Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Struggling with boy names. Need help.

I thought that we were all set a few weeks ago, but it has come to my attention that I really do not love that particular name. Can you help? The name must be "normal", in other words not very unusual. Chris prefers names that are kind of "normal" and now that our other children have "normal" names, we'd like to coninue with that. Also, the name or the middle name must be a family name. Each of the children are named after a family member.

Here are some family names which haven't been used: Raymond, Lee, Gordon, Stanley, Clarence, Harold, Christopher, Blayne and Cameron. In addition, the letter J. is one of Chris' grandpa's middle name and mine starts with a J. so I wouldn't be opposed to that. I'm not sure how the sister-in-laws would feel about Blayne and Cameron as they come from my brothers and I can't say for certain they wouldn't want to use them for additional children. I'll stay away from my brother, Matthew, as I'm fairly certain they will be adding on again soon.

These names will not be considered: Jakob or Jacob (know a few), Jack, Nathan (too many at school), Stanley, Gordon, Clarence or Harold (as first names).

Ok, there are the guidelines. Can you help?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Couple of Things...

So, Derek's foot has gradually gotten better. He has limped on it since he hurt it but the last two days I haven't noticed much limping at all. Also, he hasn't said a word about it which leads me to believe it's no longer hurting either. I think we're going to call this one a closed case. Thank goodness. I feel much better about waiting to call and subjecting him to irreversible foot damage!

Also, Hanna had her 18 month well child check at the doctor yesterday. The last time we were there was 3 months ago and she weighed in at 18 lbs. 9 oz. and was 30 inches tall. I was a slightly disappointed to find that she weighed in yesterday at 19 lbs. and 8 oz. and was 31 in. tall. The height part was good, but I really thought she should have gained more weight than that. Our pediatrician was not concerned and pointed out that she is still climbing along the same growth curve and it is going up. He said he was very happy with her progress and I should be too. I am, I'm just used to children in 90th percentile and above. Hanna falls just under the 3rd percentile for weight and the 20th for height. Wow! She is huge! I just need to remember that she is not Dutch but she is a happy, healthy Ethiopian-American! The rest of the appointment included much sadness as she needed two more shots....again! Between catching up on vaccines and flu shots and whatnot, she has had at least 2 shots every time she has visited that office since she has joined our family. Poor kid. It's no wonder she began screaming the minute the doctor walked in and did not stop until the minute he and his "mean" nurses left the room. I felt bad for her.

Friday, April 18, 2008

To Call Or Not To Call...

That is the question!

I'm talking about calling the doctor. Derek has a very gimpy foot today. It has been gradually bothering him more and more over the course of the past few days. The kid plays soccer like a mad-man at every recess (I would know this as I live across the street and spy on him every chance I get!). This morning he could barely bring himself to walk on it. Of course, I told him it just needed to get loosened up a bit and the only way to do that would be to get walking on it. I marched him across the street to school, but now I feel a bit guilty. What if it's a terrible injury and I'm causing him irreversible damage by making him walk on it? Ok, I know this last question was a bit irrational, but help me out here people!!! Chris says we have to wait until Monday to do anything because that's when the new insurance will start for the kids. It looks like we'll be taking the "wait-and-see" approach, unless he's lame by the end of the day. Then I'm calling for sure!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

It's a..........


So much for all the folklore about how you carry, when you conceived and similarity of pregnancies. There was no mistaking. It is definitely a boy. We'll have to save the name announcement for later as the boy name is not set in stone yet. Thanks for all of your well wishes and prayers! Love you all.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Cast Your Votes

We are now at one week until our ultra-sound and we thought it might be fun to take a little poll of friends and family. So, cast your vote! Is it a boy or a girl?

I'll start: boy
Chris: girl (I think this is his guess but if I'm wrong I'll edit this answer later after I double check with him)
Derek: boy
Lukas: boy (this is what he would like to have)
Hanna: no vote, no clue, only painful toes predicted for her

Add your guess in the comment section and I'll tally them up next week and we'll see who's really smart!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Sand Monster

Hanna Rae is a Sand Monster. We filled our old turtle sand box with baby sand for her since she wouldn't stop eating the small stones out of our neighbors' sand box. She really loves to be in her sandbox. She does not, however, play with the sand or buckets or shovels or rakes that we bought for her. Truly all she does in the sandbox is eat the sand. Shovel-full after shovel-full, she eats the sand. She sat in the sandbox for close to an hour the other night and did not stop eating the sand. When I would look over at her she would lick around her mouth and smile. She really loves sand. I will spare you a discription of the Sand Monster's diaper the next day! You're welcome.