Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sweet Boy

Here's a few more pics of our sweet boy... most taken when he was one week old! And as I type he's over 5 weeks old... I've got some catching up to do!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Mr. Handsome

Well, I pretty much think the picture speaks for itself... This was taken when he was 7 days old. I didn't think I'd get any tiny newborn pics because of the extra time in the hospital and several days of being under the rule of the bili-blanket, but on day 7 we rebelled a bit to get some pics and take some time away from the blankets to just enjoy this sweet miracle. I got the fabric at my favorite online fabric store, the Fat Quarter Shop. They have a lot of fun and new fabrics by all of the coolest designers. You never knew fabric could be so much fun, did you? When I saw the whales I had to order a yard. And great grandma Ruth gave us the awesome hand-knit hat! Stay tuned for more of Mr. Handsome...

How to spell...

Just a quick hello while I am between feeding and I know it's been awhile since the last post! Life is busy with 3 kids!

One day a few weeks back Hannah was quietly doing something on the floor, while I was probably feeding. All of a sudden she says, "Is this how you spell Wyatt?" I looked at her and then at the floor. She had spelled WIUIT on the floor with feathers how it sounded to her. Now, mind you she is a Kindergartner and we have barely begun talking about how letters make different sounds. At this point (when she made this) we had not learned to spell any words or read any blends. Yeah, I think she pretty much doesn't need me, she will be teaching herself school! She was so proud of her accomplishment (phonetically spelling his name) that we had to take a few pics and show them to you !

Monday, November 15, 2010

Bird Baths & Cradle Time

Here is the little buckaroo during his first bird bath...He was not impressed!
Happy now that it's over and he's now bundled up for a long winter's nap!
I'm tellin' ya, he's a happy little fella!
First night in the cradle, made lovingly by Oompa. All of our children have slept in the cradle. He seems to like to stare at the spindles a lot.

Blue Light Special...

So, I am sure some of you are wondering why it has taken me so long to post more pics... except for the obvious excuse that I'm getting no sleep and all I do is feed baby right now. Well, we actually had quite a rough first week and ended up back in the hospital for two days with Wyatt due to very high billiruben (jaundice) levels. After two days in the hospital we were able to go home, but had billi-blankets (blankets with lights in them) on him for the rest of the week trying to get his numbers to go down. We learned a lot about Jaundice and that there are several types of Jaundice. The kind he has is called breast milk jaundice where something in my milk is hindering him from being able to process the billiruben in a timely manner. Yes, it was a stressful week, filled with lots of tears, prayers and asking God why this is happening, when he created mommy's to be able to feed their babies in the first place. To make the long story very short, God protected Wyatt, He is bringing the billiruben numbers down (slowly) and I am still able to nurse him, despite the hindrance I am causing for him. God is faithful and we praise Him for working in this situation as we have walked through it.
Here he is at the hospital laying on his "blue" bed. He was such a good boy and really put up with a lot in his first week of life. In case you didn't know, his name means "little warrior" and we know he is already living up to his name!
Eyes open, how sweet!
These were taken in the hospital when he was soaking up the rays from the sun and I think they are so precious. I love daddy's hands wrapped around his sweet body.
Some of you may not have heard the story of finding out we were expecting Wyatt. Ted got down on his knees in early February and asked the Lord to open my womb. Just a few weeks later we discovered we were expecting another baby! I can only think of the verse in 1 Samuel 1:28, "For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him." And we are learning as Hannah in the bible learned that we must give this child (and all of our children) back into the Lord's hands for his care every day of his life. Thank you Jesus for entrusting us with this incredible gift.
He's even got a little smirk... He knows he's a miracle!

Going Home Day

Here is our little man a smilin' and dreamin' on Sunday morning, two days old. So young, yet we are so in love with him already!
This was the incredible view I woke up to on Sunday morning, the day we took our little buddy home with us. Steve Green has an old song that has a line in it which says, "Oh, His love is written all across the sky..." And oh BOY was it written all across the sky on this day!One thing I love about the hospital is there is always great light coming in the windows... and I had to take advantage of this sweet Daddy and Son moment.

And then made Ted capture on of Mommy and Son too!
When we got home there was no rest for the weary as the girls were looking forward to the Happy Harvest party at the local church (Halloween alternative) taking place that night! The girls were excited to wear their pioneer costumes!
And did you know that I was sewing Hannah's costume just before I went into labor? Nothing like waiting until the last minute to get it done! Uff Dah!
The girls thought it was super fun to put him in this basket...
Our super cute children!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

He's Here!

