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My, it has been a long time since I have gotten on here to post a blog entry. I had no idea! I kept thinking that I needed to get on here, but we have been so busy! Christmas was wonderful with our expanded family Addison was in awe! We enjoyed spending time with all of our families and our daughters definitely brought home many goodies! Ryan and I even got a few special surprises. Hailey was so excited to get back to school after such a long break. We enjoyed an amazing amount of snow this year in Murfreesboro, more than we’ve had in quite a while. Both girls had fun playing in it.
Hailey had a blast at her (Tinkerbell) sixth birthday party in March she finally got to have a pool party! We went to the indoor water park at Patterson Park with family and some of her friends from church and school. Addison enjoyed her first swimming experience. I had a great birthday thanks to family (especially my hubby) in April and then had to jump on planning Addison’s first birthday party in May! We had it at the same place that we had Hailey’s first in the meeting room at the SportsCom. It was just the right size for our group. Addison even had 2 friends in attendance. She greatly enjoyed it all especially the blue icing on her flower butterfly cake! Can’t believe she’s a year old! Right after that, Ryan and I celebrated our fifth anniversary by enjoying a delectable meal at Bonefish Grill. But their steak was the best steak I’ve ever had seriously! Hailey finished her year of Kindergarten so proud!! And man, that girl is smart! She is wonderful reader, and she loves to read to her little sister.
On the last week of May, we finished packing all of our stuff (with the help of some amazing family and friends!), loaded the truck, and drove three hours away on June 4 to our new home in Knoxville. Though it was hard to say goodbye to everyone, we are so excited for what the Lord has in store for us. In the month that we have been here, we have already grown so much closer as a family. Even the dog is behaving better! We love our new home and the area. It is the perfect distance for a nice walk. We live in a two bedroom townhouse duplex, with the girls sharing a room. It has been an adjustment for them (and us), but it is usually very fun for them. Tiger loves being able to run around and up and down the stairs to get his energy out. Addison would like to join him going up the stairs. . It is the church associated with Crown College, where Ryan will be attending in the fall. Ryan is working hard to make good changes at the Chuck E. Cheese here. Hailey’s made a few friends in her Sunday School class I’m very glad! I will probably be homeschooling her this year please pray for us. This will be very new for us, but I’m excited for the challenge. Maybe Addison will learn with her, lol. They have an academy at the church, so we should be able to do the homeschooling under its umbrella. If anyone has any tips or knowledge on homeschooling, I’m willing to listen! We live only a few minutes from the interstate, a ton of stores, malls, the movie theater, the library, Wal Mart, etc. Since moving here, Hailey has lost another tooth (her 3rd), and Addison has learned to stand on her own, taken up to 5 steps at a time, and is cutting 3 more teeth! My babies are growing up!
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Hey! I know it has been a long time since I have gotten on here. As anyone with children knows, it has been very busy around here! Addison is getting bigger by the day. She turned four months old on Tuesday and had her check up the day before. She weighed in at 14 lb. 14.5 oz., and measured 26 inches long! I assumed we’d be starting cereal now, but the doctor said that’s not necessary with how well she is gaining weight with just breast feeding. She is holding her head up by herself very well, and is still very curious about everything going on around her. She is still a cuddler, and I hope that doesn’t change! And for everyone who thinks her hair is going to change, it is still brunette!! Her eyes have pretty much settled on brown, too hair and eyes like her daddy!
