The Byron Clan

The Byron Clan

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Reid James

Reid James Byron made his entrance into the world at 2:08 pm on December 6th. Labor was thankfully much different this time than with Addi. Contractions began on the 5th at 6 pm. We went to the hospital at midnight and stayed until 4 am, only to be told that I was at 2 cm and wasn't budging (even after 10 hours of very painful contractions). So they sent us home. At 9:30 the next morning, I told Chad I couldn't take it anymore and we went back to the hospital. I was dilated to a 5 at 10:30 and received my epidural around noon. Around 1:15 I was close to a 7, and then the nurse changed my position. Just 30 minutes later I was complete and could start pushing. He arrived shortly after 2! It went so fast! My recovery has also been much easier, and I'm already feeling much like my old self. (I felt miserable after Addi was born for months...and months...and months...)

 And here is what big sister thought of her crying brother...

 Every time he cried in the hospital, she cried. It was kind of hilarious. 

 Our first picture as a family of four!

 My sweet, baby boy.

Reid is now two weeks old and has already changed our lives forever. He is the sweetest little guy and is so pleasant. Addi has learned that he is ok when he cries and now just wants to snuggle/kiss/hold/hug him all day long. We sure do love him to pieces!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Still catching up...

One of our favorite things to do this summer was to watch the thunderstorms roll in. There is nothing like a midwest thunderstorm, and it was fun to see Addi get so excited over the thunder, lightning and rainfall. She would stand at the sliding glass door and just watch the rain. Every time she heard thunder she would say, "Issat thunder?" "Yeah!"

Thursday, November 15, 2012


I can't believe I do this still, but here are my growing baby belly shots. I will be glad I did this one day, right?

 20 Weeks

 22 Weeks

 24 Weeks

 28 Weeks

 30 Weeks

35 Weeks

For some reason, these pictures don't quite capture how large I actually am (or feel, for that matter). Must be a really good angle. Anyway, 37 weeks tomorrow! Woohoo!


Chad mowed the lawn for the last time this season the other day and was kind enough to rake three big piles of leaves for Addi to play in. The expression on her face in these pictures say it all.

 She would stand at the edge of the pile, and then fling herself back into the leaves. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Halloween 2012

These are the last of the Halloween pics, I promise. For being my least favorite holiday, I sure took a ton of pictures. =)

Addi hated cleaning out her pumpkin. It was hilarious. 

But she loved drawing on it! 

The finished product, courtesy of Dada. She loved her kitty cat pumpkin. 

Before trick-or-treating. 

 She's showing me what an elephant does.

 It was an awful evening, complete with freezing rain and frigid temps, but that didn't stop her from getting candy and suckers!

Alli and Addi, twin elephants for the night 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Playgroup Party

We threw a little Halloween party for the kiddos in playgroup a few days before Halloween. Here are some pics of my sweet little elephant.

 And here are some pics of my not-so-sweet little elephant, trying to steal the bean bags from her buddy.

 Throw it, girl!

 We made some cute Halloween crafts...

 Decorated pumpkin sugar cookies...

 Enjoyed Halloween-themed food...

And just had a good time hanging out!