Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

Wishing you a Happy New Year! Hope 2008 finds everyone happy and healthy.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

I just need some space

Well the kids have outgrown their playroom yet again. Well it's not so much that the kids have outgrown their space, as their stuff has outgrown the space. So off to Lowe's we went yesterday afternoon. We found some Berber carpet on sale and we talked them down to forty-seven cents a square foot. So for $100.00 we got a brand new room full of carpet. It took freaking forever to get it unrolled cut and laid down, but it was totally worth it. We now have more than enough space for the kids and all their belongings. We are going to build in a cabinet for all their DVDs they got for Christmas and then get some shelves bolted to the walls for all of their little toys and the room will be complete. We can now all five sit and play comfortably for hours! Yeah!!!

Here's some pics of the old playroom:



And here is our new and improved room with about seventy square foot more space!

Friday, December 28, 2007

What a busy holiday!!!

Well the kids "First" Christmas was a success. Way better than last years! We headed up to Tulsa on Saturday and went straight to "Johnson family Christmas." That would be my dad's side of the family. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, the whole crazy crew was there. The kids did great, I was afraid they were going to be tired and be cranky, but they were perfect little angels. Sunday we went to church with my parents and Sunday afternoon, we did Christmas with my mom's side "Witten Family Christmas". Grandparents, aunt, uncle, cousin. The kids opened their gifts from my aunt and uncle, which was some Disney movies and some diamond earrings for Ella. My aunt said that a baby girl has to have her bling. They are super cute! Monday afternoon we went up to Jake's parents of the "Gibbon family Christmas". That's Jake's mom's side of the family. We had dinner and it was fun to catch up with everybody. Then a very special visitor arrived. That's right, Santa made a pit stop in Talala, to see all the grand kids, all ten of them. He knew all their names and they all got to go over their list one more time. Monday night, we spent the night at my parents and got up early Christmas morning to open presents, "Johnson Family Style". The kids got a jungle gym/swing set from my parents to keep at their house when we visit. They also got swings for our backyard. No more walks all the way to the park for us. Yeah! Jake and I got a hammock and a pergola for our back patio that my dad is coming down to build in a couple of weeks. I also got a new watch since the one I am currently wearing is about six years old! Christmas afternoon, we drove back up to Jake's parents house and spent the rest of Christmas day with that side of the family. "Barron Family Christmas". It was loud, crazy but always fun. The kids got a playhouse from Jake's parents, so we are pretty stocked up on outside toys which will be so nice come spring. Finally, Thursday morning, we loaded the car up, Griswold style and headed back to Texas. It's a miracle we made it back with everything we got. Between us and the kids, Santa was very busy this year! Hope everyone had a great and happy holiday!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

And, We're Back!

Well we finally made it back to Texas today! We had an awesome Christmas with our families and the kids were so good. It was alot of fun to see the way they reacted to all of the stuff they got, and they got alot of stuff. I got to open all the present too so that was fun me! I have so much to write about, but for now here is a couple pics and I will post about all the holiday festivities when we get settled in tomorrow.


Here is me and the kids in our Christmas morning PJs. Jake/Daddy didn't want to participate this year. I said "No festive PJs, no picture!" HaHa, I bet he does it next year.



This is the whole fam after church on Sunday in our Christmas finest!

I took a ton of pics so I will update tomorrow!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Gettin' geared up!

The kids and I are getting geared up for the big Holiday week ahead of us. Me and the kids are packed and ready to go. As soon as Jake gets home he'll pack his stuff, we'll load the car and be ready to go. Hopefully we will be on the road by 7:30 tomorrow morning. But the way the past few nights have gone, we may already be half way there by 7:00. The boys have decided that sleeping is highly overrated. They don't discriminate. We are not just boycotting night time sleeping but also naps. If I'm lucky, I can get thirty minutes of uninterrupted silence to try to get all my stuff done. I don't know what the problem is with these two, but it's about to kill me. My neck and back hurt from wrestling babies in the wee hours of the morning. Me and the boys used to sleep on the couch when they woke up because I don't want them in our bed. But the past week or two, it has been so cold that we freeze to death and I break down and take them into our room. It doesn't seem to make a difference, their bed, the couch, our bed, sleep has yet to come easy anywhere we go. Hopefully tonight, hopefully, they will sleep so we can get a good night's rest before our journey in the morning. Here's to dreaming!!! I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Holiday. Merry Christmas!!

