Wednesday, June 30, 2010
For the last 2 1/2 hours I have been crying and trying to wrap my mind around it. After a great talk with my Mom I realized that sometimes the blessings that are recieved through trials aren't given to those going through the trial. I haven't had cancer, yet I have been so blessed because of my Mom's trial. Maybe in 50 years I can look back and see that there is something good that had come out of this. Right now I am just praying for the companionship and comfort that the Lord provides.
I know my life is changing again and I am not sure where it is headed. I hope that this doesn't impact the things I do, but part of me is fearing the worst. The larger part of me however, is calming down and is trying let the Lord lead my path. I trust him and I know that even though I can't see where my life is headed, he can and he is guiding me and molding me into who I am supposed to be. Maybe ill have days where I can't run around and play with my kids, but I can still snuggle up and read stories until im hoarse.
My Grandpa has gout. He's had it as long as I can remember. I don't remember him ever playing rough with us, but it didn't matter. He is still an amazing Grandpa. He wrote a book and I loved to sit and listen to him read it, my imagination soaring. He dug around in boxes one evening looking for a specific book to share with me, if he was in pain, it didn't matter. His love didn't change because he has a hard time walking, or he is in pain. That is the way I want to be.
Whatever happens, happens, and I will make the best of it. 'Come what may and love it' is my new motto. Thanks to Elder Wirthlin for sharing his message that is helping me get over the hurdle of 'having gout.'
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Hospital visit - $0 since she was born before the insurance change at the new year.
Clothing - I bought her a snugli($6 on sale), a dress($5 on sale), and one outfit($10 - no sale it was to cute to pass up!) before she was born, a pack of tights($2.88) and a pair of warm socks(~$2). We have been very blessed with friends giving us their childrens outgrown clothes - especially Angie! Thankfully between that and Kira's old clothes that is all I have needed to buy. Total: $25.88
Diapers and wipes - 3 boxes of wipes -($10 x3). One set of size small diapers, plus covers(78.00) two extra covers($11 x2) Plus two packs of newborn diapers - before the cloth fit - ($6x2)
Food - Breastfeeding is bestfeeding! So $0 was spent before she started solids. Oops, I did buy one head of cabbage for engorgement ($2). We have bought one box of rice cereal($1.50), two sweet potatoes(.75 x2) and a sippy cup($2.50) Other than that she has eaten what we eat.
Necessities - One bottle of shampoo ($1). Two packages of binkis($2.50 x2). One mei tei - thank you thank you thank you Jess! - ($10 bought from a friend). Mommy's sanity...HAHAHAHAHA!
We haven't used childcare since I am a SAHM, so $0 spent. Her clothes are sharing a dresser with Akira's so $0 spent. She sleeps in our bed at night and during the day she sleeps in the bassinet(given to us for Akira - $0) or on the floor. Her carseat was given to us for Akira - thanks Nelly! We bought the stroller for Akira. All her toys are either hand me downs, or have been given to her.
Our total out of pocket expense for Aurora through the first six months of life is... $191.38!
Truthfully, it was more than I thought it would be. However, we did have to buy the diapers and those are a bit pricey. Next baby we wont have that expense! I am sure that by now you are bored going over our finances, but I have to say that it was fun for me to sit here and figure out how much we acctually spent on her. Of course, the life she has added to our family, the love and kisses she shares with me, the joy I get when I see how much Kira adores her and her role as a big sister, all this is worth every penny and so much more than that! Being a mom is the greatest blessing the Lord could have given me. I would spend every penny I have and then some to have the joy that my children bring me.
If we only look at the logistics of raising a child, so much is not taken in to account. You lose the way your heart grows when you feel the baby kick, when it swells as you hold them in your arms and you realize that they have always been a part of your family. The pride that you recieve as they learn to roll, crawl, walk, show compassion for someone else or choose the right. That is why you have kids. You can't just look at the money. You have to take the leap of faith and let the Lord guide your family to become exactly who he want you to be.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Later that evening as I was recounting the story to Josh she came over and tried to negotiate :D She was trying to get McDonalds on our way to Disney! Proving just how smart she is....it just makes me wonder how many more years I can get away with saying 'maybe' and that being the end of the subject! One of these days she is going to call me out on it and realize that it usually means no. At least that day is later ;)
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Friday FINALLY rolled around and we started the day by letting Josh sleep in. When he woke up, he was given a gift of Swedish FISH and FRUIT snacks. Kira FED him FISH and we gave him a FOOT rub while he watched Star Trek: The FINAL FRONTIER. We had FRIED FISH for lunch and after quiet time Josh took Kira out for a FOUNTAIN drink. He then took her to his radio meeting and on the way home got her a FROSTY. She loved it! It was a great day for a great FATHER.
Since it is Fathers Day, I need to take a few moments to gush on the wonderful father of my girls. The Lord truly was guiding me and blessed me when I fell for Josh. As a husband, he has taken every stereotypical man and blew him out of the water. He is the first to apologize if we get into an argument, realizing that arguing isn't helping the situation and doing what needs to be done to rectify it. He is continually thanking me for what I get accomplished throughout my day. Whether it is doing the dishes, folding the laundry, making dinner, or just keeping the girls happy. He makes me feel like a million bucks!
As a dad, he is even more spectacular. Having only girls he doesn't mind playing barbies or princess' or just snuggling. He takes the time to teach them about computers, space, and just how to be a good person. Because of him, Kira now says thank you when I do just about anything. Including thanking the Lord during her prayers for 'Mom washing the dishes, diapers, etc.'
