Monday, April 13, 2015

Growing!



Jackson is growing so quickly. It's times like these when I wish life had a pause button. I'm so enjoying being a wife and mom to a bunch of littles. Jackson couldn't be a sweeter baby. He is so content. He rarely cries. He use to get a bit fussy around dinner time, but not anymore. He is sweet and happy. We went to Albuquerque last weekend and he was content almost the entire time. It was a six hour drive there and back, plus all the driving we did around town. He didn't get fussy once in the car. The only time he got fussy was while we were at the zoo, but it was short lived. Never once have we had a baby  that was that quiet on a trip into town. It's incredible. He's content just to lay back and look around. It's such a new experience. I love having a baby in the house and am going to miss this stage in life tremendously.
 




Sunday, April 5, 2015

Spring is Here!

We are so happy to have warm weather. The kids love playing outside. We have sundflowers popping up everywhere. The kids have been trying to take care of all the little sunflowers. Jameson likes to pick them, but thankfully we have tons of them.
Last weekend my laundry room finally got finished. I cannot thank everybody, that helped, enough. I love it! I have so much more space and storage. We have been decluttering this past week and it feels so nice.
Josiah helping with laundry in our "new" laundry room.

Lots of storage space.

Uma Thurman's long lost twin.

Our tiny smiley. 

Jameson is still not talking yet, so trying to figure out what he is saying is like playing a really bad game of charades. Finally, after me guessing wrong many times, he went over and pointed to Jackson. Come to find out he wanted to hold him.



Josiah finished up first grade this week. Now that he can read we purchased him his very own Bible and carrying case. He is so excited to have one of his own. We will start second grade on Monday. Jada has already started The Learning to Read program. We have started art and science too.  Jada and Josiah are doing CLE's art curriculum and for science we are doing Apologia Astonomy. The kids all get to participate in astronomy and Dad has been doing the experiments with them. 
We've been busy, but having fun. :)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Warmer Weather

The weather is starting to warm up! This means more outside time. Jada loves being outside the most. She can't wait for all the little bugs to come out. She found a beetle type bug, put it in a container, and named it Shell Protector. Then she found a moth and put it in the same container as the bug. The next day she went out to check on them, and that's when I heard, "Shell Protector, you're not allowed to eat moths, you're goin' to the chickens!" Apparently Shell Protector was eating the month. So she fed Shell Protector to the chickens. She is too funny.

All the kids love going outside to play together. When they are outside, they seem to get along better. Everybody wins. :) We are all loving the warmer weather. I even have flowers popping up!


Jackson is growing, growing, growing! The infant stage goes by so quickly. :( He is still a pretty good baby. He does get fussy right around 4:00pm for a few hours. It's not bad though.



Last week I found out Josiah wants to be a paleontologist or a geologist when he growns up. He said that he wanted to be a scientist that finds dinosaur bones and rocks. I also found out that he does NOT want to be an astronaut. He was horrified at the mere thought of it.


Jameson is still a hurricane of destruction. Longest "phase" ever. All we can do is stay consistent and remember to praise more than we correct. It seems to be taking forever. He is a big helper and he likes it when he gets to help Josiah with his chores. His favorite book is the same book that was Josiah's  favorite book when he was Jameson's age. It's called, Car and Trucks and Things that Go. He likes finding Gold Bug just like Josiah did. It's sweet.


Juliet is getting so big. She loves her big sister. You can generally find those two together. I think
their personalities really complement eachother. Her favorite animal is a jaguar. It's actually been the jaguar for over a year now. She has a collection of plastic ones and stuffed ones. When I asked her what she wanted for he birthday she said she wanted more Jaguars. I've noticed she is more reserved than Jada, but she is not as shy around strangers like Jada. She's just so sweet. I can't get enough of he hugs.


Last week the Stool Bus dropped by our house. We were long over due! The kids got to see Dad in action!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Life With Five Kids

I am really enjoying this season in life! I love having a bunch of little ones around. Now that the pregnancy hormones are almost gone I am feeling much better. I now look forward to waking up in the morning and facing the day, instead of almost being in tears feeling like everything was too over whelming. My body is taking a little longer to heal, but all in all I'm feeling great!

We have now established a schedule that we try to stick to each day. I feel everything goes much smoother with a schedule. The weather has been so nice lately the kids have been spending tons of time outside. They love it out there! Flowers are beginning to pop up! They have been taking care of a tiny sunflower they found. They put rocks around it and have been watering it. Unfortunately the back gate got left open and the chickens got in the front yard. The chickens went right for the little sunflower. The kids were so sad. Thankfully, we have a few more sunflowers popping up. 

Jackson has been growing too fast! He is such a sweet little baby. So quiet and easy. He sleeps so much! I can't believe it. I had no idea babies slept like this. We still can't believe how different he looks from the other kids. I'm seriously loving being a mama. I'm so happy!














Saturday, February 21, 2015

Update

We are back to our regular routine. We started school back up with Josiah. He is doing really well. He flies through Reading, LA, and Math without any breaks. Math is his favorite of the three. He can do most of his math lesson independantly. Last week he got to go to work with Dad. He LOVES being with his dad. He also loves hard work. Justin was only going to take him one day, but ended up taking him two days because Josiah really wanted to go back with him.




Jada loves baby Jackson. She loves all things baby. She is a mini me. She likes to help out with anything having to do with Jackson. She is so sweet with him. Her personality countnues to develop every day. She has become extremely sensitive. If she thinks she is getting in trouble and your voice is a little bit raised she starts crying the saddest cry. When she thought our fish were going to die she was distraught. She has been "caring" for a caterpiller outside, making sure it has food and trying to keep it safe outside. We try to be as gentle with her as possible when it come to disciple now. 
 Even though she is still pretty wild right now, she has such a sweetness about her. 




