Saturday, July 10, 2010

oh the joys july will bring...

we started out the month celebrating our country's freedom with friends and family at the lake house. and then topped it off with our new little girl, sophia allyson josti. we had our 37 week appointment on july 1 and didn't make it to the 38 week appointment july 8. here's the brief rundown of sophia's entrance into the world...

tuesday morning july 6
wake up and take maddie to get her cast off...then immediately go to the lake house for a morning of swimming to reward maddie for her patience through her month of wearing a cast

tuesday night after watching wipeout and laughing uncontrollably and then deadliest catch and crying we went to bed only to get up 5 minutes later because i started having contractions, severe lower back pain and cramping. we called our friends stacey and kc to come out and received instructions to head to the hospital from our dr after an hour of no relief. i started getting chills but no fever and sophie was moving around alot. so kc stayed with maddie and stacey drove us (carefully and quickly) to the hospital.

wednesday morning july 7
we arrived at the hospital at 1:30 am. at that point i was running 101.5 fever and sophie's heartrate was hovering around 200. 160 is the high end of normal. i was immediately hooked up to an IV to receive fluids and put on oxygen. but we could only get sophie's heartrate down to 185 and that was only for a short moment. next step was to confirm that i didn't have an infection so after the pleasantries of getting a catheter and having my water broken it was determined that we needed an emergency csection. i was very happy at that point (still having severe back pain and contractions) to receive a spinal and our little sweetie was born at 3 am. needless to say a little different than maddie's delivery (arrived at 6:30 am for induction - born at 11:39 pm) sophie's delivery (arrived at 1:30 am - born at 3 am).

she was having trouble breathing normally and due to risk of infection she was taken to the special care unit shortly after being born but not before we both were able to see her. oh and she didn't quite beat her sister in size but she came close...10 lbs 2 oz and 21 inches long. she spent wednesday and thursday until noon in the special care unit receiving oxygen and antibiotics. thankfully she was able to come to the room with us thursday afternoon and we received a good report on her blood count so she was able to get the IV out after 48 hours. her breathing has regulated and it seems that everything is fine as far as infection in both of us.

we decided she was ready to come into the world and was just obeying the wishes of her sister (and many others) who said "baby sophie come out" tuesday night before going to bed. maddie got to meet her little sister on friday morning and is ready for all of us to come home.

thank you to kc and tj for their help on tuesday/ wednesday watching maddie and felix until steve's parents arrived. and thank you to steve's parents for keeping maddie and felix at the lake while we've been recovering in the hospital. thanks also to stacey who was a great support during maddie's delivery and sophie's delivery. we are also thankful for the staff here at the hospital who have been amazing through this entire experience. thanks to everyone for the prayers that have carried us through to where we are and continue to bring blessings of joy. we look forward to going home tomorrow to enter into this new season as a family.

here are pics from our 4th of july celebration and our little sophia. pics from maddie's re-entry into the world of swimming post-cast will come later...

Monday, June 28, 2010

memorial day, june, and broken legs

we had an awesome memorial day weekend this year the josti lakehouse. steve got a few good skis in, maddie enjoyed a few boat rides and we enjoyed relaxing on the patio. steve and i drove down to new hampshire with john and michelle for mari and glenn's wedding which was beautiful. it was at the glen manor house in portsmouth, ri which was right on the bay. due to the wildfires in canada there was a haze over the bay but it was still beautiful. it was great to see the ito family and see some of the old "sudbury" crew. here are some pics from the weekend...

there are a few pics of our friend leah grace clements in the album below...texas pics...maddie eating ice cream.

the following weekend we flew to texas to spend a little over a week at my parent's new lakehouse in streetman, tx on richland chambers lake. we arrived at 10 pm, drove to the lakehouse (got there about 11 pm), chatted with our extended fam that was there already, went to sleep, woke up and welcomed the rest of the extended family on my dad's side, did some swimming, had a fish fry and at about 2:30 p maddie broke her leg. we spent the majority of the afternoon/ evening in the emergency room in corsicana, tx. they put a splint on her leg, gave us some pain meds to help her and gave us a referral for children's hospital in dallas. we went to walmart and my mom bought maddie a red wagon which we used the remainder of the week to wheel her to and from the boat dock, up and down the driveway, up and down the street...basically wherever her little heart desired. we went on wednesday to children's where they casted her. we have since been re-casted twice (long leg cast for 10 days after we got back from texas, currently in short leg cast until july 6). she's walking now and when she gets this cast off, she'll be done. obviously not what we were expecting from our trip to texas but when you have a toddler, you roll with the punches. we had a great vacation and visit with my family. we were able to see some of my college friends who trekked to the boonies to see us (jamie and her fiance tony and his daughter carly - kristen, dalton and little blake - emily and abbott). it was great visiting with all of them. my mom's side of the family came the following weekend so we enjoyed spending time with them as well. and as you can/ will see from the pictures...there was no shortage of relaxing.

still waiting on sophia to arrive. at 35.5 weeks she was measuring at 8.1 pounds (give or take a pound). yes...that's a large baby. she'll gain about 1/2 pound a week which puts us right around what maddie weighed when she was born. let's hope she comes sooner...


maddie playing with a mr t in your pocket keychain that i got from my good friend katie boesdorfer years's one of her "office" toys.

steve in his first ski of the season. maddie and steve looking at an acorn sprouting a tree. maddie playing at her table.

maddie swimming in texas before she broke her leg.

