Today my baby turns ONE! I can hardly believe it. What a joy this little "surprise" has been to our family and to his mother's heart. I can't imagine a baby any sweeter or more loving than this little guy. He's is quiet, content, snuggly, happy and just all around GREAT! Although we weren't planning to get pregnant again when we did, God's timing is perfect and I can't imagine our family without him.
We went for his 1 year check up today. He's weighing in at a whopping 18lbs, 14 oz. (Looks like we'll be rear-facing for a while.) But the doctor said that everything else looks good. He's a little behind on some of his developemental milestones, but as I told the doctor, "He's so laid back, he's just not in a hurry about things."
Thank you, Lord, for this precious life you have entrusted to us. Help us to be faithful stewards of this gift and to remember that he belongs to You. Please call him to Yourself at an early age and soften his heart to be fertile soil for You.
Sunday night, Keith and I were getting the kids ready to walk Will and Charlie down the street to Awanas. We had just gotten out the stroller when we heard Katie crying in the backyard. I went to check on her and found her sitting in the grass screaming and taking off her shoes. I knew immediately what had happened and started running for her.
Sure enough, her feet were covered in fire ants and you could see two feet prints in the ant pile. She had gotten one shoe off, but the other sandle was stuck. I started shaking her feet and hitting them as I worked to get the shoe off. She even got some bites on the backs of her legs. This is what they looked like about an hour later. I counted 68 bites on one foot alone. POOR BABY!
By yesterday morning, the swelling had gone down and they were just the blisters. Thankfully, she didn't have a reaction and they don't seem to bother her. And yes, we have sprayed the ants, but now plan on doing an entire yard treatment.
My friend had these wonderful words on her blog from Charles Spurgeon that were a huge blessing and an encouragement. I just had to pass them on! Here are the following quotes from Spurgeon,
“Give us the first seven years of a child, with God’s grace, and we may defy the world, the flesh, and the devil to ruin that immortal soul. Those first years, when the clay is yet soft and plastic, go far to decide the form of the vessel. Do not say that your office, you who teach the young, is in the least inferior to ours, whose main business is with older folks. No, you have the first chance with these precious souls. The impressions you make, since they come first, will endure to the last. I pray they may be good, and only good!”
“Oh dear mothers, please understand that you have a very sacred trust reposed in you by God! He has in effect said unto you, “Take this child away, and nurse it for Me, and I will give the thy wages” (Exodus 2:9). You are called to equip the future man of God, that he may be “thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2Timothy 3:17). If God spares you, you may live to hear that pretty boy speak to thousands, and you will have the sweet reflecton in your heart that the quiet teachings of the nursery led the adult man to love his God and serve Him. Those who think that a woman detained at home by her little family is doing nothing, think the reverse of what is true. Scarcely can the godly mother quit her home for a place of worship. However, dream not that she is lost to the work of the church. Far from it, she is doing the best possible service for her Lord. Mothers, the godly training of your offspring is your first and most pressing duty. Christian women, by teaching children the Holy Scriptures, are as much fulfilling their part for the Lord as Moses did in judging Israel, or Solomon in building the temple.”
I know sometimes as moms we grow weary and don't see the fruit of our labors. This is the season to cling to Galatians 6:9 "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." Hope this encourages you!
This last Thursday, Charlie's Mother's Day Out did a fundraiser auction/dinner. While we were there, the pre-k sang a few songs and did a poem. Because the theme was baseball, they started the program with "Take me Out to the Ballgame." I was so proud of Charlie. He not only got up there, he sang AND did the motions. (Albeit not as enthusiastically as the others, but it's progress.) You could even hear his low voice singing a good fifth below the others.
The cotton candy machine was a hit with Katie Beth. Will enjoyed making visors to wear. Jack loved sitting, eating and watching the kids run around. I think Charlie enjoyed being the star of the family for a change and having us there for HIM!
I keep telling my pediatrician they need to come up with a deal like this. Or maybe they could sell doctor's visits in bulk. After this weekend, that's what I need. We took Katie to the Urgent Care center on Sunday. Her fever had come down some, to 103.5, but she was still acting like she didn't feel good.
Well, 3.5 hours, a CBC and a urine analysis later (complete with TWO cathiters) we walked out with the official diagnosis of "viral infection" and told to wait it out. Sunday night she and Jack were up for about 2 hours. Her fever went up again to 104. Monday morning, even though her fever was gone, I decided I'd had enough. We took Jack, Katie and Charlie in. Sure enough, Katie now had an ear infection and a sinus infection, Jack had double ear infections and sinus infection and Charlie had a sinus infection that has settled in his chest. We walked out with antibiotics for all 3 and ear numbing drops for the little ones.
