Thursday, December 31, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
This picture is actually only 2 weeks after our first date. I was 18 and Jeromy was 24.
This is at one of the 7 concerts that we went to while we were dating....at The Green Day concert.
This was taken at the State Capitol in Austin.
This was on our way to Sherlocks for St. Patty's Day in 2005.
And check out these 2 cuties! Kara and Karlee were 2 and 3 when we started dating! So sweet!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
And I love how relaxed yet awesome this one is! I never would have guessed that I would have liked it so much but this one is my favorite of the whole family.
Aren't the girl's outfits ADORABLE?!?!?!? I just love them and we received SO MANY compliments on them. My friend April made them. She is so incredibly talented. It's nice to have friends in talented places. :)
Monday, December 14, 2009
I am extremely lucky to have been the winner of the $25 gift certificate from my friend Tina's blog giveaway that she was hosting. I am so excited....the gift certificate to Uniquely Monogrammed. She has some really amazing things but I am going to be good and save it to use on a custom outfit for Karsyn's 1st birthday in May. I seriously never win anything so I was suprised and excited when I found out that I had won. Tina will be hosting several giveaways in the next few months so make sure you check out her blog and watch for them!
And now for the loser part........My name is Lauren and I am a pacifier loser. Seriously.....before Karsyn was born I probably had about 30 pacifiers (no joke!) and today I gathered them all up...from under beds.....in the car.....out of the diaper bag......the nursery......you name.....I looked there. And all that I could find was 10.....yes.....you read that correctly.....10! I don't know how I could lose them so easily. I try to stay fairly organized with them. I always keep 1 in the crib.....1 in the car seat....and 1 in the diaper bag. I try to only use them in their places and if I take them out of their place I make sure they get put back. But somehow I have managed to lose 20 or possibly even more pacifiers in 7 months. I guess I better buy stock in Mam. :)
Well....there you have it.......today I have been both a winner and a loser. :)
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Don't forget.....enter before it's too late!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
We had a great time and I am looking forward to seeing them again....hopfully sooner than later!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
We purchased our tickets over a week ago with promises of receiving flight confirmations with 24-48 hours. I waited patiently and e-mailed a few times for updates always receiving an auto reply response. Well......as of today I received an e-mail stating that my e-mail was undeliverable. LOVELY! I am just wanting to warn everyone else so this does not happen to anyone that I know.
So as of now we are back at square one for a vacation that begins in less than 25 days. Hopefully we will be able to find something fast within our budget. I guess that is what I get for not trusting my instincts!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Kara and Mommy enjoying lunch
Happy Birthday Kara! Mommy loves you and I am very proud of you!!!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
And I had to add this picture because people always wonder who she looks like....and well....not to brag.....but this looks exactly like ME! My mom said that she looks so much like me that for her it is a blast from the past!
Oh....and on a side note! Remeber the last post I made about Karsyn being used for advertising for Picture People?? Well.....if you go into the Stonebriar location up above the couter there is a black and white picture of a chubby sleeping baby. Can you guess who that is??? Yep....that's right! It's my little Karsyn!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I began coaching Kara's cheer squad this week and I am seriously overly excited about it. (It's pretty embarrassing!) I just love being able to share something that I loved so much with my daughter. Plus I am hoping that it will be a good workout to help me lose these extra 10 lbs. of baby weight I am still carrying around! Maddie and Maycee are on our squad. Kara is really happy to have her friends cheering with us. I know that April will have some pretty embarassing pictures of me before all of this is said and done. In fact, I think that she got a picture of me doing a handstand at our first practice! LOL! Our squad is the Lobo Gold and we cheer for a 7/8 year old boys football team. I can't wait for our first game. So far, in 2 practices I have taught the girls 7 cheers. I wasn't sure if they would remember them all but this morning I heard Kara in her bedroom practicing so I am pretty confident that the other girls probably remember them too! Holly is helping me coach and she is a God send! She is such a talented cheerleader and really has great skills for teaching children. (She will make a great parent and dentist some day!) Unfortunately, Holly can only attend 1-2 practices a week because of her work schedule so I will have to wing it when she isn't there and hope for the best. :)
We went to Karsyn's 2 month old check-up last week and she is officially 10lbs. 4 oz. and 21 3/4 inches long! I can't believe how fast she is growing! That is almost 4 lbs. and 3 inches up from her size at birth. She really is still such a little peanut though. She is 45th percentile for weight, 30th for height and 10th for her head! I laugh at her head size because she is 2 months old and 0-3 month hats are still GIGANTIC for her little head! I was buying her some fall clothes today and I wanted the matching hat but seriously laughed out load at how ridiculously huge the 3-6 month hat was on her! I ended up buying the 0-3 month hat because it was still pretty big on her. So as long as her head doesn't go through some major growth spurt she will be sporting a really cute hat this fall!
