Friday, August 24, 2007

sick leave

Those of you that are stay at home moms know that we don't get sick days. There have been days when I literally couldn't get out of bed that Sean has stayed home to help, but of course this week that just wasn't possible. He just started his new position and is really busy with meetings and helping to entertain an international guy, so him staying home to help me just wasn't an option. He did come home early a couple of days so I could go to bed, and then yesterday I went to the doctor. I haven't been to the doctor for being sick since I was 8 1/2 months pregnant with Nathan, so it's not like I go for every little thing. I ended up going to the urgent care center near us because getting in to our doctor for a same day appointment is difficult, and if you do get an "appointment" you still end up waiting 2 hours to be seen, so it's pretty much useless to even try. The doctor there said I have a sinus infection and bronchitis, which explains why I've had a fever all week and I feel like I'm going to cough up a lung. He gave me some antibiotics and today I feel marginally better. I'm hoping by Monday I'll be as good as new and not feel the need to stay in bed all day. When we had kids I never thought about the fact that even if I was sick I didn't get to take the day off and rest up. It's times like this that make me realize how much work 3 kids really are. Even doing the bar minimum this week still felt like way too much work. I'm definitely going to have to do a better job of avoiding germs so I don't have to go through this again for a very long time.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

first day of school

Emma made it to school today with ease. There were no tears, on her part or mine, although I came close! She was so excited and brave about being dropped off at school. We'd been going over and over how things were going to happen today so she knew exactly what to expect. We all had lunch and then got her dressed and packed everyone in the car and drove the 5 miles to her school. We got there and she jumped out of the van with her lunch bag, with her snack in it, in her hand and ran up to stand in under the shady tree to wait for me to get Nathan and Megan out. We walked up the sidewalk together and as we got inside the door her teacher immediately said hi to Emma and took her to put away her snack. When Emma came back I gave her a hug and told her I'd be back later and we'd call daddy and tell him about the great day she had at school. For a split second she had a horrified look on her face as if she couldn't believe I was leaving her, but it passed and she said, "OK, bye Mommy," as I walked out the door.
I can't believe the change in her in the past six months. When we originally visited the preschool in February to see if that's where we wanted to send Emma, she threw a fit at the thought of us leaving her there. But now she is just fine and was happy to be going to school without mom, dad, or Nathan. Hopefully it will continue to be this easy and this is not just the "honeymoon phase" as my cousin calls it.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

7 months old

sorry for the lack of posting. I'm not really sure what I've been doing the past couple of weeks. The kids were sick last week, and now I have their awful cold and I'm miserable, but no real activity has been going on in our house.
This past month Megan has perfected her sitting and crawling abilities and is now pulling up on every available surface she can find. She is still not sleeping through the night, not even close really. I can't believe that after seven months we are no closer to this goal than we were when Megan was a newborn. I realize expecting a baby to sleep through the night is a tall order, but I'd be happy with only getting up for one feeding instead of 3. Feeding her in the middle of the night isn't all bad though. She is so sweet and snuggly at night when Sean brings her to our bed and she wants to eat and then falls alseep. Those are some of my favorite moments when she's so peaceful and content. Those are the moments I wish I could bottle up and save for when I'm having a bad day when she is 2 and starts giving me attitude. I feel like every month I post the same thing about Megan. She is growing and changing so much it's unreal, and every month seems to go by faster than the last one did. I wish there was a way for me to keep her so little and sweet. I know that sounds silly because of course she has to grow up, but I don't want her to since she may be my last baby.
Expect pictures tomorrow as it will be Emma's first day of school!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

6 month pictures

here's a new slideshow of Megan's 6 months pictures.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

there's no place like home

After being in and out of town for almost the entire month of July I'm exhausted and glad to be home. The kids have had a great time being at the lake, I'm just wiped out from the stress of 3 kids and Megan's fussiness from teething. This past weekend we hit the lake and then headed to Cloud 9 Ranch with Sean's dad for a day. The kids were so excited to see their papa again and had a great time riding the 4-wheelers and playing in the creek.
Now that we are back home, there are only two weeks until Emma starts preschool. She could not be more excited if she tried, and I'm excited for her, but a little sad since this is a major step in her growing up. We have an open house at her school the sunday before classes start and the teacher sent a letter to Emma to invite her to it. Emma was so happy she got mail from school. I'm hoping all this excitement won't blow-up in my face and lead to a major meltdown on her first day of school. The good news is she only goes half days and she is in the afternoon session, so I'm hoping that since she doesn't have to go first thing in the morning she'll be in a good mood.
Nathan has been doing excellent with the potty training. We have still had a couple of accidents, but for the most part he is doing great. He is even dry at night, which amazes me since it took Emma a little while for that even after she was accident free during the day.
Megan, as I said is a teething machine. She is really fussy, but who can blame her when she's popping out a new tooth every 4-5 days! She is crawling like crazy which means she is getting into everything and almost never sits still. She is really good at sitting up now, and can easily get herself into the sitting position on her own.
Sean is doing great with the weight loss. He's lost 26 pounds and has about 5 more to go to reach his goal weight. Everyone who sees him says that he look great and doesn't need to lose anymore, but he's very concerned about his BMI number so he insists on losing at least 5 more. Personally I think, and we've also been told by our trainer at the gym, that the BMI scale isn't a great measure of how healthy you are because it doesn't take into account how much muscle you have. Sean also has some exciting news; he got a new job. He is still with the same company, but in a new position with more pay and more perks. I'm so excited for him and very proud of him. I think he is really excited too.
I'm still working at my weight loss. I've lost 24 pounds and it's coming off slowly now. I think mostly because I was gone so much in July I didn't get to the gym as much as I should have, but at least the numbers are still going down, even if it's slow. I doubt I'll be at my goal weight by the end of September like I wanted, but as long as I make it before I have to order my bridesmaid dress for Laura's wedding next year I'll be happy. Right now she says she wants that done in November, so I think I have plenty of time as long as I get my lazy butt back to the gym.
Now that you are all up to date on us, here are the pictures.