Wednesday, November 26, 2008

3 Very Wonderful Years

Today is Eric and my third wedding anniversary. Truthfully, I feel like we have been married for 50 years. 50 amazing years. We always talk about how hard it is to remember life before we got married.

This past year was the best so far, we had so much fun being a family and watching Amos grow. We also got to welcome Maggie to the family--two kids before our third anniversary! If someone told me that was going to happen I never would have believed it, and I would have been terrified. It seems to be working out ok though, and I'm sure its because I have Eric here to help me through it all.

Randomly, as I was cleaning out some drawers this week, I found some leftover wedding invitations (yes, I am aware I have packed them up and moved them three times). For your viewing pleasure:

Monday, November 24, 2008

Are You Ready For Another One?

I get a weekly email from Babycenter that tells me how Amos should be progressing. I really enjoy these emails, they give me a sort of measuring stick if you will. The email always contains links to other articles that are relevant given your child's age. Today's supplemental reading:

Are You Ready For Another One?

Yes. Yes, I am.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Tech Savvy

Amos is obsessed with our electronics. I can't really blame him, since he sees Eric and I being obsessed with them all the time. What's really scary though, is that he's already figuring out how to use them. The kid turned on the t.v. all by himself the other day!


We've finally been able to take some pictures of Maggie, so here they are (in no particular order)--


On Nan's lap:

Resting on the couch:

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Christmas came early

Eric got his Christmas present from his Dad today, and he immediately put it to work. He got a new ladder perfect for finishing basements, but more importantly, perfect for hanging Christmas lights. Our lights are up, but we're not turning them on until next weekend. Promise.

Eric hard at work:

Eric's helper:

The lights on:

2 Week Check-up

Maggie had her two week check-up yesterday. It was a huge relief that everything checked out great. All of the little things I had been worrying about were just me being an overanxious Mom. Whew.

Height: 19 in. (1/2 in shorter than she was
born??? she's healthy, but shrinking!)
Weight: 7 lbs., 10 oz.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Just Funny...

This has nothing to do with my children, surprise! I just found it very entertaining:

Man tries to pay bill with spider drawing.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

2 Weeks Old

Maggie is 2 weeks old today. Its hard to believe since we've only had her home for a few days. We missed her 1 week old picture, so I'll start at 2 weeks:

Not so photogenic =(

Spoon Fed

I was feeling ambitious last night, so I let Amos try to feed himself with a spoon. It was totally worth the mess I had to clean up.

Eventually, he gave up on the spoon entirely:

Saturday, November 15, 2008

My Family

Such a great picture of my family:

Getting Out

Today Eric and I took the kiddies for a walk. The double stroller is hilarious. Amos likes it, and Maggie doesn't have a clue.

Amos (and under the tinkerbell blankie, Maggie):


Friday, November 14, 2008

Amos Meets Maggie

Amos was taking a nap when we got home with Maggie, so we had the chance to catch their entire first meeting on camera:

Maggie is Home

Sweet little Maggie came home this morning with a clean bill of health. We're so excited to have her home, even if she's been asleep the whole time she's been here.

She is so tiny compared to Amos (obviously). He is totally obsessed with her stuff--her bink, her bottle, her car seat, etc.:

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Shavers Visit

I feel like I completely missed it, but my whole family (minus Meg and a couple brothers-in-law) came to visit us last week. We were supposed to be home with Maggie in time for their visit, but things didn't work out that way. They were great at taking care of Amos (when they weren't putting him in dresses), and he absolutely loves his cousins and aunts.

I wish Maggie, Eric and I would have been around to play with them, but they shared some pictures from their adventures with us.

Amos and Morgan:

Aunt Kate and Amos watching t.v.:

Carrie pushing Morgan and Amos in our two-seater stroller. I don't know if I'll be strong enough to use it!:

Girls' Night Out

Last night my Mom, Anna, and I went and saw "Forever Strong" at the movie theater in Spanish Fork. I have never been there before, but it was kind of cool. I guess I am easily swayed because it was "Free Popcorn Tuesday." It felt a little weird to be going to a movie with Maggie in the hospital, but Eric was right, I needed the break. Anything to pass the time until Friday helps. I feel even better about it because it was an awesome movie. I would highly recommend it.

The theater in Spanish Fork is nothing but pure class. This was the sign marking our theater:

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Update from the NICU

Maggie is doing very well and is still set for a Friday homecoming. I don't think I have ever been soo anxious for anything in my whole life. Due to overcrowding, Maggie got upgraded to a private suite, which is a princess room! Its really great to have some privacy when we visit her. I would have preferred an early release, but I guess that only happens for Paris Hilton. She also got a "big girl bed" which means she isn't in one of those open air warmer thingys anymore (yes, that's the technical term).

Maggie's private room with an awesome view from the 5th floor of UVRMC:

Maggie's big girl bed:

Maggie's Daddy visits her every chance he gets:

Maggie likes to sleep with her hand over her face, just like me:

Maggie has the cutest spiky hair, she gets awesome bedhead! I am just excited to have a child with hair:

Monday, November 10, 2008

Its Great to Be....

