Monday, August 25, 2008

Smiley Baby

I had to share this picture of my very happy little Luke (@ 11 days old). He is always wide eyed & smiling. He's been a smiler from day one--and nothing anybody says could convince me that it's from gas.

Thursday, August 21, 2008


This morning Lance woke up really early, & since my mom was sleeping on the living room couch I decided to put Lance in the room with me & Luke & just let him play without waking anyone else. He was into everything & being a turkey, so I tried to put him in bed with me which just made him scream. Then this scary thing came into the room to help me out...

It seems my mom fell asleep with wet hair--although how it ended up like this? I got quite a laugh & thought I'd bring some laughter to your day, too. :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Baby Luke's Arrival

I'm finally getting around to blogging the wonderful arrival of Luke Garrett Shelley. It's been so great to have this little one here finally--9 months is forever when you're pregnant. Lance is such a cute big brother. Luke gets so many hugs & kisses from him, & Lance is so gentle with his tiny baby brother.

As my sister already said, we welcomed Luke into the world last Wednesday. I had gone into the hospital for a blood pressure check & some tests (on the insistence of my mom & sisters), & was admitted when the tests showed I had pre-eclampsia. The doc said we could either do a c-section or start inducing labor, but he said an induction wasn't favorable. I hadn't wanted another c-section, so I didn't like this news. David wasn't with me, & I was pretty emotional about the whole thing, but David's mom helped me decide that a c-section really was the best choice. David wasn't able to come down until Friday, & we were told the c-section would happen immediately. David's mom was with me & she suited up for the fun. I have such a wonderful mother-in-law--and doesn't she look wonderful in her scrubs?

David's mom, Grandma Ruth Ann

Of course I bawled like a baby when I heard Luke cry for the first time. And I couldn't wait for David to get here, so he could share the excitement. But his arrival was delayed because he needed to find us a place to live in Rexburg before he came to see us (all rentals were going fast since the college students were getting back to town). It was so great for all of us when Daddy finally got here & met Luke for the first time. I'll never get tired of watching David with his boys. He's such a wonderful daddy.

I am so extremely blessed with two beautiful boys & a wonderfully amazing husband. My parents & sisters & David's parents are taking such great care of me, & I'm thankful for that. But I can't wait to get to Rexburg & be with David.

My dad, Grandpa Russell

My mom, Grandma DeAnn

Just some pics

This is King Lance in his chariot. Every time we're at Grandma & Grandpa's house, Lance finds all "his" balls & puts them in "his" wheelbarrow. He then makes Grandma & Grandpa take turns pushing him around the yard.

Lance has had lots of fun with cousin Kendra for the past 2 weeks. They've been great buddies & partners in crime. Lance has been teaching Kendra how to drive cars all over the walls & make lots of noise. Kendra is teaching him how to crawl. So he follows her around on his hands & knees. What a good pupil he is.

Lance loved spending time with Daddy the past two weekends (and Mommy loved it too). He was his dad's shadow--like always.

This is Lance holding Kendra. She wasn't too thrilled about being held, but he thought he was so big.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Last night, 8/13/08, around 8:30 pm Luke (?) Shelley was welcomed into the world by Mommy & Grandma Ruthann. He weighed in at 8 lbs 11 oz and 21 inches long. He's truly beautiful with dark hair and a little darker skin than Lance but looks just like his big bro! Rachel & baby are doing great and Luke is patiently waiting to meet his Daddy.

BTW - this is her designated blogger, Crystal, again. I had the pleasure of staying the night with her last night and it was so exciting. David is driving down right now and the anticipation is killing him. Lance of course is thrilled. When he first seen little Luke his behavior changed instantly from a busy rambunctious boy to a gentle and protective big brother.

We all are so thankful that he is finally here and that he's healthy. Congratulations!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Since Kelli is doing it...

Anyone who wants to play...This is Fun!

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember--it can be funny, weird, awkward, random, etc.!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Not Yet

So I'm still prego! I saw my doc Wednesday & was informed that we would wait another week (which would be my due date) to decide if I would be induced. Talk about hopes being shattered. David was on his way home to see us & be here for the delivery. But I was so glad to be able to see him anyway. And I guess this way we got to spend all of our time with him outside of the hospital.

Lance was beyond happy to see & play with his daddy. He was David's shadow, & Daddy was so happy to be with his boy. It was so hard to watch David leave today, & Lance had a hard time going to sleep since Daddy was suddenly gone again. I'm so ready to have a baby & be able to go be with my hubby again. At least now the separation will be shorter until we see him again.

And maybe we'll have a baby sometime this week or I'll be induced on Friday. Just maybe...if only...please, please, please.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Dots for Dinner

Tonight my gourmet mother cooked up some Dots for dinner. I really don't love dots (but they are candy & we all know I can't pass on candy), but my mom insisted I try one after she warmed it in the microwave. Yes, you're reading this right--microwaved Dots. She put them in the microwave to soften them, but of course then we had hot Dots...gross. I didn't like them any better after she cooked them. But she liked the liquid centers after microwaving them for too long. Now we know how to make Gushers. :)

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Just about time

This is me trying to suck in & look thinner. Is it working? :) I'm now 2 weeks away from my due date. And it looks like the docs going to start me on Friday (if nothing happens between now & then).

David gets to come see us on Wednesday or Thursday. Yippeeeee!!! Lance & I have missed him terribly--it's been over 5 weeks since we've seen him. But Lance loves to talk to his daddy on the phone. He'll talk for as long as we'll let him, & he yells at me if I try to take the phone back. Today when I told him to tell Daddy goodbye & give me the phone, he said "bye bye" & then hung it up. Then he yelled at me for making him say goodbye. What a stinker.

Talk about some big fat feet! My mom calls me Shrek--how nice. But since these pictures were taken my mother-in-law took pity on my "Shrek" feet & gave me a pedicure--so now at least my toenails are pretty. I'm going to brag now & say that my mother-in-law is better than yours. :)