She turned 21 last week.

Oh my goodness I have a 21 year old.
That’s just crazy, people.  That’s so crazy that I want to say a bad word but I won’t because I don’t say bad words but still.

Kait kindly allowed us to force her to go out to dinner with us so we could buy her her first drink.  It wasn’t actually her first drink because last summer she had a small glass of champagne at a friend’s wedding but it was her first drink-drink and I’m serious that you absolutely can raise a kid who isn’t going out drinking and partying by the age of 16.

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I don’t know why the picture is so grainy but it’s the picture we have from our night at McGuire’s Irish Pub. And I’m not kidding when I say the whole night because unbeknownst to me, Barry Manilow was in Pensacola just a block or two down the street and everybody who was going to attend that concert decided to stop at McGuire’s for a drink and a bite to eat beforehand. We waited in the pub section, hoping to grab up a bar table when two ladies squished passed me and my pregnant belly and stole the table we were waiting for. So much for pregnant-privilege.

Anyway, our wait was 45 minutes and they called us just as we had decided to leave. Good thing the food was exceptional. Turns out suffering the Barry Manilow crowd was totally worth it in the end.

Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KAITY-JANE!  I love you and I’m so proud of you and I truly like the person you are.  I see super great things in your future and I can’t wait to see where adulthood takes you.
You rock, Kid!

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Lucy’s creative juices flow. Sometimes.

I like to keep modeling clay around for the younger kids to squish and manipulate. It really helps build stronger hand muscles in children who have a hard time shaping their letters with a pencil.

Lucy(4) really doesn’t need the hand strengthening but she enjoys squashing things and always gets involved when the clay is out. Sometimes she makes a snowman or a monster face or a pendant.  Here is the one she made for herself a little bit ago.  I helped her put the jump ring on it but the design is completely her own.  It’s a flower.

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Cute, right?

So when she said she was making one for me this time I was pretty excited.

Mom, mom, mom, mom, mom…
Um…  I made you a necklace too.  Do you think you can put a hole in it so I can put it on a string for you?

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She brought it over and plopped it down in front of me.  The thing probably weighed a good 4 or 5 pounds.  I told her that she was such a thoughtful girl and a giant pendant was the sweetest idea while all the other kids did their best to contain their laughter.  She took it really well when I told her that being that large it probably wouldn’t dry out well and that it would likely be too big and heavy to wear on a string or a chain around my neck.  Her solution was to rip it in half.

It would also appear in the picture that she’s been eating the clay but she wasn’t.  That brown stuff around her face was hot chocolate.  It was 50-something degrees outside that day and we all needed some warming up.

The weather has been a little better.  By the weekend we should be in the 70′s and I can live with that, I guess.  I’m excited for more Spring-like temperatures, which should arrive sometime next month.
83 degrees, please.

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Catching up. Again.

It has been a really rough two weeks.

Like I had mentioned in a previous post, the kids came down with some rotten colds and while I’m a big proponent of letting a fever run it’s course I found myself administering ibuprofen at night, all night, just so we could all get some sleep.  And then, just as the littles were getting better I got sick and I have now been ill for two weeks.  The doctor said he thought I had strep throat and didn’t see the need to test for it, but just started me on a round of antibiotics.  After two days I felt so much better but my cough is still in my chest and keeps me up at night.  I have another appointment tomorrow so we’ll see what they say about that.  I know coughs can take a while to get over.

Okay.  I’m finished complaining now because this is just some of what I have to be thankful of in the mornings around here.

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These little girls are 2 and 4 and they are just about the funniest things ever.  They were making the silliest faces at each other but I didn’t catch the best of them because Maggie stops whatever she is doing if you point a camera at her.  She is a ham, but likes to look directly at the camera.

I did get this silly one though

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Lucy is much more dignified, but being almost 5 can do that to a girl I guess.

Here is another 3D ultrasound picture of Laney from last week.

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I realize her face looks smashed on one side but it really isn’t.  It was just the way she was laying and rolling at the time of the pictures.  I’ve noticed that 3D ultrasounds are a cross between very, very cool and very, very creepy.
I wish we had gotten pictures of her hair, which would appear she has in great abundance already.

