Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
We were discussing his birthday party and he decided he pretty much wanted to do the same thing as Connor. So I asked him who he would like to invite, and the first person was me. :)
Then later, he said, " Mommy I want you to ask me what my favorite is."
Me-" Your favorite what?"
E- " anything. Just ask me a question and it can't be what my favorite tv show is."
M-" ok, where is your favorite place to eat?" ( Totally expecting McD's, or Chuck E Cheese) when he says,
" My favorite place to eat dinner is at our house with you"
Yum! That kid is just delicious! He totally has me eating out of his hand!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
You can see from the pictures how much "partying" Harmony did. She got some books and sat at one of the tables and read. :) What are you gonna do?
Thanks to all who came, all who sent gifts to Connor. We are going to be getting his thank you's out asap!
Monday, February 19, 2007
Ben and I had been worried that I might be pregnant. I was "late". I didn't want to even think that after one time, of not using protection that I could be pregnant. Well one day I put Harmony and Ethan down for naps, and went to the store. I asked Ben if he wanted anything or needed anything and he said, " yes I want you to get a pregnancy test." Now, you have to understand something here. Ben thinks that pregnancy tests are a waste of money because " eventually you are going to find out the answer". So I headed to the store and it was the last thing I put in the cart. And as I was standing in the aisle, it hit me. And I knew. I came home and took the test and left it on the counter. Knowing full well what the answer was. Ethan had woken up, I went in, got him out and held him and cried. Ben came in with the test and I started bawling. Cradling Ethan and crying. Ben tried to put his arm around me and I told him how much I hated him and not to touch me. I was scared, angry, nervous. Every emotion wrapped into one.
For the 8 months that I was pregnant, I wasn't excited. It wasn't like the other 2 times, where I had planned and plotted and shopped and got ready. When we found out it was another boy, I didn't even have a name picked out.
Feb. 19th, 2002 I woke up early. Ben and I were going to be going home that weekend and celebrating his birthday there. So I hadn't planned anything for him, but decided to go get some doughnuts. I came home and ate one and I just remember feeling really full. All day long I was tired. I tried to eat, but just wasn't hungry. I remember making Ben put Harm's shoes on because I couldn't reach over. That night, we were watching 24. I was so uncomfortable as I laid on the couch. Finally at a quarter to 10 I went up to go to bed. As I tried to sleep I realized, every 15 minutes my stomach would harden. No pain. Just harden. I called Ben upstairs, and he watched the clock. They were now about 10 minutes apart. I told him there was no way that I could be in labor, it was a month early. He went to get the number for the nurse, and I went in to go to the bathroom. Blood. The nurse told him to get me to the hospital ASAP. My nieghbor took the monitor and listened for Harmony and Ethan. We drove as fast as we could. When we got there, the dr. said, " the reason you are bleeding is because you are dialated to a 7". Labor was fast and furious and I was scared. This was too early. Finally, she said, " you can either breathe through the next few contractions or you can push and he will be here." I opted to push. The whole process took 45 minutes. When he was born his cord was wrapped around his neck and he wasn't breathing on his own. They gave him to me for a split second and rushed him off to the NICU. I told Ben to go with him as the nurses were cleaning me up. The night seemed to last forever. I couldn't sleep. I was worried about Connor, worried that Harm and Ethan would wake up and I wouldn't be there, worried about Ben. I called my Mom and she said she would be there in the morning. 5 am came and Ben headed home to be with Harmony and Ethan until our Moms came. A nurse poked her head in and asked if I would like to see Connor. Here was my little man, hooked up to so many tubes, in a little incubator. Guilt washed over me for all the bad feelings I had had. I prayed just please let him be ok. I picked him up and fed him and snuggled his little body. The nurses told me how sweet he had been all night. When I finally put him down, I went to my room and crashed.
He stayed in the hospital for a little less than a week. When he came home he was jaundiced but when we took him in again, he was fine.
I honestly think that the Lord knew I needed some help, because he blessed me with the sweetest & easiest baby. Connor was so easy to love and take care of.
