Monday, January 12, 2015

Malcolm's First Month

Mal & Chewy: Month #1
STATS: Weight:  6 lbs 1 oz  Length: 19 inches long   Head Circ: 14 cm--- She didn't give me any percentages because of how small Mal was from the beginning.  She said he won't be on the charts for another few months, but he's growing consistently, so there's no need to worry.

SLEEP:  All the time.  He is only a month old.  He wakes up once or twice a night and we all get about a 5 hour block of sleep--- as long as we go to sleep around the time he goes to sleep.  Which is pretty good for a month old whose smaller than most newborns.

FOOD:  Mal's a little different than his siblings.  Because of his size, he won't nurse on one side, so I've had to pump exclusively on that side. Needless-to-say, this situation has made feeding really difficult.  The hospital nurses said to give it time, since he's a preemie. In the mean time, he supplement with half breastmilk, half preemie formula--- so he can have more food/calories.  The bonus with this is that everyone else can help with his feedings--- Annabelle LOVES this.

PLAYING/TOYS:  The kids love talking and feeding him, and he's spent a couple of times underneath his gym--- that's about it for our little guy. Everyone is looking forward to when he interacts a little bit more.

PERSONALITY:  Mal certainly lets himself be known--- he figured out how to use his lungs from the beginning.  It's super cute and sad at the same time because you don't want to see him sad.

MILESTONES:  Sleeping five hours. ***First Christmas ***First bath*** First Sea World adventure*** First family fun day ***  First Restaurant visit*** Graduating from preemie clothes and diapers*** He tries to hold up his head, which is surprising for his size, but not for his age.

RANDOM:  Right now the focus in on getting him eating and growing.  The doctor warned me not to expect it to happen the same way as the other kids, so it's a whole new ball-of-wax. I'm looking forward to his body clock to be a little more scheduled and less random, so I can attempt to find a way to get things done around the house and take care of the rest of the family.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas Card 2014

Another thing finished off of the "to-do" list. Woot.

Each thing done feels like a small victory since we've got about t-minus three weeks (or so) until Baby M's arrival.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Jared's Third Primary Talk

Our primary needed a couple of kids to step in and do the sharing time tasks at the last minutes.  Annabelle gave the scripture while Jared did the talk.  His topic was: Remembering Jesus Christ Helps Me Choose the Right.

My talk today is about how remembering Jesus Christ helps me to choose the right.

Remembering Jesus Christ helps me to choose the right because He always made the right choices.

If I think about what Jesus would do when I have to make a choice, then I will choose the right.'

Remembering that Jesus was kind to others can help me to be kind.

Remembering that Jesus obeyed Heavenly Father can help me to listen to my Mom & Dad.

If I choose to follow Jesus's example, I will always choose the right.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Gratitude Turkey 2014

The tradition continues....

Greg: Little Helpers-- Annabelle-- Helpful Friends-- Agency-- Peace at Home-- Pillows-- Nice Music-- Helping Hands-- Amber-- Frankincense-- Gratitude-- Jared-- Grandparents-- Picture Memories-- Luke-- Puzzles-- Quiet-- Skype-- SwRI-- Jesus Christ-- Cub Scouts-- Baby M-- Warm Hugs-- Fuels & Lubricants-- Nice House-- Our parents-- Games

Amber: Greg-- the Holy Ghost-- Helpers-- Freedom-- Personal Revelation-- Talents-- Our House-- Annabelle-- Our bodies-- New Experiences-- Warm Clothes-- Hot Chocolate-- Jared-- Luke-- Baby M-- Priesthood-- Scriptures-- Serving Others-- Book Club-- My Bed-- Animal Style Fries-- Wonderful Parents-- Good Books-- Our Van-- Laughter-- Family Time-- Pumpkin Pie

Jared: My House-- My Family-- Brains-- the Universe-- The Scriptures-- My needs-- Thanksgiving-- Movies*-- Luke-- Star Wars & Harry Potter-- Mom-- Daddy-- Mac & Cheese-- Turkeys-- Being Thankful-- Cardinals Baseball-- Annabelle-- Toys-- Dinner Table-- Couches-- In 'n Out Burger-- Oba & Jiji-- Video Games-- Mema & Deda-- Our Bodies-- Being able to Read-- Thanksgiving Parade

