Christmas with family

We had a wonderful Christmas with my family. They all drove to Houston and spent the holiday at our house. It was a great time. Isabella loved playing with her cousins and my dad and sister Michelle got to meet Sophia for the first time. Dave was not prepared to be woken at 5 am on Christmas day, but he managed to get over the early hour. As always, we were truly blessed...my parents were extremely generous. Isabella scored with a baby grand piano and lemonade stand.

Sophia Elise....newborns aren't supposed to have colds...

Well the inevitable happened....Sophia got Isabella's cold. She has been pretty miserable over the last few days, but seems to be on the upturn. I thought she had pink eye and took her to the doctor. Thankfully, it was just a clogged tear duct. Because she is a newborn, we can't give her any medicine. The good news is she is eating great (weighs 7 lbs 4 oz) and has not had a fever. She is still a wonderful baby and sleeps most of the day away. Since she has been sick, she prefers to be held most of the day!!!


Christmas is near

Only a few more days until Christmas. My family (mom, dad, Michelle, her kids, boyfriend, Christa, Brad, and her kids) are all staying at our house. The tree is decorated, we have Christmas lights outside...I am really excited! I think we are going to go to Christmas mass on Christmas eve and then come back to our house to make pizzas and drink wine. Isabella got sick after I took her to daycare last week. I really hope she gets better and that she does not get Sophia sick. Sophia is suck a blessing and wonderful addition to our family. She is the best baby ever. She sleeps most of the day and rarely cries. Isabella has really taken to her. She rubs her little head.

Isabella is super excited about Christmas. Every time I say the name Santa Clause or she sees him on tv she says "ho ho ho...merry Christmas"...it is sooo cute. I am pretty much finished with my Christmas shopping. What an endeavor!!!! We are so truly blessed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This has been a wonderful year!


Isabella 16 months

It has been awhile since I have updated everything Isabella is doing. She is such a sweet girl. The daycare keeps saying they want her to be at school instead of me keeping her at home...they miss her:)

- talks a lot....puts words together
- still calls milk "coke"...I think it is because she can't pronounce the "mil"
- does the sign language for milk when she wants it
- says "all gone"
- throws her own diapers away in the trash (along with other things we don't want thrown away :)"
- brings us Sophia's diaper, paci
- loves chocolate and ice cream
- loves dancing, "shaking her booty", singing along with songs
- is still a pretty picky eater
- likes bagels, pancakes, and white milk
- started eating gummy vitamins
- likes to sleep in...will sleep until 8 or 9 if we let her....but always is happy when she has had enough sleep
- loves for us to read books to her
- loves being a big sister
- loves her blankies

Expanded family

Wow...I have been very lazy about blogging lately....mainly because I like putting pictures up every time I blog and sometimes it is a pain. Lots has happened since the last post. The most important event by far is the expansion of our family. Sophia Elise Wilcox came into this world Wednesday, December 9th at 4:32 pm. She weighed 6 lbs, 2.7 oz and was 18 inches long. They told us 19 inches, but today at the dr it was only 18! Her due date was December 15th, but I was THRILLED when Dr. Ronen said he would induce me in the new Herman Memorial City Hospital. We were there day 3 of the opening (they moved to a new building). We arrived at 5:30 in the morning, very excited! Dave's parents were at our house with Isabella and my mom was at Christa's house. They started giving me pitocin around 8 am. I progressed pretty well, held out as long as I could before needing the epidural. Once I had the epidural, I felt no pain. I was dilated around 7 cm and they said it would probably be a few more hours. Christa left the hospital to go get Will and Paige thinking she had time. We were just chatting with the nurse when she said, let me check you...All of a sudden she was saying "oh, you are ready right now...call the dr)...a few minutes later, 3 pushes later, Sophia was born. It was the easiest delivery ever!!! So different from my experience with little Isabella. I was able to check out of the hospital exactly 24 hrs after Sophia was born. My doctor said I could stay longer, but I was ready to leave!!!

Sophia is such a good baby. She sleeps most of the time. We took her to the doctor today because she seemed yellow and found out she has a mild case of jaundice. The doctor said it should go away on its own. Dave, Isabella, and I have been adjusting quite nicely to the expanded family. Isabella has only had a few moments of insecurity. Otherwise she is a great big sister!!!!

I started my maternity leave the day before Sophia was born and plan on going back to work January 25th. I can already tell having an extra child is going to be a lot of work, but in a good way. The house seems to get messier faster, but that is manageable. I have been very grateful to have Dave with me for the past Wed- Monday. He goes back to work for the rest of the week and then will take off Friday. We have Dave's office party tomorrow and are very grateful that Christa and Brad have kindly offered to babysit the kids:)