Wednesday, April 19

Lydi is TWO

We moved into our house on Lydias second birthday to a home with an incredible 80's mirror in the dining room. It looks like a dance studio.  Lydia loves a good dance party and a tutu so we decided to deliver tutus to her girl cousins to join in on a birthday dance party.

We had bowls of her favorite food...
Kelsie taught them the cutest little ballet routine to beautiful ballet music she found and then we let them dance wild to welcome to my house and x's and o's -two of lydias favorite songs.


loves "moot" snacks, avocados, mangos, circle cheese, apple juice, "spicy" drinks, swinging, playing taggs imaginary games, cuddling so close-like on top of you close, loves running, her bike, mountains, climbing up the slide, painting nails, wearing her tutu, hates wearing shoes and socks. has the cutest blonde curls and unbelievable deep brown eyes.

not a big sweet tooth. Can't finish a cookie. Hates sleep and bedtime. So dang sweet in every way. Your voice is high and sweet and you are so good at saying please and thank you. drink requests all day long. 5 sippys a day. Happy darling beautiful and fun. Teaser to your older brother. Talking in full sentences. "Baby brother coming soon." all day long.

First month of Bennett

Lydia loves you so much. she has a vicious cuddle and all day long says, "wheres bennett?" she called you "new baby coming soon" to "new baby" to "new new" to "newnee." thats your  nickname right now newnee.

i don't know how i survived your first month.  We got you all set up in yaya and papas house, then moved, we are still moving with almost all your clothes in boxes, dad filmed march madness so he was gone all month long. We had Helens funeral, yaya and papa coming home, nana 60th birthday party, natalie getting engaged, half the extended family birthday parties. Moms birthday, Lydias 2 yr old bday. All while lydia is up almost more than you little newborn. And Tagg is into every single sport these days and needs at least 5 games of his favorite sport at the moment played daily.  So you have been in the wrap or my arms as we've played hockey all day, rugby all day, or football. It was honestly nutty.  But we survived.  You are thriving. You are sweet and only cry when hungry or gassy-which is kind of often but understood. I love you little Benny Boy and so so so so so so so so so so so so so grateful I get to be your mom!

                                                   Here are all your first visiting fans!

A snowy nap with the boys.  I couldn't quite capture the sweet scene this was but it was a magical moment because Brade was reading both you boys a book and you got sleepy and he got sleepy and the snow was falling and fresh on the ground and everything for a minute was absolutely perfect.

Tagg fell asleep he held you so long and lydia loves getting next to your nose


New House!

January is long and we decided to use it as our house hunt month. The very first day of January we pulled up a house on zillow and loved it.  We had one day to see it before Brady went on a work trip so we quickly made an appointment to go through it January 2nd.  We had just went sledding so we were in all our winter gear and Jennie had just been skiing and her family was in the driveway all in their winter gear.  We quickly walked through it on a snowy snowy cold dark winter day.  It seemed magical and happy and CLEAN. We walked away and said thats an awesome house.  A few weeks later we got the news we needed a house even sooner so we jumped on the chance to try and make this house ours.  We went through it again and knew it needed to be ours.  We worked hard to get everything to line up and close on time and everyone has commented on how fast and smooth things have gone.  Even the seller said he wanted to change the closing date to February 19th which was our due date. We thought that was so strange that not just us but he wanted to speed things up as well. We had already been working on being pre approved for a loan and things just lined up and I'd call it no coincidence.

We went in to sign all the house paperwork the day before Bennett was born.  Then on the delivery table we got a text telling us the keys were ready for pick up just as our baby was arriving.  Such a wild wild wild wild month we have had!

The kids love the place and we are excited to make a house our home!
First night at the house! We filled the gas tank and noticed Bennetts name!

