Monday, November 16, 2015

Isaac and football

Isaac finished football on Friday...thank God! I was totally done with practices everyday and freezing games on Thursdays. He started on defense and played a lot of offense this season. I'm not sure what position he played but he was on the line :) I learn a little more about football each year but I still don't understand half of what goes on. Plus I'm usually looking over my shoulder every 2 minutes to make sure E or O hasn't fallen off the steps of the stadium. All I care about is that he doesn't get hurt. It's been good exercise and he is in great shape. We were very proud of our big guy this year because he has also managed to take 3 honors classes. Last year he ended the year with a 4.25 GPA so hopefully he can keep up the good work. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Halloween 2015

Eli really wanted to be Steve from Mine Craft. That's his new thing... He watches You tube videos and teaches himself how to build various buildings in MineCraft on the iPad. His latest was a roller coaster he constructed leading to the trap door in his cave. He also has a pet dog, Barnaby and a pet pig named Terrence. Anyway I didn't have time, energy, or the creative juju to construct a Steve costume so he settled on the blue Power Ranger costume from Walmart. 

Olivia didn't get a Halloween costume this year because she has so many dress-up outfits it's ridiculous. She comes running through the house in a new princess costume every 5 minutes. Seriously this girl could make the Broadway actors jealous with how fast she can change! One of her favorites is a see through pink skirt, pink feather boa and no shirt... I try to limit this one as I would like to keep her off the pole when she grows up! 

Judah has a ungodly amount of hand me sons from Eli and my two nephews so he was a Pea in the Pod. 

Isaac didn't dress up but he did raid the candy! 

Here is my modge podge of children. I swear one year I'm going to coordinate them into a cute costume theme for Halloween. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Baby J is 1 month

Weigh: 10 lbs 11 oz
Height: 22 3/4 inches 

What can you do now that you are a month old? You can hold your head up really well, smile at us when we talk to you. You like to make sounds coo, goo and ahh. Nursing has gotten easier and you are still exclusively breastfeeding every 21/2 to 3 hours. I bought a Rock and Play to help keep you elevated after feeds the other night while I was perusing  Amazon in the wee hours of the morning. It has worked occasionally give me one good 3 hour stretch out of my arms. I've also done a LOT of online shopping during while I'm awake at night... Eeekkk! 

Isaac will hold you when we ask him too. Don't take it personally... He is a 15 year old boy. He's super sweet to you though and you did fall asleep in his arms the other day while we were getting ready.

Eli likes to hold you while we do his reading each night. He will lean over and kiss your fuzzy head. He told me that he loves you and the day you came home was the best day ever. He also said that you are a little bit of a whiner... No worries because sometimes he's worse! 

Olivia.... Where do we even begin. She is crazy about you! We sit on my bed and ogle over you daily. She says you are soft and squishy! We call you our Buttercup, Darlin', and Cubby Bear. She helps change your diaper and hands me wipes, butt paste and a diaper every time. She loves to kiss you and squeeze you and is twitterpated over all your tiny features! 

We love you Baby J! 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Baby Judah's first weeks

Those first couple weeks at home with a new baby are ROUGH. I always forget how bad it is. Sore nipples, no sleep, constant feeding. Plus, Judah doesn't like to sleep unless he is being held. However we made it!  At his 1 week check-up he weighed 8 lbs and by his second week he had surpassed his birth weight.

Heading home from the hospital

Nana brought the Littles home and had snuggles with Baby J

Eli gave him his stuffed Elephant, Ellison

Mommy the zombie

My three sweet one's ready for bed

Thank goodness he likes the paci

Sissy and 'her' baby


Those little hands will one day be bigger than mine

Bros- Eli and Judah

Milk drunk. This was Isaac's baby gown when he was a newborn. All my babies have worn it!

Checking out his room and crib. He is sleeping downstairs with us until he is bigger and will sleep through the night. 

Judah Seth Allison has arrived!

I was scheduled to be induced Tuesday morning, September 15th at 40 weeks 2 days. Even though I wanted my body to go into labor on it's own... I also wanted my Dr to deliver and I was ready to get this baby OUT.  Dr. Goodwin is awesome and she delivered both Eli and Olivia. Josh and I dropped the kids off at my moms the night before and headed home to get ready. I did sleep a few hours... pregnancy insomnia hit as usual (probably mixed with anxiety about the next morning) at 3am and I couldn't go back to sleep afterwards. We left for the hospital a bit after 6am.

Our room was ready and my nurses were ready and waiting on us when we arrived. I changed into my gown and Josh and I took a few pictures. After listening to the baby for a while my nurse started the dreaded pitocin. I was super happy that my IV placement was uneventful and my veins didn't blow (they blew 3 times at Eli's induction so I am always a little nervous). Initially I was 3cm and 50% effaced, however the pitocin and contractions began to do their work and around three hours later I was 5 cm and 70% effaced. My dr came in, broke my water and things started to get real.

I got my epidural placed and it was sweet relief. My right side didn't take as great but it definitely helped a lot! My mom arrived right after my epidural was placed. Not long after 3 pm my Dr checked me again and I was 8 cm , 90% effaced and baby was at station 0. The nurses emptied my bladder adjusted my epidural meds and left. Literally as soon as they walked out the door, I felt like it was time to push. Mom and Josh went to tell my nurses and Dr I was feeling pressure and sure enough I was at 10 and he was ready! My Dr let Josh put on gloves to help catch the baby and Mom was there helping hold my leg. I pushed through 8 contractions and our sweet boy arrived! He came out crying at 3:59 pm and peed and pooed after they laid him on my chest. Josh said he was slippery as he helped catch him and he cut the cord as well.  I had skin to skin time with the baby while my placenta was delivered, 1st degree tear mended and for about an hour afterwards. Mom left to go share the news and give us time together. Josh had been determined to see the baby before naming him. We had narrowed the choices to around 3 names during labor! I originally wanted Amos but Josh threw a big negative on that one. Isaac wanted Ulysees or Uriah (I vetoed those). In the end we were thinking Owen, Asher, Judah, or Seth (as a first name instead of middle). We agreed he looked like a Judah and so Judah Seth Allison was named. His name means 'Praise' and we do praise God for this sweet blessing. I'm sure we will call him both Judah and Jude for short. Plus he has the same initials as his Daddy.. JSA. 

Josh went to the waiting room and brought the kids to come meet their new brother. They were all 3 in awe I do believe. Olivia was saying how cute he was, Eli kept commenting on his feet, and Isaac had a big grin on his face. Olivia had to hold him right away and was totally smitten with Baby Brubber. The nurse then weighed him in the room and did his vitamin K shot and eye drops.  We were all wrong on our guesses.. Judah was 8 lbs 7 oz ( I guessed 8 lbs even) 21 inches long and his head was 14 1/2 inches around. After time with the siblings, Josh brought the rest of the family in to meet our new son! We are so happy and thankful he is here safely!