Saturday, December 10, 2011
And just so I don't get a message from the other grandparents.....Paul's parents were able to stop by the hospital on Friday on their way home from MI. Then they and Abbie came to the house on Saturday to celebrate Michael's birthday. They each provided something for supper. :-)
(Sorry dad, I left you out). :-)
Friday, December 9, 2011
Baby Levi at birth
So, it has been two weeks and I am finally getting on here to post about the arrival of our 4th child. One of these days maybe I will get on a schedule so I can keep updated on here.....but don't hold your breath for it! LOL
I am going to try to make a long story short since I don't want to sit here forever writing it all out and I don't want you to have to sit so long and read. :-)
I had been having contractions for the last few months of my pregnancy. Nothing to be concerned about, but wondered if it would mean a shorter labor and maybe earlier. I guess I was hoping, but didn't really think it would happen. Well, there were days that I felt like I was "nesting" but I kept telling myself (and my mom kept telling me) that it was too early. But, the day before Thanksgiving I started showing other signs that I was maybe going into labor and it seemed that my contractions were getting stronger. They weren't really close together or stopping me so I didn't really think it was early labor. I did call my midwife though to let her know what was going on (especially since she was going to be leaving that day to go to MI for Thanksgiving). We talked and she said she was going to believe I wasn't going into labor and was going to go ahead to MI. I also knew that Carole had already left for MI for Thanksgiving and I did think about calling her to tell her I was showing signs of early labor. But, I knew if I called her she would try to talk Wayne into turning around and coming back. I didn't want her to do that because I would rather she go on to MI and I have the baby than have her come back and then I not have the baby. So, even when she texted me at nap time I didn't reply (not really intentionally but I didn't right away because I didn't want her to know and then I forgot). :-) So, I did lay on the couch most of the day or in bed....the midwife told me she wasn't putting me on bed rest, but wanted me to lay down as much as possible. Later that evening I went to soak in the tub. In the other 3 labors any time I got in the shower or tub my contractions would slow down or stop so I thought this might help. It didn't. I was still having contractions while soaking so I finally got out. Then sometime around 9:30 or 10 pm my contractions did stop and the other signs also. So, I thought it would be a few more days or weeks. Oh, in case you didn't realize...my due date wasn't until Dec 18 so this was about 3 1/2 weeks early. So anyway, throughout the night I was up to go to the bathroom (which wasn't unusual at this point). Around 3:30 am I woke up and realized I was having contractions again. I got up to go to the bathroom and realized the other signs were back too. I thought the contractions were stronger, but wasn't real sure at first. Then after having another one or two I realized they were stronger and they were coming regular. So, I started timing them. I timed them for a 1/2 hour and they were coming 5 minutes apart and lasting about 1-2 minutes. I finally woke up Paul after the 1/2 hour and told him I thought we should call the midwife. He called her and since she was in MI she called her back up. She told us it would probably be about 2 hours before the other midwife would get here. By this time my contractions were getting even stronger. Paul called his sister to have her come over to help with the kids when they got up. We had already planned to have Thanksgiving at our house and she was coming over for that so she had her stuff together for dinner. Oh and to back up again for a minute....I had just gone to the store on that Wednesday morning (before I laid on the couch) to get the stuff for labor that we needed. Now I'm glad I didn't decide to order the birth kit! Ok, so about 5:30 am the midwife and her assistant (student) arrived. Sometime shortly after that Abbie arrived. The midwives came in and started getting things set up. That's basically all they had time for.....at 6:28 am Levi Grant came into the world!! He cried just a little and was laid on my chest. