Thursday, September 9, 2010

Info coming soon!!!

I know it has been FOREVER since I last posted.  Obviously, so much has been going on, I've barely kept myself together - but we now have internet and I promise to update very soon on everything that has been going on, new pictures of the house and Paisley, etc.

In the meantime,  here's the quick update:

We arrived safely in Fort Worth and are getting all settled in.  We love our new house, neighborhood, etc and are getting pretty close to having everything unpacked.  I started my new job at the children's hospital here, endured my orientation, and am LOVING it.  It is quite an adjustment not being with Paisley all the time, but it is really good.  Oliver is loving his big back yard to run around in and is slowly adjusting to the heat.  Paisley is just her joyful little self and has adjusted wonderfully.  Zach is loving being so close to the Cowboys as the season kicks off, and is already saying things like "ya'll" probably more than he realizes!  And we all just survived the first flash flood and tornado escapade of our new adventure down here.

So all is well!  :)  For now, here's 2 quick teaser pictures:

Paisley's first cattle drive - just a few miles down the road from us.... 

And Paisley and Oliver's impromptu fort in the backyard....  they love sharing some shade together! :)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

So much JOY!!

I can't believe that we're just a couple days away from my sweet Paisley Joy turning 5 months old!  Time just seems to be flying by faster every day - especially now that she seems to be learning so much more.  It's no secret that Paisley has had us wrapped around her tiny little finger since her first little breath in this world (who am I kidding - it really started about 7 months before that)!!  But I really don't think I could ever find the words to describe the pure joy that she brings to our lives every day.

Despite being a born as preemie and us being told to expect her to be slightly "behind" until she's a toddler, Paisley continues to surpass all of the developmental markers along the way.  She's been strong willed since she was the size of a pea!  It is so fun to watch her learning so many new things each day.  She is exploring EVERYTHING!  She loves to grab and feel everything, put everything in her mouth....and you can just constantly see the little wheels in her mind turning! 
The other day she was shaking a toy so hard she hit herself in the head.  She immediately pulled it in front of her face, glared at it and gave it a babbling rebuke before continuing on.  It's hilarious to watch her learn how things happen and how much she can control!  She's so close to sitting up on her own.  She can do it for a little bit, but then starts to slump.  The doctor thinks within a couple weeks, she'll easily be there.  She LOVES sitting up in her little chair or on our laps - it's a whole new world.  She also is now eating her baby cereal with a spoon!  She was a champ the first week and loved eating it - now she seems to be protesting it a bit - I guess she's ready for a new flavor and texture! :)

Little PJ is also teething now - she's been showing signs of it for awhile....  But she is really starting to chomp down on things now, drooling over everything and holding her bottom gums with her fingers.  Guess we'll see how that new little adventure goes!  She gets a kick out of rolling around the floor and ending up different places, and she loves playing with new toys.  And all of you who have met her know she is a crazy kicker!!  She's constantly kicking - on the floor, on the changing table, in her carseat, on her bed - she loves to move, and she LOVES to stand!!  She's also been giggling up a storm and experimenting with a wide range of babbling noises.  And more recently we've learned...she thinks it's super fun to play naked!  Sometimes she'll lay on the floor and through a fit until we strip her down and let her play.  It's all good as long as she grows out of that stage! :) 

We officially made it through the first stomach bug too.  I have never seen the kind of messes or smelled the stenches that we experienced last week!!  It was unbelievable!  She was a trooper though - even days when she couldn't really eat, she still managed a smile for us and never really fussed much.  And she perked right up once she got to start having her fruity pedialyte! :)  I just know we're happy to have our energetic little punkin back! 

There's just nothing like walking into her room in the morning and her just laying there smiling and giggling - so happy to see you!  She continues to be our sweet little ray of sunshine in this not so sunny Pacific Northwest weather! :)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

10 things we love about Paisley Joy!

Her beautiful, sweet smile that melts your heart!

The noisy way she sucks on her thumb (or whole fist)!


Her joyful giggle and coos, oooh, and ahhhs that brighten even the worst day!

The way she plays hard, then passes out!

Her amazing big blue eyes so full of life!

Her sense of adventure and curiosity!

Her warm cuddles when she's tired!

The way she loves on her stuffed animals or holds your hand while she's going to sleep!

The way she immediately stops and notices when Zach or I come into the room!
The peace, joy, blessing, and life she brings to our lives!

