Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Just a quick little post about my precious #2 child...she actually went #2 in the big girl potty last week! Leighton really cracks us up. For months we would ask her if she wanted to sit on the big girl potty like Logan and she was always adamant in her response, "NO!". Then about a month ago she decided she wanted to sit on the potty so we of course encouraged this. With me being huge and pregnant, I didn't want to push the potty training, but we don't want to discourage it either. So, she has been sitting on the toilet for about a month now but not doing anything of course. She just wants to sit there for a second and then insists on being wiped and flushing the toilet. She has to wave bye to the disappearing water as well before washing our hands. So, she essentially has been going through the entire process, except for actually using the restroom. Well, a little over a week ago she looked like she was getting ready to poop so we asked her if she wanted to sit on the potty and she did. Brian took her to the bathroom and she actually pooped! We couldn't believe it. So, I of course had to get a couple pictures of this milestone.

She was so proud of herself...it was hilarious!

The next day she found some Minnie Mouse panties that her Mimi bought and wanted to wear them too. So funny.

Needless to say, she has yet to do it anymore but I am confident it will only be a matter of time. I just love this kid so much!!! She is definitely a special #2!!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Two very special guys!

We have to send out a special shout out/thank you to two very special guys...Uncle Matt and Grandad.

After my mom left to go home my brother Matt came to help me with the girls and everyday stuff for a week. Needless to say, Logan & Leighton absolutely loved their time with their Uncle Matt. He would get up with them every morning and get them ready for the day as well as keep them entertained. The girls were definitely sad to see him go. Thank you for everything Matt, you were amazing and such a huge help!

Matt with his three girls.

He definitely got his workout throwing the girls around and playing.
They sure love their Uncle Matt!Since I wasn't supposed to drive for 2 weeks after the c-section or pick up either of the big girls, my family fortunately split up their visits to help me out. After Matt left, my wonderful dad came to help out. Thank you doesn't even cover how appreciative we are for all my dad did for us. From taking care of the older girls so I could get some rest, installing a dishwasher, reattaching our kitchen cabinets, doing laundry and dishes, to driving us around...there was no shortage of things for him to do. Dad, you were such a huge help and we all loved having you here. Thank you so much for everything!
Grandad and Emory hit it off instantly.
Logan always keeps her eye on anyone holding Emory to make sure they are doing right.After a week with all these girls, I am sure dad was ready to get home to his quiet house.
I have such an amazing family and support system! I can't thank you guys enough for all your help and support...don't know how I would have made it through the last several weeks without you. I love you so much!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Emory's 1st week at home

We were allowed to take Emory home on Saturday, January 14th. Her breathing ended up being Transitional Tachypnea, which is relatively common in c-section babies and wasn't even an issue after her first day of life. However the jaundice of course kicked in just like the other two girls. They allowed us to take her home with a slightly elevated level at 10.4. We went back to the doctor on the following Monday and the doctor said she looked pretty good. She weighed 7 lbs, 1 oz. Since she was gaining weight nicely they didn't even do a bilirubin test but said we should bring her back on the following Thursday. At our return appointment they decided to do a test and it came back at 14.1, which meant we would have to keep a close eye on her and bring her back the following day for a recheck. (This just means lots of foot pricks.) By Thursday her weight was also up to 7 lbs 5 oz. Fortunately, the next day her bilirubin level was down to 13.7. With her steady weight gain and a leveled out bilirubin level their guess is that it is breast milk jaundice. If that is truly the case, we shouldn't have to check her back into the hospital for phototherapy like we did with the other two girls. So as of now, we are doing good but we have another follow up appointment tomorrow.

Here is Emory ready to head home from the hospital. In her car seat for the first time and you can definitely tell from her skin color that she is jaundice.One of the things mom did to distract the girls was paint the finger and toe nails.
As you can see they love this!
Mimi of course had to get her hugs in before heading back home.
Logan of course was so thrilled to have her new sister home. She tells me about 20 times a day, "Momma I love my new sister!" and the look on her face shows that she means it.
We were trying to get Emory to eat as much as possible (to poop out all those bilirubins) so Logan was thrilled she got to feed her a bottle. She had been talking about doing this for months.
I love her maternal instinct!Here is sweet Emory at 1 week.
Leighton is slowly coming around to the idea of having a baby sister. She at least will acknowledge she exists.
Even smiles at her every once and awhile and will give her little loves.
Insists on holding her multiple times a day.