One of the worst things about well baby visits is the vaccinations. I always hated when Kara had to get shots and even though we are on an alternate vaccine schedule for Karsyn I knew that she would be getting some at her 2 month appointment and I was having really bad anxienty about this! The day of her appointment I was flustered and nervous all day! At the appointment I was sweaty and shaking. I am so glad that Jeromy was there to hold her arms down. I cried when she got her shots because she had the saddest little face and cried so hard. I held her and nursed her in the room for about 20 minutes before we left the office. I had to give her Tylenol every 4 hours for the next 24 hours because the shots were giving her a fever. :( I felt really bad for her and she acted like her legs were hurting whenever I would touch them. Jeromy and I are glad that we don't go back for another 2 months but we are both still dreading more shots!
Ironically before her appointment; in all of my anxienty I had Karsyn's 2 month pictures made at the Picture People. They turned out so cute and I ended up spending a lot more than I wanted on them. She was so alert in the beginning and we got some great shots of her smiling and holding her head up. Then she fell asleep and got some amazing pictures of her sleeping. Of course she is my baby so all of this sounds obviously cliche that I think that they were adorable but then yesterday someone from Picture People called me and asked if they could e-mail me a waiver because they wanted to use Karsyn's pictures on their website and for general advertising! So maybe you guys will see her in some future advertisements for them! I should have the e-mailed images from the session soon so I will upload them as soon as I get them.
Well, that pretty much puts us up to speed. I am sure that the next few weeks will be spent hanging out with the kiddos, going to cheer practice and getting ready for school to start. I love summer but I have to admit that I am ready for school to start back. It is such a challenge to entertain 2 girls and take care of a baby. I am ready for scheduled nap times and the ability to actually clean my house!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I was scheduled for an induction on Friday May 22nd but Karsyn had other plans. I woke up Thursday morning, May 14th exhausted as normal but with a busy day planned. Ashley B. and I met up at the Stonebriar Mall and shopped for a couple hours. Afterwards I had to go to the grocery store, do some housework and pick up the kids from school. After finishing everything I started feeling really tired and really strange. I layed down in my room for about 30 minutes before having to get ready and leave for Karlee's school play.
At Karlee's school play I was feeling really weird and having some braxton hicks. I was also feeling very crampy but had been experiencing these for a few days so I didn't think anything of it. Kara and I left there and headed to Jeromy's basketball game. At the game the cramping was getting stronger and the pains were going down my legs. They were really uncomfortable. I called my mom when we left and asked if I could bring Kara over to spend the night because I wasn't feeling well. Jeromy drove and we took her to my mom's. (It is about 15 minutes from our house.) On the way to my mom's the contractions were getting stronger and the cramping was steady inbetween the contractions. I began to feel them going down my back and I knew then that it was something more than just what I had been experiencing the days prior. We rushed home so Jeromy could take a shower and I called the doctor. Dr. Garner wasn't the dr. on call but the dr. on call told us to go to Labor and Delivery but that because I was only 37 weeks that I shouldn't expect to be staying. I threw some last minute toiletries into our bags, we loaded our car and headed to the hospital. As we pulled out of the driveway Jeromy turned to me and said "I have a feeling that this is a practice run."
We arrived at the hospital around 10pm. They checked my cervix and I was still a 3. (The same that I was on Monday.) They hooked me up to the monitors and we waited. I was having contractions 2-3 minutes apart. After an hour and my pain level was increasing they checked me again and I was still a 3 but my cervix was softer. They decided to keep me to monitor me for a few more hours. At this point they decided to give me a shot of stadol to help me relax and get some sleep. Jeromy left to grab something to eat and pick up some DVD's for our video camera. When he got back I was already out of it and falling asleep. I slept off and on until 4am when they came in and checked me again. This time I was dilated to a 4, 90% effaced and my bag of water was bulging. The nurse then looked at me and said "Okay. Well, we will go ahead and start your IV and you can get your epidural as soon as you are ready." Jeromy and I looked at each other and were shocked! I said "OMG! We are having our baby today!"
It took them an hour to get my IV in and going. By 6:30 the anesthesiologist came in and gave me my epidural. Dr. Garner called up to labor and delivery around 7am and told them to go ahead and start pitocin to speed things up. He came in around 8:15 and broke my water. (The amount of fluid that came out was unreal!!!) I labored very comfortably and around 10 the nurse came in and checked me and I was about 9 1/2 centimeters dilated. Dr. Garner showed up around 10:15 and started prepping the room for delivery. Once he was suited up it was show time. I started pushing at 10:30 and 4 contractions later at 10:40am Karsyn was born. When her head came out I looked down and was absolutely amazed! The umbillical cord was wrapped around her neck once but she was okay. When she came out I couldn't beleive that I was looking at my baby!! She just looked so tiny!
When Karsyn let out that first cry Jeromy turned around to kiss me.. he was crying and I was crying....I think everyone was crying. It was a perfect moment and I am so happy that she is finally here. All the heartache and worry were worth it when I stare at my baby girl. She is just an absolute gift from God and we feel so blessed.