Snuggling w/ grandbabies!









Teta is staying with us this week when daddy goes back to work!

Please - no more pictures!!









Aaron's Arrival

Aaron & his daddy are asleep - Emma is watching Dora (I'm making her some honey toast) - so I figured I had a few moments to finally sit down and write about Aaron Michael's arrival!!

I had a doctor's appointment on Monday, the 22nd - the day before my due date actually. I had an ultrasound just to make sure everything was looking good -which it was. Aaron was measuring to be about 8lbs 6oz - a big boy already! The plan was that if I didn't go into labor on my own I was going to be induced the next Tuesday, March 2nd (Mom's b'day, too actually!!). So, Monday I got all the paperwork in order for me to finish out the week at work and then start maternity leave the following Monday - the day before I would be induced. Since I still hadn't made any progress in the past three weeks I figured it was safe to assume the induction would come to be...ummm, what's that saying about assumption!?!? So, Monday when I left work I left my laptop at work and all the work lined out for the rest of the week to finish before I left.

We went to bed pretty early Monday night, but were up every hour or so for a while - first Emma got up a couple of times - and of course I was up just b/c I couldn't sleep - too uncomfortable or I had to go to the bathroom AGAIN. The 2nd time I got up to go to the bathroom was around 1:45. I was just thankful it waited until I sat down in the bathroom, but the moment I did my water broke!! I hollered for Michael and when he jumped up I told him my water broke. He was so funny - running around grabbing clothes asking, "Are you sure? Are you sure?" LOL! I knew we still had plenty of time so I told him to just slow down and relax and I called my parents  then went to brush my teeth! My bags were already in the car and I already had clothes laid out for Emma for the next day anyway so I grabbed those and we got her buckled in the car in her pj's. I also grabbed her sleeping bag b/c I hoped she would just go back to sleep on the couchbed in my room. It was about 2:15 in the morning when we made it to the hospital and only about five minutes later we got into triage to get checked out - we were only there about five minutes, too before we were put into a room.

Just like with Emma, even though my water had broke I still hadn't made much progress otherwise. I was still only dilated to 1cm and Aaron hadn't dropped at all so, of course, that meant the evil Pitocin, which was started right away and followed not long after by painful contractions. Skipping all the gory details, when it came time to start pushing for real I was only able to push a few times b/c Aaron was in distress - I didn't know what exactly happened until later, but the cord was wrapped around his neck and every time I had a contraction his heart rate dropped way down into the 50's and he was still pretty high. I heard my doctor tell one of the nurses to get the room ready to take me for a c-section that they baby wasn't coming out fast enough - then she put the suction cup on & told me we were going to try that once and then we were going for  c-section. Apparently, though he made a lot of movement the first time she used the suction cup so she had me try once more - I was pretty scared about going for a c-section and the looks on Michael and mother's faces told me they were worried, too - that was a pretty good motivator to push as hard as I could and that was what it took to get Aaron here!! I was so relieved - it was just like with Emma - we were down to a final push or we were going for a c-section with her, too b/c she was still very high like Aaron. Aaron was nearly a pound heavier than her, though.

He officially made it here at 10:21AM, weighing 8lbs 8oz and was 21 inches long!


I was tired, but so thrilled to finally hold my son!! I got the Mommy-Shakes soon after (just like I did with Emma) and I think it kinda worried Emma b/c she told me to make my teeth "quit doing that" (chattering) and she was a little nervous to get too close to me. I think she was worried about her mommy! She was a little hesitant about getting too close to her brother at first, too but it wasn't long until she was ready to take on her big sister role!


We were surprised to learn we only had to stay one night - at first I had a few complications that my doctor was worried about, but before the next morning they had it under control. After they knew I was going to be fine & Aaron checked out fine they told us we had a choice to stay one more night or go home - ummm...my bed is so much more comfy!!!


