Tuesday, October 27, 2009

38 Weeks

Yes, I know the counter to the left tells you all I will have this baby any day now. This isn't the case, unless the little counter knows something I don't. I am only 38 weeks, 37 if you go by my doctors dates. Baby can't come this week, we have too much going on.

Monday: Meet friends at Barnes and Noble to play, lunch date with my friend Sarah, babysit Amanda's kids.

Tuesday: Halloween party #1

Wednesday: Play group Halloween party, doctors appointment

Thursday: Visit Grandma Betty and Grandpa Jon at there new place

Friday: Golden "Boo Street" with Grandma

We don't really have plans for the weekend, but next week is Elie's birthday party. So, really, I don't need this kid to come any early.

On that note, I tested group B strep positive meaning I have to get to the hospital at least 4 hours before this kid shows up so I can get IV antibiotics. If I don't get them, the baby has to stay in the hospital at least 48 hours after she is born. Not a big deal, except I have to be there too and the Hospital is closed for visitors under 18, so the girls wouldn't be able to meet their new sister.

As far as what this kids name is: Annabelle, Josephine, Genvieve, Juliette, Joella, or maybe something else we come up with between now and then. Yet another reason she needs to stay put.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Urgent Care

We went on a nice family walk last night, stopped at the park and played in the leaves on the way home. When we got home, Matt and I were making dinner in the kitchen when I picked up Addilyn. I noticed she had something in her eye...and it was big. It was a chunk of leaf! It didn't seem to bother her at all, so we decided to wait until after dinner to see if it would just wash out by itself. It didn't. Our next plan was to rinse her eye out with saline solution. That didn't work either. I was afraid to let her go to sleep with it in her eye, so off to urgent care we went.

Our Urgent care is very close to our house, they already had a file on AJ so the whole process was quick. The doc basically did what we did and used a q-tip to get it out. We left leafless and with a prescription for antibiotic drops for her eye.

I am thankful for good insurance and close medical care.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Kids




Although I am sure you are rivited by all my intellectual prowess, I figured it might be time to show off my beautiful children along with some quick updates:

Eliana: Soon to be 4, she is pretty sure she knows just about everything. Loves books, creating things, she can write her name and loves going to MOPS and bible study. Over all, a very sweet natured girl. Elie hasn't showed a lot of interest in competition or athletics stuff, but she loves to play outside. Plays very well with her sister and is a natural care taker ( and bossy as anything) She loves animal, her bed is full of them. We play pretend all day long. She is really getting into her doll house too.

Addilyn: Going on 2, is much fiestier than her big sis. Quick to lose her temper and just as quick to recover, loves to cuddle and wrestle. Would follow her sister to the ends of the earth. A natural vegetarian, still overall a lousy eater. She is a ham, loves to make people laugh (especially herself) Much more daring than big sis, is pretty sure she can conquer anything that comes her way and loves to climb. She is talking a bunch, which makes life so much easier for everyone.

Baby #3: Should be here in the next 1-5 weeks. Growing well, they think she is pushing about 6 lbs already. Head down and very active, still doesn't have a name.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Super Mom

Some days, I put in my time as a mother and end the day feeling like I sucked and accomplished nothing. Today was not one of those days. It may help that I am "nesting". Much to Matt's dismay, since there is only so much I can do, he gets to help me nest.

First of all, the bunk bed is up and the big girls are offically sharing a room. So far so good. We having been working on the organization of 2 children's worth of stuff in one small space. Lots of progress was made and a little more needs to be done.

Second, the crib is up and baby #3's room is starting to come together. I need to pull out newborn clothes and diapers still, but at least we finally got started.

Third, I am a cooking fiend. I made 2 loaves of banana bread and a batch of pumpkin fudge. I had left over evaporated milk and pumpkin from the fudge, which is a pet peeve of mine. What the heck am I supposed to do with half a can of each?! I also had meal left overs that included butternut squash and brown/wild rice. Tonights dinner solved it all: chicken and rice soup and pumpkin/squash pie cooked in my crocker pot while we were at church and ready to eat when we came home. Might I add that I love my 2 sided crock pot.

I have also folded and put away more loads of laundry than I care to admit. And might I also add that Matt was sick all day today and in bed most of it.

To those of you who live a very different life than I, this may not really seem that impressive or blog worthy. I have become a simple person, easily excited by productivity, because it so very rarely happens. So as I sit here eating my warm pie with cream, I choose to ignore the fact my sink is full of dishes and my floor needs to be moped and instead focus on what a productive weekend I had.

Monday, October 5, 2009

10 Years of "wisdom"

Matt and I celebrated our 10th anniversary this weekend. In some ways it seems like more, like he has just always been a part of my life. In a way, he has, my adult life anyway. I guess that is what happens when you get married so young.

We were discussing how we have changed and grown over the last 10 years, and the changes in both of us are massive. We also discussed what we used to think marriage was and what we now believe it to be. Here is one thing we have decided everyone who is to get married needs to know:

The Stupid Clause: At some point in your marriage, one of you will do something vastly stupid. The price will be high and it will be paid by everyone who is in your family at that point. It won't be fair, it won't be your fault and everyone will suffer the stupidity of one person.

That is what marriage is about. Yes, sometimes it is sunshine and roses and happy feelings. Often it is just hard work. Sometimes your spouse is a glorified room mate that you would kick to the curb if you were not married to them. You don't always like the person your married to and there will be no one else on earth (except maybe your children) who will be able to get under your skin like they can. You will get an up close and personal view of someone elses character flaws and if your willing, a great view of your own. It won't be about you. You will have to compromise when your right and they are not. Your dreams will sometimes take a back seat to theres. It is NEVER a 50/50 division of labor, someone is always pulling more than there own weight.

I know this is a terrible sales job for marriage. I hate to think I sound bitter, because I am not. I don't regret for one single second choosing Matt as my spouse. I love my life and the great things about marriage. I love that I have someone to talk to about my day, who actually cares. I love the excessive amount of laughter that comes with being married. I love that it isn't all about me. I love the family we are creating together, watching Matt love on our girls and come into his own as a man and a father. I love that I sleep next to my best friend (at least I do when he is home!) I love that when I am beat down, I have an advocate and someone else who is willing to put the kids to bed.

Everything in life cost you something and marriage is no different. I think we often do young couples a great disservice by not letting them know what they are in for. Sometimes the price is high, but the reward is great.