Saturday, August 30, 2008

"A Pair of Shoes"

I am wearing a pair of shoes.
They are ugly shoes.
Uncomfortable shoes.
I hate my shoes.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

new pics

My internet buddy, Alicia, holding Alexander.

ADF

Alexander 3 weeks old, enjoying McD's
baptism invite

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Juggling 4 kids

William has discovered one of the bigger perks of having a younger sibling - mom is highly distracted. In the last two days he has helped himself to a box of See's Candy, a can of Cherry Pepsi, and drank a bottle of pancake syrup. Lets not mention the numerous granola bars and fruit leathers he has opened on his own accord. Oh, and he has been emptying cupboards as well. Later in the day he was running laps in the house and making car noises. I guess he had some excess energy.

So while I cleaned up his 'syrup drink' I gave Connor a job; take some pictures of freshly bathed Alexander. Here are the results:

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Visiting Hours

Early Saturday morning Caskey packed up the three kids to come visit Alexander and I in the hospital. They showed up with McDonald's in hand which I was very thankful for. I had a few issues with getting my meals in the hospital. Connor was so excited to meet Alexander and he keeps going on about having a new brother. Then it was time to explore the hospital room and look out the window. William ended up at the sink playing with the foot pedals and watching the water turn on. Connor cuddled on my lap and watched Saturday morning cartoons. Lainy Ann announced to Caskey, "I bet I can hop on one foot all the way across the room and back before you count to 100".

It was such a perfect picture of our family; William figuring out how the world works, Connor taking the opportunity to cuddle, and Lainy Ann finding something active to do. Its just amazing to me how different we all are, yet we are still a family.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Alexander Francis

I have always said that the kids show their true personality as early as labor and delivery. Lainy Ann was vacuumed out after 3 hours of hard pushing, today she is still that stubborn. Connor fell out and the doctor had to rush over without gloves on to catch him, today he is our easiest going child. William was "evicted" and then didn't speak on schedule and still today marches to his own drummer.

I was starting to get sad on Thursday evening because by inducing baby #4 it would mean that I have never gone into labor. My water broke with Lainy Ann and Connor, and then I was induced with William. I would never get to experience the contractions getting stronger and closer together. But because of my medical history it was still a good idea to induce #4.

So I spent all day Thursday in a mad frenzy picking up toys and cleaning each room of the house, then when that was done I picked up the front yard and the back yard. And since the kids were such good helpers we went to Chuck E Cheese. nesting xtreme

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Nesting - STILL!

Poor Caskey. After remodeling the entire kitchen he is still having to put up with me. This time it was to finish a quilt for our new nephew. As is the rule when finishing any sewing project, when you have only 5 inches left to sew the machines invariably breaks, runs out of thread or jams. And it happened three times. Then I ended up washing it twice and redoing the entire binding. But its done and in the mail. I am so happy about it too - because I had the fabric picked out months ago. His daddy is a huge Chicago Bears fan, so I hope they like it.

Matt Jr Quilt

Princess Droppings

This summer has been rough since we all have been home and out of preschool in a too-small house with a too-cranky mommy. The kids are starting to outgrow naps, but I desperately still need one. Also, if the older kids make too much noise then William will never get to sleep. So we still enforce nap time. Although, to ensure everyone actually sleeps/rests Lainy Ann, the princess, ends up in my bedroom, which is isolated from the rest of the house. She is free to count to 300, sing, read, and make whatever noise is necessary for her to rest or even fall asleep. We have a small box of toys and books in the bedroom so she can keep entertained. Its mostly miscellaneous stuff like ribbons, a tiara, 10 legos, a pair of binoculars, 3 Little People, etc. She does a pretty good job of staying quiet and busy so the rest of us can nap. It has been working out for the most part. But when nap time is over she hightails it out of there and leaves the debris all over my bed. So each night before I can go to sleep I must clean up her highnesses mess. I collect all the books and stack them, they have usually been organized by size or color. I end up hunting for other princess droppings; barrettes under the pillows, a tiara wrapped in the sheets, and ribbons hung all over the bed. Just last night I reached under the pillows to find a handful of miniature satin roses.

Monday, August 4, 2008

I'm Alright

My kids are singers. They love it when I turn up the volume of their favorite songs in the car and they can just sing along. Caskey says they take after their mommy. Their favorite songs are "Manic Monday" and "Hit the Road Jack". I made a special mix CD just for them with all sorts of upbeat non-kid songs including, "Yellow Polkadot Bikini", "Yellow Submarine", "Purple People Eater", and "Sugar". It is definitely one of my favorite CDs to have on in the car and the kids are really enjoying it too.

Last Friday we were in the car and a great loud upbeat song came on the radio, "I'm Alright" by Jo Dee Messina. I turned up the volume and sang at the top of my lungs all the way down the freeway. It was such a beautiful day and my kids and I were going on a playdate. The summer has been mild here, humid, but mild and we are very lucky.

Get out!

I'm beginning to see a pattern. My first two children are fast friends and just 18 months apart. They both came tearing into this world early (38 and 37 weeks) when my water broke. William worried me to death his entire pregnancy. Most of that was my emotional status, but at 39 weeks on the dot we induced him after several days of kick-count scares. Even after starting medication he didn't arrive for 29 hours. His personality shown through at his delivery and now he is just as worrisome and stubborn. Now here I am 39 weeks pregnant. Dr. Chan says this baby isn't coming any time soon. WHAT?!