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. 










Welcome Home Jackson

Everybody was so excited to meet Jackson, well almost everybody. Jameson was less than thrilled. All the other kids wanted to touch and hold him. Jada was immediately in love! She loves holding him, and helping out with him. Jameson finally came around the next morning. He said he wanted to hold him. He held him for a few seconds and decided that was enough. It's a start. He's a very good baby. He doesn't really cry a lot, just fusses. We come out on the couch at night and snuggle until he settles down. We love having him around. He brings lots of joy.









Friday, January 16, 2015

Jameson Turns Two!

Jameson makes life very exciting. He is smart and very active. He just has to watch you do something once and he is ready to try it himself. He will keep trying until he succeds. It is dangerous to underestimate him.
Last week I walked into our room to find Jameson up on our dresser frantically shoving Tums into his mouth. Not only were his little cheeks stuffed full, but he also had a hand full. Poison control assured me he would be fine, right after chuckling about what happened. 
He loves to vacccum. Our big vacuum was just too big for him so we got him a smaller vacccum for his birthday. He loves it! He is such a little helper. He is still similar to Josiah in that aspect. He is still not talking yet, but he is smart! He keeps us busy and entertained. 

He let Josiah dress him!









Friday, January 2, 2015

Eight Years Ago





Eight years ago I married the man of my dreams. He is an amazing father and husband.  He is one of the hardest working people I know.  He still makes me laugh, and he is also super good looking. When he comes home from a long day at work, he sits and listens to the kids. He makes sure they all receive attention. If one of them is sick at night, he is usually the one to stay up with said child. If they are throwing up, he is always the one to stay up with the child. He's makes sure our needs come before his, and you won't hear him complaining. He is the love of my life.

I met the love of my life at a church we were both attending. When we first met, he thought I was too young for him. I was 23 but looked younger than that to him. He still remembers the outfit I was wearing the day we met.
After a few months of  getting to know each other, we started dating.
Two weeks after we started dating I knew he was the one I was going to marry.  Justin knew he was going to marry me when we started dating.  He wasn't going to just date me.  He was dating me, because he knew he was going to marry me.  Six months later we were engaged! Five months after that we were married! 


Here we are dating on the Fourth of July.

Wedding Day!

Here we are with Josiah!

Josiah, Jada and I'm pregnant with Juliet here.

Josiah, Jada, Juliet, and I'm pregnant with Jameson here.

Josiah, Jada, Juliet, Jameson, and I'm pregnant with Jackson here. I didn't know I was pregnant at the time, but I had a sneaking suspiction.






Saturday, December 27, 2014

Birds, Bugs and Babies - Happy Birthday Jada!!!



Jada is turning five this year! How time flies. 
Birds, bugs, and babies are three of Jada's favorite things. I might add that she also loves cats. I always think she is older than she really is, because she acts so much older. When she was really tiny she was talking in sentences and potty trained at 15 months. She talked so well I was always forgetting just how young she really was. She is our constant source of entertainment. On our trips into town she is usually serenading us on the way. Some of the things she says is just hilarious, and I always wonder how she come up with it. 

I love the look on Jadas face. Looking at Jameson!


One night, after we put the kids to bed, we were listening to Jada and Juliet throught the monitor. We heard Jada say something to Juliet about protecting the cats from Jameson. Then she tells her if he does get the cat and kills it that it would be OK because, "That's just the way the world goes." 

Poor Juliet must have been horrified. 

When Jada was three, we were riding into town and out of nowhere Jada says, "PU I am stinky!"

Apparently she had tooted. 

Two years ago Josiah walked into our room and told us that someone had written on the mirror with marker, and he thought it was either Jada or Juliet. With out missing a beat Jada exclaims, "Mmmhmmm that's right, it was me!"

At least she was honest about it.

About two years ago, we were in town getting ready to head back home. Back then I would put a pull up on her just in case she fell alseep and had an accident. Anyway we told her we thought she would take a nap on the way back home. She exclaimed, "Oh no, I don't have a pull up on.....well that's awkward!"

It was hilarious.

When I was pregnant with Jameson, my mom came to visit and help out. Jada asked Grandma if she would play with her. Grandma said that she couldn't right now, because she had to keep an eye on Juliet. Jada asked, "Which eye Grandma?"



There are a lot more. Some of which I have forgotten, and some I will keep hidden away in a journal so I don't embarrass her too much. 

Jada loves babies. She asked for a baby that pees and poos for her birthday, so that she can practice changing its diaper. That way she will be ready for Jackson when he comes. She loves babying Jameson and Juliet. She loves picking out clothes for Jameson to wear and then dressing him. 
She loves feeling Jackson move around in my tummy. She is always coming up to my tummy to see if he is awake and moving around. She will also give my tummy kisses and talk to Jackson. It is really sweet.



 

We love her so much!!! Happy Birthday Jada!!!








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