Nixon was downstairs, and yelling for mom, as usual. "I can't walk Mom" was what he was yelling over and over, but at the time, I wasn't sure what he was saying, as he is only 2, and his finger is permanently stuck in his mouth. After about 5 minutes or so, I leisurely make my way down to see whats the trouble, if there is no screaming, I'm in no rush! He's sitting on the ground by the diaper drawer, in his feet pajamas, saying " I cant walk Mom" I was holding Kam, so I grabbed his arm up and helped him/ half dragged him over to the couch so I could see what was up. He said his foot hurt, and that he couldn't walk. So I start pushing on his ankle, toes, etc. and nothing was causing more pain... finally I discover a bulge at the arch area of his foot. Low and behold it was a large paper clip in his feet pajamas, Roxy errrrrrrrh. I unzipped his jammies just enough to get my arm down the leg to fish it out. Then he says this one too, and yes, he had another large paper clip under his other foot. Can you imagine taking a few steps with those suckers under your foot- ouch.
Another Nix story.
So today is Sunday, Nixon has had croup so he and I missed church today, he spent the whole day in his jammies, and was really upset about not going to church, as he wanted to see his buddy Luke. So, he got in trouble for coloring with brown marker all over the mud room cubbies. While he was crying in his time out, he kept begging for Luke... He wanted to put his shoes on to go see Luke, he wanted to go with mom to go see Luke, he wanted to go see Katie (Luke's mom). Luke, Luke, Luke. He just kept whining and crying for Luke. It was funny and pathetic.
Another Nix story
Nixon loves little Kam, the past few weeks I have found him in the morning in her crib. This is cute, but also very alarming. He has been known to put pillows over her face, smash her face with his big chubby baby man hands, climb on her, try to pick her up on his own... you see where this is going. Fortunately he has yet to do anything terrible, or be caught red handed if you will. I go into see him laying next to her, sucking his finger, or talking to her. Its cute, just scary, and also annoying because he wakes her up. So we put the baby gate up in front of her door. The fist morning he found it, he kicked it over. I heard the gate fall and jumped out of bed. But of course the baby was already awake and Nix was just climbing into the crib. Its been a few days now, and he has not kicked the gate over since. So there is hope!
When Nix gets up from his nap, he likes to wander around the house before letting anyone know his is awake. Its a ritual. He usually ends up wherever Kam is. And she is usually taking a nap too. Either in her crib or her car seat. This happens almost daily, and its annoying, and cute, and so Nixon.
Kamryn is 4 and half months old! Time is flying by. I thought I had better post what she's been up to, so I don't forget.
Rolling: My brother and his family came for New Years (from Las Vegas) and my lovely mom came too! She actually came a few days earlier, so we got to spend some QT with grandma. While she was hear Kami rolled over. A few days prior to this Kami had rolled from tummy to back like 2 times. But with Grandma here, she wanted to show off so she started rolling from back to tummy as well! Go Kamryn. This was right around her 4 month b-day.
Scooting: With Rolling comes scooting, and Kam loves to scoot all over, well with in a 2 foot radius of her blanket. Kami is rotating 180 degrees, and scooting off her blanket all the time. the best is when I find her rubbing her face into our carpet. Gross. I better bust out the carpet cleaner- like today!
Rice Cereal: Lucky for us, I actually recorded Kam's first experience with baby food. This was last night (1/12) and the kids got a kick out of it. Kami made the typical sour face after every bite, but she continued to eat it, and seemed to like it.
Sitting: Kami is not sitting yet. However when we prop her in the right position, she last in the sitting position for 30 seconds or so before her head finally collapses in front of her, near her feet. She's getting close!
Sleeping: Kami I believe is safe to label as our worst sleeper so far. The past few weeks I have been out of bed anywhere from 3-5 times a night, before I finally bring her back to bed with me. And even once she is sleeping all cuddled up to me, she still freaks out and has a good cry, almost every night, well this is usually morning 4 or 5am. I'm sure Maui appreciates this.
Kamryn is such a sweet little baby, we love having her in the family, and her siblings love her too. Even though Nixon has this crazy game where he calls kami "the bad guy" and enjoys throwing pillows at the "bad guy"... he loves her too, and enjoys holding her and laying by her and talking in her face, and of course trying to sneak her candy and fruit snacks.
Life with 4 kids is CRAZY, or it brings the CRAZY out in me, for sure. I said it after Nixon, "3 kids is hard." And I'll say it again after having Kamryn, 4 kids is hard. Perhaps now that I have written this down, I wont forget it. If in 1.5years, I start getting this crazy idea about having another baby, I'll just return to this blog entry and remember how crazy I felt with 4.
