Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Loving my two boys.....

This little guy......

is weighing in now at 8lb, 14 oz! Yes, he's quite
the little eater!

And this little guy.......

Well, let's just say he needs a haircut :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A good night's sleep and a big girl helper

Okay, folks, you'll be happy to know that I'm back to my normal self today! If you couldn't already tell from my last post, I was feeling slightly over-whelmed yesterday....but, you'd be amazed what a good night's sleep will do! My loving husband ordered me to bed last night as soon as Noah fell asleep. My sweet little baby slept several hours, and when he did wake up to nurse, I think I was only half-awake myself. Anyway, I woke up this morning feeling much better, and am a much happier mama today! Noah has his two week check-up today, and I'm anxious to see how much he's weighing now.
I also wanted to share something about Cosette with you that made me so happy. Yesterday afternoon, I was sitting on the couch nursing Noah (a common occurance these days!), and just mentioned about the huge pile of laundry that was waiting on my bed to be put away. I saw Cosette run back through the hallway, but didn't think anything of it. She came back out a little while later, and told me I had to go look at my bed. When I did, it was completely empty! She had, bless her heart, put away every single piece of laundry on that bed! Even Joel's stuff, which she wasn't sure where it belonged, was stacked nicely in front of his dresser! I was sooo proud of her :)
Then, today, I was nursing Noah again during lunch, and everybody was finished before he was. So, Cosette volunteered to clear up the table for me. Once again, she amazed me and did a fabulous job. She scraped all the plates and put them nicely in the dish-washer, then rinsed the dishes in the sink and put them in the dishwasher too.
So, just when you think that you're not doing a good job as a mama, your kids surprise you and do something like that! Everybody kept telling Cosette before Noah was born that she would 'have to be Mama's big-girl helper'. Little did I know that she actually would be!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Monday Mornings......Help!

I wish I had some more sweet pictures to share, but I'll admit, my day has been too chaotic to even think about taking pictures....

There's a Baby Blues Comic book or strip or something entitled "Monday Mornings, Some Assembly Required!" I love that! That is exactly Monday mornings/days at our house most of the time. This is what today looked like:

Noah was having a rough morning. He refused to nurse well (was it the little bit of broccoli I ate last night?), he wouldn't go to sleep, and he just cried and cried.

Eli colored with a pink crayon all over the front of the TV screen. How in the world to remove that?

Cosette and Eli removed ALL of the clothes from one of Eli's dresser drawers and crumpled them all up behind the chair in his room.

Their bedrooms looked like a cyclone had gone through them.

Every five minutes, I'd hear Cosette WHINE: ''MOMMY, Eli....hit me, kicked me, stole my toy, whatever"

Then, when I talked to Joel at lunch time, he informed me that he has a 6:30 church meeting tonight. ARGH!! Poor Joel, it's not his fault....

So, I got through my morning, and thankfully, as a BIG blessing from God, everybody is now sleeping, even Noah. I don't know how long that will last, but I'm enjoying it while it does....

So what is my status now? I'm being content at home, loving my children, adoring my new baby, and thanking God for nap time!!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Surveying the blessings of four and a half years......

This was so precious to me, I wish I'd taken a picture....

It was our first family walk together since Noah was born. All five of us. I turned in a circle to survey my little troop, marching up the road.

First, there was Cosette, my sweet girl, with little hair bows lining the top of her curly head. She was pushing her own little doll in a baby doll stroller down the road.

Then there was Eli, with his mis-matched clothes, which he picked out himself. He was being manly and carrying two thick sticks in his hands.

Then there was Joel, carrying up the rear, with Noah snuggled next to his chest in the snuggli. My sweet baby boy was sound asleep, missing his first family walk.

And then there was me, in the front of the group, looking over my beautiful family. I thought: "So this is where four and a half years of marriage to my wonderful husband has brought us. A sweet little family we can call our own. Thank you Lord!"

