Thursday, December 8, 2011

Been a while...

Yeah I know, its been a while since I updated the blog. We have definitely had some fun moments in the past few weeks...and some trying ones. But all in all, the little guy has been a really fun adventure so far. He's starting to settle into a bit of a routine now. He's down to 6 hearty feeds a day, holding strong with 3 good naps, and sleeping from about 8:30-3:30am just about every night. Recently, we transitioned Mr. Miles to his own room and packed up the pack n plan in our room. With the exception of last night and his first night in his room, he has done great! Mom and Dad aren't doing to bad with it either...though, it does help that we have a video monitor with night vision.

He is definitely a smiler, cooer (though no full out giggles yet, just squeals), and love to cheat on tummy time by rolling over. He's decided that he likes his small swing, but only when he gets to look at the Christmas tree lights. Miles still has most of his hair (mom's natural color) and bright blue eyes (where did those come from?). His first cold came and went, at the same time Ryan was out of town for work for 3 days. God bless Tylenol.

Here are some of the fun moments that we've had over the past few weeks:

4 generation photo at Gee-Gee's birthday celebration

Nana and Buddy-Ro came in for Thanksgiving to see their boy and to search for a house in Katy!

Another 4 generation pic (how lucky is this kid!) on Thanksgiving. I love this picture so much because Miles' Abuelita is rocking him in the same chair my great-grandmother (also called Abuelita) rocked every woman in this picture.

After Thanksgiving, Miles got to meet my dear friend Christy's son, Mr. Duncan! I can already tell these two are going to stir up trouble together. I love it!

Who doesn't love to see nekkid baby butt? Miles decided it was better to pee on Daddy rather than in his tub.

Finally, his two month picture with Big Brother Zap.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

1 month!

Thanks to Aunt Jan for the adorable stickers!

Things Miles can do: cry, poop, sleep for 3-4 hour, smile, coo, roll over from front to back, unemployed.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The big day

I got some requests wondering about how Miles' big day went down, so here goes. Because the last couple of weeks of pregnancy did not afford me the ability to demonstrate my most graceful personality traits and the fact that I wore flip flops to work the entire week before he was born, Ryan and I were contemplating scheduling an induction for Wednesday 9/28. So, I decided that the Friday before was my last day of work and I would work from home until the baby was born/smoked out.

The weekend before was filled with me scratching off items from my huge honey-do list whilst watching football. I believe this is called nesting. Touching up the paint in the nursery, WD40ing all the squeaky hinges, baby laundry, last minute run to babys R us, crying at the aggies 2nd half choke, etc. I also ate a ton of spicey food and walked around memorial park in efforts to move things a long since, according to my doctor, my baby had made no progress towards wanting to make an appearance.

Monday, I finished up some loose ends from work. My Fall semester started so I did a weeks worth of homework all in one day and gave my professor that I was going to probably have a baby that week. He was quite understanding. However, all of this was done whilst having a steady number of contractions. They were all like 12-15 minutes apart and pretty steadily annoying. Since I had been having contractions for the past few weeks, I didn't really pay attention to these. Ryan and I went out to eat for dinner around 8 and then made a last minute run to CVS for a few items. Here is a pic of the belly at CVS.

Around 4:45 am a contraction woke me up (again, this had already been happening for a couple of weeks so I didn't think anything of it) and I felt like I needed to make one of my many nightly pilgrimages to the bathroom. This is when my water broke. An incredibly weird situation. I called the doctor to let them know the situation so they could call ahead to the hospital, I took a shower, shaved my legs, dried my hair, took the dog to the boarders and checked into the hospital around 7am.

Once at the hospital, I toughed out the labor pains for a few hours. The truth is, I was terrified of getting an epidural. The thought of a needle in my back freaked me the hell out. I knew there would be a point where I would really want it, but I thought I would wait until I was uncomfortable enough where the needle in the back wouldn't bother me. So, I had some IV pain meds around 11 and 12. Around noon, I had the anesthesiologist paged. It was starting to get uncomfortable. Up until this point, my labor was progressing nicely on its own. From noon to 3, the baby apparently had a change of heart and decided to stall out at bit. I was then given drugs to help things "progress". Then things got really uncomfortable and the baby started to get himself into positions where the heart rate would slow down when it should have been speeding up. Kind of freaky when suddenly there are 5 people in your room flipping you from one side to another and hooking you up to oxygen. It was like they were trying to turn a whale. The face I'm making below is when they were guestimating I would be in labor for another 7-8 hours.

