26 May, 2010

He's Here!

Well, it's actually been almost a week now but we finally have the newest addition to our family. Jonathan Glenn Berkan was born Thursday May 20, 2010 at 9:48 a.m. He was 8lbs 14oz and about 22" long. He came into this world very quickly so it was good I was prepared this time (I didn't have to pack my bag while I was in labour, like I did with Evan). My first contraction came less than two hours earlier at 8 a.m. Luckily, the boys were on their way out the door to Auntie's house anyway (I'd been sending them off to play as I was only getting about an hour and a half to three hours of sleep per night). My doctor managed to make it there at about 9:35 and we started pushing a couple minutes later. We were much too quick to get to use any drugs and that was an experience in and of itself. It went super well, though, and both of us came through it well. I have recovered much more quickly than with either of the other two children and he has been an amazingly laid back baby. This is all making the adjustment to three kids easier than I thought it might be. We were also blessed to have my sister and her husband come for a quick visit (and to help out) and my Mom is here now for a few days. Hopefully all will continue to go well. Even our experience in the mother baby unit at the hospital was considerably more pleasant than the last two (other than the heat being unbearable - so much for the air conditioned hospital).

Anyway, that's probably enough chatting...if you want more of the story, you can ask ;). Likely, what everyone would like more is to see some pictures...and here they are.

Just moments after he was born (in Labour & Delivery but after he was cleaned up!).

What a sweet little face...I think he looks like his brothers - mouth and chin are so similar to Evan.

Getting checked in at the nursery - all the measurements and everything done. That hand is headed for the mouth already!

Sweet little feet!

Such a cutie...he has been so calm and laid back!

I love this picture but it was dark so there's a lot of camera shake. I still couldn't resist!

Proud big brother Xander - he wants to help with everything. He even told me that when he's older he'll look after Evan and the baby so I don't have to do anything!!

The newest big brother - loving his little baby!

How could you not love the cute little "Thinker" pose?

I'm sure there will be tons more pictures to post over time but these should give you a glimpse of our newest little one.

Until next time...

15 May, 2010

Killin' Time...

Well, I'm 39 1/2 weeks pregnant and I have zero motivation to do anything. In fact, I uploaded these pictures over an hour ago and am now forcing myself to write this blog post. I am so ready for this baby to get here. I am hot, itchy and sleep deprived (and yes, generally, I get more sleep with a newborn than at the end of my pregnancy). I am not looking forward to the 27 degrees it's supposed to be for the next 4 days or so and hope to spend at least some of that in an air conditioned hospital! Oh, well, there's not a lot that I can really do but try to be patient (key word there is try).

Anyway, I have another two weeks of pictures to show you.

Week 5 Jan 24-30
My parents drove down through a snowstorm for a retreat they were attending/organizing. They happened to come on Dad's birthday so I made him an angel food cake with 7 minute frosting. It was my first ever attempt and my Mom thought I did even better than hers! It was yummy. Here's Grandpa with his birthday present hat and his two cute grandsons.

Here is the results of the snowstorm. We got a crazy amount of snow. Actual snowfall was about a foot but the drifts in our backyard were more like 5 feet.

Jason and Xander building a train track. This set is really a lot of fun to build with...I just think we need some more pieces!

Care group night. We put the chairs out in the living room for people to use and the boys think they make great tunnels to crawl under. It's really cute until someone tries to stand up, anyway!

Jason has this old NASCAR track that he pulled out for the boys. They had some fun with it but the batteries were almost dead so it couldn't really run both cars at once!

My two boys playing Wii. They are so cute when they play together. Xander is actually playing while Evan just has a "dead" controller. They had to sit on the gaming bean bag, just like Daddy does.

Another one of those cute pictures of them sitting together nicely. This actually started with Xander putting his arm around Evan but I didn't get that pic!

Week 6 Jan 31 - Feb 6
This is a picture of the purse I got for Christmas from my parents. It's so cool - made out of old seatbelts. I really like it because they are stiff and give it some form, even if it's not full. It's just the right size, too, not too big, not too small.

Here is my wonderful husband doing dishes for me. My back really bothered me this pregnancy so he was doing dishes even back then, since I couldn't stand in front of the sink that long. I would try to do some of them and then just leave him the rest but I think he did them all this day.

Our old front door. This is the day before it was getting replaced. Goodbye to the ugly, drafty door. Though, I do think the kids loved the mail slot for looking through but they seem to have adjusted.

Here are the window/door guys with our new upstairs windows and front door. It has made a huge difference having these new windows and I just love how they look!

Here is my sister and brother-in-law's car. This is the only evidence that they stayed night at our house. They pulled in late one night and met up with my other sister and brother-in-law to head to Phoenix. They left at some unearthly hour like 3 a.m., after sleeping for about 4 or 5 hours. They're crazy.

The Scotties Tournament of Hearts was on this weekend. This was the semi-final - PEI was the surprise story of the week. They made it this far with a 4th rock thrower who was only 21 or something like that (as was one of their other players). They did incredibly well for the age of the team and it's too bad they didn't win!

Well, I did it. I made myself finish this post, though my hands are getting really warm and starting to bug me so I'd best go. Hopefully I'll be back soon telling you about our new baby but I won't hold my breath!!

Until next time...

12 May, 2010

Too Far Behind...

Well, I hate to say this but there is a FREE kit out right now that I haven't yet told you about. It's a really awesome kit, too and it's a COLLAB between Scraps of Ellay and Nibbles Skribbles. I managed to work with it but the whole being 9 months pregnant thing is making me too tired to be creative or scrap. I did get a couple pages done, though. It's a mother's day kit and is great. I had a good mother's day of doing nothing. We actually ordered in food Saturday night because that's when I was craving it. Jason's parents were over on Friday to celebrate with his Mom so Sunday was just quiet and we did very little. I was gonna scrap those pics but I was too tired to download them. Instead, here are a couple pages that I did and then the previews of the kit.

This one was from when I was in the hospital with Evan...once again becoming a Mommy.
This picture is from Mother's Day 2009. My lovely boys and the flowers they gave me!

You can go to Scraps of Ellay's blog to pick up her part of the collab and there are links to Nibbles Skribbles part there, as well. Here are the previews:

Scraps of Ellay

Nibbles Skribbles

I do have some photos edited but I don't have the energy to post them right now. Maybe tomorrow if I feel up to it!!

Until next time...