Thursday, April 26, 2012

The tale of my pink toes....

My end of the week thoughts, basically, are....I'm glad the end of the week has gone better than the beginning :) Postpartum depression, has, thankfully, never been an issue for me. However, if I allow myself to get over-tired or stressed out, a day or two of the 'baby blues' is not unheard of.

Well, let's just say that the baby blues hit me Monday, and they hit hard. My house was a mess, school was going very badly that morning, Leanna was having awful potty training issues and I kept finding her running around the house with NO clothes on.....oh my, it was just a bad, bad, VERY bad morning. What is that book called? "Arthur and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day" Yep, that was my day.

At about 11:00, I'd had enough, and I sat down on the couch. Reagan was asleep in his bed. Leanna came over to me (fully clothed at this point, thankfully), and cuddled up. So since I knew both my babies were safe, at least for the immediate time being, I allowed myself a good five minute cry and pity party.

Presently, Eli came over to ask what was wrong. I said, through terribly immature sobs "Oh, Mommy is just having a really bad day!" Well, being the sweet heart that he is, he immediately ran to get me a tissue. We were out of tissues, of course, since it was the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. No bother. He just came running back with a wad of toilet paper. I laid my head down on the couch, and presently I heard him say "Stretch your foot out mom"  And before I knew what was happening, he had preceded to paint my toenails a bright pink color. So now, not only are my toenails painted a bright PINK, they were painted by a five year old, AND we're out of polish remover. Hehe. Lesson of the story?
                  Don't have a ridiculous pity party, or you might end up with bright pink toenails.

Bless his heart, though. He looked at me with the sweetest smile and said "There mom, do you feel better now?" :)

Just so you don't worry, I should probably end this post by letting you know that those nasty baby blues have left :) We rearranged a few things with our school schedule, and the past three days have been much, much, MUCH better. I greeted my husband this evening with a yummy dinner and a smile, and he was relieved to see his wife back to normal :)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Reagan James, Birth Story :)

I know that some of you have been wanting to see the new-born pictures of Reagan, and I wanted to write down his birth story for my own memory's sake. These photos were taken by a photographer friend of mine who was brave enough to be there during the whole labor and delivery, bless her heart :) I hope you enjoy my precious little guy!

So, the morning of March 26th, my due date dawned, and---nothing. March 27, nothing. However, over the next couple of days, I started to have regular contractions, to the point that Joel even stayed home from work one afternoon because we thought 'This is it!' Nope. It wasn't until the evening of March 29th that 'real' labor started. I sat down on the bed around 8:30 to watch a movie with Joel, and suddenly a 'REAL' contraction hit me---and I knew this was it! By 10:00 or so, I called my sister, who was planning to be there for the birth, and told her to 'get ready!' :) She joined us in our kitchen around 2:00 a.m., where Joel and I were up and timing contractions, eating snacks and STILL watching a movie :) Joel's Mom came over to stay with the kids around 4:00. At that point, I walked back into the kitchen from another room and suddenly said in irritation "Turn that movie off!" And that's when we knew we'd be leaving soon. My friend who was taking pictures arrived shortly thereafter, and we all headed over to the hospital.

Why my babies always insist on coming in the wee hours of the morning, I'll never know. But, there we were, at the hospital at 5:00 a.m.. I got all 'suited up' in the dreaded hospital gown, and waited for the doctor to arrive. We were disappointed that a mid-wife was not available that morning, but our attending doctor did an excellent job, and all was fine :)

I am pleased to say that I have now made it through five labor and deliveries with no drugs, medications, epidurals, etc. It was five of the hardest things I've ever had to do, but SO totally worth it :) As I laid there missing my mom and sad that her happy face wouldn't be poking it's head around the door this time to see my beautiful baby, I was grateful to have my sister there with me instead. There's something special about having someone there whom you know loves your baby almost as much as you do :)

At 6:46 a.m., after about 10 minutes or so of pushing, Reagan James Curtis entered our world. He has lots of brown hair and BLUE eyes, the first of my boys to not have brown eyes :) We all guessed his weight to be around seven pounds, so we were amazed at this scale reading:

I absolutely LOVE this next picture of him!

Our nurse who came in on the morning shift did a great job and got him smelling sweet :)

He was the perfect addition to our family that we didn't know was missing until he got here ;)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Redeem YOUR time

My Thursday evening Bible study group is going through the book "Becoming a Woman of Simplicity." Our latest chapter is called 'The gift of the Present', or something like that :) It's all about 'redeeming' the time that we've been given.

I used to think that 'redeeming the time' meant that I had to constantly be 'doing' something, accomplishing something, knocking something off of my 'to do' list.

But the author suggests, and I've also come to realize as I've gotten older, that 'redeeming the time' is more about being in God's Will, and accepting changes to your plans that He may place in your day. It may mean opening the door to an unexpected friend and spending some time praying with them, even though that wasn't on your 'to do' list for the morning. It may mean setting aside the house cleaning and laundry to go visit a lonely widow for the morning. It may mean sitting on the couch and quietly reading with your toddler. Redeeming the time---make the most of what you've been given.

