Wednesday, December 8, 2010

2 Weeks...Already!

I can't even believe that Emma is already just over 2 weeks old.  I'm already sad time is going by so fast.  She has been an amazing little addition to our family.  I can't even remember life without her, it just feels so right to have her here.  She had her 2 week check-up today, and Dr. says she looks perfect.  She's up to 8 lbs 1 oz and 21 1/2 inches.  We had some issues with breast-feeding in the beginning, and she wasn't gaining weight very fast and was very fussy, but the last week or so has gone really well, and it's nice to see she's growing and is healthy.  We're so grateful for our little baby girl!  Here are a few pics from the last couple of weeks:

Breakfast With Santa

On Saturday, our church held a Breakfast with Santa activity for the primary and nursery aged kids.  David took Molly, and she had a great time.  I think this was the first year we got a picture of Molly with Santa where she wasn't crying.  They also did the nativity story with all the kids, and Molly was Mary.  She looks pretty cute in her big bathrobe.  It must have made some impact on her, because during this week I've had lots of questions about baby Jesus and His birth.  Maybe it just hits home for her because of Emma just being born, I don't know.  Today in the car we listened to Silent Night, and Molly was very curious about why Jesus was sleeping on hay.  I realized how hard it is to sometimes explain these things we just take for granted to a 3 year old who is trying to learn it all for the first time.  Anyway, here's some pics from the activity:
Finally it's not traumatic meeting Santa.

Cute little "Mary".

Friday, November 26, 2010

She's Finally Here!

We are so excited to welcome Emma Jane Isaacson to our family. Emma arrived on Monday, November 22 at 3:25 pm, weighing 7 lbs 8 oz and measuring 21 inches. She's absolutely beautiful, and we are all completely smitten. The labor and delivery was fairly smooth. I woke up at 3:30 am on Monday morning with some contractions, thought they weren't really much so I tried to move around to see if they would go away. They continued to get worse, so we eventually called the on-call nurse and got ready to head to the hospital. My Mom met us at our house to gather up Molly. We arrived at the hospital around 7, I received an epidural around 8 or 8:30, then we played the waiting game. Once Emma was ready, it just took a few pushes and she was out. We are so grateful to have her here safe and sound. Here are some pics:
Proud Momma.
Proud Daddy.
Proud big sister.
Our new family.
Grandma and Grandpa Yourstone with their two grand kids.
Sweet baby Emma.

Heading home.
Resting peacefully on Thanksgiving.

Our two adorable girls. Molly us such a great big sister. She's already adjusting better than expected. She loves little Emma.

What a cutie!

I just love this picture. Emma looks so comfy on her Daddy.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

That's Bad

Tonight in the shower, Molly dropped her bucket on her toe.  Commence the tears and the end of the bath.  As we were toweling her off, she proceeded to say "That hurt really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really bad."  Making sure I understood how bad it hurt (wink, wink), I asked, "How bad did it hurt, Molly?"  Her reply: "Like 30 pounds of bad."  That's bad.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thanksgiving Reflections

"A grateful heart...comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives." -President Thomas S. Monson

I know so many of us loved this talk from President Monson in the last General Conference. It's really gotten me thinking over the last weeks about everything that I have to be grateful for. As we go through life and endure trials, it's sometimes so easy to look past our blessings and focus on those things that are not going as we would like. I know in the past few months I've struggled with this at times, and so hearing and re-reading this talk really renewed my resolve to express my gratitude for those things that I do have. It's amazing how that can make such a difference in attitude. With this month being focused on Thanksgiving, I've been so inspired by the blogs I've been reading where people are sharing what they're grateful for every day. I obviously haven't been doing that, but I wanted to share a few things that I've really been thinking about lately. I usually don't do the "personal" stuff on this blog, so sorry if it's a little out of the blue. And it will probably be long...don't feel obligated to read the whole thing!

I Am Grateful For:

1. My Husband: Four months ago I came within inches of losing my husband and being a single mom to a 3 year old and an unborn baby. When doctor after doctor tells you that no one should have medically survived what David went through, you come to understand what divine intervention means. I am grateful every day that I have a walking, talking, back to normal husband. The speed in which David recovered is truly remarkable. So often during those first weeks I was afraid that even though he survived, he would never really be the same person I had married and love. Now, there are only a few minor signs that he has been through anything. He's walking without crutches or cane, but still has a slight limp, and there is some scarring around his right eye. But if you were to talk to him, he's just who he used to be. I love him so much, and am sincerely grateful we can continue our lives together. Though neither of us are perfect, and we've gone through some pretty difficult things during our 7 years of marriage, I know that as we continue to work together, our marriage will be strengthened.

