Yes, I was as tired as I look in this picture! By the way, Lauren was already in the stroller...it was WAY past her bedtime!
This picture pretty much sums up our night!! She was so much fun to watch! She just loved it and it thrilled my heart!
Posted by Rikki Hester at 9:33 PM
Just a beautiful evening at home! This was last Tuesday. We got home from work/school and went out in the backyard. It was a gorgeous day and the sun was going down but before it got too chilly the girls got to swing a little. It was great. I caught some pictures....as promised. I hope that the weather stays pretty like this.
Aren't they just the cutest??!!!
Posted by Rikki Hester at 3:48 PM
(Piggy-backing on my previous post)....
"I'm a big kid now!"
I have absolutely NO time to post about this, but I HAVE TO!!!
Night #1 with panties instead of Pull-Up...
HUGE SUCCESS!!!! Absolutely dry!!!!
I told Rachel that if she went 5 days in a row with a dry Pull-Up that she could try panties one night and see what happens since she has been doing so well and we did last night.
She is just getting so big!!!! :`)
I have pictures to post from our beautiful spring day and from Disney on Ice but it will have to wait until tonight because I have to get going.....
Posted by Rikki Hester at 3:38 PM
Rachel tells me this several times a day. She NEVER lets me forget. Her latest thing is putting herself to bed. She has decided that she can put her pullup on, get in bed and does not want me to come to her room. She tells me not to come to her room because I might scare her. It's really funny! She also wants to give herself a bath...from head to toe...wash and rinse her own hair, wash herself, everything....she wants to give herself a bath. She is growing up right before my eyes. So big.
The next part of my post is about me. And about how "not so big" I have become! =) I started the biggest loser challenge with the NICU staff about 10 weeks ago and when I weighed in, I weighed (did you really think I was going to tell you), let's just say it was a lot...more than I should! Not nearly as much as I have in the past but it was far from where I wanted to be...about 10 lbs away from pre-pregnancy weight. Anyway, 10 weeks later, I weighed in on Thursday and my total weight loss was 26 lbs exactly!!! I did not quite make my weight loss goal but I am definitely happy with where I am. I am smaller than I have been since before high school. I have gone down 2 pants sizes and I have been told I look like a different person. I have about 6 more lbs to go before I am ultimately where I want to be but I can be happy here. I am having a hard time with these last few pounds. I am still doing Weight Watchers through work so I am still hopeful that I can get to that ultimate goal but the last couple of weeks has been frustrating. Anyway, I could not be more proud of myself!!!
So, I'M NOT A BIG GIRL!!!! NOT ANYMORE!!!! =)
Posted by Rikki Hester at 9:03 PM
I never take pictures anymore! That's the truth! I took pictures at Lauren's birthday party but even then, I didn't take many. I just don't get the camera out much. I guess it's because when I am home I just want to spend the time taking everything in and not worrying about taking pictures. I know that sounds dumb...I should be wanting to capture those moments on the camera...maybe I should do a better job.
So....no pictures to share....except this one from the park the other day I took with my phone...
Posted by Rikki Hester at 8:51 PM
I am still in the recontructing stage of this blog. I got a netbook this past week so I can blog from more places so I have a little more flexibility and time to blog but I am not happy with the way it looks and will be doing more to make it look like I want it. I think I am happy with the background and in the coming days I will hopefully be changing the font, header, and sidebar, signature, pictures, etc....I am also hoping to blog more and bump up my traffic. I would love to be one of those people that have a ton of readers but just my 2 or 3 is fine too...somedays I feel like no one reads....o'well!!!
Posted by Rikki Hester at 4:41 PM
So, I have received ridicule in the past from "friends" and some family members about the fact that I go "all out" for my kids' first birthdays. Something to the tune of...."they won't ever remember this" and "they don't know what's going on" and "they don't know who is there" and "who is this really about anyway?" Well, the simple truth is this...it is about them! There would not be a party if it weren't for them! I love my kids and I can completely agree with the fact that you do not have to throw a huge shindig of a party to let your kids know that they are loved but I enjoy celebrations and what better excuse to get together with a few friends and family than to celebrate the first year of your child's life??!!! Do they understand it? NO! But I will tell you that Rachel loves to look back at the pictures from her birthday party and talk about how she ate the cake and it was all over her face. She laughs about it. So......here are pictures from Lauren's first birthday party!
A precious friend of mine made this banner for me and I think she did a GREAT job!!!!
I had this canvas (the purple and teal thing in the middle) made HERE
The theme was cupcakes and the color scheme was purple, teal, and hot pink. The older siblings of the kids that were actually Lauren's age got to decorate their own cupcakes. The party was a lot of fun and I think that everyone had a good time. There wasn't too much mass chaos, I didn't think and it was a pretty day outside.
Instead of bringing gifts for Lauren we asked that people bring gifts for our church nursery. A lot of our friends have done things like that but have done things for the NICU where they stayed for a long time or to the Ronald McDonald House but my kids haven't done that so we just did something that was useful for us. We got lots of good gifts for Lauren to open and that we are able to take to the church. Don't worry...she got stuff too!!! =) We just do not need another toy in this house!!!!
Posted by Rikki Hester at 10:08 PM
He was born this day 37 years ago. I got to call him my husband about 5 1/2 years ago. How did I get to be so blessed? Happy birthday to My Bricey!!!
This is one of my favorite pictures of the two of us even though it is kinda goofy! I could not find a recent picture of him by himself and this one of the two of us is not very recent...probably about 2 1/2 years old.
