(this is the ultrasound from last month where we found out the sex)
I just got back from my OB/GYN today and ALL IS WELL!
No infections (for once)
Blood Pressure- good
Babies heartbeat- good
My tummy weighing in the right size-good
My triple screening for neuro defects and down syndrome came back- negative
(I have been able to stay about a 4 pound weight gain this entire pregnancy...but now it is 10- AAAH!!! that is even with the stomach flu in ONE month)
Since this could very possibly be my last pregnancy I was determined to take cute belly pictures every month for records sake...however, my belly is not cooperating this pregnancy.
The baby is really carrying high this time, my upper stomach is ball round... but that leaves the left over belly from the boys with nothing to fill down below (you get my drift..sorry guys) so tummy pictures are not quite there yet. I KNOW it will all fill in...but I will wait for that before publishing! So for now you get little Miss Dacie...who ran in and said...."look mommy! I have a baby in my tummy!"
Here is the official document from the ultrasound tech telling us what sex we were having (it was sealed in an envelope!)
Before Dacie even found out we were having a boy I kept asking her, "don't you want a sister to play with?" and she kept responding "no, a brother." I figured she was inspired or knew she would not have to share her toys...or that she would get her own room as a teenager...or that she solidified princess status! ha ha ha
Ryland's first soccer season is over We brought our last snacks (yogurt) and said our final farewells to our coach and team NOT before we had some soccer cupcakes and they received their first beloved trophies!!!! Go RYLAND!
SO the other day Sterling comes to me and says, "Mom it is time for me to have new shoes." Thinking that he was growing tired of his 'favorite' pair (really) and just wanted a new style I told him, "the ones you have work just fine Sterling." To which he replied, "BUT MOM, they have a hole all the way through the bottom." Thinking to myself, that as a really good mom I think I would have noticed that I said, "no they don't I have not seen the hole...bring them to me." This is what he brought to me... pictures below. Needless to say we went out the next day and got him some (since it was raining).
I am an old woman who lived in a shoe who had so many children she did not know what to do!
Besides the picking of the pumpkins, we collected the last of our garden as it has slowly turned brown and froze in the evenings.
These products were the main producing "veggies of our labors" this year from our garden.
We have enough really HOT peppers to make some serious kickin' salsa...but no one really likes that. So we add a tip here and there to some chili and bar-b-q them for a kick at dinner.
In fact, one night, Dan paid each of the kids to eat the seeds, a quarter a seed. We got some serious tears that evening...the thing is, even though the sibling did it right before them they would still try it...I guess our kids are desperate for money!!
So anyone have any use for some SERIOUS hot peppers?
or cool recipes?
Now the cherry tomatoes.... I could plant a whole garden of them and fill my mouth with those "bursts of joy"!!!You could find me all summer long picking em' straight off the vine and filling my mouth-they were soo much better then the store boughten kind. The sad thing is you can go through allot in a little time.
This little bowl of them took allot of my willpower to leave around for about 2 days! Dan was a little possessive of them (rightfully so as he did a majority of the gardening this year) We will miss you garden...what
happened to your friends the squash and zucchini, they let us down?
OK so I have learned the through the school of hard knocks that sickness is a BIG part of childhood, and "nursing" those sick children is an ABSOLUTE part of motherhood. I have resigned myself to the fact, accepted it, and have made the best of it. We have our little systems down (a saved small mattress in the bathroom when the puking starts, and an on-hand bucket), I always keep a stock of certain necessities on hand. I feed my children vitamins, and probiotics. I look for the "natural" methods. But I also keep them vaccinated and well checked with the doctor.I sterilize water bottles, towels, bedding, toys and always have a can of Lysol on hand. So I feel like I do my part to keep "what comes what may", at bay.
BUT after last night I am throwing my arms in the air " I SURRENDER!!!"
Colton came down with the swine flu about 2.5 weeks ago. He just went back to school full-time at the beginning of this week. Not only does the virus last long BUT it is the "other" things that come with it that take longer to fix. He ended up with a double ear infection, losing about 9 pounds and losing all motivation to do ANYTHING.
I had to spoon feed him most meals and made sure he drank. I stripped his sheets, bathed him, changed his pj's...and so on. I have not missed a medication, given him medications he did not want, and blown noses and cleaned up coughing vomit more than I would like to mention.The problem is there are 3 other kids to tend while he is sick!
Unfortunately, my sister probably picked up the virus from being around him and she has absolutely been "out of commission" for over 2 weeks, and still sounds AWFUL~ She will probably be out the rest of this month. I can't be around her at all. I feel so bad....