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 6 oz.!! If he would have gone full term he would have probably been the biggest baby! The midwives checked him out and everything was good. They even scored him a 9 on both Apgar test. We didn't notice some blue around his mouth so the midwife did some consulting with our midwife and another doctor. We were all comfortable with just staying home and keeping an eye on him. Around 9 am when the midwives were getting ready to leave they checked his vitals one more time. At that point his heart rate was down to low 100's. This gave us great concern and we immediately decided to go to the ER. We left Abbie home with the other 3 kids and we left for the hospital. We were so thankful for Abbie's help! At the ER they immediately called Children's Hospital in Milwaukee and they arranged to transport him. They were thinking if it was something with his heart then he would need to be there. Since I had just had a baby they wouldn't let me ride in the ambulance, but I of course couldn't drive either so we had to let him go in the ambulance alone. That was the hardest part. Paul had run home to get things for us while we were waiting for the transport team. We live only 5 minutes from the hospital. When we left to go to Children's we ran home again to drop off the other car seats and grab a couple more things. We cried all the way to the house and then we walked in and Grace asked where Baby Levi was. Ok, so I was wrong....that may have been the hardest part. I broke down again as I tried to explain to them why he wasn't with us and that mommy and daddy had to leave again and may not be home for a couple days. Abbie was great and even fixed Thanksgiving dinner for her and the kids! When we got to Children's they were still getting Levi checked in and settled so we had to wait a few minutes. The nurse came out pretty quick though and told us we could go back. Ok so I know I said long story short and this is getting pretty long.......so..................the short of it..........I was envisioning being there and not being able to hold or nurse Levi. But, it was quite the opposite....they let us hold him as much as we want and I was able to nurse him like normal. After all the tests and 2 nights at Children's they basically decided that since he was a little early he was just being lazy with his breathing and his heart rate is just slower than other babies. Also, the doctor determined that the blue around his mouth was just bruising. He also had a bruise on his forehead, nose and both eyes. By the time we went home you could tell from the coloring that it was just bruising. We made it home Saturday night just in time to have supper and birthday cake for Michael's 5th birthday! They were all so excited to see us home and that Levi was with us. I don't think they have quit kissing him since! LOL
So, yea long story short....hahaha.....we then had to deal with getting him tested for jaundice since he was yellow. Then we had to have him on the blankets and re-tested just because it was up just a touch. Finally we are through all of it and he is doing much better! He has already started filling out some and is getting some chubby cheeks. :-)
Lydia is my little baby monitor...."crying, crying" or "crying again". LOL She also thinks that kissing him will make him stop. They all love to hold him, but Michael is the one that will sit the longest and hold him. He has already talked about him playing with his cars and trains when he gets bigger. I think he is going to enjoy having a brother!
This is a picture of Levi getting ready to leave Children's. Can you tell how proud the older 3 are of their baby brother?! LOL
Monday, November 14, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Alone Time for Mom by Crystal Kirgiss
All I needed this morning was a half-hour alone, thirty minutes of peace and quiet to help preserve my sanity. No mom-do-this, mom-I-need-that, mom-he-hit-me, mom-I-spilled-the-juice-on-the-couch.
Just me, a hot Calgon bath, and nothingness.
I shouldn't dream so big.
After getting the two oldest off to school, I settled the youngest in front of Barney and said, “Honey, listen closely. Your mommy is going to crack. She's losing her marbles. She's teetering on the edge of permanent personality damage. This is because she has children. Are you following me so far?”
He nodded absently while singing, “Barney is a dinosaur in our imagination....”
“Good. Now, if you want to be a good little boy, you'll sit right here and watch Barney while Mommy takes a nice, hot, quiet, peaceful, take-me-away bath. I don't want you to bother me. I want you to leave me alone. For 30 minutes, I don't want to see you or hear you. Got it?
“Good morning boys and girls....” I hear the purple wonder say.
I headed for the bathroom with my fingers crossed.
I watched the water fill the tub. I watched the mirror and window steam up. I watched the water turn blue from my bath beads. I got in.
I heard a knock on the door.
“Mom? Mom? Are you in there, Mom?”
I learned long ago that ignoring my children does not make them go away.
“Yes, I'm in here. What do you want?”
There was a long pause while the child tried to decide what he wanted.
“Um...can I have a snack?”
“You just had breakfast! Can't you wait a few minutes?”
“No, I'm dying! I need a snack right now!”
“Fine. You can have a box of raisins.”
I heard him pad off to the kitchen, listened as he pushed chairs and stools around trying to reach the raisin shelf, felt the floor vibrate when he jumped off the counter, and heard him run back to the TV room.
“Hi, Susie! Can you tell me what color the grass is....”
