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Monday, September 29, 2008

1 Month


B was 1 month old on the 26th. Today was his 1 month check up.

I CANNOT believe the changes!

Check it out.




At birth he weighed 8lbs 12 ozs. Today he weights 10lbs 2 ozs.


At birth he was 20 1/2 inches long. Today he was 22 3/4 inches long.



This puts him just above the 50% for weight and at the 90%!!!! for height.

Considering I am just over 5 feet tall and my husband is 5'9" -- this will probably be the only time my child will be considered tall for his age.....





Schedules/ Menu Plan Monday

I've always prided myself on being flexible and a sort of go-with-the-flow kind of gal. Apparently, I'm more of a schedule kind of person than I thought. Don't get me wrong, I've done menu plans for as long as I've been the menu planner. That is mostly because I would NEVER be able to go to the grocery store without a list. I cannot put meals together that way. I would most assuredly come home without half of my ingredients.
I have also had a 'cleaning schedule' for a long time. I've always chalked that up to the fact that I don't especially like cleaning house and without a schedule I might not get it done as I would just do something else that I want need to do.

Of course, it could be that the more kids we've added to our family, and the older they've gotten- the more extra curricular things they do -- the more schedule bound I've become.


At any rate , it has become rather apparent that I like my schedules. With the new baby being here ALL of my schedules have been incredibly interrupted. I didn't struggle with this as much when L was born. I've been thinking about why, and I think it is because when L was born, A and M were still preschool/toddler age and we had no extracurricular activities. At least not any that hugely affected my other schedules.


This time around, though, things are different. This time around we are in the throws of fall soccer which A and M are both doing and that takes up Monday and Tuesday evenings and part of every Saturday. Luckily, it will end in October. To say that I will be jumping for joy is an understatement! Besides soccer, all three girls are in dance this year. A has 2 classes and M and L both have 1 and NONE of them are in the same classes. Therefore, we are at the dance studio 4 afternoons/evenings a week. Then of course we have church on Wednesday nights.
Between all of these things and just trying to tend to a newborn ,my house looks like a tornado came through. To be honest, my house wasn't spotless before the baby came. Having moved in late June,being really pregnant, along with sort of waiting to see if we are going to stay in this house for the long haul or not (I don't mean we are moving from this church -- just maybe to a different house) I haven't really gotten everything unpacked and put in a place or on the wall or what have you.



I am to a place now where the tornado is driving me crazy. And really it is just embarrassing when people come to visit B and I have to apologize for the state of things. Don't get me wrong -- my house is clean. I can't stand the thought of my bathrooms not being cleaned once a week , etc.....It's just that the clutter is driving me mad.



All of this to say that I am determined to get back to my schedules. To stop the chaos-- to control the madness. Starting TODAY -- I'm going back to FlyLady. If you don't know FlyLady, you should really check her out -- she is very helpful for those of us to whom housecleaning doesn't come naturally.



With all of that in mind here is my start --

Monday is laundry day at my house. I will be washing,drying, folding, hanging and putting away laundry. I will also be beginning to switch out the summer clothes for the winter clothes.....YEA!!! I'm so excited that fall is here - and where I am -- today and tomorrow's highs are in the 70's and the rest of the week -- it will be in the 60's -- I am beyond elated about this! I LOVE FALL and cooler weather.



I digress.

Besides laundry, here is my menu plan for this week....Hopefully I can get the list made and go to the grocery store sometime today also.....



M - Grilled Chicken, broccoli, potato's

T - We have a meeting at school and a soccer game so we will grab something quick.

W - The Gathering Meal at church

T - Enchilada Casserole, black beans and Spanish rice

F- Indian Fry Bread (Fundraiser for our kids school)

S - Baked Cod (I'm thinking I'll use this recipe), green beans, brown rice

S- out to eat



For more Menu Planning, go on over and visit Laura. Now, if you'll excuse me -- I've got to take the baby to the dr. for a checkup (he is a month old already!) and all the other things listed above! Have a great Monday everybody.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Outtakes

We tried this past weekend to take some pictures of all 4 of our kids to send out in B's birth announcements. Here are some shots that won't be going out in the mail.





