These Crazy Swimming Days

Although being the head swim coach of our local swim team has put a damper on fun summer camping

vacations I am really glad, now that the season is almost over, that I volunteered for this position. I have learned so much about my ability to lead something – I have never been a leader.
I haven’t cried once although frustration has been my constant companion these last few meets with one particular family giving me grief. I have actually felt more empowered and tough because of it and I have learned that I really can handle a tough situation well.
The swimmers are looking great this year and have really worked hard. After a hard butterfly practice I actually had kids thanking me for pushing them. That says a lot to me about the job I am doing. I have also watched the initial surpised looks my swimmers give me when I give them a certain event to swim turns into thanks – they thank me for pushing them and they are so happy that they accomplished something they didn’t know was in them to complete. I am so proud of them!
Only 3 meets left this year. I will be happy and sad at the same time. I am going to miss them – we transfer in the spring and I won’t be able to coach these kids again.
Good memories.
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We Warned Her!!!

So, this is “Mr. John’s Little Brother”. That is his name. He is Kaitlyn’s new lamb. She has to raise him for two months and enter him into the county fair as a 4-H project. Then he is sold and will become somebody’s dinner. It is a competition on lamb rearing for food. She is learning all the different parts of the lambs body and what sections need to be big, small, muscular and lean.
We warned her what would happen and she begged to do this anyway. Call it a lesson in life.
Kait is an animal lover. Yes, she loves meat, but actually knowing this sheep and training him, feeding him, and taking care of him is going to make this tough on her. I am beginning to regret saying she could do this. I know how much it is going to hurt her in the end and it will break me to see her so sad. I keep thinking that there has got to be another option but there is not. She has actually asked me why we can’t keep him.
He is actually quite tame compared to the other sheepies he is housed with. He comes right over to the gate when he sees Kait and when she tries to leave he gets between her and the gate. He follows her around everywhere.
Anyway, she is really enjoying him right now, even knowing what will happen in a couple of months. It will be tough.
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This Cute New Baby

I just love being a mama. I love having new babies. It really makes me feel good to coddle a new life.

We have had some wonderful women from our church bring us dinners each night for the last five nights. It has been such a blessing and all of the food was so good. Now our fridge is stocked with leftovers that we will munch on for the next few days. It is so nice to be a part of such a loving community of people.
The last few days have been cold and rainy so I haven’t been able to get out at all. I was feeling a little home bound so my husband and I took the baby to the grocery store tonight to get milk and bread. We were stopped a number of times by people just wanting to look at our adorable little baby. Nobody chided me for taking him out so early – something I really expect in this small town. I did have a number of grandma types in my church who were unhappy that I was not on bed rest. They are so sweet to be concerned but, man, bed rest? I am going stir crazy enough just trying to take it easy. I couldn’t imagine being stuck in bed or on the couch all day, everyday for two weeks.
Tomorrow it is supposed to be a bit warmer so I think I will stick Sam in my ERGO and go for an afternoon walk. I have got to get out and do something!
Hopefully the sweet church ladies won’t see me, LOL.
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A Baby Is Born

Samuel David is here! He was born on Wednesday, May 16th at 12:35. A good sized 8 lb 12 oz baby boy he is! Here he is at about 30 minutes after birth.

Labor was, well, labor. God was merciful however, and the severely painful contractions only lasted an hour or so. I pushed for 12 or 13 minutes and Sam arrived without a spot or wrinkle. We were all amazed at how clean he was.

I came home from the hospital on Thursday afternoon and all has been well. I am comfortable and well taken care of by my husband and children and Sam is hardly put down at all. My 12 year old daughter is totally in love with him.

So, everything is great here! Once again God has showered down his blessings upon us!

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We Have Labor…

Who knows how long it will take but labor has commenced and is pretty strong although my contractions aren’t getting closer together yet – actually they started last night and were about 8 minutes a part – now they are more like 10 minutes a part but this is very normal for my babies. Either way, the doc wants me in there this afternoon because my cervix hasn’t even started to do anything and I have had painful, keep you up at night contractions for days. He isn’t planning on inducing, just applying a little cervix thinner stuff.

So, there you have it! I will keep the blog updated and will prayfully have some baby news in the next 24 hours or so.

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Four Days Late – So Far…

Okay, so little Sam has decided to arrive late. I did expect this so it is no surprise to me that I am still pregnant and closing on 41 weeks. I am, however, feeling much pain. It seems that these mostly painless contractions are become very painful when I am laying down so sleep hasn’t been coming easily to me. I have been tired, tired, tired these last three days and my legs, butt, and back ache almost constantly. Although I complain I do have to say that I am not feeling as bad as I usually do at this point but the last few days are bringing me close.
Also, since the contractions started to become more painful Sam has all but quit moving. I can persuade him to move by pushing on him but the movement he gives is quite a bit less energetic than usual. I have made note of it but today it has really come to my attention. I do know that this is very normal – after all, he is running out of wiggle room. Still, I will see my doc today and have him assess the situation for me.
I am trying to be patient – after all, what choice do I have. Plus, I know I cannot carry him in here forever. He has got to be born before too long.

Baby Graphic Compliments of Heathers Animations

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38 weeks and counting…

For those who are keeping track this is me at 38 weeks last Thursday. Today I am 38+4. My daughter took this picture while we were waiting for Ryan to finish up with a church meeting.
I am cranky a lot and I have been having waves of nausea but I am not as tired as I feel I should be. This is good. Regular contractions have commenced but it doesn’t mean anything. I always have a good week or two of painful contractions before the baby makes his debut. I am sure this baby will be no different, although I still hold out hope for a delivery “any day now”.

