Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Elizabeth's birthday!

January 2013
February 2013
March 2013
April 2013
May 2013
June 2013
July 2013
August 2013
September 2013
October 2013 
November 2013 
December 2013

I'm grateful for another year with this SIX-year-old!

Friday, November 8, 2013

I told Hannah I ate all her Halloween candy....again

Here is how Micah responded to me telling him I ate all his candy:

Slight boy/girl difference maybe? :)

I originally was trying to get Micah this year but when his video turned out so boring, I decided to see how Hannah would respond (and if she would remember last year at all). Nope. Oh, and excuse me talking in the beginning. Obviously, I don't know what I was saying..

You can check out the previous years of me doing by clicking on the links below.

Telling Elizabeth I ate her Halloween Candy 
Telling Hannah last year I ate her Halloween Candy

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Life, love, and four little crazies

I've done some updating around the blog. Here are the pages that have gotten an update (click the links below):

My Love

My Four Little Crazies

You can always access these pages by clicking on the tabs right below our picture and right before the newest blog post.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Who does John Owen look like?

Lots of people have asked which one of our children John Owen looks like. I haven't quite made up my mind. Here's why.

Micah and John Owen:

The girls and John Owen:


And yes! That is THREE different babies! 

So have your pick. If you were to say any of our children, I'd say yes. If I had my guess, though, I'd say that he was more of a Hannah/Micah flavor of Parnell. But we will see. 

**10 points if you can guess which baby is who in the comments.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Welcome, John Owen Parnell!

"These people crazy, y'all!"
On September 19th, we checked into the hospital around 7:30pm. I was going in to be induced. It was perfect timing since I had picked up my mom, grandma, and aunt earlier that morning—we had lots of reinforcement for the other three little crazies.

I was pleasantly surprised that I was already 3-4 cm dilated but only 50% effaced. Instead of hooking me up to Pitocin, we opted for something that would help my cervix to thin. The plan was for them to come and check me again in 4 hours. It was around 8:30pm at this point.

Around 10:30 or so, one of my favorite postpartum nurses came by. We were talking when at some point my contractions were starting to make me lose my train of thought and were coming every 3-5 minutes. Fearing my labor would come on too quickly and I'd miss my beloved epidural, I asked if it was too early to get it. Jon arose from his slumber, thinking I was potentially over reacting and asked if I was sure.

My labor and delivery nurse (who was absolutely amazing!) came in and got my fluids going so I could get my epidural and in the mean time, I was telling her I felt pressure when having my contractions. She went and got the doctor. My resident doctor (who was also amazing!) voiced my greatest fear, "It may be too late for an epidural, so I'll need to check you." It felt like all the air got sucked out of the room.

She checked me and immediately relieved my fear–it wasn't too late for my epidural. I was 6cm dilated. (Praise ye the Lord!)

I finally got my epidural around 11:30 or so. It worked beautifully. Jon went back to sleep and I went back to watching TV.

Around 12:30am or so, I told my nurse that I thought my water might have broken. Like I said, my epidural was working beautifully, but my suspicion was right. She went and got my doctor again. She came in, checked me and uttered the words, "She's complete." Just three contractions later, I was staring at my little John Owen face to face—he officially joined the party at 12:39am.

He weighed 7lbs 5 oz and was 19 inches long. He has a head full of black hair with blonde roots shining through in the light and big, beautiful blue eyes. I marvel at the miracle of birth for the fourth time. The Lord sustained us again. He kept our hearts beating by the power of his word, and he inclined my grateful heart to him for another day and another gift.

Then there were FOUR little crazies. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Elizabeth's First Day of Kindergarten

Hello Baby,
my beautiful, first born baby.
The one who has her daddy's brown eyes
And my curly hair.
My baby who my other babies adore and look up to.
The one who greeted Kindergarten holding daddy's hand with eyes wide and a beaming smile.

My baby who's growing more and more into my precious little girl,
particularly on a day like today. 

Oh! And how did these two survive??
They held down crazy quite well without her.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Due Date, Birth Weight Guessing

36 weeks

Here we are at 36 weeks. We are anxiously, excited to meet this guy face to face. Because of I like this kind of thing, let's predict due date and birth size. (Just play along with me, people!)

Here's the history with the others (since y'all know I'm all about helping you make educated guesses):

Elizabeth's ultrasounds predicted a January 4th due date. She was born December 26th. She was 6 lbs, 7 oz and 19 3/4 inches long.

Hannah's ultrasounds predicted a November 3rd due date. She was born October 25th. She was also, 6 lbs, 7 oz and 19 3/4 inches long.

Micah's ultrasounds predicted a June 12th due date. He was born May 2nd. He was 4 lbs, 11 oz and 17 inches long. But let's be honest. He shouldn't really count.

Based on the history of my others, I've never made it to my due date nor have I had a baby bigger than 6 lbs and 7 oz.

In full disclosure: At my last appointment, my doctor felt my belly and said he felt like a big guy. Will he be the one who takes his time and appears on his due date or after and break 7 pounds?? Oh gosh, my hips hope not!

So in the comments below, let's guess...

John Owen's ultrasounds are predicting a September 25th due date. He will come...And he will be...

**And if you just so happen to guess a big, late baby, I probably won't talk to you the rest of my pregnancy. But no worries, I'm sure it's just a hormonal thing and that it will pass...just kidding...kinda of... :)