Monday, December 31, 2012

Abby's First Bottle!

We've been talking about how Abby can help with Baby Sam for weeks.  She consistently offered to help with holding him, changing his diaper, feeding him a bottle, giving him a bath, and of course snuggling.

Just a few days ago, she had the opportunity to give him a bottle and she was ecstatic!  She sat in a chair, got all ready to feed baby Sam and she lit up like a Christmas tree!  After just a minute or two she claimed she was all done.  If only it was that quick.  :-)

Abby has been a fantastic big sister!  So far she's been patient and introduces her baby brother to everyone she meets.  She's very proud of him!  Even though she follows up with, "he cries a lot" we've been talking about why he's crying. We try to include her in all Sam happenings as much as possible.  We also try to spend lots of one on one time with her as well.  "It's just you and me, Mom!" One night, she and I made a quick trip to CVS and she was so excited!  Just this morning she and Tim assembled a book case together. 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sam's Nursery

I love how it came out!  Gray on the walls with a few pieces on the walls.  Shelving is next as I can't decide what I want to do.  Maybe a corner unit, a few floating shelves, or boxes like Abby's room.

Crib and quilt my Mom made

Lots of navy blue and red as accent colors.  Very messy on picture day, but I'm sure you'll forgive me. Still some organizing to do.  Especially since this little guy only spent 2 days in newborn clothes.  We're moving onto 0-3 months!  We are fortunate to have very generous family, friends, and colleagues to contribute to the wardrobe.  Our friends (Chris and Katie) in Vermont are kindly letting us borrow their one-year-old's entire wardrobe!  

Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 Christmas Wrap Up

Since Sam was born on Tuesday night I had just enough time to recover before the onslaught of holiday gatherings.  We debated whether or not to go and let how I was feeling and how Sam was doing determine if we'd be able to make it.

We were able to make appearances at close to home gatherings, but had to miss celebrating with the Proctor family.  We are anxious for everyone to meet Sam, so the guest room is ready!!

Abby's New Doll House
Santa made a mess!  and left a note......
Can you tell that she's excited!?

This is about all that Sam did while opening gifts

Santa was very good to us all and we enjoyed the morning to ourselves.  We cooked a small turkey dinner for my parents later in the afternoon.  Overall, a nice low-key day. 

Of course, it's always important to remember why we celebrate Christmas in the first place.  We missed attending church services, but made sure to read, "The Story of Christmas" and talk about our nativity.  The Proctors hope each of you enjoyed your Christmas Day and celebrating the birth of baby Jesus. 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Going Home Abby vs Sam

Abigail Jean 11/23/09

Samuel James 12/20/12

They do look a lot alike, huh?  :-)  I made sure to have Abby's hat with us for going home as it has a bit of sentimental meaning. I had trouble getting Sam's sleeper on because he was still so stiff from being scrunched in the womb.  I wasn't sure if we were going to make it home with a clothed kid!  

While Tim and I were certainly a bit more anxious leaving the hospital with Miss Abby, it's like old hat with Mr. Sam.  The transition home has been fabulous.  Abby was in day care for a couple of days to allow us to get a bit adjusted and in a routine.  And, we were fortunate to have the holiday to give us time to spend as a family of four.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

9 days Old

Lot of things happening in the past nine days.  It still seems a bit surreal that we have a nine day old.  Here are a few pictures!

TROUBLE with a capital T

Mimi love

In the past nine days Mr. Samuel has had his first bath, lost his umbilical cord, gone through dozens of cloth diapers, had his first Christmas, been loved by his big sister, and spent lots of time snuggling with his Momma and Dada.   And, he's put himself on a nice routine - eating every three to four hours.  We're getting great sleep because I have the best husband and partner in the world and he takes the 11-12am feeding so I get a solid 5-6 hours of sleep and a few cat naps.

Mostly I am...

...grateful Sam arrived in enough time for us to spend the holidays with family.  (Tim's family is on the docket!)
...thankful for the well-wishes of our family and friends.
...excited that Abby is at day care today. :-)
...ecstatic that I've had a speedy recovery.  
...mesmerized by the tiniest new addition to the family.
...loving our family of four.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Abby Meets Sam!

