Friday, January 30, 2009

Sylas the Scholar

Our little scholar, delving into the more important things in life.


By the way, I loved loved loved reading your comments on "What's in a Name." So many of you have come up with unique and beautiful names, and some of you have brought me to tears by the way you've honored your loved ones through your children's names. Incredible!

As for the comment from Myself, I'm dying to know your intriguing French name that starts with a "J." I've read through your comment multiple times thinking I may have missed it, but it's still a mystery. Please, enlighten us.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

What's in a Name?

I believe that names have great significance in shaping a person and I thought you'd like to know how we came up with Ivy's.

Ivy's middle name was actually decided upon before we were settled on a first name. When we were pregnant with the sextuplets, we wanted each of their middle names to in some way honor a person who has had great impact on our lives. Of course we wanted to continue this tradition and both Ryan and I felt strongly that our next child should be named after the sextuplets. The dilemma was to come up with a name that would honor all the babies and not just one. Before long we settled on the name Pearl, which is the birthstone for June, the month the babies were born.

Ryan and I started liking the name Ivy after watching M. Night Shyamalan's The Village. We saw it while we were dating and both of us fell in love with the character of Ivy. She's a beautiful young woman who lost her sight at a young age, but her lack of vision didn't stop her from seeing wonder and possibility when others saw only obstacles. If you haven't seen the movie, I highly recommend it.

Ok, now it's your turn. Since I'm such a lover of names (I think I would have had great fun naming all of the animals at Creation), I'd love to hear the meaning/significance of your name or your children's names.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

18 Months...A Letter to my Daughter Lucia

My darling Lucia Rae, 18 months have gone by, but still I miss you every day. How can I not miss you? You are my first born, the daughter of my dreams. I miss so many things we could be doing now, like cuddling and playing with dollies. I also mourn for the things we would be doing in the days to come.Things like shopping, talking about boys, watching you fall in love and someday helping you pick out your wedding dress. Still, amidst my grief, I celebrate the things I was able to do with you during your beautiful 42 days on this earth. I will always remember giving you your first bath, reading you your first book and holding your sweet little body for the first time. I miss you, little LuLuBug, and I long for the day when we are together again.


Baby Lu*
by Daddy

Sunbeam, shining down while you daydream
Don't you know that the sun dreams
To shine warm and beautiful as you

Jealous Moon, reflection so true
Wishes she could reflect God
As beautifully as you

Beautiful Baby Lu

Diamond sky, watching over the world at night
Can't take my breath away
Like the diamonds in your eyes

You light up my life
You make my day bright
You are my beautiful light

Beautiful Baby Lu

*Lucia is an Italian name (pronounced Lu-sha) meaning light, and Ryan wrote this song a few weeks before our lovely Lucia passed away.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Home Sweet Home

Our little Ivy picked a very snowy day to come home. I'm not sure how many inches fell, but whatever the number, it made for a very slow commute home, which made for a very late daddy, which made us very late to pick up Ivy. We finally arrived at about 7 p.m. and Ivy was already saying her goodbyes to the nurses.

Sylas was waiting in the hallway to meet his sister for the first time. He was getting rather restless, as Ivy had already perfected the Minnesota goodbye and she was taking longer than he expected.

Mommy finally brought baby sister out of the nursery.

Sylas took a good look, and....

she's perfection!

The four of us braved the frozen tundra and made it home safe and sound just in time for a little snack.

Ahhh...home sweet home.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Today's the Day

Ivy is coming home today! She's eating like a little piglet and her bilrubin count went down, so tonight our family is going to sleep under one roof. Ahhh...sweet relief. This has been a very long week. Thanks for praying for her. I'll post her homecoming pics as soon as I can.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Friday, January 9, 2009

Ivy's Birth

My baby is here! I'm spending a few minutes away from sweet Ivy at the moment so she can spend some time relaxing on her photo therapy bed. More on that in a minute. First let me start from the beginning....

It all began Saturday afternoon when I had the first meeting with my new doula. She recommended that I buy an exercise ball so that I could work on getting Ivy in the proper position to be born. Like a good patient I went to Target that very night and bought a bright blue exercise ball (which Sylas LOVES). The next day (Sunday) I had to go to work at 5 p.m., but before leaving I sat on the ball with Sylas for about 20 minutes watching the new John Mayer DVD, "Where the Light Is." For some reason that child will only watch about 30 seconds of a Baby Einstein or Dr. Seuss DVD, but let him watch Steve Jordan play the drums and life is good. I arrived at work at 5 o'clock and everything was business as usual until about 6:30 when I had a contraction that was a whole new experience. I had been contracting off and on for about 6 weeks, but this one felt different and this one REALLY HURT. Still, I didn't think anything of it, since I had already cried wolf a few times at work, and the contractions always went away. I continued working, cleaning toilets, waiting on customers, but having to squat down to wipe the fridge or perform some other inane task every six minutes or so in order to look busy and not let anyone know that I was DYING!!! Our store was closing at 9 p.m. and being as stubborn as I am, I was determined to perform all my duties and leave my co-worker none the wiser. I guess little Miss Ivy is more stubborn than her mama because by 9 my contractions were every 2 minutes and I was practically on the floor. In between contractions and trying to sweep the backroom, I called Ryan and told him that I thought this was the real thing and that I probably shouldn't drive myself home. So, as soon as we hung up, Ryan called his mom to come be with Sylas and I asked my co-worker if it would be an inconvenience for her to drive me to the hospital. She immediately sprung into action and whisked me out the door. I now realize that I never punched out, so I'm wondering if I'm still getting paid. Hmmm...that would be nice. We arrived at the hospital at about 10 p.m. and I guess sitting on that exercise ball did the trick, because I was already dilated to 4 and Ivy was in the perfect position to be born. Ryan still wasn't at the hospital, so the 30 seconds that I had between contractions were spent on the phone talking with him. My knight finally showed up at 11 p.m. and my world was right again. By 2:20 a.m. I was ready to push and our beautiful Ivy Pearl entered the world at 2:43 a.m. WOW! I am in love. She's the most beautiful thing and I can't get enough of her.

As far as medical things go, Ivy's doing so well. She has a bit of jaundice, so she's spent the last two days on a photo therapy bed, but the doc is hopeful that she'll be done with that tomorrow. Right now we're working on getting her to eat more by mouth, so those of you who pray for us, please please please pray that her appetite will increase so she can come home. Right now they are tentatively telling us that she should come home Sunday or Monday which would be WONDERFUL!!! I better go. My princess awaits.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Introducing Ivy Pearl Morrison!!

Hi everyone.

This is Ryan (husband/Dad) with a little announcement...Our beautiful baby girl was born on January 5, 2009 at 2:43 am. She emerged after a brief but intense labor at 5 lbs 12oz and 19 1/4" long. She's doing beautifully and although she was at 35 weeks gestation, we expect her to be able to come home within a week. Brianna is recovering very well and will be home tomorrow.

Bri, the Sy guy and I are walking on the clouds and praising God for his goodness. A big Thanks to everyone who has been praying for us!

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