Thursday, February 25, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Daniel has been doing really well in school and begs to do it everyday. I am hoping that I will have some time this weekend to pull all the things I want to do with him together. Drew is starting to lengthen his time between feedings and is sleeping for some good stretches - so I really want to take advantage of that time and get school organized. I have been neglecting it terribly and really need to get my act together to finish our year better than it started!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I didn't even get my camera out today! I am so sad - I was really trying to get photos everyday - but life just got crazy! It started out with the three older kids and Andy going over to the Darrow house to celebrate Faschnacht Day. There is a bakery around here that makes the most incredible faschnacts! They are wonderful! Aunt Denise always brings some over to the Darrow's and they are kind enough to share them with us. I didn't go over because it was almost time for Drew to wake up and eat and I was no where near ready to go out in public! So Drew and I had a relaxing morning while the kids got hyped up on sugar!
I also tried to be creative in my dinner for this evening. I used to have a great recipe for Beef Stew - but I have lost it. So I just threw things in the crock pot as an experiment. It didn't turn out too badly. It should have cooked a bit longer, but it was pretty tasty. Sarah ate it so it couldn't have been too bad! I think I need to add peas or some other green veggie. I am trying to use the crock pot more so I don't have to think too hard about dinner as that is usually when Drew wants to eat! I am also trying to use ingredients that I have on hand. I am trying to see how long I can go without going to the grocery store. We have only gone to get some fresh produce and milk - but the snow has helped me stay away from the grocery store - I actually haven't driven our van for more than three weeks! It will probably feel weird when I do get behind the wheel again!
Drew - 3 weeks old - a pretty good sleeper!
Daniel and I did a bunch of school today. He is so into it! We focused on cutting with scissors and writing exercises. He LOVES mazes! He does really well with them. I am going to have to find a harder maze book - he is starting to tell me the ones I am having him do are too easy! He's so funny. He loves to be challenged - so different from Matt and Sarah! He is also into the alphabet. He is really putting the sounds together with the letters - I think he'll be reading before I know it! I am amazed at what he already understands! I wonder where he would be if it weren't for the bed bugs and the pregnancy - boy! Sometimes I feel like I've lost so much time with him - but God is good and will do the work that needs to be done in my sweet boys life!Matt is struggling with getting school done in a timely fashion and as a result missed out on going to preteens tonight. Andy and I decided that we just really need to stand firm with him in regards to the rules we have set for him. One rule is that he needs to finish his school work before going to preteens. He had four math problems that weren't done. I felt terrible, but he wasn't done - so he suffered the consequences. Hopefully, he will take this experience to heart and start putting more effort into getting his work accomplished.
Sarah has been super helpful this week - really trying to get her school work done and doing little chores here and there to help me out. She vacuumed the living room today - it really needed it! I am very thankful for all her efforts this week!
Life is crazy - but I wouldn't trade it for anything! We are all doing well and I am so thankful for each blessing God has given me - especially the four lives he has entrusted to our care! Please pray for each one as they grow and strive to do their best for God.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
And I believe Drew loves Daniel! Daniel has a way of calming Drew down - and he is quite proud of himself when he gets Drew to stop crying! I am really praying that this relationship will bloom into something beautiful! I am so thankful God gave us another son to pal around with Daniel!
Since Drew's birth I haven't been to church - the first Sunday was too cold and the last Sunday was too snowy. I am going to attempt to go tomorrow - it is a Drew debut! I can't wait for everyone to meet him! He's such a great little guy. I am a bit nervous about his cooperation level - when he wants to eat - he lets the world know it! I think he thinks he is starving! But hopefully we'll get through tomorrow without a hitch! We'll see!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
My little guy can now do this.....See that left arm up in the air? Last week he wasn't able to do that! He is really progressing and we are praying for a full recovery in the next few months. He goes back to the orthopaedist February 24th for x-rays and a progress check. Hopefully, all will be well by then.Isn't his outfit cool? It's a shame he will probably only wear it one more time as it is a 0-3 month outfit and only goes up to 12.5 pounds. The pants are already a bit snug in the waist. I so wish I had had this outfit for Daniel - our little rocker! Maybe this is a sign that Drew will be a rocker as well! We'll see!
We had another 14 inches or so of snow fall upon the city today - making it the snowiest winter on record! I don't believe we'll be getting to see anyone before spring! Our street is totally snowed in and it doesn't look like we'll be getting out anytime soon! It has been an amazing winter. It is beautiful to look at from my window! I am so glad Drew is here already and we aren't worrying about how to get to the hospital! Praise God!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Every one of our kids has been an afghan baby. Matt received his first and most loved blanket from Dorothy Schultz as a shower gift. He received many other afghan baby blankets - but that one was his DeeDee (what he called it!). Sarah and Daniel both received their afghans from Grammy Schultz and both love them still today. The one you see in all the pictures was also made by Grammy Schultz and is the most beautiful one I have ever seen - I LOVE the colors and Drew really seems to prefer this blanket to all others. I wrap him up in it nice and tight and off to dreamland he goes! Do you see his little fingers in the above picture? All the kids have done that - they weave their fingers in the holes and just hold on to the blanket. I love it! Thanks Grammy!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Since we brought Drew home he has already been to the pediatrician and the orthopaedist. Both doctors gave glowing reports. Both feel that Drew will regain full use of his left arm within the next few months and will make a full recovery. His case of Erb's Palsy is very mild and his fracture is small - should heal in the next few weeks. I loved his orthopaedists - two YOUNG doctors. They were so gentle and careful of Drew and were just so encouraging. I am really glad I switched pediatricians and am now part of the CHOP network. Every doctor I have met so far I have really liked. Drew will go back in three weeks for x-rays and another doctor visit to make sure his clavicle has healed and his arm is improving.