Sunday, May 3, 2009

New Life

I've been marveling at the new life spring has brought to our home and property this year. Goldie's tulips bloomed again. They weren't as eye catching as the first year, but I still enjoyed them.

Hank bought me blackberry, raspberry, and blueberry bushes for Easter. We planted them where the chicken coop was last year. The soil there should be nice and fertile.

The asparagus I planted last year is coming up! I love asparagus and now we will be able to eat it from our own garden! Hank was laughing at how excited I got over seeing the first skinny shoots.

Two weeks ago I planted half of the garden. (The half Hank didn't dump clumps of cow manure on.) I planted lettuce, cabbage, onions, and sugar snap peas. They will all do well if we get another frost. I'll plant more after Mother's Day.



We surprised everyone with the news this week that Goldie is going to be a big sister! It looks like the girls will be getting a new sibling for Christmas. I couldn't have planned that if I tried. Not that we were trying or planning. I admit to crying a few frightened tears. Goldie is still nursing a lot and doesn't sleep for sh*** at night. Because of Hank's work I'm on my own when it comes to nighttime parenting. (It just wouldn't be good to have a sleep deprived, gasoline tanker truck driver cruising the roads.) So, this means I have to get my act together and figure out how to help her sleep better on her own. We have an ENT appointment this month and plans to rearrange the girl's bedrooms. Any gentle parenting ideas are welcome. (We don't CIO.)

The girls are excited. They are hoping for a brother. I explained that I don't think those odds are very good. I'm so happy that Goldie will have a sibling close in age to her. Out of all 4 children, these 2 will be closest in age. Most of our friends and family are happy for us. But, there's always that one person who has to see the dark side of everything. It's a shame, really. I'm looking forward to seeing our family grow. I grew up with only 2 cousins that live 600 miles away. I always wished for a bigger family, especially around the holidays. I missed having kids to draw, sing, or play dolls with. As an adult,that has become my wish for my kids. We can't give them cousins, but we can give them each other. I just hope that whatever life brings their way, our children are able to go through it together.

12 comments:

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, CONGRATULATIONS honey!!! Wish I could hug you!! I'm so thrilled for you (and a wee bit envious).

Mel said...

Wow! How exciting! I LOVE little babies :) Try Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, or Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers by Tracey Hogg. Very gentle- about teaching them to drop off the edge by themselves.

Beverly said...

Congrats!!! I am so happy for you guys!!! Such wonderful news!

Karen said...

Oh my goodness! CONGRATS!!! I'm so excited for you guys.

And a little jealous that you can plant something this early in the year. Doesn't it get killed with frost mid May?

SunflowerMom said...

Congratulations!!!!! What exciting news! I'm sure all will fall into place in time. Looks like you have lots of great things growing!

Megan said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! {{{Big hugs}}}

Jennifer said...

WOW!!! CONGRATULATIONS!! I hope you're surviving your morning sickness and whatever else you're dealing with!!!

Wendy P said...

That's awesome!!! Congratulations!!!

Monica said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! That is very exciting news !! And I'm totally drooling over your garden, I have a very very small space for a garden!!! My oldest son's due date was Dec.26, he waited till Jan.3, but I just remember it being an awesome time to have a baby!!!!!!!!

Ruby's Mom said...

Congratulations!!!! How exciting!!!
Love your garden!

JaybirdNWA said...

Congratulations! We have our five children and really enjoy them despite the work. We do wish that we would have had them earlier in our life but, at any age the good definitely outweighs the bad when it comes to a large family. I enjoyed the pictures of your garden and land. Springtime gives such a renewal of mind, body and soul.

Michelle said...

Big congratulations to your family! What exciting news!