Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy One Month Birthday Koala!

My tiny Koala is now a month old! My how the time has flown by...
We went and had professional pics taken of all 6 together just 2 days ago, but alas I do not have them in my hot little hands at this very moment, and I wanted to celebrate her One Month Birthday TODAY (you know ON the day, rather than 2 weeks later *wink*)
so here are some pics *I* took at home of my "little bird" Koala for her 
One Month Birthday
My beautiful baby girl

SUCH an incredibly EASY baby!

See looks at the world with VERY wide eyes as though she thinks she'll miss something!

my calm little sweetheart

in just a few short months she will outgrow
this cute polka-dot blanket Grama Electus got for her ;)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Giggle Kids Meet Newborn Cousin Caterpillar

We Giggles meet Tiny Baby Caterpillar for the first time!! Of course, our arrival prompts a game of pass the newborns! Caterpillar is an ADORABLE boy with a "Hero Chin" and dimples! :) Mama Platypus was AWESOME and looked fantastic less than 24 hours after his birth. I'm excited to see how well Caterpillar and Koala get along in the future as Ladybug and Monkey were also born less than a month apart and REALLY didn't like each other until very recently... But both Ladybug and Monkey have very forceful personalities and it seems that both Koala and Caterpillar are the opposite... VERY easy babies! Thanks be to the LORD! I needed another easy baby! :D ANYWAY! here are the pics!
Elated Mama Platypus holding my Koala
Proud Papa Mountain Goat
Platypus holding Baby Koala while I have Baby Caterpillar
Tortoise and Vixen in audience
Vixen is captivated by Caterpillar

Pass the Babies!
Platypus and I discuss the joys of childbirth
and the similarities and differences of our new babies
Hello Darlings
HA! I got a decent photo of you Lion!!
Baby Caterpillar seems to be fascinated with you. :)
Vixen LOVES Caterpillar!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Koala! Her Birth and First Weeks

Whew!! I'm not pregnant anymore!! My tiny, adorable, sweet, calm, wide-eyed, beautiful, darling daughter has arrived!! Koala joined our family at 10:04 pm on Tuesday November 30th, 2010. She was a tiny 7 pounds 10 ounces. Not my smallest baby - that was Tortoise at 7 pounds 2 ozs, but MUCH smaller than the other 4! Zebra was a whopping 9/13! - I tell ya! delivering a 7 pounder is easier by far! ;-) She was 21.25 inches and has black hair and DARK clear Blue Eyes. She's gorgeous ~ but I'm not biased or anything!
Lion holding me through a contraction...

             Our 5th Home-Birth went off without a hitch... if you ignore that my Mom Eclectus was unable to make it (oh she tried!! she left my home state Tuesday morning and BOOGIED for 13 hours straight to get here on time, but missed the birth by a scant 2 hours *frown*). And Lemur was sick so was also unable to help as a birth assistant to Stork, but Stork had help in the form of a midwife-in-training (who will not receive a zoo name), who was pretty awesome :)
Me meeting Gorgeous Koala for the first time :)
My Beautiful Koala - just 1 hour old
My Mom Eclectus meets Koala. She is 2 hours old here.
          The next morning, Koala's brothers and sisters got to meet her for the first time....
Here she is!! Your new baby sister!

Vixen is a Big Sister!! And she LOVES it!! ~ I know this picture doesn't LOOK like she loves being a big sister, but she NEVER misses an opportunity to kiss Koala and ALWAYS wants to help by throwing out her diapers. :)
Hello Baby Sister!
Silly Monkey got to hold her "All By Myself!"
Zebra was fascinated by yet another baby sister :)

Biggest Brother Elephant holds Tiniest Sister Koala
Tortoise LOVES her sister on sight!

           Koala's first week was a bit trying as she developed a pretty severe case of newborn jaundice (both Tortoise and Zebra had it as well - both required bili-lights). After 5 days and nights under Stork's Bili-lights (thank God we were able to have them at home!! - unfortunately the lights had the added side-effect of migraines for Mama, but we dealt as best we could. Lion and Grama Eclectus were awesome taking care of me and helping give me a break holding tiny girl for a few hours at a time under the lights. You guys ROCK!)...
Koala under the Bili-lights - the mask is to protect her eyes
Stork finally pronounced her well enough to forgo more lights and get some clothes on :)

  Other happenings the first few weeks...
Koala learns she CAN sleep on her own.
We all marvel at Koala's Itty Bitty Little adorable feet. :)

She gets her First Bath - yes I know my hand is in the way - but you can see her eyes!
Nap Time! ~ Check out that HAIR!
Pretty Profile

First Car Ride ~ yes we went to Walmart :/
Great Grampa Badger Meets Koala
        All-in-all a WONDERFUL 3 weeks! 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Busy Busy Busy

Where oh where to begin! 