Knock, knock, knock.
“Mom? Mom? Are you in there, Mom?”
Sign. “Yes, I'm still in here. What do you need now?”
Pause. “Um...I need to take a bath, too.”
“Honey, can't you wait until I'm done?”
The door opened just a crack.
“No, I really need to take one now. I'm dirty.”
“You're always dirty! Since when do you care?”
The door opened all the way.
“I really need to take a bath, Mom.”
“No, you don't. Go away.”
He stood in the middle of the bathroom and started taking off his pajamas.
“I'll just get in with you and take a bath, too.”
“No! You will not get in with me and take a bath! I want to take my own bath! I want you to go away and leave me alone!” I began to sound like the three year old with whom I was arguing.
He climbed onto the edge of the tub, balancing carefully, and said, “I'll just get in with you, okay, Mom?”
I started to shriek, “No! That is not okay! I want my own bath, all by myself! I don't want to share! I want to be alone!”
He thought for a moment and said, “Okay, I'll just sit here and you can read me a book. I won't get in, Mom, until you're done.” He flashed me a knock-down charming smile.
So I spent my morning-alone-time reading “One Fish, Two Fish” to a naked three year old who sat on the edge of the tub with his chin resting on his knees, arms wrapped around his bent legs, slight smile on his face.
Why fight it? It won't be long before I have all the alone-time I want. And then I'll probably feel bad about not having any more together-time.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Ok, so the big news......Carleta and Danny are adopting twin boys!!!!!! They are due around December 17 (I'm due the 18th). Since they are twins we are thinking they will be coming any time. Last weekend the girls and I went down to my parents' house so we could go to the baby shower. We had such a great time. It was fun seeing all the gifts she got and all the support and encouragement she is getting. It was even more fun to go over to their house Sunday night to look at everything closer and be able to help her decide what else she needs. I love that she is asking me for advice! :-) We can't wait for Carson & Carter to arrive!!! Unfortunately, no matter when they are born I won't get to see them till Christmas (unless they make a trip up here!). ;-) It is going to be a wild Christmas though with 3 new babies and 3 older kids! Watch out grandma and grandpa cause here they come!!! LOL
Today Paul put Lydia in the toddler bed for nap time. It is the first time she is in it. So far so good. We'll see how well she sleeps though. She has also started going potty on the big potty some. We're not really pushing it, but she loves doing it. They are all just growing up so fast. Michael already has another tooth coming in so he has 2 loose ones now. Grace is becoming such a "mommy". I am hoping she is going to be a big help with the new baby....but first we have to take care of this attitude problem! :-/
The people at the church have been so welcoming and accepting. We now have two freezers full of food!!! It so awesome how they take care of us! We have started doing a family meal time and a kids' group on Wednesday nights. We are seeing more people coming for it. The ladies have been so great to me! They gave me a gift certificate for Blessings Unlimited (I may have mentioned that before...I can't remember). I finally placed my order and it arrived on the weekend while I was gone. I didn't even get a chance to open it yet! I hopefully will this afternoon.
Paul's brother, Andy, and his wife welcomed the arrival of their new baby girl this last week! She is so adorable! We've only seen pictures so far, but can't wait to meet her! I received an e-mail from Amie today with the birth story and it was so neat to see all the details of how Azalea arrived. It sounds like it was a great birth! Congratulations!
Well, I think that's all for now......now time to lay down for a little bit.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Now, for the story of the actual journey here.....
