Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tanner William Wemyss

Welcome to our sweet Tanner boy! Tanner arrived about 5 days early on October 22, 2009. I realize that I am a little late in the game to blog about this, but I'm trying to do a catch-up post and get us back to real time! Tanner is 8 weeks old today and has started to smile and grab things (especially my hair!). He is not on any schedule yet, but I am hoping to get him there in the next week or so. Momma needs more sleep!

Tanner is a much bigger baby than Austin was at this age. The boy likes to eat! He loves his big brother and always has a smile for him. Austin is enthralled with Tanner and wants to be next to him (on top of him, in his face, etc) all the time. This has presented a challenge since Austin has had cold after cold due to being in preschool this year. Poor Tanner has had a cold since his second week of life! The only consolation is that later on he will have a stellar immune system!

Enjoy Tanner's birth announcement! The picture on the announcement was taken by a local photographer, Lauren Simpson. If you are in the Sienna Plantation area, she is fabulous!
I promise I will post some current pictures in the next blog post!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Really Overdue Post!

I have been procrastinating when it comes to updating the blog because so much has happened since I last posted!

Here is a quick synopsis of our life in the past 6 months:

1. We are expecting! I surprised Charlie with a positive pregnancy test the day before Valentine's Day (I know, I just couldn't wait!). We are due on October 27, 2009 with our second boy. No name yet - we are still debating, but hopefully we'll decide soon.

2. We have moved back to Texas! Charlie was offered a new position in Houston about a week after we found out I was pregnant. If you know me, then you know how much I love the whole moving while pregnant thing! God definitely has a sense of humor! In the midst of morning (all day) sickness and two-year old tantrums, we (okay not we, Charlie) somehow got the house ready to be put on the market and we received an offer four days later. Truly an answer to prayer!

3. We found a house in Missouri City, Texas! We love our new house! We were homeless for about six weeks when we first moved down. We alternated between my in-laws and my parent's houses. While we appreciated their generosity, it was heaven to move into our own space and start to get settled. There is still plenty that we want to do around the new house, but it is starting to feel like home. The neighborhood is great and it won't be long until we feel like we have lived here for years.

4. We vacationed in San Antonio, Texas with my family in June! It was a wonderful, relaxing vacation, even though we had just moved into our new house less than a week earlier! My parents rented a beautiful home right outside of San Antonio and we spent the days lazing by the pool and playing guitar hero. It was a lot of fun. We also went down to the RiverWalk one evening for dinner and spent a day at Sea World. Sea World was great and the kids (Austin and his cousin, Mallory) and the two pregnant ladies (myself and sister-in-law, Karson) did really well considering it was June in Texas! We even were able to have a close up, back stage encounter with Shamu, thanks to the sister of one of my brother's best friends from high school. Katie is one of Shamu's trainers, so we got the scoop on Shamu and took an awesome picture sitting right next to Shamu. Thanks so much Katie!

5. Austin attended his first Astros game! Thanks to MiMi and Pops, we headed to our first Astros game this past Saturday. Austin did really well and enjoyed the ballpark (especially, the train and the food!). He also got his first Astros shirt, hat, and ball, courtesy of his grandparents!

Well I think that covers the big things that have happened over the last few months. I promise to be better from this point on! After I upload pictures from San Antonio, I'll add some pics, but I'll leave you with the shots of Austin at the Astros game.

Monday, February 9, 2009

It's feeling balmy...

I never thought I would see the day when I would be excited about temps in the high 30's, but it's been downright balmy in CT the last few days. Of course the high 30's feel great when it's been in the upper teens and lower 20's for much of the last month. Heck, 4 days ago it was a high of 18 with the wind chill at 0 - yes it was really freaking cold!

I am about at my wit's end with the snow and unfortunately it is only the 2nd week of February which means that more snow will undoubtedly find it's way upon us. This is the most snow that I have seen in my three years in CT and I'm ready to see the grass again (last time I saw it was December I think!). I'm getting cabin fever! Okay no more complaining. At least most of the snow has melted from our driveway and I am starting to see patches of our back porch again! I can't wait for Spring!

Here are some pictures from the last few weeks:

Austin in his new robe
Austin and Noah enjoying their lunch date


"Aren't I cute?"

Trying to pull his lawnmower in the sled - He wasn't very successful!

Daddy and Austin

Not happy about the snow on his mittens

Kristen and Charlie at my Jr. Woman's After Holiday "Margaritaville" Party

Until next time,

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Psalty, the Singing Songbook and Wednesday Silliness

I was fortunate to grow up in a Christian household listening to Christian music. Psalty, the Singing Songbook, was always a favorite of mine and my brother and sister, and I swear we knew the words to every song for albums 1-5. I started to think of Psalty, just in time for Christmas present ideas and passed that one along to my mom as an idea for Austin. It turns out there are 12 Psalty (Kid's Praise) albums now and my mom bought him all 12! I love being able to pass this music on to Austin and it's amazing that I still know the words to most of the songs!
If you need good Christian praise music for your little ones, I definitely recommend the Kid's Praise albums. It's fun, catchy music and you might just find yourself singing along!

