Tuesday, August 25

We're back!

Well, since none of the people I'm hesitant to tell about this ever read my blog, and I'm sure very few people follow it anyway, I decided to openly announce that...um, you guessed it!

Hyrum had his first day of school today and is getting his glasses sometime next week. Between dentist, eye, and other Dr. appointments, I'm pretty much booked for the next two weeks. I haven't yet set up an appointment for myself but am well on my way to getting to the root of both Hyrum and Ginnie's struggles.

One of Hyrum's main food allergies is apples in any form. Who would have guessed? And Ginnie is much better off with whole grains and proteins for longer periods of time (but when she starts one of her "rages" as I call them, I can expect them to last about twenty minutes until she settles down and allows me to give her food to eat...moments later, she is back to her regular self. Better to avoid it altogether, but lately it's been happening only fifteen or twenty minutes after she's eaten a meal...hmmm, still more to the puzzle. Could she have a thyroid problem(?) some form of childhood diabetes(?). I want my little girl to not have to suffer. SO I'm taking her in tomorrow to get her tested. Hopefully, it won't be like Hyrum and take nearly a year for them to do anything. Think I've learned my lesson in that department. This motherhood thing has pushed me to unleash the bull-headedness that my parents thought they were successful in smothering, and that I thought I had buried quite well. In some cases, it's necessary. Especially when we know there is something not right concerning our children's health and well-being.

Making some progress, and wow, my kids have been really healthy for five months now! I guess they're officially adjusted to the new climate. Thank goodness we got over that little virus, rash, allergy mania we had going on there for nearly a year. Life is good when Mommy sleeps...although now that I'm pregnant, I have found it much harder to fall asleep, and wake up at the usual, two or three am a few times a week (normal for pregnancy for me). But, it's nothing compared to the first year here, where I called it a really good night only waking up five or seven times and being able to go back to sleep afterward.
I'm certainly not going to complain about once or twice to cover my babies, or to use the bathroom.
I feel extremely blessed at this point in my life. And my husband is more of a support than ever before. He does better and better the more children we have. Growing up in a large family made both of us prepared and more able to just enjoy each day as it comes. Not to mention our natural similarities in child-rearing. We are having loads of fun watching and listening to, guiding and loving our sweet children. We're so grateful to have this miraculous privilege of bringing another child into the world.

I notice I actually have quite a bit more energy when I'm working out regularly. So getting back to that very soon after resting enough from that nightmare of a trip home from Utah.

I'm finding joy again in creating and maintaining our home. Haven't touched the yard other than trimming one of many rose bushes and some wild echinacea flowers that were growing like weeds in the front.

Onto the weeds that have overtaken my garden. I'll have to check tomorrow to see if anything good is left in there. One thing for sure, Ohio doesn't lack in good soil and climate to grow anything. It takes a lot of work to keep up with it all because of how quickly everything grows. Nonetheless, I love my yard and am anxious to really own it again and begin keeping up with it.
I love this part of the country...and hope my family will come visit us sometime while we live here; knowing that I refuse to travel again without my husband after the last couple 'experiences' with three children. It was great visiting family, but hey guys, I'm now the only one with more than one child...and somehow, I think it would be a little easier for you to travel at this point. So I'm done unless and until we are ten hours or less away, everyone's going to have to come out here. It's just too much.

Tuesday, August 4

Playing at Grandma's

My little sister, Kemarie sharing her new bundle of joy with her big sis. I was present at the birth of Chloe Rose Whiting.
Having fun with Uncle Trevor. My kids have a load of new Uncle's that they are just getting a chance to know. I've gained five new in-laws in the past sixteen months. They sure are taking to them well, though.
My sweetest niece.

Chloe Rose Whiting. This makes five grand daughters in a row for my parents.

My sweet little Ginnie Ann...the picture describes her personality perfectly. Just a sweetie.

Angela in her fuzzy ears...

Don't even think about it...whatever I touch is MINE!

Hyrum's toothless smile

Still a favorite activity.

Me attempt at feeding my little "angel" as she hit me with the balloon between each bite-

Fun at Grandma's!

Angela will often be found with a belt, or sock, or something long draped around her neck, and carrying one or more life size, or bigger than her - stuffed animals or doll's. She is very possessive of whatever she's playing with as you can see by the look in her eyes.

Sunday, August 2

Five and Loving it!

Hyrum lost his first tooth today. And he's overcome his fear of dogs. He gets around big ones now and says out loud, "I love dogs, Mommy!" He had a good dream about a lot of dogs being nice to him last night. My little boy is growing up.

His tummy problems are mostly gone. He is allergic to apples in any form. He doesn't do well with acidy, citrusy, or wheat. He now hardly ever complains of tummy aches and doesn't have any of the previous problems he was having.

So happy to have this all sorted out before he starts Kindergarten the end of this month. He will be getting glasses before he goes. My little toothless, four-eyed Kindergartener.

He is writing better than ever and doing great at sounding out his words.

Stellaluna and Cardboard Butterflies

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