Week 7

I am afraid that this little blog is being sorely neglected. I have discovered that there are just not enough hours in the day! I do have a fun family post to share about our last weekend trip, but first…. guess what??? We are officially expecting #4. Oh yes, I did say 4. This will be my second pregnancy and it comes with mixed emotions. I really want another baby so that Ashton can experience what I did growing up with a close sibling. There really is nothing like it. And, hand in hand with that, is that our current situation has Ashton on his own 50% of the time, and although it’s ok on most days, the holidays are going to get harder and harder on him. And have I mentioned that I have a “little” (she is going to be 13 this year!! sniffle) girl in the house that NEEDS a little sister??? I know we can’t choose the sex, but I sure hope it’s a girl for her sake. Even Garrett is wanting a little sister now.

I want to journal this pregnancy here. I hope that I am able to keep up with it! I also want a picture timeline of the pregnancy, so now I need to go do some searching for ideas. A new pic each week. How fun is that?? Another one I hope I can keep up with lol… that means Jeff will need to be a photographer once a week. Or Hannah, she would do a good job.

So here I am… at 7 weeks (and didn’t even know it!). NO MORNING SICKNESS!! If you know me, the first pregnancy had me feeling perpetually hung over for 14 weeks straight. It was rough… and I work full-time. I missed probably 2 hours total that whole pregnancy for not feeling well. I was proud of myself. It looks like my body is doing me a favor and not making me miserably sick. I haven’t had too many symptoms so far. I have to make frequent trips to the bathroom, but then I am making sure I consume large amounts of water. I am nowhere near as fit this time around…so I need to get going on an excercise program ASAP.

Here we go… another twist in the story of our lives!! lol Did I mention we have a 3 bedroom house that will soon have 6 family members??? 6!!!!!!!!! Oh and I drive a Pilot… I don’t think that is going to cut it. So new home and new vehicle are on the agenda!

Christmas..is long gone, so I am very late…

One thing I have learned since starting this blog, it takes a ton of time to keep up with all of the posts. I actually have, um, 10 draft posts? I start them with a heading, so that I will remember the idea, and then go back later and finish them. Yea, you see how that is working out for me right? Maybe I need to add that to my resolutions for the year: ~compile a list of posts and actually complete them. Anywho, I decided that I shouldn’t just let this one go by the wayside completely. I snapped some pics on Christmas day that I should share. My camera battery was dead(go figure!) so had to use my iPhone for most of these.

So without further adieu… just a quick look.

Here are the kids heading out of Hannah’s room to see what Santa brought… gotta love the look Ashton has, I don’t think he quite knows whats up just yet.

And Ashton and Garrett trying out Ashton’s new basketball goal…
side note: downfall of nighttime cloth diapers – they aer HUGE lol. Poor kid.

Ashton’s new “hhuunnn”(think the sound a motor makes) lol or as we say it, tractor.

Hannah doing what 12 yr olds do best πŸ˜‰ sitting at her new vanity. You can see how that was redone here.

And even the dogs got in on the action…Cloe’s new coat and playing with Lizzie’s new toy. Crazy dogs.

Ashton trying his hand at music…he loves to make noise!

And even though they were being silly, this pic does show that they love each other. Despite what they would tell you after riding in the car together, sitting next to each other for more than 30 minutes. I like this one…

Ok, so there are some late pics, and I will do what I can to get some more current ones up soon!

Hope everyone had a great holiday season. I know I did. I am so blessed to have the family that I do.

To my wonderful husband…

I know you don’t like days like today… you avoid them at all costs. Although, it does seem that you are handling it quite well today. You know the saying that things get better with age, well that saying definetely applies to you. Yes, it’s your birthday, yes, your a year older. But you are also a year wiser, and it’s been another year that I have been able to spend with you. Oh, and you have had my presence in your life for another year as well..thats like a double shot cinnoman dulce latte from Starbucks every day of the year! LOL ok, maybe I am over-rating myself a bit, but I would say having you around is like a caramel brule latte every day of the year, and I can only get those around the holidays-thanks babe πŸ™‚

So go enjoy your eclair πŸ˜‰

Image found at Honest Cooking

And can’t wait for you to come home this evening and spend time with all of us!

I love you… forever. No matter how old you get.

An interesting post….

I saw this post today and clicked over to the link on baby’s abroad in Turkey. I found it incredibly interesting that the attitude of people in Turkey towards babies is so much different from in America. It saddens me sometimes to think how Americans view their children and the place they have in society. Click over and read, it’s an interesting post. The link to “The baby friendly difference” is the one I am referencing about attitude…

Christmas tree decorating 2011

Well, it’s Ashton’s first Christmas that he actually can participate. This will be the 7th year I have spent Christmas with Jeff and the kids. I just can’t beleive how much time has passed…it always happens so quickly. So I thought I would give a quick recap of our day decorating the Christmas tree. πŸ™‚ My mom, the kids, Jeff and I spent the day Sunday putting our decorations out. Love this time of year! And love that mom made a pumpkin roll..oh and we ate the whole thing on Sunday lol oops.

Our tree with led lights… I didn’t realize I bought cool and warm..lol this go was a fail, I switched it up and made them blend better.

Here is one of our helpers for the day…

and Mr. G man… always ready to pitch in!

Oh and apparently someone caught me on camera… lol not a camera friendly day for me.

