Monday, January 31, 2011


Like the artwork I made in Mila's room? And the changing table my mom painted?
This marks the day when we thought Mila had a cold, but I think it's reflux. Will update on that later.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Things Change

I've noticed that since Mila was born, I've only updated on Project 365 and Ten on Tuesdays. Nothing substantial. Nothing. I'm sorry about that. It seems a bit outrageous. Today, I'm not going to write anything substantial either, but I am going to share some of my favorite blogs with you. I'm sure that I've done it before, but some of my tastes change. Without further ado, here is the list.

1. Profoundly Seth
This mom started her blog when her 3rd son was born early and was diagnosed as profoundly deaf. He now has cochlear implants and is 2 years old. The blog is now about all (6!) of her kids and her life. I've been reading this blog for a while now and can't ever seem to stop. I just love reading all of El's posts.

2. Knock-Off Wood
I'm pretty sure that I've mentioned this blog before. This lady is incredible. She builds everything! I mean it, everything. You could find me on her site nearly every day when I was nesting with Mila. I wanted to build everything so bad! We have plans to build some things in the future and I'm sure I'll end up using some of her stuff as a guide. If you're into building and have that itch the scratch, go check out her site. She gives simple instructions and walks you through the builds.

3. Young House Love
Perhaps I'm only obsessed with this one because we just bought a new house, but I think I was reading it way before that happened. This couple documented their trials of improving their first home together. They've recently moved out and are now in their next home and are all about making improvements. It's a lot of fun to follow what they do and to read about their ideas and see what they come up with next! Check it out. Some of their ideas are reasonably priced too.

4. Single Dad Laughing
This blog is a great read! It's written by a daddy and it's all about his thoughts, life, and child. I thoroughly enjoy reading his blog. He's a great writer and I'm pretty sure he is also publishing a book here real soon. If you enjoy a good read, this is the blog for you. It's not just for parents either, it's for people of all kinds.

5. Budget Bites
Lots of recipes for good prices. Some are hit, some are miss. But, it's well worth your subscription if you like to cook on a budget.

And there you have it! Those are my current top 5 blogs I read... minus all of the photography ones. You should go check them out, it's well worth your time.



Mila and one of her silly faces.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011


Ian started the day by pouring chocolate milk all over the floors and furniture.


Thursday, January 27, 2011


Sometimes I worry he will smother his little sister.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Ian woke up this morning and wanted to check out his baby sister. So cute!


Mila's Grunt

I mentioned in yesterday's post that I'd try and get a video of Mila up when she was in the hospital. She got fluid in her lungs and Stephen got a video of her grunt that made them so concerned. Here it is:

Sounds pretty weird to me. I'm glad that she's all better now though. It didn't last very long.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ten on Tuesday

Hello people. Here's another Ten on Tuesday brought you from Chelsea's blog. Go link it up.

1. Do you decorate for Valentine’s day?
Nope. It is our anniversary though. Maybe we should decorate for our anniversary. That's be super cool. We'll just have pictures of us all around. Charming.

2. Does your desktop have a picture or computer graphic? Is it organized?
It's a picture of Ian in his car. Super cute. And yeah, it's pretty organized.
3. Do you use a paper planner, electric planner or no planner at all?
I am a nut about this, and yet, I still forget things. I use the google electronic one that actually sends me text messages for certain occasions. And there are several calendars (color coded) on that. Then, I have one for my purse, one for my desk, and we have a family one on the wall. Crazy? Yes.
4. Do you change purses or bags often or stick with a good thing?
I hold onto purses forever. My mom (& recently Jackie) give me their hand-me-downs and I use them like crazy. I change pretty frequently... usually when one gets too messy.
5. What’s your favorite YouTube Video?
Our radio station in town had Bruno Mars in studio a while back and put up two videos on YouTube, they are my only favorites at the moment and I love to watch them. You should to, go check it out: Here's The Way You Are and here's just some covers of other songs, he even does a MJ one at the end. Obsessed, I'll admit it.
6. Do you use Turbo Tax or a real person to pay your taxes?

