Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Tazmanian Devil aka Brig and Sweet baby Max

Yesterday was a rough day for Brigham. He is a sweet boy and a lot of fun, but he has reached a challenging and stubborn phase that is really difficult for me. So yesterday all within an hour Brig squeezed Dawn dish soap all over the carpet. My sweet Spencer was so nice to help me clean up the kitchen where soap had spilled. While I was shampooing the carpet he went into the storage room and knocked a jar of pickled beets off the storage room shelf. While I was carpet shampooing the pickled beets up he peed on the floor. Then he decided to help himself to the bottle of benadryl. Fortunately Spencer busted him and stopped him before he drank too much. I did have to call poison control though. They told me it would either make him sleepy or wired. I told them I'd pray for sleepy. It did end up making him sleep...lucky me. Today hasn't been as bad but he did get into the shampoo and he rubbed it all over Tyler's massage chair. He also tried to flush Ethan's shirt down the toilet.

Brigham talks a lot now. Something that he tells me every day is "I hate you." Usually after I have disciplined him. I always just say "I know." In a calm voice so he knows that I don't care :) The rest of the day he tells me "like you." He is so funny. He calls our house "yours house." Referring to it as mine. When he has a toy car he will say things like "Here is mine toy car." When he asks to sit on my bed he will say "can I sit on yours bed." This morning he said "like you mommy Jenny." Yesterday I was explaining to the other kids that my name is Jenny but to show respect they call me Mom. I guess he remembered my name.

Baby Max is so cute. He will be six weeks old tomorrow. He has started smiling. Something that he has done that is really adorable is laughing in his sleep (none of my other kids have done this). I haven't gotten him to laugh while he is awake but something in his sleep makes him laugh. The other night when I was at our Relief Society Birthday dinner one of the other ladies was holding him and he was sleeping and laughing. All of the ladies sitting at the table I was at saw and thought it was cute.

For spring break we went and visited my parents. We stayed with my sister Leslie. My dad had his knee replaced about 2 days before I had Max, so my parents hadn't seen the baby before. Here is a pic of my mom with Max.
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Here is a picture of my niece Rachel with Max. She seemed to really love him :)
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While we were in Utah we had to stop at my favorite baker and get doughnuts. Leslie doesn't live to far away from the Dunford factory. My favorite are the chocolate cake doughnuts, unfortunately (or fortunately) my kids love the same ones so they don't last very long. I think if I lived closer to the Dunford factory I'd have to run 10 miles every day just so that I could eat all of those doughnuts and not get fat..lol.
My sister Becca took all of the pictures that I am posting today :)
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Leslie planned a really fun Easter egg hunt while we were there. The kids had a lot of fun and I really enjoyed hanging out with my sisters and their families.
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Austin and Caleb checking out the goodies.
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My sweet Spencer
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Ethan and Anna.

Around our house there is never a dull moment. At the beginning of this month Brigham cut the tip of his finger badly with a hand blender (there was nothing left to stitch so we cut off the chunks of dead skin and bandaged it up). On Tuesday Spencer asked Tyler to help him pull a tooth that was starting to be loose. Well it wasn't loose enough and when they went to pull it his gum ripped all the way down to his lip with the tooth still attached. It made Spencer's face sore and it was quite an ordeal to get the tooth out. I ended up taking him to the dentist on Wednesday and there is still a small piece of tooth left but when the next adult tooth comes in it will hopefully push out the left over piece.

When I came home from the hospital after I had Max, Ethan took one look at me and exclaimed "You are only a little bit fat now." LOL he definitely speaks the truth. I am so thankful for my good strong body and that I am able to run. Because I ran until 39 weeks of pregnancy I was able to run starting at 1 week postpartum. The nurse was amazed at my stomach in the hospital. You could literally see every limb and movement that the baby was making because of my stomach being such a round ball.

While we were on spring break my mom babysat the kids while I went to an eye appointment. When I came back I asked how the kids were. She said they were fine. Hailey then added "I only dropped the baby once, but Don't worry I was close to the ground." Good to know.

Life is good for us. I am so thankful that we have food and shelter. I feel so sorry for the people in Japan. I pray for them to be comforted at this time.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Appendicitis, Birthdays, and kindness from a stranger

On the 26th of February Spencer woke up with a lot of stomach pain. I figured he probably had the flu. He puked a couple of times and I had to leave to go help clean the church. I gave him some Tylenol and hoped that he would feel better when I got home. As it got later in the day his pain got worse and I became concerned about him. I had the thought pop into my head that he needed his appendix out. I told Tyler and he said that he would take him to the emergency room. At this point our baby was only a week old and I didn't want to expose him to a germ infested emergency room. Spencer was in so much pain I put his socks and shoes on for him and Tyler carried him out to the car. They got to the ER a little after 5pm and they saw that it was appendicitis and had him back for surgery by 7:15. I know that the lord blessed me to know what was wrong with Spencer. I am so thankful that I told Tyler to take him in. His appendix was close to rupturing and he had fluid in his pelvis from it. A few years ago when he had a hernia I knew it too. I really believe that the lord inspires you to know the problems and needs of your children.

Austin has been treating a couple of kids at school unkind. It was really stressing me out. I try so hard to teach my kids to be kind to others. I tell them you need to treat others the way you want to be treated. Tyler and I talked and prayed about what we should do. I thought about taking him to a rest home to volunteer but with 6 kids my time is quite limited. I prayed that I would be able to find a good solution. A few days later as I was making my bed I thought of an older lady in our ward that needs help. I called and asked her daughter if my son could come over while Spencer has piano lessons. I explained that I am trying to teach him about having empathy for others and to be more service oriented. She said that I was an answer to her prayers because at the time that Austin will be with her mother she has scouts and isn't able to be there. Really this is an answer to my prayers though. This older lady is such a nice woman. When Austin goes over there he plays the piano for her and reads from a simplified Book of Mormon. It does really seemed to have helped his attitude.

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I love this second picture of Hailey! I think it really shows her personality :)
On the 4th of March my beautiful Hailey turned 8 years old! I can't believe how grown up she is. I'm so glad that she is my daughter. For one of her birthday presents I ordered a doll off of Amazon, it still hasn't come yet. It estimated the delivery date as March 2nd. I told her if it didn't come on Saturday that I would take her to buy a toy at Walmart. Well, of course it didn't come on Saturday so I took her to town to pick a toy. On my way to town a tire pressure light came on. I realized that the front driver side tire was going flat. Of course it is late enough in the day that none of the tire stores are open. As I passed one I could see a guy inside so I thought I'd at least see if I could get some air. I asked the guy if he could give me some air and he said yes. When he came out to put air in my tire we could hear air leaking back out. He saw that there was a hole and was going to put a plug in it. He put the plug in, and it didn't look right. He said this tire is bad. He looked around to see if he had a used one that he could put on. He found one and put it on. I asked him how much I owed him and he said nothing. I tried to convince him to let me pay and he said no. I felt so thankful to him. He told me that if I wanted to repay him just remember his store when I need new tires. I really hope that when I need new tires I can get them there.

On Wednesday I took baby Max for his hearing retest. I had Brigham with me and they wouldn't let us even go into the maternity ward because right now a lot of people are coming down with the flu. A nurse met us at the doors and I had to just hand the baby over. She did open the nursery window so that we could see Max while he was being tested. He passed his hearing test. I am so thankful that he did.