November 26, 2007

Smiling Gabby

As for our Thanksgiving, it was really nice. The kids and I went over to my friend, Kacie's house for dinner. She is a friend from Mops and has the nicest, most welcoming family. She has a daughter Steven's age, Morgan and a 4-year-old son, Ryan. Steven had so much fun playing with Morgan and Ryan. And I don't think Gabby was put down the whole time we were there. Kacie's parents had Steven calling them Grandpa and Grandma. They were the nicest people and I was so glad to have them to spend Thanksgiving with. Steve said his Turkey day was pretty good, too. He went to a retired officer's house and had dinner with his family. He said he was pretty nervous at first, to be going to a complete stranger's home to eat with his family, but ended up having a great time. He got to eat pumpkin pie and play video games, and for Steve, that is pretty much a perfect day.
I've kept really busy the last few weeks. I refinished Steven's bed and dresser and started on his toybox today. The bed and dresser turned out really nice and I can't wait to see the toybox finished.
This Thursday, I have two girls from our church coming over to watch the kids so I can go Christmas shopping. I can't wait. I'm going to get a Christmas tree that night, also. I've never had a real tree before, so it should be fun. It will be so nice to be able to go out and just get all my Christmas shopping done at once. It's been a long time since I've gone to run errands without having to load, strap, unload, reload, unstrap and restrap kids into and out of carseats and strollers at every stop. I have a feeling my shopping will go very quickly this way.

Here is a picture of Sweet Gabby I took today. It's the first picture I've been able to take of her beautiful smile. She's been smiling for a few weeks now but I've never been able to capture it on camera before. She's such a happy girl.

November 17, 2007

HALF WAY!

As of today Steve has been gone 37 days and will be home in 36! We passed the halfway mark! Yay! There are days that seem to last forever but when I think that he's been gone for over 5 weeks, I realize that it really is going by very quickly. And to think that Gabby will be 6 weeks old on Sunday...man, time really is flying by. She's already outgrown most of her newborn size clothes - she's getting so big! And Steven is back to being potty trained! Yay again! He still has the occasional accident but he's doing well! (for those of you who don't know, he was potty trained for a few months before Gabby was born, then decided to stop - we had to go back to diapers for a while because I could only wash 15 pairs of underwear a day for so long). But he's doing really well and is proud to be a big boy again. I am so thankful for these two little blessings I get to spend my days with!

November 13, 2007

A great day

The kids and I just got back from a playdate at a really nice park. I had such a nice time chatting with my friends from MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) and Steven had a blast running around with the other kids. Gabby was so good and just looked around, taking everything in. We got there a little before 11am and didn't leave until almost 2pm. It was so nice. And to make things even better, before we left a lady from church came over and brought me dinner for tonight and cleaned my house while we were gone. I came home to a cleaner apartment than I have seen in a long time. She cleaned my bathrooms, mopped my floors, scrubbed my stop-top burners (they were pretty crusty...but now they're glistening!), vacuumed, did a load of laundry,....I wanted to cry when I came home and saw all that she had done. She had given me a card at Gabby's baby shower and said that along with the gift she had gotten me, she wanted to come by and help me clean one day, so that's what she did today. It was by far one of the best presents ever! The fact that she took so much time and did so much work just to make it easier on me.....what a wonderfl woman! We have such a great church...where else would you meet someone like that?! Man, what a great day!

November 11, 2007

40 Weeks of Likes and Dislikes

Leah
I've got pregnancy on the brain today. Maybe it's because I was sorting through some maternity clothes earlier. Or maybe I was just looking at Gabby and thinking about those long nine months that I waited for her. Or maybe because I know so many pregnant people ... in my MOPS group, three of the ten of us are pregnant. But whatever the reason, I've been thinking about all my likes and dislikes of pregnancy.

