Friday, September 23, 2011

Newborn Photos

See Edrie's professional newborn photos HERE. If you leave a comment on the photographer's blog, we'll love you forever!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Three years, its been! It seems like it was just yesterday, but at the same time seems like it must have been longer because so much has happened and changed. I am proud of the couple we are and the couple we continue to strive to be. He is my rock and I learn more every day what a devoted, compassionate, and loving man he is. Now he is not only my co-puppy parent, he is the father of my child. I am so lucky. I love you, Bubba

Monday, September 19, 2011

Its a GIRL!


Can you believe it? She is gonna kill me after referring to her as a he for the last 10 months! 

Edrie Ruth
September 12, 2011 at 10:33pm
7lb 10oz, 18.5in
 I will post about her birth and my 40th week of pregnancy soon. Right now we are working on getting to know each other and spending time with Papa before he returns to work.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

39 weeks!


What to tell? There is a whole lot of the same goin' on over here. I'm still feeling great - the same. I have numb sausage hands, but otherwise I'm fine. I continue to sleep well getting up once a night maybe or just sleeping through. I've had this weird development where I'm STARVING right before bed and again when I wake up. Maybe its just because this kid is getting big and I need to eat more to feed it? Who knows - I just started eating a snack before bed and getting up when it demands - usually 5am to eat again. 
I was getting really impatient for this baby to arrive last week, but I'm falling back into a patient mindset and enjoying the time by myself, with friends and, especially, with Grant and Olive. We've had lots of fun and its nice to cherish that time before our life gets turned upside down.

That's all I got! Hope you all had a great long weekend!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Boo to Bees

I haven't written about our baby girl much lately. She is still the mutual love of our life. Grant can't imagine that the baby could possibly be cuter than Olive! She is constantly showered with hugs and kisses and has even won the right to sleep in our room - as long as she stays on her own bed. She's adjusted well to the multiple moves and likes having a playmate in my parent's dog. She is uber spoiled getting to go on off-leash walks twice a day - once by me in the morning and usually a second time with my mom in the evening. I think she is going to handle being a big sister very well - this baby will be covered in dog saliva, but I doubt there will be any hard feelings either way.

right when we got back from our walk

Anyway, last week I was walking the dogs in this wooded area we walk in everyday. They are both off-leash but stay close - Olive likes to investigate in the bushes and brush and Mickey stays at my feet usually. This morning - Olive ran back over to us kind of shaking her head and scratching at her muzzle a bit. She didn't seem that perturbed and ran back off. I didn't think much of it - figured she tried to go too deep into one of the blackberry bushes or something. Fast forward half an hour as we are walking back toward the house. I notice the left side of her muzzle is really swollen all of a sudden. It was probably a few inches thick and growing. I called the nearest vet and they said she probably got stung by a bee and to give her some benadryl. Hmm... ok. We got back to the house and I searched, but we didn't have benadryl.

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the worst of it - on the way to the vet. look at all those ugly hives!
I could kick myself for leaving her and am lucky that things turned out okay, but I ran to the store to get some benadryl because I didn't think the zyrtec we had would act as quickly. When I got back poor puppy looked awful. She seriously looked like a monster and was SO distraught. She didnt' know what was happening to her. She was scratching at her face and throwing herself on the floor. I'm so lucky her throat never swelled up. Her face was completely swollen - her eyes were just little slits and she had hives on her entire body. I got an initial dose of benadryl in her and called the vet to tell them I was on my way in.

as the first dose of benadryl set in and her swelling started to subside

Poor baby - they said they don't usually see reactions this bad. They gave her an IV dose of corticosteroids and told me to keep her on the bendadryl and prednisone for several days. Happily, the swelling on most of her face and the hives were gone within a few hours. Later that evening I gave her an additional dose of benadryl and her first oral prednisone taking care of the rest of her swelling. It took her 5 or so days to get back to her normal self, but she is fine! I can't tell you how afraid I was - seriously, this dog is like my baby and I can't even think of what a mess I'd be if something happened to her. I called the vet back and asked for an EpiPen so I could dose her if she started going anaphylactic after another sting...they kind of laughed at me and said they don't prescribe EpiPens for dogs. I'm gonna keep working on it...

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Blueberry Picking 

A few months ago we went in with my parents and aunt and uncle to get a membership to Klock Farm for blueberries. Between my parents and us we got 100 pounds of blueberries for $110. Pretty sweet, huh? 

Blueberry Picking 

The first time my mom and I went out we got around 36lbs of berries in a few hours of picking. It was a good day, but we knew we'd have to step it up to get all our berries picked before baby came. 

  Blueberry Picking 

So last week we went out and the berries were huge and practically falling off the bush..we got 71lbs in three hours of picking!! 

Blueberry Picking

It is such a nice, meditative way to spend a Friday morning. I'm kind of sad we're done! Our freezers are PACKED to the brim with berries! I can't wait to have berries all winter long!