Tuesday, March 29, 2011


i'm only one month old, but have already made 3 friends ~ Ella, Brielle & Cecilia! I can't wait to play once we get a bit older! Mommy was a cheerleader with Ella & Brielle's moms, so maybe we will follow in their footsteps!

ELLA MARIE KING ~ exactly 4 months older (to the date!)

BRIELLE ANALEIGH FLEMING ~ exactly 5 months older (to the date!)


Sunday, March 27, 2011

happy birthday daddy!

on sunday daddy celebrated his 26th birthday and i celebrated my one month birthday! grandma janet & grandpa pete watched me all day while mommy & daddy went to new glarus for a brewery tour & lunch. i'm growing longer and have more personality by the day! still waiting for that first BIG smile but it will be coming soon! :) here's a cute picture of me with the birthday boy!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Four Generations

today we went to visit great grandma & grandpa cwynar and they just adore me! :) here's 4 generations of cwynar/lucas women - great grandma dorothy, grandma janet, mommy & me! what a blessing to have these women in my life!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Copy Cat

A couple of years ago I fell in love with the blog www.younghouselove.com -- a story about a young couple who bought an adorable, but outdated home that spend their days renovating and redecorating it. Because of the success of their blog, they were able to quit their full-time jobs and make this website their baby (and source of income)! Although I have not tackled all of their DIY projects, you will find a couple of YHL inspired pieces in my house (our master bedroom headboard & framed scrapbook paper art to name a few!) They had a baby girl almost a year ago and came up with the cutest idea to photograph their little one once a week to track how she changes and grows throughout the year. Of course I thought this was the cutest idea ever, so guess what?! I'm copying! :) since Avery is now 3 weeks old, I have our first 3 of 52 done! To see younghouselove's version, click on the link below. If you have never been on this website, spend some time on it - they have some awesome ideas!!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Luck of the Irish!

Happy St. Paddy's Day! Today we got to visit Grandma Janet at work and made a quick trip to Target to pick up my Easter dress! Although, I didn't get any green milk and mommy & daddy didn't get any green beer, today was a great day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

First Walk!

Today is a gorgeous day! It's currently 58 degrees and sunny in Rockton, so what a perfect day to finally get outside and get some fresh air! Foxxie and I are looking to shed a few pounds, so we took Avery out on a walk around the neighborhood to show her the sights! Hopefully this weather is here to stay so we can get out as many times as possible before May 20th when I have to report back to work :(

Monday, March 14, 2011

Two Week Photo Shoot

Avery had her first photo shoot on Monday with Ideal Impressions Photography. Although she has not seemed to mind her photo opps at home, she was a little fussy with the professionals! All of the photos can be viewed here: http://idealimpressions.smugmug.com/Portraits/Family-Portraits/Johnson-Family-Newborn/16201869_eDeYT#1216945160_ZFKVq

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Uncle Shane!

Avery has three "real" uncles and she finally got to meet one of them Friday night! My brother Shane drove up from Kentucky for the weekend. He doesn't remember the last time he held a baby, but I think he did a pretty good job! He has already nicknamed her "Coach" after NJ Nets basketball coach Avery Johnson, and I think it will grow on her for sure!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Happy Due Date!

Happy Due Date to me! I am SO glad that we got to meet Avery 10 days early... I can't imagine my life without her! Since Nick went back to work on Monday, I have had some time on my hands to play around with our new camera. Here are some samples of my work as a "professional" photographer! :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Adios Fat Clothes!

I was feeling very productive on Tuesday and decided to put away all of my maternity clothes! I'm still not completely back into my old clothes yet, but it's nice to have all of those big belly outfits out of my closet! I hope I don't need them again for a long time, but until then, they will sit safely in the guest bedroom dresser.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Nursery Photos

Here are some LONG OVERDUE nursery photos! I think the room turned out pretty good for doing most everything ourselves (artwork, mix & match bedding). Her nursery was inspired by Cindy Lou's room from The Grinch.  You can see parts of her room in only one scene in the entire movie, so we had to use our imagination a little bit!  But we did take the basic elements:  white rounded furniture, pink walls, white cutains, black & white stripes.  And take a look at that closet - what a lucky girl!! :)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Funny Faces & Photo Website

Hi all! Nick created an album with all of Avery's photos to date. We thought this might be a better way to share pictures rather than email. We just purchased a Nikon D3100 which is an awesome camera that also takes HD video and we have already gotten a lot of use out of it in the past 6 days!

We plan to update this as often as we take new photos of special occasions, milestones, and just Avery being cute! New Baby + New Camera = Lots of Pictures in this album. Please save the link below to your favorites and check out periodically for updates


Password: avery11

Friday, March 4, 2011

Shop til you drop!

Today Avery went to her first store! Since I have been stuck in my house/hospital since February 21st, I was itching to get out and needed to pick up a few things. It was a short little trip, but I foresee many more shopping sprees in our future! She behaved herself and didn't make a peep the whole time so hopefully she will be like that every time we go shopping!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Healthy girl!

Avery had her first Dr. appointment on Thursday with Dr. Martinez (who is FABULOUS for any Roscoe/Rockford ladies!) She weighed in at 6 lbs 4 oz so she is almost back up to her birth weight. Got all checked out - eyes, nose, ears, back, tummy and received rave reviews from her doctor. Next check-up will be in 1 month! Nick and I are so glad to hear that she is a healthy girl! Friday I got my staples out and everything is healing nicely. I'm already down 22 pounds, so I have about 10 pounds left to my pre-pregnancy weight (but of course will try and get down more than that - swimsuit season is coming up after all!)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bath Time!

