Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Erik is 8-weeks-old




We made it to 8 weeks! I don't know how big he has grown. Erik’s two-month appt is next week. I do know that he slept till 6 a.m. last night! That is right folks...9 p.m. till 6 a.m. GOD IS GOOD! Erik is cooing and smiling. Casey is doing great as well. The sun has been shining more, so we have really enjoyed some outdoor time. That makes the day go by so much faster and burns much of his crazy 4-year-old energy...he has SO MUCH OF IT!

I went skiing this weekend for the first time in a year. My legs felt like jell-o and I looked like a complete novice, but I had a good time. I really need to take some lessons so I can master the turning. Snow plowing all day is a great thigh workout, but I wish I could zip down the mountain. I felt bad for those who were waiting for me. Karen and Dagny were amazing cheerleaders. I wish I could have been with Pedar, but was glad that he was taking care of the boys. I joked that I should have gone to the spa after skiing and really had a day off! When is Mother's Day???

Several times during the day I feel overwhelmed with tasks. Sometimes I feel a bit resentful that I seem to be the ONLY ONE that wants the toilets and the floors to be clean. I mean does Pedar even know when the shower was cleaned last? When I start to get anxious and upset, I use up all my energy. Yesterday, I just put the baby in the swing and gave Casey an art project and moved as fast as my body would allow to work on some chores. I did it! My days can be pretty monotonous. I want to get out more!! I have to remind myself that nothing stays the same and these days will be over all too quickly.

I am tired of not having anything to wear. I don't fit in my pre-baby clothes and I am not exercising enough to get back in them anytime soon! We put the bike in the living room on the trainer (I know...so stylish), but I am hoping to get on the dang bike so I can start fitting into my freaking pants. Summer is coming folks and I have to get into a bathing suit again...I need to get into an exercise groove immediately! Wish me luck!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Annika is seven-years-old!!




Our beautiful goddaughter turned seven on February 10th! She is so wonderful and fun! We are looking forward to playing with her soon. Our birthday wish for Annika: We hope you always know how loved you are and how talented. You are one of a kind and we are blessed to watch you grow into a beautiful little girl! We love you so much!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Erik is 7-weeks-old





Erik is 7-weeks-old today. He is doing great! His cough (a gift from brother Casey!) is almost all gone. He is sleeping beautifully as well. We have been stuck inside a ton these past two weeks because of viruses and the wet weather. I am looking forward to taking long walks with Erik once the sun shines again.

Casey is enjoying his short school schedule and I have gotten used to creating enough projects to keep him busy until Dad gets home around 6 p.m. Some days are longer than others and I know it will be easier when it is nice outside again.

Casey and I recently went rollerskating with my work family. Everyone helped Casey skate and play games, it was so much fun. Casey loves bowling too! We are having so much fun this winter with indoor games.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rainbow outside my door...





We had a terrific rainstorm this afternoon. I just looked out my front window and saw an entire rainbow!! It was gorgeous and it made me think of the song "Rainbow Connection."

Written by Paul Williams and used by Kermit the Frog, of The Muppets, Jim Henson Productions

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
And what's on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
And rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we've been told and some choose to believe it
I know they're wrong, wait and see.
Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection,
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

Who said that every wish would be heard and answered
when wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that
and someone believed it,
and look what it's done so far.
What's so amazing that keeps us stargazing?
And what do we think we might see?
Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection,
the lovers, the dreamers and me.

All of us under its spell,
we know that it's probably magic....

Have you been half asleep
and have you heard voices?
I've heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors?
The voice might be one and the same.
I've heard it too many times to ignore it.
It's something that I'm supposed to be.
Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection,
the lovers, the dreamers and me.
La, la la, La, la la la, La Laa, la la, La, La la laaaaaaa

Hair craziness...


Erik was 6-weeks-old yesterday. He is sleeping great and growing more adorable each day. He started sneezing and coughing yesterday. I am trying not to feel too anxious..I've only cried a couple of times. I am really done with this sick house. We all need to go to a warm, clean, virus-free place for a month, or at least till May. I will survive. We put a humidifier in his room and I will pray that his cough and nose congestion clears up. The advice nurse said that their really isn't much we can do for an infant with a cold, except hold him and check his temperature.

But this post isn't about sickness or how depressing the news is..NO.....its about my crazy hair adventure. It seems like at least once every other year my hair gets turned black. I call it my "Pocahontas" look. I went in to get my hair done last week, it was my first time out alone in 5 weeks! I was really excited. I had a glass of wine and let my hairstylist do her magic. I hadn't had my hair done in over two months. I had only been to this hairstylist twice before. I moved stylists because she is literally down the street from my house and the price was right...

I told her I wanted the color a bit browner..my current color red looked a little to brassy. I have a hard time getting my color just right. I have dry hair so it takes color really fast...and I think most hairstylists think I am really "open" to bright red because of my outgoing personality..but I'm not. I want my hair to look "real" and not like rainbow bright.

Well...as you can see from the pic, my hair REALLY took the color and it came out black. I couldn't say anything when I was done. I just thanked her and paid my bill. When I got home Pedar just looked at me and said, "It will lighten up." Later that night he asked me, "Why do you color your hair at all? It is naturally such a pretty color." I don't know how to answer that question...I love it when it turns out right and coloring my hair makes it shinier and it is so fun to be pampered. I just need to find the right stylist. So, now I wait for it to fade.

So..you know ladies, if you want to distract yourself from the economy or any other issues on your mind...just cut off all your hair or dye it a very different color.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Sick, sick, sick




Casey has been sick all week. He had the terrible croup cough on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night..we traded turns in the steamy shower. That was followed by a high fever, some vomiting and now just overall chest congestion and a runny nose. Good times. Pedar and I have been spared this virus for the most part, we just have sore throats. We've been worried about Erik, but he seems to be doing great. We know Casey will soon be back to his crazy energy self, but it is so sad when he has no appetite and no energy and just wants to cuddle. It is the coughing at night that keeps me up, it makes me so anxious!!

Erik is sleeping great! We are swaddling him, even his arms which he doesn't love, but then he sleeps!! We are huge fans of swaddling!!

Pedar stayed home from work today to take Casey to the doctor so they can make sure his lungs are not getting worse. I am sitting here enjoying the quiet, although I know Erik will be wanting me in just a minute.

It has rained a bit this week. It is always nice to be at home on a rainy day.

I pray everyone out there is healthy. Much love to you all.