Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mattie Mae is here!

We have a new addition to our family! On March 30, we welcomed our sweet Mattie Mae! 
These are the maternity pictures that my friend, Cristina Annis took for us! She is amazing!
At this point of the pregnancy, I was very tired and sore. I felt crazy trying to get everything done before she got here, but also feeling like I couldn't move. My feet and ankles were terribly swollen.  At our last doctor's appointment, we decided to go ahead and be induced on the only day available that week (even though it would be a Wednesday!) because the sonographer said she was measuring to be 9 pounds 12 ounces already. What?! So, here is the story of her birth! 

Adam went ahead and took off work on Tuesday to help me get things finished at home. He'd already done all the important things on his list, you know, like redo the flower beds and get new pinestraw down. Important stuff. ha! He did still have to cut the grass and I was doing all I could to get our bags packed, finish cleaning the house, make sure everything was done for my Mama and sisters to take care of the kids while we were away, etc. We left for the hospital about 5 and stopped on the way to get me a new cell phone. I know, crazy, but our contract was not up until the 28th so we didn't have much choice and I wanted the new camera and storage so I could take lots of pictures of the baby! (It was totally worth it!) We got to the hospital about 7 and had to wait a little bit for our room /nurse to be ready. 

It was a tiny room with no window. We did all the paperwork, changed, and started with the cervidil by about 10 I think. Audra and Alicia came to the hospital to bring me a few things from WalMart that I forgot and to paint my toe nails. :) Adam went and got supper and we ate in the room. After 12, I could only have liquids. That night was extremely uncomfortable because of the cervidil and also the baby kept moving off the monitor so I had to try to be very still. Also I had to get up a lot to go to the bathroom so I had to take the IV with me and unplug everything. My back was killing me from the bed. Not a fun time. Adam didn't sleep at all and watched movies on his phone. The next morning, they removed the cervidil, I took a shower and Dr. Joseph came by and broke my water. We had a wonderful delivery nurse, who used to go to church with us, Tammy Newsome. She was great! We didn't think it would be too long since the past two deliveries were so fast, so we told our family to come on to the hospital and we thought we'd have a baby by lunch. Not so much. I got the epidural so I was comfortable most of the time, but it was just a steady but slow process. She was very high, and it just took a long time for her to come down. (We did have a little scare when my blood pressure dropped after I got the epidural.) When she finally was in position, and I got my makeup on to get ready! Dr. Jospeh came back about 5 and said we were ready to push. I pushed through 4 contractions and she was here! She was born at 5:47 pm. I got to hold her after Adam cut the cord. 

Then they cleaned her up and checked her and weighed her. She weighed 8 pounds 5 ounces. Not 9 12. She was 20.5 in long and she was perfect and beautiful! Lots of dark hair like  her sister and brothers. I got to nurse her (she did great!!!) and then Adam got to hold her and I ate a donut while we waited to take her to the nursery. He took her down the hall and rang the bell and everyone got to see her. Those poor babies had waited all day long to meet their sister. I felt so bad that they had to wait so long. They did go have lunch in the cafeteria, go jewelry shopping, have snacks, take a car ride, go on a scavenger hunt, open their gifts, etc., but it was a long day. That night, Ashley and the kids, Leslie and her Mom, Gwen, Nana and Ralph, Georgia, Morgan, and Ethan, all came by. Earlier in the day, my bible study leader from BSF, Mrs. Kaye came by and brought me a blanket she made. It was so sweet. 
The bad part was, her temperature was low, so they kept her under the warming lights a long time before they would give her a bath. We eventually moved to our new room and the kids came in but had to leave and go home. Alabama was heartbroken that she didn't get to hold her that night. I was, too. But, they came back the next day and had the perfect first meeting! They were so sweet and gentle and all wanted to hold her over and over.

Our other visitors of the day included: Bryan and Rachel and Jadyn and Brooklyn, Nate and Mindy, Margaux, Chris, Jerry, Maxine, and Aunt Nancy, Aunt Judy, and Mrs. Lisa. Margaux brought snacks and magazines, Mrs. Lisa brought a crocheted blanket and burp cloth, Alicia brought a soft blanket she'd made, and Leslie brought balloons. We were thankful to have friends and family who wanted to meet our sweet girl! While we were at the hospital, we gave away pink M&M's we had made with Mattie Mae's name on them to our visitors! Mattie Mae went to the nursery both nights but came back to the room with me to nurse. I think it's a great idea to be able to get some rest while you are in the hospital. She was eating well, and having enough diapers. When they did the jaundice test, her bilirubin count was a little high. They let us go home after talking to Dr. Renew, but said we could come to the clinic that weekend if we needed to.  Friday, was April 1st and it had rained all night.  We packed up to leave and were discharged after lunch. We were so happy to get home to our other kids! This is us waiting to leave

and this is Mattie Mae in her going home dress.

 Alabama wore the same design Feltman Brother's dress. I found a matching one, so they both have the same one! She is just beautiful and so sweet and I am so so blessed, honored, and proud to be the Mama to these four precious babies! We are all so happy to have you in our family sweet girl and you are so very loved!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Alabama turns 7


You turned 7 last month and I wanted to make sure to take the time to write about it! You are growing up so much and are doing so many big girl things now!

You are a great big sister to Blue and Pate. Blue thinks you are the greatest person in the world! He comes to you to help him do everything and loves for you to play with him and feed him like a motorcycle or airplane or dump truck. Pate loves to play with you, too. Y'all like to play outside and make playgrounds and build things. You read to him and play Sonic, too. You are so excited to meet your sister, Mattie Mae, and I pray you will be best friends your whole life!

You are a great reader! You can read almost anything you want to! You are also great at drawing and crafting and creating things! You are mastering new tricks in baton, like the double elbow roll!

