I AM BACK!!!! I am beating pregnancy anemia!!


Daniel, sitting on Caleb’s face.  Alan and I believe that is a true sign of love from a toddler, when they love you so much they want to sit on your face!  ; )

I am very proud to announce that the crash and gradual recovery of 2013 appears to have ended TODAY.  I am beating this pregnancy anemia.

This morning I woke up feeling like a real person again.  I have my energy back, and it feels so good!  Plus, all the problems that felt like the sky falling for the past week seem so much smaller now.

Even Caleb is finally better!  He went all night last night without a cough or any medication.  We were so relieved!


Isn’t it amazing how important physical well being is?  If your body’s not feeling right, nothing else really matters.  That makes me sad for my dad because I know his illness won’t just go away with a few iron pills a day.  I’m thinking about you and praying for you, Dad!

Isn’t it a pity that it has to be necessary to experience hard times?  But it really is necessary!  A person who has never had any problems is annoying, unable to relate to anyone else, and without compassion.

Even God can sympathize with us in the human perspective.  Jesus suffered things far worse than I hope to ever suffer, so we can pray to him knowing that he does understand our pain.


You know what else pregnant people are good at?  Recommending food!  This sounds simple, but if you want to make your tummy, body, and mouth really happy, you should eat a Caesar salad today.  That is my current favorite food (other than the chocolate chip oatmeal cookies I want so badly and haven’t had in sooooo long)  One key thing you mustn’t forget when putting together your Caesar salad is PEPPER–regular black pepper from your shaker.  Ya’ll this takes it to a whole other level.  Just ask Alan.  We went through a whole bag of it the other night at dinner, just the two of us.  That kit came with the pepper, but some don’t.  PLUS we added tomato, almonds, more Parmesan cheese, and Craisins.  So delicious.  You gotta try it.


“May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human enough hope to make you happy.”

Victor Hugo


Put on Your Big Girl Panties and Deal With It

As you can see, Daniel really loves chocolate pudding…

What parent doesn’t loathe whining?

ugh.  I got an earful of whining this morning since Joshua had to go to school and Caleb (still recovering from monstrous a cold) didn’t.  Joshua whined from the time he got out of bed until the time he buckled his seatbelt.  I was patient from 6:40 until 7:30, at which point I snapped and yelled at him….

…..so I will not do the same to you and whine about all of my little complaints.

I suppose it is time for me to just “put on my big girl panties and deal with it.” (And yes, my panties really are a bit more ‘big girl’ these days anyway).

A crazy thing happened today.  Spring finally showed up!  It’s a beautiful day outside.  It’s warm and sunny, and for the first time since I don’t remember, you don’t have to put on a coat to walk to the mailbox.  HURRAY!!!!

I had not thought of one side effect to this…

My watermelon belly can no longer be hidden behind my coat.  I really wasn’t thinking much about this until I went to the park to pick up Joshua and stumbled into my park friends, who are not used to seeing me without my coat on.   with my current belly size.

One of them said, “April, how big are your babies?”
“9 pounds…..”
“When are you due again?”
“June what?”  drat.  (If I just say June, maybe they will think early June and be less amazed..)
“June 19”  (It’s not a lie.  That is the c-section date.  I plan on having this baby by June 19!)

Oy.   There’s really no way around it.  There will be LOTS and lots of comments, shocked faces, and feeling like a freak show for the next 72 days.  I might as well go ahead and embrace the bump.  So don’t feel like you are walking on eggshells with me about my belly (or even the ever expanding width of my booty…)  You can say whatever you like.  It’s here to stay for a while, and there isn’t a thing I can do about it, so who cares.  Bring on the stares!

……By the way, it turns out that pregnant women really do have exercise limitations.

I signed up for a fitness at the park class, and the first session was Friday.  I did enjoy the class, but –o wow– the backs of my legs have been killing me ever since.  In fact, they seem to be getting worse rather than better.  The instructor did warn me to be careful with the stretching b/c ligaments in pregnancy tend to be more flexible and you can overdo it.  Well, what ever there was to overdo, let me tell ya, it was overdone.

On a more positive note, I have most of my energy back.  I feel worlds better than last week.  Now if only I could get my house to magically clean itself.  My legs hurt so bad I don’t even want to think about picking up all of Daniel’s toys…

Okay, really, no whiny April.  Let me go see what I can get done!  Everything is such a mess, I should really take before and after pictures!  And maybe some Tylenol.

