Thursday, January 31, 2008

Potty Training or not!

I really didn't want to start potty training yet, I don't think she is quite ready, but she keeps asking to go on the potty so I won't turn that down and she really did go once. Mostly she just sits on it and gets up and plays and then sits and then plays some more, but she was really excited to wear the training underwear that I got out after she went the first time. So excited that she had to wear it to bed, even if that meant wearing them over her pajamas. Anyway, we were going through the sitting/playing deal yesterday afternoon so she was just wearing her shirt with nothing else when Kolby came in to talk to me and was standing in the doorway to the garage with the door half open. She was standing near him while I was sitting across the room nursing Tucker. She managed to sneak out the door and by the time I got up to see her she had run through the garage and halfway down our driveway with her naked little bum. I had to go back and set Tucker down and chase after her and when I caught her she was across the street in the neighbors yard. Thank goodness we don't live on a busy street. To top it off, her little smile showed how proud she was of herself! This is the reason I'm not ready to potty train!

First smile captured on camera

Tucker turned four weeks yesterday so of course he has been smiling a little bit everyday for the last week or so but I finally captured a hint of it on camera this morning. I still didn't catch it at the exact full smile moment but I feel pretty lucky to even catch these because you know newborn smiles are so hard to catch on camera! It looks like he will have a big smile doesn't it? I just can't tell if there will be any dimples. Also notice how his face is filling out, it makes me a little sad that he's already growing bigger but it is always cute to see the chubby cheeks!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Baby Shower and other recent happenings

I know that most people don't care about every detail I feel like I need to write here, but it hangs over my head if I forget to include it, so here is a recent recap:

*We went up to Sac. last weekend and had a great time. I got to spend a lot of time with friends including a fun party and we also had time with family.

*This weekend I went to a Relief Society Enrichment which turned out to be really good, there were some great speakers that really made me feel motivated to do better and get on top of things and I got to go with a few friends from the ward. Our stake center is so far away that we had enough time for some good conversation which we just don't seem to get time for around here much.

*Saturday night we got a babysitter and went out with friends to Chili's (used one of the gift cards we got for Christmas-thanks to the giver!!) and then back to their house to play Apples to Apples, you know we love a good game night!

*Sunday I was released from my primary calling which I still feel a little guilty about stressing about it, especially since Tucker slept through the first 2 hours of church, I was starting to feel bad, but I was also happy the he slept in the car seat for so long, he has never slept there for more than 10 minutes, but as I expected, I pretty much spent the whole third hour in the Mother's room which did finally make me feel right that I knew it would probably not work to do him and primary

*the last thing to mention was actually last Thursday, Danelle did a baby shower for me and it was fun, I was anxious about it because I felt like I didn't want people to have to buy things for me when it is my fifth kid, but really I got some great gifts, some things I need because they are worn out or I don't have anymore plus some things I probably don't need but are just too cute that it is always fun to have! I really didn't even need to return any, plus I got to know a few people in the ward better that I didn't know as well. One cute present was one of those diaper cakes from Jody. I know I've seen these several times before but its the first I've gotten and I have to say a really cute one so I took a picture so everyone can see!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

President Hinckely

We just heard the news that Pres. Hinckley passed away a couple of hours ago and we feel the loss of this great prophet. We are so grateful to have had the chance to learn and hear from him in our lifetime, the thought of him will always bring a smile to our faces and we will miss him, but we are also so happy that he can now be reunited with his wife and other loved ones that have passed. He is the only prophet our children have known and we have been blessed to have his teachings in our family and to have such a wonderful, loving, joyful example for our children.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Did I do anything?

