happy 2010 friends! tonight we were not quite sure if we would be awake to ring in the new year...but we made it. tonight as we held sweet 10 day old braxton, i was reminded of what a long way our little family has come. when bryce was 10 days old he was miserable with reflux. crying in pain...losing weight...he was an adorable and precious blessing...but surely high maintenance. i had no clue what i was doing, neither of us did. we learned each day how to take care of a baby, we learned how to love unconditionally, we learned patience and we learned the directness of God's miracles. when brody was 10 days old we were stuck in houston still dealing with the aftermath of the hurricane. on his 10th day his surgery was cancelled and once again we saw God's miracles as the doctors found a way to get him home and get treatment for him in San Antonio. we were not able to hold him and love on him. he was covered in tubes and wires and billi blankets...locked in the warmer where we could not even touch him without gloves on. and now on braxtons 10th day we are blessed with this chubby little man that is perfect in every way. he is mild tempered, he eats well, sleeps well and poops well. he is truly the perfect addition to our family and has naturally completed us. now bryce is 4 and continues to teach us patience and love. he is brilliant and passionate and the best big brother in the world. brody is 15 months and is a daily reminder of miracles. he is the happiest man that ever lived, so filled with love and more smiles than you could ever imagine. i am so anxious to see our family at this time next year. our marriage has grown better and better with each day and with each obstacle and with every moment that passes. 2009 was such a special year...our family dynamic continues to change with each season and i pray to be this blessed through 2010.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Braxton Lee is doing great! He had his 1 week old photo session today with Mustard Seed Photography and as you can see...he is totally precious! I just love that little old man look that newborns have :) He had his first doctors visit yesterday and everything is perfect. He is already at 8lbs, which exceeds his birth weight, so we are all good! Looks like we may have another chubber bubber on our hands! The boys are all adjusting well. Bryce is way way way into this little guy. He has already fed him several times and loves it when it is his turn to hold him. Brody still has no interest at all and it still playing with his gazillion new toys he got for Christmas and could care less about the new blob that has moved in. Maybe he is just in denial haha.
Posted by misty mac at 5:22 PM
Monday, December 28, 2009
Wow. The past 11 days have been absolutely filled with excitement, love, friends, family, emotions and events! The boys Christmas program at school was amazing and fun. My ultrasound that afternoon showed that Braxton was weighing in at approximately 8lbs10oz and my Doctor wanted me to come back on Monday morning. My dad got here Friday, which was so exciting for everyone. Him and I were able to get his last minute shopping done and he was able to get some good quality time in with the soon to be big brothers :)Monday morning I had my appointment where my doctor informed that Braxton would be on his way out the "door" any minute....
So that night around midnight I really started feeling crazy. The contractions were picking up and I just had this weirdo anxious feeling going on. So Justin and I packed up and headed to the hospital. When we got there my contractions were about 3 minutes apart and things were starting to move along. At about 5am everything slowed down a little bit so they give me a dose of pitocin and precious baby brother showed up at 1:46pm. Birth coaches Justin, Kelly and Dena helped me welcome 7lb14oz 20in long Braxton Lee McElhannon into this world. It was such a beautiful and fun (literally) time. We spent the time before I began to push laughing and joking and giving each other a hard time. It was such a perfect birthing experience and I am so glad 3 of my favorite people were able to be a part of it. My dad held down the fort with the big kids...they spent 90% of the 2 days I was in the hospital over at Bass Pro Shop "camping, fishing and having man time"! It was different to do this without my mom, she always really took control of those types of situations and made me feel extra comfortable while making sure each doctor and nurse was getting her paychecks worth of work :) I missed her terribly, but definitely felt her presence and for sure felt her warmth as we dedicated his middle name to her. The next few hours after his delivery were pretty excruciating...this was the time that we waited for the doctor to come in and tell us everything that was wrong with him. He was making some weird noises and not crying like they wanted him to so they whisked him over to the NICU. I nearly lost my mind just hearing that word. Just seeing the nurse come to transfer him literally made me lose my lunch. I was trying to be strong and trust in the Lords plan for him...but I just did not think I could handle another ounce of scary news regarding one of our childrens health. Thankfully TWELVE HOURS LATER (now let me tell how quickly that time went by...yeah RIGHT!) we were informed that Brax Man was all good and that the tests showed it was sinply reflux that we would be dealing with. Our family was blessed to come home Christmas Eve morning and spend the most precious day of the year with all of our 3 handsome babies. I was able to make Christmas dinner for us and my dad and we even spent Sunday at the River House with my entire family. Braxton is now 6 days old and doing great. He is perfect and very loved! We will have his first visit to see Dr. Holcomb this afternoon...so look for more updates soon! Thank you all for your support and love during this pregnancy. I cannot even tell you all how thankful and happy I am to not be pregnant anymore...I can totally see my feet now...my belly button is beginning to reform itself and I can actually sleep. I know it sounds crazy since I have a newborn, but he has been such a dream and I am sleeping double the amount as I was when he lived in me! I promise to take and post more and more pics ASAP.....here are a few.