I knew I would probably never get B looking at the camera but I thought the girls should be able to all look at the camera at the same time and smile......I was wrong.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Water Park Fun


Last Thursday we picked A & M up from school after lunch and drove over to Gatlinburg. Their Granddaddy and Nana LeeAnne were vacationing at Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort. I have been to Gatlinburg a myriad of times in my lifetime and I had no idea this place even existed. You can buy vacation property there but my in-laws don't have property there, they were just vacationing. Since Gatlinburg is just on the other side of the Smoky Mountains from us, we decided to drive over and visit since the resort had it's own water park. Wild Bear Falls was a lot of fun for the girls and gave us one last chance to go swimming this year.
A got really cold and didn't play for very long but M and L loved it. Here are a few pictures from our afternoon.This is a view of the children's area of the park. They also had two real water slides that actually went outside and came back inside. One was a flume type slide that K enjoyed. The other was one that you could ride on a raft with two people. The only one of our children tall enough to ride it was A.
She wanted no part of it......
There was a hot tub that the girls really liked getting in to warm up. Because it was recycled water, the children's areas were freezing cold.

There was a Lazy River that wound around. It was a favorite of everyone.




This huge bucket would fill with water and then dump out all over whoever was underneath it. M loved this and would run over to it every time the bell rang that said it was going to dump!








L loved the slides and all of the waterfalls, too.



And B. slept the day away, of course. He and I actually had a cabana (inside) that I could close off when it came time to nurse him.




After playing at the water park for a while, the grandparents took the kids to a playground on the resort property while K and I went to these outlet stores for a quick shopping trip. We were only able to go to a few stores but I got some great deals -- Stride R*ite boots for $10 - I'd say that is a GREAT deal. I only wish they'd had all three girls sizes!


We then went back and met the family for supper. And drove home with all 4 kids sleeping. It was great family time!


*sorry the pictures are greenish....I'm not too sure what it is from....*

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tech Support

If some one out there is more tech savvy than me -- please tell me how to put my followers on my blog.....
I tried what it told me to do on blogger -- but I have a template done by someone and not a basic one -- I'm afraid it is going to erase my other stuff because it keeps asking me to choose a template from blogger templates.......

Does that make sense to anyone? If so, I'd appreciate your help.
I'd love to put your smiling faces on my blog.....

L's Ambitions


L has recently been telling us about her ambitions in life. It is so much fun to hear what she wants to do and be in life. Here is what she tells everyone:


"When I grow up I'm gonna be a painter,"(I asked if she was going to paint houses or pictures - she said both), "AND a mommy."

"I'm going to have 5 girls and 3 boys," (for a while it was 5 of each gender but she dropped a couple of sons)

"And the oldest two girls are going to be named Mady and Cara." (She's seen one too many episodes of Jon and Kate + 8 I think.)
And judging from the picture, I'm wondering if there aren't some beauty pageants in her future. What a pose and quite a fashion statement I'd say!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Things Forgotten and Never to Forget!

Since it has been over three years since I've had a newborn there are many things that I had forgotten about this stage.
There are things I'd forgotten about nursing like how long it takes for it to become not painful for me. Or how long it takes to get on a schedule (we aren't there yet). Or how long it takes for the leaking to stop. Or how sweet it is when B holds my finger or stares into my face while nursing.

There are also some other general things I'd forgotten like how a schedule of any kind is hard to come by. Which has made my house cleaning schedule and my quiet time with God go out the window (any suggestions?). Or how much time just getting everyone ready when you add another person to the mix takes. Yesterday - I had to send the girls to Sunday School and then come home and get B and I ready for church. Or how much stuff it takes to go anywhere. OR how much I just LOVE holding B and cuddling him and rubbing his head -- another reason my housework might not be getting done.

Another thing I'd forgotten was how long it takes to be able to wear my own clothing after babies. 4 weeks out and I cannot get into my own pants so I am wearing what I consider my fat pants which is limited to about 3 pairs......I'm also beginning to wonder if I will get back into my own pants or if this size is where I am stopping..... Time to get back into shape!

