Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Christmas Story


Barrett's blessing day, Dec. 26th
I guess I will add to the throng of Christmas posts. I enjoy reading them! And our blog is getting overdue for an entry now anyway. :)
So we traveled (by car, as usual) from Oklahoma to Utah this year. Our kids are such great travelers now. They do so well. I am so very very grateful for this!!! Anyway, we arrived on Christmas Eve, around 3:30ish. We were all very tired from the long drive, but still managed to have Christmas Eve dinner with my family and attend a fun family get together with Carl's family afterward. It was lots of fun. I am glad the kids have lots of cousins on Carl's side to play with. They had a jolly time! :)
Next came Christmas! Christmas Day was unusual this year in that we actually got to sleep in until 9. We got to open presents in daylight, which has NEVER happened! Ever!! My kids aren't quite old enough to be super excited and jumpy on Christmas morning, plus we don't do the Santa thing. They do know there will be presents, however. They are still figuring it all out, I suppose. Something like that . . . Anyhoo, we all recieved nice, thoughful gifts and spent lots of good, quality time together and ate lots of tasty, unhealthy treats. :) hehe We enjoyed some of Grammy's splendid Eggnog, took naps, and Stayed in pajammas all day! We also did a little talent show like thingy that had such amazing performances as a push up contest (I couldn't do even one! Do I hear a Neew Years Resolution in the making?) and a rendition of "Santa Baby" that included Barrett with a little white beard as Santa Baby! :D It was cute. And fun.
The following day was Barrett's blessing day. We had it on this day so that we could have family around for it. All of our kids have been blessed in my Mom's ward (my previous ward) since we have lived out of state our whole married life. It is important to us to have family about us when we bless our babies. It has worked out well so far.
And now we are just enjoying our break relaxing and getting in lots more family time before we head back. We leave for Oklahoma again on January 1st, New Years Day! And I am not looking forward to the drive, especially since the weather has taken a turn for the worse!
Barrett turned 3 months on Christmas Eve and is a little chunker at 16 pounds. :) He has been teething early, but has such a gentle and sweet disposition that he doesn't even complain that much. He loves to chomp on his hands, and is the smiliest little guy! He is the biggest chatterbox of a baby I have ever seen. He loves to talk to anyone in his cute little way.


Anyway, here are the pictures:


Four Generations picture taken on the blessing day.
I finally have one of these!





Barrett on his blessing day




Kenny likes Grammy's Eggnog on Christmas day
wearing the Spiderman shirt I made for him.
(My boy is all about the Spiderman these days!)





Barrett likes his present.





The shirt I made for Carl. I am proud of how well it turned out. :)





Barrett likes his buggy. So do I! :)




What a cutie!




Kenny and Daddy testing out the awesome water table.
The perfect gift for Kenny, who is always asking to play in the kitchen sink!




Lexi on her bike and it's just right!




Waiting on the stairs (good thing they are long!)




What a cute happy boy! (Christmas morning)




Grandma Clegg holding Baby Barrett sporting his Christmas bib
on Christmas Eve at the Clegg get together.




Lexi brushing her Cinderella Dolly's hair.
A gift from Grammy as the one present we open on Christmas Eve.



Kenny riding his Christmas Eve gift, Rody. They need to make adult sized Rodys because my three younger brothers are obsessed with this thing!
They are always sitting on it! The nutbags . . . :)


On the Riverwalk in downtown OKC
We went downtown on the Sunday before Christmas to ride on one of the canal boats on the Riverwalk. They were free! The kids had a good time. The line was really long, as you can imagine. Carl and me didn't think it was tons of fun since it was slow, kinda boring and crowded. But it was worth it to take the kids. It was really pretty down there too.



Thhe kidlets and myself try to do little crafts here and there. This Christmas season we made some nice little star ornaments that turned out pretty good.


Pretty Star ornaments the kids made




And here are some of the pictures I took after the Christmas card pictures. I wanted these pictures to depict my kids personalities more accurately. They picked out their clothes and posed how they wanted. I think they were successful.