Oh, how sweet they are already. Tim picked Abby up from daycare and made their way to the hospital. She has been so excited to give Sam his birthday gift since we bought it at the craft fair in November.

She timidly made her way into the room and was quickly enamored with the baby.  She gave him her gift and imagine her surprise when Sam gave her a gift, too!

Sam gave Abby a Dora Big Sister book!

Abby gave Sam a wooden toy car...vroom vroom!

Abby quickly got over her shyness and ruled the room in just a few minutes.

First family of four picture

We are quickly getting settled at home and into a routine.  Abby loves giving her baby brother kisses, bringing him toys, and reading him books.  Let's hope this keeps up!

Thursday, December 20, 2012


The Proctors are pleased to introduce to you our newest addition, Mr. Samuel James.

He arrived on Tuesday evening, December 18th at 10:07pm.  Weighing in at an even 8lbs and measuring 21" in length, he is beautiful and doing very well.

Birth Story:

Like with Abby, I want to jot this down before details are forgotten.  Actually, there's not much to it as he made his appearance pretty quickly.

The story actually starts Friday 12/14.  I had my 39 week appointment and actually started having contractions around 1pm.  Unfortunately, they fizzled out by 3am so our hopes were dashed.  By our official due date, I knew we'd be able to induce on Wednesday at our post date ultrasound, so at least there was a date in mind. Fortunately, we didn't have to wait that long.  On Tuesday 12/18 at around 1pm, the contractions began again.  By 6pm, I shared with Tim that we might want to have my Mom stay the night, "just in case" we had to scoot on out.  Thankfully we did because if we had to wait for her we may have had to deliver on the side of the road.

At 9pm, I had Tim call the on-call doctor to determine if we needed to go in as the contractions were between 5-10 minutes apart and I was leaking a bit of fluid.  At 9:15pm I heard a "pop" and my realized my water broke - which hadn't happened with Abby.  Thirty seconds later Tim received a call back from the doctor and we began to make our way into the hospital.  We arrive at about 9:45 and as I walked from the parking garage through the barren halls to the Labor & Delivery floor, my contractions were quite intense.  Because I had an epidural with Abby, I wasn't exactly sure what they felt like from 5-10 centimeters.  L&D sent us to triage and before I got there they decided by my reactions to redirect me right to Delivery.  With only seconds between contractions, I made it to the delivery room and realized with the next oncoming contraction that I felt the need to push. I stood by the bed, fully dressed, boots still on, and purse still on my shoulder.

The nurse quickly got me situated and checked my cervix.  She claimed, "9+ cm" and then politely barked several orders out to the half dozen people in my room. I realized at this moment and asked, "Does this mean it is too late for drugs?"  She chuckled and shared that I'd have a new baby in just minutes.

I was hooked up to the monitor at 9:53 and they made me breath through a couple of contractions so they could actually get me and the room ready for delivery.  After three good contractions and between 5-10 pushes, Sam was born at 10:07.  We barely made it.... :-)

The worst part of the process was the next 45 - 60 minutes as the nurses and doctors tried to stop by uterus from bleeding.  Apparently, and they were good to not let on, it was pretty serious. By 2am we were up on the Mother and baby floor ready to begin recovery.

We are getting discharged today (Thursday) and will be able to begin the return to reality and settling into a family of four.  What a blessed Christmas present we have!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas PJ's

Doesn't everyone love a new pair of pj's?  Abby sure does!  She's showing off her new pair AND her new Christmas Tree backpack.  Boy did she feel all grown up without the footies and having to button the top. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Treats for the Nurses (recipe inside!)

On Friday night I was busy in the kitchen preparing treats for the nurses since I **thought** we'd be heading in.  After making more peanut butter blossoms I made this delicious popcorn goodness that was to die for.  Popcorn Peppermint Bark.

Super crazy easy.

photo credit Katelyn Olson because I was too lazy to take my own picture

Pop a bunch of popcorn, drizzle some dark chocolate over it, shake a bit of salt on it, and sprinkle some crunched up candy canes.  Delightful.

