2.21.2010

UNDER CONTRACT!!

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Well, we had two people come to look at the house. Both of them came twice, and both of them made an offer on the house. We were able to play them off each other to accept an offer of... slightly more than we paid for the house. Anyway, keep your fingers crossed that everything goes through after inspections and stuff. We could possibly be moving out west in March.

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Linus continues to do well at night (even feeding once in the middle of the night now!), but he's had a day or two where naps were more stressful than peaceful.

It was almost as if I'd eaten a bunch of chocolate, but I hadn't. Dairy didn't seem to be to blame either, and I don't think I'll ever know because the problem resolved itself.

Linus is our first (and probably only) baby to be circumcised by a Mohel. He made a visit to our house on Wednesday. We didn't get the ceremony, just the circumcision, and we got 50% off.

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Moses, "the big kid," has been going to the potty several times a day without requesting my help first. Usually it works out well, but occasionally, he doesn't get his pants down or the lid of the toilet up in time. Once, he successfully got his pants down, but didn't bother going to the bathroom... just peed directly on the closet floor.

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All of the potty training/night-time dryness work I did earlier in the summer went down the drain after our trip to Utah, and I was just too tired to care or do much about it after that.

I'm glad that Moses seems to be moving onward on his own (albeit, imperfectly). I was just thinking of starting up again with the other two this week, but with the impending move, I think I'll save my energies for when we're settled.

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The children sang the opening song today in church. By the look on Herbie's face, when they announced it, you could tell that all his dreams had come true. Ruby took his hand, and proudly escorted him up to the front, where they both took a place on the front row.

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Ruby has figured out by now that she's supposed to sing while she's up there, but Herbie acted like his sole purpose in being there was to stare at the people in the audience. They were both very proud of themselves, when they returned to their seats.

Steven has had quite the week. He's been enjoying? the fruits of being featured on a show in the UK. Even though he was excited, he was almost more stressed out, for some reason. Downloads have decreased a bit each day since then, so it's not sustainable, but the show was rebroadcast on Saturday and he got a bump up again.

He was frustrated that our realtor doesn't seem to have a clue about how to negotiate, but I'm glad that he was the one to coached her (since I'm actually not great at it either).

2.16.2010

The First Week

I had a theory with Moses, and it turned out to be true with Linus, as well. The first 2 nights, the baby will sleep great. I used to think the hospital nurses were experts at getting all those babies to sleep so well, but now I think it's mostly the babies. Linus actually only woke up once to eat the first night. 

Night 3 (when most parents have their baby home for the first night) is when the baby lets it be known when he would really like to be awake (which is the middle of the night).

As long as I make sure the baby's getting enough to eat and the right amount of nap time/awake time during the day, and I don't introduce any crutches during the night, I can get a sleep-through-the-night baby by night 5.

Ahhh! Linus is now sleeping 12 hours a night (at least that's what I call it), with me waking him twice to feed before I go to sleep, and him grunting two or three times later for me to nurse him for 10 minutes or so before he conks back out.

Nights 3 and 4 are rough, though. Lots and lots of crying. I think I got one hour of sleep on night 3. The day after was probably my worst day all year. Not only was I incredibly tired, but all sorts of things went wrong, in an almost comical way.

I've forgotten most of it by now, but I do remember that I put a horrible meal from some well-meaning soul down the disposal, which clogged the sink. The disposal was stuck. I broke the plunger trying to loosen it. I finally found something sturdier to loosen the teeth of the disposal, and flipped the switch on. I'd used too much pressure, which popped part of the bottom out, and I had the disgusting, greasy stuff spewing all over under the sink. It was at this point that I thought I probably should be laughing (but I didn't).

I think Moses is enjoying his new status as not-the-baby. Ruby will occasionally say things to him like, "Come with us, Moses! You're a big kid now! Linus is the baby."

I think he's started saying 10 new words in the last week. He's definitely trying to imitate a lot more of what we say. He enjoys running to get me a diaper or a blanket or whatever I need for Linus, and has even attempted to "read" him a story. He's been trying harder to dress/undress himself, and just generally stepping it up to do more of the stuff that the rest of us do.

Linus got a little St. Louis Cardinals jersey as a gift from someone in the branch, and Ruby really, really wants one. Anytime anyone mentioned going outside today, she thought we were headed to the store to get her a "team shirt" like Linus'. I mentioned that I was going grocery shopping tonight, and she wanted me to pick up her team shirt while I was there.

She did manage to get the shirt on at one point. She walked out of her room, with her pants belted high above her waist, "See Mom it fits! You can't see my belly!"

Herbie has had a much better week. In fact, we thought he had completely recovered until he threw another tantrum today, which was unfortunate because we had a beautiful snowfall that he didn't get to go out and play in because of it. We did have another snow day earlier in the week, and Herbie stayed out the longest, shoveling snow and riding on the cross country skis and sled with Woo.

Woo has had quite the exciting day today. His server went down, which was a pain, until he realized it was because he was having a huge amount of downloads. He didn't quite believe it, or understand how it could be possible, but found that some popular TV show in the UK --- "The Gadget Show" had featured his app.

He rose quickly in the ratings, at one point being the highest grossing app in the UK app store. He's very excited and nervous---about how things will hold up, and how long it will last, etc.

And that's about it for this week. Hope everyone's doing well. Talk to you later.

2.09.2010

And 1 More Means 4


We do now have a name for the baby: Linus Maximus. He's only been alive 36 hours so there isn't much to report other than he's fat, healthy, sleeps a lot, and eats well.

Herbie has had a rough couple of weeks. The anticipation of so many exciting things has really gotten to him. He threw a tantrum a couple of days before my Mom came out, and when I went to talk to him, he cried, "The baby's not being born, Grandma's not coming, the house isn't sold and we're not moving!"

Even after Grandma finally came, he threw at least a tantrum a day. I'm really hoping that it will end now that the baby's made his appearance, and Grandma's come and gone, but maybe I shouldn't get my hopes up.

A couple of hours after Linus was born Herbie asked me, "Mom, can we move today? The baby is born."

He is super excited to have a baby brother, even though we decided not to name him Rooster (Herbie's pick), and it's inspired him to be a better man. "Mom, I'm not going to say 'poop' anymore because I'm a big brother."

Moses was a little confused the morning Linus was born, but has really taken to him since then. He likes to come up and give him kisses, runs for a car or truck to share with him when he cries, and asked about the "baby! baby!" first thing when he saw me this morning.

I even caught him laughing with a doll, giggling "baby! baby!", and making kissing noises before his nap today. Mom, Dad and Baby are the only people in our family that Moses can currently identify.

Ruby has been reveling in the idea of being a little mom for quite some time now. She's especially excited to help dress Linus in his pajamas, fetch me anything I need for him, and inspect his umbilical cord. She enjoyed doing little things to help Grandma make lunch.

In some ways Steven had his easiest labor ever. In others, he wondered if it was his "Abrahamic test."
He got a full nights sleep because I didn't have close contractions or any back labor all night, and didn't think it was worth keeping him awake for. But, when things picked up, they went quick, and for a couple of minutes he thought that he would be catching the baby himself.

I think he washed his hands three times and said about a million prayers. I guess he passed because the midwives showed up, and all he had to do was cut the cord.

I'm enjoying the feeling of having the baby out --- one of the best physical feelings in the world. It's hard to sit and relax when I feel like I can finally do so many things easily again (like stand for more than five minutes).

Anyway, I hope everyone had a good week!

2.08.2010

(Woo's Post) From The Bowels Of The Midwest, We Present You With 10LBS Of...

Baby Rooster? 10 pounds! That's like almost 20 pounds!