Friday, July 23, 2010

Mackensy is a month old!!!

In this post Haley is 2 years, 7 months and 5 days old, and Mackensy is 1 month old!

Hello blog world! Look at me posting like I'm supposed to! Well, life in the Peterson household is great. Mackensy is growing, Haley is great, Ethan and I are doing well too. Life is good!

Let's start with Mackensy. She is now on a solid 4 hour schedule, eating every 4 hours, awake for about a hour to a hour and a half after each feeding. She cries when she's ready to go down and once she's swaddles tends to settle pretty quickly. She's eating 4 ounces ever 4 hours and gaining weight like a champ. I took her yesterday to be weighed and she's up to 8lbs 3oz! Woo hoo!!!

Haley is doing great too. She is such a wonderful big sister and really loves Mackensy. She wants to hold her often, is interested in helping to feed her, and always wants to say prayers with her at night before bed. It is the sweetest thing ever. We'll try and get it on video and post it for all to see.

Ethan and I are doing well also. I am coming to the end of my maternity leave, I'll be going back to work on August the 9th. Mom is going to take off a week and keep Mackensy for us and then she'll start going to Kim's with Haley on August 16th. She did this with Haley as well and it's just nice being able to go see her at lunch during that first week back.

We've had a great time the past two weeks with my nephew Elijah here. He came to visit for 2 weeks and his mom and dad are on thier way to get him today. We've kept him very busy, he attended Fire Camp with the Oxford Fire Department the first week he was here, and this week he has been going to Rebel Quest at Ole Miss. I think he's had a great time and Haley sure has enjoyed having him around. I think she's going to be sad when he goes home for good. We all will. He's a great kid with a lot of energy and it's not fun that we don't get to see him all the time.

I've attched some pictures for your viewing pleasure. I'll take some of Mackensy today and post them later. I hope everyone is well and thanks for reading!


Haley Helping Daddy put out the sprinkler after her bath...had to have new jammies :)
The Girls one morning before "school"
Mackensy, bright eyed and busy tailed

Silly Elijah, soaked on the last day of Fire Camp

Our Sweet baby girl...growing so fast!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

2 Weeks old already....

In this post Haley is 2 years, 6 months and 20 days old and Mackensy is 15 days old:

Well, they say time flies when you are having fun, and boy that couldn't be more accurate. Seems like just yesterday I was at the doctor for my 36 week appointment to find out that Mackensy was breech and that she would be born 3 weeks later...and now she is 2 weeks old. Just goes to show we can try and plan things all we want, but the good Lord reminds us we aren't in control. My daughters are good at reminding me of that :)

We have had a great first two weeks. Mackensy is a very good baby, she is starting to be more alert during the day and sleeping better at night. She had her 2 week checkup yesterday and her stats were as follows: Weight 6lbs 10oz (back to birth weight) Height 19 3/4 inches (grown 1 1/4 inches since birth) and head 35cm. Dr. Molly said she is very pleased with her progress and we are doing a great job. Let's just hope that life continues that well.

Adjusting to life with two hasn't been bad. Ethan and I were just discussing the other night how it sort of feels like she was just always here. Haley has been a great big sister, she really loves Mackensy. Wants to say her prayers with her every night and asks where she is the moment she wakes up. I love having such sweet girls :)

Well, that's about it for now, below are some recent pictures for you viewing pleasure!

Love, Susan

Daddy and His Girls
Haley Helping Ethan wash his vehicles, in her bathing "soup"

Bright eyes

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Welcome Mackensy Lee Peterson!

In this post Haley is 2 years, 6 months and 15 days old and Mackensy is 10 days old:

Hello! Well, I slacked off and you can see from Meredith's post as well as the lag inbetween mine that a lot has happened in the past few months. We have our new addition to our family, Miss Mackensy Lee was born on June 23rd at 11:01 p.m. She shocked us all with her arrival but we are so thankful that she is here and we are all healthy. A little bit about what happened...

On Monday June 21st I had my 36 week appointment. Went rather well, until the end when I had an ultrasound and confirmed what I already suspected, baby was breech. Not just breech but as the nurse described it "the worst kind of breech there is" meaning she wasn't going to turn. Tuesday I talked with our doctor and we decided that it wasn't in my or the baby's best interest to attempt what is called an "external version" so we went ahead and scheduled the C-Section for July 13th. Ethan and I felt this was the best option and were comfortable with our decison. We had a date, 3 weeks away, and were comfortable with that.

