Ashton Garrett Flagan was born on 8/9/10 at 9:16pm weighing 7lbs 14oz and 20 inches long. He is also quite obedient because this was the exact day I had said would be the perfect day for him to come! My doctor had been out of town the week prior and I really wanted her to deliver him. Now the details:
I had been 5cm for over a week and at my2:00pmDoctor Appt, she thought she broke the first layer of my bag of water, so she sent me right over to labor and delivery. I had a feeling that was going to happen, so we had all the bags in the car. My mom had driven me to the appointment and Adam met us at the hospital. Once I got there my contractions started coming every 2-7 min, but at5:30pmI was still 5cm. I also realized that I had been having contractions for quite some time.... they just didn't hurt so I had figured it was just him stretching..... After receiving an epidural, Dr Files broke my water (the rest?) and that was all it took, I progressed to 8cm in an hour and then they actually had to slow my contractions down. I had him atafter 6 pushes. We used a mirror this time and I really think that helped me with my pushes. I also am really excited to say that breastfeeding is going GREAT this time around (for those of you that knew my issues on nursing Madison).
Here are some of our favorite pictures from Ashton's first week.
Ok, so I admit it, I am not the best at blogging, but I am trying!! My excuse - I have been 3-4cm dialated for the last week and a half!! Talk about lighting a fire under you to get everything on your "To Do" list done! As of my last appointment, I was 3-4cm and 60-70% effaced.... so literally any day now!
So to catch up....
A few weeks ago we had our maternity shoot with the fabulous Sarah of Maddie Dean Photography. Here are few of our favorites.
Have one exactly like this when we were pregnant with Madison.
We took one just like this when we were pregnant with Madison, minus her hands of course.
Last weekend our wonderful friends threw us a couples baby shower, here are some pictures of that. I love that they were able to match everything with his bedding!! We had a great time and thank you Traci, Laura, and Elen so much!!
Cupcakes are courtesy of Erin Sholl, she is starting a baking business.... I highly recommend her!
Madison and Clara getting themselves into trouble..... already!
And now it's time for the belly picture...... wow this post has a lot of pictures! I am standing and holding my belly awkwardly because Adam told me you all needed the full effect..... yes I am huge!
And finally.... MOMMY IS HERE! She drove down 2 weeks ago with my Aunt Debbie and cousin Marissa. My Dad should be following in a few weeks once he wraps everything up in PA. She has really been a huge help with Madison, especially since I can't run after her or get on the floor like I could a few weeks ago.... well I can get on the floor.... but then getting up is tricky.
And final picture.... the double stroller is all ready to go!
We also took a family trip to Brazos Bend State Park this past Monday. It seems like a great state park, lots of trails, they even had one especially for my pregnant butt... that was only 0.5 a mile long!
The item of interest in the picture above is the thing sticking up in the center of the photograph. This is where Adam says "Look at that little guy!" Then the "little guy" splashes.... and it is not so little... and Lindsay's pregnant butt RUNS pushing stroller. It was motherly instinct... no alligator is eating my babies ;-) !!
Also this week, Laura and I's new website for Polished Wedding Planning LLC launched! We love it! Check it out: www.polishedweddingplanning.com
That's all for now!! I'm ready for this baby to come out!!
So as I have mentioned many many times before, Madison is really enjoying swim class at Summer's Swim Academy. Here are some video clips from her latest lesson (click on each "Part" to see the clip on YouTube)! Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
It's officially summertime here in Texas! This means 90s..... everyday! What the heck was I thinking having this time of year be my 3rd trimester!!!???!!!
Ok - here's the 29 week picture.... I know, I know, I have already submitted it to Sports Illustrated
Madison is doing great in swim classes so far. She seems to really trust her teacher and they have even put her face in the water quite a few times now and she hasn't cried or come up choking and gagging....yet.
While the weather isn't in the 100s yet, we are still trying to get outside as much as possible. Madison has many interests.... she likes playing in the dirt:
And then being a ballerina (ignore Adam bending over):
But most of all, LOVES the water!
Today Madison also "graduated" from her gymnastics class at The Little Gym. Her Daddy took a long lunch and came to watch the tricks she has learned and to see her get her ribbon. She was SOOO excited to have Daddy there!
Ok, so I really have been neglecting this blog the last few weeks..... Everything is fine, I promise, we just have been really busy!
First for some updated belly pics! How did I get to be 28 weeks pregnant already???
Let's see where to start..... Over the last few weeks my wedding planning business became an LLC and I also partnered with family friend Laura Hearon. We are currently revamping our website, updating our packages and pricing, and are looking into other marketing avenues to expand the business. Very exciting!
I also took on a new business! I am the Publisher Mom for Macaroni Kid - League City/ Clear Lake. I basically compile all the local activities in the area and send out a weekly e-newsletter letting parents know what is going on. I also spotlight local family and kid friendly businesses. I am just about to start looking for advertisers on the site. Those that know moms in the area, please invite them to subscribe! To check out what I have done so far: Macaroni Kid - League City/Clear Lake
We have been working hard on getting Baby #2's (we already have an name, but Adam wants to try to keep it a secret... some of you know it... so ssssh!!) nursery ready. Here is a progression of pictures (so glad to be rid of that awful yellow paint!):
That's about where we are right now with the room.... still a lot to do, but definitely a good start. As you can tell the colors are sage green and brown and it is a monkey theme! Because he is moving around so much inside of me these days and I feel like he is ready to jump out at any second (seriously there is some major Kung Foo going on in there), I really wanted to get a lot of the shopping and big stuff done as soon as possible!
In the meantime, Madison has been enjoying our pool...... she starts a little more intense swim classes tomorrow where she will actually be learning to swim underwater..... hopefully watching all of this occur does not send me into premature labor! Adam will be in the water with her for class though. We will be going every Tuesday and Thursday. She just loves the water too much, and with the pool in our backyard, we really had to get serious about her learning to swim.... I am just going to have a hard time watching them dunk my baby!!
Finally our garden is coming along nicely.... we have already harvested some broccoli and have quite a few tomatoes starting to form. The corn is actually growing too!!
I promise no more blog neglect for this long again!!
For those that have been asking, we do have registries set up at Babies R Us and Amazon.com for Baby #2. Both have pretty much the same things, although Amazon.com will be generally cheaper! Thank you for thinking of us!