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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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Thursday, January 29, 2009

One Month!


Noah is one month old today! I have no idea how much he weighs now, and I won't take him to the doctor until he's two months, but he's growing out of his newborn clothes. That's a good sign, though I have to admit that it makes me a little sad. He still loves to eat and I feed him every 2-3 hours during the day and every 3-4 hours at night. He had a really fussy day this past week (I think it was due to the fact that I ate some broccoli the day before), but for the most part he's still pretty much always happy!


It's been rainy and gloomy here for the longest time, but the sun came out today. The children and I celebrated by making the two mile trek to the park and back. Noah fell asleep as soon as I put him in the Ergo, and he didn't wake up until I took him out. Apparently it's pretty comfy!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Wild Hair!



I put foam curlers in Abigail and Esther's hair on Saturday night after they had their baths. They wore them all night and I took them out on Sunday morning. Probably not the smartest thing to do for the first time on a Sunday morning when we're getting ready to leave for church, but it sure was funny! I wasn't sure how well it would work, but they both had a huge mass of tight, kinky curls that was totally out of control! I tried putting a little bit of water on Abigail's hair to get it to where it was manageable, but the water actually made all of the curls come out, so she ended up with a braid. I used some hairspray instead of water on Esther's hair, and she ended up with a cute little pile of curls in a ponytail on top of her head. I need some more practice before it will look like what I was picturing, but the girls loved the whole process and I'm sure we'll be doing it again soon!



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Menu

I had planned to get back into Menu Plan Monday yesterday, but it just didn't happen. So here it is on Tuesday! I hope to get completely back into our routine this next week, including meal planning. One of the things on my to-do list for this week is to plan meals for the month of February. We'll see if it gets done!

Tuesday - Grilled Chicken Salad with Homemade Bread (I marinated the chicken in olive oil, Italian seasoning, and garlic salt, and it turned out great!)
Wednesday - Dinner at church
Thursday - Stir-fry with Shrimp and Homemade Bread
Friday - Chicken and Squash Casserole, Broccoli, Bread
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Chicken Noodle Soup and Bread (lunch); Chili Supper at church (dinner)

Here are a couple pictures of my funny Abigail feeding her stuffed lamb. :)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thanks a Lot!

Abigail: "Mama, are you having another baby!?!?!"
Me: "No, not right now."
Abigail: "Oh, well then why is your tummy gettin' big?"

I think I'll get back to my exercise routine Monday morning!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Rough Night

Yesterday was one of "those" days. I won't bore you with all of the details, but I think you probably know what I mean. You know, those days where everything seems to happen all at once! Poor little Hannah woke up from her nap with her eye swollen almost completely shut. Apparently she has some sort of an infection. She was saying "eye hurt" all morning, but she looked fine so I figured that she must have just poked it or something. I got her up from her nap in just enough time to leave for choir rehearsal, and she looked awful. Poor baby. Adam has exams every day this week and had to stay late last night to study, so I was taking everyone with me to rehearsal. Of course I couldn't put Hannah in the nursery and Noah is too little to be in the nursery yet, so I had both of them beside me at the piano! It went great though. Noah slept the whole time and Hannah looked at books and flashcards and did a little singing along with the choir. :) She's such a sweetie. She doesn't understand why she can't get near Noah right now and she gets upset when I tell her not to touch him. She just walked up to him a few minutes ago, gave him a pitiful look, and said "vvvvuuuuuvvvv" (love). She keeps bringing me his burp cloths and blankets, which of course I have to toss in the laundry as soon as she leaves the room. I don't want to tell her not to touch them though. I don't mind doing a little extra laundry so that she can "help". :)
There is a doctor in our church (who also happens to be Nikki's father) who has offered to help us out if we need it. We've called him a few times when our doctor's office was closed and we had a sick child. He's been a great help, and last night he called some eye drops in to the Walgreen's down the street for Hannah! That was a huge blessing. I was not looking forward to dragging everyone down to the doctor this morning!

I didn't get to sleep until after midnight last night, and I was up twice with Noah, three times with Hannah and once with Esther, so I'm a little tired today! (Adam always helps with the children at night if they wake up, but I wanted him to get lots of rest last night since he's got such a busy week, so I jumped up quickly when I heard them. I just had to say that lest you think he's a bad husband and makes me get up with them all the time while he snoozes!) Needless to say, we've pretty much ditched our routine for the day. We read the Bible this morning and worked on the passage that we're memorizing, but other than that we've just kind of been loafing. Abigail and Esther wanted braids, so we spent about 45 minutes doing hair. I experimented a little bit and put two French braids in Esther's hair. She was very excited, and it didn't turn out too bad! Abigail wanted two braids too, but the poor girl hardly has any hair, and what she does have is really thin. I can barely get one braid to stay in! I told her that it looked very pretty and took a picture though, and Esther wholeheartedly agreed, so she's not too disappointed.