Little Brax Man on his way home Christmas Eve!!
Waiting for Santa
Santa Came!! Notice my beautiful decorated tree...Three very special ladies made that possible. Since our ornaments we had are not going to be returned, my dear friends wanted me to have a beautiful tree and made it happen. I will let you know when Dena's decorating business is open :)
Justin, Pop Pop and Bryce made Santa a special gingerbread house on Christmas Eve...but poor Santa never got to take a bite! Bryce went ahead and finished it off :)
Cookies and Milk and other treats from the boys!
Brody had so much fun opening presents!
Just look at their little faces!
Sweet brothers. I love them so much.
Big brother Bryce went to visit Brody at his school Christmas party.
Bryce was just the star of the show at his special Christmas program!
Posted by misty mac at 9:31 AM
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I went to the Dr. yesterday for my hopeful induction...but was sent home. I am now dilated to 5cm and 80% effaced (yes this is pretty much considered active labor) however, she really wants me to go in on my own. She prefers not to induce her patients when possible. I am pretty ready...but its up to him now. She says it will go very FAST when it does happen...so I hope I make it to the hospital. I go in again tomorrow to check his size...because she thinks he is just going to be big (another reason I feel she should induce me...but again that is not up for me to decide!).
Posted by misty mac at 2:21 PM
Monday, December 14, 2009
So I am still pregnant. All these contractions are just fakers and although I have progressed in dilation/effacement, my doctor has not yet found it necessary to induce. I have my next appointment tomorrow morning at 9:30 to "discuss my progression and inducing" but she is pretty hardcore so we will just see....She initially thought she would not let me go past the 15th of this month because she felt he was a biggie...so my heart was really set on this date. However, God has this all planned out and it has nothing to do with what she or I think. I just need to learn to accept that :) I almost lost my mind on Friday night...I was aching and hurting...I was having contractions like crazy (but of course not consistent, just totally annoying and PAINFUL)! I was emotional, erratic, borderline psychotic. SO I got out the trusty Bible and began to look for scripture that was focused on patience. But what I ended up thinking was much better than that. I know it sounds a little over the top BUT what really calmed me down and kinda put me in check is the reminder that Mary carried Jesus (HELLO our Lord and SAVIOR) on a DONKEY!!! She had him in a strangers BARN on a bale of flippin HAY!!! She was carrying the son of GOD...um kinda a big deal. Probably scary...not even to mention I really doubt she got an epidural!!So, that is what helped me mellow myself and get over myself. I am 38 weeks pregnant (the length of a leek...whatEVER) and some women carry babies up to 42 weeks. What makes me think I am entitled to have mine early just because my other two checked out of hotel misty 3and 4 weeks ahead of time? These contractions hurt like H, but its not the end of the world. A little pain now is nothing compared to the beautiful gift that I am about to receive and that I can treasure and love the rest of my life! Okay enough crazy pregnant lady talk...