Of course, I was pregnant and still taking care of 3 little ones and then trying to pack up a house. It was slow, but finally all came together. Paul was there to help also since he didn't have a job. When we got back from vacation we had a month before we would be moving. We obviously couldn't do too much at first so it got pushed off to closer to the moving day. We lined up a truck though with Budget a few weeks before the move. The week of the move our neighbor's brother died so the Thursday night before packing the truck on Saturday we were at the funeral and then Friday spent a couple hours talking with our neighbor. It was hard because we wanted her to know we cared, but we still had A LOT to get done. Friday night Michael and Grace went to their first sleep over at a friend's house. Then Saturday Michael stayed at the friend's house and Grace came home to go with Lydia to another friend's house. We had a lot of good help in loading the truck. Oh wait....I have to back up a day. On Friday we were supposed to pick up the truck at Budget around 10. We get a call from them at 9 telling us they don't have a truck for us. They are trying to find one within a short distance, but they'll let us know. So, after a couple hours Paul finally calls them back to find out they have a truck somewhere, but they don't have a way to get it to us. So, we had to call up U-Haul and go with a truck with them. It was a foot bigger (which actually worked out better) but was $100 more. Oh well, we had to get a truck. So, back to Saturday. We get the truck loaded up, but we can't load the van till Sunday afternoon or night because we still have to have a way to get to church. We are looking around after getting the truck loaded and realize we are going to have to leave some stuff behind....there's not going to be room in the van even with just me and Lydia in it! So, Sunday afternoon the van gets loaded and then Sunday night we finished with a few more things. Yep we had to leave things behind....but things can be replaced. :-) Monday morning at 4 am we pulled away from our house in NM. Paul drove the moving truck with Michael and Grace. Lydia, Ruby and I were in the van. We met Paul's parents at lunch time in Amarillo, Texas. Then the kids moved around at different times to different vehicles and Carole drove for a while so I could rest. It was such a blessing to have them along! We were planning to stop in Oklahoma City for the night and already had hotel rooms booked. A little over an hour outside of Oklahoma City Paul calls me to ask if the tires look ok (we were right behind him). I said the back ones look fine. He thought he heard a noise from back there and thought maybe he lost one. We started to pull up to check the front ones, but he said he didn't think it was a front tire. Not even 5 minutes later we were pulling over because one of his front tires had blown. Thankfully, he pulled the truck over with no problem. He called U-Haul and found out it was going to be quite a while to wait for help and then also realized the other front tire needed to be replaced. We decided that the side of the interstate was no place for the kids so Paul's parents, the kids and I all went ahead to Oklahoma City to get supper and go to the hotel. Paul made it to the hotel about a 1/2 hour after we did. Everything worked out fine, but the guy that replaced the tires thought he should have the truck checked the next morning at the maintenance place for U-Haul which was located in OK City. So, the next morning Paul and his dad take the truck over to get it checked out. They did some work and sent us on our way. It was about 10 am (or maybe later, I forget now) when we left. We were hoping to get out by 8. We got to my parents' house about 10 pm that night. We missed out on the 25 lb turkey my mom made! :-( Well, I guess we didn't really....Paul had a sandwich that night and they brought some to us that weekend! :-) Anyway, we got the kids to bed and were all getting settled in for the night. My dad had let Ruby out, but he couldn't get her to come back (which was unusual). He thought maybe she went to visit the dogs down the road. So, Paul and I went out trying to get her back in. She finally came back but ran to the other door so my dad let her in. When she came downstairs I smelled her immediately and realized she had been sprayed by a skunk!! I had always heard that a tomato juice bath would take the smell away. I looked, but mom only had tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Well, Paul tried the tomato sauce and to our surprise IT WORKED!! Unfortunately, I could still smell it in the house. The next morning we ate breakfast at the Ramsey Cafe and then headed to WI. We got to WI to the house about 3 pm. We pull in to a lot of cars and think the people are there to help unload. We quickly realize they are not here to unload, but they are here trying to finish up some of the work! We are so grateful for the work that was done on the parsonage!! It is beautiful!! We waited a little while and then decided to unload the truck and van and put stuff in the basement and the kitchen/dining room area. The church ladies had then prepared sandwiches at the church for supper for everyone that night. The next day my parents came up and helped us start going through boxes and getting things organized. It is so great having our parents so close!!! My parents spent a couple days here helping us and spending time with the kids. Then that Sunday was Paul's first Sunday in the pulpit at Emmanuel Baptist Church!
We have had such an awesome beginning here! We are enjoying getting to know the people in the church. And today I found a midwife!! I have to drive 1 1/2 hours for my appointments, but she has agreed that if I drive for the next two visits then she will come here for the rest! She is such a nice lady and I can't wait to get to know her even more!
