Saturday, August 22, 2015

1860's Style...

We headed out to Sabathday Shaker Village this afternoon to get our picture taken by a local  business who specializes in tintype photographs. I wore the dress I made for the church Christmas fair and Asher wore an antique Christening gown that I bought ages ago.  I should have fixed my hair in a historic style,( will have to do that next time), but I'm still pleased with how it came out.   We want to get a family portrait done as soon as I get an outfit made for everyone. 
If you are local and want a picture done(you don't have to go historic dress like I did), check out  Cole Caswell at

Have a great weekend,


Monday, August 10, 2015

Asher Jacob Has Arrived!!!....

We'll start with a picture of our sweet new baby boy....
Asher Jacob Cupps was born on August 6th, weighing in at a very small 7lbs 13 oz and 20.75" long.

Now for the story...

Here I am Tuesday morning on our way to the last gym day before the baby.. Had a fairly good long workout and felt good afterwards.

On Wednesday, my thighs were a bit sore from the leg machines, but nothing too out of the ordinary.

Thursday, I made the spur of the moment decision that we needed to take the kids to the beach as one little "last Hurrah" before our scheduled csection on Friday.

We headed to Crescent Beach and Mason was thrilled to finally be able to go to the beach again(we hadn't been yet this summer).

The water was freezing but it didn't stop him.

James watched the boys play as Becca and I went for a long walk looking for sea glass..

I thought some last belly pics would be fun and wrote the future in the sand "Beach Today, Baby Tomorrow"

Little did I know as I wrote that, that Asher had his own plans!

On our way home from the beach, I started having mild regular spaced contractions. I started quietly timing them... 7 minutes apart.   Hubby noticed them by the time I started timing the 3rd one.  They happened all the way home and continued at home.  I took a shower, got dressed, and did my hair, lol.  Still more contractions, but they weren't terribly painful, just strong.  Hubby was getting concerned and wanted me to call the Dr.  I stalled because I didn't really think it was labor.  I did eventually call but got the answering service... at this time the contractions were 3 minutes apart.  Hubby made me get in the car and we didn't wait for the Dr to call back.  We were headed to the hospital.  The kids texted us that they spoke with the Dr and he was headed to the hospital too.

We got to the hospital, yes, I was having contractions, but things were still undecided what we were doing.  Eventually at around 6:30 it was decided that I would have the csection at 8. The last thing I ate was 3 mini cupcakes at noon(ya, I was being bad) so we had to wait 8 hours before they could operate(since my labor wasn't really that strong, it wasn't an emergency).  

Walked to the OR at 8, got prepped for the spinal, then the spinal(which took a good long while because a resident was doing it), finally flat on the table and everything is ready. They brought James in the room and things started.  All was good on my part until they were trying to get him out. They started pushing so hard on my upper stomach that it made my reflux extremely bad, I got nauseous and threw up a bit. And now have a very dark large bruise around my belly button from it.  But after he was out, I could instantly feel a sense of relief.  

Our Dr let his cord blood drain into him for a bit(just as I had requested) and then popped him over the sheet to show him to me :)

I could tell he was little as I looked over at him on the warming bed, big baby predictions were wrong!

He was remarkably alert for hours...

And incredibly cute!!

  After three hours in recovery, we got moved upstairs to the mother/baby ward...

We had a pretty view looking over Back Cove...

The kids had to wait until the next morning to meet him.... and they all wore their shirts.

Mason was and still is absolutely enamored with him and keeps saying that he is so happy I had a baby.

Daddy is the official diaper changer at the hospital :)  He was really awesome and would take care of Asher in the middle of each night so I could get some sleep.

A little smile caught by the camera :)

 Our Doctor, he has delivered 3 of our babies...

Sweet baby feet...

Last morning at the hospital... getting dressed to go home.

Waiting for daddy to get the car... he is to tiny!

All dressed and ready to go, he was not happy to be put down for the picture.

Snug in his car seat.  He slept all the way home.

And daddy is now very happy to sit with him like this :)

We came home yesterday(Sunday). The kids are all in love with him and want to hold him constantly.  Asher is a champ at nursing and is adjusting well to life at home.  Even our first night at home wasn't that bad, he slept pretty well. I had a horrible headache but it has finally faded, I think it was lack of sleep at the hospital along with a mixture of post baby hormones.

We are headed to the pediatrician this afternoon for a weight check, he dropped down to 7lb 5oz at discharge and was a tad jaundice. I think he is looking better today, so we will see.