Last Thursday I took Bryce into the ENT. I was concerned about his hearing and I was right on. He has major hearing loss in his right ear and minimal in his left. We have him on some meds right now that we are praying will clear the issues before the dr. has to consider re-inserting tubes or other surgery. We will not go back for a couple of months...so in the mean time please pray that these meds clear things up.
We had a busy weekend full of Christmas cheer. A fun family party with great friends and yummy food on Saturday night and Justin's work party on Sunday. Both were a blast. Here are some pics from Sunday...
The big man asked for some pretty cool stuff...number one on the list Golf Clubs...number two on the list a Blue Fish!
It took almost 30 minutes for him to decide what he wanted painted on his face. I think he made a great choice :)
Posted by misty mac at 9:12 PM
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Yes it DID snow today! I thought we may all die of the anticipation this morning...but the snow finally came around noon. Bryce didn't even have his pants all the way pulled up before he was out the door! It didn't last long of course, but we enjoyed it either way. We came in and had some hot chocolate and I put on The Grinch to make it feel more Christmasy :)
Update on Brody: He had his big ECI evaluation on Wednesday morning and...drumrolll please...developmentally he is at the stage of 11-12 months which is AMAZING!!!!! Super incredibly awesomely too exciting for words amazing! Statistically he should be at around 6 months. He will turn 15 months on the 11th of December and we are just so proud of our little go-getter!
Baby Braxton news....he is getting ready. Contractions are happening more frequently, just not too consistent yet. In the past I "just know" when its time...and I know its not time today...but it will be very soon! We will see if I make it too my next appointment on Wednesday.
A little bit of sad news...our box of Christmas ornaments was accidentally left at the house in Valentine Ranch and the people there now are not being very friendly about letting us get it. I am very sad to say that I may have lost every ornament I have ever had. All the special ones Bryce has made for me, our personalized ones for our first home and from our wedding, and worst of all...everything my mom passed down to me last year. As of now our tree is bare...somehow the star ended up in a different box, so we have white lights on it and a star on top. I know we will make new memories and will eventually fill our tree with love again, but at this time it is pretty depressing to know that so many precious things are gone. I am really just not thinking about it because it makes me lose my mind. Its also a reminder that this season is not about ornaments or trees or Santa (which speaking of that we DID take the kids to see Santa yesterday at Bass Pro and it was SOOO fun) or presents or any of that. This is the time to celebrate Jesus and I don't think he cares if I have ornaments on my tree. He loves us so so so much and knowing that is enough to make any sad mood better!
Posted by misty mac at 11:07 AM
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Posted by misty mac at 2:43 PM
Friday, November 27, 2009
Ok...me and the rest of the crazies have had our day. Our special day where we can go nuts and spend that special little envelope of money we have been sneaking money into all year! The day where it is totally appropriate to study store ads like you would study for college finals. The day when you make friends in line at the store, wear pajamas out of your house to shop and realize that at any moment you could be killed over a toaster. Its Black Friday people...and I flipping love it. This year we went to Old Navy ON actual Thanksgiving day...totally worth it. Our bellies were as full as our carts and the deals were hot. We went to bed at 9:30pm so that we could wake up at 2am to make sure we were in line at Kohls by no later than 3am. This is not a joke and when I say "we" I mean me and Justin. Yes...he loves me. The adrenaline was a pumpin' and we met so many fun people in line. Other crazies like us who consider this "normal"....its not really about the great deals (although obviously that is important lol)...its more than that...its just an experience, a rush, a tradition! So this year Kohls was our only place to go since I am pretty much done with everything else...so we were back in bed by 4:30am. And my precious and adorable husband was up and at work for the 8:30am meeting. Bryce and Brody were here with my dad and never even heard us leave or come home. My dad (who is my hero) took Bryce to the river house until Sunday morning so its just me and Brody for the next few days! Brody and I slept most of the morning and then headed back out to spend my last few dollars. It was pretty scary/crazy out there this afternoon. It confirmed my decision that middle of the night Black Friday shopping is TOTALLY worth it!
