Monday, August 30, 2010


Max is such a good big "brother". He snuggles right up to Ethan whenever he can, and gives his fuzzy head sweet little kisses. He doesn't even mind the dirty diaper smells.

Little Smile

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Looks kinda like he's dreaming about sunbathing, huh?

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Thursday, August 26, 2010

16 Days

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ethan's First Bath

Friday, August 20, 2010

Thanks! - Merci - Thank You

(Look for this card in the May 2011 issue of CARDS magazine!)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thanks Card

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

2 Cute Card

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tickled Pink Card

Monday, August 16, 2010

Spring Fever Card

(Look for this card in the April 2011 issue of CARDS magazine!)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Papa & Granna

The new grandparents:

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ethan's Here!

On August 11th (Vince's birthday) we woke to an 8:30 am alarm. We had a 9:40 appointment with our midwife on post. I stood up out of bed and there it went. I peed on myself again! This was the third time. Sheesh! I took my wet self to the bathroom to finish what I'd started, but there just wasn't an end to it. My water had definitely broken! I knew I wouldn't be coming back home, so Vince loaded up the car with out suitcase and diaper bag while I jumped in the shower. When we got to the hospital we didn't even bother to head to the OBGYN clinic, but straight into the labor and delivery ward. The nurse checked us out and confirmed that it was time. I'd had contractions all day and night the previous day, but by the time I had gotten to the hospital I wasn't feeling a thing. My contractions weren't happening, so they started me up on Pitocin for induction. Whew! The contractions came on quickly!!! We went through three shifts of nurses and doctors who seemed to constantly change up the game plan. On Pitocin. Off Pitocin. Back on Pitocin. Every time they checked me I was no more dilated than before. I stayed at 3cm for 13 hours. Ethan's heart rate was going down too, so finally the doctor came in and started his official briefing. I already knew in the back of my mind that this was going to happen. I just knew. I signed the papers and they wheeled me in while Vince donned his white jumpsuit. They laid me out on the table like Jesus with my arms spread out to each side, and put up the infamous blue curtain so I couldn't see a thing. Vince and I just stared into each others eyes while it happened. It's strangely one of the most romantic and intimate moments we've ever had together. I'm so glad he was there. He peeked around the curtain every so often. Just seeing the look in his eyes made me know that whatever he saw was okay. Finally, his eyes widened, and I knew they had pulled Ethan out. He was here! His little cry started, and they passed him over to the incubator in the corner. I could see the chubby white arms and legs wiggling around. He was beautiful already. With one blink he turned pink, and Vince went over to say hello to our little boy. He came back to tell me, "He's perfect!" and kissed my forehead. They wrapped him up and brought him over next to my face. I smelled his sweet breath, kissed him and told him I love him. They put him back in the little warmer and Vince stayed with him while they sewed me up. It didn't take long before the blue curtain was coming down. I asked if I could see my placenta. They knew I was a medic since we'd been cracking jokes about it during the operation prep. I asked if I could get continuing education credits for being there too. If I hadn't been so paralyzed at the time I'd probably have wanted to poke it and inspect it a bit further. HaHa! (I'm sure some people might think that's a little gross, so I'll move on.) Anyway, that's pretty much the story of how little Ethan Michael finally came into the world. Here he is...

Ethan Michael O'Donnell
August 11, 2010
9:51 pm
7 pounds, 6 ounces
20 inches long

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Which One?

I need help on this one. I don't know which one to choose! I started out with "miss you", but then thought it looked more like a baby card, so I made another one. Now I just don't know...
Update: Look for this card in the January 2011 issue of CARDS magazine!

Monday, August 9, 2010


Sunday, August 8, 2010

4U Mini 3x3 Card

I forgot to tell you that all of our local scrapbook stores have closed or are closing. We still have Hobby Lobby, but other than that I'm not sure where'd I'd go. I signed up for a monthly club to supliment my addiction. It keeps me from over spending I guess, and I always get new stuff. I really like to pick out my own things though. Does anyone have any suggestions for online monthly clubs or scrapbook stores in the Nashville area?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Miss You Card

Just a card...

Update: Look for this card in the January 2011 issue of CARDS magazine!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Mom Card

I made this card thinking about my own mom, but now that I look at it I can't believe I'm going to be a MOM any day now! Weird!!! 

Update:  Look for this card in the January 2011 issue of CARDS magazine!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Card & Pregnancy Update

Gosh, I haven't updated in a loooooong time. I have been making cards here and there, but it seems like time has just flown by me too quickly to do much with them. I'm surprised when I actually make it into my craft room since I never really feel like doing much these days. Oh, I went to the doctor's office today for a routine appointment. She said I'm one cm dilated! It could still be a while, but I definitely feel like it's happening now. We're having a baby!