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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Neighborhood Races

Every morning about 6:00 or 6:30 am, Briggs and I head out after his breakfast with the jogging stroller. Here is a picture of the company out there with us on the walking course (sidewalks of our neighborhood). Briggs and I do anywhere from 2-4 miles and just recently had to step up our game. As you can see, Ms. Timmie (with the walking sticks) is pretty serious but not too much of a threat because she doesn't do the same route as us...but the other guy...


See how he is making his move in the picture (above)..gotta watch that kind...
Briggs and I used to just take a nice little stroll at a moderate pace...well since we have new competition, we have had to get us some exercise beats to keep our pace consistent and quick. As you can see (below), he is "chasing us down" as they would say at the XTERRA races.
You gotta stay focused (notice Briggs with his hands clasped and eyes closed..concentrating on the prize...more milk) or you might get passed :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Some of my favorites

Everyone has been asking for pics and updates on Briggs. I wanted to share a few of my favorites from when our photographer friend, Allison Lewis, came to document Briggs' birth. I never imagined I would be "that girl" who would want a photographer in the middle of all that craziness. I mean I was the one having a "talk" with all the nurses to make sure they keep me covered up during the birth as much as possible. I even talked to my FABULOUS doctor about it. I thought she put it perfectly..."I'm just there to do my job and take care of you and your baby...I wouldn't remember what your bottom looked like if I saw you in the mall one day". A.W.K.W.A.R.D...but, I'm just quoting her. I do think that's a good lesson for all of us with doctors and health care in general...they are just there to do their job and help you. They aren't staring at your "goodies" no matter who it is...male or female.

Anyway, most of you read Allison's take on the day from her perspective on her blog. But we didn't know each other before this day except through email. Man what a first impression she got when she walked into the delivery room and this little guy was literally on his way into this world. Talk about perfect timing.

I love this picture...He is so stinkin cute!

This was the moment I first got to meet Briggs. You do all that work and then they keep your baby over on that table getting him all wrapped up and weighed and all that. I could barely stand it. I was about to jump off that bed to get to my baby!


This is Doctor Swindle. I just love her! I talked about it before I think in an earlier post...but she kept coming down and checking on me all day while I was in labor. Every time she came I would tell her I wish she was delivering for us. In the end, she stayed over an hour late just so she could deliver Briggs. When she came down at the end of her day and I was dilated 8 cm, she told the nurse "I'm going to stay, I'll be upstairs working on paperwork so yall page me when she is ready". I thought I was going to cry right there b/c that was one of my prayers is that she would be the doc to deliver him...and she was! See how precious she is in this picture. This doctor truly cares about her patients and I think this pic captures that.


Here is our baby weighing in at 7 pounds, 7.6 ounces but his official birth weight was 7.8

I still can't remember what we were laughing at, but I thought this was a precious picture of Justin and myself. I will never forget that day when our first baby boy came into this world. What a special time and I honestly couldn't have done it without Justin by my side. He was such a great coach, helped me get ready for the contractions coming, talked me through everything, kept cold rags on me and was my biggest cheerleader during it. I felt bad for him in a sense b/c he felt so helpless and I could tell he didn't know what to do to help me sometimes, but he was AWESOME...I couldn't have asked for a better coach, husband, father, and best friend.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tasty Tuesday - Lemon Freeze

Who doesn't like a summer dessert. Thought I would share this one with yall. It's quick and very easy to whip up for a summer get-together.

Lemon Freeze

1 can lemon pie filling
1/2 C lemon juice
1 can eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
2 C graham cracker crumbs
1 stick butter
1/2 C sugar
cool whip

Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar for crust, spread in bottom of dish. Mix lemon juice, pie filling and sweetened condensed milk. Spread over crust. Top with cool whip and enjoy. Can be stored in freezer or frig.

Lots of people have been asking for more updates and pics of Briggs. I will work on a post in a few days of all that's been going on with him and us. So stay tuned.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Arts and Crafts

I wanted something cute to hang on the door at the hospital when we had Briggs. I'm not a huge fan of the wreaths at the hospital, or at least the ones I had seen in the gift shop. And then I saw what my friend, Brook Taylor, made for her door and I attempted this project myself. I actually reached out to a store to see if they could make me one and we kept playing email tag, so I just decided to get the stuff and do it myself. Thank goodness I did b/c this was completed the weekend before we had Briggs (like finished on a Sunday and we had him on that Tuesday)