     So much has been going on! I spent 3 weeks feeling really really bad (so bad that my Mom flew in from my home state to help take care of me and the kids - we seriously thought I'd end up in the hospital with the crazy symptoms I was having, and the severe lethargy that is completely unlike me in the 3rd trimester or pregnancy). After many many blood tests, ultrasounds (of organs and baby - hence the new ultrasound pics posted recently), and doctor visits, with no real diagnosis, I finally started feeling better all on my own. Really though, wouldn't it have been easier, and nicer!!, to have given my some antibiotics to clear up whatever infection I had. It WAS determined I had an infection of some sort as my white blood cell count was elevated, I was jaundiced, was throwing ketones, couldn't stay awake for more than 3 hours at a time, and my hands itched so badly that they developed a rash, swelled to twice their normal size, and were quite painful to touch (it's been weeks and they are still recovering from whatever had them all messed up). Despite the fact that the doctors KNEW I had an infection that was not clearing up in "the normal amount of time" they would not prescribe medication to ease any of the symptoms or make me feel better in any way. I just don't get it... aren't they supposed to want to help?! Or is society in general so worried about lawsuits and malpractice that a doctor can't help?? *sigh* anyway, it's over now. My mom took me to the local health food store and got loads of herbal treatments for infections and such and then took me home to sleep. :) Love my mom! The meds tasted awful but they DID seem to help, and being able to sleep when I needed to and not have to worry about who was taking care of all the kids was a tremendous help! THANK YOU MOM!
        Next!! The Fox Enclosure has arrived!!! Darling Lion flew to my home state to pick up our friends, help them finish packing up, and help drive the UHaul home to Giggle's Zoo. 
The Fox Enclosure (all Fox names are temporary):
Fox - Lion's best-bud buddy from the Military
Kitsune- Fox's Wife
Red Fox- Fox and Kitsune's little boy
Kit Fox- Fox and Kitsune's unborn baby girl
They lived with us for a couple weeks and then found a place not so far away to get the heck away from the craziness of Giggle's Zoo. Not that I blame them... I wouldn't have wanted to live in the spare room - with no furniture (very little privacy), and a toilet that clogs almost every time it's used (and they shared that bathroom with ALL the Giggle Zoo kids)!! YIKES! I really enjoyed Kitsune's company and she was an awesome help in the kitchen!! Tortoise got spoiled cause Kitsune kept doing her kitchen chores for her, and had a rude awakening when they moved out and she was responsible for them once again! Little Red Fox is going to school with our Zebra, and seems to enjoy it. Kitsune is pregnant with a little girl and due in February -- SO EXCITED to meet little Kit Fox!! Fox is working with Lion currently, but after the birth of little Kit Fox will be leaving for Army training... and leaving Kitsune, Kit Fox and Red Fox here until he receives orders for their permanent duty assignment. Hopefully I will get to spend a lot of time with Kitsune, I really REALLY enjoy her company and it's SO nice to have a friend! -- that sounds a bit pathetic! LOL
           What else.... hmmm... am now almost 36 weeks with little Koala! She's not as big as some of the other babies have been (considering Zebra was 9 pounds 13 oz at 2 weeks early, that's NOT a bad thing!!), and is doing GREAT. She really hates the sonogram though... poor Stork has to chase her around my belly to get a heartbeat, and even then she only holds still for a few seconds... funny that, considering she's not nearly as active as Vixen and Monkey were! She's just more forceful when she IS active! Lion was commenting just last night how she looked like she was "kicking the crap out of me" LOL. If I set my laptop on my belly while she's kickin it literally JUMPS off my belly! -- 
         I wonder what she will look like?? Obviously we KNOW she's a beauty! :) but will she look like big sisters Tortoise and Vixen? Or like our Zebra? I KNOW I'm not *supposed* to have a preference, but I'd SO LOVE IT if she looked more like Zebra! Or maybe a redhead this time around?!! Certainly there's precedent for a redheaded baby! Both my Grandmothers AND Meerkat (Lion's Mom) are natural redheads... surely ONE of our babies will have red hair. I still dream of a black haired green eyed baby, so maybe little Koala will have black hair and GREEN eyes? *sigh* won't be long till we find out! If "tradition" holds out she'll make her appearance sometime between December 5th and the 10th (my due date is December 19th, but ALL 5 of Koala's brothers and sisters were born within 5 days after 38 weeks). Unfortunately, Lion's college finals are the 6th- 10th!! YIKES So I'm going to see what I can do to get her to want to come on the 4th or the 5th. *wink* anytime AFTER Thanksgiving is great for me! 
       We're having family Thanksgiving HERE at Giggle's Zoo this year!! The body count is 32 so far!! AHHHH! This is gonna be fun! Seriously! I am SO looking forward to it! I'm making a ham, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, homemade bread, monkey bread, and ohhh geez I've forgotten what else!! I've got a list somewhere! I'm sure I'll post TONS of pictures after!
        Tortoise AND Vixen's Birthday is ON Thanksgiving this year!! I can't believe my Tortoise is turning 10! And my baby Vixen is turning 2! Where does the time go? So we're having a dual birthday party on the Sunday after Thanksgiving (so I can get their gifts on Black Friday Sales!). 
        I'm also taking a Wilton Cake Decorating Class at Michael's this month!!! THANKS Meerkat for the classes!! The first week was how to make icing - how to thin icing, etc... SOME of which I already knew - but the thinning the icing part was illuminating! The second Week we brought an 8 inch cake and icing to class, then layered, filled, and iced it via Dimensional Icing! Pretty cool! I finally figured out how to get icing to smooth out cleanly onto a cake with a minimum of fuss (knowing how to thin the icing was key - that was a Duh Mama Roo You're an Idiot for Not Knowing That moment! :) but I was pretty pleased with the results (other than the freakin cake crumbs in the icing!!! - apparently a side effect of chocolate cake - difficult to keep the crumbs out of it). Next week we are bringing cupcakes and learning how to make flowers!! I'm super excited!
         *sigh* I think that catches everything up. Here's a synopsis of how crazy the next month will be:
Next Thursday (less than a week away) - Thanksgiving and 32 people in my house!!
Friday - Black Friday Christmas Shopping
Sunday - Tortoise's 10th and Vixen's 2nd Birthday party
around the 1st of December - My Mom arrives for Birth of Koala
sometime between Dec 5th and 10th: Birth Day for Koala!!!
Sometime between Koala's Birth Day and Christmas: Caterpillar's Birth Day (Platypus's midwife is thinking on inducing the first or second week of December)
Then My Family arrives from my home state for Christmas
New Years's!! -- and extended Family Christmas!
WHEW!! then we get to settle down for a little bit!

