Thursday, October 15, 2009

Preschool Fieldtrip to Tolmachoff Farm

For Freeman's Preschool we went on a field trip to Tolmachoff Farm. We were able pick some produce to bring home, a pumpkin and enjoyed a corn maze, petting animals and playing on the farm! It was a great learning experience for the kids and I think Freeman enjoyed seeing all the vegetables and fruits in their fields. (He's been my helper in the garden so to actually see something that really grows fascinated him.)

Here is our Preschool Group before entering the farm

Nate kept coming back to look at the baby pigs

How dare he! This guy came by to give the kids stamps on their hands for the train ride and Nate didn't seem to pleased

Out of all pumpkins... I try not to interfere with my kids choices but I had to tell Nate to find a "Happier Pumpkin."

Nate loved picking fresh produce

Nate, Free and Tiff

Petting the Chicks

Nate was so excited to go into the farm

Petting the goats

Corn Maze


Freeman has been wanting to take the boys camping for quite some time, and after having the baby, Freeman thought it was the perfect time to take them and give me a chance to take a break and spend time with just Preston. Freeman found a great campsite in Camp Verde and him, Uncle Nick and the boys had a great time camping.

Nate and Freeman in their very own Sleeping Bags!

Off on their own quad adventure

Uncle Nick and Freeman

Mmmm.. Pancake breakfast

Dunking the boys

The night before they roasted marshmellows and made smores. I heard they loved them!

Father and Sons

Either Nick is helping Freeman across, or ready to push him in... He always has something up his sleeve so I'm not quite sure on this pic..

Tree Climbing

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

What's in a name?

So here is the breakdown of how we picked out the name Preston Brooks.

Preston: Freeman was originally a twin, and before his twin passed on they were going to be name Preston and Thurston. When Thurston died, they changed Free's name to Freeman after his dad. So, yes Freeman has two kids named after him. He's like that one guy... George Forman.. naming all the kids after him. Just kidding. Anyway, we also wanted the name to end in a "N" just like his brothers. (FreemaN, NathaN)

Brooks: We would joke around with our moms about naming one of our kids after them, and we found out that both of our maternal grandmother's maiden name is Brooks. (No we aren't related) So Brooks is in honor of our mom's. :)

Preston Brooks Carney

On September 15, 2009 at 1:04pm, Preston Brooks Carney was born. He was 8lbs 8oz and 20.5 inches long! I was induced 2 weeks early because he was measuring big and it was once way to lessen my chances of a c-section. They were going to call us in Monday night but the hospital was so busy we were going to have to go in the next day. Well, Freeman stayed up late playing XBox and what not, and as soon as he layed down for bed at 5:00am the hospital called and said we could come in! I was laughing so hard, but Freeman couldn't find what was so funny... ;)
I was prepared to have my labor as natural as possible and was looking forward to try the technique called hypnobirthing. My first nurse didn't seem supportive and was saying, "Oh, you are going to need this and that, you'll need potocin because we want your contractions to start and we want them to hurt..." Fortunately I wasn't a push over and stood my ground and said, "I want you to talk to my doctor and this is what I want. " Thankfully, the nurse's shift was ending so I didn't need to deal with her. I was already having contractions so all the doctor had to do was break my water and my contractions began.
The hypnobirthing worked for the first 2 hours, but at 7cm I was screaming for something to relax me! Yikes! Then an hour later I had to tell Freeman to get the nurse because my body was ready to push and get the baby out! The nurse didn't look convinced but as soon as she checked she said I was ready to go and I can't believe how fast those nurses could move! Okay, so for this next part I screamed until it was over, so, no hypnobirthing wasn't a total success but it did help!

Preston Brooks

Enjoying some phototherapy for his Jaundice.
He was Combs positive which is where the baby and mother's blood antibodies mix which causes the high level of bilirubin, causing jaundice.

Here is my welcome home cake!

The house was spotless and I had pictures drawn by my boys and husband as gifts!

Kisses from big brother Freeman

Freeman helping with the feeding

Daddy Freeman reading bed time stories to the boys.

Preston at 2 weeks
already at 9 lbs 5 oz

Grandma Jolene with the Carney boys