I'm off to play Chutes and Ladders now!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Mamas in Training

These two little girls love to do anything involving their baby brother. They run his laundry to the laundry basket, fold his clothes, throw away his diapers, help with his bath, talk to him, sing to him, kiss him, give him his pacifier. You name it, they want to do it! I think that Abigail is old enough to learn how to change diapers...at least the wet ones. Though to be completely honest, I'm not sure I'm ready to give that privilege it up. :)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Bath!

Noah's cord stump fell out the other day. It looks like he'll join Abigail in the outie club! That makes three innies and two outies. :) We celebrated by giving him his first real bath. He needed it too! Those sponge baths aren't nearly as effective as a good dunking. He wasn't the least bit happy about it though. He very strongly dislikes having his diaper changed, his clothes changed and getting bathed. But the second I get his clothes back on he's back to his quiet content little self. Maybe part of that is the fact that my hands are always cold. I should invest in some hand warmers!

Abigail and Esther were all excited about helping with Noah's bath. Esther was especially interested in his "new" belly button. You can see her checking it out in this picture. :)

Clean, warm and happy again!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tagged!

Joy tagged me back before Christmas and Nikki tagged me a couple of weeks ago, and I'm finally getting around to doing it. If you're reading and you haven't done this yet, consider yourself tagged. :)

1. Choose the 4th folder where you store your pictures on your computer.
2. Select the 4th picture in the folder.
3. Explain the picture.
4. Tag 4 people to do the same.
5. No cheating (cropping, editing, etc.)


This picture is obviously from our wedding! There's not much explaining to do...it was our wedding day and we were (and still are) incredibly happy! I can't believe that our 6th anniversary is coming up in April. It's also hard to believe that God has blessed us with 5 babies in those 6 years! I can't imagine being any more content. :)

I guess there is one thing that I could explain about the picture. Do you see all those roses in the garland on the wall in the background? I really wanted a lot of roses, but they were so ridiculously expensive that we decided to just have some in my bouquet and use other flowers for the bridesmaids and to decorate with. As it turns out, there was a lady in the church whose husband was a doctor and was going on a missions trip to Nicaragua. He brought back 24 dozen roses for our wedding and we paid a whopping $25 for them...$1 per dozen plus tax! Our friend was able to keep them in her deer cooler and she knew exactly what to do to have them open up just in time for our wedding. We had roses everywhere!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Free Pancakes!


Last year we celebrated Joshua's 4th birthday by eating free pancakes at IHOP. This year National Pancake Day falls on February 24, and IHOP is once again offering a free shortstack of pancakes to every customer! Be sure to go here to check out the details. I'm not sure I'll be up to taking everyone by myself this year, so if any of you real-life friends reading this want to go with me, let me know! Five little ones, one adult, and syrup sounds like a disaster to me. :)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Catch-Up

Yesterday was my first Sunday back at the organ since Noah was born. Between that and life with a newborn I have neglected the blog. Oh well. At least I'm caught up on my baby snuggles and playing Candy Land (if that's possible!). :)

Saturday was Adam's 30th birthday!! He was out of town most of the day with National Guard responsibilities, but we celebrated a little yesterday afternoon. I'm thankful that God blessed him with another year and that I got to spend it with him!

I took Noah to the doctor this morning for his two-week checkup. I was supposed to take him a few days after he was born, but opted out of that visit since the office was probably full of sick children. He's been a little yellow though, and he's been having some funny looking diapers, so I wanted to take him to be sure everything is alright. He has gained 4 ounces, which puts him at 8lb 9oz. I was surprised that he hasn't gained more since he's such a good eater, but the doctor said that he's doing great for being two weeks, so I'm not worried about it. Everything else checked out fine as well, and it was a good and uneventful trip...if you don't count Esther falling off of the doctor's stool and busting her lip!

We've been blessed with some incredibly thoughtful and generous friends, and neither Adam nor I have had to cook at all since Noah was born! Between church friends and dental school friends, meals are being provided for us through this Friday, and a couple other ladies have said that they want to bring a meal after that! Everything has been really good and it has been so helpful not to have to think about and prepare dinners.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

They Have Plans

The other day at the breakfast table Joshua was talking about how he had prayed for a baby brother before I had Noah in my tummy. I told him that God is very good to us and that He had answered his prayer and given him a brother. Joshua said that he was thankful for Noah and that He had thanked God for his brother, and that now we should pray for Mama to have TWO babies in her tummy. Abigail said, "How about three!?" and Esther said, "How about four?!".

WHOA!!! Slow down! :)

They discussed it for a minute and decided to pray for two babies. They were convinced that if they prayed for twins that God would give us twins. I encouraged them to pray, but told them that we would have to wait to see how God would answer their prayers. I explained that He may choose to bless us with twins, or He may decide that twins are not part of His plan for our family right now.

Joshua prayed, then Abigail, and then it was Esther's turn. "Dear God, may I please have two babies in Mama's tummy? In Jesus name, Amen." When she finished she immediately popped her head up and, with a big smile on her face, said, "He said YES!!!".

