An early summer sprain

Saturday evening was just an average every day evening. Hubs and I were chatting about our day, the kids were running around like maniacs. We were keeping half an eye on them. They were running from one end of the house to the other racing, burning off that last bit if energy before we brought them up stairs and got them tucked into bed.
And then out of no where Alex was crying. Not a normal ‘I’m mad at something silly because I’m tired’ cry. It was one of those cries that had me across the room to him before I even registered that I was up and moving.
I scooped him up and brought him to the couch to find out what was going on. He was complaining his ankle/foot hurt. From where he had been sitting on the floor and what he said to me I figured he likely rolled his ankle while he was pivoting to turn and run back the other way. So we pulled out the ice, and then watched him walk. He was favoring it a little, but it didn’t seem too abnormal. No swelling or bruising. So we put him to bed.
The next morning when we got up, Alex was still favoring his left foot and now there was some swelling in it. I figured it was likely a sprain but I decided to bring him into the emergency room and have some one look at it.
After a short wait we seen the Dr who said it looked like a sprain but since breaks are more common then sprains in young children he wanted to get some x rays.

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Alex thought the x rays were the coolest. He was awesome getting them done, and looking at them was super cool too.
Thankfully it’s a sprain. A bad sprain, but I’ll take a sprain over a break any day.
2 weeks of light activity…. that should be easy to enforce on a three year old….. right?

Love, hugs and more to come later
Lynn

What fun to be one!

It’s official. I’m the Momma to a one, two, and three year old. I can’t believe my van by girl is one already. It feels like just yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital. She had changed so much in the last year and I am truly enjoying watching her grow and change every day.

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Zoey, my sweet baby girl. When your daddy and I found out we were going to be welcoming a baby girl into it little family I was scared. Beyond scared. I have four brothers. Daddy and I had two sons. I didn’t know what to do with a baby girl. In a lot of ways I still don’t. I worry all the time if we will be able to raise you to be a confident, amazing young lady. I hope to raise you too be secure in your self image. To respect yourself. To demand respect from others. Your only one, but you are a strong willed little girl already. You don’t take crap from your big brothers and you are full of energy. You are easy going and happy. And so curious. People are always telling nee how I lucky I am that you are such a happy baby. And trust me, I know how lucky I am to have you. You have a love for all things sparkly, pink, and Curious George. And any toy that one of your brothers might have. You are am amazing little girl, and I am so lucky to be your Momma. I love you baby girl, more then words alone can tell you. Happy birthday.

Love, hugs and more to come later
Lynn

May ‘s health and fitness challenge – week two

This week has been a long, not quite as productive as I would’ve liked week.
I got the kids outside every day, except one + today because of the rain. But we spent the rain days running around the house, playing pirate ship, and having dance parties. So they have been kept sufficiently active!
I did better eating 3 meals and drinking all my water. In the last 7 days, I was successful 5. It’s progress.
Mentally, this week has been insane. We moved our moving date from Aug 15 to July 31. Cutting two weeks off the time we originally had when we planned our packing/moving process. But that’s okay. We’ll get through it. We are making good progress, slowly but surely.
I’ll find out by Friday I’d the house we applied to rent got approved, keep your fingers crossed for us because this is our dream set up right now! I hope we get it! It’ll be one less thing to stress about.

Love, hugs and more to come later
Lynn

Halfway There and Baby Steps

As of tomorrow I am officially twenty weeks pregnant and ‘halfway’ through my last pregnancy. This is leaving me with a bittersweet type feeling.
Part of me aches knowing this is the last time I’ll feel these amazing movements, knowing how blessed and lucky Hubs and I have been to experience for pregnancies together.
Part of me cannot wait to hold our baby girl in my arms, to see who she looks like, to see how her brothers and sister respond to her. It’s magical.
Part of me is beyond scared to go through labor and delivery all over again. I have had three very different labors and I hate not knowing what to expect.

Another cause of my bittersweet feelings… Zoey is going to be 1 in a week. Seven days. Where is the time going? She took her first unassisted steps today. My sweet girl is growing so fast, trying so hard to keep up with her big brothers. Every time I blink it seems my babies grow up a little more. I wish I would stop blinking!

Love, hugs and more to come later!
Lynn

Monday Magic

First this happened:

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A few minutes later this happened:

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Rare, but then I noticed this:

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This never happens. All three of them. Are napping. At the same time. This opens up so many possibilities. I don’t know where to start. Do I clean? Read a book? Nap with them? The opportunities are endless!

Love, hugs and more to come later!
Lynn

Feeling The Love

Today was mother’s day. For the most part, it was just another day. The kids don’t understand yet what mothers day is, and they show me how much they love me every day with their hugs and kisses and smiles.
When Hubs asked me what I wanted I was kind of stumped. I just wanted a carefree day to spend enjoying my babies. Not feeling tired, overwhelmed or stressed. So after giving some thought to how exhausting the last couple weeks have been while he’s healed (slowly) for his vasectomy, and being up most of the night with one of kids, plus the stress of our move (not to mention pregnancy) I asked for 5 things.
1- To sleep through the night and sleep in in the morning. I only slept until 830, but wow I felt good when I got up.
2- To shower without interruption our feeling rushed. It’s the small things.
3- To not have to change a diaper. This one is self explanatory. I did change a couple. But it was by choice.
4- To not have to plan our cook a meal. I do 98% of the meal planning and cooking. It was great to not have to do it for one whole day!
5- To not have to clean, and have the house clean to start the week tomorrow. It’s not quite done the way I do it. But the point is, I didn’t have to do it.
So what did I do today? I played with my kids. All day. I read. I cuddled. We went to the park. We played in the yard. I relaxed. I enjoyed being a mom with none of the responsibilities to take I’ve my day. And it was amazing.
I hope everyone got their wish this mothers day. Moms are amazing, you’re all doing am amazing job!

