Saturday, August 4, 2012

Family Update

It has been quite some time since I've last posted. We have been very busy. Here are a few of the family updates before I write about each person individually. In June, we finally moved into our new home. The home buying process was grueling. A few days prior to our closing date, it really seem like we weren't going to be able to get a loan, but things worked out and we were finally approved and given an FHA loan with an awesome interest rate. It is a 2130 sq. ft. one story home with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. We have a nice sized front and backyard, actually huge, and we couldn't be more happy. The kids all have their own bedrooms, which 2 of 3 actually sleep in. Can you guess who is still in our bed? We, honestly, don't mind it at all. The kids also have their own toy room and they love it. Personally, I love the space we have for the kids to run around. We are very happy. Most of all, I love our new ward. I felt like HOME just on our first Sunday there. Words can't describe the happiness and comfort I feel being around my ward family. Heavenly Father has blessed us so much. HE just knows what we needed at the right time in our lives. I see miracles and blessings in every part of my life every single day. My heart is so full of happiness and gratitude toward my Heavenly Father. He sent me beautiful loving kids and a very loving and supportive husband. I am truly truly truly blessed.

Jeremiah- Jer is an awesome father and husband. We love him so much. I don't know how to explain it any other way. He provides for us and as tired as he is when coming home from work, he plays with the kids all evening before they go to bed and spend some quality time with me before we go to bed. As always, his job takes a lot of his time away from us. He is an extremely hardworker and I am so glad his peers respect and follow his leadership. I know he is an example to them because they appear to have exceptional evaluations every time they are walked. I am so proud of Jeremiah. He loves living in Texas. He loves that we are able to allow our kids many opportunities without sacrificing our comforts. We hope his hard work will be recognized soon...

Pa- I love to stay home, but it can be overwhelming some times. I think the challenge I have is HOW DO I MAKE THEM ALL HAPPY. They seem to need and want me all at the same time and I try my best to get them what they need, but it seems impossible. Someone is always crying. It hurts because it makes me sad to see them sad, especially when their needs and wants are so simple. Ive tried to teach each to be independent or to self soothe, but it only works half the time and I am truly grateful for that, especially in the most stressful time of the day. I am still learning and hoping to one day PERFECT motherhood...whenever that day comes. Anyway, these are my worries, but my at the end of the day, I know how much my kids love me despite my shortcomings. I am sooooo grateful for that. If not for that, I don't think I would be able to be a stay at home mom. Moving on...so, after having Emma, I bled quite a bit...actually for 3 months!! My doctor suggested a possible hysterectomy and I just couldn't do that, so I saw another doctor for a second opinion. She put me on BC pills and on the 5th day, it went away. Now...Im just waiting for my cycle to begin. Not knowing when my body will go back to normal is also stressful. I just don't like the unknown, but who does, right? Im just happy the blood is gone right now! Whew!

Jacob- Jacob finished his first year at preschool in Katy at the end of July. He had an awesome year and at the end of the year parent teacher conference, his teacher told me that he was very smart and could do a lot that his peers couldn't, such as writing his name in a straight line and recognizing his letters and numbers. Well, to our surprise, his teacher was moved to another class and he had a new teacher in June and July. She was great and Jacob loved her, but she focused more on art than academics and we saw, very quickly, Jacob's skills slowly going down. It was very disappointing, so we began working on these skills every night for 1-2 hours and he loves it. In September, he will begin pre-k at a new school. I am sure he will love it. We sent him there for a week for summer science camp this year and he had a blast, so I'm sure he will be okay. Plus, his preschool teacher is now working there, but for a different age group so he will see a familiar face. On top of academic duties, Jacob is an awesome big brother. He is very loving and kind, yet sometiems can be very stubborn. He has stepped up and has tried to discipline his brother the way I discipline him and it makes me very proud. He loves his best friend, Gabriel and they hang out at least once a week. He also made new friends in our new ward and he plays with them once a week as well.

Taylor- Taylor is mommy's boy.  He absolutely has to be wherever I am. He is either on my hip, tuggin on my leg, or on my neck. If he is playing independently or with Jake, I must absolutely be in sight. I sometimes forget that he is only 1 1/2 years old and is still a baby in my eyes. Anyway, he has began to emulate Jacob in every single way...from eating, to how to eat, to disciplining, to loving, to clothing, to everything. He loves and adores Jacob. Recently, we took the kids to the circus and to our amazement, Taylor`enjoyed it the most. He was so loud...yelling and pointing and clapping...oh, it was so cute to witness that stage that Jacob had grew out of recently. At night, when I cry about how I wished I did things differently during the day with the kids, I think about Taylor the most. I remember the heartache and anticipation of getting pregnant with Taylor and how much I wanted him so badly without complications...and now that he is here, I'm forced to ignore him because I can't get things done if I tend to his every need. It breaks my heart, but I know he forgives me because every morning when I get him from his crib, he has the biggest smile and gives me the biggest hug and tons of kisses. I. LOVE. IT. I also love how overprotective he is about Emma. He loves stroking her hair and patting her hands gently. He loves kissing her like a million times on her face. Everytime he hears her cry, he yells out to me..."Emma!!" It is very cute and it melts my heart. Another cute thing is how he listens to Jacob. He usually hits Jacob when he can't get what he wants from him and when Jacob yells at him to stop, he cries. Jake would then call him to come to him and Tay would wrap his arms around Jake and rest his head on Jakes chest or lap. Jake goes on about how he shouldnt do this and that and he listens! His response is usually "okay" and Jake would give him a hug and kiss and he'd go about his way. It is soooo precious.

Emma- Emma is a goooooood baby. She sleeps well and eats well. She is growing so fast...right before our eyes and we jsut want it to slow down a little. She is so adorable and I love dressing her up in dresses and bows. She is truly adored by her brothers. You'd think she'd be a daddy's girl, but NOPE, she's a mommy's girl. She recognizes my voice and face and will respond happily when I'm around. She knows what she wants when she wants it and when she doesn't get it, no one can console her, but me. Developmentally, she is more advanced than my boys. She grabs, babbles, and plays with toys around her...she is good with finding toys. She will move and squirm until she gets a hold of something. Then, she will contentedly play until she's ready to eat or go to sleep. Yeah...she's a good baby....so far.