And as promised!! Here are the Family Portraits Penguin took!!


Friday, November 5, 2010

New Ultrasound Pics!!

              Yes, yes, I DO realize how long it's been since I blogged... and a LOT has happened in that time, so there will be a long post (maybe Monday or Tuesday) on the Giggle Zoo goings-on... from the Fox Enclosure, the finishing of editing of the Giggle Zoo Family Portraits, a visit from my Mom (Eclectus) and the reasons for these pictures being available, the Nursery being (almost) finished, and (as of this Sunday) Diaper Party fun. Anyway!! I wanted to post these ultrasound pics of my darling Koala.. she is doing AWESOME, right on track for development, and only 1 day over due date for size :) only about 4 more weeks to go!! 

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Things I Love About Having Kids

None of us lack for a hand to hold.
My hands are rarely ever idle.
 I rarely feel Lonely.
So Many Beautiful Pictures!
Knowing that one day those pictures will bring back so many beautiful memories.
 Watching Tortoise and Elephant reading to Zebra, Monkey, and Vixen.
Seeing an older brother or sister helping a younger one without being asked.
Seeing knowledge bloom in their eyes 
and knowing that they just learned something new.
Seeing the world through their eyes.
They make me be a better person, simply by BEING.
Knowing that God trusts me to take care of these little bodies and glowing souls.
Always having someone available to “help” me make cookies 
– and eat them.
How they already love their unborn baby sister.
Never run out of reasons to get a Blizzard.

Christmas! Really, any Holiday! 
They're ever so much more fun with kids!
Listening to them playing happily together puts joy in my heart.

Seeing the joy on their faces when I tell them tales of “when they were little” 
like they’re already all grown up.
Knowing that their kids will enjoy the same stories.
I get to watch Spongebob without feeling like an idiot.
 Getting to swing on the swingset and not look like feel like an idiot.

There’s never a lack of someone who needs, or is willing to give, a hug
Watching my wonderful husband in Daddy-mode. 
Seeing such an amazing display of so many different personalities living together 
and not going crazy
-- there is some debate on whether or not we already ARE crazy though!

All these little people that look somewhat like me but act so very different. 

Holding my newborn baby and realizing that there never has been 
nor ever will there be 
another person quite like the tiny person I have in my arms.
And Knowing that oh-so-very-soon, my newborn won't be a newborn anymore.
The feeling of an unborn baby kicking. 
So many tiny clothes (I really lament this one when it’s time for laundry).
Baby Shoes and socks. They’re SO CUTE 
Bedtime stories

 AND Eventually – GRANDBABIES!! 
and I bet, a whole BUNCH of ‘em too!

Time to Give Credit Where Credit Is Due: Credit to Aunt Penguin aka Aunt Faith for taking all the pictures!! AWESOME job! *I* edited these but on her website are some of these same pictures with HER edits, and she's awesome!