In these last few weeks of taking photos, I think I've learned one thing. Keith and I need to get better at taking pictures. I need to smile. Perhaps we need to find a better location. Week 14 mission, better photos!
Well, it's Christmas Eve Eve, and I took the day off work.
I took the day off because our day care closed for Christmas Eve, since it is on Saturday, but it turns out, I'm really glad I did. We had a lot of housework and food preparation to start!
As the kids and I were snuggling before I climbed out of bed this morning, I was listing all the things we had today to prepare for Santa. I'll spare you the whole mundane of chores for the day, but there is one in particular that is worth of sharing.
On that list is fold the laundry that is piling up in the living room and pick up the living room in general. As the boys and I were talking about it, Caleb informed me that we didn't need to clean up for Santa.
Caden has recently gone through a phase of thinking that he doesn't need to sleep.
This means he stay awake hours after bed time. Sometimes sitting quitely allowing his brother to sleep, but more often repeatedly getting out of bed and running around the room, turning on lights and opening doors.
Then once he does got to sleep, it doesn't always last. He would come into our room anywhere between 3 and 6 times a night.
In the mornings he'd tell us about what he saw while wondering the house at night. And once, I caught him sneaking candy in the middle of the night.
Three o'clock one morning, Caden came in for the third or fourth time that night and announces "I have something to say."
Keith and I mumbled some response that clearly indicated we had no intention of getting up at this hour.
His great statement: "I'm not going back to bed."
At this point, I responded: "That's nice, you Daddy and I a…
Thoughts on this 11 week 3 days pregnant mama's mind:
Last I checked I'd lost 9 pounds; this makes me nervous.I'm stressing about getting enough and the right foods, and it's exhausting. I'm exhausted in general. Staying awake until 9 PM is rare and getting up by 7 is a challenge. Staying awake through the work day is also hard. I got sick for the first time this week. All over the living room
floor before I could get to the bathroom. Thank heavens for an
understanding husband who took care of it.I'm anxious about our plans for telling everyone at Christmas. I'm just ready for that to be done.I'm already thinking ahead to our next appointment in 15 days.
Hoping everything goes well. I also need to speak up, I tend to be shy
and quiet, and I think I should probably share more. I may be anxious about telling our families, but I'm terribly
excited to tell the boys and get them involved and excited! I know
they'll be excited!Calling …
With a few phone calls from my Dad on Saturday, Keith and I could tell he was planning something.
However, my Dad is not a person known for full disclosure, or many words most of the time.
So after plenty of guessing on our parts, Sunday morning we called Dad to see what the plan really was. After all if I was expected to be going somewhere, I needed time to prepare (read: take a shower).
All Keith could get out of him was, we'll be there at noon, be ready to go. We'll be having lunch, but give the kids a snack, and we're taking your van.
Mom and Dad show up, we load up, and off we go with Dad at the wheel and two boys asking where we're going. In typical fashion of my Dad, his answers were, "turning left here," or "following this white car in front of us."
Next thing we know, Dad's pulling up the the Carousel.
After many rides, fun, and a visit to see Santa, everyone was hungry.
I have more photos on our real camera, these came from …
Camerin was still living with us at the time and was home sick the Friday before. Keith had stayed home with him, but apparently by the afternoon was feeling better, so Keith ventured to the jewelry store with him to toe to purchase a ring.
He felt pressured to make sure it happened that weekend so Camerin wouldn't spoil his surprise.
Weeks before he'd spent an afternoon with my dad asking for his permission. He wasn't able to be sly in pulling this one off since someone had to watch the kids! I spent the day at the apartment with the kids while he was gone for almost 5 hours!
Of course I couldn't call him while he was there, and I was certainly starting to get concerned knowing what was going on, but apparently my dad just had lots of questions about the kids and the situation and everything.
While we had been talking about our future and had even looked a rings a time or two, he still surprised me with the proposal.
The day started out smoothly while we were off to church with my mom for worship, followed by a church carry-in dinner and carol sing following. Growing up, I loved the annual carol sing where the congregation gathered together to sing everyone's favorite Christmas songs, and I was sure our kids would love it too.
Unfortunately shortly into the sing, Keith got a call that his grandmother wasn't doing very well and he rushed out to head to the hospital. I stayed behind to get an extra car for my mom and make sure we had someone to watch the kids. Once the responsibilities were taken care of, I headed out to meet him.
After our time at the hospital, we spent the afternoon, again, shopping for rings. I kept telling him we didn't have to do it today, after all we hadn't had the most cheerful afternoo…
We had our first doctor's appointment on Friday.
I was pretty anxious about going, but everything went very well.
Except for me peeing in the cup. For some reason, I did not have to
pee...at all. It took two tries and a glass of water from the drinking
fountain to get the smallest amount ever. Note to self for next
appointment, drink lots of water prior to the appointment!
We had our first ultra sound and saw the heartbeat on the screen. I
was 9 weeks 4 days at the time and the baby was measuring right at 9
weeks. Our due date is set for July 2.
We feel much better after our first appointment, luckily Daddy was able to be there with us.
It still doesn't seem real yet. We are starting to talk about it
more, and that is making it more realistic. I'm sure once we tell our
families at Christmas, we'll be comfortable with the idea. Tomorrow,
we're going to take our first belly picture, as long as I remember
anyway! I'm not showing yet, and…