Hello friends and family! I am sorry that I have been so negligent on the blog. I just really canNOT make time to work on it. Plus, and girls you will understand, my blog just isn’t cute or pretty.. So I have been slowly (VERY SLOWLY) designing one on Blogspot. I will post the new address once I have FOR REAL set it up properly. In the mean time let me post some pics of my adorable son who is almost 8 months old!!!!!!! He is such a joy and I must say a cutie pie! Enjoy! Especially you DUSTIN!!🙂
Okay so I missed one week! But, I am back and going to give you some great pictures and just a few things that are going on here with us…
First, Jack now has two beautifully sharp teeth. You may be wondering how that is going with feeding? Or not..however, it is going well no scars as of now.
Secondly, my mom and DD (Daddy Donaldo) came into town this past weekend to have a early celebration of Don’s 52nd birthday. We went to see Mary Poppins and it was amazing. I haven’t read the actual book but, believe it had to be based on that more than the movie. I really enjoyed the play and the meal afterwards at Birraporettis! Delicious! I think we all needed this weekend after the scare my beautiful mother gave us on Tuesday with some heart issues. She is doing better but, the incident made us realize how precious life is and to not take it for granted. Which is easy for me to do at 26.
We were able to welcome Baby Robbie into the world on the 6th. He is absolutely precious and Elizabeth and Brad are acting like old pros with the second baby. Sister Kate is a doting sweet sister as well.
Right now we would like prayer or positive thoughts in the healing of Craig’s knees. Those of you that know Craig his name should be Sports and if this Sonar therapy doesn’t work he more than likely would not be able to play basketball or run again. I know I have mentioned it before but, if you have an extra second we would really appreciate it.
Also, we would like to ask for prayer in the selling of my Dad and MM’s house in Granbury. God has opened a ton of opportunities for them here in The Woodlands and we just are hoping and believing their house will sell so that they can officially plant themselves here.
Hope you enjoy the pics of Halloween and recent happenings. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!
I know. I know what you must be thinking. It has been way too long since myself or Craig has updated the blog. The last entry was way back in September right after Labor Day. So since I have been negligent I will take a few minutes to list a few things that have happened since then. Afterwards, I will post a series of pictures that will show how are little boy has grown so big and hopefully get me out of the dog house.
1. Jack turned 4 months.
2. Jack turned 5 months.
3. We dedicated Jack to the Lord on October 11, 2009.
4. Craig had his 28th birthday!
5. We rescued Bella (the husky-shepherd mix)..
6. Craig’s parents adopted Bella.
7. We rescued Henry (a Rat-terrier)
8. Jack got his first tooth-October 24th! Also, his daddy’s birthday.
9. Jack got his second tooth-October 29th.
10. Jack rolled over from his tummy to his back.
11. Jack started eating Oatmeal.
12. For Jack’s 5 month bday he got a Johnny Jumper.
13. I started my Renew bible study.
14. Grandpa and Nana Brisky put their house in Granbury for sale. Dad got a job as a Special Ed Aid and they have moved here to The Woodlands. YAY!!
15. Auntie Kristyn L. visited us!
16. Jack visited his first Pumpkin Patch with his buddy Carter Bear and his Auntie Meli.
Jack has amazed Craig and I both with his amazing personality. I absolutely cherish my time with him and feel so blessed to have him as my son. He has been such a joy and truly I can’t even begin to explain with words how he has captured our hearts.
After 6 weeks of physical therapy, Craig’s orthopedic told him that his knee was still in bad shape. Craig is now doing Sonar Therapy and has a 50/50 shot at it working. We are praying that God will heal his knee as if this doesn’t work he may not be able to run ever again.
All in all we are doing pretty well. I am very excited about the upcoming holidays. I consider myself pretty adjusted to being a stay at home mom. I love my time with Jack and wouldn’t change it for the world. I have also been able to cook and bake more which Craig is happy with. I also signed up for the Cowtown Half Marathon and am trying to get myself back into running shape. If it would ever stop raining I could do more of that!
Hope all is well with you and yours. If there is anything you need don’t hesitate to ask! Have a great week. Enjoy the pics of our sweet baby!
My boy is smiling and belly laughing like crazy now! It melts my heart everytime! We had a great Labor Day weekend visiting with family and friends. It was also the first time Jack met a few of his girl friends and his new buddy Brett. I always love going home and being with old friends. I feel so lucky to be able to pick right back where we left off the last time. Like no time has even passed.
Jack went swimming again this time kicking his legs and moving his little hands in the pool. I cannot believe how alert he has become. My parent’s finally put their house on the market a few weeks ago and we are thrilled because it is one step closer to being down the street!!
Craig is in the final stages of his physical therapy for his knees. He has severe tendonitis and it has caused him to put a pause on all sports related activities. He is seeing a specialist in Clear Lake that is supposed to be a Top Dawg in the business. So lets hope he can work some magic and get my boy back to running and playing on the basketball court.
I am still enjoying staying at home with Jack. It was definitely difficult when school started not to be going back but, I know being at home raising Jack is where I need to be and am so fortunate to have this time with him. So I won’t complain. Plus, a few co-workers/friends still let me come up and bug them.🙂 I definitely bought my midnight showing for New Moon today!! YAY!!! Our friends/neighbor’s Jamie and Johnny are welcoming little Maren Frances today and we are so excited to meet her. Will post pics soon!
Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.. Enjoy the pics! Much love!
