Saturday, November 21, 2009

Our New Changing Station

Okay, so I didn't want to buy another changing table because really, how long is Maddy going to be in diapers!? Right? Well one Sunday morning when I was getting Ellie Mae ready for church she had an "explosive diaper"... and when I say "explosive diaper" I mean explosive! As I was changing her WET diaper I was sprayed with the yellow seedy material well known to all breast feeding mothers. It went all over my clothes, our sheets, and the carpet below. As you can imagine we were late for church that morning. After this incident Nick highly encourage me to purchase another changing station if that's what I wanted... and I did. I found this really great changing station to match her crib.

One Month Old

Ellie Mae (October 8, 2009)

1st Wedding

Ellie Mae attended her first wedding on September 27th in Hermosa Beach.

Maddy loves...

playing on Ellie Mae's swing.

Friday, November 20, 2009

More Love from Our Family!

September 19-20, 2009

First Bath

Ellie Mae's first bath at home.
She is 3 days old (September 11, 2009).

Chillin on the Floor

As Reilly lay on the floor with her homework near her brand new baby sister, Maddy decided that she too wanted to have something to do on the floor near Ellie Mae... wow... three girls...
September 14, 2009

4 Days Old

Nick and I feel extremely blessed by The Lord and our friends and family and we are so thankful! During Ellie Mae's first month we had an outpouring of family and friends that called, stopped by, and dropped off meals for our family. We are so thankful to have each of you in our lives and love you all very much.
September 12, 2009

Ellie Mae

Creating several different versions of Ellie Mae's birth announcement was so much fun... I think I have five different announcements for her baby book! :)

Our Little Babies

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Labor & Delivery

Ellie Mae Herndon was born on September 8, 2009. She weighed 9 pounds 5 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.
Nick and I went to my last doctor appointment at 8:45 a.m. that morning. I was 2 cm dilated and I had been having random contractions for the last 4 days. Shortly after we left the doctor's office my contractions began to come a little less randomly. At 11:25 I realized that I should probably start to keep track of them. At that time they were about 10 minutes apart for about an hour and then they dropped to 8 then 5 then 4 then 2 and finally fluctuated between 1 and 2 minutes apart. I called Nick at 2 p.m. and told him to come home. We left for the hospital around 3:45 p.m. As we were driving away from our home I realized that I hadn't eaten lunch. There was no way that I was going to give birth on an empty stomach! I remembered how labor intensive it was when I had given birth to Madeleine and I also knew that the hospital wasn't going to let me have any food. So, we stopped at Sequoia and Nick ran in to grab me a half turkey sandwich. We also went through the Taco Bell drive-thru so that Nick would be fueled up to help support me through the labor and delivery. We arrived at the hospital at 4:17 p.m. and I was 8.5-9.0 cm dilated... that meant I wouldn't be able to have an epidural. I wasn't happy about that piece of news. But an hour and 7 minutes later we had little Ellie Mae at 5:24 p.m.

Ellie Mae with Mommy & Daddy.Ellie Mae and Mommy.
Auntie Jill, Ellie Mae, and Mommy.
Reilly & Maddy excitedly waiting just outside the labor and delivery room.
Reilly posing proudly by her new little sister.
Reilly, Maddy, and Daddy.
Ellie Mae receiving her first sponge bath from one of the nurses.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Maybe one more day...

until we welcome our new little blessing from God into our family. This morning we had our last appointment before our due date (9/9/09). The doctor said that she thinks there's a high probability that I'll have the baby today or tomorrow. My contractions have been about 10 minutes apart for the last 40 minutes. As soon as I have contractions 5-7 minutes apart for an hour we will be heading to the hospital.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Hospital Gear

Packing for the hospital was one of the last things that I've done to prepare for our new addition. To be completely honest packing isn't my favorite thing to do, it usually takes me forever, and I always end up forgetting something (even when I'm using a list). Anyway, prior to packing I decided that I wanted Reilly and Maddy to have something special to wear at the hospital. So, I made "Big Sister" t-shirts for them and designed a little gender neutral onesie for the new baby. However, just in case we have another little girl I made a bow that matched the onesie and the nursery theme. :)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

39 Weeks

I'm 39 weeks and ready to go! I can hardly wait till our new little one enters this world. I've been keeping busy with Maddy, Reilly & Nick, not to mention the responsibilities of our home and my crazy "nesting urges". I am so excited to meet our newest addition to our little family. And today I am hoping and praying that he or she comes soon (today if possible)!

Sunday, August 23, 2009


The second weekend in August we drove up to Tahoe and spent 4 days with family. Jill and Joel shared a condo with us in South Lake Tahoe, CA (here's the link for the condo During our vacation Joel, Nick, and Reilly rented a boat and went fishing (they didn't catch anything but had a good time), we all went for walks on the beach, Nick and I hung out with family we normally don't get to see while attending Caitlin & Billy's wedding. The weather in Tahoe was excellent (it was nice to get away and experience cool evenings during this hot hot summer).

Our Two Princesses

Crystal Cove National Park

The day after we went to the L.A. Zoo I took the girls to Crystal Cove National Park while Daddy attended an all day meeting in Irvine. The park is really a section of the beach near Irvine that has been designated as a National Park. The concierge at our hotel suggested that we go there instead of one of the public beaches. The girls and I had a great time playing in the water and sand.

L.A. Zoo

On July 19, 2009 we took the girls to the L.A. Zoo. The weather was super hot but the animals kept the girls entertained. The giraffe exhibit was impressive. Even though giraffe's are know for their great height, they are amazingly tall in person.
Daddy pointed out many of animals to Maddy, who soaked it all in with stares and oohs & awe's.Daddy and the girls loved watching these male gorillas chase each other around. Boy were they fast!
Maddy sat in her stroller rental or on top of Daddy's shoulders when she wasn't running around. We forgot her stroller so I sucked it up and tried not to think about all the germs that were lurking all over this filthy stroller.
Rei displaying her wing span.
Rei posing in front of the tiger exhibit.Rei and Maddy outside of the petting zoo exhibit. Maddy was oohing and awing over the animals.
The girls and I in front of the zebra exhibit. I took several pictures of the zebras in the hope of being able to use them in the nursery for our new little one which should be arriving around September 9, 2009.

GG's 90th Birthday Party

GG's 90th Birthday Party
May 2, 2008