Again, this post is really long so I will have to do another update later on what's been going on with the church. I hope this has all made sense since it was about 10:30 when I started writing it.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
So, first off I'm sure all of you know, but I am 26 1/2 weeks pregnant with #4! I am due around December 15. Everything has been pretty normal again with this pregnancy, but just a couple added little "problems". At the moment I am trying to find a new midwife...more about that in the next update. The kids are excited! Michael thinks it will be a boy, Grace thinks it will be a girl...Lydia just knows where to pat my tummy when asked "where is mommy's baby?". Michael and Grace also think there are 2 in there, but I try to tell them mommy isn't big enough for 2 and we have only heard one heartbeat! LOL
Next, update.....3 weeks ago today we arrived in Elkhorn, WI!! This summer when we came out to IL and WI for vacation Paul had been asked to preach at a church here just to fill in. They were without a Pastor and just needed someone to fill the pulpit. It worked out that he was able to do it on July 3 (our anniversary). So, after the morning service (they don't have an evening service) we headed back down to my parents' house. We were about 2 hours away and he got a phone call from one of the guys on the pulpit committee. He wanted to know if Paul could meet with some of the pulpit committee that Tuesday. So, on Tuesday Paul drove up to Rockford and met some of the people for an interview. He also lined up to preach again in a couple weeks, just to fill in again. Before that Sunday arrived they called and asked if he would consider being a candidate for the pastoral position. He said yes so that Sunday he was actually candidating (is that even a word?) and not just filling in. Because of the timing that we were out here some things were down out of sequence, but we went back to NM the next week and the following week the church voted on if they wanted to have him come as the new pastor. We were eating lunch when the call came that the vote had been taken and had passed. It wasn't as high of a percentage as we had hoped, but it is a small church so it only took 4 to make it lower than what we really wanted. We discussed it though and weren't real sure about accepting. Then later that afternoon he talked to the guy in charge of the pulpit committee and felt better about it. We found out the reason for the low vote was just because some people thought they needed to see more guys before deciding (he was the first candidate). This guy was very excited and was already calling him Pastor Paul! We were then excited about it too! Then we talked to someone else later that day that made us a little unsure again. So, that night Paul called his parents (not sure which way they would react) and we were again excited to hear their response. They thought the same as us....the reason for the lower vote was not something to really be concerned about (also the guy on the pulpit committee told us the people that voted no were still excited that the vote had passed). So, we took a few days to pray about the decision. In the meantime the school was wanting a decision from Paul on if he was coming back or not. They were going to be starting soon and they needed to know if they had to hire someone new. He told them he was going to take the time to decide, but they needed to do whatever they felt they had to do. It turned out at the board meeting that week they decided to eliminate a few positions because of financial reasons and they eliminated Paul's job. We took this as an answer to prayer and soon accepted the position. We realized we had been hoping for the vote to be high enough to make our decision for us and we weren't really trusting in God for making the decision. So, on August 22, 2011, we left Las Cruces, New Mexico and headed to Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Just a side note.....we left Illinois August 14, 2007, to head to New Mexico.
Ok, so since this post is already long and I still have a pile of dishes waiting for me I will have to update you on the trip here later. :-)
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Oh, by the way......did you know the world is awake at 6:30 am?! LOL It's been so long since I've been out at that time.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Then, I came home and was thinking about how to keep better track of our finances. I looked on our bank's web site and realized they can set up a budget on there, but I couldn't customize it for us. So, I found a program on our computer that I could download. Since we don't use Windows I'm not able to use Quick Books or at least I don't think I can. Anyway, we had a few free ones we could download so I tried different ones and finally decided on the one. Since we just changed banks at the beginning of January it made it really easy to get it all set up. Now, I have a budget set up, can see reports and everything! I am going to really like this!!
Now, I'm at home instead of at church. My little girl, Grace, has a 102.6 temperature. She's been coughing, but we thought it was just from her being sick before and the cough wasn't going away. The lady that was in the nursery this morning asked if she was getting sick again because she sounded congested. So, when we got home she wasn't wanting to eat and her eyes looked "funny". So, Paul took her temperature and it was 100.8 then. He gave her medicine and put her down for a nap. When she got up she was acting fine and ate something, but then she was sitting on Paul and he said she was burning up. Before he left for church I took her temperature again (I had to make sure I used the thermometer right....we got a new one for FREE...I'll tell you about that in a minute). That's when it was 102.6. Now, she is laying on the floor watching t.v. That is unusual for her. Hopefully she will be better tomorrow.