These are just some of the things I'd forgotten. Along with these things forgotten, I also have come to some things Never to Forget.
Realizing this is the last baby I will ever have, I don't want to forget any stage of his life. Tomorrow he will be a month old. I CANNOT believe a month has passed already. That has reminded me how much I want to be fully aware and present for whatever stage each of my children is in. I want to take it all in and fully be there and enjoy it all.....even the difficult stages. I never want to forget what blessings children and my husband are from God. For a man who told me before we were married that he only wanted 1 child -- I think he is doing a tremendous job at handling 4. And not only that, he is incredibly helpful and is such a wonderful Daddy to them all. There is no one my girls want to see more than their Daddy each day. And I know B is going to feel the same way soon enough. I know there are many many Daddy's who don't do diapers and baths and take time each day to play and read with their children. God blessed me with one who does and I don't ever want to take that for granted.

It's easy to think of all the things that are difficult right now. I am choosing (most of the time) to remember all the things that I am blessed with right now instead.

Dear Lord,
Help me this day to focus on all the blessings you've given me and not the negative or hard things that are in my life right now. Thank you for my husband - You gave him to me and I am ever so thankful that he is such a wonderful father to our children. Thank you for my three girls and this new baby boy you've given us. Each of them adds to my life and I know that they are all gifts from you. Help me never, ever to forget these things Lord. Amen

Ya'll have a great Monday.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

AHHHHGGGHHHGGH!

I had a post all written for ya'll to update you. Actually I've written it twice.

It won't save! UGGGGHHHH!

I will have to get back with you all later. We are headed out of town for the afternoon and it is time for B to eat. Have a great Thursday and hopefully I can get back here tomorrow.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Menu Plan Monday


Our weekend was full of family. My sister came up to visit on Friday evening and stayed for the weekend. On Saturday morning, A & M both had soccer games so we spent the morning at the soccer field. Then on Saturday afternoon, PaPa and NaNa (my dad and his girlfriend) came for a visit to meet B for the first time. B has met all 4 sets of grandparents now. Yesterday, of course we went to church where K gave an excellent sermon. He is currently doing a series called Disciple where he is discussing the difference between being a 'christian' and being a disciple as Jesus called us to be. It has been a great series so far. Very challenging to everyone I think to look at the way Jesus called us to be rather than Christian in name only. It seems in this day and age that there are many, many people who call themselves Christian and may show up for church on a pretty regular basis-- yet their lives outside of church are vastly different. I think we all have those tendencies at times. I know this series is challenging me. The Lord has had a LOT to say to me in the midst of these past few weeks.


I am beginning to get back on track with my menu planning. So, here is this weeks menu.....


M - baked ziti, salad, bread and fruit

T - Between dance and soccer practice we will probably pick something up.....

W- church meal - this week's menu is BBQ =)

T- We are going over to Gatlinburg for the afternoon so we will eat out.

F-Grilled salmon, broccoli, brown rice, fruit

S - chicken, green beans, potatoes

S - out


This is my plan. However, I need to add a disclaimer to this plan. Things have been sort of crazy around here lately and we will have grandparents visiting again this weekend so I have no idea what to expect really for the weekend. Hope ya'll have a great Monday. Now - I must get back to the laundry.



Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Pertussis and Home Schooling

I am sure that you are looking at the title of this post thinking that those two things have NOTHING to do with one another. And I'm here to tell you that for me and my family they are related, yes they are.

Let me tell you a story.

When B was being checked out by one of the pediatricians at the hospital, there were many pieces of advice given. How to care for his circumcision (remember I've had only girls), come in to the office in three days for a weight check, you and your husband should go get a tetanus shot, watch for jaundice, wake him to feed every three hours....


WAIT A MINUTE -- back up -- Go and get a Tetanus shot? Whatever for? (Have I ever mentioned how I hate needles so much that I am likely to faint when getting a shot?-- don't judge me -- it's just the truth people). The pediatrician informs me that Pertussis -- Whooping Cough -- is going around in this county and therefore, K and I need to be up to date on our own immunizations so that B won't get it if we happen to be exposed to this bacteria.

Now, I know ya'll probably won't believe this about me but until recently I have not been prone to any sort of mass hysteria. I am not usually germ phobic. I do believe that children need to be exposed to a certain amount of germs to help build up antibodies so they won't come down with every cold that goes around. However, between the fear issues I've had the last couple of years and the knowledge that Whooping Cough would be a terrible thing for B to get (since his first immunization for this won't come until he is 2 months old) I think I've jumped on the mass hysteria bandwagon.

