Thursday, November 20, 2014


Have you ever gotten stuck in the shower?  Particularly when it's really cold out and water is just too warm to turn off so you just stand there under the running water for entirely too long.  That was me this morning.  Sadly, bathing for me has been reduced to baby wipes these days.  But this morning I was able to take a hot shower and it was glorious.  I kept turning the water hotter and hotter the longer I stood there.  I have been in such a rut this last week and after that shower, I felt like a whole new person!

Loyal came down with the flu on Saturday.  I can't remember ever having the flu myself but from what I saw him go through these past few days, I don't ever want it.  We had him quarantined off so that no one else got sick and thankfully, no one did.  Me and the kids have all had flu shots and I guarantee that Loyal will be the first to get one next year.  So with him being sick, I have been tackling both kids all day and all night.  I have to admit, it has taken the life out of me.  With Roman nursing every 2 hours and Lo refusing to nap or sleep through the night, it's been non stop.  Add to that the lack of communication with Lo, toddler tantrums and Roman being super makes for some looooong days.  So yeah, the uninterrupted hot shower this morning was amazing and will hopefully get me out of this rut that I've been in.

Moving on...
About 2 or 3 weeks before my due date, we got a call to let us know that our house in New Orleans flooded!  A pipe burst in our downstairs powder room and flooded most of the first floor.  We drove down the next day to meet with a bunch of people in order to get the insurance process going.  There ended up being quite a bit of damage.  Our floors and baseboards have been ripped up, kitchen cabinets are gone, bathroom vanity is gone, walls need repainted...the list goes on.  We have decided to leave for New Orleans the weekend after Thanksgiving so that we can start the work to rebuild our downstairs.  The good news is that the work that we did when we spent a couple of months down there was all upstairs.  We had initially decided to focus on the bedrooms and worry about the downstairs next year.  We are definitely excited to have the kitchen done sooner than expected but talk about bad timing showing up with a toddler and a new born!  I guess that's just the way it goes sometimes.  We have been driving ourselves crazy trying to finalize kitchen plans and I can't wait to share what we've come up with!  In the meantime, here a few pics from the last couple of weeks...
And this is what happens when you don't nap.  Out cold at the grocery store!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Roman Cade Hoover

Our sweet little Roman is here!!!  This past 2 weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind.  After doctor's appointments, scheduled inductions, plans & changed plans, he surprised us Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 9:56 a.m.
7 lbs 12 oz & 20 inches
I do plan on doing another birth story at some point but for now, labor was much faster and easier than the first time.  Recovery seemed to be faster and easier as well.  Our time in the hospital was amazing, just us and our new babe.  It was so nice for time to stand still for a little while.  On Thursday, Loyal went and picked up Lo to bring him to the hospital.  I was waiting outside the room when they turned the corner to come down the hallway.  Lo saw me and came running down the hall, straight into my arms.  This moment I will never forget.

Here are a few pics from our hospital stay...    
So far things are going really well for the most part but definitely a little crazy at times.  We didn't really know what to expect with Lo but he is surprising us more and more each day.  He has been really sweet to his little brother so far.  I just can't wait to watch them grow up together!

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