Sunday, October 18, 2009

Time Flies...

Wow, is all I can say it has been so long since I have taken the time to sit and type a post! I was doing so good and then... the kids were home and a summer with all 3 kids was a little more than I expected. Then school started up and we are trying to get into the grove of things!

First we are all alive and well, we have had a few illnesses and things but nothing major. Nathan is in second grade and doing great. He really enjoys school. Knock on wood we can only pray it stays that way! He is doing coach pitch baseb
all again with Brent as his coach. He is really enjoying that! Emeri continues to be great on the medical front which we are so grateful for. She started Kindergarten and is loving it. She has made some really cute friends and has Mrs Berkley
who was Nathan's kindergarten teacher
as well. She is doing amazing in school and loves to show of her new talent... reading! Addison has learned to crawl, loves to play with her brother and sister and chats to us often. She is still such a sweet laid back easy going little girl. She knows how to get
her self attention when ever we are out from strangers! Brent is enjoying work and has had some opportunities to travel for "work" if you consider golfing and eating out! I am just trying to keep sane and enjoy the kids!! We are excited for Halloween and a quick trip to Utah for Uncle Adam's wedding. (Well Brent, Addison and
I the other's are
staying at a friends house!) Any way here are some pictures of the kids and some of the fun we had over the summer! I promise if any one cares I will be better at updating!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Summer, Summer, summer

I feel like I am in the High School Musical 2 movie... in the beginning as they watch the clock and all start to chant "Summer, Summer, Summer..." I won't break into song because that would just be pathetic.  (Yes I know that it is already pathetic that I know any lines from High School Musical, but I have Emeri to thank for that!)  But I am so excited for summer to start.  Emeri was done with school last Friday and Nathan will be finished on Thursday.  I am ready not to set my alarm, or to have to wake the girls to take him to school or wake Nathan up for that matter.  Brent keeps reminding me that after a couple of days home I will be kicking my self for this wish.  But we have some fun things planned.   We have swim lessons, Science camp, baseball camp, dance and a visit from Aunt Kim to keep us busy.  Plus when Brent has every other Friday off we can try and do some fun family activities.  

I am grateful that both Emeri and Nathan have had such wonderful teachers this year and are both sad to see the school year end.  I hope that they don't ever loose that excitement about school.  I know it is bound to happen but I will hold onto it as long as I can!  

So watch out pools, here we come we are ready for the heat and humidity, bring on the fighting!!  It is going to be a great summer!  (Maybe if I can keep my good attitude it will stay that way?  It is worth a shot right?)

Enjoy your summer every one!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Nathan

Nathan James Beitler turns 7 years old today. I remember starting labor Thursday night. Brent had gone to play basketball at our church and I started having some labor pains. He was 3 days past due. Finally on Saturday May 18, 20o2 at 11:20 a.m he was born. It was a very long and hard labor but well worth it! He has been such a joy to have in our family. He has the biggest heart, is very respectful, loves and worries about every one. What a blessing he has been to us as parents and to his sisters! He wants to go to Chucky Cheese tonight with our family then he is excited to have a friend birthday party at Pump It Up on Saturday. We love you bubby!! Hope that you have a great day!

Love Mom, Dad, Emeri & Addison

PS: I will post pictures as soon as I can get back to my regular computer! I wanted to do my favorites over the years!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy...

We blessed Addison the last weened in March.  We were able to have Grandma Beitler and Grandpa Sagers fly down and share in this special weekend.  We had lots of fun and the kids as always love to have family visit.  Addison did so well, she got a little fussy before the blessing and as soon as Daddy took her up there she fell right asleep.  She did great!  

Grandpa Sagers, Mom, Addison, Emeri & Nathan

Grandma Beitler, Emeri, Nathan, Mom, Addison, Daddy
Emeri, Addison & Nathan

Then a few days later Addison and I were off to Utah.  It was a very fast, busy trip but lots of fun.  We surprised Grandma & Grandpa Sagers who had no idea we were coming!  We were able to see lots of family, attend the annual Bevan's Easter Egg party, spend time with the White's/Sagers family and even have time for Aunt Kim and I to get a pedicure and do a little shopping.  Unfortunately she came home stuffy and with a little cough.  Brent had some quality time with the kids, they went to the movies, and to a party.  It was nice to visit but I sure missed them!

