she had her first check-up yesterday and weighed 9 lbs 8 ounces, so we were excited to know that she is gaining. today i had someone ask if she was 2 months old, when i said 11 days, they were shocked. she has already added so much to our life and we are already very attached.
avery, liz smith (midwife who delivered all 3), anna, and baby girl stratton (any name ideas are very much appreciated).
we don't have a name yet, but we already love her to death and anna and avery are fighting over who loves her the most. i will detail everything out later, but the long and short of it is that she weighed 9 lbs 6 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches long. born at home at 3:48 p.m. she is very healthy and is quite a screamer already. she was actually born on her due date (thank goodness, can you imagine if she wouuld have went past it). she looks a lot like anna did when she was little except with a little more hair. she is doing good and i feel great!! we are so blessed!!
and no i did not have the baby and don't ask again. we now have a tractor in our front yard that is worth more than all 3 of our vehicles put together. blake and my dad put in 18 more acres this summer of alfalfa and decided that the 1950s tractor that has been around my whole life, just was not going to cut it. it fires up just fine, when you pull it, and we have to pull the other one (1970s tractor) just to pull the 100 horse 1950s tractor because it is too heavy to pull with a truck. it is quite a sight, let me tell you! me on one and my dad on the other trying to find the right gear and him telling me to make sure that i don't pop and clutch and tip us both over.
blake has been thinking "tractor" for months now and even the guys at work will see him and say, "tractor, tractor" because they know how consumed he has been with it. he has been searching for the best deal and just been looking at them for a while and i finally realized that he thinks about tractors and farming as much as i think about the baby. at first i was kind of mad when i realized that his mind doesn't revolve around being pregnant and the baby's wellbeing like mine does, but then i realized that he will fall just as much in love with her as me as soon as he can hold her (i get to hold her 24 hours a day right now). we actually fought over who got to hold anna, we both loved her so much. i remember when she was a newborn, how much we grew together and really bonded with eachother. i feel that same thing happening this time and i have enjoyed the closeness that i feel to him (even when my back hurts and he complains about having to rub it).
more later.... we have to run down and listen to hardy's tractor to see if it makes the same noise that blake's new tractor makes.
we had a good christmas. someone told me that they heard once that 3 gifts was good enough for christ and because of that, 3 gifts was good enough for kids also. i told my kids that and they took it really well. they didn't really care. it isn't about the gifts, but the anticipation of christmas and the memories you make. blake on the other hand decided that his 3 gifts would be a horse (the one he wants is $7500), a saddle, and a new tractor. he didn't get any of his gifts this year, maybe next year. update: his tractor is supposed to be delivered this week some time from tennessee. he is so excited!!!
anna got a bike and it was so cute to see avery more excited about her gift for her than his own. i don't have a lot of pictures to post because truthfully blake was photographing and being 9 months pregnant and bra-less they are kind of scary. i told him he should have told me to go put a bra on when he was taking pictures, but you know how men are, he didn't even notice.
blake had to work christmas morning so we got up at 3:30 to make breakfast (stratton family tradition), eat, cleanup, and then open gifts. after anna fed her lambs at 6:30 she went and laid down and i was already napping on the chair and kept on waking up to avery humming christmas songs and putting together legos that megan gave him. it was so adorable that after an hour or so, i decided i better get up and interact with him. we downloaded bubble bobble on the wii and him and i played until anna woke up and then spent the rest of the day with my family eating and enjoying each other. that night blake kept on asking if avery had a fever because his little cheeks were red, but i kept reassuring him that it was because he had spent the whole day outside playing with his cousins (he just adores raquel's boys and would move in with them in a second if i would let him, lorin is his idol and they get along great, especially now that anna is into more "girly things" according to lorin).
anna crashed her bike first thing coming down dusty's hill and i was surprised when my dad handed the phone to my mom (he was talking to billy) and jumped in his truck to make sure that she was okay. when the kids came running into the house and said that she crashed i was just sure we were going to spend the rest of christmas day at the emergency room with a broken arm or something, but she was mostly just scraped up and with a little bit of neosporin and a few band-aids was ready to ride again. alyssa got a new bike too and they rode the rest of the day up and down lawson drive, it was pretty cute. i kept thinking, this is what christmas is all about, just being with family and having a good time. i missed my husband though and more than once my emotions would rise up and tears would spring to my eyes realizing that he was missing this, so i tried to call him a bunch that day, because he was pretty depressed about it too, and keep him involved over the telephone. it wasn't the same, but i realize that in the power industry, it is a 24-hour a day, 7-day a week job and it makes me remember not to take for granted the time that he does get to spend with us.
we all took turns talking to billy on the phone and it was fun to see how much he has grown and to hear how his goals and ambitions have changed. he is excited about upcoming baptisms.
avery started wrestling a few weeks ago with tim (bonnie's husband) and even had practice early in the morning all through christmas break. i signed him up just to see him in a singlet!! j/k his first meet was this saturday (jan. 2, 2010) and blake and i enjoyed watching him. bonnie said that she had to explain to the kids why you don't want to let both shoulders hit the ground at the same time or be on your back. she had to tell them, then you lose. i don't think that avery got the concept until then. he isn't real competitive (except maybe with his sister), but i can see him maybe getting that edge in this sport. it was kind of sad when you realize that your sending your kid into the ring to be man-handled by another kid. his first match went all right (he lost by points, but we were just glad to see him get some experience). the second match the kid kind of choked him and it scared him enough that he started crying (there is a lot of bawling in wrestling we found out). it was pretty sad when you send your hurt, crying child back into the ring because you can't let him quit now or else he may never go back in again. he did seem to take a lot from the experience and is excited for the next meet, phew! it was pretty funny when we realized that the kid that choked him's dad was his coach and blake said, "i think that kids dad could beat up avery's dad." blake was more excited than avery i think because he thinks that he is learning a life skill that could benefit him in future situations (i personally think that there is always a better way to solve things that to resort to violence, but i also hate ufc).
we sent him in early at 6 a.m. with tim so that he could weigh in (i know, hilarious). they marked his little arm with 49 pounds and a b for the bantam age group (that includes all kids who were born in 2003). we walked into a gymnasium with 500 people and 20 coaches screaming at around 9:30 and we were overwhelmed by it all. blake asked avery later what he was thinking when he walked in with tim and he said, he looked at every kid he passed and thought, "am i going to have to wrestle him, am i going to have to wrestle him?" we'll have to keep you posted on his progress, it goes until the end of february if you make it to state and is almost every weekend until then.