Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Okay, so this is what I look like at 24 weeks. Pardon the picture, I used my timer. There is definitely a little pooch there, but nothing at all like I was with Zachary or the twins at this time. Maybe because this is a girl I am smaller. Who know? Someone suggested that because I waited longer between pregnancies that my body had more time to bounce back. We'll see what happens in the next few weeks. The good news is that the baby is healthy. We can hear her solid heartbeat every time I'm in the doctor's office. She kicks hard and frequently. There have been no problems so I cannot complain. Hopefully things will continue on smoothly.
Here, however, is my favorite pregnancy invention. This is my maternity belt. It's the white thing strapped around my lower abdomen.
Like Zachary, this baby is sitting way low in my tummy. I had one of these with Zachary and it helped so much. I wore it all the time. However, somehow it had gotten misplaced, so I went out and replaced it today. I feel so much more supported and not like the baby is hanging low, pulling on everything. I wish I had had one of these with the twins. Jacob sat way low and made a lot of room down there. I think that's why all my other babies have chosen to sit down there as well. However, it does mean that I have limited heartburn with my pregnancies and I never really have that feeling of not being able to breathe. Those are two very good things! Hopefully, no more updates will be necessary. Maybe just more pictures as I get bigger! Grow baby girl, grow!
Friday, October 24, 2008
1. What was your favorite Halloween/Fall Festival costume as a child?
I hate to dress up, so I cannot really remember any costumes that I had as a child. I think that my mom made me a pumpkin costume once, and I thought it was cool that my mom made it for me.
2. Least favorite costume to wear?
All of them!
3. Favorite candy?
I love Reese's-peanut butter cups, pieces, anything that combines chocolate and peanut butter, but I will eat anything with chocolate in it!
4. Favorite fall treat that you baked?
I think that would be my birthday cake! However, lately, I have a pumpkin cheesecake that I really like. I am a sucker for pumpkin!
5. What age do you think one should stop trick-or-treating?
I think once it becomes all about the candy and you are no longer excited about the costume, so for some people, like maybe my hubby, they should still be trick-or-treating!
6. What is the lamest treat you received?
I can't really remember. I never really liked anything that wasn't candy when I was a kid.
7. Any other traditions on Oct. 31?
Well, seeing as it is my birthday, we always would have a special dinner, usually one I would pick out. Then after trick-or-treating I would get to open my birthday presents from my mom and dad.
8. What costumes will be present in your family this fall?
Jacob and Kyle both want to be baseball players (thank goodness, something I can actually do!), Zachary will either be an M & M or a kangaroo (two costumes that I have available already). I don't know what my hubby will be and did I mention that I hate dressing up?
9. Favorite Halloween or fall movie?
Halloween is probably my least favorite holiday (go figure), so I don't really know any movies that I like. There is a spoof on scary movies called Student Bodies and if you haven't seen it, you should. The plot falls apart at the end, but it's pretty funny up until then.
10. Any funny Halloween stories?
When I was in second grade, I went to change into my costume. I was Princess Leah and I had one of those plastic costumes and masks. Well, I took off all my clothes and just wore my costume. I was cold and everyone made fun of me. Maybe this is why I hate dressing up!
Well, wasn't that fun!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Okay, so I am a true soccer mom and I love it! This is some video taken of Jacob and Kyle's last soccer game. It's about a minute. There are four shots of Jacob scoring goals, one of Kyle almost scoring a goal, and one of what Kyle does best-kick the ball away on defense.
Jacob and Kyle are in the grey shirts. Jacob is #7 and Kyle is #9. The quality is terrible so you can't read the numbers, just know that Jacob is the one doing all the scoring! Oh yeah, and when you hear me say, "Oh no!" it's because that's Jacob's 4th goal and the other team has not scored any yet. The game does wind up tied, 4-4.
They have actually been a lot of fun to watch this year. Jacob is so fast that he tended to get a lot of breakaways, while Kyle really wasn't aggressive enough to get in there, so he hung back and played some mean defense. We'll see what happens in the spring!
I also have an appointment in February for a developmental pediatrician at Children's Memorial. Hopefully, she will be able to help but we'll just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, Jacob has started to do this:
All of the sudden he is starting to color inside the lines.
