Friday, January 28, 2011

Wyatt Allister Troyer

Wyatt joined our family Sunday, January 23, 2011. 

As you can see from my previous post he was being anxiously awaited.  My doctor planned to induce me Tuesday morning and I was willing to do anything to make him come before that.  So, Thursday my brother Robert and I walked 4 miles, on Friday we walked another 4 miles and drank a pineapple smoothie, on Saturday we took Sadie to the zoo, ate more pineapple, and then while Sadie napped I raked leaves and worked on the yard with Brandon and Robert, and finally on Sunday, as I felt I was running out of options, I took a small amount of Castor oil and hoped for the best. 

 Walking in style :)
The Santa Ana Zoo
Sunday went a like this...
9:00 We went to church, I felt fine.
11:30 We went out to lunch and I still felt fine.
12:30 We pulled back into our driveway and I had my first contraction.  I wasn't sure if it was the real thing so I tried not to get to excited yet.  We all watched the football game for awhile but after about a half hour of laying on the couch I was feeling more and more contractions and beginning to think that this was it.  So, I moved around for a bit cleaning-up/wandering around the house and writing in my journal for as long as I could.  I was counting the length of my contractions and guessed them to be about 30 seconds at this point.
2:00 I took a bath which eased my contractions some but as soon as I got up they were strong again.
3:00 Robert took Sadie to the park and Brandon and I began to time contractions.  At this point they were about 45 seconds long with about a minute and a half between each one.  Now with Sadie we were almost to early getting to the hospital even though I thought that my contractions were close together and strong.  I was in labor with her 14 hours at home and another 13 at the hospital.  So, with Wyatt we were really trying to wait it out longer at home but after only about 30 minutes, although it seemed crazy, I was ready to go to the hospital.  Brandon tried to encourage me to wait a full hour as our classes had taught us but after only 1 more contraction I assured him that we needed to go now.  I was afraid I was getting ahead of myself again but didn't really care at this point.  So, we said good bye to Robert and Sadie and headed to the hospital.
4:00 we checked into the hospital, they checked me, and they said I was already at 7 cm.  I couldn't believe we were that far already.  Almost immediately they began getting everything ready for Wyatt's delivery and calling my doctor.  It was all so unbelievably different than it was with Sadie.  It seemed like only a few minutes went by and the E.R. doctor was in my room and I was pushing.  I remember the nurse telling me that my baby was going to be here any minute and me in disbelief focusing on meeting him soon and doing what they told me to do.

Wyatt was born at 5:35 with no complications.  He was 7 pounds 1 ounce, 21 inches long, and we are thrilled to finally have him with us.

Many of you have asked about Sadie and she is doing great.  She wasn't sure what to make of him at first but she is happy to show people her baby, loves to give him kisses, and has been having a great time this week hanging out with Daddy as we all adjust.  Its really been sweet to watch her with him and to see her trying to process all of this as much as she can being so little herself.

 Wyatt Allister Troyer
Our Family of 4
Just Hanging Out
 Baby Kisses
 Our Little Man
Chimping it up as Daddy likes to say!
Saying Good-bye to Uncle Robert :(

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Busy Week!

This week has been a frenzy of activity but all fun! 

Saturday:  We celebrated Wyatt's up-and-coming arrival with a baby shower thrown by friends from my small group.  I was so blessed to be surrounded by so many friends, to be prayed over, and just to have this time to anticipate our new little ones arrival.  I'll post pictures soon.  It was beautiful.

Sunday:  We finished up the last bit of painting and touch ups to our master bedroom and watched the football game with friends.

Monday:  I spent the day washing baby clothes, cleaning up my house, buying a few last minute baby items, and having lunch with a friend for my birthday.

Tuesday:  Carpet was installed in our master bedroom.  Yay!!!!  Brandon spent the evening, while I was at my girls group, moving our furniture and installing a closet organizer.  Isn't he wonderful!  Those of you who are intense nesters like me can only imagine how happy I was to have the room finished and be able to put everything away and set up the pack-n-play for Wyatt!  I was beside myself and Brandon just laughed at me as I stayed up late working.  I think he thinks I'm crazy but we now have a guest room for family when they visit and I feel like I'm all ready to take Wyatt home today!

Wednesday:  My 29th birthday.  I was kind of hoping Wyatt might have made his arrival as I already share my birthday with my grandpa but no such luck even with the help of my brother Robert who scared me to death.  He came down from Oregon and surprised me yesterday.  I was just coming home from an errand, sitting in my car talking to him when he pounded on my car window.  Like I said scared me to death :) but I'm excited he's here.  He set up the guest room for me yesterday and helped a lot with Sadie which was great.

Today:  Well I'm ready :)  Hoping maybe today is the day but I guess I'll have to wait and see and in the meantime I figure I'll keep myself busy doing things like posting pictures on our blog :)  Check out our before and after pictures of our bedroom.  Brandon once again did such a great job!!!!

