02 November 2013

The Final Belly Shot & Some Introductions...

Before I get to the real reason for this post, here is a final belly shot at 33 weeks! I didn't get an official 34 week shot before we delivered so this is the last one of my (few) belly shots)
Now that that's over, now for some fun photos! When you have NICU babies, your babies don't get to "room-in" with you so you don't get all of the visitors in the hospital and if they do come most of them don't get to meet and/or hold the babies. Since coming home, we still haven't had the opportunity to really show them off. They're slowly meeting close friends and family and we've tried out best to take a photo when that happens, but sometimes it's kind of chaotic so it doesn't always happen. With that being said, please don't be offended if you don't have a photo here..we aren't intentionally leaving anyone out...I promise!!!

Jared and Melody-they've met both babies, but we only have a
photo of them with Grant because Lauren was still in NICU
Aunt Tonya & Kirsten
Our best friends, Kim & Phil
Mike (aka Pa)
Dr. Bopp (our Fertility Specialist) his office is above our pediatrician's
so we stopped in to show them off
Lauren had an appointment with her Dermatologist so we had some impromptu introductions in Anderson so Grant and Lauren could me their Papaw (my Dad)
My Dad. None of the photos on our camera turned
out very well
My Aunt Connie
Sarah, Becca, and Tammy along with my sister, Trinna
Meeting Great-Grandpa & Great-Grandma Shrack (Harvey & Becky).
Like I said earlier, we missed taking a couple of photos when folks were visiting OR they were taken on someone else's camera and we don't have them. 

Catching Up...September Part 2

We LOVE to do things around town that we've never done before.  At the end of September, the Smithsonian Magazine sponsors a program called "Museum Day Live"where you can sign up to get a couple of FREE tickets to local museums. Since we haven't visited Science Central yet, we decided to request tickets and invited Ryan's Mom (aka "Ma") to visit to.  Even though my modified bed rest had been changed to "pay attention to your body and take it easy" I still decided to stay home because later we had plans to go putt-putt golfing with Jared and Melody.

Astronaut Annalyse
Comparing Heights to others in their age brackets
Learning what not having gravity would feel like

Later in the day, Jared & Melody came up to visit and we went Putt-Putt golfing. We had received some great coupons for free & cheap games. It was a GREAT way to spend the afternoon. Annalyse was the only one to get a "hole-in-one". Jared & Melody are so good with Annalyse and she loves them so much!

We were so glad that decided to spend this day doing different things around down because just a few days later, Grant and Lauren were born.

Catching Up...September Part 1

So, let's rewind for a blog post or two and look back to the month of September. We were pretty busy in the month of September. We had some fun times that I don't really want forgotten about. 
Annalyse had her first day of preschool! I think Ryan and I were more nervous than she was.  Despite being a little quiet in the van on the way, she had a great first day! The Preschool we chose to send her to focuses on both academics and physical activity.  She attends 3 days a week from 8:45-11:15 and during those few short hours she gets to have art,gym & music class along with an excellent education where she learns letters, shapes, colors, and even some basic geography. She LOVES going to preschool and showing off some of the papers she brings home.
September was also our annual visit to the Johnny Appleseed Festival. We go every year and always have a lot of fun. The week of the festival this year, I was put on a modified bed rest and the Dr. would only allow me to go to the festival if I 1) walked only a for a short time and 2) allowed Ryan to push me in a wheelchair for the majority of the festival. So, that's what I did! We don't have any photos of me being wheeled around, but we have a ton of photos of Kirsten, Annalyse, and my sister Tonya. 
Kirsten, Tonya, Annalyse, and I sitting on a bail of straw
Annalyse, Tonya, and Kirsten by the Kettle Corn booth
All the vendors and reenactors wear period style clothing
the girls were able to get a photo with a few
 Every year, a Boy Scout troop set up games and activities this Tonya got tickets for the girls to try them out. One of the favorites was the "bull ride". Annalyse and Kirsten did an excellent job, but I believe that Annalyse out "rode" Kirsten.

 We were lucky enough to get a good set of photos of Annalyse riding
Every year, I blog about the festival and how much fun we have.  It really is a good time. If you live anywhere near Fort Wayne and haven't had a chance to experience the festival you NEED to!