9.30.2008

Potty Time

Trae was getting ready for a shower just now, and started peeing in the floor. I reminded him to go on the potty, and he headed right over and stood (like Daddy & Elliot) next to the toilet and peed all down the side. Turns out, he's not tall enough to make it into the toilet....

A post about Elliot



I have a new baby....that's me in the hospital bed and him in the chair.
*BTW, this paper is sheeny (is that a word??) and all the pictures I took were blurry, so blurry it is.



Elliot has been doing these drawings lately and I love them! He's loving school and growing. We tried on 3 pairs of pants before finding ones that were long enough, and he's worn them all recently. He a a pair on at convention that were borderline highwaters...we were told it was going to be in the 80's, it ended up being in the
60's, and I packed 1 warm outfit per kid per day, so we had no other options and he'd outgrown the pants since he wore them last. They are a size 7....

9.29.2008

HAHAHAH..... SNORT.....SNORT

Brookelyn has started snorting (on purpose) when she laughs. I told her it's dorky, but she thinks it's absolutely hilarious. She laughs and snorts and then laughs hysterically for 5 minutes. My mom asked her if she knows someone who snorts and she said "YES!!!HAHAHAH...SNORT.....SNORT!!!YOU!!!HAHAHAH.....SNORT....SNORT!

Possibly TMI
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Without going into details, she now thinks maxi pads are for poop stains. I just hope she doesn't tell people her mom poop stains, because she doesn't....BTW, I didn't tell her that, she formed an opinion on her own, and I didn't redirect it.

First "big boy" outfit.

Archer slept wretchedly at the in-laws. Seems he doesn't do well away from home.


I'm exhausted, end of story.

9.26.2008

Potty!!

Trae just went pee on the potty for the first time and then came and told me (with prompts from daddy) that he went "poddy!" He was so proud, and so are we! Yea!!

Archer 2 1/2 weeks

My Quibblo Personality Quiz Result for: wat does ur eye color mean?


wat does ur eye color mean?
blue If you have blue eyes, you tend to be a kind person, but you can blow your temper in an instant. You can be extremely outgoing with friends, and shy with people you don't know. You are a good student for the most part, although you do have your slip-ups. You can be caring and sensitive but there are times when you do stop on other people's feelings. You are fun to be around, and can be a dreamer.
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****obviously this person has spelling difficulties....can you tell I am breastfeeding? I am kind of addicted to these things and it passes the time while nursing. This is pretty true....
Trae was singing "Oh, Christmas Tree" this morning. So cute, he copies everything his brother and sister do.

I must have had a bad dream last night because I suddenly jumped out of bed and was frantically searching for Archer. Jason woke up of course and asked what was going on, and I said "where's the baby?" I was looking under covers and in the bassinet, all the while thinking he had somehow gotten under the covers and smothered or someone had rolled on him. Finally, after my whole body ached because I was freaking out so bad, Jason says "he's right there" and pointed IN MY ARMS!! Seems funny now, but I was in tears and like I said, my whole body just hurt from being hyper alert and thinking I had lost my baby. It still makes me cringe thinking about it.

9.25.2008

...rings pretty true




Your Autumn Test Results



You are a dynamic, vibrant person. You aren't afraid to pursue your passions.



When you are happiest, you are calm. You appreciate tradition and family. You enjoy feeling cozy.



You prefer change to come slowly. You need a long transition period when your life changes.



You find love to be the most comforting thing in the world. You feel at peace when you're with your loved ones.



Your ideal day is spontaneous and surprising. You like to play things by ear, and you always end up doing something interesting.



You tend to live in the moment. You enjoy whatever is going on, and you don't obsess over the past or future.


Anya bug....we had a little photo shoot...will post more on my photo blog tomorrow.
Sigh....I met Heather in Appleton tonight since I wanted to get birthday presents for Aaron and Kimber. It's a 25 minute drive from our house to the mall. On the way to the mall, I stopped 3 times because Archer was screaming. On the way home, I stopped 2.

25 minutes x 2 trips = 50 minutes total drive time.

50 minutes / 5 stops = 1 stop every 10 minutes.