Ok, so for the thermometer....I guess Paul entered a contest about what the temperature would be at the Super Bowl. He said he was no where near the right degree, but he still got a thermometer and it said he won. I think they just sent them to everyone who entered! LOL It is one of the new ones that you just rub across their forehead. It's awesome!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Oh, I am realizing I'm not missing the time spent on Facebook, but I told Paul I feel like I am missing adult interaction. I would at least get feedback on there from my comments and I've not had any feedback on here since I quit Facebook. So, please comment so I know you're out there! LOL
Grace was not happy about the cold. Michael had a blast and was upset they had to come home.
Here is one of Michael at the park and then 2 of them before they left. You can see Grace was already cold before they left and she had only been outside a couple minutes.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
So, let's start with the context......In Sunday School this last Sunday (I teach the nursery kids) we talked about David and Goliath. So, we talked about how David put 5 stones in his bag and then used 1 stone to kill Goliath. So, tonight Michael and Grace are running around with Daddy's stocking cap and Michael starting pretending it was a bag for stones and he was David. Then a few minutes later they came running in the living room and Grace had it and was pretending the same thing. Then she says to Michael........"here, you can be the stoner". LOL Oh the things they come up with!
I will try to post pictures from the snow today and Paul and the kids at the park. It didn't turn out the way he thought it would.
Now, off for coffee and Texas sheet cake, making some bookmarks and a movie or two with my husband. Praying that the kids all sleep good tonight. Grace went to bed with a 100.2 fever. :-( Oh, SCHOOL IS ALREADY CANCELED FOR TOMORROW!!!!!
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So, instead of posting a separate post I will just add this here......Paul, Michael and Grace just headed down to the park a little bit ago. They looked so cute all bundled up. :-) Hopefully they will stay warm enough. I promised hot chocolate/hot coffee and fresh baked cookies when they get back. Lydia and I didn't go because Lydia won't wear shoes! Plus, she was getting tired and I figured I would just be holding her and fighting with her the whole time (because she would want down) so we stayed here. Oh, I did think about layering her up and then putting a footed sleeper on her, but then I realized we didn't have another pair of gloves and the coat we have would be very big so I would need another hat......so it was just easier to stay here. Ok, so off to make those cookies!
We are on our 4th year here in Las Cruces and this is the first time school has been canceled for snow! It is still coming down! I guess after breakfast I will have to find those coats for the kids. Too bad Lydia doesn't have shoes so I guess she and I will have to stay in the house! :-)
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Paul and I walked outside tonight a little before 6 pm and it was just starting to snow. By the time we got done with a meeting at church just before 8 it was already sticking to the car and roads. A little while after the babysitter left Paul looked out and couldn't even tell where her car had been. It is still coming down! The kids were so excited they wanted to go out tonight and play in it. So, the babysitter brought them a hand full as she was leaving. They both ate it and then laughed when I told them their lips were cold when they kissed me goodnight. It is not supposed to get to even the freezing mark over night or tomorrow so maybe it will still be around and they can go play in it. I guess I will have to find their coats, hats and gloves! That is something I'm not used to looking for. They think gloves are just for playing with and since we kept telling them they didn't need a jacket because they had long sleeves on they think they don't need one now (and it doesn't help that I keep forgetting that it is cold and have them put them on). We're watching the news now and it is supposed to be back in the 60's by Sunday! But, now they are showing pictures in El Paso and the cars are sitting still or driving slow on ice. They said they had ALL 14 trucks ready to go out to spread salt and sand in El Paso.....14 trucks for the whole El Paso area! HaHa! The public schools have already delayed school 2 hours tomorrow, but there's nothing on MVCS web site yet about Paul's school.
If the snow is still around I will try to get some pictures tomorrow and post them.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Well, I really just wanted to post something in the new year, but I really don't have time to sit and write right now, so I will have to try to do it again later.