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Black Island Farm fun!

Just like last year, we went to Black Island Farm to go on their hayride and pick our pumpkins. This time we went on the weekend and it was so crowded. Next year we will definitely be going on a week day. But once we got through the long line we had a blast. Liam and i stayed in the trailer while Oliver and Brett picked our pumpkins. After the pumpkin patch we headed in to the courtyard area to let Oliver play on the slides for a bit. He absolutely LOVED the slides and he kept wanting Brett to take him on them over and over.

the line..

My boys ๐Ÿ™‚

So bored waiting in line, Oliver resorts to the rocks.

Look at this big boy walking around like he owns the place ๐Ÿ˜‰

more rocks!

these photos were taken by Brett while Liam and I waited in the line.

LOOOOVE this shot he got

The way cool slide Oliver was so upset to leave

Look at the pure joy on that boy’s face!

Me and my kidlets

To make Oliver happy after tearing him away from the slide, we gave him a sucker, and he was kind enough to share.

Cairi’s 2nd Birthday!

Last month we celebrated Cairi’s 2nd birthday over at the Jensen Nature Park. Cairi loves to go over there and feed the ducks. Morgan did a great job with the decor and we all helped by making some delish food. Of course Cairi wanted to spend most of her time at the pond feeding the ducks but Morg and Chris were finally able to get her to come celebrate. As usual, it is always fun to have the whole family together.

So cute!

2 pink candles.
My mom made our favorite Pudding Cake. Mmmm so good.

My little man.

Oliver spilled water all over his and Brett’s pants, so it looked like they both had an accident. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cutie patootie

Cairi got some lipgloss, and just kept putting it on.

Liam’s Arrival

We are home and tired and happy.

Looking back on Monday morning, it seems surreal. It was nothing like what I had expected, total opposite experience from Oliver’s arrival. I am so grateful it happened when Brett was home, because if he hadn’t been I most likely wouldn’t have made it to the hospital!

Around 4 AM, I woke up feeling some cramps but more so pressure, which as kind of normal for me during the night. I thought it would go away like they usually did but they actually got more intense. To be honest I couldn’t tell if they were contractions! With Oliver my water broke and that was how I knew I was in labor, I didn’t feel contractions until we got to the hospital and even then they were minor and I immediately got an epidural (I do not have a tolerance for pain). I wanted to make sure this was it, because we were going to have to drop Oliver off and my mom’s and I didn’t want to wake everyone if it was just a false alarm. When I realized they were just getting worse I woke Brett up and said we need to go, called my mom and asked her to meet us at a point where we could hand off Oliver to her so that we wouldn’t have to drive all the way down to Syracuse and then up to Ogden. After much rushing (on Brett’s end) we had everything in the car. And that was where I turned into a monster.

The pain/pressure was horrible, everything seemed to be going so slow, and I almost ruined my seatbelt pulling on it and twisting it, trying to put it in more pain than I was in. I was yelling at Brett telling him to run every light and go as fast as possible. At one point there was a car in front of us and being in the state I was couldn’t think of the correct term but tole Brett to ‘SKIP’ them, so he passed them up (Brett says he had a hard time holding in a laugh when I said that). I seriously thought this baby was going to be born in our car! Once we dropped Oliver off and made it up to the hospital Brett started looking for a parking spot! Yes a PARKING SPOT! Like as if I was going to let him stroll up and down the aisles and then make me get out and walk to the front doors. Heavens no. I made him turn around, park the car at the entrance, and run in and get a wheel chair. We got in the hospital and their was such a sweet janitorial guy directing us where to go to get to Labor and Delivery. They had me do a urine sample for who knows why, heaven knows I had no time for that. I was pretty irritated with everyone around me at this point, as they carried on with their conversations as they were poking me with IV’s and checking to see how dialated I was. Luckily once she realized I was at a 9, they focused and got to work, calling in the guy to give me an epidural asap. I for sure could never do it natural. Again, my pain tolerance is a zero.

