Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Getting Closer?

Well, we had a visit to the OB Assessment at the Hospital on Sunday b/c of close and painful contractions. I will spare you all the details...but my body is getting ready but my Dr. really was on the fence if we should go ahead and progress in labor or try to stop it...since i was just 35 weeks. He decided ( since we live close) to give me a shot to try to stop my contractions and see if i could hold off at least another week. It really has helped stop the active labor...now it is just sporadic. I have really tried to do nothing as well and can tell when i am on my feet too much.

He said the baby would probably be able to breathe o.k.- but other developmental problems would occur(ie. feeding, sucking, sleeping...etc.)I was relieved when labor was stopped b/c of my track record with fussy babies and i was really worried the baby would not be developed enough. I go again to the Dr. on tomorrow...but do not expect any change in things since contractions have stopped.

Who knows...these babies are all so unpredictable- this shot could help me make it all the way to the end of January or not. I am trying to just enjoy these days reading books and laying on the floor with my two big babies.

Thanks for all of you who care.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Nathan's Early 4th Birthday Celebration!

This year I decided to have Nathan's birthday party a little early b/c 1- I am getting really pregnant right now and 2-It is hard for his favorite friends to make it on his real birthday( the day after Christmas.) I have felt like i really wanted to do something special for him this year...with the baby coming and all. I was worried about it b/c it was a 80% of rain and a high of 40 degrees....and our house is not the biggest. Thankfully, the rain held off until right when the party was over and the kids didn't seem to mind the cold. Eric borrow the " jumpy thing" from the church and we were able to play inside and out.
It was a really sweet celebration....he enjoyed all his little friends being here and in his shy way really loved being celebrated. The second picture really captures it as we sang " happy birthday" to him. He was showered with love and presents.
So, thank you to all the moms and grand moms who left their cosy warm house on Saturday morning to make my sweet little 4yr. old feel so special.

Friday, December 4, 2009

All I want for Christmas is...

If you overheard Eric and my conversations with the kids about Christmas you would hear something like this:

"Want do ya'll want for Christmas?"
Nathan: " A shirt with a pocket in it."
Naomi: "um... a snow man"

I love that they do not know the power they could have over me in asking for presents. I love giving presents...so i have been thinking about the things they would really enjoy that would last the year long...but these just remind me that the simpler the better.

Granted- Nathan's birthday is coming soon as well....and he has reported he wants a Mack truck and balloons for that....but he would be satisfied by a shirt with a pocket in it for Jesus' birthday.

I love celebrating Christmas!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It's begginning to look like...

If you notice the little tiny stocking on the end, it is compliments of Naomi. She found it and was determined that we needed to hang it for the "new baby"
As you can tell...Nathan's nose is looking a ton better...still just a little swollen.
Naomi was so happy the whole time we were decorating.
Nathan was very intense in his ornament placement....we had to do a little rearranging when they went to bed.

This year was so much fun decorating for Christmas. The kids really were excited and could actually hang some ornaments themselves...well on the bottom 3 feet of the tree. Eric and I love Christmas time so much....and I think the kids inherited it!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Warning: This is sad :(

Last Sunday Nathan fell at Sunday School on some playground equipment and we had to take him on his first trip to the ER. Thankfully he did not break his nose...it was just a bad contusion. It was heartbreaking for me b/c Eric and I was supposed to go on a conference on mon- thursday and send the kids to Eric's mom. Thankfully, he was really excited about going and my mother in law was experienced with 2 rowdy boys. GiGi spoiled him and kept him busy playing at his favorite place out in the country. This picture was day 6 after the fall....so i am thankful I did not have to see day 3-5( which my mother in law said was not too pretty.) He has been great about it...but my heart still breaks when I see him! I am sure this is just the first of heartbreaking accidents. Oh- the funny part is that the nursery accident report said " Nathan fell going up the steps" of the equiment. Poor guy...he has his mom's sense of balance!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Late halloween pics

This makes me laugh so hard...Naomi, Jacob and Nathan downing their treats from the fall festival at Strong Tower Fellowship.
Mr. Frog and Ms. Elephant very proud of their costumes.
Our friend Elcee.
Baloon fun.
Naomi was tickled she got a balloon sword too!
Naomi was so intense and excited about getting her face painted.
Our church fall festival.
I am not sure if Naomi was more in awe of getting her face painted or that she got to see Snow White up close.

Our computer has been down for a few weeks...so we have taken a break from the computer world...but I wanted to make sure to document these fun fall pictures.

Just because she is so stinking cute!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I am a winner!

I actually won something! I entered a contest to win a free hand-made dress for Naomi in my friend Julie's Blog. Her family is trying earn money to adopt a baby from Ethiopia and she is hand making dresses and night gown's. She has some cute holiday prints...i got to choose Chestnut branches. Her dresses look so cute and comfortable and are an affordable price. I was totally shocked when I found out... I am sure all of Naomi's nursery buddies will be jealous. Check it out...would be a wonderful Christmas present.