I obviously couldn't stop on the side of the road in the dark, so he had to scream for about 15 minutes from one gas station to the other. He was doing these devastating little hiccup-sobs by then, and I wanted to sit on the curb and cry right along with him. I wonder how our 3 hour drive to Menominee will go tomorrow?


I also have 5 poop stories for you, all from the last week.

* I was changing Archer the other day and when I took the diaper off, he squirted all over his blanket. Each time I'd wipe it up and attempt to put a diaper on, he'd do it again, for a total of three times. And then he peed.

* Trae took a shower the other day and I didn't get a diaper on fast enough. He left nice little mess on the floor....and took another shower.

* Later that night, I noticed he had a diaper grundy (compliments of daddy). I picked it for him, and got poop on my fingers.

* Today, Trae told me he needed a "diapah" and held up his poopy fingers, then smeared it on his leg....into the shower he went.

* I picked Anya up today to convince her to poop (I can always get her to poop). She had already gone, and it seeped out her sleeper and onto my arm.

Much fun!

I got $60 worth of underwear at VS for $25...nothing like new underwear to make a girls day!

Bullets


Trae watches the kids out the living room window a lot since he doesn't really get to go out unless Daddy's here. he found this little spot where he can look out and see them playing on the swing set. He laughs and talks to them, but when it comes time to get down, he needs help.
* I didn't realize that some people actually have a bullet option until reading Melissa's blog.

* Trae calls Archer Anya (My niece's name) He has begun talking in small sentences now. He told Brookelyn the other day "MY TOWEL!" Other new words: Molly ( g&g's dog)
Uh-OH! Chapstick, rock, turkey, grandpa's truck, Brook-oh (Brookelyn), bus, crack-oh (cracker).

* Brookelyn asked me this morning why I'm always so tired. I made all the kids lay down and snuggle in our bed after we got Elliot on the bus. Everyone slept. Everyone's awake now but her....it's 10:40am. EDIT: She staggered out the minute I wrote that;0)

* Archer is in his swing....oh and asleep again! I finally set it up, but Trae shuts it off, yanks his nuk out, or hangs on it every chance he gets. I think it will be a lifesaver for next week when I go to town on this place. I'm in spring clean mode, and we've been gone so much I've been doing the bare minimum and expect to do some major deep cleaning around here. Maybe I'll have to put it in our bedroom.

*Archer is getting more alert and the other night I ran into the library and to Walmart. He started to get fussy and I hurried home. Jason said when I came in the house and he heard my voice, he started to smile! He does smile quite a bit when we talk to him, and it feels good to see that I make him happy. He makes me happy to.

* Anya and Misty will be here to visit soon. She's so adorable, maybe I can grab a picture so you can see how she's grown. We'll see...

9.23.2008

Our growing guy....

Stats:
7lbs 4oz (25%)
20 inches (50%)
Head Circ. 35cm (25%)

I overheard Brookelyn use this phrase today: "goodness sakes, for mercy!" :0)

.....we got our kitties back!

I made Jason go ask the neighbors that the kids said probably had them (it's a shared driveway situation) and they said they had two just like that, but assumed someone just dropped them off because they get that all the time. Anyway, we have them in a pet porter since the neighbor lady says to keep them locked up for about a week so they figure out where home is.


Archer is two weeks old, and we can't remember life without him. He had his check up today, so I'll post his stats when we get back.

9.22.2008

Elliot...

...came home today and said one of the teachers gave him a piece of paper and told him to put it in his shoe and stick in the refrigerator next to the milk when he got home. He seemed nervous, so I thought he'd gotten into trouble at school or something. He told me he wanted dad to read it and when I asked him why, he said "cuz it stinks." (like his foot, because his feet were sweaty!) When I opened up the "note" it was actually info on cub scouts. I asked Elliot if he wanted Dad to read it because he thought I wouldn't let him do it and he said "yeah...they teachyouhowtohuntandfishanddolotsoffunthingsandIwannadoitcanI? We'll see, there's a meeting tomorrow night.

I asked the neighbor kids if they have our cats. They looked at each other and both blurted no at the same time, and said the other neighbors probably had them. So I asked them to let us know of they saw them and left it at that.

