Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Resolutions

I don't normally make new year's resolutions, mainly because I'm pretty skeptical that I'll follow through...and who wants that disappointment?:) This year, though, I've decided to try it. I'm going to keep my list short in the hopes that I won't feel overwhelmed, and I might actually be able to accomplish what I set out to accomplish! I'm putting it out there for all (2:)) of you to see. Feel free to check in with me in 2009 to see how I'm holding up!

1. Many people think we're a healthy family. Maybe it's the chiropractic school thing, maybe it's the green/"crunchiness" in us...I don't know. Let me tell you, though, we most certainly do not eat as healthy as we should! We don't give our kids a lot of cake, candy, and ice cream, but I definitely feed them plenty of "empty" meals and snacks. So...resolution #1: Eat healthier. I've already been practicing for this one. Justus is pretty good about trying things when we make him, but Titus is sooo picky. My answer to this? Hide things in his food. I want to at least always offer them a fruit and/or vegetable at meals/snacktimes, so they just might decide to try it on their own (and, *gasp* actually like it.) I KNOW this will more often than not NOT happen, so I want to get better about serving them things that taste good that have nutritional value...i.e., things they actually will enjoy eating! Justus and Titus will both eat just about anything I put in a smoothie, so I want to add more vegetables (and a bigger variety of fruit) to those. I want to try new recipes and add healthy things to our pizza sauce, breads, etc. Here's where I'm keeping this simple, though...all I want to do is ADD some of these things to what we're doing now. I'm not going to change much of our habits now, but hopefully, in the long run, those will change as well.

2. 2 of my aunts called me the other day, and one of my brothers, to wish me a Merry Christmas. For one reason or another, I couldn't answer at the time, so I got their messages later that day. I listened to the message, deleted them, and jotted a note down in my head to call them back later. Well, so far I have only called one aunt back and just got lucky to talk to my brother when I called my mom...just because he happened to be with her at the time. Aside from that, my Grandma calls me all the time, and I never remember to call her. My problem? Usually, I just forget about the messages people left because I delete them once I hear them. Therefore, I forget to call them back! Now for resolution #2: Keep in touch better with extended family! I simply just don't think about calling some of my family...I never talk to my mother-in-law on the phone (Derek calls her every Sunday, so I guess I just feel like he's keeping in touch with her for US...bad excuse.) Also, Justus is starting to understand who everyone is and knows he can talk to people on the phone, so it's up to me to give him those opportunities. I'm not making any set-in-stone type of promises or vows, but I'm just resolving to TRY HARDER:)

3. I want to keep my house cleaner, I want to eat out less so we don't throw so much money away, I want to have more date nights with my husband, etc. etc. etc. BUT I know those would be crazy new year's resolutions to make right now. We have 3 small kids (1 of which is a newborn, 2 of which are in diapers), Derek is going to be crazy busy this trimester (working in the clinic, taking tons of tests, coming home later, etc.), AND I don't want to push my sanity any farther from me than it is going to be already!:) Resolution #3?...Have fun with my family making memories that we will never, ever forget. Things are going to be extra tough in 2009, and I know that we will probably (more often than not) NOT have a clean house, ALWAYS feel like our life is unorganized and stressful, and NEVER feel like we have time to do all the things we want to do. Hence my resolution to just have fun. I'm going to try very hard to keep my priorities straight. Derek just wants me to be happy and stress-free, my kids just want me to be available and have fun with them, and I don't want to forget these few fun years of raising my kids and taking care of my family:)

Happy 2009 to all of you. Toast a glass for me tonight. I'll be lucky if I'm still awake when the ball drops:)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Merry Christmas!

We started Christmas celebrations with dinner and a gift exchange with Derek's brother, Jack on the 23rd. The boys got a Spiderman punching bag:) It's one of those big blow up things that pop back up after you knock them over. (a huge hit in our house right now...they love it.) On Christmas Eve, the boys all put on their new Christmas pajamas, we took pictures, and they each got to open a gift. Derek and I put Justus and Titus to bed, wrapped the rest of the gifts, and played our new Family Feud DVD game (one of my gifts to Derek.)

On Christmas morning, we got Titus out of bed and all went into Justus' room with bells, singing "Jingle Bells." We all opened our stockings, and Derek fed J and T their breakfast while I made my and Derek's breakfast. (The boys have eaten this one certain cereal and/or oatmeal every morning for the past they're pretty into that routine and don't like it when that changes!) Next, we let J and T open one gift, so they would have something to play with while Derek and I ate OUR breakfast. Finally, after we had all eaten, we opened ALL of the gifts, put new toys together, and played!!

