This blog was started in 2008 when we did IVF for the first time to build our family after 5 1/2 years of infertility. We now have 8 and 2 year old boys (thanks to modern medicine) and we are enjoying our blessed life as parents ♥ In the summer of 2016 we took another huge step and moved across the country from Oklahoma to New York! This blog is about life and everything in between

Sunday, July 26, 2015

34 Years Young

My wonderful husband had his 34th birthday on the 21st and I threw him a surprise party and grilled dinner for everyone! We had 20 people over and he loved being able to see all of his friends and family. It rained on me while I was grilling but I didn't mind.

Our summer is slowly winding down and we are ALL ready for school to start again! Brad is very excited about being in 1st grade and seeing his friends again. Jacob is growing by the day and thinks his big brother is hilarious.

Next week is our last with daddy at home--he begins working out of town every Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday next month. I have adjusted my work schedule to be Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday so that there is always someone home for the kiddos. I will again be on my own for the 3 days he is gone but it will be a bit easier when Brad goes back to school. This will help us bump our savings back up and finish a few more things on the house before we list it for sale again next year.

In other news....Bradley finally got in to see an ENT doc about his poor hearing and awful allergies. He has mild to moderate hearing loss from fluid in his ears and is scheduled for surgery on August 11 to have tubes put in and to have his adenoids removed. Of course it is a day that Nick will be out of town so I will be on my own with both little ones! I know he won't like the IV but I think he'll do okay with the rest of it. I'm going to have the pantry stocked with yummy soft snacks for his recovery. He should be good as new (and hearing MUCH better) in time for school to start the next week. They are repeating his hearing test a month later to make sure there was improvement. Hopefully after this we can cut back on the medications he is on!


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Three Months Old

 At 3 months old you:

  • have outgrown all 0-3mo clothes and are in 3-6mo size
  • have beautiful blue eyes and light brown/auburn hair
  • think your big brother is hilarious
  • smile at us but still haven't LOL'd
  • are taking 2-3 short naps and 1 long nap each day
  • go to bed around 8-9pm and wake every 3-4hrs
  • got pink eye from mommy last month
  • are working on taking the bottle when momma has to work
  • nurse every 2-3hrs
  • have been chewing on your hands a lot
  • hold your head up pretty well and are just a bit wobbly still


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Trying to Enjoy the Summer

Yes it is the middle of July and we are just now getting our pool open! I have good reasons though. This has been a difficult summer--heck, it's been a difficult year! We are ready for it to be over already. Every day we have to remind ourselves of our blessings and that one day we will catch a break and have things go our way for a little while.

If you remember late last year I wrote about our neighbor threatening us with some old neighborhood bylaws that said we weren't allowed to have our camper? We wrote up some amendments and had them filed, but evidently our neighbor is best friends with a crooked lawyer and judge. He sued us over it in March and we just went to court on July 1. We thought we had a strong case against him since the rest of our neighborhood is doing the same thing we are....the judge thought differently. We had to immediately move our camper. We decided it would not be practical to store it somewhere so we put it up for sale. Thankfully some friends of mine that live here in Norman bought it so we should still be able to see it sometimes!

In addition, this year our truck's transmission failed and we had to get rid of it and get a different truck. Our pool pump broke, my car battery went out, the "new" truck engine went out and we have to put a new engine in it. Nick went out of town for 3 weeks to work and while he was gone (the week of my birthday) I somehow came down with pink eye, ear infections, and a sore throat (which I still have 4 weeks later). Then the next week Jacob got pink eye. Brad has been diagnosed this summer with severe allergies and asthma. Our mower broke and had to be fixed. Is there anything else? I'm sure I'm forgetting some things.

Did I mention Jacob had colic for his first 7 weeks? That was fun. And at 3 months old he still doesn't sleep longer than 4 hour stretches at night.....ha!

Nonetheless we still find moments of enjoyment and we are already working on a new plan to make sure next year goes much better. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger!

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