Thursday, September 24, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
For some reason this is how Jonathan has been sleeping this week...
I don't know if it's because Clara slept on a mattress on his floor while my parents were visiting, but every time I go to tuck him into bed, he insists on the floor instead! I suppose I should just be thankful he's still sleeping!
Friday, September 18, 2009
I love looking in the rear view mirror of my van now. Well, initially I became obsessed with it because of how quiet Matthew is. I am constantly afraid I'm going to forget him some place. There's no way I could possibly leave Clara or Jonathan somewhere without noticing right away, it would be way too quiet! But Matthew scarcely makes a sound unless he's hungry, so I find myself constantly looking in the rear view mirror just to be sure he's still with us.
But now, I love looking back there and seeing the full back seat - Clara, Jonathan and Matthew. It helps me to reflect on how lucky and blessed I am...that Chris and I were on the same page about how many kids would make our family complete, that the Lord saw fit to bless us with 3 beautiful, healthy children and that I get to be home with them and share in every part of their day. I look forward to watching them grow into themselves, and hope they'll always want to have me along for the ride!
Last Friday I surprised the kids with a date with Daddy. The base/ship set up the day for Video Teleconferencing (VTC), and the kids and I signed up for a slot. We originally were going to skip it, because they were only allowing 10 minutes slots. Chris and I agreed that to get the 3 kids ready to and to the place where the VTC was to take place, all for just 10 minutes of face time wasn't quite worth it. Then, the night before, I received a call from the CO's wife letting me know that there were still slots open, and since not many people had signed up, and since we had a new baby, they would allow me a longer time slot. So we jumped at the chance, but since it was a last minute thing, I didn't want to let the kids know what we were doing in case it fell through. So the kids found out just seconds before Chris walked into the TV screen that we were going to chat with him. They were soooo excited!
It was hard to keep them in their seats. They kept wanting to touch the TV, but then Chris couldn't see them since the camera was right on top of the TV.
Chris got to see Matthew for the first time in 'real time' and this is how we saw him. We had 20 minutes with him and it was great to see him and speak with him. However, it left me sad. The kids were so excited to see him on the TV, and they were so happy and hyper that Chris couldn't help but laugh at them through most of those 20 minutes. It was heartbreaking for me to see the smiles on every one's faces and know how much everyone just wanted to be together...especially to know Chris had to walk away from that alone, while the kids and I still have each other for comfort and company. I often think Chris has the harder part of the deal - to be away from his family and miss all the day-to-day stuff.
On the bright side -- only about a month left at most until we are all together, for the first time, a family of five!
I am so far behind with my blogging, and the sad part is that it's not like I have a lot of pics of the past few weeks to chronicle Matthew's first weeks of life. Since my parents left and with Chris still gone, I have scarcely had time for much more than the necessities, and when I do get a moment, I choose to use it to do absolutely nothing. As a result, the blog is just the least of the things that has suffered (you should see the mess the house is in!) Perhaps, the person who has suffered the most is Chris. He's been understanding, but today, finally broke down and asked for more pics of Matthew. I feel bad that I have not kept him more posted on Matthew and the rest of us here at home...so here's to catching up!
Jonathan LOVES to hold Matthew. He asks to do it all the time, and gets really upset when the answer is 'no'. I try to let the kids hold Matthew as much as they like, but sometimes I just can't sit with them to watch over them, or it's just not a good time for Matthew. Jonathan doesn't understand these things so much.
Grandma Yonka's Birthday
My mother celebrated her birthday while they were visiting. It was actually supposed to be the day Matthew was born as well, but as you all know he had other plans...I guess he didn't want to share his special day! Anyway, when Clara learned of Grandma's birthday she insisted we make a cake. She knew Grandma's favorite color is green, so she also insisted the cake have green frosting with green sprinkles. I suggested in that case, we make the cake look like a watermelon, and Clara was all for that. So on Grandma's birthday, the kids and I made her a watermelon cake.
Clara and the cake
Grandma Yonka didn't even have to ask for help blowing out her candles, the kids just joined in. (Of course Jonathan had spent most of the day insisting that it was everyone's birthday!)
We even added food coloring to the cake batter to make it pink, and Clara also suggested chocolate chips for seeds, but they all fell to the bottom while cooking, so you can't really see them in this pic.
Matthew's belly button fell off the night of August 24th. So on the 25th he got his first bath. My parents went to Yosemite that day, so Clara got to take the pics to document this first milestone!
Apparently when I concentrate on trying not to drown my child, I make a horrible face, like I'm disgusted. For the record, I was not at all disgusted, but apparently making the face works, since Matthew made it through his first bath unscathed :)
He was slipping around so much, that I flipped him around upside down in his bathtub. He didn't much like his first bath. We have since resorted to just bathing him in the bathroom sink, but he still doesn't much care for baths!
Warming up in his Jammies after his first bath.
The day my parents were set to leave, we realized we hadn't taken many pictures during their visit, and absolutely none of my dad with the kids, so we went out to the front yard for an impromptu photo session.
Grandma Yonka, Matthew, Clara, and Jonathan
Grandma Yonka, Matthew, Clara, Jonathan, Grandpa Michael
Grandma Yonka, Matthew, Grandpa Michael
Grandma Yonka, Grandpa Michael, Matthew, Clara, Me, Jonathan
Grandpa Michael and Matthew
So that's pretty much the condensed version of our visit with Grandma Yonka and Grandpa Michael. They had a good stay and even took the opportunity to see some of California.