We have had a great couple of weeks! Very busy to say the least.. Grandpa and Nana came to visit before their George Strait concert, Cousins Abby and Morgan came to visit, Aunt DeeDee came with Cousins Macy and Lauren, Auntie Doy and Reeces have visited, and last but certainly not least we have a new Foster Dog–named Bella.. She came and sat on our door step and we have been trying to find her a home since. She is a Husky/German Shepherd mix and is absolutely sweeter than pie. She also runs Kirby ragged which is a plus!!🙂
Jack is growing so big–he is officially 13 weeks today. I cannot believe how fast time is flying by. He has been laughing and cooing constantly. I am still in love with his Magic Merlin Baby Sleepsuit.. and recommend it to anyone. He sleeps for naps and during bedtime. WONDERFUL! Plus it keeps him cozy and comfortable. I also have finally found a bottle that works well for us.. since I am breastfeeding I don’t have to use them a lot but, I do like to give him a bottle maybe once a day or every other.. Born Free are wonderful!! I have tried all kinds and these have been my favorite so far. Very little bubbles and spillage while Jack is drinking! Yippy Skippy for these great finds!
I have a cute story about my niece Macy–the other day she was in Jack’s bedroom and saw his cute Tooth Fairy pillow and said.. “OH MY EVIL TOOTH FAIRY!!” (she is 5 by the way) and I said “Macy why is the Tooth Fairy evil?” She said.. “Well once when I was a baby the Tooth Fairy came in and stole all of my pacifiers!” THAT IS GENIUS! Why can’t I think of anything clever like that.. not that the time has come for Jack to say good bye to his beloved Pacifier.. but, someday it will and I just hope I can be clever!
Enjoy the pics.. if you know anyone that is wanting a sweet dog.. she is house trained and super with kids.. let me know!!
Well as I told you in the last post Craig and I ordered (Thanks to Auntie Britt) the Baby Merlin Magic Sleepsuit. It came in yesterday and last night was your first attempt to see if this thing had any Wicked Harry Potter Magic Skills.. and drum roll please… Charley Jack slept from 8:30 to 4:10!!! It was awesome!! Now I don’t want to jinx anything so we shall see how he does with his naptimes and how he does tonight.🙂
But so far soo Good!
Bought Jason Mraz tix! So excited!
Enjoy the pics of my sweet Ninja!
This week we had a few pivotal moments:
1. Constipation–followed by 3 oz. of prune juice NOT diluted per Dr. Elahee’s request–ending with major blow out! THUS-Constipation over for a few days anyway. Picture will follow.
2. Meeting Great Grandma Sophie! Absolutely adorable. Jack was absolutely in love with her. She would sing and coo–while he would follow.
3. Meeting the Nichols and Purschs! Super fun and we appreciated the drive up Kim and JP!
4. Baby Gavin’s Baptism and a long awaited family photo with the Moreno’s!!
5. AUNTIE TRACI came to stay and meet Baby Jack! We had an absolute blast and ate tons of food! We also went to see The Proposal, which was a cute movie!
6.Finally-Last night Jack woke up around 12:30–I found myself walking back to our bed around 2:48..actually it was exactly 2:48.. he then woke up around 3:10 and for the rest of the night he didn’t go back down. Poor little guy was crying and uneasy. This time it wasn’t gas.. I have no clue what it was..maybe reflux.. he just couldn’t get comfortable and we felt so bad for him. THUS-we spent the day in our pj’s! Which I haven’t done since college.. after a long night out (STUDYING.. of course ;))
Now Lissa really encourages me by her blog–she is always honest and sharing whats going on with her.. so I have a few seconds and wanted to get a few things off of my chest.
So I tend to over analyze things just a little bit.🙂 And find myself festering over things so much I will actually dream about it. So something occurred this week that really perturbed me. So after a couple of days of thinking about it and wasting energy about it.. I feel like God actually made me take a step back and think.. does this really matter? in the grand scheme of things.. are you really going to let certain things like that control you? well after a few days of saying absolutely yes.. they are rude, they hurt my feelings.. I have come to a more level headed realization: AS Leslie, my counselor would say, “it is, what it is..” and we are beyond blessed by the people that love us unconditionally and are so lucky to have friends who are like family.. and to have family that are close to us. SO there ya go.. probably kindergarten stuff but for my peabody brain it actually took me a few days to let things go. So thanks for letting me vent.
Britt sent us a email about this magic sleep suit.. I will post the link later and keep your fingers crossed! You guys are awesome and thanks for being you! Here are some pics to recap:
GOT PRUNE JUICE?
Well as I previously posted I was going to attempt to blog more than once a month. So Jack is sleeping and well instead of napping myself I found myself sprinting to switch the laundry, finish icing the cake, and vacuum. I still need to finish the laundry but, hey.. playing on the internet is way more fun.
So with the latest movie of the Twilight series coming out, New Moon, there has been a lot more press about the movie and it’s actors. Which for me as a partially obsessed fan this is wonderful. I cannot believe how fast this year has gone by and now we are awaiting the arrivall of the next movie. I personally think it looks great but, I am still wondering if they are going to film Breaking Dawn or not. If any of you are crazy enough to know that answer I would appreciate your craziness and think you are wonderful. 🙂
Jack is hilarious right now and can seriously steal your heart by his cooing and smiling. I really think sometimes I have to catch my breath because it’s so sweet. He is looking around all the time and definitely knows when his daddy, mommy, or kirby sue is in the room. He will just stare at Kirby all day. Of course she cannot sit still that long but, does taste Jack every so often to make sure he is just right.🙂
Craig’s Grandma Sophie is in town this week to meet and play with Jack. She is absolutely precious with him and it is so cool to see her sing and hold him. That is something I know he will cherish later on in life. However, right now he thinks she is pretty cool!
