Saturday, April 28, 2012

Made it!

Tuesday, April 24th, our little Owen was born. I know he's only a few days old, but so far he is just the sweetest thing. My c-section went well, and we were only in the hospital for 48 hours when they discharged us. Thankfully, between Joel and his mom I haven't had to do anything besides relax and enjoy my little cutie since coming home (8 more days before reality starts!). I'm slowly recovering from the surgery (which is kind of a horrible painful experience) and now dealing with typical breastfeeding issues, but I guess at least I'm getting the really painful stuff over with at once. Sam and Allie are in love with Owen. So far there hasn't been any jealousy at all, but honestly, they kinda prefer hanging out with their grandma over me, so they just poke in and out of the room during the day. I think Owen is a fascinating bundle of cute, gross, and boring to them. The night we came home from the hospital, Annaleigh was feeling sick and when I went to check on her in the middle of the night she would go between crying about her head hurting and telling me she loved her brother. It's sweet. My heart is just so full of happy right now it hurts. :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Last day!

Baby  is coming tomorrow, which means this is my last day of being pregnant (and since we are sure this is our last, it's my last day of ever being pregnant again). It's kind of a strange feeling, because for the past few months I've been so focused on just trying to survive and make it through the day, but tomorrow we'll be holding a little person in our arms.  It almost doesn't seem real.
I'll be leaving for the hospital at 7 am (I should be getting home Thursday or Friday hopefully), and Sam and Allie will come visit after Sam gets out of school. Sam is mildly excited, he's pretty practical and knows the baby's not going to be doing much for a while. Annaleigh can't wait. Every day she asks if she can hold the baby, dress the baby, play with the's really sweet. We'll see how she does once the baby actually comes home, but for now she's happy with the situation.
I guess we'll also be seeing how I handle being a mom of three! People tend to be pretty negative about having three kids, saying it's tons more work and that sort of thing. I'm optimistic, just because I feel like the past nine months have been so hard things will actually be better once Baby gets here. I guess only time will tell!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Soccer, skirts, and schedules

Since we've moved to Georgia, Sam has played soccer every spring, and I signed him up for it again this year. I'm not sure whether or not I'm regretting it or not. It adds a lot to our schedule (Joel's in soccer and started school again), and Annaleigh is not happy to just sit around this year so there is a bunch of running after her. Sam had his very first game yesterday, and it was a lot of fun to watch. He even scored a goal!
soccer, four times a week.

A big accomplishment for the week: I managed to get Baby's crib skirt made.. It could have been better, but overall, I'm happy with how it turned out since my attitude on this project was "just get it done." It was less than $10, so a lot cheaper than buying one!

One thing I found while looking around online on how to do it was to hot glue Velcro to the crib and skirt to make things easier.  It was an awesome idea and made this very simple to do since all it really required was hemming the edges and gluing the Velcro on.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Spring Break

This past week has been busy with spring break. Funny, Joel thought it would be more work since Sam is usually in school during the day, but since he entertains Annaleigh, it evens itself out nicely. Sam has been really excited about it and kept talking about all the projects we were going to do (we did a lot of "projects" together before I got pregnant and he started school) so the pressure was on to find entertaining things. We didn't get quite as much done as I would have liked, but that's life!

The first thing we did was decorate some outfits for Baby. I thought it would be a fun way to get the kids excited about their upcoming little brother and to make something special for him. The top picture is a watermark tee using glue and dye that I got the idea from this blog. The glue took forever to dry, but it was easy and I like how they turned out.

Next we tried acrylic paints...I think Sam's is adorable but Annaleigh's was pretty gruesome. Hers  looked like a giant blood stain. I had to throw it away it was so bad. :P 

We also broke out the pool I found for $6 over the winter. Bad mommy forgot sunblock though, so the kids got burned.

We're the mean kind of parents who pretty much do not buy the kids toys other than birthdays & holidays (my poor kids don't even get kids meals besides special occasions, haha) so one day we went to the dollar store and the kids got to pick out two things each. Allie had a hard time narrowing it down to two, but it's fun for them to be able to buy whatever they want.
Annaleigh chose a wand and fake flowers
Sam got a football and a little ring toss game

There have a been other things done as well, playground trips and lots of paint and playdough. Today we're making icecream sandwiches and dying Easter eggs, and tomorrow strawberry picking!

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