In 2011, I am only making one resolution...
I resolve to slow my life down and enjoy the precious moments I have with my little kids. I resolve to cherish every spontaneous snuggle, kiss, and "I wuv you, Mommy". I don't want to get so absorbed in the hustle and bustle of life that I miss watching them grow up.
Goodbye 2010, you've been great!
Welcome 2011 and all the amazing experiences you promise!
Friday, December 31, 2010
In 2011, I am only making one resolution...
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 3:54 PM
Monday, December 27, 2010
- Andy had to work on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day which stressed me out, but he was able to go to work on Christmas day from 4 am until 7:30 am, come home and do Christmas with the kids and me, go to my parents' house and then go back to work from 4 until 7. Not too shabby.
- Jackson seemed to understand the excitement of Christmas and that Santa comes and gives presents to good boys and girls. He was excited to meet Santa and then called Santa on Molly's toy phone to say "Hello, Santa? Fank you for my presents!" and we didn't even tell him to.
- I made the Christmas tree kid-proof and I'm glad I did since they were very interested in the ornaments. I also didn't put out my Christmas stars this year for fear that making a little 2010 star would make Natalie come early (her birth would mean that I would make a big Natalie 2010 star and the little 2010 star would be null and void).There is a note in the star box that I didn't make a star this year and will need to make a 2010 star next year.
- My favorite thing this year was making a "special project" with the kids for the Grandmas and Grandpas. The kids painted their handprints onto ornaments and then I turned the fingers into snowmen. Jack LOVED helping with this project and the mess wasn't too bad!
- Andy and I decided not to get each other anything because we're cheap...errm frugal... and are planning on buying a new washer and dryer (maybe tonight!).
- Andy's favorite gift = beer making kit. Stacey's favorite gift = weekend away with no kids (after Natalie sleeps well). Jack's favorite gift = remote controlled tractor from Santa. Molly's favorite gift = all Jack's toys. Natalie's favorite gift = Christmas cookies.
- Both kids loved putting stickers on their Advent calendars each day, watching "A Very Monkey Christmas", going to see Christmas lights, wrapping paper, anything penguins, and the special treats they got (M&Ms, popcorn, etc.).
Overall, Christmas was wonderful and magical and exhausting (especially for 35 week preggo Mommy) and we're already looking forward to next year.
On a baby note, Christmas was my unofficial goal, so Natalie is welcome to arrive anytime!
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 4:10 PM
Monday, December 6, 2010
Thank you for being such an amazing father to our kids. As I type, you are in Jack and Molly's room making a "Cave of Darkness" and snuggling and making them giggle uncontrollably. You already told them that you missed them so much this weekend while you worked and asked them what they did today. You let them pick which pajama pants you would wear this evening and you encouraged them to pee pee in the potty. All this shows that you are an awesome daddy who encourages our kids to make their own choices, scolds when they make bad choices, shows them just how loved they are, and brings joy to their lives.
I can't wait to have another little baby with you in six weeks.
I love you.
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 4:36 PM
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
- "Jackson is all done apple. Put away"and then he put his half-eaten apple back in the apple drawer at my parents' house (I think he was saving it for Uncle Kurt to find)
- "Molly is a pretty princess"
- "Mommy stinky. Mommy needs new diaper" (after I tooted...I blamed it on Natalie)
- at 345 am this morning I hear him jabbering "Jackson watch Birdhouse on the 'puter"
- "How about Mommy/Daddy/Molly/Blue Puppy!" (aka "I'm particularly pleased with you and I would like to give you a little shout out")
- "Arms in the air. All done!" as he and Daddy celebrated getting his flu shot.
- Sitting on the top step of our basement stairs to take his shoes off...just like Papa.
- "All done schweepin" (sweeping). "Put away".
- "Noooo" as she laughs and giggles to tease us
- Getting mad at Andy when he put her in time out and she buried her face in the wall and refused to look at him when he went to get her out
- Climbing on my lap and lifting my shirt to give Baby kisses...right on my belly button because that is the mouth, of course.
- When we put Jack to bed, she pipes up from her crib and sings Appletree with us
- Sings the ABCs
- Grabs the dishtowel EVERY time we turn the water on in the kitchen
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 4:24 AM
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 7:23 PM
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Molly's 18 Month Stats (Really, they are her 19 month stats because we are too busy to take her to the doctor!):
Weight: 29 1/2 lbs. (95th percentile)
Height: 33 1/4 in. (75th percentile)
She is growing wonderfully and you would never know she was premature. She has really started talking a TON lately. She says a couple sentences and fifty bajillion words. She likes books, music, Jack Jack, food, and trying to jump.
