A Rude Christmas

Highlights of this year’s Christmas included it being Gwenyth’s first, celebrating with all of the Rudes, continuing the Christmas Eve tradition with the Stopek’s, and a relaxing Christmas morning at home, just our family of four.

I wish I would have taken some more pictures, but here are a few!

Gwenyth in her new hat from her daddy!

Cousins at the table in the Christmas jammies!

Our relaxing Christmas morning!

Another one.  She is too cute!
 
We started a family tradition last year that on Christmas morning I cook some type of breakfast casserole. Last year, I did a sausage and egg bake. This year I made a French toast casserole. It was delicious! You can find the recipe here: http://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/2012/10/01/overnight-cinnamon-baked-french-toast-casserole/
 

Brother and Sister

These two kids are so fantastic!  I am so blessed to call them mine and love watching them grow!  Here are some highlights of being the mom of Max and Gwen!

My two sweet babies!

Hugs are always good, even if both parties aren’t exactly willing.

What a great big brother!

Such an admiring brother and I am sure Gwen will grow up admiring him!

He seriously loves to be by her.  He sat there himself!

My two cuties at about 2 weeks old.

These are the times I cherish…

…and these.

Go state!

Poor guy!  The Cyclones lost, and we took his cup away to try and get a better picture…

I don’t know why but it made me so happy that he was so blue and she was so pink!  Its the little things, I guess.

Gwenyth Nancy Rude

Gwenyth Nancy Rude was born August 1, 2013 at 8:07am. She weighed 7 lbs 5 oz and was 19 1/2 in long.

Gwen has been such a delight! We have really enjoyed getting to know her!
The morning of the first, Jason and I drove to the hospital for our scheduled c section around 5am. Max was spending the night with grandma Karen and had been dropped off the night before so Jason and I could enjoy a little date just the two of us.  It was so relaxed compared to Max’s c-section because with Max, my water broke and we were in a mad dash to pack our bags and get to the hospital.  This time, we had our bags ready, and I even had time to curl my hair and put on makeup!  

Before we left the house, I had Jason take a picture of a very pregnant me because I wanted to remember just how big I was!
I was in the operating room by 7:30am.  I got my spinal and we waited, waited, and waited.  The spinal didn’t take and they told me I would have to go under.  Realizing that Jason was not going to be able to be in the room and that I would “miss” the birth of our daughter, I started to cry.  I was really bummed.  It didn’t take very long to knock me out and the next thing I remember is waking up in the recovery room to the nurse calling my name.  I had a very sore throat but managed to ask where Jason and Gwen were.  They were in the nursery and would be right down.  I couldn’t wait to meet my daughter!!!

Dad and daughter hanging out in the nursery!

Meeting for the first time!

Our family of three before Max and Jason went to go get Gwen from the nursery.

About to meet baby sister!!!

We had many visitors during our hospital stay and all in all, things went very well!  It is almost like a retreat to be in the hospital and have the nurses take such good care of you.

Grandma Karen with all of her grandchildren!

Liz (and Lilah), Maddilynn and Drew holding Gwen!

MaryBeth, Chris and Addison.  Addie loved baby Gwen!

Gwen with her friends, the Halls!

Trying to recreate a picture we took of Max before leaving the hospital.

Ready to go home! 
Since being home, I have recovered from the c-section and we are getting a handle on having two kids.  (Two kids is more than double of one kid… I was never good at math, but trust me on this…)
Max loves his baby sister and gives her plenty of kisses… when he is not poking her eyes. 
We love Gwen and are enjoying getting to know her more and more!

Our first outing to the mall.

Jason is really getting this”two kids” thing down!

At 7 weeks, Gwen is now smiling at me and Jason.  We have her two month checkup on October 1st and look forward to being told how healthy she is!

A day shy of 11 Months!

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One month away from being one year old!  Where has the time gone???  As I sit down to think of the highlights and milestones over the past month, I realize that Max is a totally different kid than he was a month ago.  He has accomplished so many new things; it is so amazing to see!

Where to begin?  Max is crawling around like a mad man.  He is so fast!  Sometimes when I leave the room, he follows me laughing and crawling as fast as he can to see what I am up to.  Other times, he follows me a little more slowly, with his head down, crying.  This is usually when he is tired and it breaks my heart the way he wants to be with me, but is also kind of funny. 😉

He is also pulling himself up on everything; the couch, tables, beds, cupboards, toys, even mom and dad!  At first, he didn’t quite know how to get down, but now he has mastered that as well!

The tub has been one of Max’s favorite places to hang out.  He thinks it is so cool to be in the big tub with all his toys.  Max isn’t crazy about the bubbles, especially when I try giving him a bubble beard, but I think he will grow to like them.

Max still has just the two teeth.  We are taking good care of them and brushing them, which Max loves!  He wants to hold the toothbrush on his own, but that could get a little crazy, so I tell him that mommy is going to do it for now. 

Food, food, food.  Max still loves to eat.  His Grandma Kay spoils him with Gerber meals when he is at her house and on those days I think he eats better than me!  He has tried a couple kids’ meals at restaurants as well.  We discovered that there are a couple things he doesn’t really like and on the top of that list is broccoli. 

Max is really excited about his new friend that is going to arrive in early February.  Our good friends John Michael and Rachael found out their little one is a girl!  Max is going to show her the ropes on how to be awesome and introduce her to all of his other friends!  😉  I am so thankful for friends with babies or that are getting ready to have babies; it makes this whole mom thing just that much better!

Here are some photos from this past month!

Max, Jason, and Jackson at a Rude family get together!

Max sleeping in my arms.  He couldn’t sleep that night because of his double ear infection.  😦

Helping get his bath ready.
What a great helper he is!
Tub time!

More tub!


Playing on a Saturday morning!

Iowa State Fair

Adding to Max’s year of firsts, Jason and I decided to take him to the Iowa State Fair.  A fun time was had by all!

Max on his way to the fair!  So many things to look at!
The two best guys I know!

Mommy, Max, and Clifford!
Daddy did Farrell’s and so did Max!
Jason and me!
Max was worn out by the end!

I think we experienced all we needed to at the fair!  We walked around and took in all the sights (even a cow peeing, which really smelled!) and ate some great fair grub!  I had a corn dog and a deep friend snickers bar and Jason had a strawberry smoothie!  Yum Yum!