Tucker was officially three weeks old yesterday and he is measuring 21 1/4 inches long and 9 lbs. 12 oz so he is growing fast! This week has been a bit more tough because Sam's new semester of interpreting started so I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. Really I just feel like I get nothing accomplished so I made a list of some of the things I did in the last two days to feel a little bit better, although they are mostly such everyday type things that I don't feel like they count and the list is certainly not complete, but here is a bit of what I did:
Nursed the baby many times
Got Eden changed, dressed and hair done both days
5 loads of laundry
Unpacked car from weekend in Sac.
Rocked Tucker to sleep many times
Cleaned up the entire bag of cough drops that Eden opened each one of in my closet
Made an appointment to repair the dishwasher
Searched for a Gameboy that was supposedly left in a pair of pants that was currently in the washing machine (luckily it was found elsewhere, but only after we pulled out every single piece of soaking wet clothes)
Labeled Kolby’s new shirt
Ventured with the two little kids to walmart for toothpaste and shampoo
Unpacked suitcase
Took Tucker to Dr. appt.
Supervised or helped with 2 days of homework (not an easy task with Jordan)
Emailed Jordan’s teacher
Posted on blog
Answered hospital survey
Sorted 3 days worth of mail
Cleaned kitchen several times
Made two dinners (nothing fancy, I’m not ready for that yet!)
Made 2 lunches for Kolby and Eden
Peeled 8 oranges
Emptied Eden’s potty (yes-she used it for the first time yesterday!) but then changed 3 wet underwear
Got kids to shower and bathed Eden
Took Tucker in the shower
Organized a kitchen cupboard
Scanned photo and sent to Sam
Scanned Tucker’s birth cert. and sent to Sam for benefits
Signed Tucker up for benefits
Told Jordan and Brady what different words spelled
Picked up Kolby from school
Read scriptures
Picked up little toys and things throughout the day
Put Eden’s sticker on her about 10 times
Wrestled with Eden to get her in her carseat a few times
Restocked diaper bag
Listened to the boys tell about school
Recorded minutes on boys reading charts
Supervised kids cleaning up (another big chore with Jordan)
Buttered 5 pieces of bread (at least)

So I guess I did do a few things, especially since I only did these things during a third of the day, the other 2/3 were spent dealing with Tucker!

**see the comments from McKay on my previous post for better info. on how to use a reader

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Google reader

I've been trying to tell some of you that you can set up a blog reader on google so I'll tell you how I think I remember doing it, but I am far from being an expert so there might be easier ways. Anyway, after I set up google as my homepage I started customizing and in there, the reader is one of the gadgets you can add to your google page. Just do a search in gadgets for Google reader and when you find it, it says (labs) with it. Just click on that to add it. After you have it on your page, go in and add the web addresses of the blogs you check (I think there was a space on the left to enter them in) and then it will always show on your homepage when someone's blog that you entered has a new post. I hope this helps or check my comments in case someone needs to correct me!


When we got our baby swing out we found it not working so we borrowed another one from friends. It's been nice for Eden because we don't have to worry about it since she has her own swing!

As they grow

I had the intention of doing this every year on their birthday, but I missed it on all accounts so I finally got these pictures the other day. Eden is wearing the dress I wore on my wedding day before and after I had on my gown and the boys are wearing one of Sam's Steve Young Jersey's. I'm hoping that if I can remember to take these pictures every year, it will be fun to look back and see how they've grown.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

first two days alone

I made it through my first 2 days alone and they weren't too bad! Luckily I had arranged for my last dinner from the ward to come on Monday because I knew it would be a tough day and last night we had enough leftovers from the previous week so I haven't had to do dinner time yet. I probably won't until next week because tonight I have a baby shower to go to and tomorrow I'm heading up to Sac. for book club so Sam can handle those. Really, the only major challenge was the stroller, Monday when I went to get Kolby I pulled the stroller out to put Tucker in and Eden started yelling "my stroller, my stroller!" and she refused to walk. I ended up carrying Tucker and putting Eden in Tucker's seat in the stroller and a similar thing happened when we went to the park yesterday. I'll have to work on this one, I'm going to need to put him in the stroller sometimes. Other than that, it went fairly well. I didn't expect too much of course so the few things I did accomplish felt good. Some people keep asking for more pictures so the ones today are Tucker ready for his first day

of church and Eden with her sack lunch for church, because we have church at 11:00, the nursery asked the kids to bring a lunch and she was very excited to have her own lunch!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Jordan's birthday-New Year's Day

I would feel bad if I never posted anything about Jordan's birthday. It is always crazy being on New Year's Day but luckily for him, because it is a holiday, he gets to have lots of people around. Sam's family was still here and my sister and Jessica came that evening. We also took Sam's family with us a to a BBQ with some friends in the ward and most of the adults played Settlers. This was our first time experiencing that so now Sam and his parents love it and want to get one of their own. As for Jordan, he was just happy to tell everyone it was his birthday and Sam made him a Pokemon cake which he really liked and now I hear a baby crying so I will try and post this real quick without further explanation!