Here it is in more detail (from my friend Katelyn):

Pop 1/2 a cup of popcorn and spread it on 2 wax papered (or parchment, whatever) covered sheets. Pick out the unpopped kernels. Melt 1 C of dark chocolate chips and drizzle over the popcorn. Sprinkle with salt and 1/3 C crushed candy canes.  

Monday, December 17, 2012

First Snow of 2012!

As part of bedtime Sunday night, we peered outside the window at the falling snow and Abby claimed that she wanted to go out an play!  We encouraged bed time and hoped that rain would stay at bay so she'd get her wish in the morning.  A bit of a delay while we (Daddy) shoveled and cleaned off cars, Abby got her wish!  I couldn't help but snap a few pictures of the bundled up pair. 

The "tantrum" of the morning was getting Abby to wear her new blue jacket instead of her pink one.  Doesn't she just look too cute!? 

40 Weeks 0 Days (Eviction Notice!)

Dear Baby P,

I hereby serve to you:

In case you can't read it:

I, the Landlord (Mommy), am issuing a notice for EVICTION. Tenant (Baby) will have to comply and promptly vacate the premises, or wait until authorization for removal by physician. After which, she will be removed from the property by induction.

The Tenant (Baby) is being evicted due to breach of contract and destruction of property. Expansions only to the FRONT of the house, within reasonable limits, were discussed. Not only have these limits been exceeded, but additions to the back and sides of the house were also made without approval from the Landlord (Mommy).

Remodeling and gutting of the home was never approved, nor was changing the initial layout and base structure. Due to the damage by the Tenant (Baby), the foundation has been compromised, and the structural integrity of the house is questionable. The Landlord (Mommy) has also received numerous complaints about frequent nightly disturbances.

If the Tenant (Baby) doesn’t comply with the notice it will result in an immediate and forceful removal at the discretion of a physician and the Landlord (Mommy)

Tragedy in CT

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.  As the school prepares to open today, I sat in tears watching the Today Show remember those who lost their lives.  May each family find peace and comfort during this extremely difficult time.  May the rest of us remember to love each other as God intended. 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Baby #2 Update

Well, after my 39 week appointment on Friday morning, there was significant hope we'd be the proud parents of two kiddos by the time this goes to print.  The doctor gave a clean bill of health all around and stripped my membranes to get this labor going.  By 3pm contractions had commenced to the point where I started tracking them.  About 30 seconds to one minute in duration and 15 minutes apart.  Not strong enough to be super excited, but certainly was anxious that things had progressed. 

Plans went into action.  Mimi was called to spend the night in the event we had to make a middle of the night trip to the hospital and texts were sent to immediate family.  By 3am all excitement came to a stall.  After lots of sleep and wonder if the contractions would get stronger - nada.  At least we got some extra sleep!

The good news is that we did talk through a plan with the doctor for induction.  I told her, "I don't want to be in the hospital for Christmas, and neither did she." After a chuckle, we agreed that at the post date ultrasound, I could elect to induce that afternoon if all was in good standing.  So, the way I look at this - we have until Wednesday tops.  I'll hope for natural progress, but at least I have a date for my type-A personality. 

Still feeling well.  I'm technically working from home still, but under the circumstances I'll most likely start my leave next week.  So, what else to keep my busy for the next few days?  Maybe a Christmas pageant, a birthday party, baking, preparing some frozen meals, wrapping, light housework, shopping.....having a baby?  The latter would be pretty awesome.  :-)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Holiday Baking

This weekend we spent lots of time on holiday baking and crafting.  Abby was the perfect assistant!  She helped mix and roll peanut butter cookies for "blossoms", unwrap candy canes for a new treat, and stir cereal for Chex Mix. 


I cut and she unwrapped
these are not ours,  but they came out close! 
The candy cane treats I plan on giving away to my staff and colleagues.  They were fun to make and fairly quick.  The picture was all over facebook and I just figured out how to whip them up.  Wouldn't they be perfect in a cup of hot chocolate????

