Thursday, April 21, 2011

It's a good thing I love chocolate.

I seriously walked away from this child for 2 minutes and when I came back, I found this...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I must be a lunatic...

Sometimes a week will go by and it feels like a minute.  Lately I've been collapsing in bed each night absolutely exhausted.  I'm guessing this is just normal mom o' 3 exhaustion.  It's so busy.  One more kid might as well be 5 more kids.

Which brings me to this nagging thought in the back of my mind lately.  To have another kid or not?  Yes, I may be out of my mind (pretty sure I am) to even think about such a thing.  But my dilemma is - to move on or not move on?  Hang onto all the baby clothes and gear and maternity clothes for one more go round?  Or clean house and move into a phase of life where we can be a little more mobile?

The only reason I'm even pondering is because I like to have definite answers about things.  I'm torn because we have such great kids (overall), so how great would it be to have another?  And babies are so adorable and squishy.  And despite the headaches, I'm a big fan of the toddler/preschool years.  On the other hand - what if the next one is the "hard" one?  Although I'm pretty sure Emily already has the "badass" role in the family.   Plus, it would be great to be able to pick up and not have to worry about naps and bottles and diapers and what not.  AND we live on the other side of the country from our families.  So, even though we have a fantastic babysitter who comes over 3 times a week...we're often on our own.  And my dad brought up a good point.  "Yeah, babies and kids are great,  but 4 teenagers?  Not so great."  Valid point.  Especially since the thought of having teenagers scares the crap out of me.

Now, Jim will tell everyone that we're done for sure.  But, the other day I said "So, do you think we're really done having kids?"  To which he replies, "Well, we probably should be."   Yeah, real definite. 


Highlights:
  • Olivia went to the dentist.  She freaked out before we went.  I'm not sure why - we were so encouraging and positive about it.  But we physically had to put her in the car and strap her in.  I felt soooooo bad.  We're driving and she's screaming and pleading, "Mommy, turn the car around, pppplllllleeeeeasseeee.  With tears streaming down her face.  Finally we agreed that she could just go in and have a look around and see how she felt.  So we get in there and they have tv's and balloons and it was so bright and cheery and she seemed okay.  Then we went back and they took x-rays and she didn't even flinch!  The dental assistant was so incredibly sweet to her and she cooperated perfectly.  Afterwards she got her nails painted and a balloon.  Oh - and her teeth were perfect (which was a load off my mind since this is the first time she's been and she's almost 4 - I'm a bit of a procrastinator), but besides that - I was so proud of her I could have burst into tears.  Now she's ready to help Emily go - and Emily is now excited to go!  Yay!

Showing off her shiny teeth

Silly faces


  • Abby is holding toys.  She grabs them and then immediately tries to put them in her mouth.  She's also very interested in her hands.  Especially trying to get her fingers in her mouth.  It's pretty funny when she does because she smiles to herself, like she's thinking "Yes!  Success!"

Olivia and her "mini-me"
  • Emily was "helping" me clean out the car last weekend.  She wasn't listening to me tell her something so I said: Emily, you need to turn your listening ears on so you can hear what Mommy is saying.  Emily: No.  Me: Why not?  Emily: Because.  Me: Because why?  Emily: Because I don't love you.  Me:  WHAT??  Em!  How can you say that?  And she's looking at me with a smirk on her face, like, ha ha, I've got you.  Anyway, I'm not sure where she got that, because if anything we overload on the "I love you's" around here.  We say it to each other all the time.  I say it on the phone and skype to my sister, parents, and brother.  We say it every time we talk to Jim on the phone, and more!  So I'm not sure if she said it knowing it would get a rise out of me, or if she's just trying to figure out what it means.  Let's hope for she's just trying to figure out what it means. 

  • Emily is also our resident nudist.  I forgot the 2 year old - never wanting to wear clothes - thing.  But it's ridiculous and hilarious.  One minute she's dressed and the next minute she's walking in from the backyard completely nude.  Not thinking a thing of it.  She also likes to climb in and sit in the water table.  Apparently she's not very patient and doesn't want to wait for us to get the blow up pool out.






      Tuesday, April 12, 2011

      4 months old

      Our little baby, Abigail is 4 months old today.



      I know this doesn't seem old.  But I feel like this was two weeks ago.

      Olivia - 4 months
      And this was a week ago.

      Emily - 4 months

      So this feels like yesterday.

      Born 12-11-10
      1 month
      2 months
      3 months
      4 months


      Abby is such an incredibly happy baby.  She is so easy-going and loves to watch her sisters and recently the cats!  She'll smile at anyone, as long as they smile at her.  She loves her baths.  She is very interested in everything going on around her.  She's starting to grab and hold onto things.  She loves to take naps - which makes getting out of the house sometimes difficult.  She kind of/sort of/sometimes, almost sleeps through the night.  When she wakes up, she lays in her crib and happily "talks" to herself until someone comes and gets her.   She is 24 inches long and weighs 14 lbs. 6 oz.  She has brought so much joy into our lives.  I can't believe it's already been 4 months.

