Tuesday, August 12, 2014

We have a little boy!!

I am busy and tired and completely in love. 

Declan Elliott James L. was born on August 3rd at 10:28pm after 16 hours of labor!  He was 8 lbs even and 20 inches long. 

I was scheduled to be induced on Monday morning, but woke up Sunday at 6:30 and realized I was having contractions about 3 minutes apart.  We got to the hospital around noon and ended up reading our books most of the afternoon.  It was a slow, easy labor, but super fast and intense at the end.  He was born after only 3 pushes!  Daddy was awesome the whole time. 

Declan was fussy and whiny the first few days which was really scary for me, but the day my milk came in he settled right down.  He's apparently a lot like Daddy and was just hungry! 

He's here!

Ready to go home!

My four babies!

Sucking his thumb

My precious little guy

Friday, July 25, 2014

2014 Rabbit Update!

The sad news first.  Some idiot neighbor let their dogs run free and they attacked and killed our sweet buck, Captain Jack.  It was just sickening. 

Our Jack
Nicholas came home and started working on a fence.  We now have all of our rabbit hutches inside a fence and we reenforced all the cages as well. 

An update on all our rabbits now:


This is Jack's last litter.  Aren't they a great selection of colors!  We decided to save one buck out of these. 

This is Jack's son.  We're going to keep him around - isn't he handsome?  We are calling him Gimli.  It just seemed to fit.  He is mostly New Zealand with a little Dutch thrown in. 

This is Gimli's mom, Dulci.  She is the sweetest and well mannered doe!  She is a NZ/Dutch mix.  

This is Rosette.  She is also a NZ/Dutch mix.  She was pregnant when Jack was killed, but none of her kits made it.  But it was her first kindle and that is common.  

This is Rosette's sister and litter mate, Suzette.  You can see the Dutch more in her.  She was also bred before Jack's death but didn't take.  It's possible she miscarried due to the stress of the dog attack.  

And the newest additions!  Last week Mom brought home this handsome boy to "replace" Jack as our Senior Buck (Gimli as the younger one will be the Junior Buck). 
 
He is a 4 month old Satin and we named him Thorin.  Yeah, we went with the Hobbit/Lord of the Rings theme for the boys this time.  You should always give rabbits a break in the worst of the summer in breeding.  Pregnant does are susceptible to heat stroke and bucks are frequently infertile in the heat.  So by the time the weather breaks he will be old enough for breeding. 

And today she brought home this little sweetie:
 

 This is Snickerdoodle.  She is a baby Flemish/Rex mix.  She's actually much younger then we thought, just old enough to leave mama.  We would have preferred for her to stay with mama longer, but the seller was ready to send her on.  She has all of the rabbits around her and lots of straw to burrow in.  She seems active and healthy.  And it looks like she may end up being Claire's special pet.  We told her she could keep one of her choice and she saw Snickerdoodle and adored her.  And she picked the name after her favorite cookie and her colors are cinnamon and sugar!  :)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fiona's 18 month and pregnancy update!

And my baby Fiona is 18 months old!  When did that happen?

She's finally walking!  They say not to worry until a child is 18 months and not walking and my stubborn little girl waiting until 17 1/2 months to finally decide she was ready. 
 
She is full of cheesy grins when she sees a camera lately! 
 
Walking with Daddy

At the park!
Sisters!  I love that they practically have the same expressions on their faces!
 
33 1/2 weeks pregnant me with Fiona
 Yes, that's me!  I feel huge and uncomfortable and hot.  I've started weekly visits at the chiropractor.  I was experiencing a lot of hip and sciatic pain and my midwife recommended it.  The chiropractor said she can tell how I hold Fiona.  My hip is cocked from holding her on my left hip all the time - but hey, she couldn't walk!  The adjustments are helping and she has me icing my back at least 3 times a day and I have to say that if giving me a lot of relief.  I am measuring large.  At my 32 week appointment I measured 34 weeks!  And I usually measure small once I go into the 3rd trimester so I have an ultrasound at 36 weeks to check up on him and see how big he looks.  I just keep remembering that Fiona was born at 38 1/2 weeks so I may only have a month or so to go!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Claire is now 8!

