another week I will get those. Enjoy!

Emma and Kelsey in the lazy river. Emma is such a fish! She LOVES the water and I think she could spend all day/night in the pool.


Where'd Emma's arm go??? Oh the water wing ate it. :)



A beautiful rainbow on Sunday...love rainbows!


Emma and Kelsey playing in the water fountains!



The lazy river...that was nice!


Our first night there checking out the resort. You can tell by the sky that it was a little stormy. Love Emma's face!


More pics to come! Oh and on Monday we find out if we are having a boy or a girl!!! I'm so excited! Little bean has been kicking alot more and I love it. :)