On Friday at our 20 week ultrasound we had the chance to find out if this little baby is a boy or a girl… We Did Not Find Out! This is new for us, we’ve never waited until the birth to know the gender of the baby. So far, I am excited. Than Hancock told me it was so fun and a definite must try so here we are. Most people seem to be anti – waiting (including my husband and kids) BUT I figure I’ve got everything baby in this house, boy or girl, and I am ready. One major down fall is having to think of both names… and we had to choose a gender neutral fetal name: Pat. Pat seems to be doing great though! The Ultrasound looked good from all angles. I am measuring 6 days earlier than the June 8th due date but I’m thinking that has more to do with my size than Pat’s. I still can’t believe that we have a 7th child on the way! Woohoo!!
We are healthy and it feels so good. Its the little things really. We all LOVE seeing Millie happy. She just brightens up every room in the house. The kids have been following her around and giving hugs. Ray has given her so many kisses this week and has just been super sweet. Nothing spectacular is going on but we are happy to be alive and to feel good and to have each other.
Over the weekend we got to spend time with Ryan and his girls and with Joel and Megan and Shannon and Sean and Brady and Mo. Ryan and I got to hang out on Friday. His kids weren’t here so he played with my kids and was the fun uncle… coloring contests and Coloretto and getting little Ray to be his buddy. He brought his kids down on Sunday and the cousins had a blast. I love spending time with my family. Joel and Megan’s baby is due today so we are all getting anxious to meet him…
NO PICTURES of my siblings 🙁 but we were dog sitting… And Ben came home from a long day at work and made dinner for all of us because Ryan and I were in the middle of a game and I hadn’t prepared anything for dinner! ( I know, I don’t deserve him)
The weekend before my sister Shannon lost her phone and she called me to vent and talk about it and we ended up getting on the computer and tracking her iphone and the police were able to go over and get it back from the lady that took it!! It was crazy. I felt like a real detective and we were just so happy that she got it back. Her ID, cards and phone!! blessings! Speaking of blessings: When Millie was in the hospital the charge nurse ended up being a really good friend of ours! It was SO NICE to have her there and she knew just what we needed and was in a position to help a little more than other nurses might have. She let me vent and cry and it was just what I needed to get through that long day. I consider that a huge blessing. God knows us and is aware of each of our individual lives.
The NICE weather is helping our moods too. Cali came home from school yesterday and declared it a picnic day. I was skeptical BUT she was right – It was a beautiful day. We spent 4 hours out in the back yard. Some of the neighbor kids joined us. It was just what this cooped up family needed.
And then your baby gets sick and none of the other stuff matters! (life can stand still)
Millie has been sick since we got back from California!
The first 4 days she was Feverish and grumpy. Then she got Snotty and coughing. I kept thinking she was getting better but then she would have another fever. By the weekend she was no longer grumpy, just Lethargic and started laboring to breath. So On Sunday the 11th I got worried and took her to instacare.
I’m sure I waited too long but… It was a wait it out illness and I was trying to wait it out. But her oxygen levels were low and her body seemed like it was using all of its resources to breath and none to fight the virus. They gave her an oxygen treatment and antibiotic for an ear ache and then sent us to check in at the hospital since her levels were still too low.
SO.. after oxygen for 24 hours she started looking better and her levels stayed up on their own! She was still grumpy and coughing and sleepy after 2 days at the hospital but ready for her own bed and family. She had successfully pushed away every Dr and nurse. And HATED being hooked to the oxygen and heart rate machines. We got to bring her home Tuesday afternoon and she seemed delighted to see her siblings and her chair at the table. She was still wimpy and had to relearn how to walk and was a major grump but none of that mattered because we were in our house with our beds.
That night Raymond and Rose started throwing up! And then Thursday and Friday Millie started throwing up. We are still dealing with diarrhea but I feel like we are finally going to get over the sickness and back to real life. Today makes 2 full weeks of sickness. 2 constant weeks! But we finally got some smiles from our sweet Millie.
We have truly missed our Sit on your face, Stand on the table, Climb on the fireplace, Dance to the music and break everyone’s toys little sweetheart!… We have missed her big laugh and smile. I’m still waiting for my old Millie to be 100% but so happy that she is getting better. Goodbye RSV/Bronchiolitis with an ear infection on top, and Don’t come back!
We had so much support from family and friends! THANK YOU EVERYONE.
Pictures from before the hospital and then at the hospital…
And then we came home to recover and throw up a little…
Every year we leave the day after Christmas and drive to my parents house! It’s an 11 hour drive and we all hate it but it is always worth it. This year we got a late start – we didn’t leave until 8:30am BUT we made good time. We were the last ones to arrive, right around 6pm. And that’s when the party started!
Friday 12/26 drive, celebrate Christmas with Robertson’s – gifts from parents, gifts to parents. Cousin exchange, Sibling exchange…
Saturday 12/27 Beccas baby shower, buy appliances for parents, play soccer with friends, play more games at the church with family, eat out at Hulas with all of the adults, games
Sunday 12/28 mom gave a great talk at church, I got to see some great friends at church, kids explored in backyard, fried chicken for Sunday dinner, games
Monday 12/29 basketball at the church, yogurts and pizza, park & discs & skates, lasagne, Rob teaching the 2 year olds, lots of coloring, games
Tuesday 12/30 Go see a house that Kevin is wanting to buy, visit the Aunts, play at the church with the Hancocks, tacos for dinner, games
Wednesday 12/31 Breakfast with Angelee and Erica, visit with Becky, Take all of the kids to the jump houses in Gridley, Michael’s yearly slurpee run, new years eve extravaganza!
