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Thursday, October 31, 2013

To the moms of 2 kids

I was stopped again today, three times in fact during our short trip to Target, and asked by moms with 1 or 2 children how on earth I do it. Sometimes that's all they say, sometimes they share that they always wanted a big family, but dealing with 2 young children has worn them so thin that they have no idea how they would ever survive having more than that.

I'll tell you what I always tell them, it gets better.

Having 2 under 2 was hands down the hardest point in my life thus far, I know we have some crazy times to come (3 in high school or 3 in college at the same time? eek!), but that was ROUGH. Hard on me physically, and mentally. hard on our marriage, all around hard.

Don't get me wrong, we had our awesome fun days too, it wasn't bad, it was just so. hard.

I was pretty much in survival mode for a solid year.
It was crazy, but they were SO cute

So when we were expecting #3, I was just a little bit nervous. We had a 3 year old and a 2 year old and were finally feeling like we had this parenting thing down, I couldn't imagine going through the craziness of having a new baby again. But then you know what happened? 

Pretty much nothing.

The boys who had gotten used to playing with each other, kept on playing with each other. I had way more time to focus on the baby, because the older 2 had a built in playmate. They were used to sharing their space and waiting a few minutes before I could get to them, so a new baby was no big deal. No jealously, or regression, life just kept on going the way it always had.

And then I had #4 and again...


Now obviously more kids just adds a little more planning and time. It takes longer to make 3 lunches than it did to make 1. Getting 4 into boots, coats, hats, mittens and into the car and buckled into car seats feels like running a marathon some days. The logistics are different, but once you have a plan, there just really isn't much you can't do with 4 that you could do with 1 or 2.

Now with 4, my older 2 can sit and sing to the baby while I take a shower, or make some dinner. They can carry out the diaper bag for me, or help bring in all of the groceries. Life is just so much easier.

So I know when you see me at the store with a full double stroller, a baby strapped to my chest and a 5 year old walking holding onto the side it just looks crazy. Or that I must have weird super well behaved children (I don't, they're awesome, but they're normal). I know you have to laugh when I say my life is easier now than it was 4 or 5 years ago, but I promise you, I am not joking.

It gets so much better.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Noah 5

1. What is your favorite color? Green
2. What is your favorite toy? Lightning McQueen car
3. What is your favorite fruit? Watermelon
4. What is your favorite tv show? My new Veggie Tales songs
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, applesauce, and yogurt
6. What is your favorite outfit? My Toy Story shirt
7. What is your favorite game? Chutes and Ladders
8. What is your favorite snack? Fruit snacks
9. What is your favorite animal? Camels and bears
10. What is your favorite song? Veggie Tales
11. What is your favorite book? Curious George
12. Who is your best friend? Uncle Ben and Uncle Joey
13. What is your favorite cereal? The kind we brought to the mansion (granola maybe? we don't really eat cereal often)
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play with my red car
15. What is your favorite drink? apple juice
16. What is your favorite holiday? Valentines Day
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? My white nighty night (stuffed polar bear)
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal
19. What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner? Tortilla soup and grape salad
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? A daddy

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

And we're patching

I do realize I've hardly posted in the last few months, and half of what I have has been about Elise's eyes, but really I think our last 4 months can be summed up with: Elise's eye issues, had a baby, Anthony had ankle surgery.

Anthony's surgery has been pretty boring and sometimes downright frustrating, so I won't post about that, but I'll try and up the cute baby posts and more about what the boys are up to soon

Anyway, we had Elise's 2 month check up today and her left eye looks MUCH better, but still not working quite as it should, even with glasses on. So for at least the next 3 weeks, for 3 hours a day, we are patching.

For some reason I'm more nervous about this than I was with the glasses. I think with the glasses, they helped her to see better right away, whereas wearing a patch will eventually make her vision better, but for now strips her of her vision in the better eye.

We're trying to stay super positive about it, in some ways glasses and patching can be much harder for young children, because they can't understand that it is helping them and just want them off. Older kids know enough to know that they are *different* and don't want to be. I think we fall right in the sweet spot, Elise is old enough to understand that this is for her own good and I am not trying to torture her, but she has no idea that wearing an eye patch or glasses could be weird, or something everyone in the world wouldn't want to do.

We have a few girly options sent home from her Dr today, she immediately chose a purple patch with pink shoes on it (of course I heard in my head "yeah, shooooes")

We're 15 minutes in with no problems so far, only 5025 minutes of patching to go until our next appointment

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

4 months old

How on earth has it been 4 months already? I look at this baby and she definitely has lost all resemblance of a newborn. Rolling, trying to sit up, laughing and "talking" to us. She enjoys playing with the big kids and watching everything they do. Wasn't I just pregnant like last week?

 She's our longest baby so far, measuring in the 78th percentile for length at her last appointment. Still skinny like her siblings though, about 12lbs 13oz

 She loves everyone and everything, if you look at her, she will smile. She really enjoys laughing at the baby in the mirror :)

 I think this will be the last month where it's easy to take pictures, she is quite a bit more interested in moving around than her sister was. I had to look it up and Elise didn't roll over until she was 6 months old, Maddie's not wasting any time staying still!
 While she still hates tummy time...
 ...she is convinced that she should just be able to crawl already. If she didn't get mad so quickly, she could definitely be scooting across the room.
These girls love each other so much, they already spend a good chunk of the day playing together. They have their bad days too when Elise is convinced that Maddie is being mean to her. Elise cries, then Maddie cries. The teenage years are going to be interesting!