Friday, October 16, 2009

chocolate kisses

One night when Eric was at a meeting we decided to pass the time with making chocolate pudding. They LOVE helping me cook...you can see why!

pumpkin time!

There is a pumpkin patch less than a mile from our house and the kids have been begging us to go and pick some out. So, we finally went and they had a ball. They were so excited about carving them as well....so we made it a pumpkin evening. Now, my next adventure is yummy chocolate chip pumpkin bread. This is one of my favorite times of the year!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Big Girl Bed and Paci

Eric and I knew we needed to work on a few transitions for Naomi before the new baby arrived. We were not sure how we were gonna tackle them. The first was pretty natural. There is a guest bed in Naomi's room right now, right by her crib. One night, Naomi was sick and Eric slept with her in the guest bed. After that day she wanted to sleep there instead. Granted, she was a little upset that Eric wasn't going to accompany her every night. I was really nervous she would try to get out....but she hasn't even attempted....yet! It has been about 2 weeks now and everytime she gets up from sleep she brags on herself, " I sleep in my big girl bed."

The second of many transitions was taking her paci away. I have had mixed feelings about this. Mainly because i have noticed she will suck her thumb from time to time during the day and I was so afraid we would be just taking away one habit only to allow her to form a new habit. I already have one thumb sucker that I cannot figure out how to stop....so I did not want that to happen to her. But, unfortunately I noticed she started biting her paci and it scared me with the choking hazard and all. So, that day I told her we needed to give her paci to the new baby and we went and put it in the area we are keeping all the baby things. That night she cried for 5 minutes and then just talked herself to sleep! She has been great since. I am still not sure how she gets herself to sleep. I have tried to peak in right after I think she goes to sleep and haven't noticed her sucking her thumb...but we will see.

All these transitions make me so sad. I know babies will grow up....but it is just hard to cope with sometimes!

Monday, September 14, 2009

"N" is for...

Both of them cheesing it
This is the other side of the room that will soon become "Naomi's side"

Maybe I should say "N" is for Nesting! I know many of my friends are wondering..."what has happened to Annette!" Believe it or not I have actually been sewing a little as well. I told Eric that I have become more domestic out of necessity! I have realized how cheap you can make things yourself. Both Nathan and Naomi's pictures will have costed me $10! Now, they might also look like they were that cheap too!

Though I know that it does look like a kindergartner did it...I am pretty proud of myself for attempting to make something crafty. I got the initial idea when I started thinking about what to do with Nathan's room when Naomi will be joining him in the coming months as we prepare for a new baby. His room was decorated in a sport's theme and I was trying to think of a way to decorate Naomi's corner of the room still somewhat girly. Well, Nathan decided that he liked a quilt that I had in his closet ( the cool yellow and blue one with all the patches of fun material- it is called an "I Spy" quilt) who was made from my dear friend Kim Skinner for him when he was born, better than his blue one that had balls on it. So, I thought maybe I could just decorate in primary colors. I wanted a picture above each of their beds so that they felt their corner was their own and kind of tied in everything. I thought about doing Naomi's picture the same way but with red ladybugs and hopefully find a simple quilt that will match everything. Last week I had just painted the "N" and some friends that were over for a Bible study helped me to develop my vision and gave me some confidence!

I have had to hide it from Nathan because he is so crafty and has wanted to help me so bad. Everyday he asks me if it is ready. He has been so excited about it. When I finally put it above his bed he said " Mommy, that looks Great, just Great!" I chuckeled as I thought, "well he really is the one I am aiming to please here...mission accomplished." Don't look too closelythough, b/c all kinds of things are off centered....but for now it works in my 3 yrs.old room. He was so excited that he wanted me to take a picture and then wanted to go down for his nap.

I often wonder how the Lord is going to use him...maybe an artist? Who knows...but it is exciting to dream for him.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Cougars and River Otters

Eric and I was able to take the kids to Dauset Trails today...about 30mins. away. It is a nature reserve. The kids had a blast. For some reason they have really been interested in river otters. Fun to watch them have fun!
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

FPC "Fellow's" Retreat!

2009 FPC Fellows- Danielle, Amanda, Debbie, Clay and Melissa

The kids and I got to tag along with Eric as he lead the "Fellows" retreat at his family's Cabin down in Wray. It was a great time for us....great to get out of this sickly house for a few days...and I "think" everyone is over the yuckies. The kids and I got to stay at the house with his parents and be treated to being with Papa and Gigi. To read more about the "Fellow's" program check out this link: http://www.fpcmacon.org/fellows.htm

Gone fishin' and Gone bowling

On our trip to Wray, Papa and Gigi surprised the kids with their own fishing poles! They had a blast... Nathan just could not understand why he was not catching any fish with his pole without a hook.

