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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Back to the Grind

Well, the vacation is over. Sean went back to work this week. We were all sad to see him go. The kids became spoiled with him home, so they were pretty bummed this week. Sean was less than enthused to return himself. There have been a lot of changes and not for the better. People are quitting left and right, with all the uncertainty of the company. The rumor is the merger will be happening sooner, rather than later. Even Sean has started looking elsewhere for work. He's pretty upset. This company has been so good to us these past, almost three years. He knows he will still have a place with the company, but will it be worth it....The uncertainty has taken a toll on him. He's back to not sleeping and stressed. I just wish it would all end. I hate to see him this way. Positive thoughts!!!

I have been pretty sick these past three weeks. We're not sure what is wrong with me. Without going into the gory details, my symptoms look to be either a bacterial infection or colitis. I have an appointment with a gastroenterologist next week. I can't eat anything dairy, sugary, caffeinated, or spicy. In other words, I can eat bread and water. Which is what I've been living off of for the past week. I have lost almost 15 lbs in three weeks. Its pretty scary. We think I ate bad watermelon. Sean had bought the watermelon to make margaritas, but they tasted funny. I ate a few bites of the watermelon, which tasted funny as well. (Yet I still ate it.0 Late that night, Sean woke up sick, making several trips to the bathroom. That lasted 2 or 3 days for him. I had the same problem, only mine never went away, it got worse. I am scared I have colitis, but Sean says it doesn't make sense. Why would I, all the sudden, contract a chronic illness out of nowhere. I see his point, but I more symptoms of that than I do an infection. I just have to wait it out another week and see what the Dr says.

On a more pleasant note, Sam turned 6 weeks today. He has gotten so big and is becoming more and more alert everyday. He loves the dogs, they lick him and lay with him and he really reacts to it. He tries to make sounds, but it just ends up sounding like gurgles...lol. He's eating 5.5oz now and is sleeping 5 to 7 hours per night. Not too shabby! The girls just love him and are constantly trying to kiss and hug him. Mary loves to help feed him.  Lizzie has even developed a maternal instinct and carries a baby doll around, pretending to burp it. She sings to it as well. Very cute!

My mother had been nagging at me for years to let the kids finger paint. I've never let them because I remember the horror show I made as a child with finger painting. For those who know me, know I can't stand cleaning up huge messes. I like my home to be paint-free. I know, I'm such a bad mom. Well, Sean decided to go out and buy them finger paint. "I'll clean it up" he says. Famous last words, so I was out numbered. Here are the results of the painting day....





And by the way.....I CLEANED UP THE MESS!!!

Last, I'll leave with a few more pictures of Sammy and Bear!





Saturday, July 16, 2011

4 weeks old and another addition!

Now don't get the wrong idea, we're not expecting again. However, Sean did get sucked in to this precious face. He's 9 weeks old, half Cocker Spaniel half Black Lab. We named him Bear. He is so sweet and lovable. He gets along great with Wookie and the kids. The vet said he should be around 50 lbs full grown. We've never had a big dog, so this should be interesting... lol.

Sammy is 4 weeks old today. The time just flew by. He weighs just over 12 lbs and eats 4.5 oz every 3-4 hours. He stays awake for hours during the day and loves to watch his brothers and sisters play. He has such a great temper too. Hardly ever crys. He truly is a joy!






Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Congratulations Stephanie and Dan!

My good friend Stephanie and her husband welcomed their first child on July 6th. Michelle Rose was born at 10:06pm EST weighing 2lbs 11oz and 16 inches. She was born almost 33 weeks via C-section due to Stephanie having Pre-eclampsya. Both mother and baby are doing well! Congratulations to you both!!



Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sleeping Booty......

Ok, so maybe this isn't the most flattering photo of Mary, but you have to admit, its pretty funny. She was outside playing in the sprinkler with the boys and started to get a bit moody, so Sean brought her in for a nap. Of course she wasn't happy and threw herself on the couch, in this position.....and then fell asleep minutes later. I couldn't resist, she just looked so cute with her butt hanging off the couch and the pillow covering her head, as to hide from Daddy. She actually slept like that for about an hour. Wish I could sleep any place, in any position. I'd be thankful to get an hour of sleep period.

With Sean home until July 26th, the kids have had some great quality time with him. Mary has become quite attached to him. Everyday, she asks him "Will you stay with me?" and "Are you my Daddy?" She has asked him that second question 16 times today. We're not sure why she keeps asking it, but it started when Mom was here. Maybe she's insecure? I hate to see how she's going to react when he has to return to work.

With two weeks left in his vacation, we have to come up with a routine for me. Like it or not, I still have to finish school with Cian and find a new curriculum for him for 1st grade. Setons is great for Declan and Fionn, but too advanced for Cian. We also have to decide what to do with Liam. Sean is taking him to our pediatrician this week to see what she suggests. Its obvious he will need special schooling, but no school will take him until he is potty trained. I am at my ends wit with trying to train him. He just refuses to learn. With 7 children now, its even harder to find the one on one time he needs. Maybe a little advice from another professional will lead us in the right direction with him.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Sammy Photo of the Day!

<p>Sammy loves his bear from Grandma! Almost 3 weeks old and already weighs 10 lbs. He eats around 27 oz per day and has been staying awake several hours during the day. Now if only he would sleep for more than two or three hours during the night.


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Random photos

Here are a few pictures taken over the last week or two.






Saturday, July 2, 2011

Two weeks old!

<p>Sammy is 2 weeks old today and doing great. He is eating almost 4oz already. He sleeps between 3 and 4 hours at night, and can stay awake during the day for several hours. (Who could sleep in this house... lol.) He's got Seans dirty blonde hair and Cians bright red lips. He hardly crys, except when he wants to eat.