My sweet reindeer!!

By Robyn Cardon - December 19, 2006 - 3 Comments

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By Robyn Cardon - December 19, 2006 - 3 Comments

I feel so blessed to have my family. Sometimes I gripe, complain, get angry, overwhelmed, etc, but I know I would be completely lost without them. This morning a friend from my ward picked up my boys. For some reason I just didn’t want them to go. Right after they were driving away I started bawling and wanted them to come back. I am grateful for the break but I realize now that this is what I love to do. It’s a tough job to raise 5 kids all under the age of 8 but it is what I came to this earth to do. I LOVE my children. Now that I am not pregnant I can think clearly again. My girls are growing up and are so smart. My boys are such joys to be around. I love that they all are learning new things each day. I also love how they all welcomed Brayden into the family with open arms. The entire time I was pregnant I said “our baby” and not “my baby”. I wanted them to know that they are a part of his life as well.

It’s 1:30pm so only 2 1/2 hours until my girls and boys get home. I can’t stand this quiet house. Brayden has been sleeping all morning and just waking up to eat. I know I should take a nap but I just don’t want to right now. I’ll save naps for tomorrow through Monday when Bryan is home to take care of the kids.

I am feeling much better today and able to do some more laundry. Brayden and I are finally getting the nursing thing down to a science. He is the sweetest baby who just started crying so I gotta go!

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Lots of stuff….

By Robyn Cardon - December 19, 2006 - 2 Comments

I want to start by saying thanks to everyone who takes the time to read my blog. I’m sure some of it is boring but it is just about my life.

Today was the first day Bryan had to go back to work. I had to get the girls up by myself and have them get ready for school. “M” and I had a huge struggle and we both ended up in tears. I realized that I couldn’t do it on my own. It was sooo hard. I finally got the girls ready and out to their bustop in time. Thank goodness. A friend of mine (or should I say angel) came over right after the girls left and she picked up my boys for the ENTIRE DAY!!! I couldn’t believe it. The house was so quiet and I had until 4 pm to be with my baby. Of course Brayden knew something was different. He was used to the noise of the house and just could not get to sleep. He cried for most of the morning. I got a good nap in the afternoon and was feeling refreshed when everyone arrived home at 4pm. Tomorrow another friend of mine is picking up the boys for the morning and then bringing them home for naptime. Beginning Wednesday Bryan has 6 days off work. YAAAAAA. He has to go back the day after Christmas but I am really thinking I will be able to handle it by then. Today I have already physically felt better. My back is a little achey but my abdomen feels much better.

Here is another thought I had tonight. I think I am going to make a family bulletin board. Just like one we have at church and the girls have at school. I am going to use my Cricut to make it fun. Maybe put the dinner menu up for the week, a family calendar, some fun artwork from the kids, etc. I’ll change it every week to make it exciting. The more I think about it the more I know it is the right thing to do. Yippeeeeeeeee. What fun it will be for everyone. My goal is to get our house in order. With a family of 7 we need to get on the ball!! I feel like we are just getting by with half the effort we need. I am going to “Super Nanny” my family!!

Little Brayden is such a great baby. He will sleep for a stretch of 4-5 hours at night and then another 3 hour stretch. He really is spoiling us. He has had one rough night so far and it looks like tonight might be rougher than normal. We will get by. It’s weird because I do feel more secure in being a mommy than I did 8 years ago. I would have given up on nursing with my first if it was as painful as it is now. One side was so bad this past week that I would just bawl every time he nursed, but since I have experience I know that I just needed to buck up and get over it. Now I can feel that it is getting easier. I am so glad he came into our family. Our kids are so young now that it seems really hard but I know that as they grow older they will love having siblings close to their age and best friends at home. I wasn’t really close with any of my sisters or my brother growing up, even though my older sis and I are now best friends, so I want my kids to experience it.

