Monday, September 29, 2008

our Abbey is 1 week old today

Paige made these adorable crowns for her, James & Abbey. She kept coming in my room to measure the baby's head so she could get it just right.

No more "poop" on her tummy. James said her dried up umbilical cord was poop on her tummy & it was gross. He asked us numerous times to get it off her. But luckily it came off - so more looking at Abbey's "poop". Isn't she a doll. She makes the silliest little faces.

Sisters!! I love my sisters so much & I'm tickled that Paige has her own little sister to boss around. Nothings better (right Leslie & Megan) than to have an older bossy sister.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

our baby has "indoor plumbing"

The nice thing about my Thursday appointment was knowing the end was in sight. Sunday morning 5:30am I was scheduled to be induced. So we cleaned our house like mad on Saturday and my kids spent the night at their grandparents. We were up and ready to go. Paige drew me this picture before we left. Right to left: New baby, me, nightstand with cookies & candy (does my daughter know me or what?)
When we got there - I needed some serious help to get ready to have the baby. I was dilated to a 2 and my cervix was really thick. So they gave me some internal gels that caused me to contract, I went through a series of 2, which means 5 hours of hell.
It hurt & was a crappy 5 hours - but then my best friend came along, the anesthesiologist and gave me the epidural. Then they started the pitosum, which caused additional labor to set on... I couldn't care less. I felt wonderful (I love modern conveniences) - I love the goofy pictures of me & Jason just waiting around (don't we look like high school kids)
After about 4 more hours, my body was finally ready. I pushed 3 times & the nurses and doctors were proud to show off what they were sure was a new baby boy...

Except this baby had indoor plumbing. We were all a bit surprised. But so happy. (It's okay Dr. Flinders swore I was a boy as well)... We had a GIRL!! With a ton of dark curly hair. She was my smallest baby at 8lbs. 3oz., 21 inches and born at 3:53pm. They were worried about her heart beat fluctuating so much - but when she came out she was crying and so were we. She was perfect!

Proud daddy 3 times over.

The kids came later that night to check out their new sibling. James enjoying a few minutes with mom.

Paige didn't want to be left out of all the lovin'.

Proud big sister. Paige really wanted a girl, but didn't admit it after awhile. She was happy for the girl and was the first person we called. Paige picked out the baby's name over a year ago "Abbey" - so officially we will call her Abigail Annette Buchanan. Annette is my middle name & Jason's moms name (so we kill 2 birds with 1 stone). Paige loves having a new sister, but kind of takes it or leaves it. I think she will be more interested in Abbey when she can be bossed around or sent to do Paige's bidding.

James (aka "Brother Bear") is in LOVE! He gets all giddy every time he sees her & wants to touch her hands, face, hair, anything he can. He can't get enough of her. He will try to climb up on my lap to be near her or onto the bed so he can watch her. He truly is in love & this time she is ours to keep (not just cousins or friends babies).
Welcome to our Family Time... Welcome to our happy to be time! This has to be the most beautiful, the most peaceful place I've ever been to - it's nothing like I've ever felt before. When I think how far I've come, I can't believe it, and yet I see family- I see the way we used to be (lyrics from Brother Bear soundtrack) - I really can't imagine anything better then this. All the worry, frustration, fear, anxiety is gone and I'm left with this gorgeous, sweet little creation that fills me with joy.

She has a dimple in her chin just like Jason (definite Buchanan family trait). She looks a lot like Paige when she was born... we'll see how she turns out. Both my kids have surprised me.

Abbey & I stayed an extra day in the hospital (aka Mercy Gilbert - I think it is secretly a Marriott in disguise as a hospital) It was nice to have bonding time with no kids or demands on us. Check out the baby "lojack" on her ankle - if she gets within a few feet of an exit the nursery wing goes into "lock down mode"
We just hung out & got to know each other. It was really special and I will never regret that extra time just with her. Plus the staff at MGMC is amazing! They brought me warm tea & pastries one afternoon (love it!!) We are home now & trying to get used to all the noise, traffic, and siblings. I'm sort of missing our mini-vacation at the hospital and 24 hours of HGTV (I really need more channels on our cable)... It makes nursing less painful. Anyway, that's our Abbey. We've happy she's here and can't wait to see how she adds to our craziness.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sunday's child...

Gavin or Abbey?
Barring any miracles... our new baby is scheduled to arrive on Sept 21st - not sure the approximate time. But this would make Buchanan Baby #3 a Sunday's child. I always liked the days of the week child poem and it will be interesting to see if it plays out with the personality of our new addition. Does it apply to the already established members of our family?
Monday's child is fair of face.
Tuesday's child is full of grace.
Wednesday's child is full of woe.
Thursday's child has far to go.
Friday's child is loving and giving.
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child who is born on the
Sabbath day,
Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.


Paige was born on July 9th - she is a Tuesday's Child.
Paige is full of grace.
Grace means: a charming or attractive trait or characteristic.
A pleasing appearance. Ease and suppleness of movement or bearing.
Paige is charming and has possesses numerous wonderful traits.

James was born June 27th - he is a Sunday's child.
James is my blithe child.
Blithe means:
of a happy lighthearted character or disposition.
(Sometimes) lacking due thought or consideration.
He runs head long into things (literal & figuratively) and into life in general.

Jason & Maren

Jason was born Nov 19th Friday & Maren was born on Nov 26th - Wednesday

Jason is loving and giving.

Maren is (not really) full of woe.

Jason's is quite right on and needs no defining. But, woe means: regret, grief or distress. Interesting... I see myself as rather chipper. Well, okay, so maybe when I'm 40 weeks pregnant, uncomfortable, and has zero energy. But even then - I think I'm more grumpy then woeful... Okay so 3 out of 4 isn't bad odds.

