Thursday, April 5, 2012

Kenzie learns about the toilet

Today Kenzie learned how to flush the toilet. She enjoyed it for quite awhile. Now if I could only teach her to go potty in the toilet first, then I'd be really happy!!!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

I'm back... with some big news!!

I'm so sorry I have neglected this blog for so long. Today is St Patty's Day. March 17th 2012. Kenzie Rose is now 3 days shy of 10 months old. She wants to walk so badly... and is almost doing so on her own. It won't be long now. She is my little people lover. If there is a kid nearby, she is one happy little girl! She has yet to meet a stranger.
Anyways, she isn't "talking" yet, but can say bu-bu (bye-bye) with a wave, and mama and dadda if she's in the mood. She has 2 teeth on the bottom and a toothless top. :-) And get this... she's got blonde hair, blue eyes and has dimples on her cheeks! I'm still not sure she's mine. JK

As for an update on our little family, we are moving! We are under contract for our current home. Hopefully we will be putting an offer on a house this evening or tomorrow morning. It's in Schertz, Tx. Which is a whole 10 mins away from where we currently live, but a much nicer part of town. We are very excited to see God moving in our lives! Brady is still running his fence and deck company, and is also working at our church part time. He helps out with all the outdoor construction/grounds stuff. He stays very busy. I am a stay at home mom. I have started a small group for other stay at home moms and wives on Wednesday mornings. I also host an activity group for soon to be moms and moms with babies and young children. It's like a support network, but we do crafts, movie nights, and make baby food. It's a fun group! It's nice to be able to hang out with other moms and their babies and not have to worry about my kid crying or being loud. Kenzie enjoys playing with the other babies too.

Well onto the big news. This morning we found out that Thanksgiving is going to be quite the adventure for us. Baby McD #2 is due (by the web's due date calculator) on November 20th. That's right, ladies and gents, I'm pregnant... again! 4 1/2 weeks as of today. We are both in shock at the moment. Kenzie is, of course, going to love having another kid around all the time. And potty training will be starting the day she starts to walk solo. We are going to get this done before baby #2 make his/her appearance.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

3 months old

My baby girl is getting so big!! Everyday she learns something new.

Today she learned how to growl, and she hasn't stopped!

Friday, July 15, 2011

2 months old- video included

OMG... the days seem to go by slow, but time is flying by somehow.  Kenzie is already 2 months old!!!
Last weekend, my mom, Kenzie and I traveled to Houston so that Kenzie could meet her great, great grandmother.  That's right 5 generations. 91 years apart.  When I was born, both my great, great grandparents were alive.  I was able to be apart of a 5 generation picture also.  VERY COOL!!

She has such a cute personality.  She is most definitely more happy in the morning after she has eaten and also as you are trying desperately to get her to fall asleep at 11pm.  She is all smiles and giggles and coos.  Very cute!  If only the rest of the day she was like that!  She has tummy issues so she can be fussy.  Some days are way better than others.  

As for sleep schedule,  she usually will go to sleep between 11pm and 12am. Then she will typically sleep 5-7 hours before she wakes up hungry.  Then she will eat, play for about 15-20 minutes and go back to sleep until it's time to eat again.  I am grateful for the sleep I am getting.  I've learned to try and keep her awake or only let her take short naps/rests after 6pm.  She does much better when that is accomplished.  (I hope I didn't just jinx myself by saying this.)

As for mommy updates- I don't get out of the house much.  I no longer have a car either.  It was totaled when Kenzie was 2 weeks old.  I now borrow my parents car when I need it.  We also have the truck- which gets a whopping 8mpg when it's empty.  It's a good day for me if a few bottles get cleaned and a load of laundry gets washed.  It's a great day if I get a shower.  Sundays are the ONLY days you will see me with makeup and a quick attempt at plucking my eyebrows.  BUT I don't wear my pjs all day!!! :-)

Daddy updates- Brady LOVES his baby girl!!!  He hasn't had any work lately, but he has been doing alot of job bids.  If you don't already know this- he owns a fence and deck company called PlanksNPickets.  You can visit the website at  Since he hasn't been doing much work, he was able to spend 2 weeks in Joplin, MO for disaster relief after the May22 tornado that took so many lives and destroyed even more homes.

