Sunday, October 30, 2011
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After changing their minds several times, Caden and Vance finally decided on a Halloween costume. Here are my ninjas:
Our ward decided to have the Trunk-or-Treat on the 21st, so, once again, we have nothing to do on Halloween. Maybe we will find someone's neighborhood to trick-or-treat in. The ward party was good-like a big family home evening. A long table was loaded up with several trays of sweet treats, the young women set up cute decorations, and the children ran circles around each other in the cultural hall for the first hour. A few people signed up to participate in the talent show, and then we headed to the parking lot for the trunk-or-treating. Tevye had stayed home with Danica, so I took the boys. I really enjoyed visiting with our ward family.
Posted by Dana at 1:54 PM
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Danica Jane Manchan
Born: October 10, 2011
She was nine days late, but well worth the wait. We are so happy to have Danica with us. Labor and delivery went quickly- we arrived at the hospital shortly after midnight, and she was born at 2:42AM. I think that she was born so fast because I was motivated by the pain and terrible heartburn to push her out as soon as possible. I am a strong advocate for drug-free deliveries, but they HURT A LOT! It is worth it, though. I was ready to come home later that day, but the pediatrician wanted her to stay until she ate a little more and pooped in her diaper. Apparently, Danica had a lot of amniotic fluid in her stomach, which kept her from wanting to eat. By the next morning, she was ready to come home.
She is a very sweet baby and cries only when hungry or getting her diaper changed. Smiles come easily to her. Caden and Vance are so good to her. Caden helps feed and burp her, and Vance brings over toys to "make her relax." I can't get them to change her diaper, though...ha ha! Tevye has been so helpful, and Danica adores him. I love sitting and snuggling with her. She is a lot tinier than I expected, but she has a healthy appetite.
I have recovered very quickly, which is good since Tevye was out of town last week. It feels so good to be able to move around and do things again. I was such a lump on the couch by the end of the pregnancy! Also, it is nice not to feel sick every day- not that I felt very sick, but I didn't feel 100%.
We want to say a big THANK YOU to Calee and my mom for helping with the boys when I was too big to do anything and when Danica was born!
Posted by Dana at 3:00 PM
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Posted by Dana at 4:55 PM
Mom didn't eat that big dessert by herself.
On September 23rd, my mom celebrated her birthday. We were supposed to gather for a birthday lunch the next day with my sister and sis-in-law, but they changed it to a surprise baby shower instead. Some of you know that I have been avoiding having a shower, simply because we have no room for any more things. So, I am grateful that they kept it to just us. The four of us had a really nice lunch, and I enjoyed spending time with Emilia and Kim, which I don't get to do often. I made sure that we sang "Happy Birthday" to Mom, since it was supposed to be all about her.
Kim supplied our daughter with a good amount of animal print.
The other day, my sweet friend, Katrina, called me up and told me that she wanted to throw me a shower. She is so kind. I requested that we make it a party without gifts, and she readily obliged me by making a note of it on the invitations. Well, my wonderful ward sisters wouldn't have any of that, and they so generously delivered. Thank you to everyone for your kindness!
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