(The fist print is by Mary Blair and the rest are by Emily Martin and come from inside a black apple - she has amazing artwork. Her prints can be bought here)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Paige and her piano lessons

Look at my little girl go! I think if there is anyone who can play the piano, (out of sheer determination) if not anything else. It's gotta be Paige.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

a taste of the season

It's my favorite time of year - not just because it cools down here in Arizona, but I love leaves changing, the spices in the air, Disneyland at Halloween or Christmas, sweaters, warm blankets, and snuggling in with a good book or movie (also Nov 26th marks my birthday) - anyway for those of you fellow lovers of fall, I thought I'd share my favorite seasonal recipe thanks to my brother-in-law Lloyd who introduced me to this scrumptious delight. Pumpkin Pancakes
1 cup flour
1 Tbs. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 eggs, separated
1 cup milk
1/2 cup solid pack pumpkin
2 Tbs. oil
Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl, set aside. Whisk egg yolks, milk, pumpkin, and oil in a separate bowl. Stir wet mixture into dry ingredients until moistened. In a mixing bowl beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into batter. Pour onto hot grease griddle & enjoy!
yield: 8 - 12 pancakes. Serve with Apple Cider Syrup

Apple Cider Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup apple juice or cider
1 Tb. lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tb. corn starch
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. salt
Combine dry ingredients and mix well. In a sauce pan heat water, apple juice or cider, and lemon juice. Slowly add dry ingredients, stirring as you add. Bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Lower heat & simmer until desired thickness. Serve immediately. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge & reheated in the microwave. Enjoy!!

(p.s. still no baby)

Friday, September 12, 2008

baby news... or not

Well, yesterday I had my last ultrasound. I am at 39 weeks today and have 1 week until I reach "full-term" (aka ready to pop - status). My last two actually came at 41 weeks. Paige came on her own, while James had to be yanked out. I think this one might be a yanker. The Dr. did reassure me that they won't let me go longer then 40 & 1/2 weeks - so 10 days right? Can I be patient? Can I be rational? Will I cry every day until that day comes? Do I have a choice? Not really, right. I need to just suck it up and ride out this storm. It's amazing how much you body changes over the years and how each pregnancy is so different. I wasn't as emotional or had as many mood swings with the other 2 at the end. I've also gained almost 18lbs. with this one, where I gained 25-ish with James & probably 35-ish with Paige. They said the baby is really healthy and weighs about 6lbs 14oz. (which means no induction this weekend)... oh well, there is always stuff I need to be doing. I have a ton of sewing to do and my front lawn really needs mowing - but the question is if I can get it done without my little old neighbor lady coming out to remind me I'm 9 months pregnant. It's a little hard to forget at this point. If I have one request from you, it's to pray that I can be patient (I used to ask everyone to pray for my cervix, but that's probably a little over the top).

Monday, September 8, 2008

what's new with the Buchanan's

Well, I'm happy to report that after a bumpy start James is having a great time in preschool and "not fighting" with other kids in his class. The first full 2 hours rocked his world & he came out swinging. After a conference with the teacher and working with him all weekend - yesterday he had a great day with no problems. He is such a great kid & I know that because I'm with him all the time. I just want other people to realize how much fun he is & how smart he is. This picture was taken last week before church. The tie lasted about 20 seconds. Oh well, we'll work on that next.
As for Miss Paige she is on count down baby mode. Everywhere we go & everyone we meet gets told that I'm having a baby (not that it's not painfully obvious) - she is the most excited kid & I'm so glad. I know she will be such a huge help. She still says she wants one of each if you ask her if she'd rather have a boy or girl. At first she had her heart on a girl, but now she doesn't seem to have a preference.
Speaking of babies... we are so lucky to have Jason home with us for 2 weeks after the baby comes. I am most excited about that. I'm sure he will get stir crazy and appreciate what it's like being a stay at home parent. But it will be fun for him to pick up kids from school, drop them off, take them to the Dr. & dentist, etc. As for doctors... I had an appt. yesterday, nothing has really changed. I have an ultrasound on Thursday to see how big the baby is & we're keeping our fingers crossed that they will induce me on Friday or Saturday.
James is obsessed with the Polar Express right now. Every night he asks if we can go on the Polar Express. We've done it for the last couple years. This year we plan on going to Disneyland for Christmas - so that means no Polar Express.

Paige in her get up all ready for the Polar Express... that won't be happening tonight.

For Labor Day we went to the Zoo with Jason. It was a nice treat to have him along. We only went for a few hours, but were glad for the train pass - I wasn't in the mood to climb a hill or pass out at the top. The train slows down enough to catch a glimpse of the lions & tigers, and rhino. We got out at the petting zoo, but were a little disappointed at the lack of animals to pet this time of year. Oh well... maybe next time.

Howdy Folks! My name is Paige. Welcome to the Phoenix Zoo... I'll be your host today.

James trying to reclaim his roots & find his true brothers & sisters in the monkey cage.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

is preschool ready for James Buchanan?

James starts preschool today!! Actually it was an open house/meet the teacher day. This is his first year flying solo (yeah!) He has done preschool at Miss Maren's Monkeys for the last 2 years and he has been so desperate since Paige started back up that I figured it was time for him to branch out on his own (actually I decided last year when he was driving me bonkers). He goes to an elementary school 3 days a week for 2 hours. The cool thing is our little friend Elle will be in his class as well. I've had her for 2 years of preschool, so he's got one friend ready made.

Mrs. Johnson has 24 years experience teaching preschool & so I think she will be able to handle my special blend of snakes, snails & puppy dog tails - that we lovingly call James. She does have 25 kids to contend with so my hat is off to her. I only have 6 this year and I'm just about spent.