Monday, April 3, 2017

Playing Catch Up

Oh, hi there! Remember me? The mama who runs this household and this blog!?


I absolutely can believe that this is the longest blogging pause in the six years I've written our family's story on here. Life.has.been.crazytownUSA.

Scott has been gone for the better part of two months, interviewing for vascular fellowship positions. And to be honest, I've been running from one thing to the next, trying to keep all the balls in the air.

Henry is now six and a half months old! Geesh! He hasn't had any more ear infections so far, thank goodness. He's sitting up, babbling all day long, taking three naps a day, still nursing, and eating baby food.

Nathan and Jack are still in school five days a week, working and playing hard (and wearing me out!).

I'm writing this down, to remember what my days look like right now:

5:00-6:00 AM: Wake up
6:05 AM: Greeted by Nathan and Jack, being loud and demanding breakfast
6:10 AM: Get bacon and sausage frying, pour milk in Nathan's cereal, vitamins and juice for the boys
6:12 AM: Go down to my office, turn on my computer, check e-mails
6:40 AM: Turn on the news, tell Nathan to go get dressed
6:55 AM: Review Jack's letters, brush Nathan's teeth, wash his face, and fix his hair
6:55 AM: Henry wakes up
7:00 AM: Nurse Henry
7:15 AM: Walk Nathan out to the bus
7:55 AM: Put Henry down for a nap
8:20 AM: Get Jack dressed and ready for school
8:40 AM: Get Jack and Henry into the car
8:55 AM: Drop Jack off at school
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Work, work, work, and laundry, and nursing Henry, and errands, and breakfast and lunch for myself somewhere in there, and lunch for Henry
1:00 PM: Pick up Jack from school
1:15 PM: Put Jack down for a nap
2:00 PM: Put Henry down for a nap
2:25 PM: Go out to bus stop to get Nathan
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Work, work, work, and homework, and after school snacks, and unpacking backpacks, and playing outside
4:00 PM: Henry wakes up and nurses
4:30 PM: Get started making dinner
5:00 PM: Dinner on table
5:15-5:45 PM: Work, and let the boys watch some TV
5:50 PM: Bath time for the boys
6:20 PM: Pajamas and bedtime story
7:00 PM: Lights out for Nathan and Jack
7:20 PM: Lights out for Henry
7:30 PM - 9:45 PM: Laundry, work, cleaning the house, packing the next day's school lunches, a bit of sewing
10:00 PM: TV time
10:50 PM: Bedtime for tired mama

And in the midst of that, there's a career I'm juggling, swim team, swim lessons, being snack mom, church, Awana, educational instruction for three growing boys, and on and on. These days are LONG. LONG.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Four Months Old

I can hardly believe that my baby Henry is four months old! The time is truly flying by!

He has already doubled his birth weight. Go big boy!

He had a fantastic check up! "Hen Hen," as Jack calls him, got another round of vaccines, and he took 'em like a champ. Gosh, I love this little boy. He truly brings me SO much JOY!

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Year's Hike

On the first day of 2017, we took our first hike as a family of five. We hiked for about an hour and fifteen minutes on the Appalachian Trail, which happens to run just about a twenty minute drive from our house.

We had a really fun time. The weather was cold, but not uncomfortable. And this time of year, with no leaves on the trees, the vistas were incredible!

We eventually had to turn back. The trail literally went along the side of a massive mountain. The whole trail was covered in fallen leaves, was about two feet wide, and had a couple hundred foot drop on the side. I walked about ten yards with Nathan, turned around to Scott, and yelled, "Nope! We're not doing this. Not safe!" If I had just taken a stumble, Henry and I would have been loooooong gone. So, we decided to turn around.

Nathan enjoyed climbing on the boulders along the side of the trail, and Jack had fun collecting LOTS of acorns. See his jacket pocket in this picture? He must have stuffed about seventy or so acorns in there!

Henry only fussed a couple of times. We kept him bundled up and warm!

What a special way to welcome in 2017!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

So Much Sweetness

Oh sure, these days are long and tiring. My patience wears thin. I think I'm drowning trying to juggle a full time job, raising three sons, staying on top of the laundry, keeping the house clean, being married to a surgical resident, and on and on. 

