Monday, December 28, 2009

And then there were FOUR!

Meet the newest addition to our family:

Logan Alden Gray
Born December 28th, 2009 at 7:07am
9 pounds 1 ounce and 20 inches long

Logan was another planned and scheduled C-section. Jen's original due date was January 6th, 2010 - so the 28th of December was 9 days early. The doctor could justify the pull in due to the size they estimated Logan to be (by ultrasound and belly measurements)....and after the delivery and hearing his stats - we are kind of glad that we went with the 28th of December.

Our day started by arriving at the hospital at 5:15am - our surgery time was for 6:30am. We were pleased to learn we had the same anaesthesiologist as we did with our delivery with Zach - a nice older gentleman by the name of Bob (turns out this is his last week of work before retiring!!). Everything about the prep prior to the surgery was the same as with Zach. The first incision started at 7:01am (so much for a 6:30am surgery time, eh?). Six minutes later Logan was born.

The doctors had a hard time getting Logan out of Jen's belly - he had some seriously broad shoulders and as we learned a bit later was NINE POUNDS. It also turns out the umbilical cord was wrapped around Logan's neck - so if Jen had decided to try VBAC, it would have ended up with an emergency C-section.

Dustin left the operating room with Logan - they take the new babies to the nursery to clean them up and check them out. The pediatrician and nurses kept saying Logan was "grunting" - meaning his lungs still had fluid in them and were trying to compress. So they ended up putting Logan on some type of breathing machine that had positive air pressure which was suppose to dry out his lungs and help prevent them from shrinking. They also took x-rays and had the respiratory specialist check things out to make sure there were no abnormalities with Logan's lungs.

So SIX hours after Logan's birth - he was brought into Jen's room and she was FINALLY able to hold the newest addition to our family!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas 2009

Merry Christmas from the Grays!
Zach loves Dinosarus.. as if you can't guess based on his snazzy pajamas.. Roar!

He also loves dump trucks.. especially ones that he can ride around in.. He loved this truck.

Grandpa Gray got Beef Jerky.. Zach requested to be his taste tester
Grandma and Grandpa Twogood also shared Christmas with us this year
Jen got a Dust Buster!!! She has been asking for one for a while :-)

Zach got a new work bench! Now he can work on project with Daddy!
Grandpa Gray showing Zach the proper way to use a table saw :-)

Zach helping Daddy open his gifts

Zach's Christmas snack

Yes, that is a twinky that Zach just enjoyed..
We don't mess around here.. Especially on Christmas!  ;-)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

If chocolate exists....he will find it.

When things start getting quiet in the house you know he is up to something....this morning it was this...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Santa's little helper

Jen has been busy the past couple of nights doing some work for Santa. Santa is going to make an appearance at her work Christmas party this Friday and Jen volunteered to make 40 of these:

The sewing machine had the dust blown off and went to work! Now it is time for bed....

Monday, December 14, 2009

Two weeks

In two more weeks our baby #2 will be here!

Sunday, December 13, 2009


Finally finally finally.......this has made its presence into our neck of the woods in Utah:

Jen - being born and raised in California knows all about this famous hamburger joint....her order.....a #2, no sauce, add ketchup, make the drink a strawberry shake. Dustin likes a #1, animal style.

Utahan's have been going CRAZY over having an In-n-Out here. The place is a MADHOUSE - we went on a Sunday evening (hoping all Mormons were at home) and still had to wait about 30 minutes from the time we pulled up to the drive through line (which was down the street, not even in the shopping center yet) to when we actually received our food. 30 minutes is actually a very short wait compared to what it has been around here for the past month.


Sesame Street LIVE

Today we took Zach to Sesame Street Live - Elmo grows up. Dustin had a co-worked that had purchased these tickets and was not able to attend. So we thought it would be something fun to do with Zach. Turns out Sunday afternoon is the PERFECT time to go do this kind of thing. The event center wasn't even 1/8 full. Our tickets were in the second row and there was nobody sitting in the front row. The characters would come off stage in between acts and during songs and give Zach high -5's. He really liked the event.....a couple songs too long for him....but he sat with a smile on his face almost the whole show!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Yup - winter is here!

Two good size snow storms in one week = lots of snow that probably won't melt away from our yard for a couple of months! The first snow storm dumped LOTS of powder, the second snow storm was a big slushy mess - the kind of mess that is hard to shovel and snow blow. Zach LOVES to be outside when it is snowing, he is always going to the closet to get his snow boots and handing them to us...his way of saying, "lets go play!!"

Yup - excited to get all bundled up to play in the snow.
Just chilling next to the front of the house - watching dad shovel.
Sled time - he LOVES it!
Dustin helping out the neighbor with the slushy mess....
Dustin getting rid of the slushy mess in our driveway.

Jen and Zach played outside for a bit over an hour. Dustin shoveled and snow blowed three driveways - it took TWO HOURS!!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Birthday boy GLEN

This weekend was Glen's birthday. The older you get the longer birthdays get celebrated ;) So of course we kept this celebration going all weekend long! On Saturday night we headed to Texas Roadhouse for the birthday occasion. Glen tried to order a salad and we told him NO. You don't go to a steakhouse on your birthday and order a SALAD! It didn't take much convincing for him to order some ribs. Of course the best part about going to Texas Roadhouse on your birthday is you get to sit on the saddle while being sang to:

Look at Glen trying to hold back a smile. He proudly told everyone he turned 21 today! On Sunday we had the birthday cake and opening of presents. Glen requested the Gray family "oatmeal chocolate chip cake" for his birthday....this was Jen's first time making the famous cake....boy was it sure GOOD! I am sure this cake will be used time and time again for birthdays!

Zach of course helped his grandpa blow out the candles and open the presents! We had a great time during your birthday weekend Glen - happy 21st BIRTHDAY!!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree....

It is our family tradition to go cut down our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving....and get all the holiday decorations out and fill the home with Christmas spirit. This year things had to be delayed a bit with Zach's seizure and Jen's pneumonia. So TODAY - one week and one day later than normal we headed out to find our perfect Christmas tree.

The last few years we have driven up past Ogden to get our tree....we didn't want to drive that far this year. We actually found a place in Alpine (less than 10 miles from our house!) that had an assortment of Colorado Blue Spruce for cutting. Of course it was FREEZING cold outside and had been snowing a bit all morning....but we made the trek anyways and just found our tree FAST!

Dustin and Zach ready to go find the tree!
Glen holding our "tree stick" - the owners requirement was the tree had to be at least 8 feet tall.
Ta-DAH! This is a nice 10 foot SPRUCE!

Three generations of Grays
Check out the SNOWFLAKES falling!
The tree is at home - but now how do we get it through the door?
Zach LOVED helping decorate
The finished product (you can't see the ornaments with this shot).

Naked phase?

Zach may be starting the "naked phase" of growing up. This morning when he got up this was the first thing he did:

He unzipped his PJ's and pulled them down to his toes. He did that cheesy pose all by himself. This is how he looked for the next 30 minutes:

It was snowing today and our child wanted to run around the house in nothing but his diaper. I guess all is good as long as he keeps that diaper ON!