Friday, September 25, 2009

Mom's Project

Looking in from the doorway

Paige's corner

"New" closet

Ava's nook (waiting for letters for her name)

It has been great having my mom and siblings here for the last 3 weeks. Soon after arriving mom tackled the girls' room, formerly Ansons. We kept the green walls since I didn't feel like repainting and played off green/pink/yellow for colors. Mom rediscovered her talent at the sewing machine, every day coming up with a new idea. She made the curtains for the closet out of an old sheet, as she did with the crib and Paige's bed skirt. We bought fabric for accenting but that was the only purchase we had to make as far as sewing went. She also made the curtains for the window. Then some pillows for the bed. Repainted Paige's kitchen hutch (you can kind of see it in the last picture), and a small chest of drawers for toys. Jerem and my brother built shelves in the corner of the closet for books, and cut the closet pole down since we didn't need the entire length. We put Paige's clothes in tubs on the top shelf which is nice because it will keep her from changing 5 times a day! I'm so thankful for all we got done and love the new space for the girls. Anson is adjusting to a much smaller room which is still waiting for a few things to be finished on. Mainly getting some hunting decor up for him! The family leaves tomorrow and next week I'm sure the silence in the house will feel strange and take some getting used to.
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Thursday, September 24, 2009


Last week Paige came home from school and announced that she was the Super Bee. Being the Super Bee is a very exciting privilege in pre-school. One student a week is chosen based on achievement and behavior. For that week they get to be at the head of the line and sit in the special bean bag chair. They also bring home Super Bee to take care of for the the week and make a poster of their week with it. We are very proud of Paige for being the Super Bee last week.

Friday, September 18, 2009

She Has Arrived!

8 lbs 14 oz 21 in

Couldn't be happier

He's pretty excited too

September 16 at 7:51 we welcomed Ava Lou Haack into our family. On Tuesday I was told by the doctor that she was still high and no dilation was happening. I was rather discouraged thinking an induction next week might be needed. Wednesday I started having inconsistent but intense contractions and at 1 pm things really started moving along with my water partially breaking. Right away the contractions were 5 min apart but I was nervous to get to the hospital too early. It didn't take long for me to decide that I didn't care if it was too early, I was going!! Mom and I left and picked up Jerem from work. We checked in around 4-4:30 and found I was only dilated to a two. I was rather disappointed thinking we had a long wait ahead of us. The contractions were still as intense if not getting worse accompanied by back labor. 20 min later I was a 4 and by the time the Dr got there an hr after we checked in I was 6. He basically said, "if you want something for pain, get it now cause you won't have another chance, she's coming fast". I was too far along for an epidural so we opted for something else I forget the name of. All I know is it took the pain away! Woohoo! It started to wear off around 7 I think, I had kinda lost track of time. Anyway, by the time it was time to push I could feel each contraction again and there was no turning back! After pushing for awhile...probably not long...the Dr said "2 more and she'll be out", "wait", I said " two more PUSHES or two more CONTRACTIONS???" He meant contractions, which in my mind at that time meant an eternity. Turns out the 2 contractions went pretty fast and before I knew it I was holding Ava. It was so surreal to me that 24 hrs earlier I thought I was never going to be done being pregnant and here I was with her in my arms. We are now home and doing great.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Waiting for the bus

Anson officially has a week of school under his belt and Paige had her first day yesterday. As I write this she is still in bed sleeping, must have worn her out.
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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Still Here

I tried putting up the tradition "first day" of school pics, but they wouldn't load. So I gave up. I am still here, no baby, just busy. I'm not sure what it is about a baby coming that makes a person think the ENTIRE house needs redecorating, like the kid cares, right? This week my family got here on Monday, mom and 5 kids, so it's been a busy week. I should have taken pictures of the paint job when the house was easier to keep clean. :) Our current project is a closet redo. Mom is having lots of fun with it so hopefully I'll have pictures to post of that soon too. Maybe I'll just wait until I can put up pictures of everything before you see our living room/kitchen redo. I'm still hoping that I'll be posting a birth announcement before then, but our dear daughter doesn't seem interested in meeting us. Still carrying high, no dilation, effacement, anything. So Jill, yeah, you just might go before me. I'm not sure if the doctor really thought it was helpful, but at my last appointment he mentioned women having 10-11 lb babies, like he thinks I'm a candidate for that. REALLY????? I really truly hope not! So until next time, when you think of us, picture a busy house, getting food on the table for 10, kids out the door to school in the morning, and hoping each contraction is a sign of something going on.