Friday, August 29, 2014

1 Month

Somehow a month has passed so quickly as it seems to do and the littles one grow in the blink of an eye. We've thoroughly enjoyed our first month with our sweet little Lillybelle!  She's just perfect!  Here's a few pictures of our first month with her (can't velieve how vehind I am, vut with 4 kids that's to ve expected right?

Week 2:




 Sabrina just adores her sister! I am just so impressed with how well she has handled this adjustment!  She truly acts like another mommy!  They are already forming an awesome sister bond!



This guy sure loves his baby sister too! He's so kind and gentle with her!  If you wonder where Eli is, yes he loves her too but he's more in the camp of hardly even noticing she exists. If you know Eli, then you know that is just the way he is in general ;)







Now our sweet little princess is 1 month old!  She's getting more alert during the day and I just know that first smile is just around the corner and I can't wait!  She's pretty spoiled and get snuggled by someone for most of the day and she sure does love snuggling!  She takes forever to wake up and does not like it when we try to wake her up.  She's a little sleepy head much like her mommy!  

She is now right at 6 pounds. I really thought she was bigger but I guess I'm just getting used to how little she is.  She's under the 5th percentile for height and weight right now. I don't think that is too big of a deal right now as she was small to begin with and hopefully we will see her gain here soon.  She was induced early in the first place due to being small and not really growing in utero so it makes sense that she might take awhile to catch up on the outside too.  

She is still easily in newborn clothes and newborn diapers.  She is eating 3-4 ounces at a time now. She does struggle with eating as is typical for smaller, early babies. I'm hoping she outgrows that soon because right now she makes a huge mess.  She is doing pretty good at night so I really can't complain even if I am tired.  She sleeps a good 4-6 hours at at a time during the night.  We recently moved her into her own room as Peter was waking her up when he went to work in the morning so that has been a good transition.  

She is just beautiful and perfect and we adore her. She's been just the addition our family needed and I want to pinch myself because my family couldn't be anymore perfect!  We are blessed!  



Monday, August 18, 2014

Adjusting

I know I kind of left everyone hanging after my last post. As you can imagine, life with 4 kids is a bit busy!  We are full of adjustments and changes around here.  Life never seems to slow down. We came home rather sleep deprived and dove back into life with the kids and Peter went straight back to work. We had a coming home party and a Gotcha Day Party and loads of laundry to contend with. We had a stolen credit card, medical fees that shouldn't be, appointments we had been putting off until after the adoption along with several visitors who couldn't wait to meet our little miss.  It has all been kind of a blur. Newborn photos, post adoption social worker visits,  potty training, swim lessons, diving back into school. We truly jumped right back into life, but there isn't much choice when we already have a very busy family. I finally feel like we might be breaking back into a routine and hopefully the return of blogging will be soon to follow. 

I know I didn't share too much but we spent July 26th-August 7th in Florida.  Our sweet baby girl was born on July 28th weighing in at 5 lbs 6 ounces!  She has fit in perfectly with our family. I feel like all of our babies have been super easy and she is not any different and is so laid back. We were able to spend 3 days with her birth mother of time I will never forget.  It was a joy filled and heartbreaking time all at once.  We still talk almost daily with her birth mother and I hope we can continue to stay close. 


For now, know our life is more full of joy than ever before. My heart truly feels complete! I look at my beautiful family of 2 boys and 2 girls and I just feel so incredibly thankful and blessed.  God wrote the best story! The other kids have accepted Lillybelle into the family as if she has always been there!  You would never even know they are adjusting to a new sibling in the house.  Sabrina has done amazing with her new sister. I was very worried about her but she surprised me and just adores her baby sister!  She is also quite the little mama herself and loves to help me take care of Lillybelle.  This has been the smoothest transition for Peter and I too. We haven't fought or even really gotten frustrated with each other through this sleep deprivation.  I guess after 4 kids we just kind of know the routine.  Or maybe what they say is true, that 3 kids is the hardest and it is all smooth sailing after that.  We can hope! 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

8 Years

If you can't tell how on top of things I am right now, we celebrated 8 years of marriage last week!  This year looked totally different  than most anniversaries do.  Leading up to our anniversary we had ideas of a nice dinner and maybe a night at a hotel away from the kids and while our night was indeed spent at a hotel in a nice warm and sunny location away from the kids, it looked a bit different than we expected. 

