Saturday, September 27, 2008

Good Intentions

I apologize to all of you who have been waiting for more pictures of Mackenzie. Let's just say we've been a little busy this past week! :) We survived our first week at home thanks to my wonderful mom who stayed with us and got very liitle sleep and still managed to clean house, do laundry and change lots of diapers! Next week's helpers will be my aunt and mother-in-law. After that, I'll be on my own during the day. To borrow a phrase from Gone with the Wind, "I won't think about that today, I'll think about that tomorrow."

Anyways, Mackenzie is doing well. She really only fusses when her diaper needs to be changed and she's hungry. She sleeps really well when we hold her, so the couch and recliner have become our friends. Enjoy the pics from Mackenzie's first 9 days.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Mackenzie Lauren Meyers

Mackenzie Lauren Meyers was born at 1:24pm on 9/18 (yesterday afternoon). She weighs 7lbs 6oz and is 19.5in. Both mom and baby are in good health and doing well. Two pictures attached and more to surely follow.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


I just wanted everyone to keep us in your prayers tomorrow. My c-section is scheduled for 12:30 and we are very excited. Brandon will be my blogger for the next few days posting pics while we are at the hospital. We'll do our best to let all of you know about our little girl as soon as we can.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Hurricane Ike Aftermath

So it's been a full 24 hours since Ike came through the Houston/Galveston area and Brandon and I agree that it's been a horrible weekend! Friday night we lost power off and on for about 3 hours until it finally went off for good about 10:45. Brandon and I played "Go Fish" and other card games by candle light until about 1:00 when we thought we'd try and get a little sleep before the heavy part of the storm moved in. That didn't last long because we went into Brandon's closet about 1:30. We knew the eye wasn't going to hit us until around 5:00, so we made a small bed and brought our radio, flashlight, water and food into the closet and bathroom.

The closet was not exactly comfortable, but I did manage to fall asleep from about 2 until 3:30. From about 4:00 until 6:30 it was pretty intense. The wind was blowing water in through 2 of our window sills and the back door, but thankfully, we never had a single window break.

About 8:00 I ventured out of the closet and fell asleep on the couch while the rest of the storm moved through. The sofa only brought about an hour of sleep, but atleast I felt a little rested. Since it was still raining outside, we stayed inside the remainder of the morning and finally fell asleep again from about 1-4:30 - that's when the power came back on. Looking back it's kind of funny, because the power coming back on gave us a burst of energy. All of a sudden we put on our hats and shoes and got out of the house to check out the area and see if Brandon's office had any damage. For the most part we only saw shingle, tree and fence damage. A few building along Hwy 6 had some building damage, but overall, our area did really well from what we saw. Below are the pics we took while driving around.
The entrance to our neighbor hood - a few trees down.

This is the main street in our neighborhood - mainly a lot of leaves on the ground.

Driving down Highway 6.

Tree down in front of the Kroger on West Road.

After our drive we went home and enjoyed the air conditioning. We intended to clean up our house (inside and out) today, but this morning we had another rain storm and our roof leak turned into a bigger problem. Brandon was up from about 4-6:30 this morning sitting in the attic moving buckets under the hole, so that we don't have interior damage. My boss called this morning and said that our building in the Galleria area didn't have power, so I won't be going to work tomorrow. We'll see about Tuesday, which is supposed to be my last day of work before my maternity leave. It looks like I might end up with a few extra days of leave than I intended. Sorry for rambling on about our last 24-48 hours, but maybe some of you stuck with it. :)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

We're safe!

18 hours with no power
7 hours in a 5' x 8' closet
3-6 hours of sleep in the last 40 hours
1 roof leak
some water through windows and door

2 adults + 1 unborn child - safe and somewhat recovering from a very long night!

I'll post pics tomorrow!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Hurricane Ike and other news

So, as Brandon and I "hunker down" and prepare for the storm, we are doing all the things we want to do that require power! :) Brandon is playing video games and I'm playing on the computer. We have our IPod and portable DVD player charged up for after the storm if we lose power, along with crosswords and books. I guess we are assuming there will be no damage for us to fix and we'll be bored. Who really knows what we are thinking. We've prepared our little place in Brandon's closet if the wind gets too bad and we'll add blankets and misc stuff as the storm gets closer. I have all kinds of food and water or as Brandon put it, "enough food to feed a small army". In my defense I went to the grocery store Wednesday also thinking about what kinds of food/snacks we would need after Mackenzie arrives.

