Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Reagan's blessing day

Our sweet Reagan Marie was blessed on March 8th. We were very blessed to have both sets of our parents there, along with aunts and uncles and cousins. It was great fun!
My mom took notes on her blessing. She was blessed with health and strength, and that she would be wise and kind a stalwart. She was blessed to be an example to others, and her parents were also blessed to raise her well. She was blessed to find joy in the gospel, and those who would work with and teach her were also blessed that they would be inspired. She was also blessed to be strong in the face of adversity and to be valiant. It was a beautiful blessing, and we were very thankful to have so many members of our family participate in it.

When we got home to take pictures, Reagan KNEW that she was a princess on parade. She acted her part the whole time. It cracked us up!

Here is the princess with Great Grandma and Grandpa:

 Here we are with our family and both sets of grandparents:
 Here she is smiling. Whenever Davis sees these pictures, he calls her "Princess Reagan."
 With Grandma:
 With Grandma and Grandpa:
 With Mommy and Daddy:

 With our little family. Plus, Thomas and Percy:
With Grandma and Grandpa Rusch.

We are so blessed to have this little miracle girl in our lives!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

More family pictures

So we went to our cabin for President's Day weekend (it's kind of tradition) and had my dad take some more of our family pictures.  Here are a few of my favorites!

This one will go in our living room. It will be touched up and straightened though!

Here is a cute one of Reagan. . . because they change so much in so little time!
And here are some cute ones of me and Reagan.  Isn't she sweet?

It was a lot of fun!  Davis did not agree, however . . .



Monday, February 16, 2015

Reagan at 2 months

We are really enjoying our little girl!  Here are her two month stats:
Weight--10 pounds, 9 ounces
Height-- 22.75 inches.  (The nurse said she was 21 inches tall, which puts her in the 4th percentile.  The doctor checked again.  Turns out that 1 3/4 inches makes a big difference when you are so little!)

Here is her picture at one month:
 And then at 2:
It is amazing to see how much she has changed!  She can coo and make sweet noises.  She definitely tracks, and knows who her mommy is.  Her brother loves her a lot, and so do the rest of us!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Welcome home Uncle Casey!

The big event that happened for us over Christmas break was that Casey came home from his mission in Alaska on December 30th.  All of my family was in town, and we had a lot of fun!
 We decorated his room
 Here he is, off the plane!


 Getting together and eating with family
And of course, we had a family picture in the backyard later!

Christmas!

We had a great Christmas!  We have never done Christmas at our own house, and it was very fun.  After we opened our gifts (toddler speed), we went and spent the rest of the day at my parents' house!
 The best Christmas gift



 Davis got a bike from Santa
 He loves this toy!  So fun!
 Family Christmas jammies--with a squirmy toddler!
 Coloring with his new crayons
 Loving the bike

Got a new hat--just like Grandpa Rusch's!

Introducing Reagan Marie Rusch

Here is the story of Reagan's birth:
On December 10, we had an appointment with the OB/GYN.  Chris said beforehand that he hoped that the doctor would say that it was time to deliver her, but I was not that hopeful.  However, Dr. Leavitt observed that Reagan had dropped again (for the second time) and said that she could come any time.  He said that there was not any danger in inducing her before she let us know that she was ready to come, and frankly, I was ready to be done being pregnant!  We decided to induce her the next day, and he called the hospital to see when we should show up.  We were told to be at the hospital at 8 the next morning.  It is very nice to be able to plan for when your baby will arrive!  So I got everything packed, and we dropped Davis off with my parents the next morning. We went to the hospital and I was started on the IV, and not long after, was given the epidural, which helped me sleep (I was not able to do that the night before!)  At about 6:00, Dr. Leavitt came in and asked Chris if he wanted to put on a gown.  At around 6:30, Reagan was born.  She was delivered by her daddy, which was a lot of fun. Of course, he had help from the doctor!  One of the first things I heard about her was that she had a lot of hair!  We kind of expected that, because we both had a lot of hair when we were born, and so did Davis.  She cried as soon as she was born, but then just looked around in amazement at everything after that.  She was amazed with the world and amazed with what there was to see!

We are so glad to have Reagan in our home!  It took a lot of faith and prayers to get her here, and we are grateful for her sweet spirit!

Update on how I am doing with this baby
Breastfeeding--I tried for 12 days.  The nurses all assured me that it was not any problem with me, but she could not latch.  She was losing weight.  After 12 days of trying so hard, I threw in the towel.  I decided that being a mother to Davis and to Reagan is so much more important, and does not weigh on my ability to breastfeed.
Swaddling--I am not sure that she is always a fan, but it does help her to calm down quite a bit.  So yes, we are doing it, and yes, it is good.
Calmness--Having two babies is a lot busier than having one.  Duh.  But I have been able to do pretty well at managing the whole thing.  Davis likes Reagan, but seems to pretty much keep his distance from her, which at this point, is okay.  But they both do seem to need me at exactly the same time, which is sometimes hard!

Here are some family pictures that we had taken a few days after her birth:















Monday, January 5, 2015

Thanksgiving

We have sooooo much to be grateful for, and we were able to celebrate that during Thanksgiving at my family's cabin in Island Park.  We love Island Park.  Anyway, we were able to go up there with my parents and our very dear friends, the Kennards.  Here are a few pictures from our adventure, in no particular order!


Our yummy meal.

Snowmobiling in Island Park!

 Davis doing his two favorite things at the cabin--watching TV and riding his "bike"

 Davis with one of his favorite people during this vacation--Araksya's mother
 Reading with our boy.
What a cute kid!
Things we are grateful for:
  • A great family who loves each other
  • Comfortable circumstances in which we live
  • A free country
  • Living close to so much family
  • A husband who has a great job to provide for his family
  • Being able to stay home and take care of the kids
  • An education
  • The comforts of life--Araksya taught us, once again, how well we have it!
  • The gospel
  • The Savior
  • Temples
  • And the list goes on and on and on . . .