Monday, May 11, 2015

Jared: Birthday Questions at 7

  1. What are 3 words that describe you? fun, silly, and playful
  2. I'm really good at:  baseball, swimming, math, reading
  3. What makes you happy? When we spend time as a family and go to parks and museums
  4. What makes you sad? Not getting to do fun things
  5. What is your favorite animal?  Platypus, Dolphins, Armadillos
  6. What is your favorite food? Lasagna, Seafood and Rice
  7. What is your favorite color? Green, Blue, Yellow, Orange, Gold & Silver
  8. What is your favorite part about church?  Sacrament Meeting
  9. What is your favorite scripture story? Army of Helaman because they are strong
  10. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas, Halloween, & Easter
  11. What is your favorite treat? Almost all treats like chocolate, fudge, ice cream... almost all treats.
  12. What is your favorite type of music? Star Wars & Jurassic Park music 
  13. What is your favorite toy? Legos
  14. What is your favorite sport to play? Baseball
  15. My favorite books are: Harry Potter series & How to Train Your Dragon series
  16. What is your favorite movie? Harry Potter, Star Wars, & Jurassic Park (he's only seen the non-attacking parts)
  17. Favorite TV Show?  Miles from Tomorrowland
  18. If I could go anywhere, I would go to: Universal with Harry Potter & Jurassic Park stuff, Disneyland, & Disneyworld
  19. What songs do you like to sing? "Love One Another" & "Lilac Tree" (My Heavenly Father Loves Me)
  20. Best thing our family does together: we have fun together!
  21. If you could pick any pet, what would it be? Hamster, lizard
  22. When I was little I used to: I don't know because I don't remember!
  23. My best friend is: Boston, Wyatt & Caleb
  24. What do you like to do with Mommy? Make things with her
  25. What do you like to do with Daddy? Build things with him
  26. What do you like to play inside? Legos & board games
  27. What do you like to play outside? games like tag or swimming
  28. If I had one wish, it would be: Have one of each Lego sets. Go to Universal or Disney Cruise with my family.
  29. Are you afraid of anything?  being alone, spiders, and the dark
  30. When I grow up, I want to be: a Paleontologist
  31. Who is the coolest person you know: Mom & Dad (SWEET!)
  32. *EXTRA*  My favorite memory is: Feeding dolphins on my birthday. And feeding sting rays at Aquatica.

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.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Malcolm's Birth Story

I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that he's here and was so early.

I fully expected to have him in three weeks, since Annabelle and Luke were both born two weeks early--- apparently Malcolm had other plans.  This past week, I spent the time getting ready for a Relief Society dinner that I helped plan. I figured once that was out of the way, I could start prepping for Malcolm. I was literally going to pack my bag for the hospital the very next day.

Usually for RS Meetings, Greg stays home with the kids, but this time, he was planning to be one of the Child-care supervisors, which meant I came ahead of him and the kids to the meeting--- instead of him playing single Dad at home.  Since it was a dinner and presentation, I had lots of other things in the car, as well.  So, I got to the church at 545 and started unpacking the car.  There was a fair amount this time, but I was being really good and not helping with heavy stuff or doing too much.  I even sat down to rest a few times while we were setting the tables.

A little after six rolls around and I wanted to double-check the child-care just before Greg showed up.  The other gentleman was there and I wanted to see if the bag I brought with movies, crafts, and treats had made it into the right room.  As I was leaving the room, I felt the same 'pop' that I've felt twice before and knew then and there what had happen. Luckily, I happened to be just outside of the bathroom, so I beelined for it. My friend, Becca, saw me go into the bathroom and followed me.  She asked me what was wrong and I told her: "my water just broke."  Her response: "are you sure?"  Yes, I'm pretty sure.

She went to grab another friend, Lori, while I sat there and tried to keep it together.  Mentally, I was trying so hard to keep it together.  I instantly had so many worries for Malcolm.  I was only 35 weeks THAT day... was he going to be okay? I then had to call Greg to tell him the news.

G: Hey, did you forget something? We're on our way. (I usually forget to bring something to the church on those nights)
A: No... my water broke.
G: What?! Are you sure?! (what is it with people asking me that question)
A: Yes, I'm sure.
G: I guess we're having a baby. Everything is going to be okay.
A: I know.
G: You better give your folks a call. We'll be there in a minute.

Looking back, it was that conversation that was the first peaceful prompting from the Holy Ghost reminding me that everything, and everyone, would be okay.  Lori came in and further talked me off of my mental breakdown ledge, so I could sound okay when I called my Mom.  The conversation with her ended up pretty much the same as Greg's, except they would come to the church to pick up the kids after they met us at our house to give me a blessing--- because we had to go to the house to pack a bag.  Being fourth-time parents-- and all--- we were super prepared. We said goodbye to the kids (surprise we're changing your lives a little earlier than planned) and got a lot of well-wishes from friends as we left (seriously helped me to stay calm).

About an hour after my water broke, Greg and my Dad gave me (and Mal) a blessing of strength and comfort. He blessed us to be strong, to endure what was ahead and promised that everyone would be fine in the end.  We finally got to the hospital around 730 pm; the triage nurse was the nicest lady and pretty much told me they trust all of my instincts because this was my 'first rodeo'. She also told me that one of her kids was born at 35 weeks and was perfectly happy and healthy college student (I don't think it was a coincidence that she was my first nurse).  At 745, we were admitted because my water was really broken and we were really going to have the baby; it was actually the same room that Luke was born in.

