Rawlins Family

Rawlins Family

Friday, February 29, 2008

Okay, quick update:
Sophie is almost 3 months old! Can you believe it? She's such a blessing. I can't even remember life before her (that's a lie, I can remember it and there was A LOT more sleep involved...I just like to sound poetic). At her 2 month check-up (which occurred when she was 2 months and 3 weeks old, whoops!) she was 12 lbs. 14 oz. and 23 1/4 inches long, so she's a big girl! She's starting to outgrow most of her 0-3 month clothes which is great for me because that means new clothes to put her in!
She is starting to sleep a little better. She goes to sleep earlier and sleeps for at least 5 or 6 hours straight (sometimes longer) before she gets hungry; she goes right back to sleep. Of course this is a major improvement and has done a lot to make me feel more like a regular human being!
Miles is getting crazier by the second. I know you probably think I'm exaggerating every time you read my blog, but it's the gospel truth. That kid is going to put me in an early grave. He basically spends everyday thinking up various ways to break bones (his or Cameron's), spread dirt, eat non-food items and/or create enormous messes. In the above pictures you can see that he found a 5 pound bag of rice that absolutely HAD to be dumped...I just don't get that kid. He doesn't even PLAY in his messes! HE just dumps and walks away, satisfied with a job well done.
His latest trick is that he can climb out of his crib. That was my LAST bastion of safety!!!! But no longer. Last night I had to stand outside of his room and put him back in bed every time he came out. I think it was close to 15 times (and 10 pm) before he finally gave up. He's a persistent fellow. Sigh. I guess it's time to move him to a big boy bed. At least it will be easier on my back when I have to put him back in it 20 times a night.
The other thing about Miles is that he is IN LOVE with Sophia! This means her life is in jeopardy whenever he is conscious. It goes without saying that she spends most of her life in my arms or strapped to my body.
Cameron is finishing up preschool. He's been really enjoying it. Miss Jill is a great teacher! I don't know how much he learned, since he was already quite proficient with numbers, letters, colors, etc. but it has been a great way for him to have more social time with kids he doesn't know! I think we're going to sign him up for gymnastics soon, too! Just one more way to be like Gaby...
As for Chase, well, it's busy season. Last week was a BAD one. I went to bed one night at 11 pm and he wasn't home yet - this is not entirely unusual so I didn't think about it. Well, when I woke up at 2:30 am and he still wasn't home I had to call him and force him to come home. He was originally planning on just staying until dawn, running home for a shower and then running back. He ended up just coming home for three hours. YUCK.
In the midst of this Chase still has one section of the CPA to pass before April (then his other tests will start to expire and he'll have to retake them even though he has passed them). So for the month of March Chase will have a Becker course every Saturday all day to study for the REG section. We're really looking forward to the middle of April (or end of April?) when we'll have daddy back. He is SORELY missed.
Me? My days are a blur. From 7am to 9pm I run, run, run! I've learned it takes a lot to make a family of five run smoothly. I just make sure to take time for scripture study, an occasional Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich (seriously, people, if you haven't tried these you need to - they've changed my life), and American Idol. As long as I have those things my life is complete.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

At this point I know you're all just checking back to find out what our newest illness is. So I'll tell you; mastitis. No, not joking. I have it. Again. Sophie finished her thrush medication on Saturday and I developed mastitis on Sunday. The two are not connected in anyway, it's just our luck. I'm pretty sure that the bubonic plague is next but you'll have to check back in ten days to find out.
On to the positives: We had Sophia's baby blessing on Sunday and she was a perfect little angel! We had family and friends with us which made the event even more lovely. We have been SO blessed to be in a ward full of people we love! We have so many friends there. I'm glad we decided to go ahead and bless her at church (with the RSV we had briefly considered blessing her at home)! And I'm especially glad my parents were able to make it back for a second trip.
Anyway, the blessing day was gorgeous, Sophie was gorgeous (of course) and we had a great party afterward with our family! Pictures will be forthcoming on that because (gasp) I forgot to take a picture of her on that actual day so I need to put her back in her dress (yay!) and have a little photo shoot.
Other than that we haven't been up to much. Mom and Dad arrived last Friday and we've kept busy with projects around the house and visiting. Mom and Dad love to come and observe how insane the kids are and then they breathe a big sigh of relief when they get to leave the insanity behind. Though now they're headed to Oklahoma City where Zach and Ty will continue where Cameron and Miles left off! Have fun you guys
So I hope you all enjoy the pics. A lot are ones Pittsburgh Sara took while she was visiting. She always laughed because Miles is a blur in all of so many of the pics she tried to take. It's a true representation of how life with him really is...

Monday, February 04, 2008

Long time, no blog! Sorry people. Apparently life with three children is busy.

So here's a quick update:

After Sophie got out of the hospital my dad was admitted the next day. He and my mom were here visiting at the time so it was quite unexpected. Turns out he had a bleeding ulcer and had to spend Tuesday - Thursday in the ICU. They got the problem solved, gave him a transfusion and sent him on his way. He really didn't seem that sick before or after. I think the only reason he was in ICU is because of the transfusion issue...

After my dad got out of the hospital he continued with his normal routine here at the house. He did projects! My dad is a pretty handy guy and I had a million of those little things that you never seem to get around to. New wiper blades for my van, a lock for our garage door and sliding door, creaky hinges, etc. And mom made me more bread and cinammon rolls. It took THREE ATTEMPTS to get them done, though! The first time she was making me bread my dad came home and announced he had to go to the hospital, so we had to scrap the dough she started (I didn't have time to finish it because my hands were full with a sick Sophie). The second time she got the dough completed and the sweet rolls were sitting on the stove rising. Well my mom decided she would turn on one of the burners NEXT to the pan just to keep the air warm while the dough was rising. Unfortunately she turned on the burner that the glass pan was sitting on. She didn't realize it until the pan literally exploded. My glass 9X13 dish was shattered into a zillion pieces. Seriously, there wasn't a piece of glass bigger than a marble! SO, that batch was slightly inedible. Finally on Friday she came through. It was worth the wait, though. Her bread is so YUM!

My parents finally hit the road on Saturday and "Pittsburgh Sara" (to avoid confusing her with "Iowa Sara") came to visit for the weekend. It was a fab weekend complete with pedicures to celebrate my b-day! Thanks again, Sara, they were heavenly and my toes still look great! I love when Sara comes to visit because we just sit around and talk the entire time. It's so relaxing! The boys always have a good time, too. They got official Air Force One t-shirts (Sara's cousin works security for AFO!) and had fun watching videos on Sara's laptop, too. It was a sad day when she had to leave on Monday...

Last week was just busy getting back to life as usual! Cameron was back to school - I kept him home the week before just in case he also had RSV. Miles just continued to be the craziest person I've ever met.

We were sad to learn that President Hinckley had died, but happy too because we know what an amazing life he lived and we know how glad he is to be with his beloved Marjorie again! This past weekend we watched the funeral at the Rawlins' homestead and ate lunch together.

ANyway, life is good. Sophie and I are getting over our second bout of Thrush. Hopefully this is the LAST go round. Sophie is also starting to sleep through the night much better! She's been averaging at least a five hour stretch but often it's more! Last night she slept from 10PM to 5:35AM. Of course she's sleeping in the swing which I normally don't like to encourage. But at 8 weeks old I'm not going to complain! Wherever she has to be to get some sleep is fine with me!

Enjoy the pics! We got family pics done a couple weeks ago. It certainly was not my choice to get pics done at 5 weeks post-partum but I think they turned out well. Whitni does a fabulous job!