Here are all the materials you will need...
  • wire frame ( I got mine from Michael's)
  • spray adhesive
  • ruler
  • pinking shears
  • tulle
  • 2 yards of 3 types of fabric
  • a letter if you want one on your wreath and paint if you want to paint it
  • a husband who is willing to cut all the fabric for you :)
First take the 2 yard pieces of fabric and use the adhesive spray for the fabric with patterns so it's the same on both sides. The solid blue I just cut without spraying.
Next...I can't take credit for this part. Justin cut all these strips of fabric himself. There must be a machine or something out there to do this b/c if you made these to sell..you would spend all your time cutting and would have a permanent hand cramp.
Anyway, cut the fabric in 2x6 to 2x8 inch strips. Justin just kind of guestimated (is that a word)

I did all the tying...just take the strips of fabric and rotate them on the different wires. I kind of had a pattern I did. Tye each piece in a knot. Once I got all the fabric on there, I cut the tulle into strips and used it as filler.

And this is the final result...I thought it turned out really cute and thank goodness Briggs was a boy b/c it was a lot of blue. I would have made the polka dots pink or purple if it had been a girl, but we didn't have to worry about that :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Warning Labels?

We know there is no instruction manual but what about the warning labels? Well I have one to add...

WARNING: Baby has umpredictable wizzer (as Justin calls it) located in diaper that may squirt you, the wall, window blinds, linens and may even squirt your baby in the face. It is most likely to happen in the middle of the night when you are less alert and your reflexes are slower.

But I mean look at that precious little face...no returns in this house...just wanted to make others aware in case their precious little one has the same warning label or should I say needs the same label :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tasty Tuesdays - Slow Cooker Italian Chicken

Who doesn't like a new dinner idea? I thought I would try to start sharing a recipe every now and then to add to all of our dinner menus. Here is what I'm cooking tomorrow and with it being summer and busy schedules, sometimes it's nice to have a crock pot meal that is easy and ready at the end of the day with minimal prep time.

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken

1/4 C butter
1 (.7 oz) pkg Italian salad dressing mix
2 (10.75 oz) cans golden mushroom soup
1 (8 oz) container cream cheese with chives and onion
1 C dry white wine (or chicken broth)
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves

Melt butter. Add dressing mix. Stir in soup, cream cheese, and wine (chicken broth). Stirring constantly until cream cheese is melted. Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker. Pour butter mixture over chicken. Cook on low 4-6 hours and serve over pasta.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Blessings

Sorry to let everybody down..don't know that it's practical for me to be posting daily on our blog but I am going to shoot for 2-3 times a week.

From having time to slow down and gather my thoughts over the past few weeks...it's helped me to reflect on some things and I thought would be neat to share.

First of all...I will start with a question...
When was the last time you just sat and took time to be still and quiet and LISTEN?

Everyone has asked me how bedrest was...I would tell people..just try to sit on the couch for one day. And when I say sit..I mean sit...only up for bathroom breaks and meals (to sit at the table, not cook it). I had 3-4 bags of stuff sitting around me b/c I wasn't suppose to just get up every time I thought of something I needed. So there were days I thought I was going to go crazy and was tired of just sitting there, but there were more days that it was a blessing in disguise. The whole bedrest experience forced me to sit still, be quiet and open my heart and mind to what was to come. Looking back on it, it was definitely a blessing and I can come out of it saying I'm thankful.

During that time I did a lot of praying and preparing my heart and mind for what was to come...one day, I even wrote in my prayer journal some specific requests for the Lord. I don't do that often, but feel like maybe I should be. Just wanted to share some of those with yall.
-delivery, for it to be smooth, no epidural or c-section...ANSWERED
-No NICU for baby P (Briggs, now that we know who he is)....ANSWERED
-The right nurses to assist with deliver...MORE THAN ANSWERED!
-Doctor Swindle to deliver Briggs...ANSWERED
-Timing of delivery and birth...ANSWERED
-physical recovery...BEING ANSWERED

Now I know those may not be huge things to all of you...but with nothing but time on your hands..it's easy to let those specific things I listed to make you a nervous wreck. With this being our first baby and everything, there were so many things I was anxious about, this time helped me to turn them over to the Lord and let His will be done.
That verse...And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. Matthew 21:22.
Now I'm not saying if some of these things didn't happen that it would have made me doubt the Lord's plan and power, but I am saying that the Lord heard the desires of my heart and was faithful to answer them very specifically. Reminds me of another verse (my favorite actually)
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart Psalm 37:4

My heart is overflowing at the moment with love for our precious baby boy and pure joy. What a miracle to go through a pregnancy and birth and come out with something so perfect. I can't stop looking at him during the day and just kissing his little (fat) cheeks. Briggs has already been such a blessing to Justin and I and everything we went through to get him here was worth every second.
I mean who wouldn't want to eat those fat little cheeks up!

