Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hanging around

The Jags started their offseason program 3 weeks ago so Hunter and I are back to being on our own in the mornings mostly. Offseason is going really well so far and this month ends with Mini camp this weekend.

Hunter and I have really enjoyed our mornings together. We spend a lot of time snuggling as we both try to wake up, we run errands or play outside and then we both go down for an afternoon nap (in our respective beds of course). Daddy gets home just in time to catch a nap (or an afternoon ride on his Harley) and then we all play together in the afternoons! We are really enjoying this last bit of time together just the 3 of us but can't WAIT till baby sis joins in on the fun!

Hunter still loooooves to snuggle
The weather is perfect this time of the year for the beach...before school lets out and it is super crowded. However, at this point, Jordan MUST go with us because Hunter is way too fast for me to chase at 9 months pregnant!
Digging holes with daddy
Hunter helping mommy make death by chocolate
We found an awesome shaved ice place and have already been at least 6 or 7 times in the last 2 weeks. Good thing its an hour round trip to get there or I would be there everyday!
We had a surprise baby shower for Madison and Hunter has been thoroughly enjoying the balloons
I know for a fact he is over the 25lb weight limit! I heard something banging into the wall and I rounded the corner to find Hunter in the swing swinging on the highest setting...something to think about when Madison is here...he knows how to change the buttons AND can climb in it...this could be a problem!
Hunter loves playing on daddy's bike. This past month he started saying a new word that we could NOT figure out..."bodysilk". We were racking our brains trying to figure out what on earth he was talking about because he always points outside when he says it. Then one day while we were outside...he pointed to the bike and said "bodysilk!!!" (bicycle) haha.
We took Hunter on his first boat ride last week on daddy's boat. He LOVED it.
Playing with his own "bodysilk"

Jordan played in a charity softball game on Saturday Jaguars against the Jacksonville fire department. It's an annual game but Jordan has never played in it before. I figured it would be pretty entertaining since he has never played softball...and they had him at shortstop! It was lots of fun and a great crowd turned out for the game.

Jordan at 2nd base

He got lots of hits!


Jordan and Hunter wrestling in the infield
The boys got to play in the firetruck after the game
and take a ride!
Hunter and his buddy Caden


The boys after the game with their daddies
And on the pregnancy front I am 9 months pregnant today! The most pregnant I have ever been :-) and I feel pretty good considering! I am still trying to figure out my body. These last 2 weeks are really the first time I have ever been pregnant and not on medications to stop contractions so I have been trying to figure out what on earth my body is doing! So far so good...I mean she is still in there right?! I do have a lot of contractions everyday and they do get about 5 min apart everyday but so far they have not gotten any closer than 5 min apart, so that is my mark...the day they get less than 5 min I will assume that is the big day! I am also really hoping when the time comes I get a VERY clear sign that "the time has come", because my day to day contractions feel no different than the day I was in labor with Hunter, only difference is my water broke with Hunter. We are hoping she will hang on for 1 more week (37 weeks) so she can be a term baby! We shall see what happens!

On a sad note...Hunter chipped his front tooth. We have NO idea how or when it happened but just found it the other day. It's just a baby tooth but still...he's going to have it for a few more years!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Niswanger Twins are here!

Our good friends Rudy, Patricia and Emory Niswanger welcomed their adorable twins into the world on April 8th, 2010 at 37 weeks. Ava Grace was born at 12:25pm weighing 5 pounds 6 ounces and 17 inches long and John Carter was born at 12:44pm weighing 5 pounds 15.6 ounces and 18.5 inches long. They both spent 2 nights in the NICU as a precaution for slightly underdeveloped lungs but the 3rd night they got to room in with Mom and Dad and they all went home together on the 11th! Mom and babies are doing great and we cannot wait to meet them!

John Carter (left) Ava Grace (right)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Easter 2010

This Easter we stayed in Jacksonville since I am getting too far along to travel. Hunter woke up Easter morning to a basket of goodies, which he thoroughly enjoyed opening. We went to early service at church and then over to some friends house for a big Easter lunch with friends, followed by an egg hunt. We had 8 adults and 8 kiddos!