Well, after much waiting and anticipation, our new little buddy is finally here! You'll have to excuse the order of pics... we girls had our toes painted on Wednesday afternoon in preparation for buddy coming and were planning on showing you our cute toes before he came... And then he came before we could show you our toes...

Wyatt Daniel was born on Friday morning at 6:07am weighing in at 7 pounds, 14 ounces and 19 1/2 inches!
Happy, proud and exhausted parents!
New big sisters come to admire the new little man on the block.
Can you tell they had a long night too? Our dear friends came to pick them up at 3am so we could get to the hospital!
We were all surprised that he does not have tons of dark hair like the girls both did...
But we love his squishy cheeks and think his hair may have some red in it!
Mother and Son!
Life is good after a bath and some time under the warmer!

Nice double chin... looks like he didn't get the proper nutrition in the womb or something!
Oh, we are so excited to finally be able to hold this little miracle in our arms and kiss him!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sugar and Spice

Emelia made this super cute turkey for me a few weeks ago when we thought the buddy was going to come too early and I was "sort of" on bed rest. She found the idea in a magazine and all of a sudden brings this to me while I'm laying on the couch. Super Sweet!Emelia has been taking a sewing class once a month and this is her latest project, making an apron - good job Millie! Now she keeps talking about how she needs her own machine (and that I won't share mine) as well as pointing out how our machine is so loud and the others are sooo quiet (and a lot more expensive too!) Well, in my defense I am willing to share, it's just that she decides she wants to sew just when I settle in to work on something important. (Like Hannah's Happy Harvest costume that has to get done by Sunday!) However, if my dearest hubby just wants to buy me one of those fancy quilting machines... I'd be happy to hand my machine down to Miss Mille and I'd even throw in a pair of ear muffs for her to drown out the noise...
Hmm... sweet or spicy? I think mostly spicy these days, but this was taken a few weeks ago when we managed to make a pan of Apple Crunch with apples from the orchard. We Westies have decided we don't like oatmeal in our "Crisps" and I found this recipe for an Apple Crisp type recipe that does not have oatmeal. Not that we are opposed to oatmeal, just not in our fruit cobbler type desserts. Anyways, this is just me taking advantage of my temporary table which is even larger now. Although my table is kind of feisty and he likes to kick at anything that presses in on his territory. I have no idea where the feisty comes from and I keep telling him that if he doesn't like it, well why doesn't he come out where there's a lot more room! Uff Dah!
And here's another sweetie... helping Mommy make homemade applesauce a few weeks ago. Don't worry, I gave her a pretty dull knife and she enjoyed cutting up the apples for the sauce. We used Haralson and thought it turned out awesome. Matter of fact, that sounds YUMMY... I think I'll have to thaw out a container for tomorrow! The apples cook down a lot and you don't get many containers, but it's fun to do it yourself and great to know it's all natural with no preservatives, etc.

Girls Day Out

Back in August we girls had a special day out before starting school. We went to the American Girl store, which has a restaurant where you can bring your dolls with for a special meal or party. Hannah was super excited as this was her first time. (Emelia got to go last summer with her friend from Iowa!) They saved their money up for the past year so that they could pick out something special and were excited to go shopping too! (What girl doesn't like shopping?)
They make your meal very memorable by providing special chairs for the dolls to sit in and even serve cups with pink lemonade and "Dessert" for your doll. Emelia loved pouring the lemonade and helping her doll drink it up. (As well as eating the whipped cream with sprinkles!)
And here's one of the happy shoppers after her purchase. She decided on a boy bitty baby since she's looking forward to her brother arriving. (I'M STARTING TO THINK THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN! - OOPS, EXCUSE THE RANDOM THOUGHTS OF A VERY LARGE MAMA!)
And here we are just a few nights ago squeezing in one last tea party before the boy arrives. Please excuse the pathetic looking woman on the left. We all really thought he was gonna make his appearance this weekend and had fun with a quick tea party on Friday night. He (as of this moment) still has no intentions of coming out, but the food was yummy and the girls helped out a lot to make our party fun. And in case you are thinking that I am super amazing to put on a tea party at such a late stage of pregnancy, HA! Those cute cookies - STORE BOUGHT cookie dough (Great Grandma would be horrified!) and the frosting was leftover and I found it in the freezer! But hey, the girls had no less fun so hip-hooray!

about us

The West Ranch currently consists of Ted, head Rancher, Angela, Ted's right hand woman, and two busy little wranglers, Emelia and Hannah.