Being a mom is the only job I ever wanted, and if I got to do it over and pick again, I wouldn't do anything different. But it certainly is the most emotionally draining, time consuming, patience testing, job out there. My kids drive me crazy and push me to my limits every day, but for some crazy reason I wouldn't have it any other way. Having kids has forced me to prioritize my life and they help to remember that when I think I'm about to explode with anger or frustration all I need to do is kneel down and pray for forgiveness and help, and my Savior is always there to lift my burdens! Love you kids, and love you Maui- thanks for putting up with my crap:)
While this would be a common statement you might here from the mouth of Desi, this post is in regards to Riley making a "fool of herself". So the stories goes...
At the end of preschool on Friday Riley was allowed to take ONE tootsie roll. She took her one and then proceeded to put a whole handful in her coat pocket. Her teacher noticed and asked her if she only took one, when Riley said she did, the teacher nicely told her that she saw that Riley had taken more and that she needed to put them back. Riley reluctantly put the handful back, saying that it was an accident!
When Riley got in the car, she flopped onto the floor and began bawling. I tried to get her to tell me what happened (even though the teacher had already told me). I coaxed her into telling me. Through all the tears and bawling, she finally replied "I'm crying because, I made a fool of myself". I couldn't hold back my laughter, it was too funny to hear her say that, which perfectly summed up how she felt about the whole situation. Although she admitted to feeling like a fool, she refused to admit that she took all the extra tootsie rolls on purpose. Her story is, it was an accident.
I made a fool of myself.... holy cow, it was funny! you should have been there. I love my little drama queen!
Here are some cute pictures of Kamryn- Enjoy Don't overlook that gigantic birthmark!! It is located in almost the same spot as my younger sisters. So, thanks Mom and Dad, for passing that birthmark gene 2 generations . At least they also passed along being super smart and super good looking! :)
Kamryn has long, dark eyelashes! All the kids do, they can thank their Dad for that!
I edited this photo myself. Photoshop is far beyond my abilities. But this lame little program called Picasa fits right in. I lightened the background, and brightened it up a bit. I guess that is probably all I did. Oh yeah, I did give it a little tint- or something.
Little Kamryn is doing really well, and growing like a weed.
She weighed 7.6 lbs at birth 6.14 lbs when we left the hospital - 2 days later. 7.14 lbs at her 2 week check up 9.9 at 1 month
Great weigh ins Kam!
Baby books say between 2 and 3 months your baby will start to smile. Well on Thursday she smiled 2 times! The first time was even in front of a nurse, and she said : Whoa, look at that she is smiling! And then later that same day she smiled again. Truly, no gas followed these smiles, so it wasn't that she was just gassy.
Kamryn is also moving her head like a champ. She will follow me with her head and eyes as I walk by and she will follow toys as well. Her head and neck seem really strong too. I like to carry her over my shoulder, and she keeps her head up very well.
Sleeping habits could be better. She is still waking up a few times a night. Usually falling asleep around 10 or 11pm and waking up at 2:30 or 3:30am. And then again almost always at 5:30. This means we are usually up for at least 30 minutes, usually more like an hour, as it takes her awhile to fall back to sleep.
The kids still love her, and pay too much attention to her. Riley picks her up all the time, even though she knows she is not supposed to. Nothing terrible has happened yet, but kamryn usually lets out wale, that informs me Riley is trying to pick me up!!! Help!! Roxy obviously is a bit more careful, and can pick her up gently. Nixon treats her like a toy, he is very interested in her and loves her, just not gently.
I believe all this love and attention is why she cries with such force and volume, she is so use to the noise around her, that she knows if she wants to be heard, it has to be loud!
All in all we are loving her, she is so adorable! I love to snuggle with her at night, after the older kids are in bed, that is about the only time I can really enjoy her and pay attention to her! Thats the life of the youngest of 4 children. Roxy will soon be turning 7, then it won't sound so crazy. Saying 6, 4, 2 and a new baby makes me sound a little crazy. In November when I can say: 7, 4, 2 and baby, that will make a world of difference, don't you agree?