Annabelle: My Family-- Daddy-- the Temple-- the World-- My Toys-- Mama-- Monkeys-- Birthday Cake-- our WHOLE (extended) family-- Holy Ghost-- our House-- Cheese-- Luke-- Mac & Cheese-- Jesus-- Football-- spending time with Daddy-- Texas-- Pumpkins-- Swings-- Preschool-- Turkeys-- Mema & Deda-- Sunglasses-- Oba & Jiji-- Aunts & Uncles-- Jared

Luke: "Popcorn Popping"-- Cars-- Cheetos-- Rain-- Packing Bubbles-- Daddy-- Mickey Mouse-- his Jiji-- Mommy-- Phones-- Food Pouches-- Animals-- Star Wars-- Jared-- Annabelle-- Hot Dogs-- Mema-- Deda-- Doodle toy-- Apples-- French Fries-- The WHOLE family-- Oba-- Green Blanket-- Blocks-- Great Gma & Gpa-- Cousins

*When we went and saw Big Hero 6 for Annabelle's birthday

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Birthday Questions: Annabelle at 5!

Since it's birthday time, it was time to do a birthday interview with Annabelle. Funny enough, I'm starting to look forward to this as much as their birthdays:
  1. What are 3 words that describe you? happy, fun, sweet
  2. I'm really good at:  painting
  3. What makes you happy? Being with my family
  4. What makes you sad?  When I'm sick
  5. What is your favorite animal?  Monkey
  6. What is your favorite food? Mac 'n Cheese
  7. What is your favorite color? Pink and Purple
  8. What is your favorite part about church? when I'm at sacrament meeting
  9. What is your favorite scripture story?  When Jesus is born
  10. What is your favorite holiday? Why?  Valentine's Day because I love you! (she gives me a hug)
  11. What is your favorite treat?  Laffy Taffy
  12. What is your favorite type of music?  Disney music
  13. What is your favorite toy? My dolls
  14. What is your favorite sport to play?  swimming & t-ball
  15. My favorite books are:  ALL of my Princess books and Elephant & Piggie books
  16. What is your favorite movie?  Frozen  TV Show? Octonauts
  17. If I could go anywhere, I would go to: Disney cruise like you and Daddy
  18. What songs do you like to sing?  "Let It Go" & "Love One Another"
  19. Best thing our family does together:  have FHE and plays games
  20. If you could pick any pet, what would it be?  Ghost (Z & K's dog)
  21. When I was little I used to: cry and sleep
  22. My best friend is:  Alex
  23. What do you like to do with Mommy?  going on outings with here
  24. What do you like to do with Daddy?  watch Star Wars with him
  25. What do you like to play inside? play with legos
  26. What do you like to play outside?  swinging
  27. If I had one wish, it would be: To have snow powers like Elsa
  28. Are you afraid of anything?  Giant Spiders and mosquitoes
  29. When I grow up, I want to be:  a normal Mommy like my Mom
  30. Who is the coolest person you know:  my whole family
  31. *EXTRA*  My favorite memory is: playing at Sea World with my family and friends.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lukie Pookie is TWO!

My first alone outing with the kids (Annabelle and Luke) post-op was to Luke's two-year-old check-up today. Just like yesterday, it was really hard when I had to pick him up--- you know--- to keep him from running away and doing dangerous stuff--- like leaving me.  I really don't have a choice, and I miss holding him, but I feel it in my scars--- which is weird.  Here's the update on Luke.