As a mother of five, this made SO much sense to me. My time is, well, precious. Every moment of every day, there is something to 'fill up' my time with. I simply have to pick and choose which things are the most important---which things have the most 'eternal value'.

Right now, we've been setting less important things aside to enjoy and rejoice in Reagan James.

My cousin Sarah came to visit:

And my good friend Liz:

(Yes, Reagan is a snuggle bug---he'll fall fast asleep cuddled up in your arms)

A very recent picture from this afternoon. I declare, someday, some girl is going to totally fall in love with those big blue eyes of his! :)

Oh, okay, so this is NOT a picture of Reagan, obviously, but I had to throw it in here anyway. Think Noah got enough tooth paste on his toothbrush??!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A mountain of diapers

So, with the arrival of Reagan James, the cloth vs. disposable diaper issue once again resurfaced in my brain. I used disposable with my first three. Then, when Leanna came, I decided to give the new fancy 'pocket cloth diapers' a chance. Yes, it was a lot of laundry, but it was going okay and I was handling it okay....until my mom passed away when Leanna was about 2 1/2 months old. And suddenly, all 'extra' things became a distraction to me and I didn't want to bother with them. I was so over-whelmed with grief that silly things like cloth vs. disposable diapers seemed, well.....silly. I immediately went back to the convenience of disposable and never returned to cloth.

I was considering trying cloth again this time with Reagan, and maybe I will eventually. But......when your family and church family blesses you with a gift of disposable diapers like can you say no? :)

I guesstimate that there is between one and two hundred dollars worth of diapers and wipes in this pile! And, the best thing is....they're sitting right in my house, I don't have to run out to the store for them :)

So.....disposable it will least until these diapers run out :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

My 'mother of five little ones' brain is worn out, so here's just a couple of pictures to entertain you :)

Brotherly Love :)

It's not often that Cosette let's me try something new with her hair and actually likes it!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Just stopping to reflect

Thankful today ......
....All the kind friends who have been bringing delicious meals for our family. Goodness, by the time I have to cook again, I'll have forgotten how ;)

....One more day with my husband off of work. Planning to make tomorrow go as looooong and slooooow as possible!

.....That Noah found the missing memory card for my camera! I was trying not to worry too much this morning when it came up missing, but it DID have all my pictures of Reagan on it so far. I was super happy when Noah found it this evening.

....For a baby who has been falling asleep at 10:00 in the evenings and giving me up to four straight hours of sleep before he wakes up again. Love it! I know not many new mothers have this luxury....

.....For planning my school year schedule in such a way that we've been able to take two weeks off with the new baby, and we'll still finish by the end of May.

....That, after five babies, I've finally learned how to relax a little more, enjoy every moment of 'newborn sweetness', and not freak out so much about piddly things like messes that the kids make or other non-eternal distractions :) Why, I even came up to bed tonight with toy cars on the living room floor and unfolded blankets on the couches-----this is BIG for this type A personality Mama :)

.....That, despite my constant failures and short-comings, Jesus STILL died for ME----Amazing!!

Praying you all had a blessed Resurrection Sunday! He is Risen indeed!

Friday, April 06, 2012

Holy Week

"Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." 2 Cor. 5:17

It's Holy Week. A time to reflect on the last week leading up to Christ's death and resurrection.

I was a bit sad this morning as I realized that our family has not been able to participate in alot of the typical 'Holy Week' activities I would normally want us to be a part of.

We're not making it to any special Easter programs or Good Friday services.

I barely got up a few Easter decorations onto the mantel before the baby got here.

The Bible Marathon that has been an enjoyable part of our Easter weekend the past couple of years is just not doable this year with a newborn.

But as I reflected some more, I realized that we ARE celebrating Easter week, in our own way.  Scripture tells us that ''....Every good and perfect gift is from above."

And, while we may not be joining in some of the more 'traditional' Holy Week activities this year, we ARE rejoicing in the 'good gifts' that are all around us. We're holding Reagan James and realizing that he is one of the 'good gifts' from the Father above.

Every good and beautiful thing you see around you is a result of God's love for us--exemplified, of course, in the Ultimate Gift of Jesus.

We are celebrating Holy Week---in our own way. We are celebrating the fact that ''...the old things passed away; behold, new things have come."

When I hold my newborn baby, see the beauty of God's creation, and rejoice at my family living and growing together.....I'm reminded that we are ALL given a chance at new life through Jesus.

                                                                     He Is Risen!

Monday, April 02, 2012

More Reagan pics..........

Here are some more pictures of Reagan. A friend of mine was actually there during the labor and delivery, taking AWESOME photos for me. When I get those from her, I'll be sharing Reagan's birth story and some super 'newborn' pictures of him. In the meantime, here's a few more to take a peek at :)

                                                                  First time meeting big sister :)

Reagan with Grandma

The nurse who gave him his first bath did this 'Mohawk' thing to his hair, and we kinda liked it ;) Right now, his eyes seem to be a dark blue, but it remains to be seen whether or not they'll stay that way.

Reagan with my Grandparents

No mohawk today!

He's definite snuggle material!!

One happy brother, one not so happy brother.


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