Saturday, December 11, 2010


I realize I haven't blogged since our trip to Idaho, which was September... I thought I would blog more once I had Desmond because I would actually have something to blog about, which is true, but I still don't blog. So here I am trying again... So since September we have had Desmond's first Pumpkin patch trip, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. We went to the pumpkin patch with Grandma and Grandpa Winklepleck, spent Halloween at home and didn't really do anything, and Thanksgiving my parents came over from Idaho and spent the week with us, which was a lot of fun and Thanksgiving was fun too. I was able to see most of my family which is always the my highlight of the holidays.

Desmond will be 6 months next week, we are trying to get him started on solid food but he doesn't seem to like much, he likes carrots and bananas and is okay with peas... all the other things I have tried he makes a disgusted face and gags so I will just have to keep trying.
Fun things that Des is doing now:

Rolling, he rolls EVERYWHERE it's his way of getting around, it is pretty cool to watch; he rolls onto his belly uses his arm to move the direction he wants to go then rolls. He also thinks it is pretty cool to copy sounds, so that is always entertaining to see how much he can copy.

So now that Des is 6 months we have decided that it is time for him to sleep in his crib... he HATES it, the second I put him down he starts whining and that turns into a cry. I've tried to just let him cry but he gets himself very worked up and won't stop. I am trying a new method this weekend that apparently only takes 3 days, so by Tuesday night he should be fine with sleeping in his crib... we'll see.

Another struggle is Des not sleeping through the night... I really wouldn't mind if it was just getting up once, but it is 2-3 times regularly and every once in a while it will be 4+ times, hoping that when he is in his crib he will wake up less frequently... if not I am on the verge of giving him one bottle of formula at bed time too see if that works since it takes longer to break down.

Last thing on the struggles list is job hunting, I have been applying for jobs for 2 months now, I have only had one interview... I haven't been declined any jobs I just haven't been contacted mainly by OSU, but Ryan says they take a LONG time in their hiring process, so crossing my fingers for one of the 6 applications I have there. If anyone sees any good full-time jobs that seem exciting let me know I need one by end of January at the latest.

Other than the few struggles we're having, life is great! Christmas is around the corner and it is my favorite Holiday, plus I get to get together with my whole family again. Here are some pictures of the last couple months.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


So we decided to go on a trip to Boise to visit my parents and Des needed some Grandma and Grandpa ( I am thinking Nana and PopPop would be cute for Des to use when he can talk :) ) Mellen time. So we flew to Boise, Des did really well on the plane he nursed when we took off, fell asleep, woke up about 10 minutes before we landed, smiled at everyone on the plane, I was very relieved he didn't cry. During our trip my mom showed us some cool spots around Boise and we also got to go to the Zoo on our last day there, it was fun but a little sad to see all the animals caged up. Here are some pictures of our trip.

Grandpa singing the Budweiser song to Desmond (he insisted that Des loved the song)

My mom, Des, and I did a 4 mile hike to get the newspaper, this was on our way back up.

Grandma and Desmond

Boise Zoo

Family photo

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Desmond went for his 2 month check up on Thursday. He is 13 lbs 7 oz, 25 inches long, and his head is 39 cm, he is a big boy! Which I figured he was since he is already wearing 3 month clothing.Dr. Wong said he was healthy and a very good boy because he was so happy at the appointment.

I think Des is going to be a big flirt, he smiled at the nurse and she thought it was SO adorable. I am going to have to teach him while he's young about his flirting. :)

We decided to get him fully vaccinated, I knew before I got pregnant that I would get my children fully vaccinated. I am not going to go into details on my reasoning because there is such big controversy with parents when it comes to vaccinations. I just see it as it being each persons own choice, parents should do what makes them comfortable. Anyways Des was a brave boy, he only cried for a minute and then he was fine about it and took a short nap on the ride home. Here are some pictures of before he knew what was coming and after the evil nurse poked him with a sharp object in his legs.

The night of his check up he went 9 hours between meals and slept for 7 of those 9. SEVEN!!! WAHOO for mom. It was nice to have 7 full hours, although I kept waking up because it is unusual for him to go that long, but he got up at 4 am ate and then slept two more hours.
Last night was the first night he slept in his bassinet beside the bed and not in the bed with me; It took a lot of will power for me to not pick him up and have him sleep next to me, he of course had no problem with it. He slept 5 hours straight in it and woke up ate and slept another 3, after that I decided I needed him to sleep in the bed. So we cuddled for two hours and then he decided it was time to get up, you know 6:45 am is sleeping in for him. :)
Next goal, sleeping in his own crib, but I think I am going to have to wait a couple weeks until I am comfortable with that.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Just because

I have recently started cooking real dinners, Desmond is a little older now and it is easier for me to have time to prepare dinner. I have been expanding my choices for meals as well as making up my own recipes instead of following one, which has turned out okay... I still need practice. I notice that when I am looking a recipes in books it tends to cost more to make the meal because I have to go out and buy everything for it but I figure once I start cooking more I will have most everything I need on hand for future recipes. I am also learning to use the same thing for different meals which also saves a TON of money. I have also come to the realization that I need to shop at Cubbies (AKA: Winco), I HATE shopping there, it is always busy and you have to pack your own bags and you always feel rushed when packing your bags because there is always someone behind you. I also really dislike the produce and meats at Cubbies, which means shopping at more than one grocery store, which would be fine but with a newborn it is not so fun lugging the car seat in and out of different stores luckily (knock on wood) Desmond is really good at the store and usually falls asleep, I think he enjoys the motion of the cart. :)

