Sunday, February 28, 2010
I mean Luke is already 6 MONTHS OLD as of this past Friday!! I can't believe my little boy is 1/2 a year old!! I have to brag a little because I took him to Old Navy yesterday and about 6 people asked me if he was a baby model because they thought he was so dang cute!! He has grown a lot of hair lately and it curls at the top so he they say he looks like the Gerber baby.. I know, so cliche but I love it!
Anyway, just wanted to apologize to my 5 followers and promise that I will do much better starting in March when I get my computer all fixed up! Is fixed a word or is it just a word we use in TX? Oh well, it's my blog so I'm gonna use it even if it isn't!!! Love y'all and stay tuned for a lot of blogging/catching up to do!!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
So, I am trying to catch up to the present and I thought I would definitely have had it done by the end of January but it's February and here I am writing about Thanksgiving! This is the story of my life..always trying to catch up because I always have so much going on! I totally give props to all those working mamas out there who keep up with their blogging..Camila, KK, Linds (I'm counting Linds too even though she only works a couple of days a week because it's still bringing home a quarter of the bacon and I'm bringing home no bacon-just frying it for breakfast occasionally.)
Ok, back to Thanksgiving in Round Rock, TX with the Price Family!! So, for those of you who do not know, I am adopted. No I'm not really adopted but kind of adopted by my step-dad, Ted Price, who is really my dad but we never made it "legal" just because Dustin and I could never agree when to do it and my mom wanted both of us to do it at the same time. So I am 1/2 Price at heart because that is who raised me..my mom and my step-dad. (There I go again, getting off subject.) I'm a Harden now so I guess it doesn't matter anymore..who cares about last names..family is so much deeper than that..right?
Thanksgiving in Round Rock was fabulous because everyone was there! I will name them in pictures later in the blog so you can put a face to a name! It was so good to see my Grandma even though she was VERY ready to get the heck out of there right when we were trying to take the family picture. Oh my, do I have some stories to tell you about Grandma but that will have to be another post. Very few of our family pictures ever turn out because there is always someone looking off, picking their nose, frowning, etc. Now we have babies involved so it has gotten much harder to actually get a good one!
Grandma kept trying to leave every time the picture was about to be taken so we were literally pushing on her legs so she would not take of running towards the door. She has dementia so she does some odd things and one of them is that when she is ready to go then she is READY TO GO. What can you do? When I am 85 years old I want to be able to to do what I want when I want too!
Mom cooked the best dressing I have every tasted in my life! It was moist but not too moist and had just the right amount of everything in it! She is the best cook I have ever met and I aspire to be as good as her one day even though I am sure it probably won't happen because I think she enjoys it much more than I do. She loved seeing her three grand babies all in one place and they LOVE her! Annika is the oldest at 16 months and if Nonna is around she does not care a thing about anyone else. It's hilarious because she just crawls around the house saying "Nonna, Nonna, Nonna", and then Nonna finds her and picks her up and then she's the happiest girl in the world. My sister-in-law and Annika's mom, Rebecca, took a photo shoot of Annika, Asher, and Luke and it was hilarious because Luke is the youngest and he could not focus on ANYTHING so he looks wall-eyed (is this a word?) in every picture!!
I wish we lived closer to my fam..maybe one day...
We also drove down to NB for a day to see Jeff's dad and his side of the family. We got to visit with and introduce Luke to his Memaw, Don, Aunt Linda, Aunt Cinda, Leslie, Brandi, and Kari. We had a great Thanksgiving and can't wait to have many many many more with our little boy LUKE!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
WHOA MOMMA! I was HUGE the day I went in to deliver baby Luke~ We joked about how disappointed I was going to be if he was a little baby...all that weight for nothing! Ha! Good thing he almost weighed 10 lbs!
First Picture Jeff took right after the c-section. Luke was literally born to "Beat It" by Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson was literally playing loudly during the entire surgery and my doctor was dancing when they wheeled me in. It did ease my mind a bit but for a moment I thought I was in a Seinfield episode.
Poor baby had fluid in his lungs so the doctors are trying to suction it out. Neither Jeff nor I got to hold him because he was immediately wheeled away to the NICU. We were so scared but we prayed and had faith that God was with him and that he would be okay.
Haley and Asher waiting to see Luke. Haley and her mom, Leslie, made us this cute wreath to hang on the door. How thoughtful! But no one got to see him that night and so many people came to the hospital and waited for hours! Thanks family and friends! WE love ya'll and appreciate all your love and support!
The first time that Jeff and I really got a good look at him and actually got to touch him. I was so happy to see he was doing well but we were still very worried. It broke our hearts to see him covered in wires and and IVs.
