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Saturday, May 31, 2014

May 25-31

 Are you tired of baby pictures yet? (Because I have about a gazillion more!). ;o)
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 Emmett and Emmett Jr.
That's who we think August looks the most like at this point (it makes Emmett excessively happy). ;o)
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 My view from Grandpa and Grandma's back balcony.
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 Making the move official.
Ummm, yeah. 
If you have been wondering how having a baby and moving 11 days later works, let me go on record to say it doesn't. ;o)  But we are surviving and some day we will look back and laugh and say "Wow were we ever crazy." (Right now, those feelings are a bit too raw . . .). *ahem*
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No picture for the 29th because, well, because. ;o)
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Another little August selfie. ;o)
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Because tummy-time is more fun with a friend.

May 18-24

Admiring every single little wrinkle and teeny tiny part.
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 We brought August home from the hospital and that evening Daddy and Grandpa took the boys out to their first baseball game in Shelby.  I love Emmett's pose. ;o)
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 Not a great day. ;o(
It started out with Isabella--we were up late in the night with her while she writhed in pain due to the intestinal clean-out that had to happen for her endoscopy/colonoscopy.  They then left early in the morning for Omaha for the procedure.  While they were away I took August in for a weight and color check.  His bilirubin levels had climbed to the 16 range, and they needed him to go on lights.  A home health care nurse got him set up with that come afternoon.  And then Josh had to go back to Arapahoe that evening. Happy news--doctor ruled out Crohn's disease and said things looked great inside (and now we are baffled as to what has been going on with her tummy).
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 Another weight/color check.  Levels coming down a bit with him on lights, still not gaining or pooping. I learn my insurance will cover a breast pump 100% and begin popping 16 fenugreek tablets and pumping in my spare time.  I syringe any extra breast milk I can get out as well as some formula into him in hopes of getting him gaining and his intestines moving.  The doctor has me try a suppository on him to get things going in the intestinal area but it doesn't work.
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 While I am in the waiting area for yet another weight/color check I hear explosive sounds coming from the carseat.  I laughed, I cheered . . . the five day pooping stand-off had ended.  It was the most glorious diaper ever. ;o)  Billirubin levels continue to fall, and after two days on lights we get to take them off.  We celebrate by coming home and getting an overdue bath. Owen was so excited to assist.
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Back in February when Josh and I both upgraded our phones to the iphone 5c one of the features Josh was excited about was the face time.  (I could have cared less . . .) However, it has been SO WONDERFUL for the kids and all the time they have had to spend apart from Daddy over the last few months.  We face time him in the evenings and he takes the phone around the house, showing them what their cats are up to, how far he has gotten on packing, etc.  I can show him August since he is basically missing his whole first week and a half of life.  Sometimes I have this love/hate relationship with technology, but this has been a great perk for our family!
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Oh that sweet little face . . . we love him so. ;o)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

May 11-17

 Mother's Day 2014 seemed like a good day to have a baby, but alas, that was not to be. None-the-less it was a day to be thankful for all the little people God has blessed me with and given to me to care for. My cup overflows.
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 The stuff is ready . . . it has been ready . . . just need the baby. ;o)
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 Jackson and Grandpa practicing baseball together--my bird's eye view from the balcony.
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 And the due date comes (and subsequently goes).
I baked myself a chocolate cake.
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 40 weeks 1 day.
Josh took me thrifting in the morning (scored lots more silver for my collection and a cute little ironstone sugar bowl).  And we hit the zoo in the afternoon.
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May 16 . . . no picture . . . 40 weeks 2 days . . . having contractions on and off . . .
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And after a long, long night . . .
August Daniel arrived at 4:13 a.m. on May 17th--just one day shy of making it to Uncle Dan's birthday.
7 lbs 3 oz
19 inches long
(More on that significant life event later . . . ) ;o)

Monday, May 12, 2014

May 4-10

 I have always and forever loved the discovery of a robin's nest and those beautiful blue eggs--my in-law's have one just kind of sitting out in the open on the top balcony.
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 And baseball begins! Grandpa and I journeyed out to Shelby for the first practice.  Jackson and Emmett will get to play on the same team again this year. Jackson is crazy excited, Emmett is kind of excited. ;o)
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 More lilacs in white pitchers--my mom-in-law has a beautiful variety of them and oh did they smell so wonderful!
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 Even though technically the pool wasn't quite sparkling clean and it was a tad on the chilly side, Grandma took pity on the kids who have been staring longingly at the pool for the last week and let them swim. They were thrilled. ;o)
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 Bubbles.
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 We realized it might be time to get the boys up to speed on the Star Wars movies--step one, check out books from the library. ;o)
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The girls sat in the drive way waiting for Daddy to arrive.  Nine days apart is a long time.  I'm so glad he's here and we continue to wait . . . hopefully soon!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

April 27-May 3

 Lilacs in white pitchers--one of my favorite things!
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 Snuggling boys (although I'm certain they would deny it, it sure looks a lot like snuggling to me). ;o)
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 Moving fun.
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Saying good-bye to Arapahoe--one last picture in the wheat field with the water tower in the background. We also took the kids around to their different favorite spots and snagged a few pictures to remember.
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 Saying good-bye to the older three's violin/cello teacher in Kearney.
And then the kids and I were officially bound for Lincoln.
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 Owen has kept busy finding new people to assist with their jobs since Daddy isn't with us yet.
Love this pic of him and Grandpa!
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And life has gotten a bit quieter for me now that we've removed all the packing and we just wait for a new little life to join us.  My in-law's yard is a bursting with bloom and open windows let in the the scent of viburnum.  It is a good place to wait.