On that note, I'll update everyone and say that Mackenzie of course did not flip this past week and we are officially scheduled for a c-section on Thursday. We are hoping she'll stay put until then and especially for the next couple of days during Hurricane Ike and his aftermath. I know if she does decide to come the hospital would have power and they would still be able to deliver her, but all of my family has evacuated and it would be sad if they couldn't be here. My friend reminded me that major events in mine and Brandon's lives revolve around storms. Now really it's only 2 major events, but still. For those that don't know, Brandon and I were married during Tropical Storm Allison in 2001, which made for a very interesting wedding story. Who knew that 7 years later when we decided to have a child, another storm would come and threaten the big day!

I pray that the storm comes and goes with little damage to the city and that lives/routines will be somewhat back to normal by the time Thursday comes around. For anyone reading this blog, please say a special prayer for everyone in the Houston/Galveston area, but also for my family and their homes. I know that God will provide and we shouldn't get caught up in all of our belongings and worldly items, but my family lives in Friendswood, League City and Alvin (all about 30 miles from Galveston) and I'm concerned for the flooding of their homes. I pray that my families homes/belongings/memories are not lost in this storm and they come back to minimal damage. I also hope/pray that all of you here in the city stay safe and that this storm will be another memory that we can all look back on say it turned out ok (like my wedding story during TS Allison).

Monday, September 8, 2008

Crafty Woman

On Friday night we received a box of goodies for Mackenzie from a dear friend of the family. Before I tell/show you what was inside, I must tell you about our friend. My family and I attended church for years with a woman in League City and when I was in high school, her and her husband moved to College Station. We all missed her very much and whenever we were in that area, we would stop by and say "howdy". When I went to A&M, she became a grandmother away from home to me and any other college student that she had known in League city. During finals or on holidays, she would leave a bag of homemade goodies at the church building for each of us that were sooooo delicious. She is a joy to be around and so much fun to talk to. Several times I visited her house with the intent of only staying 30 minutes and before I knew it, it was 2 hours later! Besides the food and laughter, Nelda is one of the most crafty women I know. I believe she majored in Home Economics at Abiline Christian and I feel like she could make almost anything!

With that said when we received the box of goodies, I was so excited to see what she had made for Mackenzie. Everytime I pulled something out, Brandon would ask, "did she make that?" I'm 99% sure she made everything in the pictures! The pictures are great, but you have to see it in person to really appreciate the workmanship! I love all of it and cannot wait to use it once Mackenzie arrives! Enjoy the pics and if you want to know more about our amazing friend Nelda, Kim has a wonderful post that describes Nelda beautifully and gives just a glimpse of all the people she has touched through the years!

Bag of Goodies - Diaper bag, blanket, towel, bib and burp clothes

Diaper Bag - Mackenzie's colors of course!

Elephant blanket - folded

Elephant blanket - unfolded - How cute is that?!
P.S. My scanner isn't working, so I never could scan the ultrasound photo I promised. Everyone will just have to wait another 10 days to see a real picture of Mackenzie and her hair!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Baby Update

Today, Brandon and I went in for my 37 week appointment and ultrasound. I was sure that Mackenzie had been laying sideways across me with her butt on my right side and her head to my left, but it turns out she's sitting upright instead. Either one of those positions isn't great considering my due date is in 3 weeks and she's not head down yet. At this point, most babies are in the head down position and if they are not, they are most likely not going to flip. The doctor said that unless she turns by next Wednesday, I'll have a c-section on September 18th - TWO WEEKS FROM TOMORROW! It's amazing how in one doctor's visit everything can change. I'm not nervous about the c-section or anything, and since Brandon and I are planners, it's great to know when she'll arrive. BUT, it's also kind of weird to know when she'll arrive. The entire pregnancy it's just kind of been this range of dates of when we'd get to meet her. I even said this morning that we would be holding her 3-5 weeks from now. It's hard to imagine that now it's only 2 weeks away. I'm so excited and still a little in shock (but in a good way). The doctor said if she does turn by next week, she would probably want to enduce me soon after before Mackenzie changes her mind. If I were to go into labor before then, we would still do a c-section. Eitherway, Mackenzie will be here before her due date!

(Sorry to my family who had the delivery pool going. I think Courtney should win, since she was the only one nice enough to have me delivering early!)

On another note, the doctor said she could see Mackenzie's hair in the ultrasound. She said it might just be peach fuzz, but it's visible on the ultrasound, so that's cool. I'll try and post that picture tonight!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Church Shower and Belly Shot

Last Sunday, friends from church hosted a baby shower for me and I'm finally getting around to posting pictures. I had a wonderful time and received so many great gifts. I did laundry yesterday to wash all the blankets, bibs, burp cloths and clothes Mackenzie received. We are counting down the days until we get to meet her and use all of our wonderful gifts. Below are some picture from the shower. Enjoy!

Hostesses: Jodi, Tara, Erin & Jennifer

From left: Mother-in-law Cindy, "Momma", Me, my cousin Chloe, "Granny", & my aunt Rhonda

Granny, Chloe and Me

36 weeks pregnant
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