Friday, January 11, 2013

Waiting on Baby 4.0...

It’s funny to me how different it is to be expecting baby 4.0, than it was with baby 1.0!

The days and months before Baby 1.0, who we will refer to as Lars from now on, arrived were filled with so many unknowns and excitement for what was to come! We decorated his room like a catalog and had WAY more baby stuff than any baby ever needs, because we wanted to be prepared for anything! I had even had the pleasure of being a nanny for 2 different friends’ newborn for the couple years before having Lars. While I knew what I thought were the basics it was fun to have all the extras too! For the following year after Lars was born I spent SO much time holding him, reading to him, napping with him, feeding him, just really enjoying being a mom for the first time!

Now that Baby 4.0 is almost here and should be already (she was due last Monday, 1/7/13)! I’m glad that she has waited a couple days at least so we could go get her some diapers and wash a few of her hand-me-down clothes and bottles! I guess I should get that stuff out of her crib (that is in our bedroom) so she has somewhere to sleep when we bring her home! When she gets here I will very much enjoy having her here, but will also be fighting off all the “help” that is ready to feed and burp her! Petra has been practicing her burps so she can teach her!

To those of you, who don’t have kids or are still enjoying every moment of your first sweet baby, please don’t think that I care any less for baby 4.0 (or 2.0 or 3.0 for that matter) totally opposite really! I love them more each day! It’s just that with each wonderful addition I have realized different things about myself and about kids:

1.      The more we have, the more I have to clean and find!

2.      The kids just want to play with what their siblings already have, so there is no need to get more stuff! (Except maybe her own Bunny Blankie!)

3.      My time enjoying each child is really enhanced by watching them interact with each other! Sometimes, I think Lars and Stina were over stimulated by me trying to “entertain them” all the time. I’ll agree it is much more entertaining to just lay there and watch the circus, which is my life, than to read books or play with toys!  

The thing that probably surprised me the most is the anticipation of the birth of Baby 4.0. You would think, I’ve done this before, how could I get nervous about this?! Amazingly all of my kids’ birth has been TOTALLY different than the one before (I think every mother would probably agree)! I went to the hospital to be induced with all 3 previous kids on or before their due date.

Lars- I had gestational diabetes, so I was induced on my due date. Typical induction, went to the hospital started being induced 12-18 hours and 2.5 hours of pushing later, we had a boy!

Stina- I went in to be induced, 2 weeks early because she had stopped growing and come to find out there was a problem with her placenta and umbilical cord, expecting the induction to be similar to Lars’ I was very surprised that it was 3 DAYS later when she finally arrived! Although, I was on Pitocin for 2.5 days, she thankfully only required 10 minutes of pushing!

Petra- Hoping that this was going to be the easy induction, I checked in on her due date to the hospital and instead of being induced ended up with an emergency C-section! Her heart rate was so low that they wouldn’t even consider inducing me. Her heart rate had been an issue for the last month or so, which is why I was being induced anyway.

               Baby 4.0-Story yet to be told, but she is making for a dramatic entrance since we are already 5 days past her due date! I’m thankful that my Dr.’s are allowing me to wait for the best possible chance at a VBAC, but I do wish she would decide to join the rest of us on the outside already! The house is not going to get any cleaner (this is the only child that I have “nested” for), your siblings are not going to get any quieter and they are already squishing you on the inside! If you come out we can try to protect you a little better from the noise and squishing, but no promises! J

As many of you know, 6 years ago Karl and I were told by our doctor that we would never have kids! We had tried a few medical procedures, prayed and cried a lot, but when we decided that we would just not have kids God surprised us in a BIG way! In 2008 we had Lars! I was content to only have Lars if that was all God was going to give us, but only 15 months later we welcomed Stina. We should have considered ourselves warned at that point, but were somehow still surprised to learn that only 14 months later Petra would arrive!! YES, we know how it happens and YES, you can get pregnant while exclusively nursing your baby! As we discussed the future of our family, to have more or not, we decided we would have one more and not wanting them to feel too much younger figured we should go ahead and have #4! She will be 2 years and 4-5 months younger than Petra, which is almost the exact age spread as Lars and Petra (with Stina in between:). Karl and I have decided we would prefer not to have any more biological kids, but we know God’s plan is greater than ours’ and He has a great sense of humor!!

It’s always amazing to me how God allows our life to unfold! A friend recently described life as a puzzle, every day is another piece, we don’t know what the finished product will look like, we try to build the framework, the outside pieces, and then let the inside pieces fill it in. So many aspects of my life have been very different than what I had “planned”, but I’m thankful that I am not in control and God has the lid to the box with the final picture already!

I am most thankful to know that God gave His one and ONLY son to die for MY sin, so that I can live eternally with Him in heaven. I have learned this year that having Jesus as my Savior is really the only piece of the puzzle that really matters…more on that later!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A home for Curly

Curly, needs a home...