We had hoped for a better night last night, but Katie and Jack were up about every hour! Katie was up much more than Jack. I'm hoping that by tonight the rx's will have had time to work and we'll all get some sleep.
Boy, I can't wait 'til Obama starts paying our medical bills for us! (said with VERY thick sarcasm!)
Usually those are good odds, unless it's counting the number of kids you have sick. All of them except for Will have been battling a nasty cough for almost 3 weeks. The just started running some fever on Thursday. Yesterday, Katie Beth woke up running fever. She was fine as long as she had Motrin. Last night about 10:00, as I was putting Jack back to bed...again...I checked on her and thought she felt a little warm. I took her temp and it read 106.2. I almost had a heart attack. I immediately got her up and started trying to cool her off. I took her temp again and it was 105. I decided it was time to call the doctor's after hours nurse. The fever didn't really scare me, but her breathing was a slightly short and rapid and I hated to leave her at home if she has pneumonia or something.
Long story short, we gave her more Motrin and decided to watch her. I had to call the nurse back at 12:30 and give her another temp. By then it was down to 101.5, so we decided to stay home for the night. This morning she woke up with 101.5, but playing, talking, and eating. So unless something changes, I'll be taking 3 out of 4 to the pediatrician tommorrow and hopefully we can get some of this cleared up! (Course, I'll probably go in, pay 3 co-pays, and be told, "Yep, it's allergies. Keep doing what you're doing.")
Well, I had planned to blog about each day of spring break in Alabama as a separate post, but you can see how that is going.
The second day there, we stayed at the house. Keith and Chris worked on clearing briars from their wooded area at the back of the lot. The weather was beautiful and the kids stayed outside with them most of the day. When they had finished, there was a HUGE burn pile in the yard. It was a good payoff for a day's work. The boys enjoyed throwing things into the fire, although you couldn't get closer than about 8-10 feet because it was so hot! It was great to have a day with no agenda and to hang out, let the kids play, get some projects done, but mostly just enjoy the sweet fellowship of good friends.
The third day it was off to the NASA Rocket Center in Huntville, home of Space Camp. We say a huge replica of the Saturn 5 rocket as well as a lot of other space stuff. They had a rock wall the kids got to climb as well as a simulator ride that takes you on a ride on Mars. After eating lunch at home and getting the babies down for naps, it was more "down time." That night, the guys put in some trim in their kitchen area and even installed a temporary "bar" they can use until they're ready to install the permanent granite.
Saturday morning, it was time to head home. We decided rather than to leave before the crack of dawn...(anyone who knows me can tell you that I don't consider it day until at least 7:00am.) we would have breakfast, let the kids play a little more, then get on the road about 10:00am. My hope was that the kids would fall asleep around their normal bedtime and sleep the rest of the way home rather than cat-napping throughout the day. Katie again only slept about 20 minutes all day. At one point, we had made 4 stops in 5 hours! Finally though, we ate supper in Louisianna, got the kids in pjs and headed for home. Katie Beth and Jack fell asleep about 7:30 pm. We let Charlie and Will play quietly in the back until 8:30. After that, everyone was out. They stayed awake the rest of the way home...which was great because we didn't get home until 12:15am! A full 14 hour day, but Keith and I enjoyed the time to visit once the kids went to sleep.
What a great trip!! It was wonderful to be with friends that we can "let our hair hang down" with. There were no tense moments, no fighting amoung the kids, no stepping on or over each other...just a time to relax and enjoy each other. Thanks Chris and Crystal for being such great hosts. We can't wait to come back!
**Disclaimer- No child was injured in the making of these pictures. (Parker, I've got your back. I know they beat you! hee-hee)**
Katie Beth is only 3 weeks into being 2, but she's gotten really good at it already. She wants to do everything herself and is quick to tell you so. We are on week 2 of potty training and she has only had 2-3 accidents in the last 5-6 days. She's even pooing in the potty. She takes herself now and gets her pants up and down with no trouble. Yesterday she took it to a whole new level when she started EMPTYING her potty chair on her own. She actually does quite well and doesn't spill anything. (She of course has supervision for the process.)
I'm pretty sure she'll be reading by next week...hee-hee
I am blessed to be married to my best friend, who daily makes marriage so easy. I have 4 amazing, healthy and totally different children. I love being home with my kids and serving my family in ways that only a wife and mom can. However, my first love is my Savior Jesus Christ and my aim in life is to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever.