Saturday, January 31, 2009


here are a couple of pictures from today... Hadley is wearing a cute little dress that one of Carter's friends gave her. we were on our way to a birthday party at our friend's house. i can't believe she will be 8 weeks old tomorrow... that sounds so crazy to me!!! she is growing way too fast!!!!!


i went for my weigh in this morning... down 1lb (7.4 total), and craig is down 3.5 (11 total).

i am really enjoying my sat. mornings out. i went to the 8:30 meeting, which means leaving my house at 7:45 am. i had to get home b/c we have a b-day party to go to, but i like having the option of doing some errands and having it all done early in the day. btw, i really need to get my eye brows waxed, but the salon wasn't open yet. that is on my to-do list this weekend!!!!

slow and steady - that is my goal with the weight loss. i am happy with my pound, b/c that makes me 1 lb. closer to my goal. i know craig will lose more than me, and i am ok with that. this week i really need to drink more water and get my arse on the treadmill. but i think those will be my constant goals...

happy saturday!!!!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

how many is too many?

i am watching the Duggar family's 17 kids and counting on tv. i can't even imagine having that many kids - i think they are crazy!!! and i started thinking, how many is too many. when do you cross the line from big family, to obnoxious?

i remember being at a cook out after we had mason. there was another family there who just had their 2nd too. they were done having kids, two and through. when i mentioned that we wanted four, we got quite the reaction. the other mom kept saying "four kids" over and over again. she clearly thought i was crazy.

most of my friends have 2 kids and are happy with their decision. some say that they would like 3, but are not sure if or when that will happen. nobody else that i know wants 4... just me. will it happen? who knows... hadley is still so little. when i picture the perfect family in my head, i see myself with 4 kids, but i want to see how well i handle 3. i am not alone in thinking that. craig talks about "next time" too.

i love newborns so much, and i actually loved being pregnant even though i haven't had the best pregnancies. i have a great relationship with my ob and told her that i am not allowed to have more than 4 kids. i don't want to turn into one of those crazy ladies on t.v. she laughed at me... and then said she is certain that we will have #4. she said the look on craig and my face when hadley was born was priceless, and she sees another one in my future.

so how many kids are too many?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

weigh in day

today was my weigh in day. i will be honest, if i didn't actually have to go out and get weighed in, i wouldn't stick to this so much. i am happy to report i am down another 1.4 lbs (6.4 total). i had craig weigh in before i left and he is down 3 lbs (7.5 total). i am not so concerned with the number, i just really want to get into my old clothes. i can now get into my "fat" jeans - they were always a little bigger even though they are the same size as everything else. if all goes well, i will actually be excited about buying new spring clothes.

oh, and miss hadley did so good last night. she started to get fussy around 8:30, so i gave her a bottle and then swaddled her and put her down. i tried to wake her for a bottle around 10:30, and she was out cold. we went to bed, and didn't hear a peep until 6:00 ish this morning. she is such a good baby!!!!

Friday, January 23, 2009


here is a picture of hadley smiling... it is so hard to get it on camera. it is amazing how much my heart melts everytime i see her smile. i am always yelling to craig that he needs to come see her smile as if he hasn't seen it yet.

when trying to get a picture of 3 kids, the chances of all 3 looking at the camera and smiling is slim.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

my big girl

hadley is my chunky monkey - no surprise since both her brothers were big too. yesterday when i had my 6 week pp check-up my doctor, the nurse, and nurse practitioner all made comments on how big she is. i guess i didn't really notice, but since they see 6 week old babies all the time, they must know what they are talking about. i love her and all her rolls and even her double chin. i was very excited for her 1 month appointment today to get the stats.

weight - 11lbs 6 oz. (85th %)
height - 22 1/4" (70th %)

she is doing great! she is still sleeping like a champ. i am trying to put her down a little earlier now (and hoping i go to bed earlier too). last night she went into her bassinet at 10:30 and slept until 6:15 this morning. not too shabby! last night was also the first night i didn't swaddle her. she looked for her binky a little more, but i just had to pop it back in and she was fine.

i really feel so lucky. yesterday we went to visit craig at work and a few of his co-workers had babies w/in the last 4 months. i don't think their babies are sleeping so well yet. i can't imagine how hard that would be, and then be up and ready to go to work in the morning.

i was thankful we had her appointment today, b/c mason woke up complaining his ear hurt. our doctor looked in his ear, and sure enough it is infected. this is his 2nd infection since his ear tubes came out in the fall. i am really hoping he doesn't need another set of tubes.

i will try to upload some pictures of my big girl later...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

video of kids

(video from hadley @ 5 weeks)

so everyone asks how life with 3 kids is. honestly, it is great. the boys are in love with their sister, and she is such a great baby. the biggest issue we are having is that the boys are fighting with each other more. but i think that is more their ages and not because of hadley.

the time is going by so fast. i honestly can't believe she is 6 weeks old!!! craig and i were just talking last night how the last 6 weeks of the pregnancy went by so slow, but the first 6 weeks she has been here has gone by so fast. i think having the holidays in the middle might have something to do with it.

this winter we have had a TON of snow, but i haven't minded at all. i love to sit in the house wearing my comfortable clothes and snuggle with my baby. by the time spring gets here, i will be more than ready to get out and about again.

weight watchers

during my pregnancy i gained 38 lbs. i enjoyed lots of food and never worried. by 2 weeks post partum, i had lost 26 lbs. and then the weight stopped falling off. in the past i would make excuses, 9 months on - 9 months off. this time i just really want to get back into my clothes. so i decided to join WW. i recruited craig with me, which wasn't too hard. he tends to yo-yo with his weight. i am the one who actually goes to the meetings and gets weighed in once a week, and craig follows the program and we weigh him on our home scale.

jan. 10th - joined
jan. 18th - Shannon (-5 lbs), Craig (-4.5 lbs)

hopefully now that i wrote this down, i will be held more accountable. this week i really want to focus on drinking more water and try to get on the treadmill.

Monday, January 19, 2009

here we go...

so i have read many blogs lately and decided it might be fun to give it a try. not sure if i have anything to say - but i do like to talk, so maybe i will like to type? i feel like a lucky lady... i have a wonderful husband and three beautiful kids. i feel so blessed. hopefully i can get the hang of this and be up and running soon!!!!

btw, you may notice that i don't use proper grammar or punctuation - sorry if you are offended!