I feel this compelling need to blog, so I sit down at the computer to write and my mind goes blank. There are a number of things that I would love to blog about; however none of them seem to be of any substance that others may want to read about. Then again, isn't that what a blog is for? It doesn't matter really what you write as long as you are writing about your thoughts and your life.
Today our family also started a "video blog". We each took a turn sitting in front of the camera telling what is going on in our lives. It was a kick to see Grace cheese it up for the camera and tell her version of what's happening in life. 20 years from now when we are showing her future husband these blogs she's going to be so embarrassed and Aaron and I will have tears in our eyes as we see our baby girls grow up to be lovely ladies. We plan on "video blogging" every six months. Wow, how fast we change in six months! I can't wait to have the girls thoughts on camera.
Today also marked a change of schedule for me as Sammy is two weeks old now and I will begin to schedule his feeding times and nap times. I always love the first two weeks when I don't watch the clock but just focus on being there for every little whimper and cry. I know though that continuing this pattern is unhealthy for Sam and that in order to truly get good rest he needs a schedule. Babies and children thrive on knowing routine, so I will give that to my son. It worked with Grace, it worked with Noraa, and for the sanity of our family I will work it with Sam.
Aaron commented earlier that Samuel is my "Joseph". I told him this was not true and parents are not supposed to have favorites. However, I will say this: loving my son is different than loving my daughters. I can't even really explain it quite yet, but I just know that my bond with my son will be somehow different from the beautiful relationships I share with my girls. Each of my children are special in their own way, and I am SO blessed by their individual personalities. I cannot imagine my life with out them!
Well, I suppose that's about it for now. I have company coming in an hour and 15 minutes. This means I need to get the bathroom cleaned as well as my kitchen floor mopped and the living room de-cluttered of toys before they all arrive. The kids are all sleeping so I'd better get on it!
Mommy of three=Super Mom!!!!!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Samuel is finally here. He was born on September 5 at 3:18am. Amy labored for 3 hours and had one good push, and there he was. Both Amy and Sam are doing great! Grace is very happy to be a big sister and Noraa has kind of noticed he's here. We've had lots of visitors and everyone is so excited that he's a boy. It seems like a lot of friends had been hoping that he would be a boy. I would have been glad either way, but I am definitely looking forward to the Father/Son experience. The other thing that people comment on the most is his name. He has 4 names including 35 letters! Samuel is one of our favorite Bible characters. He responded when the Lord called his name, and he also anointed King David. Harrison is a family name. My cousin Brooke had a son named Harrison who was born with Spina Bifida, and spent his life in a wheelchair. He was a major blessing and inspiration to our family and everyone who knew him. He was extremely smart and I can't really say enough here to capture who he was. Harrison passed away when he was 9 years old due to complications in surgery. So, Samuel having his name is to remember and honor Harrison. Churchill is also a family name. My Grandpa on my mom's side was Harry Churchill. My middle name is Churchill and because my grandfather had no sons, the name would end with me, if I didn't carry it on. My mom and my Aunt Paula regularly mention how much I remind them of Grandpa Churchill. These names are important and mean something, and it just so happens that the name sounds really cool, at least I think so. Sam is the next step in a legacy from Amy's side of the family and mine. My dad gave me a name and my responsibility is to keep the name respectable and solid. I will do that and pass the name to Samuel as solid as it came to me. However with all that said, my most important prayer is that Samuel will answer when the Lord calls his name.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Well, I was wrong! It's Thursday night the 4th and I'm still pregnant. It may not seem like much to everyone else, but to me it seems like an eternity! My poor sister in law who was seven days and 23 hours past her due date... my respect for her has grown beyond measure. So because this morning I was so emotionally and physically exhausted and borderline "depressed" I decided to GET OVER IT! We picked up Grandad from the airport and I decided that I would be content and plan out my weekend. Tomorrow we will go to Funderland with the kids, this will of course take all morning, then we can either picnic or come home for lunch. The kids will take naps at which time I may be able to talk Aaron into taking me to the cheap movie at the mall. Aunt Mary will arrive in the afternoon, so our evening will be spent catching up with her. Saturday we will go wine tasting at the winery we are members at in Shenendoa. Aunt Mary LOVES wine and I can't wait to take her tasting. Note: always take a pregnant woman with you when you go wine tasting, it's a built in designated driver!!! That will take up most of Saturday, so then that leaves me Sunday which needs no planning! It's already full enough on it's own. Monday I have my appointment at which time they will decide if I need to be induced! So there you go... I have no time in my schedule to be cranky or anticipate the arrival of little Sperger! Thanks for the prayers!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
So my Dr.'s appointment was this morning at 10:30. I love Dr. Kholer, she is so sweet and as she is due with a baby in October she empathizes with me! She checked me to see how things were going and though the baby's heartbeat was steady & strong, the head was not fully down in the way she wanted it to be. The baby was laying almost side ways! She called over to the hospital and scheduled me for a version as well as possible induction. Needless to say, I was a little nervous. Having someone turn your baby from the outside just doesn't seem comfortable to me. Thankfully when we arrived and they hooked me up to the monitors, the Dr. checked me and said that the baby's head was down where it needed to be. Praise be to God! (and thank you to everyone who sent up prayers for me!) They have to monitor you for a minimum of 20 minutes before you can leave the hospital, so after that they released me and I went on my merry way. Since then my contractions have been anywhere from 2-5 minutes apart and gaining in intensity! Maybe I'll have this baby after all!