He is holding on to Jeff's finger. He loves his daddy already.
I had never seen Jeff in this "light" before and I have to say...when he held his son for the first time I fell in love with him all over again.
Erika and John Withers are some of our best friends and they came to the hospital a lot while we were there! She was one of the first people to hold Luke and now she is pregnant! She is due at the end of May and what a great mom she will be to sweet Avery!
Since Luke was in the NICU for 3 nights, we had to walk down and feed him every 2-3 hours. I was told to "pump" and try to get milk for the nurses to feed Luke. Let's just say every drop of colostrum was very valuable so Jeff would try to salvage as much as possible to take down to Luke. We felt so proud when we had something to take to the NICU even if it was only a few drops.
"YAY" Jeff says, "We have got a couple of drops!"
Every time anyone went to visit Luke in the NICU they had to wash their hands before going in. I hated walking through those doors because I wanted Luke to be at home instead of there so this picture is monumental in the fact that it lightened the situation when my brother, Dustin, came to see him. He splashed water all over his pants and of course I laughed like a 5th grader because it looked like he peed his pants. He was obviously a good sport about it. Love you Dustin.
Uncle Dustin holding Luke for the first time! I love the expression on Dustin's face...he is such a great dad to Asher and I know he is going to be a great uncle!
Aunt Haley and Luke! She was so excited to finally get to hold him!
Haley's parents, Jerry and Leslie Dunsmore, came to visit Luke in the NICU! We love the Dunsmores!
Baby Asher can't wait to meet his cousin....they are going to be best friends. How can they not when they are 3 months apart? Double Trouble is what we will call them..ha!
Our new addition to our little family! We are so proud..can you tell?
Aunt Rebecca came all the way from Austin to see Luke. It was perfect timing because he was released from the NICU right after they arrived!
4 day old baby Luke with Uncle Adam! Luke is so lucky to have 6 uncles!!!!
The first night Luke was able to spend in our hospital room. He seemed so content cuddled up to his daddy.
Lindy holding her first grandbaby. She held him for hours...so sweet.
Tootsie Roll Harden is sniffing out the new member of our family. I think she approves.
Uncle Josh and Aunt Kristy...looks like someone has baby fever..hahahahahha
Jen came almost every day to the hospital to see Luke and she finally got to hold him once we got home!
5 days old and what a big boy!
Linds was so excited to meet Luke and she is such a natural at caring for children that I know she is going to be a great mom!
I love this pic of Jess and Luke because they are matching and Jess looks so proud to be his aunt!
Erika bought him this peanut outfit and I love it because he looked like a peanut when we got our first sonogram but sorry to say this was the first and last time he got to wear it because he grew out of it!
6 days old...look at those lips. Pretty sure those are mine :)
Bridget is the best friend a girl to have! She gave us a playpen, breastpump, bassinett, monitors, bottles, clothes, pacifiers..etc! We could not have survived without her generosity and her parenting advice!
Lindsay, Jeff's cousin, and Aunt Carol made this shirts to wear to the hospital when Luke was born. Since he was in the NICU they decided to wear them to our house to meet him for the first time and I think they are ADORABLE! Kinley matches too..of course :)
One week old and sleeping like and angel.
Shari is a good family friend and came to meet Luke! She is ready for a grandbaby of her own..Hello Kristin and Garret :)
My dear friends from work came to see Luke and brought us lunch and dinner! Kecia, Robin, and Pat are my Gangsta Girls!
Robin holding Luke!
Pat and Luke!
Our little family (minus Toots)
I can't get over how long his arms and fingers are for such a young guy!
Nonna giving Luke a breath of fresh air!
This picture cracks me up because it's the first time Jeff unloaded the Diaper Genie and needless to say that smile is really one of shock becuase he could not believe how many diapers the little man went through in a week!
We are so blessed to have such amazing family and friends who sent us these beautiful flowers and gifts to the hospital!
Uncle Dustin and Asher come to visit Luke for the first time at our house. Luke is a little over a week old and Dustin always joked about him sleeping too much...I miss those days because now he never sleeps!
12 days old and he already has such a big personality!
The toes just keeping getting longer!
Megster and Luke! She is ready to be a mommy... HELLO BRAD GET THE BALL ROLLING! HA!
Luke peed on Jill as soon as she picked him up but it didn't phase her at all!
The cousins came to visit Luke! Chris and Cary with Luke at 12 days old!
Cousin David with Luke...such a natural :)
Kristi made dinner for us and we were so grateful! I couldn't cook for a long time.....
Could he get anymore relaxed?
Jeff wasn't too fond of these pj.s because he said they looked like a dress..