And one final picture to leave you with. 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Smiles- 1st month

Well, Miss Kenzie Rose is now 5 1/2 weeks old now.  Boy does time fly by!!!!  She is quite the nosy little thing.  Here are a few updates.

*She prefers to be up on your shoulder looking around.
*She is fairly efficient at holding her head up(and has been since birth).
*She has learned to smile when she recognizes someone that she knows. (hasn't done it for a stranger yet)
*She is starting to realize she can make noises other than cry. (cooing)
*She is finally fitting into her newborn clothes. (I think she's about 8lbs now)
*Her daddy's voice calms her down most of the time.
*She has not lost any of her hair, but it is getting lighter.
*Her eyes are still blue and seem to be getting a little lighter blue.
*She loves to sit in her swing.
*She has yet to sleep in her room. (she apparently has a nosy mommy too)
*It takes her 20 minutes of stretching to wake up from a nap. (very cute)
*She's already had several road trips across Texas. (College Station, Port Aransas, and Dallas)
*She still looks like her daddy!!!

Hanging with my Ammie in Corpus Christi. 

First trip to the zoo with BFF Macy(2 days older)

Smiling at Mommy!

Play time!

Chillin with Daddy before he went to Joplin, Mo to help with Disaster Relief. 

Sunday Afternoon Nap with Daddy.  


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Labor and Delivery

So it all began with a midwife appointment on Wednesday. I was 40 weeks and 5 days pregnant.  They told me it didn't look like Miss Kenzie would be coming on her own so it was time to consider induction since I wasn't even dilating.  We all agreed that it was the best decision even though it wasn't how we wanted to do things.  (you know it's time when your "midwife" says it is) We scheduled our induction for Monday night and to start the pitocin on Tuesday morning.  When we got into the car, I cried. And cried, and cried, and cried.  I wasn't wanting to go this route nor did I want to wait any longer.  I wasn't sleeping anymore and she was getting quite painful to carry since she was STILL facing the wrong direction.

When we got home, Brady spoke up and told me to call and move the induction up since there wasn't really a reason to wait any longer.  Thankfully, they had a bed available for the following evening. Which would mean I could have Kenzie on Friday(my 23rd birthday).  At this point, I was just relieved to hear she would be coming sooner than later.

Thursday morning came, and I repacked my bags since we'd be staying an extra night.  I caught up on laundry, and cleaned the kitchen and bathrooms.  My mind wasn't on any one task though, so I'm not thinking I was very thorough.  I'm sure my mother in law got a kick out of watching me walk in circles around the house trying to remember what I had in my hand and what I came to this room for.  :-)

It's now 4:15pm and we have to be at the hospital at 5pm.  We get everything loaded in the car.  I go to sit down on the passenger side of the car and the entire front of my pants rip in two.  I seriously thought my water had broke.  We all got a good laugh which I really needed since I was tense.  So we finally make it to the hospital and get our room.  Things are good.  The midwife Jan came in and inserted the Cervidil.  She said this would help get my body ready for contractions and so that I would be able to dilate when they started the pitocin the following morning.  She also mentioned that for a very small amount of women, the Cervidil can start labor and bring contractions. They kept me on the monitors to watch the baby's heart beat and see if any contractions would start.

9:30pm Brady brings me Chick-fil-a for dinner.  The nurse won't let me off the monitors to try and get Kenzie to flip on her own.  She was following hospital protocol but my midwife would have let me.

10:30pm Contractions start and are strong enough that I'm using breathing techniques to get through them. They are about 2 mins apart.  

11:30pm Midwife Jan comes in and asks me why I hadn't spoke up about having painful contractions.  My reply was something along the lines of, "Isn't this why I'm here, so that I can go into labor?!?"  She then removed the cervidil(which normally needs 12 hours to work) and gave me a little bit of pain meds so I could sleep through the night since we would be having a long day on Friday.

5am I am at 3cm. I was able to get about 4 hours of sleep.  Contractions are still 2 mins apart and are getting stronger.