The boys begging to get started on the egg hunt
Hunter quickly found some eggs hidden under the bushes
Luke McCown helping his youngest Micah (10 months) get some eggs
Aaron Kampman trying to help Hunter find an egg in the bushes

Daddy helping Hunter and Jonah find some eggs

Our group of all boys! Madison is definitely going to be in the minority!
From back left: Ben Kampman (3), Lucas Kampman (6), Jonah McCown (4)
Front Left: Micah McCown (10 months), Hunter (2), Caden Considine (2.5),
and Elijah McCown (3). Not pictured (napping) is the Kampman's youngest Eli (2)

And Hunter is done...

After the egg hunt all the boys went inside to open a few "special eggs" which had been strategically placed. The eggs helped tell the story of the death and resurrection. Luke is reading them the story while they all dive into candy :-)
Hunter quietly listening and eating as much as he can possibly fit in his mouth

Hunter showing us his green starburst

**Madison update** I had my final high risk Ob appointment this week (at 33 weeks) and I now get to graduate! I have one more week of the progesterone injections and then I start weekly OB appointments with my regular OB. I have been having lots of frequent and time-able contractions the past 2 weeks (a little deja vu of my pregnancy with Hunter) and it turns out I am making progress from them. I am already a little over 50% effaced and beginning to dilate. The shots just aren't as effective as they once were and since I am getting my last one on Monday the contractions will most likely pick up significantly in the next week. We are hoping to hold out just a few more weeks so our baby girl will be healthy enough to come home with us. According to her ultrasound measurements she weighs about 5 pounds 4 ounces and is roughly 17 inches right now (33 weeks) 75%, with super long legs (4 weeks ahead) and her head (thank the LORD) is only measuring 2 weeks ahead (Hunter's was 7 weeks ahead when he was born! OUCH!)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fun new toys

I waited outside in my lawnchair on the driveway most of the afternoon today waiting on the arrival of some fun new toys, while Hunter played of course! Jordan's was delivered around 4:00pm and he quickly jumped on his and took it out for his inaugural ride. He has been patiently waiting on this bike for a few months now. He spent at least 2 months designing it, by hand. He actually drew out exactly what he wanted on paper and went to the Harley shop and presented the idea. They had never seen anything like it before and were really curious to see how it would turn out and after a month in the shop it's finally finished! Oh and they are all in love with it now! Before they delivered it they used it their annual Harley show downtown!

And my new toy came around 5:30pm, a new BOB duallie jogger stroller! I have already seen first hand the awesomeness that is the BOB because I have the single from when I had Hunter and my sis has the duallie so I knew this was exactly what I would get when I had my second kiddo. I cannot wait to take it out for a spin! BUT considering I get contractions just walking to the kitchen these days... we are gonna have to put off my inaugural spin for a few more weeks :-)

This is Jordan's Harley Fat Boy Lo. He changed a LOT from the original fat boy lo but the biggest change to the overall facade is that E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G has been changed to a flat black finish even down to the nuts and bolts and screws that hold it together. It was a very tedious process to get it to this point...because the engine and most of the other parts of the bike come in chrome and they had to change it all out or paint it if they couldn't change it. He also changed up the exhaust system, handle bars, lights (blacked those out too), seat, and wheels. Basically it's a whole different bike from how it started but he was able to use all Harley parts to do it and it still has the basic frame and overall look of the original fat boy lo.


