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This week’s quotes of the week (QOTW):
In answer to, “What are you looking forward to with a new baby?” the kids answered:
“The baby will wake up every time we flush the toilet.” – Clare
“I’m worried there won’t be enough leftovers.” – Anna-Laura
“Um, do you think we’re getting to be TOO big?” AND “Does this mean we have to give up our room?” – Will
“Everything! Except diapers. Anna-Laura has to change those.” – John Paul
“I be the big brudda!” – Luke
I’m still laughing.
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Picking out clothes for family pictures stresses me out. I had mostly good mojo going for me yesterday while I shopped. That is, until I tried on what I got for me. Um, somebody forgot her pregnant belly can’t be sucked in anymore. That and the fact that I accidentally picked up “boot cut skinny jeans.” What are those? Those are called returns. I sure hope Shannon makes us look good. I’m counting on it. This was us last year.
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In baby news, my 12-week appointment was this week. We saw a beautiful baby on the ultrasound screen, moving, heart beating (fast, 174bpm!) and growing right on target. After Luke’s IUGR (growth restriction diagnosis), that was such welcome news. Thank you, so much, for all your sweet words of support and congratulations.
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Speaking of babies, you got my heart earlier this week on the blog about our decision to have six children. It’s never easy putting yourself out there, nor admitting your shortcomings, but I hope that in sharing it, we all realize what a personal decision it is to bring new life into the world. John Paul seems to think I’m up for 12 more babies. I love the optimism. I really, really do.
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Love and logic is kicking into high gear at Team Whitaker. I’ve mentioned before how hard parenting gets as the kids get older. The physical part gets easier, but oh my, the “using your brain part?” Yeah, that’s kicking my tail. I’m not even sure I can recall the number of times I’ve said, “I love you too much to argue with you” or “I’m sorry, I’m unavailable to visit with you until you’re ready to be kind.” It’s so hard, the shaping and molding and being patient. I just keep thinking that I’m really screwing up the middle school years because I can’t keep my mouth shut or because I feel the need to fix things. Then, there’s the moments when you catch glimpses of hope. I guess the bottom line is that we’re all doing it wrong, we just hope that tomorrow we do less stuff wrong and more stuff right.
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The Mr. has a birthday this weekend. He always insists that I don’t raise the roof, so we decided to have a date day instead. He’s taking off work one day next week when all the kids are in school and we’re going to enjoy a day together – just us! I cannot wait. Honestly, I don’t think we’ve ever done that. See, it IS possible for me not to decorate a dessert table for a birthday!
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I’m so excited about next week. Last year, I shared a week in my life, day-by-day, inspired by the talented and funny Melissa Culbertson. For me, while it was fun to read about other people’s lives, I really loved reflecting on how our family lives, what we love and how it might appear to other people. I am forever grateful for this snapshot into our life from last year and I am really looking forward to doing the same again this year. Week in my life starts bright and early Monday morning! I’ll be posting at the end of each evening, so if you subscribe to the blog via email, you should see the post sitting in your inbox the next morning. It’s exciting stuff. Here’s a pic from last year. I know, you can’t wait.
Have a lovely weekend, y’all! Thanks for hosting, Jen.