Sunday, November 21, 2010

Photo Shoot with Margo

This afternoon I took Miss Margo outside for some pictures. A few weeks ago when Leslie was sharing Brayden's 2 year pics with me, I realized I never got Margo's 2yr. pictures done. Well, now she's close to two and a half. Oh, well....better late than never.

In this pic, she's telling me to "shhhhhh, be chiet".

Cris-cross, applesauce.

In the dogwood tree....should've known that would bring a smile.

Fun, fun!

Piggy tails out.

Sweet girl....she's a mess!
I did a Christmas card photo shoot with all the girls yesterday afternoon and I think I got some pretty good shots. It's really tough trying to get all three to cooperate at the same time. And no, we have not put up our Christmas decorations. Nor have I bought the first Christmas gift. BUT.....I did decorate my blog for Christmas.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

National Prematurity Awareness Day

This is a picture of my tiny little niece, Avery, holding my pinkie finger. Avery was born two and a half weeks ago at 26 weeks gestation and weighed 1 lb. 8 oz. I met her last week for the first time :-)

I pray for her every day, usually several times a day. Her parents are riding the NICU roller coaster right now.

If you want to get an idea of what the NICU is all about, tune in to Discovery Health today. They are re-airing the docu-drama called NICU that originally aired this summer. This show follows real-life families of premature infants and the roller coaster of emotions that they encounter at some of the country's top NICUs. It shows the day-to-day care required to sustain the smallest of lives and how doctors and nurses work around the clock to ensure the survival of their tiny patients. ( This info. was taken directly from their website).

November 17 is dedicated to raising awareness for prematurity. I am participating in Bloggers Unite to promote awareness for prematurity by:

1. posting their badge on my blog ---see upper right hand corner. Below the bloggers unite badge is one I just created for Avery. You can post it to your blog too...the code is underneath.

2. asking you to visit this website AND

3. blogging about someone I love

I have been a neonatal nurse for over 15 years and now I am an aunt to a premature infant, so this is something that is near and dear to my heart. I have seen so many incredible advances in neonatal medicine and technology during my nursing career. I can only imagine what the future holds. Help promote awareness today. If you blog, add the badge to your blog. If you are on Facebook, join this group or this one. There are ways to support your local NICU such as knitting or crocheting premie/newborn caps or participating in Project Linus. Take some snacks or goodies to the parent/family lounge or waiting room of your local NICU. Volunteer to cook a meal at your local Ronald McDonald House. Make a donation to the March of Dimes. It is through funded research that the March of Dimes has saved the lives of thousands of babies from such things as the PKU test to Nitric Oxide to surfactant therapy (which my little niece received).
And last but not least, offer your prayers and support for the families of these precious little babies.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Margo Reads to Branson

Here is a video of Margo reading her favorite book to her friend Branson. See if you can hear her reading the part about Grover's mommy being a "mechanical genius". I also love when she and Branson are picking out Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Grover on the pages. She's such a bossy little thing, telling Branson, "no that's a balloon" after he says it's a ball. Pause the playlist on the right sidebar to hear the story. You can also double click directly on the video (center) or either in the lower right hand corner to enlarge the video. Enjoy!

Friday, November 05, 2010

Halloween 2010

The girls had a very busy week last week with all of the Halloween festivities. We had our Fall Festival at church, classroom parties, dress up for piano and dance lessons, trick-or-treating, and a Girl Scout function! Whew!!!!

Margo was Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, or as she likes to say, "Darfy". She was so proud of those ruby red slippers!

Lydia was Princess Leia from Star Wars. Her costume was fun to put together and cheap! We got the robe and belt from the Salvation Army. I loved fixing her hair for this. Those side buns were just too cute on her!

Madeline was the Wicked Witch of Johnston County! HaHa! She was originally going to be the Wicked Witch of the West to go along with Margo's costume, but at the last minute decided on a new name!

The girls put a Halloween bandanna on Annie. She was not too happy about that!

We went over to see Brayden and barely got to his house for all the cars and trick-or-treaters! OMG, their neighborhood must have been the hot spot in JoCo!

We ended the night by meeting up with the Coats and Miuras for some more trick-or-treating and a delicious meal cooked by Kelly's mom! We've been doing this for three or four years now. It's the adults' favorite part of Halloween! That chicken and pastry was soooo yummy!

Faith, Lauren and Lydia....all born just a few months apart. They are growing up!

On Sunday Madeline's Brownie Troop went to the Carolina House to play Halloween Bingo with the residents and serve refreshments. The girls really enjoyed this and interacted so well with the residents. We even got to witness a fight between a couple of the residents.......a lady started throwing her bingo chips at a man sitting across from her. Of course, this happened at the table where Madeline was helping. Madeline talked about this for days and even journaled about it at school!

Oh, how I wish we still had some of this cookie cake. It was sooooo good. Madeline won this at the cakewalk at the Fall Festival at church. She was so excited because she was the very first winner on the cakewalk and she had her pick of all the cakes. I think she made a great choice!

Avery update: My sister-in-law, Catherine, is now home and doing much better. Avery, my tiny little niece, is stable in the NICU. I talked with Catherine yesterday and she got to hold Avery for the first time! Keep the prayers coming!