The next 2 pictures are from the bike show


And my fun toy... I still need to install the infant car seat adapter but you get the idea :-)
So excited!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Maui

I am still playing catch up so bear with me. Mid march brought about a trip to Maui! Jordan is one of the Jaguar's player reps this year (each team has 3) and the big annual meeting is in Maui every year. They are nice enough to fly spouses out with the players too so I was pretty excited to get to go, especially since it meant having no responsibilities for a whole week! We weren't sure if my Ob's would be ok with me making the trip given my history and the fact that I was 29 weeks pregnant when we left (30 weeks when we returned). Fortunately I had a great appointment the day before we were suppose to leave and a negative fetal fibrinectin test, so they let me go with instructions to take-it-easy and take a baby Asprin on the plane ride. We had a direct flight from Dallas to Maui (8 hours) and they flew us first class so our seats laid completely flat. After having done this flight at 7.5 months pregnant, I know for sure that the seat being able to lay flat was the ONLY way I was able to make that flight!

We flew from Jacksonville to Dallas to drop Hunter off with the grandparents for the week, then we hopped on our flight to Maui! The first few days Jordan had meetings until about 3 in the afternoon. I hung out with the other wives in the mornings and then Jordan and I would hit the beach in the afternoons. Most evenings we had fun pre-planned dinners with all the players and wives. One morning me and other preggo girly had a spa day at arguably one of the best spa's in the world! The Grand Wailea spa...ahh best spa day of my life! Another morning all the wives got to go to Ruth's Chris for cooking lessons, which I was pretty excited about because Ruth's Chis is on my top 5 favorite restaurant list.

This was our little cooking group we had about 40 girls there so we split off into smaller groups. We had just finished learning how to make Lei's
The last 2 days we were there Jordan and I just had free time all day to do whatever we wanted. We decided to do the drive to Hana again on one of the days (we had done it the last time we were in Maui 4 years ago). It was just as beautiful as I remember! We stopped at a few spots to take pictures. We made sure to stop at one of the black sand beaches because I wanted to put my feet in the sand since we didn't do that the last time we were there. It was so gorgeous and the black sand felt just like regular sand!
The water looked so blue up next to the black sand



One of my favorite things about the drive is rolling the windows down and listening to all the water falls! They are everywhere! The whole island just smells like fresh flowers. It's truly breathtaking.
And just like we did 4 years ago...once we reached Hana we decided to keep going. Most tourists turn around and go back the way they came once they reach Hana. There isn't really anything to see past Hana other than some dormant volcano's. It's crazy how the whole island is so green and fresh and then suddenly everything past Hana is completely dead and rock from the volcano's. We remembered the drive past Hana being mostly dirt roads but after doing the 3 hour windy road to Hana we were ready for some non-windy roads so we just kept going. BAD IDEA! What we forgot was the lack of restrooms (not good for a 7.5 mo preggo), lack of cell service (again not ideal), and the BUMPY dirt road. OH MY I thought I was going to go into labor. It was sooooo bumpy I had to hold myself suspended in the seat by my arms so poor little Madison would be okay. It was worse than the Texas Giant roller coaster (which in my opinion is one of the bumpiest rides there is). We realized pretty quickly into it that this was not good! I started having contractions and pains and we had to stop a few times to rest from all of the bumps. It was not a good situation to be in with no cell phone service and pretty much no human contact for at least 2 hours! BUT we made it and vowed never to do it again!

The southeast side of the island is pretty much uninhabited with the exception of some random ranches here and there. We crossed lots of cattle guards because the cattle isn't fenced in on this part of the island, so just they just kind of roam around.

We thought this was pretty funny!
One night we went to Mama's fish house. We tried to get in the last time we were in Maui but the list fills up pretty early in the morning! This year we made the list! We brought our friend Rudy with us, he and Patricia had tried getting in last year too and weren't able to. (Patricia wasn't able to make the trip this year because she was 33 weeks pregnant with twins.) The food was REALLY good and the location was even more beautiful!

Jordan and Rudy watching the sunset and the surfers.

Mama's fish house
This is the only picture we took together all week...thanks Rudy!
Beautiful Maui sunset from our room

It was a fabulous trip and VERY relaxing for me, with the exception of the trip from Hana :-) This was the last year that the NFLPA will be having their annual meeting in Maui so I am glad I was able to make the trip this year!