I get lots of questions about how life with three kids is going. Its good. There is one thing I didn't anticipate though-how much Eric and I would be apart. With three kids, the divide and conquer method is proving very effective. I take Audrey to the doctor, Eric takes Amos and Maggie to the aquarium. I take Amos and Maggie to the library, Eric stays home with Audrey. Eric takes the kids to the park, I stay home with Audrey. I nurse Audrey, Eric puts Amos and Maggie to bed. And so on and so forth.
I've got some catching up to do, and it has made me realize that I really hate blogging in the past tense. It always sounds so awkward and forced.
Anyway, its just after 8 p.m. and Audrey and Eric are sleeping peacefully next to me, so why not force some awkwardness?
We've been busy since Audrey's birth (duh!). Mostly because we've been so lucky to get lots of company. The Hornes were here, we had a week off, and then the Shavers rolled in. Actually, it was more like a trickle. Grammy came first, then Grampy, then Anna, and finally Meg. I should mention that Grampy also brought cousin Morgan with him. Someday we're going to be looking at these pictures and wondering who the extra little blonde is, so to help with the memory loss, it is Morgan.
I should also mention that Anna brought a boy with her...
And she claims she doesn't know what she was doing with the baby doll.
We are so blessed in so many ways, and now baby Audrey is officially blessed. We were able to bless her at church while my family was visiting, and it was a very simple, good day.
l-r Laura Horne, Audrey Horne, Eric Horne, Maggie
Horne, Meg Shaver, Cindy Shaver, Amos Horne, Rodger Shaver, Morgan
Iverson, and Anna Shaver.
Truthfully, I don't like baby blessing day. As the mother, I always feel responsible for all of the arrangements, etc. and I can barely be responsible for myself. I really admire the people who get it together enough to have amazing brunches, parties, etc. Not that I did a lot for Amos or Maggie's blessing, but this time around we kept it super small. Eric and I each invited one friend, which translated to two friends each, since we totally approved of each other's picks:
Rob Johnson and Brett Barrett have been there through it all with us. Rob and Eric were roommates when we were dating. Rob was a witness at our wedding, and has been there for every event since. Brett and I worked together while Eric and I were dating, and he's been there through it all with us too.
We realized as we were dressing Audrey, that the blessing dress is close to 100 years old (it was first used in 1916 for my Grandmother Margaret's brother). A number of "Shavers" have been blessed in it since, including my Dad and his brothers, me and my sisters, the Iverson cousins, and Maggie. Pretty awesome. We're currently accepting commitments for a baby to wear it in 2016...
Really is it any wonder I didn't think I could coordinate a hoopla?:
Thanks to everyone who helped me make it through the day and to Eric for giving a beautiful blessing. It was a really special day.
We finally got Audrey in to see the doctor for her two week check-up and I am happy to report that all is well.
She gained plenty of weight and everything looks good. Here are the official stats:
Head: 30% (I can't remember the measurement)
Height: 21 in 55%
Weight: 8 lbs, 2 oz 50%
At three weeks old, Audrey continues to bring the sweetest spirit into our house. Its like having a little angel around. She is so quiet and only cries when she needs something. She loves to look around with big, wide, eyes, and seems to actually be paying attention. Many people have commented that she seems wise. At risk of sounding like "that kind of mom," I just really want to remember that she seems so perfect in every way. I can't believe she's already 3 weeks old, but at the same time, it seems like she's always been a part of our family.
Yes, we own a bigger car, but the kids fit perfect in the back of the equinox. The best part is, I can reach them all from ground, without having to bend over or get in the car. Its great because Amos can put Audrey's bink back in her mouth for us too.
Reality is, there is no perfect solution when you have three kids in car seats, but this comes pretty close.
I mentioned before that Amos loves to peer over the edge of the Moses basket while Baby Audrey is in it, but I don't think I mentioned that he loves to kiss her and hug her too. He is so careful and gives her the nicest hugs and kisses. He always announces "I kissed baby Audrey. I hugged baby Audrey" when he's done too.
Well, baby Audrey decided that she would return the show of affection, and once Amos got close enough she latched right onto his nose! He thought it was the funniest thing ever, and now it's their thing. Like, they do it often. I tried to get it on camera, but Amos' head is mostly in the way. You get the idea though.
So now the announcement goes like this: "I kissed baby Audrey. I hugged baby Audrey. She gets my nose!"
Going to the pumpkin patch has become one of my absolute favorite fall traditions. We started it the year Amos was born, because we felt like that's what parents would do. We have loved doing it ever since. AND, I think this might be the first year that Amos was bigger than the pumpkin he picked.
Truthfully, the kids weren't too into the pumpkin part this year. They really loved the hay maze though.
This was the first time we took Audrey out of the house, and Amos kept asking why she was coming with us. He might not have a full grasp on her being a permanent part of the family quite yet. She did great and slept through the whole thing. Babies are so nice the way they do that.
Here's to another great year at the pumpkin patch!
Amos and Maggie L-O-V-E to check out baby Audrey. So far, she sleeps a lot in her basket. So, so far, Amos and Maggie spend a lot of time peering over the edges of said basket:
We got the basket for Amos, and he lived in it until he was a couple months old. I was too afraid to use it with Maggie, because I thought Amos might tip her out or something. Since the kids are older now, I figured we wouldn't have any problems. They've been very respectful when Audrey is in the basket, but when she's out, that's a whole other story:
Speaking of a whole other story...the other night as Eric carried Audrey down the stairs in the basket, it reminded me of a time when he was carrying Amos down the stairs in the same basket. That time Eric tripped and dropped the basket. Amos, basket, and all went sledding down the stairs. It was awesome.
**My apologies for the quality of the first couple photos. As you can probably surmise, I had the camera on the wrong settings.
Nana/Grammy and Pop Pop Horne left yesterday after a week of taking excellent care of us. As part of our "thank you" to them, I am going to post at least one grandkid-centric blog every day this week.
I can't think of a better place to start than with "Super." While Nan and Pop were here, they took Amos and Maggie to a variety of activities at our local library. One day it was a puppet show with a super hero in it. Amos was particularly impressed, and has been playing "Super" ever since. We are not allowed to call him "Super Man," "Super Boy," "Super Amos," or anything else, just "Super."
"Super" is very hard to photograph. He's very secretive and elusive, much like his fellow super heroes.
Super's costume definitely consists of a pair of sunglasses and his blankie as a cape (Halloween is going to be easy this year):
And, Super is always careful to watch out for the innocent citizens. He yells, "watch out, Aggie!" every time he whizzes by her:
Last Sunday was Amos' third birthday. Since we were still at the hospital with Audrey until dinner time, Nan and Pop took over the celebration planning. They did an awesome job and he had a great party.
Amos was totally ready to blow out the candles:
Eating the cake:
Audrey and Nan:
It was a great night to come home to, and our first event as a family of five! I still can't believe it.