Friday, December 31, 2010

Baby Allison

The past week and a half have been crazy to say the least! As if it wasn't going to be crazy enough without Michael being here, we celebrated Christmas when Allison was 2 days old. Allison has been a wonderful and much needed addition to the family. This Christmas was going to be a hard one, and it was, but having Allison was a great distraction. She is an easy baby! I have to brag about her sleeping 5-7 hrs. at night. That's better than both her sisters and they were easy babies as well. She is content all day long and lets me know when she's hungry!

Emily has taken to her amazingly well. She loves being a big sister. She tells everyone "dats my baby" and she's always asking me to "hold me" which means hold the baby. My only fear is that she's going to be too helpful and try to feed her something or pick her up. It's been bittersweet making the transition from one to two again. Rachel was a very different kind of big sister. It took her months to warm up to Emily or be helpful at all. She didn't warm to Emily until she could play with her. She made me feel horrible for having another child. But Emily loves to be around the baby and is constantly checking on her and helping me by fetching things. I am so thankful that Em loves her so much since Michael isn't here to distract her. Having two again really reminds me of Rachel and it's been an adjustment. Allison also looks very much like Rachel did when she was born. I can't even tell the pics apart when I put them up to each other!

We're very thankful for Allison and we're looking forward to a much better year. We have lots to look forward to with both girls! Happy New Year!

More Allison Pics

Meeting More Family

Allison had lots of visitors while we were in the hospital and we were only there 24 hrs! She got to meet everyone in the immediate family on both sides.

Michael's dad (papa)

Michael's grandma (Mimi)

Michael's mom (GJ)

Cousin Callie snuck into the hospital room. She loves holding "baby awison"!

Emily meeting Allison

Once Allison was cleaned up, MIchael's parents and grandmother brought Emily to meet her new sister. She was uncertain at first but she warmed right up to her. She even wanted to hold her. It went well until Allison started crying. After that Em watched from more of a distance.

When Allison started crying so did Emily!

Em was a little confused when she walked in the room. Callie had to explain to her that there was a new baby!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Meet Allison Jane

Waiting For Baby

I was induced on the 22nd. Because it was an induction we had plenty of time to spare and goof off while we were waiting for Allison to come. We skyped with Michael several times and he got to watch Allison's birth live. It was like he was in the room with us. He and Anna kept picking on each other and he could talk to all of us at the same time. It was a great way for him to experience her arrival even though he couldn't be with us. I got to the hospital at 5 am and she was born at 2:28 pm. Not too bad considering I wasn't in labor when I got to the hospital.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


When we were waiting for Emily to be born, we took Rachel to Build-A-Bear to make a bear to give to Em. That is when she made Hello Kitty. Anna and I took the girls on Callie's birthday so they could make one for Allison. Emily made a Christmas bear and Callie made a Frosty.

Enjoying a snack after the Xmas tree lighting

We got a new frozen yogurt shop in town. The kids love it because you make your own bowl with toppings. They also love the fun little chairs and tables that are there.

Shana and I are both pregnant so Anna thought it was funny
to get a pic of us eating

Christmas Tree Lighting

We went to the downtown Christmas tree lighting before Thanksgiving. Emily was in awe. We got there just in time to do the countdown and it was prettty exciting to see the kids' reactions. We didn't wait in line to see Santa but they did watch him arrive in the firetruck.