Wednesday, June 21, 2017

1 Month Old

One month with this sweet baby.  It's crazy how time flies once they are out of your body!

She is still a tiny little thing, but she is packing some chub onto that petite frame.  At 3 weeks she was already over 8 lbs and I am sure she has gained more than 2 pounds since birth.

She still sleeps a lot, which is great with all the running around that we do.  She eats a lot, especially at night after the boys go to bed.  She gets a little fussy at this time.  It's like she knows that they are going to bed and it's finally her time to demand attention.

She is a noisy baby.  She is always grumbling, grunting, and squeaking.  I think she is going to be a vocal one.

Everest loves bath time.  No matter how fussy she is, once she gets in that warm water she is totally relaxed!  She does not like getting out into the cold air.  She also does not like diaper changes or getting dressed.

Everest has started to give me little smiles occasionally when she is content.  She loves to be snuggled and talked to.

Everest does not like to be put down...ever.  Haha, if she is sleepy she will sleep contently wherever you put her, but if she is not sleepy, then she is not happy unless she is being cuddled.

Her brothers love her, and she loves when they talk to her and give her kisses. She is a little less sure about being held by them, and sometimes Asher's attention is a little boisterous, but we are working at that.  They are so in love with her, and I have a feeling that she is going to feel the same way as she gets bigger.

We love you Everest!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

One Week Old

Everest is such a cuddly, sleepy newborn. She eats and sleeps and poops (A LOT!).  Basically, she is doing a great job at being a newborn.

Everest had a little bout with jaundice, but after one day and two nights on the lights was all clear.  Greatly assisted by her love of eating,  she gained 5 oz in one day during this time, and if I had to guess, I would say she is already past her birth weight at one week.

She likes her binky, being cuddled, and laying on her tummy.  She does not like diaper changes or clothing changes.

She is a little fussier at night, but generally sleeps pretty well swaddled in her bassinet.  She is a trooper and has already had quite an adventurous life, with a trip to the park, the pool, a petting zoo and a couple other places.

She is definitely a cutie, and we are pretty excited to have her in our family.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Ephraim and Asher meet Everest

Since we were discharged by lunch on Sunday we decided to sneak over to Ephraim's recital dress rehearsal and surprise him, and let him meet little Everest.  He was so excited and loved how small she was.  He kept grabbing his friends and bring them over to see her, and telling everyone about how cute she was.

Once we got home, Asher was sleeping but when he woke up he came out to meet baby sister.  He was smitten and showered her with kisses, and soft touches.

Once Ephraim got home he wanted to hold baby sister.  We sat him down and let him hold baby sister.  Asher was in the kitchen, but once he realized what was going on he came running over to the couch and said, "MA baby sis-er."  They both love to hold her.  Asher is very much in love, and is working on holding back his enthusiasm and not literally smother her with his loving attention and curiosity.

Little Everest is going to be so spoiled by her loving older brothers.  She is a lucky girl.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Everest's Birth Story

Friday, May 19th started off like any normal day.  We went to the park with friends.  Stephen was working late that night so we went out to Chick-Fil-A and to run errands at Walmart in the evening.  

I was feeling pretty huge and waddling around,  but not any different than I had in prior weeks.  I got the boys ready for bed and into bed.

It wasn't until I went to the bathroom and realized I had lost my mucous plug that I began to wonder if this little sister would make her debut long before her June due date.

I still didn't really think that I would go into labor right away.  I settled down to chill and watch family feud as Stephen got home from work at around 8:30 pm.  I was having a few Braxton hicks contractions, but they were super close together, super short, and not painful.  

I mentioned it to Stephen, and how I felt like she would be coming this week, but I hoped she would wait a few more days because this weekend was not a good one.  Nathan was graduating so it would be hard for my family to come as planned.  I needed to do laundry and get the house in order.  Sunday was Ephraim's big dress rehearsal for his dance recital.  

I decided to get into bed, but my tummy was grumbling and I started feeling nauseous so I was feeling pretty restless and having trouble sleeping. It was kind of rainy with some thunderstorms rolling through.