You love to play with your dolls. You love to dress them and play and have birthday parties. You can ride your bike without training wheels now! You like to pick out your own clothes and make up outfits. I love when you make crafts for us to do or create worksheets/books for Pate to learn his letters and numbers. You love jokes and love to make them up and tell them! You love to give gifts and make cards. You make me a card for every "holiday" like the first day of spring or st. patrick's day! So sweet! You tried out for the lead part in the children's musical at church. You are so quiet that they could hardly hear your audition, but I'm so proud you did it! You know every word in the whole play! You did get a solo speaking part in a song and I know you're going to do great! You notice and hear everything around you. No secrets from you! You are great at imitating and remembering what people say!

You have lost 5 teeth! Your are very tall (89%) and you wear size 7 clothes and size 1 shoes.

And, the most important thing you did when you were six, is you asked Jesus in your heart! On July 15, at Cheer Camp, you became a Christian! I am so thankful and rejoice that you will spend Eternity in heaven and have made such an important decision at a young age!

You are my best girl in the whole wide world! You are beautiful on the inside and the outside. I am so proud of you and look forward to what this year brings! I know that God has great plans for your life and has special gifts that he is giving and growing in you to use for Him! I pray that you would serve Him all the days of your life and always put Him first!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Interview with Alabama at 7

Interview with Alabama at 7

1. What is your favorite color? Purple and light blue

2. What is your favorite toy? Bitty Baby

4. What is your favorite TV show? Octonauts

3. What is your favorite store? none

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? peanut butter and jelly

6. What is your favorite thing to wear? skinny jeans

7. What is your favorite game? hi ho cherry o

8. What is your favorite snack? doughnuts

9. What is your favorite animal? dolphins

10. What is your favorite song? Just Leave them Alone from Jonah's Druthers

11. What is your favorite book? Mr. Poppers Penguins

12. Who is your best friend? Mandy

13. What is your favorite restaurant? Ryan's

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? swing or ride my bike

15. What is your favorite drink? Sprite

16.What is your favorite candy? Kit Kat

17. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pancake on a Stick

18. What do you not like to do? go to stores or go to bed

19. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? bitty baby

20. What do you want to be when you grow up?  a baby doctor

21. What is your favorite movie? Frozen

22. What was your favorite part of being six? when I went to cheer camp 

23. What are you most looking forward to about being seven? I'll have a sister!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sweet Baby Blue

Pearson Blue,
It is hard to believe you are two years old now! You're growing up so fast and are learning so so much all the time! You are certainly making room for a new baby in our family!
You are quite mischievous and the twinkle in your eye is ever growing! ;) You will drag chairs from Alabama's room to reach whatever your heart desires. Like bananas while I'm still asleep. (Yes, seems like the perfect time to mention that you can and do climb out of your crib. Our only baby to ever try it.) Or candy or someone's cup. Probably with tea in it. If I think I put something out of your reach and then you make a way to get it, you'll look at me as you're reaching for it and smile and say "got it!!" As much as you like to be sneaky, you also love just as big! You give such good hugs and kisses! You wrap your little arms all the way around my neck and give the hardest squeezes! Pate and Alabama adore you and you are in love with them both. Unless Alabama is trying to pick you up. You usually go along with whatever they are playing and pretend right along with Alabama. So cute.

You have started talking so much now! You say so many words I didn't even know that you knew! Your favorite phrases are "Got it!," "Reeeeach," x "Hey Mama", "Hey girl", "No, no, Pate", "love you," "night night,"  and "Moan" (come on). A typical conversation might go like this:
Blue: 'Daddy"
Mama: "Where's Daddy?"
B: "work"
M: Yep, Daddy's at work.
B: "car"
M: That's right. Daddy works on cars.
You love to copy everything we say with just the same tone and inflection. It's hilarious!
Your favorite foods are : bananas, pancakes, cupcakes, candy, chicken, yogurt, popcorn, strawberries, and oranges. Of course, everything tastes better off someone else's plate! ha! No, Helen!
Your favorite books are : My Truck is Stuck, (you say uh-oh, uh-oh the whole time we read it!), Little Blue Truck, and Biscuit's New Trick.
You don't care about watching TV....or movies. ;)
You can count to three. You know that you are two! You like to put together puzzles.
The things you love to play the most are cars, trains, being outside, ball, riding on your bike or four wheeler, and babies.

You have 16 teeth and weigh 30 pounds. You wear size 24 month and 2T clothes. Size 7 shoe.
You're an excellent climber. You like to wear boots every day. (Now you also like to wear your new red tennis shoes.) You are picky about what clothes you want to wear! "That shirt!" you say.  (I didn't know I had three girls! ha!)
You love dogs and notice them everywhere we go.

You have a great memory that amazes me. Like how you remember that Bo-Bo took your pappy and Kah-Kah broke the chair in the dining room.
We love the joy, love, and fullness you have brought to our family! I know your sweet heart and determined spirit will do great things for the Lord one day! I count it as a special privilege to be your Mama and can't wait to see you grow in your love for the Lord and I pray you will serve Him all the days of your life!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Little Blue is Two!

Our sweet Blue boy turned 2! We had a fun Little Blue Truck party to celebrate! We had pigs in the blanket, veggie straws, popcorn, fruit salad and Pioneer Woman chocolate cupcakes! He had a fun time playing with his cousins and brother and sister, opened some fun gifts, and loved the cupcake! 

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Day

Our Christmas Day in pictures! 

Yes, only half of the lights work now...

Santa has come! 


Alabama used money from her lemonade stand to buy gifts for our family. :)

She also wrapped them herself. Love. 

Dr. Alabama Smelts

They're going to the Monster Jam! 


At Aunt Georgia's

The cousins!