We're livin' it up on the U.P. - that's Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Punkie is 6 and LOVED Kindergarten! Isaboo is 2 and she's a smiley whirl wind. We also call her Busy-Isi. This year we welcomed little Lorenzo to our family.

Life is great!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Easy. Feed the Evil one first.

We think Isabelle has a birth mark. 
Do you see it?
 I'll get closer.
It's a mustache. 
You still don't see it? 
That's ok, because I don't notice it either. 
I'll get closer.
Ok. That one was drawn on. Ha!
But it reminds me of a hilarious Ragu commercial. 

The verdict is still out on which of mine is the Evil one. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sunbathing Beauty

Isabelle.
2 days old.
 

 A little smile!
 
  Startled.

 I love these next few pictures.
Marlayna uses envelopes as mailboxes sometimes. 
She made Isabelle a "mailbox".
Then she set it right by her. 
Heart on one side.
Isabelle written by Marley on the other. 
Adorable.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Epidural or No Epidural?....that is the question

They are crazy up here in the U.P. and they talked me into being crazy too and not having an epidural. 
WHAT!?!? 

I know, LOTS of women choose no epidural.
For lots of reasons.
LOTS of women never even had the option for an epidural. 
But, there is a reason why I was born in this day and time. 

EPIDURALS.

And having had it both ways, I think I'll go with the more pleasant and enjoyable way of laboring and delivering. 
Next time, when I enter the hospital I'll be saying, "Epidural STAT, please!"
Besides, the epidural route takes less repenting.
As I felt like I was about to tear right in half, I said something I regret.
(don't ask, because I will not tell you what I said)

That is all I will say about labor and delivery. 
And epidurals.

Now for more pictures!

They had a very uncomfortable chair in our shared room. 
Uncomfortable chairs are bad when dad is spending the night.
One of the nurses found out and she dragged in a much cozier chair for him to sleep in.
Still, sleeping in a chair is not the best but this chair was WAY better than the first. 
 At first I was really bummed that we had to share a recovery room. 
But the OB ward was booming with deliveries so at least they had a bed for us. 
And our roommates were really considerate.

Aawwww! Look at the perfect little sweet face under that snow white cap.
 Here's the proud but tired father.
China Man's Hat
I evenutally kicked Nathan out of his chair so I could use it. 
My bed was in bad shape.
I'm 99% sure they replaced my bed after I left, because I showed the nurse ALL the things wrong with it.
Look at that neck! 
Unintentional baby smiles are the best! 
Tender mercies of the Lord.
Time to take you home Isi.
Ok, I'm ready!
Oh, a little jacket! I look GOOD in this little jacket.
Ok, now I'm spent! I need a nap!

More pictures to come very soon....
I promise I won't wait 3 weeks.

***if you want, I'd love to hear about your decision to have or not have an epidural....why?