Traci is coming into town tomorrow to play with us and we couldn’t be more excited. This is the first time her and Jack will get to meet so I am sure will love meeting another “Auntie”.
We went to see The Fray this past weekend. Holy Cow they are fantastic. If you haven’t seen them live, you must!
Have a great week. If there is anything I can do for you..including vacuum let me know. I really really love to vacuum..
You can now follow Jack on twitter to see what the little guy is up to: jackdandrea
DOG! I just realized I haven’t uploaded the most recent pics.. I will post some pics when Craig gets home. Jack is waking up. Almost had it!😉
So I am officially a terrible blogger. I had hopes to do it one time a week but, as you can see I didn’t do to well with that goal. So I am going to try again and hopefully this month I will be better.
Since my last time blogging Jack has grown soo much and somehow made us fall even more in love with him. Which I certainly didn’t think was possible.. Here are just a few of the highlights:
1. Went to Granbury and watched his first parade.
2. Swam in Mimi and Papa’s pool. Yes I will include pics. He loved it and even kicked his little feet.
3. Demonstrated his “bend it like Beckham” with his left leg kicking a little hangy thing from his play mat.
4. Smiles and coos alllll the time.
5. Started sleeping at night in his crib.. which may be the reason why I haven’t blogged because I have definitely been sleep deprived.
6. Began not wanting to take naps because he didn’t want to miss anything fun going on in the D’Andrea household.
7. Celebrated Mom and Dad’s anniversary by eating a Olive Garden picnic in our living room.
8. First round of shots.. yes 5 different pokes in my baby’s leg. :(– those were my tears.
9. Met my Uncle Jack and Aunt Janet.. Part of Jack’s name sake.🙂
All in all things have been going really well here at the D’Andrea household. For our anniversary Craig and I went to see The Hangover. Such a funny movie, I definitely think if you haven’t seen it and you don’t mind language.. then you are good to go! Craig was so awesome and took today off to come with Jack and me to see Dr. Elahee. I have to say HE WAS SOO TOUGH. Jack and I both cried when shots were being done. But, Craig was so strong for us both.
I am currently reading a book by Tracy Hogg, “The Baby Whisperer”..it has been enlightening especially since we have been making the move from our room to his crib.
This next week we are going to see The Fray..they were hear a couple of years ago and we had a blast so I am pumped. Here are some pics over the past month. See ya later!!
Well, Jack and I had our first super long alone time together today! It was awesome! He loves watching the Astros as much as I do, although he did fall asleep a couple times, so I think we are going to have to work on that.🙂 Anyway, I’m still head over heels (not sure guys are supposed to say that) in love with him! Kat loves Jack so much that you pretty much have to pry the girl away from him. She is getting better though, and decided to take a trip to Katy Mills Mall with Britt for some J.Crew Outlet shopping. Be it that Katy is a hop (20 miles down 45), skip (20 miles west on Beltway 8), and a jump ( 15 miles down I-10) from the Woodlands we had several hours together! Although he has been around for a little over 5 weeks now, I find myself on occasion taking for granted how amazing he is! Well this time we had was nice because it let me just take in all joy he has brought to my life! He is definitely more alert now, so we can just stare at eachother now without changing a diaper or feeding, unless I’m really hungy.
Earlier this week I had an eye opener though. I was absolutely 150% blown away by the a story the my wife sent me this week at work. I warn you that if you click on this link you better be prepared to shed tears. Yeah and if you’re at work, like I was….and if you’re a cryer, like I am…you definitely want to wait to get home for this one. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=c975d005cd2c4d261f7f Anyway, the video absolutely broke me! I realized that I sometimes might be going through the motions and miss something that Jack did at 3:00 AM just because I was a little tired. I try now to really enjoy our time more and really just soak it all in. It also made me realize how lucky we are and that we really do need to thank God every day for this gift! I hate that it takes me seeing things like this to snap me out of whatever funk I might be in though. When people say that if your God was a loving God then why do people suffer or why do good people die young, etc… Well my theory on the whole thing is that sometimes it takes people like these parents, that are strong and committed to loving God and others even amongst the circumstances that they are faced. When people see things like this (AKA – my complacent butt) it really makes you think about your situation and how selfish or ungrateful you are for just the air that you breathe. I know that sounds hokey, and I am not a person who likes hokey sayings or stories, but sometimes hokey makes a lot of sense. Now I’m just rambling…Anyway to sum up, I think the world of this boy! My parents always used to say that they could take pain or disappointment when it was meant towards them, but when we felt either emotion that it was 100 times worse than. Well I can already tell you that I see what they are talking about. When Jack has his long crying spells or has real bad gas I already feel bad for him. The hardest thing is know that you can’t do anything about it sometimes….I’m sure that’s the way it is going to be the rest of his life.😉 Oh and I’ll add a recent picture of Jack and I soon, but right now it is past my bed time…Which is really sad because it’s not even 9:30. People sure aren’t lying when they say that things change!
Well even though I had my feet firmly planted down, Jack is 1 month old.. Which I know he is supposed to get older..but, time is just flying by and he is growing up so fast.
His current statistics are:
10 lbs. 3 oz.
22 3/4 in.