Posted by misty mac at 2:21 PM
Monday, November 23, 2009
My little memo board area (clearly I recently discovered Mod Podge!!)
Our little temporary Christmas section...just until I can convince Justin its not too early to put up the tree!!
Posted by misty mac at 9:18 PM
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Brax is now the size of a cantaloupe. Gross, I don't like those at all and that just sounds too big to be in my body. I am not feeling awesome...although I am not fully miserable. It is just getting to the end here and my body is over it. His room is still in progress...tomorrow is supposed to be the day we finish it up...but we will see about that.
In other news...all the kids Christmas presents are purchased and wrapped! I wanted to go ahead and get this out of the way and I have to admit I am pretty proud of myself. I have a few things hiding at a neighbors house...but other than that we are all wrapped up! We will still do our annual Black Friday shopping...but we are mostly going to get each others gifts and other family members/friends. We will leave the house a little earlier than normal this time though...Old Navy is opening at 3am! I am praying that people will be nice to me this year since I am going to pretty much be carrying a watermelon under my shirt...but we will see. This is the first time we have done this where I am not going to have coffee, so it could possibly be a total bust lol.
We are anxious to see some family for Thanksgiving and I am mostly just excited that I am not cooking this year. I plan on sitting my pregnant self on the floor and watching the parade with the kids until the dinner bell rings!
Here are some pictures of some cuteness of the week!
Brody got a new hat!
Posted by misty mac at 7:41 PM
Thursday, November 12, 2009
YUMMY! Baby Braxton Lee (33 weeks) is now the size of a pineapple...which just so happens to be one of my most favorite things! Doctors appointment today went great (other than the fact that the nurse insisted on writing down my weight in front of me....there is NO reason that my eyeballs should ever see number that big associated with my body)!!!
Obviously there are no pics of Brax's room yet, and this is because I am lazy. Well not totally lazy...but after chores around here...running around after the two crazies + the other crazy (that is justin)...subbing at preschool...nursey...AWANAS...MOPS...trampoline time (dont worry I am not getting on there)...feeding all these crazies....and etc. of course, well I have just not found the time to walk in there with my camera. For some reason that seems exhausting. I do have to say its looking pretty darn cute though, AND its so amazingly fun to go through Brody's box of clothes he has grown out of. I am anxious to put another little baby butt in all the super cute fleece pants he had!
We celebrated Justin's 27th birthday this week. I made a butter cake with peanut butter frosting and a chocolate glaze for the top and even frosted a toyota symbol on top so we could take it to his work! The boys made a big posterboard with their hand prints all over it and we successfully embarrassed the patooty out of him at his office! Mission accomplished :) The day after we celebrated our wedding anniversary! I am a lucky little lady to have such a precious husband. He surprised me that morning with a Movado watch and then a home cooked meal when me and the boys got home from Awanas. I always thought that our wedding day was going to be our most special memory of our love...that exchanging our vows was the most precious moments...but I have come to realize that is living our vows that has been a million times more special. Living up to those promises that we made in front of our loved ones and sharing our lives together...man its been good.
the beginning of our family
the day we made the promise
i really love this guy
Posted by misty mac at 5:56 PM
Friday, November 6, 2009
I have been a slacker on the blog updates lately! I am getting pretty gigantic over here and this nice weather has given the boys extra super large doses of energy...so we have just been running around like crazies. Tuesday night sometime my car was broken into, Justins birthday presents...some Christmas presents for Brody...a bag of maternity clothes...and a southern living platter were taken out of the back. I am sending up a special prayer for the person who did this to our family. Our house keys were also stolen so we had to have all the locks changed today. Other than that, I have just been working on Baby Braxton's room and starting to prepare myself mentally for the new addition to our family. Somehow I have managed to go the past 8 months without really thinking about being pregnant haha and it is all beginning to become a little more "real"!! Pictures of his room will be posted soon...maybe even tonight :)
Posted by misty mac at 12:38 PM
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Photo thanks to Mustard Seed Photography
The Superhero Crew (aka Bryce and his Bffs)
Posted by misty mac at 12:45 PM