Friday, June 29, 2012

Ally's one month old

Our little Allyson is one month old so we took a few short minutes to capture some photos. Landon and Katelyn even helped me by holding up the ends of the blanket to make a "backdrop."

Ally wakes up twice at night to eat, anywhere from around 1 or 2 a.m. and then 4 or 5 a.m. So it's not too terrible but it still can be tiring if she doesn't fall back to sleep right away. She is awake more during the day now and we are trying to get her to like the swing since she always wants to be held. She eats pretty much every 2.5 to 3 hours during the day and is up to 3 oz. Allyson is focusing more and will just stare at something for awhile before moving on to something else. My favorite thing is the little squeal she does when I pull the bottle away to burp her. It kind of sounds like a squealing piglet--in search of more milk:)
(Side note: Her hematoma is almost all gone. It was about the size of half a golf ball for three weeks and then this last week it just started shrinking--I was one relieved mama when it started to disappear.)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Cracker Barrel party

We went to Ben's employee appreciation day party that Cracker Barrel puts on every year. Grandma stayed at home with Allyson and we took Landon and Katelyn to play on inflatable toys, ride ponies, play bingo and eat some food.

Landon was brave and did the very big inflatable obstacle course. He did get a friction burn on his elbow but he still thought it was pretty cool.
 Katelyn got to ride on the pony this year. She never let go of Ben's hand. She did think she was pretty big stuff though by riding the pony, especially since Landon didn't want to.
Cracker Barrel has been on awesome company to Ben. We are very grateful that he had a chance to start his career here and work with a great team. We hope that Dishnetwork will prove to be a good company as well.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Allyson Ann

Allyson Ann
7lbs 9oz
18.25 inches 
5/29/12 at 10:52 a.m.

Her Story

Our little Blueberry had a smooth birth. Mommy went into the hospital to be induced at 4 a.m. and Daddy came at 6:30 a.m. after dropping off Landon and Katelyn at a friends house. The show got on the road after the water was broken at 7:15 a.m. By 8:30 mommy got the WONDERFUL epidural. And to make a long story short, two pushes and Allyson Ann took her first glimpse of life outside the womb. And yes, mommy tore a little bit but not near as bad as Landon's birth! At least this time a doctor was there to catch the baby.  We know we have been blessed with "easy" (though I personally will still view it as tough) births.
 Happy mommy
 Proud papa
 What a handful. THREE!

 Grandma Anderson came to help out.
The kids think Blueberry is "so cute." Katelyn actually loved her from the get go and Landon took a little longer. He had been in the room for all of five minutes when he was asking to go. And the first time we got him to sit down and hold her for a few seconds he practically threw her off his lap and Ben had to catch her. But now all three are just as happy as can be.

Our hospital stay took a bit longer than expected because Allyson had to spend the night in a bilirubin light and she was having spit up and swallowing issues. The next morning she was given the ok on her bilirubin levels and we had gotten her spit up issues under control and were basically told she has an immature esophagus that doesn't close properly after eating but she will eventually have it mature and all will be fine. She'll probably just be quite the spitter like her older sister was. (I can just see the laundry now!) Oh, and just a little note so I remember: She came so fast that she has a hematoma (a big goose egg looking thing) on the side of her head. The doctors say it will eventually go away once the body absorbs the blood that is pooled underneath. Anyway, she's home and we're so excited to start our adventure with three little kiddos.
*As for the name we went with Allyson spelled in such away that it can be shortened to Ally and Ann is my mother's middle name.