Friday, October 31, 2008

carving time

We decided to carve pumpkins while Zach was here. It was a good thing too because he had lots of patience with Brooklyn. It was fun having him here even if it was a quick trip. Jer working on his pumpkin. I love how totally into it he gets.

Zach and Brooklyn working on her pumpkin.

Don't worry we don't carve our pumpkins and then clean them out. For some reason blogger is posting my pictures in reverse order! Frustrating!

October festivities!

Brooklyn is part of a little singing group that Heidi's mom Shelly teaches. On Monday they performed a couple of songs at a retirement center and then the little kids joined in for a couple of songs. They were really cute. In October Tualatin has a Pumpkin Regatta. I took the kids and we had a lot of fun. Ryan loved sitting in his stroller and just watching all that was going on.

Jeremy and Brooklyn enjoyed watching the races in the water. It was pretty cool. They took huge pumpkins and carved them out. Then people got in them and they would race them and other competitions. You can see them in the background.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

loving walks

Ryan has gotten to the age where walks are enjoyable. He loves going. He sits so quiet and takes it all in. Today Benson, Ryan and I went on a 4 mile walk. He didn't make a peep. I kept checking on him to make sure he was fine and he was. He slept for a couple of minutes but for the most part he was just enjoying the view.

Here are a couple of pics from before our walk today. I absolutely love how much Ryan's eyes just pop when he wears blue. I didn't make any changes to these pics. I hope the weather keeps up so we can continue going for walks.

new pajamas

When Grandma Jean was here she bought all the kids new pajamas. I think they look pretty cute in them. Ryan looks so cozy in his. I love it. Thanks Grandma!

Friday, October 17, 2008

what a night

and this...
showed up at our house tonight all because of
this little one!!
Poor little Ryan had his shots today. Because of that we were giving him Tylenol. Well I don't really know what happened but he choked on it but never really recovered. His breathing was very shallow. He was trying to take deep breaths and would make like a gasping noise and was foaming from his mouth. He would seem to start getting better and then it would get worse again. Not only that but it was his bed time and he was falling asleep but we didn't know if he was falling asleep or going unconcious. We were going to take him to the hospital but I didn't want to put him in his carseat and I didn't want to just hold him for obvious reasons. So Benson asked me if we should call 9-1-1. That is what we did and shortly after that he seemed to get worse so of course I was in a complete freak out panic. Then because our addressing is so weird they couldn't find us. It was so frustrating. Benson was outside trying to be out to wave them down with not a whole lot of success. Jean, Brooklyn, and I were inside saying a little prayer with Ryan. It was 12 minutes from when the call was made to when they got here. The firefighters were not happy about it at all and one of them sounded like he was going to talk to the city or something because what if he had not been breathing. Anyway, the paramedics came in and by this time he was doing much better. They checked his lungs and checked his pulse rate and oxygen level and that was all good. They stayed around for a few minutes just to watch him and then left. So thankfully it ended up not being too eventful.

It is amazing how quickly your world can turn upside down. Luckily everything was fine. It really puts things into perspective as to what is really important. I wouldn't give my children up for anything in this world. My family is by far the most important part of my life. No amount of money could ever compare to having my children.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

St. John's Bridge

We took Jean through Portland today and showed her where Benson works. We also went to see St. John's Bridge and Cathedral Park. It is a really cool bridge. Here are a few pictures.

Ryan is 2 months old

I cannot believe my little baby is 2 months old already. As fun as it is to see him smiling and cooing at me, I am not ready for him to get older. He is such a sweetie and puts up with so much. He has brought so much love to our family. Brooklyn and Jeremy could not love this baby more. The other day on the way to Brooklyn's soccer game we saw a guy out walking his dog. Jeremy says to me, "I am glad we got a baby instead of a dog." Apparently he thought it was one or the other. I don't know. I am just so happy that he loves his brother so much. Call me cheesy but they have matching outfits and they look so cute.
Jeremy actually took this picture. He wanted to take a picture of the two of them together all by himself. I love it!
Ryan sleeps from about 9:00 at night to 4:00 in the morning. He then eats and I lay him right back down. Well maybe not right back down, I have to play with him for a minute. He is always so happy at 4:00 in the morning. Maybe because he doesn't have his brother and sister trying to be all over him. So we play for a minute and then I lay him down and he goes back to sleep on his own. Ryan also started rolling over when he was 8 days old. That is his biggest accomplishment so far in his 2 months of life. He also smiles a lot and tries to talk. I just love it! Well that is an update on Ryan in a nutshell.

Grandma's visiting!

Grandma Jean is here visiting this week and we are so excited to have her here. I love this picture of Jeremy, Grandma, and Brooklyn.
We went to the pumpkin patch yesterday. We saw farm animals...
played in the maze,
went on a hay ride,
and picked out pumpkins.

It is crazy how much the kids grow in a year.
It is even crazier that this little one was just a thought a year ago.
This picture is so appropriate. Sometimes I feel like I am taking care of a bunch of animals. That we don't speak the same language and we all have different ideas of what we should be doing all at the same time.

Friday, October 03, 2008

breast milk vs. formula

You probably don't want to read this if you are not a woman. Let this be your warning.

So I am having a major issue because Ryan doesn't like to nurse a whole lot. After we got home from the hospital he decided he didn't want to nurse anymore. I would try once in a while but with no success. So I have been pumping. But there is another problem, I don't produce enough. I have been taking some pills to help but for some reason my memory is horrible and I don't take them as often as I am supposed to. Well the other day Ryan decided to nurse a little bit and then again today he was getting really frustrated. So I don't know if I should push the issue. I also wonder if it's because I don't produce alot and he's just not getting enough. Soooo frustrating!!!

I don't know what to do because I would like to breastfeed but I feel like it is not as easy as it should be by now. I didn't really breastfeed my other two for very long due to other reasons and I was okay with it but for some reason I am having a much harder time letting go of it this time. I feel like I am a bad mom if I don't. How long do you try and force trying to make it work? This is seriously stressing me out!