Monday, December 15, 2008

Madison meets Santa!

Madison and Daddy

Raindeer candy canes we made

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Happy Holidays!

I can't believe it is December already and Madison is 4 months old! This time last year is when I found out I was pregnant. This past year flew by!! I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays! Have a fun, happy and healthy Christmas and New Years!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Free Photo Book

Saw this on Oprah today. Expires Nov 14th @ 11:59pm

If that link doesn't work

Monday, November 3, 2008

Happy 3 month birthday Madison!!!

Look at how much you have grown!!

It's that time of the year again!!!

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Madison is 12 weeks old!!!

Chicken Enchiladas!

I made these for dinner. They were very yummy!!!


16 ounce bottle or can enchilada sauce
6 low-fat or fat-free tortillas
1 jar salsa
2 cans refried beans
1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded sharp Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
1/4 cup kalamata olives , pitted
1 jalapeño , chopped and seeded
Roasted Chicken
Heat oven to 400°.

Pour the can of enchilada sauce into a pie dish. Dip tortillas in the sauce to soften them.

On a cutting board, gently spread refried beans on one side of each tortilla. Add enough diced Roasted Chicken to cover the beans. Sprinkle with cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. Add olives, chopped jalapeño and salsa (optional).

Roll up the tortillas and place seam-side down in a 9" x 13" baking dish.

Blend the sour cream into the remaining enchilada sauce in the pie dish. Pour over enchiladas and sprinkle remaining cheese.

Cover and bake for 25-30 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Pumpkin Bread

This is so yummy. A friend of mine gave me a loaf of this and I had to get the recipe to make more. I made a bundt cake for JR's work, and 2 loafs (one for us and one for a neighbor.) It is my new favorite bread. Thanks Katie G. !!! :O)

1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla

4 eggs

3 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Sliced almonds, nuts, or raisins if desired


1. Move oven rack to low position so that tops of pans will be in center of oven. Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease bottoms only of 2 loaf pans or bundt pan.

2. In one large bowl, mix first 6 ingredients. In another mix the remaining ingredients.

3. Then mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients (Use a spoon, not an electric mixer.)

4. If desired add 1/2 cup chopped nuts and/ or raisins.

5. Divide batter between loaf pans.

6. Garnish with chopped nuts and brown sugar if desired.

7. Cook 50- 70 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

8. Remove from pans and place top side up on wire rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

Madison is 2 months old!!!!

8 weeks
9 weeks

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Are you ready for some football?

Madison is 6 weeks today! She is sporting her football onesie I made her last night:)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering September 11th........

Don't let all the progress and hard work go to waste that our troops have been working so hard for.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Madison is One Month Old!

Madison was one month on September 3rd. She is growing like a weed! Below is her 1 week picture and 1 month- I can't wait to see how much she grows this month! Happy 1 month to my little cupcake!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Madison's 1st bath

She slept through most of it! LOL! I think we just caught her at a good time! Hopefully she continues to love the water!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sleep ALL Day and PARTY All Night!!!!!

Madison loves to sleep all day and be VERY awake at night. LOL!

Nursing isn't going as well as I thought. She isn't a good latcher and falls asleep while eating. So I pump/bottle feed her and give enfamil. Other than keeping us up all night (which I know is normal for newborns) she is a very good baby. The c section wasn't too bad. The first couple of days sucked getting up and down. I am a bit sore still when the pain meds wear off, but it is o.k.

It is so good to be home though! We stayed at the hospital much longer than expected.