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Two brothers

Here are my two handsome little men. We think
it's funny that Eli can't seem to smile without
squinting his eyes! Cosette and Eli just love Noah,
by the way. I literally have to tell them sometimes
"Please, please don't kiss Noah right now, he's sleeping!"
But honestly, I don't mind. It warms my Mommy heart
to see them all loving each other like that :)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Our first week

Joel always takes a week off from work when a new baby arrives at our house, and I really enjoy it---no, I LOVE it! But, alas, tomorrow ends our week, and Joel has to go back to work. I will try hard not to cry :( He has been such a great help to have around! I wouldn't make it through this first week without him! We've enjoyed helping the kids get adjusted to their new baby brother, eating the good food our church family has been dropping off, visiting Grandma's house, and just plain loving on Noah :) Here are just a few pictures from Noah's first week----

He's been getting LOTS of kisses :)

He's been cuddling with mommy :)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Noah Shaun Curtis

It's still amazing for me to think that this precious baby boy was inside of me three days ago!

Fairly soon after birth. This picture makes his
cheeks look really chubby, but in reality, he's
a skinny little guy :)

Home at last

Yeah, I know, he's adorable :)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

My newest little love

This is Jaime again :) Thanks to my sister for that last post :) I am sitting here on my bed, looking over at my newest little love, who is swaddled in a blanket and sleeping peacefully. I am absolutely head over heels in love with this little guy! After nine long months of anticipation, worry, bed-rest, complications, ultrasounds, etc, Noah Shaun made his way into the world as a happy, healthy little boy. (By the way, for those of you interested in this type of thing: We picked the name Noah for two reasons: One, for it's strong Biblical background and significance, and two, it's also a family name on both sides. And in case you didn't know this, Shaun is also my dad's name, so the middle name is in honor of him)
So, God answered all of our prayers in one last way. He gave me a labor and delivery like I had been sincerely hoping and praying for! Cosette's labor was loooong and hard( in the hospital for like 21 hours!), and Eli's, although it went muuuuuuch better, was still not exactly what I was hoping for. I was absolutely amazed at Noah's birth! (I'm writing this down for my own remembrance as well!) This folks, was almost exactly what I had been hoping for:

1. I woke Joel up at 6:00 a.m Tuesday morning and told him he could stay home from work that day :) Contractions had started around 2 that morning, and weren't leaving, so I figured this was the real thing, although they weren't at all difficult or painful yet, and still ten to twelve minutes apart.

2. We hung around the house all morning, eating breakfast, reading books, etc (the kids were at my moms house).

3. Around 11:00 we headed out in the van and ate some lunch and milkshakes at Arby's (yes, I was sitting in Arby's in the middle of labor!), walked around the park, and checked books out at the library.

4. We arrived back home around 3:00, and although I was starting to have slightly stronger contractions, they were still only about nine to ten minutes apart. Basically, they weren't too bad, and I felt like Joel and I had just had a long date day together!

5. At 4:00, the contractions still weren't close together, and I thought, "Enough of this!" I got up and started to walk all around the house, folding laundry, doing dishes, cleaning up toys, etc, and they finally started to come closer. By 6:00 they were finally about five minutes apart and much stronger, but I still didn't feel like I HAD to leave for the hospital. However, my wise husband said he thought we better head out.

6. Good plan! By the time we reached the hospital around seven, things were much more intense. We were only there a little over an hour, and Noah was born at 8:15.

All details, from the long, easy labor, to the short amount of time we were at the hospital, to the quick delivery (which I felt as if I was in good control of), were just as I had been praying they would be.

Noah is doing very well. I think he looks alot like Eli did. He has been nursing well, sleeping well, and making lots of dirty diapers for his Daddy to change :) I will do my best to post some more pictures later on today or tomorrow.....

In the meantime, this mommy of THREE is signing off......

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Bundle of Joy

Kristin here! I'm posting for Jaime who at the moment is resting in a hospital bed with a little bundle of joy in her arms! I'm sure once they make it home Jaime will have more details for you, but for now I'll give you the facts about my newest little nephew.

