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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

5 Years

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^Taken June 27 at 10:03am. Five years to the minute that she was born.^
Just like last year and the year before, here are Lily's answers to 20 questions I ask her on her birthday.

1. What is your favorite color? Purple and pink
2. What is your favorite toy? Dollhouse
3. What is your favorite fruit? Cherries and strawberries. And bananas with peanut butter and a chocolate chip on top.
4. What is your favorite tv show/movie? Cat in the Hat
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Cauliflower curry
6. What is your favorite outfit? Heart bathing suit
7. What is your favorite game? Uno
8. What is your favorite snack? Banana snack
9. What is your favorite animal? Giraffe
10. What is your favorite song? Twinkle Little Star
11. What is your favorite book? Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
12. Who is your best friend? Alice and Seth
13. What is your favorite cereal? The ball cereal we had at Daddys cousin's house last summer
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride my bike
15. What is your favorite drink? Pink lemonaid
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Cuddle (her blanket)
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Shish kabobs
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? A guard crosser

Oh this little girl of mine. Well not so little any more. Is five a magical age or what? It seems like she's grown up overnight, no longer needing her mama as often for comfort and security. She's now venturing out on her own, confident in herself and her ability to handle any situation. This was evident when I dropped her off Sunday morning for an all day VBS program and she didn't look back once as I left. I was counting down the minutes till it was time to pick her up and when that moment arrived she didn't want to leave! I love her sweet, helping nature and her curiosity about everything. She's a great big sister to Reuben helping him when he needs it and encouraging him in those things he's trying to learn to do himself. She adores Calvin and holds him and burps him but does not want to help change his diaper! Haha! She's opinionated, funny, intelligent, stubborn, whiny, caring, creative, adventurous, loud...and I wouldn't have her any other way.

I love you Lily.

Monday, June 29, 2015

3 Years

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^Taken on June 25 at 8:15am. Three years to the minute that he was born.^
I've asked Lily these same questions every year around her birthday since she turned three years old (check out her 3 year answers and 4 year answers) and now its Reuben's turn! I can't believe my boy is 3!

1. What is your favorite color? Purple
2. What is your favorite toy? Calvin
3. What is your favorite fruit? Banana
4. What is your favorite tv show/movie? Curious George
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Banana
6. What is your favorite outfit? Cars PJs
7. What is your favorite game? Uno
8. What is your favorite snack? Chips
9. What is your favorite animal? Puppies
10. What is your favorite song? Deep and Wide
11. What is your favorite book? No No Yes Yes by Leslie Patricelli
12. Who is your best friend? Nino (Nico)
13. What is your favorite cereal? Don't know
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride my bike
15. What is your favorite drink? Water
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? My blanket
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cheese rollup
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Chocolate cake
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Grow up big like Dadday!

It was supposed to be a quiet evening at home Thursday night, just the 5 of us celebrating Reuben, but a good friend of mine was in town visiting with her two boys and so we invited them over for dinner. Then my sister-in-law dropped by and ended up spending the evening with her two. Needless to say with 7 children in our small house it was anything but quiet. But I don't think my oldest two would have it any other way. It was a fitting celebration for my rambunctious and headstrong (not so) little guy. Happy birthday my Reuben. I love you.

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I'm not into buying character toys from TV shows or movies and this is the first (and probably will be the only one) one I've purchased. But he loves it so much as you can tell. For those who are wondering its from a South Korean animated kid's show called Robocar Poli. My kids watch it on English.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Welcome Little Boy!


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Little did I know, that 45 minutes after I hit publish on my last post about being "overdue" by 2 days, that I would start having contractions that would result in our sweet baby boy being born 5 1/2 hours later!

Almost a week later and we're still in awe of this little guy that has made us a family of 5. The kids adore him and ask to hold him at every opportunity. Lily has been a huge help, grabbing a diaper when its time to change her little brother, making sure I have enough water and looking after Reuben when my hands are full (including changing his pull up!).

With Andrew back at work this week (he took off the entire last week), I'm still getting the hang of this whole 3 kids solo thing but it has been made so much easier by the fact that Calvin is so far proving to be a fairly laid back baby. I know, I know, that can change in an instance so in the meantime I'm going to enjoy this period while I can.

Welcome to the family Calvin Alexander! We all love you so much!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Pregnancy #3 Update: 40 Weeks!

Well. I didn't think I'd be doing a post this far along. Not because I didn't think I'd be going over my due date, because no matter how much I wished that was true, a big part of me knew that I would be. So no surprise there. No, mostly because I haven't been on the computer much these past several weeks and have chosen instead to sit on my bed in my room under the ceiling fan with the AC blowing directly on me while I check Facebook and Instagram on my phone a couple times a day. That's pretty much been the extent of my online presence for the past month or so.

