Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Small Things

Yesterday was a long long day for me. I won't go into details but Adam knew it was and I knew he was having an equally long day at a training to learn how to get rid of mold/mildew in houses (doesn't that sound like a fun seminar?)
When he got home late last night, he brought me this Easter Lily. It instantly made me feel loved and cherished and gave me the strength to get through one more day. He always seems to know what to do to cheer me up. I love that guy.

Sunshine On My Shoulders

Last Friday we piled in the truck (and I do mean pile) and set off for sunny St. George. Some highlights of the trip:
-hiking Dixie rock area
-playing at a new awesome park that had some really fun toys even for adults
-hanging out with Rhett and Natalie
-reading a book called Born To Run while driving that has really inspired me to get running hard again
-watching my kids have so much fun and getting to be part of Kade's first vacation to St. George

Kade's First Real Bath

Finally that yucky cord fell of at two weeks, and Kade got a real bath in a real tub. He alternated between liking and hating it. I love the way babies smell fresh out of the tub!

Bed Time

Here is where you can find us almost every night before bed. We like to close the day by snuggling on the couch and reading scriptures together. Then Mick reads his current chapter book of choice to himself and Adam or I read to Tori. I feel like night time can be so hectic with getting homework finished and baths and a crying baby and whatnot, but I cherish this time together with the kids to remind me why we are here and what wonderful blessings I have.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Newborn's Conversation With God

A baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow,
but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?"

God said, "Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you."

The child further inquired, "But tell me, here in heaven I don't have
to do anything but sing and smile to be happy."

God said, "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you.
And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy."

Again the small child asked, "And how am I going to be able to understand
when people talk to me if I don't know the language?"

God said, "Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words
you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will
teach you how to speak."

"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"

God said, "Your angel will place your hands together and will teach
you how to pray."

"Who will protect me?"

God said, "Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life."

"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore."

God said, "Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach
you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you."

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth
could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave
now, please tell me my angel's name."

God said, You will simply call her, "Mom."

Friday, March 12, 2010

Visiting The Grandparents For The First Time

When Kade was a week old, we loaded up and headed to Vernal to let the grandparents meet the baby. It was a quick trip in and out in a day, but we got to see them all and hopefully will be back soon when we can spend a few more days. I really wanted them to get to see him while he was still so little.

This is Kade's Great-Grandma Merlene, Adam's Grandma. Sadly, Great-Grandpa Duane died a few days before Kade was born, but there is a lot of speculation that maybe they met on the other side before Kade came.

This is Grandma Dixie, my mom. Her health hasn't been very good lately and she was the main reason we travled instead of having her come out here. I was too worried about her driving this far. I am glad we got to visit with her. She had been anxiously waiting.

This is Grandma Bebbs and Grandpa Clark, Adam's parents. They are always so excited to have new grandkids come and I don't know how they make so much time for all six of them. They make each one feel so special and loved.

Kiss Kiss

So we all know that Tori really wanted a baby sister. She has seemed very happy to have a brother, but I think she had just secretly made up her mind to turn Kade into a sister. She has started dressing him in her bracelets and rings and begging me to paint his fingernails. She wanted to put lipstick on him and I told her no, so she went and got some bright pink on her and came down and gave him a kiss attack. This is what the poor boy looked like after:

Monday, March 8, 2010

Did you know?

Did you know that my husband has lost his mind since the baby was born. Maybe it's lack of sleep or being way overwhelmed this week but he's been acting very strange around here.
Among other funny little things he has done, on Sunday after church he went into the closet to change out of his church clothes holding a pair of socks in his hand. He was looking at his shirts trying to pick one out. He decided on a shirt and when he reached up to take it off the hanger, he realized he had put the socks on his hands. I laughed myself silly that day. Poor Adam. I hope he finds his mind again soon.

Kade Overload

Kade's first day home:

Baby Kade loves his swing. Thanks Grandma Bebbs for getting it for us. It's been a good good thing for us.

Jarod, Jamie, & Lilli stopped by Friday to visit. I have pictures like this of Jarod and Jamie with all 3 newborns of ours now. Thanks for always being so supportive.

Meeting Kade

Here come the Big Brother and Big Sister! They were so excited to see him. Mick said, "Mom, thanks for being pregnant. It was worth it." Since Kade got home, I am amazed at how good Mick has been with him. I thought he would be bored with him quickly when he realized all he does is eat and sleep, but he hasn't said that once and he is so protective of him. He will sit and hold him for long long periods of time, and if you know Mick, you know he doesn't do long periods of time on one single activity very often.
Victoria will help me if I ask her without ever complaining. She has been better about making her bed and setting the table, etc. cause she knows I need the extra help now. I love my kids. I definitely think having older kids while having a baby is WAY easier than having a toddler at the same time.

Before Kade

Here we are at 5:00am on March 3rd getting ready to go to the hospital. The kids spent the day at a couple very fine friends' houses while we were gone. Bless them.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Announcing Baby Kade.....

He finally got here!!! He is a healthy little guy. He scored a 10 on his APGAR tests all day. He weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. and was 19 1/2 inches long. He wins the title for being my smallest baby. My labor went so perfectly and smoothly that I could not believe it was that easy. But after I had Kade, the Dr. couldn't get my placenta to come out. It had permenantly attached itself to my uterus and he had to scrape it out. Not very pleasant and oh boy was I glad I had a good epidural in while this was going on. He said it was like peeling a carrot with a potato peeler. It caused a lot of hemmoraging and I had to have some blood transfusions. I lost consciousnous on and off for a while, but I could tell that it was chaos all around me. I remember them yelling to get an OR room ready so they could do a hysterectomy and yelling for blood STAT. It was kind of like being in an ER episode (my favorite show of all time.) I also had my Dr. and a few different specialists working on me. But thank heaven, they got the bleeding stopped and I didn't have to have surgery.
It was not how I had planned today to go and it's really late now and even with strong painkillers and sleeping aids, I can't rest because of the pain. The nurse told me to expect it to be 10 times worse tomorrow. Oh lovely! But I feel very thankful that the baby is so healthy and that I will be healthy soon. I can't wait to take care of and get to know little Kade better. I wasn't allowed to do much more than hold him for a few minutes today.
When I get to meet God someday, I am going to ask him why childbirth can't be less painful and gross.
Here are a few pictures to enjoy of him.

He was so mad at the world right from the beginning, but his screaming was music to our ears. He has about as much hair as my other two babies did, which means he will probably be completely bald for a year or two. He has little feet but big hands. I am pretty much in love with him.