Monday, October 20, 2014

No Rest

I know as a Mama there are going to be interruptions to sleep.  After a couple of weeks of a stomach bug making its rounds though, I was so glad it was gone, so I could finally sleep...

Then a smoke detector went off randomly at 1:40 in the morning.  On the second beep I was in the hall with the baby in my arms, Nate following me, and Kate had gotten up on her own.  Justin went to get Gabby.  It was pouring rain, so we had the kids stand at the front door without actually going out into the rain.  We've had trouble with our garage smoke detector a few times lately--mostly when there was saw dust in the air.  It turned out that our garage door didn't close when the button was pushed because of a piece of paper blocking the safety sensor.  The rain interfered with the detector that night.  Whew.  I couldn't believe it, but the baby girl went right back to sleep, despite the odd interruption, loud noises, and bright lights.

Then we had a major thunderstorm.  The thunder was so continuous I got up to check the weather.  Kate joined me and so did Nate.

Often Nate will hang out in the hall in a sleeping bag until Ellie falls asleep, since she'll often fuss for attention from him, and they share a room.  This week when Justin went to move Nate, Ellie stirred, so we decided to let sleeping dogs Nates lie.  Unfortunately Nate talks in his sleep, a lot.  After being awoken several times, I got up and moved him to his bed.

Maybe some day these random things will cease and I'll actually sleep through the night every night for a week.  Maybe!

Saturday, October 18, 2014


My dear, sweet, Gabby turns seven today!


She has grown up so much, but somethings about her are the same as always.


There are few pictures of her by herself, as she tends to shy from the camera if she doen't have Ellie with her.

She has learned to read, quite well.  I worked with Kate daily for years...  Gabby I taught, but she's been on her own a bit more after that initial period, with more sporadic reading practice.  She still loves books!  She has a tenacity about her!

She is fun and funny.

She is motherly and snuggly.

I love you Gabriella Georgia-Marie!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Like Pulling Teeth, Or Actually Pulling Teeth

When Gabby's first teeth in the bottom became loose and wiggled out all on their own, I was delighted.  Kate has had to have several teeth pulled because her adult teeth came in behind the baby teeth, not cutting off the roots of those baby teeth.  I also had the same problem.  My rejoicing may have been a tad premature, because her second two adult teeth did come in behind her baby teeth.

Her dentist was concerned enough about her spacing issues to send us off to an orthodontist before he removed those baby teeth--thinking we may need to take out some adult teeth too.

Our trip to the orthodontist couldn't have been better.  They asked on the form what things she liked--and everyone read it before they talked with her.  They asked about her baby doll and really seemed to want to get to know her.  Since it is her birth month they baked her cookies.  They gave hugs and were just delightful. The orthodontist was encouraging.

After our visit, we had our plan to just remove the baby teeth.  We scheduled that with our regular dentist.  At this point, I must say how extremely thankful I am for pediatric dentists.   From the moment we mentioned the dentist helping her wiggle out those teeth, she has been excited about the tooth fairy, the dentist, and the tokens they give out at the end of the visit.  She was dragging Justin out of the house to go in the morning!

I was concerned that she might be less pleased when she came home, but there was no need to worry.  They are so good at keeping all the scary out of the kids' line of sight.  She never had any pain at all.

On a related note, I think Justin may stop telling me when he has fall or spring break...  Last fall break he took Kate for an extraction, spring break, he took me, and this time he took Gabby along with all the other work he did over the weekend fixing two leaky tub faucets and changing out his breaks.  He went back to work to get some rest this morning!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Funny

Me: So, what do you all guess is the thing I say the most?

Nate: No

Gabby: Don't hurt Ellie.

Kate: I love you.

Hmm...maybe I need to rethink this whole 'no favorites' plan!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Funny

I'm 108 months old! -Kate
I'm 83!! - Gabby

Friday, September 26, 2014


Katie-Girl you have grown so much!  You are so tall, of course, but you've grown in other ways too.  You have become one that can understand reason more, as you have grown.  We can hold real conversations now.  You're still filled with girlishness, but there is more and more of an understanding of the world.  You are working more diligently, which I greatly appreciate too!

I am glad that you are a smart little girl, but I am even more proud of you for wanting to help other people.  When I asked you if you thought I valued your grades or that you were compassionate toward people more, I held my breath as I waited for your answer.  I was so pleased that you knew that we value compassion over academics.  I wasn't sure that I'd done a good job teaching you that.

I love your curly head,

your brown eyes,

wide smile,

quick wit, 

and your heart.
(sewing a doll for Operation Christmas Child)

I hope that this year is filled with much joy for you!

Love always,

Thursday, September 25, 2014


I often think how funny our perception of time is.  In some ways it is hard to believe that Ellie could possibly be one already, but in others it seems that she's been here forever.

We are so grateful for this little one.

(The first day I move her high chair for her to join them for lunch.)

It has been such a joy to watch the older children with her.  They adore her, smother her with affection, and drive her a little batty.  It is fun to see her through their eyes.  Everything she does is amazing to them.  Unless it's annoying, and then it's horrid!

(Her first juice pop when she was sick recently.)

At one Elliana is a Mama's girl.  She clings to me if she thinks someone might take her.  She teases by playing peek-a-boo.  She likes to hide under blankets.  She looks upstairs for the others when they aren't around.

Speaking of stairs she can climb them, ottomans, chairs, etc. so quickly!  I've been letting her climb up to go to her bath.  This elicits squeals of delight from the other children (we'll list this as amazing for now--she hasn't raided their rooms yet, then I'm sure it will be moved to horrid).

She says 'Mama,' 'Dada,' 'Ba' or 'Da' for duck, and has said 'Wa' for water.

She sings 'La, la, la,' when she wants us to sing.  Her favorite song is A-la-la-la-la-la-le-luia, probably because she can sing it.  If You're Happy and You Know It is a close second.

She can take two unassisted steps before she tumbles.

She sleeps at night (so Mama sings A-la-la-la-la-la-le-luia).

As babies go, she is sweet and patient.  She loves to go and see new things.  All very good traits in the fourth, who is an instant tag-a-long.

Happy First Birthday Ellie-Bellie!  We love you so much, and we are so grateful God sent you to us!