Pfft… She’s A Hoot

Mr. Fox: It’s Fathers day tomorrow and I have a list of things for y’all to do. R1 is going to put on a new roof, R2 is going to cut the grass, and R3is going to vacuum the pool.
R2: Sweet, I want to cut the grass!
Mr. Fox: With scissors.
R2: I’ll vacuum the pool.
Mr. Fox: Ries is going to do it with a straw…
R2: Aaaannnnd we’re back to the grass….

ROFL I love that kid <3

ATL Trip

Seester and I drive to Atlanta for a friends wedding (June 1). We decided to go a day early so we could have some sister time sans kids – something that rarely happens.

I was a little worried at first since the baby pretty much hates the van but God stepped in and helped us through it! She did so amazingly well! We only stopped once on the way there (for lunch) and once on the way back (for gas).

We had such a great time. We got there later that we had planned so instead of going to Ikea as originally planned we chilled in the hotel and then went to the rehearsal dinner where we got to see Rocheal (the bride) whom we hadn’t seen in years and munch on yummy food.

The next morning we got up and headed to Ikea (Seester had only been once before years ago) where we had a blast shopping. When we left there we headed to Trader Joe’s (neither of us had ever been) where we had a blast buying healthy food at crappy food prices. ;)

I was wearing the baby in my gauze wrap, so of course I was approached and stared at. When we first walked in and I was wrapping her this older lady just stood and glared at me. LOL I think she didn’t know whether to be worried or impressed! Then another mom stopped me to ask how I did it, where she could get one, etc. And after that an employee with a 4mo grilled us for a good 5 minutes and then shared, after we told her how great she looks, how her mom keeps telling her she still looks pregnant! We thought she was awesome and gave her my email and lots of encouragement. And of course we couldn’t get out the door without someone asking Seester about her shoulder. So between my baby wearing and her sling we got looks, comments and questions wherever we went!

Afterwards we went back to the hotel for lunch and I tried unsuccessfully to get my very tired baby to nap. Then we went to the wedding at 4 to help set up but it was mostly done so we hung out until it started at 6. We got to be the first ones to very our picture taken with the bride. <3

The wedding was beautiful. Outside overlooking a river, the bride and bridal party were wearing barefoot sandals, it was so cute.

We had a good time at the reception, too, other than it being hotter inside than out. Thankfully there were awesome ceiling fans on the porch because baby wearing in the heat is hard. She was sooooo sleepy but it was soooo hot so it was hard for her to stay asleep. Thankfully she’s a pretty happy baby even when she’s exhausted.

We spent another night in the hotel (’cause I want about to try my luck with the baby in her car seat at night – that has gone very badly just around town) and headed home the next morning.

End of the Year 2014 – R2

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Favorites:

Subject: Math
Color: sea green
Food: grapes
Sport: Soccer
Book: Geronimo Stilton books
Toy: Legos
Game: Go Fish
TV Show: Shake It Up
Indoor Activity: coloring
Outdoor Activity: baseball
My best friends are: Ally and Trinity
When I grow up I want to be: Artist
What makes me happy: Remy
What makes me sad: moving
I am really good at: Gymnastics
I love: Mommy and Daddy
This is how I write my name:

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Next year I will be in 3rd grade

End of the School Year 2014 – R3

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My Favorites:

Thing to learn about: animals
Color: gold
Food: beanie weenie
Sport: basketball
Book: Chicken Butt
Toy: OG Doll
Game: Who’s Behind the Door?
TV Show: The Winks Club
Indoor Activity: watch a show
Outdoor Activity: jump on the trampoline
My best friends are: Journey, Ricky
When I grow up I want to be: a Veterinarian
What makes me happy: being with my mom alone
What makes me sad: when Daddy leaves to go to FL
I am really good at: hand stands
I love: Mommy and Daddy

How I write my name:

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Next year I will be in First Grade!

3 Month Growth Spurt

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R4 is doing her 3 month growth spurt a little early, which is probably a good thing since we’re 2 days from our next leap.

She has gained almost a whole pound in 9 days! Friday and Saturday she nursed every hour. On Sunday my breasts actually felt bruised! Then Sunday and Monday she was only awake for 20 mins at a time and then she’d sleep for an hour. Today she woke up for about an hour, took a THREE hour nap, was up for an hour and is now going back to sleep. Thankfully, she still sleeps pretty well at night still.

She hasn’t talked to us much the past few days but this afternoon she told Trinity what was up.