I'm so glad that they love babies and want more siblings. They are not the least bit jealous (even Hannah, which surprises me) and can't give Noah enough kisses and hugs. Joshua is constantly wanting to play with him or read to him and they all ask to hold him pretty much all day long! The girls walk around with their dresses hiked up and a baby doll attached to their belly button (haha!), and Abigail is always talking about how she's going to have babies in her tummy when she's "a mama". :) Esther talks about what she's going to do when she's "a papa"...we're working on getting that straightened out!

Speaking of tummies, I was sitting on the couch with Esther yesterday and she looked over and noticed (apparently for the first time!) my flabby, bulging tummy. She patted it and said "Aaawwwww. Can I kiss it?" :)

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Funny

Joshua occasionally (okay, maybe frequently!) daydreams or just does not pay attention to the task at hand or the person talking to him. Sometimes Adam will tell him to get his head out of the clouds. Yesterday at lunch time the "big" four were eating in the kitchen while I was feeding Noah in the family room. Joshua said something that made absolutely no sense, and Esther immediately told him that he needed to "put his head in the clouds". :)

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Noah Notes

Adam started classes again yesterday, so I'm on my own during the day with all five children now! He took such good care of all of us last week though, so there's not much for me to do except the never-ending laundry and keeping everyone clean and fed and the kitchen tidy. I'm just ignoring the other housework for now. I feel really good, but I know that I shouldn't be scrubbing bathtubs and vacuuming at 1 week postpartum, so I'm not doing it. There's a college-aged girl in our church that has her own cleaning business and I'm going to have her come help me later this week. I don't remember her rates exactly, but she charges something like $6 to clean a bathroom, which is more than reasonable in my opinion! Plus she's a really sweet girl and we like to support her.

The transition from four to five has been really easy, but only because Noah is such a good baby. He is definitely our easiest so far. There hasn't been a single time that he has cried and I haven't been able to fix the problem quickly. He is very easily comforted. Noah means "rest" and "peace", and it fits him perfectly! He's a very peaceful baby and is very still and quiet, even when he's awake. My biggest bump in the road so far has been getting him on a good schedule. He likes to sleep during the day a little more than he likes to sleep at night. I'm trying to keep him awake for awhile after every feeding during the day, but it's not such an easy thing to do! He's just barely a week old though, so I'm not stressing over it. I know that he'll be awake for longer periods of time soon enough. For now he pretty much snoozes all day and is a little restless at night. He likes to save most of his pooping for nighttime for some reason, which doesn't help. I feed him and he goes back to sleep, and then 30 minutes later he'll mess in his diaper and wake himself up. It's not hard to get him to go back to sleep, but it's a lot of up and down and lost sleep for me. But he's such a sweetie and I don't at all mind getting up with him.

Noah started crying while I was blow drying my hair this morning. Before I could turn it off and walk to the bassinet to check on him, Joshua, Abigail and Esther had come running to save him. :) They gave him a pacifier, touched his head, and talked to him and he settled down immediately. I was able to get a picture. :) Esther is being gentle, by the way. I know it looks like she's about to mash his head, but she wasn't. Just as I typed that Esther walked up and said "Oh no! Esther smashed him down!"

I just LOVE the newborn stage. It's tempting for me to just hold Noah all day long and not get anything else done. :) It goes by so fast and I don't want him to grow up. He loves it when I talk to him and just that will usually calm him down if he's crying. He's such a low-maintenance newborn. I was just telling to Adam the other day how he hardly ever spits up, he hasn't blown out of one single diaper, and he hasn't even squirt with his diaper off (like baby boys are so fond of doing!). It turns out that I spoke a little too soon though. The very next time I changed his diaper he squirt his forehead, his clothes, the changing pad, and the blinds next to the changing table. :) I couldn't stop laughing, though he wasn't too thrilled about it!

Here's a picture of Noah going down for a nap. I think he looks so cute all swaddled up like that. Adam says he looks like a little bean. :)
I took a video of our wild baby this morning so that you could see just how much of a problem he is. After I turned the camera off he sneezed. I think that's the most rambunctious thing he did all day!
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Sunday, January 04, 2009

So Blessed to Have TWO!!


The Little Boy Thou Gavest Me

Dear Lord, I bring to Thee my son
Whose tender years have scarce begun.
In this wee frame I know full well
A living soul has come to dwell
Who needs Thee now at childhood's gate,
Ere he shall grow to man's estate.
I covenant through hours apart
To pray for him with fervent heart,
To teach Thy Word with winsome voice
By day and night until his choice
Be but Thy blood for sin's deep stain,
And my small son is born again.
Then onward shall I pray the more
And teach Thy precepts o'er and o'er,
That he may grow, each boyhood hour,
By Thine indwelling risen power,
Lord, some small boys with none to care
Will never hear a mother's prayer;
Prepare my son with love aflame
To reach them with Thy saving name.
And make him, Lord, a polished tool,
A learner in Thy highest school.
A mother's part seems, oh, so frail!
But Thy strong arm can never fail.
To teach, to pray, to stand are mine;
Expectantly I yield to Thee
The little boy Thou gavest me.

Louise B. Eavey

*Taken from Verses of Virtue, compiled and edited by Elizabeth Beall Phillips.