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I can't believe we FINALLY have another child.  We were both TERRIFIED to have another child, after going through hell and back with was really hard not to (LITERALLY) panic when thinking about having another kid...but I am SO glad we did.  She has healed our hearts in ways nothing else in this world could.  We have a Baby Book that I made of Cole's 1st 18months of life...and my husband could NEVER bring his self to look at it.  It was too hard for him to see pictures of Cole before all Hell broke loose.  To us, that easy going, happy little boy that ALWAYS had a smile on his face & NEVER cried was taken from us over-night.  His WHOLE personality changed and when we see those pictures it makes our hearts break.  The day we got home with the husband asked to see pictures of Cole when he was a baby so he could compare the 2 kids.  That was the *FIRST* time he's EVER looked at that book.  This baby is JUST what we needed in our lives and we adore her!  

(The Delivery Story:)
The delivery went SO good.  I was dialed to a 2.5-3 for weeks and there was no sign of progression.  They offered to induce me a week before her due date...but I declined.  This is my own personal opinion...but I feel like it puts a lot of stress on the baby when getting induce, so I wanted her to come when she was ready.  Obviously if I passed her due date by 1-2 weeks, then I would have gotten induced. Anyways, her due date came and went...and FINALLY 3 days later I started having contractions at 3am (10 min apart).  By 4am I decided to jump in the shower (my husband thought I was crazy because we should be headed to the hospital).  By the time I got in the shower they started to increase and were 5 min apart. We called his parents to get Cole ready for school and onto the bus.  They got to our house at 5am, then I realized I couldn't find ANY of my flip flops (Cole has this obsession of taking shoes and throwing them behind the TV, in the washer, in boxes etc.  I didn't have one matching pair and I was yelling at the hubby to "FIND ME SOME NOWWW!!!", I found a pair, grabbed my bag and we were out the door!  I got checked into my room at 6am & was dialed to a 5...they asked how bad I was in pain...I said a "6" & they couldn't believe I wasn't in more pain. I got epidural shortly after, and was at a "9" an hour later.  They broke my water & prepped everything.  I started push but she was turned sideways, had a shoulder cord & my contractions were only 5min apart, so they had me push 4 TIMES for every contraction.  She finally made her arrival at 8am.  She was BEAUTIFUL and that first cry that you get to hear is the BEST SOUND IN THE WORLD!!!  Seriously, I think that is my favorite part about meeting my babies for the first time.



I can't believe Cole is 5 now!  He is a beautiful boy...and I'm so glad we got to celebrate his 5th birthday "low key"!

Cole NEVER gets sweets...and when I say NEVER...I mean ONLY on his birthday! He got a Sweet Tooth Fairy Cupcake (without the frosting...booo! I guess he has lame parents!).

We took him to a "fun center" to ride the carousel (his FAVE!)...we let him ride  3 rounds and he LOVED it, when it was time to get off...Crazy Cole came out & it was game over!

Some of his favorite things to do are:

Waits for Daddy to climb into bed with him (on the weekends) and while I'm "trying" to sleep...they take turns yelling "THAAAANKS"!  It's their "thing" they do, and if I try to do it, Cole yells & gets mad until I stop and then it's all giggles once daddy starts to say it again.

He yells "THAAAANKS" in daddy's face and laughs his head off!

He likes to make "tents" and his other FAVORITE thing to do is eat why not do them at the same time.  It was pretty cute cuz you could see a little hand poke out from under the blanket to sneek an apple.

He LOVES to go in his play room and slide down the slide...
and hide underneath!

He LOVES his teacher Miss. Tiffany & says "Go Cole" to her when he gets off the bus at school...he waits till she says it back and then giggles after!

He does "time out" now...he actually likes it...I'm not sure why...but he planks, hangs up side down & jabbers to his self while on time out!
LOVES it when daddy is home to get him off the bus!
and of course...teasing his dog! ...he sticks his fingers in her mouth so she will "nip" at him and says "oooowwee" over & over & over...each time he looks at us so we can acknowledge that he "got hurt".


This year we decided to skip going to Cleveland for his follow-up apt since I was going to be 8 months pregnant. We did his EEG here locally...and this was the longest period of time that he has gone without an EEG (one year!!!). And WOW...age sure makes a difference! This kid is VERY STRONG & VERY STUBBORN...and well, he was born a FIGHTER!!! The older he gets, the more people we need to hold him down.  Anyways, we got the results back from the local Neuro and he was SHOCKED that his EEG looked like a "normal" 5 year old child.  However, we didn't get him while he was sleeping...they need to see how his EEG looks while sleeping because it shows the "background activity" and can be very different from sleep to wake.  He no longer takes naps, so unless we do an overnight EEG, we won't know what his EEG looks like, but I was still happy with the results!

Cole also went to his first dentist apt...which the receptionist was so kind to tackle and hold Cole down for me since I was due to have a baby any day.  She had to sit/straddle him, just like we have to do EVERY TIME we brush his teeth!  I'm so glad I found an amazing dentist and wonderful employees who are SO VERY HELPFUL with Cole!!!  ...I had to post this picture because it's too funny...Cole is always messing around!


I'm so behind in my posts it's not even funny! ...but I do have a good excuse...we have a sweet little girl in our home now (which I will post about soon!). Cole has been falling asleep on daddy's lap for a few months now (thank goodness because being pregnant and climbing in & out of his bed, while trying to not let the bed squeak was kinda impossible! And my back was killing me!!! I can't even tell you how much this little boy loves his is a bunch of pics of Cole falling asleep on his dad...with random things in his hands! (which is a big deal for him to play/carry objects around!).
 a blanket.
a water bottle.
a lego.
another water bottle.
a football.
a phone.
another lego & his dog.
his jeans.

Cole didn't like that dad took his hand off of him, so he grabbed his hand to put it back on him.  He is EXTREMELY opinionated now!