My polyhydramnios has crossed over into severe territory and has to be monitored weekly right now. It’s annoying but really isn’t causing any problems and the benefit of having way too much amniotic fluid is awesome 3D pictures.  All the techs seem to love me because it’s very easy to get good pictures.

And her lips – OH MY GOODNESS.

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It’s high time for a little blog rambling.

A third of us are sick today.  Actually, by tomorrow this cold will have been a week old in our house and we’re still only half way through it.  I can’t really complain though.  Other than the fever that the younger half of kids have gotten it’s been relatively mild.  Last winter somebody in our house was sick every single day but this year we’ve only suffered through two colds.  One more robust cold just before Christmas, and now this one, which is not nearly as severe.

I have learned that turmeric is an amazing cough suppressant, just FYI.  We mix about 1/4 tsp or less turmeric with Celestial Seasonings’ sleepytime sinus tea, honey, and the slightest dash of pepper, and it quells the kids’ coughs for a few hours.  I guess the pepper helps to activate the turmeric or something.
Maggie doesn’t like tea and she’s just now getting the cough so I’m going to try a little warm honey milk with turmeric in it.

I would like to stop and lament about our weather here for a second.  50′s is cold for us Floridians, people.  I may have only lived here for 7 1/2 years but I was raised in Charleston, S.C. where the weather is only a tad cooler.   I was not made to be an Eskimo.
My poor fingers.  My aching toes.
All this global warming and whatnot is failing me.

I have more to say.  So much more than colds and cold weather is going on around here but I feel the need to post pictures with those posts and my older two kids are busy, busy, busy and I never seem to be ready with the camera when they are around.

I’ll make a note in my journal to take pictures.
I started a bullet journal on January 1st and have been consistent with it for 8 days now.  That’s like a record or something, right?

And this boy turns seven tomorrow.

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My sweet, quiet, dinosaur loving Jesse Wayne.

I guess that’s it for today’s rambling.
Until tomorrow…

 

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Bag Baby

Growing is tough and Maggie’s been doing a little too much of it lately.  Her favorite boots are no longer easy to slip on, razor sharp teeth are trying to break through her gums, she’s big enough to open the front door but not old enough to go out on her own…  It’s frustrating, I’m sure.

Gabe is really good with kids and he has the oddest imagination and those two things combined really come in handy when you have a toddler going through a particularly difficult time. Yesterday while Maggie was having a particularly frustrating evening Gabe pulled out a gallon ziploc bag, drew a face on it, filled it with air and zipped it closed.   Then he handed it to Maggie.

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She hugged it and gave it a kiss and was instantly satisfied by the plastic noise it made when she gave it a squish. Sometimes it’s the simple things that make the biggest difference.

Also, just a note for people who misplaced their brain…
Ziplocs can be a suffocation hazard.  They are made of plastic.  Don’t stick one over your head or let your kid stick one over their head.
Just thought I’d cover my butt there real quick-like.

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Help with a baby name

Since the day we found out we were having a girl Rabbit and I knew what her name should be.  The decision was instant, like pudding or hot cocoa or Netflix when I should be cleaning out the closet.

After getting home from the ultrasound Rabbit asked me what we should name her.  I said, Lanie Joy.  He replied that it was perfect.  And just like that she was named after Rabbit’s mom who passed away unexpectedly in March 2015.  Her name was Melanie Joy.

We’re settled on the name but what I’m wondering is how it should be spelled.  It should be pronounced Lay-nee.

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My personal choice would be Laney but Rabbit is particular about it ending in ie.

I’ve been writing it Lanie but it is a simple name and I want it to be easy to read and pronounce and I’m afraid it’s going to be mistaken for La-nee or Lan-ee.

You guys talk amongst yourselves and come up with a decision while I get something to eat.  Or don’t.  Whatever because I’m hungry and that’s all I can think about right now.

 

 

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Zelda, cabin fever, family

For Christmas Kait got the kids a Zelda Yahtzee.  Rabbit sat down and played it with the kids yesterday and there was a lot of laughing and whatnot and Jesse didn’t win so there was a little bit of a morale boost among the older kids.

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Surprisingly, they take getting beat by a 7 year old pretty well.

The set came with a treasure box for rolling the dice which was a really cool idea but has no practical application at all.  They ended up going with a regular plastic cup and used the treasure box as an argument starter.  Everybody wants to hold Link’s treasure box.