He is a wonderful husband and a great father. He loves God first and me and the girls next and he truly is an incredible man. He is my very best friend and I will go to him anyday about anything before anyone else. No, we don't always agree on everything but he will always be in my corner when I need him to be. When I see him with our girls it melts my heart. I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with him.
I love you, Bricey!
Posted by Rikki Hester at 9:22 PM
Yes! Lauren did turn a year old!! I just took forever to blog about it! SORRY!!! Here are some pictures from her birthday photo shoot! I will also tell you about this past Monday when we actually celebrated her birthday.
It was a mess!!!
She had her 1 year checkup this past Monday so Brice and I took off and we all 4 spent the day together. We had a good time! We took Lauren to the doctor first and then headed to a local outlet mall for shopping and a late lunch at Rainforest Cafe. The girls are ready for spring and I now have enough clothes to wear now that fit!!!! (I will post about this in another post...I feel it is worthy of it's own!)
Lauren weighed 24 lbs, 12 oz and was 30 1/2 inches long!!! The doctor said she is proportionate!!! =) She is 90th percentile for both height and length and 75th for head circumference. My kids (both of them) have always been 75th percentile for head since birth...never changed. Strange. Anyway, she is healthy but not too big...I as well as the doctor am pleased! She has 6 teeth and is cutting 3 molars all at once and it is FOR THE BIRDS!!! She will point to her mouth and say "owww." She says: mommy, daddy, doggie, this, that, oh, nose, balloon, bubble, eye, nite nite, ball, poop, milk, diaper, today she said toe but it was after I said it so she repeats things well. I can't think of anything else at the moment. She is completely off the bottle and using sippy cup and has been taking milk since about a week before she turned a year old (I ran out of formula and I was not buying another can for a week!) We will take the paci away at 16 months just like we did with Rachel. She adores her daddy more and more and she is just precious!!! =) OH, she still isn't walking but she is standing alone and takes a few steps at a time. She will cruise around things and walks with push toys but doesn't want to walk! She will also stand from a sitting position (like not by pulling up which is usually a skill they will master AFTER walking) but....she will walk when she is ready and apparently she isn't yet.....
She's a mess!!! But, I love her!!!
I will blog about her party in another post!
Posted by Rikki Hester at 9:01 PM
Dear Sweet Baby Girl,
Happy Birthday Sweet Girl! I loved you from the very thought of having another baby. I knew the joys of being a mother but I was not prepared for how full my heart could be when I became the mother of two beautiful little girls!!!
When I saw your heartbeat for the first time, I was in love. I enjoyed my pregnancy and I knew that you were a girl from the beginning! I just knew. I grew fast! I started showing quicker with you than your sister and I was proud of that baby belly...of YOU!
When I found out that I was going to have to stay in the hospital when I was 34 weeks pregnant I would talk to you everyday. I talked to you and we had private conversations about what life would be like, do you remember? ;) You always moved and kicked like you were listening! Maybe that was just because in your 9+ lb body, you were ready to come out of there!!! I didn't want to share you. I am just being honest. I wanted you all to myself. I knew I would miss you and the times we shared together...just the two of us. But, you were too special to keep to myself...and too big! =)
March 12, 2009...that was the day!! You came into the world at 3:28 PM after a long hard day of induction. You were big....9 lbs, 9 oz big! You were a little on the purple side at first and didn't cry while I held you...but then after a minute or two, you were crying strong!! I got to keep you in my room!!!! You were beautiful! I cried!
Baby girl you are such a blessing to me. This year has been filled with so many challenges....breastfeeding has been one of them but I would not change it for anything. It was one of the most incredible things that I have ever done and made you big and strong and healthy! You and I got to be good feeding buddies! =) You are a Mommy's girl and I LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT! You cry for me and say my name over and over and tug at my leg while I am washing dishes and it melts my heart. I cannot stand to hear you cry for me. I scoop you up everytime no matter what I am doing!
You are precious! You have my heart. I will always do what I can to protect you. You and your sister are everything to me and I will not always be the perfect Mommy to you but I will always try to do what is right for you. I love you with my whole heart and hope that you never have to question that.
Happy Birthday my Little Lauren!!! I love you!
Posted by Rikki Hester at 10:51 PM
This was me....
How incredibly miserable do I look???
WELL, that's okay, BECAUSE I WAS!!!!! That was the last picture that I took of myself (or that was taken of me) prior to the day that Lauren was born. I was ready. She was ready. I was 37 weeks, 2 days pregnant and she was over 9 lbs!!! What a difference a year makes!! =)
Posted by Rikki Hester at 8:18 PM
I have done some remodeling to the blog look and I am not exactly thrilled with the look so you may see some more changes! I am trying to get some cool fonts on here but it looks like it might be a long process. This type of stuff is stress relieving for me except for the fact that I don't have a lot of time to do it and when it doesn't work right, that's stressful and kinda defeats the purpose....so....not so much!
Anyway, stay tuned for more updates!
Posted by Rikki Hester at 10:42 PM
has happened since my last post but I really don't have a lot of time right now to blog about it nor do I really remember it all...
Work is sucking the life out of me. I do know that.
Here is another of Lauren's 1st birthday pictures....let's end on a positive note!
She took her first step yesterday too!!! =) More to come this weekend when I can breathe and not feel guilty about it!
Posted by Rikki Hester at 8:57 PM