Before I got a chance to put it away, my sister opened it and started playing with her husband (that's so fun to say, my sister's husband), Bill. Next thing I knew, Jacob was watching and learning. For about a day, he needed someone to play with him, but now both him and Kyle can play the game completely independently. They sit across from each other and can play for quite some time. The game is a cool, updated version of the classic, but still requires the kids to find the different traits on each of the bears picutred. We have asked about everything from hats, to mustaches, to freckles, to rosy cheeks, to the shape and color of the noses. It has been really amazing. They also understand what to do when they ask a question and are given an answer, you know, which one to put down. Here are some pictures of them playing:
This is a picture of the board. You spin the dial on the bottom to choose your bear (the boys say "character") and then you flip down the solid wooden pieces when you figure out who the other person is not.
This is Jacob asking a question about Kyle's "character."
Then here is Jacob flipping down the bear that he knows is not Kyle.
Here is Kyle getting his game all set up. I believe that he was choosing his "character" when I took the picture.
P.S. This game is by Melissa and Doug for those of you who know their products. We love them!
This one was in the car today after Story Hour. We have just had birthday week in our house as many of you know and Jacob is having a very hard time understanding how Zachary's birthday comes before his, but he is older. So we have been talking about how he was born two whole years before Zachary. I'm not sure if he's getting it or not. So this was his comment today:
Jacob: Mom, are we going to die two whole years before Zachary?
Wasn't even sure how to address that one. Luckily when I said "No, probably not," he just let it go. We started talking about the construction trucks on the expressway.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Our statistics are amazingly similar. Zachary weighed in at 331/2 lbs. and stretched 40 inches. Jacob was 411/2 lbs. and 451/2 inches. Kyle was 43 lbs. and 46 inches. Amazingly, all of their body mass indexes were about the same. Zachary's was 14, Jacob's 14.1, and Kyle's 14.2. All three kids have heights in the 95th percentile, weights right around the 50th percentile, and body mass indexes right around the 5-10th percentile. So when you see us in our bathing suits and ribs are sticking out, it's okay. The doctor says they're healthy and it will probably stay that way, just please don't push any extra fatty food our way. They don't need to be "fattened up" and someday that number will be much harder for them to manage, so they still need to learn to eat healthy and exercise.
Other than that, we are doing well. The baby gets a check tomorrow, so we should be able to hear the heartbeat again. She has been pretty happy in there, sleeping a lot and kicking a bit. I am hopeful that means that this baby will sleep a lot when she is born. Probably just wishful thinking!
Monday, October 13, 2008
When I found out I was pregnant with you, I was overjoyed. I had been through so much with your daddy being sick that I was so excited to have some happy in our life. Then just a few weeks later I found out that I was going to have both of you, I was overjoyed! I didn't really stop to think about what that was going to mean in real life.
I spent eight weeks on bedrest with the two of you and would gladly do it again. To hear you both cry at your birth almost made me cry as well. You have been two very healthy boys from the day you were born. Whatever weight you couldn't gain inside for whatever reason, you both put on quickly and I have never worried about that since.
This is the two of you shortly after we brought you home from the hospital. You are about two weeks old. Kyle on the left and Jacob on the right.You are my firsts. Not very many people get to say that, but I have two firsts. You were very easy and content babies. You both were sleeping through the night before you were three months old. You were content in your bouncy seats, exersaucers, and swings. You went to sleep easily and it wasn't long before you were taking substantial naps. You have never complained about naptime or bedtime and I can't tell you how much I appreciate that. I am very crabby when I don't get sleep and I think you are both like me in that respect.
As I have watched you over the past five years, you truly have found a friend and playmate in one another. You definitely like to know where the other one is and can pretty easily entertain each other. That's not to say that you don't fight about things, but I know that you will always be there for each other. It seems that every time one of you accomplishes something new, be it sitting up, riding your bike, reading simple words, the other one of you is never far behind. Kyle, you crawled one week to the day after Jacob did. Jacob, you learned how to ride your two wheeler just minutes after Kyle figured it out. I don't even know which one of you started to put sounds in words together first. Neither one of you wants to be left behind, and you both work very hard to try new things.