In his 4th week of life things around here really got exciting. Jack began his fussy time which usually started in the evenings, had really painful gas.. soo sad, and I think he gave me his first real smile!!🙂
In his first month of life he has brought so much joy to our lives I cannot even put into words. I am sure you understand. I am so lucky to be able to stay home with him and really capture everything.
Craig talked me into leaving Jack for a few hours yesterday and I am pretty sure it was the hardest thing I have had to do. Once we left I needed about 10 minutes then I was okay.. but, after a couple of hours I was certainly ready to get on back to the house.
We have an exciting couple of weeks ahead of us.. Craig’s first Father’s Day is tomorrow, our 4th wedding anniversary is Thursday, and we are heading to Granbury for the 4th of July!! I CANNOT WAIT!
Jack will get to tryout swimming for the first time.. as well as meet his buddy Brett and lady friends Baylor, Larin, and Brinn.
Enjoy the new pics!!
1-having a child truly is gaining a love that words do not give justice
2- seeing and holding our baby for the first time will for the rest of my life be the best moment ever–
3- having friends and family who love you and support you with their well wishes, gifts, food, etc.. is such a blessing..and we are grateful for you!
4- sleep isn’t as important as it once was
5- your dog who was once your baby, even though you still love it, definitely becomes a dog.😉
6- trips to the grocery store..or anywhere must be timed perfectly..and you must use a cart..no more hand baskets
7- trips to the ER that keep you away from your baby for 6 hours are worse than the reason why you are actually there..
8- having family stay with you after the baby is born is the best gift ever.
9-clear squirt bottles that the nurses give you after delivery are WONDERFUL with warm water.
10-tail bones that break are a “bummer” but, at least you have a surprise to look at–to realize it was totally worth it.
11- when you see that you do have ankle and feet bones again 4 days after giving birth.. i told jack, ‘thank you!!” for that present!
12-text messaging isn’t that bad after all.. especially when all you want to do is stare at your baby and nothing else.
13- birthdays right after your baby being born you realize nothing material of this world can even be wanted, when you already have the best birthday present after all..
14-God is faithful and blessed us with some answered prayers…
15-babies grow so fast, so we have to live in the moment and enjoy every single day as if it were the only day.. it is so worth it..here are some updated pics of our little boy!🙂 also, check out my facebook page or http://www.brittanilouisephotography.com for some of jacks newborn pics!
love and thanks to all of you for your thoughts and prayers! you really don’t understand how grateful we are for all of your sweet comments and prayers! Big praise and whoops for Gavin Moreno being born a healthy 9 lbs and Boston McCormack finally entering the world June 2nd! We are so excited about all of these sweet babies! Enjoy the pics! Love, Kat
Well, I can’t put into words what seeing your baby boy for the first time feels like, but if I could have my very own “Ground Hog Day” movie in which the day plays over and over again, then I would be ok as long as it was the day of May 19, 2009! What an amazing event for Kat and I to experience together!
A brief summary of how everything transpired:
The day started with a not so enthusiastic call from the nurse saying that the odds of us getting in for a voluntary induction was not in our favor. With Kat’s sisters, parents, my parents, my sister, Brittani and Doylina all taking off work, expecting us to be induced on that day, it made Kat feel very sad and I knew that if we didn’t get in that she was going to feel as though she disappointed friends and family, even though she had no control over the situation. Anyway, so at about 8:00 I decided to go get Kat, Larry and Mary some breakfast from sonic. Well, right when I opened the back door Kat was standing there about to cry she was so happy! We got in! Wow, this is actually happening!
We got everything ready and on our way to the hospital, as luck would have it, she started contracting on her own. When we got to the hospital and they hooked her up to some machines and told her that she would have been in the hospital today even if they didn’t induce her. To help her along they gave her a pinch of Pitocin though.
We had so many friends and family sitting in the waiting room. We feel very blessed and grateful that we were able to spend this joyous occasion with those we love! Brittani and Doylina were actually updating Kat’s facebook while she was in labor. We didn’t have access to facebook due to the firewall in the hospital, but they were able to do so from their phones! You have to love technology.
Not too long into labor (maybe 4 hours or so) Kat was looking like she was getting closer and then progress came to a screeching halt! That was when we found out that Jack was going to be a pretty big baby! After a couple hours of Kat pushing like a champion Jack was all ours! J I couldn’t believe that which we had waited for so long was finally here! He was very big! 8 lbs 13.6 oz! You have to give him that .6, but that’s not on the birth certificate. In the process of all of this we realized that Kat had bruised or broken her tail bone and would, and is still, sitting on a donut around the house. Later on it was paparazzi time and everyone was let in to take their pictures. One of the coolest things was getting to give Jack his first bath. Even then it was hard to fathom that he was all ours.
I definitely think that the last 6 days have made us closer though. I look at Kat differently now! I always knew that she would make the best mom, but seeing how much she loves Charley Jack makes me love her even more! I think that Kat and I both feel so much closer to God right now and just can’t give enough thanks for such an incredible experience and the lovable baby boy we have been blessed with!
I think it’s kind of difficult to tell who Jack looks more like right now, just because Kat and I have been told that we look like brother and sister on several occasions, so it’s not that easy to decipher. I do know that he looks like a million dollars to me and has one great head of hair on him! And those chubby cheeks I could just eat! J Being a dad is an amazing feeling already. I really, really don’t want to go to work tomorrow because I just want to stay and look at him. It is so funny, because almost anything new that he does seems so amazing. I can’t imagine what it is going to feel like tomorrow at work when I can’t see him for such a long stretch of time.