Here are some pics of the kids first Christmas. They were in the hospital last year so this is like their first real Christmas. We are super excited! (Especially because I get to open all of their gifts)

Hudson was worn out from all the eating.


Miss Ell was exhausted from playin dress up!


Carter man resting after a big day of breathing all on his own


The sweet nurses at Baylor made the kids little Santa outfits and Santa came to visit them on Christmas. Carter was already transferred over to Cook's so he didn't get to see Santa but he got to try on his outfit for all the ladies. Dr. Simpson called it his Chip-N-Dale suit!

Hudson's first encounter with the big man in red!


Ella and her Jazz hands for Santa


Carter is thinking "Oh crap, is this lady going to dress me up everytime she comes to see me?"

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Success!!!

Well, "Christmas 2007 Shopping Extravaganza" was a huge success. Me and the kids left the house a little after seven and headed to Wal-Mart. Got that done in record time. Next was a stop off at Target. In and out like the speed of light. We got home at about 9:45 for the kids snack and nap. After their nap, we headed out to the mall for some Wendy's chicken nuggets and fries. All I wanted at the mall was a Christmas/festive shirt for the kids. And no it's not their first Christmas, so apparently children don't need holiday shirts if it's not their first. We searched everywhere for something wintry. I finally found cute little Henley's with a moose on them at Gymboree, but they were $19.99 a piece, and I refuse to spend $60.00+ dollars on three moose shirts when Jake and I are wearing the exact same things over and over. I decided the kids had enough clothes at home and off we went. Overall, the kids did soooo good. Not to many people bothered us. I believe everyone is in their last minute shopping daze and are oblivious of their surroundings. After the kids afternoon nap we went for a walk at the park in their new Choo-Choo wagon. Overall shopping experience, two thumbs up!

Here is a cute pic of the kids in their wagon

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I must be crazy!

Every year I tell myself, I'm not going to wait until the last minute to do my Christmas shopping. Well here we are six days before Christmas, four days before we go out of town and I have not bought one stinking Christmas present. I've had my list for months, just haven't done anything about it. So now, me and the kids are loading up tomorrow morning as soon as they eat breakfast and heading out to shop all day. I know, I know, I'm crazy. We also have to get the oil changed in the van, pick up snacks, and a book on tape before we head out of town. We are going to have a busy busy day tomorrow. Then after we buy all the presents, I have to figure out how to wrap all of them and get them up to Oklahoma! AAHHH!!! Should be an interesting day. At least the weather is supposed to be nice the rest of the week. Luckily, it's been nice enough to take the kids on their daily walk the past few days. They got a Choo- Choo wagon for their birthday and it makes my life so much easier. They have so much more room and I don't feel like I'm going to have a heart attack by the time we get to the top of our hill. My camera batteries died so I don't have any pictures of them in it yet, but take my word for they are super cute all bundled up and they love their new wagon! Wish us luck tomorrow.

Here is a cute pic of the kids to hold you over until I get some new ones! They love to stand at the gate and watch me cook dinner

Monday, December 17, 2007

Who turned off the heat?

