Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Father's Love

We've had a rainy few days in our area with it becoming severe, even tornadic, this evening. 

Hubs has made a huge effort to play with Isaac outside pretty much every day since the weather has been fairly nice... So Isaac was not too happy when, after asking all day to go out, Daddy kept telling him no... He's just too young to understand it wasn't safe.

But, later in the evening, during a break in the rain & lightning, this happened:


Now, that's love, right there!

This got me to thinking about God's love for us... A Father's love. There are many times in our lives we ask for things... Sometimes the answer is "yes"... Sometimes it's "no"... Sometimes it's "later"... 

We may not always understand God's plan or His timing... But we must try to remember He loves His children and wants the best for us, even when we don't understand His plan...

Monday, May 9, 2016

Five Minute Excerpt Of My Day (Take 2)

Baby is laying on his play mat crying... I pick him up, sit down, and start to nurse....

Toddler has discovered the hidden art supply cabinet & pulls out an empty Kleenex box full of crayons...

I pop baby off and lay him back down to get toddler set up with crayons... 

As I put the crayons & coloring book on the table, toddler runs to "love" on baby... This includes laying on top of him & poking him in the eye...

I redirect toddler to the table to color....  I go back to the baby, now crying again...

Just as I sit down to nurse, toddler dumps entire box of crayons on the table, chair, & floor....

With baby still attached, I return to the toddler to pick up crayons off the floor... He is simultaneously wiping crayons off the table onto the chair and kicking them to the floor...

After all crayons are returned to the box, I again attempt to sit down to continue nursing... I notice the dog has gotten sick on the floor....

I pop baby off and set him in the swing & clean up the dog's mess....

Just as the mess has been cleaned & disposed of, I hear the crayons being dumped onto the table/chair/floor & the baby starts crying again....

Cue the circus music....

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

5 Minute Excerpt Of My Morning

I'm changing the toddler on the floor... He takes off one of my shoes... Baby starts crying.... I finish changing the toddler & the baby stops crying so I nurse the toddler since he's been asking for milk all morning... Baby starts crying again so I pop the toddler off & get off the floor... I scoop the baby up & my 6-year-old asks me to cut up an apple for her....

I'm standing in my kitchen holding a crying baby with my boob hanging out & I'm missing a shoe.... 
 
And I'm cutting up an apple....

Monday, July 21, 2014

Family Funnies

The other night, while showering, I felt a small bump on the bottom of my belly, past the point where I can see.  I looked at it in a mirror when I got out and it looked like a small tic... Frantic, I yelled for Mike to come take a closer look... He had me lay back on the bed so he could see the spot in better light... While he was looking really close, The Bean kicked... HARD... startling Mike and making him jump about 10 feet in the air and let some interesting vocab escape his mouth.... And that was what set off my laughing jag for the evening... ;-)

(It wasn't a tic, thank God!)

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Over the weekend, Kayden happened upon Mike and me while he was giving me a hug:

Kayden: I want in!

(Kayden proceeds to try to wedge herself between us while Mike does his best to keep her out and I try not to laugh at her plight...)

Finally, Mike lets go and steps back, and she gives me a hug... she then turns her back to me and opens her arms for Mike to hug her between us.

Mike: It's a sandwich!

Kayden: Yeah, and I'm the ham!

And yet another giggle fest for Mama... ;-)

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I'm large... very large... I am past the weight I was when I went to the hospital to deliver Kayden... and I have 10 weeks to go.... I actually split one of my 2 pairs of maternity dress pants today.... Had to break out the sewing machine to fix them....

This pregnancy has been much tougher on me than Kayden was... I can tell I'm older but I'm trying my hardest to enjoy it...

30 weeks as of yesterday....

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Evolution of a Shiner

(So I got a text Sunday morning from Kayden's dad.... She was with him for the weekend: 

"We had a little accident last night... Ball took a bad bounce & caught Kayden in the face..."

(Aprox 14-16 hours post injury; slight swelling/bruising to the right side of her nose/eye...)

I texted back asking if she was in pain & he said no... Not surprised... She hardly cried when she fractured her foot at just over 2 years of age....

Monday morning, my mom sends me this picture:
(Aprox 36-40 hours post injury; more swelling/more discolored... I still haven't seen her in person yet...)

I again asked if she was in pain... Nope...

I meet my mom with Kayden Monday evening at Tae Kwon Do... It's the first time I've seen her since the injury...

(Aprox 48 hours post injury...)

Now I know I'm hormonal, but I seriously had to fight back tears... Still no pain complaints.... Her first real look at herself was at TKD in their wall mirror... "I look like a monster..." Said with a smirk....

I showed one of the docs at my office & he said he wanted to see her in a few days after the swelling went down so we have an appointment this Friday afternoon....

Her dad feels horrible... We both know it was an accident but that doesn't make it any easier to look at....

Today is Tuesday:
(A bit swollen from sleep....)