Noah Shaun Curtis
was born at 8:15pm on July 15th.
He weighed in at 7 lbs 11oz and was 18 1/2 inches long
Brown eyes and lots of dark hair, just like his big brother
Mommy and Noah are both doing great!

God's Newest Creation
Joel looked as proud as ever.......that is, of his new son AND his wife :-)

Jaime was glowing as only a mother can. Joy was sparkling in her eyes

Cosette was very excited to show off her new baby brother. The only thing she could say to me was, " Look! Look Aunt Kristin! Its a baby! Look!" :-)

And Eli ignored everything going on around him so he could sing a bed time song to his brother. :-)

Me? I still can't believe my big sister is a mother of 3............


Sunday, July 13, 2008

This adds humor to my day......

Lately, every phone conversation in our house starts out like this:

Joel:"Hello? Oh, hi. No, not yet."

I love keeping everybody in suspense ;)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Growing Up

Cosette was getting ready to go with Aunt Kristin on some errands today. As Kristin situated her car seat into her car, I felt the need to give Cosette a hug and tell her "Be careful with Aunt Kristin, and always hold her hand in the parking lots!" She agreed to do so. As I walked her to the car, my protective Mommy side kicked in, and I once again reminded her to stay right with Aunt Kristin at all times. She sighed a little and said "You already said that, mom!" Okay. I gave her another hug and kiss goodbye. Then, Grandma came walking up to the car as Cosette was climbing in and said "Be good, Cosette, and make sure you stay right with Aunt Kristin!" Poor Cosette! She sighed a BIG sigh this time and said "I know, Grandma, Mommy already told me that!" Mom chuckled a little, and we stood in the driveway together as our two daughters drove out in the car. "Don't worry, Jaime, Kristin will take good care of her", my mom assured me. I knew she would; there's nobody in the world I trust more with my children than her grandmas and Aunts. Still, I couldn't believe my little girl was big enough to 'run some errands' with my sister....
When they got back (yes, Cosette had stayed right with Aunt Kristin!), she was all bubbly and excited, and talking 100 mph! "Mom, guess what, the lady at the bank was out of lollipops, so Aunt Kristin took me to get cookies, and they're pink and yellow with sprinkles, AND she bought me my very own pack of gum, but I"ll share some too, and then we went to visit Grandma Rosina, and she gave me some fruit salad, and I helped Aunt Kristin pick out hotdogs and marshmallows at the store, on, and so on, and so on.
I think that may be one of the first 'errand' trips Cosette's ever gone on without Mommy, and it was fun to watch her excitement over it. She absolutely adores her Aunt Kristin, and two hours alone with her, all by herself, was just almost too good to be true!
Needless to say, she was incredibly tired tonight, and was out like a light. As I checked in on her, all snuggled down into her pillow, legs curled up, and curls brushed back from her face, I thought "Yep, she's still my little girl....."

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Way to an easy dinner.....

This is the recipe for an incredibly easy dinner:

Ingredients: First, be nine months pregnant and over-due, with fingers that won't bend, hips that ache, and false labor contractions that just won't stop. Threaten on your blog to fix a pre-cooked, frozen dinner, and, presto jingo-----

Your husband will walk in the door from work with a big bucket of country fried chicken, rolls, coleslaw and potato salad. It's that easy!!!

(I love my man, by the way!!)

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Waiting patiently (Yeah right!)

Well, this has seemed like a long pregnancy! With all of the complications, the bed rest, the anxious waiting for ultrasounds, etc, it has seemed much, much longer than nine months! However, I've learned not to get too anxious around this end time....the baby will come whenever he's ready! (Let's just hope he's not another Eli, who was ten days late....) Anyway, here are some signs that his arrival CAN'T be too far away...

1. I'm planning on serving frozen, pre-cooked, pre-packaged food for dinner tomorrow night. There, I admittied it. This is a very rare occasion in our house. You know I must have other things on my mind when this happens.

