Thursday, September 23, 2010

First milestone

Klive started smiling yesterday. I've been exhausting myself trying to get him to crack a smile for weeks now. So of course he gave his first real smile to his Daddy, just like June and Winnie. Looks like Kolby now has three kids that adore him. And he didn't even have to try! He's been gone for two months doing an ER rotation in Tulsa. I guess that was just Klive's way of telling us that he's so glad when Daddy comes home. Well, at least he takes after me in the smile department. He only grins with one side of his mouth. That's all me!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A little of this and that . . .

Here's a little bit of everything that happened post-baby birth.

Auntie Audra came for a little visit to see the baby boys. She hadn't yet met Ossian, so she got lots of luvs and gerbs.

June started first grade. She has Mrs. Schukert and I would love to report that she is loving school. She's had a little struggle getting used to the longer days, and has had a few break-downs because she misses her mama. But things are getting better.

We write secret messages to each other that we read at lunch. This helps us make it through the day and not miss each other as much.

Klive finally took a bath. I have to admit, with kid number 3, he's lucky if I find time to bath him a couple of times a week. Boys are supposed to be dirty, right?

He also got thrush his second week home. Our pediatrician gave us this lovely purple-dye medication to treat it. We now have a lovely purple mess on everything. I thought he looked like the Joker. Why so serious?

And my sweet Winnie turned 4. We had a zoo trip planned, but then I got sick. I didn't have much time to prepare after getting out of the hospital for the second time, so Nana and I threw together a princess party to make the day special. She was overjoyed. That's my Winn - always happy.
My mom has some sweet cake-baking skills. Not just anyone can make a seated Barbie cake.

A party's not complete without the cousins!

She got lots of good stuff: princess crayons, dolls, even a new bike. But I knew this would be her favorite present. Press-on princess nails that cost $1.50. She loves being a lady!

Cousin Amos happens to be the love of Winnie's life at the moment. Someday we'll have to explain why you can't marry your cousin, but right now, we just let it go. Being the thoughtful boy that he is, he picked out this particular princess flashlight knowing it would be everything Winnie had ever dreamed of.

Daddy's been gone a lot these past two months, but he made it back from Tulsa after several night shifts to celebrate. Just look at him, the life of the party!

Nana and Papa have been working their fingers to the bone to look after my children and help me get back on my feet while Kolby's been gone. My dad's been keeping our yard up in the sweltering heat. And my poor mom is working full time and still kept the kids while I was in the hospital. She also stayed up every night for over a month to help me with Klive. We are one lucky family to have them.

So that's Winn's big day. I can't believe she's 4. I'm so thankful for her kindness, her humor, her awesome imagination and her big beautiful smile that she wears from the minute she wakes up in the morning until she hits the pillow at night.

Daddy also kept his promise to do a birthday dinner at Winn's most magical place in the world - the Olive Garden. Like I said, she easy to please.

We were also lucky enough to talk Yaya Julie into coming out and helping with the new baby. Little did she know that we planned on working her to death. Klive thought she was the perfect sleeping spot, so when she wasn't doing my housework, she was snuggling this little guy.

The girls got a little special time with Yaya, too. We wish we could have locked her up and kept her as our own personal slave, but she had to go back to her paying job.

And lately we've been trying to get by on our own. Everyone takes their turn feeding Klive, who wants to eat every hour and be held every second. The other day he was throwing a fit because we put him down for a couple of seconds. Winnie tried to console him with his binky, but he wasn't having it. I told her to just let him cry and she said, "But mom, he's ruining my duty!" She takes her job as a big sister very seriously.

June's an old pro with sibling #2. Always the multi-tasker, she can hold brother, watch t.v. and pick her nose all at the same time.

And Dad takes a shift with his boy when he's in between shifts at the hospital. I'm pretty sure Klive was upset that Daddy was heading back to Tulsa that night. He's a pro at the pout.

Couldn't resist throwing in this shot of the cousins getting to know each other. Ossian is the sweetest boy. I just know these two were buddies up in heaven last year and are destined to be best pals.

Beautiful Baby Klive: First Photo Shoot

We know how to make friends with the right people. Poor Stephanie Crandall, she's been forced to take more pictures of our family than she'd probably like to, but she just keeps coming back. We must just be that awesome, or maybe the cute new baby had something to do with it. Steph, as usual, you are amazing with the camera. You even made me look good in my pajamas with no make-up and going on 3 days without a shower - thanks buddy! Don't be surprised if you see a few of these on our christmas card this year.