Well we just about have a basketball team ready to play now, with Carter Peterson at shooting guard, Jax Coleman at the small forward, Boston McCormack (coming soon) at the power forward position, Jack D’Andrea at the point, and Kate Chappell filling in at center until she gets a brother. J
Oh and Kirby absolutely loves and is so protective of Jack! By the way, having someone put the blanket that your baby was first swaddled in your dog’s kennel the day before you come home, so that your dog picks up the scent, is a great idea. Thanks Petersons! With Kirby being a beagle, she recognized the smell immediately. After she smelled Jack, she went straight to the blanket that she was sleeping with and it was like a light bulb went off and everything was all good. Every time someone new holds Jack, she goes over to them and stares at them for a minute, just to make sure that they know what they’re doing.
Thanks again for everyone’s love and support.
Now for the good stuff! Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure! Many, Many more to come!
We had another apt. this morning with Dr. Westmoreland (again my favorite person) and it was all good. I am over 80% effaced almost to a 3 and Jack’s head is exactly where it needs to be. She actually said she could feel it.. CRAZY! I asked her if she wanted to give him a little tug.😉 Once again she stripped membranes and I was on my way to a happy Wednesday.🙂
It was kind of sad because it was the last time I will see my favorite nurse Randi, since Dr. W is moving offices.. but, I figure I can still take Jack up to the 4th floor to see her.
So technically it could be anytime.. however, we are scheduled for 5 am on the 19th if Jack hasn’t made his appearance by then. HOPEFULLY, he will.. but either way it is all great and I am going to continue my new found epiphany of just allowing Jack and God to be in control..
So with that said I am going to take a nap since I didn’t sleep last night.. and apparently once he gets here sleep is no longer a regular vocabulary word.
Thank you for the kind words of encouragement and prayers! You rock!
So there are a few things that just shouldn’t be said to a pregnant person… Britt and I are working on that book actually.. one of which is: He’ll come when he is ready… Yes I am perfectly aware of that.. BUT, you don’t have to remind me of that. And let me tell you Jack is definitely on his own timeline..🙂 Maybe though me getting annoyed by that comment is my undying need to control or try to control this situation. SO I decided to take a few minutes to have a quiet time today and just be grateful for where I am and have what I have.. I found this verse and wanted to share:
I trust in your unfailing love.
I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
I will sing to the Lord
because he is good to me.
So even though Jack’s timing wasn’t last Thursday when contractions started… (remember they are not painful..so in that sense I am very lucky)…God’s timing is perfect.. and how much more would I enjoy this experience if I would just let go.. and be along for the ride.. So I am asking for thoughts and prayers for that now.. just to be at ease and know that all is well..and before I know it.. Jack will be here and I will forever be a mom. So I need to just be still and anxious for nothing..
Thanks for letting me vent..🙂
Well on Wednesday Craig and I had the day off and went for our 37 week apt. and final sonogram. This was a great appointment we were able to see Jack’s little heart beating and his lungs breathing, all of which were perfect. Dr. Westmoreland (my favorite person) told us our “little” guy was estimated at weighing about 7.6 llbs!! I swore at that point!😉 Holy ….!! He is a monster! We learned 2 very key points at that moment: 1. I am a good eater!🙂 2. He is taking after his dad after all and may just be a big ol’ bellied baby!!🙂
We also learned that he had a normal little baby head and that if he wasn’t here by the 19th… then on the 19th we could be induced. She said I was dialated at a 2 and stripped my membranes and we were on our way to happy Wednesday.
That brings us to Thursday.. It started out all normal then towards the end of the day I had some interesting movements going on… and then contractions. Well being completely over zealous, I was definitely hoping that this may be it!! He may come early.. So I went home and Aunt Sherrilene and Stephanie were at my house because we had been planning on having a girls night..Little did they know that they were in for hours of walking and talking…
So to spare you all from the repetitive details.. since Thursday I have been having contractions and a lot of pelvic pressure. Good news: this is my body getting ready for Jack.. Bad news: no Jack. (or not so bad news depending on how you look at it, because I know he will come when he is ready..) the contractions haven’t been painful–a few times while I am walking, but other than that they are just consistent (i am probably crazy for wanting them to come on with their bad selves!).. but apparently not consistent enough to change dialation on Friday.. Oh yes, we had a short trip to Labor and Delivery..
We have another apt. on Wed.. we will keep you posted.. until then enjoy your week!!!
Well this is going to be a quick update because it is almost dark and Craig and I are about to go for a quick walk to Blockbuster. Don’t worry though I am sure we will choose a video of intellectual content..😉
The past five weeks have been awesome! Stephanie and Cody had their little boy Brett! Though I haven’t met him in person yet, he looks adorable and just like my oldest friend since 2nd stinkin’ grade! He is beautiful!
Melis and Scott had Carter on April 4th.. It was amazing and he is absolutely wonderful. I have loved hearing all of her stories. I can’t wait for Jack to meet all of his buddies.
Mel and Freddy are getting closer than ever to having Mr. Gavin.. so needless to say it’s a busy season of boys!
Today, Craig and I graduated our birthing class. So apparently we are officially ready to do this whole labor business and bring a child into the world.. Honestly, I couldn’t be more ready but, I have no preconcieved idea’s on how everything will be. I know when they ask me, “Would you like a Margarita (epidural)?” I will say “ABSOLUTLEY!” and be on my way.. I am really excited to have this first time experience.
We had a fantastic Easter…we had the Webster’s and Oliver’s over for barbecue and it was amazing. I love being surrounded by family! Then, that evening we went to Craig’s parents and it was equally nice!
