Monday, May 30, 2016

Molly's Birthday Party!

We loved having a FIESTA and getting to celebrate Sweet Molly's 2nd Birthday! 

In typical "Momma is 37 weeks pregnant with her fourth kid" fashion, it was a super laid back affair at our local park. Lots of family and friends and lots of space to just run around. 


Friends and family baseball game!

Probably one of my most favorite pictures of all time of our family. 
This makes me laugh out loud every. single. time. 

The kids loved the piƱata and just running around. We loved celebrating ol' Molly! The weather was HOT and muggy and then all of a sudden a quick downpour and then it was over.

And a birthday cookie at school the next day!


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Molly at 2!

Wow oh wow!

Molly is 2! As if time didn't go fast enough, these two years with her have flown by! Some days it feels like she was just born and we were just figuring out how to juggle three kids (which was crazy easy by the way... anyone thinking about going from 2 to 3 kids... do it! So so worth it!).

This girl is such a dream! She has found her place right in our family and I just love how she fits in. She has a fantastic sense of humor- she can be silly and keep us all in stitches. She talks as much as her older siblings and it makes life so much easier being able to understand her!

She LOVES babies and takes care of them like her big sister, but also likes to play with toy figures (princesses, animals, little people) like her big brother. She does a really really great job playing by herself, and listening to her have her toys "talk" to each other is the cutest!

Molly is the perfect third kid- used to being on the go and actually needs/appreciates the "downtime" in the car. A lot of days when she wakes up from nap she asks, "Where we goin, momma?" Mom fail, but at least she can be on the go!

She eats like an absolute champ (quantity and quality!) and sleeps ok. I feel like she has taken the longest to sleep the through the night (just in the last month or so has started!!) but part of that is our fault as parents- and we know it. We've just been too exhausted to work through it, so we just helped foster the bad habits. Her napping though is amazing. She naps as well as her big brother- hard and for long periods of time. I wake her every day after two hours because she would NEVER fall asleep at night.

Molly loves to sing and remembers words to seriously every single song. She might be our little performer- she certainly has the confidence. While her big brother and sister are very confident in different ways, she seems to be the most confident so far!

She loves and adores her family. Her big brother and big sister are her best friends- she loves on them all the time. She snuggles them and hugs them and talks to them. She misses them while they are at school. But she loves her mommy and daddy too! She is my buddy and has probably been the most attached to me. But her daddy is her hero right now. He can do no wrong and is the first person she asks about each morning!

She is fiercely independent has no problem sticking up for herself! If she doesn't "fight back" physically, she can scream loud and let everyone know what is going on! She will NOT be a doormat. ThankyouGod!

Thank you, God for this precious piece of our family puzzle! What an incredible blessing she has been to us. I can't even imagine our world without her in it. She adds so much to this family!

Happy 2nd Birthday, Molly girl!!

Friday, May 20, 2016

36 Weeks... For the Last Time!

36 weeks pregnant has come again. At the beginning of each pregnancy it feels like you might never get through the morning sickness, the exhaustion, the anticipation. And then the pregnancy flies by and all of a sudden you find yourself super pregnant and counting down days until your new baby makes their debut.

Each time I ask myself how it's possible to have these past (almost) 9 months come and go so quickly. And now that I'm on my fourth pregnancy, I still don't have that answer. Though I can tell you, my friend who uses the term "The days are long but the years are short" is DEAD ON.

36 weeks pregnant with my fourth child in six years has proven to be one of the hardest times yet. I have no major calamities or problems (thank you, Lord for that blessing), but the daily grind on me has been tough. My body is tired. My mind is tired. But I am overall healthy and so are (all!) of my children, so there could be much much worse circumstances to be in.

But for the girl on the go who feels like she can take on anything, having to slow down and take it (so much!) easier has been tough on me physically and mentally. I actually call in favors and say no instead of trying to do every single thing myself (Ride home from school? Canceling that appointment? Not going to a birthday party)- and that alone is a big deal for me. Also, not being able to physically keep up with the kids has been different for all of us- no zoo trips, no bike rides, not even being able to stand for longer than 30 minutes at a time... all a huge change from my former self.

