Monday, September 13, 2010

Family Pictures!

We decided to get the kids pictures taken, a little scared but I really like how they turned out. Thanks for Brandon taking the pictures and me trying to keep them in place. I think it worked! :) With two little drama queens posing for the spotlight it was quite the adventure! :) Enjoy!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Parker Brandon Read is here!!

Parker Brandon Read - 08/24/2010
The birth I don't know if I had mentioned in some of my last blogs but my original due date my doctor in Boise gave me was Sept. 13th (yes I still would be prego) but I had always thought it was off by like 2 weeks. So when I went to my new doctor here in Utah he measured me and check everything out and gave me a new due date of Aug. 26th. With me being a person who likes to plan things out I asked to be induced to make sure I had family down here to help out with the girls. So my doctor scheduled to induce me on Tuesday, Aug. 24th!! Brandon and I got to the hospital at 6:45 AM, checked in and were so ready to get this little boy here. Doctor came and broke my water at 8:00 AM, we knew it would be a pretty long day because I wasn't dilated or effaced at all so we were starting at nothing. Got my pitocin going and my contractions started a little bit but nothing really happened. When we were totally bored out of our minds 8 1/2 hours later and only at a 4. We were ready to do anything at all to get him here! I wasn't in any pain cause I was only dilated to a 4,but I was starving!! So the nurse said to just get my epidural since sometimes it will move things along. So I said ok, sign me up I'm ready! So I got my epidural --Brandon did great :) no passing out -- and finally I started to do something. I was complete and ready to push an hour later, and after 3 pushes, he was here!!! At 4:41 p.m. Parker Brandon Read arrived in our arms. Oh so tiny at 6 lbs. 13 oz and 19 in. He was so cute and had tons and tons of blond hair! It was amazing to see who he looked like...especially when we looked at him and noticed he looks exactly like his Daddy! We did have kind of a scare though, he had the cord wrapped around his neck.  Luckily not too tight, but enough to create some weird breathing complications. He was trying so hard to take in breaths so they whisked him away to the NICU before I even got to hold him! Brandon went to NICU with him since I couldn't get up yet. They put oxygen on him and and gave him some steroids to help his lungs. He responded really well to it all and was released from the NICU only 2 hours later. Finally I got to hold my sweet little boy! I am so happy and grateful to have his sweet spirit join our family. I know he wasn't a planned baby, but I know Heavenly Father knew he was supposed to come to our family now. He is such a good little sleeper, which I totally love, and a great eater! He is so much fun...I couldn't see myself with a boy before but now I know I wouldn't have it any other way. Ashlyn is such a big helper always wanting to help me or hold Parker. She truly has natural motherly instincts. When coming to meet Parker for the first time Brooklyn was singing down the hospital hallways, "Parker Brandon Read!" over and over! Brooklyn didn't like me at the hospital which was sad to not get her little hugs or kisses but the minute I got home she was back to being a little mommy's girl! She is loving on Parker so much, sometimes too much, but that is just fine with me. It's so sweet how my little girls just love their new brother so so much! The sweetest relationship I see is between Brandon and Parker, I have never seen Brandon more proud than when he saw his son for the first time. He had the biggest smile on his face (I think it's still there too)! It is so exciting to see what a wonderful father he is and what a perfect example he will be for his little boy! He already has him watching football, and shows about cars...oy!  Parker is so loved and we are so happy he is here! We are loving every minute with him this past week and a half.

Fresh out, covered in goo!

All hooked up - Franken-baby

Dad's doing.  Does this really surprise anyone...?!
Our sweet Parker
His big sisters love him soooo much! :)
Our little Brandon clone :)
1 Week old and woke up for just a min. for me to take a pic!