At around 2:00 in the morning I felt a distinct pop.  I lay there wondering what it was, but didn't get up right away.  At around 2:15 I decided to get up to go to the bathroom.  Once I stood up I realized my water had broken.

Contractions started to come on gradually as I woke up Stephen and we started going down the list of people to call to watch the boys while we were at the hospital.  I took a quick shower and hastily packed up a bag, while Nathan Harman came and saved the day by staying the night so the boys could sleep in their own beds.

The drive to the hospital was peaceful.  The normally gridlocked roads around here are pretty empty at 3 in the morning.  The rain had stopped but there was a beautiful lightening show off in the distance.  It was kind of cool.

We arrived at the hospital and got checked in.  Everything got situated and they checked how far along I was.  I was just about a four,  so I made a mental goal to make it to a five and then see how I felt before getting an epidural.  Stephen laid down to rest and I tried hard to rest in between contractions,  but between the hip pain, uncomfortable hospital bed, and increasingly uncomfortable contractions, that was not happening.  I started counting down the minutes until the nurse would come check me again.  When she came to check I was almost a 5.  It was shift change so I waited for the next nurse to come and told her I wanted an epidural, because I figured I was in for the long haul.  After all,  Ephraim's labor had been 36 hours and Asher's 12, and I didn't seem to be progressing quickly.  

Right as the anesthesiologist came in to do the epidural my contractions started to get really intense.  I was so ready for that epidural.  As it started to take effect the familiar feeling of complete relaxation came like it did with Asher's labor.  I was more comfortable than I had been in months.

That's when things progressed really quickly.  I think it was around 8 when I got my epidural,  and by 9 they checked me and I was just about ready to push.

I relaxed while we waited for the doctor to arrive.  They got me all prepped and I started pushing and then there she was!  Three pushes and one contraction!  I really couldn't believe how easy it was.

She was petite and had soooo much hair!  We did skin to skin,  and took guesses as to how big she was.  I figured she might be 7.5 pounds and most of the nurses were in the same range.  She nursed a bit and snuggled a lot.  She was healthy and alert.

Then they came to weigh her and check her out.  Nothing prepared me for how small she really was!  She was 6 lbs 7 oz and 19 inches long.  My tiny little girl.  

We moved to recovery and she continued to be a great eater and sleeper.  She did not like to be disturbed if she was cozy and REALLY didn't like her bath.  My recovery was so easy!  I really recommend having six pound babies.

So many people came to the rescue for the boys.  The Harman's watched them all morning and Theresa took them to Claire's birthday party.  Then Kelsi DaSilva came and spent the whole afternoon with them.  Once the evening came Morgan Matheson came and stayed the night.  Not to mention that my family left immediately following Nathan's graduation to drive over night and be there Sunday morning. 

Stephen ran home to say hi to the boys and help get them in bed.  We facetimed and they got to say hi to baby sister (who was still VERY nameless.) Ephraim was so excited to see her that he didn't even say hi to me and immediately asked, "Where is baby sister?" and Asher was very interested in her as well.

Saturday night was a little rough, only because I couldn't sleep a wink on that stupid hospital bed. Sunday morning came and my family arrived to visit before they headed over to our house to get the boys.  We finally decided on a name and we pestered the hospital about getting out of there as soon as possible.  They were super helpful and responsive and they had us out of there by lunchtime!  

This whole birth experience was so smooth, made possible by wonderful nurses, supportive and selfless friends & family, and a tiny little girl who wanted to make her entrance into the world early and quickly.

Everest Rose Beckman
Born on May 20, 2017 at 9:37 am
6 lbs 7 oz and 19 inches long

Friday, March 3, 2017

Two Years Old

It's hard to believe how fast these babies grow up! Asher Basher is two years old!

He is a happy, curious little man.  He always looking for mischief.
Some of his favorite things to do include sneaking into the backyard out of the dog door, throwing balls (and everything else), running away from mom or dad while laughing hysterically, playing matching/sorting games on his tablet, playing in a bubble bath, playing with bubbles in general,  exploring nature (pick up rocks, leaves, sticks, etc.), and wrestling with Daddy and Ephraim.

