Thursday, February 20, 2014

Brooklyn Kelci Barker

Poor Brooklyn, she is a little over 5 months now, and tonight is her first time she's been on the blog.  I guess it really is true that the second child 's "virtual" scrapbook is smaller.  I hope that once I get caught up, I'll do a better job of updating my growing babies.

Let's start at the beginning... Brooklyn's Birth Story.
Because Brooklyn's older brother Tyson was born C-section, I had scheduled Brooklyn to be born c-section too.  Adam and I had a difficult time "choosing" the date.  I swear it's easier to let the baby decide when they want to join the world, rather than choosing the date for them!  Brooklyn's official due date was September 18th.  The doctor wanted to schedule the delivery at least a week early because Tyson was such a big baby.  Adam's birthday is the 9th, his dad's is the 10th, my sister's is the 15th, and we really didn't want a Friday the 13th baby. 

In the end, we decided on the 12th. Adam never said anything, but with the Seahawks vs. San Fransisco home football game on the 15th, he was worried about having to leave me at the hospital to go to the game!  We stayed for four nights with Tyson, so his worry was legit, even though I would have made him go to the game regardless.

Brooklyn must have been worried for her daddy too, because she made sure there was no way Adam would miss the game!  On September 10th, I had to run to school to fill out some paperwork.  I was in the staff room catching up with my friends because my last day of work was September 5th and I hadn't seen them in awhile. We were joking about my water breaking at school and how embarrassing it would be, etc.  I went back to my parents and picked up Tyson and headed for home because Adam was going to be home from work.

When Adam got home, we all went outside and were making sandcastles.  I started to not feel that great, so I went in and laid down on the couch to relax.  Tyson and Adam eventually came in too.  They were playing with a light up pumpkin in the bathroom because it was dark in there.  Suddenly I started to feel "wet" and couldn't figure out what was wrong with me, my water had broke and once I finally figured out what had  happened, I jumped off the couch and got and the ground. I yelled to Adam that my water broke - pretty calmly I might add, and started putting things in motion.

I changed my dress, finished packing for the hospital (Adam started packing), called my  mom to come get Tyson, and started to head to the hospital.  Tyson ended up riding with us to the hospital, little did he know his life was about to TOTALLY change! The valet boys had no idea what to do with me, so I asked them for a wheelchair.  Adam was carrying Tyson, wheeling our luggage, and trying to push me in a wheelchair all at the same time - finally one of them offered to help!

We were admitted, and were told we were going to have the baby at around 6:00pm.  My water broke at around 4.  We were going  through all the paperwork and they asked me when the last time I ate was, and what it was that I ate.  I told them around 1 (they were thrilled with that because they couldn't do surgery until 2 hours after I had eaten - and then I told them I ate enchiladas which they were less thrilled with! Because I had enchiladas, I had to wait 8 hours before they would do my c-section!!! Apparently because it was such a harsh food, they were worried I would get sick on the surgery table and throw up :( stupid enchiladas.

So the waiting game began.  Family and friends were called and we waited... and waited... and waited.  Tyson was apparently in heaven in the waiting room playing with both grandpas!

Finally, at around 9, they started to do the C-section prep.  I was so excited to finally be going in, I was starting to get contractions and was tired and hungry. Just as I was about to go in I got bumped - twice- for emergency c -sections!  Finally at around 11:45 I went in.  Brooklyn Kelci Barker was born at 12:01am on September 11 and weighed 9 lbs 11 oz.  I love that she was 9'11 on 9-11.

She was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, and looked just like her brother, Tyson.  I couldn't wait to hold her, and for her brother to meet her.  It was the happiest day of my life knowing I was the mother of two healthy and beautiful children.

Brooklyn is not a family name (although my middle name is Lynn).  Kelci is a compilation of Brooklyn's aunts by blood.  K is for Keri, el is for Melanie, and ci is for Marci.  I love that her middle name so meaningful.

My mom, my sister Marci, and Staci were there to meet Brooklyn and see me right away when I got to my room.  It really meant a lot that they were there for me.  I remember Staci saying it looked like I had lip injections!

Grandma and Grandpa Barker, Aunt Keri, and Tyson came the next day.  I was so excited to see Tyson's reaction to everything. Sadly, he didn't want to have anything to do with me.

Aunt Melanie, Uncle Brian, Kailey, Uncle BJ, Aunt Nicci, Ava, Papa Haugen, Trisha Gray, Gelinda Williams, Meagan Pries, and Adria Esterbrook.

My recovery was night and day compared to when Tyson was born.  I was able to move around right away and got "released" after staying only three nights.

Brooklyn latched on right away and slept pretty well in the hospital. We were so excited to get home and start our family of four.

Tyson has been the BEST brother to Brooklyn and we as a family are so blessed to have each other!

**I can't get pictures to download :( I will try again next time I blog :) I have 5 more months to catch up on!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Tyson Update

I don't even know where to start :(  It's been months since I've last blogged and way too much has happened to go back now and try and fill in the blanks.

