Thursday, August 28, 2008

Life at home

Here are some more pictures of Casey at the hospital and more recently, at home. Jacob and Gavin went to play at my mom's house for a few days so I could spend time recovering and catching up on my sleep. Although I've been missing them like crazy, it's definitely been helpful with all of those busy first week things... doctor appointments, my milk coming in (which is crazy enough in itself because my body seems to think I need enough milk to feed quadruplets!), Casey's circumcision, and just adjusting to life with a newborn again. Thankfully, Casey has been making it pretty easy for us. He's a really good baby and sleeps through most of the day and night so far. It's a little too quiet actually... not for long though!

My dad and step-mom holding Casey

Catching some zzzz's with Daddy (he decided that my hospital bed was pretty comfortable ;)
All buckled up and ready to go home!
Look at those little feet... they're my favorite!
Life outside of my mommy is pretty tiring so far...
I was wide awake for my first bath though! I even liked the warm water, until daddy poured it on my head. ;)
I'm not sure how I feel about this swing yet. :)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Casey Josiah Holmes

Here are pictures of the newest addition to our family! So it ends up that I don't have to change the name of my blog or re-paint the nursery because... we had a little boy! Casey weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and was 20 inches long. He is a really good baby and Jacob and Gavin couldn't be more proud of their new brother.

Here we are, the night before, making cupcakes together for the baby's birthday!

The last picture of me with a prego tummy
Seven pounds, eight ounces... our biggest baby yet. (Jacob was 7.1 and Gavin was 7.2)
My lungs definitely work mommy!A very proud daddy ;)
OK, so mommy's pretty proud too.

Maddie's going to have a lot of boy cousins to be the queen bee of now!
I love this picture of my sister and my nephew
Here is Casey with his three week old cousin, Olivia

Two big brothers, taking turns :)

We love you Casey... welcome to the family!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My last belly shots

Here are some maternity pictures I had taken (a little too recently). I wasn't sure if I was going to get them, but finally decided to at 38 weeks. I'm glad I did, although we couldn't get Gavin to kiss my tummy for ANYthing.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Now THAT'S bad timing...

So plans have changed a little. There's no playing or nesting happening right now because mommy is sick. I caught this horrible cold somehow and feel absolutely miserable. My doctor prescribed an antibiotic for me, but it hasn't seemed to kick in yet. So here I am, lying on the couch, without energy to do anything. Wait a second, isn't that what I'm supposed to be doing next week?!

Thankfully, I am married to super dad. He is taking care of the boys and taking care of me so I can get better. All of the household chores are slowly piling up, but he's even trying to work on that a little. ;)

I'm just concentrating on getting better so my C-section isn't delayed. And reminding myself that everything I had planned to do just isn't a priority right now. Thankfully, the rain today was a huge blessing. I was telling Adam that being 38 weeks pregnant, in 95 degree weather (without air conditioning), and totally sick all at the same time is not the best combination. Each of those situations on their own is misery enough for anyone! Hopefully, I will feel better in the next few days and my C-section was take place as planned.

Here is something cute that happened at bedtime though. Gavin was singing and Jacob couldn't sleep with all the singing, so I went upstairs to check on them.

Gavin: I singing A,B,C,D, Mommy. A-B-C-D-E-F-G!
Jacob: I can't sleep Mommy. What can I think about?
Mommy: Do you want to think about swimming? Or playing with Kailey?
Gavin: Think 'bout moorcycle rides... think 'bout go in the woods... think 'bout baby in mommy tummy...

Wow, I had no idea Gavin could be so helpful!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Playing a little, nesting a little

...That sums up what we've been doing the last few days before our baby is born. We are down to SIX by the way, it's so hard to believe! Although I definitely have that "I'm done being pregnant" feeling (especially in the heat ;), now it seems like our exciting day is coming up too fast. We can't wait, but the unknown of what our life will be like is a little scary at the same time...

I've been trying to organize and clean a section of the house each day and even convinced Adam to clean the garage! That would usually take me months to do, so he must be sympathy nesting. ;) He also decided to take on the big project of installing a sprinkler system, so hopefully he can get that done before the baby is born. It's been a big learning experience and I'm not sure if he would ever do it again, but it will be nice not to have to drag the sprinkler around our yard. Since he already had a project to do, I put this bookshelf together all by myself! Impressive, huh?

Our family has been trying to play as much as we can as well. We went to the Pierce County fair last weekend and had a good time. I'm really hoping to be able to make it to the Puyallup fair once the baby is born... but just in case we're not up for it, we ate some scones and went on rides here. :) The highlight of my time there was at the firefighter booth. Jacob got to spin a giant wheel, but he had to answer a safety question before getting his toy. The firefighter asked, "Who should you call if someone in your house needs help or if your house is on fire?" I was super proud when he said 9-1-1. If there's something you want your child to know, it's that. (I honestly thought he would say grammy or something :)

We also had the opportunity to go boating last night with our neighbors. Being 38 weeks pregnant, I couldn't think of a more perfect place to be when it's hot outside. Jacob and Gavin are huge boating fans and we would love to get a boat someday soon. They were a little hesitant to go on the innertube with Daddy, but I lifted them over the edge into his arms anyway. I knew once they were being pulled on the tube they would love it, and they did. Except Gavin and Daddy fell into the lake when the boat stopped so that scared him a little. ;) He's our fearless one though, so I would much rather have it happen to him than Jacob.

So now in our remaining six days, we are hoping to finish the sprinkler system, clean the house, and play just a little bit more together. And I can honestly say, for the first time in my life, I'm glad it's supposed to rain a little this week!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

A night with our neighborhood

I remember driving by our clubhouse last summer and seeing huge inflatables, food, clowns, a rock wall, and thinking... wow, what a fun party! Little did I know, everyone in our neighborhood was invited. So this year we made sure not to miss it. :)

The best part was that everything (no kidding, everything) was free! How often does that happen?! It all started out with a circus train going five miles an hour down our main street. Stopping at each development, they picked you up and escorted you to the clubhouse. It was a beautiful night and we had so much fun with our neighbors.

The boys started out by jumping on and climbing through the inflatables

There was a clown who made balloon animals for them (both of which were accidently popped within five minutes ;)Next, they picked out some spray-on tattoes...
Jacob was pretty sad when his came off in the bathtub though ;)

We had a picnic dinner of hot dogs, chips, and pop on the grass
I thought Jacob was pretty brave to try out the rock wall. He is usually a little monkey, climbing them at the playground in no time at all. The towering height of this one was a little intimidating though... so was the repelling. :)
So he climbed up three rocks and decided that was enough for him!
There was unlimited cotton candy and snow cones...
and we watched a helicopter land right in front of us!

Once we had seen, eaten, and played on everything, we took the circus train back home...