Saturday, June 04, 2011

A quiet week

The girls have been in Texas for the past week.  And it has been QUIET at our house!  I was afraid that Rives might freak out because of the lack of noise, but he behaved as usual…very laid back and super good.

Everyone should have a third baby!

(Especially if your first was extremely high strung and required massive amounts of attention and your second cried for the first four weeks of her life.  Then definitely have a third baby. They are great!)

Since the girls were gone I thought I would get a ton of things done and catch up on blog posts and dedicated massive amounts of time cleaning and sorting and decorating.

But I didn’t.  I spent a lot of time holding my baby and rocking him and nursing him and sleeping in and running a few errands and spending time with my husband and watching some movies.

It was a good week…but I missed my pals while they were in Texas and I’m glad they are home!

What I didn’t do was to take a lot of pictures of Rives and I could just kick myself for that!  I will have to make up for it in the next few days.

Even though I was a slacker on taking pictures this past week, I have taken some in the past…here they are:

Rives first Sunday of life…he didn’t make it to church (and neither did I-ha).  He really was glad to see his sisters, despite was his face is showing…


That same day we had really bad storms with tornadoes in the area (it was the same night those in Joplin, MO were hit).  The tornado sirens went off twice and we all took shelter in a hall closet.  Let me tell you, I am NOT comfortable!  Rives was 5 days old at this point…I am still swollen and my c-section incision was hurting as I was sitting, scrunched in the closet.  Good memories.


One week after he was born, we went to see Dr. N for the very first time.  Rives weighed 7 lbs 12 oz when we left the hospital (he lost 12 oz from birth) and he was back up to 8 lbs even by one week!  We go to see Dr. N again this coming Tuesday, Rives 3 week birthday.  I’m curious to see what his weight is up to.


Nora had a little “carnival” at her school as an end of year party.  I was ZERO help in planning or helping bring stuff in…slacker-ha!  I did make it to the party though and took a few pictures.  One of the games that Nora liked was a bean bag toss…


Her first experience with Twister…


Look, no hands!


Rives enjoyed the party too…this is what he did the whole time.


Sweet girl…ready for kindergarten, sniff, sniff!


Nora got her picture made with each girl in her class…







Zyra Lynn-


snack time!


How cute is that little bottom, up in the air!  I was changing his clothes and put him down to unsnap this little outfit and he put his hands under his chin…so precious!


Julia, Brian, Noah and Esther and Beth came to visit us!  Esther and Rives are a little over 3 months apart in age…here they are at almost 2 weeks and almost 4 months.


All 5 cousins…the oldest is 5 and the youngest is two weeks.  I pray they grow up good friends!


Rives and Esther hanging out Sunday morning before church


Our first Sunday at church as a family of five.


And now to iPhone pics…so much easier to take these days.

Nora and Elyn in the closet during our “tornado drill”.  Cracks me up!  Nora looks terrified and Elyn looks like she is having the time of her life-ha!


First “faux” hawk


Nora and Mrs. O.  Nora painted a flowerpot for a gift for Mrs. O and picked out some flowers to give her.


Look at that cute froggy bottom…


baby burrito


I went to the grocery store one day and this is what my cart looked like when I was ready to check out…it was a little crowded with the baby in the middle of everything!


Thankfully Julia brought me her Moby Wrap…shopping has been much easier since I learned how to use this thing!


And to show you that Rives looks like Elyn…Rives on top, Elyn on bottom.  It’s crazy!


I told Matthew, I find myself holding Rives and calling him “Elyn” because they are so similar.  I hope I’m not damaging him-ha!

What Rives does all day long…


Woooo, Mom, that is a lot of pictures…maybe you should do a better job of updating your blog…


It’s hard to believe that we have had Rives for almost three weeks!  He is so great!  I feel like our family is complete.  It’s amazing because I don’t dread the middle of the night feedings like I did with the girls.

I remember with Nora, as soon as the sun would go down, I would start to get sad.  I knew that she would wake up throughout the night and I would feel like I was the only person on Earth awake at that time.  I could not wait until she was sleeping through the night!

With Elyn I was less panicked about it because I knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel.  However, I was exhausted all the time because, in addition to my infant, I had a 19 month old to deal with every day.  I was ready for a good nights sleep!

Now, knowing Rives is our last baby, I am not wishing the every 3 hour meals away.  (Now if he is still not sleeping through the night at 8 months old, my tune might change).  I don’t feel as tired during the day either…granted, it hasn’t been that long and I did just have a week of just him.  I am realizing at how quickly time flies…sleep is not as important to me as it was 5 years ago.  Spending time with my babies is more important.

The girls start swim lessons next week and Matthew is FINALLY done with school next Wednesday (snow days really don’t seem so “snowy” when school goes into June).  I am so looking forward to our summer together!


Sara said...

Precious pictures! You sound like you're adjusting so well. I am glad Rives is a laid back baby!! If I could be guaranteed a "chill" baby, I might consider adding another one-ha! Glad all is well.

~aj~ said...

I love this many great pictures!

Rives and Elyn look so much alike, it's unreal!

I cannot imagine how quiet and easy life was for a week with only Rives. Isn't it funny because when we just had Adam life felt SO HARD and then I think if it were just me and Ty all day, it would be the easiest thing in the world.

And I completely agree about the sleep. The lack of sleep nearly did me in the first go 'round. And now I have a just-turned 1 year old that sometimes still nurses in the night and it doesn't faze me a bit.

All about perspective, I guess! :)

TeamBortzfield said...

The last picture of Rives is SO CUTE! They're all cute but that expression-ah!

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