July 30, 2009
July 26, 2009
Here I sit in a room void of sound. Did I ever live in a world where this was normal? I believe I did once. I don't remember it well, nor do I care to. For now, I will make my own noise. The clicking of the laptop keys, the folding of the paper bags I just emptied from the grocery store, the splashing and clinking of the dishes being washed. I will only need to create this music for a short time, though. Soon, three children will awaken. One will want to be fed, one will want a cartoon. One will just run circles around our little home wearing plastic high-heals and shrieking in delight.
And all will be as it should.
July 22, 2009
It sucks. Really. The workout is HARD. At least for a postpartum, out of shape, 20-pound-overweight girl like me. Ugh. It better be worth it. My legs and abs are so sore.
*Jack had his 2-week-checkup last week. He was actually 2 1/2 weeks old by the time I took him but he was up to 8 pounds, 12 ounces. That was over a 2 pound gain in 2 weeks (he was down to 6 lb 10 oz at 3 days old!). He is a growing boy. He is at that perfect size right now where all his newborn cl0thes look like they were made for him. They fit him perfectly.
* Gabby has been a STINKER today. I lost track of how many times she was in the corner this morning. And how many spankings she received for not going to the corner when told or getting out of the corner before I dismissed her. I felt like all I did was discipline her this morning.
* We just woke up from a 4-hour family nap. Yep. Steve, Jack and I curled up on our bed around 1:30, Gabby was in her own bed and Steven was watching a movie on the couch. We woke up around 5:30 and Steven had fallen asleep, as well. It was WONDERFUL. Especially since, on top of every 3-hour feedings for Jack all night, Gabby and Steven were both up and in our bed for a while last night. It was a LONG night.
* We are in the middle of buying our first home. As long as everything goes well, we will close the end of August (since we won't be there until the beginning of September). We are really excited about it. I think it's a beautiful home, in a beautiful neighborhood and I'm excited to call it home in a few months!
* Jack and I have discovered the joy of baby-wearing. I totally consider this a hippy thing to do but with 2 toddlers, it's a great option for us right now. I wore Gabby in a sling a little bit when she was a baby, but not that often. Jack has spent much more time being wrapped to his mommy and it's been great.
Here we are in the mall in Abilene last week.
And here we are out for a walk the other day.
This is Gabby at about 5 months. Jack will move up to this sling when he's bigger.
Okay, I think that's all the randomness for now. Jack has a very wet diaper and I think dinner is ready, so off I go. But now you're all caught up :-)
July 19, 2009
The kids helping Grammy and Grampy in the kitchen.
My parents have been back home for over a week, now and Gabby still occasionally asks, "Where Grammy? Where Grammy?" (They were Grammy and Grammy to her). She also calls everyone Grammy, now. Steve's Dad was Grammy to her while we were in Abilene this past week. Our realtor, Judy was Grammy during the 2 days we looked at houses with her. My kids definitely became close to their Grammy and Grampy. It was a wonderful week.
We love you, Mom and Dad!
July 14, 2009
We are in Abilene, Texas this week, our home-to-be. We are here on official house-hunting business. Yesterday, we viewed 9 houses in three and a half hours, with three kids in tow. It was a LONG three and half hours. After a while, all the houses kind of blended together in our minds so it was a good thing we were taking lots of notes. This afternoon, we are going to view 4 more houses, then we are going back to two of the ones we viewed yesterday. The two we are reviewing are the ones we really liked. We're hoping to put an offer in on one of them this afternoon. The whole house-hunting thing was not quite as fun as I thought it would be. It was fun, but a little stressful. The main problem was that most of the homes we viewed were still occupied, which was great because we could see them with furniture and get a better idea of how our stuff would fit into them, but it was hard to keep Steven and Gabby off of other people's furniture and out of other kids' toys. They were overall, really well-behaved during the process and I was proud of them. I know they were probably bored out of their minds. Jack-Jack was an angel, as always. We never heard a peep out of him. We took a short feeding-break and he otherwise slept the whole time we were out. He is such a good baby.
We drove out here on Sunday. We left Little Rock at about 7:30 am and got into Abilene a little after 4pm. We had one gas stop and two extra stops to feed Jack. It was really a smooth trip. Jack is like a little alarm clock. Every three hours, almost exactly, he starts fussing to be fed. Other than that, he really doesn't cry much. He was a great traveler. Steven and Gabby traveled well, too. We bought a thingy (Steve calls it something, but to me...it's a thingy) that we plugged into the power supply of the truck and it lets us plug in regular house-hold things. So, we were able to bring my laptop, keep it plugged in and charging in the truck and let the kids watch a movie on it. They loved it. We used to have those little portable TVs that strapped to the back of the headrests but they died on the way out to Little Rock. So, the kids we glad to have some entertainment. It was kind of surreal to look back at the row of carseats in the truck during the trip. It was the first time that we had all three carseats in one row (we've had Steven in the third row up until now). It's hard to believe we've managed to fill a whole row in the truck with carseats.
Steve took Steven out to a dirt road on Grandpa's 4-wheeler this morning and Gabby and Jack and I are just hanging out. I should go get dressed. It is after 10 and I'm still in my PJs. But, in my defense, they are the most awesome PJs I've ever had. Old Navy now has a line of nursing clothes (!!!!) and I got some great PJs from there and I LOVE them. But all good things must come to an end and I should go put on some real clothes, but for now, you're all caught up!
July 7, 2009
(Steve cutting Jack's umbilical cord)
He screamed and screamed and screamed. He screamed on my chest, getting dried off, he screamed on the scale, he screamed getting diapered and swaddled and screamed in Steve's arms and mine. He screamed for about half an hour. He finally calmed down and was very awake and alert. He stayed awake for over an hour.This labor was my fastest of the three. It was only about 6 hours from the time labor was started until I started pushing, it was 16 hours with both Steven and Gabby. But this was my hardest and most painful delivery. The epidural seemed to just stop working at the end. Maybe it was still working a little but not as much as it did when I had Steven and Gabby, for sure. The recovery seems to be going just fine. Thankfully I did not tear or need an episiotomy, so no stitches makes for easier healing.
The last week with Jack has been so sweet. He just seems to fit right into our family like he's always been here. His brother and sister just love him. He is very sweet, sleeps great, eats great and poops great. He has mastered all three of a newborn's skills! I am so thankful for this sweet blessing we've been given. I've always wanted a house full of little Kopers. And here I am.
July 2, 2009
My parents are getting in from Florida tomorrow morning. They will be here for a week. I'm really looking forward to it! I should have lots of pictures to share from their visit.
Typing with one hand while nursing Jack is taking forever, so that's all for now :-)