And of course we have to show pictures from Emory's first bath.
Who doesn't like her first sponge bath??? Emory!
Finally snug and warm.One good thing about being jaundice...she looks very tan compared to her sisters!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hospital Visitors

Emory was blessed to have several visitors in the hospital. Mimi of course took every opportunity to come up and hold her newest granddaughter... Logan was always thrilled to see her new little sister and loved holding her.
This picture is worth a thousand words...Logan loving on Emory and Leighton trying to get away.We did finally get Leighton to acknowledge her new baby sister as we got her to point to all her facial features.Our friends and neighbors Ryan and Jacquelyn came by to see our newest addition.
Good friends Sean & Anna Lockwood stopped in to get their hands on our baby girl.
So nice to have such good friends and family!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Emory LeeAnn Cross has arrived!

Emory LeeAnn Cross is finally here! She arrived on Wednesday, January 11th at 8:02 am. She weighed 7 lbs, 3 oz and was 19 inches long. This was our first scheduled Cesarean, so things were a little different. After both Logan and Leighton had shoulder distosia (Leighton's was pretty severe) the doctor figured it would be best for everyone not to risk doing a regular delivery again. So, we were scheduled for 7:30 Wed. morning. We arrived at the hospital at 6:15, got checked in, and they were wheeling me back to the OR at 7:30. It all happened so fast, they gave me the spinal, Brian got suited up to join us, and we took this "we are ready to go" photo.

By 8:02 am, they had Emory out and were cutting the cord.
Babies are definitely a little goopy when they arrive!
And here was our first look at our precious little girl.They of course have to clean her up a bit and suck out all that nasty fluid.

And here is the ever so proud daddy! He just cant get enough of his little girls.
Emory is absolutely adorable! He mommy couldn't wait to meet her. They are right, these c-section babies are a lot less beaten up.

Definitely some proud parents! Just look at that face!

They of course had to get her a little more cleaned up and checked out before I could hold her more. I guess it is important that they get the mommy sewed up too.In the recovery room, I did get to hold her for a little longer.It truly is amazing the instant love you have for each and every baby! She had to hang out in the nursery for awhile before they gave her a bath. She seemed pretty content all sprawled out and relaxed.
While hanging out in the nursery, Mimi was able to bring up Logan and Leighton so they could see their new baby sister for the first time. They seem pretty proud!

They all just so happened to be in the hallway when they wheeled me by.
Poor Mimi definitely go her workout taking turns holding the girls up to see their baby.Emory finally got a good scrub down...She does clean up nicely!Once back in our room, the girls were excited to open up their gifts from Emory. Long story short, we did have a little bit of a stressful first day. Emory was having some rapid breathing so they felt it was best to keep her in the nursery for observation for several hours. I think this was hardest on me because I just wanted to get my hands on her. Finally at around 3:00 in the afternoon the doctor let them bring her to me so I could feed her. It made everything better once I could just see her and hold her. She is perfect and doing just fine...just a stressful morning.
Logan and Leighton finally got to meet her that night. Logan instantly wanted to hold her and love on her, while Leighton wasn't quite as excited. Leighton didn't really want much to do with her while Logan couldn't stay away. Leighton was more interested in the snacks available at the hospital.
Logan is so proud to be a big sister yet again!
One big happy family!Mimi was pretty thrilled to have a new granddaughter as well.

The next day she did get dressed up for her hospital photo shoot.

The girls were excited to come up the next day as well...Logan to see Emory and Leighton to get more snacks.It wasn't easy to even get Leighton to sit near the baby. Finally we got her to with Brian, but she definitely wanted her daddy to focus on her!
Brian and his girls.We are so thrilled Emory is here and so happy and healthy. We are definitely blessed and look forward to watching her grow along side her big sisters. Only fun exciting times ahead for us!