Thursday, April 3, 2008

Update

So, in the past 2 days I've been told by my mother-in-law (through Marcus) that I need to update our blog because people have been wondering how things are going...and while talking to Lori today, she informed me that she was afraid Samantha was back in the hospital or something because I haven't written in awhile. So, to all you loyal family, friends, and blog surfers, I apologize, and here is an update.

Not writing much doesn't mean there isn't a lot going on. Here's the rundown:

My mom was here for a week and I cried pretty hard when she left. Moms are so great. I love you mom. Then Marcus's mom came out to help. Mothers-in-law are great too! I love you Peggy. We all got pretty nasty colds, and I'm actually thinking it was a mild flu because Callie and I both had fevers and I was extremely achey. We are all on the up now though.

Samantha, who we have always struggle with when it comes to sleep, seems to be sleeping a little better. We found a new method. Last week she would not fall asleep for her nap. I went in to try to calm her down. I had to pick her up because she was so out of control, but when I did that she kept grabbing my neck. It was pretty frustrating, so I took a blanket and swaddled her so she would leave me alone. It worked. She left my neck alone and she fell asleep almost immediately. When she was younger we tried swaddling her and she always put up the worst fight. Now, at almost 2 years old, swaddling is the trick. Amazing. We've been doing that ever since. We may still be swaddling her when she is 6 if is works! And even though we swaddle her like a little baby, she is such a sweet little girl. She now has 2 bottom molars which makes her smile so adorable, 2 teeth have broken through on top, and 2 are pushing on the bottom. She is also beginning to take steps. The other day she looked like a drunkard as she took 2 steps backwards, swayed, and took 2 steps forward before jumping to my knee. She is just so cute.

Callie is also doing well. She has the most precious smile. I love it. She has discovered her hands and is beginning to suck on them more and more. I used to think she was an easy baby (and I know she still is) but now, she gets fussy and is having a harder time sleeping. I think it's probably because she is 3 months instead of being the newborn blob that sleeps all day. Gosh, I'm really going to have to work now! She is almost always a good night sleeper though. She quickly started sleeping 5-6 hours at night. It's pretty typical that she is sleeping 5-8 hours before waking up to eat. Someone upstairs is looking out for me because I can attest, as many of you can, that taking care of more than one child feels impossible when you have several nights of no sleep. Callie has become such a part of our family. Not wanting to go into detail of how we believe her situation may have been, we can simply say, it's hard to imagine her living in Detroit. It seems so natural for her to be in Mormonville, Provo, UT in our family. She is a beautiful little baby and feel blessed to be her parents.

I plan on posting more pictures soon so you can see my cute girls and I still have 2 books to review, which I'll do soon. But for now I just wanted to reintroduce myself to the blogging world and give everyone a quick catch up. More to come in the near future.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jenny,thanks for the update. I have been missing having your notes to read, yet felt guilty for wanting blog entries when thinking how busy you are! SO glad that Samantha and Callie are doing well and that you are all feeling better. Can't wait to see all of you and meet our newest family member!
Jan :)

Paige said...

I'm glad things are going well! Please let me know if you ever need help with anything...

Lori and Matt said...

I'm glad you're back adn I know you're ok. Hope you get some good sleep, talk to you later!

reggstyl said...

Hooray for an update! Keep up the good work! Whenever someone out in public mentions that I must be "busy" with all the girls I've started saying, "yep, and in a good way!" Isn't the craziness great?

Amy said...

Thanks so much for the update! I've been checking your blog every day for days. I can't wait for the pictures, and I'm glad everything is going so well for you.

Beth Schellhous said...

So great to hear about your girls! Way to go mommy!

Erika Childs said...

I am constantly amazed at your family. Your girls are so blessed to have wonderful parents.
My classroom seems to be the national 'hood melting pot, so I have a few students from Detroit. I know VERY well how lucky Callie is to be a member of your family.
Good luck with your adventures!

Emily said...

Marcus's mom was right on. I was ready for an update too. I love to hear how your girls are doing alongside your book reviews. Thanks. I'm glad your better now. It's been a long sick season around here. We're healthy now too and ready to come see you.

D-n-E said...

Jenny, I missed you too. We still swaddle Reid and he is 9 months. He still doesn't wiggle out and doesn't put up any objections when we start to swaddle him, so we'll stick with it for a while longer. There is a little boy in our ward who loved to be swaddled so much that they swaddled him until he was 3 or so. They ended up using a twin bed sheet because he was so tall. The sheet eventually became his blankie. Kids... every one is different. You gotta love 'em. I'm glad to hear yours are doing so well.
Emmi

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