April 24, 2008

Pictures, Pictures, Pictures

My very talented sister, better known as Aunt Laura, took these wonderful pictures of our boys. Enjoy...

What a Beautiful Life

Adjusting.... two children under the age of two....sounded easy enough. Thank goodness I had such wonderful help last week from both of our Mom's and grandmothers. I've been making it great this week, but for your entertainment let me give you a break down of last Thursday.

Luke woke up with an upset tummy making it very difficult to get Jake ready for preschool. Luckily my Grandmother (Shirley) came over that day and cooked, cleaned, and showed me just how to hold Luke to ease his pain. She had everything in ship shap order when she left here at 4:00 that afternoon. Who knew that at 4:05 it would all change. The crying started, the dirty diapers started... I couldn't keep up. By the time Tony got home at 6:00 there was a shampoo bottle spilled all over the tile floor, 2 children staring at him with dirty diapers, 2 children crying, and toys spread out all over the house. I threw my hands up in the air and told him I'd only been alone with them for 2 hours.

Thank goodness Tony's Mom came by early Friday and took Jake to her house for a play day. He stayed until 4:00 and came home happy from having a day with his Meme's.

It has been much easier since Thursday. Luke hasn't had any more stomach problems and Jake has been the best little helper.

April 20, 2008

I'm A Big Brother

This has pretty much been the best week of Jake's life. Every grandma and grandpa have been here to see him. People have even come at night to visit and he has gotten tons of new toys as evidenced by the pictures below. He even overcame his OCD tendencies and got in his new sandbox. Next week sure is going to be a let down, but at least Mommie will be home :)

April 13, 2008

Surprise, Surprise!!!

Hello All-

This is Laura, Leslie's little sister. The reason I am writing this for her is because she is at the hospital with the newest edition of the Rader Family.

Early this morning around 3:30 a.m. Leslie and Tony headed towards the hospital after they realized that these contractions were for "real" this time :). Once they arrived to the hospital, they said that today would be the day!

Expecting to be there for quite some time they made themselves comfy and waited for the meds to kick in. Our mom, step dad Ray, Trey & Neely were at the hospital visiting when all of the sudden, as Trey says,"The SWAT TEAM came in and told them all to leave. Unexpectedly Luke's heart rate dropped, so they wanted to deliver immediately. After about 7-10 minutes (yes it was a super sonic delivery and we are all jealous) a beautiful, healthy baby boy came in to the world.

Luke Wallace Rader
7 lbs. 6 oz.
19 3/4 inches
was born at 12:15 p.m.

After a few McDonald's chicken nuggets Leslie, Luke, Tony & Jake are all doing great! It may take a little while for Jake to get used to having a little brother around, but I am sure he will be the BEST big brother Luke could ever ask for.

We are all so blessed to have this little guy in our family and I especially am blessed to see how happy and whole my big sister has become! She deserves it!

Pictures below - ENJOY!

Welcome to the world baby Luke!

Big Yawn


A mothers touch

I am loved...

Luke - meet aunt Laura. She will spoil you rotten!!!!!

April 11, 2008

Worst Food In America

I saw this little headline as I was logging into yahoo and I had to check it out. Much to my dismay I'm afraid I might not ever take my family to Snuffers again. The #1 worst food: Aussie Cheese Fries from Outback. These don't even compare to the greatness of Snuffers fries yet look at the stats on these puppies...

2,900 calories
182 g fat
240 g carbs

YIKES!!!! I think that equals 5 lean cuisins in the calorie department and I can't even think about the fat.

Here's a link to the article and a few others:

April 08, 2008

Ready and Waiting

Yesterday at school I was having some pretty intense lower back pain and then I started having what felt like contractions. I timed them and sure enough they were five minutes apart. I got a concensus from all the mom's down the hallway and everyone thought I was in labor so I headed to the office to start making phone calls.

Granny and Jake drove me to Baylor and Tony met us there. I was hooked up to all the computers and they determined that I was in labor but it was still early in the game. I had progressed since my appointment on Friday but apparently not enough. So we were sent home after about an hour.

We were sure something would happen last night but alas here I am getting ready for work. I'm afraid that if I stayed home today I would just sit on the couch and stare at my belly so I'm headed to work to hopefully walk myself into full labor. As my friend Wendy said, "A watched pot never boils." I'll keep you updated :)