When she got her shot at the doctor, she cried and asked for Jack Jack. I love that!
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 5:11 AM
Friday, October 1, 2010
I am not the type of mom that likes to buy my kids character clothing. We don't have many things Elmo, or Dora, or Clifford, etc. However, I did pick up a pair of pajamas for Jack at Once Upon a Child with Curious George on them. They are the old man style with a button top and pants and little monkeys all over them.
Jack HEARTS them...BIG TIME! He goes bananas for them. How appropriate.
He calls them "Curiousisis George jammies".
He throws a royal fit when he wakes up wet and he can't wear Curiuosisis George jammies again the next night.
He does little happy dances when we wash Curiousisis George jammies with the promise that he can wear them, tonight.
I would buy him another pair, but I don't want him to be That Kid in preschool who wears his monkey pajamas to class every day. Even though they would be too small by then. And you know he would...
In other news, Molly ripped seven keys off of our laptop keyboard... k, p, m, 2, 3, 7, l. I have no idea what that says about her personality. We're amazed that we found them all. I had visions of taking her to the Emergency room and explaining that we can't find the p. And then we would be digging through her poo, looking for it.
That s*** is bananas.
(My apologies to anyone who doesn't like a good Gwen Stefani reference)
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 5:22 AM
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Molly says ALOT of words, but here are some of my favorites:
"ashes ashes down" == Ring Around the Rosie
"Baby" == as she points to my belly
"peeashe" == please
"caka" == cracker
"some more" == pretty self explanatory
"joosh" and "shoosh" == juice and shoes
"uv eww" == love you
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 8:57 PM
Monday, September 6, 2010
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 12:18 PM
Sunday, August 29, 2010
When he does this and then tells me his shirt is "broken"...
Painting with shaving cream...
And crazy spaghetti faces...
Being just like Daddy...
Dear Father God:
Grant me the wisdom to guide them down the path that their feet should take. For I know that they can never turn back and walk those paths with me again. Give me the wisdom to guide their feet so that someday they'll be able to walk alone.
They're only little once.
Give me the time I need to enjoy them. For I know that after they're grown, I'll never have another chance to tell stories and pretend at those tea parties. I'll never have another chance to watch them in a school play or church sing, or to see them catch that first fish or hit that first home run ball. Give me the time in life's busy schedule to have fun with my children.
They're only little once.
Let me be a loving parent. Let me correct and not just punish, explain and not merely scold. Let me know when to correct, and how often, and when it's best to just look the other way. Help me be patient and give me a gentle hand to mold them into better people.
They're only little once.
Let me be a good teacher and an even better example. Give me the right words and deeds to teach them. Help me to teach them about You and how to walk in Your ways so that when they are old they will not depart from Your ways. For they're only little one time, only innocent and trusting and pliable for a space of time, one minute in an eternity. Let me do my best for them while I have the chance.
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 6:37 PM
Friday, August 27, 2010
We had our big ultrasound yesterday. The ultrasound went very smoothly. Baby was very wiggly and had his or her arms up around his or her head on my left side with feet lodged in Mommy's bladder. That didn't make the full bladder thing any more comfortable!
Most importantly, Baby is very healthy and measuring about two days ahead of schedule. Our due date is still January 24 and we have no reason to believe that I will not go full term. God truly answered prayer by making my placenta be where it should be. Hearing that good news was obviously a huge relief since we were very prepared to have placenta previa, again.
So, the ultrasound guy wrote down what we are having and sealed it in an envelope for us. As is our tradition, we took it outside to the parking lot and Andy ripped that sucker open. I have opened them in the past and then told Andy what we are having. This time, we looked together.
We are happy to announce that we are having a beautiful, healthy, little....
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 5:45 AM
Friday, August 20, 2010
Molly (18ish months):
- Words: Mama, Dada, Papa, hello, uh-oh, Jack Jack, Mo Mo, no, yeah, moo, Elmo "Melmo", ruff, and alot of jabbering where she's trying to tell us something but we can't understand her yet.