Funny story, I don't want to forget. When kamryn was about 2 weeks old, we were putting the kids to bed a little earlier than normal, like at 7:30. Anyhow, we were all upstairs and kamryn was sleeping downstairs. She of course woke up, and started crying. I ignored it for a few minutes, then she stopped. About 2 minutes later I venture down the stairs to go check on her, only to find 5 or so of my young women had come into the house, and had the baby. They were at our Tuesday night activity, a few houses away, and decided to come say hi. They came to the back door, which only had the screen shut, and could hear kamryn crying, so they let themselves in to go get her. They decided to come find us, and were about to come upstairs with the baby when I ran into them. It was funny, and almost creepy. Only because it could have been anybody letting them self into my house to get the baby. But i was happy to see the YW, it had been like 4 weeks since I had seen them last, and I realized, whoa, I missed these girls.
i have much that needs to be posted... like riley getting her ears pierced, bear lake reunion, and roxy's first day of school. all need time and attention, but first i wanted to post about our new little bundle of joy-
Kamryn Mauerman August 26, 2010
I was lucky enough to be induced about 5 days early. Being induced is so different from going into labor naturally, its so much..... better! This labor was so similar to roxy's where i was also induced. I was able to get an epidural before my contractions got bad, my pain scale topping at like a 5. Once i was actually induced at about 10am we welcomed our baby about 4 hours later. the good doctor B did come and pop my water, and after that everything started progressing much quicker, that was about noon, and she was delivered at 1:44 pm. Just a quick recap for ya, Hopefully that wasn't TMI for you.
She was 7 pound 6 ounces, and 19.5 inches long. my smallest baby yet!
riley and her look alike! we told riley how the baby looked like her, the pride in riley's face is undeniable! About the time of this photo Riley asked us "did she come out with the bow on her head?" and shortly after that she asked, in a very conclusive tone "so she doesn't have any feet yet?"
Roxy and Riley with their new baby sister. Nixon was around here somewhere, he was going crazy in the hospital room, running around and acting like an adorable little 2 year old monster. He did see the baby and said "baby" and he gave her hugs and kisses. He now will ask "where's Kamryn" he loves his little sister, and wants to hold her, he just doesn't know how to be soft and gentle yet.
Nixon has turned 2! It was definitely a 3rd child event. We sort of kept forgetting about the birthday. However we did have mini birthday celebration with one of my YW friends Jackie. And then after she left, Nixon's little buddy Luke was playing outside with his dad, so they came over and had cup cakes with us. So 2 friends, and his sisters, what else could a 2 year old ask for?
Nixon did get this awesome tool set; hard hat, drill, chain saw, skill saw, tool belt. Yes, very manly, he loved it.
At 2 years: Nixon loves Barbie, Dora, and now Diego (thank goodness). He is kind over Yo Gaba Gaba. Nixon loves to play with his buddies in nursery, but is awful through sacrament meeting. He finally likes the pool, and will float around with just his arm floaties, he likes the deep end of the pool, and doesn't like us trying to help him get around. Nixon is a good little talker, with more words, and small sentences coming together everyday. Nixon loves sports balls. Basketball, soccer ball, beach balls, bouncy balls. He likes to kick and jump, dance and twirl. He likes karate, and will put on shows with Roxy and Riley. He thrives on attention and loves to entertain us. He likes cereal in morning, and makes the biggest mess. He is OCD about the placement of his blankie for nap time. He loves nap time and bed time, and usually lays right down. He does have a blankie that he drags around. He now sucks his pointer finger, after me putting band aids on his thumb for a few days (trying to get him to stop sucking his thumb). His newest favorite phrase is "No Way" I say this all the time, so I assume he got it from me. However I only first heard it the day I came home from girls camp. His favorite word is Candy or Gum, which are also his favorite things to munch on.
That is Nixon in a nutshell. Happy Birthday little Buddy, we love you!
I have been eating, drinking, and dreaming girls camp for the past few weeks. And out of our whole girls camp board (8 of us) I am doing the least... but my mind has definitely been taken over by girls camp. We started out with a modest 18-22 campers, and now just 8 days before we are up to 28. AHHH. That is alot to work with, and to accommodate for. I still can't believe it.
But the cool thing is I have seen first hand the Lord softening the Young Women's hearts, and providing ways for them to come. Girls we thought for sure would not come are coming! So even if it is 10 more girls then we thought, we are happy to have them!
So I get to go to Bear Lake and stay at this awesome play house. Pickleville play house to be exact. Our first counselor's family owns this cabin and the play house, and we get to use it for the week. So fun.
Our theme is BOOT camp. B- building O- on O- our T- testimonies. Its going to be a good mix of boot camp style activities and then a spiritual twist on it all. Our girls camp director is awesome and has thought of the most amazing ideas.
I'll finally be 30 weeks prego at Girls camp, so that gives me somthing else to look forward to. The last 10 weeks, go by quicker then the middle 10. Our second counselor will be at camp for the week too, and she is 24 weeks pregnant. 2 pregnant mama's at girls camp. What a sight.