Eli was a scheduled C-Section, due to my first child being an emergency C-Section. He was 10lbs 12oz. His birth was pretty uneventful. I was nervous about the scheduled c-section, because I did not know what to expect. Since with my 1st epidural I was in really bad pain, I was a little scared about having an epidural with no pain. But my nurse was really sweet and it was really not a big deal then a few min later we heard him scream and he was here! He was too big for the dr to lay on my chest, so Wes held him.
First picture of the three of us
Mommy and Eli
Since Noah was only 16 months old at the time he did not come up to the hospital to meet him. He met him at home.
First meeting with little brother.
Now these guys are inseparable. And it makes me so happy
My first child, Noah was born at 32 weeks. He was 5lbs and 4oz. I remember standing in the kitchen the Monday after Superbowl looking at the clock on the coffee pot, thinking " I am having contractions". I told my husband when he got home from work and back then his mantra was "its all in your head" he was convinced that labor pains were made up and that if you were strong mentally, it would not hurt.
So we had dinner around 5:30 or 6, they were getting stronger, so I called the dr. They told me to drink some water & lay down. Call back in an hour if they were worse. So I laid down, got some water. I guess between the nurse not thinking I was having contractions and my husband thinking it was all in my head, I waited till midnight to call back. By this time I was crying. She said come in right away. So we packed up and went it. It was February, so it was cold out side. I had a short sleeve shirt on and turned the A/C on in the car. By this time my husband knew something weird was going on. I never freeze him out.
We got to the hospital and I was having contractions, I told the nurse I needed something for the pain. She thought it was odd I was in so much pain (I guess the contractions were not that bad) It turns out I my appendix was in the process of rupturing which was causing the contractions. It took them awhile to figure out what was going on, because when you are pregnant all of your organs move to different locations. At one point they thought it was a pancreatic attack, then a specialist came in and said no it was my appendix.
Noah was a good size for being two months early
He was in the NICU for 18 days. When he came home he was on oxygen and a sleep apenia machine for a little while .
On Chinese New Year, for the past two years, my step father has us over and fixes us a nice Chinese dinner. He is really good at it. So good infact that when his friends hear he is cooking, they come over. So this year was actually the year of the dragon, but the kids really like penguins, so my mom told them it was the year of the penguin.
My oldest son just turned 6. (What is going on?) We had a fun mad scientist party for his birthday. It was a hit!
Purpose: Noah Murdock’s 6th Birthday Party Hypothesis: Mad Scientist parties are more fun. Date:
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I put this in a word document and sent it to our local printing company. Very inexpensive invitations & he loved them, he thought they were so funny. Now its party time!
When the children arrived they each were given a lab coat (a white t-shirt cut down the middle) a radio-active science badge, a bow tie & safety goggles
Then it was time to do experiments. I had everything pre-measured, which made things so much easier.
We did 6 experiments.
The first was poloymer squares, or silly squares, we put the dehydrated silly squares in our test tubes and set them aside to look at, at the very end of the party. I also had some in a test tube that I had hydrated the night before so they could see how big they get.
Next we mixed our goo. I found some goo kits in Targets dollar bin. There are recipes for home made goo at Steve Spangler Science as well as tons of other cool ideas, the good just intimidated me for some reason, so I was glad to have a kit.
Insta Snow! This stuff is so cool. I had bought some around Christmas time & the kids love to play with it. I pre measured one scoop in each test tube, then the kids dumped it on to a plate & added the pre-measured water. They were amazed when it grew!
Lava Lamps. This one was my favorite. You have your test tube filled 3/4 of the way with cooking oil, then you fill the other 1/3 with water (oil and water were pre-measured so they just added to the test tube) Then each child adds food coloring. You talk about whats going on, why are the oil and water not mixing. Then each child had an alka seltzer broke into four pieces. You add one pieces at a time and it makes a lava lamp! So cool.
I thought we would finish the indoor science experiments with a messy one. Test tube volcanos
Each test tube was pre-filled with colored vinegar, we gave each child a plate and had them hold the test tube over the plate as they added the baking soda. Lots of "cool" and "wows!" were heard. Then we all washed our hands and headed out side for the BIG grand finally.
Mentos and Coke
I should have had several bottles of diet coke and mentos for this. After this one the kids started yelling "do it again! do it again!" But we couldn't
I made his cake in the shape of a Volcano & cut out room for a cup (plastic) then we added dry ice and warm water. The kids thought this was so awesome! And it was easy to make.