Vulcan, Frozen and Screaming

This morning we went on a field trip with our homeschool friends to Vulcan. It was fun and the kids (well, R1 and R3) enjoyed taking the elevator to the top. The house was being shown from 12-2 so we accepted Seester’s invitation to see Frozen in 3D at the dollar theater. I dropped Nana and the kids off and R4 and I went next door to Bargain Hunt where I scored a shirt for R3 for $.30 and a Woombie fo $10 (but it’s too small :( ).

Afterwards we headed back to the theater and nursed in the parking lot.

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I tried, unsuccessfully, to get R4 to sleep in my arms but since she was smiling and talking to me I missed the window and all of a sudden she was overtired and angry.

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I got out and wrapped her and went to stand on the sidewalk around the theater since it was misting and chilly. She yelled at me while I bounced for a good 10 minutes. She would NOT let me tuck her head in and so she continued to overstimulate herself. Finally I cupped my hands on each side of her face and shh’d into her ear and she zonked right out. But while I was doing all of that this nice older lady drove past, turned around and came back to ask me if I needed something for the baby! I nicely replied, “No, thank you” but according to Aunt S I missed an opportunity. She says I should have said, “Yes, diapers!” ROFL

She Knows What She Wants

My baby is funny. :) She’s does really well in the car as long as it’s day time and she’s swaddled. This swaddle blanket has a harness slit in it.

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The portable noise machine we bought seems to help a lot, too. We went three places today and every time I put her back in her seat she went right to sleep. But if it’s after 4 or so she will scream. She wants to be home in the evenings.

She also wants me to rock her for about 10 minutess before I put her in the swing for naps and I am more than happy to oblige since for the last 2 weeks she hasn’t wanted to be rocked and I was missing it!

2 Months Old!

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I can’t believe she’s two months old already. Time truly does fly by. We are all SO in love with our sweet R4, she’s a joy. She’s pretty laid back but also makes sure her needs are met. She’s not very fond of the car, especially in the evenings so we stay home after 4 or so, but I don’t mind. She loves to be worn and rocked – her big brother loves to wear her for her naps. She coos and talks to Daddy more than anyone else. This week she has discovered her hands and makes funny faces when she sucks on them (if you see us please refrain from touching her hands, it makes Mommy a little nuts ;) ).

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We’ve seen the Chiropractor at least once a week since she was born and it has made such a difference. She’s still got some kinks to work out but progress is definitely being made. How I wish I’d known the magic of the chiro when R1 and R2 were babies!

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Oh how we love the faces this baby girl makes! She’s quite entertaining.

The Birth of R4

I woke up at 5am to pee and when I laid back down noticed that the contractions were regular and felt different. I knew I’d be seeing my baby soon. I rested for as long as I could, about 45 minutes, but then had to get up. They weren’t painful, but annoying and I knew from past experience if I was up and about it’d be easier to deal with them. Everyone was asleep, it was quiet and peaceful. I noticed a bit of pink when I wiped and saw part of my plug in the toilet, which confirmed this would be the day. I had asked God to let me have the baby during hours when I would normally be awake – He is SO GOOD!!

Around 6, Mr. Fox woke up and I told him we were going to have a baby today. I went to the kitchen to make breakfast and everyone slowly started to wake. (Seester and her kids had slept over again due to the weather). After I ate I went downstairs and turned on my playlist.

I spent the next few hours on the birth ball, standing around through ctx and waiting for Mr. Fox to get the pool filled. We ran into some hot water issues and had to boil lots of pots of water (so thankful for Mr. Fox and Seester for trudging up and down the stairs over and over again with boiling water) but I was able to get in around 9:40. I labored for a while as they continued to add hot water.

At some point Mr Fox got IN the pool with me to rub my back and encourage me, which was the best thing ever. I remember the MW arriving, but barely, I was completely in my head. The kids were running around, chatting and taking many pics and videos of me but as long as they didn’t bump into the pool I wasn’t bothered by them at all. I think they annoyed Mr. Fox and Seester more than they did me!

Things got intense and I got hot and someone put a cold cloth on my head, which was amazing. I just covered my eyes with it and ignored everyone. No one touched me but Mr. Fox. No doppler, no cervical checks… exactly what we envisioned. It was just us having a baby with a MW there just in case.

I have no idea what time I started pushing. I remember it getting intense and thinking that maybe I should be checked before I started really pushing but then the overwhelming urge to push took over and I went with it. I didn’t push for long and baby girl was practically out in 2-3 pushes, born at 11:02 a.m. into the hands of her amazing Daddy. There’s no way I could have done it without him, he’s the best doula ever.