Monday, March 23, 2009

Accents and Moby Wraps

Georgia is starting to actually sing the words to songs rather than just requesting for me to sing them while she dances. Poor thing. Her Texas momma has already taught her some bad habits. Rather than singing, "Twinkle twinkle little star." it sounds more like, "Twankle twankle little star." Georgia's version is really, "Twankle twankle twankle twankle". She goes to Awanas at our church on Sunday and is in the Puggles class. They sing a song about being a Puggle to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle. They also have t-shirts they wear and Georgia always wants to wear her Puggles shirt. Last night when I picked her up she was singing her own version of the Puggles song, too. "Puggles Puggles Puggles shirt." That was the line she sang over and over. Too cute.

Moby wraps are awesome because Sarah Jane is wanting to be held this afternoon. No problem. Put her in the Moby wrap. She's happy, my hands are free. I can get some house work done and be a good mom.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

March Madness

Marc always runs a Yahoo Tournament Pick Em' for March Madness and it's pretty fun. You can win some good money. If you want to join us this year just email either me or Marc and we'll send you the info. Hope you want to play - C

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Abundant Joy

I really don't think life can get any better right now. I love my girls. I love staying home with them. I love my husband and I'm excited about our future.

Here are a few thoughts I have right now:

I love MY newborn babies. For some reason I always forget how to hold other peoples newborns, but I love holding my own.

Our family is amazing but it's not complete. Weird to say just a few weeks after giving birth but I know we need to have more kids. Maybe I'm just spoiled to my two wonderful and easy going girls.

The second kid is much easier in so many ways than the first. Georgia was not hard at all. She didn't cry for no reason and she was pretty healthy. It's just that I know what I'm doing a little more now with Sarah Jane. Falling back to sleep after a middle of the night feeding is so much easier. I know what her sounds mean, I know when she needs me and when she doesn't.

Friends bringing meals is so valuable and amazing. I don't know how we would be making it if they weren't!! Knowing that we are taken care of makes me able to at least get one thing done during the day because I know I don't have to worry about that.

I've been more relaxed about my house than I was with Georgia for several reasons. The first is that my mom left us set up for success. She cleaned everything that could be cleaned, washed everything that could be washed and organized everything that could be organized before she left last Sunday. The second reason is my wonderful husband. He's been given the gift of being a good straightener. He can straighten any room like a pro.

I know now that life won't "get back to normal". We're going to discover a whole new normal. I think there's peace in understanding that. If I thought things would go back to the way they were I'd constantly be frustrated because you can't ever go back. Who would want to?

My main source of peace is that God's Word never changes. Though my life is constantly changing, His Word, His character, His peace and His strength stay the same. As soon as Georgia goes down for her nap, I put Sarah Jane on my chest and we spend some "Quiet Time" together reading God's Word and praying. That of course always leads to a nice peaceful nap.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Our New Life

I love the pictures like this where she's just passed out in Marc's lap. I have so many of Georgia like this.

Sarah Jane's first picnic. The weather the first week of her life was unbelievable. If putting a baby in the sunshine through a window is good for jaundice then surely straight sunshine is healthy, too. Georgia loves having picnics.

This was Sarah Jane's first morning home. We didn't get home from the hospital until around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night. I'm glad we came home though, there's nothing like your own bed and nothing like being able to sleep without nurses coming in every few hours to check your vital signs. Georgia was so excited when she saw that Sarah Jane was at her house.

Our first family picture. I love how Georgia is looking at Sarah Jane.

As soon as Georgia saw Sarah Jane she wanted to "hold it". We didn't get any great pictures of this moment so this will have to do.

More SJ Goodness

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

"Lord Give Me Strength!!"

That's what I shouted about a zillion times last night at the end. I've done this the natural way now and I'm here to say . . . It's NOT for me again! More power to the women who do it for every child. Maybe it was the fact that it basically all happened in a hours time but whoa. That's really all I can say, whoa.