I just can't believe my baby is 8 years old.  How does the time go so quickly? 

She had a fun birthday!  Her birthday was on Friday and we took a picnic to the park and they got to play in the creek.

She said she was an explorer!

Treasures from the creek.

Fiona thought the water was awesome!

Water fun!

Then on Saturday we had a ball at The Fun Factory, including the inflatable slide, mini golf, video games, air hockey, bumper cars, go-karts and more!  Claire requested it as her birthday present.  :) 

My golfer.

So big!  (And so hard to take pictures in the dim florescent lighting!)

Go-Karts with Daddy were her favorite part!

Chandler waiting his turn.

Fiona walking!  Eek!

Then we hurried home to prepare for family coming over for dinner - tacos, of course - and dessert.  

We went simple this year - Claire requested Chocolate Eclair Cake!

The fam.

My Claire with an amazing missing teeth smile.  :)

We have a very happy 8 year old! 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Athena

We found Athena under the bedroom couch this morning.  She had passed away sometime during the night.  She was our first baby.  I brought her home before we were even married and Daddy adored her from the moment he saw the little kitten come out from behind me.  She was always sweet and a total lap cat.  One of the few cats that I have known to come when her name was called!  When Claire was a little baby she pulled Athena's fur and Athena turned and bit ME!  :)  She always understood that they were babies and while they weren't her favorites she was always good with them.  She was 13 years old and was definitely getting elderly in the last year, but was still eager for a lap snuggle whenever we finally sat down in the evening.  She was a part of our lives for a very long time and she will be missed dearly. 

Athena at 4 years old



Friday, May 30, 2014

Colorful Bunnies



Dulci's babies are growing up!  I love how colorful her kindle is - every one is a different color.  We have a black one, white one, a broken black like Captain Jack, a brown one and a pretty fawn colored one.  So cute!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Family Day

We are in the middle of rearranging all of us in the bedrooms in our house to make room for the new baby, but we took time away from our messy house to head up the mountain with a picnic and to play in the river.  We had so much fun and all the kids loved it - even Fiona.  Then we went up to the waterfall which is always fun!

At the river!

Playing on the rock in the middle of the river.

Fiona loved the water even though it was cold!

"But Daddy!  I want to dive in!"

Mischievous

Waterfall!

Claire said they were exploring and Chandler said he just saw a lion!

The whole family!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Bunnies!


It's our first kindle since the dog attack!  Five precious, little wigglers in the nest!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Guess What?

This little boy wants to wave hello!






He's hoping to join us in the beginning of August!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Fiona's Belated 1st Birthday

I can't believe our Fiona is 1 year old!  Due to sickness it took us a while to get her birthday done, but she needed to have her first cake!

My big 1 year old!

Yummy carrot cake

She loved getting sung to!

Happy girl with yummy cake all over her face!

Presents!

Smiley girl!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

No more sickness!

Life has been crazy!

Christmas busyness and then starting on Christmas day my grandmother started not feeling well.  After several days she ended up in the hospital and spent a week there. 

Then we have been sick one after another. 

Grrr.

Add co-op beginning of the semester craziness and I barely had time to breath!

Hoping life can get back to normal!

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Weekend of Devastation

This weekend a pack of dogs came into our backyard, ripped open our hutches and killed all of our rabbits.  Captain Jack was our only survivor. 

Six breeding does, one proven buck and seven baby kits were all over our yard.  Including my children's special pets.  We have all been crying.  I just kept walking in circles all day.  I couldn't focus on a thing.  Our poor bunnies. 

The animal control officer is coming today and will look at the damage.  If we can figure out who the owners are we may be able to get reimbursed monetarily.  But that won't really replace them.  And we need to repair all the cages. 

Daddy spent all day yesterday re-enforcing the chicken coop and run and we put Jack's hutch inside the chicken run.  If the dogs come back we don't want our chickens hurt too!  We are figuring out the best way to keep the bunnies safe when we start building our rabbitry back up.  Stronger cages and a fenced in area to keep them is the current plan.  But I just can't stop thinking about our poor bunnies last moments.  They didn't deserve that.


Chai

Innocent Babies

Susan

Mrs. Sugarfoot and babies

Ginger our sweet Flemish Giant