Sunday, March 22, 2009

CHANGES

                     first family picture


after Sofia was born i felt like we were definitely done. she was the perfect baby; hardly cried or fussed, easy going, sweet..... perfect. nine months after her birth i found out that i was pregnant with Oliver. my whole world was about to change. i knew i could handle my four, i was happy, still somewhat patient and under control, but what was FIVE going to do to me? UGH!! i was in a panic. 

it has definitely been more challenging having five. my patience has been tested a lot more. Oliver was not the perfect baby. he cried ALL THE TIME, i was sleep deprived and could feel myself slowly losing my mind. i can now tell you after two and a half years of having five children i have survived. i am even beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel and i am grateful that i had my number 5. he is such a sweet little guy! now that we are finished having babies, which now makes me a little sad, i am beginning to see lots of changes in our house. Nico is almost 10 and in need of some privacy. he just got moved to his own bedroom where he can get some peace and quiet. i took the crib down for the final time. (it survived 10 years of abuse!) Ollie is now in a big boy bed!!! i have successfully potty trained all five children. NO MORE DIAPERS!! i can not even tell you what a relief that is!! i thought the day would never come. 

while all of these changes are happening, i am coming to realize how blessed i am. my family is complete and it feels good. next year 4 out of 5 of my children will be in school. i am playing tennis again. i am starting to make plans to get my degree in sign language interpreting. it feels good to be me right now!
              our most recent family picture



9 comments:

the MuLLinS said...

Ah! I loooove this post. It was so fun to read, and really well written. Thanks for sharing and lending some "hope for the future!" You're the man Shanna ;)

Cheyenne said...

What a sweet blog. You are blessed and you have a beautiful family. I love your outlook!

The Smiths said...

That is so awesome! I love you!

Colby Family said...

I wonder if you had any idea what was to come in that first family photo... how sweet. That is where I am now and I love seeing how blessed you have been. Makes me look forward to everything to come! I'm so glad you are starting to have some "you" time now! Love you! -Alicia

THE PARKER FAMILY said...

I'm so excited for all the "new" fun things you'll get to experience as the kids get older. There is so much more to come!

Joe and Jake Est. 1990 said...

You are my hero in every sense of the word!

The Tait Family said...

i'm glad you feeling good.

The Schaefer's said...

Wait til you're out of STROLLERS!! It's so GREAT!!! You're too cute Shanna; and you're such a good mom.

Andrea said...

Hi! I am visiting from Bethany's blog. We knew each other in the UK. I am also a mother of five----ages two to eleven. I have three younger boys and two older girls. There are some days that I don't know how I do it-other are a breeze.

Congrats on the no diaper household! I am making big plans with the extra $$$-hopefully that will come soon for us, too.