My parents came down from Oklahoma this weekend where the weather has been terrible. My mom and dad never lost power, but all of my in-laws had no power and water for a week and a half! They finally got power back Friday, which is good with Christmas right around the corner. Jake and I went to his company Christmas party on Friday night and then Saturday Jake and my dad just finished up some projects around the house. They hung the new flat screen with the built in DVD player up in the kids playroom and it is a lifesaver!!!! Probably one of the best birthday presents ever. Well the temperature was in the seventies and eighties and then middle of last week it turned cold. We are talking thirties and forties with rain. Needless to say the children and I have cabin fever! So my mom and I decided to brave the mall with the kids just to get a change of scenery. It was so crowded that we didn't get stopped as much as we usually do, which was nice. We went out to dinner Saturday night and the kids ate like little piggies. They are doing so good with their eating and I'm excited I won't have to pack a giant bag of formula and bottles when we go home next week. It will definitely lighten our travel load. Hope everyone had a good weekend and is ready for the Holiday Season!

Here is a pic of Jake and me on our way to the Christmas party!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Day two: Operation No Bottles

Operation No Bottles is going way better than Jake or I ever expected. The kids didn't have one bottle yesterday and they did great. They ate like champs and were overall much more content than normal. They slept better too. They had pancakes for breakfast and applesauce for a morning snack. After their nap we had chicken nuggets, mac and cheese and green beans for lunch. They took a nap and then they had apples for afternoon snack and then played until dinner where they had chicken breast and green beans and grapes for dessert. They did get their nighttime bottle with no cereal, and tonight we are trying half formula half water and Friday night will get rid of the bottle completely. They have slept without a peep for the past two nights. From seven to seven and yesterday I had to finally wake them up in the morning so we could get our grocery shopping done! Hopefully, everything new we try will go this well!

Here is a pic of the kids yesterday morning all bundled up on our way to Wal-Mart. It was cold and rainy but we had no food so I couldn't wait on Jake to get home.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Holy crap! We're gonna be rich!

Well maybe not rich, but the doctor said NO MORE FORMULA!!!!! That's right people, no more formula. No more formula also means an extra $150.00 a week. That will definitely help out the old budget around here. OK now that that's out of the way, on to more important things.

Hudson - Tooth count: 12
Height: 30 inches (75%)
Weight: 21 lb 1 oz (50%)

Ella - Tooth count: 12
Height: 30 inches (75%)
Weight: 22lb 11 oz (75%)

Carter - Tooth count: 10
Height: 30 inches (75%)
Weight: 20lb 11 oz (50%)

Doctor says that they look awesome and was very impressed with their weights. They can now eat everything that we eat with a few exceptions. We already went to Wal-Mart this morning and stocked up with different foods to find out what is going to work the best. We also have to get a new schedule too. They eat when we eat now. Our old schedule was awesome and the kids did great on it so it may take us a few days to figure a new one. Who cares though, we're gonna be rich!

So happy that I will never have to wash these again!!!!

Here's a pic of the kids waiting at the doctors

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Pluggin right along

It has been a few days now since the kids starting putting themselves to sleep in their cribs. It has gone pretty well so far. During the day, they do great and go to sleep really quickly. Nightime though, is a different story. I think they are to a point at nights where they are so tired they just fight it that much harder. Each day is getting better though. We go to the doctor today for their twelve month check up and that always means lots of shots. Four each to be exact. Hopefully their poor little chubby legs won't be too sore.

We took the kids to see Santa last week at the mall and they did so good. No crying, no screaming. They were a little confused, as you will see on their faces, but they weren't as terrified as they were of the Easter Bunny!

Last year, Santa came and visited them in the NICU, but this is the first time that got to go see the big man in red.


This was back in April, the kids were almost four months old!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Oh the changes!