Untitled from Chris P on Vimeo.

katy and maddie vs travis and grayson in splashing wars (C:

Untitled from Chris P on Vimeo.

maddie reading her Bible to her baby doll. maddie playing with grancy on the fireplace.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


so here's a snapshot of our life over the last 3 months...

we had a major set of rainstorms that made our backyard into a mini-pond where the ducks felt free to swim for a good portion of an afternoon.

i've been (or i should say my belly has been) growing like a weed as our little girl...sophia now 3 weeks ahead of her gestational age in size. looks like we're in for another big baby.

maddie is expanding her resume to include flower girl. she was in carlos (high school friend of steve's) and nathalie's wedding this past weekend in new hampshire. she's a pro.

the josti lakehouse is reaching completion with a few extra outside steps and walkway and some painting left on the to-d0 list. we are spending all of memorial day weekend there with the exception of monday when steve and i will drive down to newport, ri to see our friends mari and glenn get married.

the propes lakehouse is complete and as is true with every house...some landscaping still left to be done. we are leaving next friday to spend 10 days relaxing lakeside. needless to say, i'll be waited on hand and foot (right, steve?) since i'll be nearing 8 months pregnant.

maddie now has a swingset in our backyard. she loves it. we had some issues getting it completed as there were missing parts but it's done now and we're enjoying it.

we enjoyed a visit from the hernandez family and were lucky enough to spend easter with karin and little e. we are looking forward to having them back in new england!

i finally got the garden (veggies and flowers) planted - with maddie and steve's help (C:. steve has informed me that aside from a few things left on the patio to plant, we are not buying anything else to plant. our garden is gorgeous and we are looking forward to harvesting a wide variety of tomatoes, lettuce, onions, butternut squash, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash and a small arrangement of herbs.

we're whittling our way through our to-do list before sophie arrives in mid-late july. and enjoying the calm before the storm of having two children. i got a little taste of what it will be like when maddie and i went to visit our friends mike and courtney who just had a little girl...leah grace. she is adorable and maddie was in love with her. she's ready to be a big sister.

until next's the link for the glob of recent pics.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

more pics

i guess i'm on a roll with posting for another 5 month drought.

new pics

we celebrated my birthday with the josti family a little early this year because our friends, the hernandez family, are coming to visit from the dominican next week. here is the traditional pic of me with the birthday cake...and maddie waiting for hers. oh and a pic of the cutest aprons that katy (my sis) made for maddie and me.

maddie and i planted our seeds for our garden today to start indoors so they'll be ready when it's time to plant them outside. of course i waited too long to do this activity outside and it was rainy and cold's been mid to upper 50s the last few days and sunny. oh well...we made do with our plastic cover and the kitchen floor (C: maddie was such a good helper. she just needed a "few" instructions.

waiting to create mass destruction...
pat, pat, pat....gently maddie (C:
of course i waited until the smallest seeds to try and get a picture
good job, maddie!
pat, pat, pat...she was such a good helper...and no mass destruction!

not so new news...

we're going to have another baby girl! she's due july 21st. maddie is now pointing to my belly and saying sissy (can't quite say sister). she's going to be a great help and a great big sister. here are some ultrasound pics from 18 weeks. i'm 21 weeks now.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

maddie's 2nd birthday

after a long day of flights and delays getting out of dallas, the whole family made it to boston to celebrate maddie's birthday (kara at 2 pm, katy and colin at 11:30 pm, and mom and dad at 4:30 am...yes that's right a.m.). we enjoyed a lazy friday except when working hard at making the awesome cake that was consumed on saturday at the party. we all went out to the josti lake house late afternoon for dinner and walking on the frozen pond. we had a great time and katy and colin started a few snow fights. saturday morning maddie and granddaddy made waffles for breakfast and we finished getting ready for the party (katy had stayed up all night finishing the cake decorations...she is amazing). the party was a blast and maddie thoroughly enjoyed her "mini-cake". she peeled the fondant off her cake like she peels her clementines and thought she was supposed to put it in the trash. she tried some and even shared some with mommy. but the cake was entirely hers...of course we didn't let her eat all of it. sunday was spent relaxing until we had to say our goodbyes and drive to the airport (never fun). all in all...a great time celebrating maddie's 2nd birthday.

here are the pics from maddie's 2nd birthday.