Monday, April 7, 2014

Family Maternity Pictures

I had contacted our sweet photographer months ago to schedule a maternity family photo shoot.  She normally recommends doing the shoot at 36 weeks, but after telling her that Hudson was 4 weeks early, we decided to schedule it a little earlier than that.  The day that we had it scheduled for, it was pouring down rain, so we had to cancel and reschedule.  We finally had them taken on Friday, March week BEFORE Holden decided to arrive.  They almost didn't happen!!  I'm SO glad the weather cooperated this day and that we now have these precious pictures of our family before we became a family of 4!
With Hudson's love of soccer, this picture just seemed too appropriate!

 This one cracks me up!

 I don't remember exactly what was said, but when Chera asked Hudson to kiss my tummy he said something hilarious.  I absolutely love this glad she captured this moment.  

 Before we left, she snapped this precious picture of our little snaggle toothed boy...that front tooth only held on a few more days!

Another 9 Weeks and a Field Trip!

Friday, April 4th was a busy day for Hudson.  The morning started with the 3rd 9 Weeks Awards Assembly.  Hudson received the "Mathematician Award" this time for being able to add and subtract quickly and efficiently.  He LOVES all things math and asks for addition problems must be paying off!  :)
 SO proud of this guy!!
 An hour after the assembly, I headed back up to the school to go on his field trip to the Fire Station.  Luckily it was a short field trip (only an hour and half since the fire station is in walking distance), so daddy worked from home and watched Holden so I could go.  SO thankful that Kelly has such a flexible schedule so I can still do all things "room mom" with Hudson!!
The kids were in awe of the HUGE ladder that was up on the truck.
 They all got to climb through the truck before getting a full tour of the fire station. It was a busy morning at the station...they got 3 calls while we were there.  So, by the time our tour was over, all but one fireman was gone.  Crazy!!
 Hudson's sweet class with Mrs. Bray and one lone fireman.  :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dr. Donnell

Last Friday, the 28th was Community Helper Day at school.  The kids had to dress up and be able to present 3 things that their helper did.  Hudson chose to be a veterinarian.  Very fitting for my little animal lover.  :)

Brothers :)

When Hudson got home from school last Thursday (March 27), we tried to get a few pictures of he and Holden together.  It was comical!!

Bath time!

Hudson and Daddy giving Holden his first bath at home.
 Poor baby...he was NOT a fan!!

Surprise Delivery!!

Well, it happened again...
I've had a feeling this entire pregnancy that Holden would come early just like Hudson did.  Early on, my doctor thought that I might have a chance of making it closer to term, but as my pregnancy progressed she started talking about me delivering early again.  Things were just going exactly the same way they did with Hudson.  So, she started my weekly appointments early and started checking me early.  I was only 34 weeks the first time she checked me and was already dilated to a 2.  She told me that week that he would probably come early.  I kept telling everyone that I just wanted to make it through Hudson's Spring Break.  I wanted one more week off with my sweet boy if possible.  So, Hudson and I lived it up that week...we went to movies, had play dates, got ice cream, went to the park, we had a blast just the two of us!  Friday morning I had my weekly appointment scheduled, so Kelly worked from home to watch Hudson and I was planning on running to my appointment and running right back home to spend the last day of Spring Break having fun.  Things didn't exactly go as planned though!  When the nurse took my blood pressure it was through the roof.  It had been low the entire time until that day.  That was what caused me to go into labor with Hudson.  My dr came in and said she was sending me to labor and delivery to be monitored for a few hours and told me to call in the troops.  So, Noni left work immediately to be with Hudson and Kelly cancelled his appointments for the day and headed up to the hospital to join me.  Around 2:00, Dr. Elliott told me that I would be having a baby that day!  It turned out I had something called HELLP Syndrome, which consisted of the high blood pressure, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelets.  Not a good combination apparently and the only way to get rid of it is to deliver.  So, she broke my water and they started the pitocin.  She told me Holden should arrive by dinner.  Crazy!!
 Kelly and I settling in.

 Noni brought Hudson up to see me.  They played many games of Go Fish and Old Maid.  :)
 Everything moved really fast and Holden arrived at 6:40.  He was perfect!  5 pounds, 14 ounces and 18 1/2 inches long.  He was 35 weeks, 5 days.  Again, SO similar to Hudson who was 35 weeks, 6 days and 5 pounds, 10 ounces and 18 1/2 inches long!!

 So happy that Dr. Elliott delivered both of my boys.  Love her!!

 Hudson came in clapping and was the first one to get to hold his brother!

 Paw-Paw and Nana arrived just in time again!
 Sweet boy getting his hearing checked the next day.
We had a lot of visitors, but Hudson was happy to have a friend visit.  :)

 Resting and being monitored after his circumcision.  Poor baby!!
 Finally getting to go home!  He was swallowed up in his car seat.  

 Going home to be a family of 4!!


Hudson's top right tooth had been loose for months.  He is not one of those kids that messes with loose teeth AT ALL!  He literally waits for his teeth to fall out.  Over spring break his top tooth was dangling.  The poor thing was just barely hanging on!  The morning of the 12th, I woke up to a huge toothless smile claiming that he must have swallowed his tooth in his sleep.  After searching in his bed though, we found it!!  He was beyond excited, but it made this mommy a little sad...he is growing up so fast!!!  
Precious boy!!