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Technically this picture was taken at 39 weeks 6 days because I figured I could go into labor at any time. Yeah right...

How far along? 40 weeks 2 days
Total weight gain/loss? About 35 pounds. After gaining 5 pounds in one week (!) I haven't gained any since. In fact one week the scale said I'd lost a half a pound.
How big is baby? The size of a jackfruit so about 18.9 - 20.9 inches and 6.2 - 9.2 pounds. With my luck he's probably more at the high end of that estimate.
Stretch marks? Yes. I've noticed a few. Darn it.
Sleep? Several weeks ago I started taking 3 mg of melatonin before going to bed each night. Worked like a charm most nights. But since I started having pre labor signs last week (more on that in a bit) I stopped taking it because I was nervous that I'd take one, go to sleep and get woken up 10 minutes later by my water breaking and then I'd be too exhausted to handle everything.
Fitness? I've been keeping active and cleaning a lot trying to jump start real labor and also trying to stay upright for the most part, hoping to help gravity do its job. Until recently I had a lot of energy still and I have a day here and there where I still do.
Best moment this week? Totally not baby related. My birthday last week Monday. Andrew took Lily to the store early in the morning to get supplies for my birthday dinner and desert. I cleaned the house with Reuben's help while they were gone in anticipation of having a few family members over to help celebrate later. Then the two of them came home and started cooking and baking and I hightailed it out of there to spend an hour or two out by myself. I got a haircut, purchased a few things for Lily at JcPenney on a crazy Memorial Day sale and got a frozen coffee at McDonald's. Its become a sort of tradition that I get a haircut on or around my birthday. This time it felt glorious being pampered at almost 40 weeks pregnant. I needed it. I should have had a pedicure and told them to rub my ankles really well. ;)
Miss anything? Being able to do anything without losing my breath, wearing normal clothing, bending over...
Food cravings/aversions? Watermelon! When I'm not eating watermelon I'm thinking about eating watermelon. Now I totally want some watermelon.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Not queasy or sick per se, but I have been having some heartburn/indigestion the past couple of days.
Current Symptoms? These symptoms have been coming and going since last Tuesday so they aren't always "current:" Braxton Hicks contractions, losing my mucous plug in bits (sorry TMI), lots of pelvic pressure, going pee ALL.THE.TIME, not sleeping or sleeping poorly and a horrible pain in my groin that feels like my legs are being pulled out of their sockets.
Belly button in or out? Out. And did I mention that Reuben likes to kiss it? Its the only place he'll kiss when he wants to "kiss the baby." I wonder if he thinks its the baby's point of exit?
Wedding rings on or off? Off.
Mood? Anxious for this little guy's arrival and worried that I'll go into labor some time this weekend when my doctor isn't on call. Upset about the fact that I am going to be hooked up to an IV during labor (at least some of the time) so that I can get antibiotics for Group B Strep that I tested positive for at 37 weeks (my original birth plan didn't include any needles). Cranky whenever someone remarks "you're still pregnant?!" (yes, obviously I still am) or tells me "you're still carrying high, you haven't dropped, you still have plenty of time" (um, thank you for your expert opinion on how my body works) Err. This article about sums it up. I heard someone once say, in regards to unsolicited, obnoxious questions during pregnancy, that pregnancy doesn't make a woman dumb but apparently it does make everyone else. And for those reading this who've said some of these remarks to me, I forgive you, I know you mean well, its just my hormones wanting to rip your head off. Just kidding. :)

I have an appointment tomorrow, two days earlier than my usual once a week one. I think the plan is to do an ultrasound and check my fluid levels to make sure everything looks good in there. No mention of inducing yet which is a huge testament to how wonderful my doctor is as I remember scheduling an induction with Lily before my 40 week appointment (I ended up going into labor on my own and she was born at 41 weeks, the day before my scheduled induction). I'd like to avoid an induction if at all possible. As I mentioned above, I've been having pre labor signs which means things are progressing but how quickly...who knows?

My bags are packed, the books are read (I just finished The Birth Book today and it was very informative and reassuring), the van is purchased (oh yeah, I forgot to mention we bought a mini van!), the baby car seat is ready to be buckled into said van and the house is somewhat tidy and ready to come home to. I'm ready to have a baby!

Friday, April 03, 2015


A snapshot of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.

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Reuben: His favorite outdoor activity, riding his bike. Also, he's wearing undies. Not all the time, its slow going, but we're getting there!
Lily: Princess Lily.