Sunday, December 16, 2012

After a long blog sabbatical...


Words can simply not express how busy my life is right now.  I hardly even have time to spend with my babies, let alone write about our lives.  But it hit me the other day, that I need to make this more of a priority because I really do appreciate having a chronicle of the kids' and my life.  So I'll be backdating some posts about the past 7 months.

So what's up with our clan:
Me: I've been working like crazy.  I have had to leave my infusion job in favor of my labor and delivery job.  I work nearly full-time.  I really, really enjoy this work.  I'm still teaching childbirth education to parents monthly.  I've been maintaining my weight loss pretty well.  I've kept up on my running and keeping my exercise program new by adding in some strength training.  School is insane. INSANE.  I have finished one year of my program though!  One year down, one and a half to go.  Starting in January, I will begin my clinical fellowship at a very large hospital in Cincinnati.  I was extremely lucky to get that position as they only accept one student midwife.  So overall, I'm just trying to keep my head above water.

Brandon: Is busy with work.  A promotion and more responsibility mean more time spent at work.  We also have done some serious redecorating of our house and he has been busy at home.  

Nathan: Is amazing.  Kindergarten has been treating him so well.  He is doing amazing at school.  He is learning so much every day.  Sight words and sound structures are teaching him the foundation of reading.  He is making friends at school which is so exciting.  I recently had his yearly evaluation and he is in the direct middle of the class academically.  They are actually refusing to retest him because they don't think that he will score on the autism spectrum anymore.  I'm ok with that, because I think he needs to continue his speech therapy for the social connection skills.

Gavin: Is growing bigger every day.  His vocabulary is so far advanced.  He really is into sports and I plan to start him in soccer this spring.  Both boys are not potty trained yet.  We made an attempt a little while ago, but both were just not ready.  We are going to make another attempt after the holidays.

Kai: His speech has exploded.  Speech therapy has helped him so much, I am just amazed at how far he has come.  He is so sweet and loves to cuddle.  Both boys are now sleeping in their own beds (all the boys share a room) and are out of mom and dad's bedroom which is such a huge change for us!!

Lucy: Has gone through some sickness and we really don't even know why.  She wasn't able to keep food down for nearly a month and has lost a considerable amount of weight.  She seems to be on the mend now, so we are trying to pack some weight back on her.  She likes that part!

All in all, we are busy and overwhelmed.  The kids are looking forward to Christmas and I am looking forward to May of 2014 when I can be done with school stress.  But in light of recent events in Connecticut, I'm just so thankful to have my three babies health and happy and rolling around on the floor at my feet as I type this. 

Posts to come: Christmas 2012
                        New Year's celebrations and resolutions
                        Starting my clinical fellowship

Saturday, November 3, 2012

My first half marathon

At the start of my very first half marathon.  I was so nervous! But so excited too.  It was cold and early and dark.  I felt like I had prepared the best that I could, months and months of training starting all the way back to my Couch to 5K.  I was ready!
My bib number.  I thought it was a good sign that the number had 8s in it.  8 is my lucky number!
There could not have been a more beautiful setting for this race.  Downtown Indianapolis is so pretty.
Taken at the start.  Dawn was approaching and we were ready to run!

At the finish.  This was such a powerful moment for me.  Nathan ran out to greet me.  I was already in tears for the final 1/2 mile because it was setting in that I was actually doing it.  I was finishing what I started.  But when I saw Brandon and the boys with their adorable signs and big smiling faces, I lost it.  Nathan running to me was just the icing on the cake.  It was an amazing day for me.
Proud with my medal. 

My sweet boys with their sign.  This was what I saw at the finish. 

The other side of the sign.  I DID IT. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

First day of Kindergarten!

 Nathan really enjoys having his picture taken. Can you tell?  :)
 Stepping onto the school bus for the first time!

 The night before Kindergarten. We went to meet with his teacher and tour his classroom.
 Classroom.  Such a fun place for him to spend his days. 
My sweet, big boy!

Love train

The boys and their wagon on the way home from the park. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012


 In July, Brandon and I took our first real vacation since having our boys.  We went to Las Vegas for 3 nights.  We had an amazing time.  Mostly spent by the pool with drinks in hand. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Letter to my 5 year old son

Dear Nathan,

Happy 5th birthday sweetheart!  I can't believe that you are 5 years old.  You are finishing up your second year of preschool and are attending Kindergarten next year!  Getting so big.

Do you see this smile?  This smile lights up my day, everyday.  You have such a pure heart.  You love to see other people happy.  I love to see you happy.  You get so excited about simple things that sometimes it makes me pause to think about life and what it really means. You love apple juice and spaghetti.  You love peanut butter and jelly and popcorn.  Movie night is your favorite night of the week.  You like to clean up the living room and pull out pillows and blankets and have us all cuddle together to watch your favorite movies.  You love Monsters, Inc. and Cars.  Finding Nemo is another favorite as long as I fast forward through the beginning.  :)

Playing outside is the highlight of your day.  You love running around with Lucy and playing with your cars outside.  I'm so glad that spring is here and you get to run and play again.  School is going so well.  You are doing amazing things.  You are starting to recognize words and their sounds.  You are learning to use scissors and are getting so much better at drawing things.  You still see the speech therapists at school and you'll see them next year too.  Although your speech is 100% better, we are now working on learning how to communicate with others and reading body language and facial emotions.  You get better everyday! 

You love playing with the iPad.  There are several apps that you enjoy and ask to play it all the time.  We love watching you learn and grow up.  You are so independent.  You sleep on your own and you try to help out with your brothers.  You three are so close and it makes me a little teary to see you all playing together.  You have your fair share of fights too, but that is what brothers are for! 

You are 44 inches tall and 40.2lbs.  You are going to be taller than me before we know it.  I love you so much Nathan.  I think about that day 5 years ago when you were born.  You changed my life for the better and I'm so happy I'm your mom. 



Interview with a 5 year old, Nathan Cole:

What is your name? Nathan!! Cole!!

How old are you? 5! Mom! I'm 5!

Who is your best friend? Gavy

What is your favorite food? Peanut butter and jelly

What is your favorite animal? A zebra

What is your favorite color? Blue

What is your favorite movie? Finding Nemo

Who is your favorite person? Daddy

Who are your brothers? Gavy and Kai

What does mommy do? Mommy works at work.

What does daddy do? He makes peanut butter and jelly for me.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Nathan.  I want to be a Nathan.  (I love this answer.) 

What do you love?  Mommy.  I love you too Nathan, I love you too.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Fun times in Chicago!

We had a great time visiting our friends, Sara and Joe in Chicago this April.  Good fun, good drinks, and good times. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012