I will say that recovery has been really easy which is nice. Since Georgia was breech and I had to have her in the OR I wasn't able to hold her right away. As soon as Sarah Jane came out they handed her straight to me and I didn't have to give her back for a long time. That part was amazing. I have to admit, I wanted another girl. Georgia and I went to Target yesterday and I looked at all the matching Easter dress possibilities and knew I would be in heaven if I could have another girl. Of course I would have been thrilled to have a boy but I love my girls!!

I'll write a little birth story later on when it's not so fresh in my mind and I'm not so bitter towards Eve. My mom made a good point this morning, if Eve hadn't screwed up we would have. If you don't know what I'm talking about just email me and we'll chat.

Love to you all and thank you so much for all of your sweet text messages, emails and calls. - Carlye Jo

Day 2 with Sarah Jane

I have, for the most part, just been posting pictures on here. I'm sure Carlye will get on here later and give you her thoughts on everything from Natural Childbirth to edible cheeks.

Here's the text message of the night (from Scott Muehlberger):

"...if my math is right, you now have 2 girls! Which is hilarious..."

Yup, Scott, that is hilarious. Marc Bindel has TWO DAUGHTERS. My God.


More Goodness

Sarah Jane vs. Georgia: You Decide!

Georgia - Day One

Sarah Jane - Day One

Can't tell if they're the same or not.
Sarah Jane's got those puffy cheeks.

With Daddy

Her Info

Name: Sarah Jane Bindel
Goes By: Sarahjane (like a hick - it's one word)
Birthday: 3-3-09 (Square Root Day)
Time: 8:50 p.m.
Weight: 8 Pounds, 2 Ounces
Height: 20 inches
Cheeks: Chubby
Cuteness: Off the charts

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sarah Jane is Here!!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Walkin' on Sunshine

This is Georgia and our good friend, Katie, dancing. Cruz's party was a dance party so the kids got to go nuts dancing. Like I said earlier, even the little funny things were even funnier cause she was wearing a tail.

Watching Georgia dance to this reminded me of that scene from Look Who's Talking where John Travolta is dancing with the kid. Remember that?

Cruzy's 2!

Cruz turned 2 on Saturday and we had his birthday party Sunday night. It was honestly one of the best birthday parties I've ever been to. I hope my 30th is as good as Cruz's 2nd. It was a dance party and Marc DJ'd. Every song was a hit. Val's friend, Katie Riley, brought tails for Georgia and Cruz. They clip on the back of their clothes and I think they both forgot within 3 seconds of them being on that they were even there. It made all the funny things they did even funnier because they had tails.

Georgia and Duncle Dale. You can see her pink tail sticking out on Dale.

Georgia and Cruz eating together at the table. We never have chips at our house so of course that's all Georgia ate. She didn't touch her meat or sweet potatoes. She did have a big piece of Nommie's homemade chocolate cake. Her cake is so good that most of the boys went home with at least two left over slices.

This is a good shot of Cruz's tail. He got lots of Thomas the Train stuff and a few tractors and trucks.

De Ja Vu

Georgia's first Up Do

My sweet mother came in town Thursday night because I was feeling alot of pressure down stairs and we thought I might go into labor. Well, here we are Monday night, mom's gone home and no baby so far.

Georgia got really spoiled to having her Nommie here. One night after her bath I grabbed a bobbie pin and gave Georgia a little French Twist. it was so cute. I couldn't snap a picture quick enough of Georgia giving Nommie a kiss but I did get one of them touching chins. Too cute!

Daddy Time

No explanations are needed for these.

Her B-I-B-L-E

Georgia has a little pink New Testament Bible that Betsy's parents, Barbara and Jack Wolfe, gave her for her first birthday. She has become attached to it. The other day she woke up from her nap and told me she wanted to hold her Bible. We went in her play room, she picked it up and then sat down in her hippo. Not on it, in it. There's a picture in the front of her Bible of baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph and some shepherds that she loves to look at. She's infatuated with Mary and wants me to sing a song about her but I don't know what she's talking about. I usually end up singing Away in a Manger cause I figured Mary was at least there. I love it that she's already drawn to God's Word.