Juliet is my little sidekick. She loves being with me. Sometimes when the other kids are outside, she will come in just to snuggle with me. She is such a love bug. She is also very tactile. She loves to feel everything. She plays with my hair quite a bit. It's so sweet. She is still the "easiest" child. If she was our one and only child I would think we were the best parents ever! She is just easy going, and oh so sweet. Her only nemesis is Jameson.



Jameson is the complete opposite of Juliet. He's wild! So so wild! He can climb like you wouldn't believe. I try to tell people not to underestimate him. He learns very quickly and can remember something  after only seeing it once or twice. He likes things to be a certain way and if they are not he gets upset. He keeps us on our toes. He loves, loves, loves water. Ever time I turn around he is running the water in the sink filling up a cup or flooding the bathroom. I think we will get a sand and water table for him this summer. I'm hoping that will tame his love of water. Jameson is the belly laugher of the family. It is hilarious. He is so ticklish. We love hearing his laugh. It kills us! None of the other kids laughed like he does. He also has the biggest smile. It's so cute when you tell him to look at the camera and say cheese. Jameson is super helpful. If he sees someone needs help or something needs to be done he is the first there. He loves helping haul in wood. He also loves vacuuming. I think he is going to be a very hard worker. 











Friday, February 20, 2015

Three Weeks


It's has already been three weeks since Jackson's birth! Time is flying. He is such a good baby. I think this is the most any of our kids have ever slept at this age. He sleeps, eats, and poops. He rarely cries. He usually gets a little fussy right around dinner time, but it's very manageable. He has had some congestion at night, just like the others did at this age. When it's bad I go out to the couch at night with him, or I walk around with him until the congestion settles down. He has also been smiling. I was able to get it on video. I can't believe how early he is smiling. It might just be mimicking, but I don't care. I think it super sweet.
I have to say everything is so much easier wih him. I have my newborn routines down, I know how to do everything, and I'm also not worried about every little thing. We are having a great time with him.

Jameson has warmed up to him. He likes touching Jacksons head. Who wouldn't? With all that hair, it's the softest thing I have ever felt. Juliet loves rubbing her face on his head. Jada is learning how to change his diaper. She usually can't wait until the next diaper change so she can help. Josiah likes holding him every now and then, but he's not really into babies. 
We are not sure where all Jackson's dark hair came from, but we love it. We thought we could only have blondies with very little hair. Jackson has tons of hair with curls! It's beautiful. It's super curly after bath time, though it does eventually flatten out after a while.


About two weeks after Jackson was born, I was sleeping in a bit when Justin came in to the room and said,, "You have to see this!" He showed me a video of all the kids working together to clean the kitchen, when Justin asked them why they were doing it they said that they were helping me out since I wasn't feeling well. They unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, put things away, and scrubbed the counters. It was the sweetest thing ever! I love being a mama.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Jackson's Birth Story

               
    

On the 29th I had my midwife appointment. She checked me and said I was only 1 cm and thick. She also said she didn't think I was going to have the baby that week. Well we had a storm  that was suppose to hit that night, so Justin and I decided we would stay the night just in case. We went walking, did some shopping, went out to eat, went up and down the stairs at the hotel, and then settled into our hotel room. I started having a lot of Braxton Hicks. So I took a shower and sat on the exersize ball. The Braxton Hicks contractions started to grow more intense and started to feel more crampy. At about 9:00pm I told Justin I thought we should go to the hospital so I could get checked out. When we got there, they checked me and I was 2-3 cm. By this time I knew I was in labor, and the crontractions were getting stronger. I begged them for the epidural. I pleaded with them. I promised them I was in labor. They called the Dr., and she said that I could get the epidural, but if I didn't have the baby by morning they were taking it out and sending me home. OK! I'll take it!!!



The new nurse went to start an IV on me and it was the worst IV experience ever. I felt like my vein was going to bust open. She was not gentle at all. Even Justin was cringing. Finally she got it in, (wrong I might add. We didn't know it until later) and I was started on fluids. The contractions were picking up and I started crying. I really thought the anesthesiologist wasn't going to make it. Finally he showed up. What a sweet sight he was. He was super nice, and even the shot in the back didn't hurt as much as the IV. He got it it in, all set up and left. I knew something was wrong after 40 minutes, and I was still having to breath through my contractions. It was only suppose to take 20 minutes to take effect. Also I could move my legs easily. I tried to tell the nurses, but they weren't getting it. The pain was dulled, but it still hurt. Not as bad as my other labors though. Soon I started feeling the urge to push. The nurse checked me and said I was about 7 plus. We told her when I get to six, I am going to go fast. They called the Dr. and tried to explain that to her, but she said to call her back when I was 8 cm. OK. Well pretty soon my body really started pushing. The nurse told me to stop pushing. OK. Not happening. She was freaking out. My body pushed again with my help, and I felt the ring of fire so I was not going to stop pushing. Meanwhile the nurse was messing with my legs and mad that I wouldn't  put them how she wanted them. I finally pushed him out! They immediately put him on my chest. His hair was so dark! I couldn't believe it. He was born weighing 6 pounds 12 ounces at 18 1/2 inches long!  Finally the Dr. showed up. She wasn't even paying attention when I delivered the placenta. I would have been better off having him at home. After Jackson got done nursing, I told the nurses I was going to use the bathroom. They were telling me no that I wouldn't be able to walk. I assured them I could and I was going to. (For some reason they had already removed the catheter.) Away I went. That's when they realized that the epidural didn't actually take full effect.  It was by far the worse hospital experience. Not the most painful, but the experience was not fun. I was so glad to finally be done and to hold Jackson. He nursed well and was oh so cute! The postpartum care at the hospital was great after all that. It was such a sweet time to spend with Justin and Jackson. 










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