The morning went by very quickly, since it took so long to open all the presents and put stuff together. Before we knew it, it was naptime!! We all had so much fun and made some great memories and traditions. We definitely missed being with family, but it was very fun to be able to start some of these traditions and do things with just the 5 of us. Derek and I thought it felt so weird, though, after our morning was over, because it was like..."now what?" since we weren't with family.

As far as gifts, Justus got Speedracer cars, a toolbox, and his favorite, fruit snacks. Titus got a couple motorcycles, trucks, and they both got a big airport with cars and a plane. Derek and I are already pretty annoyed at the quality of these cheap plastic toys...but the boys have been pretty entertained since Christmas morning. Oh, probably the biggest gift this year was for all of us...Nerf Dart Tag!!!!!! There are pictures of Justus wearing his gear in the slide show, and I'll definitely have to put more pictures of that action later:)

I hope you all had a great Christmas with your families and friends. We missed you and love you!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Hahahahahaha, look at little Derek!!!!!!!!!

Okay, I had to post this.....if Justus is not absolutely a mirror image of Derek.... hahahahaha:):):) (They're painting the living room...Titus' room is next!!!)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Eli on Titus' changing table...just being happy:)

You know a kid doesn't feel well when they lay down on the floor to watch "Barney." (Titus has a cold.)

Eli in (Titus' old) "I'm the Little Brother" t-shirt:)

Justus holding Eli on the couch. I must say, I am blessed with an extra pair of hands for this...Eli definitely likes to be held:) Thankfully, Justus LOVES to hold him!!

Chiropractic Works!!

Justus has been stuttering off and on for a few months now, but lately it had gotten a lot worse. We thought he was going through that normal stuttering phase that so many kids go through, but when he started getting really frustrated and telling us that he just couldn't say what he was trying to say, we asked a chiropractor at Derek's school about it. He told Derek about an adjustment that might help.

I'm going to give you an explanation in simple terms. Derek can explain it much better:) Derek was to measure Justus' head...comparing the left side to the right side. If one side was bigger, it would mean Justus had intercranial pressure, which could be causing the stuttering. (I might be coming back to edit this if I find out I haven't been using all the right words:)) It turns out that one side of Justus' head was in fact bigger than the other, so Derek began the adjustments. It is hard to explain, but it's 3 simple motions Derek does with his thumbs on the side of Justus' head. He was to do this every day for the next 2 weeks. The doctor warned us that the stuttering might actually get worse before it got better.

Justus stuttered as usual for the first few days, and I think it got a little bit worse for a few days as well. It has been almost 2 weeks, and Justus is soooo much better!!!!!!!!!! It's so crazy. This kid was stuttering when he said anything that started with "I, you, why," and more. He would sometimes start jumping up and down each time he stuttered, and he literally would say to us, "You, you, you, you...sigh...I can't say it!!!!"

Anyway, this was kind of an experimental treatment:), so we're thrilled that it has worked so well!! Stuttering is one of the most studied/researched speech problems out there, and yet one of the most baffling to those in the field. The fact that we were able to address this with chiropractic was exciting for so many different reasons. (Derek was able to be hands-on and literally cure his own son of this, and we didn't have to take Justus to any type of speech therapy or anything like that...although a few other speech issues might end up leading us down that path anyway!!)

Just wanted to share this praise!! Can you believe it?...Stuttering healed by chiropractic!!!!!:)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Advent Day 16

First of all, can I say how wonderful it is when all 3 of your kids are napping at the same time??!!!! This is the 2nd day in a row this has happened, and I am enjoying it thoroughly! The strange noise (quiet!) is a little weird, though:) Anyway, Justus' friend came over this morning and we made Gingerbread houses...or Graham Cracker shacks to be more specific:) Here are some pics:

Monday, December 15, 2008

A few more pictures:)

Here's Justus and Eli on the couch hanging out together......

Here's Justus and Titus putting on a puppet show for us. (Justus was a seal, and Titus was an elephant.) After Derek, Eli, and I sat and watched and realized not much "puppet showing" was going on, Derek went back behind the "curtain" and took over while the boys and I watched. Aaah, memories:) .....

Advent Day 13

I certainly have not kept up with the Advent Calendar on a daily basis, BUT the cookie decorating day was very important to me. I know it's a lot of fun to do, it's a family tradition, and well...the cookies just taste good:) SO Day 13 was Cookie Decorating day:) Justus was thrilled to decorate and eat the cookies, and Titus was just happy to eat them:) I loved having a few minutes to make memories with the boys, keep up with a family tradition, and of course, take pictures!!.........

