Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Divided

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.

Kids at the aquarium with Dada.

I miss Eric.

Shavers Visit

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.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Blessed

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. 



2 Week Check-up

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.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

2 Weeks Old

This past weekend Audrey turned 2 weeks old!  I can hardly believe it.  She has been taking it so easy on us, its no wonder time is flying.

We haven't been to the doctor for her check-up yet, so stats will have to come later...but, in Horne tradition, here are her two week old build-a-bear comparison pictures:



In case you have no idea what I am talking about, here are Amos' and Maggie's "Growing Bear" pics.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

How We Roll...

 
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.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Affection, Part 2

Maggie and Audrey are getting along quite nicely as well (for now, at least).  Maggie is a little more hesitant to touch Audrey by herself, but with a little coaxing she enjoys it. 



Maggie is the best helper when it comes to the baby.  Maggie is always bringing Audrey her binks, bottles, and blankies.  Its cute to see Maggie be such a little mommy.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Affection

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!"

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Pumpkin Patch

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!




Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Moses Basket

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.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Super

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:


A Super blur:


Thanks again Nan and Pop, for a super time!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Amos' Birthday

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:


Maggie:


Opening presents:


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.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Three under 3

In case you weren't sure if I am crazy or not, here's a definitive answer:


Audrey's birthday fell 2 days before Amos' 3rd birthday giving us three children under 3 for exactly 48 hours.

Although, I am not sure three children 3 and under is that much different...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hospital Stay

After Audrey was born, we had the best stay at the hospital.  Insurance will cover you for 2 days, and I didn't have to think twice about taking the whole 2 days.


We were so lucky that Nan and Pop were able to bring Amos and Maggie to meet Audrey.  It was really fun to see them so curious about this new little being:




The best part is that Amos and Maggie were a little territorial of me, so I got some extra snuggles from them too:


I suppose Nan and Pop were just a little excited to meet Audrey too:


I was very lucky to have Anna come keep me company while Eric went to the Priesthood session of conference:


And, even Meg came to see us:


We also had our first and only non-family visitors of any Horne child-Chuck and Desiree were so nice to come see us and keep us company for a bit:


We had a great stay in the hospital and couldn't have been more well rested and prepared when we headed home.