Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy Birthday, Amy!

Today is Amy's 30th birthday. I stayed home today to try and make her day a little more relaxing. As a result, I haven't taken this baby carrier off for the past 3 hours. I just finished giving Kip a bottle so that Amy could go off to her surprise massage and get some much needed time alone. Let's just say that neither Kip nor I are used to the bottle. For the first 15 minutes, more of it came up than went down. In the middle of her feeding, I had to stop to give our sick and whining oldest some medicine b/c he was losing it. After her feeding, Kip went poop and more of it went up than down into the diaper itself. Thus, the need for a completely new outfit. In the past hour, I have disciplined Gus twice. He's due for lunch, but I'm stalling as long as possible, hoping that Amy will get back in time to help. Kip is back in the carrier and fighting her nap. Hold on...need to go fix the train tracks again so Gus can settle back down... Back now.

All that to say, I am very thankful for Amy and the hectic job she manages here at home. She's a great mother and still finds the time to be a fantastic wife and friend. I love you, Frau. Happy Birthday! (I think I heard the car pull up. Sweet. She's home!)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Funny Man Encore

Today, while trying to get the house cleaned, I let Gus play with a container of Q-tips. I told him he could take them all out, as long as he cleaned them all up when he was finished.

I came in a few minutes later to find him cramming all the Q-tips back in the plastic cup. I asked him if he was having fun.

He said, "Yes, I'm just cleaning up all these Booger-tips."

(That's what we tell him Q-tips are for: Cleaning out your ear boogers.)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Funny Man

Here's a conversation that just transpired:

Amy to Scott: "I wonder how they did this." (Referring to a personalized note pad that we just received.)

Scott: "I'm sure that any printer could do that."

Gus, from another part of the room while playing: "Printer. I want to see a printer."

Amy, under her breath: "Gus Man, you're such a little eavesdropper."

Gus, from the other side of the room: "Eavesdropper. Eavesdropper."

Friday, December 11, 2009


Life can be so frustrating and yet joyful at the same time.

On Sunday, Kip started having the same food allergy symptoms that we suffered through with Gus for 7+ months when he was an infant. It has been shocking to me how similar my two children have been so far! She even started the symptoms at exactly the same age as Gus (almost to the day!).

I was, at first, devastated. Just remembering how stressful and sad it was the first time made me want to give up this time. I thought that with it being our second time around that I would handle it better, but it's still hard.

It's hard to think that her body is suffering and her immune system is working so hard to defend her against something that it doesn't need to worry about (that's what this type of allergy essentially is: a confused immune system). It is hard for me to contemplate many more months of elimination diets and doctor visits. With Gus, we were never able to figure out what it was in my diet he was reacting to, so I modified and modified, with little success. But, he is completely fine now which is a comfort to know, and he by no means had as severe a case as he could have. There are a lot of things for us to be thankful for. Kip has started smiling and hanging out with us more. Her whole face lights up when she smiles, and it's been so much fun to watch her interact with Gus a little bit.

For now I'd really like to try and continue breastfeeding so I'm not eating dairy, soy, eggs, nuts and fish for 3 weeks. We'll see if that does anything to ease the symptoms. After that, I don't know what we'll do. The formula they suggested switching Gus to supposedly can run up to $100 a week, which does not sound good to me!

I'm praying for a good attitude, complete healing for Kip or at least for us to discover what allergy she has so that I can avoid it. I am learning to process my ever fluctuating emotions through prayer and, as always, these "light and momentary troubles" are bringing me closer to my Savior!

Life goes on...I'm off to try replacing the eggs in some of my Christmas cookies with flax seed meal. We'll see how THAT goes:)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

1 month old

It's amazing how fast they grow!! From this... this, in just 1 month.

Kip is doing great. At her 1 month appointment, she weighed 8 lbs 3 oz (25%) and was 21 inches long (50%). Although we've had a few rough nights, overall she's a much better sleeper than Gus was. She's pretty easy-going and loves to cuddle:) She's starting to get interested in stuff around her, like her mobile. She also really enjoys laying on the floor next to Gus!

Here are some of my favorite photos from her first month.

We love you, Kip!