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Bathtime for Eli

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Advent Day 7

Titus didn't get to participate in this one:) Here's Justus painting his ornaments...these will be gifts for teachers, etc. He had a lot of fun!!

And here's a picture of Eli sucking his thumb...

...and hanging out with Daddy:)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

A Day in the Life...

Wow, has my life changed. It officially takes us at least double the time to get everyone fed and dressed, teeth brushed, and out the door for any kind of outing. Here is what today looked like...

8:30 Derek leaves for school (Today is his first day of his pediatric certification. He will do this once a month on the weekends...not sure how many months!) I nurse Eli and get out of bed and see that Derek has made Justus and Titus eggs and english muffins for breakfast...what a great Daddy:) Change Eli and Titus' diaper and throw in the diaper pail. Grab Eli's diapers and wipes from last night and toss all in the washer to rinse.
9:00 Get breakfast for myself, check email.
9:30 Realize that we are going to HAVE to get out of this house today. Nurse Eli so he will be happy while I get everyone dressed and ready to go. Justus and Titus are asking for a snack, so I promise them one as soon as I finish feeding Eli.
10:00 Snacktime. I fix the food and gather up my clothes and the boys' clothes for our big outing. (still not sure at this point where we're going to go, but I know we're going SOMEWHERE:)) Titus tells me he has to poop, so I ask if he wants to go on the toilet. He nods, so we all venture to the bathroom. (Last night, Titus peed on the toilet after telling Derek he needed to go....thought I'd give it a shot, too, but it was a no-go. Oh well, I'm not really ready for that yet anyway.)
10:30 Still, no one is dressed and it doesn't look like we're making any progress. Justus tells me he wants to "go somewhere." Trust me, buddy, so do I, I say!
11:00 Get Justus dressed successfully, send him to the bathroom to pee and brush his teeth. Realize that one of Titus' shoes is missing, and we all go on a search...we find it behind the curtain in the living room. Justus and I sing silly songs to Titus in order to keep him still so I can dress him and put on his shoes.
11:15 Brush Titus' teeth, get myself dressed, my teeth brushed, and nurse Eli one more time before we leave. Pack diapers for Eli and Titus and a change of clothes for Eli. (I keep extra clothes in the car for Justus and Titus...I need to add some in there for Eli now, too!) Still, I don't have a plan as to where we're going or what we're going to do!!
11:30 We're finally out the door! Did it really just take us 3 hours to do all of that? I'm never going to make it to my 9:30 Bible study when we start back(looking presentable anyway!) Off to Target, I decide. You can never go wrong with Target.
I pick out something decorative for the house and scan the clothes, hoping to find something cute I can wear in this "in between" stage of too small for maternity clothes, too big for my pre-pregnancy clothes. No such luck. Off to the toys. Justus and Titus play with the motorcycles, cars, and trucks. I am getting hot and feeling sore from standing so much, so I tell them it's time to go.
1:00 I realize how late it is (!!!!!!!) so we grab a pizza in the Target cafe for lunch:) haha Thankfully, we all think it tastes wonderful, so we have a fun, peaceful lunch date in Target. Grab a (decaf) mocha and cookie at Starbucks and head to the car.
1:30 We are back home! Straight to bed for a nap for Titus. Justus gets to play for 10 minutes until his timer goes off. I realize that I never washed the diapers after the rinse this morning, so I turn on the washer. Naptime for Justus!! I nurse Eli and read magazines on the couch while he naps on my chest. (I love these days:))
3:00 Titus is up, which is a really short nap for him. He eats his yogurt and watches an Elmo video.
3:45 Justus gets up...this was a VERY long nap for him! He eats his yogurt and watches Elmo with Titus.
4:00 I rinse the diapers one last time and throw them in the dryer. (also realizing how sad it is that it is taking me all day to do one load of laundry!!!!) Justus and Titus ride their motorcycles, chase each other around the house, and play with cars while I nurse Eli, change diapers, and try to clean the house a little bit. A friend brings us dinner and fudge (YES!) and Justus asks me if we can "go somewhere." No, I don't think so, bud!
5:30 I call Derek to see if he happened to get out early today! He doesn't answer:(
5:45 Our neighbor from across the street comes over to offer us an old futon. I tell her thank you, but we do NOT have room for any more furniture:)
6:00 Tell the boys it's dinnertime. Heat up the spaghetti and meatballs from our friend and sit down (by myself) at the table. Eli wants to nurse, so he joins me. (At least I have company now:)) Titus comes over and wants "noonoos," so I cut up some bites of noodles for him.
6:30 Daddy is home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Playtime begins:) I am officially off-duty, except for taking care of Eli, of course:)