Our day included a lot of this:



                                                                      Some of this:


                                         
                                                            A romantic dinner of this:




                                                             And a lot more of this:


I asked Peter if he ever imagined in a million years when he walked down the aisle with me 8 years ago that he might be spending his 8th anniversary in a hospital meeting his 4th child and he can safely say that no, he never predicted this one coming!  It was a long, exhausting, STRESSFUL day but there was certainly cause for celebration.  

Year 7 was a great year as Peter got a new and wonderful job and we welcomed our newest little bundle of love right at the tail end but it also had its difficulties.  I wouldn't say it was a "7 year itch" but for whatever reason the 7th year had new challenges as maybe there is something to be said for adjustments in marriages that come in the 7th year.  We still had a wonderful year and I couldn't imagine walking this road with anyone else.  We make one heck of a team!  As we move into year 8, our word for this year is "communication". For whatever reason, the longer we are married it is easier to make assumptions or be too busy to communicate.  So openly communicating with each other is of key importance.  Another priority is how we greet each other in the first couple minutes we are together whether in the morning or when Peter gets home from work.  Sometimes Peter has a frustrating day at work or I am busy and flustered from a day with the kids.  The way in which we greet each other truly does make a difference in how the next few hours go.  I know with just a few small changes this next year of marriage is going to be great!  Here's to another year!  It just keeps getting better! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Life Through My Phone

Summer always seems to end up ridiculously busy with not a moment to spare.  We've been really enjoying this summertime and I wanted to share a few snippets of the fun we've been having!

Our backyard is more than just a dirt pit this year, so while it still needs a lot of work, it's making great progress and has been a lot of fun for the kids!  



                                    These two!  I just love the relationship my little Irish twins have!



We've worked hard this summer on the boys staying in their beds and made good progress, but it doesn't keep us from sometimes finding this one in bizarre places.



We started another year of school. Yes, I know that is weird, but for our lifestyle I really think year round school will work better for us with 2 months on and 1 month off.  With expecting a baby here soon, we even pushed the start forward even more so I can have the flexibility of more time off if I need it.




                                                         Sabrina crashed a date night!


                                                       She was pretty excited about that




                                                           We took the kids free bowling!



                                                  It's boring to be patient and wait your turn!


                                                              Someone is very creative.....



                                           Still have a little bit of dirt left in the yard (for now)




We had a skunk in the backyard who was out even during the day.  So we had to hire someone to trap the thing for us.  I felt bad, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do!


 Malachi passed level 1 swim lessons.  I was so proud of him.  New experiences are very hard for him but he was brave and loved it and is even ready for more!




                   We had a very fun 4th of July weekend and my darlings were as adorable as ever!



It has been 4 years since we enjoyed 4th of July up at Peter's grandparents house.  We've always enjoyed that tradition and it was fun to finally get to share it with our kids.



It has been 6 months since we had been up to Seattle to see Uncle Andy so we figured it was high time to make a trip up there.  It was a very fun and nice weekend spent with family!




Hopefully there will be more blog posts to come here soon!  July is always our funnest and craziest month of the year!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

These Days

We had a crazy busy weekend of yard work this past week. Peter busted his behind the whole weekend to build me a wall! It is fun to see eye sores in the yard continue to transform into something nice!  The yard has been a huge project, but little by little we're making our way through the spaces and fixing them up!  

One such eyesore was in the corner of the yard.  We want to transform it into a wonderful garden space since it has full sun all day long. That was one of the first projects we wanted to accomplish this summer, even though we know we won't be able to plant the garden until next year. 





For whatever reason, I just loved the simplicity of this weekend.No commitments, just our little family enjoying summer in the backyard. The kids running around and "helping" daddy. It was really just a great time of watching our children who have grown so much since last summer!