FINALLY around 8:45, they let me start pushing. A little less than 45 minutes later...BABY!

Has it really been 2.5 weeks?

Here are some pics from the past couple of weeks. Hopefully, this weekend, I'll get a shutterfly album started.
Zap is ever checking on his little brother and licking the back of his head to make sure he's not an imposter baby.

Yes I had a little fun with some of the clothes we got... I think he gets that sideways "what the hell do you think you're doing" look from his mother.

Miles hates baths. When he gets mad he instantly looks like an 85 year old man, adorable.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Miles Ryan Burton

Our bean sprouted into a 6lb 4oz, 18inch long beautiful baby boy Tuesday, 9/27 at 9:27pm! The labor was labor, nothing crazy and no complications. The St. Luke's nurses and the Baylor docs and residents were absolutely amazing with great senses of humor. We actually had a blast joking around with everyone through the whole process. Ryan was absolutely amazing and my rock the entire time. I'll post the entire story sometime this weekend or early next week.

Love this face.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

39 weeks

This is what BB looks like at 39 weeks.

This is what an Amazon delivery of diapers look like when mailmen throw packages over the fence.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I've always been a fan of the 80s

Thank you, for this.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Could we be any more spoiled???

I mean really. A couple of weeks after an amazing first shower, my wonderful coworkers threw me a fantastic work shower. We had a great turnout and I regret that I did not take more pics! In fact, this was the only one that we got. We got some great stuff and Sara (far right) made some amazing cookies and cupcakes that I stuffed my face on.

Then, the next day, (from left to right) Aunts Jan, Karen, Kathy, and Amy threw together a fantastic shower for all the folks on those sides of my family. It was so great to see everyone and again, we were overwhelmed with amazing gifts for BB. Val and Christy drove down from Dallas, Jenn and sweet baby Sophie were in town from Japan, and the Burtons came down from El Paso!

After it was all said and done with, we had quite a bit of laundry, sorting, organizing, and fun playing with all BB's new stuff. It wore Zap out.

Monday, August 22, 2011

35 weeks y'all

This past weekend Ryan, Zap, and I signed up to get our pics taken by the wonderful Robyn Arouty. She does a fabulous service for local dog rescue organizations by running weekend specials and the proceeds go towards the designated rescue org. This weekend was benefiting the Lone Star Shih Tzu & Lhasa Apso Rescue group which is run by the lady who owns the boarding/doggie day care facility we take Zap to. So, we thought we'd sign up. Obviously, I'm not really into the whole maternity pic thing (as evidenced in the photo). But we thought this photo summed up the essence that is Ryan and Liz.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

33 weeks and baby shower!

33 weeks (last week)

We had our first baby shower this past weekend, hosted by my wonderful and dear friend (more like a sister) Nora and it was an absolute blast! Ryan and I cannot get over how blessed we are to have such amazing friends and family. It just blows our mind how excited everyone is about BB! I mean, why shouldn't everyone be excited right? Our kid is going to be a spoiled bucket of awesome.

For the weekend festivities, Ryan's cousin, Kyle, wife Amy and kiddo Konner, came in for the weekend and we had such a great time. Their baby is such a sweet and happy little boy. We think Zapato will take his role as big brother very seriously. He came running (RUNNING) into whichever room Konnor was in anytime he would start to cry.

3.5 generations

Me with the wonderful hostess, Nora.

Finally, we had our rocking chair repainted and reupholstered. This particular rocking chair rocked all three generations of women in the picture above. All rocked by my great-grandmother.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Things that I want to say to people at work

1. I'm sorry, I thought this was the elevator. When did I walk into the "let's talk about my cervix room"? And who the hell are you? I've never seen you before in my life.

2. Yes, I know you're a doctor. You are probably awesome at what you do because you work here. Please don't tell me about your pregnant cancer stricken patients. Do they offer social skills in your continuing medical education requirements? They should.

3. I am allowed 250mg of caffeine a day. Back. The. Hell. Off.

4. Perhaps you misunderstood me. I asked "is the drug company providing lunch for this meeting" not "please tell me about your vaginal tearing from your son's birth 5 years ago". I can understand how they sound the same and no, I'm no longer interested in who's providing lunch.

5. Yes, I have gotten big. I'm growing a human. This is what tends to happen. However, I fail to see how I've gotten SO MUCH bigger from yesterday when you said the same thing. Again. For the 30th consecutive day. I don't say that about your ass do I? No. I didn't think so.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

What the heck?

