Sunday, April 18, 2010

Oldies but Goodies...

These months are flying by faster than I can keep my blog updated! Baby Grady pix are finally up and looking cute!(posted below this much needed update) It might have something to do with the fact that I'm literally "on-call" 24/7 with a 2 yr. old and a 7 month old. Yep, 2 babies. Two of the cutest little boys in the whole world...I'm cherishing every mili-second!
My days consist of changing on average 8-10 diapers a day, playing cars, making eggo toaster waffles with syrup, saying prayers to Thank Heavenly Father for our many blessings, reading books, playing more cars, watching snippets of Piglets Big Movie (Ryan's fav.)Thinking about what to make for dinner, Making bottles, spoon feeding Grady his baby food mixed with oatmeal cereal (which he loves), dishes, lots of laundry, playing more cars, working out at the gym (hopefully), showering (hopefully...I know sad, I usually have to squeeze this in before bed), singing songs, kissing a bo bo, jumping on the trampoline holding Grady and bouncing Ryan extra high, again, thinking about what's for dinner, stopping in different stores with my huge cadilac of a double stroller (which I couldn't live without! Kolcraft Countour, I love you), Playing at the park and throwing rocks in the creek, Talking to my mom and twin sister on the cell, loading and unloading a very heavy baby carrier in and out of the car, play more cars, once again, thinking about what's cook'in for dinner, nap times, cooking the dinner (sometimes this doesn't actually happen due to tiredness), pay the bills, finish cooking dinner, check emails, counting the min. until Jared comes home from work, family play time, baths, hopefully an hour of me/hubby time before bed, and sleep. A full night's sleep too, I'm happy to say. As of a couple weeks ago, at 6 1/2 months, Grady is sleeping through the night, yee-haw! He was never much trouble, just wanted to eat 2 to 3 times a night. That baby cereal did the trick!
So, that's what we're up to these days. We've also managed to meet some wonderful friends and enjoy spending time with them from time to time. Jared is working hard at the Ear Nose and Throat Center of the Ozarks to make all of this playing, cooking, cleaning, and family fun time possible! He sure works a lot, but when he's home, he's home. I couldn't ask for a better husband, and I can't think of a better dad for Ryan and Grady! So for now, that's our lives in a Fayetteville, AR nut-shell.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Introducing Grady Michael Spencer, 8lbs 11oz, 22 5/8 in.

Sept. 14, 2009 2:47pm Fayetteville, AR

This is what love at first sight looks like! One of the very happiest moments of my life.

Hello World... Grady has the sweetest dispostion, really. The nurse took him over to the scale to be weighed, etc, and he didn't make a peep. He just looked around and listened to Jared's voice welcome him to the world. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that Grady has red hair. Suits him perfectly, don't you think?!

Totally in Love

He's no shrimp...those puffy cheeks are perfect for kisses!

All tuckerd out!

Cozy with Mamma

I love those little toes...just want to kiss them all day long.

A proud Big Bro.! I was curious to see how Ryan would respond the new baby. I guess all the "prep. talk" worked because he seemed to know exactly who Grady was, "baby brother." Ryan liked touching his head and giving him kisses.

Our new family of 4!

Ryan and Grady, best buds... they will be

"Auntie Kristen"

Thank Heaven for twin sisters! Kristen was a total lifesaver... she helped with Ryan, put cool towels on my neck when I felt a little woozy, always made sure I had lip gloss and ice chips, took lots of pix, changed Grady's first poopie diaper, and stayed up with me Grady's first night while Jared was home with Ryan. The words "you just sleep" never sounded so good! That was the first night in months I actually slept 3 consecutive hrs. without back pain and without having to get out of bed to use the bathroom. Kristen, I owe you my life!!

Miracle from Heavenly Father

Precious first moments together. We love Grady SO much already!

I'll call us "Team Grady"

Tick-tock, tick-tock... Everything happens so fast once you get into that hospital room. Well, everything except the baby coming out. (atleast for me) Actually, everything went very well. We arrived at 6:30am to be induced, and Grady was born at 2:47pm. A total breeze compared to my 17hr. labor with Ryan! Jared was by my side the whole time! Except when he left to get a scruptious breakfast, which I couldn't eat. I'm not going to lie... I did have a piece of toast with jam. I was starving!

Love you Bubbies

My baby Ryan is getting SO big...and still cute as ever! He's still 1yr old here... that means I can still call him "baby Ryan"! The drool really captures the "true Ryan" in this picture.

Big brother Ryan at "19 months young." All ready for nursery time at church! Yes, that is Scope mouthwash in his hand. Guess he wants to impress the ladies!

The Night before "The Big Day" ... I'm feeling Ripe and Ready to Go! Only one more sleepless night! Take that back... only one more sleepless night due to back pain! Can't wait to meet you baby Grady!