Wednesday, March 9, 2016

New Pictures

Since I haven't been on here in quite some time, I thought I'd post some new pictures of the family. I can't believe how much the kids have grown in the past year. Declan is 13.5 now, in karate and thinks he has all of life's answers. Cian will be 12 next Wednesday and doesn't have a clue about ANY of life's He loves Mindcraft though. Liam is 10 and in his own little world. He's our special needs child, but gets a little better every day. Fionn is 8 going on 16. He's incredibly smart, a straight A student with a soft heart, but don't piss him off, you'll regret Mary is our first girl, she's 7 and full of life. She is very smart and very helpful. She's my little Mama. Lizzie is our shy girl. She's 6, small and very quiet, but don't let her fool you, she's got a hot temper when someone rubs her the wrong way. Then there's Sammy, 4 and full of terror. You can't take your eyes off that one for 2 minutes without him getting into some kind of trouble with Liam or Lizzie. He also doesn't take no for an answer. If he can't play some sort of video game, he'll chew you up and spit you back out, and think nothing of it. We're working on self-control with that Finally there is Hope, my sweet little princess. She is the love of my life and EVERYONE worships the ground she walks on. She is so very loved and the center of our world. She is very smart, newly turned 2 and holds complete conversations with anyone who will listen. But now a new little princess has moved into our lives and we are all still getting to know her sweet little self. So far, she is two weeks old and eats 4 oz every 3 hours during the day, but will only eat about 2 oz at night and wakes up every 2-3 hours to eat. When she is awake, she's very alert and loves to stretch her legs out. She tries to focus her eyes on our faces and turns towards any voice she hears. She loves to listen to Nick Lachey's A Father's Lullaby Album.

So that is the kids in a nutshell. Here are a few pictures of everyone over the past few months. You can find more pictures of our family on my Instagram account @scoobyloves2004,
My Dad & Declan

My Mom w/ Sam, Wookie and Fionn

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Welcome Isla Eloise!

Isla Eloise O'Donnell
Wow, I really need to keep up with this blog. Life has been so crazy this past year. New job for Sean, new state, new home and as of the 22nd of Feb., new baby! This is Isla Eloise. She was born on 2/22/16 at 4:18am, weighing 8 lbs 6 oz and 21 inches. She is our 9th baby, and last (I know I've said that before, but this time we mean it). She was a total suprise. I had no idea I was pregnant. When I found out, I have to be honest, I was not happy. We had 8 children already and we were happy with that number. Another baby meant we would have to move and had no idea where to go. We needed a home with at least 5 bedrooms in our price range. In the state we were living, that just wasn't possible. So, Sean had to make a decision to change jobs, which meant relocating to a state neither one of us were thrilled to move to, but there was an amazing job waiting for him there with a huge house we could all live in comfortably and it is in our price range. So, 6 months pregnant, we relocate to a new home and try to start over.
Isla- 1 week old

And here we are! I am slowly recovering. Not as quickly as I would like. I've have to be extra careful because I am at risk for hemorrhaging, with having as many children as I've had. All I can do is homeschool the kids. Poor Sean is working full time, making dinner and keeping up with my chores. I feel so guilty that I can't really help. I really look forward to spring break, so I can get a little extra rest.

Anyhow, this is all I have time for writing for now. The baby will be up soon for another feeding. I hope you are all doing well. Have a great weekend!
Xmas 2015