Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pumpkin Patch

About a month ago, a good friend of mine invited me to go out to a pumpkin patch that was about 30 min away.  I had not been to one since Ohio and thought it would be a great family thing to do right?  I mean that's what you do in the fall time.  Well, let me clue you in, Texas does not know how to do pumpkin patches.  At least not to the capability of Ohio.  None the less, the kids still had fun as us adults talked about how lame it was.

 I love how Carter is holding on for dear life here

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bouncing Baby Boy

Yep, its another boy.  And to be honest, I am ok with it.  Not jumping off the walls, but ok.  I've come to terms that I may just not get my girl.  The day we got the ultrasound, I thought I was totally fine with it.  Telling people we were so excited to have another boy.  My sister that has 5 boys knows just how I was feeling.  And then I went to bed that night and woke up randomly at 3 am.  I starting thinking (problem number one) and little voices started to appear in my head.  I just started to think that it is such a blessing to be able to have one of each, why am I not getting that blessing, am I not good enough?  Justin woke up to me not just crying, I was sobbing.  Justin said, "I thought you were ok with this?!".  I WAS!!!  But I'm pregnant, and emotional, and I cry over the Keurig commercial every time the father and daughter share that cup of hot chocolate.  But then I remembered I am SO lucky!!  I get to have 4 boys!!!  I already have had 3 healthy happy boys and I have no right to complain about not getting just what I want.  I guess when it comes down to it, I just know that I am running out of opportunities to get that girl.  I'm not sure how many more times I can go through pregnancy with getting so sick and I just have to understand that it just may not happen.  And I really am ok with it.  

So with out further delay, I introduce to you: Ryland John Sacks (at least that what we are planning on naming him for now :)
 His profile reminds me of Cohen. 
 The boy shot.
Hi mommy!
If there is anything I am more excited about it is to see what this little guy is going to look like.  Carter threw us for a curve with that super dark thick hair and brown eyes, so I just wonder what this one will look like!  Also, I am excited to have a little one around again.  I feel like we have gotten REALLY comfortable with our 3 and it will be nice to shake things up a bit.  So bring on the boys!!!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A little taste...

I have been super spoiled over the last 2 1/2 years.  Carter has been an amazing sleeper. Pretty much since he was 6 weeks old, he has slept through the night. My other boys usually went back and forth from time to time of having sleepless nights, but not this kid.  Carter sleeps through the night, always sleeps in and still takes 2-3 hour naps.  Like I said, super spoiled.  Well, the last couple of days Carter got a fever and then he kept complaining about his mouth hurting.  I thought it was a canker that he got from biting his cheek, until I looked in his mouth.  Red little spots all over!  I let it go one more day until I could not take it any more.  He cried for over an hour, he would not sleep, his drool was unreal , and ever time he did swallow, he screamed out in pain.  So off to the insta clinic yesterday and this boy tested positive for STREP!  What?  A 2 year old with strep?!  The Dr. was even surprised because kids under 4 usually never test positive.  I felt so bad for my poor baby. He also had a double ear infection, no wonder he was miserable!  So last night was a beast.  I feel like I got a taste of what's to come with our little one on the way.  I'm hoping that within 24 hours of his antibiotics, he will start to feel better.  It just reminded me of getting up countless times to tend to a baby at night and it made my stomach curl to even think about it.  I am so excited to have a little one back in the house again, but dang, I hate for my sleep to be interrupted!  Ready or not... here it comes :)

Monday, November 11, 2013

13 Weeks

You would think that getting pregnant for the 4th time would turn out to be just like the rest of the other times... nope. This pregnancy has had a complete mind of it's own.  I am 13 weeks along now and actually starting to have some decent days.  COMPLETE SHOCKER!  Since 5 weeks, I have been sick sick sick, but yet not so vomity (made up word) as I have been with the rest of my kiddos.  There is always the big debate as to is it worse to throw up all the time, or worse to just want to throw up all the time.  Well, I have been on both sides and let me tell you, from my perspective, I much rather vomit because then you at least get a break from feeling like you want to die for a few moments.  Up until about 2 weeks ago, I had only had the pleasure of worshiping the toilet gods one time, up until 2 weeks ago that is.  That's when I lost it... like all of it... like everything I ate of it.  And then something wonderful happened, something I never had expected happened.  I woke up one morning and felt....ok.  I did not feel that constant gagging in my throat, I did not feel like I needed to spend yet another day wasting away on the couch.  I felt like I wanted to do laundry and mop my floors... and gosh dang it... I DID!  It was exhilarating!  For those of you who are so blessed to not get morning (aka all day) sickness, let me just tell you... Pray now and thank the Lord for that blessing.  I get so depressed when I am sick.  My kids never get dressed, my dishes never get done, my laundry is always a huge pile up, my floors are a mess, the toys are never picked up, I don't cook or even think to clean, I don't move, I don't exercise, I don't do ANYTHING but sit on my wasting away behind and feel sorry for my self because I feel like crap.  It's terrible and it usually lasts until my half way point.  So to get a break from that was a true answer to my prayers.  I hate having a dirty house and to be able to clean and feel like I accomplished something was the best day I had had in over 2 months.  Now that's not to say that I feel great right now, but it's getting better!  I still can't believe it, 13 weeks and starting to feel better.  I just feel so blessed!  
Now, with that being said, I have to give total props to my kids and hubby.  Carter has been my complete leach.  Every day, when I would find my self laying down on the couch, Carter would always bring me his blanket and lay down with me.  Although some days were harder than others to have him lay with me since I did feel so crappy, I knew he just wanted to love me.  

