October 9th, 2011

My Baby Boy Riley

I realized that I haven’t posted about my little man for quite a while now!

He’s 5 months and 2 weeks old today.

Thought I’d compare the last 3 months of pictures, even if he’s not smiling!


Such a cutie!

Here are some from yesterday!


I’ll be working on my current In My Mailbox post shortly! I’ve been slacking.

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Goodness it’s been forever since I’ve updated you guys! I have a few reviews written, they need formatted, so I’ll be sure to do that soon. I have at least one blog tour coming up and a giveaway so stay tuned!

Riley’s Birth Story

12:17 a.m., April 25, 2011

7 lbs. 9.3 oz.

21 1/4 inches long

Obviously by the title of this post you’re here to see some pictures of my newborn son, Riley Shane. He made his appearance just minutes after Easter Day. My water broke around 11:30 am on Easter, April 24, but we had a whole day’s worth of awesome to attend to and I wasn’t having contractions, nor was I Strep B positive so we went about our day.

Lilypie First Birthday tickers

Some people, mainly women that have had children before (mother-in-law Kim) thought I was crazy for not going to the hospital ASAP but I knew I wasn’t progressing and from my first birth knew it would be at least 6 hours before anything major happened and that it was safe to just hang out with family and friends before heading to the hospital.

100_1613So, on to my sister’s Easter Egg Hunt we went. Madison had some fun, we had a few bites of food, well hubby and Madi did, I was holding out for dinner with hubby’s dad’s family. :) We left there and I was comfortable, dripping a bit but comfortable. We dropped Madison off with hubby’s mom because we knew we’d proceed to the hospital from the dinner.

The dinner was great. I told myself to not eat too much because I knew I’d probably get sick at some point of the labor, and I did, but it wasn’t terrible.

We arrived at the hospital at about 5:00 pm. I was given Pitocin because I wasn’t contracting and they start to get worried if you’re not in labor within 6 hours of your water breaking. At about 9:00 pm I was in some pretty bad pain and they started to get me ready for my epidural. I requested some IV drugs to hold me over until the epidural was given. Stadol is my new friend.

I have no idea what time the epidural was actually given. I remember being so hot right before it was given and sweating profusely, so much so that the EKG pads wouldn’t stick to my chest and spray adhesive was used on those as well as the sticky tape that holds the epidural in place. The epidural was amazing. It worked so well that I couldn’t feel my entire right leg. I couldn’t move it to save my life. I had to ask several times during pushing for them to adjust it, the nurse was holding that leg and would put it down during contractions in the stirrup things but I could feel it wasn’t in there right. Any who, I only pushed through 4 contractions and Riley was born at 12:17 am on April 25, 2011. He weighted 7 lbs. 9.3 oz. and was 21 1/4 inches long. He cried so much when they were doing all they do to newborns I felt so bad for him!

It was such a great experience compared to my first labor and delivery. It’s amazing how much kind nurses, awesome doctors, and amazing drugs will do to make a situation so much better that you’d actually think about doing it all again. Only not really. ;)

Without further ado here are some of my favorite pictures. Please feel free to see the rest of Riley’s pictures in his Facebook album. And I just took this video a few minutes ago. He’s been doing a lot of grunting and throat clearing, or something, yesterday and today so I tried to capture the moment but instead I got him getting the hick ups, which he hates. Enjoy!



Riley Shane–1 Week Old
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February 21st, 2011

In My Mailbox: Week 7

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren.

Here’s what I got this week! And some baby stuff too!


What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

416 pages, Viking Juvenile, (2011-05-10)

$11.75 (Amazon.com)

And I already have an author signed copy of this one, so look for a giveaway soon!

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

208 pages, Dutton Juvenile, (2011-04-05)

$9.99 (Amazon.com)


Free Kindle Editions

Retro Demonology by Jana Oliver

St. Martin’s Griffin, (2010-12-13)


A Demon Trapper’s bonus story.

Baby Stuff

I told you last week that I ordered some things from Old Navy, well they came! I ordered 3 sizes of the middle outfit because I LOVE it!


We also picked up his furniture and spent all day Saturday putting it together. I LOVE it. I can’t wait to buy some accessories to finish off his room. We have a few final touches to do: install closet doors, paint touch ups, paint the mural, install new ceiling fan/light combo, install new blinds, buy a soft rug for the middle of the floor and paint the door white. (Click image for larger picture.)


Kitty Cookie Monster approves. We’ve caught her sleeping in the crib several times already. The other cats have been checking this out too.

I’m 30 weeks pregnant today. I’m hoping to delivery the week of April 11th, but not the 14th cause that’s my birthday and I want him to have his own special day; so about 6-7 weeks to go! I’m so ready for him too!

What did you get this week?

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February 13th, 2011

In My Mailbox: Week 6

I got a few books this week! And a few baby things too!

As always In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren.


Bloody Valentine (A Blue Bloods Book) (Blue Bloods Novel) by Melissa De La Cruz

160 pages, Hyperion Book CH, (2010-12-28)

$8.99 (Amazon.com)

Angel in My Pocket by Ilene Cooper

288 pages, Feiwel & Friends, (2011-03-15)

$11.23 (Amazon.com)


A signed copy of this showed up on my door step with 5 little pins too! Thanks so much to Razorbill and Beth Revis!

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

416 pages, Razorbill, (2011-01-11)

$9.89 (Amazon.com)

Free Kindle Editions

Raising the Dead by Mara Purnhagen

pages, Harlequin Teen, (2011-01-17)


I pre-ordered this one:

How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire with Bonus Material by Kerrelyn Sparks

384 pages, Harper Collins, Inc., (2011-02-22)


Baby Stuff

I took a trip to Target and got a few frog themed items. I’m afraid that the things I see available for purchase now will disappear before people buy us anything for him. So, yeah, I’ve spent quite a bit on some clothes. Just last night I ordered a lot from Old Navy because, I <3 Old Navy, and they have some adorable frog outfits! Here’s what I got at Target:


See? Too cute! I’ll be sure to post the Old Navy purchases in next weeks IMM!

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You can see our current baby registries. We have one on Amazon as well as Target. Both are pretty much the same but Amazon has some other items because they have the Universal Wish List option, where you can put items from any website on your list. I like that feature. Plus Amazon is usually cheaper than Target.


We also picked up his changing table from JCPenney yesterday but haven’t put it together yet. We were supposed to take home his dresser too, but it arrived damaged so we asked them to ship it back and try again. They were really great to work with and gave us 10% off the replacement dresser. I wasn’t there to see the damage, I was busy taking a 3 hour Glucose Tolerance Test, which sucked and ruined my day. I planned to paint his room but I had NO energy to speak of after I got home from the test. So, we’ll be trying to paint his room today. :)

What did you get this week?

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September 25th, 2010

Oh Baby!

Thought I’d fill you all in on the topic of our household!

We’re expecting baby # 2! After 3 years of hoping for another baby it’s finally happened.

We went for our first appointment yesterday. All is well!

Baby is measuring in at 9 weeks, has a strong heart beat and was moving around a lot.

Baby Kennedy #2

Lilypie Maternity tickers
Our due date is technically May 3 but with the early measurements being above we’re told it could be as early as April 29th.

I’ve been really tired and not doing much of anything except eating and sleeping. I’ve been reading a bit but not too much more than before. I can’t wait for a few more weeks to go by so I can get my energy back!

I hope you all are doing well! I’ll keep you updated as we go along.

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