Wednesday I went to work like any other day. Had lunch with my Fire Fighter wife friends and they commented on "how tired" I looked, and though I did feel tired I chalked it up to being 36 weeks pregnant and having a 2 1/2 year old. Who wouldn't be tired??? Well, I went back to work, finished up some things, and left to get my hair and Haley's hair cut. Mom met me at the Salon with Haley, as Ethan had been in Jackson all day at the Fire Academy. Thank goodnes it wasn't an overnight class. After Haley and I got done, Ethan suggested that we meet at Tequila's, our local Mexican Resturant, and have dinner. So we went there, had a great dinner, and headed home. Got home, bathed Haley and put her to bed about 7:45. Meredith, our neighbor, came over to bring us something and we chatted for a while. When she left, about 8:20, I laid down on the couch only to be able to feel my heart beat in my chest. Now, in case you don't know this, Haley was born at 37 weeks because I developed Pre-Eclampsia with very high blood pressure. So, one thing I was told by my doctor was to keep an eye out for that to happen again. When I laid on the couch and felt my heart beating rapidly I told Ethan that I thought he needed to check my BP. He looked at me crazy but agreed. Well, he checked it and wouldn't tell me how high it was. Only said "We just had mexican, high in sodium, lay there and relax for 10 min and let me check it again" So, I did just that, and when he checked it again it was 170/100. I called Dr. Henderson and the conversation went something like this:

ME: "Hi Dr. Henderson, this is Susan. Ethan just checked my blood pressure and it's 170ish over 100ish"

HIM: "Ok well meet me at the hospital, if baby is still breech we are having a baby tonight"

ME: "HUH?! tonight? Um...ok"

Yeah, so as shocked as I was I got off the phone and told Ethan and that's when the whirlwind began. Ethan's sister and brother in law came to the house to spend the night with Haley. Mom met us at the Hospital, and Dad joined her shortly there after. We got to the hospital at about 9:30, they checked me in and we talked to Dr. Henderson. After a quick ultrasound to verify that baby was still breech, they prepped me for the C-Section. In what seemed like minutes, Mackensy Lee Peterson was born at 11:01 p.m. She was and is healthy as can be. Weighed 6lbs 10oz at birth and was 18 1/2 inches long. Not bad for nearly 4 weeks early.

Mackensy is named after my grandmother, Sarah Virginia Lee Hollis, who passed away in January of 2009. She was an amazing woman who I was fortunate enough to be named after and I can hope that Mackensy will carry on her name with the love that she showed others.

So, that's what's been going on with us. We are so thankful to have her here, and so thankful that she and I are both ok. We are adjusting as a family of 4. Haley is pretty good with her, and only acting out a little more than normal. I guess that's to be expected. I'll try and do a better job keeping the blog up so that we can watch Mackensy grow just like we have watched Haley.

I hope everyone is well and thanks for reading :) I'll post pictures in a seperate post.



Thursday, June 24, 2010

Welcome Mackensy Lee Peterson!!

Hi, Meredith here guest posting for Susan to let you know that a healthy, beautiful little GIRL joined the Peterson family last night at 11:01 pm. Mackensy Lee made quite an eventful and unexpected entry into the world at almost 4 weeks early (36 weeks 2 days). Out of the blue, Susan's blood pressure got very high last night around 8:30, so the doctor told her to come to the ER. Her pressure stayed high, so they did a C-section. My family and I went to see her today, and she is beautiful!! I don't have a ton of pictures, but these are the few that I have...Enjoy!!
Beautiful glad you're here!
Mommy and sweet baby
Precious little feet!
Loving the pacifier already

Proud Daddy

Thursday, May 6, 2010

And for those who want to see...

This is me...28 weeks pregnant with Baby Peterson #2

Time is a Flyin...

In this post Haley is 2 years 4 months and 18 days old
Hello blog followers, both of you that may still hope for updates so you can read. Life is good here in the world of the Peterson's, just flying with every waking moment. I think every day how big Haley is getting, and how much she is learning and how it seems like just yesterday I was anxiously awaiting her arrival! Now, here we are, nearly 2 and a half years later awaiting the arrival of her brother or sister and thinking "where did the time go?
The end of March and all of April were eventful months. Ethan had a birthday, he is offically closer to his "mid 30's" than his "early 30's". Doesn't seem to bother him which is a great thing because Lord knows he is young at heart!

Easter was especially fun this year, as Haley was big enough to enjoy the festivities and really love the Easter bunny. As you can see from the picture above, she is a wild child, wide open all the time! I love it! She has no fear (which is scary sometimes) but she's such a fun and happy child, we can only pray that our second child can keep up :)

We took Haley to the Zoo for the first time the weekend after Ethan and I celebrated our 4th wedding Anniversary. It was so much fun!!!