2. It's gotten to the point that Joel says "Another contraction? Oh, that's nice." (Since I've been having them off and on for a week now, he's learning not to get too excited :) My mid-wife says this is quite normal with third babies :)

3. I said to Cosette the other day "Remember when Mommy's tummy wasn't so big with a baby?" and she said "Huh??"

4. I look at my treadmill and think I should walk, and think that it might even help baby along, and then think, 'Nah, not happening!"

5. I am getting tired of setting out clothes and making sure the house is straightened up every night before I go to bed 'just in case'. Tonight I thought, ''Why bother??" (I'm not sure why, but I hate the thought of bringing the baby home to a cluttered house. Just one of those things, I guess)

6. I gave up my bi-weekly 'huge' grocery shopping days recently mostly because I couldn't push the heavy cart and carry around a pregnant belly at the same time. So, I've been running to the store now like every three or four days---totally unlike me!

7. Every morning when I wake up, my fingers are so sore I can hardly bend them. (This is really weird, because my hands aren't really swollen--just a tiny little bit.) Another part of a summer pregnancy that I've never experienced before.

And now that I've stayed up too late typing this post instead of going to sleep on time 'just in case', the baby will probably decide to come tonight! Nice strategizing, right?

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Cosette's ambitions :)

My sweet Cosette, who wants to 'go to ballet
school so I can be a good dancer, so I can grow
up to be a princess!" Well, you've got to admire
her ambitions!

This is her about a week ago at the mall, showing
off her new shoes which 'make me jump higher!'

As for an update, her lip is looking much better today, although I think it is going to take quite a while for the rest of her mouth to heal!! In the meantime, she's been eating alot of soup, yogurt, rice, ice-cream, apple-sauce, etc :)

(Complete side note: Today is my due-date, but no baby yet :)

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Another tooth mishap....

Yes, folks, another one. Although, this time, it was Cosette, and not Eli. Let me tell you, I was never meant to be a doctor or a nurse...the sight of blood literally makes me feel faint. So, these past couple of weeks have been a little bit more than I care to endure...

I was standing in church talking to some other moms after the service, when I heard the sound that every mother dreads---- ''MOOOOOMMMYYY!!!", followed by screaming and crying. I turned around to see Cosette on the floor, hand to her mouth, and blood allll over the place. Apparently, she had been playing with her friends, and fallen down, face first, on the floor, which is carpeted, but not very soft. I am proud to say, folks, that I held it together, simply by remembering that I am the mommy now! Well, Cosette was hysterical, crying, turning white as a sheet, and unable to walk to the back of the room. I'm not sure if it was the pain, or the sight of her own blood that was bothering her so much. Well, I yelled for Joel, and together we got her back to the bathroom. After cleaning her up, rinsing her mouth, and applying ice, we were finally able to determine the damage----

Yes, her lip is pretty swollen. At first examination at the church, it looked like her lip had taken the blunt of the fall, which I think it did. However, when we got her home and gave her some tylenol, she was finally able to move her lip out of the way enough to show us her teeth. Ouch! The gum around her two front teeth is all bloody and crusty. And, after comparing it to recent pictures, we've also determined that her left tooth is shifted out of place from where it used to be. It still feels nice and tight, though, it's not loose, just knocked out of place! Only time will tell how everything will heal. And I was just saying the other day that I should schedule her first dentist appointment!! Joel said not to worry, that kids do this kind of thing all the time. Yeah, well, I don't remember my siblings or I ever doing this---am I wrong, mom?? I suppose Cosette just wanted to match her brother ;)
After we arrived home, Joel told Cosette that he would fix her a milk-shake for lunch, since her mouth was too sore to eat anything else. To this she replied, "But Daddy, that's not very healthy!" That's my girl :)

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Wonderings from a busy mommy....

Have you ever wondered.....

