"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

(not so) Worldless Wednesday

Emmy kissing Ollie while saying, "You can go to our new house!"

loving our bilibos

Monday, February 21, 2011

A few randoms...

  • Noah is getting another tooth!

  • The whole family is sick but Claire is feeling the worst. Illness spreads through our house like wildfire :(

  • I think I may start Muffin Tin Mondays for lunch.. but knowing my track record with Wordless Wednesday, I wouldn't expect too much if I were you ;)

  • It's 70 degrees right now and I haven't even stepped foot out of these apartment doors to enjoy it :(

  • I'm waiting around all day, waiting to hear if we can get the house we want to rent- get me out of these blasted apartments!

  • Every time I see the lady who lives below us, she is "on her cell phone" and avoids eye contact  (for those that don't know, I had a cops visit my house in the afternoon because I guess my kids were making too much noise.. I'm a little bitter that no one talked to me first.)

  • I can not wait for my brothers wedding! Not looking forward to another 10-12 hr drive to PA but  the wedding will be great!! It'll be so much fun to be a bridesmaid and to see my girls as flower girls but most importantly, to see my brother marry such a great, lovely person. (I LOVE weddings!!)

  • I'm still not quite sure what we are to do with kitty when we move  :(

  • Mr T and Lola (the bearded dragons) are becoming great friends!

  •  While I was on the phone with Matt, Emily kept asking to talk to him. I handed over the phone and she rambled on about a picture she was drawling. She then suddenly stopped talking and handed the phone back to me. It's so great to see her talk so much now! She's come a long way, I was starting to get worried about her!

  • We bought adult sized crickets for Mr T and they are always chriping! I close my eyes and imagine a breezy, warm summer night along with the chriping and it makes me smile.

.. and a few random pictures to go with the random thoughts:

Sick girl still gives a princess smile for the camera

Emmy and her B

Mr T (and Lola in the background)

The pile of laundry that accumulates when the whole family gets sick : /

Claire drew this and didn't have anything to copy from- I was impressed

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Watermelon Seeds

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one”
-C.S. Lewis

I have a confession..

 A long time ago when Claire was 3 months old and I was a clueless mommy, I ventured on to the computer to find some answers to my many baby questions floating in my head. Well I stumbled across a website that was all about babies, kids, and moms. I soon discovered what was called a "birth board".  Here there were moms that had kids born the same month as Claire!  Everyone clueless, stressed, sleep deprived and most importantly, madly in love!

 Not having any friends with babies at the time, I was so relived to find this group! There we shared our worries, (and there were quite a lot, seeing as how many of us were first time moms) our baby's milestones and other things that really only a mother could care and get excited over.  Here we took pictures of our kids and posted them ALL. THE. TIME. And it was ok!  We all poured and gushed over each beautiful picture of each gorgeous child.  No need to feel like you are boring people with your baby stories and baby pictures here.

Oh and there was drama here, yes the drama!  When there is a group of hormonal women,  there is bound to be drama but slowly over the months and over the years, women came and went but a sturdy handful of us stayed and got to know each other better and tie tighter bonds

Along with this birth group there were sub group, with babies that were born in a certain week. This is were I met my Watermelon Seeds. What a fantastic group of ladies they are! Always uplifting, supportive. Great advice givers and always a friend, even when you feel alone. I honestly can not imagne life without my Watermelon Seed, my girls, my friends!  Years has come and gone. Our babies will be five this summer and if anything we are now closer then we ever were.  There are a few Watermelon Siblings here now, and some on the way!  We can share on those frustration and joys now as well!  Some day we will meet and that will be one fun day! I can not wait to see these dear friends that have been there for me through these years.  From Africa, to Texas to Massachusetts.. it's not easy to plan a meeting but it will be done and when we do get together, then watch out world!! :)
So here's to my Watermelon Seeds!

Friday, February 11, 2011

A Year Ago Today..

A year ago today I was pregnant.

A year ago I couldn't even fit into maternity clothes.

A year ago I was in so much pain, I could barely walk at times. My back and hips were throbbing.

A year ago I was looking forward to my Ob/GYN appointment on Feburary 12th like a child looks forward to Christmas morning. I was ready to get membranes stripped and hopefully bring on labor!

A year ago I was worried about my blood platelets and possibly needing to get induced.

A year ago I was determined to go to the hospital early enough to get an epidural (if my platelets allowed)

A year ago I was I was scared and had many questions.. Will he be healthy? Was he going to to cry a the time? Will he be a happy baby? Was he going to sleep through the night easily? Will I be able to handle 3 kids, 3yrs and under? Will we make it through financially? Will my girls handle this addition well? (Yes, No, Yes, No, Yes, Yes, yes)

A year ago I still had no clue what his name will be because Matt and I couldn't agree on one. (Top 3 names: Noah, Owen and Evan- Matt made the decision by texting a picture of Noah to our friends/family shortly after I gave birth stating time and weight and his name and he showed it to me I couldn't have been more happy!)

A year ago I was mentally preparing myself to possibly have a home birth just in case if I went into labor during the blizzard (and I was actually kind of excited over the idea!)

A year ago I was arming myself with information about breastfeeding, determined to do it for a year or longer and I couldn't wait to do it this time.

A year ago today I dreamt of just holding my little baby boy in my arms and just staring at him, just us two alone in the hospital, enjoying nothing else but each other.

I can't believe a year is almost here. It's gone way too quickly. Noah has done something to me inside. He has changed me and my ways of parenting (for better or worse, I'm not sure and I don't even really care) he has softened me, and making me more sure of myself and not so concerned about doing everything just right. I have learned to enjoy it and not worry about about all the little things that I used to worry about.. I'll get my sleep someday. I'll have my "freedom" some day, I'll take this time holding onto my baby for as long as I can. I couldn't imagine my life without this little guy in it.