Last weekend, we were blessed by 2 of my sisters, my “adopted” little sister/cousin, 1 aunt, and 2 life long friends of Sherry’s..to throw an amazing shower.. I had my closest friends and family there and truly felt so surrounded by love and wisdom. Plus it was extra special because all of my sister’s were there in the same room as well as my mom and my Marymom…IT couldn’t have been better or more beautiful.
We are almost finished with the nursery.. waiting for a couple of things to come in and Aunt Stephie to help with a few finishing touches and it will be ready for Jack!
We went to the doctor this week and she said I had dialated to a 1 and was effaced. Maybe the next time I blog.. Jack will be here.. and you can see his little face instead of my belly!🙂 I will keep ya posted. We go in for our ultrasound May 6th.
Please keep us in your prayers as we end this pregnancy journey and begin a life long journey as parents! As always, if you need anything don’t hesitate to call or email!
I am so sorry it has been a very long time since I have updated the blog. As I am sure all of you are the same way but the new year has been so super busy! So I will endeavor to catch you up on what has been going down in the D’Andrea’s world…
January–was filled with Shower planning for my favorite most lovely cousin Stephanie! I was also trying to get back into the groove of working after a nice long Christmas break.
February- was absolutely brutal with TAKS preparation at work. Thank God for Melissa for keeping/or trying to keep me sane. I was also busy with 3 amazing people (Kristen, Emilie, and Rachel) planning a shower for Mr. Carter Scot Peterson due ANY DAY NOW!! We had beautiful weather and the best time. I had such a good time planning with such loving people who really care so much for the Peterson’s. Craig and I also painted Jack’s room. Well what I thought would be Jack’s room.🙂 At the end of February- a wonderful group of teachers/friends from Vogel threw Melissa and I an amazing shower. We were truthfully speechless because of the amazing love, wisdom, and friendships we felt. Nancy, Jen, and Debbie–plus Telena, Christa, Kitty, Lauren, Tracey, and Melanie did a fabulous job and were so thoughtful. I feel so blessed to work where I do. Craig had a Men’s Church Retreat that he went to and of course came back with a swollen ankle from Football.. and lack of sleep.. Thankfully no nightmares this year.. For those of you who don’t know Craig can sometimes scare the entire world with his nightmares… because, he will wake up screaming.. pretty terrifying for those who have to witness this first hand..🙂 There are a few of you!🙂
March- TAKS was on March 3rd and I cannot tell you how thankful I am that it is finally over!!!!!! It’s definitely not my favorite time of the year. The following weekend we had a couple’s shower hosted by my closest friends in the world–also the best hostesses ever! (Brittani, Doylina, Melissa, and Traci) It was seriously the best weekend. Traci came early from Austin and spoiled me with love, time, and tons of goodies! So it was great playing with her the entire weekend. My Dad and beloved Marymom came in the same weekend so I cannot tell you how in heaven I was having my parents in town and all of our closest friends in the same house–Oliver’s were so nice to dedicate their beautiful home for this cause.
Craig and I felt soooo overwhelmed by the love and friendship from the shower. We had Kristyn and Kelly drive all the way from Granbury to Adam and Brewski *his dog* from Austin come and share this wonderful time with us. Thank you to everyone that came from whatever distance. I know life is extremely busy and it means the absolute world to us that you all took time out to spend with us celebrating Charley Jack’s upcoming arrival. We were definitley spoiled!! Everything at the shower was beautiful and delicious! Towards the end of the weekend still uneasy about my choice of Jack’s nursery I asked my Dad and Craig if they would switch rooms.. They anxiously did and thrilled my “nesting” phase.. as Mary called it.. Anyway, I love the switch and much happier with the rooms the way they are now. On the Friday before Spring Break, our amazing students threw Melissa and me a surprise baby shower.. I can’t even express to you how amazing it was. They seriously spoiled us.. They threw it to the theme “The Babies are Landing”–an adorable Children’s book.. Each of our four classes was responsible for a different basket of goodies: Children’s Books, Clothes and Blankets, Toys, and Necessities.. Unbelievable!! The student’s are sooo excited about our baby boys! It was so much fun!
This past week was Spring Break.. Which started off wonderful.. Kevin and Stephanie got married in Shelby, Texas and had a wonderful reception in Round Top.. The wedding could have been in a Country Living Magazine, despite FREEZING COLD weather and rain.. it was gorgeous.. and my little free-spirited cousin looked amazing!!
