Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving in southern Maryland

My sister Lucinda with her daughter Allyson, my baby Kyla, and her daughter Alena.
We had such a fun Thanksgiving break at my brothers' houses...we stayed with my brother Levin but Oliver is just five minutes away so we shared time between the two. My sister Lucinda and family were also there so it was so fun...14 cousins and four siblings together and spouses. The food was incredible! We eat helped out but my brother Levin raised a bunch of turkeys and killed a 40 pounder for the occasion. Oliver also smoked one that was a little smaller. Moema got to play a lot of sports with my brothers and even went hunting...he didn't get to shoot anything though (thankfully). It was so nice to be with my sister and show off my new baby to everyone. No one was sick, and all the kids got along great!

Kyla, Allyson, Leah

At the Horse Auction Alena got to hold some dogs an Amish guy was selling.

Levin's chickens
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Cousins!

Lucinda holding a dog at Horse Auction

Oliver and Moema

Calvin and Leah

Allyson and Kyla
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Farm animals

She is getting so fat!

Calvin loved the "Taaow"

Levin's cow Milky Way getting into the barn

Calvin is no longer scared of the horse and loved riding it!
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Kyla and Calvin



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Update on the Matsoso Family

So I thought I would give a little update on the family.

Calvin loves his little sister! He just stares and her and pats her head and points to all her body parts. He is such a good big brother. He has had a hard time adjusting to getting less attention but I wouldn't say he is jealous. He has been acting up a little more of late but I think with time he will be back to normal...or maybe he is just starting the terrible twos.

Kyla is the perfect little baby. She is the best nurser in the history of the world. She eats so well and I haven't had any problems with nursing. The only problem is she gets bad gas, especially at night which makes it really uncomfortable for her. I hold her all night to try and help her and me get some sleep.

Moema is doing great at work but just got news of a big calling...Elders Quorum President. It should be a challenge since we are new in the ward, he is the youngest guy in the quorum, and he has a full plate with studying for the GMAT, two kids, and a demanding job...and a demanding wife. I am going to try and be a support for him and not complain when he has meetings:)

I am trying to learn how to be a mother of two....just posting this blog has taken about four hours since it seems I always have one or both of the kids screaming or somehow demanding my attention. I am determined to enjoy these early years and not let lack of sleep and the stresses of motherhood get me down...but it can be difficult at times. I love my little kids so much and that makes it all a little easier to take. It is nice to have so many siblings nearby so I always have one trip of another to look forward to. We are going down to Oliver and Levin's for Thanksgiving and the next weekend a bunch of my siblings are coming up here to do Hershey's and then Kyla's baby blessing.

Overall things are great for us...We have a great life and love our little family.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Kyla Sophie Matsoso

I can't figure out how to turn this photo
She is so sweet!




He loves his sister!








Withe Daddy




Our first look at her






8lb 6 ounces and 20 inches



So what a wonderful week this has been...in fact a wonderful month. Yes it was uncomfortable and stressful the last month of pregnancy but so nice to have my mom here with me for so long as we waited for this baby to come. We orginally had a C-section set up for October 7th since she was breech, then at the last second she turned so I wanted to try for a VBAC...three weeks later she still made no signs of wanting to come out! She finally made her arrival on October 28th at around 8am. Unfortunately we had to have a C-section since she was a week past her due date and I still was not dilated or effaced...the doctor said it could be three more weeks he saw no signs of progress and since my risk of rupture is higher than usual due to my bicornuate uterus we decided to just give in and do the C-section before she got too big. I have such a great doctor who was willing to do anything to give me a chance at the VBAC but in the end it seems the safest thing was to just do the C-section. I was quite disappointed the day I realized I wouldn't get a VBAC but the next day I felt really peaceful and like it was the right thing.

Thursday morning at 5am I went in and had the scheduled C-section. Luckily I had my doctor, Dr. Mansfield to do the surgery which made me feel more relaxed that all would go well. My mom and Moema were there but they would only let Moema in for the surgery. It went really well and took a little longer than with Calvin but my doctor said he was cleaning up the last scar and that everything looked great and I shouldn't have any problems having more kids...although they will all have to be C-section.

The only really pain was the extreme nausea the Spinal gave me...but other than that I didn't feel anything. They pulled her out and pulled the divider down and I saw my beautiful girl...they even let me hold her while they stitched me up...a lot better experience than with Calvin when they wouldn't show him to for like ten minutes and then wheeled me off to the recovery room for an hour without him. After the surgery I went into a room in labor and delivery and had my new baby girl with me. We settled on the name Kyla Sophie Matsoso. She is so sweet!

I had to stay in the hospital two nights and luckily didn't have a roommate for very long. Moema stayed with me both nights. Kyla is such a good little nurser and sleeper and a very well behaved baby. She makes me realize that Calvin was quite a hard baby by comparison. Moema asked would I rather have the easy pregnancy I had with Calvin and the hard baby or the harder pregnancy I had with Kyla and the easy baby... still deciding on that one but it is so nice not to have the worries I had with Calvin. He had problems nursing, had acid reflux, and cried A LOT. Kyla seems to be able to just lay contented all day and eats great.

I think it as a little hard on Calvin having me gone for three days but now he is back to normal and luckily my mom and dad were there to babysit for us. He seems to really like the baby and is fascinated by her...no signs of jealousy yet. He just keeps saying baby and calles her "KyDa". He is so sweet, he loves to play with her feet and touch her hair...of which she has a ton!

We are so blessed to have this little angel. I am sure it will be a challenge with two young ones but I pray I will be able to handle it. Motherhood certainly is not easy but it is so rewarding and these children bring such happiness to Moema and I. God has blessed us so greatly!