Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Wow, I found a bit more time!

Now that's a rarity! It's 2:15pm--naptime, but today I don't think I'm going to nap (something I MAY regret later). I have so many things I want to do and so little free time. I've been working on getting a bit more organized around the house as we're very CLEAN, but very UNneat people. I bought some organizing bins from Target the other day while my parents took the girls to the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Guess where those bins are? Right next to the front door, still neatly stacked, just the way they were when I brought them home from the store. *sigh* Oh well, I'll get to it one of these days. I seriously regret not having gotten my life completely together before having another child. Hahaha...yeah, like that's possible?!? I can see how people tend to put off having a child until things are "just right", but honestly, that will NEVER happen. So I'm trying to relax and realize that everything is just as it should be (with room for small improvements). It's hard, but it certainly makes life more enjoyable.
I'm slowly working on getting a bit more of a routine down with the girls, but Luke is still a bit of a wild card. I'm guessing that'll be the case for a while though. But I'm working on getting Savannah into doing a bit of school work while Abby and Luke nap. That's going pretty well, but my goodness, she's awfully lazy when it comes to learning. It's amazing because when she's learning on her own, she's totally into it, but you just cannot force anything upon this girl. She likes to practice her reading without actually looking at the page--gee, that works well! And she resists me quite a bit, but we are making progress! I'm guessing that she'll be reading proficiently by the time she starts Kindergarten--even if it kills me! Hahaha!
Anyway, I've got to run because it's time for her "BORING" reading lessons.
I wanted to mention that if any of you reading this blog want a link to my Flickr account, let me know...I've sent an invitation to most people, but not everyone. It's been a bit difficult to post photos here (due to my lack of motivation, I suppose), so at least you can see our family photos there!

Luke is 1 month old!

Wow! I can't believe it's been a whole month already. Luke is officially one month old (or 4 weeks, 3 days), depending on how you want to look at it. He's growing like CRAZY! I weighed him on our scale this morning and it looks like he's weighing in at a whopping 11.5 lbs!! That is an amazing weight gain for one month of life! He's still an excellent nurser, he's sleeping well at night--and slowly getting better (he'll usually go about 3 hours at a time). He's able to look around a bit more now without fussing--which means I don't have to hold him the whole time he's awake, so that's WONDERFUL! He's been taking a good afternoon nap pretty consistently--about 3-3.5 hours long and that's so good for me to have time to rest and spend with the girls. Speaking of the girls, they're doing great also. We're getting started planning Savannah's birthday party. Speaking of time flying, she's going to be 5 years old in just over 2 weeks. Now that's crazy!
As always, I have more to add, but I'm going to try to get outside and enjoy some sunshine with the children. I'll write more soon!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I only have a second...

Gee, this seems to be my mantra these days. A second is quite generous, actually!
Life has been busy! These 3 children keep me on my toes and keep me super busy. Thankfully, I'm adjusting to it all and still manage to have a somewhat clean house, have a well-stocked refrigerator and generally happy children. Luke is very time are all newborns. He's definitely increasing his awake/alert time. He likes to sit in his bouncy chair and look out the window. I put him on the dining room table and he'll just look outside for about 20 minutes. But when he's hit his limit, he's DONE. This boy can CRY! He's not very loud, but when he gets upset, it's crazy. He'll turn SUPER red and stop breathing in between wails. Thankfully, when he's not super upset, he's very even-tempered and OH SO SWEET!
The girls are adjusting more and more and I'm amazed at what a helper Savannah has been. She's done things like putting dishes away--or loading the dishwasher for me, setting/clearing the table, pouring a glass of milk for me while I was eating dinner and nursing Luke, both girls took a stack of laundry upstairs to their room and put them away in the correct drawers. It's awesome, they're so helpful. Obviously Savannah is a bit more...mostly because it's her temperament to be a helper and make things okay, but also because she's older and sees needs a bit more than Abby. Abby is still very Abby centric, especially when she's upset or tired. Speaking of tired, I had the worst night of my life the other night. Abby was up between 2 until 6am. She woke me about 5 times, Savannah woke me once and of course I was up 2 times to nurse Luke. At 5am I heard chattering in their room and the girls were both in Abby's bed, reading a story by LED light. UGGH! I was ready to scream, it was like a nightmare I've had more than once and it was not pretty. So yesterday I was pretty iritible from lack of sleep, but thankfully yesterday--and today--I've had a decent nap.
So all is pretty well here, every day is definitely a challenge but we're maintaining. The girls had gymnastics today and it was so nice getting out and doing something for just THEM! I don't want them to be on the back burner forever, but it's also good for them to develop a bit more independence. They're also being much better with Jeremy these days because he's doing much more with them...and of course when he asks them if they want to do something with him, they want to because they haven't been able to do a whole lot with me. So it's been very good for building their relationship closer and that's always a good thing.
I know there are wonderful tidbits that have gone on that I'm neglecting to write down...and I'm very sorry about that...there is not a moment of these childrens' lives that I want to forget (well, maybe a few!), but my brain is seriously lacking these days, so this will have to do.
This is all I have for now because I'm hoping to do some Bible study before naptime ceases. I'll be writing more soon...
and by the way, if you're reading this...feel free to comment...if nothing else, just to let me know you're out there! :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

I finally got it.