- New Talents: running, trying to jump, singing lots of songs, turning in circles and falling down when we sing Ring Around the Rosie, fighting with Jack, climbing and falling off of everything, bringing Mommy all the shoes she can find, hiding by the washing machine and in the lazy susan
- Likes: her puppy, reading books, chewing on her fingers, the Magna Doodle and coloring/eating crayons, swimming, talking on her phone
- Dislikes: having her hair brushed, when Jack takes her toys, having wet pajamas in the morning
Jackson (28ish months):
- Words: the kid says everything but it's really cute to hear him say- "anothothother ooooooone, mank you, Dear Jeje (Dear Jesus), Daddy workin, Daddy golfit (golfing). He also gives directions ("dat way") and is very polite ("Pwease trator ride?")
- New Talents: taking off his diaper and bringing it to Mommy, knocking on his door when he wants to be allowed to get up in the morning or after naptime, following multi-step directions ("Jack, can you turn off the TV, turn off the hall light and get your puppy to go Bye Bye?"), getting things for Molly to make her happy like her puppy or her milk
- Likes: outside, tractor rides, playing downstairs, singing songs (he knows a lot of lyrics), swinging, Sid the Science Kid, mac and cheese and snack mix (all the little bits of crackers, animal cookies, etc. that I throw in a bag together), when Daddy isn't workin.
- Dislikes: keeping his diaper on, timeout, being clothed, sitting still, when Molly takes his toys
- Potty training did not happen since he wouldn't go to the bathroom on the potty. I decided to wait awhile. Now, he is taking his diaper off all the time so I think that is a sign he is ready. Just in time for me to go back to work...great.
Andy (327 months):
- New Talents: calling "Not it" on a dirty diaper before the child has even considered making it dirty, being way to smart and practical about money, sleeping while babies cry at night (that isn't really a new talent-- he's always been able to do that)
- Likes: guitars, golfing, his kids, not working, when his wife actually cooks dinner
- Dislikes: working, ironing, changing poopy diapers
Pregnancy Update: Everything is going well. I feel great and the baby is moving around like crazy to keep up with his or her active brother and sister. We have our big ultrasound on Aug. 26 so we will hopefully find out what we are having. Andy and I both think it is a boy. A gender quiz I took online told me that I have a 50% chance of having a boy...
We will also find out if my placenta has behaved and is in the right place (hoping and praying for this) since the placenta previa last time is what made me have Molly so early. I dreamt last night that I was holding the chubbiest, cutest little baby boy, so maybe that dream is right. But, I've also dreamt some very strange things lately... This pregnancy is flying by!
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 8:58 AM
Thursday, July 15, 2010
This week, I decided to potty train Jackson. I researched the internet. I bought tiny little boy underpants (so stinkin adorable). I hit the Dollar Store and bought new books, flashcards, stickers, and a special basket just for beside the potty. We've been watching Elmo's Potty Time for months. We've been putting Jack on the potty before bathtime to get him used to it.
He loves to "pee pee in the potty". But, he hasn't actually pee peed in the potty yet.
Day one he had several accidents in his underpants and he definitely does not like wet underpants (who does?). He also sprayed himself in the face with the carpet cleaner (Mother Of The Year Award is mine!) but he's fine.
Day two, he just didn't pee all morning. He kept his underpants dry but didn't pee in the potty either despite the twenty times I put him on it in four hours.
Some people would get frustrated by now. I consider it progress.
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 7:55 AM
Friday, July 9, 2010
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 7:25 PM
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
We told Jack that we were going bye bye last night. After he made sure we got all the stuff we needed ("shoosh" "cup" "Mowy") we left. He requested we go to "Mamma and Pappa's house" but we told him we were going to dinner, instead. He then proceeded to tell us to go to the "dinner house" (restaurant).
We went to the Chinese Buffet place which has to be the best place to take little kids. There's no waiting for your food and they have so many choices. The kids pigged out on chicken, pineapple, rolls, jello, and "all clean" (ice cream). Healthy, I know.
The old ladies at the table beside us complimented us on our beautiful children and how well-behaved they were. They really were very good and they sure are beautiful, in my humble opinion.
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 6:18 PM
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Jack counts from one to thirteen. He only counts to thirteen because he counts the steps as he goes up and down them. We only have thirteen.
He says "seny" for seven and "eleny" for eleven.
I forget these things too fast so I thought I should write it down. That's all.
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 9:48 AM
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I had my first baby appointment on Monday and everything is just fine. We had an ultrasound to scope out my scar tissue from two previous c-sections, but I got to see our cute little fetus, too. There is only one baby in there and his/her heartbeat was a healthy 143 bpm and measuring 6 weeks 4 days (I was 7 weeks). Everything looked great and we're so happy for our healthy little peanut!