They took me into the delivery room where my wonderful Dr. Naisbitt showed up quickly. I got my epidural and once it set in I was heaven and the evil monster that took over me in the car departed. From there on it was smooth sailing. I pushed about 15 times and in between pushing my doctor even cut out a mole that was on the inside of my thigh, which I was going to have done later this month by my dermatologist.  So I got two birds taken care of with one stone. ๐Ÿ™‚

With what seemed to be no effort of pushing at all Liam was here and weighed a whole pound more than Oliver did, and an inch longer! Unfortunately being in the huge rush that we were in, we didn’t grab any bags or cameras, so we didn’t get any pictures of our first meeting. ๐Ÿ™ We actually had to have a security guy park our car for us during this whole thing so it wouldn’t get towed. But once everything settled down and Brett could go find our car and bring up our belongings, he was able to capture some amazing photos.

Here is our miracle #2:

Liam Oaks Richardson.

This is the first photo I took of my Liam.
First bath.

Brett was pretty stoked about this shot he got. ๐Ÿ™‚ Pretty impressive.

Happy BIRTHday Liam.

The first thing I wanted to eat after delivery was a Twix ๐Ÿ™‚ My mom brought me one! Since I got my epidural so late it took a while for it to wear off. It’s so weird to not be able to feel your legs.

Love love love this shot.

Brett did such a great job being my personal photographer.

Brett’s comfy corner. That chair squeaked so bad.

Liam Oaks

Such a proud daddy.

Liam’s ‘coming home’ outfit.

Mommy’s little pumpkin, so suitable. That’s what I call my babies, my pumpkins.

Excited to go home.

Liam couldn’t wait!

We were scheduled to go to the hospital a week early (Oct 7), but at 4am when Ciara started having contractions we knew he was coming NOW! Unlike Oliver’s arrival where we weren’t in a rush nor did we even know if Ciara’s water had broken, this time we RUSHED to the hospital. We made a quick stop to drop off Oliver with Grandma and Grandpa Maguire and then 2 ignored red lights later we arrived at about 5:15 am. The contractions were about 2 minutes apart. The nurse checked her and found that she was dialated to a 9. Then about 1 hour later Liam Oaks Richardson arrived. Oliver’s delivery took around 12 hours and Liam came in 2. He was 7lbs 9oz at 20″ long. We will have a lot more to post as soon as we get home, but for now here are a couple pics from my phone. We love you all and are overjoyed to have another wonderful boy in our family.

Our Humble Abode : Master Bedroom

Nesting has pretty much taken over me. First it started out organizing every room, even the garage, and then I wanted to make Liam’s bedding, and now I’ve just gone crazy, and I’m not done yet. Part of it is just wanting to get our house together and feel more like our home, but along with it I am deep cleaning everything (the fridge was my task today), and just making sure that everything will be ready for Liam’s arrival.

While waiting for Brett to finish the stripes in the nursery, I started making a couple pillows for our room. Well actually I have made four. It’s really fun to go to the fabric store and then create something from what you get. I now looooove going into our bedroom, I feel like the pillows tie it all together.

Here is a reminder of what it looked like before.

One thing I love a ton about our home is the sloped ceilings. It feels like a cottage to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

So I repositioned the furniture a bit, accommodating for the bassinet that we have for Liam.

As you can see, due to the many other projects that are top priority, Brett hasn’t had time to finish the dresser.

I love photographs

I love my bedding from West Elm!!! Add a few pillows made by me, and an awesome coverlet I got at the Quilt Shop at Gardner Village for a steal = a very cozy bed.

I bought this from Rod Works with a half off coupon that saved me a bundle, I love it. And the chair was from the DI and was able to have my friends dad recover it for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

The striped pillow cover I made is nicely masking a damaged pillow that I just never could throw away. And my nightstand is actually a stand I got at Michael’s for a dollar b/c it’s missing a colored block. More of that to come…