Saturday, September 28, 2013

Apple, Apple On the Tree

When Allie was born it was December...snowy, wet, and cold.  We didn't venture out of the house too much right away.  We stayed inside where it was warm and safe...and germ free.  With Ayden, things are a little different.  He's a second child.  We got this parenting thing down now.  We know how time our trips out of the house based on feedings.  We don't worry so much when Ayden cries...because babies just cry sometimes.  I'm comfortable nursing in public and multi-tasking while I do.  Keeping life as normal and fun for Allie is a big priority for Todd and I. 
This BEAUTIFUL Saturday morning, Todd informed me that there were NO Michigan or Michigan State football games on.  Translation: the Hammerick's can venture out with no curfew!  When Todd suggested we go apple picking on this football-free day, I picked up my diaper bag and my baby and off we went.  My love for cider mills, apple picking and caramel apples will surely be passed on to my two kiddos. 

We chose to go to Long's to pick apples because we didn't have to take a hayride to get to the apple trees.  We could simply walk.  No bumpy or dusty hayride for this 2 week old...and Allie was little afraid of the tractor, ha ha! 

Allie did a great job yanking apples off the trees.  A lot of them ended up falling to the ground after she pulled them off.  The ones that didn't fall to the ground, Allie sampled for about four bites...then those also went on the ground. 

Check out these apples, Dad!

Ayden was perfectly content in the Bjorn...he LOVES that thing.  He snoozed the entire time allowing for a happy time had by all. 

Ayden's first time picking apples


After our 1/2 bushel bag was filled to the top and Todd lugged it back to the car, Allie and Ayden posed for a photo by the measuring stick.  My how we've grown this fall!  We are getting so big!

What are we going to do with the BA-ZILLION apples we now own?  I have great crisp, apple muffins, applesauce, apple snacks, apple oatmeal bake are all the things I pinned on Pinterest on the car ride home.  Let's see how much I can realistically make with a toddler and a newborn at home???

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

While the Cat's Away...

A week before Ayden was born I was shopping at Wal-Mart for a couple of things for school and I came across the clearance rack where I found a really cute Detroit Tigers bucket.  The very first thing that crosses my mind...can I fit a baby in here?
I sure can!  The only reason I got such a GREAT photo is because NO ONE else was home when I held my mini photo session.  With Todd was a work and Allie was at day care, I do my BEST dirty work.  Todd thinks I torture the kids with my photo ideas and other crafting projects...but it's ALL worth it in the end! 
I gently placed sleepy little Ayden into this blanket lined bucket and QUICKLY snapped as many photos as I could.  It only took three tries for me to come across this perfectly adorable photo.  Go me!  My photography skills are improving each and every day!  Don't you just want to eat him up?!?!  Go Tigers!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Happy Fall Y'all

The Hammerick's brought in the fall season by taking a crisp Sunday morning trip to the cider mill.  Doughnuts and apple cider...YUMMM!  This is my favorite time of year.  Ayden was cozy and warm in the Bjorn zipped up tight in my jacket.  Although we didn't get to pick any apples this weekend (the apples weren't quite ready yet), we'll be back for many more visits this fall season if Ayden, Allie and I have anything to say about it.

I asked Allie who she wanted to sit in the giant rocking chair with her...Daddy, of course.  Daddy has been Allie's other half since Ayden has come around.  They are two little buddies.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Announcing Ayden

Our little pumpkin...Ayden's birth announcements came out adorable.  He's just as sweet as ever.  I made Ayden's announcements and mailed them out as postcards.  He's so proud of his momma!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ayden's Newborn Photos

Ayden cooperated pretty well for his very first photo shoot at 5 days old.  We only managed to get a couple pictures outside...he didn't like the sun too much and it was a little cool.  But, once we got inside, he was a trooper and performed on the spot.  He was his adorable, sleepy self...snoozing away for the camera.

Ayden 's first of many family photos

Allie did AWESOME as she usually does for photos...that's my girl!  Way to be a big sis!  Her and Todd played around a bit while I tried to get the little man happy and hopefully smile for a picture or two.  Allie loves goofing around with her daddy.