Sprayed that is. I knew it was going to happen...I just wasn't sure when. Tonight while I was getting Luke ready for his bath, he was rather upset with me...and I was not on guard as I should have been...and sure enough, he peed all over the front of my shirt. This is a very important day in the history of our baby was bound to happen, and now that it's over with I have other things to look forward to! Hahaha!! Thankfully Jeremy was right nearby to get me a fresh, dry shirt. :)

Life with 3.

Life has been a bit hectic lately. Not unmanagable or unpleasant, just full. Life with three children is wonderful, but anytime you throw a newborn into the mix, there just isn't a whole lot of free time. Luke started out sleeping SO great...napping like a champ and all, but that has changed in the past couple of days. Saturday was wonderful..he slept thru most of the family get-together and that kept things nice and easy. Sunday he didn't sleep AS well, and the days have not been so great since. HOWEVER, today was a bit better. He actually took (is taking, actually) a good afternoon nap so I was able to nap also. I wish I wasn't so tired so I could actually DO something while he's sleeping. I especially wish that I had the energy to spend time doing more with Savannah. Abby doesn't seem to be too phased by having a baby in the house, but it's been a bit tough on Savannah. I keep telling myself that this is temporary. Luke is only 2.5 weeks old. He's a tiny little guy still. I'm trying hard not to rush anything because I know how fast they grow up. I'm so greatful that Luke is such a good baby. He doesn't just cry and cry. He cries for good reason--either he's hungry or tired. So that's been good on my nerves.
As usual, there is so much that I'd love to write, but now as I sit here...I can't really think of too much. Luke's umbilical cord fell off on Monday (2 weeks 1 day old) so we were able to give him a REAL bath!! My mom gave it to him and he really, really enjoyed it! I gave him one last night and he wasn't too thrilled about it. I'm sure he'll learn to love it though. When I was at my parents house, I weighed him and it turns out--according to their scale--that he's weighing in at a whopping 9lbs 9oz!!! At only 2 weeks old! He was 7lb12oz when he was born, so that's a big weight gain! It'll be interesting to see what the doctor's scale actually says, but that's a ways away anyway.
The girls are adjusting to having Luke here and to having mommy a bit less. I shouldn't say a BIT less, it's more like a TON less. It's difficult not being able to give them much attention...and trying to prioritize. There was a ton to be done BEFORE I had Luke...and now there's just less time to do it in. But alas, children truly are a blessing...and I can't believe how much we've been blessed with our little family. I am truly content.
The girls are outside with Jeremy flying a HUGE kite we got from Costco. I'm going to go shoot a few photos before Luke wakes up. I'm hoping to write more soon, but if I don't...oh will go on!

Sunday, April 1, 2007

I am truly blessed.

Luke has been an angel baby so far. It's really unbelievable. I just keep hoping that this continues. I know that babies tend to be pretty sleepy in the beginning, but so far he's just wonderful in every way. Last night he slept in 4 hour stretches. I just cannot believe it. He's so relaxed and smiley, his cry is pretty quiet and he's a FABULOUS nurser! In typical boy fashion, he's great at passing gas also. He burps very well with minimal spit-up. He only spits up if he's had too much milk...but after eating, he always burps really big.
Savannah and Abby are still very much in love with him. They're letting up a bit on the obsessiveness, but Abby still always wants to hold and "pet" his little head. They are WONDERFUL helpers...last night I was giving him a bath (the girls MUST watch, they just love it) and I asked Savannah to run into the living room to get the vaseline. She ran out of the kitchen and right back in with the vaseline. She is so excellent at getting what I need when I need it. It's great. She did tell me yesterday though that she feels like I love Luke more than I love her. I know that's just totally normal for a child whose life has been severely changed...but it still makes me feel a bit guilty. But I know that once he starts smiling and responding more to them, they'll LOVE him even more.

~~On another note:
Last night, Savannah told me that when we kneel on the floor to pray, she feels as if she's "Bowing before a false god". Then she says, "It's kinda like I'm bowing before a future king". Hahaha...the things she picks up from reading Bible stories and the such is so interesting. I love the way her mind works.

Okay, I've got to get myself ready for the day. My parents are taking the girls to Stinson Beach, so it'll just be me, Luke and Jeremy here...hopefully I can get some rest...even though I slept great last night, my stomach has really been bothering me. I'm not sure what the deal is, but it doesn't feel good. And I don't think it has anything to do with recovery from having a baby.