We took Aaron on Thursday for his first newborn checkup and my pedi (who wasn't the one who checked him out in the hospital) discovered that it seemed his collarbone was broken. She sent us right away to get an x-ray and made an appointment to see Aaron again on Friday after the x-rays. The x-ray did confirm his right clavicle was fractured. She assured us it wasn't something that was uncommon - that it happened often and that it would be fine. When we found out about it & went for the x-ray I was a bit of an emotional basketcase - and I was mad, too b/c it wasn't discovered before we left the hospital. Another reason I love our pedi b/c she never misses anything - or hasn't so far. She told us it would heal on its own, there was nothing to do about it. She just advised us to dress his right arm first so it would be easier to get his arm in his sleeve and not pull more than necessary. He doesn't appear to be bothered by it at all - he still raises his arm up over his head and moves it around as much as the other arm. Sometimes when he is sleeping his right arm is at his side as opposed to curled up under his chin like his left arm and he has a bruise on his shoulder - he'll eventually get a knot (callous from the fracture) on his shoulder that will also go away - and within a few weeks he'll be perfectly healed.


I know all this - that he is going to be just fine - but it is still hard to know my baby boy already has something like this happening to him. I feel a lot better after the assurance we received from his pediatrician and seeing him and knowing he isn't in a lot of pain, I'm just ready for him to be healed and have this behind him.


He is doing very good at home, too. He is a very good baby - he is happy and content most of the time - he lets me know when he's hungry of course and doesn't like me "doctoring" his belly button or his circumcision. And Emma is being a great big sister!! The only real difference I've seen in her is she seems to be getting hurt more often - my baby girl is tough and usually if she falls, she jumps up and brushes it off and go on her way. Now every time she bumps anything she gets a little whiny, "Mommy, I hurt myself" - think she is looking for just a little bit more attention, don't you?? She sure seems to love her little brother, though. She always wants to hold him and wants to help do things for him. She's been home all week with us, but next week she is going to start going to the babysitter three days a week - that way she'll keep her regular routine and get to see her friends and I'll be able to get plenty of rest. This week Michael has been home, too but he has to go back to work on Monday :( and my mother is going to come stay with us for the week.


I'm doing pretty good, too - though yesterday I think I over did it a bit. We were out at the pediatrician's for a while, then had to stop at the store for some things and I paid for it when we got home - I was in quite a bit of pain from being up on my feet more than I should have.


I've updated my album with pictures from the hospital - they are all here.

Bundled up to go home! Sleepy, too!









A few moments sleep









Our beautiful son!









Aaron Michael is here!!









Aaron Michael is here!!









Aaron Michael is here!!









A Small Pumpkin? Seriously?


According to BabyCenter.Com...

How your baby's growing:


It's hard to say for sure how big your baby will be, but the average newborn weighs about 7 1/2 pounds (a small pumpkin) and is about 20 inches long.

A small pumpkin - okay, seriously little boy, it's time to come out & say hello to Mommy, Daddy & your big sister! I don't want to wait till this is updated to "watermelon"!! And given the fact that he's the size of a "small pumpkin" he can't really move around too much so every time he decides to kick me it's in the same exact spot so I have a permanent sore spot from getting pummeled from the inside! I am going to get to see him this morning, though - via ultrasound. I have an appointment at 11:00. I am anxious to see him one way or another!!

We did have a good weekend, though. Friday night I really did think I was going into labor, but the pains passed with out anything happening. Saturday morning my brother, nephew & parents came over. My brother, nephew & Michael installed our shiny new kitchen sink - I love it!!! It's sad that a kitchen sink is what excites me now! LOL - it is pretty, though! I was so ready to get rid of the porcelain one. I just knew I was going to love it, but no way - stainless is the only way I'll go from now on! After my brother & nephew left we went to eat with my parents (that's where the picture in my previous post is from).

We rode with them and when they brought us back to the house & were getting ready to leave Emma asked to go home with them. We weren't planning on it, but she really wanted to go and made it apparent she wasn't going to be happy if she couldn't go with Teta & Geddo - so we packed her clothes & got her church dress & off they went - mother sent me a picture less than 10 minutes later and she was passed out again - she didn't wake up until the next morning!!  She went back to sleep after church, too & when Michael and I got there for lunch she was still napping so I got in the bed with her and she woke up!

When we got home on Sunday Michael & I were both feeling a bit yuck - sinus congestion is kicking our butt on top of me feeling like I'm about ready to pop so we took it easy the rest of the evening to get ready for the weekly grind this AM. I was anxious to get up and get the day going actually b/c I am ready for my ultrasound this morning and to see if we're making any progress yet! I'll give another update after my appointment this morning!

Emma didn't make it through the meal









Sleepy girl!!

Pregnancy Progress

None. Zilch. Nada. Nil. Zero.

