Thursday, April 10, 2014

Evan David: a birth story

Well Little E will be 6 months old in 5 days! Eeek. With 5 kids who are between 8 years and 6 months I have just simply had a LOT going on. I want to write out Evans birth story before I forget but I think Ive lost some of the details already :( 

We dropped our 4 kiddos off at my parents the night before as I was going in to be induced again due to dangerous blood pressure levels (and dont let anyone tell you that eating LOTS of celery during pregnancy will help lower your bp, because it does not). I was ready, excited and totally at peace. Wade and I were looking forward to meeting this little guy.

 the night before - dropping of the brood at my parents

GOOD MORNING! up at 5am to get ready to be induced

Getting checked in was uneventful, Ive done this a few times before. Gowned up...though I will say I ordered a cute delivery gown this time off of ebay. I got so many compliments and it was nice to be wearing some thing bright and cheery. The staff at our hospital is so friendly and we chatted with them while things got going. My contractions started around noon with nothing much to report. My doc showed up shortly after to break my waters and things got more intense after that. But it was just so happy and joy filled. I really felt the peace of God all around us. I got hooked up to an epidural and things started to progress faster. I took my nap, woke up shaking and said to our nurse "it's time to do this thing, get Dr. W here" (I always start shaking uncontrolably right before I deliver) 

Wade got gowned up and ready to go. I was just thinking "oh my goodness I cant wait!" My dr came in and said with a huge gring "Are you ready?" I almost giggled "Yes!" "Well then lets do this!" 

 Wade getting ready to deliver with our doc.

One and 1/2 pushes later Evan David entered the world! The joy in the room was intense, my Doctor was giggling and telling me "You are a ROCK STAR!" 
It was just simply wonderful, they laid my little peanut on my chest and I just cried as I wondered at the beauty of new life...after so many losses prior to Evan and a rough hold him was UTTERLY PRECIOUS! Oh yes and our prayers were answered our favorite nurse who has attended all of our births was present with Evan too (and she is AWESOME at the uterine massage post birth, it hurts like crazy but I hardly bleed at all when she is done, only for one birth we did not have her at delivery time because her shift had ended and the gal that did my massage must have not done as well, I hemorrhaged really bad that time....anyhow)

 Here he is!!  Born at 6:10pm 6lbs 13oz 19.5 inches long

the scale had not settled when Wade snapped this

 Getting his first bath from our favorite Nurse

He made sure we knew he was here with a lot of screaming and crying. :) The nurses took him at night for us, not just so we could sleep but so the other moms around us could too (one nurse said you could hear Evan down the entire corridor). 

 Recovery was relatively easy. Sleeping was not. For the first 4+ months he cried an awful lot at night time, I thought I was going to go nuts with the sheer exhaustion. Things are much better and he sleeps really well now without a "fight."  We all love this little chunk to death. The kids adore him and Wade and I do too. We are so thankful for our little rainbow baby (a baby that comes after loss) he has been a delightful addition to our crazy home.  I know Evans birth sounds sort of "boring" but to me it was simply the best of them all, so much joy and really no hiccups to speak of. Thank you Lord for this little gift in our home.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Time Flies

Wow has it really been 6 weeks! Six whole weeks since our precious new addition arrived. Evan David was born October 15th. He was one of our "smaller" babies at 6lbs 14oz 19.5 inches long. I will share his birth story soon but for now I will just share a few photos and then go back to loving on all 5 of my kiddos :) 
Have a very blessed Thanksgiving!

 Hubby and I are so thankful for these 5 wonderful blessings in our lives.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Progress report

here is a collage of me through the first 6-7 weeks of my 20 week point in my pregnancy. 

He is growing and so am I, oh and yes I said "he"!  We are expecting another boy! This will make 4 boys and 1 girl for us. We have a name picked out for him and everyone is excited, though Lily had to have a little cry it out when she first found out and now she is super happy to have another brother on the way. 

My morning sickness has lessened which means for me I still average one barf session a day :P Im feeling pretty good aside from that. My legs are getting fidgety at night and I just started using a body pillow when I "sleep" (toss and turn is more like it). Heartburn has returned, anyone have any natural remidies for that? I personally dont want to take TUMS or something like that. My favorite things to eat: watermelon and ice (it has to be from the Holiday gas station) I've finally started to workout again because I guess Im keeping down enough food to have some form of energy. And I think my belly is finally pushing me in to the next size up tee shirts, which means I need someone to haul up the bin of maternity clothes again! I also have started to cry A LOT, and it bothers the daylights out of me...Im not an emotional girl in that way normally. Blah for pregnancy hormones! And did I mention I want a puppy? Crazy woman!