**URGENT**-Need home for 10 year old Female Cat:

Curly (the cat), (all medical records upon request)

She is a spayed female 10 year old cat.

She is declawed in the front.

She is great with older kids and other cats.

Her family is in the Military and has already left the country for 2-5 years. They thought they could take her with them and just found out the week they were leaving that they could not. She is a great cat! Very sweet, loves to sit in your lap and to play. Her family has 4 kids and one other cat (which has already been adopted).

She has been staying with another family since her family left, but is very unhappy there. They have 3 very young kids and a big dog. She has been there almost 2 months and is very stressed.

Please let me know if you can help me get her adopted! She can be your's forever or just while the family is out of the country. That is up to you.

I will bring to you anywhere between New York and North Carolina!!

Thank you!!

Jessi Scherm


Friday, June 1, 2012

Petra's two-word sentence

Petra said her first two-word sentence at least a month ago, probably more. In true 3rd kid nature her parents have neglected to recognize her achievements! I would like to add to this by letting you know that only a 3rd child would have this as their first sentence, because they learned it from an older sibling! Well, here goes, Petra's first sentence was:
"That's Yucky!"
Thank you Stina for teaching her that! This picture is the face she makes when she is saying, "That's Yucky", which she likes to say a lot just to get a rise out of her parents! Although, it has also been confused with "That's Daddy" and "That's Katty" (which is what Stina calls the cats)!
Petra is SO much fun! She has no fear and loves deeply! She will climb from the floor up on to the counter, just so you will hold her and she can nestle her head on your shoulder!
Love this girl!!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Trusting God with the Middle Things

I have had the privilege of doing 2 bible studies this year at RBC. First, Experiencing the Spirit and now Beth Moore's James: Mercy Triumphs. We finished it today! Doing these studies has brought several things to my attention and I am so glad!

I realized that I had stopped allowing myself to be vulnerable mostly to Christ, but that spilled over in my human relationships too. I struggled to be happy, not even realizing what I needed was Joy! I was trying to do too much on my own strength (with the help of family and friends), but not relying on Christ. Three kids in 2 and half years would be a lot for anyone (I think), so I thought it was normal that I felt overwhelmed. God was trying to help me, but I was holding on to my own strength. Slowly though He is breaking me down. I don't know why I have to be so stubborn!

Just recently, I realized that I have a REALLY hard time, trusting God with the "middle" things! I have no problem trusting Him for the big things or the little things. As you know, our entire house flooded about 6 months ago. Not for one second was I concerned about our health, shelter and even "things". I knew God had it all under control. Then less than a month ago we were on our way to our friend's house and were t-boned, by a lady going at least 50 mph. Again, God protected every hair on our heads!! Not to my surprise, I know He loves us deeply and protected us. On to the small things, you would laugh at the things that I pray for: finding a matching sock when I'm in a hurry, my phone or my keys (Can you tell I loose things a lot). For my kids to sleep well and be rested. I know that He cares about even the little things! He knows how scatterbrained I am and would never find these things on my own!

The "middle" things are the one's that get me. I don't even pray about them most of the time! My attitude, disorganization, time-management...the list goes on. The funny thing I have learned about these "middle" things, through the bible studies I have done this year, is not necessarily that I need to pray for those things (God certainly welcomes it), but that I need to pray for my heart to be broken and more like His! If I do THAT He will direct my personal short-comings! This is not to say that I am now always happy and organized, but I am finding much more joy in life, that I had somehow lost along the way.

I am so glad that God got a hold of me. Even though I don't like to be disciplined, I needed it! No one likes to be told they are doing something wrong, but I'm giving everyone permission to tell me! Call me out!. I've had several people tell me over the past few months that they can tell that I am happier now. I wish they had told me that I wasn't and that I needed to do something about it! My kids are even happier now! It's scary how much a mother's attitude can change everyone's attitudes.

Lord, help me to have a heart that breaks for what breaks Your's and give me Your Joy in my everyday life!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Home Sweet Home away from home!

We have now been living at the Staybridge Suites for a little more than 2 months. While living in a 2 bedroom suite with 2 adults, 3 kids (3 and under), 2 cats and 2 fish has lots of challenges, we have enjoyed the Staybridge Suites for lots of reasons!! They definitely treat us like family!
Perks of being kicked out of our house (due to flooding):
Friendly staff, who really aims to please!
Hot breakfast everyday! (If you get up in time:)
Dinner 3 nights a week (This is what I will miss most)
Maid-service once a week and trash removal DAILY!!
TV and cable (we don't have a TV at home)
The fun of riding an elevator everyday (for the kids)
A ride to and from the airport (we both travel a lot for work)
Location to church and work is closer
I will not list all the challenges, but I'll hit the highlights:
All the kids sleeping in the same room (which now works out great most of the time)
Trying to get 3 kids out the door, down the hall, in the elevator, out the door and in the car without loosing someone or getting hit by a car.
Not have an oven (or much kitchen space)
Having people above us and trying to make the kids understand we have someone below us!
ALL that to say the Staybridge Suites-Chantilly is an awesome place to stay (or live)!! We will definitely miss them when we go home! THANKS FOR HAVING US!!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Stina 2 word sentence and Petra rolling over!

