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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Blessed

Driving home Friday I had lots of time to think and daydream! As I thought, I decided I was so blessed. This is something I've always known, but right now in the midst of being almost 19 weeks pregnant (due the day before residency starts - not stressful at all), trying to teach my toddler, and not knowing where we will call home for the next few years of our life has lead me to fret and worry a little. I cling to the fact that God is in control and always will be, but he has entrusted Kate to us, a new life and the decision of ranking order. Too bad He doesn't just send us an email explaining what to do!!

Driving home on Friday, I realized that I am so blessed to have a husband that is seeking God's direction in his future, a family that supports us despite their desires for us to be closer and that yes if we move to another state God will provide friends, a new church and a support system. I realized there was no need to worry about where I might deliver my precious baby, I cannot control that. Thankfully God does not change.

At church on Sunday our pastor preached a sermon on stress and worry - just what I needed. Most of us probably are familiar with the following scripture, but it was good for me to be reminded!

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatevere is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworhty - think about such things. Philippians 4:4-8

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Boredom!?!

Okay, so here I am sitting at my parents house and basically I am bored. Not because I do not love spending time with my family or because I want to be doing something, but because I have nothing hanging over my head (that is all at home) and both my mom and dad are off of work (teachers) and my sister and niece are here, so Kate has the ultimate entertainment. What is really bugging me is the fact that Chris has been home the last two days (never dreamed a rotation would be so nice - doesn't happen very often!!).

So, why did I not brave the weather Monday morning? First, because I was awakened at 6:30 am to my mom saying I needed to leave then if I was going to go home. Um, I was still half asleep and not in the mood to wake my sleeping child to go for a drive! Secondly, because I could tell my parents were worried and really did not want me to go (they might over-react just a little about the weather) - I do appreciate it though. Yes, they read my blog, but they know it is true. Thirdly, I never dreamed Chris would be at home and I knew the walls would start closing in with no where to go and nothing to do when I could stay here and hang out with the family. The third reason is probably why I am still here.

Kate is having fun and honestly it is kind of nice to be bored and not feel like you have to check off a to-do list. Typically I bring things with me, but it was only intended to be a weekend trip, so I decided against it this time. I guess God knew I needed rest, relaxation, facebook time and lots of blog reading!!

Bloggy question

Okay, so even though I've been blogging for a while, there are still some things I have not figured out. So, if you can help me out with a quick question I have, let me know.

When a person leaves a comment with a question or for some reason I want to respond to their comment how do I email them back if I do not have their email? I know some of you have emailed me and I'm not quite sure how to do that? I know it is probably the simplest thing ever!

Thanks for the help!

P.S. I only caught the last hour of Biggest Loser, but wasn't it an amazing transformation - I won't ruin who it was in case you watch online, but 101 pounds smaller!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Guilty Pleasure

Here is where I admit that I am a fan of the Bachelor/Bachelorette. I know - silly. The "love" they find never seems to work out, but yet I keep coming back for more. Tonight I was impressed with Jason's decision to send the three girls home that he did - not giving a final rose. I am hopeful that just maybe this season love really will find him! I truly am a romantic at heart and love watching them falling in love. It also makes me appreciate my own true love - Chris - whom I miss very much right now. Kate and I are staying a few extra days with my parents to wait out the ice storm. Hope everyone stays warm and safe!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

FYI

Just wanted to let you know about a couple of recalls in case they affect you. Kate's crib has been recalled (kind of excited actually) - we are getting a brand new bed for the new baby without teething marks!! Hers was a Jardine model. You can find all of the information on the website at Babies R Us.

Our pack and play was also recalled - strange. Basically they say the sides pose a problem by falling in and posing a risk for strangulation. Honestly, we were not that surprised. Our pack and play has been a pain since we got it. We had to call the manufacturers to figure out how to get it to stay up!! It is a Fisher Price Rainforest model.

Also, note to my previous post. I got all the mess cleaned up and my floors have not looked that great since we moved in - I got down on my hands and knees to scrub up spots that would not allow themselves to be removed with the mop - this is not typical of me!!

Happy Weekend!! I'm at my parents getting some special treatment.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Pickle, what?


The pickle jar won today at lunch! I guess it knew I needed to sweep and mop my kitchen floor, pantry and laundry room - the juice went everywhere along with glass!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Baby #2 update

Why is the second pregnancy so different from the first? This question has been pondering in my head for a long time. I could not wait to get pregnant and we tried for over a year with both pregnancies and I was equally excited both times, but since, it just seems as though I have not had time or energy to even think about the second baby or really be pregnant. At first I thought this was a struggle because I was sooooo sick. It is hard to stay positive when you are puking your guts out multiple times per day, but now as I sit here at 17 weeks (feeling GREAT and keeping EVERYTHING down now for about a week and a half) thinking this pregnancy is almost half over and what have I done.

