Thursday, August 14, 2014

One Month & Two Years

Yes…yes…I know…I’m sorry for the delay.  Let me give you a preview of my last month and hopefully you’ll understand (If you don’t, you’re heartless!).

Tessa Lee Wineinger

Yes!  That’s right!  She’s 1 month old.  Already.  I know.  

I’m sorry I made no formal introduction for her.  So here’s a bulleted list of all her wonderfulness:
  • She was born July 13, 2014 – planned C-section
  • She arrived at 2:12pm; 6 lb 13 oz. and 19 inches long.
  • The day was surreal.  I got up took a shower, got ready, took the dogs for a walk, we left for the hospital, made a few errands, and arrived and sat down in a room.  I changed my clothes, talked to a few people, they put an IV in my hand & then I headed into the operating room for the C-Section.We stayed in the hospital 3 days.  She slept in the room next to my bed every night AND I LOVED IT!  
  • Ruthie calls her “Baby Bessa.”  She gives her kisses and really awkward hugs and makes it her purpose to make sure Tess’s passie is always in.  
  • We call her our little piggy.  She was below her birth weight for only 3 days.  I’m almost positive she’s above 8 pounds already.  Maybe I'm just used to small babies, but I still think she's eating LOTS.
  • She has the most active hands and generally doesn't enjoy being swaddled or confined.  Her hands are usually up by her eyes or face.
  • She’s just about as laid back as Ruthie.  We are already up to a 6-hour stretch of sleep at night.  For a month old, I’m stoked! 
Ruthie May Wineinger

She’s growing like a weed!  She turned 2 on 8/9!  

We were at the doctor yesterday and she is perfectly healthy.  We weighs a whopping 23 lbs.  I know a hand-full of kids under the age of 1 that weigh more than her, so I giggle when I hear her weight.  She’s loving this “big sister” thing.  Her bulleted list (seems only fair):
  • She watches Frozen AT LEAST once a day. 
  • If you want to be her BEST FRIEND, all you have to do is blow bubbles with her. 
  • We were sitting in the drs office yesterday, and she was talking about everyone she knew, and Mickey & Pluto, and how the bubbles tickled Daisy (don’t worry…Mickey Mouse Club House) and the dr looked at me, “Does she always talk like this??”  I replied, “All day long…”  She laughed and commented that she is the most independent yet competent 2-year old she’s seen in a while.  I took it as a compliment.  
  • She’s just now getting into 18 mo clothing.  I’m pretty much loving this!  Her wardrobe is lasting twice as long.
  • She slept in her big girl bed for her nap today for the first time!  AWESOME!
I took my first Mom’s Morning out this AM.  Thanks to Kayli and her sisters, they watched the girls while I took a much needed break and ran errands by myself.  Generally, it was just nice to have conversations with someone older than 2.  I ran into my friend, Laura, at HyVee and she was saying how everything gets done so much quicker without the kids…I laughed and said, "You bet!”  Then I realized I was late, and I actually took longer, because I had a chance to look at everything and not forget anything on my list.

We’ve had a few scary moments.  On Tuesday, the dogs ran away for about an hour.  We were on a walk.  Note to self: Don’t text & walk.  Yeah…pretty bad.  Ruthie almost picked Tessa up the other day  to put her in her baby doll’s pack n play.  That was scary at the time, but humorous later.  I’m getting anxious about going back to work.  The mornings getting ready is going to be CRAZY!  But we’ll figure it out….we have to.  

Lastly, if I don't update for an extended period of time again I'm sorry.  As of Monday, I have become a football widow again. I'll do my best, but no promises.  I have TONS of great blog ideas...we'll just see if they make it on here. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To Our Aunts and Uncles....

For 5 VERY important (and often talked about) people in my house...


To the aunt who has the best snacks...who takes great pictures...who's super creative...and who provides the best play buddies, Be-ya (Bella) & Yah-ya (Layla)

Aunt Nitny  



To the uncle who's name Rue got first...who gives the best hugs...who will probably be the giver of the girls' Nikes!  :)

Uncle "D"  




To the aunt who's name comes out as a cuss word...who will give sour candies one after the other solely for the funny faces...who will burp the snot out of anyone...who is by far the most chattered about around our house...


Aunt Asses *supposed to be Ashes*





To the uncle we know and talk about, but just met...who came home for both births...who helps with anything he can...and serves his country and family proud.




To the uncle who left again today to head back to CA for his second deployment...Rue asked about him all day today...who plays with his drink coasters with his pictures in them...


Uncle Dake 

*gonna miss you...proud of you...be safe...come home soon*



To the uncle who teaches bad things...who cuddles hands down the best....who may be the hardest on them besides mom and dad, but would give them the world...


Uncle Bubba











Getting ready for the family picture...Ruthie looks exasperated.  

Saturday, July 12, 2014

D-DAY... or is it T-DAY

The day is here...We wake up at 8a, leave at 9a, arrive at 10a and she arrives around noon.

Am I ready?  Well...yes.  Not for the needles and the pain and all that stuff, but for Tessa's arrival I was ready 9 months ago.  It's that whole forget the pain for the purpose.

This is soooo polar opposite from last time!  I was so NOT prepared, but this time, I have the bags packed, the house is clean...for the most part...Ruthie's partying with Gigi & Papa Mark, I'm going to wake up and take a nice shower and get ready...It's crazy.  I think I love it.  The only downside is that I have all of tonight to anticipate (aka not sleep well) the surgery.

So, say a little prayer for us if you would tomorrow.

To Tessa, I can't stinkin' wait to meet you.  God has created you to by our daughter and I am so ready to find out why.  If something happens to me tomorrow, all these people will raise you right and teach you about a Savior that loves you more than me, and that's ALOT!  But it won't.  I'm going to be there to hold you (not first...that will be your dad) and kiss you and love on you like CRAZY!

Stay posted...we'll have pictures up soon...

To everyone else... thanks for your prayers.  We feel them already. *hug*