Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Posted by the Flammers at 8:01 PM
Monday, July 29, 2013
Here's what our mornings usually look like as we read scriptures together...
Posted by the Flammers at 1:03 PM
Monday, July 22, 2013
There are a lot of things we miss about L.A:
*amazing prices and variety of produce
*our own space - even though it was tiny, it was ours
*being able to walk most places - I only used the car probably twice a week compared to twice a day here.
I have been rather bummed about our in-between stage of life and wondering how long we will be stuck in it, but there are lots of great things about living here. Here are a few of our favorite things:
*traffic - doesn't exist.
*being outdoors- the mountains and trees are beautiful, even if they are turning brown due to drought. It's nice to have it be quiet and breathe fresh air all the time.
*parking spaces - they feel monstrous
*every store has nice, clean bathrooms with diaper changing stations and lots of them even have small sinks for little kids.....everything is so child friendly.
*shopping carts - they feel gigantic after the ity bity ones in the city and most stores have fun carts for kids with steering wheels or something of that nature.
*so many parks - although I feel like we have to drive to get to most of them, there are tons. I guess there's a large supply because of the large demand!
*so many kids. SO MANY KIDS and PREGNANT women. I still haven't gotten used to how many kids there are around. I used to get stared at for having 2 and a baby on the way. People thought we were crazy. Now, we are in the minority....we don't have nearly the average number of children. :D
Posted by the Flammers at 1:06 PM
Friday, July 19, 2013
I'm always talking to the girls in the car as we drive...or should I say they are always talking to me?! Anyway, I have to laugh about our conversations.
They used to consist of:
"Look at the skyscrapers, traffic, ambulance, fire truck, crane, etc....."
Now they've turned into:
"Who can find the horse, llamas, cows, sprinkler pipe, etc....)
The other day on our way to the park we were passed by a trailer loaded with goats and another loaded with rams. Once we got to the park, we saw a deer there. Crazy!
Posted by the Flammers at 2:36 PM
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Hannah making her very own pie:
Sofia after eating her pizza creation
After a while they make their way to the slides
Posted by the Flammers at 6:12 PM
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
10:00 pm: I was still a 4.5 but this time the sac was bulging. They checked with the on-call Dr. He wanted to watch me for a while and see what happened. Now my contractions are more sporadic but much more intense.
11:30 pm: I'm at a 5. They call the Dr and he wants to watch me for a couple more hours, so we get ready to settle in for a while. We try to get some sleep, but those darn contractions make it rather difficult for me...and the couch James is on doesn't look to comfortable. I was in some pain, but not that bad...one minute I would be certain this baby was coming soon, then the next I would question if I was in labor at all. The mind does funny tricks!
Thursday, July 4th:
2:00 am: I'm dilated to a 6.5. but was very wrestles, so I started walking the halls, bounced on the exercise ball, etc....for a few hours while the contractions were still sporadic, but much more intense.
4:30 am: No progress. Bummer. We decide to wait 1 hour (until a more reasonable hour) then have the Dr come in and break my water.
5:30 am: No progress. We call the Dr in. He comes a few minutes later and breaks my water.
6:30 am: The contractions are much more intense and closer together, but no progress.
7:30 am: We begin pitocin. Contractions intensify some more and are back to back.
After walking around and switching positions I am very slowly dilating, but am running out of strength and begin asking about drugs. James convinces me to make it through 2 more contractions and see how I feel...we play that game for a while.
10:00 am: I decide if I haven't had any progress I'm going to have some drugs to take the edge off. They check and I am a 9 so they call the Dr in. I was starting to hyperventilate from all the deep breathing, so they gave me an oxygen mask to help. I was getting numb and my hands/feet were getting pretty shaky. Luckily, it was almost over. After a couple more contractions I begin pushing. He was facing the wrong direction so our dr had to turn him (rather unpleasant). He was lots bigger than our other 2 and it hurt a lot more to push, but luckily it was only 20-25 minutes until his arrival. And it's a good thing...I was dead. I had no arm strength to hold him, so they had to prop him up on me.
It was a slow process that I don't care to repeat any time soon, but we made it. James was wonderful!! He was so good about trying to distract me, or helping me relax, or reminding me to breathe. I'm glad it's over and we're all healthy. I feel pretty good now and have had a quick recovery. Now, here's to keeping him alive with 4 little hands helping!
Posted by the Flammers at 12:35 PM
Monday, July 8, 2013
The girls have showed a little regression since TJ arrived......
Okay...mostly they've gotten out a 2nd car seat and a 2nd crib for their dolls to put right alongside TJ, but occasionally Sofia gets to be the baby. :D
Posted by the Flammers at 12:47 PM
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Introducing the newest member of our family. Born July 4th.
Our last family picture taken on July 3rd right before we put the girls to bed and left for the hospital
Here he is after arrival
Here we are right after getting home
The girls impatiently waited their turn to hold him:
Posted by the Flammers at 12:39 PM
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Hannah had no reservations heading straight into the water.
After a little encouragement Sofia joined in the fun
By the end, she was very comfortable. A little too comfortable, perhaps?
Posted by the Flammers at 12:56 PM