7. How many states have you set foot (or tire) in? Which ones?
Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Mississippi, Florida, New York, Illinois, Colorado, Louisiana, Alabama, Nevada, Oklahoma, and um... I think that's it. So that's 13.
8. How many countries have you been in? Which ones?
Technically, 5. USA, London (to switch flights), Czech Republic, Amsterdam (to switch flights), and Canada. 
9. How many pillows are in your house? (Sleeping or decorative)
20? I have no clue.
10. How cold is too cold for flip flops?
I don't know... when my toes feel really cold?



At night, I use this laptop. Notice, all the keys are still missing.

Monday, January 24, 2011


Mila looking at her daddy while hanging out with the big brother in his bedroom.


Sunday, January 23, 2011


Grandma and T-bone came over for a visit today & Ian could not get enough of Mila.


Saturday, January 22, 2011


Ian getting his second haircut.
(I really was not happy about it, I asked for a trim and they cut it all off)


Friday, January 21, 2011


Mila's feet.
Taken on the 19th, but once again, I didn't take any pictures of the 21st. In my defense, I just had a baby.


Thursday, January 20, 2011


I'm a little obsessed at this point. I love my babies.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Mila and her silly faces.
Ian is sick at this point too, so it's just me and Mila for the next few days.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011


Ian and Mila napping and I just sit and watch. :)


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Welcome to the World

Finally, at 7:35pm on January 12,  2011, Mila was born.

I know she looks pretty upset here. But it was the sweetest cry you've ever heard.

Even the c-section couldn't keep me from smiling. Seeing my babies for the first time are the happiest moments in my life. I'm glad Stephen's been there twice to take the picture for me. As a matter of fact, here's a comparison:

Top is Ian, bottom is Mila. The pictures are very similar, I love it!! Anywho, Mila weighed in at 7lbs 8oz.

What a big baby! She was 19 inches long of absolute perfection. She was grunting which meant that she swallowed some fluid and it was in her lungs. They got that out and she seemed to be good after that. She had many happy family members who were extremely excited to meet her.


I absolutely love this picture!! Look at Ian's face. Everyone looks super excited to see Mila.

That's all for now friends. It's time for bed and I'm tired!!

And one more for funsies:

Blog out. 


This is from when we left the hospital on the 15th, but I have zero pictures from the 16th, so here you go.
My amazingly talented grandma made this hat for Mila. Isn't is absolutely precious?


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Last Day of Pregnancy

This is a quick post about my last day of pregnancy. I went into labor on January 12, 2011 when I was approximately 39 weeks, 3 days. My water broke that morning at 7:30 and by the time I was supposed to be at the doctor at 10:30, I'd had about 4 contractions. The doctor wasn't too happy about that, so he moved me over to the hospital and I was given some pitocin to help speed up the labor.

I was still pretty happy at this point.

Stephen, Amy, and my mom were in the room with me (and for a while, my Aunt Lisa was too). It was helpful to have so much support because this labor was full of extremely difficult decisions because of the complicated delivery. For those that don't know, we were attempting a VBAC. Soon, the contractions were getting pretty intense. Hypnobabies helped a lot and they didn't really hurt, but they were very, very intense.

Stephen's timing while I'm trying to relax.

A couple of hours later and I hadn't really progressed very much. Maybe a centimeter. After having a long talk with Stephen and my doctor, we decided to get an epidural. If something were to happen, they'd have to put me under to get Mila out, and I wanted to see her immediately. So, epidural was the safest decision for us. Around this time, we got an amazing gift from Rafik and Sandra before the baby was even born!

Stinking cute, right?

Mila's heart rate was going up and down, so we tried to change positions. Upon this change, we lost her heart rate for a long time...

Finally got her heart rate through a fetal heart rate monitor placed directly on her head.

That was pretty scary and the doctor stayed in my room for a while monitoring her heart rate. I could hear it getting really slow and it was really scary. The doctor stayed with us for a while, talked to us, then left to let us make our decision. Mila's heart rate was slowing down even more and it was like deshavu  with Ian's labor.

We decided to get a c-section again before it turned into an emergency like with Ian.

He's reaching for the camera, not flipping it off.

They immediately took us down for a c section to get Mila out safely. That's the story of my last day of pregnancy. I'll finish the birthing story tomorrow. I'll also try and update my daily picture posts tomorrow. Yes, I brought the camera and continued to take pictures.

Blog out.



There are probably going to be an irrational amount of pictures of this girl.
Daddy had to go home from the hospital because he was sick... the start to a long week.