My dear husband surprised me this past weekend by arranging for our 5 kids to go stay with the in-laws. He was going to get a hotel and such but decided that in my 9 month pregnant state I would probably be more comfortable in my own bed. He was so right – he knows me so well. On Friday night we went to dinner (Cajun steak, mmmm) and a movie. On Saturday we went shopping for running shoes for me for after the baby is born. My old ones have given out. Then we ventured on to have some “mandatory fun” (a really boring NROTC picnic) and after that we were off to visit my sister-in-law who did my hair (she is a cosmetologist).
Yesterday we went to church and out to lunch with some friends. When the waitress set my food in front of me I completely lost my appetite. Poor Ryan felt so bad that I couldn’t eat a bite of lunch. We came home and I stomached a couple pieces of turkey. We hung around the very quiet house for a while then went out to get the kids. We had a good dinner with the in-laws and I was able to eat a little prime rib. All in all it was an excellent weekend! Now, if I could just have this baby!!!

The kids have really stepped up on their chores this past week. Although the downstairs finished basement where the children live is still a bit cluttered and always seems to smell funny the upstairs is really coming along. My daughter has been vacuuming everyday and my boys have been keeping the junk picked up. Maybe we are all going through a nesting faze.

Oh, and tips on keeping the laundry done with a large family are coming. We have successfully kept our laundry up for over a month now and I have been very pleased! It has been very easy, too.

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Carrie ~ You’re Gonna Love This One!!!

So, my kids are awesome. They are well disciplined and well behaved. We get comments on them everywhere we go. They stand out because there are 5 of them and they are always on their best behavior. Eye rolling and heavy sighing is a normal sight when we walk into a restaurant but by the time we have finished eating those who have rolled their eyes have already come up and complimented our parenting and our children. I don’t have a problem talking about this, it really isn’t bragging, it is just the truth. They are exceptional kids.

If you know my kids you may want to take a breath and sit down before you continue. Duuu, you are already sitting down, you are at the computer.

Imagine my surprise the other day when my 3 oldest, 12, 9, and 6, decided to START A FIRE in the back yard. Yes, I said START A FIRE!

Okay, now breath.

We have a large concrete slab in our backyard that a previous owner had laid as a basketball court. My 9 year old has learned how to burn ants and such with his magnifying glass and he likes to get pine cones smoking and whatnot. I have no problem with this and we talked about the importance of keeping it all on the concrete and gave him some safety rules about using his magnifying glass for such things.

Well, my dear daughter came in to get some water and I smelled a campfire smell on her. I asked her why she smelled that way and she said “we were burning moss with the magnifying glass”. I said, oh, okay, just be careful. She smiled, mumbled something I couldn’t make out and turned to go back outside. I ignored the mumble as she is your classic mumbler and I am always tired of asking her “what?”; oh, and her mumbling is never rude she just doesn’t always speak clearly.

My husband arrives home just a few minutes later and goes out back to say hi to the kids. There he finds blackened gravel all over the concrete and he said “Where did this come from?” My daughter (12) announces proudly that they were starting fires with the magnifying glass. My husband asks “Does your mother know about this?” She tells him that I did and he shrugged and said “okay”.
I went out to see what mess he was talking about and I was amazed! Not only was there a fire pit in the center of the concrete slab but all the scrap wood from our remodeling project was gone from the trash pile behind our house.
Kait proudly announced that they had burned it all up just by using the magnifying glass.

Apparently this was no small fire and I don’t know how I missed it. We are avid campers and my kids know how to build a safe fire, however, even when we are camping they are not allowed to start or even mess with a campfire without my husband right there with them.

My dear husband was very successfully in scaring the beegeezies out of them by telling them that backyard fires are ILLEGAL (he was very calm until he got to that word). They were appalled
that they had broken the law with such criminal activity. He also discussed safety hazards that neglected to think about and he took the magnifying glass away which completely broke my 9 year old’s heart. We are also very good friends with one of our towns fire chiefs and we talked to him about it as well.

My kids have been successfully cured of fire starting – there is no doubt in my mind.

However, they seem to be in some odd state lately where they are just doing crazy things that are very out of character for them.

All this has happened in the last 7 days…

  • Joe (9) decided to dig deep holes all in our yard. He told me he had dug a hole and I said he had better ask dad before he continued with it. It did not deter him from digging many more with our big shovels.
  • Gabe (6) threw a down and out temper tantrum two days ago over a tricycle that isn’t even his. If you know my kids then you know they NEVER throw temper tantrums after the age of about 18 to 24 months. We are very good at training in this area.
  • Joe ate a live worm the other day. I HATE MOVIES!
  • After my husband and I went on a walk the other evening after dinner we came home to a sopping wet kitchen. Even the top of the refrigerator was wet. Apparently my kids decided to have a water fight in that short 20 minute period using spray bottles and the kitchen sink sprayer.

Needless to say they are not happy campers right now and my house is getting cleaner and cleaner every day. I have told them that since I can no longer trust them out of my site I will be giving them activities every day to keep them occupied so I know what they are doing all the time. We have been incident free for about 36 hours now.

I guess I could sum it all up as spring fever. Still, that is no excuse. Being 8 months pregnant has caused me to lay down on the job, literally. I guess I need to suck it up and get back to being a mom first. After all, my kids need me, obviously.

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