Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Yea...FINALLY Drake came through!

No time for a true blog today...but I did have to add...


Our Astros made an awesome trade today!! Welcome Miguel Tejada to our Houston Astros!! What a lineup we are gonna have this year! Luke Scott, you will be truly missed my me, but...oh well!

Is is April yet?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Life with Two

It's 5:02 p.m. and well...I am still in my pajamas. What makes this worse is they are my pajamas from Sunday night. I'll save you from doing the math, I have not taken a shower since Sunday afternoon. I just panicked for a second when I typed that thinking it was already Wednesday. I had to double check my calendar because I am not too proud to admit going 2 full days without a shower, but would never admit to three. I wish I could at least tell you they are cute matching pajamas, but no. That would be too good. I'm working some very comfy striped VS pants that stretch out in the rear with every passing moment, so looks as good from the back as the front. Top that off with a white camisole dotted with a few mysterious stains and an ugly black nursing bra (as if there are pretty ones). Oh, and if you could get close enough to smell me, I'm sure you'd get a faint scent of eau de spit up.

That my life with 2.

Just to let you know...I like the ugly news first. I'm one of those, bring me down but please bring me right back up kind. I can handle the bad news as long as there is some good news to follow. Praise HIM, there's always good news with our Lord.

Needless to say I am a wee bit tired. I have taken two naps today. This was of course at the expense of my house. Not only because I should have been cleaning but because with each minute I "rest my eyes" I can guarantee you my son is messing something else up. So as soon as I stop procrastinating on here I will be cleaning sugar from the kitchen floor and washing out the dogs bowls. I also have a roll of toilet paper to re-wind (we are not too good to reuse, at least for a snotty 2 year olds nose) and batteries to replace in the remote (JD's newest addiction). Sleep is the first thing you can kiss good bye with baby #2. Unless you are one of the blessed ones who's first child still naps. Actually, if your first still naps then I advise getting on the baby train ASAP.

Getting anywhere on time (especially MDO) is something of the past. Apparently I missed this section in the baby #2 child books. I despise being late. So much that I am kindly referred to as the Time Nazi. I even handed out an itinerary to my bridesmaids for my wedding day, which I now realize may have been a bit extreme. But being on time no longer happens. It's hard enough to get myself and JD ready and out at the door. Throw a nursing 6 week old into the mix and you've got yourself a challenge. Our mornings (or anytime we are leaving and I have to really get dressed) go something like this, I shower (or don't) and then do my face, dry my hair, and straighten it if I am lucky. I then chase JD around the house, finally promising him something very fun that day in order to get him out of his "jamas" and into normal clothes. All the while I am quietly praying that MacKenzie sleeps through it all so that we can accomplish this in a timely fashion. After the two of us are ready I contemplate waking her or just letting her go wherever in her sleeper so that I don't have to deal with an unhappy baby who does not want to get dressed, or get in her carseat and expects to nurse since she's awake even though we did this right before that shower (or lack of). I of course usually end up waking her and getting her dressed because after all she is my sweet baby girl and the adorable baby outfit is a must and you never know who we'll run into that still hasn't seen her. So...2 hours (after the maybe shower) later we are finally in the car, running late, but in the car.

The whole evening experience is...well, just that, an experience. Many thanks to my playgroups for providing food those first few weeks, and MANY more thanks to my wonderful husband for providing it the last month! If it wasn't for him (or Family Feast) we'd probably all starve. Eating together happens occasionally, but more often than not Jimmy scarfs down his dinner so he can hold MacKenzie while I scarf down mine. All the while she's unhappy and spitting out a paci because she's ready to eat as well. I've tried feeding her and eating at the same time, but after dropping some spaghetti on her head I stopped. JD is doing better as far as eating goes, we can usually get at least 5 bites out of him now. Then it's off to the bath. JD eats his Popsicle in the bathtub (to date the greatest idea I've ever had) while I bathe Kenzie. She does enjoy her baths now and it seems to really calm her down, so we bathe just about every day. Is that not awful? I just realized that both my children (still so weird to say out loud - children) gets more baths than I do! Once both kiddos are bathed, dried, and dressed for bed the next battle begins. JD is having a very tough time settling down right now so it takes a lot of books and patience. Jimmy takes care of all this since he falls a little short in the nursing department. If we are lucky, the two (sometimes 3) of us get to enjoy a few good shows before going to bed.

I will add that the single best item I own these days is a sling. Those of you that don't have one from your first, this is a MUST for baby #2. I wish I would have had one the first go around, but I now realize that JD was an Angel Baby and was quite content sitting in a swing or bouncy seat for hours and I probably would have never used it. As far as what kind...I'm not sure. I went all hippie at first and bought a really cool Zolo Sling but I have yet to figure it out. So, I am currently using a Peanut Shell sling. So far it's working out great and I can get so much more done. If you couldn't already tell, this baby is a little harder than her brother. I think it's just God's way of preparing me for what's to come raising a girl.

All this being said, I feel so incredibly blessed to be the mommy who gets to raise these two precious little ones. They are the light of my life and I feel so lucky. I love them both with my entire heart and can't wait to see what each new day has in store for us! I truly love my crazy and hectic life!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Pray for Coy

I will post a bog tomorrow on my sweet ones, but right now have some other sweet ones in need of prayers.

Some friends of ours from high school delivered their first little one unexpectedly Tuesday. Ann Marie was only 23 weeks and sweet Coy Christopher Kolkhorst weighed only 1lbs 4oz and measured 12-1/2 inches! It's a true miracle he's alive and we are praying for their constant strength. Please visit their webpage and offer words of encouragement to this precious family of 3. Chris, Ann Marie, and Coy can use as many prayers as possible.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

and we're back

As you can imagine...a lot has changed in 3 months (since the last time I blogged) as expected! So...this post will be full of updates with hope that there will be many more to come. Life has been busy and I think we are slowly (VERY SLOWLY some days) figuring out life with two children.

First things first...
We welcomed out precious second child into this world on Friday, October 26th at 1:54 p.m. Miss MacKenzie Colleen Vandagriff weighed 6lbs 7oz and measured 19 inches long! She was so teeny-tiny and just breathtaking with a full head of dark hair! It was love at first sight for sure!

I had an insanely easy delivery and after a whole 14 minutes of pushing we were done and I was ready to eat! I couldn't get over how simple it all was and for a minute considered having a third. That has since passed!!

Here are a few pictures of that day!

All ready to go...
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After the epidural...
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My Sweet Girl...
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And with her daddy...
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And our wonderful family of 4...
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Here's some more preciousness from that first week at home!

Fresh out of the bath...
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As far as BIG brother JD...he's doing great. He's crazy about her when he wants to be. Sometimes he could careless and other times he's all over her. He fondly refers to her as "my sweet gurl" and constantly reminds us that "Kenzie's my sister" or "Kenzie's my family" as if we've forgotten. When MacKenzie gets upset he says..."Kenzie it's OKAY!!" or sings her Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. It's precious.

He amazes me daily with the words and phrases he knows. He truly is a big boy and in little less than 2 months he'll be 3 years. Where has time gone?

Here are a few of BIG brother...

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...And with his little sister (looking at awful lot like he did at that age!)
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Since Kenzie-Lynn's (as I call her) has been anything but calm and quiet. They are nothing like the first few weeks with JD, but precious all the same. I am blessed and gracious.

Here are a few more now that Kenzie is a month old. I plan on blogging again in the next couple of days because I didn't begin to describe life with 2!

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3 weeks (and first photo shoot)...
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1 Month...
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Yesterday with her new beanie from The Portland Beanie Co
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