New Year's Eve (a post for Sam's siblings/family)

The first picture isn't actually New Year's Eve, Sam just wanted to show everyone mom's hair! The other pictures are to show early they fell asleep on New Years Eve (but they did get back up later and we played cards) and to show that we did the traditional Christmas foods that day. I'm not sure why Sam took a picture of the food but since he did, I figured I'd post it.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

It's been over a week

Well, I thought it was about time to do another update, it has now been over a week since Tucker was born. I also still need to add a New Year's/Jordan's b-day post so I'll try and get to that tomorrow. It has really been a nice week overall. This is the longest Sam has been able to stay home after a baby and that has been great. He has done all the food and kid prep. and Eden's diapers so all I've had to worry about is me and Tucker. He really has been great this time around. We've also had some great meals, the Mountain House Mother's club (which was also all ward people except one) have brought us some really good food, a chicken stuffing casserole that Sam especially liked, an awesome Lasagna-one of the best I've ever had, a loaded spaghetti that was really good, some soup that surprisingly the kids gobbled up and a pizza from Costco (along with what appears to be a homemade pecan pie!) so we have really lucked out! The kids are so impressed that people bring dinners when you have a baby, I heard them telling their friends all about it.

So like I said, its been nice, I really haven't even been too emotional. I did have one day that I started crying for no reason that I could think of, I was actually laughing at myself at the same time but later I was thinking about it and I realized that I was feeling a little overwhelmed about when things get back to normal. I was trying to figure out how I would manage and ever get the house cleaned up again. Sam and the kids have been really good about picking up and Sam does the kitchen but I still need to figure out how to get a real cleaning done sometime soon! The only other time I struggled was Thursday night, Sam went to a stake basketball game and he left dinner almost ready but I had to finish it up, get it served and get Brady to scouts and get the kids to bed by myself and of course during all of this Tucker was just screaming and I did lose it for a few minutes, but all is well now and I think I'll be ready for next week! I have gotten out of the house a few times already, Tucker's appt. of course, when he was 4 days old he was already up to 8lbs, 2 oz which was great because he was 7lbs 5 oz when we left the hospital, he is obviously having no problems nursing. Sam, Eden Tucker and I went to Target one morning and he was great, he slept through the whole thing and it was the same at Costco another day. Yesterday we went to Sam's office and Trader Joe's and then picked up Kolby and went to IHOP for lunch (we had coupons that we talked about using all week and finally made it) so we had an actual long outing and Tucker did well again. He is completely opposite of Eden, she hated the car but he is great, he goes to sleep instantly. Overall, he has been a pretty good baby. He is a super efficient nurser, he stops right when he is done and won't nurse if he is not hungry and is very fast. It is great except for the middle of the night when I just want to nurse him back to sleep and he won't but that luckily doesn't happen too often and other than that he is "tongue-tied" as they call it, I guess the little piece of skin that is under the tongue is really far forward on him so it hurts a bit when he latches but otherwise he is good. I guess that's enough rambling, I'm sure that it is not all that interesting to most of you but I'm also trying to print out my blog entries once a month and save them as a journal so I want to make sure I get a few details in. I did forget to mention how huge Eden seems to me now. I used to think of her as being so little and she still is compared to other kids her age but now that we have tiny Tucker she just seems huge to me, I know this happens with every knew kid but you really do forget. Anyway, I'll throw in the pictures of before, after and during his first sponge bath a few days ago.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Who does he look like?

I scanned some pictures of each of the kids during their first few weeks, first of all, can you tell which kids is which? I think some are more obvious than others. Also, which kid do you think he most looks like? Of course he'll change in the next few weeks or at least get more of his own look, but its always fun to try and compare and guess!

Monday, January 7, 2008

The siblings meeting Tucker

The pictures of the other kids when they came to meet Tucker at the hospital!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Tucker Samuel Farley

OK, here's the story! I was due Dec. 26 and I was pretty set in my mind that it would be a few days after that. In the past I've been about 4 or 5 days late so I figured I was looking at the 30th. I was actually hoping for Jan. 3 so that it would give me a days break between Jordan's birthday and this baby and also because I knew my midwife would be back from vacation by then. So when nothing happened by the 30th I started thinking it really could be the third, but once Jan. hit I was ready and waiting for anything and I was starting to think it wouldn't happen. So on the second I determined that I would do several of the things I knew to help bring on labor, plus my sister was here and had to leave the next day so it was a perfect time to go with a built-in babysitter. I figured if I walked and did all that stuff I would go into labor that night and he would be born on the 3rd just like I planned! But of course, plans never work out that way!
So my sister pushed me to walk all day. I went to Pleasanton and walked the mall by Sam's work and then met him for lunch which was nice to do without the kids. Then I headed back to Tracy and walked around Costco. Then my MIL called and told me about how the chiropractor sometimes helps and her chiro. had a chiro. friend in Tracy so I called him and went in for an adjustment, mostly because I thought it might help to reduce the chance of back labor. Then after Sam was home my sister and I went to Livermore to go to Kohl's for something she was looking for and I figured I could just get in some more walking, but Livermore is 17 miles away so that was probably not the best idea! While we were walking in Kohls I started to have some contractions that seemed real enough that I had to stop for a second, they weren't really painful but I still needed to stop walking while they past. I still intended to walk around Walmart next door also but when we were walking out to the parking lot I had a contraction that actually hurt so I told her to just run in and grab what she needed and I called Sam and told him I thought it might be time. So that was around 8:00pm. He called his mom and she left her house around 8:15 to come down here. My sister tried to drive home but I wouldn't let her because I wanted the distraction but I probably shouldn't have! Meanwhile, she was timing the contractions and they were running about 5 or 6 minutes apart. I was determined to distract myself, though, because last time I had gone too early to the hospital because of previous faster labors and I didn't want to make the mistake again.