Wonderful Princess Lexi




Marvelous Snowman Kenny
(he is wearing his beloved snowman shirt he want to wear 24/7)




Adorable Sweetie Barrett








Well, that's all folks!
Hope y'all have a happy new year!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Call for Addresses!!

Hey everyone! It's time for Christmas cards again! If you have moved since last year, or would just like to be added to our list, please email me your address at: bobbybloo(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thank you,

Me

P.S. Can you believe there is only one week until Christmas???? How did that happen?!?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Birth Story and Barret Sweetness

Well, I guess it is high time I posted. And I need to post Barrett's birth story. It was a perfect birth, I really couldn't have planned it any better myself. It was harder at the end than both Kenny and Lexi's births. I pushed longer for Barrett than Lexi or Kenny too. 7 min. for them and about 13 for Barrett. Anyway, here is a condensed version of the story:


On Sept. 23 we went to pick up Carl from the Airport. He got the job at Oklahoma City and we were very happy to have him back. It is important to have daddy at the birth if one can help it, I think. So, that night we went out to dinner to celebrate. All throughout dinner I was having very minor contraction, but they were very far apart and not consistent, so I didn't really think anything of them. On the drive home I took note of them and told Carl, but then they seemed to vanish. Ah . . . well, . . . we thought I would probably a couple of days overdue anyway. Off to bed we went.


Several hours later my contractions woke me up. I believe it was about 3 something. I got up and did several different things to see if the contractions would let up. I got on my hands and knees and rocked back and forth during each contraction to help bring my cervix forward. I even folded laundry to pass the time between contractions as I made sure they were gonna stick. After half an hour, I told Carl this was it, to which he replied, "Are you sure?" "Yes, of course I'm sure!" I told him. Sheesh . . . I then called my midwife and 2o minutes (after we got all ready) later we were headed off to the birth center.


We arrived around 5:30ish. The tub was all ready and the lights were low. We put music on and I got into a gown. I actually thought it was cute, and it didn't show my tuckush in the back! Excellent . . . So, we started dealing with contractions. Carl was such a wonderful support, as he always is. After a few minutes, my awesome midwife showed Carl a counterpressure technique in which he applies pressure to my hips during a contraction. I was amazed at how well it worked. For half an hour we used this technique. Then I decided that I wanted to labor in the tub.

While I was in the tub, as naked as the day I was born, my mom, Carl, and 2 midwives were also there. And saw everything. But I didn't care, not a whit. And I still don't. But I remember thinking for a second, "Hmmm, I will be completely naked for all to see. Hmmm, I don't really care." and stripped down and climbed in.

I labored in the tub for about 3 hours. Mom put wet washcloths on my head, Carl held my hands and rubbed my back. The midwives talked to me, we laughed and joked. It was very peaceful and beautiful.

As I was getting through another contraction, I suddenly felt my water break in a little explosive gush. I noted, "I think my water just broke" and then -----it hit me! The ferocious urge to push, and a lot of pain! I remember saying. "I don't want to, but I have to. (referring to having to push)". I tensed my legs up really bad since I was kneeling when my water broke so the midwives helped me lay back. I felt the ring of fire and they asked me if I wanted to feel his head. I denied any desire to feel his head, I just wanted to get the job done! And it was too much effort to reach down when I was exerting all of my energy to push him out!

They were going to let Carl catch him, but he seemed stuck which was due to his cord being, short, around his neck and therefore tight. So my midwife quickly stepped in and did a somersault manuever on Barrett and he came out beautifully. I'm still not exactly sure how this manuever works, but glad that it did. :)

I was so happy to see him, albeit exhausted! His birth was also much more tiring than Kenny's or Lexi's. He wasn't crying good right from the start and was a dreadful bluish color from having his cord around his neck when they placed him on my chest. So they rubbed his back and suctioned out his mouth and nose and then he hollered. I kissed the top of his head and noticed that he had hair! Not as much as Lexi, but more than Kenny.