To both of you-
This is my favorite picture of you right now. You both look so happy and it just melts my heart to see my boys so close to each other.Now that you are five, so many baby things are going away. Last year you gave up sippy cups, you are riding your two wheelers for longer and longer bike rides, and you are able to explain things to your little brother that I didn't think you could. My prayer for you both is that you never find yourself limited and that you are always willing to try new things. Know that I will always be there to support you and that my love for you is as limitless and your choices and abilities in life.
I love you both!
I went to lay down with Jacob in my room yesterday for a nap and I went over to close the blinds. We had the windows open because it was a beautiful day. As I closed the first blind, I noticed there was one of those beetles on the window. I decided that I wasn't going to deal with it because I really wanted Jacob to sleep and I was just being lazy. As I closed the second blind which is the big window of our bay window, I noticed about 10 more. As I started to look, they were on the ceiling above the bay window and over on the third window as well. Fortunately my hubby was also home and he came in and took care of all of them, but I bet he found 30 beetles.
It turned out that our screens are not quite the right size for the windows and the beetles were able to get in the sides of the screens. I guess we cannot open the windows in our room until beetle season is over. I'm hoping that's when a hard frost hits. Until then, I guess that we'll run our fan and try not to be too stuffy. Anybody have any other ideas that don't involve spending lots of money to replace our screens?
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I can't remember the last time that I was stung. I had to be about 10.
I didn't even know the bee was there until I felt something sharp go in my finger.
I looked a few seconds later and saw the bee sitting there.
Wow! Did it hurt!
Fortunately we had an ice pack with us.
However, 3 hours later, it still hurts, and my finger is pretty swollen.
Now I have a better perspective of how my children feel when they are stung.
I will be more sympathetic.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
- Is there enough time to get all of this craziness in?
- Please, please, don't let me forget my flowers for this picture!
- Are the balloons and cake going to get picked up?
- We need another cooler and ice!
- Do we have enough games for the kids to play?
- Do we have enough things to keep the kids busy?
- Will this little girl inside me continue to make this pregnancy very easy?
- We need to get the decorations out before we leave.
See we have to go take a few pictures from my sister's wedding this morning. We left out a few two weeks ago on the actual day and my mom is just sick about it, so she got the tux guy to give her back the four tuxes (the boys' and the groom's) for free, we're praying that the flowers that we've been saving in water in the refrigerator hold up, and that we all can pull ourselves together for just a few more pictures.
Anyway, Zachary is now awake, the stillness is over. Let the craziness begin! Oh yeah, after the pictures, I have 25 people coming to my house for a birthday party! Lord, help me remember that this is all supposed to be fun!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Later in the day, Grandma and Papa brought your brothers to see you for the first time. Kyle really wanted to hold you and Jacob pretty much wanted nothing to do with you. Bruce and Michele were on their way to the airport and they stopped to see you. We finally got a hold of Aunt Sara and Uncle Bill and they came to see you later that night.
However that was three years ago and you have changed so much since then. As I watch you today, you are certainly an amazing little boy. Yes, I still call you my little boy. I don't think I am ready for you to grow up yet. You absolutely adore trains. It is so much fun to see how excited you get when you see one. Just today on our way home from church, you stuttered your way in excitement as we went over not one, but two trains. You said things like:
"There goes the train!"
"There's a consist. It has two engines."
"Look! It's going backwards!"
You love your wooden trains and train table at home as well as your lego trains, and any other train you might happen to find. Even if there is no train, you find one, like at the new Whole Foods, there is a little decorative canopy over the front doors, and you told me that you thought it was a track for trains.
You love your brothers and most of the time think you are as old as they are and can do anything they can do. Sometimes I am appreciative of this. I truly feel that is why you were potty-trained by two and a half and how you have learned to undress yourself already (for those of you that have only girls, this is something that you have to TEACH boys to do). Sometimes however, it makes for difficult times and you don't always understand that you can't do the things that they can do yet. I sometimes say, "You're not four, you can do that when you're four." You then shout, "I AM four!" All this does is make us go round and round, soI guess that I need a new argument. You want to go to school just like your brothers. You love your Parent's Day Out, but I know that you are looking forward to next year to going to the same school Jacob and Kyle went to.
