Thursday, May 31, 2012

some picts

Blogging in hyperdrive: and with one hand:) pictures:
Jay watching the train in the field across the street with the neighbor.
Julie (our neighbor) holding Andy. She was amazing on his birth day.
We are so excited that grandma is here:)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The things I want to remember

Jay at 22 months: He loves saying "Hi Baby!" and patting him on the head or giving him the pacifier. He has started saying "yesh" to anything he agrees with. He has started using sentences and even told grandma "go to other room to watch TB (TV)". He loves asking if "this mommy's house?" when we get to our development, then we say "nooooo" together until we really get to our house. He was so weepy (at times) and fine at other times, and not eating well at all earlier this week that we took him to the doctor, but he is getting 2 of his K-9 teeth in at once and that is why he is so crabby. Him saying "my hold baby" and then talking in a high pitched voice "Hi baby!"
This is all I can finish of this post (and I started it a few days ago). Coming up...who does Andy look like?

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Home with Andy

Here are some pictures of our little blondie hanging out at home.

How to be a big brother. By Jay

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

More pictures of Andy

This is a funny picture. More than one medical professional asked if I had ringworm...but it was actually just where i bit my hand in pain on the way to the hospital.
Um...yeah John has his hans full (he is hanging Jay upsidown!)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Andy birth story

When I went to the doctor on Thursday I was only  1 1/2 cm dialated so I was not expecting a baby this weekend.  Kristie was pretty sure he was coming this weekend, and she was right:)
What a Happy Mother's day gift.
Here is how it went down:
Sat Night: Took a bath
3-5am: contractions (maybe 4 an hour)

5:30-10:00 Contractions between 5-9 min apart
10:00-12:00 Contractions between 4-6 min. apart (I was walking around outside) but I had to stop to breathe through them.

12:10 I call the midwife and ask what she wants me to do.  She says to head to the hospital, but we probably don’t need to drive 90mph.
12:20 told John to come home from work

Painful contractions start.
12:30 I try to go to the bathroom but feel like pushing...I decide that is not good.

1:10 John is home. Julie helps load the car and pull it out of the driveway.  Jay is sleeping in the house and Julie plans on keeping him. Then he wakes up and comes outside.  Apparently he cries when we leave, but I don’t even look at him because I am in so much pain.
1:15 Contractions 2 min. apart and I am screaming my head off yelling “no,no, no” because I don’t want the baby to come out while we are driving and definitely speeding.  We hit lots of red lights and pass a cop going the other way but he doesn’t stop us.  John gets frustrated at the traffic (and probably because he has never heard me in so much pain).

1:36 We get to the hospital and do a drive through the front and then race to emergency.  In between contractions we walk to the door, John puts me in a wheelchair and we race inside.  They say we need our name, but when some nurses hear me scream they come and grab me to take me to triage. On the way up they get barely enough information to know who I am and when I am due.  Triage is empty and no-one is around.  Then I rip my clothes off, get in a gown and lay down.  I ask for an epidural and the nurse snickers and says we have a lot of questions to answer.  I yell again and say I feel like I have to push.  She glances at my half open legs and says “were going to have that baby right here!” They decide between contractions to try and wheel me to a labor and delivery room.  They call the midwife on the way and make sure they have a baby nurse ready to go.  In between another contraction (literally 1-2 min. apart) They move me to the labor bed.  I have another contraction and my water breaks (gushes as John would say).  The next contraction Ruth (the nurse in the room) tells me to push, so I push three times and the head comes out.  I push one more time and he is totally out.  He starts crying right away and they wipe him off and put him on my chest.
1:51  I am amazed at the baby, but even more amazed that I just had a baby without an epidural.  Then everybody started talking about how I almost had the baby at the stoplight.  I am so glad we made it to the hospital and that baby was doing great.  Then I was like… “now what?”  I didn’t have an IV or anything and it all went so quickly.  I needed some stitches, but it wasn’t as bad as last time.  I was laughing, texting people and wide awake. I had also taken a shower and put on makeup in the morning (the painful labor made me sweaty, but it wasn’t too bad).

He nursed right away, and it was easy to do everything because no one was really around waiting to see him.  I tried calling my mom, but she didn’t answer.  When she did call me back I said “Happy Mother’s Day” and “I just had the baby!”
4:00 I got up to go the bathroom and then we left for the other room.  About 10 min. after we arrived in the other room, Julie brought Jay, Cavyn and Nyco.   

Jay said “hi mommy” and “baby”.  He was also very excited about the “nack” (snacks) Julie had brought for us.  He checked out Andy right away with Daddy and was pretty amazed.  Later he petted him on the head gently and pointed out his hair and other parts of his face.  I don’t think he understands he is “our” baby, but he still loves him.
Jay was pretty crazy after that: jumping on the couches and keeping our visitors Kristie, Chad and Christine and John busy by keeping him from running around and pushing buttons.

Andy is doing great…he loves to eat, cry and sleep. More pictures later.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

New Little one

Introducing Andrew James Shaler. (Andy)
7lbs 10 oz
19 1/2 inches
Delivery came super fast (we made it to the hospital and less than 15 min.later he was born).  More details later.
 This one  is hilarious, Jay is so excited and we are just trying to keep him from pouncing on the baby:)

We are both doing fine:)

Monday, May 7, 2012


Nope, not a new baby yet. I'm hoping in the next 2 weeks though. That would mean the little guy is not too late. I've posted a few of these pictures on Facebook, so it isn't too exciting of a post for those of you who follow me there, but nonetheless: We got our playground set that we got for Christmas/tax return present up and Jay plays on it a lot!
I found a bike for Jay at a garage sale, and even though it is way to big and has no training wheels he is so proud to say that it is "my bike".
Outdoor swing (new in box) purchased from a garage sale. It is perfect for when Jay is playing outside and baby and I can hang out and rock. I remember when Jay was so colicy swinging outside was one thing that occasionally calmed him down.
And that was going to be my post, but I got a call today from a local business whose grand opening celebration we visited on Friday and stuck my name in the drawing hoping to get some coupons. Turns out I won a 42" LCD TV! I told John it was his fathers day gift (and that he might want to get me a better Mother's day gift!):)
Here are a few pictures I also posted on FB about Jay getting ready to be a big brother:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Jay loves playing with the Barn he got from "pop-pa" when they came for Easter. He sometimes puts the "moo-moo's" and the "neigh-neigh's" down for "ni-night" in the feeding trough because he doesn't know what else to do with it and he thinks it is a bed. Besides one minor incident when he got his head stuck in the barn, he has really loved having it around and playing farm. Thanks so much Grandpa N. for making this awesome gift with your woodworking skills.