(N's and Z's - interesting!!!)

So, yesterday at my appointment my doc tells me I still haven't made any more progress. This little boy is going to be more stubborn than his big sister and his daddy combined - Lord please help me! Instead of waiting another week for my next appointment she told me to come in Monday and we're going to do an ultrasound - just to make sure everything is looking alright and on track for the time table we have - fluid levels, size, etc. At least I know I'll get to see him Monday for sure even if it is just on a monitor!!

I'm still having a lot of contractions, but never really more than a couple in an hour and they aren't the kind that I have to huff & puff, through like a real labor contraction would be. I'm still at 1cm and about 50% effaced at this point and he hasn't dropped at all.

If I don't deliver by my due date my doctor said she would let me go about a week passed before she thought it would be time to induce - which would be kinda cool actually b/c that would be March 2nd and that is my mother's birthday! How neat would that be? Though - he still could come on his own - he could even hit my SIL's b'day, which is February 24th. I wouldn't mind avoiding pitocin b/c that just means terrible labor pains - ugh! Even though I wasn't induced with Emma I had to have some b/c she wasn't progressing either after my water broke and it made the pain nearly unbearable...I don't want to go that route if at all possible, thankyouverymuch!!!!

So, now we continue to wait. We STILL don't have his curtains up (which was the same with Emma - that was the last thing we did and they weren't up when she arrived). I bought the curtain rod last week so maybe I can get it up tonight. Maybe that's all he is waiting on! Ha ha!

Every day when I come into the office people look at me & say something like, "You're still here..." or "He is just taking his time isn't he?" - I think it's b/c in these last couple of weeks my belleh has really just shot out - I need to take an updated picture.

La de da...patience!!

Scary event...

I never thought it could happen, but Emma pulled her chest of drawers down on top of her Thursday night. It was the scariest thing ever for me. I told her to go get her pj's so we could get ready for bed...she ran off to her room then I heard a loud crash and she started screaming. I jumped up and ran in there and she was sitting in the middle of the room with her legs stretched out in front of her, two of the drawers sitting on her legs. I rushed over and set the chest upright and pulled the two drawers off her legs - I was so scared I was going to reveal two broken legs, but she was fine. She had the tiniest cut on one of her fingers, probably from her piggy bank. It was on top of the chest and full of money, mostly change so it was very heavy - it was laying shattered right next to her - I can't believe it didn't hit her, but I figured that's where the cut came from. Once I assessed that she was alright I couldn't stop crying and holding her, then I wanted to spank her little hiney till my hand fell off b/c we've talked about climbing over and over and over and over again.

I've tested out the sturdiness of her chest of drawers and it is so solid I really thought it would be very hard for her to pull it over, but after this I know better. I've ordered some wall brackets to put on it now and hopefully they'll be here soon. We will not take another chance like that - I can't believe it didn't put me into labor I was so scared - running around pulling furniture up like it was nothing and like I wasn't pregnant!
Not only did the piggy bank break, though - the drawers themselves suffered some casualties. Three of the five drawers came out of the chest. The brackets that were on the chest were the kind that weren't supposed to allow the drawers to slide out w/out clicking a little latch - child safety and all that. But the brackets didn't hold up - I don't know if it was the force of them falling forward or what, but we had to buy new brackets for three of the drawers and Michael replaced them - they actually slide smoother now too, to be honest.


I think - hope - it scared Emma enough, too so that she doesn't try to do that again. She kept saying "I ask Mommy & Daddy for help next time..." meaning instead of climbing to get something from a top drawer she would ask us to get it for her. BUT then yesterday she came to me with something that was on top of her chest of drawers and when I asked how she got it she told me that she moved her chair (from her little table/chair set) over and stood on top of it. Well, that didn't make me exactly thrilled, but it was a heck of a lot better than pulling out the drawers to stand in them. We're working on a strict "no-climbing" policy going forward, though. I swear she is part monkey b/c she climbs on everything!! I wasn't thinking about it until mother pointed it out, but we're also going to have to make sure she doesn't try to climb into the crib with her little brother when he gets here!! She is going to make me age if she keeps this up!


I am just so thankful that God was watching out for my baby and took care of her!!


So glad my hubby has a green thumb!









REPOST: Because I can't watch it enough






I love this video clip - every time I watch it I crack up and just want to scoop my baby girl up and squeeze her!!