Alot has been going on in our house since the kids turned one. I know, I know, it's only been a day or two, by why waste time. First off, we got to flip their car seats around to forward facing! Hooray! This is probable the best news because you have no idea how difficult it is to get three kids out of car seats when they are facing backwards. Secondly, all of Carter's bubbas (pacifiers), went in the trash. He hadn't been using them but Jake and I kept them around for emergency purposes aka middle of the night screaming sessions. The kids are also eating more and more solid foods. They love pancakes, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and green beans. We go to the doctor on Tuesday and are praying that he says no more formula! Financially that will be huge. Last but not least, the swings have been banished to the storage room. Now, the kids actually haven't swung in the swings since they were about six months old. They just sat in them like little baby recliners. Well yesterday we took them apart and now we are strictly crib nappers and sleepers. Last night was a little rough, with them trying to put themselves to sleep, but their morning nap this morning went really well. They played for a few minutes and then went to sleep with minimal crying! We're headed in the right direction. Being one is tough!

Here's a pic that has nothing to do with the post, but thought it was too cute not to share!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

The Birthday Aftermath

Well the kids had a good birthday yesterday. We went up to the hospital and visited the NICU. We wanted to say thanks for everything that they had done for us. We took them some doughnuts and they couldn't believe how big the kids were. After that, we just hung out at the house and played all day. They also took a two hour nap in the afternoon which was awesome. They normally only sleep forty five minutes, and then they also slept without a peep last night so we feel very rested! I have to post some pictures, they wore their new overalls that they got for their birthday and they looked too cute. Very grown up.

Mr. Hud looking so grown up


Miss Ell looking very big


Carter man says "Yeah, I know I'm cute"


This is the tree in the lobby of the hospital, I got to watch them decorate it last year. It's three stories tall!

Friday, December 7, 2007

One Year Ago...

Dear Babies,

One Year ago, I woke up preparing for another long day in my bed. I got to see you on an ultrasound for the last time. One year ago, Dr. Papa said, "Two more weeks". I called my mom bawling feeling like I couldn't go one more day. I listened to your heartbeats for the last time. One year ago, I was moved to Labor and Delivery and told that you were going to be born. They wheeled me into a room filled with twenty five people. One year ago, I was strapped to a table unable to see anything, with your Daddy right beside me holding my hand. I was waiting to hear those tiny little cries, three of them. One year ago, I never knew how I could love someone that I had never even seen. One year ago, I met three little people that would forever change who I am as a person. And become the most important things in the world to me. One Year ago, I became your Mom.

Happy Birthday babies! I love you very much!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Carter Jacob Barron

Dear Carter-man,
Where do I begin with you? When your were born, you were so long and skinny, you looked a little like a spider monkey, but a cute one. You were the smallest of the crew, but we would find out that your were definitely the toughest. On December 18, you and you brother and sister got really sick. Everything was going so well and then all of the sudden, we were hit with some pretty bad news. You all had intestinal infections called NEC. The bad thing about NEC, is, they don't know what causes it and they don't know how to fix it. They gave all of you a bunch of different medicines and Ella and Hudson got better. You didn't. On December 19th, they called and said that they had to put you on a ventilator, you were too sick to breathe for yourself. We rushed to the hospital and were absolutely devastated by what we saw. Your belly was so swollen and huge, you had started to turn yellow, and you would just whimper in pain. They told us your were stable to go home and get some rest. That was the last time we would see you awake for four days. On December 20th, we got a call early in the morning. You were not doing so good. They told us to come up to the hospital right away. We threw on some clothes and were out the door. They called us about 10 minutes later and told us you were being transferred to Cook Children's; you needed surgery ASAP. We met you at the hospital and watched them move you to a new bed with a giant machine that took every breath for you. I tried not to cry, but you looked so small and fragile. When they got you settled in a the new hospital, we met your new doctor and your surgeon, Dr. Bliss. Bliss told us that you had a whole in your intestine that was leaking air into your liver. Your appendix had ruptured and was leaking toxins into your body. You needed surgery, or you would not make it. I remember Bliss telling us, that you were so tiny, and that your liver was like Jello wrapped in wet tissue paper. If they touch it, you die. They took us too a little room and we sat there and waited with you until the doctors were ready for you. This is the first time, I had ever seen your Daddy cry. We didn't really feel like parents until they asked us if we wanted to say goodbye. I had no idea that I could love someone that I had only known for twelve days. But I did. We told you that we loved you, and then they took you away. We stayed in the little room by ourselves for a little while, and then we just had to wait. Two agonizing hours later, Bliss came out and said "He's OK!" You did it, you made it through. You had a colostomy bag for about 3 months and you finally got put all back together in your second surgery. You have been great ever since! OK, enough with the Debby Downer, on to the fun stuff. You started out as our mellow, laid back, never crying child. Fast forward three months after your second surgery, you became a monster, but a cute one. You are by far the loudest of the crew, and many a nights, you and me sleep together on the couch. Why the cold, crowded couch and not your nice warm bed? Who knows. You make the best noises and will bite at the drop of a hat. You are the best eater and you are no longer the smallest of the bunch. We are so proud of everything you have overcome your first year of life and know that you will continue to amaze us!

