Sunday, April 30, 2017

Oh Baby

Here I am at 38 weeks.....I can't believe I'm putting this picture on the internet! But with this being our last baby and this pregnancy SO different than the other two, I wanted to put it in my journal. I cannot believe how slowly the last 9 months have gone especially this last month, yet when I think about being so sick and having a picc line, that seemed like a lifetime ago. 

I am not a person who endures physical challenges well. At all. It's hard for me to see the end result-a precious baby boy-all I can see and feel are the pains and discomforts that never go away. The pain in my legs and back have been so severe this past week that it's really, really hard to walk. I feel a lot of guilt as a mom. For example, Kimball and Cora wanted to put on a magic show for me so they set everything up in their room and Kimball brought in a stool for me to sit on because he knew I couldn't sit on the floor. So sweet and cute. I had to make demands, the stool wasn't good enough because I knew it'd hurt too much so I made him get me a kitchen chair instead. The usual pleadings of, "Mom, can you jump on the trampoline with us? Can you push me on the swing? Can we go on a walk? Can you help me dig here?" have stopped altogether with little tiny broken hearts and all I'm asked now is, "Mom, can you watch me jump?" All they ask is that I watch, that's it. And it crushes my heart! 

I keep promising that one day I'll be able to run and jump and wrestle on the floor and have tickle wars again. One day I'll be healthy enough again to go on walks and dig for bugs and other treasures in the dirt. And most importantly, one day they'll have a baby brother to kiss and cuddle and love on! One day this baby will bring so much happiness and love that when he finally comes hopefully all of the missed adventures will be worth it. They'll finally have another comrade and buddy to share those adventures with. I hope Kimball and Cora won't remember these 9 months as a time when mommy simply couldn't because what they don't know is how much my heart yearns that I could! 

Kids are so loving and forgiving and resilient and I hope they can forgive me and realize that it's certainly a family effort to bring a baby into this world. Lance has taken the front of it all in stride and patience, I know it's been really hard for him too. He's taken on my many hats as well when I didn't and couldn't measure up, without complaint. A few years ago for Mother's Day  he gave me a framed picture of the kids with the quote, "Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven." and I can't wait to add a third picture to it. Certainly all of us have sacrificed and we are all anxiously awaiting this little guy's arrival. 

So, baby boy, please hurry up! We all can't wait to meet you and love on you and get a fresh piece of heaven. This morning as the kids were waking up the first thing I heard through the baby monitor was this high pitched super excited voice, "Cora, do you know what day it is?! It's Sunday! That means only 1 more Sunday until the baby comes!!" That warmed my heart hearing how much they already love this baby and how much we are all anticipating the big day. So....9 more days!!! And baby boy, you are so SO loved!!

Tacoma or Bust

This past week started a bit nerve racking as I anticipated Lance being gone to Tacoma for 5 days for work. I was too afraid I'd go into labor or something would happen and I'd have this baby without him. I'm sure most 38 week pregnant women would be a bit upset with their husbands for planning a trip so close to a due date but I knew he needed to make this trip and Heavenly Father watched over us and we survived without incident. Here are a few pictures of our activities while he was away.

Lance's trip was a complete success! He's been aiming to expand the business into the Seattle area, there's a third party removal company that all of the funeral homes use and they're huge doing about 600 calls a month, and nobody likes them. So Lance thought it was a good opportunity to see what business he could drum up and is shooting for a start date of May 1, which is tomorrow. The location changed to Tacoma, about 40 minutes south of Seattle, because there was a much greater interest there rather than be centered in Seattle and being stuck in traffic. He has an employee here that wanted to move to the Tacoma area to be a bit closer to family, so last week he moved and is going to be the manager for us.

In preparation for the week Lance bought a van for Tacoma and set up meetings with 9 funeral homes; the SCI care center in Seattle (22 funeral homes), SCI care center in Puyallup, and I believe the rest are in Puyallup and Tacoma. Daniel and Lance spent 3 days meeting with the funeral homes and every single one of them are on board and ready to use Lance. The funeral homes all hate this third party removal company so much that Lance didn't even have to do a sales pitch, they all asked when they can start using him. He wasn't expecting things to go that well so he bought another van and then found some employees before coming back home.

