Thursday, July 31, 2014

Happily at Home

Finally back at home and getting into a routine. 

Ok, so we dream about getting into a routine. We'll be forced to make it happen soon enough when Brian returns to work and I'll be left with all 3 rambunctious kiddos. Thank goodness for splash parks, parks, and perhaps a trip to the zoo. Until then...

The Elephant in the Room

Karissa Smith made this adorable outfit for Ainsley. It was one of the few things I made sure was packed in the hospital bag. What you can't tell from the pictures is that on the back of the diaper cover, is a tail!

If interested in her crochet baby gifts and other items, you can search her facebook page- I'm Hooked Crochet or can send her an email at

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Welcome Ainsley Caitlin Oney

We are pleased to introduce you to our newest family member- Ainsley Caitlin Oney who arrived on July 28th at 3:28pm. At exactly 37 weeks in womb she kindly exited early and therefore saved her mom from additional pain by weighing only 7 lbs. 2 ozs.

Ainsley was delivered by the best doctor ever- Dr. Martin, who was very helpful in evicting Ainsley early as I had spent the last 3 weeks on bed rest sans kiddos. Sophie and Connor instead got a 3 week vacation to Kansas getting spoiled by almost every relative in the area.

Sophia & Connor got to meet their sister after being only a few hours old. Sophie kept wanting to hold her sister and felt it was important to introduce herself to sister, as well as let Ainsley know that she came from God. Made my heart melt!

Connor was more impressed with the toys Ainsley "got" for them on her birthday, but later he did make an effort to point to her face and say "Baby". Little does he know that "baby" is going to be his attention hogging little sister that won't be able to rough house for awhile.

And Grammy Barton & Aunt Ashley also got to spend some quality time with our littlest Oney.

Hopefully in the next few months before I have to return to teaching school, Ainsley will get an opportunity to snuggle up and love on her other relatives who were/are several states away at the moment. Until then, Brian and I are happy to soak up her cuddles and those brief few years of joy before she learns to "talk back".

Welcome our sweet #3

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Date is Set!

After 2 weeks of bed rest, I went to today's doctor's appointment expecting a new game plan. Last week's appointment, the doctor informed me that as long as my cervix had dilated to 5cms and the baby had dropped further, she would "scrape my membrane" (aka- thin the sack which holds my water/amniotic fluid), and send me to the hospital to go into labor. Brian preferred to wait another week, but we decided ultimately we'd let the doctor decide.

And today was the deciding day. Do I stay or do I go? To be safe I made sure to have my hospital bag with me.

The verdict- I was at 5 cms, 80% effaced, but I had not dropped any further since our last appointment. So the doctor decided that since I was only 5 days away from 37 weeks, she'd prefer to wait and "scrape and send me to the hospital" on Monday during our next appointment. So based on past performances, it seems likely that I'll have our 3rd child within hours of our admittance into the hospital on Monday, July 28th.

Be prepared for news of our little girl coming soon!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Past 24 Hours

Currently EVERYTHING has come to a halt in our household, particularly me.

Tuesday evening I started getting contractions about every 2 minutes that were pretty intense. I tried to lie down and plug the kids into the television system until my husband got home from work, but well.... that didn't work. My son was hungry and isn't much of a "TV watcher" so his messes and accidents ended up keeping me on my feet more than off my feet. In which case did nothing to help stop or slow my contractions.

After taking my medicine and making some phone calls to other moms, I called the doctor who told me to go ahead and get to the hospital now. Not .... wait till husband comes home.... now. So then I had the added difficulty of getting kids away from tv and toys, shoes on, and in the car so we could start the drive towards Brian's work and the hospital in central Dallas. That for me is one of the longest and most painful drives to Dallas and I'm so thrilled that God appeared to be watching over me as I encountered little traffic and no police as I rushed my way to the hospital with the kids in tow and the contractions holding steady.
I picked up Brian from work since his office building is very close to the hospital, and then at the hospital, he went to take care of the kiddos while I made my way to Labor & Delivery.

They hooked me up, had me fill out paperwork, and then had me try to relax with Vikodin. Luckily I was able to do that some as Brian contended with 2 children who were 'hungry' (it was around 6pm and they hadn't been fed yet) and 'bored' (I also didn't have emergency bags packed for anyone). Brian and I ended up splitting the kids (each taking one) so he could get them food and entertain to try and help out. Sophie asked MILLIONS of questions, about the baby, the monitor, the doctor, and life with her future sister. Connor instead wanted to explore everything. Around 9pm, with 2 very tired, fussy, and bored children, they sensed changes and wanted me to stay overnight. So Brian took the kids home, I went to a more permanent room, and over the phone we started making arrangements for tomorrow.

Around 2am, I had the contractions return in strength so I was given more Vikoden, which again helped slow them down enough to be able to get some sleep.

Wednesday I spent most of the time bored out of my mind. I hadn't put together an overnight bag (for me or the kids). Brian and I were able to get a 'saint' (Ms. Cassie) to watch our kids on Wednesday so we could get things figured out and so Brian could work while I was at the hospital being monitored and working on a game plan.