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sticking Close to Home

Well, our little guy isn't making things easy around here...or maybe he is :-)  After significant more swelling in the lower extremities over the weekend I called the doc for advice.  They wanted to see me and determined that the feet needed to be elevated above the heart as much as possible for the duration of the pregnancy.  The good news is that my blood pressure, protein levels, pulse, baby's heart rate, etc all look excellent.  Even the blood work came back with fabulous ratings.  All organs functioning properly.  Their concern at this time is the 7 lb weight gain in five days (WHAT?!!!???).  Clearly there is some retention of fluid happening.....(yes, I'm drinking water and not eating a lot of sodium). So, to prevent the onset of pre-eclampsia or toxemia they are recommending me remain home, feet up. I'll be in the office one more day to wrap up a few things and then wait out the rest days at home. 

The good news is that I can still work part time, so at least I'll have something to do.  There's only so much reading or TV watching this mama can do. 

Baby P: 39 weeks today
Abby: 3 years 1 1/2 months

Sunday, December 9, 2012


We're certainly getting into the Christmas spirit around here!!  Mimi took Abby out for a holiday gathering sponsored by her employer.  They made lots of crafts, decorated cookies, and I think went on a little shopping trip as she came home with lots of goodies. 

One of those goodies is a new Rudolph book!  She had to wear her slippers while reading of course....

We're taking in all the Christmas shows....Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty, Rudolph, Christmas Carol, It's a Wonderful Life....ahhhh, the holidays!

Friday, December 7, 2012

38 Weeks 4 days (picture added!)

That would be today.  I'm scheduling this post for a couple of days, so I'm hoping I've jinxed myself and maybe, just maybe we'll be at the hospital?  Maybe? Pretty please??

This is the time in every pregnancy that you're done. D.O.N.E.  Put a fork in me done.  The discomfort has set in, sleep ceases to exist, the pressure of baby is mounting, and waddling is oh so evident.  This is the time when your colleagues ask, "are you still here?" The time when you have to pee a teaspoon every hour and wish you had a catheter, or at least a bathroom 5 feet from your desk.

Miss Abigail arrived 5 days early.  Will her brother?  Will he be like his Daddy and take his time?  Many of you recall Tim not being so punctual as a result of this phenomenon called Timmy Time.  Abby's delivery was quite text book (cover your eyes and skip to the next paragraph if you get grossed about by bodily functions) in nature.  We had an internal at our 38 week appt, lost the mucus plug two days later, and went into labor two days after that.  Will Baby P decide to do the same or stay nice an cozy for two additional weeks?

It's also the time when you are anxious to really meet your new bundle of joy.  The anticipation of learning if he will be a red head or brunette (or blonde?!) with blue eyes or brown.  Will he be a good sleeper or not-so good?  It's the time you realize the newborn stage goes by in a blink and you want to soak it all up before going back to work.

For now, let's hope I've jixed myself and will be in labor in about a week.  Please.   

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Holiday Spirit

It's hard to say "yes" to all the holiday gatherings and festivities when you know you're about to add a new member to your family.  You're so close, the anxiousness of not knowing when (or how) he's going to make his grand entrance is at its height.  So, you say, "maybe" and hope for the best.  You know the holiday spirit will shine on no matter what. 

We might be missing out on a few things - work holiday parties, gatherings with friends, or fun-filled community events, but we are saying yes to time spent at home.  Time spent taking care of colds turned into ear infections (Abby), achy feet and backs (Mommy), last minute cramming for work (Daddy) and of course getting ready for a new little one.  Gazing at the sparkly lights and ornaments on the tree because you convinced your spouse that 5 weeks before Christmas is an appropriate time to put up the tree certainly adds a bit of holiday spirit.  Even if its needles are gone two weeks before Santa's visit.

Sometimes the time spent at home is just what the doctor ordered without the prescription.  With Abby being sick, it gave me an excuse to implement a bit of a transition plan with work.  I'd stay home with her in the morning while Tim took over in the afternoon.  It was wonderful to spend time with her, even though sick, and sending a few emails with her snuggled next to me watching Christmas shows (or Lion King or Polar Express or Lady and the Tramp).   Now, this is the holiday spirit!

And the spirit shines on when Eddie the Elf is the first thing she looks for when rising in the morning or when Santa (yes, SANTA!) calls to check in.  We're all in the holiday spirit - saying yes to what we can and maybe when we need to pause.  Waiting anxiously for our very, very, very special holiday gift.