Baby is still making me incredibly sick all day long but I have some heavy-duty anti-naseau drugs and a cool wristband thingy that are supposed to settle my stomach. Best of all, I have a very helpful husband home on vacation who lets me sleep in!
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 9:53 AM
Saturday, June 5, 2010
- 29 lbs. and 35 3/4 in. tall (50th and 75th percentile respectively)
- prays "Dear dear, food, good, much, amen."
- no longer calls Molly "Mo". She is now "Mowy". I'm kinda sad to see that end.
- Sleeps in his big boy bed for naps very well and will be transitioning to his bed for nitetime sometime this summer.
- Sits on the potty before bathtime and knows what goes in the potty, but has yet to successfully deposit anything.
- says "Pwease" and "mank ooo" very politely and hundreds of other words.
- Unfortunately, says "stuck" and "sock" with an f- instead of s-, so we get many weird looks in Target when the cart gets stuck and Jack screams "F***"!
- gets Time Out a couple times a week and cries and cries when he has to go sit at the end of the hall. Molly usually goes with him to keep him company. She only stays for about ten seconds and then he suffers alone.
Molly (15 months):
- 26 lbs. 3 oz. and 31 1/2 in. tall (90th and 75th percentile)
- is quite a little Diva and throws a fit when something doesn't go her way. Her cry is "ear piercing" according to the babysitter and we can only agree.
- has become very attached to her White Puppy and snuggles it and sleeps with it every night.
- is thrilled to go get Jackson up in the morning. She toddles down the hall screaming "JA JA" and then reaches through his crib rails and bops him on the head.
- only drinks from a sippy cup and our cupboard is clear of bottles for the first time in a couple years. However, they will be back soon.
- follows Jack around constantly.
- has been walking for about 1 and a half months.
- has become a big snuggler
- is very sensitive to tone of voice. If I speak sternly to her she dissolves into tears and buries her face in the floor.
- will give you hundreds of kisses even if you only want one.
- has not been to the doctor yet so there is nothing to write about that
- is making Mommy very, very sick, all day long.
All is going very well in our world and we're looking forward to summer, going away for our 5 year anniversary, no more morning sickness, and watching the kids play and grow.
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 3:04 PM
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
- the number of little pigs
- the number of sides in a triangle-- the most durable shape possible
- the number of notes in a triad-- the most important and basic form of a musical chord
- the number of bears that cavorted with Goldilocks
- is the number of strikes it takes in bowling to make a turkey
- is the number of Muskateers
- is the number of Stooges
- is the number of Blind Mice
- is the number of wishes normally granted
- is the number of children we will have in January!
We're excited and feeling very blessed to be welcoming another new baby. I'm still feeling okay and Jackson knows that there is a baby in my belly. However, he also thinks there is one in his, too.
(If I have to write a whole #4 post, Andy may faint!)
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 7:29 PM
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Molly's first birthday party was a lot of fun! It was wonderful having all of our family (except Kyle) with us. The kids are quickly outnumbering the adults so it's very chaotic when we're all together, but that's the way we like it. I'll post more pictures whenever my camera is not at work like it is now. Thanks for the picture above, Heather!
Molly (12 months):
- 23 lbs. 4 oz. (slightly over 75th percentile)
- 29 1/2 in. tall (slightly under 75th percentile)
- her head is 75th percentile (I don't remember how big)
- words include "Da Da" "Uh Oh" "Bye Bye"
- is holding her own with Jack and will tackle him to get what he is playing with (he rarely pushes back)
- loves to unfold all of Mommy's folded laundry
- cruising on furniture and is so close to taking her first steps
- hugs her new baby dolls and kisses them (she's gonna be a good mama!)
- is so excited to see Jack whenever they have been apart
- drinks one bottle at night and one in the morning (sometimes those are sippy cups instead)
- her new lovey is Pink Blankey
- is cutting some molars and rarely fusses about them but her gums are really swollen
- loves cheese crackers, cheese, chicken, bananas... pretty much whatever we put in front of her
- her absolute favorite thing to do is shred magazines
- is just so cute I want to squeeze her
Jack (22 months):
- the scale this morning said 29 lbs
- he's got words we don't even realize he knows... "Weawy" (really?); "Yeah yeah"
- says his ABCs during diaper changes (only repeats them after me and really loves the letter O)
- counts to three
- HATES when Molly turns the channel
- will still fall asleep on me when we snuggle
- loves Elmo, LITTLE PEOPLE (calls them Poo Poo), Blue Puppy, outside, tractor, Molly, brushing teeth, bathtime, sweeping and mopping, all music
- really notices whenever anything is different (pulls on my hair when it's curly, finds all the new Easter decorations, etc)
- grabs cotton balls and tries to take off Molly's toenail polish
- is just so freaking cute it hurts
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 6:09 PM
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Sweet little Molly girl,
The night of your birth was a scary blur of events. As we drove to the hospital, I prayed over and over that you would stay in my belly for just a little bit longer. I didn’t think you were big enough or strong enough to be okay. I cried on the way to the hospital because I was terrified and your daddy just held my hand really tight and drove really fast.
