Friday, July 24, 2015

Transition

This last month has been rough. I am ready for the craziness to stop. It all started with packing and getting our house ready for the renters. I thought we had packed most of our house items, but it still took one full day of packing to get everything into the U haul. Oly's little brother Luis and hi cousin Abraham helped us pack, and then they drove the U haul to Virginia for us. They also took our dog Maui with them. We were so grateful for their help. They left a week before us, because it was the only time that worked with their schedules. After they left we spent the next week cleaning, painting and fixing odds and ends around the house. After everything was how we wanted it, we drove for the next four days. 
The kids did awesome on the road. We had to stop about every three hours to feed and take care of Jack, so it was slow moving.



We finally arrived at our new house. It was not quite what we had hoped for. We knew it was slightly smaller than our house in Texas, and it felt like we couldn't fit all of our stuff inside... but we somehow managed. It also was not in the best condition inside. The house needed a new paint job and the carpet was disgusting. I was disappointed, because I thought the house improvements were over. Now we had a whole new house to fix up. We have spent the last couple of weeks painting, pulling up carpet, refinishing the hardwood floor and cleaning.

It is just now starting to feel nice, and like things might start to settle down. I really love the backyard. It is amazingly huge and green. It feels like we live in the forest.

The house is also very close to Oly's work. It is nice to see him and not have to deal with a long commute.


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Kindergarten Graduation

Jonny graduated from Kindergarten last week. He is getting so big! They had a graduation ceremony for the kids. My parents were still in town, so they came with us. They each got a diploma and sang some cute songs. I loved Jonny's teacher this year and he made some good friends. We are really sad to be moving away. I loved how close the school was to our house, and riding my bike with Jonny each morning to school. I hope we have another great school/teacher next year in Virginia.  

I love this picture of Jonny. 
One of my friends put together a little kindergarten graduation dinner at a pizza place by our house. Jonny was the only boy at the dinner, and while we were eating all three girls declared their love for him and were even trying to sit in his lap! We were laughing and he was super embarrassed. He told us later that he thinks he will have a easy time getting married because all the girls like him! haha

These last few weeks

Having a newborn is hard and wonderful. I love how tiny, sweet and adorable Jack is.. but I forgot how much work newborns require. I felt completely overwhelmed the first week home. I didn't know how in the world I was going to have time to take care of all three kids, clean a house, cook and have any time for myself. I was pretty emotional/sleep deprived. Luckily, I am now feeling more like myself and starting to get the hang of this three kid deal... I had so much help from Oly mom the first week. She made the most delicious food, helped clean the house and played with Jonny and Sophia. After she left, Oly graduated from Texas A and M and has been home helping. It has been awesome. Last week my parents came out to help us pack for our big move to Virginia. (Which we recently found out isn't actually going to be for another month.) In between all of this I managed to fit in a newborn photoshoot. Here are a couple of my favorites... 
















Sophia was excited to give Jack his first bath.

I didn't take any cute pictures of my parents with the kids. This picture was taken at Fajitaville. On their last night here we went to dinner there, and let the kids play on the beach.

I just might have the cutest kids in the world.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

He is here!!!