So on one hand, I'm trying to cherish and appreciate the end of my last pregnancy ever. But on the same note, I'm looking forward to the day where my body gets back to normal and my energy level picks up (look, I'm not kidding myself- I know having a newborn with three other kids 5 and under is a challenge in itself, but if my body doesn't fail me, then at least I've got that on top of sleep deprivation!)!

We took the big kids to my appointment on Monday. Seeing as it was my last ultrasound ever, I wanted them to be able to see the baby on the screen. And they loved it. I'd like to pretend it was all roses and happiness, but baby had her hands covering her face and the technician didn't show too much "fluff" so it was just a little exciting. But a sweet time with my big kids anyway!

And I don't know how it happens, but inevitably, EVERY SINGLE TIME I have had an ultrasound I get tears in my eyes. There is just nothing in the world to me like watching this precious life inside of me. I will truly miss those sweet moments.

Anthony took the kids to school after my appointment and I had my exam. As hopeful as I was to have this baby early, it's just not looking like it's in the cards... I was only 1/2 cm dilated! I mean, really?! FOURTH KID?! Alas, I'll take it as a compliment that my body likes to cook babies and try to appreciate the "norm" for a while longer. And for the record, this was where I was with the other kids, and they all came within a few days of 40 weeks, so there's that. At least I know.

And they estimated her to be 6 lbs, 6 oz... If you know me you know how I feel about these things (people always get told they are going to have HUGE babies and very very rarely does that happen!)... So we shall see. That would be put her around 8 1/2 lbs by birth and that is actually not far fetched considering the girls were both 8 lbs, 3 oz.

36 Weeks with #4
Not sure about my random hair flip (?)
And this was taken by CK- not too shabby!

36 Weeks with Jay, 38 with CK, 36 with Molly 

So we just wait and stay busy and try not to think that every little BH contraction is the start of something bigger... One week at a time! :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Day in the Life... With 3!

I really wanted to document our life before Baby 4 comes!

I have done this several times in the past and just love looking back at our world and how much it changes with each child!

September 2015
November 2014
April 2013
September 2011

Right now, our days hover on busy and super busy. This isn't necessarily the norm every single day, but Tuesdays and Wednesdays are insanely crazy. Thankfully we have normal Mondays and Thursdays and Fridays so it balances out. I did want to document one of our busy days so I can look back and see what our world was like- and maybe remember why I was SO exhausted at 35.5 weeks pregnant with my fourth kid! Ha!

I've actually thought about not posting this, especially with that article floating around on Facebook about simplifying your kids' life... So, before you go and judge and think I'm overprogramming my kids, I can assure you that for every super busy day we have (like we had today!), we have at least 1.5 non-busy days where we just play at home and run around like we should.

But there are days that are busy and everyone seems to have something! And today was one of those days. And this past month, we have had way more of those kinds of days than ever before. I think maybe it's a taste of what it will be like with four kids...

 So we start our morning between 6:30-7:00 typically. The girls just started sleeping together, so usually Jay comes down the stairs first to our room and I get a few snuggles from him, then the girls wake up and we head upstairs to get them.

Then the kids veg on the couch and play toys/play iPad/watch cartoons while I prep breakfast and get the house ready for the day (open blinds, feed pets, etc). Yes screen time- but not always. Most days they get lots of toys out and I'm amazed at how quickly the house gets torn apart before we even leave for school! Ha!

Breakfast at the coffee table... Jay always eats the same breakfast (bacon and rolls for now, but it changes about once a year! Seriously!), and the girls and I share whatever we feel like that morning!

Then it's a mad dash to prep lunches, get people dressed, the car loaded and out the door. Luckily we don't have to leave until 8:45ish, so we've got some time. Today only Jay goes to school, so it's easier than normal! So here we are waiting in the carpool line!