My friend and previous co-worker with Luke. Jessica is a Kindergarten teacher at NR and I don't how she does it everyday :)
Becca is a Trans-k teacher at NR and boy do we have some interesting stories to tell about my first year there! She loves Luke!
My best friend from Georgetown, Susan Gunn-Henson, with Luke! I have known her since 6th grade!
Jeff's friend, Jessie Pavelka, took time off his busy Hollywood schedule to come and meet Luke! He just became a dad himself to a healthy little boy! Congrats Jessie!
Jeff with Luke at 17 days old. He is getting the hang of parenting now and he is pretty darn good at. It took him a while to figure out how to hold him....
I'm finally starting to feeling normal now at almost 3 weeks post surgery! Now I can really enjoy being a mom!
Jeff's dad came to visit Luke and I have to say that he was so excited to meet his first grandson! 3 generations!
I love baby feet!
Bull and Inie came to visit all the way from East Texas! They were proud of their great-grandbaby!! I can't believe they have 4 great grandchildren now and Luke is the youngest!
Luke loves Bull and just kept staring at him!
Luke's little foot is bandaged because we had to go to the hospital for the rest of his blood work. We had a NEW nurse and he did not know what he was doing! He had to prick his heel twice and got blood everywhere..needless to say that Luke was not a happy camper and he let us know it. You could hear his screams down the hallway...
But look how content he is now...one of his favorite places to be.
20 days old with Aunt Haley! He loves his pacifier!
"What are you looking at?!?" -Luke
Me and Luke at 3 weeks old! I can't believe how fast time flys!
Handsome boy with blue eyes and blonde hair!
He is finally beginning to enjoy his baths at 3 weeks but he barely fit into the tub so we had to take out the whirlpool equipment..ha!
I went a little overboard and bought Luke 6 Halloween outfits to try on and he was not happy. As you can see we didn't even get the pants on because he was kicking and screaming like a little maniac!
Hello little man! Luke is 5 weeks old!
Mom, dad, Dustin, Haley, and Asher came to stay the weekend and we had a blast with the babies..despite the gas problem. Firemen stomping through my house was a first...
Luke sleeping between Nonna and Papa.
Awww, Nonna and Papa love their new grandbaby! Now they have two boys and one girl. Jeff and I need to have a girl to even things out a bit..but not for a while :)
Papa and Luke at 38 days old! The boy is getting big..still 100 percentile for weight and 98 percentile for height! Luke and Asher in Luke's crib. Asher loves to use Luke as a chew toy.
He can sit up now if you stick him in the corner of the couch and no..he is not REALLY daddy's wingman..or at least he better not be..HAHA!
This was the first time Luke wore shoes and he loved his "little man" outfit :)
Asher and Luke were arguing over who was going to get the most candy on Halloween..
The DeLaRosa family at the UNT Homecoming parade-Bridget, Jackson, Abe, and Tristan. What a good looking family!
Aunty E bought Luke his "first Halloween" outfit. She spoils him!
I LOVE YOU DADDY!
"Just chillin' in my favorite chair."-Luke
Halloween at the Dunsmore's!
"Ok, so this costume isn't so bad."-Luke
Haley, Asher, Leslie, me, and Luke waiting for trick-or-treaters. Halfway through the night we had to change their costumes. I think Luke had one more that we didn't get to so you will see him dressed as a scarecrow around Thanksgiving.
"Love me a bubble bath-just chilaxin."-Luke
Luke visiting Nanny for the first time!
She loves her great grandbabies!
Four generations of fun!
Luke visiting Papa Oscar for the first time and he is trying to throw up his Horns sign for him :)
Hook em' Papa O!
Jeff sleeping with Luke's horsey and Luke sleeping by himself...HA! Me, Jordan, and Luke at Jordan's birthday. Luke dressed up for her and wore khakis and a tie.
"Dad, you are always kissing on me..enough is enough.."-Luke
Luke still hates "tummy-time" but he is already 2 1/2 months old so he better learn to love it or he will never crawl!
Saray came all the way from Chicago to meet Luke!
Luke loves him some Saray!
My first "night out" with my girlfriends!
Jeff, Jerry, and Luke joking around outside of our casa.
Lindy's 60th birthday dinner-Josh, Kristy, Jerry, Jessica, Jeff, Luke and me!
Kecia and Luke visiting Robin at her new Art Studio!
"Well, Lindy..How you doin'?"-Luke
Luke is playing coy.
Sue's mom, Jackie, and Luke on Thanksgiving day! He is talking to his bear...that is the person he confides in most.
Sue, Cody, and Luke..now they have baby fever :)
Me and Sue!
We love and miss you Sue!
Luke and his bear taking a nap before the big Thanksgiving feast.