May 28, 2012

What A Lovely Name--Hymn

For anyone who knows me, Scarlett's name is pretty self explanatory, but in case you don't know, here's where her name comes from:

Scarlett O'Hara


My love of Gone With the Wind is no secret. I walked down the aisle to Tara's Theme at my wedding for Pete's sake! Scarlett is the heroine of the story. She starts out a spoiled Southern princess, but, due to the Civil War, becomes a tough fighter and shrewd business woman. For a character written in 1936 and set in the 1860's, this is a real feat. I should mention that I gave Tyler a list of 10 names to choose from and Scarlett was the one he picked.

Edna Mae Vititoe


Holding Daddy


I'm the baby

While the her first name was negotiable, her middle name wasn't. My grandmother was one of the most special people to ever touch my life. She was a fighter, too. Her husband, my grandpa, Blane, died in the 1970's leaving her with a 17 year old son (my dad). 2 years later my dad married my mom and, with a few exceptions, she lived by herself until she died. When she was in her 80's you could go to her house and find her out in the yard trimming her hedge or standing in the kitchen sink washing windows! I could think of no better way to honor her than to name my baby girl after her. Sadly, she would have been over the moon to have another girl in the family. She had 4 boys and always wanted a girl more than anything. My baby girl is lucky to share her name.



May 27, 2012

All-American Girl--Carrie Underwood

Whew! What a time we've had the past couple of weeks. On May 14 at 9:15am Scarlett Mae Ellis came into the world.

Tyler brought Tristan to see her that night since he had never been apart from me for a night and I was afraid of what he would think after a night apart from Momma.

I expected to room in with her at the hospital and take her home in a couple days, but she had her own plans. She had a little snort in her breathing that became rapid and labored as the day went on. At 10:15pm the pediatrician said she needed to be transferred to a NICU. Cabell was full so she had to go to CAMC Women and Children's Hospital in Charleston. Tyler went with her and stayed in the Ronald McDonald house until Sunday. Needless to say, I was a mess. This is her in the incubator/stretcher thingy as I said goodbye. It was made even harder by the fact that I hadn't even held her yet.

She was put on a CPAP for a day or so.

And then on a nasal canula for about 4 or 5 days.

She didn't get to eat until Thursday, though she had an IV giving her what she needed, and was pretty cranky as a result. She would get VERY agitated every time any of the other kids' alarms would go off. It was funny to watch.

I finally got to hold her on Thursday!

When we got there on Sunday her IV had been moved from her arm to her head. I prefer this spot because you already take care not to bump their head and they have a much harder time pulling it out themselves. Tyler, on the other hand, becomes a nervous wreck. My mom said the princess got a tiara.

We didn't expect her to come home until Tuesday or Wednesday because they decided she also had pneumonia and had to have 7 days of antibiotics. So imagine my shock when at 10:30am on Monday (her 1 week birthday!) I get a call that we could pick her up that evening! I was ecstatic. When I got there she was just sleeping like it was any other day.

I got her dressed and the hospital took her picture (those will come in another post when I get them) and then headed back to Huntington to start our new life as a family of 4.


May 12, 2012

Getting Ready--The Temptations

Yesterday Tristan and I headed out to get some last minute things for Scarlett. As soon as he woke up from his nap he wanted to pack her gift bag. He picked out all the goodies himself!


A pink poodle Jitter Pal for her car seat


A rattle


Her Minnie Mouse we got her a while back


He also picked out a Minnie Mouse hooded towel and matching wash rags (I wanted princesses)!

May 9, 2012

Pomp and Circumstance No. 1--Sir Edward Elgar

Saturday was a busy day. My brother graduated from Marshall with a Masters Degree in Forensic Science with emphases in Crime Scene Investigation, Digital Forensics, and Forensic Chemistry. Essentially he can analyze a crime scene, crack passwords and retrieve "permanently" deleted files, and well, I still don't know what a Forensic Chemist does, haha! He also graduated with a 3.9 (or higher)!
You can imagine how proud we all are, especially my parents are. My dad is a high school graduate who has worked in a steel mill for 30+ years and my mom is a high school drop out (though she's nothing to sneeze at herself. She got her GED when I was in third grade and as of my junior year of high school still had the highest score ever recorded in Cabell County!). Here are the highlights in pictures:

On the stage getting his diploma

His go to funny face, haha!

Showing off his blood spatter tie

Being hooded by his mentor, Dr. Rankin

With his awesome sister, me!

Family shot, though I look more fat in that shirt than 1 week from having a baby.








The cake, made by my sister in law's Aunt Eleanor. There was also a sculpted Jared that was separate and somehow got left in Logan.