Friday, May 25, 2012


A few lessons I have learned this past month

-Wait until they stop giving you morphine before  bragging about how amazing you feel after the third  c-section.

-Also wait until Grandma is gone and you're no longer getting three hour naps before deciding that newborns aren't tiring.

-It is entirely possible to come home from the hospital having lost less weight than what your baby weighed. I lost seven pounds between going to the hosptial and coming home. The baby weighed eight. (Sure I lost another 20 in the next three weeks, but still!)

-Have appropriate post-baby undies waiting for you at home..but if you don't, and you have to send your husband out to buy "the most awful granny panties you can find" and he does it without the tiniest grumbling, he's a keeper for sure.

-Figure out exactly how your stroller and carseat fit together before you're in the parking lot.  It will save you ten minutes of feeling like a moron in front of everyone that passes by.

-When you decide to call your husband at work yelling at him and crying because he lost your car keys, check your purse first and make sure you weren't the last person who had them.

-Have a few other episodes like the one above and your husband may just tell you that one night each week you need to leave the house and kids for a few hours. Sweet.

-Apparently, it is possible to be tired enough to completely forget your house number. An awesome moment when it happens in front of someone who is trying to look up your address.

-Even if you didn't need a peepee teepee with your first son, don't assume the same for your second. Good news is it only takes a few times of getting wet for you to learn your lesson and be prepared.

-There is only so many times you can change your shirt and bra before a little bit of baby spit becomes an acceptable part of your wardrobe.

Friday, May 18, 2012

School's out!

I'm mama to a first grader! Sam did so well this year-so proud of my boy! A little bragging here, but Sam got a citizenship award for good behavior in his classroom and also got the "art student of the year" award for the kindergarten class. Go Sam! Hopefully first grade goes as smoothly-there is a possibility that he could be in as many as three different schools next year because of some changes that are coming up, but I'm hoping it's only two....we may end up homeschooling part of next year, but we'll see!
Here are two papers Sam did during the year that make me laugh (translated by me). I'm kinda suprised the first one didn't get us a trip to the principal. What can I say? Sam and Joel have bonded over sports and guns. Boys....
"A soldier needs a gun. A soldier shoots bad guys. A soldier needs a pen, a pencil, and some sniper guns."

"Dear Mom and Dad, I want a ipod. I will keep my room clean. I will help my baby brother and sister. Please may I have the ipod?  Love, Samuel.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

dollhouses and doctors

I've been wanting to get Annaleigh a dollhouse for her birthday this year. Only thing is, they are actually on the expensive side! Even though her birthday isn't for another two months, I've been watching craigslist knowing that one would eventually show up, and I was right. We got her an amazing dollhouse complete with furniture and dolls for $80 which is what a house alone costs in the store. It's completely handmade and gorgeous. It also happens to be kinda enormous so hopefully that isn't too much of a problem! The house itself is plain wood, and I plan on painting the rooms different colors-it should be fun!
 a tiny bit of the furniture. it has four armoires, six dressers, and a bunch of other things

Yesterday ended up being a little stressful. Owen has been making these strange jerking movements in his arm and leg for the past two weeks so yesterday morning we were referred to a neurologist to make sure he wasn't having seizures. Owen hasn't made it into Tricare's system yet (we're waiting on his birth certificate) and since we weren't using a hospital on base we had to pay $1442 for the exam. We will eventually get paid back that money (I have no cluse what would have happened if we couldn't have afforded the visit??) But  THAT is the reason that people who whine and complain about military healthcare generally get no sympathy for is so incredibly expensive! Anyways, they feel pretty sure it isn't seizures. If it's still going on in a month he'll go back for more testing, but for now it's good news.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Life with three

Monday, both grandma's flew back to their homes and Joel went back to work. I'm so thankful-because of them, I got to spend all my time focusing on my sweet Owen.  Owen is three weeks old this Tuesday, and despite having a newborn and recovering from a c-section I feel about a million times better than while I was pregnant. Granted, the past two weeks have been incredibly relaxing since everything was being taken care of for me, but it's amazing how much better I've been feeling. Haha, in fact the other night I told Joel I was really sorry because I realized how grouchy I was the last nine months and nine months is a long time...he agreed. ;) Owen is a pretty easy baby, but I've been happy about how easy adjusting to another kid has been...once again though, I kind of think it's because I feel so much better than while pregnant. It's too early to tell for sure, but so far I'd say having three kids is easier than being pregnant with two (good thing for me since it's going to be this way for a while!).
my sweet mother-in-law and me 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Just finished up Owen's birth announcement cards from Can't wait to get them!

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