Unfortunately, for my I failed my first glucose test and had to take the 3 hour test.. For those of you who have had the same experience it is not fun at all.🙂 Monday night I started fasting… then Tuesday I go in give blood, then have to drink this horrrrrrrible sweet stuff that is pure Citrusy sugar… I am supposed to give blood 3 times after that.. however, I made it twenty minutes before preceeding to puke it all up.. NO BUENO… so I had to try again Wednesday. So once again I fasted after midnight.. (ate some crackers with peanut butter at 11:45)… gave some blood… then drank the sugary yucky stuff again.. this time however, I laid down in the waiting room on the couch and told myself DON’T GET SICK!!! With a few awesome people praying for me a visit from Scott and Melissa… and 3 hours later.. I made it through the 3 hour glucose test.. AND I PASSED.. so NO gestational diabetes here! YAY! Thursday- Sherry and I had lunch with Craig in Midtown at “our place” Christian’s Tailgate.. the best sports bar ever!! Then spent the day in the Heights shopping for the nursery. I am anxiously awaiting his dresser and bookcase to come in. Friday–Craig took off and him and Sherry painted the “new” nursery while I worked outside in the yard.. It turned out sooo great.. I am so thankful for both of them and their hard work.. I know it can’t be easy putting up with a wishy washy pregnant woman.. But, Craig does an amazing job to thrill me. Have I mentioned that every single day since we found about the baby Craig has made me breakfast? He is ridiculous. IN A GOOD WAY.🙂 Now after a nice long weekend and the Tucker Kowalski’s dedication.. Craig and I are getting back into the routine of work.. We have an exciting couple of months ahead of us…we are thrilled that Stephanie and Cody just added Brett Hudson Hasty to their already adorable family..we are anxiously awaiting the birth of Carter Scot Peterson.. I am hoping he will come Friday the 27th.. We have a family shower on the 18th in which I will get to see my lovely family..my last day of work is May 15th.. and I am hoping that Charley Jack will arrive somewhere near the 20th of May that is about 6 days early..🙂 Early is good..well not too early… but ya know.. Late is no bueno.. SO I give Jack a pep talk every few days or so.🙂 Thanks again for being amazing and wanting to be apart of this journey..God is good…
Sooo here are some pics from the past couple of months.. and of course for those of you who don’t see my ginormous self every day or two here are some new belly pics!!
Well we went back last Friday 1/2/09 to have our sonogram again.. And it was the most wonderful experience. Our amazing tech let us watch everything and see everything AND even answered a few of our questions.. Like does Jack have two legs..Not only did he say yes he even showed us.. We won’t speak of our horrible experience anymore!! Ramir was so amazing and made us forget all about it..🙂
Jack was still a Jack when we left which was also awesome!! As you can see from his pics he is looking great and GROWING. Holy Cow.. I am getting huge! Honestly, I have no clue where this baby is supposed to go. I can’t fathom getting any huger! (I know Huger isn’t a word BTW.) But, in the past two weeks I have really hit a growth spurt..which means that my dear son has also.. Which makes it all the worth while. Today, was my first day back at work with kids in the classroom. One of my favorite co-workers saw me walking down the hall and goes, “Oh my gosh Kat, your boobs are GINORMOUS!” I about died. I hate boobs. Why couldn’t I have started out at a AA…Just an FYI..if you start out pre-pregnancy at a C that means by the end apparently of pregnancy you actually get your very own letter in the alphabet because they are so monstrous!..🙂 Sorry that might have been to much information.
Anyway, here is the latest prego pic..
This past weekend we had Jamey and Amy’s wedding. It was an absolute blast. We were exhausted afterwards but, had the best time hanging out with good friends. We even made a few playdates for Kirby..
Now we are back in full swing with work and such.. My kids were so amazing today. I loved seeing them.. The two week break was good for all of us..
Hope your New Year has started off wonderfully. Thanks for being so supportive and such great friends and family. Craig and I are both so thankful for you! Here are a last couple of Jack.. I can’t help it..One looks like he is smiling!!🙂
* One last thing. Over the break I finished reading, “Pillars of the Earth,” AMAZING! Not a chick flick book..READ IT..is an awesome piece of literature.
I hope everyone enjoyed their New Years. We ended up relaxing at home. Which sounds totally lame but, I was so glad to relax and sleep!🙂 We missed a great get together at the Nichol’s house with the Chappells but, there is always next year.
Craig and I had JP & Kimberly’s wedding last weekend. It was beautiful and a lot of fun. The cakes were delicious. This weekend is Jamey and Amy’s wedding and I can’t tell you how excited we are about it. It’s always fun to get together with the boys. AND of course their lovely wives.🙂
We go in for Jack’s new sonogram this afternoon at 5. I am soo happy to see my boy again. Satan’s manager called us this week and apologized for the incident. But, I am over it and now ready to see my little baby again. It has been so funny this week.. he is getting so big and at night time he sits so low we can actually feel his little body moving. Even though I still haven’t felt any kicks yet..
Jacky and I have started planning Stephanie and Kevin’s shower. Britt came through and saved the day and has totally helped make the invites. I have also been in the works with Rachel, Emilie, and Kristen planning Meli’s and Baby Carter’s baby shower. I love showers! This means cake. GOOD CAKE. It also means more running after Jack is born. Oh well. Fine by me.🙂
Well Happy New Years Everyone and Craig or I will post some updates ASAP.
Britt sent me this verse today and I really loved it.🙂 So I thought I would share.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
We’re having a Jack! Charles Jack D’Andrea that is.
Finding out that information was not as easy as it may sound though.
Here’s a not so quick recount:
We woke up at about 5:45 to make sure that we got to the hospital at 6:30 sharp. When we arrived we were greeted by a lady that I will now refer to from this point on as “Satan”!
Satan was going to be performing the ultra sound.
First thing she did was tell us that she was going to be looking at the anatomy for 15 to 20 minutes and to not expect anything until she was done. She even turned the monitor so that Kat and I could not watch what was on the screen.
Anyway, about 15 minutes into this she asked Kat who her doctor was because it appeared as though Kat was not far enough along (she was only 17 1/2 weeks and she needed to be 18) to get a more detailed look at the anatomy. Kat was under the impression she was 18 weeks and 1 day, so that was a little hard to hear without any further details. She told Kat to get dressed and that we would have to come back again next week. Well, Kat was just about crushed!
Me being an inquisitive little fella, had to make sure that just because our baby was 2 to 3 days behind schedule that we did not have anything to be worried about. Satan finally told me that we had nothing to worry about. But again, her answers were short and abrupt…oh and monotone. It was like she had never dealt with people before.