Avery had her first bath today ... she didn't even scream and I think she really enjoyed it! :) Thank you Marie for the bath tub and shampoo and to Matt & Cortney for her mongrammed bunny towel! Nick & I fumbled through the bath, but hope to be experts in no time.

Birth Story

well it was a wild, unexpected weekend to say the least, but we can not be happier that we are home now with a precious little girl! while the labor & delivery experience could have been a little less eventful, i am beyond excited that i am no longer pregnant and am blessed by beautiful Avery! to sum it up, here was our experience as first time parents!!

Friday ~ Because of my stint at the hospital on Monday, the doctor had ordered a non stress test for me at 11am. My blood pressure there was the highest its been, so the doctor Dr. B admitted me to the hospital again. Thankfully my mom was with me as we were trying to keep Nick at work as long as possible (had a really busy night ahead of him at work!) The on call doctor at the hospital Dr. G monitored me for a few hours and because I was full term, decided there was no harm in inducing labor. i was upset about it because I was not progressing enough to be ready for labor on my own, but relieved to think that I wasn't going to be sent home again without a baby! We were moved to a delivery room about 4pm and started induction -- was 2 cm dilated and 75% effaced so they decided to skip cervadil and go right to pitocin to start my contractions. At the same time I was also put on magnesium to prevent a possible seizure from high blood pressure. They did tell us the magnesium would count the effects of the pitocin, so labor would be a very slow and long process. I got absolutely no sleep on Friday night because of the monitors, blood pressure cuff and I was becoming very loopy/nauseous because of the magnesium. Nick stayed with me so i was glad to have him there.

Saturday ~ Dr. Shah was the on call doctor all weekend starting early Saturday so it worked out great for me as she would be there overseeing my labor and delivery. When she came in to see me Saturday morning, there had been no further progress, so she decided to break my water about 9:45am. I starting feeling contracts at 11am, but couldn't get the epidural until I was 4cm dilated at 3pm. The anesthesiologist was awesome and came to check in on me often. The epidural hadn't fully taken on my right side so he was able to give more medicine to even it out. Active labor starting at 8pm when I was 8cm dilated and I started pushing around 10:45pm. pushing was really hard for me and i was feeling everything (not sure my epidural fully took) and after an hour or so of pushing, Dr Shah ordered a c-section at 12am. I just wasn't making the best progress and because I was so tired and delirious - the pitocin wasn't really doing much anymore and contractions were far apart. I was panicked and scared but just wanted baby out as soon as possible. They prepped me for surgery but after I got to the OR an emergency c section came in that they had to do first, so i had to sit in the OR ready for surgery for over an hour before Dr. Shah finally came back in. I was freaking out just laying on the operating table for that long, but luckily I had my awesome anethesiologist and nurses and Nick of course to keep me company. They calmed me down when I was being terrified but played along when I could mutter a joke or two out! Both sets of our parents were in the waiting room and i'm sure they were freaked out as well for how long everything was taking - they thought they were going to get a grand daughter at 10pm! Everytime they heard the lullabye song (played every time a baby was born)they would get so excited, but quickly turned down that it was not yet Avery's song. The c-section itself was horrible - it felt like wild animals were attacking my stomach .... it may have just been my situation but I felt like I could feel everything. I was told I would feel tugging and pressure, but no where near as much as I had felt. I was a train wreck during the surgery and can only imagine that I was the loudest patient ever with my swearing, crying and quiet screams. This was not at all how I pictured it would be and I felt so helpless just lying there unable to make it stop. Avery was born at 2:12am and I got to finally meet her and hold her about an hour later in recovery. She was wide awake and it was amazing to see her huge blue eyes and full head of dark hair! she was TINY - only 6 lbs 8 oz ... way smaller than we expected her to be! Nick also got to hold her for the first time right after me and while our parents got to see her in the nursery, they were unable to hold her. We got to our mother/baby room about 5am and I was out of it the whole day with all of the drugs. Thank you to all of the visitors Monday although I hardly remember your visit! We were supposed to be in the hospital until this afternoon, but they let us leave yesterday afternoon. After spending 4 nights there, I was so ready to go home! We had fabulous nurses with tons of helpful tips, but I was ready to get out of there and so was Nick! What a trooper for him sleeping in that uncomfortable chair bed!!

Today has been a great day relaxing at home with Avery. She has been sleeping a TON and is hard to wake her up during the day, but she is currently enjoying her new swing while I type and Nick gets his hair cut. Tomorrow is her first Dr. appointment and on Friday I am getting my staples out. Despite our fears, Foxxie loves her new sister and is very protective over her. She is concerned when she cries and loves giving her kisses!

Needless to say Nick and I are so in love and so blessed! Thank you to our families, especially my parents, for being there at the hospital and for helping out the past few days. Your support and encouragement has been huge and we can not be more thankful for you to be in our lives and Avery's. Thank you also to our friends for your support - emails, texts, Facebook posts - we enjoy hearing from you and hope you all get to meet Avery soon. She is usually sleeping when we have visitors but I promise you she appreciates it and loves being held by all of you!

More to come as Avery continues to grow, learn and adjust to this new world!

Love, Nick - Jess & Avery