Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I'd like to say I'll be better at blogging, but let's face it, it's been OVER a year since I last posted anything! So here's a small attempt to be better! But be warned, I'm not the kind of blogger who writes much, so just enjoy the pictures!




Thursday, October 7, 2010

She's Here!!

Wow, I'm a terrible blogger! I never seem to get around to it anymore... But I figure the birth of our daughter is definitely something to take time to share, especially since she's so cute :)

Here are the stats!

Name: Braelyn Lee Beckstrand
Date of Birth: October 4, 2010
Height: 21 inches
Weight: 7 lbs 13 oz

She's got lots of long, dark hair (although she still has nothing compared to Scott and Whitney's girls!), and she has Derek's long, skinny feet (including his raptor toes!). She's incredibly mellow (so far), is eating wonderfully, and is only slightly jaundiced. Houston is up and down on his opinion of her, but for the most part he likes her since she apparently came into the world bringing him a new truck that he's in love with.

The delivery was smooth and relatively uneventful... not that that's a bad thing! I was supposed to be induced Thursday morning, but all the maternity wards filled up with women in actual labor, so I was pushed back until Monday morning. Too bad my mom drove out almost a week early... Sorry Mom!! But thanks for staying!! The staff at the hospital were SO nice, especially since they felt bad that we had had to wait so long. We got the best room (and the rooms there are wonderful anyways!) and the nurses were so attentive and nice. They started me on the pit at about 6:30 Monday morning, I got my epidural with no problems (yes, I'm a wuss and will ALWAYS get an epidural), then a few hours later they checked me thinking I'd be dilated to about a 6. Surprise! Braelyn's head was right there! The doctor rushed over, everyone piled into the room, I pushed twice, and she was here!

So there's the story... now for the good part! The pictures! Enjoy!!










Thursday, May 20, 2010

It's A...

...Yep, cliffhanger to force you to read my blog post... especially since they're so rare and so few lately!

Night 1 in a New House:

8:00 pm - Put Houston to bed and end up holding him for 40 minutes while he cries himself to sleep. New surroundings=not so fun night for the little man.
10:00 pm - Exhausted, so attempt to zonk out. No luck. Not until midnight anyway (according to the last glance at the clock).
12:30 am (yes, just a 1/2 hour after zonking) - Woken up by the train conductor who has to try to set the Guiness Record for longest train whistle blowing in the dead of night.
3:00 am - Repeat of fabulous little 12:30 event. Jerks...
5:00 am - Derek wakes up for work, and the shower decides to make this loud, blaring screechy sound for the next 15 minutes.
5:40 am - Houston wakes up terrified in his new room, runs in with Mom, continues to freak, pukes on Mom, gets cleaned up, falls asleep on Mom, snores in Mom's ear for the next hour while she tries not to wake him
7:00 am - Houston gets up again with Mom, wants breakfast, there's no food, so we eat Goldfish and Grape licorice. Delish.
7:15 am: Houston plays while Mom freaks because she's now a homeowner and has no idea what she's doing.
7:30 am: Mom gives up freaking out and plays her new piano. Bliss!!

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my house, I've just never been one to handle big changes very well... especially with a 2-year-old who is the same way as me and with the hubs at work all day.

Now for the fun news! We're having a girl!! She's healthy, active, and due October 3rd. YEAH!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Oh Dear

Never good when you find your son sporting your high-heels...
Houston loves making "nests" with his blankets. Odd, but very cute!!
He's never cared for TV of any kind (not that I mind!!), until the day we found him perched like this, by himself, laughing like crazy at "The Simpsons." Great.

video
For those of you personally keeping in touch with Houston, you know that he just recently has started breaking away from the fluent Chinese he was speaking to give English a try. So cute!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Arrrrr Matey!





Haarrrrppy Halloween!!