Asher loves Bubble Guppies, Mickey Mouse, Puffin Rock, Pokemon and Batman.  His favorite songs are Itsy Bitsy Spider, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Popcorn Popping.  

Asher is a love-bug.  He loves to cuddle and give kisses to his mom, dad, and Ephraim.  He wants to do everything Ephraim is doing, and Ephraim is a very kind and patient older brother.  It's so much fun to watch them play together as Asher grows.  Recently Asher has started climbing into Ephraim's bed and they sleep together every night.

Asher is slowly but surely starting to talk.  He is very creative in using a combination of gestures, pointing, and words to communicate.  Some of his favorite words include mama, dada, no, lou(d) (accompanied by covering his ears), dah-ter (water), bubb-o (bubbles), mo (more), peez (please), dow (cow), moooo, and ba-ma (batman).  He knows a lot of animal sounds, and is getting better at following directions.  I'm pretty excited about how much his language is growing.

Asher adds such a fun energy to our family.  Ephraim loves being his big brother, and we all love the laughter he brings.  He keeps us busy and on our toes as he tries to get into EVERYTHING, but it's all worth it!

Happy Birthday Cutie Asher!  We love you!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

First Day of Preschool

My first baby is a preschooler!!

He is seriously the sweetest boy!  Always full of snuggles, hugs, and kisses.  He tells everyone how he loves them and will talk to anyone! He is sensitive and gets sad when he thinks about how he misses people who aren't nearby, and gets so excited to see his friends and family.

He has a mind of his own.  When he decides he wants something, he goes for it, regardless of what anyone says.  His independence is a blessing and a curse!  He can be the best helper, and the biggest trouble-maker.

He is seriously silly.  He always wants to laugh, and loves to make people laugh.  His sense of humor consists mostly of making silly faces, and inserting the word "poop" randomly into sentences.

Ephraim LOVES pokemon and transformers.  He still enjoys cars, and animals as well. He tells me he wants to be a donut-maker when he grows up.

He was a little nervous to go to school because he would miss his mommy.  He was excited to pack up all his stuff and didn't look back once we got there.  Ephraim had a great time at school. He told me he did an obstacle course and learned about "criss-cross applesauce."

Ephraim's preschool is a creative arts preschool at 3-D Dance.  Ephraim's teachers are Suzy Simpson, and Megan Mohammadi.  He will be learning movement, tumbling, dance, and theater arts in addition to normal preschool activities!  I'm so excited for him, and he is going to do great!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

18 Months

Asher turned 18 months on Saturday.  

Asher loves loves loves being able to walk!  He still waddles while he walks, and it is adorable.  He is fast.  He can climb on anything and is trying so hard to figure out how to jump.  He hates holding anyone's hand when he is walking.  He wants to be independent.

His favorite activity is probably swimming.  Pools, splash pads, bath time; Asher looooves water!

Asher is my animal lover.  We went to the petting zoo last week and he loved feeding and touching all the animals.  He chases Moose all around the house, and hasn't met a dog he didn't love.

Asher loves Ephraim.  He copies everything he does and follows him around.  He's a little rough sometimes, but they really are just the cutest buddies.  Ephraim always explains things to Asher and tries to teach him new words.

Asher doesn't talk much.  He signs "water" for both food and water, and signs "all done."  His most consistent word is, "Da" for Dad.  He is very good at communicating through gestures and sounds though.  He recently started shaking his head, but instead of meaning "no" he means "yes" which is confusing and adorable.

Asher knows what he wants and is very vocal about it.  He throws little tantrums when he doesn't get his way, but they never last long.

Asher still LOVES to eat, but is a little pickier now.  Whatever he doesn't want gets thrown on the floor.

You are content to sit in the stroller or high chair for quite awhile, which is great because sometimes I just need you to stay in one spot for a minute.

I love you my little Asher Basher.  I'm so excited to keep watching you grow!