Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wild weekend

I knew that this week before Christmas was going to be crazy . . . but this crazy? I had no idea!

Friday night Jeremy and I had my parents and brothers come over to our house so the boys could play some X-box and Mom and I could make some cards for people. Everything was going great and I went to go crash on the couch for a little while because I was feeling uncomfortable. Jeremy and Jordan went to go get some pizza and when they got back, I got up to go get something to eat. Unfortunately, when I got up there was an uncomfortable wet feeling. To make a long story short; my water had broken. After calling the doctor, Jeremy and I went to the hospital where before we knew what was happening, we were in labor and delivery getting ready to have a baby. We went to the hospital about 8:30 p.m. on Friday night and at 4:41 a.m. Kylee Jean Sherwood was born. At 4 lbs. 8 oz. 17 3/4 inches, she is a tiny little peanut, but completely healthy. She was a great eater right from the start and all of the tests that they ran on her (sugar, bilirubin, etc.) came back with excellent results. So Monday morning, Jeremy, Kylee and I all got to come home! It's been pretty surreal having her here because I was not, and still aren't, completely mentally prepared for her arrival for another 5 weeks. I thought I was going to be able to do all the Christmas stuff and once all that was out of the way, I could focus on getting things ready for a new baby. Kylee had other plans and thankfully, thanks to lots of help from family and friends, we have made the transition much easier than I ever would have thought.

Kadin has been a trooper through all of this. After we disappeared on Friday night, he has been with my parents and brothers. He came to visit us in the hospital a couple times and was pretty intrigued by "baby sister", but I was still preparing myself for the meltdown I was sure was on the way when he figured out that she was a permanent addition to the family. But it still hasn't come! He loves to see "baby sister", talks to her, already wants her to play toys with him . . . basically he has surpassed my expectations once again! I am so blessed to have him!

While all of this madness was going on for us, Portland was having a crisis of its own. We were all excited about the snow fall of last week, thinking that 2-3 inches was pretty amazing for our area. Starting Friday, the real action began. It has been pretty close to blizzard conditions here all weekend and we have accumulated over a foot of snow, if not more! I'm not quite sure how deep it is out there because I haven't been outside since Friday. Everything has been shut down and barely anyone is going anywhere. Kylee picked quite the weekend to make her appearance.

All in all, even though it was unexpected, overwhelming and at moments pretty scary, Kylee's birth has been such a blessing. Since everyone is around for the holiday, a bunch of family got to see her who otherwise might not have. We are also planning on blessing her while all this family is around; what a special experience that will be. And all the family in town provides tons of much needed help and support! The Lord truly is looking after us and answering prayers.

Kadin has been so helpful, covering up Kylee so she doesn't get cold!
Here is our little peanut, I put the remote next to her to give you an idea of just how tiny she really is. Jeremy is afraid to change her diapers, she looks so fragile!

I will put up some better pictures in the next few days. Getting a shower and some bits of sleep have taken precedence over good photos!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A rare treat for us in Oregon; substantial snow! I was very doubtful that the weatherman's predictions would come to fruition, but I was proved wrong when it snowed all day Sunday and accumulated a good couple inches. Kadin was very excited and we took him out to play for a few minutes (not very long because it was very windy and very cold!). He loved to make "no-balls" and would have probably stayed out there until he froze if we let them. It's fun to see everything all white and frozen outside, but I forgot how miserable the cold is!

The other big happening here was Kadin got one of his Christmas presents early when Jeremy decided to build his big boy bed on Monday. Since the weather was nasty, Jeremy stayed home and decided that it would be a good time to tackle that project (I think he didn't want anything to get in the way of his video game playing during Christmas break). So Jordan came over and they dismanteled the crib and built his new bed. Kadin was so excited and couldn't wait to climb up and jump on it. And surprisingly he did great when we put him to bed for the first time in it. We tucked him in like normal and he looked a little nervous as we walked out the door. He cried for a while, which is unusual for him, but he never got up and once he was asleep, he didn't wake up until morning! And nap time went pretty smoothly too; I only had to go in and put him back to bed once! Yeah for him!
I have to say, I have been excited for Kadin to make the transition from the crib to a big boy bed, but once the bed was up and I looked at his room without the crib, I had a pretty emotional moment (like I stood in the middle of the room and cried). My baby isn't a baby anymore and this was a concrete reminder that he is growing up fast! I am excited and happy about everything, but I still miss all the sweet baby moments (isn't is funny how we only remember the good and forget everything else).

Tuesday, December 2, 2008