We have been back in MN for a month now, and I am just now finding time to post. Hopefully, that will give you a hint of what life with four looks like, for me, that is. But in spite of the business life is amazingly good. Having an infant has rekindled my love for motherhood and helped me cherish each one of my little babies. It could be just because I am deliriously tired. 🙂 Just kidding! I think part of it comes from the fact that I AM NOT PREGNANT ANYMORE! Some people, like my sister handle pregnancy with such grace and ease. Not me. I get fat and tired and my guts seem to be falling out all the time. So. literally, once that baby comes out, I feel soooo much better.
This delivery and recovery has been just as easy as Claire’s. It was so great. During the drive to Texas Daniel and I counted contractions and planned hospital stops, but I never went into labor! Praise the Lord! Once in Texas the “false” labor continued. I was up counting hard contractions, but never going into labor. So annoying! But my wonderful Doctor let me induce! I have always been against inducing, because my recovery with Josiah was so much harder than with Claire. But, by my fourth, I was way over that. And it was almost Christmas. I really wanted her to come before then. So Daniel and I got up early the morning of the 22nd, went to the hospital, got some pitocin, read some books, got an epidural (this part was just me), pushed three times (again, just me) and in a total of four hours had a baby. We weren’t even in the hospital 24 hours. My body was REJOICING to be holding Annaleigh in my arms instead of my belly!
We made it home in time for all the festivities. Dude, I left the hospital, and went to get a birthday pedicure!! Haha! For real, y’all! My mom had made me an appointment and forgot to cancel it. She called me while we were discharging and asked if I felt like going. I’m never one to turn down a gifted pedicure, so, yeah, I went! I think my pedicurist was a little more than taken aback. I actually cut off my hospital bracelets in her chair. From there I went to my mom’s and had a killer birthday dinner and party, complete with fireworks! My sister’s made sure to remember that I was turning 30, despite me trying hard to fly that one under the radar. Kelsey even made me listen to 80’s music, since that was when I was born! Haha! The next day we had our Christmas Eve party and opened presents with my family. And on Christmas Day we even got to go to Clarksville and have Christmas with my grandparents! Needless to say, we hit the ground running. It was wonderful to be home with my mom who cooked and cleaned and washed our clothes relentlessly. In no time it was time to leave. On the 31st we packed it all up and went to a Souza family reunion in Dallas and then headed home the next day. Our neighbors came over, turned on our heat and had pizza waiting for us when we got home! Then my wonderful MN friends brought me dinner for two and half weeks!!!!! I cannot say enough how well taken care of we have been since coming home. God has been so gracious to us by sending us loving friends and yummy food! Thanks again to all who took time, money and energy to help us get readjusted to being on our “own”. It’s crazy how six weeks of life can fit in a teeny tiny paragraph!
So, yep, we have a 6 week old, now. All the other kids love her so much but especially Josiah. He told me the week she was born that he loved her best of all. I had to tell him that we love each other the same in this family. He took it well and has since been loving all of us almost as much as he loves her. 🙂
One more story and then I will post some pictures. This may be too much information for some people, so if you don’t want to hear a story of true nature and child-rearing scroll down to the pictures. I have had to separate the girls at bathtime from the boys. There just isn’t room for all of them in the same bathtub anymore. As a side note, it takes me a full hour to get all the kids bathed now. But, I have been teaching Josiah and Aaron how to wash themselves. When we came home to MN Annaleigh had to go in for a two-week checkup and I took Josiah with me for his four-year shots and well-visit. While we were there, the pediatrician had to check his boy parts to make sure he was developing well. She told him she needed to check and make sure both of his little balls were where they were supposed to be. I had never even mentioned he had them before, so he looked really surprised to know that he had balls down there. I think he was thinking soccer balls. But ever since then during bath time he has been so excited to wash them. He told me one day when I told him that that was enough he had washed them good enough. He said, I’ve got to make sure they are still there! But tonight was the funniest so far. As he was washing, he asked me, “Momma, will my balls hatch?” So funny! I love my kids!
I haven’t taken many pictures and none with a real camera. So here are a few from my phone. And as usual, you guys can play the “guess who” game. I will post a newborn picture of all four and let you guess who is who. 🙂 Thanks for reading!
Claire and my mom. It was so nice to be able to play outside without snow boots and jackets!
Claire on her third birthday! What a way to spend it, right? 17 hours in the car!
OK, Guess Who:
In order from the top: Claire, Annaleigh, Josiah, and Aaron. And, I think Annaleigh will have blue eyes!