Monthly Archives: December 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas this year was full of excitement!  Even though Parker was too young to enjoy any of it, it was still fun for Matt and me and we are so thankful for all of the new memories.  Because we have so much family to celebrate with, Christmas usually lasts for several days, which this year, made for a very tired baby and an absolutely exhausted mommy!

I was worried about how Parker would react to such a busy few days with so many people wanting to touch him and hold him, but he really did surprisingly well.

Christmas, Round #1 was on Friday afternoon with Matt’s dad and Michelle and Danielle.  We loaded PJM up and drove to Seabrook for the afternoon to celebrate and enjoyed a delicious lasagna meal and gifts.

My parents and brother arrived from Abilene Friday afternoon, so in between Christmas celebrations with Matt’s family, we were spending time with my family and catching up on the last few weeks.  My brother hadn’t met Parker yet, so it was extra special to see him!

“Uncle Awesome” as he’s decided to be called, holding the little guy!  It didn’t last for long, but at least he held him!

Christmas, Round #2 was on Saturday afternoon with Matt’s mom and Kevin, grandma, and Danielle.  We always do our Christmas celebration with Matt’s mom on Christmas Eve, but this year, they came to our house!  We treated them to a  Mexican themed meal, gifts, and relaxing around the Christmas tree.

all decked out in my reindeer PJ’s, ready for Santa!

Santa definitely came to visit our little PJM!

Enough pictures already!

 Christmas, Round #3 was Christmas morning at our house with my family.  Jillie and Jake came over for breakfast and gifts and we enjoyed a nice relaxing morning together.  Unfortunately, Parker was the star of the show that morning, and there are ZERO pictures of the rest of us on Christmas morning…

Eventually we all got ready to make the drive to my grandparents house for Christmas, Round #4 where we spent the afternoon and evening opening gifts, showing off our little man, and just enjoying family.

Showing off his birthmark and being oohed and ahhed over!

one of many Christmas outifts!  We had to have a couple of wardrobe changes during the course of the day to be able to wear all the holiday gear!  Love the little Santa feet on this one!

Christmas outfit #2 of the day!

Instead of exchanging gifts with everyone, the adults in my family started doing a White Elephant gift exchange.  Whether you decide to participate or just watch, its always sure to bring lots of laughs for a couple of hours!

half of the room during the white elephant gift exchange

Rachel stole these lovely baskets from Katha!

My poor dad isn’t very good at this game, but he definitely gives us lots of laughs…especially when he schemes throughout the whole game and ends up with gifts like this…

Christmas 2011 was busy and tiring, but as usual we had a blast with family and this year had an extra special gift to be thankful for!

4 Weeks, Already?

4 Weeks, Already?

Where in the world have the last 4 weeks gone?  In some ways it seems like its been the longest 4 weeks of my life and in so many other ways, it seems like the last 4 weeks have absolutely flown by.  It feels like just yesterday our little Parker was being laid on my chest for the very first time, that we were leaving the hospital, that my parents were saying goodbye, etc…but then again, I almost feel like he’s been here with us forever.  Even though I’m exhausted and would give anything to sleep more than 3 hours at a time, I wouldn’t change a thing about the last few weeks.

Other than feeding every 2.5 to 3 hours and a pretty solid “bedtime” routine, we don’t have much more of anything that resembles a routine.  Matt leaves for work around 7 every morning and PJM and I  are usually up around 7:15 or 7:30 for the day.  He takes a bottle at that time and pretty much goes back to sleep for a pretty solid 2 hours.  I’m still trying to find the motivation to use that time in the mornings to wash bottles from the night before and take a shower, but most mornings, going back to sleep usually wins.  During the day PJM pretty much just eats and sleeps, but we’re beginning to see a lot more awake time during the day which is lots of fun!  Before his last bottle of the day, we have bath time – which he LOVES, have a bottle, and then rock to sleep for the night.  His first stretch of sleep is the longest of the night, usually close to 3.5 hours.  I’m still trying to make myself go to bed when he goes to bed, but so far, that hasn’t happened.  I usually end up doing laundry, picking up the house, watching TV, and of course wasting time on the computer.

Enough rambling…here’s the little guy over the last 4 weeks…

Right after we brought PJM home

1 week old

2 weeks old

3 weeks old

4 weeks old

Parker James, we love you so much and are so thrilled to now be a family of 3!  We are very slowly figuring things out and learning our new normal.  You have changed our lives so much in just four short weeks and while I don’t wish away these days with you as a little guy, I can’t wait to watch you grow up and see who you become!

Coming Home!

Coming Home!