And to make the grandparents happy - a few pictures of Austin and I being silly on a Wednesday night! (pardon the nice, red pimple under my nose - yes, I'm 32 and I still break out!!)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

We're Home...

At least at my parent's home, but we are so thankful to be out of the hospital. It was quite the early Christmas present when the doctor said that Austin would be released today. Thank you God!

Austin is in very good spirits and has been throwing a couple of his terrible two tantrums, so I think it's safe to say that things are returning to normal. I'm still a little nervous about getting through today without any more episodes, but I trust that God is watching out for our little guy.

Thanks to everyone for their encouraging words and prayers. Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 22, 2008

God's Plan isn't always Our Plan

The past few days haven't exactly gone as planned.

Things started off better than expected with our plane rides to Houston. Even though it was icy and wet in Connecticut, we left on time and Austin was a dream on the flight. We figured we were goners for the next leg of our trip, but again our flight was on time and Austin slept for much of the flight. Our trip was off to a great start.

And then Thursday night came....

Right after we put Austin to bed, we heard a gagging noise and then his little voice saying "I all messy." I was still optimistic as I cleaned up the mess, thinking that maybe something he ate just hadn't sat well, but this changed 30 minutes later when round two occurred. It was a loooong night, with Charlie and I taking shifts so that we could at least get a little rest. Poor sweet Austin threw up all night long. It continued until around 7:00 am, when he seemed to turn a corner and start to feel a little better. He was asking for water and food, so we started slow with sips of water and after he had kept it down for almost an hour, we progressed to a little more water. It wasn't more than 15 minutes later that he threw up every last bit of water and we were starting over again. We tried again around 4:00 pm, but the same thing happened. At this point, Austin had only had one wet diaper for the day, so I knew that he was getting very dehydrated and since he still couldn't keep anything down, we went ahead and called our doctor. The on-call doc called us back and told us to head to the ER, so we thanked our lucky stars that we weren't in Connecticut (in the middle of a winter storm) and headed for the hospital.

We got into a room pretty quickly in the ER. Our IV was started and Austin seemed to perk up a little. After he had gotten some much needed fluids, the doctors had us start to give him water again. Everything seemed to be going well, but all of a sudden Austin again threw everything back up and the doctor said that we would be admitted to the hospital. It was at this point, that I started to feel pretty bad. My parents took me their home to experience the joy of the same stomach virus that Austin was enduring, and Charlie stayed with Austin at the hospital.

I felt much better in the morning, and Austin started to eat and drink a little and keep things down. He was released from the hospital around 5:00 pm on Saturday and I was hopeful that the worst was behind us. Little did I know that the lovely diarrhea would start only 30 minutes later and would continue heavily through the night. It was 5:00 am early Sunday when he again threw up and we headed back to the ER.

I am writing this blog from the chair in Austin's hospital room, so yes we are still here and Austin is still having trouble keeping food and liquids in his little body. He is still on the IV, so thankfully he is staying hydrated, but he has to be able to self hydrate before this adventure will be over.

While this hasn't exactly been the Christmas vacation that we hoped for, we have still seen God's love and plan in action. We have had three wonderful visits from people/churches/businesses in the Southeast Texas area just today. The Ridgefield Retirement Home visited along with Santa and delivered a hot rod car for Austin to play with. Next, the Central Baptist Church of Buna came and brought Austin a Build-a-Bear.

Here is a link to the story on the local news station - Austin is featured!!

And last, the Neches Federal Credit Union delivered a little Christmas tree decorated completely with Disney's Cars ornaments and toys (if you know Austin, you know how completely perfect this tree is!)

It is so awesome to see the generosity and love that people have for others at Christmas time. We didn't know any of the people that visited us today, but it meant so much to see the love that they had for Austin and the other children in the hospital during this holiday season.

Austin hanging in his hospital crib

We are in the hospital for at least one more night and maybe even longer, but God's plan is perfect and I just have to trust that there is a reason for all of this. Here's to hoping that all of you reading this are having a wonderful and safe holiday season. Merry Christmas to you all!


Sunday, November 16, 2008

I am so Pee-roud!

I wasn't sure I would ever see this day. Up until this point, our Baby Bjorn potty has been a toy. Austin will sit on it for a few seconds and then announce that he is done with not a piddle in sight. That all changed last night. Austin was in the bathtub and Charlie decided to introduce Austin to the "pull the finger" trick, which Austin then wanted to copy. The child was working very hard to reproduce the "sound" that his father had produced and we started to get a little concerned that something "else" may show up in the bathtub. We asked Austin if he needed to poo-poo in the potty and of course, he said "yes". I brought in the baby potty and placed Austin on it, and low and behold, the child started to pee! Yes, my child peed in the potty for the first time ever! We celebrated, we danced, we congratulated and gave him a present for his awesomeness! I don't know if we'll see it again for a long time, but I was one proud momma last night!