On Tuesday we leave again for Florida this is a trip we have been looking forward to for a long time.  We are meeting all of Brent's family there.  It will be fun, we are going to hit Disney World for a day and possibly even going to Sea World there.  It will be so good to see Brian's family who we rarely get to see.  We are so excited.  

We are gearing up for Easter this Sunday with a church Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow and enjoying Good Friday off with the kids and Brent home today.  Nathan will start Flag football when we get home from Florida and Emeri will be doing indoor soccer.  Life continues to be busy for us, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  I am grateful that Emeri is doing so well, health wise.  What blessings we have been given!  We continue to be involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Emeri is currently the Honored Hero for her school's Pennies for Children where they collect change to donate and she has been asked to be the honored teammate again for the TNT Cycle team this fall.  

We will update more when we get back from Florida I am excited to be able to do rides with the kids this time and not being pregnant!  I hope that we just don't hit another major tropical storm this time.  Emeri was sad to learn we were going to Florida at first because she said that it rains to much, I told her we should have better luck this time!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Addison's 2 Month Check Up...

We had Addison's 2 month old check up this morning.  Well to quote the Dr "she is an over achiever!"  She is now 14 lbs 10 oz and 23 1/2 inches long.  She is in the 90% for her age!  She looked good over all and got 3 shots!  She didn't think that was very much fun and cried for a little while.  She is sleeping soundly now, Nathan or Emeri didn't have any problems with their Vaccines so I hope and pray that she doesn't as well.  It was funny, Nathan had to leave the room while our own Jr. doctor had to watch the whole time!  Yes, I think Emeri definitely has a future in medicine.  Any way the kids have enjoyed spring break although we haven't done much.  Brent has tomorrow off so maybe with the long weekend we will do something fun!  One thing I have learned from this week off with all 3 home... it is going to be a long summer!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Lil' Rustlers Rodeo

For those of you who know the Houston Rodeo is a big deal here in Texas.  It runs almost the whole month of March.  Some of the biggest names in rodeo come to compete they have famous performers do concerts every night and they have a large carnival that runs as well.  It is a lot of fun.  So when the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society asked if Emeri would like to participate in the Lil' Rustlers Rodeo of course we said yes.  Not really knowing what to expect we headed down on Wed.  But before of course Emeri and Nathan had to look the part.  I went and got them some authentic cowboy boots and hat!  Oh they looked so cute!  Any way it was a rodeo for children who face or have faced special circumstances.  They pair them up with a Cowboy or Cowgirl either on the committee or that participates in the rodeo.  Then they headed to the floor to have a mini rodeo.  Emeri had a blast, she was so cute and very brave.   They had bucking bronco's, bucking bulls, a petting zoo, real horses you could ride.  She even got her picture up on the jumbo screen!  After we got to stay and watch the real rodeo.  It was a lot of fun and both kids passed out on our way home!    

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Honeymoon Phase

Well the honeymoon phase is over for me. I still think that Addison is a great baby, but the lack of sleep has really caught up with me. Brent has been a trooper and lets me go to bed while she has her awake time before bed and get a little extra sleep. It has been really hard for me to nap while Emeri is in preschool, I feel like there are so many errands to be run, or house to be cleaned and it is just easier when I just have her. Then the kids come home and I feel like I need to give them attention and napping with them by my self really isn't an option. So there you have it lack of sleep! Ugh, I am not a happy person when I don't feel like I get enough sleep. I know that this to shall pass. It is just a painful process!

Nathan got to be star student of the week this week. We made a fun poster for him with pictures from when he was a baby, vacations we have taken and sports he has played! He was really excited.

Emeri is still my second mother of the house. I am trying to be understanding and not loose my patients when she questions every thing I do and wants to know why I did it. She loves to pick out Addison's outfits, Pj's and bows, smothers her with kisses and hugs. I have to remember that it could be the opposite, she could really not like her and be mean! So yes, I am trying to count my blessings!

Brent ran a 1/2 marathon this weekend with his friend Nate. It was in Austin so I had all 3 kids to myself overnight for the first time. Lets just say that didn't help the no sleep issue. Emeri was up and wanted to be in our bed which then Addison kept waking her up. Yup a vicious cycle! But he did good, I can't imagine running any miles and he didn't really train and ran 13 + miles! They were supposed to do the full marathon but his friends knee was bothering him, so they decided to do the 1/2 instead.

