Thursday, April 25, 2013

Quinn..1 Month Old

No doubt the fastest month of my life.  We love this little girl so much and feel so blessed to have her in our family.  Her first month of life has been spent eating, sleeping, spending time with lots of family, and getting lots of good cuddles. 

Quinn is very strong and has already rolled from belly to back and back to belly.  When I lay her on my chest she holds her head all the way up for long periods of time to stare at me.  I am amazed at what she is already doing.  She seems to be such a mixture between the 2 boys.  I am loving watching her grow (and, man is she growing) and become more alert.

She eats and sleeps like a champ.  Her cry is out of this world! It sounds like a dying cat.  Makes you want to jump off a bridge.  Our house is loud so I guess she figures she needs to speak up to be heard.  I did a 1 month photo shoot with Quinn today.  Brent high-jacked it halfway through :)  He wants to be in on everything involving Quinn.  Such a sweet big brother.  He can't get enough of her!

...and here comes Brent :)


                                                                       (SO sweet!)

Monday, April 1, 2013

Quinn Elise

Dear Quinn,

      Just when I was beginning to think you were never going to come, you chose to make your debut one day late.  Just to show us who's boss I'm sure ;)  So here is your story...

      I woke up at 5 am Monday morning to serious bad cramps.  With the combination of a stomach bug going around and the fact that I had been having braxton hicks, I was not convinced that this was labor yet.  I got in the shower and wasted time for about 30-40 minutes to make sure this was real.  Around 5:45 Daddy made the decision to call Grandma and get her over to watch your brothers.  She got here by 6:40 and it was VERY apparent by then that your were coming...FAST!

    We got to the hospital by 7 and I was already dilated to a 7 and in lots of pain.  I begged for an epidural and kept getting the response, "We will do our best, honey but no promises since you are so far along".  I was scared.  By 8, I was given an epidural which only took to one side and not completely. At 8:30 my water broke, and you were here at 9:01.

    I can honestly say I have never felt so much pain in my life but as soon as you were here and I held you in my arms I knew right then and there I would do it all over again.  You took us by surprise with your head full of dark hair.  I just kept staring at you in disbelief of how beautiful and perfect your little body was.

    You weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz. and were 20 inches long.  You have a beautiful dark complexion and full cheeks.  Your nose is tiny and you have prissy little lips.  Your eyes appear to be blue but it is still hard to tell the shape of them since you mostly sleep all the time still.  You have long fingers and Grandma is already hoping for a concert pianist.  Your fingernails were so long that they started growing back into your fingers.  This has not been fun correcting :/  You have teeny feet that don't even begin to fit into newborn shoes.
A lot of people say you look like Owen, some say Brent, even a few have said Daddy (not a single one has said me-but that's ok :) But personally, I just think you look like Quinn.
    Your brothers absolutely adore you!!  Brent loves on you all day.  He rubs your head and tells me how cute you are and how much he loves you.  Owen just copies his big brother.  Plus, he thinks it's pretty cool that you both have the same blankie.  They both get so upset when I put you in your crib for a nap and shut the door.  They want you to be out where they can see you at all times.  It is so sweet!

    Your Daddy doesn't say much right now.  I think he's still taking it all in and getting used to having a daughter.  He is very protective of you and whenever I hand you to him he stops whatever he's doing to look at you and talk to you.

    So far, you have made life with 3 children much easier than I expected.  Thank you for this, and feel free to keep up the good work!  You are a great eater and love your sleep.  I have had to wake you almost every night to eat.  When you are awake you are so content to just listen to your rowdy brothers and stare around the room.

   We love you so much already and even though you've only been here a week, it's hard to imagine our family ever without you.  Welcome to the work Baby Quinn!!

Coming Home

Sweet Brother Love

Articles of Faith

At the beginning of last year, all the primary children at our church were encouraged to learn all 13 Articles of Faith.  Brent took on this challenge and by March of this year had passed off all 13.  We were so proud of him!  The primary had an icecream social to congratulate all the children for their hard work.

Here they are singing all 13 Articles of Faith for everyone.

Here are the 8 children who memorized all 13.

They received 1 scoop of icecream for each Article of Faith memorized.  So yes, Brent had 13 scoops of icecream!!