Brookelyn says....

....she's going to have 10 kids. 8 boys, 7 girls. So I told her that equals 15 kids. So instead, she's going to have 8 boys & 3 girls. And I told her that equals 11 kids. Now she's having 7 boys, and 3 girls.


Also, if we have another girl, she knows what we're gonna name her: Bugaboo!;)


And....our cats ran away while we were at convention. They had plenty of food & water. The garage was left open a crack so they could get in & out. We always have this problem, and then find out they are at the neighbors....which have a loooong driveway. I think they're takin' em. We'll be inquiring when they get off the bus because Brookleyn is missing her kitty.

What??

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

Created by OnePlusYou -
Based on the following words being used...
pain (8x) shoot (2x) dead (1x)!

We're back....

...I'd love to say refreshed, and spiritually I guess I can say that. Physically, I am tired. Really. Really. Tired. But I said if I had the baby before convention, I'd be at convention, and I was really, really glad to be there. We managed to keep Archer close, and I think if I can get the laundry caught up and a little nap, I'll be good. We are talking about going to Menominee for the weekend. We'll see. Convention with a week old baby is different when it's the 4th baby versus the 2nd. My Mom and Dad kept Brookelyn by them for all the meetings, Elliot bounced back and forth between their seats and ours. Trae was awesome, we took him out only 3 times the whole convention. He is tuckered right out and is falling asleep in my arms as I write this....he's only been up since 8. I slept awesome in our bed last night. We stayed at Mom and Dad's cabin, which is about 10 minutes from the grounds and is really convenient, but I slept with Archer in one bed (and a chair), and Jason slept with Trae is another. I had to threaten to put Elliot on a leash.

Stolen from Shannon...

Ten Things I Could Do Without.
1. Self doubt
2. Sea food
3. Celeb gossip. Used to care, don't anymore.
4. Unwillingness
5. Cellulite. Ditto Shannon...
6. Menstruation.
7. Suduko. Why in the world??
8. Lies
9. Abuse...like world abuse, not like I'm being abused.....
10. My size E bra.

Tag, you're it.

9.17.2008

Attn: Auntie Marsha & other randomness.



Size comparisons....

the "I'm mad" face....Trae threw a pile of clean folded laundry on the floor today and wouldn't pick it back up. I put him in his crib fir 1 1/2 minutes...(you know, 1minute for each year of age) and when I got him back out he went right over and picked it up, gave me a hug, and went to play. Works like a charm!

I finally found a way to show how tiny he is...


How's this for expression, Marsha??;)...I'll let you guys decide who the culprit was....no offense, but so not happening.

***I posted a gazillion pictures of Archer on my photoblog (my life through a lens)...click the link on my sidebar to view if you're interested! I have to get ones with Elliot & Jason yet...and maybe I can actually get some with me, and I'll post those after convention.

You know who you are....


I just discovered this and wanted to say I really, really appreciate it. Thanks for everything.
All 6 of Us xo

9.16.2008

Mr. Defiant


He refused to get a towel and wipe it up at first, just gave me "the stare" but in the end did clean it up and was proud when he finished.

In hind sight I probably shouldn't have done a photo shoot since it may just encourage him, but in the grand scheme of things....

Here's the look I get when I scold him lately.

Trae sat on the floor sucking his drink into his mouth and spitting it on the floor....it took me a bit to catch on.



