Monday, November 30, 2009

Parker's 1st Bath

Isaac has really seemed to enjoy his new roll as big brother. However, he wasn't thrilled about sharing HIS bath tub. When I brought Parker in Isaac said, "No! Stay Parker!" Then, when Shaun was cleaning Parker, Isaac kept saying, "Wash Isaac, wash Isaac!" You can see by the smile on his face that he quickly got over it.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

What does blogging, Shaun and Erica time, laundry, long showers, and naps all have in common? They are all things that don't happen too often! I would say that it has been easier adjusting to baby number two than baby number one because this time around we knew what we were getting ourselves into. Don't get me wrong though... I'm still super tired, there never seems to be a break, and I think Shaun and I finally say hello to each other when we crawl into bed every night... but that's what I was expecting! While this stage in life may be hard, we are realizing how special it is and how quickly it will pass. We are trying to cherish every cuddly moment (even at 2am), every non-smelling, new born, dirty diaper, every "let down" (that's for you nursing mommies), every EVERYTHING!

Thanksgiving at the fire station

Our little Turkey

Our big boy driving the antique engine

Isaac and his cousins playing in the leaves

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Multiplying Love

My big boys are napping up stairs and Parker and I are napping down stairs... Well, I was but it's hard to close my eyes when I've got such a handsome little man laying next to me. I figure I have about 15 minutes to blog so we'll see what I can report during this short amount of time...

Parker's due date was the 17th so on the night of the 16th I knew I had to be pregnant for at least one more full day because babies never come on their due date. We decided to go to Victoria Gardens and soak up their sales. This also gave me a chance to be out walking. That night (the 17th), while Shaun was putting Isaac to bed, I told my mom that Parker was going to be born the next morning at 8:10 and that he would weigh 8 lbs. 10 oz. Keep in mind I was having no symptoms of labor. When we got in bed that night Shaun asked me, "How in the world are we going to get this kid to come out?" My reply, "I'm sure a good back rub would work!" He totally went for it and I went to bed completely relaxed! I woke around 1am to go to the bathroom but felt nothing. BUT when I woke up at hour later I knew I was in labor! We started timing my contractions and they were every 3-4 minutes lasting at least minute. We decided that we would head to the hospital but only AFTER I washed my hair. The warm water of the shower felt so good and it seemed to counter acted the contractions.
We got to the hospital around 4am and they hooked me up to the monitors. By now my contractions were a lot more intense and I thought for sure I would be dilated to at least a 5. Nope! I was only a 3! When I went in to have Isaac I was a 4 and wasn't feeling anything. How could I only be a 3!? My contractions were regular and hard enough so they went ahead and admitted me. By the time I got in the delivery room I was a 5 and ready for my epidural. It was now sometime after 6am and I was feeling good! AND I was dilated to an 8! By 7:30am they were prepping the room for the arrival of Parker. I pushed for a painful 20 minutes and out popped a beautiful, healthy, chunky, blonde haired baby! 9 lbs. 10 oz! HOLY COW! I still can't believe he was that big!!!
I was just as emotional and excited to meet Parker as I was Isaac! It's just as special the second time around!
After Shaun, Parker, and I had some time together I told him that it was time for the brothers to meet. That's when I learned that the hospital wouldn't allow any children in due to the swine flu. I was in tears! Last week I was told that my own child would be able to come back. I hate when I get two different stories.
Parker is now five days old and we are adjusting well to being a family of four. Isaac gives lots of kisses and asks for "Baby Parker" first thing every morning. He doesn't really care to hold him and it only took throwing the ball at Parker's head one time to learn that he's too little and not ready to play. Isaac is also having to realize that not everything in the house is his anymore. I love watching Shaun with his two boys too... Such a proud daddy!

Isaac's first look at his little brother

Isaac holding Parker for the first time

Bonding for the first time as a family of four

Mommy and her boys

Isaac loves to burp Parker

Daddy and his boys

Big brother showing little brother how to be cool!

Working on opening his eyes

Parker James Higgins

Please mommy! No more pictures!

Didn't realize Isaac was this big

Love you Parker!

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

3 days old...

We're home and doing great! I was hoping to have blogged by now but for some reason I haven't had a whole lot of free time! I promise I will post all the juicy details and most adorable pictures as soon as I can!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Parker James Higgins

Parker James decided to make his grand appearance today! Baby and Mommy are both doing well and recovering from their busy morning. Daddy had specific instructions... Make sure and give the important details! Parker James was born @ 8:15 AM this morning. 9 lbs 10 oz. (big boy) 21" long and very healthy. Mommy did a great job and should be very proud of how strong she is. More details to follow. I have to get back to the hospital!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

It's amazing to think that... All-Star was ever this small!

...these are the little hands that boxed with my organs inside my belly!

...all the morning sickness and every labor pain was worth the joy of holding him in my arms for the first time!

...I can look at his baby pictures and still cry!

...any day now he is going to be a big brother!

...he will be my big helper and run to my rescue when his little brother needs his binkie put back in his mouth!

...I am going to love another little boy as much as I love this one!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Happy 2nd Birthday All-Star!

NO! My baby is two today! I can't believe it! I've been so excited for him (and remembering every labor pain for me) but he really has no idea what's going on. He just knows that the word "birthday" has something to do with getting a bike and lots of other toys. He walks around saying, "birthday bike" and "birthday train." He's even telling other people happy birthday! He sat down next to me earlier and said, "Happy birthday mommy!"

Isaac has had quite the birthday week. It started with a party on Saturday at Ammah and Papa's house. There was a bounce house, pony rides, a t-ball game, and lots of cake. Yesterday we went to Oak Glen to play with the goats and eat caramel apples. Last night we went to the tennis courts to take his two year old pictures (it's a tradition from my side of the family). He spent the morning at the park with two little friends and he still has a few more presents to open this evening! Wow, so much for this little guy and will he even remember it!?! Part of me is trying to make it as big and special as I can because his world is going to completely change once Parker gets here (which, by the way, I have no idea when that will be... I still feel great)!

Isaac is a happy and healthy growing boy and for that we are thankful! I may not like this new fake cry trick or that he can be so cute when I am so mad at him, BUT, he was blessed with a caring heart and a love for making people laugh. Our Isaac is so special and unique!

Party with friends and family. Isaac's party was all about sports and he would not put on anything else but this ratty old shark shirt. I was so annoyed because I had the perfect basketball Jersey for him to wear. Yup, definitely two. Making his own decisions!

Can you believe they had a fire truck in the petting zoo?

Our little tennis pro! Isaac's coordination for all sports is amazing! Such a little athlete!
You can see a gazillion more pictures at

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

No More Snakes

OH NO!!!! Isaac told us he had snakes on his head so we quickly took him in the garage and tried to cut them off. But then, they fell on his neck, shoulders, and back and bit him! He was mad and squirming for his life so we rushed him upstairs and threw him in the bath tub hoping we could wash them down the drain! Whew! It worked! Daddy saved the day!

Now would you like me to interpret this TRUE story? Isaac's hair has gotten so long that he can see it resting on his forehead. He thought they were snakes and wanted us to cut them off!

Before and after

Enjoying Nemo gummies (aka: a distraction)

Isaac really does like snakes so he thought it was funny that they were on his head!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Posting because...

... I think my kid is just that funny!

Helping mommy with the laundry...

Trying to see what message daddy is sending on his phone...

We are experiencing a small obsession with sunglasses. Eating popcorn or sitting in time out... He's got these babies on!

Just lovin' on the ladies!
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