My little man finally made his appearance May 12, 2015. He weighed 9 pounds 13 ounces and was 21 1/2" long. He came out with a dark brown hair and dark blue eyes. It is hard to tell right now if they are going to stay blue, or turn brown. I think that he resembles Sophia a lot, but at the same time has his own look. 
I was almost 40 weeks pregnant when he was born (my due date was May 14th.) I never thought I would be pregnant with him for as long as I was. I had both Jonny and Sophia at 38 weeks, so those last two weeks dragged on for me. I was having contractions on and off during that time period, and even went to the hospital once, only to be turned away for not progressing. On May 11th, I was having contractions all day but didn't take them too serious. That night, they started to get more intense and about five minutes apart. I told Oly that is was once again time to go to labor and delivery, and we headed towards the hospital. Oly's mom had come up a couple of days prior, to help me out and was able to stay with Jonny and Sophia. When we arrived at the hospital they checked me and I was only dilated to a three. They decided to keep me overnight for observation, because I was so close to my due date. Oly really wanted to just go home at that point, thinking it was another false alarm. I had a feeling that is was the real deal though, and we stayed overnight. I had contractions all night, and they were very painful but about 5-8 minutes apart. When they checked me in the morning the nurse was surprised to see that I had already dilated to 6cm. For the next six hours I was on the edge of loosing my mind with how painful my contractions were. I really was trying to have a natural birth without the epidural. I had back pain for six months after my last epidural with Sophia, and I didn't want to go through all of that again. My doctor showed up at about 11am and told me that she was going to break my water, and that my contractions were going to get about twice as painful and closer together. I knew that I could not handle contractions twice as painful as what I was experiencing, and asked for an epidural. The anesthesiologist came in to give me the epidural. Right after he left the room, my blood pressure rapidly dropped and I passed out. Oly was pretty scared. When I woke up, I had no idea where I was. It was the weirdest feeling. I also felt like I could not breath. They quickly injected my IV with something and gave me oxygen, and I instantly felt much better. After getting the epidural, labor went much smoother and at 1:30pm my little angel was born. 


Later in the day, Oly's mom brought Jonny and Sophia over to meet Jack.  

Sophia was very very excited.

Jonny was adorable with him.

The shirt Oly is wearing is not an ordinary shirt. It has been dubbed the birthing shirt. He was wearing the shirt the night Jonny was born and two years later, by coincidence, was wearing it the night Sophia was born. So after discovering this, he saved it to wear with Jack. 

I just love his little face.

Ollie's dad drove up to meet Jack last weekend. 

Oly with his parents. They were so much help!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Maternity Photo Shoot

I am now 36 weeks pregnant, and even though I am feeling about the size of Texas, I wanted to take some maternity pictures. This will probably be my last time being pregnant, and I have never really ever had any nice pictures taken while being preggo. We drove a couple of miles outside of Corpus Christi, to a place called Chapman's Ranch and Oly took these shots with my camera...    




Even though I cringe when I see how large I am, I think he did a really good job. I couldn't resist taking a couple of these two while we were there.


I love how they turned out. The fields are so pretty and green this time of year. 

I am getting pretty excited to meet our baby. I think we are going to name him Jack Olivert Garcia. I am really curious to see what he is going to look like. I can't imagine him not having blonde hair with blue eyes, like my other two. At the same time, I know the odds are that he might be darker. 
I have started to have prodromal labor again, which is basically early labor. I had it with Sophia for about two weeks before I went into actual labor, and was sent home from the hospital twice. By the time I went in the third time, I was dilated to a seven and had her very soon after. I have learned my lesson from her delivery, and don't plan on going into the hospital until my contractions are pretty intense. Thankfully, the hospital is only about 15 minutes from our house. So, for now I am trying to take it easy, relax though my contractions and waiting for the right time to go in.


Jonny

This little guy has lost both of his front teeth. I think he looks so cute with his huge gapped smile. He has now lost all four bottom and top teeth, and has been getting two dollars a tooth from the tooth fairy. He likes to save his tooth money and check out local garage sales. He discovered that his money goes a lot further there than at a toy store. The other day, he found a huge lego set for $1.00! Ever since that purchase, he has wanted to go out every Saturday morning. Corpus Christi is the city for garage sales, it seems like on almost every street someone is putting one on. I have fun taking him out, and watching him pay people from his little stash of money. 

Nine years

On March 31st, we celebrated nine years together. I love my husband and so grateful to be married to such a awesome guy. He always puts me and the kids first, and tries his best at everything. 
Oly's mom happened to be in town, the weekend we celebrated our anniversary. It was nice having her here to babysit Jonny and Sophia. While we went to dinner and a play, while she took them out to do something fun.



We went to see Willy Wonka at the Harbor playhouse. We had a great time. I was worried I would be uncomfortable sitting through the whole show (being so pregnant) but found a nice little couch in the back to lounge on.