Sunday, March 27, 2011

Celebrating Reese and Matt

On Reese's actual birthday, mommy and daddy helped her open gifts from Aunt Diana, Nana and Poppy in Alaska and Great Grandmom Ryan. What we didn't know was that her "minor" cold was quickly turning into pneumonia that day which is the reason you see a shiny, runny nose in these pictures. Poor baby! It's been a solid two weeks of sickness between Reese and I that we are praying will end here shortly when her antibiotics are finished this Thursday. She's slowly becoming more of herself and her appetite seems to be returning. We're thankful for those answers to prayer!

First pair of big girl shoes!

Aunt Diana decorated my present with sweet messages all over.

My purple hat from Aunt Diana

The cutest shoes and a Fisher-Price clock from Nana and Poppy!

So big in my shoes...

Then to celebrate the March birthdays (of Matt and Reese) in the Mehringer family all 10 of us got together for some amazing Mexican food, presents, cupcakes and ice cream. We even went a little crazy with the birthday hats!

The big surprise this year involved Matt receiving an ipad for his birthday...we are very excited about this new toy in our home. Thank you to all our family who helped with this present. And a special thanks to Tad and Monika for their part in getting this for Matt!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy 1st Birthday, Reese!

Dearest Reese,

There are not enough words to describe the joy and elation that your dad and I felt the moment we laid eyes on you a year ago today. The very first things we noticed about you were your dark, thick hair and the cutest little dimple in your chin. As soon as the doctor handed you to me, I breathed a very big sigh of relief. You were here on the outside with us and no longer a curiosity or wonder but a very definite reality. Of course all those kicks and nudges I felt told me we were having a baby but no longer did I have to imagine you. You were the most beautiful newborn to me and having seen many, many babies I felt justified in my (maybe) biased opinion. 

You have taught me so many things in your short one year of life. I've learned to relax as a mom! Wow! Those first few weeks I felt as tight as a top trying to get everything right, making sure you were eating enough, sleeping when you should, weren't sleeping too much so that you'd sleep more at night and how to swaddle you so you wouldn't get out of your blanket. If I only knew that eventually you would might have taken a long time but you got there! I learned that when you put your baby on a schedule, they stick to that schedule and things like going to church and missing your naps will just be a little bit harder. I've learned that sound machines do wonders for apartment living, that blueberries REALLY stain, that fevers last about 3 days and not to call the pediatrician as soon as one spikes because he'll tell me the same thing, and I'm slowly learning that when you want to be held and loved on...the dishes, dusting, vacuuming, laundry or dinner will wait. 

Reesie girl, you have forever changed our lives! You made us a family and have brought so much laughter, life, energy and fun to our home. There have been hard times too but I know in those moments God was using them to cause me to cling to Him all the more dependently or to pray that much more earnestly. Daddy and I pray every day that you would know Christ as your Savior, that you would repent of your sin and understand that salvation is only through the work of Jesus Christ who died for you. We pray your heart would be tender and soft to His Word and that you would love Him all the days of your life.

And's a look back on your first year. Happy Birthday sweet Reese Lanae!

Love, Mama

My Birth day ~ March 21st
One month
Two months
Three months
Four months
Five months
Six months
Seven months
Eight months
Nine months
Ten months
Eleven months
1 Year ~March 21, 2011

More pictures of your birthday to come...

Thursday, March 3, 2011

An Alaskan Summer

We made the choice about a month ago after an incredible offer from our friend Judi Davidson to spend about 6 weeks in my hometown for the summer. You Alaskans know just by seeing Judi's name what that means. For the rest of my friends...we will (Lord willing and everything continues to go smoothly as it has) be delivering Allie at this amazing place, MatSu Midwifery.

It was a long deliberated decision. One we wanted to carefully pray through, determine if this was the best way for our family to have this second baby and whether we could actually leave California for so long with Matt's job. If I was due any other time of the year this would be impossible but since Matt has the summers off and there is plenty of time before and after my due date, it seemed that it would be the most ideal time to deliver this way. For now all of my appointments are at the local doctor's office but starting June 18th or so, we will head north and be in the wonderful care of the midwives. 

The whole process of birth makes me swallow hard. It's not easy to have a smile on my face when thinking about going through this again. Having Reese was the hardest thing I've ever gone through but knowing I will be in such wonderful care and with ladies I know and trust makes this looming event a lot easier to anticipate.

Another added bonus about birthing in my home state is all the time we will have to live with my family. I am so excited about this just because of how much they miss out on as Reese grows. To have that quality time together will be memories I know we will cherish for years to come.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

It's A...


This news completely surprised and shocked us! In fact, Matt was so surprised he asked the tech to say it again. I then asked...Are you sure?!? Can you check 2 or 3 more times? This little girl had us completely fooled! A very different pregnancy, carrying higher and lots of stronger kicks then I ever felt with Reese this early all pointed to blue in our minds. But we really couldn't be happier. I felt like I was in shock all evening. Other than being overjoyed for a sister for Reese, we really feel that the Lord has shown us kindness just in providing for us even in our baby's gender. We are thankful to have everything we need for another girl. My mother-in-love Missy even found us a double stroller that is almost like new from a garage sale down the street. It's exactly what I would have been looking for had we shopped for one. 

Back to our appointment...we had a wonderful technician who spent a lot of time with us once she had all the pictures she needed and even showed us how to identify a girl. We believe everything checks out healthy and developing normally and if there is reason for concern they will let us know at our next doctor's appointment. She let us bring lots of pictures home and didn't seem to mind that there were 5 of us all together in the room. Matt's parents were able to join us for their first view of grandbaby #2. An extra delight to share it with them!

Our little alien girl. :)

The (4) of us right after we found out the news!

Her name:

Allie Joelle

Allie means "truth" while Joelle means "the Lord is willing". We don't usually choose our children's names based on their meaning but I especially love this one. We pray daily that our girls will walk in truth and come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior at an early age. While everything else in this life is unpredictable, untrustworthy and at times misleading, Our God is the God of truth! The meaning of her middle name makes me smile...we really weren't expecting this precious little one so soon but the Lord is willing and so graciously and kindly blessed us with her and goes before us as we trust Him. I want to remember this all the days of being Allie Joelle's mommy.

When we were in the car driving to our appointment I video taped Matt asking him what he thought we were having. His response: I think we're having a boy but I would be very happy for an Allie girl. Afterwards I said, are going to be completely out-numbered now to which his reply was: "I'd be the happiest man alive if I was the dad to all girls!"

Thanks to all you dear friends who wrote a comment, prayed for our ultrasound or just stopped by to read our report. Our hearts are so full and blessed.