Stina said her first sentence a few weeks ago and her second yesterday! Her first sentence was "I sit"! She says this when she wants to sit somewhere, especially in your lap!
Her second sentence is "carry you"! She just started yesterday holding my leg and looking up at me saying, "carry you"! How can I resist!! She is so cute!
Funny and sad to me is that at her age Lars really wanted to be carried all the time too, but he was SO heavy (35+ pounds) I would always try to get him to walk. When Stina (24 pounds) asks to be picked up, I just pick her up!

Petra started rolling over from her back to her stomach a few weeks ago! Now if you lay her on her back she will be on her stomach in minutes! The bad thing is she can't roll from her stomach to her back. She gets really frustrated, when she is stuck on her stomach. It's only a matter of time now. I know she will be crawling now before we know it!

These kids really do grow too fast!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Camping in Denial

We have had mild colds this week, runny nose, fussiness... you know how that goes. In an effort to not spread it and hopefully end it, we have stayed home. Lars and Stina are in denial that it's cold out and ask all day if we can go to the beach or go outside and swing! We have been building lots of tents and tunnels and pretending to be wild animals!!
They are really ferocious! Watch out!!
Bonus pics: Stina going to the beach and Lars showing how he really feels about his sisters!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Petra is 6 months old and eating!!

These pics were taken the first time Petra had rice cereal. She is now eating pears and mangos too!! She has some good examples to follow!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

They must be Scandinavian...or Cajun! :)

The question of the century for this household is "What's for dinner?"!! No one ever wants to decide! The actual cooking is not ever really a problem, since both Karl and I like to cook, but WHAT to make!! Recently, we have been having lots of blackened fish, Mahi Mahi mostly.

We have offered the Lars fish in the past, but he was never a huge fan of it. Until last week! Now it's his favorite food!! I might also add that for the past 6 months or so Lars has decided to be picky and now all of a sudden he has returned to eating us out of house and home! This is a welcome adjustment (although, in his teen years you may have to remind me I said that)!

See above:
This week he has been requesting fish for dinner and a LARGE piece at that! I'd like to add that Stina is no slouch in the eating department! That girl can put away the food!! Her piece was almost as big as Lars' and she has already finished it! This week we also had steak one night for dinner. How would you divide a 20 oz steak between Karl, Lars and I? Karl, 6 oz., Jessi, 4oz. and Lars 10 oz!! Stina took some of Karl's too! These kids love their surf and turf!! They are only 1 and 2 years old!

This is just a bonus "eating" picture! Stina has been feeding herself more and more lately. She really does a good job with silverware, but sometimes things get a little messy!! I wish I looked this cute with food all over me!

A day in the life...

A month or so ago I decided that I really need to blog more and Facebook less. Mostly because Facebook is saved for like a second! and blogging can be saved forever! The dilemma is Facebook can be update in a few seconds, a couple words here and there, add some pictures and people get the idea of what we are up too. A blog on the other hand, I feel like I need time to sit down and think about what I'm going to say and be picky about what pictures to post.

That being said, I'm going to work on it! I was also checking our blog's stats today and turns out people actually come to it! I thought it was just our parents and close friends (who really only come to the blog with urging and reminding), but apparently others are interested in the musings of a crazy mom with 3 kids under 2.5!! I will try to accommodate those of you faithful readers, who have been left with nothing to read for the last 4 months or more!!

Before Christmas, we were SO busy we had at least one activity everyday of the week except Monday, which usually ended up being grocery store/Costco/Target day! SO I decided we needed to slow down and try to catch our breathe a little in 2011. This week we actually had 2 days that we (well the kids anyway) didn't even get in the car! THIS IS A HUGE FEAT!! We are all much happier for it too! We still went to Lars' Soccer Tots and his preschool co-op group, which I call Playskool. The other days we had lots of fun playing with our neighbors. One day "in the snow", even though there was only an inch. The kids really enjoyed "sledding", aka moms pulling them around in the driveways! :):) (My friend Katie took pictures and I'm hoping to steal some from her! I will add them to this if I get them) Stina even really like it! I was freezing because of the wind, but the kids didn't seem to notice. Today, we spent the whole day at our neighbor Sara's house. She is awesome! She even watched Lars while Stina was napping so I could run to Fedex, without dragging everyone along!

Well, hopefully I will actually be better at blogging in 2011! Although, I'm not making it a resolution, those always seem to backfire. Like the one I did make, going to bed before midnight, everynight! It's January 15th and I haven't gone to bed before midnight yet!