Hopefully I can explain what we did.  Brandon changed a lot of things around in this room.
 Looking into the room from the hallway door this is what you use to see.  The wall pops out in the left corner where the bathroom use to be and then the doorway opens into a little hallway which you can see in the back.  If you went left through the 2nd doorway that was the master bedroom and if you went right you would walk into the family room.  By the way the only way originally to get to the family room was to go through this little office or to walk through the other bathroom which had a door on each end of it.  Now that bathroom is an actual hallway.
This is the little hallway.  Notice you step down into the hall and master bedroom which is the door on the far end.
 I think I should be embarressed to show everyone this mess but o well :)  Anyway so the door in this picture is again the little hallway and now you are in what was the master bedroom. 
 Here's a picture standing next to the matress of the remainder of the master bedroom.  The door on the right of the window stepped down into a long narrow closet, which was actually part of the garage and the door to the left of the window which you can't see opened into the laundry room and then continued into the kitchen.  So basically our house was a  big circle.

Here's what we did.  First Brandon did a lot of demo.   
 This picture is again looking into the room from the hallway door except the pop out for the bathroom is gone and the doorway into the little hallway has been widened/eliminated.  Now there is no hallway and no entrance into the family room directly from this room.  It is all one big room.
 This is where the matress use to be.  You can see the imprint in the back right where the hallway use to be along with the entrance to the family room.  Also, you can see the beginning of Brandon raising the floor so that it is even with the rest of the house.
 Next he lowered the ceiling.  In the bedroom part it had this weird sort of vaulted ceiling.  Now it is the same height as everything else.
 Here's a picture with the floor raised and ceiling lowered and the closet framed.  Basically the closet now takes the place of the little indent where the matress fit before and the little hallway. 
Now when you enter the bedroom from the main hallway this is what you see.  The wall pops out on the right where the laundry basket is because this is where our hall bathroom now is making room for an actual hallway into the family room instead of having to walk through the bathroom.  We will use this first part of the room as a den/office and then you can see the entance in the back leading to the bedroom.
Remember there use to be a door on either end of the window in this picture.  Now there are none.  Yay!
And finally maybe my favorite part the closet.  Yay for having a place to put things away. 
And Yay for Wyatt having a place to come home to :)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Should I Be Afraid?

Judging from Sadie's face it would seem I shouldn't but I'm not convinced.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Oregon: Part 3

So there are just a few more pictures that I wanted to get posted of our Christmas vacation.  It was so wonderful to get to have a week away together to relax.   
 Grandma with her two granddaughters.  So sweet!!
Christmas 2010

On our way home from Oregon we stopped in El Dorado, which is up near Sacramento to see some good friends of ours Dale, Tina, and Jenna.  It's been awhile since we've gotten up to see them and it was such a blessing to us to have this time together to catch up and get to know their, new not so little anymore, Jenna.  Jenna was so excited to take care of Sadie.  She tried to help her with everything and although Sadie wasn't always pleased with this they did pretty well and it was hillarious to listen to Jenna talk to her and explain things to her.  For example if Sadie tried to go near the stairs Jenna could be heard saying "Now Honey you can't go up there because you might get hurt and you don't need to cry because your daddy will come right back down in a minute Honey."  Too Funny! 
Well that wraps up Christmas vacation and another year at that.  Crazy how the time flies!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Has It Really Been 4 Years?

Today Brandon and I are celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary.  It's hard to believe that it's already been 4 years since we began this journey together as husband and wife.  I am truely thankful for the blessings of marriage and for a wonderful husband who has been by my side to celebrate in the good times and support me in the difficult times these past few years.

Our first year of marriage was fun.  We lived in a 1 bedroom apartment in Glendora, Brandon worked for a company that did residential building and remodel while I was a 3rd grade teacher, my sister Amy got married, my family moved to Oregon, we volunteered with the college group at our church, Brandon scared me every chance he got, we laughed together a lot, ate at Taco Bell and Micahelangelo's Pizza a lot, we went to Seal Beach to celebrate our 1st anniversary, and occasionally we fought ususally over budget issues.  Sound familiar to anyone :)

Our second year of marriage was a little harder. We learned in February that my Dad had a brain tumor and spent a lot of time traveling separately and together to visit my family and then in April I learned that my teaching job was being cut.  Amidst these hard times we also began looking for a house, talking about starting a family, Brandon got a new job as a project manager for a commercial construction company which was closer to home, I was rehired to teach 3rd grade, we bough our "family car" the Pilot, we went on the APU alumni cruise to celebrate our 2nd anniversary, and we began meeting with our small group which continues to be a huge part of our lives.

Our 3rd year of marriage was busy.  We found out we were pregnant in January, we moved into our 1st house at the end of February, in March my brother Robert was in a very serious car accident, my dad continued to battle his brain tumor, Brandon worked hard to remodel our house finishing 2 bedrooms, our living room and our kitchen before Sadie's arrival in October, and in November my Dad passed away. So, we spent the end of 2009 in Oregon with my family saying our goodbyes and supporting one another all the while celebrating the new life we'd been blessed with in Sadie.

Our 4th year of marriage continued on much the same path.  I was blessed to spend most of the year at home with Sadie although I did enjoying subbing a little bit towards the end of the year, Brandon finished remodeling the guest bathroom and family room just in time for Sadie to begin crawling around and making a big mess, In May we found out that we were pregnant with our 2nd Wyatt Allister, in August my sister Amy had a little girl Payton Hope, and Sadie learned to do a million things this year and continues to be such a joy in our lives.

Well I don't know what this next year holds for us other than that we will be welcoming Wyatt sometime in the next couple of weeks, but I'm thankful that I have some one to share it all with and trust that the plan is good.