Whew, I never would have thought doing so little could take so much time and energy!! Now that I have 3 little boys, I know better!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

First day of Advent

I started the Advent envelopes with the boys yesterday. I still don't have every day planned yet, but we'll just plan those as they come:) I'm not going to post every day, but this first day was putting up the Christmas tree(s). We have one in our living room and one on Justus' has 25 drawers of tiny ornaments that he will put on the tree before bed each night. I'm looking forward to this whole Christmas season and hope you all are, too!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

November 26, 2008 Eli's birthday:)

After having Braxton Hicks contractions over the past month (and praying that my water would break when I went into labor to avoid having to guess if it was true labor:)), I started having pretty painful contractions at around 1am Wednesday morning. I tried to time them, but some seemed like they were right on top of each other. Derek and I got up, got our stuff together, and left for the birth center. We called my midwife (Betty), and she said to call her back when they were 5 minutes apart and ALL at least a minute long. (She said that the 30 second contractions would not actually be dilating my cervix.) The birth center is 30 minutes from our house, so we decided to go ahead and drive there. We walked in the birth center at 3am. Betty listened to Eli's heartbeat, checked my vitals, and checked to see if I was dilated. I was at 3cm and 80% effaced. I birthed mostly on the floor, with the birthing ball, and leaning on the bed for awhile. Once I got into the birth tub, I stayed! Since this was my first time to use the tub, I wasn't sure how it would feel. I think the combination of the warm water and the jacuzzi jets on my back helped me through a lot of the contractions. During the contractions, I definitely had to rock my body and MOVE through them. The water was very helpful for that!

I could tell I was in transition when I started getting more vocal and felt like I couldn't handle the contractions as well. When I first felt the urge to push, Betty told me I was at 7 cm. She asked if I really felt my body telling me to push or if it was just me wanting it all to be "over!" I think it was mostly the latter:) My water had not broken at this point, but Betty broke it when I got to the point where I really couldn't keep from pushing. I got into position for Derek to be able to catch Eli. I pushed and contracted in that position for what felt like forever. When things got tougher, I leaned onto Derek's legs and hugged him around his waist. I was basically on my hands and knees at this point, and Derek wasn't going to be able to catch Eli...but I felt like this was the most helpful position for me to push in. (Derek unselfishly complied:) and said for me to do whatever I needed to do.) When I pushed Eli's head out, I apparently came up out of the water for a second, and he took a breath of air. Because of this, I had to stay up out of the water for the rest of his delivery. Once he was completely out, I flipped back around, sat in the tub in front of Derek and held Eli on my chest. I leaned back on Derek, and we held and stared at Eli while the cord was still pulsating. Once it stopped, Derek cut it and got out of the tub to hold Eli while I delivered the placenta.

After getting me settled in the bed and Eli bundled up in his blankets, Betty and Amy (the birth assistant) checked my and Eli's vitals. Derek and I were left alone in the room with Eli to hold him, feed him, and enjoy the peace and quiet. It was so wonderful to be left alone like that. I think that was one of my favorite things about birthing at the birth center. I had a small tear, so Betty came in a little while later to stitch me up. She weighed and measured Eli, and then he and I took an herbal bath together. I soaked in the tub for a few minutes by myself while Derek held Eli, then Eli got in with me and I bathed him. Betty checked Eli over after he got out of the tub while he laid on the heating pad. Finally, Derek dressed Eli in his going home clothes, I got dressed, we received our "discharge" instructions, and we left at 11:00am!!

Eli's stats:
Weight 7 lbs. 2 oz.
Length 20 inches
Head 13"

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A cRy FoR HELP!!!

