Wednesday, March 29, 2006

"Big" party pics and Sweet William

We had a super fun party for Shelby on Sunday at Happy Joe's here in Rockford. We had about 25+ people that love her dearly there to celebrate her wonderful 4-year birthday.

Here she is making a silly face waiting to open presents.

Here she is with
our little friend Anika (yes, we know 2 little girls with that name, both spelled differently) on the train in the game room.

Giddy-up horsy!

New cowgirl boots

Poor Miss Rile
y had a sore ear that day and wasn't feeling good. Its turned out to be an ear infection! What a bummer especially since she has Spring Break this week.
And now introducing....William Christopher Hardwick, my gorgeous nephew!
Today Shelby had her yearly check-up with her local Cardiologist. Pending his reading of her last saline bubble echo, she will be released from his care! Yea! Dr. HuYoung is wonderful, but it is nice to get rid of one doctor when you already have soooo many. She still will be seen and tested by the Cardiologist in Chicago in June for Hepatopulmonary syndrome, but otherwise, all is well here! Thanks for checking in!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

More birthday and visit with the Tiede's

For those of you who I've try to explain just how orange (jaundiced) Shelby was at birth here is a picture. This was before we all had digital cameras so my Mom scanned this for me. She's come a llllllooooonnnnggg way! Go Shelby!
Here are some more pictures, as promised, of her birthday. Tomorrow is her big party so more pictures will come this week, but I wanted you to see my sweet girl blowing out her candles. She had a wonderful birthday!!!! I hope tomorrow she has even more fun.Thursday night we headed down to Blooomington/Normal to spend the night in a hotel with a swimming pool. The girls have not forgotten how to swim, that's for sure! The pool was perfect for them as the shallow end was 3 ft. and the deep end was 5 ft. Riley was in heaven! She hardly needed to wear her life jacket. Shelby set a world record for getting out of the pool and jumping in (over and over and over again). Then on Friday, Scott headed to a meeting and us girls headed to the Tiede's for a long-overdue visit. All the girls had a wonderful time - us adults did, too! Enjoy the pictures!

Sweet AnnikaRiley dressed upFrankie making one of her silly facesFrankie as Tinker BellShelby dressed up
I know this will be one of my all time favorites pictures.
Me and Annika

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Happy 4th Birthday Shelby!!!!

Shelby & Grammie enjoyed a snuggle last night - her last night as a 3-year-old. Upon waking this morning we asked her if she felt older and she said "Yes!" Happy Birthday my beautiful girl! I can't believe 4 years have gone by already! Unreal. Watch for more birthday pictures coming soon...

And...William Christopher Hardwick made his entry into this world last night at 9:56 p.m. He weighed in at 9 lbs, 8 oz. and is 22" long. Mom, Dad, & baby are tired, but doing wonderful. He is such a cutie!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

My turn

Sorry I haven't posted in so long. Things here have been fine. Shelby is healthy (knock on wood) and her latest labs came back great! She is her usual full of energy-crazy self. A couple weeks ago we were at the play area at the mall and she took a spill that led to x-rays. They turned out fine and her limp is almost gone. We're thinking it was a sprained ankle. Riley is reading up a storm and her handwriting is beautiful. And she's only a kindergartener!!! She loves school and has been busy the past few weekends attending her classmates' birthday parties.

I turned 30 on the 2nd and have since fallen apart...just kidding! Its just that this week I had some chest pains that led to a doctor's visit only to be diagnosed with a slight case of pneumonia and costochondritis. So, I'm on a whopping dose of antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory. I feel fine except for the chest pain. Here's a picture from one of my birthday parties. Yes, I turned 30 and had 3 parties! Lucky girl I am! My Mom had a surprise party for me, my CDO class had a party for me, and Scott & I gathered our friends for a party at a local bar.

Please continue to hold our friends, Annika and Natalie, in your prayers. They are having tough times health-wise again. Also, we are excitedly awaiting the birth of our nephew. We can't wait to meet him!

I'll be doing an update Tuesday as
Shelby turns 4 that day! Unbelievable that my baby is turning 4!!!!!!!!

Take care everyone!