I have been meaning to post my birth story-

I went in Thursday night to get a foley balloon (dilates you to 4 cm). Then Friday morning at around 10 when I finally reached 4 cm, they started pitocin. I was on it all day and not making any progress, so they took me off it and allowed me to eat dinner. Then around 8 pm I went back on it and continued the pitocin all night. So Thursday night and Friday night I didn't sleep hardly any. The nurses had to come in every half hour to do blood pressure checks and then when I was on pitocin they had to up it and check the fetal monitors. Oh, and getting up to go to the bathroom that was fun being hooked up to the IV and having to undo the monitor belt plugs. Then Saturday morning still no progress. I got of the pitocin again and ate lunch. Then they finally broke my water. Contractions were getting stronger, but still no progress. I got so puffy from all the pitocin and at this point I am so tired from not sleeping since Wednesday night. At around midnight I got the epidural- I was able to get some rest (no more bathroom trips- the catheter was great!) So Sunday morning came and that is when they decided I'd have to have a c section. That room was so scary (bright and huge lights) They prepped me and I still felt them when they were pinching me, so I wound up having to be put under. At this point I just wanted to be done. They keep you 72 hours for a c section, so Wednesday I got discharged finally. I was so glad when Wednesday came- I couldn't wait to get home.

So they don't know 100% sure why I didn't dilate and get really strong and good pattern contractions. It could be because of my half a uterus. Next baby should be much easier (will not be for a couple years!) :) they recommend just scheduling a c section even thought they usually recommend VBAC to most patients. They just think I will not labor well like this time. So I am very o.k with the c section again. I do not want to deal with that long labor process again. Anyway, she was worth it! I am just grateful I was able to get pregnant and carry full term. (A lot of women with endometriosis are infertile and my half a uterus could of caused me not to carry to 36 weeks) So even though I had low fluid, and a long labor/ delivery- my pregnancy was very good :) Sitting in the hospital (around Friday or Saturday) I think I was questioning if I'd do it again. LOL! Now, I think I still want 2 or 3. We will wait a bit though :) And as far as sleep- we still have yet to have a good night of sleep. LOL! Hopefully this will only last a few more weeks! :P

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Awwww- So CUTE! Daddy's Little Girl

Madison is 1 week old today!

Madison's 1st friend

Yesterday we had our friends Eric and Liesel over for a BBQ. They along with Dominic and Will are our 1st house guests since moving into our new home. Will is picture above with Madison- Will is 3 weeks old and Madison was 6 days old.

Madisons 1st outting

Off to the Dr for Jaundice and weight check. She spit up all over her first outfit just before leaving the house. I did manage to get a picture before :)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Baby Madison is Finally Here!

Madison Lynn Becker was born on Sunday August 3 2008 via c section. She was 5 lbs 12 oz. 19.49 in. long and very healthy. I had a very long labor and just wasn't dilating past 4 cm. That is why I had the c section. We are doing well just tired and sore. I am very puffy from all the pitocin being pumped into me for 2 days. We just got home today, I will update soon with her birth story.

Welcome to the family Madison! We are so blessed to have you in our lives!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Friday is the big day!

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Today I am.........

Friday I'm.........

I am being induced Friday!!!! I am delivering at 37 weeks because my fluid has been low, so Dr thinks this is best. The baby is doing really well, and I got that lung development shot at 33 weeks- just in case I had to have her sooner. They are estimating her to be about 5 l/2 lbs.

I will post pictures, and email them to friends and family as soon as we get settled back home. Hope to be home by Monday. They keep you 36 hrs for regular delivery and 72 hrs for a c section.

I can't believe we are meeting our baby girl in 3 days!!!

Baby Animations

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Last weekend before the baby arrives!

We decided to take advantage of getting in one more movie trip before we have the baby. We saw The Dark Night. It was really good!

I just have one question for actor Nestor Carbonell- Why the heck would you wear eyeliner? You looked a bit silly! LOL!

We had Olive Garden for dinner- I got mixed grill, and JR got the tour. Yummmmmm!

Mixed Grill

Tour of Italy

I love the Andes Mints they give you at the end of your meal. Our waiter gave us 2 when he delivered the check. Then when he came back he asked us if we would like another. I said sure! He came back with a handful for me. Score! :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fun tooth brush holders

I came across these while reading my latest issue of Parents Magazine.

If the thought of all the germs floating around the bathroom that land on your toothbrushes gross you out- check out these neat little guys. It suctions to your mirror and snaps open and shut at the touch of the brush. Side vents keep the bristles dry, to prevent bacterial growth. They are great for travel cases for sleep overs or family trips too. Prices range from $4 to $7.

Here are some of the holders available. They have a huge selection on the website.