I've tried for the past two weeks since B's birth, NOT to be hysterical about this but it is getting harder and harder the more I think about it and the closer it hits home....
Last week, I took B to the dr. for a clogged tear duct and found myself being the biggest germ phobe out there. I didn't want to put him on the table or let any of our things touch anything at the dr. office for fear of contracting the disease. I really wanted to ask for masks for us so we didn't even have to breath the same air as the rest of the people there. AND it didn't help any when we were ushered into a particular room to see the dr. and a nurse calls out to the nurse leading us. And our nurse responds -- "It's been cleaned."

Then yesterday, we were at A's ballet class when a lady walks up to me and asks, "Isn't she (pointing at L) in Malachi's preschool class?"

"At First Methodist?"

"yes."

"Yes, she is."

The lady, who by the way is like 9 months pregnant herself, then tells me that her whole family is now on prophylactic antibiotics because her other child was exposed to the bacteria in her daycare......Do you all understand what she was saying to me? It is possible that her child has it (they won't know for 5 days) and therefore her son has been exposed to the virus and maybe then, my L has been exposed also.

Seriously, ya'll. This is driving me banana's! I am becoming really worried about it. I even took my other three kids straight out to the car where we sat until A was done with her lesson. While we waited I called the pediatrician to see if we needed to be swabbed for the virus....(the nurse said no -not at this point). While I had them on the phone I also asked this question --

"How can I tell the difference between the symptoms of a common cold (which A and M seem to have) and the symptoms of whooping cough?" The answer? "Oh, you can't really until it gets to the stage where the cough is strangling the child and sounds like a whoop". The nurse said it is probably a good idea to keep B OUT of public until this "dies down". When will that be? How long will that take exactly?

IT IS OFFICIAL. I'm on the mass hysteria band wagon. Even though my girls have all had their vaccinations and should be protected against this bacteria, K and I aren't right now because we haven't gone to get the shot (I know, I know we are going tomorrow or Monday.) and B obviously isn't protected. I have no idea if they can get the germ and then without getting the virus, bring it home to the three of us who aren't protected......I'm even considering taking my three older children out of public school and homeschool until this "dies down".

K says he doesn't think I can do that. He doesn't think I can take the girls out of school for a while and then put them back in.....does anyone know the answer to that? I know that you are thinking that this is all sounding very extreme -- to take my children out of school when I don't know for sure they've been exposed -- but my fear is really for B. If he gets this it could really be bad.

So, if anyone can give any advice on this, please do before I do something really crazy like put a sign on my door telling people to stay away until the whooping cough is gone............

Late Night Lesson

I am sure that I don't have to tell anyone about the lack of sleep going on in our house. B (like a lot of newborns) tends to be wide awake at night and sound asleep during the day. A few nights ago, I put him down to sleep at about midnight hoping he was tired enough to go to sleep for a while.

He started to grunt and fuss.

I tried giving him a few minutes.....

The fussing and grunting got louder and more frequent.

I gave him a couple of more minutes.

The fussing and grunting turned into full blown crying.

I tried giving him his pacifier..... he spit it out.

We did that for a while -- me returning the passy only to have him spit it out a few minutes later.

Finally, I decided to pick him up. He was already swaddled up good and tight so I decided to try the passy again. This time he took it and quieted down immediately.

It was in that moment that God taught me a lesson. I realized that B was feeling really warm, safe and secure in my arms. So much so that he drifted right off to sleep with out any worries at all. God reminded me that this was exactly what he wanted for me. He wants me to feel so warm, safe and secure in his arms that I have no worries and can drift right off to sleep......
I just sat there thinking 'wow, what a visual reminder.' And then I thanked God for such a reminder. I just had to share this late night lesson with all of you.

Psalm 91:4 (New International Version)
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart

Matthew 6:25-34 (New International Version)
25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life
?
28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.


Blessings on your Wednesday everyone! Talk to you soon!

Friday, September 5, 2008

I promised


I promised some pictures of B. and have now come down with Mastitis....So, I'm dealing with that right now. But since I promised-- here is one picture of him.
When I am all done with the fevers and chills and aches and pains -- I will be back with more.
Hope you are all well....