Wednesday, June 29, 2011

a home for us.

Basically I have incredibly generous in laws who are allowing us to build on their property out in the country. And...basically, Joe and I can not decide on what type of house to build to save our lives. Joe loves modern homes, 50's post modern style. I like all of that too, but we are moving on to property in the middle of an orchard, and part of me wants a farm house with a porch that I can fill will all of my old treasures but I like modern homes and ranch styles too. It's down to these 3 houses, each incorporate a interior plan that works perfectly with what we need for our family, its the exterior we can't decide on. I can honestly envision us living in any of these homes. Wanna chime in and give your opinions? come on, I know most of you are women and allllllllllllll women have opinions....and they are wanted this time around!

* all of the extra stuff in the plans more than likely wont be included on the houses, we are just looking at the basic idea of it not into the fancy shmancy fountains and stuff :)

this is the spot:

                                                                        1. Modern

2. Ranch

3. Country

Please note that I we would change some things about this house, we would paint it possibly grey with a the red door and black shutters or white shutters....not a fan of it looking like the "white house" but I think it has a lot of potential!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

5 weeks.

5 weeks has flown by with my new little Betsey Jane, and I have completely forgotten about blogs and blogging because I have been BUSY. Let me tell you, 4 kids under 6 is a full time job like no ones business. Between the constant breastfeeding, laundry, dishes and 2 toddlers and 1 first grader I haven't quite gotten the blogging fit into my schedule yet.....I haven't gotten the laundry fitted either!
Betsey is 8lbs 4oz and 19 1/2 inches long. She went down to about 6'14 from 7'10 which was normal.

 I have started all kinds of "bad" habits. I hold her all the time. I just can't get enough of her. She is our last baby and I am cherishing all of it. She is just so perfect and cuddly I can't help it. I love LOVE seeing her big sister and big brothers dote on her. They think she is just about it. London brings her baby, "Baby Elsie" with her everywhere in our house following me, copying me, changing her diaper, nursing her doll...its so cute and so hilarious. She maintains that she wants to be a mommy and a cowgirl when she grows up and I am all for it. Mason is 6 1/2 so he is such a huge help. He can hold the baby while sitting down which gives me a break to load the dish washer etc. He takes out the trash, makes beds, entertains his siblings, total God send. Rowan is so so so good with the baby, something that completely shocks me because he is the hot head of our family. But when it comes to his baby sister, he is a total gentle guy.

Breastfeeding is finally getting better, it was a struggle. She nursed all the time and it was painful and then by the time my ta ta's would heal, she would go through another cluster feeding period and the issues would start all over again but now it is all good. She is having some gas problems so i am eliminating dairy from my diet and giving her a rotation of gas drops, gripe water and chamomile tea which seems to be giving her some relief. I am praying this doesn't mean colic is on its way because the thought of that with my three other children gives me major anxiety. She isn't sleeping through the night, I honestly have no idea how many times she wakes up because its such a blur still. I am trying to get her to sleep in her pack n play because we had a huge scare with her rolling onto her face the other night while sleeping with us, so I am super paranoid. She hates it. Literally, hates it. But she has to get used to sleeping in her own bed, its the safest. I am hanging in there, readjusting my expectations of how my days should go, letting myself relax, and trying to enjoy my kids. I am loving life right now and I am hoping that it continues that way and that I breeze through this postpartum phase without a glitch.

next post wont be a month away, promise.