Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Creativity...stunted...by...sleep deprivation.
Here's what we've been up to:
Brandon played his last baseball game of the season with the Gators.
His team did well and ended up tied with two others for second place.
Brandon had the distinction of never striking out the whole season.
Way to go, buddy!

His team celebrated with a pool party after the game.
Woo hoo! Fun for all!

Grandma Cuca and I chose to forgo the swimsuits
and watch from the sidelines.
Caroline slept happily in the Baby Bjorn the WHOLE time.

We LOVE to play cards when Grandma Cuca visits...
and eat candy...
and ice cream.

My first Sunday at church with the three kids was a comedy of errors.
Caroline passed gas in the middle of the sacrament prayer.
That had both older kids laughing out loud.
Then when we were taking the water, Brandon spilled his
all over Caroline's face. That called for more laughter.
But Caroline was not amused.
I spent most of the meeting in the hall and mother's lounge.
Sunday School was no better. Caroline is SO loud.
You wouldn't think a body this small could make that much noise.
Thankfully, she cooperated for most of Young Women's and
let me teach my lesson.
It may have been the first rough Sunday of many to come,
but she sure looked adorable.

SO fun to dress little girls for church. :)

Even if they scream bloody murder through
most of the meeting. C's already gaining a
reputation for being the loud one at church.
Those who knew Whitney as a baby know that
it can actually get much louder.

Remember how I joked around about Caroline
learning Rex Kwan Do in utero? I think she
did have some sort of martial arts training.
Check out her moves!

Brandon got glasses today!
How do you think he looks?
He was all excited to get them and LOVES
the way they help him see better.
He likes comparing how well he can see with
them on and without them.

Let's see....Whit's had three eye surgeries,
Andrew wears glasses, I wear contacts, and now
B-train wears glasses???
Hate to tell Caroline, but I think it's in the genes.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Elder Ballard nailed it

Does Elder Ballard know what he's talking about or what?
In the April General Conference, he said,

"Recognize that the joy of motherhood comes in moments.

There will be hard times

and frustrating times.

But amid the challenges, there are shining moments

of joy and satisfaction."

Amen, Elder Ballard.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Reality Hits

After having Caroline home for a week, I was thinking I had this third baby thing down. She was sleeping well. I was feeling great. This was going to be a piece of cake!

And then my parents left.

And Caroline stopped sleeping.

And Brandon finished school.

Agh! I'm sufficiently humbled. I swear! After a rough couple of days filled with sleep deprivation, I'm pulling through again.

Due in large part to Grandma Cuca coming to the rescue!
She'll be staying with us for the next couple of weeks.
Lucky me!

I haven't had much to blog about. I mean, how can I make diaper changes, mounds of spit-up soaked laundry, and round-the-clock nursings exciting? Here are a few random thoughts.

*My friend, Marlena, shared THIS BLOG
with me. It has all kinds of funky, cute hair styles for little girls.
It has been the inspiration for a couple of fun hair days for Whit.
Braid buns

Can she get any closer to Princess Leia hair?

*Now that school is over,
B and W have decided that they like to
"camp out" every night.
It is too cute.
I'm glad they have each other and
are getting along well.

*Poor Andrew.
I feel like he got juked on Father's Day.
He spoiled me on Mother's Day and I hardly did
anything for him on his special day. :(
I had planned on at least getting him a steak, which
is normally a twice-yearly happening around here.
But I was so tired by the time I could run to the
store that he told me not to worry about.
We made do with whatever canned goods
we could find in the cupboard.
(And Grandma saved the day again, with
her yummy homemade tortillas.)
Such a great dad...
so little recognition for it.
Maybe next year.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

For your reading pleasure

Ever since I finished my Physical Science class, I've been doing A LOT of reading. SO fun. Here are some of the books I've enjoyed and I thought I'd pass them along.

*Invasive Procedures by Orson Scott Card
Not your typical OSC sci-fi book. This was more of a medical thriller. Reminded me of Robin Cook a bit, though a little more "out there" with futuristic genetic manipulation. It was a fast-paced adventure and I enjoyed the ride.

*Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
This is book is marketed as juvenile fiction and was a Newbery Award winner. It's definitely an easy read. It's about a teenage girl going through some difficult trials. I loved the characters (though the Grandma seemed a little over the top for me) and was interested to see what would happen next.

*The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
This is a short collection of memoirs written by a man who had a massive stroke and was left completely paralyzed except for the use of one eye. His mind remained active, creative, and thoughtful. The entire book was written by someone reading the alphabet out loud and Bauby would blink when they got to the letter he wanted. Amazing.

*Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
This is also marketed to teens, but for an easy read, I really liked it. There are three books in this series out now and I read the first two. I didn't like the ending of the first one. It seemed to wrap up a little too easily. The second one was better. Looking forward to reading the third one soon.

*Nordie's at Noon by Patti Balwanz, Kim Carlos, Jennifer Johnson, and Jana Peters
This book is the personal stories of these four women who were "too young" to be diagnosed with breast cancer. (All four of them were in their late twenties/early thirties.) They share their ups and downs through treatments, tough decisions, and lessons learned from dealing with this disease. They are candid about their experiences and all have amazing attitudes and perspectives.

*Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
This was the latest selection from my book club and it is a great book. It is written in first person from the perspective of an 11 year old boy growing up in the 1960's. There is a lot of poetry infused into the story, which was refreshing. (I never read poetry--does anyone else?) I don't know if it was just my post-baby hormones, but it was a very emotional story for me. And toward the end, I got really mad at the turn the story took, but then it recovered. Phew.

*Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by by Mary Roach
This was the book club choice a couple of months ago. I've always liked science and studied on cadavers during anatomy class at BYU, but there were parts of this book that tested even my strong stomach. The author is very humorous and light-hearted without being disrespectful to the dead. I learned some really interesting things and have had second thoughts about being embalmed and buried. Freeze-drying anyone? If you have a little morbid curiosity, I totally recommend this book...just don't try to read it on your lunch break. Ewww.

There you go. Since I plan to continue reading at a frantic pace during these all-day-spent-nursing-Caroline marathons, feel free to share any good books you've read lately. I'll add them to my list.

Speaking of Caroline, here are a couple updated photos.

Cute two week old girl.
She had been sleeping well the whole time we've been home....
until last night. She woke up three times, which is very normal
for a baby her age, but I'd gotten spoiled by her five-hour stretches!
I'm hoping last night was a fluke.
PLEASE sleep tonight, Caroline. Please?
One of the adorable things about her, though, is she doesn't
cry when she wakes up in the night. I just hear her in her
little bassinet trying to suck on her hands and making cute
little grunting sounds until I come and pick her up.
What a sweetie.

She can do the Billy Idol lip.
Pretty talented, huh?

Peek a boo!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

A year ago....

...we were a carefree couple cruising the Caribbean.

Today we're the parents of THREE cute kids.
A lot can change in a year....but I wouldn't change a thing.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Brandon's perspective

Here was Brandon's journal entry at school the day I went into labor with Caroline.

"My mom might hav a baby today! Gigi and gpa are going to wach us. It will be so fun the babys name Is caroline. But its boring not having a brother to play with but I feel like I have one. My freind adam treats me like one. We play whith him everyday pretty much. I love my famly."

I thought that was neat to get a little glimpse into his inner feelings.

And here are some bonus pics of Caroline:
We had her first dr's appt today.
It was the first time she has left the house
since we brought her home from the hospital.
She looks so TEENY in that seat!

The doc said she looks perfect and she's
already back to her birth weight. Woo hoo!

She eats every 2 hours or so during the day.
I feel like my whole day is spent feeding her.
Luckily, B and W have been good about letting
me read to them while I nurse her, so I feel
like I'm still getting some quality time with them.

The AWESOME part about feeding her ALL DAY LONG is
that she sleeps at night. LOVE that. I'm not getting used to it,
in case this is just a short phase, but the last three nights
she has given me a good stretch of five of more hours
of sleep. Amazing what that can do. I'm feeling great.