Haley loved seeing all the animals, but especially liked running around like a wild woman :) She wanted to pull the wagon more than ride in it...the joys of a two year old.

We ended the month with a visit from our dear friends the Carothers family. Haley, Pressley and Paige had SO much fun together, and were such great girls, it was sad to watch them go home. It's always sad for them or us to leave but makes getting together even the better.

After they went home we went to our local festival called the Double Decker where our experience this year was much different. Instead of listening to bands and really looking at art...we played in the kiddie area and Ethan and Haley rode the kiddy choo choo. It was wonderful! Haley got to see the Police Horse's and really loved getting to pet them.

So as you can tell, the month of April flew, and here we are already in the 6th day of May...seems we spend our childhood waiting to "grow up" and our grown lives wondering "where does the time go" I am going to the doctor tomorrow for my 30 week checkup...which scares me becuase that means I could have as little as 7 weeks until this baby is born should he or she decide to make thier appearence as early as Haley. I am hoping that this baby will hold off just a few weeks longer :) I may eat my words but I'll take a couple more weeks of "cookin"

We have a lot to look forward to this month as well, Sunday is Mother's day, the following weekend Ethan's parents will be here to celebrate Rachel's birthday, Pop's birthday and Mother's day. Then two weekends after that we are going "camping" at some cabins in Sardis, MS (about 20 min away) with our friends Amy, Sanford and Chloe.

June will prove to be busy as well...but I'll save that for another post :) Thanks for your continued patronage...both of you who still read :) I really do try and do better...maybe when I'm taking care of TWO kids I'll have more time....

Love you all :)


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My Neighbor "super blogger" reminded me....

In this post Haley is 2 years, 3 months, and 5 days old

Well I start all my posts lately with "I'm sorry I haven't posted". I am sorry...but life is just BUSY.

Things are great around the Peterson house. Since the last time I blogged, Haley has continued to wow us daily with her rapidly growing independance. "I do it" seems to be a VERY familiar phrase around our house. While it's nice to have her "help" with the baby on the way, it's sort of sad to see our baby girl growing up so quickly. She's a hoot though, makes us laugh every day.

Ethan has added to his "collection" of vintage VW Beetles. I think Haley is in love with them as much as her daddy :). He got a 1970 yellow beetle that runs, and has given him an opportunity to continue to work on the green one. He tells me that he'll sell "one of them" someday...but I'm not holding my breath. :) It's a fun hobby for him and we all enjoy our outings in "Daddy's Beetle!"

I'm about the same :) I had about 17 weeks of "morning" sickness with this baby. Just when I thought I was out of the woods, I had not one...but TWO bouts with the stomach virus. Thank the Lord the baby is growing like she or he is supposed to, so that is all that REALLY matters. I am hoping that between the 23 and 27 week visits I might actually go 4 weeks without any sort of "sickness". But I try and not complain :)

Well I think this catches us up for now. I hope this finds everyone well, and I will try and do better about blogging. Maybe Meredith will keep reminding me :)


Haley washing her jeep...helping daddy wash cars

Me @ 20 weeks

Daddy's Beetle :)

CHEEESE in Daddy's Beetle

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Yes we are still alive....

In this post Haley is 2 years, 30 days old.

Well, it's official, I have become a horrible blogger. I haven't blogged in nearly 5 months, and that is shameful! We've had a LOT going on, so I should have been sharing it! I'll try and catch up without boring everyone with a 20 page post!

Haley is doing GREAT! She celebrated her second birthday on December 18th, and had a great time. We had a party at the county fire station with a bounce house and lots of friends. She had lots of fun, and we were and are very greatful for such great friends! Haley is really such a little girl these days, and hit the 'Twos' with full force! She talks all the time, tells us just about everything that she wants, and is fully potty trained! WOO HOO! We still have our days, but that's part of it.

On December 29th Haley had to have a second set of tubes put in her ears, as well as her adnoids removed. That was hard, on both her and us. It was quite a recovery, but I am proud to say that she and we survived and she is doing great!

One thing that has changed for us is that I left banking and went to work at the University of Mississippi. This has been a GREAT transition, and one that has been great for everyone. Becuase of this I was home when Haley had her surgery, and didn't have to take any time off. I am the Project Coordinator in the Division of Technology Management. In case you, like I was, aren't sure of what this means, check out our website

Oh, and one more big annoucement...Haley is going to be a BIG SISTER!!!! We are proud to say that in July we will be adding a sweet baby to our family :) We again wont' find out the sex, so you'll have to check back here and HOPE that I get better at updating this thing. I promise to try! Hope everyone is well, and thanks for not totally giving up on us!