Monday, December 3, 2018

Baby Galloway #4 Is A.....

We went to find out the baby's gender in May.

The kids guesses were as follows:
Grace- Boy
Sophia- Girl
Luke- Boy

Ian and I didn't know or have a guess, really.

This was the first time that I had a desire on the gender. I really wanted a girl as I was feeling all sentimental about the girls' things- if this wasn't a girl then all of there really sweet clothes and things would need to be cleaned out and passed on to someone else. I would be fine, either way, of course, but I had a preference.

We took all three kids with us into the ultrasound room. The tech seemed a little unsure how to proceed with such a crowded space. She also had a very insistent Luke to contend with (he could not be convinced that there was only one baby in there- he wanted twins!)

In the end, we found out the gender would be.....

A baby boy! We were so excited to finally know and braced ourselves for months (or years?) of people saying things like "Oh, two and two. Guess it's even." Yup. That's true.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Pregnancy Update- Second Trimester

Trimester Two started off with a bang.

And by bang, I totally mean a roaring case of food poisoning.

I had been craving burgers for many weeks, specifically ones from an unnamed burger joint. Partly because I try not to give in to every craving and partly because the one I repeatedly tried to go to was under renovations, I was never able to fulfill this particular craving.

Ian was out of town and I navigated a doctors appointment with the kids in tow and the rewarded myself with a trip to said burger joint. I even have photographic evidence as I was so excited I ate my burger in the car and sent my mom a picture of it.

Six hours later I would regret that craving (and now, six months later, I still do.) I honestly have never been that kind of sick. It didn’t help that Ian was out of town and couldn’t return for 24 hours, or that neighbors, who are usually my backup, were somehow all out of town also.

I couldn’t even leave our third floor master to care for the kids. I think at some point I called down to grace and asked her to help the others get cereal. I think at some point I had them come up to me to get kisses. I must have gone to their rooms to tuck them in. (Right?!)

 I was so deliriously out of my mind. I can look back now and see that I was probably dangerously dehydrated. I had set a mental timer on when I would take myself into the hospital and I was actually able to keep down fluids before I reached that point.

And that, my friends, is how the second trimester started.

I didn’t lose my morning sickness until closer to 20 weeks.
I did find a new love for vitamin B and Unisom.

I didn't gain any weight (which was not my pattern for the other three.)
I did show earlier than before.

I didn't get a "second trimester burst of energy."
I did have pregnancy insomnia set in.

We did find out the gender of the baby....
We did not decide on a name until nearly 30 weeks pregnant.

The second trimester went out with a bang as well, I guess, as very near the end  I got a stomach virus that made life difficult for several days. I was very ready for baby to come and was thankful when pool season wrapped up shortly after the third trimester started as I was feeling very large!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Deck the Hall

Well, we did it.

We got our tree up and decorated.

And survived.

That's about the extent of it.

What should have been a joyful occasion ended up being an event that we just got through, because, hello.

Four kids, small house, pouring, freezing rain, and the couch.

Did I mention the couch? We have a pretty tight family room with an extra large couch and an extra large love seat. We had made a plan to move the love seat upstairs to our third floor master to make room during the holiday season.

Plans are meant to be broken, right?

Turns out the couch couldn't actually fit through the staircase so we made the split second decision to just get rid of the couch. Except it was pouring out so we couldn't actually take it out of the house. So the couch took up home in another part of the family room (the part where we are supposed to walk in.)
Ben's First Christmas Tree!

The kids were bickering.

The lights weren’t working.

Luke’s head banged into the ceiling when he was lifted up to put the angel on.

And I had forgotten to make a plan for dinner.


It definitely wasn’t picture perfect.

In the end though, the tree got put up and decorated,
The loose bulb was located and the lights began working,
Pizza was ordered for dinner,
The kids became happy campers,
And music eventually played on in the background.

We did have to make FOUR trips to Target to purchase one more strand of lights, as ours mysteriously didn't cover the whole tree this year. We may have purchased Bright White lights, outside lights, and then finally Warm White lights before figuring out what we actually did need.

It’s likely that the only evidence of it being a stressful, non perfect decorating time will be this post, as the kids have already forgotten and are talking about how much they love decorating time.

I’m glad that they won’t really remember the bad parts, and I’m glad that some years are more colorful than others as it definitely will make this year stand out and make me appreciate more peaceful years in the future.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving!

We spent the day as our first ever "just us" Thanksgiving Day. I was a little apprehensive that we'd feel depressed or isolated but it ended up being a great day.

We got moving early with our day- the kids had cartoons while we downed some coffee, snuggled Ben, and preheated the oven.

We had decided to go the easy route- I had ordered a Thanksgiving meal from Whole Foods and had picked it up the day before, then we chose a few of our favorite side dishes and made those on Thanksgiving morning.

Ian asked for Sweet Potato Casserole
Sophia asked for Corn Casserole,
and Grace asked for our family's special stuffing.

I, being somewhat compliant, didn't ask for anything else to be made. Also, I'm not an idiot, I didn't want to make any more work for myself!

We spent the morning watching the parade and letting the kids help make their side dish (Luke took over as assistant on Ian's casserole.) The kids played with LEGOs, Ben nursed and slept off and on, and Ian kept on top of any dirty dishes that were created.

Sometime after noon we were wrapping it up on our preparations and were able to facetime with both sides of our families. We sat down to eat right around one and had everyone laying down for a nap by two.

Ian and I had arranged tickets earlier in the week to take the whole family to see Wreck It Ralph 2, so that is what we did post nap time. The kids loved it and consumed a ton of popcorn while Ben nursed and slept through the entire thing.

I somehow didn't take a single picture of our family (though I have ones of our table and our food!) and I'm kicking myself for that now. Luckily, I do have one of sweet Ben on his first Thanksgiving.

It was a nice day overall. Good family time, delicious food, and a laid back schedule. You can't ask for much more than that!

I don't ever go out on Black Friday, so I felt very accomplished when, on Black Friday, at approximately 7:30 AM, I saw our postal worker deliver several large packages to our front door.

Christmas shopping, done.

This year, I am especially thankful for Amazon.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Pregnancy Update- the First Trimester

Baby Galloway Number Four is well on the way and we couldn't be more excited!

It's time for a little back story....

This baby was long awaited. I had been having "baby fever," for well over a year but, having been back in the US for just over a year I knew that the timing was not right. Finally, we were feeling more settled and in routine and it was time! You know, time to throw a crying newborn, unscheduled routines, and a complete lack of sleep at a family who finally felt settled!

I began suspecting I was pregnant on Thursday, February 8th, but wanted to wait until after the weekend to test. I couldn't wait any longer and on Sunday, February 11th, I took a test while getting ready for church. It was the faintest double line that I have gotten out of all four pregnancies but I suspected that it was very early on.

I kept waiting for Ian to come upstairs to get ready for church and would tell him then, but, as it turns out, he had already showered, gathered his clothes, and was ironing downstairs. It felt like an eternity so I finally slipped downstairs and aught him alone and told him! He was excited and surprised, but at least he wasn't confused like he was when he found out about baby #3 (Luke!)

The pregnancy symptoms started early but I was determined to keep it from the kids for as long as possible. I was the sickest I've ever been out of all four pregnancies, but this time I had three kids to take care of and a job to be at! It was definitely an interesting 2-3 months.

We told the kids at 10 weeks along. We were about to go on a trip to visit family and I knew that my extreme food aversions and morning sickness would be evident to the grown ups so we told the kids by wrapping three small baby items (a bib, a pacifier, and a diaper rash cream tube,) and told the kids that these were clues about a surprise that would be coming soon.

Grace got the bib and figured it out right away. She was and still is the most excited to have a new baby in the house! I think she's going to make a great big sister to a baby! She was only 3.5 when Luke was born so though she was a "big sister," she is truly going to be a great helper and little mommy to this baby.

Sophia, who had been for weeks saying she doesn't like babies and thought they are smelly and slobbery, got the diaper rash cream which was still in a box. She didn't recognize it (we have been done with diapers for quite awhile here!) and was confused and then slightly horrified at the thought of a baby.

She came around pretty quickly and is excited.

Luke got the pacifier and was just gleeful to be doing something fun. He didn't really understand until I started showing but then he talks to the baby and holds things up to my belly to "show the baby."

We had planned on doing our 10 year anniversary trip to Budapest, Hungary, but, partly due to how badly sick I was, and partly due to outside circumstances, we pushed the trip back to right at the end of the first trimester so that I would hopefully be over the worst of it.

I really wanted to enjoy vacation food!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Baby Galloway Number FOUR!

Getting caught up on here means that some things are going to fall in the "Better Late Than Never" category.

This is one of those things....

Baby Galloway Number Four is expected in October 2018! We are so excited and are looking forward to seeing how the baby will change things around here!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Grace's 7th Birthday

Grace turned 7 back in April and I feel like her whole birthday and celebrations went by in such a haze. We were super busy for 2-3 weeks surrounding her birthday and traveling a ton so it was definitely not our most routine of birthdays.

Her actual birthday happened on the day we drove back from visiting my family in Charlotte, NC. Our family had a cake and presents the night before for her and we also let her choose our road trip lunch spot on the drive home on her birthday.

We saved her presents for the next couple of days, since we were right back into work and school and things were hectic (actually, I just figured out I didn't give her this puzzle I had gotten for her. It just seemed like too much stuff! Oh well, I will save it for a bored summer day.)

Then I realized we never really planned a party or activity. We started Grace on a rotation with this birthday, odd numbers are just a special event with family, even numbers will be a party. She didn't really understand it though and had thought she would be taking a friend or two (or five) to a special event. She was desperately disappointed so I scrambled to come up with a few special play dates.

I originally wanted one play date with three friends but it was rather last minute and no one could get together on the same day.

First, we took her best buddy from school, William, to dinner and open gym at the local gymnastics place.

The next day we had a play date with some sweet friends of hers and Sophia's. We had dinner and brought cupcakes that Grace had made from a cupcake cookbook she has.

And on the third day, we picked up Grace's good friend, Lily, and took the girls roller skating! They had such a good time and I was really impressed with how fast Sophia, who is usually my most hesitant, picked it up.

The playdates helped smooth things over but I definitely will be planning things out a little better in the future!