Monday, January 28, 2008

More Baby Photos

Here is my wonderful doctor who delivered Isaac.

Here is Sam acting silly wearing Mr. Potato Head's glasses.

And here are a couple more photos of big brother admiring little brother.

All and all everything has continued to go well here at the Kellen household. I can't complain really...other than a little sleep deprived (and I suppose not by much) I am doing well. I am almost completely sore free, and luckily my tummy has shrunk back to a tolerable size. :-) Spring time is just around the corner and I couldn't be more thrilled to get out and about in the nice weather to lose the added weight I have gained through 2 pregnancies. Samuel is testing the waters as he nears the 2 year marker and he definitely has his daddy's stubborn side in him. Hopefully that will go away! He continues to enjoy his big boy bed and continues to go down without a fight! I thought that transition would be much harder, but apparently he was ready to sleep in a big boy bed. All the generous gifts of clothes and food have helped us with the transition of having a new born again and all is appreciated! For now that is all I have to report on. More later!

Monday, January 21, 2008

7 Days & Beautiful

Already a week has gone by and I'm still getting used to Isaac being all mine. He has been the best baby so far; nights have been a breeze, considering he'll sleep for 5 hours at a time when we lay down at midnight. Overall he is so happy. Eating and sleeping consists of his days with a bath thrown in the mix. Samuel is showing how proud he is by giving his little brother kisses on his head and grinning from ear to ear. I thought that it would be harder with two boys, but for the most part Sam still has a lot of playing to do that doesn't involve bothering his little brother. He is most concerned if he hears him crying or when I'm feeding him, but for the most part he is still happy in his own little world of imagination and play. Once Isaac is older things are bound to get interesting, and I'm sure we'll enjoy ride no matter how frustrating it may become.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Isaac James Kellen 01/14/08

The doctor came in and broke my water at 8:20 a.m. on the 14th of January, and shortly there after contractions had already begun. I couldn't believe that I would soon be holding my little bundle of love. The oversized jacuzzi tub and birthing ball all helped me advance through each contraction, up until the very end that is. Finally the time came to push. YIKES! Going through birth without an epidural is much different than going through a birth with one. I can't begin to describe the intense pain I was going through. The burning and stretching sensation was more than I ever thought it would be; and like most women who try to go without an epidural, I hit the wall and asked for one. However I knew I had asked too late and my doctor nicely told me, "Honey, we are way past the point of getting an epidural." Guess I had no other option at this point but to grit my teeth and get the job done...and I did. At 6:54 p.m. Isaac James Kellen was brought into this world. He is so beautiful! Unlike his big brother Isaac has a good head of brown hair, very long fingers, and long feet. Isaac weighed in at 6 lbs 14 oz and is 20 1/2 inches long. What a wonderful miracle God lets us experience.

Here is mommy and my two boys.

And here is the proud big brother loving on his little brother for the very first time. Samuel enjoys pointing out all of Isaac's facial features to include his nose, ears, hair, eyes, and chin. Samuel also thinks that his little brother's hands are funny and how they move. Looks like they'll be best buds, at least for now.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

A Few New Pictures

It has obviously been a while since my last post, but I have had a lot of things on my mind. We got through the holidays and are thankful for everything we received, but the thoughts that I have been feeding my mind lately are all about Sam and the new baby. I'm trying to grasp how different things will be with a new born plus a very active 19 month old at home, and how I can be a good mommy so that I give the right needed attention to both of my boys.

To help Sam feel like he is going to be the big boy of the house Joel and I bought him a big boy bed. Daddy got a little crazy and decided that he wanted Samuel to have a full size bed to grow into and Samuel loves it so far. There hasn't been any sleeping in it yet because I am determined to keep him in his crib for as long as I can while he isn't fighting me on the subject. So for now we play on the bed and sit on the bed, and talk about what a big boy he'll be once his little brother shows up. I have to admit I'm sad that Sam won't be the baby anymore, but am excited to have a new born all at the same time. How mothers have the same amount of love for each of their children is amazing; as of right now I feel like I couldn't love any child more than I do Sam, but to my surprise, I'm sure, I'll love Isaac just as much as Sam. What a wild ride we have ahead of us....just like I wanted it!

Here is a picture of Joel and I before we left for his holiday work party (I look fat so everyone just needs to get over that first comment that comes into their minds! :-))

Here are some of Samuel on Christmas day enjoying the treasures that Santa brought: