Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A New Post!!!

I know it is sad that all my posts seem to start with an apology for my lack of posting.....but oh well....I just can't get around to it these days! So, for those of you who still happen to stop by, here's a rundown on what's going on with the Kays!

Matthew~ He became general manager over both co-ops in St. Clair County. He is still located at Pell City, but is now over both stores. I am SO proud of him!
~ He discovered he had a ruptured disc in his back and had a great deal of pain. He tried to avoid surgery, and had an epidural on the Thurs. before Labor Day. We went with some friends to the beach that weekend ( had a blast!!) and Matthew was feeling a lot better. We got home on Monday (Labor Day) and he started having really bad pain. By Tuesday it was unbearable, but he was somehow bearing it. We were suppose to take him to the doctor Wed. morning, but he was to the point that he could not move and I knew I couldn't get him in the car. (Even if I could have I don't think he could have handled the ride there!!) So, we had to call an ambulance! It was awful and I NEVER want to see ANYONE go through that kind of pain again! Anyway, after seeing his doctor the decision was made that he needed surgery as soon as they could get him in. That ended up being the next Monday (thank goodness for percocet). Everything went well with the surgery, the disc was shattered and that is why he was have such extreme pain. He has felt so much better and hopefully will continue to feel good!!

Avery~ She is in Awana Cubbies at church. She LOVES it! We go over a couple of verses a week and then she has to recite them for her teacher. When she says them for her teacher she earns patches to put on her Cubbies vest! She usually learns 2-3 verses a week. This is my first experience with Awana. She really enjoys it. I told her that by memorizing these verses she is hiding God's Word in her heart. There are times throughout the day when she will bring up verses she has learned and she really enjoys talking about them and what they mean.
~She is 2 weeks away from being 4 years old! She acts so grown-y!! She wants a princess birthday party and after going back and forth with what kind of "princess party" (I know.....I know...) She told me "I changed my mind again....." and has finally decided on a "Disney Princess" party. At first she wanted dragons, and princesses, and princes and castles.....Now she just wants Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella, and Snow White, and Ariel.....you know. I'll be honest and tell you that I am kinda glad. It is easier on me to do a theme that you can go to the store and everything has already been made....is that bad of me??

Raegan~She is officially 2 1/2 yrs old! On the 4th she was 2 yrs 6 months old!!
~ She had her first boo boo that required stitches the weekend before Matthew had his surgery. Aunt Franci and Dooby just so happened to be going to the beach that weekend and they offered to take Avery and Raegan (at the time we didn't know when Matthew would be having surgery). Keep in mind they have never been away with anyone before. They spend the night with them all the time, but I always see them the next day. They were leaving on Thurs. morning and we decided for them to go with them Wed. evening. It was a lot for me to take in in a VERY short time! (Especially after the day we had...with the ambulance and all!) I knew that they would have more fun with them than sitting around with us. They left Thurs. morning as planned and that evening I got the call.......They were taking Raegan to the ER because she had fallen and busted her chin. I handled the situation really well as far as Raegan goes. Bless her heart, I do hate that it happened, but the poor girl is so accident prone, I knew it was only a matter of time. I did feel bad for Franci and Jerry though!! I just wish it hadn't happened when they had her. I hate that she had to go through holding Raegan down while she got the stitches (4 of them) and all!! Raegan never acted like her chin was even sore after that.

Chayse~ She is growing!! Last Wednesday she weighed 12 lbs 11 oz. She is still so small, but that is double what she was when she was born!! And if you consider that she got down to 5lbs 10 oz. , she has gained 7 pounds! She is almost 15 weeks old now. I still hold her most of the time!! Why not?? I did buy something called a Sleepy Wrap and I highly recommend it!! It is a type of baby carrier that you are actually wearing the baby! I love it and Chayse does too! I can wear her all day long and it doesn't hurt my back and I have both hands free to do other stuff! It can be used from preemies to 50lbs!!

Me~ I can tell you what I haven't been doing and that is blogging! I have been taking care of these girls! They keep me busy. I love it though! I just can't think of anything about me other than that.....

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Maybe it won't be SO long until my next post, but I'm not making any promises!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

An update before housework.....

I have REALLY been doing bad at keeping this thing updated lately! I had a few minutes and thought I would try to get something on here now.....

We are doing really good around here. Avery and Raegan are still in LOVE with Chayse. (bless her heart, they DO NOT leave her alone) I took Chayse yesterday to have her weighed and she was 8 lbs. even. It is funny to me that she will be 5 weeks old tomorrow and she still hasn't reached the weight either one of them were when they were born! She is growing now though, and I can tell just by holding her (which I do ALL the time!! How can I not??)!

It is hard to believe the pain I was in just 5 weeks ago! I started hurting pretty bad at around 34 weeks and it just got worse from there! I remember wondering how in the world that pain was going to get better just by having her. I seriously thought something was wrong other than just pressure from the baby! I remember that I was in pain, and that I was in tears from the pain almost every morning! I remember not being able to walk fast (or even at a normal pace), or just stop and turn around if I decided to go in the other direction. I had to do everything so slow and so careful! I even remember right before she was born actually thinking "Am I cut out to do this another time"............BUT, I said all that (not to scare anyone away from pregnancy) to say this.....I bet she was less than a week old and I had already forgotten about the pain! I know I was hurting....I know I was....but, I catch myself saying, "It couldn't have been that bad!" or "What did it feel like again?"....It is so CRAZY to me that we can go through that and then do it again! That is God's way of us not all being only children! HA! I had such an easy recovery! I feel great and have since about a week after she was born!

Avery and Raegan have been so great with her! They really love her! Avery asked me earlier today when Chayse is going to start talking. And then she said "When she gets bigger she will have to get spankings, right?" They both want to hold her all the time and they sing to her and talk to her and tell her they love her. It really melts my heart! Right now having 3 isn't much different from having 2. I know that will all change when Chayse starts getting around! I try not to think too far into the future.....like one day we will have 3 teenage girls.....oh my!! I am just enjoying every minute!!

Well, I just got Chayse to sleep, and Avery and Raegan are playing in their room, so I am going to run and do something productive!! I don't know how long I have before they need me..........

Monday, July 6, 2009

It's A(nother) Girl!!

Chayse Lindsay was born on June 26th at 5:31 a.m. She weighed 6lbs 5oz. and was 18 1/2 inches long. She is SO TINY!! I will post more later, I had a few minutes and wanted to post a picture and let everyone know she is here and we are all doing great!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tick Tock Tick Tock.......

Time is flying by! I am 38 weeks today, and I really CAN'T believe it! I am getting SO close to meeting this little baby! We have been working around the house trying to get some stuff finished before the BIG day! Matthew is in the middle of his end-of-year stuff at work. He will be done with that on the afternoon of June 30th (next Tuesday). He said anytime after that is fine to have the baby....hahaha. I am about to get the kids out for the afternoon, but I just want to give a quick update!

Friday, June 19, 2009

A full week ahead that is sure to speed up whatever time I have left!!

Everything has been going good around here! I am really getting to the end of this pregnancy! I feel like I am VERY close to the end actually. I went to the doctor yesterday and had a sonogram that showed everything is going good. The baby measured 7 lbs 7oz (sonograms can be off by a pound one way or the other), but if that is an accurate measurement and I make it to my due date, I guess we are looking at another 8 pounder.....which is fine, because I can't imagine handling and changing a TINY baby. One downside to having (not huge) but bigger babies is that they don't seem to stay little long enough!!

The next week or so is so full that I know it is going to fly by!

Saturday~ The kids will be with my sister, so, Matthew and I are going to do some stuff around the house that I would like to have done before the baby gets here.

Sunday~ We are scheduled to take breakfast for our Life Group, Matthew is teaching our class, and I am teaching the girls' class.....then we will head to my daddy's house for lunch. We don't have church this Sunday night, so, I am sure we will do more stuff around the house Sunday evening.

Monday~The girls and I are going to visit my granddaddy with my mother and sister.