With Kate I had read everything possible and visited Babies R Us at least once per week dreaming of all that I needed and wanted. This time, I am surviving a toddler and would never dream of going to Babies R Us to just "browse". I jokingly kidded my mom that no wonder I had so many issues - I was the second born and not thought of quite as much as my older sister - she laughed!!

I love this baby just as much as I loved Kate before she was born and I know that every mother who already has children probably finds themselves in the same predicament I described above. I cannot wait to meet out little precious one in person and to watch Kate and the baby grow and play together. In saying all of that my little one deserves a little "bloggy" time.

I went to the doctor today and was SOOOOOO excited that I got an ultrasound. I've had one every time, but I just knew I would not get one today (positive attitude, right). Well, wouldn't you know that the little stinker had his/her legs crossed and you could not make heads or tails out of the bottom area - pooey!! But, everything else looked great. The babies spine looked beautiful and the heart chambers were pumping away, my placenta looked great and the little arms and legs were just going to town - so much to be thankful for! In the back of my mind I've just had this fear that something might be wrong since I was so sick and unable to keep vitamins down, but today seeing that little miracle made my heart melt and realize that God is truly in control! I didn't like seeing the + pounds on the scale, but I guess that comes with pregnancy.

Hopefully we'll know if we're having a girl or boy soon, but with Kate it was really late before we knew for sure, so I'm not holding my breath. Chris and I just have very independent children that decide when to reveal themselves - on their time, not ours : )

SAA playdate

Kate and I hosted the SAA playdate yesterday. We had snacks, played and made a snowman craft that was edible. The kids loved the snowmen and it was actually pretty easy for them to do.

Edible Snowman
3 different sized cookies
cool whip (spread on cookies)
pretzel sticks (for arms)
candies to decorate as wanted (we used gum drops, chocolate chips, and small nerd type candy)

Kate really liked the cool whip! I had to sneak her bowl away while she was not paying attention.

Finished result!! - with lots of help from mommy.

Result after Kate played in it and devoured the cool whip and candy!!

Pictures

I am posting some pictures from the past couple of weeks. I know this can be boring for some, but for family who do not get to see Kate, they really enjoy the pictures. We have been busy and having lots of fun! Enjoy! Dancing with Daddy! I love to play ring around the rosies and really like the part when you fall down. This was on a Sunday after church and I had taken my skirt off to play.

Helping mommy with laundry. I have two pair of Daddy's underwear on and am attempting to put his shirt on - I love dressing up in Daddy's clothes.


I cannot wait until I get to start dance one day. I love my tutu and slippers - mommy had to hide them before naptime.
Daddy took me outside on the coldest day of the year so far - crazy, right. Well, I needed to get out of the house and mommy needed to finish dinner. Enjoying blueberries! Yummy!We met Grammy and Pops at the zoo on Saturday. We had so much fun and the weather was gorgeous (big word for me I know)! I am posing with Grammy for a picture.I was a little nervous of the big gorilla at first, but then Daddy convinced me to climb on top for a picture and I fell in love!My first carasoul ride and I did not want it to end! I loved it.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Crazy Dream

So I know they say that when you are pregnant dreams can get a little crazy. I definitely have had my fair share, but I wanted to share with you my amazing dream from last night. I know lots of my friends love the topic of my dream, so I had to tell.

Scanning the aisles, grabbing everything I ever wanted and dreamed of for Kate - sounds great right? And no, I wasn't at the Gap or Children's Place or even Wal-Mart, I was at the JBF sale. How silly am I - I love the JBF sale so much that I'm already dreaming of it. I have to limit myself because there is so much cute stuff and fun toys for a great deal and if I buy too much then I cannot get ANYTHING the rest of the season. If you have never done the JBF thing before you should check out their website at www.jbfsale.com and see if a sale is near you!

Monday, January 12, 2009

These are the moments....

"Night, night, I love you." These are the words that came from Kate's mouth as I walked out of her room tonight. How a mother waits to hear those three little words - I Love You! I've heard them mumbled, but tonight they were so clear and her little voice was quivering, knowing she had to go to bed.

I never knew motherhood could be so rewarding and exhausting all in the same day. Everyday Kate challenges me in new ways and teaches me more about the love and patience God has for me. Through tears and laughter this little girl has changed my life! I love you, Kate!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I did the dishes!?!

Who knew doing dishes could make a girls day. Today I accomplished the one thing I have yet to do since being pregnant - dishes! I think as long as I take my zophran daily - I am going to make it. I did laundry, cleaned out Kate's closet, sorted the piles of clean clothes from who knows when in our bedroom and I even did the dishes!!