2. Molly: I have the most beautiful, loving, funny, helpful and exasperating 3 1/2 year old in the world. I am so grateful that she is a part of our little family. Of course she has her moments as all toddlers do, and even when I'm ready to pull my hair out in frustration, I couldn't imagine my life without my sweet Molly. She has such a love for life that is infectious. I'm so inspired by her simple faith. She has such a thirst for knowledge, I just hope that I can keep up with her as she gets older. She is an amazing kid, and I will be forever grateful that I am her Mom.

3. Bringing New Life Into the World: I can't tell you how excited and grateful I am that we will soon have a new little member of our family. It's felt like a long and sometimes hard journey to get her here...and I'm not just talking about the last 8 1/2 months! It wasn't part of the plan to wait 3 1/2 years before adding another child to our family, but I know that the Lord knows best, even though I don't know his plan for us. I know so many other people that have had an even more difficult time having children, some not at all, so I can only be grateful that this little one is coming when she is.

4. Extended Family: Both David and I have amazing families, and I am so grateful for the support and strength they are to us. For me, I wasn't born into the family that I have, so I am even more grateful that the Lord led us together and I can now call them my family. They are amazing, not just to me, but as people. I have incredible parents who I credit for making me who I am today. I don't know what I would do without their unfailing love and support. I'm so grateful that I married into a wonderful family as well. It's not something I thought about when getting married, I kind-of just lucked out on that, but it's definitely something I'll always be grateful for.

5. Our Ward Family and Friends: We moved into an amazing ward here in Iowa, and have met so many great people. We also have wonderful friends, both here and in other places where we've lived. Our ward has been so supportive and helpful to us, even though they didn't know us very well. While both David and I were in Texas, my family and most of the ward moved our entire apartment from the second floor to an apartment on the first floor, since we didn't know what David's condition would be and if he would need to be in a wheelchair for a number of months. Though that ended up not being the case, it's been such a blessing to be on the first floor, especially when I was having to do almost everything around the house and all the shopping and carrying and being near the end of my pregnancy. I'm grateful that the Lord has put people in our path that we have come to love and call dear friends. I just wish we could live near all of them at the same time!

6: Modern Medicine and Health Insurance: I often complain about insurance, whether it be health insurance or car insurance, or whatever. It often seems that it doesn't always come through for you in the end, whether you have it or not. But David's accident has totaled over $500,000, and insurance in this case has saved us financially. We're still not doing that great, but it's better than being bankrupt. I'm also grateful for the Doctors and medical people that have been so wonderful both here and in Texas. I know that David was in good hands during his trauma and surgery. We often had nurses telling us that he was in a great place, and that it was the hospital that JFK was taken to when he was shot. I always found this interesting that they would think this comforting to me...didn't JFK not make it? Both David and I have been in medical situations besides this event that if it weren't for modern medicine, neither of us would be alive today. So I'm grateful for the time we live and the medical knowledge that is available to us.

7. The Gospel: I am so grateful for the knowledge that I have of the Gospel. What a strength this has been to me over the years. I'm grateful for my testimony. I'm grateful for the scriptures and the things they teach us. I'm also grateful for my brand-new calling as Gospel Doctrine teacher. I haven't had to teach yet, and probably won't until either the end of December or January since this baby is coming pretty soon, but I'm so excited to be able to study the scriptures with the intent of teaching. I have always loved my callings in music, but I'm looking forward to the opportunity to stretch myself spiritually.

8. My Heavenly Father and My Savior, Jesus Christ: Most importantly, I am grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, and for his atoning sacrifice. I know it is through him that I have strength to carry the burdens that come my way. I know that he has atoned for my sins and allows a way for me to continually improve myself. I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for our family, and I'm grateful for the blessings that are continually poured out upon us. I'm grateful for prayer and the blessings that come when we pray sincerely to our Heavenly Father. I know that he is watching over me continually and for that I am sincerely grateful.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Halloween that Never Ends

For being not one of my favorite holidays, Halloween certainly seems to last forever around here.  I'm grateful Molly loves it so much, it makes it that much more fun for me.  After some more Halloween fun tonight, we can start looking forward to Thanksgiving and the new baby, depending on which comes first. (Fingers crossed it will be baby.)

A few days ago we found a cute little Haunted House making kit.  Something my family does around Christmas is get the gingerbread house kits, and we've had lots of fun with those, so we thought this would be a fun activity for us to do as a family.  Molly thought it was great.  She was really creative, and did a great job in selecting where to put the candy...I really just helped with the frosting.
Having fun...with a silly little smile.  Can't get this girl to look at the camera with a natural smile.

Waiting patiently to place the candy.

The finished project.  What a masterpiece!

 Last night we hit our neighborhood for the most important thing...candy!  Iowa is interesting in the fact that we do our trick-or-treating on "Beggar's night", or the night before Halloween.  Since we live pretty close to Iowa State, and they have a football game tonight, Ames changed the trick-or-treating to Friday.  This actually works out really great for us, because now we're going down to my parents house tonight to hit their neighborhood for some more trick-or-treating.  Can we just say sugar high?  Anyway, last night we met up with friends and let the kids go wild.
Pretty little princess, all ready to go.
What an adorable group.  Molly, Sidney and Isaac.