So, my little kick boxer decided he didn't want us to pick his birthday, he picked it himself... which just happened to be my Grandma Dodo's birthday, she passed away 9 years ago but he now shares a special day with her.

Love to all,


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Baby Stuff...

 I've been busy, or at least trying to keep busy... these last few weeks are just dragging by and I really just want to hold Asher in my arms and meet him face to face :)

I had my last appt. this afternoon, 37 weeks 3days... my csection is scheduled for next Friday :)  All was well today. No U/S, just a NST, which he passed with flying colors.  My Dr is thinking he will be a big baby as my stomache is measuring in at 43 weeks... guess we will see!  Any guesses from you guys?  

I'm really hoping that he comes before next Friday because I am getting very uncomfortable, but I really have no real complaints.  I think the nesting bug kicked in this morning, after I got back from the gym and showered, me and the kids spent 3 hours cleaning the house from top to bottom! I don't know where the energy came from, but I'm now relaxing on the couch in a nice clean house...happy!

Here I am right before my appointment... my belly got huge!!!

And I forgot to share a picture of Asher last week at 36weeks 5 days....He is totally squished in there!

I made all the kids shirts to wear to the hospital when they meet Asher for the first time... I think they came out pretty cute.

They all have the year that they became a big brother or sister on them...
And then I realized that I needed to make Asher a matching one too. So Saturday we spent all day trying to find a plain newborn onesie or tshirt... but no luck.  I ended up buying a child's red tshirt and then I sewed it into a romper....

And here it is... I can't wait to see him in it.

That's it for now,  have a lovely day,


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Success???, LOL!!....

I was letting Jenny out to go potty after we got back from the gym this morning and I noticed this....

 My first ever Morning Glory flower!  I always plant the seeds every year, but never to do I get the lovely big vines of glorious flowers that grow over everything.  This year seemed to be no exception...I saw the seedlings come up, I watered them, but hardly any growth, let alone any vining action.   Boy was I surprised when I saw that pretty little purple flower... who knew you could have a stubby Morning Glory!!??
I'm not calling this year a success, it's more funny than anything else! :)

I'm off to the Dr this stuff.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Zucchini Relish...

I was able to check one more item off my "to do" list yesterday...making the zucchine relish.  I made two separate batches, the traditional sweet version and then a more spicey version(didn't come out as hot as I expected).  Hubby is happy now, he has his relish back :)

Today I am working on my sewing room, hopefully it will be done this week.

Have a happy Tuesday,


Friday, July 10, 2015

35 week Appointment...

Ok,  technically, 34weeks 6 day  Dr. appt.  :)  

Asher Jacob stats:
HB 150

Weight, the little bugger wouldn't cooperate to get measurements, so she guessed at least 5 and half pounds

No pics,  he wouldn't show us his face at all! Like I said, he wouldn't cooperate

He is by far my most active baby. He is moving constantly and there are times when his kicks are physically painful to me

He has hiccups at least twice a day now

Mommy stats:

BP  96/57

weight, yep I gained some ;)

No swelling, which according to my Dr is almost unheard of for how old I am. He made several commnents about how amazed he was that I wasn't swollen.

My fundal height is measuring 39 weeks and my Dr. thinks he will be a big baby, guess we will see.

I'm at the stage of being "done", I just want him out so I can hold and snuggle him. Plus, my stomache is very painful and the heartburn is getting to me.  I want to be able to move easily and do the things I used to.  I know it is best for him to "bake" a bit longer, I am just so tired!

Ok, I really can't complain, I have no real problems with my health, it's all just pregnancy related uncomfortability, lol!

Still scheduled for an August 7th csection, but hoping it gets moved up a few days.

Here are some pics of me(and Asher as the belly)...

The boobs are getting too big for my liking! I guess I can't do anything about that though.

I go back weekly now, it's getting close!


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Baby Crib for the Family Room...

We never do a traditional baby crib, our babies always sleep in our room with us. This time, for Asher, I bought the Halo Bassinest for our room and can't wait to use it.   But since it will be just him I and during the day, once the kids go back to school, I also needed a safe place to lay him down in the family room( I will need potty breaks!).  That's where this beautiful non rocking cradle comes in... I bought it at a church auction a few years ago.   It's low to the ground, so I don't have to worry about it tipping over, but high enough that Jenny won't be able to get in it.

I made a quick dust ruffle for it this afternoon, no bumpers because they aren't safe.

On the inside is a simple bassinet pad covered with a king size white quilted pillow sham(fit perfectly).

Once he is using it, I'll add a burp cloth or two.

One more thing checked off my list!

Have a beautiful day!