Poor Trae is having a bit of a hard time adjusting to his new role as big brother. He loves Archer to death until I start to nurse him, and then he gets upset and won't look at me or slaps at us. Of course he's not really hurting us and I hesitate to even post about this because I don't want people thinking he's being a beast, he really isn't. I have been trying to give him periods of undivided attention and hope that he'll realize soon that Archer will share mommy and he doesn't have to worry. He has a cold right now, and that may be part of it, but the little guy has had a lot of adjustment this week. He did awesome in meeting on Sunday, he sat on his chair almost the whole meeting, which is unusual for him...he usually sits on my lap. I hope he does as well at convention. I know he'll adjust to all of this in his own time, I just feel so guilty. Like, even though I am giving him plenty of attention, it still breaks my heart because as soon as he sees I have the baby, you can see his whole face drop and he gets sad and upset. Of course, Archer needs attention to, and I feel like if I put him in the bedroom to sleep (for his protection) and we are all out in the main area, that I am ignoring him. I obviously have to adjust also, and find the balance, and I know that they will both be okay. Elliot and Brookleyn are being a little more sassy and naughty through it all, and I am trying not to lose my temper and just explain that they are the example or remind them to act their age and that usually stops their behavior. The one other thing thrown in the mix is the fact that Archer really shouldn't be outside, so if the bigger kids go out, I can't go out with Trae, and then everyone stays in and gripes about not having anything to do. Whew, I didn't realize all that would come out. I guess it's a period of adjustment for the whole family, and we will make it through it together.

A week ago today....


....you, my darling boy, were brought into our lives. I have to thank you for the nights of great sleep, the coos and sighs that melt my heart, and your gorgeous half smiles that let me know you love your life. You, little man, are awesome. xoxo

9.15.2008

47 questions.

Stolen from Sam, who stole from Tanya....
1. WHO WERE YOU NAMED AFTER? No one, that's why I'm such an individual:0)gag...!!

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Friday

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Sometimes

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Honey cured Turkey

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Yes, 4.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Yes

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Nah...ya think??

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? No way

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Red River

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? No

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Yeah, especially for a girl.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Zanzabar Chocolate
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Everything....looks, ouotfit, shoes. I do a scan, only because I enjoy observing people...

15. RED OR PINK? Red

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My dimples...on my other cheeks;)

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My masseuse!

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? Nah

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Barefoot

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? A brownie

21. WHAT DID YOU EAT LAST NIGHT? Ham, potatoes, bread, lava cake w/ice cream.

22. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? My dorky husband say this survey is dumb and I quote "a total waste of time..."

23. IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Red

24. FAVORITE SMELLS? Newborn baby, Dreft, morning breath.

25. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Nikki

26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Yes, otherwise I'd delete her e-mail

27. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Hockey, but only if it's live....

28. Hair Color? Brown....w/ reddish highlights;)

29. EYE COLOR? Baby Blue

30. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Yes

31. FAVORITE FOOD? Pasta

32. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy endings

33. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? No idea

34. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Green

35. SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer

36. HUGS OR KISSES? Both

37. FAVORITE DESSERT? Brownies w/ice cream and coffee.

40. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? None.

41.WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Nada

42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? Nothing

43. FAVORITE SOUNDS? Laughing kids, cooing babies, Jason saying he wants to give me a back rub....

44. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Neither

45. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Mexico

46. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? Yeah, I'm special;)....spreading my toes apart, bending my fingers back, according to Jason.

47. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Clintonville, WI

ATTN: Auntie Sam.....


....here I am in my new outfit! The hat is a little big yet, but don't I look adorable? Thank you, my Mom loves that everything matches, even my nuk! xoxo!

10 years and one day ago....

I'm one day late, but thought it worth mentioning that Jason and I marked our 10 year anniversary of being together yesterday. I thought about it as he kissed me goodbye this morning. We had an enjoyable day taking the family out for dinner at Mom's with all my family. I love you, Babe. You've been a great help the last week. xoxo

9.12.2008

A few more pics....:0)




Elliot and Trae also wore this outfit...brings back memories:)