For the most part, our little dog is awesome. During the day he has free reign of the house. We can honestly count on one hand how many issues we've had with him while we've been gone. One day, he decided to climb on the kitchen table and destroy a Costco box of instant oatmeal (sticky and messy). Another day he decided that the chaise pillow had it out for him and he proceeded to disembowel the darn thing. Today, apparently, he concluded that it is difficult to make a sandwich for tomorrow's lunch without thumbs.

Solution: to hell with ziploc bags!

Monday, August 8, 2011


One of my co-workers (who also has a great love for NYC) brought this back from her trip last week. Looooovvveee this! Can't wait to take BB to NYC!

Friday, August 5, 2011

32 weeks y'all

So this is what I look like at 32 weeks pregnant. It is also what I would look like if I were to have swallowed a beachball.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Count down

1 week-when my hellacious deadline at work is here and I can stop working 11 hour days
3.5 weeks- Finish summer school
8 weeks- give birth (holy moly)

baby stats: Wiggle worm, antsy pants, likes chocolate.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Zap's learning...slowly

What do you mean by "these aren't your toys"??

We have slowly, very slowly, been trying to teach our perfect pooch that things BB's room are not for him. When we are home, we leave the nursery door open and follow him downstairs to make sure he's not trying to ninja steal one of the toys. Sometimes, we won't even notice that he went downstairs, but we will hear him tear up the stairs, cut across the master bedroom carpet and dive under the bed Indiana Jones style with his new captive...the duck rattle (seen in the corner). For those of you who don't know this about our dog, under the bed is his secret lair where we will find tissue paper, mail, a shoe, a dead bug, a belt, and other things he knows are forbidden. It's like he thinks "if I can just make it under the bed, then their short arms cannot reach me MWHAHAHA".

So, now when we follow him downstairs, we let him approach the toys but say a stern "No, Leave it, Those are baby's toys" and then he just sits there and stares at us like this. Then we feel like we are neglectful parents. Then we wonder, good God, if we feel like this after telling our DOG no, we are in for some serious trouble when it comes to telling our kid no.

Monday, July 18, 2011

29 weeks and babymoon

Here is the belly at 29 weeks. There is lots and lots of movement from the baby, mostly in and around my right rib cage. I felt it have the hiccups for the first time which was a pretty weird feeling, but really awesome. Hard to believe I'm in my last trimester!

Ryan and I rented a beach condo in Destin (actually Miramar) for a few days last week. Sort of a last hoorah with just the two of us before the baby gets here. We had a day and a half of gorgeous weather and then we had to walk away from the wall of water you see in the background. Despite the rain, we had an amazing time just relaxing, watching movies (LIKE THE LAST HARRY POTTER OMG!!), and eating some great food.

Zap is still being Zap and hogging all things in the house, like the snoogle.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Adventures in creating the nursery Part 3

If you haven't already done so, read Part 1.

Then read Part 2.

Then read the rest!

So after an a/c-less night + 3 fans from walmart and a lot of popsicles, we called the a/c guy bright and early 4th of July morning to come out and fix our misadventure. Apparently, the stud finder found the small copper tube you see there in the pic. The nail found its way all the way through and the freon found itself freed from its confines. So, even though we weren't able to get fireworks on the 4th, there was a blowtorch in the nursery.

Next, we patched the hole, spackled, and textured the heck out of the wall and assembled the crib. Frank, Sharon and Justin were nice enough to stay an extra day beyond what they had planned to help out with the repairs and the completion of the chair rail.

The final result!

We are totally in love with the result!! It is obviously a little bare, but we have a couple months to add the finishing touches.

Thanks to the Burtons for coming in from El Paso and Austin to help out with the nursery!!!

Adventures in creating the nursery Part 2

Ok Burtons, lets get this chair rail cut! Mamma got a new saw!
Zap: I can't believe you're letting the pregnant one use the saw. I smell epic failure...

Obtuse angle trim cut WIN!

Nailing up the chair rail. So far so good.

Justin: Hey does this nail feel cold to you?
Frank: What's that noise? (pulls out nail)
Wall: hsssssssssssss (see frost below nail)
Ryan: Crap. That can't be good. LIZ TURN OFF THE A/C!!!!!!!

This little mishap set us back a day (without a/c).

Adventures in creating the nursery Part 1

Ok kids, lets get this party started...with taping everything.

Solve for x and y: It takes x Burtons y attempts to install a ceiling fan.

Dang Uncle Justin, you have some awesome painting skills!