Love,
Momma

Ella Jewel Barron

Dear Miss Ell,
Happy Birthday baby girl! I can't believe it has been a year. I can remember how tiny you were in your little crib just after you were born. You were so cute with your little chubby cheeks and your dark curly hair! I have never met a child that is more hot and cold than you. You are content to play by yourself for hours one day and the next you do not want me to put you down. You can be the bossiest little girl and then do something so sweet. You were the first to roll over, get teeth, sit up, stand and now walk. You use all of those to your advantage(biting, sitting and standing on your brothers). You always try to stay one step ahead of your brothers, and most of the time you dominate them. Even when you were in my belly, you took up the entire left side. If I tried to sleep on my left side, you would push against my belly until I rolled over. Obviously, you've known how to get your way from the beginning! It works on your Daddy, but not on your Momma. You make the funniest faces, and it seems like everyday you come up with a new one. To be honest, I'm always excited to see what you come up with next! I love you very much and am excited to see everything to come!

Love,
Momma

PS: The commenters are really slacking! C'mon people, I don't do this for my own entertainment, let's hear it! Enjoy the video!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Hudson Robert Barron

Dear Huddy,
Happy Birthday! I can't believe it has been a year since you were born. I remember thinking that the day would never come. And now it's been a year and it seems like yesterday! You gave up all of your room in my belly for your brother and sister and held everyone safe inside as long as you could. When you were first born, you were so tiny and loved to be cuddled and talked to. Between you, your sister and your brother, you are the most laid back, sensitive, sweet, caring, and you are a huge Momma's boy. You don't fight with the other two when they take your toys, you get that from your momma. But, when you do fight, you almost always lose. But that's OK, you'll have your turn one day! You love to talk to anyone and everyone, you get that from your dad. You are such a little flirt when anyone stops us, and we get stopped alot, you just smile and talk it up. I'm so proud of how big you are growing and know to cherish each day because you change so much every minute!