Weight: 30 lbs 4 oz (80th percentile) --- he's almost caught up to Annabelle!
Height: 34 3/4 inches (75th percentile)
Head Circ: 19 3/4 cm (90th percentile)
Hair: whispy strawberry blonde
Eyes: Brown
Teeth: 20--- he got his two year molars early
Shoe Size: 7 or 8
Clothes Size: 2T pants, 2/3T---sometimes 4 shirts and jammies
Nicknames: Lukie, Pookie, Pookie-Pants, Luke-the-Duke, LP, Babe-ah, Lukie Luke
 the family, Green Blankie, Mickey Mouse, dancing, singing "imperial march", he absolutely LOVES "Happy" by Pharell Williams--- he dances every single time.
Dislikes: being mauled by his older siblings, almost all veggies, staying in one place too long
Favorite Food: He pretty much only likes to eat carbs & fruit.  When he eats veggies, it has to be in a pouch.  
Favorite Toys: Stuffed Mickey & Mario, cars, trains, and planes--- basically any kind of vehicle and ramp combination.  He also really likes a baseball mitt and glove we got him when the older kids got their T-Ball gear.
Favorite Books: The Monster at the End of the Book, Lift-the-flap books, Mickey books, Star Wars books
Favorite Things to Watch: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse & Octonauts seem to be the two shows he'll sit through.  He'll also sit through any family movie we watch.
Words: He's the slowest of our kids to talk, but I know he'll get there.  He says a lot of things, with his mouth closed.  He really only opens his mouth when he's emotional. His doctor said to give it another 3-6 months and watch for improvements before we take any other steps (like speech therapy).  Most of the time, he talks in one syllable sounds. Like "Bah" and "Jah" for Annabelle and Jared or "cah" for popcorn
Other New Tricks: He follows complicated directions really well, listens and helps.  When Z & K brought Adrienne over he was really mindful of her and even sat and held her (with Oba's help, of course).  Another awesome thing he does is say mealtime prayers.  Granted, we can only understand a couple of words, but he mimics and tries to say the whole prayer.  It's really cute and I've been meaning to get it on video, I just never have the camera next to me at prayer time (go figure).  He also does all the actions for "Popcorn Popping" which is also very video worthy.  Another thing I absolutely love is his running hugs.  If you ask him to "give you loves" he'll come running to you with mouth open grunting--- which is super cute.  He also started giving raspberry kisses, aka Zerberts and they're, messy, but so fun to receive.
What's next: Getting ready to be a big brother in Dec or Jan--- adjusting to having more alone time with Mom & sometimes Annabelle--- more talking (please)!
How he drives us crazy: He's still messy when he eats--- but he's getting better.  I'd love to hear him start talking more, but that'll be at his own pace.  He screams randomly--- like full-fledge blood-curdling volume--- usually it's when we're at the store or somewhere quiet--- like church.
Why he's so awesome: He's still so chill, which is why I don't think he bothers to talk.  He already has his needs met, so why talk?  Most of the time, he's happy and full of life.  He loves to find new things and gets so excited when he sees someone or something he loves.  His dance is probably one of the cutest things you'll see and he's super smart--- just like his siblings.  Each one of them is so unique and different, and it's so amazing to witness their growth and love them so immensely.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Annabelle's 2nd ---and last--- First Day of Pre-K

Annabelle had her first day of her new preschool today (hence the title--- since she really had her first day of preschool last year).  We decided to change to an actual school this year, so she could have some school (i.e. not jumping around) experience.  A few of our friends had enjoyed sending their kids to her new school, so Luke and I checked it out during the spring this year.

Almost immediately, I knew this school was the right fit for her.  Once, I told her she'd be going to preschool with her best friend, she asked me almost DAILY when it was time to go to 'her new school.'  This went on. all. summer. long.

Last week, less than a week from my appendectomy, I had to attend Parent Orientation and, then we went to Meet-the-Teacher.  If it was possible, I was even more excited to send Annabelle there and knew she'd love it.  When we went to M-t-T, I couldn't get her to leave once I got her there.

Luke was really cute because he REALLY wanted to stay.  Maybe next year, buddy. I actually had to pick him up for the first time in almost two weeks--- and it was hard.  I'm technically not supposed to be holding him yet, but he really didn't give me much of choice, since he started taking off.  I don't know if he's gained weight since my surgery, but I certainly have missed holding him.