We got home about 8:30 and I got in the shower. At that point I still wasn't sure it was time until I was in the shower and I they started to hit with force. We were also timing them and getting 3 to 5 minutes apart, but I was still determined to stall so I stayed in the shower as long as I could handle it. Finally, we left for the hospital at 9:00pm and arrived there at 9:20. I was starting to get nervous still that we were going to soon because the contractions were only 5-6 minutes apart, but they were getting to the almost intolerable point. When we got to the hospital we had to check in at ER because it was after hours and there was no one at any of the windows but finally some other people waiting called them over and said "there is a pregnant woman here that needs help!" Finally we got a nurse with a wheelchair but I didn't want to sit because my back hurt too bad so I walked the long hallway but had to keep stopping every few minutes for a contraction so it took forever. I think it was probably 9:40 by the time I got to the labor and delivery room. I tried to get in the shower right away but the nurse wanted to check me and I tried to argue with her that it was on my birthplan but she said with the way my contractions were going, she needed to check me now. It turned out that I was already 9 cm and they said "get the midwife here immediately, she is ready" Sam said that is the only time I smiled! I was so happy to hear that I was a "9" I was worried that the midwife wouldn't make it in time because she lives near where we do and it took us almost 20 min. to get there but she arrived at 9:50 and she broke my water at 9:59. Just then Sam's mom walked in and I started pushing and he was born at 10:09pm. Sam thinks its funny that I kept saying "I don't remember how to push!" It was weird, because every other time pushing just seemed to happen, but for some reason this time I had to think about it, I felt the urge but not as strong and I had to have them tell me what to do but they kept saying "you do know how to do this, you've done this 4 times before!" I think he was just in a slightly strange position. Even though that part seem confusing to me, he still came out in just a few pushes, definitely less than 5 minutes, but he did come out with some myconium and his cord wrapped around his neck once. One thing we thought was funny was that the midwife and nurse were all admiring his cord. They told me to look at how beautiful it was, it was so thick and twisty, I guess I don't know what other cords look like because I just didn't see it the way they saw it! Anyway, they put him on my of course and then a little later measured him. He was 7 lbs, 15 oz and 21 inches long.
So in the end I was right that I would go into labor that night, I just didn't think it would be that early or that fast. I thought it would be the middle of the night so the date would be the third and I have had labors that fast before but because Eden was longer I thought this would be longer too. The hospital was really great though, they were so good about birthplan. I didn't have to have any IV's or hep-blocks even though the doctors had even tried to talk me out of it at my appointments, they delayed or skipped the vaccines that I specified and they left me alone as much as possible. It's too bad it took me 5 kids to get what I wanted! This was also the first time Sam stayed the night although that may not have been the best idea. He was out cold so I didn't really get help from him and then he woke up about 5:30am and threw up twice and went home and threw up 2 more times and was out cold until noon! It was a hard time for me being alone in the hospital for my first morning. Luckily, after a lot more sleep he felt decent enough to come back and he brought the kids and my sister and Jessica came also. The kids were very excited of course, Kolby just loved him, he kept saying how cute Tucker was. Eden loved him also but soon started to become possessive. She was holding him and then Laura took him and she said "no, mine" and "have it, have it!" (demanding to have the baby herself) so Eden of course will be a challenge, but they are all excited. Then later my friend Danelle came from our ward and brought some pretty white tulips (we're deciding whether or not to use the tulip vase from Randstad-see a previous post!) and then my parents came and then Sam's parents and Daya and Eli stopped by for a few minutes on their way back home from the bay area. So after a lonely morning, the afternoon and evening were filled with people and Sam was able to have April from our ward, come watch the kids in the evening so he could come back after my sister left. Anyway, we're thankful for the help and support we've had from everyone and we're excited to welcome Tucker into our family. (p.s. the last picture is Tucker in his going home outfit!)