She has been my 'life-line" in regards to childcare this last year. Dans parents are close but both work full-time and are going to help with a new niece being born in a week or 2 (they cannot risk getting sick) So with out family-any form of reprieve I use to receive with my kids has been gone. I have had one of them attached at my hip AT ALL TIMES- shopping, going to the bathroom, meals, helping at the school,most drs. appointments, etc. and I can't ask anyone else to babysit because I cannot spread the germs. I have been on house arrest with grouchy kiddos.
On top of Coltons sickness, Sterling came down with the stomach bug, it was swift but violent. He has since contracted another form of it at the other end...as well as Dacie.
I came down with a milder form of the swine flu this last week and have just felt "off" with a pounding headache. I think my vaccine may have kicked in...BUT there is NOT MUCH I can take for reprieve in regards to pain. Dan has really done THE BEST he can with helping when he is home. He cannot take off too much work b/c he pays our mortgage and after a certain amount of sick days he is on leave without pay. We HAVE to make it work.
I felt better yesterday then I have in a LONG time. So I went to town bleaching the entire house!!! It needed some good cleaning. In fact, I bleached the skin off my knuckles doing it! So lo and behold, Dan comes home from work with 103.5 degree fever last night!!! He has been taking Advil (a very RARE thing I can get him to do) the last 2 days fighting it off. It arrived...he was 'on fire' all night and the medicine did not lower anything. He had the chills and was awake most of the evening. His throat is on fire too. So after a LONG day of bleaching I did not get the rest I thought I might.
TO Top it ALL off- Ryland woke up around 10:30pm and started throwing up the rest of the evening. Between Dan's chills, fever, medicine, snoring, and running into the other bathroom to clean up vomit and diarrhea I am tired and SUPER bummed....
I realize this will all go away and it will be fine.Dan is at the urgent care as we speak hopefully to get some tama flu and antibiotics...so we can lessen the time of his sickness. I am sure being pregnant has not helped the matter. Scrubbing the floors on my hands and knees is already starting to get tiresome. I am not surprised my baby boy is cramping today and I feel little out of sorts. My heart aches for those who are sick and I want to help them.... but some moments I feel absolutely alone, tired and SICK of being SICK! It is hard enough running a household when you are feeling well and everyone else is, but when you and everyone else is not....it stinks!!!I don;t understand why you can almost have a week of "on the mends" children, only to POP up with more. I guess I feel hopeless at times too because I realize there is a few strands of things going around here, and there is ALLOT more of us to work through.
I have a supportive husband ( I would never have married any different), but he works ALLOT and is gone allot...so a large portion of all the family and household responsibility is mine- it can be a large burden to carry at times.
So now that I have my lonely pity party. I will return to those who need me most.My list is long and life continues on with obligations I have to meet...sometimes I wish I had a fairy godmother who could touch those things that NEVER will get done (like fixing our back deck, making room for a 5th child in a too small house....)
As many of you are well aware...I much anticipate my once-a-month girls pokeno game nights!!!
This month we had it the week before Halloween, and the theme was "Ghouls Night Out!"
We were suppose to come dressed in a costume, being prego and all...not much fits nicely anymore-so I threw on some horns, a red boa, high heels, BIG hair and some sparkly make-up and called it good!
Little did I know My BUDDY Becky Kerr had the SAME idea
Great minds think alike!!!
I certainly was NOT disappointed in the least~ it was one of the yummiest dinners I have had in awhile. Full tummy, lotsa' laughs and even a COOL BUG cake...life does not get much better than this!!! ***Oh don't you fret...we also had our infamous annual couples Halloween Party~ (pictures will be coming soon as I can steal them from my sis!)
My husband and I met while teaching English in the missionary training center, after both our missions (at BYU). I (ALICIA) am learning that the greatest work I could ever do is within the four walls of my home.I am a all-the-time mom and CEO of the Sorensen household.I am a retired teacher (until my kids are gone).My hubby DAN is a full-time physical therapist-he has lots of patience for his ever growing family!
COLTON RAY (9)
Is the Greatest Biggest Brother. He is in 4th grade, highly academic.His loves are POKEMON and games. Throw in some friends and fossils too...
STERLING DANIEL (7)
He is in 2nd grade. He is a friend to everyone. His loves are calendars, schedules and organizing things!
RYLAND KENT (5)
He loves to collect litle pieces of trash wherever he goes, and EAT US OUT OF HOUSE AND HOME He loves to give hugs and butterfly kisses. It is hard not to smile when you are around him.He came out screaming and has not stopped!
DACIE ANN (3)
Rules the roost.Mommy is her best friend. She is ALL girl-she packs a purse, cell phone, keys and a "baby" whenever she goes out. Don't mess up her bows!!!!