Thursday morning, December 2nd, we began preparing everything to leave the hospital and take our baby boy home with us.  It was a busy morning getting everything packed up and being discharged from the hospital seemed to take forever, but before we knew it, our little Parker was in his car seat and we were on our way home!  Leaving the hospital was downright scary.  I knew we had great help in my parents waiting for us at home, but knowing that we were now FULLY responsible for this little baby was extremely overwhelming.  I’m not gonna lie…I cried a good chunk of the way home, both happy tears to finally have our little baby, but also nervous tears for what was to come.

all ready to go home in his special outfit!

not thrilled about the carseat…

first family picture at home!

all nice & comfy with Chief!

Kappy has the magic touch!

Even Gigi & Jake stopped by to welcome Parker home!

Once we got home, it was kinda surreal.  We pretty much did nothing except sit around holding him and staring at him.  I was so glad to be home and be able to actually relax.  I was in a lot of pain and just generally uncomfortable, but it felt great to just be at home.

Our First Day Together

Our First Day Together

The night Parker was born seemed to never end.  After getting him all cleaned up and letting our family in to see us for a few minutes, Matt took him down to the nursery to get checked out and have his first bath.  My parents stayed in the room with me and eventually took all of our stuff down to the recovery room where Parker and I would spend the rest of our hospital stay.  On the way to the new room, the nurse wheeled me past the nursery and I got to see him through the windows for a few minutes.

After getting settled into the new room, I enjoyed a lovely “dinner” of saltine crackers and sprite.  Because it was so late, everything at the hospital was closed, so even though I was absolutely starving, there was no real food available till morning.  While Parker was in the nursery for several hours, Matt and I tried to get settled and get a few hours of sleep…Matt slept like a rock, but the nurses kept “checking” on me and I think I might have slept about 30 minutes.  Around 3:30 AM the baby nurses brought Parker to our room and it was time to feed him.  Feeding him was rough…I was exhausted, he was sleepy and didn’t want to be bothered, my nurse was not real helpful, and Matt was sound asleep.  As happy as I was to have my baby in my arms, our first night together was a bit stressful.

Early the next morning, my parents, Jillie, and Jake arrived to see the sweet little angel.  My mom brought breakfast (thankfully!) and Jillie and Jake brought Parker’s welcome wreath to hang on the door of the hospital room.  Matt’s mom and sister showed up around lunch time, his dad and Rick & Trisha Clark (from church) came later that afternoon, and then our good friends, the Speights, Blackburn’s, and Holmes came that evening.  Monica, Hannah, Rachel, Becky, Bonny, Harrison, Nana, Papa, and Michelle all came that evening and by the end of the day, Parker had been oohed and awed over and we were all exhausted.

Chris, Matt’s dad & Parker

Wade & Wendi with Parker

the Blackburn’s and Speights

Becky, Bonny, Harrison, & Jillie

Sandy, Matt’s mom

Danielle, Matt’s sister

Parker James

Parker James

Parker James Manges
November 29, 2011
7 lbs, 9 oz, 20.5 inches
11:20 pm

Parker James made his debut into this world last Tuesday night – surprising us 2 weeks early!  It was such a wonderful experience and we are so happy to have our baby boy in our family.

So here’s how the day went…

After walking 2.5 miles Monday night, I started having contractions, but that wasn’t really unusual and they were very irregular, so I didn’t really think anything about it.  I slept horribly Monday night and now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure I was having contractions all night long, but just didn’t realize it.  I got up and went on to work since I honestly felt pretty ok, but as the morning went on, I started to feel kinda strange.  Finally, I decided to call the doctor and they had me come in to see what was going on.  When we got to the doctor’s office, Dr. L declared that I was leaking fluid and was dilated 5-6 cm!  Wow…not at all what I was expecting to hear!  She sent us straight to labor and delivery and we got checked in and put in a room.

It was all such a whirlwind of a morning and was completely surreal that it was actually happening.  I called my parents when we moved our car to the hospital parking garage and they jumped in the car and sped (85-90 mph!) all the way from Abilene to Houston.  Because we weren’t expecting to be sent to the hospital, we didn’t have any of our bags, so once I got settled into a room, Matt ran home to pick our stuff up and he brought my sister back to the hospital with him.  I was having contractions that were getting stronger and stronger as they upped the pitocin, but I wasn’t really feeling alot of pain from anything.  Eventually, I decided it was time to get the epidural, mainly because I didn’t want to get to a point where it was too late.  I could have lasted a while longer, but whatever.  The epidural had some weird side effects though…it made me shake…almost uncontrollably and I was INCREDIBLY itchy.  I can’t explain how I could feel the itching even though everything was numb, but it was an itch that came from deep within my body and I was borderline miserable.  Dr. L came in to break my water and things really got moving after that.  About an hour later they declared that I was completely dilated to 10 cm, but that the baby’s head was still too high to start pushing.  They let me sleep for an hour or so to see if he would come down at all and at 10:15 pm, it was time to start pushing.  Oh boy!  After an hour of pushing, we had a baby!  Parker James was born at 11:20 pm and it was most definitely one of the best moments of my life!

Love at first sight!

Our first picture as a family of 3!