REAL life

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Last night at around 10:30, Cooper puked.  Then at 2:30am, Ella barfed.  It was pretty fitting that when Eden finally rolled out of bed that she up-chucked as well.  Garrison is just a ticking time bomb.  I don’t hold out much hope for him (but praying REAL hard that the three of us left standing stay standing).

So, if today were Wednesday it would go something like this:

You know you are a REAL mom when…

*You throw away puked on jammies because saving them isn’t worth the amount of scrubbing you will have to do.

I hate throwing things away but there comes a point when I just don’t care anymore.  And I have reached that point with my barfing kids.

Life lately

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We put our house on the market two and a half weeks ago and it is sale pending!  Woohoo!  Here we come more than one toilet home!  We are excited and if you want to hear the whole story about everything I would be happy to share but alas, God has been kind to us.  More kind than even we could have imagined.  And it is humbling and exhilarating and well, a bunch of happy emotions that led to me to cry over my Easter dinner last night (pregnancy hormones meets true gratitude for grace undeserved).

Cleaning for showings. That has really been my life for the past two weeks.  Trying to make things look like we live in a magazine with a toilet that sparkles and a house that always smells of fresh baked cookies.  No more of that fake living anymore!  Who wants to come over and sit on my couch and eat popcorn and not care with me???

That all means we will be moving.  Somewhere.  We don’t know where but we know we are going to be passing on the torch of this home in June.  Which means I have plenty of time to just relax in having a “sold” home and put off packing for awhile.

Anyway, if anyone has any tips on packing and moving with multiple children while pretty pregnant, I will gladly accept them!

Oh baby!

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Today marks 20 weeks.  And 20 weeks means the BIG ultrasound around these parts.

The three things I wanted to know in this order were: health, size, and gender of the baby.  The baby looks nice and healthy and does not appear to be giant (Garrison measured at least two weeks ahead, if not more, from 20 weeks up until the day I birthed that big guy).  Praise the Lord for both of those things!!!!

Lastly, girl or boy?

We have a pattern in our family girl – boy – girl – (giant) boy.  This baby was going to make or break us.

You see, snips and snails and puppy dog tails are what little boys are made of.

This is one of the only pictures this little booger let us get that actually looked like a baby:-)

This is one of the only pictures this little booger let us get that actually looked like a baby:-)

Baby was extra shy and covered their face for the camera.

Baby was extra shy and covered their face for the camera.

But, sugar and spice and all things nice, that is what God gave us!

I'm a girl!

I’m a girl!

REAL mom Wednesday

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You know you are a REAL mom when…

*Your kids are playing a game that involves something you said but totally incorrectly.

Today I had an eye appointment.  I told them I had an eye check-up.  Eden insisted on giving everyone eyebrow check-ups.  No one cried so I am guessing the state of everyone’s brows were deemed healthy.

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You know you are a REAL mom when…

*You have apologized for the way you are dressed.

Seriously, why can’t sweat pants be considered dressy casual?  I finally dug out my maternity clothes (which are a bit stretched out from my previous pregnancies) because wearing “yoga” pants to buy a car, grocery shop, church work meetings was getting a little old.  Hallelujah for stretchy waistbands!

I take them places

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I take my children places.  By myself.  Sometimes it is a horrible experience (like we leave and I vow to never leave the house again), sometimes it is great.  You never really know!  Taking them places has given me the ability of giving grace to parents of children who are acting horribly.  Sometimes you just have to run errands!

Places I have taken them by myself:

1. Doctor’s appointments for them.
2. Doctor’s appointments for me.
3. Eye appointments for them.
4. Eye appointments for me.
5. To the DMV.
6. To the park.
7. On walks.
8. To restaurants.
9. To the mall.
10. To stores with carts.
11. Inside the bank.
12. To the place where you get blood work done.
13. To the dentist for them.
14. To the dentist for me.

There are countless other places.  And I would like to point out that just because I have four small children does mean I am house bound.  It does mean that I think real hard about going places before I leave because I will admit that it is not easy!