Point Form

To much different stuff is going on right now to write a congruent post so here it is in point form.

– We still haven’t received a pay check from Jon’s work. It’s been 5 weeks since Jon started his parental leave. We got one weeks pay at 50% from Employment insurance but Jon’s work is supposed to cover the two week waiting period and top us up to 75%. Well we haven’t received that. We’ve inquired and apparently they are “looking in to it” but our bank account is dangerously low right now! I’m trying not to freak out. 5 weeks with only $500 from EI is not very much!
– Evie giggled for the first time on February 22! It was adorable. She looked like she wasn’t sure if she wanted to cry or laugh. Marmee got it out of her and has been the only one to get it out of her since!

– Sofie peed on the toilet for the first time on February 10th and pooped on February 26th! We are not potty training. Should we be now? She peed because she took her clothes off and I said “If you’re going to be naked, you be naked on the toilet.” Since then we’ve put her on the toilet if it is convenient for us if she says “poop” or “pee”, if she takes off her clothes, and before baths. She frequently poops in the tub. Then, she pooped on the toilet before the bath! I was so excited.

– We made pretty much the cutest Valentine’s cards thanks to Pinterest!

– Evie has started to get a little better of a schedule and even napped in her nursery a few times. She sleeps in the bassinet with us in our room usually but I like her napping in the nursery. 
– Livi is sounding out and spelling words all by herself! She is pretty awesome!
– Evie’s Blessing is on Sunday!

– Sofie got called for a cancelled surgery appointment and is now having her tubes put in her ears next Wednesday. I’m nervous. It will be the first general any of my kids have had. 

– Jon got snipped! No more babies for us! I feel so good about this decision. A little pang of “I’ll never get to give birth again,” did enter my mind because, lets face it, I give birth like a pro. But, I know we don’t want to be a part of over population and if we are going to expand our family it will be through the miracle of adoption!
– Evie is awesomely huge at 13.3lbs at her 7 week check up. That’s a 3 lbs increase! She is still quite a baby though with her floppy head and curled up hands. Livi was much stronger by now. I can already see how she is our baby of the family.

– Livi is OBSESSED with Evie. She always wants to see what she’s doing, talks baby talk to her and adores her. She is going to make a special little mommy one day.

– We are going vegetarian for at least a month. Wish us luck!

18 Months Home!

No big post today… 
Just wanted to say that 18 months ago today 
Sofie woke up in HER bed
in HER home
with HER family for the first time.

Much hugs, kisses, crying, yelling, laughing, breathing, dancing, and growing followed for us all.
We are blessed.

One Month

Evie is a month old…. actually, I haven’t had a chance to blog and she is 5 weeks old tomorrow. She fits into our lives so well. Her sisters love her. Jon and I adore her.

This past month has been busy! I completely understand how the third kid doesn’t get as much attention, photographs, info in their baby books, etc, as the preceding children! I have to balance my time so much differently. I’m trying to hold Evie as much as possible, while spending quality time with my big girls. Today leaving the house with all three kids and the swim bags I felt like a bit of a sideshow! Three kids is a little insane but wonderful.

Evie is quite content and doesn’t cry much which makes things very nice on Mommy! She did have her days and nights mixed up for the first three weeks but she is evening out now and has even given me a few 5 hour stretches at night! She is very wiggly still which I think is because of gas. She is handling the gas a bit better now and able to get it out easier but there are still some bad nights when she is really wiggly and uncomfortable. She doesn’t settle well then and won’t let us lay her down. She definitely likes to be held.

Evie is already changing and growing which is crazy to me. She already seems so much older! I’m glad the first few weeks are over because they are generally the hardest but I’m actually a little sad that it is my last time having a newborn. NOT sad enough to get pregnant again! I’m just trying my best to cherish this stage and realizing how fast it goes by! Her baby acne is getting better and her dry skin is all cleared up. At her 4 week check up (4 weeks + 2 days) she weighed 11lbs and 11.5oz! She can’t keep growing at this rate can she?!

She smiled for the first time on her one month birthday! 
What a beautiful site?! Love having Jon home to see these firsts!

Meeting Opa and DD

The big girls are doing great. We are being pretty conscious about spending quality time with each of them individually. Sofie has been hitting, throwing and yelling more but we trying to stay on top of it. Thankfully it is geared toward Jon, Livi and I, not the baby. She tries to be gentle and gives lots of kisses to Evelyn. Livi is doing really well and still adores her baby sister. I brought Evie to gymnastics and Livi kept showing her off to her friends and teachers. Livi did tell me she was a little jealous of all the attention Evie was getting from some extended family members who used to come just to see her. Break my heart! We talked it through and she understands but she is still extra emotional these days.

In other news, Livi and Sofie’s gymnastics have ended. Livi has signed up again but I think we are going to hold off for Sofie. She is in a one-to-one swimming lesson instead, called Making Waves. We had our first lesson today and she LOVED it. She loves the water. I told Livi I would sign her up once she could put her whole head under the water more consistently, so we went in and practiced while Sofie was having her lesson. I think she is just about ready so maybe I’ll stick her in for Spring Break. Sofie is also in speech therapy. We were blessed with the funds for 12 sessions from the local Children’s Foundation. SUCH A BLESSING! We’ve had one session already and it was so much better than what we’ve had at the child development centre. Expecting good things!