Have I said how much I love my Cricut?? I just got 3 more cartridges off Ebay. I used some of our Christmas money that “my” grandma sent so I don’t feel as guilty. Plus I know that I will use these in my family on a regular basis. One that I ordered tonight is called Doodlecharms and has diecuts for every holiday and occasion you can think of. If I was a teacher I would go crazy for this!! I think my stamps are going to be neglected for awhile. There are even 3 cute monkey images I have coming. Shawna, did you hear that?? I will make you something cute with them, I promise.

Well, I’d better get some sleep since Brayden is finally sleeping himself. They say to “sleep when your baby sleeps”. I always find that hard because there is so much I want to do once I am not rocking them or nursing them but off to bed I go. I still need to read my scriptures and write 2 more thank you cards.

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What am I doing up???

By Robyn Cardon - December 17, 2006 - 2 Comments

I know I should be in bed since the baby is asleep and so is the rest of my family. I just wanted to update my blog since I haven’t been on here in a few days. Today was a very good day. The baby hasn’t been really fussy since that night a few days back. He is growing into his own personality, which is wonderful. He is such a sweet baby and I love him so much!!

Today the kids played and we got a few chores done. I finished up my Christmas cards and now we just need to get them all in the mail. I made 72 of them and took the picture for them today. We just did the kids since I am not up to being in a family picture right now. They turned out really nice and we went down and picked them up from Walmart an hour later. I also sent out all my birth announcements today, which is a big load off my chest as well.

Tomorrow Bryan is going to one of his meetings in the am and then coming back to get the kids ready for church. Then he and the kids will go for the 3 hour block and they will just wait for him to count tithing after church is over. We have asked a Young Women to help us out tomorrow. I know it will be hard for Bryan but I am just not ready to deal with the other children yet. I don’t even know if Brayden and I will go next Sunday. It depends on how cold it is and how I am feeling.

Today I have had a lot of pain in my abdomen and it has been very difficult to walk. It’s funny because some days I will feel almost back to normal and then the next day it will hit me that I am not normal yet. I wonder how long it will be until I am myself again. I can already feel like my brain is all together. I had a talk with my girls today and I told them that we were going to get some order in this house. I told them there would be no yelling, fighting, whining, screaming, etc. We are going to have our house be a special place and we are ALL going to get along.

Okay, my eyelids are drooping and I still need to read my scriptures. I’ll write more tomorrow if I’m up to it. I’m going to try to rest throughout the day until I feel the pain go away.

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Our Sweet Baby Boy!!

By Robyn Cardon - December 15, 2006 - 1 Comment

We have been so blessed by this baby boy. He sleeps so well in his bassinet and lets us get sleep as well. He hardly ever cries and nurses pretty good. I feel so blessed to have all my children and wonderful husband. I know this has been a tough week so far for them. I haven’t been very pleasant to live with. I’m sooooo emotional and crying ALL the time. I’m sure they are getting sick of it. This has definitely been the worst I’ve ever been. I’m hoping it passes soon. The noises are just sooo loud and everything seems to echo. I know that it won’t get better until I’m done needing my meds. Hopefully that will also be soon.

Can I just say that I LOVE my Cricut. Bryan gave me my Christmas present early and it was the Cricut that I’ve been eyeing for awhile. I’m so glad he gave it to me early. It has been nice to be sent to my scrap room when I just cannot handle the noise of reality. I can cut alphabets out of cardstock up to 5 1/2 inches big in a variety of different fonts. It only takes minutes because it is digital. I didn’t think that I needed it but I can just tell that it is going to be used A LOT!!! I am going to finish getting my birth announcements finalized tomorrow so I can get them in the mail and also my Chrismas cards sent out, too.

I’m soooo sleepy being on my medication but I know that I need to stay awake to get things in order. Not physically but mentally. Today I watched Runaway Bride and I thought it was pretty funny. I even laughed out loud on some parts.

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He’s home!!

By Robyn Cardon - December 11, 2006 - 2 Comments

My sweet little boy, Brayden, is home from the hospital. We arrived yesterday at around 2 in the afternoon. I will write my complete birth story later. Right now I am going to go and take a nap. I’m exhausted!! I’m still majorly recovering and slowly getting there. Brayden was worth EVERY pain I went through and am still going through. Here is a pic or two…………………….
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