Other than that we are doing good, trying to stay healthy although every one I talk to is sick!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Two Weeks Old

Yesterday was Addison's 2 week birthday. What a difference two weeks make! I feel like we are adjusting to having a little one in our house, Aunt Kim left on Saturday and Brent went back to work yesterday. My first official day of being on my own. My recovery is going well, though different. I feel like I can do most things for my self and each day it gets a little better. I go back on Thursday so that Dr Westmoreland can look at the incision and I hope and pray that I get the all clear to drive. That has been a really hard thing, which to be honest there isn't many places I would go but just knowing that I can if I wanted to!!

Thanks to the neighbors and friends who have adopted my children this week, taking them to and from school dance and other activities has been a huge help, thank you so much!! We have had many yummy dinners and Kim made and put stuff in the freezer, just one less thing to worry about! What a relief! You guys rock! I have such a wonderful support system and friends!

Other than that it is a lot of changing diapers, feedings and sleeping for Addison, Brent has had his hands full after work playing with the kids out side and getting them ready for bed! I am sure we will settle on a routine soon, and I am excited to join the out side world at some point!

On a different note, we had a neighbor come over and take some pictures of the kids, I will post some since the other pictures we had of Addison were not all that good! Thanks again Kathy & Mark you did a wonderful job and it was so nice not to have to leave our house with her!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Addison Claire Beitler

We are happy to announce the birth of Addison Claire Beitler. She was born on Monday January 19, 2009 at 11:41 a.m. She weighed 9lbs 08 oz and was 20 1/2 inches long. She is a great baby. We are enjoying her being home and the kids love and adore her. Here are some pictures...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Monday Jan 19, 2009 How does that sound?

We just got back from my appointment and the little stinker is still breach. Despite my attempts to turn it. I have put frozen veggies on my belly, hung upside down off the ironing board, hung down the stairs & crawled on the floor. With no avail, the baby is still breach.

So the plan is on Monday around noon to attempt an aversion/induction/c-section. I am going to go into her office before we head to the hospital and she is going to estimate the size of the baby. If the baby is over 10 lbs we are going to head straight to a c-section. I just don't have any interest in delivering over a 10 lbs baby!

So I have to hear back from her for sure, she is waiting on the hospital to confirm the day and time if not Monday then definitely Tues. So there it is. I am glad that I have had some time to process this all. Thank you to all of you who have given me your stories and for your support! I am actually feeling better about the idea of a c-section. Recovery after Nathan was really hard and lasted about 6 weeks, so the 3 week recovery sounds much better at this point!

We will keep you all informed!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Baby Beitler # 3 News

For those of you who don't know my pregnancy history I am going to give you a little lesson. When I was pregnant with Nathan they told me that I measured so big with him because I was carrying enough fluid for twins and they let me go 5 days over my due date. When he was born he weighed 11 lbs 0 oz and was 21 inches long. I had some complications with him after delivery and when I got pregnant with Emeri I was scared to have the same issue. We came up with a plan that at 36 weeks or my last month we would do an ultrasound to determine the size of the baby and go from there. Well at 36 weeks they guesstimated that she was 7 lbs. They induced me the next week at 37 weeks and she was 8 lbs 6 oz and 21 inches long.

That brings us to baby #3. Again I told my Dr that I have big babies and asked for the same "game plan" as we had for Emeri. Yesterday was my 36 week appointment, we did an ultrasound they have guesstimated that this baby is 8 lbs 4 oz. Yes, if you know they usually say that babies during their last month can put on up to 1 lbs a week. But here is the catch, the baby is breach! So the Dr wants to see me next week to see if the baby has flipped or if she can flip the baby but that also means we are looking at over a 9 lbs baby. If they can't flip the baby or it doesn't flip it self we are looking at a C-section. I have never had one and to be honest never really thought I would. It isn't the most ideal for me and I am a little scared. I know that I can deliver a 9+ lbs baby, I have done it before, not ideal either, but do able.

So here is my plea, if you have ever had a breach baby, or a c-section I would love to hear your take on things. I have done lots of research on the Internet on how to flip your baby the natural way. So far all I have tried is to soak in a bath and see if that works. Unfortunately I couldn't get the bath high enough to immerse my belly in! (Yes I am that big) Next I have heard of putting a frozen bag of veggies on the top of your belly to see if that will help the baby flip, lying on the ironing board upside down propped up against the couch... Any way, I will keep you all up to date of any of these crazy ideas work or what they have to say next week!