It was all such a whirlwind, I think Lance is still trying to figure out what just happened. He's worried and stressed and is making such a big gamble with this one but I know the Lord will guide him and we're crossing our fingers this will work out!

Creativity At It's Finest

Last week as I got up for the day and came downstairs, I found that the kids already had this "race track" built in the kitchen. I'm not sure where Lance got this uber thick cardboard tube but the kids set it up and were racing their cars through the tube into various containers of water. Water was everywhere despite the towels but they sure had a good time with it! They played with it for a good three days and after that I wanted my kitchen back, haha.

Happy Easter!

I absolutely love spring time, when the air is crisp and fresh and everything starts to come back to life bringing beauty back to the earth and a promise of hope.

My Easter babies! Sure do love them to bits!!!

He Makes Me Laugh

Random Photos

These two really are the best of friends!
When Lance went in to check on the kids for the night he found Cora asleep like this - on top of the big tote that holds the farm toys. That can't be comfortable. No pillow but somehow she managed to get Kimball's sleeping bad on top of her.
Beautiful bright rainbow! We've had so much rain since all the snow melted, I think April has been a record month of rainfall. We are certainly ready for some sunshine and warmth after an unusually wet winter and spring!

 Playing with Poky

Spring Break

Nobody was more excited for spring break this year than me, I was SO looking forward to no preschool or therapy for a whole week! Sometimes it feels nice to just stay home.

The kids wanted to sleep in their sleeping bags on the floor and actually did quite well for the first three nights.
For some reason we had a bunch of boxes all at once so we made little houses, even ones for the stuffed animals to live in.
 On this day we made caterpillars out of clothes pins and pom poms.
This day we went to the Museum of Art and Culture, which we didn't even know existed! The exhibit was all about woolly mammoths and a few other animals from the Ice Age and Kimball was really disappointed he didn't get to see Sid, haha. After that we ate Frank's Diner which is an old rail car that was restored and turned into a restaurant. It was SO nice to spend this day together as a family!!

We had a play date with our old friends whom we hadn't seen for a few months. These are the girls all born in 2013, Chris had to get a picture of course.
Kimball and Lance took a little man trip to a bike swap. Kimball absolutely couldn't wait because Daddy promised him they could ride bikes together on the real road verses just the driveway but now they can since Dad found a bike to ride. If only it would stop raining long enough to ride......Next to the bike swap was a little car show that they were also able to go to.

Registering For Kindergarten

And he's not at all excited.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

As of Lately

Lance has been making preparations for the business to start up in Seattle and it sounds like the call volume won't be as high as he initially anticipated. Which he's ok with, he doesn't want to be completely slammed with calls and not have enough staff or equipment to handle them. March has slowed down a bit which has been nice for everyone since January and February were extremely busy but in all we're very grateful that the business is doing well and especially that we have a job! He received two new callings, one as a councilor in the stake sunday school presidency and one as a "permanent substitute" sunday school teacher for the ward.

I have been.....hanging in there for lack of better words. Enduring a pregnancy is certainly one of my biggest trials because it's so hard on my body and therefore hard on me mentally as well. We're anxious to meet the baby but not as anxious as I am to not be pregnant any more, haha. I certainly love kids and babies and want them but getting them here is SO HARD for me to do. I've made my peace and accepted the fact that I have to limit the size of my family based on this, after all I do have three children who need a mother. The third trimester difficulties of pain and discomfort hit unusually early this time around. I've tried everything from epsom salt baths to chiropractor visits etc. to relieve the pain but nothing helps. Some days are awful and I just cry all day because it hurts so much while other days are bearable, it's odd how it varies. And no matter how much begging I've done, the doctor won't take the baby before 39 weeks so my c-section is scheduled for May 9 and that day can't come soon enough! I've currently got 6 weeks left.

Kimball enjoys preschool and randomly comes up with facts that I don't know where he learned them from. "Hey mom, did you know that a woodpecker pecks holes to find a home?" "Hey mom, did you know that our bodies are made of skeletons and that we have little tiny bones in our fingers and the bone right here in your head is called a skull?" He's an AWESOME big brother to Cora and talks about the baby nonstop. As a matter of fact, he's become a nonstop talker pretty much from sun up to sun down and I don't know where he comes up with half the stuff he talks about. He's obsessed with all things monster trucks ever since he saw their show, he can't wait to meet the baby, and he's really anxious to see all of his cousins at the reunions this year. This past week he learned to ride a two-wheeled bike without training wheels which he picked up extremely fast (we didn't have to help him at all).