Archer's birth story










I woke up at 6am Tuesday morning with contractions 10 minutes apart. I went for a walk and they stopped and then were sporadic for a few hours. My Mom called and said she was going to visit a friend that lives about 45 minutes from our house, and I said that was fine, my contractions weren't regular anyway. *** (tmi alert) *** I had been spotting all morning, but that had started to pick up. My sister called and I told her what was going on, and she decided to come over and hang out. She showed up about 2 hours later, and about 5 minutes after she arrived, my contractions started to come 4 minutes, then 6 minutes, alternately for 45 minutes. I was starting to get nervous and thinking this was it, and decided to call my doctor to see when I should head in. The nurse assured me he'd want me to come in right away, and advised me to call Jason and my Mom to come watch the kids. I got off the phone and started to cry and told Misty I was scared. I hesitated to call because I knew he'd want me to come in right away. The nurse called back after talking to the doctor and said he wanted me to get there asap, and asked how long before I could get there. I told her it'd be an hour and a half, and she asked if my sister could bring me if she needed to...I said yes, but Jason made it and we were fine. I took a shower and the contractions continued to come about 4 or 5 minutes apart. I must have gotten really tense because once we were in the car, they started coming 7 minutes apart. We arrived at the hospital and the pains were getting more intense as we got admitted and continued to be about 7 minutes apart. My doctor asked if I want Prostoglandin Gel to speed things up, and I let my results-oriented nature get the best of me and agreed. They put the gel on my cervix at 2:40pm and I was instructed to lie flat on my back for 1 hour. After about 20 minutes, I told the nurse I had to go to the bathroom, as I couldn't stand the pain anymore and was desperate for the gel to run out of my cervix. My Doula said it would be better once it was out. I sat in the bathroom for the remaining 1/2 hour hiding from my nurse. She was waiting to out the monitors back on and the pain was so intense I couldn't stand having the belts on. I asked for pain meds after about 40 minutes of the gel being in, and she said she had to check me first. I couldn't stand the thought of it, but was desperate for releif, so I finally got on the bed and I was 5-6cm. No wonder the pain was so intense, I had dilated 3-4 cm in only 45 minutes....she took her sweet time getting the drugs drawn up, and I finally told her she was going to need to hurry up with that. Of course her response was that "these things take time" I finally got the meds ((Ph)Fentonol, I think??) and it made me feel drunk between the contractions, but really didn't do anything for the pain. At 3:30pm, the doctor came in to break my water and I was still at 5-6 cm, but the baby had come down A LOT, and I was 100% effaced. The pain got really insane, and I just rocked and danced with Jason during the contractions, and then with my Doula. My doctor came in and I asked him if I could get more pain meds, and he said "I think we should have this baby instead" I was caught of gaurd, as with my last 2 babies, I had an urge to push and the minute the thought crossed my mind, the baby was out. I could feel that the baby was right there, and I laid down on the bed to be re-checked at 4:30pm. The doctor said I had a "little lip" but as soon as I pushed it would disappear. In the middle of the check, I got a charlie horse in my hip, and stood back up. ThE doctor asked what position I wanted tp push in, and I continued to stand up through another contraction. He said anything but standing would be good, and winked at Jason. He was getting worried that the baby was going to fall out onto the floor. I finally decided I better get in the bed, as I was feeling a little pushy. I did, and after 2 pushes, Archer Cole was born at 4:35pm. He was so tiny and beautiful, and I was so glad for the pain to be over.
He completes our family perfectly. When the kids finally got up to the hospital and our whole family was there together, I felt so overwhelmed at how much I love each of my children and my husband and at how blessed we really are. I want to remember that on the days when I am completley overwhelmed (much like today) and exhausted. Needless to say, Archer has stolen my heart and wrapped me around his tiny little pinky. I want to protect him from eveything and make sure he has a happy, fulfilled life. I just know that the things he will bring into my life are more than I could ever dream of or hope for. He'll take my breath away, make me laugh, make me cry, and teach me new things. I am looking forward to that.

9.11.2008

Archer




I can't even begin to put into words how much I love this baby. He's gorgeous, and more than I ever could have imagined. Definitely a keeper.

9.09.2008

baby's here...

Archer Cole
6lbs 3oz 19 1/2 inches
More later:)

5 years ago today...


you were born perfect with a full head of soft, black hair. We were so glad to finally meet you. You were so tiny. Since then, you have done so many things to take our breath away. This morning You, Trae, and I went for a walk. You chattered non-stop about my tennas (tennis shoes), and how you were freezing, and asked a million questions about the flowers and trees and everything. You aren't the type to set beck and let the world pass you by, you are going to revel in it. You have taught me to loosen up, slow down, and take time to smell the roses. I love you baby girl, happy birthday!
Love, Mom xoxo

Maternity Pictures...










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