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Mar 24, 2018

Guest Blog: Being a Mom by Princess

I asked mom if I could write a blog post about Tadpole, but I really should have just asked her if I could send her a whole bunch of pictures to post. I sure do love this sweet little boy. He is almost two months old now and I have to say it has been the fastest two months of my life; but at the same time it feels like I was pregnant lifetimes ago. Actually, I can’t really fathom that this little being used to live inside me, but that’s a whole other story. 

Being a new mom, I am asked several questions: “Is it everything you thought it would be?” “What has been the most surprising?” “What’s the hardest thing?” “What’s the best thing?” My poor mommy brain has yet to give a good answer to these questions. I usually give some sort of answer, but I really wanted to stop and think it through; so here are my answers.

Is it everything you thought it would be? I hate this question. There really is only one correct response: “It’s so much more.” I mean what am I supposed to say? No? Yeah that makes me sound like a terrible mom. Yes? Now I sound super proud. The truth is, I know a lot of moms and I did a lot of reading about motherhood. I’m fortunate (being one of twelve kids) that I had quite a bit of experience with babies. Yet, I don’t think anyone can ever truly understand what it’s like. Some things are not nearly as big of a deal as I thought they were going to be: like cutting his fingernails. I had heard horror stories and fears and so I put it off for several weeks. Not really sure what the big deal was there. Try cutting Sport’s nails. That’s way harder! (In his defense, I haven’t cut them in a few years). Some things are a much bigger deal; basically stressing about another person’s bodily functions. 

What has been the most surprising? I knew babies used a lot of diapers, but that first couple days Tadpole really brought that to a new level. In the NICU they were worried that he was dehydrated so they had him eating more than the average newborn and they were pumping him liquids through an IV. Long story short… so many diapers! Also, I was quite surprised to have a little red head and that my hair is also turning reddish. 

What is the hardest thing?
When he cries and it takes a long time to calm him down. He seems to have tummy troubles (like his daddy) and it makes him quite unhappy. 

What’s the best thing?
Tadpole’s little smile. Especially when he is sleeping. Also, from day one he has put his pinky out while he eats. It melts my heart. I mean, what’s not to love?

Mar 23, 2018

Guest Blogger: The Apartment by the Dog Walker

I thought I wrote just recently about the honeymoon that Cat Lover and I have been on. But my mom asked me to do another one, because she and my dad have been having going through the day of helping Catwoman and her little Supergirl go through the custody trial. We're still hoping that things will work out for them.

Anyway. My mother kept on asking me about the little apartment that all of your followers are hoping to see. At first, I thought she was still going to do that, but since I'm living down there with my wife, she asked me to describe of how the little apartment is going for the both us. We're enjoying it so far ever since we came back from the Honeymoon.

The way it looks from the pictures, it sure makes it look exactly like we have entered an apartment with an outdoor hallway, but it still is in my parents' basement. We're so glad that my dad has had the time to get the sink and the oven/stove in full operation for the both of us to use the kitchen appliances. We have been making some meals with these appliances as test runs and they all work really well.

Another thing that we're also glad about having is this Roku television set secured to the wall. We're happy snuggling together on the bed and the couch watching some fun movies and even watching Studio C with the BYUtv app on the TV set. From what we just watched tonight was Fireproof. It really was great to be learning on how to keep a marriage from ever falling apart, just like in the movie.

And speaking of marriage, we're still loving each other, even if we are working at jobs or if we're doing other things that may acquire being temporarily separated during a marriage. Cat Lover sure doesn't want to get a divorce and neither do I. We are still working on making sure we're responsible for the things we're doing in the little apartment. Like, we still have to pay rent, even if the utility bills are still under my parents' household when we're living here.

All right, I just realized that I'm getting off subject with the little apartment. We set it up like any other home could be like. We still have the walk-in closet that we can put our clothes inside and we received these two big red shelves with white drawers to store our things inside. One of them is inside the walk-in closet while the other is being used as a little pantry. Space is quite limited in this little apartment, but we're also working on being careful with our money, so that someday, Cat Lover and I will have our own place to live in and start a family.

I hope that I explained a lot of things that are understandable to see, but I also hope that these pictures do show of how the progress has been accomplished. Now another thing that we need to work on accomplishing is to start making our own family. I'll keep in touch with you all.

Mar 22, 2018

Sad Day

We are heading to court this morning to see where they might place our tiny Supergirl. Her very young parents are struggling. Please pray for them.

Mar 21, 2018

Sweetie's Day Off

My sweetie took the day off work today.

It all started when my little ones didn't understand this reference:
...Bueller?... Bueller? ... Bueller? ...

We didn't manage to make it work as well as the famous Ferris Bueller in the movie, but it was fun. My sweetie had each of the kids do a chore with the promise that we could go to the ball field and hit a few balls with the new bats. It wasn't long before jobs were finished and they were loaded and ready to hit the road.

It was a quick trip to the stake center and Baby Doll hit a dozen balls before Curly took a turn. Soon he was pounding them into the outfield. Scout was next and she managed to hit some good ones too. Then I volunteered to try out her new bat. (I prefer mine...hers is too light for me, but just right for her.)

My sweetie told the kids he would buy them a treat if one of them caught a fly ball, but they weren't even close. Finally, I told my sweetie to lob one over the plate and I popped it up right to Curly's mitt. An easy catch and we were on our way to the Village Inn for lunch. (It had been the plan all along since we still had a few free kids meal coupons that expired the end of March, but we didn't tell the kids that.)

After lunch we picked up Cat Lover from work and then we came back to the house so my sweetie could put on Ferris Bueller's Day Off for the kids to watch since they had never seen it before. I was surprised at the high profanity levels, but other than that, it was fun and gave us all a good laugh.

Maybe next time we will have to watch Baby's Day Out. Now that's a funny movie!


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