And we have her kindergarten readiness testing on Wednesday.... Hope the teacher isn't too horrified...

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In other news, I'm 21 weeks... I feel pretty good but I can already tell this is going to be a long, hot summer.... Which is better than the sub-zero arctic weather we had this last winter... ;)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Bean on the Screen

As far as Kayden knows, babies come from mommy's bellies. God puts them there to grow. She also knows she came out of my belly through a cut. (She's seen the scar.)

I should have known that I wouldn't be able to keep things that simple & innocent. She is too smart & asks too many questions. I wasn't prepared for the conversation that took place in the car yesterday afternoon. I totally had to wing it....

Mommy: I have an appointment tomorrow with a doctor... We are going to see a picture of The Bean on a TV screen... Do you want to come with us to see The Bean on the screen?

Kayden: I want to come!!! (Thinks for a moment...) Is it at YOUR doctors' office?

M: No, it's another kind if doctor... This doctor is Mommy's doctor while The Bean is in my tummy...

K: Oh... (Concerned) I don't want you to get another cut....

M: Mommy doesn't want another cut either... That's why I'm going to this doctor, so I don't have to have another cut...

K: Then how will The Bean get out?

M: (Draws complete blank... Is quiet for way too long trying to think how to explain this in a way she understands without freaking her out...)

K: Mommy! How is The Bean going to get out of your belly?!?!

M: Um, well, it comes out of my miss-miss (what she calls her girl parts... Not sure where she learned the term but I just went with it...)

K: (Laughs like I just told her the funniest joke ever!) Your miss-miss?!?! (Laughs even harder making Mommy laugh, too...)

M: (Think! Think! How do I steer this in a different direction?!?) How do YOU think The Bean should come out?

K: Through your mouth! (Still laughing...)

M: You think my mouth is big enough? (Laughing harder...)

K: Bigger than your miss-miss... (Good point, kid...) (Still laughing...) 

M: (Lord, PLEASE make this stop) 

K: How about your neck? Or your ear? (Still laughing...) Or your bottom!!!!

M: Well, it is kinda like pooping... (Giggle...)

K: POOPING!!!! (Laughing so hard I'm concerned she might potty herself...)

(At this point we are both laughing so hard neither of us can speak... I'm struggling to drive & am about to pull over.....)

Finally we get a hold of ourselves...

K: Yes, I want to see The Bean on the screen.... (Goes back to the book on her iPod...)

M: (Whew!!! Glad that's over...)

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Today we had the sonogram and everything looks perfectly normal... 

We did have to wait 3 hours, though... Doc was called to a delivery... But I was patient, knowing that he delivers all his own patients... Which means he'll be there for me when my time comes....

Kayden did great! She was restless but really well behaved considering there were 3 other little girls in the waiting room who she REALLY wanted to play with... I wouldn't let her, which proved a smart decision when one of the nurses reprimanded them for being too loud & disruptive (which they really were)....

We finally got to see Doc & I seriously like him more & more each time I see him... I really had to prep myself to choose him at all.... I'm not a fan of the only hospital he delivers in & I don't do male OB/GYNs.... But I knew he was my best bet for a VBAC & I REALLY do NOT want another C/S....

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19 weeks +


Peek-a-boo....






Sunday, April 6, 2014

18 Months Missing

My mother pointed out that there really wasn't an introduction of my husband... so for those readers who don't actually know me personally (not sure why you're here, but welcome!), here is a synopsis of the last 18 months:

I completed my first half marathon in October 2012... my goal was 3 hours... I did it in 3:15... I'm not disappointed with that...

I got engaged to Mike in December 2012... On my Nani's birthday, December 19th, to be exact... he was sweet and nervous and romantic...

We got married on January 26th, 2013... it was a small wedding with only family and VERY close friends... 

We honeymooned on a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise... it was a great time but it was the longest I had ever been away from Kayden, so I was ready to come home...

We bought a house in June 2013... it was a very stressful, yet exciting endeavor...
(HA! But seriously, I can't find a pic of our actual house right now, so the doll house is what ya get...)
In August, I finally got hired on at an ENT practice I had been secretly stalking for several years... It's close to home and my fellow employees are great!

Fall 2013 was blissfully uneventful... except for Kayden being introduced to roller skating, with which she is now obsessed... Oh, and she started taking Tae Kwon Do...

We had a great Christmas... New Year's Eve was spent apart for the 2nd year in a row due to Mike's job.... Kayden & I had our own mini celebration at the house...

We celebrated our 1st anniversary with a weekend in St. Louis...

We learned we were expecting "The Bean" the week before our anniversary... we waited to share the news until we had a confirmed heartbeat... I'm older so the risks are higher... Kayden is super excited to be a big sister...

The late winter/early spring of 2014 has been fairly quiet... Kayden got her first pair of new skates and is so excited she could burst...

And that brings us up to today... Happy, Mom? ;-)

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15 weeks today...