As for Jace, he has been the greatest of little helpers.  He put blankets on me when I was cold, he brought me water when I needed something to sip on, he even would take Carter to the potty every time he needed to go so I would not have to get up. The thing that I was most impressed with, is when ever I wanted to take a nap, this kid would be so quiet he would not even flush the potty because he did not want it to wake me up.  He would tipy toe around the house and play quietly while I took a rest.  Amazing child I have! 
Cohen has been as school all day, but when he get's home he too has been a big helper.  He brings me what ever I need and takes his brothers out side when they have been locked up all day watching TV.  
And lastly, Justin.  He is the best hubby I could of ever asked for.  He puts the kids to bed, he brings home dinner or even made it a few times, he would take care of the dishes and laundry and most of all, he would just love me and sympathize with me, esp on those hard day when all I wanted to do was cry. 
I have been blessed with such an amazing group of boys!  
So... with that being said... one of the perks of having Justin as a radiologist is that he has lots of access to ultrasound machines.  So this week, we are going to go take a peak and see if we can find out what this kid is.  I will go first, I think it will be another boy.  And honestly, I am ok with it if it is. I love my boys and I think little boys who love their mother is probably the sweetest thing on this earth, and I have 3 that love me so much and show me every day with their hugs and kisses.  There is a poll at the top right of my blog.  November 14th is the day we take a peak and although I know it's super early, and we may not be able to tell, it will be fun to check out the baby anyway!
 Great bathroom selfie, right? I swear my belly just keeps getting lower and lower :/


Saturday, November 9, 2013

A little bit of this.....

As of 2 months ago... we are a diaper free home.  I have not been able to say that for 6 years!  It has been fabulous.  And is it just me, or do little boys in underwear just put a smile on your face?  I love it!  Carter was a pure pooper trooper.  He had it down in about 3 days with going pee, but that poo.... oh my... it took a little while.  I really wanted to get him trained before I started to get sick with pregnancy and he made it just in time!  I finally went out and bought him a really big star wars light up sucker and told him he could only have it once he went poo in the potty. One day later... her had that sucker in hand.  

In other news, Justin and I got conned into going to one of those time share seminars.  The plus side, the kids got some awesome face painting done :)

And lastly, we went to the park as a family and finally found one that was decent. Coming from the AMAZING parks in Ohio, Texas is pretty disappointing when it comes to their parks department.  I guess I should not be too surprised, they are just what I grew up on, but Toledo opened up my eyes as to what a park should really be!  None the less, the boys loved it and it put a smile on all our faces, 

The throw and the catch.

 Jace can always be found with one of three things in his hands: a rock, penny's, or a toy sword.  He is such my little boy!
 Nothing like a good snot nosed kid.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Old Friends/New Friends

Right before we made our 3 week trip to Utah, we were so happy to have some company come and visit!  My good good friend Jenny came for about 4 days and we just played and had a great time!  I have always been blessed with the best of friends and it's so much fun to see our kids play together.  Jenny and I grew up together in Midland and I can't remember life before her... that's how long we've been friends.  Love it!  And the best part is we got to go through the whole med school/residency journey together as her hubby is going into Ophthalmology.  We also share the same number of boys: 3 and 3!

One of the days, we went to our favorite place in Dallas, the Ross Perot Museum.

The group... it's amazing to me to see me and my friend multiply.  First there was 2... now there is 10 with our hubby's.

And the newest addition... baby Owen.  Such a cutie!
I wish I would of gotten more pics, but I have been really slacking on the camera thing lately!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My Poor Attempt

 I am so bad at taking pictures of my boys!  I do pics for every one else, but when it comes to shooting my little ones, I am less than willing because they are less than willing to pose for me. I'm going to try to get some shots of them for Halloween.  Wish me luck.  I was checking out a place to do maternity pics and since the boys were with me, I decided to try to take some pics of them.  Not my best work, but hey, I still find them pretty cute :)

And this is my very poor attempt at getting blue bonnet pics this year.  This field did have some great wild flowers though.  I love blue bonnet season in Dallas!
Saving the best for last... I actually really love this one :)  It's shows those real smiles I love!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

1st Grader

 Cohen started 1st grade at the end of August!  He is super excited, but also very nervous.  When I asked him who he was most excited to see again, he quickly answered, "Mrs. Burke!!!", his kindergarten teacher.  When he saw her, he ran so fast to give her a huge hug.  He missed her the most by far!  Cohen's new teacher is Mrs. Johanson and we all love her.  She is super sweet and great with Cohen.  He was excited to see some familiar faces in his new class too.                                                                                                

No idea where this idea came from.... but that's what he wanted to be on that day anyway :) 

 Can't believe this kid is 6!
 The boys will surly miss having their big brother around....
 ...although Carter may enjoy Cohen no teasing him all the time. 

Show me the muscle!