Jeff getting decorations out..one of the kids must have caught this pic… that tongue sticking out? Apparently that is a McMillion thing, and he passed it on to Ashton. lol

Ashton putting his frist ornament on the tree… he totally got it. He stepped up and dropped it on. How, I am not sure, but his ornaments caught on a branch and stayed on! πŸ™‚

And we figured out that the tree was poking his belly… so on goes a shirt for another ornament!

See… they do like each other.. the holidays even bring siblings together πŸ˜‰

Hannah’s little helper

Ashton was enamored with that little santa.. Garrett would wind him up, and Ashton would just laugh and laugh

The boys getting the beads untangled…er, Garrett getting the beads untangled, looks like Ashton might be tangling them

All decorated!!

I think this is how the kids see the tree… or maybe little people like Ashton… lol just not so blurry (kids with cameras…whatdoyado?)

And my little cutie pie… just being himself.

Oh and that ball? Ashton spent an extensive amount of time making laps through the house with it, his little head was wringing from sweat and he was even breathing hard…lol We think he was imitating Garrett runnign up and down the court with the basketball ?? who knows what goes on in a toddlers mind?

After we are done, settling in for the night… Garrett reading a book (oh he will shoot me for this pic lol)

And Hannah painting her masterpiece, that intend to frame and hang!

And Ashton putting a hat on Lizie… life is complete.

I thought it would be fun to look back to Christmas in 2010 and see how much they have changed… WOW!!! Even Hannah looks soooo different!

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Who should decide?

Can you believe it? My little man is almost 15 months old. I still can’t quite wrap my mind around that. He is growing up so quickly, becoming quite the little comedian. He is walking (albeit a little shaky), he is feeding himself with silverware, he is talking a lot, and he even sings now. All that to say…he is still such a baby. I had this vision in my mind that when he turned 1 that he would no longer be a baby, he would be a toddler. And that is sooo different from a baby, right? Um, no, not so much.

We are still nursing…in the morning some, at night, all.night.long sometimes. My goal was a year. I made it. It has been a tough road at times. If you read my post over at wherelovemeetslife I outlined a little of our journey. Now comes the uncomfortable part….the part where people say “your STILL nursing?” I cringe inside every time someone asks. I avoid talking about it. I figure, it’s our business, and we can share it if we want. Oh, and I hate having to explain myself to people. Especially when they just kind of look at me odd and give no input of their own. I get that “oh, crazy lady is going to nurse this kid till its like 84 months isn’t she??” look. Well, let me tell you. I was one of those people. My best friend nurses(d) her little ones for a long time…and she pretty much let them take the lead on weaning (of course, pregnancy jumped in there at some point and made a decision lol). I actually thought for a long time that it was crazy she nursed so long, I mean, they don’t NEED to drink breastmilk after a year. (Sorry, girl, lol I was one of those!!). Fast-forward to the present where my little man is still nursing and doesn’t really shows signs of stopping anytime soon. Do I have a problem with it? Heck no! That’s like asking if I have a problem with someone coming in and cleaning my bathrooms for me everyday…puhlease, knock yourself out! Why do I make that comparison? Because my baby is cutting teeth, those nasty little suckers that make him wake up all night long in pain, that make him chew on his fingers and cry because they hurt. Nursing him during those times is a life-saver! He can nurse for a few minutes and then he is my happy little boy again. Why in the world would I stop doing what works?

Well, it seems that society has decided that only infants should nurse. Why? I am sure there are lots of answers to that question. And I am also sure it depends on who you ask. It is kind of sad how things have evolved so that breastfeeding is not the norm for feeding babies, and that women should be uncomfortable discussing how long they will nurse. I won’t even get started on the whole nursing in public scenario.

Movies depict nursing moms as “treehugging-naturalists” and poke fun at them. I have heard people say that breastfeeding is gross. I have had my eyes opened to a controversial world that has blown me away. Can I understand how people feel, after all, I was one of them not that long ago. But I also feel that having ben educated, I can make better decisions, and form opnions from something that I now have experience in. I am thankful to be a nursing mom. I am thankful to be able to nurse my munchkin through the teething process. I am thankful for the support that I have received over the last 14+ months.

So how long will Ashton nurse? Well, that’s mostly up to him. I may get to the point that I need a break from it…or he may just decide that he can meet his needs elsewhere, in other ways, and not need to nurse anymore. Will I allow society and its silly ways decide for myself and my child? No… no more than I would think that in order to be beautiful I need to be anorexic thin a.k.a super-model thin. Do I buck the system every chance I get? No, let’s be realistic, society does serve its purpose in many ways. But when it comes to the health and well-being of my family, my husband and I will make those choices.

So just out of curiosity, what do you think? What is normal in your eyes? Would you be willing to consider why you feel that way? Take the poll below and maybe we can put some numbers to this thing….

Why here? Why not there?

You ask this question with a puzzled look on your face I am sure. It’s actually a pretty simple answer… I am living and learning. I started wherelovemeetslife in an effort to keep freinds and family up to date with us…as well as show my creative side. But I have discovered through that blog that I prefer to blog about home decor, DIY, and that sort of thing over there. I really don’t want to mix topics too much. I still care about breastfeeding, baby-wearing, health, fitness, family…. so I need an outlet for that. And that is how Where Love and Family Meet is born. Medication free/all natural/with a little pain (to come I am sure)/ and lots of love. So stay tuned as I put myself out there in a whole new way. I promise the first post will be chock full of info that I am sure people have strong opinions, or heck, didn’t know they had one. Or maybe it will give someone something to think about so that they can start to form an opinion. Either way, it should get everyone’s attention. Hope I have yours!