So...how do I tell him? How do I tell him that he changed my life. That he wasn't wanted, but that I couldn't have lived with out him. He is so sweet, caring, fun, loving, funny, smart. Our lives just wouldn't be the same. Happy Birthday Connor, I am so glad that you are here.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Fast forward to yesterday...it was a busy one. I hardly sat down. Then I was heading home to eat some lunch and felt well a little iffy. But I just thought it was because I was hungry after running around. By 4:00 all I wanted to do was lay down. I did manage to get dinner made,but after 5:30 I didn't move from the couch. I did take a long hot bath but still not feeling well. Slept very poorly all night, and than spent the morning throwing up. Ben took care of the big kids, getting them where they needed to be. And me? I am feeling much better. Stomach is a little sore, but I think our going out to dinner tonight will probably be canceled. :( The curse strikes again!
Happy Valentines Day Everyone!!
Monday, February 12, 2007
Ben has been talking about getting a table saw forever. And on Sat. the stars aligned and he went to Lowes and got one. However, with the lack of a garage, he has not been able to use it yet. Plus the weather has been pretty crappy! He has been so busy with work that I really missed him. I am glad it is winding down! He turns 29 next week! He's getting old! :)
Harmony had a great time at her Girl Scout Thinking Day on Saturday. She said she played games, made crafts, and had lunch. She is happy because she gets a patch just for coming! Tomorrow is her honor roll ceremony. I am sooo glad Ben will be able to come. He is usually deployed, so it will be nice for him to see her. She has to do a famous American project and has chosen Jackie Robinson. She informed me, that she wanted Ben to be the one to help her. I agreed to that very quickly!
When it comes to the boy's church clothes in the summer, I am pretty relaxed. It is hot here and the a/c in our building is hardly ever working. So it is usually polo's, khaki shorts and sandals. Ethan grew out of his sandals and his church shoes. But I have put off, and put it off buying him new church shoes. Ugh, I hated him going in his tennis shoes. I finally told him that we wer going to go and get him some new ones.He didn't want to because " I don't want to wear handsome boy clothes". I made him though and guess who was the first child dressed on Sunday? When he came home, he took his shoes off and put them back in the box. Guess it wasn't so bad being handsome!
Connor is getting very excited for his birthday party. It is a Cars party. Susan, had some leftover invitations from TJ's party, and so she sent them too me. Well there weren't enough so I had to go and get some more. I go to Target and they only come in pkgs of invites & thank you cards. Well I don't need the thank you cards because Susan sent me some. Ugh. So now I have to go and search tonight for just invites. Otherwise it is going to cost me $8 just to get invitations. I felt like Steve Martin in the Father of the Bride with the hot dogs and the buns!
Speaking of Cars, Ivan has learned a new word. McQueen. If you haven't seen Cars lately ( or don't have little kids around) the main car in the movie is called Lightning McQueen. He will now point at the dvd player in the car and say "mooie, McQueen". Yeah, totally cute.
I am still trying to keep up. I got a book like 2 weeks ago, still trying to get it read. I hate that! Anyway, I have to help kids with homework and writing Valentines. They want hot dogs and chips for dinner and I am all over that!
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Harmony, recieved another straight A report card. So Tuesday we will be at another honor roll ceremony. I was teasing her, because when she brings home her work packets, I always look through them. BUT she always has 100% on everything. So I was teasing her that I wasn't even going to bother looking through it anymore. Yesterday, she was walking out of school to the car, and she had tons of stuff in her hands. She was the #1 reader in all of 2nd grade for AR. AR is a program where kids read books, take a test on it, and then earn points. She had the highest of anyone in her grade. So she had all sorts of prizes. I told her that I am so proud of her and all her hard work has paid off. She was like "what hard work? This stuff is easy." She's humble too.
I haven't had a conference with Ethan's teacher lately, but she did tell me something a while back. There is a boy in his class, who just hasn't learned all the letters. And it bugs Ethan. He is constantly telling Ms. McKnight that this kid bothers him because all he does is "scribble scrabble". So she made Ethan an "assistant teacher" and he helps this boy out with learning his letters. Too cute. He also scored really high on all of his testing. He hasn't really started reading yet but I need to work with him.
Ivan...well obviously he isn't in school. Ms. Skees said that it was too bad we were moving because she would have loved to have Ivan in class. I was like well that might be taking things a little too far! That kid is a wild one.
Anyway, now that I am done bragging, hopefully the spell will not be broken. Because that is what happens when you brag, something not very good happens, and you learn the " I shouldn't have bragged lesson". Oh well.
Ramblings are done. :)
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
" The best thing about girl scouts is that brothers are not allowed!"