Here is a joke from Prim this morning:
P: Knock knock
Me: Who’s there?
Me: Sad, who?
I woke up this morning thinking we were leaving THIS Sunday and immediately got sick to my stomach and then remembered we still have another week. Guys, please pray for my anxiety to let up! It’s totally inhibiting me from getting super excited. I think it’s pretty much anxiety over leaving the kids for that long and anticipating how much I’ll miss them (and tbh, how much they will miss me). Rational me knows that we all will be fine, but still. I can’t help but feel silly over feeling this way when we are about to take a trip we’ve been dreaming of for years and years. Also can’t help thinking that something will happen that will delay our return flight which will make us indeed miss Ollie’s evening kinder graduation. Prayers, pleaseeeee please please.
2. Name this Baby
Did you see Kate from Sancta Nomina’s name consultation for this babe?? She is AMAZING. So many great ideas and really helped show us some of our naming patterns. As of now, we haven’t settled on a name so keep those suggestions coming my way!
3. Volunteer Mom
Oliver’s school requires 50 service hours for the school year and as the end of the year is approaching, me and Daniel realized we had less than 10 hours done… and if you don’t meet the 50 hours you have to pay $10/hour soooooo when they said if you volunteered to run a booth at the annual fiesta you would get 30 hours we jumped on it. We ran the milk jug booth for a few hours (and thankfully Daniel’s parents helped out, too, THANK YOU!) but I’m pretty sure it led to my back being thrown out a couple days later…
Yes, same fiesta where my kids got 2 goldfish that died the next day. RIP Silver “Gold Touch” and Goldie “Gold Touch”.
And then last week I went with his class to the Santa Barbara Zoo and that was the day before take 4…so basically to me: I volunteer=I get sick/injured. (Love my half transitioned glasses, OKAY!?)
4. Sick sick sick
Guys, it’s been non stop over here. Threw out my back and then got worked on by a chiropractor where I couldn’t walk without wincing the next day. Luckily that’s better. And then last week I finally dragged myself to the doctors (haven’t seen a non-OB in YEARS) and got diagnosed with “worse than bronchitis”. Nebulizer, antibiotics, inhaler. This poor babe got the full on chemical treatment but I can breathe again which is a plus, but still forever have a stuffy nose.
Oliver turned 6 last Monday and I’m still in disbelief that we have a 6 year old… that’s like a big kid, right!? He came into this world after 20 hours of hard labor and was born swimming out into Daniel’s arms and quickly rushed to the hospital with congenital pneumonia and pulmonary hemorrhaging.
I’ve written about our time in the NICU before and made this tear jerker video after he was born, but I’m still in awe that this boy who they said may have brain damage, hearing loss, and other developmental struggles is the brightest kid I’ve ever met. Ollie is just the most sincere, thoughtful, and sweet little guy. Yesterday it was so clear to me that we are s l o w l y phasing out of being completely overwhelmed by kids who need you to do everything, to having kids who are a bit more independent. Don’t get me wrong, only 1/3 kids are fully potty independent— but still. These glimpses give me hope because I know and see already that as a parent, I’m going to better as a mom of bigger kids. Love me some toddlers, but I think kids past the age of reason are going to be my jam. But back to Oliver— he’s still a normal sneaky 6 year old that pulls out his heartbreaker melancholic card that is difficult to settle sometimes, but we love him so and he makes our heart melt when he uses it for good. Last night while sleepily tucked into bed, he said to me, “Mama, I hope you had such a perfect Mother’s Day.” </3
I haven’t done a 7QT since February!! Here we goooooo.
1. Baby BOY 3
In case you missed the news, we decided to find out what we were having (thank you to my trusty Pro/Con list persuasion) and it’s a boy! We did a little gender reveal with the kids and they were soooo cute about it. Prim didn’t throw a fit which I was anxiously waiting for but now just says silly things like, “My baby boy is a baby sister” with a smirk or “Hi poopoo baby!” then kisses my tum. I had a feeling I was having a boy because I’ve had about 5 dreams that he was a he and even in passing, I kept referring to the baby as a he or saying his. The only reason I thought maybe I was having a girl is because I am been outrageously moody like when I was pregnant with Prim. -_____-
We still don’t have a name picked out, but the wonderful naming genius Kate of Sancta Nomina is doing a consult so stay tuned to see what her suggestions are!
Easter was great! Mass was great! Brunch at the Fikes was great minus Atlas losing it because he didn’t like the idea of having to find eggs that he didn’t know where they were hidden so he ended up helping hide them instead. “Atlas losing it” can pretty much sum up April 2017, choleric assertiveness or actually melancholic angst? Save that for another post.
Then we headed to Daniel’s parents because it was also his mom’s birthday so the kiddos got to do 2 egg hunts and luckily Atlas accepted the rules of not peaking during the hiding.
Hey guys! A couple weeks back I lugged, I mean lovingly drove, the kids to the California Science Center to see the Pixar Exhibit before it ended. We all had fun, I didn’t lose anyone *ahem always Atlas ahem*, and they got to test run their new shoes from See Kai Run!
I’ve partnered with them before and when they reached out to collaborate again I think my YES! email was the fastest email response I’ve ever sent. Oliver has worn his from last fall everyday as part of his uniform and they have still held up so these shoes are magic. I think they’ve held up so long because of the rubber toe cap I absolutely love that they are VELCRO! Maybe I’ll teach my kids to tie their shoes one day, but as of now these are lifesavers/timesavers. See Kai Run also focuses on making sure their shoes provide healthy foot development by creating shoes that are both flexible and durable. Sold sold sold.
Oliver’s: Stevie II in Red
Atlas': Sammi in Blue
Prim’s: Fe in Rose Gold
Gotta love Oliver’s death grip.
As for the rest of our trip to the science center, we had a lot of fun running around and exploring. Prim got really scared of the space shuttle because of the scorch marks on the side thinking that it was going to catch on fire any second….
I had to basically drag all three of them out of the Pixar exhibit which had so many awesome hands-on experiences.
LA traffic really beat us all (umm, me) down so we stopped for frozen yogurt once we were back in town because #momguilt.
But I can’t sing enough praises over our See Kai Run shoes! Truly amazing.
Atlas James! He turned 4 a couple weeks back. He kept changing his mind over and over leading up to his party with what kind of decorations he wanted and he ended up settling on a “Rainbow Batman” theme birthday and you know, it was kind of the best and is so him right now. So he got a luxurious box funfetti cake with a rainbow sprinkle bat signal on top. I also wish I made more of an effort to take better photos… where’s my family photographer Scott when I need him most!?