      Sunday, April 10, 2011

      thanks?

      We had a rather successful trip to the Farmers Market in Henderson, NV today.  I have to admit that I was a bit surprised that it was pretty good, seeing as how it's a farmers market in the middle of the desert.

      While we were there, we stopped at a vendor who had salsa and jellies (which were delicious, by the way).  She sees that we have 3 girls and says, "Oh wow! 3 girls?"  And we do the obligatory, "ha ha, yep, 3 girls!"

      So then she says "I had 4 boys and then got pregnant when I was 41 with my girl."  Me: "Oh, how great."  To which she replies, "Yeah, and I would have taken 4 more boys over the 1 girl."  Me: "Oh.....uh, yeah, I've heard girls are harder."  Then as we're walking away she says "I'd love to see you guys in about 10 years!"

      Ummm...thanks?  Good thing her salsa is good because she's not that great at making friends.

      We're thrilled with our 3 girls and I'm sure we'll feel the same in 10 years!





      Saturday, April 9, 2011

      Redo

      Can I have a redo for yesterday?   Yesterday I sucked at being a mom.  Totally sucked.  I was so annoyed by my kids.  Every word that came out of their mouths was a whine or a complaint or they were begging for food.  And it's not like I don't feed them.  They would beg for food 10 minutes after a meal.  And they ate the meal.  I didn't take them outside.  I didn't read books or play games.  I got really annoyed by Emily when she wanted to put her pajamas on at 2:30 pm....like it really matters?  And I couldn't even be around Olivia during yet another meltdown.

      But Jim came home yesterday and he was pretty beat from traveling and I've been lacking motivation lately for much of anything. So yesterday was the culmination of beating myself up and procrastinating.  I even wondered yesterday if my kids would be better off in daycare and I went back to work since I sucked so bad.

      The amazing thing about kids is that every day really is a new day.  I don't even think the fact that I was a sucky mom yesterday will stick with them.  They got up this morning and they were happy to see me and I was happy to see them and we just started fresh.  And I have a renewed sense of doing the best I can at being their mom.

      On a side note, last night Abby slept from 6:30pm to 3am and then again until 7:30am.  Woo hoo!  Getting closer.


        Abby giggling - just ignore the fact that I sound like a lunatic

      Wednesday, April 6, 2011

      practice

      Olivia is getting closer and closer to being able to do a handstand!  She did a great job in her gym class today and wanted to practice at home.  She is so proud of herself!  I love that she's proud of herself and I'm so proud of her.  The last video is Emily trying it - I'm proud of her too :)

      The quality isn't that great on these videos, but they're from my phone.







      Tuesday, April 5, 2011

      sleep?

      I've decided not to push a schedule on Abby.  Luckily, she's an awesome sleeper and has put herself on her own schedule, that even when disrupted doesn't have too much of an affect.  Before Abby, Emily was my great baby sleeper.  Olivia was the worst baby sleeper.  I was working when she was a baby and was too tired to fight her on a schedule - so she slept with us for about a year.  But she didn't go to sleep easily.  One of us had to lay with her for sometimes up to 2 hours before she would finally settle down.  There were times when I almost had to hold her down to get her to go to sleep.  Now, most of the time, she is tired at 8:00 and will fall asleep easily within 5 minutes of going to bed.  I was so afraid of the "bad sleeper" thing happening with Emily, that I made sure she slept in her own crib and went to bed without a lot of "props."  And she did great - until we moved her into the same room as Olivia and a big bed and now she is a disaster.  Even if we get her to go to sleep in her own room, most nights she's in our bed by 3 or 4am.  It's not that I hate it - even with Olivia - I liked having that extra cuddle time with them.  But Emily manages to take up the whole bed and often times sleeps completely sideways.  So, I'm not pushing anything on Abby because she'll probably do her own thing in the end too.

      Highlights:
      • I missed being away so much that I switched my flight to come home Saturday night instead of Sunday morning.  As much as I thought time alone would be great, it was actually just really lonely.
      • The girls love being in pajamas.  I can't really blame them, but they will change into pajamas at like 3pm if I let them.  
      • Olivia sings the music from "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Tangled" all the time. She knows the words and actually carries the tune pretty well.
      • Abby is watching the older girls like a hawk.  It's awesome to see more interaction between them.
      • When Jim's away the days can be very long and sometimes I cannot wait until bedtime.  But, I never want to forget the moment when the girls are all clean and shiny from their baths, and we all sit in Olivia's bed, the girls both pick out a book, then we read their books and have a big triple hug.  Then I piggy-back Emily over to her bed, tuck them both in and give kisses.  Then I have to put Emily back in her bed about 5 times.  But nonetheless, a very good moment.