Wednesday, September 19, 2007

For once they got it right....

We have a new baby! And for those of you who like gory details, here's the story:
My sister-in-law, Marcy, took off work for a week to come help me with my kids. She came on Friday, Sept 7, and stayed through the 15th. Her husband, Marc, drove down twice to bring her here and take her back (its a 7-8 hr drive).
I really, really, really hate the last few weeks of pregnancy. I fully expected him to come early, but we had to wait, and wait, and wait, until he came on his actual due date. I didn't think that ever happened, but for once the doctors had it right. Aaron Stanley Green was born on September 12 at 7:24 am, and it was an "accidental" natural delivery (meaning, I wanted an epidural, planned for an epidural, and got Ambien instead...). I still say that it takes a very special type of person to choose a natural delivery, and I don't think I'm that kind of person.
The kids love having little Aaron at home! I worried about jealousy, or that I would be so overwhelmed and tired that I would have a difficult time, but things are going very smoothly. The girls love to comb Aaron's hair and all three enjoy holding him and giving him kisses. Aaron sleeps very well and we are working on having the breastfeeding go more smoothly. I feel better than I have for a very long time, and I have had several people tell me I look younger, now that I'm not pregnant.

A few days after Aaron was born, Christian's company had a family fun day at a local amusement park. Marc and Marcy were both with us, so we decided to go together (we even took Aaron, rather than have me stay home with him...). The kids loved the kiddie rides, and Marcy took Hannah on a real rollercoaster. It was really nice to spend a day as a family, and thankfully Aaron slept well.
We added a new slideshow to our webpage, and Marc and Marcy have posted pictures on their blog, if you are interested.
In other news, Rachel's surgery is scheduled for October 23. Her doctor says that she has healed nicely and we expect to have her new implant activated by the middle or end of November. She is back in preschool and really enjoys it.
Hannah is doing really well in Kindergarten. Her teachers say that she is bright and helpful and has good beginning reading skills.
Nathan is exercising his independence and, in true 2-year-old character, his favorite word/ASL phrase is "don't like!" He is a good helper and is very patient with all the changes going on at home right now.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Just for fun

I noticed that our last few posts haven't been all that cheerful, so here's some fun photos of the kids from the last month.
The girls found a ladybug in the house and decided to help it feel "at home." They put it in a play dog bed (the ladybug is the tiny dot inside the small green bed) and carried it all around- and fought over it--until Rachel eventually squished it. In this picture, Hannah is signing "Mother" to Rachel.
This is Rachel, the first day home after surgery. She decorated herself with foam stickers.
And here is Hannah, waiting for the bus on her first day of Kindergarten. She is very proud of her Dora backpack.
Rachel and Nathan helped me make banana bread on Sunday, then the girls went with me to take it to some of the ladies I visit teach. The family had three dogs, one weighing over fifty pounds. The girls were terrified at first, then warmed up and played with him. As we were leaving, Hannah said the thing I've been wanting to hear from her. She said, "Mama, I don't think I'm ready to have a dog yet."
All three kids playing play doh--and yes, Nathan is sitting on the table. I took him down just after taking the picture.
Here is the tent our kids built--Rachel is behind Nathan.
And finally, for anyone interested, a shot of Rachel's ear one week post-surgery. Her stitches (the black stuff in her ear) will be removed next week, and yes, they did stitch closed her ear canal.
Hannah really loves Kindergarten. She is finally meeting little girls her age (I really thought there were no 4-5 year old girls in all of Shelby, after looking for nearly a year and finding none) and she loves music, P.E., the library, etc... Its hard having her gone all day, though.
Nathan is obsessed with Hot Wheels. He carries them around all day, sleeps with them, and, of course, fights over them. He even makes the mandatory car noises that come naturally to boys.
And we are still waiting on baby. My brother and sister-in-law, Marc and Marcy, come Friday night to help with the kids, but I'm really hoping to have this baby NOW. The last few weeks of pregnancy are completely designed to make anything, even labor and crying babies, seem better. I went through three deliveries without seeing the epidural needle, but this doctor made me watch a movie about how they give the shot, and I really didn't need to know just how big the needle is, or how easy it is to put it in the wrong place. Still, though, it takes a special kind of person to have a natural birth, and I don't pretend to be that special.