Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Marcus' Preschool Class Fall 2009

Marcus loves his preschool class and his teacher, Miss Dawn. We have been so happy with his progress. He is constantly sounding out the first letter of every word to figure out what letter it starts with. He has learned son very cute songs and done some great art projects. As usual he has made fast friends with the kids in his class and always wants them to come over to play. He has turned into such a grown-up boy. He will miss Miss Dawn and the kids in his class (especially you Elly!).

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Halloween Costumes



We had a great Halloween! Chris and Tenielle Bender came over and we had chicken noodle soup from costco with cheesy bread sticks then, sent the boys out to trick-or-treat. They came back with bags full of candy. (Which I have been hiding ever since...)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Lucy Eliana Bacon

Yes, you read it correctly. her name has been changed.

She is named after her Grandma Lake who is a remarkable women of strength, faith and love.

Lucy Eliana Bacon
7 weeks old

Thank you Tim and Kim for the fabulous pictures.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Lovey Came Home!

Marcus and Seth love having their sister home. They are such good big brothers. They each take turns holding her and giving her TONS of kisses on the head.
Marcus likes to feed her one of the two supplemental bottles she gets a day (3 oz of breastmilk & 1/2 tsp. neosure) and he always makes sure she gets a burp. She is a really good eater.
She is sleeping well, every few nights she has a bad night and we go downstairs to watch an episode of Law & Order. It's actually really nice that Jon is home and lets me sleep in on those days!
We love having a little girl, she is such a miracle!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Our Lovey...

Marcus & Seth bought this bear for their sister. Linda, the nurse, took a sweet picture of her holding it while she slept.

The IV came out awhile ago and Eliana was able to start having tub baths. This was her first tub bath.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Grandma Lake & Eliana

Grandpa Bacon & Eliana

Many years ago (or so it seems)

A year after Jon and I were married we went to DC for Jon to do an internship at the French Embassy. We lived in the basement of the Rosenthal's House and I played nanny to their two daughters, Alexandra and Eliana. It was at this time Jon fell in love with Eliana and with her name. Hence, we now have a daughter Eliana!
Here are some flash back pictures...

Jon working at the French Embassy

The White House

We played Mary & Joseph for the live Nativity Scene at the Washington DC Temple

My first time being a spider for Halloween. (I've been that every year since!) I actually bought the hat in Alexandria.

Alexandra Rosenthal


Eliana Rosenthal

Annapolis, Maryland

Monday, August 24, 2009

She smiles...

Lovey was born at 31 weeks (9 weeks early)
on August 12th at 4:40 am.
She was 3lbs 7 oz and 15 1/2 inches long.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Bacon Family Reunion

Jon's whole family came out to Utah for a family Reunion. Even his Aunt Wendy and Uncle Ray came over form England. It was a crazy time with Lovey in the hospital but we loved seeing everyone and being together, it doesn't happen very often.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bacon Family Reunion

We were very fortunate to have Jon's family come out to Utah for a family reunion. They were a great support at a difficult and hectic time for us. Tim and Kim took some family pictures for us and as usual they turned out great! We loved seeing you all! We even got Uncle Andrew for a week longer! He stayed to help out with the boys while Jon was working and I was making daily trips to see Lovey in the hospital.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Our Daughter Has a Name!

Introducing: Eliana Renée Bacon!!

A little background on her name. When Michelle and I lived in Washington D.C. in the latter half of 2003, Michelle was a nanny for the children of the family we lived with. One of their daughters name is Eliana. When I first heard the name I absolutely fell in love with it. Not to mention the Eliana we knew being one of the cutest children I'd ever met (she had me wrapped around her finger! I should add, both of their children were absolutely beautiful!).

Fast forward to our current neighborhood. Our neighbors and friends the Mabey's have the only other Eliana we've ever met (among their four beautiful daughters!). This actually made the decision for our daughter's name a little tough (every girl knows they want an "original" name--even though there isn't such a thing--for their baby) since we didn't want it to be weird having a daughter with the same name as our friends daughter. However, their Eliana is also SUPER cute and sweet as can be (as are all of their daughters!), so again, the name association was positive. It still wasn't an easy decision.

The clincher came through the meaning of her name. Eliana (pronounced, elle-ee-AN-ah) means "God has answered." Truly, we know He has. Renee is Michelle's middle name as well.

So now you know... "The rest of the story!" Feel free to help us spread the news!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Baby Girl Bacon

Hey all, a more detailed post about the baby is coming soon, but we wanted to get some pictures up for family and friends not on Facebook (pictures are there too under Michelle and my profiles).

We're still working on a name (What? Us having problems picking a name... never!!!), and we'll have one by 5:00 p.m. (MST) on Monday, Aug. 17th since that's the deadline. Anyway, here are a few pictures of the little bug (what we have so far)!

Baby Girl Bacon (this is the night after she was born at the NICU. Thought it was a better picture to introduce her than some of them below)

Here's the little bug straight out of the womb. She went on a ventilator for transport to the other hospital (about 20 miles from here), then went to a CPAP (if you're understanding these terms you're better off than I was!), and by mid-day she was breathing on her own. What a trooper!

Here's the contraption she was hooked to for transport to the NICU at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center (in Provo). It looks more like Ecto 1 than a stretcher!

This is how she was when I gave her a blessing before heading on the road. It was a sweet moment that brought a lot of comfort to Michelle and I and had some kind words for the baby!

Here's "Super Mom!" She lost about 60% of her blood volume but was smiling and doing well. She was actually comforting me the whole time... what can I say, I'm a softy when it comes to my wife and kids. She's doing much better now and is super strong and recovering quickly. As far as I'm concerned, I'm the luckiest man alive!

Posing for the camera! Hairy like her brothers!

Her head is a little smaller than a dum dum lollipop!

I tried to add some perspective with the lollipops. Didn't quite work!

My first time holding my daughter. Few things more special than this moment! Her head is so small it fits easily in just the palm of my hand covering only a portion of it. Tiny little one! She was born at 3 lbs. 8 oz., and was 15 inches long. By yesterday, she was down to 3 lbs. 4 oz. Hopefully she'll start going up soon... mom's been pumping like crazy. I'm the milk delivery guy!

A little better perspective. A "Giant" Symphony bar looks huge next to her! I figured I'd get something to measure her by that I could enjoy eating after :-)

Another look at my little symphony!

Her first teddy bear came for a visit too. She was just looking on to make sure she was ok!

Even the teddy bear couldn't resist a little snuggle with her. About the only time the bear (hope) will be the same size!

They put a bow in her hair yesterday. Still hairy, but looking more like a girl (than her brothers) with the bow!

The final perspective for now. She's a wee one, but is holding up like a trooper.

We're pretty wildly blessed right now and I'd be ungrateful if I didn't say a HUGE thank you to our friends and family, specifically, the Mabey's, Bender's, Shirley's, Lucy (Michelle's mom), Tanaka's, Arzani's and everyone else who has volunteered their time, energy, prayers and well wishes. The outpouring of love and support has been immense and we both have full hearts because of it. Stories from family and friends of their experience with a premature baby have also helped a ton. It's given us perspective and prepared us that much more for what's going on now and what's to come. Thank you everyone. We are more grateful than words can express.