Friday, December 31, 2010

She's here!

Tuesday was some day!  We had Fred's side of the family coming to our house on Tuesday afternoon for a belated Christmas celebration.  We found out just a few days before that Kaylee was going to be delivered via C-section that afternoon as well!  That meant that Jen and Josh were at the hospital while there were nine of us here, having a somewhat rushed opening of gifts, then niece Sarah and I headed to the hospital while the rest of the family stayed here to enjoy the meal that was ready for them (I hope they enjoyed it, although I came home later to find that they didn't touch the dessert!). 

We waited in the family area with Josh's parents, sisters, brother and brother-in-law and my parents, most of us standing in the hallway because it was quite a busy place that afternoon.  Soon several of us began to get text messages with this picture attached....

Kaylee arrived at 4:20 p.m. CST, weighing 7 pounds and 7 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches in length.  That's the same birth weight as her daddy and her grandmother (me)!  Almost immediately after hearing of her arrival, another family received the news that a boy had been born with the exact birth weight, so we all wondered if the scale was stuck!  Kelli, Josh's mom, thought that this picture looked like Jennifer, while I thought it looked like Josh.  We both agreed that she had quite a worried look on her little face.  Perhaps she was wondering what she was getting herself into!

We had a lot more waiting to do, but we were soon joined by the rest of the family that had been enjoying themselves at our house.  Before Jen was moved to a postpartum room, we learned that Kaylee had been moved to the nursery, so we trooped down the hall and oohed and aahed over her through the window until they shooed us back to the family area.  I was able to snap this picture on my phone....

Lots more waiting, although Josh was able to go to the nursery and got pictures of Kaylee's first bath.  We all laughed at this one of her head covered in shampoo!  She looks like she's enjoying a spa day!

Most of the family left for home, while Josh's parents, sisters, brother and I finally made it to the postpartum room to see Jen.  We were finally rewarded with Kaylee's return to her mommy's arms....

Then the baby-holding began!   I got the first turn (thanks, Kelli)!!

Kelli was next, but Josh somehow managed to grab her before I got a picture, so here's Kelli taking a pic of Kaylee in Josh's arms....

Lot's more holding and picture-taking ensued, before we all headed out to give the new family some rest.  I came home to pack a bag and head off to take care of Kaylee's dog family for a couple of days.  Kaylee got to meet Harley and Shiner yesterday afternoon when they arrived home from the hospital, so they're already practicing guarding her....

Yes, indeed, I think this grandmother gig is going to be the best ever!  Be prepared for lots of Kaylee updates.  Maybe I should change the name of my blog to "Pear-Shaped Grandmother"?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Treasury Tuesday

I wasn't planning a pink treasury today, but then we got the news that granddaughter Kaylee is coming today via C-section, since she's breech.  I went looking for something lovely and pink to celebrate her arrival and found one created just yesterday by Cookieletta.  Be sure to visit her lovely shop filled with knitted and crocheted fashion accessories.  I'll be back later in the week with an update on Kaylee's arrival!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Ruby guarding the card from my uncles Larry and Mark....isn't it silly?  That's Larry in the picture, as both Hagar and can click on it to enlarge.  The inside of the card has a picture of their dog also dressed in a "Viking helmet".  I love it!

Have a very Merry Christmas, everyone!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's a wrap!

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The tree is still undecorated and the house isn't clean, but I've finished all of my Christmas shopping....hooray!  And in spite of appearances above, it's all wrapped except for one large item that's still in hiding and two small items that are still in production (well...there is that one that was ordered in November and still hasn't shown may be a New Year's gift if it arrives at all!).  Now I have three days to do all the tedious stuff.  Looks like the Christmas tree is last on the list, but I'm sure Ruby will be happy to help with that, too.

Treasury Tuesday

A triple treat of treasuries for Christmas!

First, a lovely starlit treasury by isamocrochet to remind us of that star in the east!

Here's a joyful treasury by Ironside

And even though I hope you don't have a blue Christmas, I couldn't help but include this brilliantly blue treasury by nikkoblue.

May your holiday be bright and joyful and may Santa be good to you!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Much to do about something.

The rest of the year just chugs along, then here comes December and suddenly it's flying by at warp speed.  I know it didn't do that when I was a kid.  Back then, December was at least twice as long as any of those other months, except maybe the ones that fell between May and September.

Here it is, December 15th, and our Christmas tree is standing naked and forlorn in the dining room, gifts are purchased for only two of the nine recipients on my list, the Christmas cards are still in their box and the house is a mess.

The dining room is also the current resting place of an unassembled crib, waiting for a mattress and bedding and a spot in the master bedroom.  The excitement of granddaughter Kaylee's imminent arrival has me wanting to run out the door and purchase every baby item a grandmother's house should have.

So today is looming before me (no, wait, I haven't even been to bed yet!) with so much that I need to do and a definite need to prioritize. 
  1. go to bed as soon as I've finished this post
  2. get up and dressed again
  3. have tea and breakfast and check email, but stay away from the games on Facebook :)
  4. photograph and list earrings on Etsy
  5. have lunch
  6. clear out the corner of the bedroom and vacuum
  7. wash dishes
  8. have another cup of tea
  9. shop with Jen if she feels up to it after work
  10. have dinner
  11. shop online for crib bedding
  12. sadly deactivate the coupon code in my Etsy shop and consider whether I will ever try it again
  13. figure out how to turn off this list feature on the blog editor
Okay....long list, but no room for tree decorating or house cleaning that is not in the bedroom.  And look, it's already Christmas! 


Well, not really, but that's how slow I am, so it might very well be Christmas before I finish the list of chores for today.  I wonder if I could just hang a really big photo of last year's tree in the living room.  Do you think anyone would notice?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Treasury Tuesday

A Christmas theme with a different color scheme!  This fresh and festive treasury was created by BdayWishes.  So pretty. 

(click the image to be taken to its page on Etsy)