A Florida Gator!

Eric and I came home from the hospital one night to find our son like this:

He was home alone with 7 "Shaver" women. The kid never stood a chance. My Dad was home too, but I think he let his love for the Gators overpower his male instinct to keep his Grandson out of a dress.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Maggie's Great Adventure

Although Maggie had a very easy entry into this world, her life got a little more complicated when she was just a few hours old. To make a long story short, Maggie contracted group B strep (an infection) and had to be transferred to the NICU at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. There was one very awful day of worry, confusion and not knowing what was happening, but our amazing pediatrician figured it out very quickly. If everything goes well she'll be able to come home next Friday. We're learning more about the NICU than we ever wanted to know, but we're becoming so aware of how blessed and lucky we are. Every time we visit Maggie I am blown away by what a little angel she is, I can't wait for her to come home!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Margaret Allison Horne

Baby Maggie made a very quick and smooth entrance into the world today at 12:30 p.m. She weighed 7 lbs, and was 19.5 in. long.

This picture is so soon after she was born...I feel like she looks different already (much cleaner at least), but here she was at 12:30 today:

Its hard to tell, but she may look more like a Horne than a Shaver! Thanks to everyone for your kind words and thoughts. We love you all and can't wait for you to meet Maggie in person.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Tomorrow, Tomorrow!

We went to the doctor today and everything looks good. We made an appointment to induce at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning. I am a little anxious to have such a concrete deadline in sight, but I hope it will help things go a little quicker and smoother than last time.

I have no idea how I am going to go to sleep tonight, but tomorrow morning will come no matter what. Being the Internet addicts that we are, Eric and I will be sure to post pictures and updates as soon as we've got them.

As for the rest of today, Amos and I are going to spend it playing and not doing any work!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Crazy 8 Tag

My friend Annie tagged me on her Crazy 8 post, and I absolutely love these things (reading and filling out), so here it goes:

8 TV Shows I love to watch:
1. Survivor
2. The Amazing Race
3. How I Met Your Mother
4. The Hills
5. Desperate Housewives
6. Entourage
7. Friday Night Lights
8. The Office

8 Favorite Restaurants
1. The Horne House
2. Happy Sumo
3. Tree Room
4. Zoom
5. Carraba's
6. Cafe Rio
7. Foundry Grill
8. Melting Pot

8 Things that happened YESTERDAY:
1. A playdate with Kelli and Eli--my favorite!
2. A wild Halloween party at The Generations Network (where Eric works)
3. Amos wore his pirate costume
4. I woke up at 5 a.m. and stayed awake all day with NO naps
5. Trick or treating--for some people
6. Eric bought me a cherry coke and 2 crispy cremes!
7. Eric got a hot haircut
8. A quiet night at home with the family

8 Things I'm Looking Foward to:
1. Meeting new baby Horne
2. My family coming to visit next week!
3. Getting back into shape after 2+ years of being pregnant/nursing/just being lazy
4. Eric getting home every night
5. The holidays, especially the Horne's Christmas visit
6. All of Amos' and new baby's milestones and accomplishments
7. Our basement getting finished
8. Wearing non-maternity clothes and sleeping on my stomach

8 Things on my Wish List:
1. To be closer to family
2. Eric owning his own business (and it being successful, at least enough so I'm not a stress ball all the time)
3. EVERYTHING at Costco
4. Closure for "Lost"--it doesn't have to be this season, but eventually
5. New baby Horne being a really good sleeper
6. Good health for my family and friends
7. Calorie free ice cream, chocolate, french fries, and pizza
8. A back rub

8 People I Tag:
1. Eric
2. Emily
3. Deveney
4. Kelli
5. Kris
6. Britni
7. Laura
8. Paige

Boo Humbug

Its a good thing the Trunk-or-Treat was a success, because our Halloween ended a little tame/lame. The day started out exciting enough with a party at Eric's work, but after that it was all pretty much downhill. We were all ready for bed at about 6:30 p.m., but we forced ourselves (except Amos) to stay up for the trick or treaters. We watched "The Village" while we waited for the doorbell to ring. Our doorbell only rang 4 times all night =( Those kids were happy though, because they got a lot of candy from us. Unfortunately, we still have a big bowl of candy left.

This morning Halloween was already long forgotten and Eric, Amos, and I headed to Rod Works for some Christmas decorations. Rod Works was crazy busy (we're talking lines out the door!), but my boys were great and stood in line for me while I shopped. I should probably mention that we skipped right over Thanksgiving because the sale at Rod Works was only Christmas stuff. Anyway, I got some very cute Christmas trees and a "Ho ho ho" sign.

My "doorbuster" treasure (picture borrowed from the Rod Works blog):

We also got new baby Horne's crib this morning, and got it all set up in her room. Amos likes it, so hopefully she will too. I am still having a hard time believing she will be in it next week!