I haven't felt this kind of happiness and success in a LONG time. When a person hasn't been doing much of anything, it is really difficult to even know where to start. I made a list yesterday morning of the things that need accomplishing and I am giving myself 2 weeks to work on the list - sounds like a long time, but there is a lot to do!

I feel like I lost my sense of being a wife and mother (meaning I lost who I am) by not being able to take care of my family the way I felt was necessary. I feel like we are on the way up and hopefully things will continue to get back to normal around the Robertson's!

I want to thank all of my friends who sent words of encouragement, dropped by, made phone calls and offered to help with Kate. I am not always good at accepting help, but I am learning that sometimes we just have to!! THANKS!

Monday, January 5, 2009

The baby in the basket

Every night before bed we read a bible story with Kate from one of her toddler bible story books. She has quite a few different ones, but she received a new one for Christmas so we have been reading out of it lately. Last night we were reading about Moses as a young man and she began to let us know that Moses was a baby. I was really proud of her for knowing that Moses was the baby we had read about in another of her stories. We found the story she was referring to and tried to explain to her that the baby in the basket grew up.

It really made my night to know that she is learning. As a mother I try my best to teach and train Kate in the way God would want, but I know I often fail. It is encouraging to see/hear the things that we try so hard to teach!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Robertson extended Christmas

We spent a couple of days with Chris's family for Christmas and had a lot of fun. Chris's brother and his wife got Rock Band for Christmas, so everyone enjoyed playing together - pretty hillarious actually. It is crazy at the Robertson's: Patience turns 3 this month, then there is Kate who is 2 in April and Rhett turns 1 in February - three very fun ages, but man does it get crazy!!

Papa and Granny got the grandkids riding toys this year. Kate really likes her train. It has lots of learning activities and she can ride on it.



Probably the best picture we got of Kate this holiday season. In most pictures she has her head down and totally into something else and I am not into forcing photos - no fun!! Here she is totally cooperating and posing - too cute!



Patience and Kate going for a ride on Patience's new tricycle. This only lasted a couple of minutes before a little argument broke out - Kate just doesn't understand why Patience doesn't want her around all the time. They actually play really well together, but neither of them had a nap on this day!!!


Family Rock Band: on the drums we have Charles and Patience (Chris's brother), on the guitar it's none other than Chris Robertson himself and on the microphone it's the ever famous Katie (Chris's little sister). Supporting on the couch is Brandi (Charlie's wife) and Chris's mom aka Granny - I'm obviously taking the picture and Chris's Dad is out of the camera view! Kate and Rhett were in bed - yeah!

Townley extended Christmas

I mentioned in a previous post what a blessing it was to be with my family over the Christmas holiday. My sister and brothers and I are all so close and our spouses have joined right in. We have so much fun together and now with the girls times are crazy as ever. Here are a few pictures of our time together.
Kate with new baby Elliana (my brother's baby born the day after Thanksgiving).



What is in the sack? Is it more for me? Notice Kate is holding both her and Ava's new baby doll.



Two tired little girls cuddled up to Chris. Ava loves Chris as much as Kate does - he was meant to be a pediatrician!

Beautiful Day!

Despite the wind, today is gorgeous. I woke up this morning feeling really well - small insert here about my crazy brain idea. I ran out of my zophran on December 30th and my insurance wouldn't pay again until January 2nd, so I thought to myself, I think I might be okay without it I am in my second trimester now, I should be good! Well, December 31st was great. I only vomitted once and I often do that while taking zophran - dumbo me for thinking all was good. Welcoming in the New Year with extreme sickness was no fun and the pharmacy wasn't open. I was willing to pay $3/pill - I was miserably sick. Chris had to go back to work on the 2nd and I was freaked out of my mind - how was I going to do this (I did do it for at least 2 months, but now it seemed impossible!). It was awful, much worse than the day before - I'm not holding back here. Chris says I have a way of not letting people know how bad it really has been - it's been bad folks. I finally got drugs about 4 yesterday when Chris made it home and by about 7 I was doing much better. I sipped some peppermint tea a friend gave to me as a pick me up (you will be getting a thank you soon! - it made me smile and it helped yesterday when I was desperate). I have decided I obviously need the medicine and I'll try to go without after this next prescription runs out - it truly is crazy how this pregnancy has been, but it is going by fast! - sorry for the rant, but I am thankful for today and for zophran!!

We contemplated about going to the zoo, but decided to stay around the house instead. We walked this morning and took in the nice breeze and then Kate played outside in her playhouse and on her slide. It is so fun to watch her play so innocently and with great joy! She melted when it was time to come in for lunch, so we compromised and went on a walk around the block and this made lunch much more approachable. She is sleeping peacefully right now. Hope you and your family are enjoying this beautiful day!