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"That fish ate that worm!?!"

No, I didn't go into labor...

I took the day off  b/c my nephew drove down from Dallas to fix our heater today - my boss emailed me she had to keep telling people, "No, she isn't in labor!!" LOL! Funny b/c I figured that would happen! I wouldn't mind if that had been the real reason I wasn't at work, though.

This past week has been such a pain dealing with this heater. I don't know what we would have done this week w/out our amazing family - my parents brought over space heaters, which has kept our room nice and toasty - Emma has been sleeping with us this week, too so she'll be warm at night, too. We had a technician come out to see about it when it first started acting up, but he didn't know what he was doing obviously b/c he said there was nothing wrong with it...that it was a problem with the circuit board and when we reset it (like my brother had told me to do on the phone) it must have fixed the problem. He was so wrong - b/c the next day it was out again - thankfully I have another friend here in Houston that owns an AC  business and he came out late one night to check it out for us. He knew immediately what the problem was - the the motor was going out on our blower. He said it could go out at any time...so my brother drove up after that and replaced the motor for us. He said he knew immediately that it was going out when he looked at it - made me so angry that the technician didn't have a clue what he was doing.

After he replaced the motor, though it still wasn't working for some reason and this time he didn't have the part that needed replacing. It was something that Michael could replace so yesterday he stopped to get one on the way home and of course, the AC supply place didn't have any in stock. I was talking to my brother about it and he also suggested talking to my nephew, his son. When I did my nephew said he was going to be off today and would rather just drive down today and check it out himself and fix it for us...like I said, we have an amazing family and don't know what we would do without them.

So, I took the day off and he drove down this morning - he had it all fixed (it wasn't that part that needed replacing) in a matter of fifteen minutes!!!! He's pretty smart like that! I think we are going to start having someone come check out our system every year now (should have been doing that to begin with), but I won't let them make any repairs or replacements w/out talking to my brother or nephew first. After that technician came out and didn't know the first thing of what he was doing I don't know if I'll let anyone but my brother or nephew or my friend that came out do a thing to our system for fear they'll do more harm than good just get money out of us.

I am so glad my nephew came down b/c our plan was to replace the part Michael stopped to buy - it was actually a good thing it wasn't in stock b/c we would have replaced it only to find that our system still wasn't working. I just wanted to cry when Michael told me they didn't have it, but turns out that was the best thing that could have happened. I've just been so sick of dealing with this issue - I was scared I was going to bring a newborn home to a cold house, though I know we could have stayed at my parents' house if that had happened, but I just wanted it fixed. And now it is!!!

Feeding her baby









My Loves Playing









Maybe a couple touchups, but I think I'm done!!









Mural Day 2 - It's Getting There









Mural Day 1









It's midnight and I'm tired so it'll have to wait till tomorrow to get
finished!!!

Had a bad night...

I had a headache when I went to my doctor's appointment yesterday, which I mentioned to the nurse as she was taking my BP b/c I knew it would be up - and sure enough it was. I don't know which causes which, but anytime I have a headache my BP is up. I hadn't been feeling wonderful all day as it was and before my doctor's appointment I had to rush home to meet the guy to look at our heater - which of course was working fine while he was there and then this morning it didn't want to come on again when I tried to get the house warm while we were getting dressed. Great - gotta make another phone call. I think we're about to have another cold snap and we can't be without heat. My parents of course said we could stay with them if it got too cold & wasn't fixed, but maybe this time they'll be able to figure out the problem.

So...as I was saying, I hadn't really been feeling great all day as it was and then was rushing home from work and then rushing back out to my doctor's office and knew my BP was high. I thought the good news of "thinking" the heater was fixed along with the good news that we're finally making progress (I'm now dilated to 1cm and 50% effaced) would make me happy & calm, but maybe it was just too much for one day for me at 37 weeks. I don't know, but the headache just continued to get worse as the day went on. So I picked up Emma and headed home - told Michael he had dinner duties and tried to lay down for a while hoping it would get better.

It didn't.

It never did.

It just continued to get worse as the night went on.

I put Emma to bed and laid down with her a while before going to bed early myself - I had ice on my head most of the evening, but it didn't really help much either. I was nauseous all night. I didn't sleep most of the night. Kept getting up thinking I was going to be sick and then the movement would cause more pain to my head. I took a Tylenol at some point during the night, but of course that doesn't really do much, but it's all I can take. It rained all night and stormed - the electricity went off once - and I was up for all that.

