Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Savannah~Oct 29, 2008
















Savannah Michelle Leonard
Born 10/29/01
10:10 pm
8 lbs 7 oz
21.5" long

Savannah was due Nov. 17th. Three days befor Cassandra's birthday. According to doctor hottiepants I got pregnant the same week in Feburary for both girls. His suggestion was that I get a warm blanket and a new hobby since February is obviously my freaky month LOL. it was a rough pregnancy with pre-e (toxemia in those days), anxiety attacks, swelling, etc. our first ultrasound didn't show that she had any kidneys. we had to wait 3 weeks to get a level 2 ultrasound to find out if she actually had them or not. that was a long 3 weeks to wait to find out what to do or what to expect next. 9/11 happened and i had panic attacks and insomnia. some nights i thought i would lose my mind. oh ya, and i was still working full time from home too ;-)

Shane and I bought a house that was under construction. We had our final walk through and got our keys on the 27th I believe. We worked all weekend. We finished boxing. I had friends coming out of the woodwork to help us move boxes and such so I wouldn't work too hard. Our movers were scheduled for Monday morning (29th) at 8:00 am. We were living in a horrible tiny rental. with no dishwasher. and no stove. and it was 900 square feet. and did i mention it had no stove? Around midnight I was having terrible pains...kept shuttling myself to the bathroom thinking it was a tummy trouble because hell's bells...this baby had 3 more weeks to go. Finally at 4:00 I called the triage nurse and she told me to go to the hospital. I told her it was gas, it was constipation, it was not time to have this baby. I waited an hour and woke Shane, called Andy and Julie to stay with cassandra. I don't even think I took the hospital bag because 1. it wasn't packed and 2. it wasn't time to have this baby!

we get to the hospital triage, i get all hooked up. she checks me. dialated to 4, 90% effaced and contractions 4 min apart.

really?

so i'm there...shane has to leave to meet the movers and all hell breaks loose from there.

my labor is slow, i walk, i do pit, all the while...movers show up, storage unit is closed (who knew?) so they do a half-assed move and shane high tails it to the hospital. cassandra has never stayed away from us at that point and i'm a wreck because i hadn't prepared her for that because hell, i had 3 more weeks! my parents and grandma are living in oregon. shane's parents are seperated. we are basically on our own at the hospital. a far cry from the hordes of people we had waiting for us in the lobby for cassandra's grand arrival. still, there was something peaceful about knowing it was just us and no mob scene outside.

delivery was pretty uneventful...she was a beautiful baby with tons of black hair, big blue eyes. she was a good size, 8 lbs 7 oz for a baby 3 weeks early. she slept 5 hours at a time from the moment she was born. we went home 3 days later. i remember my MIL came to stay at our house with cassandra that day. we walked in the front door of this wreck-of-a-home and we said to cassandra "do you know who this is?" and she said "yep, that my cubby bear" and we called her cubby ever since.

i hear a lot that savannah is just like me. i don't know if that calms or frightens me, lol. she is full of energy. full of imagination. full of songs and movie quotes. she has turned into a blond haired, blue eyed, freckle faced girl. she had a rough babyhood with chronic ear infections but we made it through.

she is cassandra's best friend. she is griffin's partner in crime. she is alyssa's entertainer. she is her daddy's little cowgirl. when savannah hugs you, she hugs you with her whole heart and soul. her hugs could melt icebergs.

she is forever my cubby bear. i love you savannah.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Savannah's Party!
















Well Saturday was Savannah's birthday party! She had a horse themed party and it was so fun! We had it in the morning so it wasn't too hot yet. In the 70's for most of it. Perfect riding weather. Her Papa brought over her favorite horse (Big Red) and her favorite mule (Rosie). She had some friends from school (Sami, Rachel, Britlyn) and her cousins Allison and Brandon.

Everyone had a wonderful time riding and eating lots of cake!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sometimes...you just gotta dance

ok, so alyssa has been quite a dancer lately. i got a couple of clips on video. the lighting is bad and my laughter is hysterical but i think you get a minute or so of enjoyment :-) shane is not too happy in the one clip because i asked him to play the song "i'm too sexy" and he was just .......irritated so ignore his bad attitude!

xo
susan
video video

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A day to remember......

I hope that everyone suffering from the loss of a baby or a pregnancy finds some peace in those moments you light your candle at 7:00pm. Our due date was Jan 11th and as that day approaches I know things will get worse before they get better. Thanks to everyone who has sent me good wishes and support.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Savannah's Tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth!





so miss savannah had her top two teeth loose. and i mean "hang on by a thread" loose. she wouldn't let us pull them. we just watched her eat things sideways, suck them til they were mush, flip the tooth back and forth over her bottom lip...you get the idea.


so finally the first one fell out. 3 days later the 2nd. so now savannah really can sing that song "all i want for christmas is my two front teeth" she looks so cute. i call her my lil vampire girl.


we did haircuts today. all three kids did great. cassandra got a trim, savannah cut off about 4 or 5 inches. griffin got his "chia pet" do redone. alyssa walked all over the salon holding my hand. we hit costco and the outdoor mall and came home. met shane for dinner at buca di beppo's and OMG stuffed ourselves silly! we went outside this evening and the kids rode bikes and scooters. i take alyssa's walker outside and she goes all over the sidewalk, cul-de-sac, etc. she had a blast.


tomorrow is supposed to be 78 degrees, heaven. i think we'll just stay outside all day! my house is clean, only laundry calls my name. should be a nice weekend. the girls have monday off school still. it's been a glorious fall break. i am counting down to winter break already LMAO.


xo

Friday, October 3, 2008

my new haircut


howdy all

well you'd think my haircut was headline news or something LMAO but i love ya'll for wanting to see it.


i think i cut off about 6 inches and had it layered all to hell. this pic is at the end of the day and after a trip to the park. all that said, it looks ok in the pic but not it's best.


xoxooxoxo

susan