Wednesday, February 27, 2008

So Little Time...


I just noticed that last blog I had a typo...she was actually 32 1/2 inches, not 31....anyhow, she's tall!!

We have so much going on right now. I am working 2 days a week, Brice is barely able to come home and eat before going to bed b/c he is so busy and Rachel is just simply growing up before our eyes! She can do so many "big girl" things now. She can and will, for the most part, follow simple commands. For example, we were at the doctor's office yesterday (doctor for Mommy, not Rachel) and she was taking all of the magazines off the table. I said, "Rachel, look at Mommy." She did. "Get those books (she doesn't know what a magazine is) and put them back on the table, please." She did exactly what I asked her. It was just such a simple thing but to me, it just filled my heart. I love her so much and I just love watching her little wheels turn in her head. She is really vocal right now too....saying things that you can actually understand...okay, that I can understand! :) She says water, cracker, Crunchies, emmys (that's M&Ms), Christy, Krista, Chelsea, Siah (that's Josiah), Bibby (Libby), stairs, room, door, juice, Bilk (milk), no no, paci, home, house, car, school, shoes, socks, drink, fish and list goes on.....as I began to type all of the things she can say I realized that she says a lot of words!!! Her newest ones are elbow, pease (please) and obu (love you). Oh, I just love her...can't tell, can you?

Disciple Now is this week and we have 5 grown up people staying in our home...so I have been a little Martha trying to get things situated for company...it should be fun. I work tomorrow then have lunch with a friend on Friday. I am hosting a baby shower on Saturday then next week will go to a baby shower for my friend who is having twin boys. Then work next Monday and Wednesday and will attempt to keep Chelsea and take both her and Rachel to music class on Tuesday! FUN TIMES!!!

Still no news concerning the full time position.....

Thursday, February 14, 2008

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Rachel is 15 months old today!!! We had our checkup today and as you already know, she is a big girl. She weighs 30 lbs, 1 oz, and was 31 1/2 inches long. That makes her 100th percentile for weight, 95th for length. She is an all around big girl!! Doctor said she was fine right now and although my plan is to get rid of the pacifier at 16 months old, she told me that I can wait until she is 2 years old if I want. We will see!!! :) Rachel's doctor is pregnant which is pretty exciting! She said that she is expecting a baby girl in June! YAY!!!

Last night was rough....Rachel was up 4 times and got up to stay up at about 6:15. She screamed from then until about 8:30 and then screamed the entire time we were in the doctor's office. She has another ear infection!!!! AHHHHH!!!! I am SOOOOOOO SOOOOOO SOOOOOO tired of this!! Of course, we got another antibiotic which will cause diarrhea and a yeast rash! Gosh, I hope after this one we can be finished with them for awhile!

It's Valentine's Day and Brice has to work late. Maybe I will get that dessert that I want one of these nights! It's just that time of the year...you would think after 3 1/2 years I would be used to it but it doesn't get any easier!

That's all for now. Check out the rest of the newest pictures at www.dropshots.com/bricerikkirachel

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Great Debate

Stay home???? Go to work???? What is better for my family? for me? for my child? AHHHH!!!! You watch talk shows where women "duke it out" about which is healthier and which is more beneficial for everyone involved. It is such a tough subject. I never thought it would such a hard decision for me. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my daughter and I never want anyone to think otherwise but I also love my career. So, if I decide to put Rachel in child care and go to work, does that necessarily mean that I love my career more!!?? NO NO NO!! I know so many working moms who love working and then love coming home to their families...good good moms. I have many friends who don't have a choice. In order to make ends meet, they have to work and it never was a decision they had to make. Most of them will tell you that they would rather stay home with their kids. Is this just another one of those, "we want what we can't have scenarios?" I say all of this to say that I am probably going to go to work full time and put Rachel in child care and though a part of me is apprehensive, I really feel good about that decision. If you will allow me to be a little transparent here, I will have to honestly say that I am worried about what my friends will say about me! Why are you working when you don't have to? Do you not like being home with Rachel? Why would you want someone else teaching her things that you should be teaching her? All of these things have played through my head a million times!!!! AHHH!!! I have to do what is right for me and for my family right now and right now I do not have a full time commitment but if I choose to it does not mean that I don't love my child, it does not mean that I don't enjoy spending time with her. It simply means that God has given me a calling to be a social worker and I want to fulfill that while still answering the even higher calling that he has given me to be a mother...I can do both...and if for some reason I can't, I don't have to work forever! I will always do what is best for my child. That being said, please pray for me in this entire job situation. Will update later!!

Whew...okay, now that I go that off my chest! Rachel is doing great!! Getting so big! We went to the park yesterday for the first time and she had a blast on the swings. She didn't want to leave but a wet diaper and no where to change it made us go on home. We have both been sick. Rachel had an ear infection last week and I have had bronchitis. I think we are both well. Brice never got it...YAY!! We all know how sick men can be! ;)






Anyway, not much else going on. We are doing well and for that....we can rejoice!



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