Tuesday~ I haven't decided yet if we are going to try to make it to the movie at the mall at 10:00 and then Terrific Kid Tuesday after, but we are planning on meeting some friends at the Stone Center on JSU's campus for the children's theater. It is at 2:00 and they are going to be performing The Tortoise and the Hare. We went last year and the kids LOVED IT!! It was Little Red Reading Hood...yes, that isn't a typo it was "Reading Hood" The story is geared toward making kids interested in reading....I am assuming this year will do that too...(this year the dates are June 23-27 @ 2....tickets are $5 for anyone who is interested....I highly recommend it)

Wednesday~ Matthew's sister-in-law and our nieces and nephews are going to be in town and we are going to go spend some time with them and Matthew's mother and grandaddy.

Thursday~ I have another doctor appt. I will be 38 wks 2 days!!!

Friday~ I don't think there is anything specific that we have planned, but I am sure I will still be "nesting" and I will probably have a million things to do around the house! I may try to get the kids to Oxford Lake to play in the water at some point.

That is about as far as the plans go! I know it may not seem like too much each day, but just trying to do one thing or go one place is pretty exhausting right now! I really want to fit all I can in for the girls because I know there will be a while that we are "stuck" at home!

It has been a while since my last post and we have added yet ANOTHER addition to our family! We got a puppy! He is a Blue Heeler and we have had him a couple weeks now. We haven't really named him yet. Avery said his name is Luke (sorry Crystal.....we got him right after Luke's birthday party) But now she is saying his name is Buddy, but when she is calling him she just says "Come here New Puppy". Raegan calls him Baby Puppy. So.......poor thing isn't going to know what his name is! The first couple days....well, really nights, with "New Puppy" was pretty rough....it was like we had brought a newborn home! Matthew had to get up with him because he was whining. He has been outside for about a week now and I like him alot more! hahaha.....

I can't really think of anything else to add right now and I need to go fold some laundry before Avery tells someone again, "We have 2 couches.....one for us to sit on and the other is for laundry." (atleast it was just my sister she said that to.....but, now I am telling all of you...oh well)

I will try to post again before the baby is born.....but judging the timing of my last couple of posts, it doesn't look promising!!

~Donna K!!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

"Somebody hide the brownies", "It is almost THAT time", and a Saturday adventure at a local department store.....

Lately I want brownies....lots and lots of brownies!! Usually we don't keep many sweets in the house because, well.... if you don't have them....you don't eat them, right?? I have found that to be a pretty good way to keep us from eating so much junk food by just not buying it. Makes pretty good sense, huh? Anyway, lately I find that every time we are at a grocery store somehow a box of chewy fudge brownies makes it's way into our cart and then magically a nice batch of brownies appear cooling on my stove top. When that happens I am like a crazy woman who can't get enough!! Currently we are out of brownies and I find myself looking for an excuse to go to the store (that actually means "send Matthew to the store") for something else and ask him "while he is there anyway" to pick up a box of brownies........and that is as if I didn't just finish off the last brownie right before I started typing this post!! *sigh* I can hold off.....atleast until tomorrow, right? (we'll see....)

I feel like something has happened in the last few days. It has really gotten harder for me to walk without that "pregnancy waddle"! I can't sit straight up because my belly is too big and my legs start pushing into it. I have ALOT of pelvic pressure too!! I still have six weeks left of this pregnancy and I don't think the baby would drop that early and I think only your first baby drops weeks before labor ( I know there are exceptions to that rule!). I don't know what happened, but something did!! I even had a man comment to me today that I "look miserable" .......I smiled and politely said "thanks"....ok, that word politely should probably be replaced with sarcastically, but anywho.......