Cora has started feeding therapy to help her get off the thickener. She does a thing called Vital Stem (I think that's what it's called) where they stick electrodes on her neck to contract the muscles in her throat. This is supposed to strengthen her swallow among other things so she'll stop aspirating. This past week she had speech and PT evaluations and will start both of those as well next week. So now that she has three different therapies I'm going to pull her out of preschool because doing all of it is just too much for her and me. I'm excited to have her home more! She's Kimball's little shadow and echo in every way and sometimes it's easy for me to forget that she's only three and not five years old but those two certainly are inseparable. And she loves anything PINK!!!

Baby Preparations

We are all so ready for this baby to come already! This was me at 31 weeks and feeling huge, mostly because the doctor says I need to exercise and quit eating so much because I've been gaining 9 pounds every month. And I got the car seat out of storage to clean it up in preparation for the big day. I also needed to make sure that my car will fit three car seats in a row so we don't have to buy a new car. Check and check!

Just Like Great Grandpa

A while ago during quiet time I looked over at Cora and caught her watching a movie like this. She must take after her Grandpa Pettingill!

Allison & Donna's Visit

Charlie wanted to give Allison a break and sent her and Donna up to Spokane to visit us at the beginning of March for a little vacation. It was so nice! I've been so homesick since being pregnant so any person visiting or any piece of mail we receive is like gold around here. The kids certainly loved having the air mattress out to play on and someone new to play with (not to mention Grandma's iPad). We ate out lots, went to a spring craft show, played games all evening while snacking on yummy treats, the three of them (Allison, Ma, and Lance) went to see Kinky Boots on broadway (I didn't go because the baby has been in my ribs and I wouldn't have been able to sit that long), did a little shopping and sight seeing. It was so fun to have them here!

Spicy Friends

This is Cora's choice of play area lately. She'll climb onto the counter, open the cupboard and exclaim, "My friends, my friends!" And then she'll play for hours with all the spices. Who knew spices could be so much fun?

San Diego Man Trip

Last month Lance had to go all the way to San Diego on a call and suggested that he bring Kimball with him, drop him off at Grandma's house which was half way, while he finished the trip to nearly the Mexico border. January and February were VERY, VERY busy months for work - record call volume in January and A LOT of out of town calls. I was really tired of Lance being gone and having to do everything by myself, not to mention the fact that I had a monstrous cold for the duration of both months. It wasn't a fun time. So the idea of just Cora and I at home seemed lovely! 

It was eerily quiet without the boys but I found Cora to be quite the chatterbox when Kimball doesn't do the talking for her. I was surprised at how much I missed Kimball, after the second day I was ready for him to be home. But he loved the 5 day trip! He spent the first two nights with Grandma Julie which was a bonus because Christine happened to be visiting Twin Falls as well so Kimball got to play with her boys. Then the next two nights he spent with Grandma Cox.

Cora and I painted nails, did art projects, went to the dollar store to pick out a special toy just for her (I can't wait until she can have milk so we can go for ice cream cones!), and church was quiet with just the two of us. She really missed Kimball and slept in his bed every night.

Random Photos

Kimball has been a pill at dinner time lately, refusing anything but macaroni and cheese. I'll make a delicious dinner with beef and cheese and he'll whine for a good hour. He refuses any vegetables and when I make him eat the food he'll store it in his cheeks for at least an hour. This kid doesn't like pizza or spaghetti but he loves meatloaf and salad, it's weird. I finally decided to quit the whiny battles every single night and let him choose between dinner or a chore. Nine times out of ten he chooses a chore and on this night he had to vacuum the whole house. At least my house will get clean, right?
 Their new favorite play place.
 Christine sent us a care package full of love notes for Valentine's Day, goodies, and outfits for all the kids including the baby. It was the best!

 Our potty training efforts haven't been very successful but she sure is a doll in underwear!