He tells her how beautiful she is every morning before he leaves for work and she can't wait to show daddy when she has finished with her hair. Especially on Sundays, when she gets to wear lipstick(shhhhh...'lipstick is our secret;)' and have sparkles in her hair. She bounces out of the bathroom to Josh and he takes the time to have her twirl for him and comments on her beauty. It always brings a smile to my face.
How many other men do you know that will pack the diaperbag every Sunday morning without being asked? He even did it on FATHERS DAY while I was doing Kira's hair! He gets the girls breakfast while I go to the gym and most days when I come home Kira is dressed, has eaten and is ready to go. Plus Rora has had multiple diaper changes! Its so nice to know that they are being cared for by such a great man while I am gone!
You complete me and I am so greatful to have you at the head of our family. I love you!
HAPPY FATHERS DAY JOSH!!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
For A we learned ALL ABOUT AKIRA. Of course she started off by practicing writing A, then ATE APPLESAUCE. Next we traced AKIRA and wrote ALL ABOUT her. She loved seeing the lifesize AKIRA drawing and it was great to learn which things she wanted to ADD to her paper. Definitely a great letter!
Friday, June 11, 2010
As we opened the package from Gma, there were indeed books. She finds great old books that teach values at the thrift store then she remembers which books she has sent and sends new ones! Super - Gma! She is also keeping up with the girls - her GREAT grandchildren. There were clothes that are the right for this summer and next summer for both girls. She once again amazes me!
If you look at my fridge, you can't help but smile. I have homemade magnets with quotes that Gma has sent. There are notes that she has taped to books, stuffed toys and clothing to help explain the item. I love these. One that always brings that smile is a note that was taped to a polar bear for Kira. Knowing that I love penguins, Gma wrote, "not a penguin, but still cute, right?" How many people can say that their Gma spends the time finding things that are perfect for you. Then almost monthly, she has gathered enough things and sends a package. For no reason other than to remind me of her love. She truly is an amazing woman.
When I was going through a tough challenge, without me telling her about my problem, she had written me a 12 page letter going into detail about when she had a similar challenge. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me feel like she was going through it with me. It was a beacon of hope in the midst of the storm. And I can think about multiple other events in my life where she has been the one I turned to.
I love my Gma. She is truly the worlds Greatest Gma!
Kira read a map and followed it to get to the 'X' which marked the spot where a BOX was waiting for her. It was a great letter to introduce map reading and as a plus they got to play pirates! A favorite of Kira :) She made 'X's with her body and practiced writing X. I think the fact that Daddy did it with her made it even more memorable!
Needless to say we put on Christmas music and made our home into a WINTER WONDERLAND. We made snowflakes and 'Alabama snow' (bubbles.) We snuggled to keep WARM and enjoyed our WINTER. We also talked about WINTER WEATHER and the difference between the summer and WINTER seasons. We played 'WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE and WHY.' Taking turns picking something and asking the questions who, what, when, where and why until the answer was given. It was so fun to see what she was thinking about! We also played our favorite 'W' game, WIGGLE WORMS! To play wiggle worms: make cards with numbers and cards with worms on them, mix them up and then draw a card. If you get a number then tell which number it is and if you get a worm then jump up and wiggle your whole body like a worm. It's one of Kira's favorite games(more than candyland!) She also loves it with letters.
After playing WIGGLE WORMS we ended our day by eating WET WIGGLY WORMS! For me, it was one of the more enjoyable letter days, of course, I love anything where I can listen to WHITE Christmas and WALKING in a WINTER WONDERLAND!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
As you can tell, im getting a little lax in creating adventures for each letter, yet can we really go on a field trip everyday!?! All in all, it was a fun way to review the long U sound!
Saturday, June 5, 2010
I needed a timeout! After I had had a few minutes to let the morning roll off, I decided that we needed a day in bed. We grabbed some books and snuggled down in the bed to read and relax together. It was the perfect solution to a bad morning.
250+ pages of story books, one pint of ice cream and a nap for EVERYONE = a great afternoon. It's great to be able to step back from a bad morning and turn it into a fun day. There is just something about snuggling in bed that is automatically relaxing. Add to it Dr. Seuss and chocolate ice cream and its impossible not to be happy! I love lazy days!
Friday, June 4, 2010
*this addition is brought to
you by Josh!*
Well today was fun you could say it, it was my day off so I
naturally decided to try this whole pre-school thing. We covered the letter S!
and Kira had soooo much fun! we went Shopping at the Store and also looked at
the Shopping carts, got a cookie with Sprinkles, looked at the Shrimp and
scallops. Then we made snicker doodles cookies! and we talked about Space!
it was a fun day and I May have to take the Letter D.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
She can roll over both ways.
She can scoot to get what she wants.
She is just starting to gain the necessary balance to sit on her own.
She is very impatient when she wants something and wont hesitate to let you know what she wants.
She just started solids and absolutely LOVES food!
She weighs 13lbs 2oz and is 25 inches long! Thats the 50% in weight and 60% in height! There is a reason we call her chubbzy wubbzy!
Rora prefers to be on the move to anything else and she gets bored with toys very quickly. Her ideal day would be to be strapped in the Mei Tai from sun up to sun down as long as I do not stop moving!
Rora is already idolizing her sister. She loves Kira! If she is fussy and I can't get to her, Kira will come over and play with her. She laughs and giggles and it is the sweetest sight!
She is a total Mommas girl and it makes me smile everytime she wants me...even if I am really ready for a break!
14 months ago I got pregnant with Aurora. From the moment I found out she was ment for me, I have loved her with every fiber of my being. I am so greatful that she came to ME! I love my baby girl!!!