Monday, December 14, 2009

Promised Pictures

I am still without a computer, but thankfully, I am able to update using Doug's once again. (He's a great guy like that) As I mentioned in my last post, I got some new photos of Reba. Enjoy!
I took Reba for her 2 week check-up this past Friday. She weighed in at 9 lb 3 oz, and she was 22 inches long! Needless to say, she is growing very well! Doug and I can definitely tell she is growing (besides the fact that she has outgrown all the newborn outfits)...her little face and legs are filling out, and her tummy is becoming very round. Although, when we put her next to Dallas...she is still a very tiny little girl.
Sweet angel face...
Reba has received many wonderful gifts from our friends and family, and those same people have been generous enough to give Dallas something as well. Here are a few pictures of Dallas opening one of those gifts...
A new combine!
It's now the favorite toy!
Over the weekend, we went to a Christmas tree farm. We had heard that it was a neat place to walk around and that they had reindeer. Well, we heard wrong...this was pretty much the highlight of the farm...
It was fairly warm here this weekend, so Doug and Dallas played out in the snow. Doug has a little different method than mine for pulling the sled.
Until next time...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

You're in Luck

Doug brought his computer home from work, and I was able to upload photos from my camera! Lucky you!

First off, we are alive and OK. We have received about a foot of snow in the last couple days. In addition to the snow, we are getting very strong winds (gusts up to 50 mph); therefore, we are currently under a blizzard warning. We did see the road maintainer go by earlier today...which really surprised us because the snow is still drifting. Doug didn't go to work today because the state is pretty much shut down...he's hoping to be able to make it tomorrow...drifts depending.

OK...enough talk...onto some pictures.

Last Tuesday, Dec. 1, we had a couple bald eagles hanging out in a corn field close to our house. Doug saw them on his way to work, I saw them on my way into town and on my home from town, and Doug saw them again when he came home for lunch. I tried my best to get some pictures...but this was the best I did.
A picture of the kiddos with Dad - I couldn't believe I got one with everybodies eyes open!
Yesterday, the 8th, I took Dallas out to play in the snow. It was a little chilly (about 18 degrees above), but the winds weren't bad at all. Of course, it took me about 15-20 minutes to get Dallas wrapped up as well as myself. Reba decided to stay in the house and nap while we played.
This was right before Dallas fell face first in the snow ~ about 5 feet from the back door!
He loved being pulled in the sled.
An attempt at a self portrait.
While being pulled, Dallas kept putting his hand over the side and dragging it in the snow.
Somehow, he got pretty snow-covered!
I will try to get some new pictures of Reba and put up here soon. She has grown and changed since the last pictures I posted. Last Friday, she was up to 8 lb 8 oz and 20.5 inches...about the size Dallas was when he was born!
Until next time...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Going to be out of Commission

I just wanted to let everyone know that I will be unable to blog for a couple weeks starting this evening. We are sending our computer in to be worked on...once again. We are having the keyboard replaced and (hopefully) the mouse pad fixed. We are doing it now because our service plan/warranty is about to expire.

Until next time...

Happy Holidays!

Playing Catch Up

Doug, Dallas, Reba, Charlie, Fred and I all headed to Indiana last Wednesday for our Thanksgiving vaca. We had such a wonderful trip - spending lots of time with family and enjoying some delicious food. Here are a few pictures from our trip. I'm sorry for having forgot my camera during the Rosenfeld dinner.


Reba after getting a bath. Grandma loves her grandbabies

Dallas and his 2nd cousin Sariah (there is about 9 months difference between them)
GG and her great-grandbabies
Dallas loved playing in Grandma's wheelchair
Dallas is learning lots of animal sounds...his current favorite happens to be a cat!
Taking a tractor ride with Grandpa
Reba posing for a photo
The Robertson girls
Great-Grandpa and his newest great-grandbabies!
Our first attempt at a picture of these future Boilers
This one was much better! L-R: Reba (2 weeks), George Martin (11 weeks), and Autumn (8 weeks)
My crew made it back home about midnight Monday morning. Thankfully, the kiddos slept a great deal of the way home. Monday afternoon I had to meet Katie to get some things we had left. Dallas crashed in the recliner just before leaving!
Monday evening Dallas was trying to pick Reba up, so Daddy helped Dallas "hold" his little sister.
Until next time...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Kiddos

After spending a few days with Grandparents, Dallas was a little exhausted. This was taken on Saturday mid-morning after Doug's parents had headed home. Needless to say, we were all a little tired. It is nice to know that Dallas still likes to cuddle for a nap...It reminded me of this photo. Dallas was a couple months old here...
Miss Reba had a little bit of jaundice when we left the hospital, so she enjoyed sunbathing over the weekend to help break down the bilirubin in her system.
Dallas had to get his close up! Never mind the cut down his chin...he just ran into Gram Bergman's ring.
Miss Reba
Trying to get the two of them together...
We are off to Indiana tomorrow for Thanksgiving vaca. I'll post some photos when we return home and get settled back into the routine!
Until next time...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Baby Poll Winners and Reba's Birth Story

I will first start with the "winners" of the baby poll...that way, you can stop reading if you have no interest in the details of Reba's birth.

