Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween 2012

One last Halloween Post from "Aunt Mon":
Since momma was still in the hospital with baby Titus on Halloween, papa and Tabor joined us, the Curry's, for some Trick or Treating! We were so excited they could join us and Quin was especially happy to see his Tabors! We had lots of boys dressed up! We had a Smash Hulk, a Texas Ranger, a duck, a monkey, a fireman and a Nemo! Tabor was the cutest Nemo ever. 

Smash Hulk and Fireman led the way, while Nemo and the monkey rode in the wagon most of the way. They'd walk up to the houses and say "Trick of Treat!" and were very good about saying Thank you too! They got more candy than they could eat in their lifetimes, but they were happy. They did break into some of it while we were still walking. Whatever kept them happy! 

Towards the end we had some VERY tired little boys, but they went strong until the end. We had a the BEST Halloween ever, and of course, we kept mom updated with pictures throughout the night. I know she was sad to miss, but hopefully with all of the pictures we took, she will feel like she was there! 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Titus Slade

Titus Slade Touchstone

Born October 29, 2012 at 7:53am at 7lbs 13oz and 19.5 inches long.

The entire process was fast. We walked into the hospital and you were born almost an hour later. Everything went smoothly except they had trouble finding the right veins to put my IV lines in so that part got me a little stressed and then the anesthesiologist hit a nerve when he did the epidural. That was what I was least afraid of going in and now the thing that terrifies most of any future babies. The entire C-section however went smoothly. Dr. Burley was amazing and I actually remember her making the entire surgery pretty memorable.

Hearing your little cry for the first time was so sweet. You have hardly cried since you were born so even that little cry was short but oh so sweet. I got to kiss you right away and then we went back to the room to meet your grandparents and uncle Trey. It all flew by so quickly.

We took you home on Thursday Nov. 1st after lunch. Your big brother Tabor was so excited to see you. He kept wanting to kiss you. He also wants to high five you & give you "blow up knuckles" all the time.

The first time we saw him make a fist and bring his arm back we were so afraid for you but when his little fist came down gently against yours and we heard the little blow up noise it made your father and I smile so big. He is so gentle with you and has to know where you are at all times. Good thing you're a good sleeper because he screams your name when he can't find you.

You've pretty much been on a schedule since day 1. You eat every 3 hours like clock work. You've gone 4-5 hours at night between feedings (thank you) and have made it pretty easy so far.

We can't imagine life without you already. 

We have been very blessed by you. You've had a few things come up that have thrown us for a loop but honestly so far you've been pretty easy and oh so incredibly sweet. We are so blessed to have such a perfect and beautiful baby boy. Thank you God for blessing us with more love than we ever knew we could have. We never thought it was possible to love another little boy this much. It is true that you do not have to share the love you have between your children. God really does bless you with that much more love when you have another baby.

You funny/interesting quirks so far:
Your witching hour seemed to be between 7:30-1:30am. You didn't cry the entire time. You fussed like you're trying to escape your swaddle or cried for a sec and then went silent as soon as we got out of bed to check on you. We had 2 nights of this and then happened to leave the light on which has seemed to remedy this issue. The light. Are you kidding!!! We will leave it on though if that's what you want. Now it is only a night light which you seem to be happy with.

You were allergic to disposable diapers. We had to go straight to cloth. We planned to wait a few weeks but instead you now look like a sumo wrestler because they are so big on you. We figured out you can wear Pampers Sensitive Swaddlers so hopefully when we take you out of the house now you won't look like a Sumo baby! ha

You have grown a lot though so it won't be long until they fit. At your 2 week checkup you weighed 8.8lbs and were 22 inches long. You're in the 97th percentile for your height. (You did NOT get those genes from your mama!)

You hold your head pretty well already but we forget that you cannot control it perfectly until you throw yourself backwards or forwards scaring us every time. You'd think we would learn! You are perfectly content with tummy time and will smile if we kiss your nose or lips.

I had to include this photo because it's a picture of Tabor beeping your nose. He loves beeping your nose, high fiving you, giving you knuckles, tickling your feet, rubbing your head and holding you in his arms. We can't wait to see you both playing together. You guys are going to be such great buddies. Thank you God for these beautiful boys. Thank you for a healthy and precious little baby Tabor. He has been the perfect addition to our little family. We are so blessed.

We have also been incredibly blessed to have such wonderful family and friends. Thank you to everyone that has made us meals, kept Tabor, prayed for us, sent us flowers and gifts, changed diapers and came by to meet our new Titus. We thank God for each and every one of you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Trunk or Treat!

The Sunday before Halloween, we went to our church's Trunk or Treat! The Curry's joined us and we had 4 very excited little boys! We ate some frito pie (I snuck Braidy some cake since we all knew he wouldn't eat chili!) After a quick lunch it was time to "TRUNK OR TREAT!" The boys went car to car, receiving candy in their pumpkins. The daddy's were sure to offer advice as to what kind of candy they should get! Always helpful! After candy we rode the choo choo train which the little boys LOVED. After a ride around the parking lot, the little boys hopped in the jumper, while the big boys headed to the many blow up obstacle courses. They were in heaven. Tabor and Quin would have jumped all day long if we would have let them. Eventually it was time to let others have a turn, but they would NOT come out....and considering I was one day from having a baby, I didn't think climbing in would be a great idea. So I got out my yogurt bites and Aunt Mon bribed them with treats to come out...and, it worked! 

We had a great time with many friends and spending one last day as a family of Titus was coming into the world in just hours! 

One last family picture of 3! Titus dressed up as a Jack-O-Lantern! He's already creative!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pumpkin Trail 2012

Since Danielle is a wee bit occupied these days with a precious newborn (whom I'm sure she'll introduce to the blogworld as soon as she gets a free second) I (Monica) thought I'd finally post for her from Halloween events...just days before Titus was set to arrive!

The first event was the Pumpkin Trail! Tabor and his 2 buddies, Quin and Braidy were super excited to see thousands of pumpkins...all carved differently. They loved this. Quin and Tabor rode in the wagon most of the time, and Braidy ran ahead of us, blowing out the candles and putting lids back on.  We tried our best to get a few good pictures of the 3 boys, but it was a challenge. We got a few!

We walked through the trail and loved looking at the pumpkins. Tabor spotted a "T" (actually a double T!) and he yelled "T"!!! Each of them got a picture as a scarecrow and about halfway through the trail momma and papa treated the boys to hot cocoa, a glow bracelet and a small chocolate bar! Happy boys!

As we were finishing the trail Boo and Kiki showed up and we had so much fun playing with them. Kiki pulled Tabor and Quin in the wagon while Braidy chased them. I've never heard 3 boys laugh so much. They had a blast and didn't want the fun to end. Sadly, it had to because it was getting dark and getting close to bedtime. We had a blast and and are so glad we all got to go together!