Super-doper big sister smile


My sweet little guy...

Sorry Allie, I'm sure he'll get the hang of the whole picture taking thing soon.  You'll have to teach him a thing or two.

I really wanted some sibling photos of the big sister and little brother.  This photo is one of my favorites.  How sweet is this...



Here's my little guy as cute as can be.   He's lovable, cuddly, joyful, and sweet...all the things that just make my heart melt.  I'm trying to savor each precious and special moment with this little guy because I know how fast he will grow.  My tiny peanut won't be a "newborn" for long...

Ayden James - 5 days old

Monday, September 16, 2013

Ayden's Birth Story

Ayden James joined our family bright and early on Friday, September 13, 2013 (yep! Friday the 13th).  Thursday night, after working a LONG day at school, then carting Allie to swim class, and dinner out afterwards at Applebee's (Allie's request), I starting having contractions at around 10:00 pm.  We called Nana and Papa to come over "just in case" anything were to happen...and at around 1:00 I decided it was time to drive to the hospital.  Todd and I contemplated when to go in...we didn't want to get there and be turned away...or have to wait half the night to get admitted.  I left our house thinking this is the last time my Allie will be an only child.  Her world is about to be turned upside down...and so is my night.
In triage the doctor found I was dilated to a SEVEN!  I was admitted right away.  I think I handled the contractions pretty well.  Todd said I didn't even look like I was in labor.  It must have been all those maternity squats I did during the summer.  Being at a SEVEN, I was afraid I was going to miss my opportunity to have my epidural.  I was quickly taken to room 1 and the blood work began.  After FOUR attempts to get an IV going, I waited very impatiently for the anesthesiologist to arrive. 

Lucky for me he made it in baby just yet.  The anesthesiologist quickly rambled off all the terrible things that could happen to me as a result to having a needle shoved into my spine.  It's amazing how much you don't care when you are in pain and just want it to GO AWAY!  I signed my life away and started feeling MUCH better...very quickly!
Last photo of the baby bump!

About 30 or so minutes after the epidural I started feeling pain went from zero to about a nine in 2 minutes.  Todd called for the nurse and the nurse immediately called for the doctor when I started pushing uncontrollably...there was no stopping me.  I wasn't about to wait around all day.  The doctor barely made it back into the room before the baby's head was crowning.  I pushed for somewhere in between 5 and 10 minutes...and at 5:02 am, our handsome little Ayden James melted our hearts forever.

Ayden weighed in at 7 lbs, 2 oz and was 20 inches long...and he was 2 full WEEKS early.  He cried and cried upon his arrival into the world.  Little buddy, I would have cried too!  That was some trip you and I had together.  I love you to pieces, but boy did you make me miserable those last 6 weeks!

I'm still amazed that this little being came from me.  Those little ears.  That little nose.  Those tiny hands grabbing my finger.  He's so sweet and precious.  He fills the other third of my heart with joy.



Allie was Ayden's first visitor.  She was SOOOO excited to meet her little baby brother.  She wanted to hold him immediately and didn't want to let anyone else have a turn.  Allie was very possessive of her little man and very content holding this precious baby on her lap. 

Allie received a little gift from her new brother...a personalized "big sister" necklace with her birthstone and a "big sister" cup of her very own (which she filled up with apple juice from the hospital nourishment station every day she came to visit).  Thanks Ayden for the super cool big sister present. You ROCK!

This is the first of MANY sticky bellie photo shoots. Ayden cooperated pretty well for his first sticker...until he pooped all over his onesie...and all over my bed. But, at least we got the photo!!!

All dressed to blow this pop stand and see the world outside the hospital.  Walking out of our hospital room was bitter sweet knowing that this will be my very last stay at the birthing center.  Our family of FOUR is going home, but OH how I wish I could have stayed just a little bit longer.  Giving birth wasn't so bad when the nurses took Ayden so I could sleep, gave me medication without having to remember, delivered all my meals to my bedside.  Although I don't have all those luxuries at home, it felt so good to walk into our house with little Ayden, knowing that our family is complete.