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I'm right here!

Elinore is a loving big sister, most of the time anyway!  Any fussy noise Ruthie makes, if Elinore's around she's right there in her face saying, "I'm right here baby; I'm right here!"

The other day, we were all playing on the floor and Ellie told me not to get Ruthie.  She said "no don't get her; I the mommy!"  I said alright and let her play for a little while until Ruth wanted to eat, then I had to pick her up and she pushed me and tried to stop me with "I the mommy!"


The weekend before Christmas Keith and I drove the kids around to look at Christmas lights.  It's one of my favorite December traditions, but I think they boys are starting to get old on us, they weren't nearly as excited about it this year as usual.  They slept through some of it even! 

On the drive, we learned how we'd failed to teach the boys, especially Caden about a good marriage. 

As we drove through one town, Keith was talking about the place he went with his guys from work for lunch recently.  Caden, from the back seat, pipes up and asks why he goes with the guys to lunch and why he doesn't take his girlfriend to lunch.  He was completely serious.

I popped up quickly and said "he better not have a girlfriend; I'm his wife!"

Caden, again, completely serious, says, but "he can have a girlfriend too!"

Keith and I then had to start talking about marriage and relationships and commitment.  It was brief int he car, but the next day at lunch,…


When Ruth was just 8 days old, Keith went back to work for the first time since she was born.  I was doing fine home with the girls while the boys were at school until about lunch time I started feeling kind of yucky.  I had a headache, which I thought was from crying at the movie we'd watched that morning (Sophie and Sheba).  But my body kind of ached too, so I took my temperature, 99, and took some tylenol; I drank some water and was feeling okay again.

I had been engorged all week since my milk had come in and it wasn't improving and was quite painful, especially on my right side by my armpit.  By the time Keith got home from work that day, my headache wasn't improving, so I laid down to try to take a nap.  I couldn't fall asleep I was so uncomfortable, so I knew that wasn't good!  I called my OB's office and talked with the RN on call, then the doc on call, who said to keep taking some Tylenol and if wasn't better by morning, go to urgent care.  If it g…

Ruth's Birth as Told by Mommy

I woke up about 7:00 AM the morning of December 4th feeling a little wet.  I laid there for just a moment before realizing I better get up and see what's going on.  Sure enough, my pants were soaked down past my knees.  Baby's coming!  Keith was at work and the kids were all asleep, I better get everyone moving!

I called Keith and told him, who came home.  I called my doctor's office, who said come in right away.  So I called our sitter to see if they could put our boys on the bus and watch Elinore for the day.  Since I was almost a week over due, I'd been working at home and Elinore had been staying with me all week.  They were more than happy to help us out, and we had a plan in place!

I jumped in the shower, because I didn't want to be yucky and who knew when I'd get another shower!  I grabbed the last minute things for my bag and put it together while Keith got home and put his together.

We dropped the kids off at the sitters and headed to the hospital.  On…


One difference I've noticed between nursing  this time with Ruth and before with Elinore, I didn't anticipate the elbows from Elinore hurting so much!  The boys were so much older with Elinore they were past the crawling all over me stage.  Elinore, not so much.  So especially that first week of engorgement and mastitis fun, her elbows and head and body parts were constantly slamming into my chest hurting like crazy!

Bedtime Songs

Elinore loves bedtime songs.  Keith has some regulars he sings and I have mine.  However, she's recently started asking for new ones.  She'll pick any random object or toy from her day and ask for a song about it.  I want a song about a turtle, for example.  I don't know any songs about turtles...

Head Holding

We've been trying to teach Elinore it is important to hold baby Ruth's head when she's holding him.  We've not been successful so far.  Her understanding of holding someone's head looks more like just laying her hand on their head.  And she'll hold anyone's head.  As seen below in the photo of her "holding" Ruth AND Grandma's head. 

Sharing Blankie

Elinore has her blankie, well actually she has several of them, but one is almost always with her.  They are all identical and rotated through so I can be washing some and she has a spare and if we loose one for a few days we're still okay!)  She's fairly protective of her blankies, but while she was visiting Ruth in the hospital, she shared her blankie with Ruth.  And she's continued to on occasion at home too.  Granted she always takes it back when she "needs" it, but she covers Ruth with it and tries to get her to hold it sometimes too.