Hailey is absolutely loving Kindergarten. She attends Black Fox Elementary, and her teacher is Mrs. Robinson, who just so happens to have been my Kindergarten teacher, too! She absolutely loves music class and is enjoying learning to read. She is having issues understanding that even though one friend says they won’t be your friend if you play with other kids, you can still do it! We’re working on this with her. They had their first pep rally yesterday, and she had a blast. The whole kindergarten class wore green, Hailey’s favorite color. She’s been getting 100s on all of her schoolwork which I praise her on, even though she still isn’t sure why. Hailey is a wonderful big sister playing and talking with Addison, getting her passy, etc. This (early) morning Addison was crying and when I came out of her room from getting her passy, Hailey was standing there. Scared me! She had woken up from Addison’s crying and was getting up to give her the pacifier. She’s still praying every night for Addison to be healthy (what she did while I was pregnant) and for the next baby to be healthy, too (no, we’re not planning another one so soon!). She is such a caring, sweet little girl who is growing up so quickly. I’m amazed at all the little things she can do on her own now, like tie her shoes or open a bag of chips. She’s got definite musical abilities, and Ryan and I can’t wait to work with her on them! She loves to sing and is always making up songs; she loves guitar. We like to sit down in front of Addison and all sing while Ryan plays guitar. Addison gets very excited and smiles and laughs. Sometimes she tries to sing with us; I’m sure she’ll join in pretty soon! Also, Hailey recently lost a tooth! She was so excited. Hailey got baptized August 23. She got saved last June, but we wanted to make sure she understood before we let her get baptized. She was so excited to finally get baptized after wanting to for a year. She took her first Lord’s Supper this past Sunday, and we were very proud of how well she did.
As for Ryan and me, we’re constantly busy! Between doing things with the girls, church, Ryan’s work, and RU, we are never bored! Without God and each other, we couldn’t do it! Ryan is still planning to go to Bible college next year, which means a move to Knoxville so he can attend Crown College. As scary as that is to me, it is kind of exciting,
too. I’ve never lived outside of Murfreesboro, but it is like an adventure for our family setting off on our own. They have already told him there will be no problem transferring to the Chuck E. Cheese over there, and that store had just stopped serving alcohol right before Ryan felt called to go to Crown. Amazing! And yes, it is absurd that any CEC serves alcohol!! Anyways, we are absolutely loving having “children” we couldn’t imagine only having one child anymore! RU keeps us busy, but we love serving in such an effective, God filled ministry. AND Ryan and I are still madly in love!!
Tiger is. still Tiger. Anyone want a dog? Just kidding. Kind of. He randomly throws up and tears up tissues. And he smells even right after a bath. On the bright side, he is really good at catching bugs and spiders, even flies that are in mid air. He also knows better than to get too close to Addison. Ugh. I guess we’ll keep him. Hopefully he’ll mellow out soon.
Well, I had better go. Addison is still asleep from an unusually long nap, and it is past time for her to eat. I need to wake her up, then head to Wal Mart. I will try to get some pics up tonight if things go smoothly.
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Our precious baby girl is finally here!
Addison Leah Stanley was born on May 15, 2009 at 2:53 pm at Middle Tennessee Medical Center. She was 8 lbs and 20 1/2 in long. She has a headful of dark hair (same as her Daddy’s) with a few natural highlights in it. It is about an inch long in the back and actually covers her little neck! Her eyes are a dark blue. Except for hair and eyes, she looks identical to Hailey as a baby. Hailey was born 5 days sooner than Addison and was 7 lbs 14 oz, 20 1/4 in long almost the same size.
The delivery went well. After a long, hard decision, we decided to induce on the 15th. We went in at 6:30am and started the induction at about 7:30. At around 2:30, I was ready to go, and the nurse finally decided it was time to call my doctor over from her office down the road. After about ten minutes of waiting and not being allowed to push, Dr. Bratsch arrived and we were on our way. I don’t remember exactly, but we figured it only took around 10 minutes for little Addison to make her appearance! Her shoulders were big and difficult to deliver and the cord was wrapped around her neck twice Praise the Lord we didn’t wait til Dad’s birthday! She was a little blue, but they laid her on my belly and rubbed her belly to irritate her and make her cry, which she did. When they put her on the warmer to clean her up, they gave her an oxygen mask to “pink her up,” and she gave us a peek at her fiestiness by pushing it away with both hands. She nursed right away and then got to meet her big sister. Hailey was the first visitor to come in and hold Addison. She gave Addie a gift and, to her surprise, got one in return from her new little sister. Everything really did go great. No complaints other than my ten minutes of waiting for the doc and being told I was not allowed to push!
