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Laura
Follower of Christ. Wife to Adam. Mama to Joshua (9), Abigail (8), Esther (7), Hannah (6), Noah (5), Joseph (3), Peter (2), James (9 months), and Blessing #9 due late August. Soli Deo Gloria!
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Adam and Laura

Adam and Laura

Joshua Addison

Joshua Addison

Abigail Lauren

Abigail Lauren

Esther Rebecca

Esther Rebecca

Hannah Ralene

Hannah Ralene

Noah Evans

Noah Evans

Joseph Patrick

Joseph Patrick

Peter Edwin

Peter Edwin

James Emil Robert

James Emil Robert

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Still Kickin'

Yes, we are still here! I can't believe it's been over two weeks since I last posted. It's been on my to-do list for about a week and a half...unfortunately it's not the only thing on that list that hasn't been accomplished! Things have been pretty busy around our house. Adam's family is here visiting now. Grandma has been here for a week and Grandpa and Uncle Jon came in n Wednesday. We've had lots of fun going shopping and eating out and going to the park and doing all sorts of things that we don't normally get to do very often. Here are a few pictures from our fun week!

Grandma with the children in their new pj's























Playing with Play-Do for the first time














Riding on an antique John Deere tractor that Great Grandma Patrick sent. Adam used to ride on this when he was a little boy. How fun!






















Uncle Jon and Joshua having a picnic at the park...yes, it was hot!















Putting together a floor puzzle with Grandma and Grandpa



















Hannah is four weeks old now! In a way it's hard to believe that she's already been here for four weeks, but on the other hand it seems like she's always been here. She such a sweetie and we're enjoying her so much. I love having a newborn!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Naptime

All four of my children are sleeping right now. I'm not sure how that happened or if it will ever happen again, but I thought I'd take advantage of the opportunity to post a few new pictures! I think that Joshua is pretty much done with naps. He will lay quietly in his bed for a couple of hours, but he rarely ever goes to sleep. I usually have him lay down for a little while and then let him get up and do something quietly with me while the girls are sleeping. But today I put him in our bed by himself. I went in about thirty minutes later to check on him and he was asleep with the blanket over his head and the radio on!

All is well here! Adam has dental school orientation this week, and classes start next week. He's excited about it, and so am I! We just found out about a couple of organizations that they have for spouses, including a Kay Arthur women's Bible study with free childcare. I've been wanting to be a part of a women's Bible study, but the ones that have been available have either had no childcare or expensive childcare. So I'm looking forward to this one.

Here are a few pictures that we took last weekend.

Hannah wearing a dress that my Mom made for Abigail when she was born. You can't see it well in the picture, but there's beautiful embroidery on both the dress and the little slip underneath!



















Esther wearing a dress that my Mom made for me when I was little!



















Esther is our little family clown. She's always doing something silly and making one of us laugh...usually Joshua!




















Big Brother


















Our little Hannah Burrito...she loves to be swaddled.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Hannah's Name

I didn't mention in my last post how we chose Hannah's name. Hannah is after Hannah, the mother of Samuel, in the Bible (it means "grace"). Ralene is after Adam's mother...Grandma in Kansas!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

More Pictures

I've finally taken some new pictures of Hannah. She's growing so quickly! I took her to the doctor on Wednesday, and she weighs 8lb 15oz...7oz more than her birth weight. Our doctor said that it usually takes a week and sometimes longer for breastfed babies to get back up to their birth weight, so Hannah is doing great! I'm very happy that she is gaining so well since Joshua, Abigail and Esther all had trouble gaining weight. I would love to be able to avoid formula altogether this time around.

I had originally intended to write out Hannah's birth story since I know that several of my blog readers are interested in that sort of thing (and since I like to reader to read other women's birth stories too!), but I just don't think it's going to happen any time soon. I've been at war with the laundry pile all week long, and I'm afraid that it's winning! That along with the fact that there's a husband to love on, children to feed/clean/discipline/play with, and a multitude of tasks to accomplish made me decide to skip the birth story! But here are a few details for those who are interested!