Love,
Momma

Here are some pictures of Hudson's first year

Monday, December 3, 2007

The Birth Story

Strap in boys, this is a long one! December 8th, 2006, started like any other day. If you call being in the hospital pregnant with the babies normal. Anyway, it started out the same as any other morning. My breakfast tray came and I ate my Rice Krispies, banana, drank my milk and my Ensure and settled in for a day of TV and scrap booking. I was having an ultrasound that day, and Dr. Papa always came early in the morning so I decided I would take my morning nap before she got there. I know I was only awake for like and hour, but who knew that sitting up to eat a bowl of cereal could make you feel like you ran a marathon. So I got up to go throw up, gross I know but I did it after every meal, go to the restroom and settle in for my morning cat nap. I woke up an hour or two later and went down the hall to have my last ultrasound. Dr. Papa measured the babies and said they looked great and that she thought I could go another week or two. This was the first time I ever cried in front of her. I told her I would do whatever I could but I just didn't think I could make it much longer. She told me that I was doing great and she couldn't believe it took me thirty-two weeks, to complain for the first time. So she wheeled me back to my room and gave me hug and told me she would be back later in the afternoon. I called my mom bawling and told her that I was afraid I was going to not like these kids if I had to be pregnant very much longer. She calmed me down and told me that they would be down tomorrow and she had a surprise for me (she and my dad were planning on visiting that weekend). I was very cranky so I treated my self to some Jason's deli. The nurse came and hooked me up to the contraction monitor and just as I was starting to eat my well deserved club sandwich on a croissant, she told me to stop eating and lay down, I was having way to many contractions. We tried 3 boluses of the Terbutaline (that was the pump that was in my leg), and they didn't stop, so they moved me to L&D to start some Mag. By this time, it was about 4:30 in the afternoon. I called Jake and told him what was going on and he was getting ready to leave work. He was going to run by the house check on the dogs and change and then he would be up. Let me just say Mag SUCKS. It makes you feel like your insides are about 127 degrees. And you can't eat, and I still had my delectable sandwich waiting on me. Dr. Papa came by the room and said I would stay on the mag until Sunday morning and then they would put me back on the Terb. Sounding so confident, we told our families not to make the 300 mile journey down, that everything was going to be OK. Jake ate my sandwich, because he hadn't had dinner yet, and a friend from work came by to see me. We were just talking a hanging out when a nurse popped her head in the door and said, "Dr. Papa's on her way back so we can do this, let's get you ready". We were like, "Do what?", "Get ready for what?". She said "The Mag isn't working, you're having these babies tonight!" WHAT!?!?! Immediately the room filled with about 10 people getting information, taking blood, getting dressed, it was organized chaos! Jake called our families and said we were wrong that they should probably head down. It was about 8:00pm by now so they loaded up and drove in the sleet to get to us. Jake got dressed and just had the most terror stricken, panicked look on his face I had ever seen. I kept telling him to get the camera, don't forget the camera, do you have the camera, guess what, he forgot the camera. So they wheeled me in the operating room where there were about 25 people. Some of the women had just come from church, so you could hear there high heels on the floor. They gave me my epidural, strapped me to the table and started. Hudson was born and 8:56, Ella at 8:57, and Carter and 8:59. The babies were all crying when they came out which was a good sign, we didn't know if they would or not. They took the babies to the NICU and put me back together. Dr. Papa said my cervix was so thin, again gross I know, that they had to be careful not to cut the babies! My parents got there about 11:45pm, just as I was getting to my room and Jake's parents got there about 12:30am. They all got to go see the babies. I tried, but I just couldn't get out of bed. I got to see pictures though. They next few weeks, would be a whirlwind as the babies grew stronger and stronger trying to come home. As crazy as it was, I wouldn't have changed it for anything!

About ten minutes before the kids were born!

Jake is ready to go

Let the Countdown Begin!

The kids turn one on Saturday so I have decided to take time to tell the birth story and talk a little bit about each one of them. I think we sometimes forget that there are three very different little ones. I can't believe that they will be one on Saturday! This year has gone by so unbelievably fast. I can remember sitting in my hospital bed watching TV like it was yesterday! I am so proud of these kids for everything that they have done and overcome this year. They are so healthy that I sometimes forget that they were born eight weeks early. They continue to amaze me everyday and I know they will continue to for the rest of their lives!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Lights, Camera, Birthday?

Yesterday was Jake's birthday so the kids and I celebrated with a huge party. OK so it wasn't huge but we had a good time. We got Jake a chocolate cake, and each of the kids got Jake a card and a balloon. Nothing extravagant but we had a good time. After the kids went to bed Jake grilled steaks and we watched a movie. The kids slept until 8:30 this morning, and we woke up shocked and refreshed. Here is the carnage from the cake eating last night!

Happy Birthday Daddy

Hudson was the first to hit the bathtub

This girl is a freaking monster!

Carter got more in his mouth than the other two