My sister and I got the bright idea to go to Old Navy for the "one day $1 flip flop sale"....actually it was my idea and I asked her to go with me.....Ok, let me start from the beginning....I thought this was going to be a run-in-get-the-goods-check-out-run-out kind of operation! We did plan on getting there when they opened, but only because I thought through out the day they would run out of my size.....I HAD NO IDEA that it was a get there 2 hours before the store opens kind of sale!! (I think this is a good time to mention that the REGULAR price of the flippin' flip flops is $2.50/pair when you buy 2 or more.....) Anyway, I am SO glad she went, because we got there at about 9:15 and the line to check-out was already to the back of the store and the flip flops were nearly ALL GONE!!!! It was CRAZY!! I did manage to get my sister and myself one pair each of flip flops in our size (nevermind that I had to pick them up from a puddle of coke that someone had spilled on the floor!!!) They had a few colors left in Avery's size too. We scraped up what little merchandise we felt like we couldn't live without and headed for the check-out line that by that time was not only to the back of the store, but wrapped around to the other side! We were probably in line for a good hour and a half!! Avery and Raegan were with us during this whole ordeal and they are kinda like their mama when it comes to crowds....We aren't too fond of them. So, needless to say, they both wanted to be held the whole time (which in all honesty, I am pretty sure I would rather stand there tired from holding my kid than have to worry about them running off and getting into everything if they were down on the floor) I would have never been able to make it through if my sister hadn't been there....not to mention that we had two bathroom visits while we were in line and if she hadn't been there I probably would have lost my place. We found out when we were about 3 people from the register that it was a 5 pair per person maximum(seems kinda low to me), which we didn't have anyway, but, I was glad I didn't hold 20 pairs of flip flops in my arms for over an hour just to get up there and only be able to purchase 5. (I don't think they were holding people to that number though because there were people with ARMLOADS when we first got there....Apparently they didn't know about the 5 pair max. either) So, I guess I will be going back in a few days (when they restock) and spend FULL PRICE for me some fip flops........oh well.....

Oooh, I just found out..... on Old Navy's website you can get flip flops for $1.65 a pair.....hmmmm......I may go that route!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I'm still here.... I'm just a bad blogger.....

Ok....well.....lately I have been TERRIBLE at updating this thing! There isn't really a good excuse, I just haven't gotten around to it!

Alot has happened since my last post! Avery had periorbital cellulitis in her right eye and was in the hospital for 6 days. She looked like we had punched her in the eye. It was pitiful. I had never even heard of that before....apparently it can be pretty serious! I am just glad I got her to the doctor when I did! She is back to her old self now! The day after she got out of the hospital was my 28th birthday! I had a great day and got to go enjoy a delicious meal at Olive Garden!! While we were there Raegan got us to take her to the bathroom about 8 times!! (and she really used it about 6 times...so, you have to take her word for having to go....) Don't you just LOVE potty training?? I know I do !! I feel like we spend all our time in the bathroom!! With Avery having to go atleast once wherever we are, Raegan wanting to go a million times, and me having someone using my bladder as a trampoline, we are sure to visit every bathroom we come within 100 yards of!! I can't wait to see what it is like to visit a public bathroom with 3 little ones in tow!! *YAY* ....let's see...what else has happened.....oh yeah, I can't believe I almost forgot to mention that WE GOT A MINI-VAN!!! I am SO relieved that we got that behind us! I was getting worried! We got a Chrysler Town and Country and we all LOVE it!! I can hardly get the kids out of it! Avery asks me everyday where we are going so we can ride in the "vini-van"!! I have to admit I am SO glad I don't have to deal with an all manual car anymore!! I can just push a button and things happen!! I am going to be SO spoiled...well, I already am after only a week! So, now, I guess we are really "ready" for this baby.....as much as we can be I guess....I am 32 weeks and 2 days and time is still flying with this pregnancy! I have really started having sciatic nerve pain on my right side and my left hip is sore from sleeping on 2 toddler beds that are pushed together....(I know...this is another post in itself....I am trying to get Raegan to STAY in her room at night...so, I have fallen asleep in there the last couple of nights when Matthew gets up in the morning he comes and REMOVES me from the girls' beds. It has been rough on my left hip to say the least!! I can't figure out how I can wake up in the morning hurting so bad, but that pain doesn't wake me up sometime during the night so I can go to MY bed...) Anyway, other than that I have been feeling pretty good.

Well, maybe this is enough to hold you all over until my next post....I know you were all on the edge of your seat waiting for this one! I will TRY to post again soon!

We are the Kays!

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