RHETT DOUGLAS (0)
LOVES to scratch his face and back of his head.He smiles and talks up a STORM. His intestines are getting use to this world and are costing us more to feed correctly, then the whole family food bill combined!!!!
2/14/07-Sterling had given me a heart necklace he had gotten in school for Valentines, b/c girls wear necklaces. He even layed it on my counter while I was showering so I would not forget it! I wore it all day proudly. Ryland (2) wanted it, and was trying to talk me out of it, our conversation went something like this:
M(mom): You can't have this necklace, because Sterling gave it to me to wear, and girls wear the necklaces.
R: Pausing for just a moment--you can't wear it forever!
M: Yes, I can.
R:Ummm, no you can't because then you will turn into a fish and not be a part of the family.
M: Wouldn't you be soo sad to not have a mommy?
R: No b/c you will not be in the family.
I am NOT a Fish and He has the necklace now (after Valentines)!
Jan/Feb 2007.-Ryland (2) asks for some "Gatorador" (Gatorade) in his cup. For the life of him with all our coaching he cannot call it just gatorade (he combines it with alligator-gatorade has that sound in it!)
2/16/07-Sterling (5) says out of no where: "Mom, when I have babies you are going to be a grandma" (he is really into who he is going to marry and looking forward to having children right now, weird), I reply "yup!" (thinking of all the fun I will have w/out all the responsibility!-ha ha) Sterling then says, "we will get in the car and come visit you.", and I said, "oh, yes!" he thinks for a minute and says, "you need to live close so we only have to drive a minute to get there." I said, "OK!"(I guess he is tired of making long road trips to visit grandparents! ha ha ha)
2/18/07- Sterling (5) in exasperation says to his brothers who are making a Lego creation, "you guys aren't following my corrections!" (meaning directions)-- he says this terminology frequently.
3/9/07- Remind us to warn the girls that the way to Sterling's (5) heart is through his stomach. After eating something delicious (I think a cup of grapefruit from Gpa's tree) he was telling Colton about it and said "and then I ate a mouthful of love."
3/10/07-Ryland (2) has been doing fairly well about telling us when he has to do a 'stinky', and then doing it in the toilet. Well, today was NOT one of those days--when I asked him why he went in his diaper he replied immediatly, "I look in the mirror and I not growed up yet!" little stinker..literally!
3/28/08 -Ryland (3) was stuck outside with his brothers until they cleaned up the backyard, and they were all having a hard time of it while Dan and I started to eat dinner. Ryland wanted to come in w/out cleaning and started w/ this tactic "mom, my tummy needs something" as he held it and cried big alligator sobs "mom it needs something special", after a few times of repeating this it changed to ," now my heart is crying, mom" "its crying" Oh he is good, but it did not work. I had Dan to keep me strong!
4/1/08- Sterling (5) Dacie was running around naked after leaking out of her diaper all over her crib while I cleaned...AND Sterling exclaimed super suprised, "OH MY, Dacie doesn't have a penis" (we use correct anatomy terminology around here) and then he thought for a minute and said," oh, thats allright--she will get one when she gets older." So you can fill in blanks to the rest of our conversation.
April 2008- Ryland (3) Every time Ryland wants to say tommorow-he says "next year". For instance, we saw a babysitter at the wedding reception and he said, "Mom lets get her next year." Meaning next time we need a babysitter-lets get her. He says it at least once a day-"I will eat my lunch next year!" Oh to be young again- when time is not an issue!
May 2, 2008- Sterling (5) Was outside playing with some girlfriends. He was the dad and one of the other girls was the mom--the rest were children. Sterling promplty sent one to time out and then a little bit later said, " We are the parents so we stay up late like 12 or something!" I sat inside smiling at his interperatation of parenting!
August 3, 2008- Sterling (5) Was getting his hair done for church when he said to me--"you have a big toothbrush like Me and Colton". I told him it was because he was getting bigger teeth. "Oh yeah, mom, Colton and I are turning into teenagers" . Really Sterling? "yeah we are growing into teenagers." Uh oh, I am NOT ready for teenagers!
September 3, 2008- We were talking to Sterling (5) at dinner about clearing the table and he stated, " I am the uncle" I told him he was not, and he said, "If I were the Uncle then I would not have to clear the table" (aah now I understand why he said that) To which I replied, "you are not an uncle until one of your brothers or sister has a baby". I asked Colton if he was having a baby to which Colton (7) replied, " I am NOT having a baby...maybe my wife will." LONG PAUSE "If I find one!"Dan and I could not stop laughing at the conversation that had just happened.