1. Hannah's labor and delivery was easier than Joshua's, but definitely harder than Abigail and Esther's.
2. My labor lasted about 7 hours.
3. I admire women who give birth naturally, and I really do hope to have a natural birth...I think. I want a natural birth until I'm in labor and then I change my mind!
4. I like epidurals. I had an epidural this time around, but it didn't work on most of my left side, so I felt a good bit of what was going on. It wasn't the worst thing in the world, but I wouldn't call it enjoyable either. I have enjoyed Abigail and Esther's births the most so far. I had really good epidurals and I was able to hold them immediately after birth for a long time.
5. Hannah had a good bit of meconium in her water, so she had to be suctioned out pretty well before I could hold her. Although I don't think that I would have held her right away anyway. I had a considerable amount of pain (on the side where the epidural didn't take) for a while after the birth, and I was distracted and didn't want to hold her for fear that I might drop her!
6. We were surprised that she was a girl...although not at all unhappy! She's such a sweetie and I can't believe that we have 3 daughters!!
7. I'm very happy with my doctor as well as with the new hospital. Having a doctor was definitely very different than the midwives that delivered our other three children, but not different in a bad way. I loved the midwives, but since they are no longer here, I'm thrilled to have found my doctor. He was very good about discussing my birth plan with me and respecting our desires during labor and delivery. The hospital is much smaller and a lot more personal than the one where Joshua, Abigail and Esther were born. The nurses were wonderful and the atmosphere was quieter (the other one was a teaching hospital, so there were always people in and out), which gave Adam and me lots of time by ourselves with Hannah.

Hannah is waking up and is hungry, so I'll have to add any other details later! Here are a few pictures from today.
















I was rocking Hannah and singing "Children of the Heavenly Father" to her this morning. Abigail ran out to get her baby doll, brought her into the nursery next to me, and sang along!

















Hannah was crying the other day and Joshua said "She's not crying because she wants Mama milk, she's crying because she wants a hug from Joshua". :-)

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Everything is going well in our household! I've heard several people say that transitioning from 3 to 4 children was the easiest for them, and I would have to agree! I remember having a moment of "what in the world am I doing? How am I going to handle this?" after we brought Esther home from the hospital. It didn't last long...kind of like the short period of time during labor when I ask myself if I really want to do this again. Both thoughts have always been very short-lived! I haven't had that moment of panic since Hannah has arrived though. That's not to say that I won't...especially after Adam starts dental school next week! I've had the easy job since we came home from the hospital. Adam has been doing all of the grocery shopping, house cleaning, laundry, taking care of the "big" kids, etc. All I've had to do is sit around, rest, and take care of my sweet newborn Hannah - pretty rough life! :-)

Hannah is doing very well. I was a little concerned over the weekend because she was having very few wet and dirty diapers, but once my milk came in all of that changed and she's a veritable fountain now! We take her to the doctor tomorrow...I'm interested to see how much she weighs. She's a great sleeper!! She sleeps almost all day. I try to keep her up for a little bit after each feeding, and she's generally awake for about an hour in the evening. She eats 3 times during the night and goes right back to sleep after each feeding. Usually. Last night she and I were both up for an hour and a half together. She was just about finished eating when she spit up what had to be most of her meal all over me and her. That, of course, required wiping her down and changing her clothes, and by that time she was wide awake and ready to party!

I'm doing very well also. I feel great, and it's going to be hard not to overdo it in the next few weeks. I'm really not even that tired at all, which is new for me. I remember being so exhausted after Joshua was born that I could barely drag myself out of bed in the middle of the night to feed him. Middle of the night feedings have never been my favorite thing, but I am really enjoying them this time. Maybe it's because I'm finally realizing how quickly newborns change and how precious this time really is. My ultimate goal is not to get Hannah to sleep through the night...although I'm sure when the time comes I won't protest!

Here are a few pictures. I'll try to take some more today and post them soon. I didn't take any yesterday because Hannah was wearing boy clothes! I had gotten a few girl outfits and a few boy outfits since we didn't know what we were having, and I have yet to go into the attic to get out the rest of the girl clothes. Hannah managed to make messes on every single one of her available girl outfits yesterday, so she was dressed in blue!

Hannah and Mama just after birth














Admiring baby Hannah














Esther likes Hannah's car seat!

Friday, August 03, 2007

It's a .......

Girl!!!! We are grateful to God for the safe arrival of

Hannah Ralene
Born Wednesday, August 1
2:40 pm
8lb 8oz
20 1/2 in

I'll post more details later, but for now here are a few pictures!