Love, hugs and more to come later!
Lynn

May ‘s health and fitness challenge – week one

I have to admit that I am pretty proud of myself this week for sticking to my goals. I feel like I did really well. As you probably recall I had three categories for my goals. Mental health, physical health, and fitness. Here goes:

Mental health: I had said I was going to make a list of what needed to be done. And I did. Hubs and I say down and wrote out what we needed to do and when we needed to do it by. It’s a long list. I’m not going to write out here. But this week I needed to post 10 things I was going to sell, I did that, and sold 7 of those items!

Physical health: I wanted to increase my water intake and make sure I was getting enough. I was successful 8 or of the 11 days we have had in May! It’s not perfect, but I’m proud of myself nonetheless.

Fitness: I had said I wanted to get the kids out for thirty minutes a day. And I did every morning. Plus an additional 1-3 hours every afternoon. They have been spending so much time outside and have been sleeping so much better at night! It’s been great!

This next week, I want to also challenge myself to eat 3 meals a day. I wad for so long, but this past couple weeks I find myself only eating one our two meals a day and that just isn’t acceptable!

Love, hugs and more to come later!
Lynn

Balance

So yesterday morning hubs and I got the kids ready to accompany us to my 19 week ultrasound. I was explaining to Alex that the Dr was going to use a magic stick on my belly and we would be able to see the baby on the TV screen. He got really excited and said ‘yay, I’m going to see my sister!’ Confused, because we’ve never called the baby anything but baby, I tried to explain that we didn’t know of the baby was a girl, and it could be a boy. He replied with ‘no, I have one brother Nick and two sisters’ with a sigh, I let it go and figured I’d deal with arguing about it later.

So off we went to our ultrasound. Baby wasn’t being very cooperative. Bouncing all over the place, not letting the tech see their face. But eventually the tech got everything she needed and asked us if we wanted to know the gender.

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We had already decided that we did. Since we are moving when I am so far along, the more prepared we can be, the better.

Well, I am very excited to announce that Alex was right. He is going to have one little brother and two little sisters. Baby Emma-Rose Agnes is going to be joining our family later this year.
How’s that for balance 😛

Love, hugs and more to come later
Lynn

Balance

So yesterday morning hubs and I got the kids ready to accompany us to my 19 week ultrasound. I was explaining to Alex that the Dr was going to use a magic stick on my belly and we would be able to see the baby on the TV screen. He got really excited and said ‘yay, I’m going to see my sister!’ Confused, because we’ve never called the baby anything but baby, I tried to explain that we didn’t know of the baby was a girl, and it could be a boy. He replied with ‘no, I have one brother Nick and two sisters’ with a sigh, I let it go and figured I’d deal with arguing about it later.

So off we went to our ultrasound. Baby wasn’t being very cooperative. Bouncing all over the place, not letting the tech see their face. But eventually the tech got everything she needed and asked us if we wanted to know the gender.

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We had already decided that we did. Since we are moving when I am so far along, the more prepared we can be, the better.

Well, I am very excited to announce that Alex was right. He is going to have one little brother and two little sisters. Baby Emma-Rose Agnes is going to be joining our family later this year.
How’s that for balance 😛

Love, hugs and more to come later
Lynn

May’s Health and Fitness Challenge

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Valerie over at Atlanta Mom of Three posted recently about a May challenge that she is hosting and I decided that I am going to join up and make May a little healthier! You can read about it here.

This post is going to be about my goals. The challenge started today, but since I am just laying out my goals today, I am going to start tomorrow. I am going to try and post once a week with a update on how my goals are going.

I decided that I am going to set myself 3 goals. I am going to break health into two. Mental and physical. And then I am going to have a fitness goal as well.

1 – Mental Health: Life here has been stressful and chaotic the last few days weeks months. Anyone who follows my blog has likely picked up on this. To help my mental health I need to set a reasonable plan into motion. I have been so stressed about the fact that in less then four months we are going to be moving, I keep making lists in my head about all the things I need to do and then panicking that I have no idea how in the world I am going to get it all done and then having no idea where to start. So the first part of this goal (that I want to have accomplished by my follow up post next week) is to make a list of all the things we need to do between now and our move and set a realistic timeline of when each thing is going to be accomplished. Next week I am going to share the things I want to have done by the end of this month so I can get the ball rolling and be held accountable! 

2 – Physical Health: Lately I noticed that I have been slacking on my water intake. I cut myself down to 1-2 coffees a day (most days) and I was told by my Dr that I should be drinking 8 glasses a day plus one for each cup of coffee I have. So that means I should be drinking 9-10 if not more. My goal is to track my water and coffee intake each day (I already cut out pop and I drink my juice so watered down that I am told it counts as water) and make sure that I am getting the amount of water I should be. Hopefully by the end of May this will be a habit and I will be able to stick to it beyond that.

3 – Fitness: My fitness goal is going to have more to do with the kids then it is my own fitness. I want to make sure the kids are getting the amount of physical activity they should be getting. So I am going to get them outside for at least 30 minutes a day. On days when it’s rainy (like the next week) I am going to either get them out anyways (if it’s warm enough) to play in puddles, or I am going to do something fun in the house with them that will get them running, jumping and having fun. Like a dance party. Those are a favorite in our house!

Those are my goals for the month of May. I don’t think they are going to be too difficult to stick to, and I think they are going to benefit me and my family greatly. Thank you to Valerie for coming up with such a great idea!

Love, hugs and more to come later!
Lynn