Being beautiful Paisley's parent is such an amazing gift!  
We are overjoyed, so blessed, and head over heels in love with her! :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ahhhh, Parenthood! :)

First of all, I cannot get over the fact that my baby girl is already over a month old.  People weren't kidding when they said that time would fly by.  Although I have to admit that sometimes it does seem to drag a little....say around 3 am.... but I wouldn't trade my sweet time with her!
This has been such a crazy month of learning for us! So many fun times, so many firsts, and so many things still to learn. Paisley continues to be such a happy, content little baby. Not that she doesn't exercise her lungs from time to time, but she generally just has a happy little smile on her face! I cannot believe how much she has grown this month - I mean, I knew that she had some making up to do since she was early, but wow! It is so fun to have her be so much more alert now and to watch all of her expressions as she starts to explore and observe the world around her. I just wish I could know what's going on in that little head of hers. She's finally starting to be able to eat a little more at a time, which means sleeping a little more at a time, which means I'm starting to see a light at the end of this "no sleep for mom" tunnel! Not that I expect to get that much sleep, but even an extra 30 minutes is victory right now.
But even the new sleep patterns are a learning experience. This is Zach's first week back at work full time (he had 2 weeks off and then did 2 weeks part time) and last night we prayed and prayed that Paisley would sleep even just a little longer through the night as I am now solo on the night shift after about 1am. Well, being a good little girl, she slept for about 4 consecutive hours after Zach put her down at 12:30. Which meant I laid awake in bed from about 1:15am until 4:30 listening for the slightest sound to make sure she was alive! Zach woke up at 3:30 totally freaked out that I was still in bed and thinking the baby must have died and ran into the nursery to check on her! And all that to say, our first opportunity to sleep in the same bed at night - we were awake tossing and turning and wondering if one of us should just get up! :) ahhh, parenthood! we both laughed about it this morning... and vowed that the next time we get that kind of blessing....we'll SLEEP!

I've always loved learning new things, and I would have to say by far, being a parent is the best thing I've ever learned!  Funny to think, I'll really never "learn" everything.  But we've had our share of frustrations and fun so far!  And I must say, I LOVE all the firsts - first bath, first diaper blow outs (which have usually happened immediately following the bath), first smiles, first thumb seems every day she does something new and wonderful!  We even learned the hard way that despite what they say about boys, if a baby girl is screaming, she can also push hard enough to spray across the room when undiapered - Zach got to clean the carpet and wall in the nursery! :)  Which leads me to my last favorite thing to share today - it has been an absolutely amazing experience watching Zach become a daddy.  He is completely a natural - but there is something so sweet about watching a daddy and daughter bond.  Paisley just loves him to death and seems to think he's the most fun thing in the world!  Of course, I don't blame her, I feel the same.....

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Welcome Paisley Joy - The Whole Story!!

Well, as most of you now know - Paisley Joy Snyder is here!  No, we weren't expecting her for at least another week or so at least, but she has a mind of her own!!  For those of you who have been requesting the whole story here it is.....and for those of you who just came for pictures, scroll down! :)

At my appt on January 12th for my ultrasound and routine check up, I found out that I was dilated to about a 4 and 60% effaced.  The doctor said that I should still plan on not having her until closer to our due date (and probably a little after) - and that she would be a big baby.  So, I went home and Zach & I made plans to get things done that weekend - like installing the car seat, packing our hospital bags, etc - just to be super prepared a couple weeks in advance!  I was up a lot that night feeling uncomfortable and a little nauseous, but that was nothing new.  On Wednesday morning I headed into work - I couldn't help but notice I'd been running to the bathroom all morning feeling like my bladder was leaking or something, but I just ignored it.  But once I was sitting at work, I was sure I had either lost complete control of my bladder or my water broke!  I called the doctor and they had me head straight over.  After that, it was a bit of a whirlwind....I showed up at the doctors office and my jeans were fully soaked through (i tried to ignore the stares as I walked in with wet pants!) and was told to be at the hospital within the next hour - ready or not, baby was on the way!

We checked into the hospital around 10am on Wed morning and I was feeling pretty great (other than the fact that I was constantly wetting my pants!) - I guess I had expected to already be having painful contractions by the time I headed in - but then again, we only made it half way through our birthing classes! :)  They got me all hooked up to the monitors and everything and then told me to get to walking to try to get something going.  Paisley was a pill & everytime I tried to walk outside of the room she would move so the monitor would lose her heartbeat.  So, I had to just walk around my hospital room for HOURS!!  By that afternoon, still nothing - I couldn't even really feel the contractions yet.  And that began a series of pumping me full of medicines to try to induce labor - we maxed out with no progress and I was getting frustrated and exhausted.  By about 5am, they took me off all the "inducers" to give my body a rest and come up with a new plan.  They were giving me until about noon before they would need to do an emergency c-section.  At about 7, they started pumping me up with meds again to start contractions and that time it worked - big time.  I went from nothing to excruciating, strong contractions within a matter of minutes.  I did all natural, and about half way through those contractions I was ready for them to kill me and save the baby!!  By 1130, she was low and I knew she had to come out.  They finally let me start pushing and I did - like I was going to die if I didn't get her out in 2 seconds!  My doctor had left for awhile because I wasn't dilated enough and they were going to let me continue the labor for awhile, so by the time they called her and she made it back, she got gloved up and ready at about 1152 and Paisley Joy joined us at 1153! :)  (I won't go into the damage she did on her way out!!!)  She was worth EVERY second of the pregnancy sickness and labor and delivery pains!  Zach was absolutely amazing through the whole process!  He was such a strong support - he kept me laughing, kept me encouraged and helped convince me I didn't really want to die during those last hours! :)  He was incredible and kept his cool, even remembering to text all the family that Paisley was on her way out when I started pushing!! And he DID cut the umbilical cord and thought it was awesome!