Not really, but here's my problem. I'm doing an Advent "Calendar" with Justus this year for the first time, and I'm trying to start many traditions with him and Titus (and Derek and Eli, too of course:)) Basically, I'm filling 24 envelopes with fun things to do/eat/see/experience during the Christmas season. Here's what I have so far.....please let me know of any of your personal family traditions (that you don't mind passing on:)) that I could add to our list or other random ideas I could add here:) Thanks!! (You can leave a comment or email me at Oh, and don't forget, we will have a newborn baby around, so no crazy ideas!! haha

1. Put up Christmas tree with ornaments and lights
2. Decorate house for Christmas (just the random decorations inside, nothing fancy:))
3. Tell/read Christmas story, go and buy little Nativity Scene and set up without baby Jesus
4. Make Christmas tree ornaments for school teachers, Bible study teachers, etc. (glass balls that we will paint on the inside)
5. Make a snowman with cotton balls, etc.
6. Go for a walk to collect pine cones...Make a bird feeder
7. ?????????
8. Make and decorate Christmas cookies
9. Make Christmas wreath(s) out of outer edge of paper plate, red/green tissue paper, etc. to hang on doorknobs around the house (etc.)
10. Watch a Christmas movie with Mommy and Daddy and drink hot chocolate
11. Christmas party at our local library (thanks to Hurst for planning that one for me:))
12. Make paper snowflakes for front windows and glass door
13. Make and take treats to neighbors
14. ?????
15. ??Christmas party with 2 of Justus' friends (Christmas-y food and exchange gifts)
16. ????
17. Christmas party at Justus' school (again, nicely planned for me!!)
18. ????
19. Drive/walk around neighborhood (etc.) to look at Christmas lights
20. Christmas party at family-friends' house (Thanks, Paula for planning that one:))
21. Make a Gingerbread house
22. Give the boys Christmas pajamas to wear
23. ????
24. ????Maybe another Christmas movie and hot chocolate night, but probably not since Derek and I will most likely be doing last-minute Christmas things to get ready for the morning
25. Put baby Jesus in the manger, open gifts, Christmas-y breakfast, etc.
One idea I don't have on here yet is to go to a story time where Mr/Mrs Claus will be telling the stories. I know malls have this sometimes, so if it's on a convenient day (i.e., when Derek can watch the 2 younger boys, or when Titus is prepared to sit and listen to a story - haha) I'll add that one in.

Please help me think of more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Car Seat Safety

I don't know why, but I have a passion for car seat safety. I wanted to share the information I have learned with you all. Maybe God has a plan in using this information in someone's life to protect their child...I don't know. I do know that I felt very convicted to look up all of these websites and articles and type up all of this information. You may think I'm crazy, but for some reason, I felt God tugging at my heart to do this.

There are so many "little" details involved in correctly installing a car seat and correctly buckling your child in his or her car seat. Some of these things are easy to do, but many people just don't know about them. If you are a parent and have ever installed your child's car seat, you know it can be a hassle. Whenever we have to move a car seat or two from one car to the other, I cannot help but let out an audible "UGH!!!" Please take the time to do it correctly, though. Your child's safety is determined by the little mistakes we have to avoid!

I've tried to organize all of this information as well as possible, so you can easily navigate through it. If you don't have kids and will never be faced with installing a car seat or buckling a child into one, skip this post. It's a doosey:) (NO idea how you would spell that!!)

HINT: If you don't want to read my ramblings, please just read this article. AND please take the time to look into everything to make sure your child's car seat is installed properly and to guarantee you are buckling them in correctly every single time.

This is for everyone:
"As many as 80 percent of all car seats are improperly installed and used. Eighty percent. It's a significant factor in why automobile accidents are the number-one killer of children under 14."
1. Why our 1.5 year old is still rear-facing (RF)
2. How to choose a car seat for your child
3. If you have a car with leather seats, you MUST use a seat cover (like this one) so the car seat doesn't slide around. You can even just use a non-slip rubber shelf liner for this!
4. Always read your car's manual and the manual that came with your specific car seat. Each car seat is different and requires different "little" things.
5. You know that weird ball thing on the side of your child's car seat? USE it!! It's so important that the seat is at the correct angle. If you need to, it's completely safe to roll up a towel or use a pool noodle under the car seat to make it the correct level. Remember, though, that the towel or noodle will eventually begin to flatten. You'll need to keep an eye on it and replace when necessary.
6. If you're using strap covers, they should be at the child's neck. They are designed to prevent the car seat straps from cutting into the baby's neck. Basically, slide them up as high on the car seat straps as they will go!!
7. A car seat is considered "expired" after 6 years. The straps can become frayed and will tear/twist easily.

*RF = Rear Facing; FF = Forward Facing
LATCH = Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children/Child Safety Seats

Installing your child's car seat:
1. GREAT how-to videos here
2. **NEVER use both seat belt and LATCH system. The LATCH system was not designed for this. Choose one or the other. **
3. Look at the next section to see if you need to use a locking clip when installing your child's car seat.