Shoulder Shrugs

A few weeks ago Elinore started shrugging her shoulders when she's unsure of something.  It's quite adorable.  She's make some noise indicated she doesn't know and shrug her little shoulders.  And sometimes she throw her hands out to further emphasize he lack of knowing the answer.

Holding my Hand

Very shortly after Ruth was born, she grabbed a hold of my finger and held on for a long time.  And she has continued to do so many times in the last week and a half.  It warms my heart and swells with love as she holds my hand. 

Ruth's Birth as told by Daddy

7:05 AM - Got the call from Beth that her water broke.
8:15 AM - We arrived at the hospital and being admitted.  They appear to be very busy.
10:00 AM - Started the pitocin to induce.
10:50 AM - Started using birthing ball.
- Labor was about 2:20 minutes; it was fast!
- Baby Ruth Ann was born at 1:01 PM and we decided the name at 1:45.  Her pinkies look bent like mine.  She has a dimple or two and looks just liked her big sister.  She started feeding shortly after birth.  She has a full head of hair and started sucking her thumb right after birth.
- Beth says she's not having another baby.  We'll see about that.

Sit by Sister

When Ruth was just 4 days old, Elinore and I ventured out with her to take her to her first appointment with the pediatrician.  The outing itself went well since Keith wasn't able to come with us, I didn't know how it'd go, but it was good. 

As we were getting ready to leave, which took quite awhile, Elinore asked if I was going to sit next to her in the backseat.  (I had on the way home from the hospital and picking her up, and she liked it.)  I told her no, I had to drive.  So she said okay, I'll sit next to Ruth.  Silly me thought the empty seat between them still meant they were going to be sitting by each other.  Not true.  When we got to the van and I was buckling both the girls in, Elinore was crying away because she couldn't sit next to Ruth.  (They sit in the middle row of seats of our van, and we have removable seat between them.) 

Nearly the entire drive to the doctor's office she cried about it.  That is until she told me, "I'm mad at you!  …

Elinore makes me smile.

Grandma Hands

I remember thinking when Elinore was born that her wrinkly little hands reminded me of my Grandmother's.  I thought the same of Ruth's.  They were so small and wrinkly, just like Grandma's used to be as she aged.  However, at week old, she's already lost the little wrinkly hands and they are now much more plump. 

On another note about hands, Elinore's seem huge in comparison already!
Ruth's cord feel off today. She is 6 days old. Keith went to change her diaper and find it down her pant leg. I was surprised it happened already. We had coincidentally been talking earlier today about Elinore's cord too as we tried to answer her questions about it too.

Welcome Ruth

Keith and I welcomed Ruth Ann into the world at 1:01 PM Thursday December 4!  She was 19 inches long and weighed in at 6 lbs. 3.9 oz.Her brothers and sister and in love with her, as are Keith and I!

Beagle v. Beaker

A week or so ago at Church, Caleb had the bag for children's moments during the service.  In it, he took a plastic beaker from his science set he made at a Lowe's build and grow event. He was interested to see what Pastor Deb had to say about its relationship to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit or living the Christian life.As usual, during the service she took out the beaker and asked what it was.  Caleb popped up right away and said it was a beagle!And the congregation giggled. A joke may have been made about us thinking he was asking for a puppy when all he wanted was a science kit!At this point I don't remember what the relationship was to Jesus now, but we all giggled about the beagle.Before church Caleb had been asking me what it was called and asked what to do if he forgot. I told him not to worry and he'd do fine. He was close, and remembered again as soon as Pastor Deb got him straightened out!

Just because...

I think this is a great photo.

Week 39 Day 5

Camerin Visits

In an unexpected turn of events, Camerin spent the night with us the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Week 40 Day 5

My normal photographer wasn't home (Keith). Caden and Caleb stepped in. Neither of them are great photographers yet!

Week 38 Day 5

Week 37 Day 6

Week 36 Day 4

I started washing baby clothes for you this week and bought some newborn diapers for you.  We also installed your car seat base.  Your big brothers are starting to ask how soon you'll arrive too since it's now November.

Elinore Helped Make Pancakes

Elinore likes to help stir when I cook or bake.  She was helping with the dry ingredients for the pancakes one November morning, when I turned around to find this!