Tyson is now 15 months old and is still perfect!  He took his first big steps at his birthday party (January 19th), but didn't officially start walking until a couple weeks after that. Now he is ALL over the place and we are having a blast trying to keep up with him.

He is talking like crazy and is saying too many words to list; mama, dada, papa, tractor, truck, car, cracker, barker, bath, book, yep, yes, no, etc, etc, etc.  He knows all his animal sounds, and thanks to my parents living on a farm.. his moo sounds pretty darn good!

Speaking of the farm, he LOVES being outside, especially on the farm.  He loves looking at the calves, playing in the dirt, chasing cows across the street with papa, riding on the riding lawn mower, and riding on the quad.  He loves making the car/truck/tractor brrrrr sound and drives his assortment of vehicles all over the house. 

He loves riding his bike, driving his truck, jumping on bounce houses, checking the mail, pushing cars around, baths, dancing with Grandpa and Grandma and Aunt Keri, and  BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS!  He LOVES books, and is constantly bringing us books to read him!  He must average a hundred books a day!

I'm on Spring Break now, and am looking forward to spending time with my little buddy!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Random Sunday Night Update

Tyson is now 10 1/2 months old and these last few weeks have been the most fun we've had with him so far!  A couple weeks ago, Adam went on his annual poker trip to Oregon with one of his friends.  He was gone for four days, and it was so much fun being able to bond one on one with Tyson.  Adam is SuperDad and gets home by 4:00 so we always have to "share" our time playing with our boy.  I really enjoyed having Tyson all to myself.  We were both THRILLED, however, to have Adam back home.  There is nothing better than having our little family of three together at home.

Tyson is crawling and "cruising" all over the place.  I learned today that "cruising" is the term used in reference to him walking along things like couches, and toys where he can hold on.  He's pretty good at getting from here to there without yet walking.  I told Adam today that we should start working on his walking, and Adam informed me that the longer Tyson crawls, the more coordinated he will be (for sports).  He told me he doesn't want Tyson walking until he is two - he was joking of course, I think ;)

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE when Tyson will crawl over to me with a book. He sits in my lap and I read him the same book over and over.  Right now, his favorite book downstairs is, "Old MacDonald."  I think Tyson loves seeing the animals, and hearing mommy make funny animal sounds :)   At night I read him a variety of books before bed, but I always read him Good Night Moon, and usually Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  His favorite thing right now is to squeek the pages with his fingers while I'm reading to him.  He will look up at me and smile - I LOVE it!

Tyson is also getting pretty good at playing ball.  He will throw the ball back and forth with Adam and I.  It is so adorable... although today I was trying to take a picture of him holding a ball for his first birthday invitations, and he kept throwing it at me.  Needless to say, I didn't get a picture!  He also loves bubbles in the bath, knocking over my tall towers, knocking things together to make noise, spinning the wheels on trucks, tractors, etc., dropping food from his high chair :(, mommy and daddy laughing, crawling over mommy and daddy, and so much more.

I imagine Tyson will continue to be more and more fun every day. I have truely cherished every second with him, and love watching him grow.  I already feel like my baby is becoming more and more like a little boy every day :(  So sad it's gone by so fast, but I'm so excited to do so many more things with him in the future.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My sweet little lion

This picture makes me smile and I hope one day it will make all these adorable babies smile too! I have met the most wonderful mom's of babies that range from being born in October-January. Tyson is the baby, baby of the group.  This is our fourth play date... can't wait for the next one!
My baby boy

My two men

Ava, Tyson, and Kailey

One of Tyson's signature moves... "The straight armed push"

Tyson is already 9 months... and I haven't been Blogging!

You know when you stop working out for a long time and you want to start again, but you just keep putting it off because you really don't know where to start?  That's how I feel about this blog!  So much time has gone by, and Tyson has done so much, I really don't know where to begin... but I'll do my best for the sake of the one person that reads my blog (Aunt Marilyn - thank you) and Tyson, because hopefully he'll want to read about his life one day!

Tyson is 9 1/2 months now.  At his 9 month appointment he measured in the 95th percentile for height and 75th percentile for weight.  He is perfect in every way!  I hope he continues to grow tall, we need some height in the Haugen family! 

He has been saying "dadda" for a couple months now, and "momma" for the last month.  He "hoos" like an owl non stop and does this really cute grunt while pushing his arms out in front of him like he's pushing down on the air (I really don't know how to explain it but I love it). 

He started moving around the house around 8 months, but didn't start actually crawling until October 30th.  He is ALL over the place, and wis in the kitchen when we're cooking.  We have learned to block him in to the family room with our ottoman, which has also given him a ton more room to play with it out of the way.

Our typical evening consists of Adam and I playing with Tyson on the floor.  Tyse loves peak a boo and when we crawl around with him.  He also enjoys all the toys we have out for him, especially a new walking toy we just got him... although Adam is not eager for him to walk anytime soon.  He read somewhere that the longer they crawl, the more developed in their coordination they will become... I think you know where that's going.