We went home that Sunday afternoon. When Hailey came home and saw baby Addison there, she exclaimed “She’s here!” and ran over to give her a kiss. She was so excited that we actually had her at home with us. Since then, we have all been adjusting well. Addison is still breastfeeding very well and sleeps alot during the day. She is starting to sleep more at night, which is especially good since Ryan went back to work last Saturday after a week off. We are all completely and totally in love with the newest member of our little family. Hailey has been an excellent helper and big sister. I don’t even have to ask her to throw away diapers she grabs them just as soon as I close them up and put them down to finish dressing Addison. Ryan has been amazing taking extra shifts at night, changing most of the diapers, doing everything he can for all three of his girls. I am definitely a lucky woman! An thoughtful, caring husband, an awesome daughter, and an adorable new baby I’m blessed! God is so good. To think of all we went through in the past year and a half with two miscarriages, testing, losing Dad, and working hard to keep this pregnancy, I am so glad she is finally here and we can move forward.
On a different note, Hailey did graduate preschool! She is offically on her way to Kindergarten. I can’t believe it! Our little Hailey is going to school and, man, is she excited!
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Today was a great day. It is my 22nd birthday , and we got to have an ultrasound done to get measurements from Addison. Thank you to all my birthday well wishers and for my gifts. Ryan took the day off, although I still had to work. He made breakfast, drove us to Wee School, brought and ate lunch with us, and picked us up. We then went to the doctor appointment and then Lisa watched Hailey so we could have a birthday dinner date. It had actually been awhile since we’d had any kind of date, so it was really great. I really have had a good day, even if my 3 year olds at wee school were very, um, challenging today.
So, on to the good stuff. Our ultrasound went very well. According to the technician, she has a head full of hair and chubby cheeks! Not that we really expected anything different. There is still no color ultrasound, so we’ll have to wait to find out hair color! To verify, I am 35 weeks, 5 days today. I will be officially 36 weeks on Thursday. According to the ultrasound, Addison is 6 lbs, 11 oz already! While the circumference of her head is right on at almost 36 weeks, the diameter is coming in at 37 1/2 weeks. Her legs are also measuring 37 1/2 weeks. She is head down and should be staying that way the remainder of the pregnancy. Dr. Bratsch said right now there is still a good chance of us making it to May 20, but we’ll have to look at that each week as she grows. At this point, babies gain about a half pound a week. Since I have four weeks til my due date, this means that Addie would probably be around 8 lb 11 oz at birth (which is actually my birth weight). When you add in head size, that makes things a little different in figuring if we can go that long. This was the reason I was induced two weeks early with Hailey. As much as I think it would be absolutely amazing and special to have her on my dad’s birthday, obviously our health comes way before that. The doctor said if she is too big there is a chance of an emergency C section or dystocia, which would require breaking the baby’s clavicle. Neither of which we want anything to do with!! So for anyone is counting, it is 29 days til we definitely have a baby (May 20) and 16 days if we go two weeks early. Although I do pray it is after 7pm on May 7 if I went into labor then. That is Hailey’s Wee School graduation, and I will not miss that! As ready as we are to have our baby, we still have work to do in the nursery and some basic essentials to purchase. Hopefully we’ll get that taken care of sooner, rather than later. We are pushed for time and can’t get out to look as much as we need to. We are looking for something medium sized, comfy, and preferably with a footrest. We don’t want a glider/rocker because of the “my three year old still won’t go to sleep without being rocked” thing. We avoided that with Hailey, and intend to again! We had found a super comfy, but very ugly chair with a built in footrest at a consignment shop on sale for $100. We didn’t get it, and when I went back with Mom 2 days later to show her what we were looking for it was gone. This is the type of thing we are looking for though! Thanks! Also, if you know of a good consignment shop around here,
let me know!
I just wanted to make a quick post to let everyone know that we and (as far as we know) all of our family are all safe. The tornado that came through here caused massive destruction everywhere and two deaths have been confirmed so far. Mom, Joey, Hailey, and I were on our way to the mall doing Easter shopping when we heard that we were under a tornado warning. We went straight into Chuck E. Cheese’s because Ryan was at work and rode out two tornado warnings in the back corridor of the mall. The tornado was not very far, but the Lord protected us. Our families are safe and so are our homes, although many people cannot say the same thing. We definitely need to be in an attitude of prayer for them and praise for our safety.