Using a locking clip:
1. This is a locking clip.
2. When and how to use a locking clip

Buckling an infant in car seat:
This baby is NOT buckled in correctly!!!
1. In any RF position, the straps should be in the inserts at or just below the child's shoulders.
2. Coming from a soon-to-be chiropractor's wife :), make sure the foam under the car seat pad goes from the top of your baby's head to at least their knees. If it stops in the middle of their back (like our Graco infant car seat foam did!), it will cause much discomfort to your baby, along with problems like acid reflux (The pressure in the middle of their back will cause their spine to be misaligned.) Buy a new car seat or replace the foam. Ask me if you need help replacing the foam safely:) Been there, done that!
3. The chest clip should be level with the child's armpits. (NOT below or above this!)
4. You should not be able to pinch the car seat straps between your fingers at all. (example)

This is just kind of a taste of all the information out there (and all the information you need to know when installing a carseat/buckling in a child.) I hope this encourages all of you with kids to stop, think, and pay attention to the details involved. I hope you will take the time to research and read more on your own, and I specifically hope that you will take the time to make sure you're doing everything correctly!! A few years ago, we witnessed a car accident. Derek ran to the car only to see a tragedy, involving 2 young children in car seats. I have no idea if everything was done correctly or not, but I know it was certainly devastating for the father who lost his family that day. Don't be in a rush to turn your kids FF in their car seat, and make sure you're buckling those little babies in tightly enough:)

38 weeks today!!

I had an appt. with my midwife today. Eli has moved UP to zero station...but she said that could change easily and often. I am 80% effaced, but that also doesn't mean much to me. I remember being 80% effaced with one of the boys and not going into labor anytime soon!! Everything seems like random information at this point to me. I think it all can just change and happen pretty quickly, but I was certainly hoping for a little more hope of him coming sooner than later:) Oh well, all in due time!!!! I definitely don't want him to come before he's ready! Due "dates" are kind of silly anyway. Maybe I'm just trying to talk myself out of expecting anything at a certain moment:) Labor will probably begin when I least expect it,and all of a sudden, I will be having a baby:) haha I AM a fingertip dilated, so I'll hang onto that for now! Meanwhile, here's a picture of Justus with his newfound hobby...catching caterpillars:) (Gotta love boys!!)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

He's growing up...

A friend of mine gave Justus his first pair of shin guards. (Thank you, Dawn!!!!!) He was so excited when he saw them this morning. He wore them all day, playing soccer in the backyard with Derek and even when we went to play tennis later this afternoon. He loves them and thinks he is a true soccer player now. I told Dawn the shin guards must have brought out the testosterone in him, because he even answered "nature's call" for the first time in our backyard...haha, the fun begins! He is growing up so fast. He is into Knock-Knock jokes, helping around the house, and learning about, watching, and playing any and every sport possible. He makes us laugh constantly and is such a sweet big brother (well, usually:)) I have to say, though...I'm a little bit worried about the possible struggle tomorrow morning when we tell him he can't wear his shin guards to church! haha

Monday, November 3, 2008

Almost there!!!!!!!!

As of last Thursday, I am 36 weeks. Eli is engaged in my pelvis at a "Plus 1" (Plus 4 meaning he's out of there!! Here's a picture about that.) I've had a few Braxton Hicks contractions, and sometimes I feel like he's about to fall out of me!! SOOO, I'm just praying he doesn't come too early! Here's some pics to see my/his progression. We did the clothes/pictures the same way everytime so the change would be even cooler to look at...but I didn't realize how tight and silly my shirt would look at the end:) haha Anyway, here they are!
12 Weeks

20 Weeks

23 Weeks

27 Weeks

36 Weeks

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Trick or Sneezing

Well, snotty noses and all, we trekked over to the mall to do a quick run around for candy. Justus and Titus were both sick with a cold and cough, but we had been talking about trick or treating for some time now...and you know Justus wasn't going to just let that go!! Justus was Spiderman, and Titus was (of course) Superman...since that's the costume Justus wore LAST year!! They were a cute pair, and I actually saw a couple other Spiderman/Superman duos trick or treating together. The boys had fun looking at the other kids' costumes, and were a little overwhelmed by the crowd and craziness. We didn't stay that long, but we made it around to most of the stores handing out candy and took a few minutes to sit and people-watch while Justus ate a sucker:) We made it home for an almost on-time bedtime, so that was good! Here's some pics of the boys....

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