Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Family Pics

We had some family pictures taken last week by our dear friend Montez Barrow.  Amilee did not want to cooperate during the pics, so there were only a few that had all four of us together.  But we did get things separate.  Here are a few of my favorites.

We had a great time despite our lack of actual together family photos.  haha.  Love our little family!!

4 Weeks!!

Pictures to come in the next blog!!

Maddyson is four weeks old today, and will be one month old in a couple of days! Time has flown by.  She is a great baby. She sleeps at night.  There have been maybe two nights when she didn't go right back to sleep after eating, and she usually gets up to eat a couple of times.  It is great. I am breastfeeding her, and it is going really well, but I have to be honest, breastfeeding is not favorite.  I am not the mom who loves it, but  I want to do it for the sake of Maddyson.  I don't like not being mobile half of my day though, and it is hard to watch Amilee when I am feeding Maddyson.  Amilee is starting to get the routine of feedings though, so her messes aren't so bad like before.  haha.  But occasionally she has a few moments where she gets into all the wrong things.  haha.

Amilee is a great big sister. She loves Maddy so much.  She always wants to kiss her and love her and hold her. It really is so sweet and so adorable.  I hope they will be best friends.  I hope they have a relationship like I do with my brother.  It is special.  I love watching the girls together.  It melts my heart!!! so cute!! I also love seeing Samuel with both of them.  He is a great dad.

We are still adjusting to everything, but we are almost through the six week dense and thick fog.  it hasn't been as bad as I was expecting, but it has been hard and our world has been thrown upside down.  We are working on our morning routine, and how to get out of the house at a decent time. I am also trying to balance giving Amilee her time with feeding and taking care of Maddyson, and then trying to keep up with all of my other responsibilities.  It is getting there, but it really is hard.  It is all worth it, but still hard.  I know as Maddyson sets into a routine more, things will get easier, so I can see the light ahead.  :D

But that's all for now.  Pictures to come.  A blog about Amilee's birthday to come.  (which was so fun btw) and many more fun things!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Maddyson Elaine Aedo

 Maddyson Elaine arrived 11/22/11 at 10:08 pm.  She was 7 lbs and 7 oz, and 18 1/2 inches long.  

Her arrival story is a bit of a crazy one.  I started having contractions the Saturday before, the 19th, but they finally went away. However, Sunday morning they started again, and I went home after sacrament meeting because Amilee was sick.  After going home, my contractions got really intense and about every 5 min apart, so we decided we should go to the hospital.  We get there and get checked out and I am still dilated at a 3 (I have been there for a week), so they sent me home because nothing was happening.
      Then Monday, I still had contractions all day, and they got pretty unbearable by the evening time.  I went to Messiah practice and left early because I was dying. I could barely sing, let alone stand up.   We called the dr to see what she recommended since my contractions were every two to three minutes apart.  She said to wait a bit and see what happens.  So we waited an hour and they just got more intense, so we decided to go in one more time.  So we get there, and I am still at a 3, no change, just crazy contractions.  They sent us home at 2:30 in the morning, but recommended keeping my doctor's appointment that was scheduled for 8 hours later.  They also said to mention that we live an hour away from the hospital.
     So samuel and I come home, sleep for four hours and head back to Sac for my dr's appointment.  We told her what had happened, and I was almost at 3 1/2 cm, so still not really progressing.  She asked if I wanted to be induced the next day, and I said yes, or even today if there are any openings.  And luckily for us, there were no openings for the next day, but we could head over to the hospital right then and get things going.  Of course, we rushed over there, and Samuel's dad picked up Amilee at the hospital.
  I then had to walk a lot to try and get things going naturally, but nothing happened, other than my contractions getting more and more painful.  So around 5:30, 6 pm they start me on some pitocin and give me an epidural.  The pitocin wasn't helping too much, so they kept upping the dosage.  I was okay though because it was the first time I was slightly comfortable in the last few days, let alone the last few weeks.    
    Around 8 pm, my nurse comes in to check me, and my water breaks, but I was still at 4 cm, so it would probably still be awhile.  My contractions then again started becoming very painful, so they upped my epidural around 8:45, 9 pm ish, and  I just felt a lot of pressure with each contraction.   At about 10 pm, my nurse comes in to get the baby back on the monitor and decides to check me also.  I was at a 10.  It was time to push.  Of course, samuel had just went out to the car, so I texted him to come back now, and he ran back to the room.  The nurse calls the dr and staff to get things ready, and she goes to put her gloves on and turns around and sees the baby crowning.  They ask me to push one time and out she comes.  I texted Samuel at 10:04, (and luckily, he made it) and Maddyson arrived at 10:08.  The dr didn't even make it for the delivery, and I didn't even feel anything.  I never really felt any desire to push or anything.  I am lucky the nurse decided to check me on a whim, or I would have had that baby on my own with no one else in there!! Crazy stuff!!
   We are so happy she is finally here and apart of our family!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

This week

I am almost 39 weeks pregnant (Monday will be the actual day), but I have been dilated at 3 cm all week, so we have just been waiting for Baby Maddyson to come.  Today, my contractions have been about 10 minutes apart, and are getting stronger, so we will see what happens.  Who knows?!?

I am so happy to have all my sewing projects done; now we just need baby to get here, and then I can start more projects.  haha.  I still have to finish packing my hospital bag though.  It is like half way done; I just keep putting it off.  But it is all right.