When the time came to actually leave today, she ran in and didn't look back.  After talking with the office for a few minutes, I had to find her to say goodbye.  She got comfortable real fast.  I'm pretty sure she's going to have a great year before she heads off to the adventure of kindergarten.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Decade of Gregbo Adventures

315,569,260 seconds. 5,259,600 minutes. 87,658 minutes. 3,652 days. 521 weeks. 120 months.
3.5 kids. 6 pregnancies. 4 apartments. 1 home. 3 graduations and degrees. 2 cross-country moves. 2 cross-town moves. 8 Cardinals games. 1 amazing cruise. Too-many-to-count compromises, fits of laughter, surprises (mostly by Greg), misunderstandings, diapers, and nerd-filled discussions that would make Sheldon and Amy look cool.
Sometimes you're the last person in the world I want to see, but all the time, I love you.

1 eternal bond.
10 years.

Happy Anniversary, love.

Now, let's celebrate the best way we can: by going to Meet-the-Teacher Night. :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

18 Weeks & a Reveal

How far along: 18 weeks
Weight Gain this month, Total Weight Gain:  5 lbs, 140 lbs
Approximate Size of Baby:  sweet potato
Gender:  we found out this visit
Maternity Clothes:  I can wear almost everything in my maternity section now, except for a couple shirts and pants that I save for the end.
Sleep:  I'm always tired, but I usually have a hard time going to sleep.  It stinks.
Memorable Moments:  This visit started out with the anatomy visit to check on the baby.  The general consensus was that this baby is going to be a girl.  I guess just following the pattern and Annabelle's desire to have a sister.  Well, her desire will have to wait a little longer because the evidence suggests that this one is going to be a BOY!  As always, we're excited.  While we waited for our follow-up appointment, we started looking up boy names because we didn't agree on either of the ones we had before.  Hopefully we'll find one we agree on sooner rather than later.
Movement:  He's not as active as his siblings yet, but I'm sure that'll change as he gets bigger and I can feel him more.
Exercise:  Keeping up after the kids and going swimming are really the only ways I exercise this time around.  Hopefully once the heat wears off, we'll be able to go for walks around the neighborhood again.
Food Cravings/Aversions:  This time around, I really haven't had some strong cravings.  Once someone mentions something for dinner, and it sounds good to me, then I want it.  But usually, it has to be mentioned first.  As for aversions, I have to take a bite of the food first to be averted to it, if that makes sense.
Not-so-Fun Symptoms:  My skin broke out like I'm a teenager again--- and I seem to be extra sensitive to my emotions, as well.  It's kind of ridiculous.
Status of Belly-Button: a little concave, but still there.
What I Miss:  Being able to play with my kids and still have energy.
What I'm looking forward to:  The heat subsiding; feeling the baby more often; Jared and Annabelle starting school; our new niece being born in September/October.
Anything Else:  To tell the kids, I took a video of Jared and Annabelle looking at the sonogram pictures.  The first two pictures showed arms, head, and legs.  The last one had the gender pictures and the words.  I told Jared to read it out loud to Annabelle; he read it, her face dropped, and she started to cry.  I had to stop taking the video and cuddle with her.  After she calmed down, she said, "it's okay, Mom.  I'll love the baby and then the NEXT baby will be my sister."

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Annabelle's Third Primary Talk

Apparently it's the kiddo's season to give talks in primary.  Annabelle was asked to give the talk today about family prayer and she did a great job.  She even read a couple of sentences alone--- that's right--- our baby girl is learning to read.  I think her growing up is going to be the hardest on Greg and I.  Here's her talk:

My talk today is about praying in our families so that we may be blessed.

Family prayer is a commandment for Heavenly Father.  The prophets have said it is one of the most important things to do as a family.

When we pray as a family, we are blessed by being stronger together.  Each prayer brings us closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus.

