Isabella Danielle, born at 24 weeks and 1 day, 1lb 11oz, 12.5in

Zachary Michael, born at 36 weeks, 5lb 13oz, 18.5in

Alexander Charles, FULL TERM, 7lb 1oz, 20in

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Summer Vacation in the Fall

We spent the last 10 days of September making up for not being able to travel during the summer. First there was a trip to Dallas to visit family and catch the UVa vs TCU football game. Chris and I decided to take our little princess to her first college football game at what will hopefully be her future alma mater (yeah, I know, pretty bad that we already have her college picked out). We got an email back in July about the game, contemplated arranging the trip with not knowing when Alex was going to arrive, and then made the decision once we got the reminder after he was born. Kids did great in the car for a 3.5 hour drive. Gigi met us up there to help keep the boys entertained while we took Bella to the game Saturday morning. While at the game, a very sweet lady gave her a pom-pom and beads, she constantly wanted to go onto the field, and we walked half way around the stadium so she could go wave to the UVa cheerleaders. She really enjoyed herself. But probably the most entertaining part of this mini vacation was that we can no longer call hotels a hotel. They are now officially known as "TRIP HOUSE" in our household. We kept telling the kids that we were going on a TRIP. When we got to our room in Arlington, Bella came out and said, "This is our trip house!" She kept referring to it as such the remainder of the stay and thus hotels no longer exist as long as the kids are with us.


Next was the mother/daughter trip to Virginia. Not sure if any of you know the Nickeloden show The Fresh Beat Band, but our kiddos love them. (Super fun and catchy music, Chris and I sing and dance to it as much as they do.) Back in August I happened to see that they were playing in Charlottesville, Va and thought "what a great reason to go to our home away from home." We missed the NICU reunion in June, so this was the perfect chance to touch base with our precious medical staff that we love so dearly. The other bonus is that we got to stay with Lauren and Abby. It was so cute watching Abby and Bella play together. To kick off the trip, the four of us girls had dinner with Colleen, Sherri and Ellie at none other than BELLA'S ITALIAN Bistro - very fitting!!! Wednesday we woke up super early to see Abby off to school and then head up to the hospital. We got to see LOTS of nurses and a couple of doctors. Most importantly we got to see Dr. McGahren - the awesome surgeon that fixed Bella's intestinal perforation. I will never get tired of seeing him pick up our little girl and give her big hugs! After the first hospital visit we got another awesome, special treat...we got to have lunch with Bella's godmommy. Rebecca and her family recently moved to the DC area and she drove 2 hours to hug her goddaughter and have lunch with us...she is such an incredible lady! Next was our trip to Carter's Mountain Apple Orchard where Bella, Abby and Emily (the preemie trio) got to pick apples. The views were beautiful, the apple cider slushy was delicious, and the stink bugs were EVERYWHERE...definitely an experience not to be forgotten. And then came the cherry on top of the sundae, the concert! Abby and Bella had a fabulous time dancing to The Fresh Beat Band. I'm not sure if it was the entire setting and watching my baby girl shake her hips at her first concert, or what, but I constantly had tears in my eyes watching her get so excited while singing and dancing.


Bella, Abby and Emily (the preemie trio)



Our final trip in the stretch was a family reunion at my brother and sister-in-laws house. It was really nice seeing so much family in one place and watching Bella and Zach run around with all of their cousins. One of my fondest memories growing up was getting to spend so much time with my cousins. It is very easy as we grow up and life changes for family to drift apart, but I will always cherish having a large family and seeing them so frequently. We were so busy running around and catching up that we didn't get any pictures!!!

All three kids are doing great! Alex is getting so big so fast. He is over 12 pounds and stretching out more and more each day. Bella and Zach continue to love on and be interested in him. Zach is doing significantly better with him, although he still has his moments of jealousy regarding both siblings. We try to give him extra attention as often as possible to head off the "middle child syndrome".

That's the family update for now...many blessings to all and we will post again soon!!!


♥Jodi said...

Love all the pictures! I can't believe how big they all are. Glad you guys are doing great!

Lynsie said...

Girl, you look great! So happy for your family!