Friday, January 28, 2011

How we are doing with 4 little ones...

Well, you may all want to know that things around here are going pretty well. I have had my dad here to help out though and he leaves Sunday. Then I am by myself during the day. Check back with me then.
Drew has been going about 6 hours between feedings at night which is awesome. I usually feed her between 9 & 10 pm and I am in bed between 11 and 12. She then usually wakes up between 4 and 5 am to eat again. She is up during the day about every 4 hours and we have moved her up to eating 4 ounces. She seems to like to "cluster feed" in the evenings which is what (I think) is helping her to sleep for that 6-7 hour stretch during the night.
Her doctor put her on Zantac which has helped a lot with her reflux.
We also switched her formula from Good Start to Enfamil. All my other kids did really well on the Good Start, but the doctor said that there is more sugar in the Good Start which could be part of what was contributing to her gas issues.
Whatever works and helps her to be more comfortable!
I'd pay $50 for a can of formula if it would stop her from having to deal with that awful gas pain!
I think she looks like Riley in this picture. Riley always fell asleep with her hands up like this.
Riley is still a crazy pony loving little girl in case you were worried. Here she has them all carefully lined up to watch a little tv with her. And if anyone dares to touch the ponies, they find themselves to be in big trouble!
Tripp lounging around watching his beloved Max and Ruby.
Drew with her eyes open!
Packed into the minivan! As I look at this, I see that it is about time that I move Cash and Riley to booster seats!
Grandpa Mike and Darin doing a little sewing.
Trying to get a shot of the 4 of them. Drew wasn't liking it too much though so I only got a couple.

We finally got some snow!!! We were very excited that we were finally able to put our boots and snow pants to good use!
We have a little hill in our backyard that was perfect for the kids to sled down. They had so much fun!
This picture cracks me up. Tripp reminded me of the little boy in Christmas Story that can barely move. He was stuffed into that snowsuit and his boots were a little big which made it a little hard for him to move around in all that snow. Here he has his arms up for Grandpa to pick him up. He also kept taking his gloves off all the time so we had to bring him in.
All 3 of them on the sled together.

Making our snowman.

My mom had gotten us a snowman kit a couple years ago that we had never used. That came in very handy and the kids loved it!

They played outside for almost 2 hours and were all worn out.
That didn't stop Riley from wanting to go out again after a little rest.
She even tried putting all her snow gear back on all by herself.
She is definitely one little girl who knows what she wants!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

January 6, 2011

It's Thursday, January 6, 2011.

We were up about 4 am to start getting ready to head to Overland Park Regional. My c-section was scheduled for 7:30 am and we were supposed to be there at 5:30 am.

Darin and my sister, Sarah were going with me. My mom was staying at home with Cash, Riley and Tripp. Here we are getting ready to go into the operating room. I was nervous even though I had done this twice before. I don't know anyone that wouldn't be. Surgery is never something you look forward to!

I was hoping that my sister could go in with us to see the birth of our 4th little one. My mom came in with us when I had Cash and Riley. My dad came in with us when we had Tripp. I guess they changed their rules and they would only allow one person to come in with me. Major bummer. I felt bad because Sarah was excited to go in, but we tried and they wouldn't budge. At least she was there and was the first person, besides me and Darin, to see her and hold her!

I like this picture. That doctor that is standing there, looking like he is just there to observe is actually holding up my belly. Dr. Maggie said she called in some extra help since I was so big, the baby was sitting so low and she wasn't sure how she would get under there to get to the baby. So that doctor is there strictly to hold up my enormous belly. Nice.

Darin was sure it was going to be a boy. I was sure it was going to be a girl.

Hopefully this is not too graphic for a blog! =) I took pictures in black and white so they wouldn't be quite so "detailed".

And its a girl!!!

Drew Elizabeth Johnson

9 lbs 12.4 oz

21 inches

Born at 7:56 am
In case you are wondering how we picked our her name...
We wanted all our kids to have a unique name (since our last name is Johnson), but not anything too crazy like Juice Johnson or something. Yes, Darin actually tried to pass that one by be when I was pregnant the first two times.
The name Drew was a name we both liked a lot and because it is typically a name used for a boy, we decided that was the one. Since Riley was a name that could be used for a boy or a girl, we wanted to stick with that "theme" I guess.
For our children's middle names we try to stick to family names.
We decided to use Elizabeth which is my sister's middle name.
So we had decided on Drew Elizabeth.
If she was a boy it would have been Brake James.
I know...that one seems as bad as Juice to some people, but the more you let it grow on you, the more you like it!
Brake Johnson.
I got it from the movie "The Missing" with Cate Blanchette and Tommy Lee Jones.
I love it.

Darin, Sarah, me (looking lovely, I know), one of my nurses and Dr. Maggie after my c-section.

Drew's first bath!

I finally got to sit up a little and hold Drew for the first time!

Riley holding her little sister for the first time.

Even though Cash cried because he wanted a baby brother, he was very excited to hold his new little sister!

Drew was definitely the most stylish baby in the nursery, or so the nurses and our pediatrician told us. My nurse told me that all the nurses in the nursery loved her and were excited when they saw her coming for a visit. That made me feel better of course...I knew she got some love while she was down there and away from us!

Darin taking Drew down for her last night in the nursery before we go home!

Her going home outfit!!!

The kids, my mom and my sister planned a welcome home party for us complete with cupcakes and mimosas! Riley did all the decorating by herself. I was thinking the blue cups were a little strange because my mom is very particular when it comes to her party planning. I was surprised that she didn't get pink cups or even green. She told me that she didn't get any cups because she didn't think we would need them. However, when Riley was decorating she noticed that there were no cups so she got some out of the pantry. Along with the salt and pepper which is obviously very important when you are having cupcakes. Pretty cute.
Strawberry lemonade cupcakes!
These are so cute. My mom and sister got us new parents champagne glasses! Very fun to drink our mimosas from!
Little Drew...home at last!!!