Nesting has set in at full swing and I am itching to re-do every single corner of my house, unfortunately money is a factor so I am doing what I can and I think I might be driving my husband slightly nuts with all of my "things I want to do before baby comes" conversations. :) For now Im in the process of painting a dresser for Auricks room and I need to aquire a twin bed for him still. I just finished helping Lily get her room ready to be shared with her brother, the only thing in there left to do is put baby clothes in the dresser and assemble the crib. I want to do something with my bedroom but the what of it all is illuding for now I will let it be. 

We have made the decision to sell our girl clothes that we have been storing from Lily (I have bins upon bins from brith until her current size!). I will keep one bin of things that are "special" and the rest I will try and sell at Once Upon A Child, and the stuff unsold I will donate. I know this will be an emotional and hard thing for me to do.  With the money we make from that I will be able to put it towards some new boy clothes for this little guy as most of our boy stuff is worn out after going through 3 boys, not to mention Aurick barfed oodles on everything so most of it is stained and gross.

So that is the update for now! Blessings!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Hungarian Mushroom Soup

I'm part Hungarian and Ive never really got to the roots of my families cooking until 5 years ago when we visited my Grandpa and Grandma Veselko in California. My Grandma is an amazing cook and she prepared us the most wonderful Hungarian Paprikas complete with homemade noodles (it was incredible to watch her make these little dumpling like noodles). Grandma showed me step by step how to make this meal and gave me her Hungarian cookbook that she was given so I could make this Hungarian dish and others.

When we returned home I eagerly tried and failed to replicate her delicious and tender chicken dish and scrumptious noodles. My chicken was rubbery and tasteless and the noodles, well lets just say they made me cry they were so bad. I gave up for a whole year. I ignored the pretty red cookbook that my Grandma had so lovingly blessed me with. On occasion I would open the book and read the recipes and then remember my failure and put it back yet again.

One day I was left with several pounds of mushrooms that really needed to be cooked up in a hurry. I remembered that the little red cookbook had a few recipes with mushrooms in them. I picked it up came across this soup and it was love at first bite, even though the combo of onions, mushrooms, paprika, dill and lemon juice did not sound like they would produce a good soup. My kids and husband gobbled it up. Ive yet to master the Paprikas, but I got another hands on lesson from my Grandma when we went to visit them in May. I may give that a shot again sometime soon.

Hungarian Mushroom Soup

6 medium yellow onions - I like using the sweet ones
4 - 8 oz boxes baby bella mushrooms (dont get the sliced ones, and white mushrooms dont taste as good in this soup)
3/4 cup cup butter divided
2 Tbs. dried dill weed
4 Tbs. Hungarian paprika - Ive found Hungarian paprika at Target (sold by Archer Farms), Hungarian paprika tastes different
8 cups chicken broth
4 cups whole milk
4 Tbs soy sauce (I use Braggs Liquid Aminos instead)
3/4 cup flour
2 Tbs. lemon juice
2 tsp. salt
2 cups sour cream
1 Tbs dried parsley
pepper to taste

In a kettle saute the onions in 1/2 cup butter until really limp and translucent, the longer you cook them the more amazing this soup will taste (the last time I made this soup I did not saute them as long as I normally do and I was disappointed, you want the onions to melt in your mouth). Remove the onions with a slotted spoon. Add the remaining 1/4 cup butter. Remove stems of mushrooms, cut in half and slice to a medium thinness. Stir in the mushrooms, and cook until well browned and limp. Mix the onions, dill, paprika and chicken broth. Simmer for 15 minutes. With a hand blender mix the milk, soy sauce and flour together until smooth and lump free (I use an immersion blender). Slowly add the milk mixture to the soup base, stirring the whole time. Cook stirring, for another 10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring to mix well. You can serve it immediately or simmer it a little longer, but you need to stir it constantly if you do so the bottom does not get scalded. Enjoy!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Foto Friday: A little Cali

My husband and I just got back this past Sunday from a 9 day trip to California. We spent most of it with my family but we did sneak a day and a half in there just for us, I consider it a mini babymoon :0)

We are so blessed to have such caring and generous friends and family who took such good care of our 4 munchkins back at home.

Here are some snippets from the trip...unfortunately I dont have any photos of our last stop at my Grandpa Ken and Ruth's as Ruth ended up in the ER shortly after our arrival. She will hopefully be coming home tomorrow.