LIKES
- The planning. Picking names, nursery colors, buying clothes, putting the nursery together, shopping for baby-stuff.
- Never feeling like I need to suck my tummy in.
- The first few months of wearing maternity clothes (as for the last few months, see dislikes)
- The way people (even strangers) respond to me. People are more polite, open more doors, ask if they can help you with things.... even in New York City, people offered their seats to me on the subway when I was 8 months preggo with Gabby....New York, where no one is nice!
- Doctors appointments... hearing the heartbeat, getting an update and hearing "everything looks good."
- Ultrasounds
- Those first flutters.
- When Steve can feel the kicks and says, "Woe!"
- Just knowing there is a life growing inside me.
- Labor. As painful and exhausting as it is, I love it. It's so exciting.
- And of course, the end result. If the end result wasn't so wonderful, I would not ever want to endure these dislikes again:

DISLIKES (most only pertain to after about 6+ months)
- The first few months where I'm not 'showing' yet but I'm getting wider and bigger and just look FAT!
- Not fitting into my old clothes.
- Waiting....nine months is way too long. I would love if pregnancy was 3 months. That would be perfect, enough time to enjoy the "likes" but short enough to get through the "dislikes" without losing my mind.
- The last few months of maternity clothes. I get so sick of the same 10 shirts.
- Outgrowing my maternity clothes....ugh!
- Stretch marks.
- 34 Es (yes, that's a bra size!)
- Waiting....to see my baby.
- Worrying about weight gain....."how am I going to get this off?"
- The strong kicks to the ribs in the middle of night.
- The strong kicks to the bladder.
- Having to get up to use the bathroom every 20 minutes
- The pains in my lower abdomen.
- Waiting....to hold my baby in my arms.
- Not being able to take a full breath because baby takes up all the room.
- Being STARVING then full after two bites, then an hour later, starving again because baby takes up all the room and I can't fit much in my stomach.
- Having the doctor say at 38 weeks, you're only 1 cm and 0% effaced, you've got a while to go
- Sleeplessness.
- Waiting....to hear my baby's cry.
- Not being able to bend down comfortably
- Not being able to pain my toenails...neatly anyway.
- Pictures of myself.
- Waiting....to be a normal person again.

So twice as many dislikes as likes, yet Gabby is one month old and I'm already thinking about when we'll have the next one! Crazy. So as much as I dislike pregnancy, I love motherhood 100 times more. It is a blessing greater than I ever could have imagined. I can't wait to have a whole house full of little Kopers!

November 8, 2007

Out of the mouth of babes....

Leah
Steven is two. Where he comes up with some of the things that come out of his mouth, I will never know.
- We are at a stoplight next to a purple hatchback car, Steven points at it and says (disgusted), "I don't like that car."
- I am pushing him outside in his stroller and he says, "You have poop on you, Mama."
- Two months after visiting Holly and Jr (Uncle Joe), we are in the car and he tells me, "Aunt Holly is at home, Uncle Joe is in the water."
- I tell him often that Daddy is at OTS. He tells me that he is going to see Daddy at OTS-OX.
- Every baby he sees is Gabrielle. Even the black triplets on TV today were all Gabrielle.
- Every old man (and some old women) are Grandpa (don't tell Stan).
- A man was loading his groceries into his car next to ours at the grocery store the other day. I was strapping Steven into his seat and he kept pointing to the man (standing about 5 feet from us) and saying, "He's cute, he's cute."
- When he sees Shreck, he calls him Sex. We're in line at blockbuster and he's pointing and yelling, "Sex, Mama, Sex!"
- While talking to his Daddy on the phone, he points to my boob and says, "Gabrielle eats."
- In a very quiet OB/GYN waiting room full of pregnant women, he yells out with a laugh, "Mama, I FARTED!"
- In the hospital right after Gabby's birth, he watched me change her diaper and asked if I was wiping her penis. Similarly I took him in the bathroom stall with me at the mall and he asked if I was wiping MY penis....as three or four women in other stalls listen, I explain that only boys have those....I still don't think he knows.

There are more every day. That's all I can remember for now, though. Oh my gosh, he is so funny....embarrassing but funny.