Monday, April 21, 2014

Elijah 2 month

Weight: 14 lbs 8 oz (91 percentile)
Height: 24.25 inches (94 percentile)
Head: 40.75 cm (93 percentile)

* Started swaddling and getting him into a pattern of going to sleep (only wakes up once at night)
* Cooing
* Smiling
* loves to watch his sisters
* 3-6 month clothes

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ava: 18 months


Ava is a super smiley little girl and full of life. She loves being around people (even if its via facetime). She is talking so much with her favorite words being 'baby' and 'hat'. She loves sweets, reading books and carrying around a baby doll at all times. She adores her sisters and loves to chase them around. She is sweet to her brother who she refers to as 'E-I'. This little girls brings so much joy to our family.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Father Daughter Dance

In February, Anna and Maddie went to a Father Daughter Dance at their dance studio. The event was a little crowded but the pictures together are adorable :).

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Maddie on two wheels

Maddie wanted to take her training wheels off to ride like sister. Erik took them off and within ten minutes she was riding great! Now she asks to ride her bike every day and even rode 5 miles on the trail.


Monday, April 7, 2014

We have a brother!

A few cute photos of all the siblings together...


Brother sister time. #AvaandEli Laying down time for all my babies

Elijah 1 Month

Still catching up....

At Elijah's one month appointment he was:

Weight: 11 lbs 15.5 ounces (91 percentile)
Height: 22.7 inches (91 percentile)
Head: 39.1 cm (92 percentile)

At one month he is eating well, sleeping great (will go 4-5 hours at night) and starting to outgrow his 0-3 month clothes. His demeanor seems laid back to me but he has a screech of a cry that is rather demanding. His eyes are still a dark blue and the little hair he has is blonde. He is a such a joyful addition to our family!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Photo Session

Here are a few of my favorite pics from the hospital photo session:

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It's a Boy: Elijah John Burckart

Elijah John Burckart was born Wednesday, February 19th at 8:02pm. Here's his birth story:


We anticipated Eli's arrival for weeks before his due date of February 14th. Oma came to stay, we packed our bags, I made a detailed list of everywhere the girls needed to be etc but he had his own time. I was scheduled to be induced the evening of Feb 19th, 5 days after my due date. All day I waited for the call from the hospital. At 5:00pm we decided to go out to eat near the hospital (taking 2 cars so Oma could bring the girls home). Minutes before we left for dinner I started have contractions but of course I wasn't sure if they were "real" so I kept it to myself. We left for dinner and I told Erik when we got to the restaurant that I thought I was in labor but I really really wanted to eat dinner. Against his instincts he started ordering and I took the girls to the table and tried to sit down. As soon as I tried to sit I knew it was time to go! We opted for a quick run through the Wendy's drive thru and headed to the hospital. After hearing from the doctor, we went inside and were taken to a room by a nurse - it was now about 6:30. As we settled into the room the nurse was having trouble with the computer and was in no hurry to get things moving. Meanwhile my contractions were getting faster and faster and I wanted to get the antibiotic drip started as soon as possible (who has time to call tech support???). Thankfully at 7pm the nursing shift changed and a fabulous nurse took over (who had no problems with the computer) and the process started. My mom came to visit for a few minutes and soon my contractions were coming every minute or two. They laid me down and everything became a blur.

I remember Dr. Placide telling me he was going to break my water and in my mind all I could think was "but I need the antibiotics and it is safer to wait closer to delivery to break my water". I guess I still thought I had hours to go; plus my epidural wasn't here yet! He broke my water, they rolled me over and all of the sudden my body wanted to push. I now laugh at those times I thought women could just hold the baby in by crossing their legs, hah! There is no going against God's design of the body. It was the most amazing feeling I had ever felt, a feeling hindered at previous births by the epidural. I told them I needed to push and they said ok. WHAT??? I thought you rolled me over to give me an epidural, isn't this where you tell me its too soon to push?? The joke was on me - - they all knew it was time. And so I pushed a few times and there he was, a gigantic bundle of joy. Elijah John Burckart was born at 8:02pm weighing in at 9 lbs, 8 ounces and was 22 inches long!!