Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Strawberry Footballs

These pictures were taken last year, but because it's full fledged football season in our home right now I thought it would be appropriate to post this on this year.We love strawberries, chocolate and football in the house, so these treats were perfect!!  I love Pinterest!! So many cute ideas!!   


Tuesday, September 25, 2012


For our 13th Anniversary LeGrand and I went to see WICKED!!!!  It was amazing!!  LeGrand bought the tickets thinking that it was a little risky because it was about 2 1-2 weeks before I was due to have Brielle. When Brielle came 3 weeks early we really didn't know what to do.  We wanted to go, but can you leave a 4 day old baby to go to a musical?!?!  Well, we decided to go. Thanks to Helga for watching all 5 of our kiddos we had a blast.  The play was Fabulous and the company was even better!!  I'm so blessed to be married to this amazing man!!  He is one of my biggest blessings and I thank God every day for him!!  These past 13 years have been incredible!!  13 down and eternity to go!!  I love you honey!!  

Brielle 1 month old

Having Brielle in our family has seriously been such a joy.  This first month of life as a family of 7 has been a memorable one. I've loved having the kids home as we've really enjoyed the final month of summer all together.  We enjoyed watching the Olympics together cuddling with a sweet sweet newborn.  I just sat and cuddled her every minute that I could.  I just wanted to drink it all in and cherish it forever.  Babies grow and change so fast, they are so precious, sweet, and straight from Heaven.  It's such a miracle to have a baby.  When I look into Brielle's eyes I feel her sweet spirit, I feel close to our Father in Heaven. Sometime when she's just looking off I wonder what she's seeing, what she's remembering.  Seeing Brayden, Adelyn, Sophie and Kolby with their baby sister brings me so much joy....ok some stress too, especially when Kolby decides he wants to carry her to me or be my extra big helper in some other way.  But for the most part they are all incredible with her.  They all help me change her diaper, get her dressed.  It's been such a different experience to have a baby with older kids that are very capable helper, who can help me with Brielle and help in taking care of themselves more.  Oh it's wonderful!!!!!

Brielle's first month was a little challenging..  Even though the delivery went fairly smoothly I was still tired and trying to recover.  Trying to take care of 5 kiddos is busy...not a lot of spare time...always doing something, loving someone, feeding someone, cleaning up after someone, teaching someone....Nights and days were mixed up which is totally normal, but there were a few things that we had to deal with that we've never dealt with before.  Brielle had Jaundice bad enough that we had to keep taking her back to the hospital about every other day for the first 1 1/2 weeks. If her #'s went up one more number she would have been under the lights.  Due to the fact that she was jaundice and that she was 3 weeks early she just wanted to sleep all the time.  We had to take her clothes off, change her diaper, rub her down, bathe her, flick her feet, wipe her down with a wet washcloth..I know it sounds so mean, just to try to get her awake to eat.  This process had to be done a few time during each feeding to try to keep her awake.  It was a chore to say the least.  She wasn't a very good nurser either which creates it's own set of complications too.  My milk started drying up, she stopped having wet/poopy diapers, she started loosing weight.  I don't know what I would have done without help from my cousin Sheri K who is a lactation consultant.  She was great, she talked to me, texted me, came over to help... she answered tons of questions that I had and was amazing.  You'd think that after I've nursed 4 other babies that I would have this all down and be a pro...I guess the Lord was reminding me that all babies are different and that I still have lots to learn.  I had to nurse Brielle every 2 hours, then pump to try to get my milk supply back up and then give her a bottle after each feeding to make sure that she was getting enough and gaining weight again.

At Brielle's 2 week check up she weighed almost 1 pound less than her birth weight.  That was even after we'd been supplementing after each feeding. It was stressful, I was so worried about her and getting worn out.  Since I fed her about every 2 hours and each feeding took close to an hour, it felt like that was all I was doing....We'll she started latching on better, eating more and finally started gaining weight.  It took her 4 weeks to get back to her birth weight.  Now she's gaining and doing well..  The stress levels have gone down  quite a bit.


 Brielle seriously has such a sweet spirit.  I know she's a fighter, I know that she's supposed to be in our family.  She already beat the odds of being born healthy, with all of my pregnancy complications.  I'm grateful that the Lord had sent her into our lives.  I can't even imagine life with out our sweet angel girl!!!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Brielle...during the first month..

I've been slow about getting pictures up of our Sweet Brielle...Here some are!!! 

4 days old

Brielle is so loved.  She gets held, hugged, kissed all the time!!  What a lucky girl! 

5 days old
Can you tell, we just can't get enough of her!! 

1 week old

Those cheeks are just to squeezable, we could resist!!
1 1/2 weeks old Photo Shoot

2 weeks old
I love seeing LeGrand with Brielle!!  She sure loves her daddy!  So do I!!

Oh, I could just eat her up!!!!!

3 weeks

 Thais picture cracks me up.  It totally looks like Sophie is nursing Brielle... too funny...
I love how Sophie is just looking at Brielle and relaxing... Such a sweet thing for a mommy to see.
Sophie loves to help change diapers!! 

 Didn't think I'd see this... Brayden even helps change diapers!
So does Addy!! Man I'm set!!

More 3 week old photo shoots...

Such a sweet girl!!!  Love our family!!