Thursday, July 14, 2011

Jameson Lee Alexander

On June 16, 2011 Syd and Shane welcomed their first baby boy into the world.  Syd's blood pressure got really high to closer she got to her due date so they decided it would be best to go ahead and induce her.  Syd and Shane checked into the hospital around 8:00am and Syd was 1.5cm dilated and 80% effaced.  They gave her a quarter of a capsule of Cervidil to help start her labor.  1:00pm  she was at 2 com and 85% effaced, moving slow but making progress.  They gave her another quarter of the Cervidil. We hung out in the room and watched a movie and had lunch and then decided it was time to go for a walk.  While out walking the halls her water broke at 3:24pm.  She was still 2cm when they checked her after her water broke.  Thing started to pick up and Syd went into full blown labor with lots of really fast really strong contractions.  At 5:00pm she was still 2cm and 100% effaced.  Things got very intense and Syd decided to have an epidural.  At 6:00 they came to give her the epidural, after they were finished and she was resting more comfortable they checked her again at 7:00 and she was 9cm.  They told her to rest up because it was almost time to push.  7:30pm all set and ready to push.  Syd did an amazing job and at 8:20pm baby Jameson was welcomed into the world.  He was 6 pounds 13.9 ounces and I think around 20cm  long.  It was an amazing experience and I'm so grateful I was able to be there with her.  Love you all, congrats!
 At the hospital ready to meet this baby :)
 Last pic of baby in the belly.
 Contractions and heart beat.
 Moments after he was born.
 Such a cutie!
 Getting weighed for the first time.
 Grandma and Jameson.
 Proud papa.
 In love already.
 Uncle Eric.
 Proud mama!
 Love him.
 So tiny.
 Sleeping again.
Tia Kelley.
Baby toes.

Grandma and Grandpa Visit

So at the beginning of June, Judy and Joel came to Austin to watch the boys so that I could go to New Mexico and be with my sister for the birth of Jameson.  I was here for the first couple nights and we were able to hangout a bit and even go to a really nice dinner at Eddie V's.  Then I flew out on Saturday and they took over.  Mark sent me lots of pictures and updates while I was away.  It was the longest I had every been away from both boys and it was very hard to do but it helped knowing that they were being well taken care of at home.  They did lots of fun thing with grandma and grandpa and were very sad when they left.  Luckily we get to see them again in about a month when we head to California.  Thanks Judy and Joel we love you both so much and really appreciate all of your help and support!!!!
 Judy and Joel at dinner.
 Me and Mark.
 This one came out a little fuzzy but it was the only one of all 4 of us. 
 Brody at the dinosaur park.
 Grandma and Brody.
 Connor, grandma and grandpa.
 The boys.
 Connor and the T-rex.
 Connor and Judy.
 Brody got a really big boo boo on his finer :(
 Connor in the bath in Brody's goggles (I think this is one of my all time favorite pics)
Getting so big!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Connor 15 Months!

Connor had his 15 month well check on Thursday.  He is getting so big!  He started walking around 13 months.  He is talking a little and starting to make animal noises.  His current favorite thing to say is uh oh, which I totally love.  He is still very calm and easy going unless he is teething and then he is just a complete mess.  In the last few weeks he got 5 teeth including a molar, so it was a bit challenging to say the least.  He also has a little bit of the Mariani temper that pops out every now and then when he doesn't get his way.  He is an excellent eater and great sleeper.  He LOVES to play with Brody and read books.  He weighs 24 pounds which is just below the 50th percentile.  He is 33 inches long which is in the 95th percentile and his head was 48.4 which is in the 75th percentile.  I love watching him grow and bond with Brody.  The relationship between siblings is so special.  I'm so glad they have each other. 
And he loves the pool now too!

Memorial Weekend.

We had a busy memorial weekend but it was lots of fun.  On Saturday we spent the day with the Allen's.  They invited us to join them at Tim's aunts lake house.  It was a beautiful house right on the lake.  They piled us all onto their golf cart and drove us down to their beach/dock area.  The boys loved playing in the water.  After we headed back up to the house for lunch.  Connor and Kyla decided to take a 3 hour nap while Brody played in the hot tub with Mark, Tim and I.  Then we all headed back to our house for some green chile frito pies and more fun.  Then on Sunday Shara and I headed to Lake Austin spa to meet up with Abbey, Kathy, Marie, Christa and her mom for our 4th annual ladies spa day.  It is one of my absolute favorite places.  We had an incredible day of spa treatments and just lounging by the pool.  It was so relaxing and wonderful!  I'm already looking forward to next year.  Then on Monday we decided to try out this new pool Mark heard about.  It had little water slides and splash areas.  The kids loved it.  It was a crazy busy day to go but I think we will definitely go back again. 
Brody all ready for our trip to the lake. 
The beautiful view from the house. 
Tim and Brody in the hot tub.
Brody taking a swim break for an ice cream cone.
Another pic from the house. 
Lake Austin Spa
Such a beautiful place.
Love it!
Can't wait to go back!
This is the fun pool we went to on Monday!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Fun Pics from May

Such a sweet boy!
Fun with stickers.
 Connor loves Brody's hats.
Crazy clouds.
 This is Connor's new favorite book. 
 He loves reading books!
 Ball pit for Maebry's birthday.
 More bounce house fun!
 Brody making a t-rex out of a necklace.
 Such sweet brothers!
 Look at those thighs, his not mine :)
 Me and my boys, I love them so much!
 Mommy and Connor playing on the computer.
 Shasta's new favorite place to sleep.  I literally have to turn on the windshield wipers to get him to move. 
 Brody shooting ghosts in his underwear.
Connor ready to swim!