7am Midwife Christi comes in to check on me.  Says things are looking great, we won't need any pitocin!

12pm  contractions are CRAZY STRONG!!!! Back labor is horrendous!  Midwife Christi suggests I use the yoga ball to help with the back labor and try and get Miss Kenzie to flip.  I end up throwing up my dinner at this point since the back pain is so strong.  I say something like "I'm done, I just want to go home now.  I don't want to do this anymore."

1pm Christi now suggested that I try and use the bed and have Brady help put counter pressure on my lower back to help with the pain and Kenzie may have an easier time turning.  (I am currently on no medicines)

1:30pm  Kenzie is still facing the wrong way. And I'm at 6cm.  I'm not able to breath through the contractions anymore.  It's more of a yelling moan sound that is coming out.  I'm crying and no one knows how to help me.  My back is the only thing that hurts... I can't even feel the true contractions, just back labor.  At this point my contractions are about 30 seconds apart, lasting between 60- 90 seconds long.  I know I said some things I shouldn't at this point because I was mad that I didn't get any breaks in between to relax.

2pm Christi is now suggesting that I truly consider getting an epidural because I'm so tense that I'm not dilating anymore and Kenzie can't turn since I'm so tense.

2:05  The anesthesiologist walks through the door.  I tell him that he's my hero.

2:15 BLISS!!!!! Christi tries to break my water since I have so much amniotic fluid.  She thinks this will help the contractions get stronger.  She also thinks that having the epi will allow me to relax enough that Kenzie can turn and get engaged.

3:30 Contractions have stopped almost completely.  Christi is now forced to give me pitocin to make the contractions come back.

5pm Christi wakes me up to check me.  7cm.  So she turns up the pitocin some more. Christi leaves the hospital for a meeting and Midwife Lauren takes over. Christi makes me promise that I'll wait to have the baby until she gets back around 8:30. 

8pm Lauren wakes me up and checks me. 10cm and I'm ready to push!!!!!  Family came in to wish me good luck as Lauren gets the room ready for our adventure.

8:20  Christi isn't back, but she's been called. My mom and Brady helped hold my legs for the pushing my Brady's mom is in the background ready to take pictures.  Lauren is ready to help get this baby girl out.

8:30 I am able to feel the contractions and when I need to push, I am also able to feel where I need to push at.  I was telling them when I was going to push not the other way around.  I start talking about wanting to try natural again next time as long as I don't have back labor.

8:44pm SHE's HERE!!!! Full head of hair. I got to help catch her.  She is absolutely beautiful!

8:48pm Brady cuts the umbilical cord, Kenzie reaches up and hold his finger as he does this.  Very sweet moment for everyone.

8:50pm Christi runs in the door yelling "did I make it?". She is still in her street clothes.  poor girl!

9pm The umbilical cord breaks from the placenta before it's delivered.  Very odd.

Turns out the umbilical cord was attached more to the amniotic sac than the placenta.  Had anyone seen this on an ultrasound, they wouldn't have let me deliver vaginally.  I would have been rushed to get a c-section.  But Kenzie was born perfectly fine and facing the correct way.  Only a few stitches were placed, and recover hasn't been bad at all.

Kenzie Rose McDaniel
Weight: 6lbs 8oz
Length: 18 1/4inches long
Eyes: blue
Hair: black
She has her mommy's nose and her daddy's toes.


Monday, May 23, 2011

Kenzie Rose McDaniel

After 21 hours in labor, she has finally arrived!  Kenzie was born on May 20th (my bday) at 8:44pm.  For being 41weeks and 0days, she was a whopping 6lbs and 8oz.  We love her to death already!! She is the perfect little girl. She has her daddy wrapped around her tiny little fingers.  It doesn't matter how mad she is, if she hears his voice, she will immediately stop crying and try to find him.  It's the cutest thing ever.  Plus she looks just like him too!  All I've heard is that she has my nose and eyebrows. lol

My brother in law made her a website he is putting some of the pictures on.  I apologize that the video on the bottom of the website makes it look like I don't care about my new baby, but I had just endured 23 hours of no food and I was STARVING!!!  Plus, it was my birthday too!!!!  Birth story coming soon!