Saturday, May 30, 2009

P.J. says...

I'm thinking that I will record all of the hilarious conversations I have with the kids. Here are a few that will start P.J.'s page...

As he is poking a fish with a long reed he pulled from beside the pond...
PJ- shhh, I'm about to catch this fish
Tay- Um, PJ, that fish is dead

As we are reading the menu's at a local Italian restaurant...
PJ- (sobbing) I'm not eating, they don't have bean burritos enchilada style

PJ- I think I need to go to the eye Dr.
Me- We'll go when we get back from Disney
PJ- But, what if I go blind before then?
Me- You won't
PJ- If I do you'll have to train Rocky to help me. Or...get me a monkey.

Oh, and he wrote me a book, here's a teaser... "Noooooooooo! My son is a saguaro!" said Mom. hahaha And, it's illustrated!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

~ a tisket a tasket a baby in a basket~

So, our traveling nurse came to visit yesterday. (Sam qualifies for this service due to her NICU time) We went through the usual, height, weight, eating, etc... Then, she told me there were just 3 things you needed to help your baby grow and thrive. A highchair, a playpen (?) and a box. Apparently sitting them in a box (basket) is a great way to help them develop the muscles they need to sit up and roll and crawl and all that good stuff. So, into a box she will go. haha She looks a little goofy - but she absolutely loves it! She can see what all the noise is about! She will follow the kids and the dogs all over the room. Completely turning her head to see where they are going. We also put a few little toys in there and she is grabbing at them and picking them up. So, it was a nice informative visit afterall. However, as the nurse was packing up to leave she told Sam..."Well, Miss Samantha, you are moved to the bottom rung and I won't be back unless Mommy calls me with a concern." So, I guess I'll take that as good! haha She did say that Sam's file will remain open until she's 3 at which point the school district will take over. I don't know why this makes me feel better - I have no concerns. But, I think I just like knowing that I have someone to call if anything ever comes up.

Oh, and every time the nurse visits she brings Sami a new book. So, as she sat in her basket Jesse decided he should read it to her. Really, why must he go to kindergarten? Sam and I are going to miss him terribly...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sweet Sami is 5 months old!

Oh my goodness, time surely does fly! I cannot believe that my teeny tiny baby is 5 months old already. Seems like we were just visiting her in the hospital and praying for the day we could bring her home - and at the same time it feels like she's been with us forever. This little girl is just so wonderful. She came into this world with so many people loving and caring for her and I just know that she felt that. because you have never met a more content child. She is just happy to be here. Loves everything and everybody.

This last month has been a whirlwind for our family. We lost our grandmother this month, and that really made time stop and speed ahead all at the same time. In that whirlwind Sam experienced so many things. She went on her first airplane ride, she met tons of her family, she spent lots of time with her uncles and grandparents. And, of course, she just smiled all the way. I really don't know of anything that can phase this sweet girl. On the airplane she sat on my lap and watched the people as they were finding their seats. Then, she simply went to sleep. I didn't even know she was asleep - she was sitting up and leaning back on me and just closed her eyes. Our seat neighbor on the plane was an older gentleman. He never said a word to us until about half an hour before we landed. Then he said "You got a real nice baby there. Doesn't do nothin' to bother nobody." I think he summed it up pretty well. haha While we were in KC we stayed with my Aunt and Uncle. Fortunately for me my cousins have reproduced as mush as we have and she has a house full of cribs, strollers, swings, and even a baby bathtub. So, Sami made herself right at home. I laid her in that crib the first night, she turned her head to the side and went to sleep. I just had to laugh, because getting my babies to bed has never been an easy task.

So, aside from the sad events of the month, Miss Samantha has begun to do so many things! First and foremost she is the cheerleader for both of the boys teams. She is just loving heading out to the games. She does the best at the earlier games, but is now just as well at the later ones. She has decided that she likes to sit and watch all the kids play from her stroller or my lap. Since the boys usually play one after another we start our evenings at the park at about 5 and don't get home til about 9. But, she's such an angel that she just takes it all in stride. She'll usually fall asleep before the end of the last game, but when we get her home and start getting ready for bed she's all smiles again.

She is gaining more control over her hands, has discovered her feet and has a wonderful new noise. I think it's her "purr". She seems to do it when she's really happy or relaxed. Oh, and she has also gotten earrings! She looks absolutely adorable in them, I think. haha I never did Tay's ears because, one, I was a chicken, and two, because I had a friend in elem school who had had hers done when she was little and had pulled on them. By 2nd grade her holes were long slits. However, watching your 11 year old stress over getting it done is not something I want to go through again. It was agonizing for her to make the decision. I figure, it feels the same no matter your age - at least with Sam I was able to take on the stress and anxiety. I also almost vomited and could barely drive because my legs were so shaky. Oh, and I spelled my name wrong on the forms... Anywho...isn't she adorable? HAHA

She is doing well weight-wise. In fact, she would have been ever a little bigger, I think, if it weren't for the nasty stomach bug all the kids got. On April 23rd she weighed 9 lbs 8 ozs and by May 3th she was up to 10 lbs 11 ozs. A gain of 1 lb 3 ozs in 10 days. And, I'm proud to announce that I may be seeing the first sign of a chub roll on her arm. haha

We are just so blessed to have this sweet angel in our lives. We are also so thankful to have such wonderful friends and family who love and care about her soooo much!