After we drop Jay I quick grab the dry cleaning and then we head to a meeting I have at our church. We are currently building a new education building, and I was chosen to be on the Finishes and Furnishes committee- basically we choose every interior detail- paint color, carpet, steel beam color, tile, finishes, fixtures... EVERYTHING. We've been meeting for a year now and our deadline is June 1st so the meetings have become more frequent in the past few months. Thankfully the church typically has childcare in our nursery, so the girls go and play for a bit. I feel so guilty about this- I love being on this committee but I hate that I drop them with sitters on our days together. I feel like we should be doing wonderfully fun things. But they don't seem traumatized and it seems to be just me that it bothers  :)

The meeting is from 9:30-11:30 and then we dash back to grab Jay by 12! Carpool line again... I feel like I live in the carpool line!

Today we head to my parents' house... They are leaving for Spain this afternoon so we go over there for lunch to bid them farewell. I called my mom and she had my dad grab Chick fil a for us. When we got there I see that my sister had the same idea as us- so it's impromptu cousin time too!

We head to a doctor's appointment for Jay at 1:00- and here we are in the waiting room! Always fun...

We head home and I quick get Molly down for nap. She is easy- maybe takes 3 minutes to fall asleep!

Meanwhile we have a few hours of play time with the bigs... Barbies and Pokemon cards and whatever else! This is from about 1:30-3:15

We get ready for swim team, grab some snacks, wake Molly up and head to our second day of swim team practice for Jay. He starts now but CK doesn't start until June (thank goodness!). Luckily, while Jay practices the girls get to play in the baby pool. All three are in heaven! Jay gets to compete and swim against his buddies, and the girls get to play around with their new friends! Practice is from 3:30-4!

From there, we drive right to CK's gymnastics. This only happens on Tuesdays (THANKTHELORD), so all the kids change in the car and we head there for her class from 4:30-5:30. CK LOOOOOVES her gymnastics class and the other two have friends they get to play with while we wait, so it's a win for everyone! I also like getting to chat with the moms, so yay!

Since Jay's baseball team is now in the playoffs, one of the moms on the team decides we should paint signs for the playoff games. So we all head up to the elementary school from 6-7. The kids play and have so much fun running around while the moms do the signs.

We head home to have family dinner. Anthony gets home around 6:45-7 each night, so we eat around 7. Luckily this day I had some forethought to prep dinner early and stick it in the oven on the timer so it would be ready after our insane day. I totally forgot to take a picture during dinner, but I got the tail end of it! Chicken pot pie, green beans, and rolls!

It's now about 8:00 and everyone is beyond exhausted. We switch off taking kids to bed each night and tonight was my night to take Jaybird to bed. Brushing teeth before heading to his room.

Because of our crazy day it takes him about 5-10 minutes to fall asleep. Easy peasy.

I am so beyond exhausted but the laundry doesn't do itself. So I sort through all three kids' laundry (I have found this to be the most efficient way to keep up with their laundry!). I start the loads around 9:00ish.

While I wait for a load to finish I have some cookie butter and graham crackers, well, because... you saw my day today. I need it. :)

I finish the dishes from dinner and get the kitchen cleaned up and the house picked up (meanwhile Anthony is snoozing- not uncommon... he's the early bird and I'm the night owl...).

I fall into bed around 11:30 and do my quiet time daily Bible reading... and pass out around midnight. Just to start all over again the next day!

These are the years, right?! Ha! But really, while our lives can get chaotic and crazy, I love our time together and the memories that we are making!

And as I wrote this post, I realized that at most of the activities the kids didn't actually feel the "stress" of the activity, they just played in a new place. Some active/outdoor playing, some creative toy playing, some playing with friends... but through it all, they had a LOT of play time... which makes me feel so much better about being so busy! Yes, I'm justifying to myself, and I am feeling A-OK about it all!

So until the next update... when we add a FOURTH kid to this mix! Yikes!!!