Here are a few pictures to share of Desmond, he is growing SO FAST! I am still trying to move him into his room, part of the hold up is because he is still not constantly sleeping more than 3 hours at a time. He'll do 4 hours stents one night and 5 another and then back to 3, although the other night I did get one 6 hour yay! The other part of the wait in putting him in his crib is because I am not ready to have him not sleep next to me, it is scary for me because his room is on the other end of the house by the front door and his window is right next to the neighbors back yard and they are so loud (collage students) and they smoke so I don't feel comfortable leaving his window open but it is kind of a must in the Summer when the temperature is so high. Anyways back to the pictures.

Kill the Binki!

Sunday, August 8, 2010


I thought I would share some pictures of Desmond and the pups. When we first brought Desmond home Chewie (the Chihuahua) was fine with him and became very protective of him, and to this day he is still his protector, he loves sleeping at his feet at night and growls at Buffy when she gets too close. Buffy (the Pug) on the other hand was crazy excited when we first brought Desmond home, she wanted to jump all over him, very scary! Ryan worked with her and she has calmed down a TON, she still has her crazy moods, but she has become very gentle around Desmond and always wants to be next to him, most of the time she likes to rest her head on him. I know that when Des starts crawling and walking he is going to have a blast with his two best friends.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Oregon Coast

Ryan and I decided to take Desmond to the coast for his first beach trip/trip ever. He actually did pretty good on the car ride there, but the way back home he was not happy about being in his car seat. We went to Mo's and then to the outlet mall, of course Des was the only one that returned with anything; there is no way to not buy baby clothes, they are just too cute! He enjoyed the trip for the most part and it was in the mid 60's so not too cold. Here are some pictures, unfortunately they are just from are cameras from our phones but he looks cute in his OSU hat even though the logo is backwards courtesy of the OSU bookstore :)

Thursday, August 5, 2010


It has been a LONG time since I last blogged, so I am back! My goal is to start blogging more since I am a stay at home mom for a while and I might have time to now, that is if Desmond decides to start taking longer naps anytime soon :) So here's the updates, starting with Desmond's birth.

It all started June 14th at 1 am, my contractions were about 25 minutes apart, so I didn't really get to sleep starting at 1, I decided that by 6 am trying to sleep was impossible so I got up to eat some cereal. My mom was here visiting so that she could be here for the birth. I told her about my contractions and a couple hours later we decided to go for a walk to try and get things going a little faster. By 4 pm my contractions were about 5-6 minutes apart and we called my doctor and she told us to come on into her office so she could see how much I was dilated. So Ryan, myself, and my mom hopped in the car and drove to the clinic, I was 3 cm, so Dr. Morcos said I can either go home and labor there for a little longer or go to the hospital, I decided on home. We got home and I labored for a little longer, my contractions felt like they were getting more intense and closer together so we headed to the hospital and checked in around 6:30 pm. When I was checked in and settled the nurse checked me and said I was 4 cm, ONLY 4!! So Ryan called Abby and let her know what was going on and told her to come anytime, I think she got there around 8 or 8:30, but I have no idea really because I was in my labor zone and time did not exist.
By 3 am I was still having contractions and I was EXTREMELY tired being up since 1 am the previous day, Dr. Morcos came and checked me and I was 6 cm, I started to have a break down because I so just so tired and decided to get an epidural so I could try and get some rest before the time came to push. The doctor came back in around 4:30 or 5 am and checked again to see how far along I was, 10 cm YAHOO!! She told me I could start pushing or wait a little longer, I decided on pushing, after a couple pushes and the nurse trying to tell me how to push correctly, the nurse said that if I turned off the epidural I might be able to feel how to push correctly, so I did, 2 hours with the epidural was just enough for me to rest and have a little more energy to push. So I pushed, and I pushed, and pushed, and then at 9 am my doctor had to leave for a meeting, so Dr. Card had to take over, and at 9:29 am little Desmond Lee greeted the world with a little kick on his way out of my belly. He was 8lbs 8 oz and 20 inched long, big boy! :)

It was long and hard, but it was so worth it, and I don't think I could have made it through the labor with out the help of my mom, Ryan, and especially Abby, she was AMAZING, thank you Abby!
Desmond is now 7 weeks old, he love to eat, go on walks, poop, and sometimes sleep, we are still working on the sleeping part. He is an amazing little boy, and already has his own personality.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Almost there

I have 2 weeks to go, and then we will meet out little baby Desmond. I am getting very impatient and want to see him now, I am going to try and staring doing more brisk walking and maybe attempt to jog a little bit on Friday to get the process started, next post will probably be pictures of Desmond.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


So at 4:45 this morning our little baby boy kicked me, I haven't really felt anything until now. I had no idea how blissful it would feel when I actually felt him kick me and I was able to put my hand on my belly to feel it, it was AMAZING!! I was about to wake up Ryan, but then he stopped kicking so I decided to let Ryan sleep. Hopefully next time he will be awake when the baby kicks.

Does this mean that our little man is going to be a morning person like his mama?

What a wonderful way to start my day! ☺