We eat dinner as a family at the table, then give Tyse a bath, followed by feeding him a bottle.  Then Adam gives him a kiss, tells him he loves him, and I take him upstairs.  I brush his teeth, give him his flouride, and read him 2, 3, or 4 books... depending on how long they are :)  I've gotten really good at memorizing Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Goodnight Moon.  Then it's lights out for Tysey Boy! 

Tyson has always slept well.  He goes down at 7:00pm and wakes up at 7:00am.  We are not the parents that have to complain about no sleep with our baby and we feel so blessed about that!  When I wasn't working, Tyson would wake up at about 7:00 and I would nurse him in bed and he would fall back asleep with me in bed.  I miss that.

Which brings me to nursing... way to go all those moms out there that were able to nurse for 12 months.  I had hoped to do that, but when I went back to school, I was only able to pump one time a day  (during my 15 minute recess, which really ended up being 10 minutes with kids constantly trying to get into my locked door)!  Obviously pumping is not as good as actually nursing.  I thought that once the school year ended, I would be golden but I eventually lost my supply in July.  I do feel really proud that I was able to go 6 months, but sad I couldn't go longer. 

Tyson is currently eating everything we eat. Tonight he ate Adam's famous spaghettii and meatballs and LOVED them!  He really likes fruit, especially satsuma oranges (probably because I couldn't get enough of them when I was pregnant), pizza, and mashed potatoes.  He likes anything he knows we're eating.  I eat a banana every day, so of course that has become one of Tyson's staples as well.

Other things worth mentioning:
Auntie Marci watched him at night for the first time last Saturday.  He fell asleep in her arms while watching the Husky game :)

Aunie Melanie and cousin Kailey watched him for a couple hours while I went to get a massage and Adam went out for a friend's birthday.

Tyson was a lion for Halloween and wore his costume four times! Once for pictures with the cousins, once for a Baby Halloween Party, he came to my class party, and lastly for Halloween.

Tyson LOVES when I blow bobbles at him while he's in the bath tub.

He LOVES when we make funny noises and funny faces.

He LOVES both sets of grandparents

My parents watch him Monday-Thursday, and Adam's parents watch him on Friday.

Grandpa and Grandma Barker watch him with Auntie Keri while we are at home Seahawks games.

We had to put his matress all the way down because he pulls himself up.

He has two teeth, bottom front and top front.

He has had 3 haircuts.

.... and I can't think of anything else right now so stay tuned for updates hopefully in the NEAR future!

Thanks again Aunt Marilyn for encouraging me to get on here!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

6 Months goes by so FAST!

It has been FOREVER since I've posted.  I thought going on summer vacation would have opened me up to more time to post, but that has not been the case.  So much that has happened since the last post, I don't know where to start.

I'm officially on summer vacation from teaching and have been since June 22nd.  I am tutoring two students two days a week so I've managed to be at school still and busy.  My mom watching Tyson while I tutor. 

Tyson is 6 months already! It really is crazy how time flies.  He has "dada" on repeat, is rolling over, has 1 tooth that is up quite a bit, and cut a second tooth.  We just started him on solids and he is sitting up pretty well on his own now, with a few slunches and fall overs.  We had six month pictures taken recently, I am so excited to see them.

Tyson met his second cousins from Germany, Kaia and Nicolas as well as his cousins from Idaho Anika and Tatiana this week.  It was so great to be with my dad's side of the family.

Tyson's Auntie Nicci gave him his first hair cut right before he turned 6 months. He looks so old now :(
Tyson's Mullet

Auntie Nicci

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mariner's game #2... Happy 30th (early) Marci!

Tyson is a lucky boy! He has already been to two Mariner's game, one game in the Club Level and the second game in a Suite!  I have already blogged about his first game so I'll spare you... and me, and just fill you in on his second game.

Tyson's auntie Marci will be 30 on June 5th.  For her birthday, we rented a suite at the Mariner's game and celebrated a bit early.  It was the BEST way to watch a Mariner's game and very reasonable in price.  I have been lucky enough to be in a Mariner's suite many times in my life but none were as much fun as Marci's birthday party.

We had 21 people in the suite and were stocked on food and beverages.  We had an awesome view from left field and even got Dustin Ackley bobbleheads!  It was my neices', Kailey and Ava's, first game... they had a blast (except when the Moose barged in and made them both cry).

My sister Melanie made a beautiful birthday sign and my parents brought cupcakes.   There was an open suite near ours so the wonderful Mariner staff insisted I use it to nurse and change Tyson.  It was nice to have a baby and not have to worry about the noise.  I had a birthday announcement put on the scoreboard which was a great deal.  It came with a lot of "perks" including a $25 Ivar's gift card, a birthday baseball, a Mariner's hat, and a gift card to the team store.

The Mariner's played a great game but Brandon Leauge, our closer, unfortunately lost the game for us.

Happy 30th Birthday Marci!  We love you!