After Barrett pinked up real good, and we weren't worried about his well being, I noticed how sore my legs were. I couldn't believe how sore they were! I felt like I had run a marathon (or what I would guess running a marathon would feel like, seeing as I have never run one)! They were really sore for quite a while all due to me tensing then up like crazy. Wow . . .

So, little Barrett is my biggest baby at 8 lbs 2 oz. He also has a big noggin' at 14 in. circumference. Apparently his big head, along with his bigger size and the cord around his neck all contributed to me having a harder, more exhausting birth at the end.

We stayed for four hours and then, since we were ready to go home, we did. It was really nice. :)

Barrett is such a wonderful baby. My hardest birth gave me my easiest baby. Go figure.

I did a little photo session with Barrett two days ago, and BOY is he CUTE!













Lexi and Kenny made little nests while I was taking pictures.



Kenny is such an adorable wild-man


Barrett in his Bear Warmie




My kids like Thomas the Train. One night when they were playing with their trains, I heard Kenny say, "NO!" as he dashed out of the kids bathroom. I then saw Lexi and this:



:D
Kenny did not want his choo choo gussied up.




Lexi is my girlie girl, and I love it!
:D

I love my kidlets, all three of them.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

October Happenings


Well, first off I want to tell Michelle (and anyone else who wishes to read it) that even though I haven't written my birth story yet, I will! But that is for my next post.
For now, we are going to talk about how nice it is be around so much family during the beginning of Fall! I love the fall season, and I love being able to share it with our loving families (even if we drive each other nuts sometimes)! This is the first time we have enjoyed Fall Fun and Halloween with family in our whole five and half years of marriage. Which wouldn't be a big deal, normally. But since the arrival of three amazingly cute and crazy kids, Halloween is a bit of a bigger deal, especially if we can share it with family. And Fall Fun isn't as fun without family.
We went to Cornbelly's this year, and we all had a great time. We also have our pumpkins picked out and we have decorated Fall sugar cookies. We have enjoyed hot chocolate with whipping cream and have decorated for Halloween. We had an early Halloween party when Aunt Cami and Uncle Kazuki were and got all dressed up. We assembled some fun crafts, including stuffed fabric pumpkiins and glass refrigerator magnets. We have definitely been having some FALL FUN! :)
Here are pictures of this fun:





Well, this pix is actually just showing what crazy stuff
Carl comes up with to keep Barrett happy! :)



Lexi loves the little Bun! Here she tries to burp him.



Lexi's happy leaf cookie.








The Corn Box at Cornbelly's
*All the rest of the pictures are from our Cornbelly's trip.*




Silliness



Mom won a pig nose for kissing a pig during the pig races.





Me riding the mechanical bull.





Carl riding the same bull. :)





Kenny peeking out of the window on the door at the Princess Playland





Closing the slider in my face! Harrumph!







Princess Lexi, so lovely.





Spooky Tree
Better run, baby's crying! :)


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

My Cute Little Barrett Bun

We are now a family of 5! With the addittion of Baby Bear, Bun, Barrett or Barrett Bun (all terms of endearment for the same little guy! ) I now have more kids than I have hands. It is tricky, but since I have only experienced having three little ones for 11 days, it hasn't been too rough yet. I'm not saying it's easy though. However, having Carl and family around has definitely eased the transition.




Aren't they a cute ensamble?


He looks a lot like Lexi as a newborn to me.


My favorite picture of my little Barrett yet, milk bubble and all!



He is my most peaceful baby, and it is very nice to (thus far) have a peaceful baby.
Especially since he is # 3!



So far Lexi and Kenny just love their little brother and ask to hold him often. Kenny likes to say, "Hi Baby! Hi!" 2 inches from Barrett's face. Barrett doesn't seem to mind. Kenny also shows great concern for Barrett's welfare when Barrett is mad about having a bath. Lexi likes to hold Barrett the most and enjoys rubbing her cheek on Baby's soft hair or soft forehead. She likes to hold him on her chest and tries to burp him. I have such sweet children. :)


Life is hard, but very very sweet.
Kinda like a Jolly Rancher Candy.
:)

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