This pregnancy stuff will all be over soon, and in the end we will have another one of these little guys.  Then it will all be worth it.  : )
Funny Quote of the Day:
Me:  Joshua, you have such a pretty face.  Don’t people at school tell you what a pretty face you have?
Joshua:  No!
Me:  Cute face?
J:  No.
Me:  Handsome?
J:  No.
Caleb:  Except his friends!  They call him a princess.
J:  What!  No!
I guess not everyone will see the humor in that, but we thought Caleb was hilarious, though we didn’t say so at the time.  ; )



Tired Parenting

The boys, all geared up for the daily *freezing cold* walk to school
Oh.  I look like this?  That’s kind of hilarious, and I still have 2 months of growing left!?

As I’ve mentioned recently, the arrival of Spring ushered in a much busier phase of life for us, as for many parents of children involved in spring sports!  All the busy-ness has left me feeling crazy tired and more pregnant than ever.  I’m definitely starting to walk a little slower!

  Right now Alan is briskly going around tidying up, now that the boys are in bed, and it makes me tired just watching him.  My time card is punched, though.  I am done for the evening.  My feet are up, I’ve got my water here, and it’s only a matter of time before I fall asleep blogging.  : )
  Did you know that tired parents don’t always make the best decisions?  It was kind of sad what we did to poor Caleb today.  Caleb had his very first soccer game of the season.  I knew he had a little cold because he woke up the whole house coughing and gagging on mucus last night.  This morning he was moving a bit slow, but Caleb is always rather nonchalant, so I didn’t think anything of it.  We suited him up, bright and early, and took him out in the 44 degree, windy weather for the first game of the season.  (Don’t bother scrolling down.  Tired parents don’t carry around cameras.)
  The game got off to a roaring start, with many of our team players really showing some skill!  Caleb…..was a little less motivated.  He kind of jogged along behind the other players, occasionally he half-heartedly kicked the ball, and a couple of times he said, “I’m kind of bored with this now.  Can we go?”  But it didn’t click.  We just didn’t get it.
   On the way home, we had a light bulb moment.  Alan told Caleb he could choose anything he wanted for lunch in honor of his first big game.  Wow!  This should’ve been exciting.  Joshua was in his seat saying, “McDonald’s!  McDonalds!”  which turned to “What!  This isn’t fair!”  when Caleb, once his idea of lunch at Disney World was rejected, said, “Let’s just eat at home.  I’m really not hungry.”
   We always know when our kids turn down food that we have a problem.  We agreed on a temperature-checkin’ once we got home:  verdict:  100 degrees.  That poor kid.  We felt so bad for taking him out, in the cold, to play soccer with a fever!  (We did buy Joshua some McDonald’s food anyway.  Once the ibuprofen took full affect, Caleb had some nuggets and chocolate milk too.)
  Other big news:  Daniel moved up to his very own twin-size big boy bed, so that we could move the convertible crib into the new nursery.    He was really excited, as were his brothers.  I actually did get photos of that.
Gotta love those chunky little legs!  The blanket is a hand-me down from brothers.  I plan to fully theme out his room this week in sports balls.  I have a lot of stuff.  I just need to pull it all together.


I got a new haircut.  I LOVE my hairdresser here.  Of course, when I’m styling my hair myself it won’t look as good as when she did it.  Yes, I realize my belly looks super high in this picture.  I am a short-waisted person!!


Daniel loves his ball painting by Nonna.

Funny Things Kids Say:
   Caleb is so happy that being sick means he doesn’t have to go to church tomorrow.  Joshua’s prayers tonight went something like this:  “Dear God, Tomorrow we get to go to your house, but Caleb is so lucky, because he doesn’t have to go to your house.  I want to get to stay home too, but they are going to make me go anyway.  And baseball is getting more fun now, especially when we’re going to get to beat other teams.  Amen.”
  Joshua had baseball pictures this morning.  When he and Alan got home I heard Joshua tell Alan, “Can I keep my baseball clothes on?  Because I look so cool in them.”
   I thought it was so adorable this morning when Caleb came downstairs and said, “I can’t find my cweats.”  (cleats)  I thought it was so cute, I kept thinking up ways to make Caleb say “cweats”.   Tired parents are also easily entertained.  
   I should really go get some sleep tonight!!  
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