We also got to go bowling with the "fellows" and they had so much fun...and pitched the biggest fit when it was time to leave to prove that they enjoyed bowling.
Below are some video of the kids "calling fish" and trying to "catch" some!

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Monday, August 31, 2009

It strikes AGAIN!

Poor Nathan got it again this morning!
So, another day of letting him watch any video he wants in hopes to keep him on the couch so I can keep him away from Naomi. I apologize if we passed this to anyone unknowingly in the nursery yesterday.
Keep praying for my sanity!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Stomach bug, Stomach bug go away!

Oh the dreaded stomach bug. Just to complain, i must vent here and say our family gets the stomach bug at least twice a year. I wasn't expecting it to hit us in August and my kids are not even in school! So, last Saturday Naomi got it...then she gave it to her friend Elcee who got it on Monday....then Nathan got it on Tuesday....then Naomi got it again on Wednesday....then Thursday night Eric got it. I have been popping those prenatal vitamins and have been a hand sanitizer freak. I haven't gotten it somehow( a miracle I think)...but i have had the mental nauseousness all week and have been about to go crazy stuck in the house with cranky patients.
Pray i don't get it...i am not a good throw-uper.
Thanks for letting me vent!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Happy Birthday and Anniversary GiGI and Papa!


Hope your birthday and Anniversary has been wonderful!
We are so thankful for both of you! Your Marriage and walk with the Lord has been an inspiration to us!
We love you!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Naomi's 2 yr check up!

Her 2 year stats:

Height: 97%

The funny part is that Nathan wanted to step on the scale too and he is only one and a half. lbs. more than her!
Most of you know that they project what their height is going to be as an adult at this check up and she is projected to be 5'9- 5-10....i guess she will fit right in to our family!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Naomi's sick second birthday

Why do my kids always seem to get sick on their birthday?

Last night we were awoken to the lovely sounds of a child throwing up on the monitor in the 5am hour. I thought "no, not surely would she be sick....we have family and two of her favorite little girl friends coming over in just a few hours."

After staying up until midnight trying to perfect her little Elmo cake she was so excited about, i sat in her rocking chair with her until the sun came up comforting her in between bouts of yuckiness. It reminded me much of her days as an infant- sweet to hold her as she dosed in and out of sleep...but so sad to think she couldn't enjoy her day fully. I think i was sad for selfish reasons....i love birthdays and I love seeing kids delight in their favorite things and of course i was sad b/c i put so much time into cleaning the house, making food etc.

I called our friends and family and bravely they decided to come and celebrate with us despite the sickness. She through up again 15 mins. before they arrived! I do promise to take care of those cuties if they get sick....it was worth it to Naomi to have them here. She was satisfied after the first present and had no idea what to do with the abundance of gifts showered on her from everyone. Grandparents love to spoil!

Honestly i was trying to keep Naomi as far away from everyone as possible and so was my camera...but i am sure someone got a good shot of her blowing the candles out, even though she hasn't had a bite of the cake.
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On Nathan's second birthday we had to uninvite everyone b/c he had a high fever. He could of cared less about the truck cake i painstakingly made him. On his third birthday he had a cold...but we pushed through with it anyway.

Oh birthdays...why can my kids not enjoy you?

Monday, August 17, 2009

ok...this is really my last summer adventure: Annual reunion with Jax friends

I am so thankful that my sweet husband allowed me to skip town and head to the beach to reunite with some of my dear friends that I met while doing college ministry at UNF in Jacksonville. This reunion every year is such a highlight. It is refreshing to be with friends that you can stay in your pj's all day, and laugh and talk all hours of the night. It it so encouraging to be reminded of all the Lord has done and heartache he has brought us through each year.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Summer Adventure #4

Our last summer adventure that we embarked on this summer is pregnancy #3! We are really excited and looking forward to this new adventure. I am 15 wks now and starting to not be sick anymore! It is amazing to me how fast my body has adjusted to being pregnant this time...i am already huge. It is gonna be ugly by the end- if you see me you can lie to me and tell me you think i look good! I think Nathan understands what is going on- he has been really sweet to babies lately and Naomi loves playing with her baby dolls right now...so i think it will be fun for her. We are just praying for a healthy baby and are so thankful to be able to carry another baby!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Summer Adventure #3

I still haven't figured out how to do slide shows...so i tried to pick some of my faves from our beach trip to Hilton Head. It was a great time.. I am still not sure if the beach with small kids will ever be restful....but definately a lot of fun. Naomi loved having all the family around to give her some undivided attention and Nathan LOVED the ocean. I am certain that Eric lifted him up out of the waves for hours a day. Thanks Papa and GiGi for letting us join you!