What I like about Family Prayer is that we pray for others to help them feel better.  I always feel happy when we pray as a family.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Jared's Second Primary Talk

I know I just wrote a post like this, but with Annabelle, instead of Jared.  As fate would have it, two weeks after Annabelle gave her talk, Jared was asked to talk.  It seems strange that Annabelle would give her second talk first, but last year, we always seemed to be out-of-town when Jared was scheduled to give a talk.

I think they finally decided to stop trying to assign him.  It's a good thing they picked this week since we're leaving for California this week.  And, since we were up in RR for Father's Day, we would've not known about this assignment, if it wasn't for the email reminder sent this week.

So, Jared and I sat down and figured out what he wanted to say.  He even wrote it down; until he got tired a few sentences in.  So, I became transcribe while he reminded me what he wanted to say.  Since his last talk, he's learned how to read, so we didn't even go up to help him; Greg and I just watched our little boy grow up some more.  Seriously, why are they growing so fast?!?!

His Topic: I can prepare now to be worthy to enter the Temple.

His Talk:
The temple is a sacred place.  Even though I can't go inside yet, I can prepare now so I will be worthy when I am old enough.

I prepare to go to the temple now by helping my family.

I prepare to go to the temple now by playing nicely and being a good example.

I prepare to go to the temple now by going to church and listening in primary.

Every time we do what is right we prepare to go to the temple.

I want to go to the temple one day.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

9 Weeks

**back posting how I felt with each month of this pregnancy, since this is the first pregnancy post, I'll include all of the categories and then add/subtract them when they are relevant** 

How far along: 9 weeks exactly

Approximate Due Date: January 13th, 2015
Starting Weight, Total Weight Gain: 130, about 5 lbs
Approximate Size of Baby:  Green Olive
Gender:  We should find out in August sometime...
Maternity Clothes:  I'm still fitting into most of my clothes, but I broke out the BellyBand faster this time and can already fit into my small maternity clothes.  My doctor said, 'well, honey, it is your fourth.' :)
Sleep:  Constantly tired.  I have very little energy and it's really frustrating with three kids at home all expecting an awesome summer (and I want to give it to them).
Memorable Moments:  We're telling the whole family this weekend, we've even kept it a secret from the kids.  Tee hee.  *** When we found out, I took a test a couple days early and it was negative.  Fast forward a couple days, and I thought maybe a really am.  So, I fished the old test out of the trash (because I didn't have any) and it had a really faint line.  I was so shocked and started laughing; I took a picture and sent it to Greg because he wouldn't answer his phone.  Later that day, I bought another box and took another test... just to make sure... and this time the line showed up right away.

Movement:  Not yet... but I'm really anxious to see just how much sooner I'll feel this one.
Exercise:  It's pretty much whatever I'm doing to keep up with the kids.  We occasionally go on walks, but I'm so easily exhausted right now.
Food Cravings/Aversions:  I'm not too bad this time around.  If I overstuff myself once I finally get hungry then, I'll get nauseated.  Also, it's inconsistent on what will make me sick.  For example, I'll have ice cream one day and can't handle it the next.
Not-so-Fun Symptoms:  Just like the rest of my pregnancies, I'm extra tired and Greg is doing so much to help me out.  I feel so guilty not being able to do "my job," but I am building a human being and trying to get used to the hormones again, right?
Labor Signs:  Sure hope not!
Status of Belly-Button: a little bigger than normal
What I Miss:  Doing my jobs as a wife and mom.
What I'm looking forward to:  The 2nd Trimester (hopefully, no more nausea, tiredness and worrying about losing the baby), Feeling the baby move
Anything Else:  I thought I wouldn't be anxious about this pregnancy, since I had a healthy one with Luke, but I am.  I'm not going to the doctor frequently like I did with him and everything looked great, except for a little clot that should go away.  Greg & Z gave me a blessing of health and strength.  It was very comforting and fit exactly into what I was anxious about.  *** Greg teased my doctor at my first appointment, asking her to keep her calendar open for New Year's.  Since Annabelle and Luke were two weeks early, that's where we looked on the calendar.... December 30th.  She said it was a little too early to keep it open and laughed.  I guess we'll all have to wait and see what happens over the holidays.


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