                                            A snip it of hard work from last summer paying off!






                                                                It's a beautiful life!  

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Book Club!

These sweet boys love to read!



And this summer they are getting rewarded to do so (and Bina too!).  For these summer months, the boys have signed up for the Usborne Book Summer Reading program.  The goal is to read (or in this case for Mommy to read to them) at least 20 minutes per day for a total of at least 400 minutes of reading this summer!


I don't think anyone doubts the benefits of how important reading or being read to is for kids and we're taking more time out in the coming months to make sure and dig into some books.  The really cool thing about this is that the kids are able to ask for sponsors.  75% of their sponsorship will allow them to pick out books for themselves and the other 25% goes towards books for children in foster care.  If you would be interested in sponsoring the kids this summer as they try to meet their goal of 400 minutes of reading and allow them to pick out some really cool books at the end as a reward, shoot me an email at amymkeyser@gmail.com

Regardless of whether or not they get any sponsors, we've really been enjoying the summer reading program and the extra time we have to sit together and enjoy a fun book!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day

Today is Father's Day and I just have to say how blessed I am by the man that I get to raise my children with!  He is an incredible father who selflessly works so hard and does everything in his power for his family.  Not many people know this, but Peter puts in some serious hours at the office each week but still makes it home in time to eat dinner with his family and put them to bed. How does he do this? By getting up and going to work at 5 in the morning!  I think it takes a special kind of guy to make a sacrifice like that so he can spend time with his family!

As I did on Mother's Day, today I want to reflect on the first time I saw Peter hold each of his children.

The long awaited day came for us to go and pick Malachi up and while I was a total baby hog at first, he patiently waited for his turn and then I saw him totally become captivated by this little man.  Malachi and Peter have always had an incredible bond from day 1 and that has been fun to watch develop!  Peter was such a nervous daddy before we picked him up, worried about feeding him and changing diapers and such but got right in there and took charge like a boss! 



Peter really lived out his name meaning when Eli came along.  He was my "rock"!  He didn't hesitate for a moment to take charge of the situation when I was a huge hormonal mess that couldn't think straight. He never left Eli's side through those first few difficult hours and even road up to St Vincent's with him in the ambulance. This was a very scary time for Peter too but he held strong through it all and took really good care of me emotionally and physically and was there for Eli (and 9 month old Malachi) every second he could be.  I think Eli was about 2 days old before I let go of Eli long enough for him to get his hands on him, but I did eventually share.


And then there was the meeting with the princess! I don't care what he says, that little girl stole his heart from the first moment he saw her!  Her delivery was the smoothest of all the kids and I yet again, hogged her while Peter waited patiently to meet her.  But I know it was instant love at first sight!



For fun, I had the boys do an interview about their daddy today and these are the results with Malachi being 4 and Eli being 3. 


What is Daddy's favorite food?
Mal: Cookies
Eli: Strawberries

What is Daddy's favorite drink?
Mal: Water and Soda
Eli: Syrup

What is Daddy's favorite color?
Mal: Red and Blue
Eli: White

What is Daddy's name?
Mal: Daddy and Peter
Eli: Daddy

How tall is Daddy?
Mal: 2 feet
Eli:  White?!?

How much does daddy weigh?
Mal: 1234
Eli: no answer

What color is Daddy's hair?
Mal: Gray
Eli: Black

What color are Daddy's eyes?
Mal: Gray
Eli: White

What does Daddy do at work?
Mal: Works on his computer and does numbers.
Eli: nothing

What is Daddy's favorite thing to do?
Mal: Cook Dinner
Eli: Go to work

What is Daddy's favorite sport?
Mal: Soccer
Eli: I don't know

What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy?
Mal: Work outside
Eli: Play games, have tv, go shopping, play outside

Where does Daddy like to go?
Mal: Shopping
Eli: Toy store, outside, shopping

Why do you love Daddy?
Mal: Because I do
Eli: Because I love him.  Me love mommy too!