Monday, January 24, 2011

A Garden!


As I think back on my childhood, one of the most prominent memories is that of playing at my grandparents house, having tons of fresh produce, canning and baking with items just picked from the tree or ground. I have recently realized what a special gift that was from my grandparents and I am excited to be able to give it to my kids. Over the Christmas holiday, Owen lovingly laid the block for our new and purposefully very small garden as well as made bench seating all the way around. We were able to plant seeds this past weekend with the kids. I think they had a great time. Their favorite part was spreading out all of the potting soil, second only to digging the holes and planting the seeds. We planted green beans, cucumbers, onions and 2 kinds of potatoes. This is both Owen and my first time trying our hand at gardening so we'll see how it goes. Hopefully I'll be posting lots of pictures with the kids working in that precious plot of land.
I couldn't resist taking & posting these two pictures of my little boy. Look at those skinny little legs! As mentioned in the past couple of posts, Judah has been loosing a little bit of weight due to the re-curing colds & stomach flu epidemic in our house! His little legs and arms just get so skinny.
Last week though, both of the kids had a great healthy week and Judah has already gained his weight back--check out the cheeks. I am so in love with him! I am very interested to see how my affection and love for Judah changes and grows as we welcome his brother into our family in just a few short weeks...
Speaking of Wesley Thomas, I am still pregnant. I went in for my weekly appointment today and there's absolutely no progress--he's just sitting happy in there right now. My measurements are falling a little behind which I am disappointed about so we'll be doing weekly ultrasounds to double check how he's doing over the remaining weeks of pregnancy. He sure is active! I had the dreaded stomach flu over the weekend and between contractions and the other "commotion" happening in my abdomen area, he was certainly reminding me that he was in there. Thankfully the flu was short lived and I am fully recovered. Hopefully that's the last we'll see of that!
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

As Promised...

Here I am at 35 weeks and 2 days. Yes, that's a shadow. I couldn't fix it in my photo editing.
The kiddos, playing and having a grand time this morning. Really playing well together for the most part
We had play group this moring at the park, enjoying or 75 to 80 degree weather. So nice! The kids are still sleeping...thank you park!
She's so big! So grown up.
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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Oh So Pregnant!

We're at 35 weeks--and wow I am pregnant. I had an ultrasound last week and Wesley Thomas is weighing in at 5 lbs already! That's wonderful. Of course there could be a half pound different either way but I'll take it! My fluid levels are also considered "back to normal" and for that I am thankful. We start our every week visits on Wednesday and I am interested to see if there is any
"progress". I have been pretty uncomfortable for the past week, but today is a whole new level of discomfort. Lots of irregular contractions and lots of difficulty getting up, bending down, sitting, standing well, you get the picture, doing just about anything is uncomfortable.
Thankfully, I am not preg-zilla. Despite the discomfort I am in a great mood, I have enough energy to make it through the day and more than anything I am super excited to meet this precious little baby boy. We went as a family yesterday and picked out Wesley's come home outfits and bought a few baby essentials like bottle nipples, pacifiers etc. I have also started getting all of the blankets cleaned, burp clothes ready and we're trying to figure out how we'll manage different things throughout the house. It feels good to get organized! I promise the next post will have a prego picture and a picture of the kids!

Monday, January 10, 2011

So Thankful

I am so thankful for...
  • "Pergo" and Tile flooring
  • Clorx disinfectant wipes
  • Enough towels to be laid on the carpet, bedding & pillows for me, Owen and our children
  • Baking soda
  • Laundry detergent
  • Washer and Dryer
  • A toilet
  • Bowls
  • Baby wipes
  • Pedialite
  • The BRAT Diet
  • A hot water heater that doesn't quit
  • A husband who is forever selfless and can see obviously what needs to get done and does it...i.e. clean up endless piles of vomit!
Since Thanksgiving, this Maurer household has had a few illnesses--Owen had Pneumonia, the kids have both had a head cold that has stayed forever and then moved into a chest cold with a croup-like cough. I have been totally healthy until last week when wiping those said children's noses finally got the best of me! Nothing could have prepared me for the stomach flu that shot through our family this week though! Both kids were up all night on Saturday without a single symptom, just not sleeping (more on that later) but then on Sunday morning Clara began dry heaving and then continued to be sick right after she ate or drank anything. She was lethargic and sleepy all day. Judah didn't get sick until Sunday night...although he threw up significantly fewer times than Clara, he packed more punch with his since he doesn't know how to run to the toilet! He's been lethargic all day today and looks like a sack of bones he's so thin now. He's been refusing to eat since he started with the head cold--weight loss is expected and not freaking me out at the moment. Owen and I seem to be OK and have been on a pretty strict BRAT diet since yesterday morning. I pray that I don't get it...throwing up at 34 weeks preggo is not my idea of a good time.
Owen stayed home today to help with the kids and to help me get some rest since sleep has been a rare commodity since Thanksgiving! (translation: Owen sleep walks regularly) I am plum worn out! We transitioned Judah to his big boy bed over Christmas break and he's had a hard time adjusting, and his older sister has had a hard time quelling her excitement over him being in the bunk bed. The average is about 4-6 hours of broken sleep...hopefully tonight will be a full night sleep since everyone is sick and tired.
I am not sure at the moment how we'll handle life's "special moments" like this when we have a 3rd baby. I am just glad he's not here yet! I know that the Lord will provide and sustain but the thought does make me shudder a little bit! Be thankful for the conveniences in life that make common things like colds and the stomach flu a little more tolerable. I kept praying that the Lord would show us MERCY and He did. Thank you Lord!