Sunday, September 22, 2013

Double Trouble Turns Two

Big H and O-Dawg are turning 2 next week. They are still little pip-squeaks - cute, RAMBUNCTIOUS little guys, and what little boys don't need a fort?

I made them a play teepee for their birthday's. They have to share this year, 'cause Auntie just wasn't up for doubling up on awesome crafts this time round! I roughly followed these two tutorials, and was totally in awe of this one. I started this project well before their birthday (actually, on Fiona's due date!), and found I had most everything already on hand, after scrounging through my fabric collection. All I had to get was some PVC pipe for the poles (I got some stares as I walked around the plumbing department at 9 months preggo), which I then spray painted with some leftover paint.

I really liked the idea of using some lace after looking at that third tutorial I linked to, and thought it would kind of be like windows and would let in a bit of light. I skipped the nylon webbing for pole holders, and just sewed some fabric strips instead. I am pretty pleased with how it all turned out!

I forgot my camera at home when we went to the birthday party, but I think H&O were pretty stoked to have a hiding place. According to a text from their parents last night, they already love it! Have fun in there boys!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

August Arrival(s)

Our baby has arrived! Fiona Faye came into the world on August 26, 2013, at 3:59 AM. She was 6 pounds, 9 ounces and 20 inches long.

Brand new!

I was completely shocked to see 1) that cap of dark hair, and 2) that she was a girl!!

I have no idea how long labour lasted, as I was completely in labour land for most of Saturday night and all of Sunday, where time made no sense. I was rejected at the hospital the first time we went on Sunday afternoon, and was sent home again after getting a morphine shot (best decision ever) around 10 PM Sunday night. I was determined not to get rejected a third time, so after my water broke at home around 1:30 Monday morning I insisted on staying home until I couldn't handle it any more.

We got the hospital around 3:25, and Fiona popped out just a few minutes later!

She was born fast and furious, and didn't really cry in the first few minutes of her life. She did wriggle around a little, but no real screaming was happening. The nurses took her to the NICU after 6 minutes of suctioning her and trying to get her to take a big breath. Dan went with her and said that even before they got there Fiona was doing better and had started to wail. She spent a few hours in the NICU, then came back to be with us.

We are of course home now and Fiona is two weeks old already!!

There were two other baby girls born in August in our family as well! On my side, Hillary and Michael welcomed baby Elsie on August 2, and on Dan's side, Matt and Kori welcomed baby Evelyn on August 25, just 9 hours before Fiona arrived! Needless to say, we are thrilled with the girl trifecta!