Thursday 1/1 new years!, watch football, play soccer, Nertz with mikila and amber, sleep, Eat Ham, hall way hockey, Play spoons, lots of games
Friday 1/2 Visit Tonya, take all kids to the School, boys throw discs, clean, pack, cali haircut, NOODLE SOUP, muddy buddy, more games
Saturday 1/3 Drive Home, unpack, crash!
Now when I condense it like that it doesn’t seem too intense but when you consider that there were 30 plus people for each of these activities. There was a game or 3 being played during any “down time”. My parents home is less than 2000 square feet. Noone got to bed before midnight unless they zonked out on the couch – kids included. Babies still woke everyone up between 7 and 8am. It was a crazy week. And Super Fun.
The most played games this year were NERTZ, Coloretto, Love Letters, Robot Maze, Dominion, Settlers, Ticket, and several new games that I heard were fun but I never got to play. We did get sucked in to playing Jame Jat June for Josh and a little catch phrase.
There was a passing of the “Robertson Family Fantasy Football League Belt” to Michael – this years Champion. And there was a Champions round of Super Tecmo Bowl – Kevin handed the Helmet over to Sean this year.
The bathroom line at the parents was insane all week. There are times when you stand at the hall and wait for your turn. There are emergencies where I told Packer to go out back in the bushes. One of the days I watched Kevin wait for over an hour because he kept missing the openings – each time he went back someone else was already in. Anyway, It’s always fun and amazing that we do actually get showers most days.
This year we got one of the bedrooms which is awesome because we have a room for all 8 of our suitcases! and all of our stuff. We filled the room with our stuff and a crib for Millie and it was packed! Then each night a few of the kids would need to sleep in with us on the floor. If they were too grumpy or couldn’t fall asleep or woke up in the middle of the night then they would come find a little spot on the floor. I readily admit that it is not prime sleeping arrangements BUT we have so much fun, there is no way we would dream of sleeping anywhere else! 🙂
The sleeping saga continues because there are several kids that need to sleep out in the family room. The babies get the bedrooms and the rooms just aren’t big enough for everyone but… We also have MANY adults that like to stay up SUPER late and be LOUD and crazy and play lots of games and never go to bed… So we have lots of tired kids and tired adults but again…. in some weird way we choose this scenario.
Now we are home going through family withdrawals… we love being with family.
and that was our week in California!
Christmas is such a fun day. Everyone is in such a good mood and excited and Ben and I just love giving to our kids – SO FUN. One of these years we hope that they will learn to look beyond the gifts but right now we are enjoying their cute little personalities and genuine happiness. Here are some of my favorite shots from Christmas morning:
Raymond got his “big Olaf”, Packer got his Robot, Benji got Skylanders, and the girls got everything Frozen. SO FUN.
We had dinner at Ben’s parents with most of his siblings and enjoyed the day.
Christmas Eve means McDonald’s at noon.
Christmas Eve means being with family.
… acting out the birth of our Savior.
… and eating tomales with (or this year with out) Udine.
… eating all of our favorite snacks.
… tracking Santa as he travels around the world and gets closer and closer to us.
… and drinking too much Guatemalan punch. (again missed out on this year)
… basking in the excitement of all the kids and cousins.
… new pajamas.
… the only night of the year the children actually WANT to go to bed.
We got to have a special get together with Grandma and Grandpa and exchange gifts and eat treats and just enjoy being together:
I think my Father in Law was the picture man for this event because this is all I’ve got. This has become one of our favorite Christmas Traditions and valued time with grandparents.
This was Tuesday the 23rd. The 3 oldest kids went to the dentist in the morning and then we had Christmas with the Grandparents and then we had to go to the salvage yard and say goodbye to the Mitsubishi.
Friday – 12/19 – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – happy kids! The kids enjoyed playing outside a little, Packer taught us the joys of push pin art. Millie and her dog – one of 3 words she can say. Boys getting out some of their craziness. And Benji lost a tooth – he wanted Santa and the Fairy to come on the same night but he pulled it a day early.
Monday the 22nd of December we had the Netty Families over to decorate Gingerbread houses! Ben told me to remind him to make a double batch of dough and to make the houses 3-5 days early because they have been too soft the last 2 years and caved from the weight of the candy.
This was also the day that I went out to get Pizza and got in a car wreck on State Street. I was turning left and the other car ran the red light pretty late and I was sitting in the intersection. I was blessed to walk away with a bruised knee. The two women in the other car were taken to the hospital but I heard they were ok. That was the first major accident I’ve been in and it was a little crazy. I knew the car was going to hit me so I just braked and braced for impact, I then pushed my car out of the road and went to check on the other vehicle that didn’t stop until it ran into a building! Ben’s car was crunched enough to be considered a total loss. So, not a Christmas miracle, but I’m grateful that no one was seriously injured and that I didn’t have any of my kids in the car with me. We are searching to replace Ben’s car… let me know if you find a great deal!
Raymond and Rose were so excited to go play in the snow. They had no idea that it was so cold or that there whole body could get numb.All they remembered about snow is that you can make snowmen and snow angels and that’s what they did.
Then Packer had the great idea to make his own snow cone!! yum