Well, we got back to the car and Kat was bawling! She asked me why we couldn’t at least know what the sex was and then come back for the more detailed anatomy shots next week. I thought that Satan had said that we would not be able to tell, but I really wasn’t sure. So, just in case, I marched back into the office and asked if I could speak to Satan real quick. They called her on the phone and said that I could speak to her on it. I said, “no, I would like to speak to her in person”. She said that she was just about to go into the other room to visit with another couple.
When I got to her office I asked her if she had noticed what the sex was and she said that she does not do that until the end of the exam and that if Kat wanted to come back into the office that she could QUICKLY tell us what the sex was. YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT SHE WOULD HAVE TOLD US THAT BEFORE WE LEFT!!!! Anywho, so I retrieved Kat out from the car who had make-up smeared all over her face at this point. Kat said, you better believe I’m going to go back in there! So Satan set everything up again and began the ultra sound for a second time. She barely spoke to us but we did manage to get a couple pictures from her (even though it was like pulling teeth).
Kat asked her if our baby at least had two arms and two legs and she still said that she did not look real hard for that. $#%^!Unreal, how could you not look at that! What space ship did you ride in on! Anyway, so we really don’t know much, accept that we are having a boy and we are both so excited! I know that Kat wanted to put big pink ribbons in our baby’s hair but after about 2 minutes of looking for boy stuff online she warmed up to the idea real quick and is excited to get to decorating for Jack!
We have such a great family because they all came over to celebrate with us over lunch and we are so gratetful for their love and support! Personally, I would have been thrilled either way but I’m super duper pumped to have a boy!
One final message – PGA tour, don’t be surprised if you once again hear spectators yelling “You’re the man Jack!” in the not so distant future (20 years or so)!😉
This is Kat writing now.. I agree with all of the above.. it was a traumatic experience.. but now on to the fun stuff.. Look at this cute bedding!! Don’t worry I will make it look more masculine for our boy!
Well we are in the final few days until we find out if the baby is a boy or girl!! It seems to be the season of boys so I am thinking it may be a boy! But, we will know for sure Friday at 7 AM!🙂 Check-in is at 6:30. We requested the first appt. can you tell we are excited?
Over the last two weeks we recieved an early Christmas present from Craig’s parents.. a really cool video camera. Then over the weekend we purchased a new Canon Rebel XS..It has been so fun playing with both of these! Now we just have to wait patiently for the baby to get here.. So we can really put it to use!!
I am enjoying pregnancy despite the morning/afternoon/night sickness. I absolutely love being pregnant and have learned sooo much about myself and in my faith because of it. Pregnancy is sort of like a finger print no one’s is exactly the same. So you really cannot compare you can only discuss what each person is going through or gone through.
Thanks for all of the Christmas cards. They are soo cute and it is so fun opening them up every day!! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and safe travels wherever you are going! We will keep you posted on the Baby D status!🙂 Merry Christmas!
Well it has come to my attention that I needed to post a belly pic depicting my pregnancy.🙂
I have been a bit tardy on this as I have been waiting for the “muffin top” or weird I don’t know if she is pregnant belly to expand.
So I hope this makes you guys happy that I am showing my belly.
Things have been going really well for Craig and I lately. Last weekend we decorated our entire house for Christmas. We seriously had a blast and Craig did an awesome job with the outside. Now we just need friends and family to stop in ANYTIME to come and drink coffee or hot cocoa! This past weekend I attended my first “Cottage Green Cookie Exchange” and much to my delight Jamie (neighbor) was an amazing host and I was able to bring home some delicious cookies. It really was a lot of fun. I also went to see the “A Christmas Carol” with some awesome friends. We ate at Biraperetti’s and it was delicious. Poor Doylina was a champ and came sick! I am glad she made it! Craig was gone all weekend at Jamey’s Bachelor Party and he had a blast.. but, he spent most of this afternoon catching up on sleep. To top off the weekend, Tanya, my amazing student teacher/ now friend and her family had all of us Vogel peeps over for an amazing dinner with her adorable family. It was delicious so thank you!
As for the pregnancy I am almost 16 weeks! 2 weeks away from finding out the gender! I AM JUST DYING!!!!!!!! I finally got my energy back about 2 weeks ago. As for the nauseousness and throwing up..that is still well in my world since the 5th week. But, I can’t complain it is all for a reason so whatever I need to do, I will. Since I am finished with the first trimester I have decided to get back into a work out routine. I definitely ordered a pink and white maternity swimsuit from Motherhood.com. So I am excited to start swimming laps again. Craig is starting to get himself back into triathlon mode. He is doing the CB&I Tri again in May.. I am jealous I won’t get to do it this year but, know it will be fun cheering him on.
Thank you for all of your sweet and thoughtful comments we both truly appreciate it. We will definitely keep you posted on any updates we get. Please let us know if there is anything at all we can do for you or your family or any specific prayers we need to send your way. By the way: Happy Birthday Lissa!! I hope you have a great Monday!
Much love! Kat
So there ya go.. That is how it all began.God is truly amazing in the ways he loves us and allows us to be able to go through something like this. It is an absolute miracle. So we really want all of you to be a part of this process and of course be involved in our child’s life. So we would like to ask for the days leading up to the birth.. May 26, 2009 please keep our growing baby in your thoughts and prayers. We find out in December what the baby is.. I have had a few dreams about the baby so I am interested to see if they are foretelling something..🙂