Molly is so excited to be able to go trick-or-treating again tonight, along with carving some pumpkins.  Then we'll have the candy to remind us of the fun.  I think after tonight my body will be ready to be done with Halloween for another year. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Big Sister Class

Tonight Molly had a big sister class at the hospital where we'll be having the baby.  Last week, when I asked Molly if that was something that she wanted to do, she immediately became excited, and insisted that we go right then.  Every day since we've heard non-stop when her class was going to be.  Needless to say, she's been pretty excited about it.  It was so fun!  What a great way to make the sibling feel special and helpful for the new baby.
The first thing the kids did was color a paper bib with crayons.  Once they finished, the teachers ironed the coloring onto a cloth bib for the baby.  So cute!  Molly thought it was great.
The teacher demonstrating the correct way to hold a new baby.
Molly taking her turn.
Learning how to do one of the most important jobs...changing the diaper!
Getting the diaper set up.
Fastening the diaper in place.  What a great helper!  So looking forward to that.
Getting a certificate at the end of the class.  (Side note:  What does it tell you about Molly that once she had the certificate in hand, she rushed over to us and asked "Can I cut that when we get home?"  This girl has an unusual obsession with her scissors.) 
Another fun thing they did that we didn't get pictures of was they took all the kids on a tour of Birthways, which is what they call the labor and delivery floor of the hospital.  They got to see the rooms that the Moms stay in and the nursery for the babies.  David and I stayed behind for that...we'll get our own tour next week.  I just think it's so neat that they do that for the kids.  On the way home Molly was telling us about the rooms and the gowns that the Moms get to wear.  I think we're all getting pretty excited for the arrival of this baby.  5 more weeks!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Halloween is starting Early!

Today Molly's friends Sidney and Isaac had a little Halloween party at their house.  Molly has been so excited to wear her costume that Grandma got her.  She has been telling everyone that she gets to be Cinderella this year, and she made an adorable Cinderella if I do say so myself.  As we were getting ready for the party, Molly made it clear how important it was that I do her hair EXACTLY like Cinderella has it in all of her pictures.  I tried my best, but Molly doesn't have a whole lot of hair.  I think it ended up adorable anyway, and Molly was pleased, so I guess that's the important part.
All ready for the party! 

We arrived a little early so we could help set up.  Molly seems to be saying in this picture "Come on!  Let's get this party started!"
Molly and her adorable friend Sidney.
Gearing up for the Ghost toss.  Molly needs to work on her aim a little bit.
Trying to figure out the donut eating contest.  It was pretty tricky, but once that donut came off the string, it was gone pretty quick.
The fun cupcake walk.  All the kids were digging the Little People Halloween music.
Devouring the prize of the cupcake walk.
Getting this many kids to stand still after eating who know how much sugar is no small feat.  What a cute little group, though.
It took Molly some time to get in the mood for the silly glasses, but once she saw others getting their pictures taken in them, she wanted too.  

What a fun way to start off the Halloween season!  Thanks, Liz, for throwing such a fun party.  Now Molly keeps asking when she can wear her Cinderella costume next.  She is ready for more partying, and it's a good thing, because we have about 4 or 5 more Halloween related activities lined up.  I'm tired just thinking about it....

Quiet times

Lately Molly has been implementing her three-year-old toddler-ness full force. Either that, or I'm more hormonal and tired because of the pregnancy, so my patience runs a little thin. Either way, we seem to have a battle of wills going on a lot, and try as I might, I feel like I'm on the losing team. It makes me a little worried for when this baby gets here. But for now, we just take it day by day, and hope that we're all alive at the end.

These rough times just make me appreciate those quiet, calm moments that we get every now and then. Molly has been getting into painting lately, so I let her paint her little pumpkin the other day. It's fun to see her get focused and concentrate on something so intently. This girl takes her art work very seriously.

Another time Molly was playing in her room, and I realized that it had been quiet for some time. Molly's not one to be mischievous or get herself into trouble, so I never worry too much about that, but I'm always curious what gets her attention. I found her on her bed with a pile of books. Her position on the bed reminded me of being little and how I would always read. She looked so grown up and cute!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

32 1/2 weeks

This is for a very persistent friend (you know who you are!)  Since she came through and posted a pregnancy pic on her blog (you look so cute, btw) I figured I should keep up my end of the bargain. 

At this point I feel like I'm as big as I was when I delivered Molly, though I've only gained 1/3 of the weight.  I feel achy and tired, but who doesn't at this point in pregnancy?  We had our second ultrasound on Tuesday, and the spot they found on the baby's heart in the first one has completely disappeared, so there are no current indicators of down syndrome.  Baby is still active and healthy, so we are very grateful.

Molly of course had to get in on the picture taking action.