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17

Friday, June 3, 2011

To sleep or not to sleep?

Well, we survived our first night of rest with our lil man Briggs. I have to admit that I was really no help because I pretty much go comatose when my eyes shut. Iris on the other hand was on the 3 hour schedule of feeding, sleep, feeding, sleep.

It was interesting laying down. All you veteran parents a testify to the first night's rest. You lay down to rest but all you can focus on is your child's breathing, if they cough, you're wondering if they're alright, if their breathing light, you're wondering if they're breathing at all. Needless to say it was a little tough for me to get comatose.

So far so good though. Briggs is eating well, everything seems to be in sync and working properly for baby and mother. I'm just sticking to the 3 "ings": hauling, installing and calling, not that there's such a thing, just made it up.

We hope your Friday brings blessing beyond measure and know that you have a purpose in this life.

- Justin

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Update from Iris

Hello World! Man..what day is it again :)

I told one of our friends who came to visit, I just can't seem to get it together to get this post up. I've been working on it for a few days. I do feel really good considering everything but this whole lack of sleep thing catches up to ya after a little bit. We are starting to get into a little bit of a routine and I'm trying to heed the advice "sleep when the baby sleeps". Today I finally did some normal things like a load of clothes, cleaned up the dishes and picked up the house. I cannot say how nice it is to be able to do things for myself again. My first day off bedrest..I went to the doc that am for my checkup...got the green light to do WHATEVER I WANTED...so I went to the mall and was gonna walk around a little...didn't even get in the door good, was at the top of the escalator and my water broke! So I drove myself to the hospital with the flashers on and J met me there...confirmed we were about to have a baby and sent me down to the third floor...6 hours later we have us a precious little boy.

I've had lots of friends ask me how it's been so far. Well, he is a very good baby...I mean we are only on day 4 but he eats really good, sleeps good, hardly ever cries, we haven't even had to use a pacifier one time (yet). He likes to snuggle and when he is awake he just looks around at everything...very curious. Like right now I'm sitting in the rocking chair with him stretched out in my lap and he is just kicking his little feet and looking around while I finish this post. Since he has been in this world he has even had his first shopping trip. We had to take him to the doctor for his first checkup this Friday (yesterday) and check his weight. He had lost from 7.8 to 7.1 in the hospital but when we took him yesterday, he was already back up to 7.5. Then we needed to go get him some clothes since we didn't have many and ran in JCPenney to get him some outfits. He slept through the whole shopping trip and car ride home.

My recovery hasn't been too bad from the actual birth. The more I've moved around the easier it's getting. We are going to bust out the jogging stroller tonight and take our first walk...don't worry, no jogging just yet.

Here are a few pics to show what we have been up to over the past week.

Love this man...after going through an experience like "childbirth" and seeing him love on our baby...it just makes me love him even more. So this is Briggs and Daddy just hangin out at home.

I'm sure everybody is wondering about the "bucket list"... well we actually did get it accomplished and then some:
-hair cut...check
-oil change...check
-dinner with J..check

I wanted so badly to make it to church at least one last time before the baby so we went...this was what I looked like two days before little thing decided to make his debut. It was great to just sing some songs. We have been watching the sermons online but it was great to actually be there.

Got my pedicure FINALLY with Courtney. That was a nice treat :)
AND...got to go to the movies with my hubby and he took me out to eat. I missed a lot of it b/c I had to pee about 5 times...but it was cute.

So that's the latest from the Poland house. Adjusting to our new way of life and honestly loving every second of it.

On our way home!

Well, this has been an unbelievable experience and the real experience is about to start. We're about to discharge from the hospital here in a little while, in enough time to pick-up Ra-Ra (Iris' Mom) from the airport, in route from Baton Rouge, then it's onward to the house.

We are extremely grateful for all the friends and family that have expressed their love and support in this time and welcome anyone (except for those with sickness, ha!) that wants to see Lil Briggs.

To witness the birth of a child, and all that goes with it, and deny that there's a God (Jesus).....you're kidding yourself. We love each and every one of you that lays eyes on this blog and look forward to your visit and advice. Until next post.....

Love ya'll,

Justin, Iris & Briggs