The doctor decided that we were going to meet you in person that night and my prayer changed. You couldn’t stay in my belly any longer so I prayed over and over that you would be okay. I prayed that you would be big enough and strong enough to be okay. Your daddy was doing his own praying and he kept holding my hand really tight.
You made your grand, little, appearance and we were surprised to find out that you weighed almost one whole pound more than they thought you were going to weigh. You had fuzzy, dark hair and long arms and legs. After the neonatologist checked you over, he held you up for us to see and made you wave your little hand at us. You were here and you were healthy and we didn’t have to worry about you. I didn’t have to worry that you wouldn’t be big enough or strong enough. God was and is big enough and strong enough for you.
You were beautiful but so tiny. We could only reach into your incubator to touch you so I stroked your soft, newborn skin and cried the first time I met you face-to-face. Later that day, I was able to hold you for the first time and you felt so right in my arms. We had to learn how to manipulate all your tubes and wires and keep you warm while you were out of the incubator. I felt like I was just borrowing you from the nurses and that I didn’t know how to care for you.
Your stay in the NICU was hard for me. I cried a lot and it was exhausting, both physically and emotionally. I dreaded leaving the hospital without you. The car felt so empty as we drove home. But, you should have seen everything that happened at our house while we were at the hospital. Uncle Kyle painted your pretty room. Aunt Keely and Aunt Carla cleaned (and cleaned and cleaned) and put Mommy and Daddy’s room back together after the carpet was installed. Even though I was sad that you weren’t with us, I was so happy to see all the stuff our family did to welcome us home.
The day you came home,after ten days in the hospital, was so wonderful. It was chilly and rainy outside, but it was full of sunshine for me. You were home where you belong.
Molly, you are such a beautiful little girl. You giggle at your daddy and your face lights up whenever you see him. You love to be tickled and “boo”ed. You love to have clapping competitions and to steal your brother’s Blue Puppy. You bury your face in our necks and snuggle for brief, precious moments and then you want down and to go go go. You have striking blue eyes and the prettiest smile. But, more importantly, you are a joyful and loving baby and that makes you beautiful.
So, Molly, as you grow bigger, I promise to put cute clips in your hair and the love of Jesus in your heart. Always know that you are our precious girl and Daddy and I are praying for you and always here to hold your hand tight.
Happy first birthday, Mo Mo! Mommy and Daddy love you so much.
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 1:41 PM
Monday, February 1, 2010
This week, I definitely did not:
- Hear my cruising-on-furniture daughter fall down and cry. I definitely did not tell her she's okay and to shake it off without looking at her. I definitely did not look up once she was done crying to discover that she had a bloody lip. I am always attentive to my children's every move.
- Repeatedly put in Little People dvds because it kept my kids quiet while I had the flu. When I say "repeatedly" I mean about 10 times a day (and I do not exaggerate).
- Pawn my children off on their wonderful grandparents all day Saturday while I dealt with said flu. I am Super-Mom and a little sickness would never keep me from playing with my kids all day.
- Let my kids eat cheesy popcorn before lunch to the point where they didn't want lunch. I always adhere to strict dietary guidelines when feeding my children.
- Have a two-hour delay on Thursday and wasted the extra time in the morning by reading blogs. I always put housework before fun.
- Criticize my husband's ability to sweep the floor. I am ever so grateful for the help around the house no matter the quality of help and our floor is never dirty and covered in french fries and Fruit Loops, anyway.
Everyone says I will miss these kid-filled, mess-filled, sickness-filled, cheesy-popcorn-filled days. They're probably right.
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 11:32 AM
Monday, January 18, 2010
Don't I look like a big kid compared to my sister?
She's cute and loves mac and cheese, too!
Have you met my best friend, Blue Puppy?
Posted by Andy and Stacey, Jackson, Molly and Natalie at 1:31 PM