At 815, I had my first check and the nurse said I was a 1 and it felt like Mal was breach. Now-a-days, breach equals c-section--- so the good feelings I had worked so hard to build up for the last two hours instantly went away.  Not because I didn't think either of us would have been in danger; it was the fear of the unknown. I had three babies before this one, so I thought I had a fairly good grasp at what to expect during labor--- I just figured this one would go a little faster. Since, they weren't sure, they ordered an ultrasound to double-check.  When the on-call doctor came in to do the ultrasound at 845, it showed that Malcolm was NOT breach, just high and small, so he felt breach.

Since I wasn't breach, she ordered Pitocin. After Jared, I've tried to make sure I get my epidural first before Pitocin comes, but the other doctor was busy, so I got Pit first--- at 930--- on a very little dose. I progressed slowly (not surprised) until right before the epidural at 1045. The pain started to get bad, so once everything was set up, it felt as though it didn't work on one side--- impatient Amber didn't give it enough time TO work--- so I pressed the button at 1115.

With the pitocin going and the epidural in, we were in a holding pattern. So, we tried to rest as much as we could. At 1215, the nurse came to rotate and check me and I was only at a 4.  I was actually pretty shocked that I wasn't further--- because my previous birth patterns showed me that I would labor faster with this one. Well, sometime in the next hour, I went from a 4 to a 10--- however, I didn't realize it because I pushed the button and was completely numb.  So, when the nurse went to check me at 120, I was complete (and probably was for a while) and Mal was crowning.

So--- what happened next? The typical labor room panic induced by all-of-the-sudden ready-to-push Amber. Four for Four. At least I was right about that. A bunch of nurses, including NICU ones, came in to prep the room--- while my nurse tried to hold Mal in until they were ready.

At 138 everyone was ready, and I half-way pushed Malcolm Aaron out into the land of the air breathers. When he came out, they only kept him on my chest for a few seconds and took him away to make sure everything was okay. And, as my blessing said earlier, everything was okay. He passed all of his newborn screening, was breathing on his own, and because he was just at 5 lbs, he didn't have to go to the NICU.

This whole hospital stay has been a little surreal. He's so early, but they haven't been treating him like a preemie. Right now, he's doing a carseat study and if he passes that, we can go home today.

At some point during the whole ordeal, Greg turned to me and said, "he just wanted to be like his siblings and have a 1 and 0 on his birthday--- plus he wanted to be an airbreather for Christmas".

Merry early Christmas to us... and our family of six.

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.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Annabelle is FIVE

Her Birthday Celebration at Preschool
Whenever Annabelle turns another year older is when I feel the passage of time the most. She's my little girl and she's not so little anymore and I'm trying REALLY hard not to be super sad about it.

Weight: 42 lbs (50 %)
Height: 44 inches (75 %)
Hair: whispy strawberry blonde
Eyes: depends on the day--- dark to amber brown
 nothing's changed
Shoe Size: 11 or 12
Clothes Size:  6T+ dresses, 5/6 shirts, 5T shorts/skirts 
Nicknames: Belle, Annabellie, Bellie, Little Mama, Little Girl, Sissyturkeybutton
 Luke, Jared, Daddy, Mommy, Pink Blankie, anything Disney Princess--especially Frozen, Sea World, anything having to do with Art, singing, dancing
Dislikes: She still dislikes being bossed around--- like anyone else. Her pickiness has expanded to most vegetables except for raw carrots, cooked broccoli, pickles and edamame.  If she has a certain way to do something, it frustrates her when you do it differently. Unfortunately, she the only time she'll eat Chicken now, is if we have it a Chick-fil-a.
Favorite Food:  She still loves Mac & Cheese with Chocolate Milk and I don't see that changing anytime soon.  She also gobbles up tomatoes, most burgers, cheese pizza (anything cheese actually), and Japanese food (phew).
Favorite Toys: She still loves all of her dolls and dressing and undressing them. 
Favorite Books: Scripture Stories, All of her Princess books, & Elephant/Piggie books
Favorite Things to Watch: Pretty much any Disney Channel cartoons--- her show of choice right now seems to be Octonauts.
Other New Tricks:  She is enamored with Jared's ability to read and often laments how she cannot read; so we're working on that ALREADY with her. Her favorite place to be at Preschool is either on the swings or in the Art Room. There's not a day that goes by without her bringing home an art project--- usually it's a new painting. My current dilemma is figuring out what to do with them all.
What's next: Becoming a Big sister again, getting ready for Kindergarten next year, learning to read.
How she drives us crazy: She whines A LOT. We're trying to work on it--- and for the adults, working on being patient with her and trying to teach her other ways to express her emotions. When her imagination gets the best of her, she tells TONS of stories. This is normally a positive, unless we're trying to get the truth out of her.
Why she's so awesome: She is our little jewel. She has the most caring and sensitive little girl. She also has the best imagination. She's super smart and loves to make everyone happy. She's a joy to be around.

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."


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