  • Why did I just find a toothbrush under the coffee table?
  • Should I start going to the store every day for milk, or should we just buy a cow?
  • How in the world did half of the toy box worth of toys end up in our mini-van?
  • Why will little boys eat anything, even raw spaghetti?
  • What happened to all the icecream??
  • How many pairs of underwear can a potty-training toddler go through in one hour?
  • How am I going to get my sons toe-nail clipping out of my eye? (Yes, I tell the truth! While trimming his nails, this has happened to me multiple times)
  • Why does all terror suddenly break loose when mommy answers the phone?
  • How can I get my son to stop eating the tops off of my loaves of fresh, homemade bread?
  • Why is my daughter's shirt that I just laundered an hour ago already in the hamper?
  • Why is my purse full of dirty tissues, empty gum wrappers, little tiny hair barrettes, and baby wipes?
  • Where in the world is my son??! (Usually when I'm thinking this, he's hiding someplace doing something naughty)

  • Why is there a bite out of every apple in the fridge?
  • What was that squishy thing I just stepped on?

I like to think that I'm a fairly organized, 'got it together' type of person, but honestly, two little ones just naturally add fun and amusement to every day!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

What a day!

So, somehow my brother got roped into driving to my mid-wife appointment with me today. My midwife/Ob-gyn office is about a 45 minute drive from my house, and I think my whole family is afraid I'll go into labor on the way or something. So, for like the past month or something, somebody has been riding over with me to my appointments, usually my sister. However, she was not available today, and since my brother was off work, he graciously agreed to go with me. ( He likes being a fun uncle anyway :)
So anyhow, I decided to treat the kids and let them stop at McDonald's for lunch before my appointment. This paticular McDonald's has a really cool play-ground too. Cosette and Eli seemed to be having a blast, crawling all over the place, going down the slide, etc. But then, when it was time to go, I started trying to hunt down Eli. When I finally caught sight of him, there he was, kneeling at the very top of the play tower, big tears going down his face. He's looking all over for me. I yell "Eli, Mama's right here! Come on down!" NOT happening! He was glued to the side, holding on for dear life, scared to death. I tried to show him how to go through the tunnel or down the slide, but he wasn't budging. I finally sent Cosette up after him. She coaxed him and tried as hard as she could, but he was just too scared to come down. One older boy in the play equipment even tried to help get him down, to no avail. I moaned. I looked at my watch, minutes ticking away. I was supposed to be at my appointment in three minutes! I sighed, and proceeded to try to crawl up in that thing. And THAT was not happening! My huge belly just made it literally impossible! ( Note to all: I will have no problem in about a month getting up there!) Anyway, my brother was getting quite the hoot out of watching me thinking I could crawl up there, so he volunteers to go himself. The way the thing was built, he literally had to squeeze and push and struggle to get to the top where Eli was. And of course, Eli still refused to crawl down, so Wray had to CARRY him down all sideways and stuff. Halfway down, Wray said Eli started laughing, and Wray wasn't too happy at that point...
So, we finally get my little boy down, I give him a quick kiss and assure him that everything's okay, and we race off to my appointment. I was twelve minutes late. I HATE being late for anything. I'm just one of those people. I want to be five minutes early, or not there at all. However, nobody seemed to notice. That is, nobody seemed to notice us until Eli spilled his cupful of chex mix all over the waiting room floor. Well, we finally got that cleaned up, I heaved my pregnant body into a chair to sit and wait, and promptly knocked over my water bottle, which I had left sitting by my chair. Water gushed everywhere. MOAN!
Well, thankfully, I finally got called back, and Cosette went with me, while Eli stayed to play with Uncle Wray in the waiting room.
When we came back out, I noticed a foul odor throughout the whole waiting was MY son. Wray made a motion to me, pointed to Eli, and waved his hand in front of his nose. Bother! There was no changing table in here, and my ALMOST potty trained son had decided to choose NOW to make a mess in his pull-ups. I scooped him up and walked out (much to the relief of the other waiting patients), praying the whole time that he wasn't leaking all over my shirt, and changed his stinky mess in the van.
On the way home, Wray and I just laughed and laughed, retelling the story of Eli getting stuck in the play equipment (we could laugh about it by then!), and admiring my sleeping children, who had quickly zonked out in their car-seats.
And so, what started out being a quick trip over to the doctor's and back, ended up being a day that my brother and I will never forget.....


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