Today we bought Amilee her first birthday or Christmas present; a new tricycle.  Her cousin Daniel got one for his birthday last weekend, and Amilee loved it, so we got her one too.  She tried it out at the store and got so excited and just loved everything about it.

Hurry up baby Maddy; we can't wait to meet you and I also can't wait to be done with being pregnant!!

Car Seat Cover Canopy!

This project was pretty simple!! Here is the final product.

Love it and love that it is reversible!!

I finally finished it!!

I finally finished my comforter for my bed that I have been working on for so long!! It turned out so great!!  Here is the final product!!

I chalked on my design to do the machine quilting, which is why the stitching looks so extreme, but after I washed it, all looks well.

I did everything on this quilt myself, minus a few stitches in the middle and the very last minute of hand stitching needed on the binding.  I wanted to take my quilt to get it quilted, but it was just too expensive, but a lady in my stake gave me some great advice on how to machine quilt it myself on a regular machine; so that's what I did.  For free, plus the cost of thread.  And I really enjoyed it.  I learned so much, and it actually didn't take forever like I thought it might.  So happy to be done, and it looks wonderful on my bed!

Rag Quilt Part III

Okay, the rag quilt is finally done!! Here are the next steps.
Our last step was to sew the blocks into rows.  Then you will sew the rows all together.

Then sew a seam all the way around the edges, like so:

Those are just a close up of what I did all around the whole quilt.  And then you start snipping the edges and all the seams on the top part of the quilt.  Do not snip the seams however!!

And then you are done.  The snipping is the worst part, but very much worth it in the end!! it turns out so cute! Make sure to wash and then all is complete!!


Friday, November 11, 2011

A Sew-a-holic

I admit it; I have become a sew-a-holic, but I am honestly loving it.  I am currently machine quilting my quilt that I am making for my bed (no easy task, mind you, since I am using a sewing machine and not a quilting machine) and I am loving it.  It isn't taking as long as I expected and it is not too hard after getting the hang of things, and I like the way it is turning out.  It is not perfect, but all is well.  Plus, I am getting it done basically for free (other than thread cost), compared to the at least $200 I would have spent to get it done.

Then, I am working on a rag quilt for a friend, which is also almost done and turning out so good.

And then my next project is a car seat canopy.  Definitely, I think the easiest of them all.  And I am so excited to get going on it.

I can't wait til my bed quilt is done though!! just a few more hours of sewing and it will be all complete!! can't wait!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

37 weeks pregnant!!

I am 37 weeks pregnant.  I have 20 days until my official due date, which really means, she can come any day now.  We are mostly ready for her to be here; just trying to get done with my last few projects.  I have been having a feeling that she is going to come earlier than expected, so I guess now it is just a waiting game.  I have started dilating, but that doesn't really mean too much.  I have an appt tomorrow, so we will see how things are progressing then.
I don't like this part of pregnancy at all.  I look and feel like a whale, and everything I do is just uncomfortable.  It is even hard to sleep because my back just hurts so bad.  but somehow, I am still making it through. I am still going to Messiah practice;  I am still doing all my duties at church; I am still working on a ton of projects; and I recently started school this last week. I have a lot on my plate while also being pregnant and having a two year old.  It is hard, but so worth it.  As much as I don't like pregnant, I am so excited for the outcome and can't wait for Baby Maddy to get here.  We are also so excited about Amilee having a sister and just seeing Amilee interact with her.  Amilee loves babies, and she is always trying to help their moms out with whatever they are doing, so I am excited/intrigued about how she will act with the new baby.

So now begins the waiting game!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Recent Sewing Project

This was not my project, but Jolene did this for us this weekend!! We received a bassinet from a lady in our ward, and I wanted some updated fabric!! I love what Jolene did.

Here is the new and improved bassinet.

Halloween Festivities

We had a great Halloween this year!! it was like a party all weekend!!  Friday night, we carved pumpkins and made Amilee's costume.  Saturday, we went to the Feather River Ward Annual Chili Cook-off and Trunk or Treat. We made chili and cornbread.  My chili is nothing special, but it is quite tasty.  Amilee loved getting all the candy and we enjoyed seeing all the kids dressed up in their costumes.  Amilee also loves ward parties, since she is so social.  She was saying hi to everyone and being super cute and friendly.  It was really fun.  Sunday, we went to Samuel's dad's house to celebrate Samuel's birthday with them.  We had a nice dinner and fun time watching them play with Amilee. Samuel's sisters, Rachel and Allison are so good with Amilee and really do love her so much!! It is great.  Monday, we had a little party for Samuel. We invited our friends Gene and Montez along with Baby Olivia over and Felipe and Chuwy to help us celebrate.  We had green spaghetti and meatballs (Samuel's favorite and a tradition for his birthday), spooky salad, bone breadsticks, yellow teeth, and green beans (haha, I couldn't up with anything for those), along with a delicious punch and sheet cake for dessert.  Dinner was delicious, and then it was time to trick or treat.  We put Amilee's costume on her, and Samuel put some face make up on and we were off.  We went to a lot of houses and Amilee loved every minute. She is such a big girl now; time has gone by too fast.  It was a great halloween and a great weekend!!

Here are some pictures:

I love her little sheep costume, and we had a great time making it!!!