 Paisley Joy Snyder joined us at 1153am on Thursday, January 14th (Zach's cousin, James, was really praying for that - she now shares his birthday!) - she was 3 weeks early.  She weighed in at 5 lbs 15 oz and was 18" long.  We were in the hospital until Saturday afternoon when we finally got to go home!  My parents were able to catch a flight up in time to be there for Paisley's arrival - and they did wonders on getting our house ready for us to come home to! 

Every day since January 14th has been AMAZING!  We love little Paisley more than we ever could have imagined.  She is beautiful, perfect, spunky, and such a fun little daughter.  We can't believe how much she changes every day.  She smiles like crazy, has the most beautiful sighs, and absolutely captures our hearts every time she just gazes at us and then cuddles up to us!  We wish everyone could be here to meet her and watch her grow with us!  Last week she grew 2" in 6 days between doctors visits!  WOW - no wonder she is eating constantly!  We're now just praying for some sleep - and for her to learn to sleep without being held.  It's been 17 nights and counting since I slept in the same bed as my husband. :(

Anyway, we LOVE her and are so thankful for everyone's thoughts, prayers and encouragement during these last few weeks! More to come....

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Final Stretch (literally)....

Happy 2010!  I can't believe it's a brand new year already!  Well, it's 30 days until Paisley's due date!!! We're trying not to count down too much, knowing she'll come at her own sweet time, but with the way I'm feeling now, it's hard not to.  We're in the home stretch to meeting our sweet little girl - and I feel stretched to the max - literally!  I have gained all of my weight straight out, and it feels like at any minute my skin is going to give in and pop.  It's hard to imagine that it's going to stretch any more....but in the meantime, instead of focusing on how uncomfortable, itchy and crampy it is - I'm trying to focus on the more positive things....  Like the fact that I can clean my belly button out! :)  haha.  But seriously, everything is going very well.  I am still getting some "morning sickness" - but mostly my biggest problem is the discomfort from stretching and back pain.  I'm not sleeping super well anymore, but I guess that's just good practice for what is to come!  I have an ultrasound next week to get the measurements on our little punkin.  So far their best estimate has been that she is going to be pretty long (taking after her mama!), but they're also starting to think she could be on the upper end of weight for a girl (taking after her daddy....oh no!).  I'm praying for long and thin! :)  We just absolutely can't wait to meet her - see what she looks like, what color hair (if any) she has, etc.  I can't believe we're finally getting close!

We have our first childbirthing class tonight - it's a 4 week class. We're hoping we get to finish it before she comes, as we had to wait for a time that both of us could attend together, which was important! I think Zach is starting to wonder what he's in for!  He's also been processing things such as cutting the umbilical cord, etc.  Pray for him!!!  ;)  He's so excited though, and has been so amazing during this whole process.  I can't imagine how I would've gotten through this pregnancy so far without him - he's amazing! I am still "busy learning how to rest"...haha!  However, I have now taught myself to sew with my new sewing machine and have been busy making burp cloths, receiving blankets, etc.  (I've made some stinkin cute stuff I must say - I think I'm pretty much the next Martha Stewart...minus all the weird stuff and jail time!) And at least it keeps me sitting down for awhile! :) 

In other news, most of you heard by now about Zach's accident.  (He was in an accident where his truck rolled a few times off an icy road the day after Christmas).  He was so blessed to walk away from it - just having some whiplash and such, but he's recovered quite well!  His truck was less fortunate - we found out today that it is definitely totalled. We would just ask for everyone's continued prayers that insurance payouts and stuff move quickly as there is much to do before Paisley gets here.  We were already planning to trade in my car this month, but now will have to get him a new vehicle as well, and time is ticking!

Well, that's all for now!  Much love to all of you - and again, thanks for all of your love, support and encouragement during this season.  It has meant so much to us!  I will try to get in at least one more update before the BIG update coming around the beginning of February! :)