Winners of Date of Arrival: (they all guessed the 17th)
GG (Great-Granny)
Aunt Katie
Christine Manges
Aunt Carol Shaw

Winner of Weight:
Molly Smiley ~ she guessed 7 lb 5 oz (Reba was 7 lb 4 oz)

Winners of Length: (they both guessed 20 inches)
Aunt Lisa
Jennifer Foxx

Winners of Sex:
Jennifer Foxx
Aunt Katie
Christine Manges
Stacia Luh
Aunt Josie
Molly Smiley

Thanks again to all who played!

Now for Reba's birth story...

First, I will back up to the 6th of November. At that appointment with Dr. Smollen, I had began dilating some. Dr. Smollen said that if I made progress by the next Wednesday, she would be able to induce me on Friday the 13th. When I went for my appointment on the 11th, I was still only dilated at 1. She suggested I move my next appointment from the 18th to the 16th because she would be at the hospital on the 17th...if I made progress by the 16th - she would be able to induce me on the 17th!

Doug and I had already decided that if given the chance to be induced early, we would take it giving us the better chance of making it to Indiana for Thanksgiving. When I went to my appointment on the 16th, I had in fact made progress and Dr. Smollen gave us the go for induction.

We arrived at the hospital at 8 am on Tuesday, November 17th. After getting signed in and changed, Dr. Smollen came in to strip my membranes and to break my water. I was dilated to a 3 at that point and about 80% effaced. Contractions started right away! They were about 5 minutes apart, and pretty bearable. By 11:30 a.m. Dr. Smollen wanted the contractions to be closer together, so they started me on a small amount of Pitocin. The contractions slowly got to 2-3 minutes apart.

Dr. Smollen checked me at 4 p.m., and I was dilated to a 4 and 100% effaced and baby had moved down the birth canal greatly. I decided at that point to get some Nubain to help with the contractions. I was then able to sleep for about an hour. When I woke at a little after 5 p.m., I decided I wanted an epidural. The anesthesiologist got to the room around 5:30, and the epidural was in place around 6 p.m. As soon as Dr. Thomas (the drug lady) left the room, my contractions got dramatically stronger and longer! I was like, "I thought the epidural was to take care of this!" The nurses said it would take about 20 minutes to take full effect.

Doug helped me breathe through those 20 minutes, but the pain was still very intense. I then had Doug get the nurse again, and she called Dr. Thomas back. It took 20 minutes before Dr. Thomas got back to the room. Thankfully, Doug was still there helping me breathe through those contractions. She asked the nurse if I had been checked recently. The nurse said no, and proceded to check me. It was 6:45 p.m. and I was dilated to a 9! Dr. Smollen came in at 7 p.m., and I was dilated to a 10 and ready to push. Dr. Smollen left to scrub, dress, and call in the other nurses. We had to have extra on hand since I was delivering vaginally after a previous c-section.

I was able to start pushing about 7:05 p.m., and Reba was born at 7:19 p.m.! I did tear some during the birth and therefore have a few stitches, but all in all things went very smoothly and I have recovered very well.

Hopefully, I haven't turned away too many readers with my story.

Until next time...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Little Lovin'

Dallas is adjusting very well to his new role of big brother...
I think he loves her already...
Until next time...

The Naked Farmer

We were in the middle of getting Dallas ready for bed the other night when he decided he wasn't done farming for the evening!

Until next time...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Big Brother Meets Baby Sister

We made it home from the hospital yesterday! Here is a short video of Dallas meeting Reba for the very first time. Dallas did such a great job of being gentle and nice. He has quickly learned who Reba is when we say her name. Let's hope he continues to be this excited about his little sister.
video

Here is Miss Reba dressed and waiting for Mama and Daddy to get finished packing to go home.
We had to do some major readjusting on the straps of the carseat. They were still set for Dallas when he was just under a year old!
Dallas waiting for Daddy to uncover baby sister.
Mama has room on her lap again for Dallas to sit!

Until next time...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Grandparents Come to Visit

Can you believe I have more pictures of this beautiful little girl?
The grandparents all made it to the hospital today to meet their granddaughter. I was able to capture a few pictures.

Grandma Robertson
Grandpa Robertson
Grandpa Bergman
Gram Bergman
Sorry I don't have any pictures of Reba with big brother Dallas. He isn't allow to visit at the hospital because of flu season (the hospital is not allowing visitors under 18)...so he will have to wait and meet baby sister when we get home.
Until next time...