Sunday, October 16, 2011

Welcome Garrett Chael Eliason!

Born 9/22/11 at 6:22 am

8lbs 4oz 20.5 in

A little story of his birth...

I had a scheduled c/s for 9/22, so the day before we took advantage of being just a family of 3. We went to the breakfast then the Northwest Trek with out little girl. In the evening we dropped Baylee of with Grandma and Grandpa, and Derek and I had a little date night to ourselves.
During dinner I started having timeable, but not painful contractions. Didn't think much of it, went to bed as we had to be at the hospital at 5am. I woke up about 1:30 unable to sleep from the contractions, but they were only ever 6-7 minutes apart. I waited until we were supposed to be at the hospital anyhow, but by 4:45, my contractions were every 2 minutes, and PAINFUL! They gave me meds to try and stop it, but it didn't work, so my doc came in early, and our boy was born at 6:22 via c-section.

For those of you that know my struggle with finding the perfect name for our kid, we searched for months and considered all sorts of names. We decided the night before at dinner his middle name would be Garrett, in honor of Derek's grandpa Gary whose birthday was also 9/22. We thought more than likely we'd name him Kai, but had a list of other names just in case.

Once he was born we decided he was just not a Kai. So we went through our list, and slowly crossed off all the first names we had chose. We then move on to our previous middle name options. Chael was the only name we both thought "fit" him. So Chael Garrett it was! For about 3 minutes. We had second thoughts, so that was not a good thing. Derek and I looked at each other, why not Garrett? It felt so right, so that was it. He is our little Garrett.

These past 3 weeks have been tiring, challenging, rewarding, and awesome. Baylee loves her little brother and is very protective of him. It's taking some getting used to with 2 kids, but I love our little family. And for those of you wondering...we're not sure if this is it for us. But for right now, I'm just going to enjoy the time we have as a family of 4!

Getting ready for baby

The few weeks before baby boy was born, Derek and I were blessed with a couple showers from family and friends

Opening gifts at his parents

Celebrating with some amazing women from my mommy group...all of us are pregnant here! Lots more new babies on the way, so excited!

Baby boy's room with our new decor!

End of summer

Painting activities with friends

a tired little girl
coloring with her baby doll

very focused

feeding the birds at the zoo

Lots of time at the lake

Enjoying the sun, driving to the lake in mommy's yeep

and more lake time (yes, mommy misses the beach, so this is the next best thing!)

Fun at the fair

hanging out with family

Happy Birthday Baylee!

I can't believe how big my little girl is getting already! Seems like just yesterday she was born, but we've already made it through 2 years. We had another simply family and friends party at the house. It was a nice hot day, so the kids played outside in the sprinklers while the grown-ups visited inside.

Opening presents

Hanging out with friends
...and family

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Our summer so far

Playdates with friends

and picnics
Lake time

Backyard pool time

Went to her first rodeo...and cried when the calfs got roped!

Visited family in Eastern WA

Baseball games

Beach time

Silliness at breakfast
4th of July

more swim time!

and camping

Thursday, April 28, 2011

First Haircut

We finally got around to getting Baylee's hair cut. Being that she was bald for so long, we really loved the bit she finally had. But it was really dry baby hair that just looked like a big raggedy mess, so it was time. We were going to take her to one of those cute kids shops, but after hearing their prices, it wasn't worth it for a cute shot in an airplane seat. So off to the gal who does my hair.

Both Baylee and the stylist did a wonderful job!

After all was said and done, she didn't come out with a whole new cut, but she finally looks a bit more, contained.