Friday, October 24, 2014

My Scouts

It is official!  My William received his Bobcat badge this week.  He has been waiting and waiting for this, and is so excited to finally be a scout.
 They practiced the scout promise, and it was adorable to watch these boys.

 This shows the many faces of my William.

 Meanwhile, my Patrick was doing his board of review to become a Second Class Scout (which he achieved!).  He also came home with a brand new position in the troop, and I am so proud that he wanted to step up and take this role.
Both my boys rising up in the ranks of scouthood.  Love these boys, and am so happy to have Tommy's support and encouragement.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Just Get Along!

 This afternoon, these two needed to just get along.  Please!  Just get along! I asked for something so simple, and it turned into a ridiculous event.  Embarrassing, yelling, in the yard, whole-neighborhood-can-hear-you-and-I-can-hear-you-in-the-house.  Ugh.
 After some tears (mine) and some fussing (me again), I decided they needed some extra togetherness and work-togetherness. I was not sure how this would work out, but as soon as I put it on them, they got excited.
I sent them to collect the garbage in the house, and to just GET ALONG!  This instantly brought them to giggles, and sweet words, and they were so silly and happy to do this together.  I didn't hear anymore fighting, and they really worked it out.  Why haven't I done this before??  Apparently, some of those things you see on Facebook are good for something!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Slowly Back to (the new) Normal

I know there is always a reason to see some sweet baby pictures, and enjoy some of that sweet face, but I wanted to give all my wonderful prayer warriors a quick update on me.

My nephrostomy tube is out!  I was not able to get it out while I was in the hospital with the baby (a big disappointment) but about 10 days later.  I do have some kidney stones which will need to be blasted or removed somehow, but I asked for a little break, and to wait a little.  I am so tired of doctor visits, medical bills, and being out of commission for my kids.  It is WONDERFUL to not have anything sticking out of me, and I was super excited to wear pants in public, without worrying about how to cover up the bag attached to my leg.  When I came home, I put James on my lap: both legs!  He had been asking when he could sit on my left leg and fit on my lap without the baby in my tummy and it was a thrill to see how excited he was.  And, on top of that, the removal process went well, with no pain, no anesthesia and even some tears of relief.  Yes, hormones are still acting up, but not nearly as much as before. It also means I am able to start sleeping in my favorite position, on my left side.  Oh, how I missed that!

I am recovering pretty well from my C-section, and have had Tommy home for 2 weeks, and though I wish I could say I was being good and taking it easy, but I have done a little too much, and was told to take it easy so I don't get an infection.  Tommy will be heading back to work and I am trying not to panic.  Can I do this?  I know I can, with God's help!  (Jesus, I trust in YOU!)

And, in other little thing news, I can wear my wedding rings again, as well as my watch, which is slipping down my wrist a little more.  I don't have to wear flip flops for my extra swollen feet, and I can put my cute shoes back on.  Now, my cute clothes are another story, but it's still early.  I am not dumb enough to try to put a pair of my favorite jeans on just yet, though I would love to be in a pair soon!

And, because I can.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Visitors and New Baby Love!

The love and joy a new baby brings is something I am always awed by, even in the midst of my tears and sleeplessness.  As Tommy said, "We are always happier when a baby comes."

 The Grandparents!

 Aunt Jessie and Uncle Joey
 Aunt Theresa (or more affectionately known as Aunt TT).
 Aunt Melanie and Uncle Joe (my brother).
 Visits from the next youngest cousin, Gus, and his parents.  He is almost 1, and he just wanted to touch her face. 

 Oldest Reynolds cousin Hayley and her sister Alex.

 Aunt Chrissy and her daughter Lynsey.  Cousin love!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Introducing #5!

Lucy Margaret
October 3, 2014
8 pounds, 7 ounces
20 3/4 inches
 (Picture overload alert! :)

We are all so much in love!!  Thank you for all the prayers that got us to this day and through this day!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"Do you like my new green glasses?"

In June, our pediatrician said he noticed a little something with James' eye, and told us to watch for it.  I didn't really see anything, until about August when we all started to notice James' right eye turning inward at different times.  It got progressively worse, and we knew we would need to see an eye doctor.  All the kids can see it, and the camera especially caught it.  This photo is from this week, and if you look at James, you can really see it. It's a little unnerving, huh?  It looks painful.
 So this week, James picked out his favorite color for his new glasses to help the muscles in his eyes, and they arrived this week!
 A definite first for our family, since he is only 3, but oh my goodness, how cute is he?
 The first thing he asked for this morning was his new glasses, and it just melted my heart! 

 I am so grateful this boy is so sweet and happy!  He impressed every.single.person we encountered on this journey.  The eye doctor was floored at how well he did with the eye chart and answering all the questions.  They had to dilate his eyes, and he never squirmed or yelled when they put those drops in.  The places we visited to find his glasses were so amazed at how excited he was, and how cooperative he is.  He gave the lady a big hug after he got his new eyes, and she just kept saying how amazed she was.  In the last weeks of pregnancy where things are a little more complicated, I am so grateful for this sweet boy!!!