Showing posts from May, 2010

When I grow up, I want to be a garbage man

Outside one of my kids' classrooms are posters called "When I grow up." I thought this one was hilarious -- it's not written by any of my kids, but it could have been!

Recent Visitors (nearly Wordless Wednesday)

We live on a wooded lot in the middle of a city. It's great because my kids get to enjoy nature and I get to have a grocery store within five minutes. I love looking out all our back windows and seeing trees, especially in the spring after the long, gray winter.

But the best part of where we live are the visitors -- my kids would rave about all the bugs and snakes, but I really prefer the winged variety.

I'm not sure what this little guy is, but isn't he lovely? Sarah saw him first and insisted I get a picture of him.

And isn't this guy regal? This is the same branch as the photo above, just taken from a different angle. I really hope this predator doesn't eat beautifully colored yellow and red birds.

Our other winged visitors arrived by mail in the form of caterpillars. We bought Sarah a butterfly pavilion for Christmas this year and she was thrilled when it got warm enough to order her little caterpillars. The ugly little things grew really fast, made chrysal…

Seriously? Isn't it nearly June?


Tired of Katie Pictures Yet?

Then feel free to skip these. We're certainly in love with her around here. I hardly get a chance to hold her in the afternoons. Once my older kids are home, one of them is usually holding her and two others are in line. The little girls love to hold her too, and Allison and Sarah are quite good at it. Even Eliza can be trusted to sit quietly for a good stretch with Katie on her lap. Harmony, on the other hand? She insists ten times a day that she wants to " 'old her!" Then she pats Katie, pulls off her blankets to examine her feet, and abruptly hands her back when she's done.

And what are the chances that I start taking photos of her yesterday and she chooses that moment to give me her first wide awake grin?

(Joey took the next two photos)

Greeting the Dawn

Katie and I greeted the dawn this morning. She had her eyes fully open and lay peacefully in my arms as I rocked her this morning at 5 a.m. My eyes were not so alert, after waking up two previous times during the night to tend to her and one time to rock and hold Harmony. It was a tough night that followed a tough day.

But as the light from the sun began to fill the nursery with softness and warmth, I felt two emotions simultaneously. The first, an awe at the beautiful gift I held in my arms and a gratitude for the privilege of being her mother and being able to sacrifice for her. The second, exhaustion and fear about my ability to handle the demands of the day and maintain my patience with my children.

And thus is the postpartum roller coaster. Either I feel on top of the world, or I feel that the world is on top of me.

Yesterday, I was at my wit's end. My feeble attempts at a nap had been thwarted by interruptions and my night sleep is so disjointed and interrupted as to rip…

Pictures you don't want to see

Be careful about scrolling down -- this is a warning for those of you who don't like snakes.

Oh, you'll want to look at this one of Katie's second cousin.

And isn't this one adorable? He's a week old and was nearly nine pounds at birth!
But I'm warning you to quit right after this next one if you don't like snakes!

Didn't look away yet? Well, don't say I didn't warn you!

She comes by her love of snakes honestly. I blame her older brothers and sisters.

Want to see more? Well, you may remember this post from last summer.

Katie, Katie, Katie

I think newborn photography is my favorite, especially when it's my own little baby! I finally caught Katie when she was asleep for a few minutes this afternoon. She didn't stay asleep for more than a few minutes once I started posing her, but long enough to get some beautiful shots.

I know these next two shots are similar, but I love them both and can't decide which one I like better.

Eight Kids ~ Wordless Wednesday

Saturday night, I told the kids all I wanted for Mother's Day was a card from each of them telling me they loved me. Sunday morning, after a nice breakfast and presentations of the cards (Lillian helped the little ones create them), I told them all I wanted was a picture of all of my kids together. They were nice to accommodate me, even though by the time we got everyone dressed for Church and ready for a picture, Harmony was cranky and uncooperative and I was a bit stressed out and bossy myself. Lillian is camera-shy on the best of days, but she smiled and sat nicely anyway, Allison smiled even though two minutes earlier she'd been pouting, and Joey put up with Harmony screaming in his ear. Yep, they really must love me.

And wow, that's a lot of kids. I still can't believe I have eight of these rascals.

Plus six girls! SIX!

Back to Life and Random Thoughts from the Week

I thought about calling this post "Easing Back into Real Life," but with eight kids, there's no "easing" into anything. I fully enjoyed and savored the quiet peace of the hospital with Katie, knowing that there would be few quiet moments in the weeks to come.

It was hilarious to come home last Wednesday. As we drove up to our house, I could see bikes and wiggle racers strewn all over the driveway and sidewalk. When we walked in the door, the first person to come running up to me was Sarah, calling out excitedly, “Mommy, I caught a snake!” and waving it towards my face. The other kids came running to see Katie and asked to hold her and I knew I was home.
That first night home, I was up with Sarah twice, once because she had a nightmare and once because she had a painful rash that needed tending, Harmony once because she’s sick and stuffed up, and Katie three times. I woke up the next morning with a smile, "Yep, I'm home!" I was grateful my mot…

The picture that says it all . . .

Harmony: Wow, I finally get to hold the baby. She's so cool!
Katie: What have I got myself into? Are you sure this is safe, Mommy?

The Long Version -- Katie's Birth Story

I was really hoping to go into labor on my own this time, but I felt good about scheduling an induction for May 3rd, 6 days before my due date. For one thing, DH had a conference in a nearby city he was presenting at this weekend, and while he would only be forty minutes away, I didn't relish the possibility of having our child without him. And frankly, I was tired of being pregnant and it was nice to have an end date. My doctor said that while I'd have to have an IV, we would start by breaking my water and see how things progressed. Since I'd usually delivered within a few hours of my water being broken, I figured the odds I wouldn't need pitocin were pretty good, and the comfort of being able to plan and arrange for my children's needs outweighed my distaste for IVs.

Monday arrived and I woke up at 5 a.m., unable to get back to sleep. The hospital is supposed to call as soon as they have room. With Eliza, I went in at 6 in the morning, and with Harmony, arou…

Baby Weights & Newborn Pictures

I was asked how much my other babies weighed, and everyone has been asking me who I think Katherine looks like. I am really bad at seeing resemblance in my own children. I think Katie looks like herself.

So here's the stats and a newborn photo of each of my children. Lillian was our only one without much hair; even our blondes came with dark full heads of hair at birth.

Who do YOU think Katie looks like?

Lillian: 4 days late, 7 lbs 10 ounces

Joseph: 6 days early, 7 lbs 4 ounces

Michael: 3.5 weeks early, 6 lbs 13 ounces

Allison & Sarah: 2 weeks early, 5 lbs 10 ounces, and 5 lbs 12 ounces

Eliza: 4 days early, 7 lbs

Harmony: 5 days early, 7 lbs 4 ounces

Katherine: 6 days early, 6 lbs 10 ounces