Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Update on The Astleys

This is a picture Alex took.  We are now actually down to about 2 and a half weeks. Kaitlyn has run out of room.  We are all ready for her arrival--at this point we feel as if it is hanging over our heads. People keep telling me the time will go by fast--in some ways it is and in some ways it isn't.
My doctor says that walking is good so I try to do it from time to time.  Yesterday was Jacob's birthday so he took off at 3:00, went with me to pick up the boys from school (which was a big surprise for them), and then we went to a park.  The park has a ton of walking trails and it is just so beautiful.  The temperature was perfect and a cool breeze was blowing.  I walked on one of the trails with Jacob and the boys for a while.  We went to the look out spot and I stayed there while Jacob took the boys hiking up the hill.  I watched them all hiking together, getting farther away, and thought about how blessed I am.  When they  got to the top of the hill Logan turned and waved, then they came back to me.  The boys wanted to keep hiking/walking so Jacob took them and I found a picnic table where I sat, enjoyed the cool breeze, and waited for them to come back. I really enjoyed it.  We came home and I made fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and biscuits for dinner (its one of Jacob's favorite meals).  We gave Jacob a card game he has been wanting and also got him a new Texas Rangers hat he has mentioned wanting for his birthday.  It was a good afternoon/evening.

We have been busy trying to get things ready for Kaitlyn's arrival--packing, making lists, cleaning, getting all of her little things ready for her arrival, getting things ready for the boys, etc.  We have a lot of lists and a lot to do.  My body hurts and it takes me 3 times longer  to do something than it used to. We are trying to stay caught up with all of the boys' homework and Alex's therapies and extra work from speech and reading class.  I realized yesterday that I am not Super Mom and I can't do it all. Logan informed me that his teacher tested him on sight words and he didn't know them all because I haven't worked with him on them.  He is right.  I completely forgot about the sight words.  I felt horrible!  So much attention goes towards Alex and all of his extra needs and getting ready for Kaitlyn.  The whole "Middle child" thing came to mind.  I talked to Logan and he, of course, told me it was okay.  I talked to his teacher and she said that he knew half of the sight words, which is more than a lot of the kids knew. She acted like it was no big deal and was very understanding.  I was upset about it and Jacob said, "The fact that you care and you're upset about it proves that you're a good mom."  Have I mentioned that I love that man!  LOL  We are hoping that once we get Kaitlyn home we can develop a new schedule and routine and get everything done that needs to be done.We have already decided that once a month Jacob will take the boys to the park or out for ice cream, etc. and once a month I will do the same with the boys so they get a little extra attention.  Jacob has even mentioned taking the boys to do things on their own that they like--taking Alex to an arcade or taking Logan bug hunting, etc. The boys are actually excited about Kaitlyn--they rub my tummy and kiss it and say they love Kaitlyn. All I know is that she is going to have two awesome big brothers.

Now we're just waiting to get her here.

Until next time . . .

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