You are the most stubborn child I have. Papa always has told you that you can't out-stubborn your mom, but you are giving me a run for my money. Hopefully you will learn to use this skill for good. I think I have, for the most part anyway.
Your smile and laugh lights up my day. It's hard to stay angry with you when you grin at me. I love our "donut Mondays"-grocery shopping while the boys are at school and we get a donut at Meijer. I love to snuggle with you when you have just woken up from a nap. I dread the mantra of "I'm hungry," which seems to escape your mouth about every three minutes. I love to listen to you sing. Just yesterday I heard you belt out "Open the eyes of my heart," while playing and then this morning you started "The B-I-B-L-E, yes that's the book for me!" You seem to have a natural gift for music and I hope that I can encourage that. You learn songs very fast and seem to remember them for a long time.
I don't know what the future holds for you, but I know that I love you more today than the day you were born. You are my baby boy, and since the next one is a girl, you will always get to stay that way.
I love you! Happy Birthday Zachary!
Then as I was cleaning up a few things this evening, I was reading the rest of the church newsletter that has gotten discarded under piles of things on our island. I wanted to get it in the recycle bin so I was skimming it. At the very end, I found this. I don't know who wrote it, I would like to give them credit if anyone knows. It goes like this:
When you thought I wasn't looking...
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator and immediately wanted to paint another one.
When you thought I wsn't looking, I saw you feed a stray cat and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me, and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I heard you say a prayer and I knew that there is a God I could always talk to and I learned to trust in Him.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you give time and money to help people who had nothing, and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don't.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it, and I learned that we have to take care of what we are given.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't feel good, and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grew up.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but that it is alright to cry.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I learned most of life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you give Daddy a big hug and I knew it was alright to love someone without holding back.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I often wanted to say, "Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking," but I couldn't because then you would know I was peeking.
Wow! These words hit me like a ton of bricks. God is always watching me and knows just what I need to hear. He put these words in front of me and had me in tears again, but this time, the tears were for a different reason. I try so hard to help my children with right and wrong and sometimes feel as if I am always correcting them. I need to remember that God is in control and if I can just be the person He wants me to be, I can be the example that my children need in order to be the people that God wants them to be. So while it's okay to cry about things, I need them to be about the things that really matter.
Life, it seems, will take care of itself.
For awhile, Jacob and Kyle had the best sleep schedule. They went to bed at 8 pm, woke up between 6:30 and 7 am, then took a 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon. Starting soon after they turned four, they gave up that nap, and I feel as though I have been trying to figure out a new schedule ever since. I have been trying to put them to bed at 7 pm to make up for the lost sleep during the day, and that worked at the beginning. However, now they are not going to sleep right away, but not compensating for it in any way. Often they are up until after 8 pm! I know that that doesn't sound late, but the two of them are barely getting 10 hours of sleep each night. Jacob is up by 7 am every morning, and because he and Kyle share a room, Kyle is usually woken up by him as well. At first I was able to say, "We need to take a nap today because we are tired and we have a lot to do tonight." Even this however, is not working anymore, and neither is laying down with either of them.
Zachary had a lot of trouble sleeping in the afternoon until he was 18 months old. Then we put tubes in his ears and he started taking 2 hour naps in the afternoon. Well, here it is, just 18 short months later and he is boycotting naps. On the occasion that he does take a nap, he is up in his bed talking at night until between 9 and 10 pm. To make matters worse, he is up at night 2-4 times a week. Granted he just has to go potty and will go right back to bed, but still, we have to get up with him. I will confess that my hubby has been the one getting up most of the nights. However, some nights he lays in his bed for 45 minutes to and hour before he falls back asleep.
As much as I hate this word, it's the only one that describes the sleeping patterns in our house right now. Our sleep schedules suck!
Every day I find myself just praying that Zachary will take a nap and that Jacob and Kyle will fall asleep at a reasonable hour at night. Other than pray, I don't know what else to do. Maybe some of you seasoned moms out there can help me.
This is an issue that has always been able to bring me to tears. It's not pregnancy hormones, as it happens when I'm not pregnant as much as when I am. There is so much for these beautiful boys to learn and experience in this world and I would hate for them to miss anything because they are too tired and cranky to notice it.