Monday, September 19, 2011

He's Here!

Gideon Elijah finally decided to make his appearance on Tuesday night, September 13th. (yes the moon was still full so the birthing center in the hospital was pretty busy, there are 6 rooms and 5 of them were full! I have 3 friends who also gave birth that day in other places. LOL busy night for babies.) at 11:21pm. He weighed 8lb and 2oz and was 21 and 1/4th inches long. 
It was pretty quick, we had to rush to get to the hospital because i was pretty far progressed before labor even started (i had about 2 weeks of early labor including 2 false alarms, one lasting 8 hours the other 5!) We all made it to the hospital luckily but had to bring Aurora (Caleb's parents met us there and took her home with them) because the midwives were worried i wouldn't make it if we dropped her off. I have to say, it was pretty ridiculous rushing to the hospital with her and all her stuff in the car, music blaring so she wouldn't hear that i was in pain. I had to laugh, even then. 
Within 2 hours of getting there he was born but those were a rough 2 hours so i am glad we didn't wait a minute later to go. 
The midwives were great! I would not go back to the having an OB for sure! it was so nice to have midwives that i knew and that were there the whole time instead of rushing in when it's time to push, and being able to have the lights off and everything quiet, it's a completely different experience than the one i had with Aurora. Although equally painful for sure it was way nicer. 
I also had my fabulous sister as my doula. She and my mom have both trained as doulas and were both there for Gideon's birth and were such a help. I definitely needed Caleb as well, i actually relied on his way more this time than with Aurora i think although he was very helpful with her too, but having someone there who knows the pressure points that help and reminds you to breath and all that stuff was really helpful. i think i would have given up without them. lol. 
My newest sister-in-law was also there, she's into photography and has come with me on a couple sessions now too, she's awesome. So she came and did birth photography for me. Since i hate having my picture taken on a good day this was a fairly last minute decision for me  but i am really glad i had her because she got some great pictures. (see below, but keep in mind these ones are not edited and it was REALLY dark in the room. Check out her facebook page to see them fixed up a bit )
We are really loving having 2 beautiful children, even the really really sleepy moments are good. Gideon is a great baby and has done very well he past 2 nights, couldn't ask for better. Aurora absolutely adores him we just have to watch that she doesn't mother him to death. :)
Ok, enough blather, here are some pictures

 seconds old

 and the last one is from our first night home, Aurora and Gideon both fell asleep laying on our bed watching a movie with me.

Monday, July 11, 2011

summer project

Caleb got a motorcycle not too long ago and is not working on making it lovely. It will be at least a week long project. He started with stripping down the tank of the old paint, patching a hole that he punched in it while trying to remove something (DOH!) 
Once that is dry (tonight probably) he will test to make sure the patch held, fill in any dents, prime, paint, sand, paint, sand, paint and seal. 
Aurora is a little obsessed with motorcycles and ATVs now, and loves "helping" Caleb when he works on them.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

more crafts

 Here are a couple more from today. Some button hair things because i just love buttons, and some flowers using a tutorial found on littlemissmomma. I haven't made those into anything yet. Some will probably be for hair and maybe a necklace or bracelet or both. We'll see.

craft time

 Aurora and I have a big list of crafts to do this summer. Some of them are just simple kid ones, like her pipe cleaner glasses below, and other are more complex.

The top two pictures are us making beads from recycled newspaper. They are not dry yet so i don't have finish pictures but here she is helping me rip up the paper.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

kindness of a stranger

We took the day off Sunday to go out as a family. Caleb has been working 6 day weeks again and our Sundays have been so busy that we really never spend any time together. So Sunday we went out for the day.

On the way out we stopped at a Tim Hortons in Fergus for bathroom breaks. While Aurora and i were waiting in the restaurant i was talking with Aurora and told her that i wished i could buy her a donut. An older man behind us heard me and assumed that i could not afford to buy her a donut (which it probably sounded like) a moment later he handed me a loony and told me to buy her a donut.

Now, i had to tell him that i couldn't get her one not because i could not afford it but because she is allergic to gluten. So even though he kept his loony, i was really touched.

I was thinking about this again last night as i was laying in bed trying to go to sleep. It's funny how it's the really small things that can mean so much to someone. So i wanted to pass it on and give that man a shout out.
It doesn't take much at all to really make someones day.

In other news, yesterday (Monday) we welcomed another nephew into the world. Levi Joel Ducommun was born at 2pm weighing 8lb 6oz. Shanelle was a trooper and did great. So far Levi looks just like his brother. Mommy and baby are doing well and came home last night.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Aurora's new furry friend

our new friend

 This adorable little guys has visited us in our yard a few times. He's so cute, he'll take food right out of your hands!!!
I just have to keep an eye out for the bad cat in the neighborhood!! He tried to get these cute little guys, as well as our bunnies, our neighbor's dog..... ya, it's a really bad cat!!!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011

the singing dishwasher

hopefully she'll like doing dishes this much when she's a teenager!

Easter Weekend

 Here are a few pictures from our Easter Weekend.
Aurora has been enjoying the warmer weather because she can play out in the backyard with her bunnies now.
 and feed them lettus
 On Good Friday i had a midwife appointment (ya, for some reason they were still open) since nothing else was open though we decided to stop at the falls on the way back so we didn't drive all the way there for only my appointment.
Aurora was pretty nervous about the falls but also fascinated. She thinks the white parts are ice, any time she sees rapids now she thinks they are ice.
"I see ice!! I yike it, i yike it!"
 she was a little too scared at this point to smile. Goofy girl

My ultrasound was a couple of days ago as well. It went well. Aurora got to see the baby, although i don't really think she got it. She knew it was "baby brother" but i don't think she really understood.

We got to see him opening and closing his little mouth, it was pretty cute. Still hasn't really sunk in yet that we are soon going to have 2 kids!! yikes!!! :)

I'll upload the pictures from that ultrasound soon. We got some good profiles this time, last time he didn't want us to get to see his little profile.