September 20, 2008- When I announced to the kids it was time to do our saturday morning chores. Sterling's (5) reply went something like this, " It is a beautiful day outside the house, NOT inside the house." Nice try Sterling! ha ha ha ha--so I let him wash the sliding door windows OUTSIDE-ha ha
Post toilet training-Ryland (3) always exclaims in a super loud voice after he has gone to the bathroom, "Can someone please change me?" meaning-can someone please wipe me! he's just use to the diaper terminology, I guess!
November 13, 2008- As we are driving down a bumpy, unpaved road to get to preschool (the back way)-Ryland (3) says, "mom the workers need to come fix this road" To which I reply-"You are right!" Then Ryland proceeded to say, "the Lamanites messed this road all up." After getting a good chuckle, I then remembered the other morning a few days ago when Dacie came out of her bedroom with some SERIOUS bed-head and Ryland exclaimed, "Look, Dacie has Lamanite hair!" ha ha ha-- he is on a Lamanite fettish lately (obviously is referring to the unrighteous lamanites in the Book of Mormon-not 'lamanites' of today)
August 8, 2009- Sterling (6)- after getting a check mark on his discipline chart for breaking one of the family rules he loudly exclaimed from the back seat of the car, "I am SO NOT having checkmarks when I am a dad"
To which I replied," So what are you going to do when your child makes bad choices?" Sterling said without hesitation, " Spank him!" To which Dan asked "well, what if he is still bad?" Sterling says, "Spank him again and then put him in time out!"
Why did we not think of that to begin with? ha ha ha
November 2 & 3, 2009- Ryland (4)- Ryland's conversations with us lately have been quite humorous! They have gone something like this:
Last night at FHE Ryland found my eyelgasses and put them on, then he came running out to me and said "look mom, do I look like a professional?" After I recovered from laughing I asked him, "do you even know what a professional is?"
R-"yes, it is a scien~tester (aka scientist)"
Me- "oh, a scientester what are those?"
R-"you know, the bad ones make zombies and the good ones do experiments."
This morning Ryland did not want to wear his jacket to school, so I told him that if I did not have him dress porperly that the school would call the police.
R: "Oh good, I want the police to take me"
Me: "They would not take you, they would take me and give you to someone else to take care of you...wouldn't that be sad?"
R: "not if the new people do not follow satans plan, if they follow Jesus it will be OK"
Me: "What if the new family does not believe in Jesus?"
R: "I would just run away and find someone who follows Jesus."
Me; "Wouldn't you miss me?"
R: "Oh yeah, but you will be out in about 5 years or 75 months or something like that...."
*BTW- so I do not forget- everything to Ryland right now is "hims" and "hers" like Gollum on Lord of the Rings- i.e. "hims mom wants him to go out and play"
He also refers to Dacie's private part as her "bagenie" instead of the proper anatomical word...nice! (can you tell we have been potty training around here) ha ha ha
November 2009- Sterling (7) came home from school on a particularly cloudy, rainy and cold day. The house had "shown" that morning to a potential buyer. I was laying on my bed resting after a 'busy' morning, when the boys walked in returning from school, and Sterling exclaims in a loud voice with absolute utter relief "aaaah, a clean and dry house!!"
Oooh that made my day!!!
November 19, 2009- Ryland (4) R: Mom, I changed my mind~ I want to have a baby girl
M: Well, its a little too late for that now buddy, we are having a boy. Why do you want a girl instead of a baby brother?
R: Because one day you are going to get old and die and we need another mom
M: Well, Dacie can be the mom
R: She is too tiny
M: Well, this baby would be even younger than Dacie. By the time I die you will be married and then you and your wife can be the mom and dad
R:Oh, I am just talking about next time
M: Next what?
R: Next time you have another baby
OH HECK! I need to make it through this one first! ha ha ha
January 2010- Sterling (7) Talking about the impending arrival of our new baby. Sterling asked "does it hurt to push out the baby?" To which I replied that "yes, it does." Sterling responded, with ALLOT of emphasis, " I am soooo glad I am not a girl!!" I smiled and then he continued, "another good reason to be a boy is that we get the priesthood." To which I simply smiled and shook my head in agreement. LOVE KIDS!
March 3, 2010- Ryland (almost 5) We were having a pork roast rub for dinner and Ryland wanted some more..he handed his plate to Dan and said, "give me some more hog please!" ha ha ha we have no idea where he got the "hog" from.
Dacie (3) has also been referring to any form of beans...chili, pork and beans etc. as Boston baked beans. " I want some boston baked beans." She claims she learned that from Grandmas camp and the boys say it is her cousins!