Oct 31, 2008

1 Week

Napping with Daddy.


I've had this little play shopping cart in the garage for a year now. Many gifts have been bestowed upon Hannah in the past few days so what's one more? She loves the cart, especially the little cell phone and its holder (next to doll's head).

We finally put Chloe in my own newborn dress as we did Hannah. Chloe was less happy about it as well as unhappy with sitting near Jackson the bear, my dad's gift to me when I was born.


Sweetly sleeping...and revealing a widow's peak maybe?


I made a hat! Anna has been helping at our house and knitting away on some mini-shrugs for the babies so I was inspired to pull out the yarn I was originally going to use to knit a blanket for Chloe. She already has many, many blankets, so since winter is on it's way I found a preemie hat pattern online. It turned out well and was very quick to make so I think more are on the way.


Close-up and ready for a nap.

We experimented with Hannah's hair today. Here she is in some oddly placed pig-tails guiltily finishing up MY breakfast muffin.

Out with these!!

Today we went up to church so Father Justin could say the 8th day naming prayers when the baby is officially named. At the hospital he said the after birth prayers for me and at 40 days there is another set of prayers at which time we'll return to church officially. Chloe's baptism will hopefully be December 28th.

We don't really do Halloween but figured we wouldn't let down the neighborhood kids. Here is our "baby sleeping" sign and help yourself bowl of candy. From the view from the peephole, the kids were pretty excited about that. One boy carefully picked out his favorites and other kids took polite handfuls.

After over a year, Hannah's stocking is ready for Christmas. You may remember my very old posts about this and how I wasn't sure how to finish it. Anna helped me with my very minimal understanding of sewing today and it is ready to hang! I need to start one for Chloe now....along with my other 20 intended projects!

Oct 27, 2008

A Plethora of Pictures!

I'm a big sister!


The hair shot....

A visit from Father Justin.


A visit from Megan and family.


Dr. Noble and Chloe.



Here we are preparing to go home after a long wait on Saturday for various people to sign various forms.

Asleep and ready to go.


Hey! You brought this baby home?


She's only the size of a baby doll right now... so tiny!


Here are 2 or 3 awake (without crying) shots since they are bound to be rare for awhile.


Here is my first attempt at mothering two! I'm looking kind of awkward but we'll get the hang of it. Really besides myself not feeling too wonderful at random times and having some pretty bad headaches it is all going quite well. Chloe is doing a great job feeding and Hannah has been great as well. We went for our first check-up today and Hannah was even protective of the baby- not wanting the doctor to hold her. Anna is staying with me this week while Dax is at work and next week he will stay home. We are thinking that maybe next week will be a good time for house visitors for those who would like to come. Right now I'm just not sure how I will feel and wouldn't be a great hostess and we would just like to feel a bit more settled on Chloe's wishes as far as eating and sleeping patterns go. I can't wait to see everyone though!

She's all cozy in her seat ready for the next day ahead.

Oct 25, 2008

Baby Chloe Is Here!!












Chloe Rebecca Stokes was born Oct. 23 at 9:51am. She was 6 lbs 4 oz. and 18.5 inches long.
We've had some trouble uploading pictures so we are sorry for the delay. We are back home now and will post more (and without red-eye) when we get settled.

Oct 18, 2008

Shower, Haircuts, and Circus

Here I am at the baby shower last week. This is the only picture of me with a single chin so this is the only one I'm posting.

Shower Guests: Raina and Anna discussing.. alligators? how to catch a fly? Sorry Raina, I liked the picture to much to leave it on the desktop.
Becki, Nancy, Lisa

Debra and Louise. I don't seem to have pictures of the other guests so they lucked out.

Anna's beautifully decorated cake.

In other news. Some progress has been made with the toddler bed. She goes to sleep in her own bed now (not pictured) but ends up here in the middle of the night. Even after her nap the other day, we heard her get upset through the monitor....Dax investigated and somehow she had ended up under the crib behind the bed skirt. I would have been frightened to wake up there too!!


Hannah's first haircut!! With the baby coming I didn't want to spend time trying to get Hannah's hair out of her eyes so much to the relief of everyone else I gave in. Here we are at Hair-Diddle-Diddle for kids' haircuts. She got her bangs trimmed with much patience in her pink convertible.

"What are you doing, lady?"

Pleased with the final result!

Today it was off to the Shriner's Circus in Fort Worth. We had free vouchers. We wondered how it would go considering due to Hannah's age she was required to sit in our lap. Since it was 10am the coliseum wasn't crowded so that helped. She was very still and enjoyed the hula ladies who hula-hooped 50 rings at once. Whenever they got rid of one and put it on the ground Hannah got very concerned and said "Uh-oh- fell down." She also like the little cars that were driven around the ring and she danced to some of the music. We left after intermission since it's kind of a long show for a little one.

What is that?

She shakes hands with a large blow-up-doll man-clown type character.


These pictures are all from our old camera since our new one is too expensive to repair right now. With the program from the older camera I found out you can make a coloring book version of your photo. That's pretty much the only good thing about it.

Enjoying the circus as a family of 3...not for long. Excuse Hannah's fist in her mouth.

With Daddy and elephants.

Off to Cracker Barrell for our weekly meal out. The next post will probably not be until after the baby is born on Thursday. We'll get pictures up as soon as we are able!