Baby Bennett Birth

We were certain on our due date with Bennett. It was for sure February 19th.  I thought he was coming on time with how many contractions I was having. But of course my due date came and went.  I had a non stress test a few days after the due date just to make sure everything was fine and the nurse said you are having contractions every 4 minutes.  You could walk into labor and delivery and they wouldn't turn you away.  That's what they told me with Tagg and I did go in.  They said you are in active labor but you might as well labor at home and then come in when you are farther along.  So I didn't want to do that again. So I walked and walked and walked and contractions got stronger and stronger and I knew you were ready to come.  We still got induced but I felt better it was the exact right timing for you.  Thursday morning we checked in at 8:00am.  It was a snowy snowy February morning. We left the kiddos with nana and had them open a fun new toy to play with while we were in the hospital. We took off and headed to the new hospital.  We just switched insurance plans in January when I was 35 weeks pregnant so we had a new doctor and a new hospital to get used to.
(last pics with just two kids and the bump. Saying goodbye to Lydia was hard knowing I would come home and she wasn't the baby of the house anymore)

We checked in and labored for a bit watching a movie, Brade sneaking in lunch and yummy treats to pass time till you came.  1:00 came and I was dilated to a 5. They broke my water and I decided I would get the epidural. In walks Talmage Egan.  I was so happy to see him because the epidural is my least favorite part of the whole thing.  The entire procedure I am convinced I will be paralyzed or worse from the shot. But to see the chief of anesthesia and someone I trust made me so relaxed and reassured a;ll would be fine. He did a great job and everything went smoothly.  Brady read a text that said, "Your house key is ready for pick up at the title company" around 2:00pm. Our heads were spinning.  How could we just be getting our baby boy here the same day we get keys to our new home? It has been a whirlwind of a month getting you to this point and getting our house to that point. 

Brady and I are always alone in the delivery of our children but this time we had kelsie, natalie, and nana in the room too. It was fun to chat and have so much support around me the whole time. Labor kept going and going and going which made me get a bit worried. Finally by 6pm we had some progress and by 7 we started pushing.  I pushed 5 times and another cute big cone head just like Taggarts appeared. Your head size is probably why things took so long. You had the cord wrapped around your neck twice leaving you completely blue.  Dad said you looked like a smurf.  We planned to hold you and do skin to skin for a few hours right after you were born. They pulled you out and you were motionless, not crying, and the scariest color! I looked at you and was so scared you weren't going to take a breath. The nurse was so nervous and grabbed you and said, "I'm taking the baby." The doctor said, "not yet, we haven't cut the cord." Dad quickly cut the cord, the nurse shook you a bit, padding you frantically and you made your first cry. Everyone was freaked out but you came to and we cuddled and loved on you for hours feeling like we just witnessed a miracle straight from heaven.  We keep saying that.  How are we so blessed and lucky and fortunate to get you in our family? You are a little miracle! We love you.
Our first meeting. 

You are skinny!  Dad says sorry! Your ankles and fingers and wrists and bum are just tiny. Even though you weigh the same as your sis did at birth for some reason you just look so skinny! You were born at 7:05pm and 7.5lbs and 19.5 inches. Dad said you look like you have fro hair. Black curls every where. You have the cutest nose and dads lips and chin.
Kelsie brought lilies to the delivery room so I will always remember that amazing smell of lilies as I delivered and recovered in the hospital. I will always remember dad giving one of the nurses the name "long arms" and how seeing her made us want to get home as fast as we could. How we had the best care and loved our new doctor. How much time and effort he put in to making everything right again after the birth and taking us on at 35 weeks pregnant. We had the best experience and will always love your birthday because of this very first exciting one!

The kids were so excited to meet you so we had them come up at 9:30pm to see you. They gave you kisses and hugs and loves and wide wide in awe eyes from your sister Lydia.  She loved you in the bassinet but wasn't so sure seeing you in mamas arms.  Dad went and slept with the older kiddos and nana and mom slept at the hospital with you as every hour someone came knocking to check on you and mommy.  It's a learning hospital so there are more than ever checkers and nurses and residents etc so we had plenty people in and out of that room.  We were going to stay another night but then decided we better get home to no knocks. Mom and dad checked out about 24 hrs later and in the dark snowy night and in our pajamas made way for home! We thought we brought home the wrong baby once we arrived home because you were crying non stop and not sleeping and your eyes looked at me like, "I don't trust you." but after a few long hours we figured things out. Got you all toasty warm and had you snug and Bennett like again. We were cozy and happy at home.

First family photo with Bennett. Even though we can only see your cheek:)
New house and new baby! 
Packed up and headed for home