This morning I slept in a little and Emma woke up early and came in to snuggle with me. I finally got up, but it was slow going. I sipped on a coke for the nausea and finally felt like I wouldn't have to call in sick. I may regret that and be leaving work early today if I don't really improve this morning.

I wish I could thoroughly describe how my headaches feel. Honestly, childbirth is the only pain that I can think of that comes close. It's a sharp, throbbing pain over my left eye that cuts way back into my head - it's like someone is driving a hot poker into my head ripping my skull open. And if I happen to sneeze or cough - then it's Katy Bar the Door b/c the pain is just intensified at least ten-fold!! It's been that way for over a decade now - I was scared for years I had something going on - like a clot or something crazy like that right there, but I've had CT scans and they always come back normal. It's just where my migraines reside I guess. Does anyone else who has migraines have such a concentrated pain like that??? I was lucky during my pregnancy with Emma b/c I did not have one headache - which is odd b/c my BP was up a lot when I was pregnant with her. This time around everything has just gone perfect, but I've had a few bad migraines still. :(

Well, I am going to see how today goes and if by lunch time I'm still feeling puny I may take a half day and go home to bed...

I am still exciting about finally making progress baby-wise, though!! It's only 1cm and could be this way for a month, but at least something is happening!!

It's okay...

According to BabyCenter.com all is okay to venture out now!!
Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away.

No, no, no - I am not going to rush him!! He's my baby boy and he'll get here when he's good and ready - I'm not going to be a pushy mama!! Maybe I'll try to the guilt route, though! LOL Gotta save up all the painful stories from this gestation period to put onto him when he isn't acting right!! Ha ha! Of course I would never do that either. My parents have never tried to guilt me for anything - or any of my siblings - and I would never be so terrible as to do that to my children either. So baby boy, you just take your time until you're good and ready to say hello to us!

I think we finally have his room ready - I need to take some pictures. I have a few more prints that need to get hung up (this weekend hopefully) and the valance over the window needs to be hung - otherwise it's all finished. It's very simple, but very cute I think.

And I think we have decided on a name. It's funny b/c it's a name I recommended way back when and of course, Michael didn't like it (why do men think the idea has to be theirs to be any good?), so I moved on from that name. Weeks and weeks later after not coming up with anything else that suited us both BAM! up pops this name again only from Michael. He now likes it and it's his favorite - I on the other hand had moved on like I told you, so now I'm having to warm up to it again. What's the name you ask...

Aaron Michael Kubeczka


Now keep in mind, it's not settled 100%, written in stone, go out and get it embroidered onto everything - it's the front runner. It's Michael's favorite name now and I am working back to liking it as much as I did when I first suggested it and he ran all over it!!! Don't get me wrong - I do like the name (otherwise would I have suggested it?) - I like that it isn't very common. I only knew one Aaron growing up - he was my best friend's little brother actually - I know there are a few celebrities with the name, too:

  • Aaron Allston, game designer and author of Star Wars books

  • Aaron Burr, American politician and adventurer

  • Aaron Carter, musician

  • Aaron Davis, Canadian musician(pianist), former leader of the Aaron Davis Band and member of the Holly Cole Trio

  • Aaron Eckhart, from "The Core" and other movies

  • Aaron Neville, from the Neville Brothers, solo artist, also known for singing duets with Linda Ronstadt

  • Aaron Sorkin, creator of "The West Wing"

  • Aaron Tippin, country musician

  • Aaron Rodgers - NFL Quarterback


(okay, so I don't know who ALL those people are, though...)

Aaron was the brother of Moses - the name means "Mountain of Strength" - it is derived from the Hebrew name Aharon which is most likely of Egyptian origin (cool that its origin is Egyptian like me).

So - Emma & Aaron? They sound good together, too. And it's cute to hear Emma say "Aaron"!

February Desktop Calendar

It's February - it's a new month - time for a new desktop calendar, too (sorry I'm late)! This is the one I'm using and you're welcome to download one for your own use (sans my baby girl's picture, of course). Just click on the links below to download the size you need. Please leave some love via a comment if you download one!



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If you think it looks familiar it should - it's the set I also used for my blogger header this month.

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