Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Aiden Wayne Welch

Aiden Wayne Welch joined our family on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 10:50a.m. He weighed 7lbs, 1 oz., & was 20 inches long. So far Mom and baby are doing fine. They should be going home from the hospital tomorrow (New Years Eve). Stay tuned and we will update with the full story and more pictures very soon!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! (jess had some fun editing)

We had our picture taken with "Santa" (Logan). Such a cutie!

1yr old Logan, Stacy, & Bob

Jess & Stacy

Jess at 39 weeks
Bob & Stacy Gudyk invited us to spend Christmas day with them and their families. We had a delicious Christmas dinner and a fun day with all of them! Thank you so much for the invitation! :) We had a wonderful time!

Monday, December 14, 2009

37 Weeks Pregnant

Jess is officially "full term" now. At 37 weeks, the baby's lungs are fully developed and he could safely arrive anytime now. Jess is having trouble with heartburn and getting comfortable, as well as some trouble sleeping at night, but over all she has been feeling great! Her doctors appointments are going well and they say baby Aiden is measuring normal for his due date on Jan. 1, 2010. They have told Jess to watch her weight these last few weeks, but she has only gained about 25lb so far during her pregnancy. Some people have told us that Jess may deliver earlier than New Years, and Jess certainly hopes so. But we will just have to wait and be surprised! :) Our families plan to visit after the baby is arrives. Jess' parents will probably be here first for a few days and Jon's parents will be coming up to visit at the end of January.

"...Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours..."

Stay tuned- we'll be sure to keep you posted on the latest baby news!

Monster Cookies

2 c. white sugar
1 lb. box brown sugar
6 eggs
1 T. karo white syrup
1/2 lb. margarine
1 1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 (18oz) jar crunchy peanut butter
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 pkg. chocolate chips
9 c. quick oatmeal
1 lb. M&Ms

Mix all together and drop by teaspoonfulls and flatten. Bake at 300 for 10-15 minutes.
(*Test the first pan, cookies should be tender and chewy but should not fall apart on you when cooled. I have a gas stove and 15 min was perfect for my batch of cookies.)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Fruit Cups

This is a delicious and refreshing addition to breakfast or just to enjoy as a snack!!!

1 Can of Apricots - chopped
2 Bags (or 18 oz container) of Frozen Strawberries (no sugar added) - chopped
4 Large Bananas- diced
1 large can of Diced Pineapple
2 cups of Blueberries (optional)

Mix all above together in a large bowl. Rinse the Pineapple can & Apricot Can with water and add to fruit mixture for juice. Then, take small plastic cups (I use the tiny 5oz. cups) & fill with fruit. Make sure to get an even amount of juice and fruit in the cups. Stand in baking pan in freezer until frozen solid, then you can store in ziplock bags, stacked til ready to eat. Let them thaw slightly before eating, they are best when they are slushy and you still have frozen fruit pieces to enjoy.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Samson Snuggling with Baby Bump

I am beginning to think that Samson knows that something is about to happen in our house. He follows me everywhere (more than usual) and wants to snuggle with you whenever he can. I also think that he has been a little more protective of me since I became pregnant. The other night he just wouldn't stop trying to get on the couch with Jon and I. We have been trying to work with him on not getting on the furniture, as we're getting a new couch soon and need to break his habbit. I finally gave in and let him up beside me. He immediately ducked under the blanket I had across my lap and made himself comfortable, resting his head across my pregnant belly to watch TV with us. :) It didnt take long and he was sound asleep! Aiden started kicking and my belly was moving and bouncing Samson's head but he didnt seem to care. I just thought this snapshot was too cute not to post. It will be going into Aiden's baby book eventually... hopefully they are as good of buddies when Aiden is outside of my stomach as they seem to be right now. :)