As I’m writing this they are beginning another game because it’s freaking cold outside the last few days.  We had an 80 degree Christmas holiday but the warm weather came with weeks of rain so there wasn’t much outside time. Then suddenly two days ago the temperature plummeted to highs in the 50′s and we’re all getting cabin fever.

Stop laughing at us.  It’s 48 degrees outside right now and we live in Florida and we don’t have a ton of winter clothes.  I had to go buy Matthew tennis shoes yesterday because he grew out of all of his shoes over a month ago but it was so warm he wore flip flops and without complaint.

Here’s to hoping this frigid weather doesn’t stick around for long.  My digits are going to fall off.

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Meet the newest addition

Well, she’s still got 12 weeks before she’s ready to be born but at this point we can already tell she has her dad’s chin and those seriously chubby cheeks that most of our babies have been born with.

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You can even see that she’s pouting while she’s sleeping, similar to Maggie when she was a newborn.

The technician was doing a regular ultrasound but switched briefly to 3D for no other reason but because Baby Lanie was laying so perfectly.  I’ve heard that clear pictures like this one can be an upside to having polyhydramnios (too much amniotic fluid).
The polyhydramnios is irritating but I’m certainly not complaining about the picture.

She’s already stinking cute for sure.

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Funny Lucy.

I gave Lucy, our 4 year old whipper snapper, a couple of scrap pieces of paper and told her she could either put them in the trash or draw on them. She chose to draw a beautiful red flower and then wrote a little something down in the bottom right corner.

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She brought it to me all rolled up and asked me to open it and tell her what it is. I did and told her I really liked the beautiful flower she drew. Then she said I had to read the little something down in the corner. Out loud.

I said, This is a beautiful red flower that I drew for my mom.
Then she said that I needed to read the rest of it and I told her that it was a little bit difficult for me to read the writing and she said, Well, I can’t read it!

She is so funny, sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally, and we are laughing more and more as she grows up.  She is so much like her older sister in so many ways – Kait has always been able to get me to laugh.

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I so love having girls in the house.

 

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Merry Christmas to me

Both our washer and dryer have been causing us problems for at least a year now.  While I’m grateful that I don’t have to wash our clothes by hand with a wash board and a metal tub, neither our washer nor dryer was made to support the clothe cleaning needs of a family of 11 and our washer machine likes to remind us of that every week or so by trying to walk out of the house during the spin cycle.  Rabbit and I have been seriously researching a good solution for a long time.  We finally settled on the fact that we were going to need two sets and thought stackable front loaders would be the best way to go and even though we have the space in our laundry room, the amount of money that was going to cost in plumbing, venting, and purchasing the machines themselves was almost physically painful for me to think about.  Still, I knew that for my sanity’s sake it was inevitable.

While searching for the best way to do this I ran across an LG set with a 5.2 cu. ft.  and thought that if we had one that big we could get away with just the one set.  Shortly after, I found a 5.6 cu. ft. Samsung washer and 9.5 cu. ft. matching dryer and I began singing.  Not out loud of course because that would scare people, but silently, inside my heart.

Rabbit bought them the day before Thanksgiving during the (not quite) black Friday sale and it took them a month and a number of inconsistent stories from different people at Lowe’s who all had no idea what was going on but they were finally delivered today and wow are these things H.U.G.E.

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The old washer and dryer fit in this space with plenty of room for the laundry baskets to fit in the space between the door to the room and the machines.  That isn’t the case now.  In fact, I don’t know where we are going to put the dirty laundry until we get these suckers stacked, which Lowe’s is going to have to come back out and do in a couple of weeks because they didn’t have the equipment needed on hand even though we bought the kit and requested it when we first purchased them.   This is not a huge deal to me though.  I’m just happy that the two loads I needed to get done this morning are both washing at the same time.

The washing machine has an internal light and the kids are finding this quite entertaining.  Maggie is a little frightened by the whole thing so she kept herself safely behind Lucy and Jesse as they sat and watched it spin.

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We haven’t tried the dryer yet but the washer is working as it should.  I am hoping that these things aren’t disappointing because the thought of going from 3 loads a day to 1 or 2 is fantastic.

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