But don't think for one moment that I don't stop to capture the sweetness. So much sweetness. Nathan and Jack running through the house, wrestling and laughing. Henry shaking his rattle. The older boys kissing all over "Hen Hen," and me having to tell them for the millionth time to "be gentle with Henry!" Jack singing his favorite song, which is, "Mommy's so cute!!" on repeat over and over. Building Legos with Nathan in the basement, and hearing all about the little worlds he's creating. Henry babbling and spitting and giggling. Jack "reading" a book to Henry.

I soak it up. It's what keeps me going.

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016! Another Christmas with just us in Roanoke. Oh, and Henry's first Christmas! I would love to say it was magical, but actually, all five of us were sick with colds. Bleh. Yes, all of us were coughing and sneezing and sniffling and taking Tylenol and Advil...and for me, eventually, a z pack. It was the first Christmas of my life that I didn't attend the Christmas Eve service.

The boys were still bound and determined to go and sprinkle reindeer food out in the front yard, for Santa's reindeer to eat. I'll never forget it: Everything was soaking wet outside from the rain, and Jack completely skipped the yard, ran out to our brick walkway, and tossed his oats and glitter {oops, I mean reindeer food} all over the wet bricks. Scott and I just burst out laughing. SO very like Jack to do that!

We still took Christmas Eve pictures in front of the tree, as we always do, with the kiddos. This time, we're just in REALLY casual clothes from staying at home for four days straight!

Right at 6:05 AM, Nathan and Jack came barging into our bedroom, with cries of, "It's Christmas! It's Christmas, Mommy!! Wake up!" I made them curl up in bed with me while Daddy checked to see if Santa came.

Of course, I didn't wake Henry for the excitement. No way was I bothering my three month old who sleeps until 7:30 every morning! I didn't become a mom yesterday! He had his magical Christmas morning around 8:00. :)

Scott "and I" bought the boys a kayak. I put "and I" in quotations, because I never in a million years would have bought this for them {mainly because I was the parent who had to witness Jack drowning this summer and leap into the water to save him....nine months pregnant....another story for another time}.

Sweet little man got mainly books and a few sweet baby trinkets.

The worst part of all was that after four days of sickness, I was hit hardest ON Christmas Day. I just laid on the couch, without any energy to really move. It was no fun. Yay Christmas 2016! Wah-waaaah. ;)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Three Months Old

Henry, you are such a sweet baby! Heavens, you are loved and adored!!

You go to bed around 8:00 PM, and you usually wake up around 7:30 AM. You like to be left alone in your crib, though, for about twenty minutes after I unswaddle you! {Yes, you're still sleeping swaddled!}

So far, you are growing, growing--but still smaller than your brothers were at this age! You're wearing 0-3 month clothes.

You nurse about eight times a day, which is pretty easy for me considering I work full time from home now!

Your brothers are still just as obsessed with you as they were on day one! They hold your hands, kiss your head, and snuggle you when you're laying on the floor.

You've discovered your hands! You're grabbing on to things, big boy! And oh, the sweet babbling noises you make! We call you "the senator," because you like to talk so much. I bet you'll be an early talker like your big brothers were. You've just started to laugh! It's my new favorite sound in the whole universe.

You are loved, sugar boy!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Life Lately (or playing catch-up!)

I have been SO terrible about blogging lately! (Psh! Can't imagine WHY!) So, lots of these photos are a month old, but they're so precious that they must be shared.

Henry really tried to find his thumb to suck. Most of the time, though, he cannot find it! He does like the pacifier more than his brothers ever did.

Here's Jack, Henry, and I for Henry's two month check-up last month. He weighed 11 pounds 11 ounces! Growing boy! And he did great getting his shots. Took 'em like a champ!

I think that Henry is going to be a snuggler like Jack is! Wahoo! I do love a good snuggle! :)

Everyone--and I do mean everyone--says that Henry looks JUST like Jack! Their baby pictures do look crazy similar. Some people have started calling Henry "mini Jack!"

When my mom was in town, we got our Christmas tree. Always a frasier fir for this family!

My mom came in town for Jack's fourth birthday, and she and the boys had fun making a gingerbread house! It was the boys' first time to make one!

Nathan's school is having "elf day" at school next week. I bought him an elf hat and a decorating kit. Best $2 I've ever spent on this kid! He had so much fun decorating his hat!

My friend Meg had her baby, Margaret, last week! We stopped by and visited. Isn't it crazy the difference in just two and a half months!? (And yes, you'll notice, yet another one of my babies has a melon head! 94th percentile!)