While I was still having some contractions, they were not intense and the occurances were spaced further apart, I watched a lot of tv to keep my sanity. I think I watched 4 hours of the news, 3 episodes of TLCs Four Weddings, 4 episodes of Law & Order SVU, and then a couple of programs on CNN and goodness knows what else. I'm not a tv person so it was so tiring. The high point of my day was actually seeing my doctor come in and discuss game plans.

The concern was mostly the fact that I'm 34 weeks pregnant. At 34 weeks the baby is still premature, but healthy enough that she can survive in the NICU with specialty doctors there. So by 34 weeks they don't like to stop labor but then again, typically at 34 weeks it is beneficial if the baby can stay longer in the womb to gain weight and develop their lungs. So the advice was not to encourage labor, but if labor occurs I need to be able to get to the hospital fast in case I do have a premie and need the specialized services of the hospital.

We ended up with a game plan that I could go home to do bedrest as long as 1) someone would be watching the kids full time so I could rest and literally stay in bed practically all day and 2) I would have transportation at all times to hospital. With help from my mom and family, Sophie & Connor got a surprise vacation to Kansas for the next few weeks/days. And Brian has cancelled his business trip to Chicago and is going to be working from home.

I'm so grateful that everyone rallied together to help me out with this, because I really wasn't excited about spending the next few days/weeks in the hospital. It has been tough to let go of my babies (Sophie and Connor) but I know it was important for me to try and focus on our newest littlest one. And my children helped the transition by being 'happy' to leave their mom & dad to go to Kansas. Brian has also been super helpful by taking care of me at home. He makes sure to tease me plenty (asking whats for supper.... when I'm going to do the dishes... etc...) but also bringing me anything I need or ask for and just letting me spend most of my day in bed. As a work-aholic I know this is a big sacrifice for him and he's taking on the challenge with grace and kindness.

Other orders from the doctor include an increase in some of my medication to help prevent/soften the contractions, drinking lots of water, and another appointment at her office on Monday to discuss a more 'long term' game plan for the next few days/weeks. Until then I'm focusing on getting ready and taking care of our up and coming family member and perhaps even getting a name for her.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Day 13- Summer School

So Saturday I'm being motivated to not have Sophie do as many workbooks as usual, while Connor and Brian go have some "man time" doing errands- i.e. pick up motor fuel, wrenches, and groceries. At home with Sophie she groaned when I asked her to get out her workbooks. I still think we need to continue some of them, but I again pulled inspiration from Pintrest and hooked my laptop up to our printer.

The workbook pages we DID do were as follows:

  • School Zone Reading Readiness Grades K-1, pages 57-59

The other material we did, was to create a Curious George clock, which she loved doing.

We found the link on Pintrest, but if you click HERE I'll take you directly to the page so you can't print off your own "George" clock as well. 

I did quiz her regarding the "o'clocks" (she's not quite ready for 9:30s, 10:45s, etc....). And she is aware that when Dad gets home she's getting another quiz, where she will have to make her "George" clock reflect the times that Dad gives her. Which of course Dad decided to quiz her on more than the "o'clocks", so she got more of an education about the 1:45s, 2:30s, 4:15s, etc... Which was good, gave me a break while I made lunch, plus she's learning from BOTH her parents. Meaning she knows that she can rely on both parents to help her with her education and questions.

And instead of doing addition in her workbook, I found these train worksheets online. Again, they are free. And you can print out 5 pages of 'train' addition, although for some reason I only managed to print 4.

Train worksheets found HERE.

Then I tried to get her to play the Turtle Diary Continent game again... but well... we'll wait till later.

I did have her watch a video about the 50 States song, which has the states in alphabetical order. She was NOT impressed... not even when Mom sang along for the first part from memory.

Fifty Nifty Alphabetical States Song found HERE.

She also informed me she's never going to Nevada because they have fires there. When she gets older and wants to go to Las Vegas.... I'm going to remind her about this moment. She did recognize Kansas (she should by now) and of course Texas.

Even though I'm kinda of all over the map with geography information (continents, countries, states, etc...) (pun intended) I did find a Texas coloring page. The good learning bit about the coloring page was that Sophie often confuses the state flag with the national flag. She felt it was unfair that Texas only had 1 star. She also felt it needed to be more colorful- red, white, and blue just didn't seem meet her expectations of 'colorful'.

Coloring page for the state of Texas.

And since we were discussing states (I mean if I'm going to bounce around on teaching Geography like a bad social studies teacher) I went ahead and printed off copies of the other states I thought we could cover. For example- Great Grandpa & Aunt Suzi live in Nebraska, Uncle Nick & Aunt Amanda (aka- "the ballers" according to Nick) live in Virginia, most family live in KANSAS, etc.. So we went ahead and printed out coloring pages for each of the states I could think of where we have family.

All you have to do to get the other states pages printed out is go to the search box in the upper right hand corner of the website and type in the state you desire.

And then of course, we have a Melissa & Doug puzzle that Sophie has been able to assemble since she was 4 of the states in the U.S. I LOVE this puzzle! Melissa & Doug..... love them.

So today we did stay away from the traditional workbooks (with exceptions of course), but hopefully she'll be content to return back to them soon because either my printer will run out of ink or I'll run out of other places to look for learning material. However, the break seems to have gone over well.