Sunday, March 9, 2008

Newest Thread

So clearly, I'm not the best blogger on the internet, or rather consistent blogging has not yet risen to the top ten of my priority list. We have had, however, some fun things happen over the last few weeks;

Chris's brother, Mark and his fiance Katie were married on the Carnival Triumph on January 19 and then kindly allowed the entire Taber Clan to join them on their honeymoon cruise in the Eastern Carribean. We all had a lot of fun and I especially enjoyed having new sisters-in-law to pal around with. Andrew (another Taber brother) is engaged to Polina and their wedding is set for June 22 in New York. 9-10 hours on an airplane with a 5 hour time change is a lot on either end of such a trip, so we all spent a day and half sleeping before we sent the children back to school - what's one more day in the life of a kindergartener or a 2nd grader? So the next day Chris went back to work, the children went back to school, and I went back to bed...for hours. For some reason, I could not keep my eyes open. As it turns out, there was a very good reason. The newest thread in the Taber Tapestry is child number 3!

So I've heard number 3 is the hardest. So far this seems to be true as far as the pregnancy is concerned; I have had to sleep more, and whoever named it "morning sickness" probably was never actually pregnant. The nausea seems to be all day long and the hormones have turned me into crazy person. Fortunately, my family still likes me and Chris says they already new I was crazy, and we've made it through the first 12 weeks. And we are all looking forward to the middle trimester. Not that anyone's asked my opinion, but I think aside from the first time 'round, pregnancy should only consist of the middle trimester. The time when you are typically past the morning sickness, have grown enough to start wearing clothes that are meant for a pregnant body (rather than just making due with what you've got), and are past the narcolepsy and generally you are feeling pretty good and enjoy that new Mommy glow.

Anyway, I recently had my first ultrasound and met with my new health care team (midwife, endocrinologist, etc) at the hospital where the baby will be delivered, and everything seems to be developing as it should.
It's been fun involving the children now that they're really old enough to understand what's going on. When we first sat them down to tell them why mommy had such a short fuse and was taking 3 hour naps everyday, they were both really excited. Isabelle's immediate response was,

"I knew that's what you were going to say!"

"Oh really? How did you know?"

"I prayed about it," she responded matter-of-factly. Ahh, the faith of a child... Since then Isabelle has kept us updated on the weekly developments as outlined in Your Pregnancy Week By Week and Chase has recommendations for names on a daily basis. The first he came up with (supposing it might be twins) was "Batman and Robin." One might think he was just being a cute 4-year-old, but those of us who know Chase recognize that he already has a quick wit! Daddy and I added, "or Kate and Duplicate if it's girls! Or Pete and Repeat!" (in honor of Pete from the cruise) All in all, he actually has come up with some nice names as well, but I think we will wait until we have more of an idea of whether it's going to be a boy or a girl.

Speaking of Batman, Chase just turned 5 on Monday and we threw him a Batman/Superheros party yesterday. He came up with his own guest list including, friends, neighbors, schoolmates, a teenager and some grown ups. We played musical chairs (to the Batman TV show theme), pin the mask on Batman, decorated and ate cupcakes and Chris led the procession outside for some Superhero poses and poppers that shoot streamers. Oh, and Chris had printed out several choices of Superhero symbols for the children to wear - hence the need for Superhero poses. We all had a great time and I am grateful that Chase is 5!

Our next adventure will be another trip to the States in April to celebrate Grandpa's (Alan's) 60th birthday? (Think I should bring the pin the mask on Batman game?)


Bek said...

HURRAH!!!!!! We love the 4 amazing Tabers, but having 5 to love is even better! Congratulations, that is HUGE news. I have to say that number three wasn't the hardest child (granted, I wasn't pregnant) but being pregnant with little kids is MUCH harder than I rememberd it the first time.

Hopefully the fact that Chase is 5 and that both kids are in school means you get to have a break. They are both a SUCH a fun age for a baby... you will love how much help they will be.

I also wish you good health with this pregnancy. I forgot that you have to watch things a little bit closer...

Glad you caught up..I check the blog all the time. Love the pictures and updates! We are due ANY second with baby girl and we moved house this weekend, so all my hard stuff is over (and none of it even involved a long flight w/ a time difference...). You are amazing.

Feel better (and hi Chris)...

Alisa said...

Congratulations! I promise you I am not making this up: I had a dream about 3 weeks ago that you were pregnant (a couple of nights later I had a dream that someone else was pregnant - maybe I should warn her?) It was a random dream that I laughed off - ha! ha! We miss you here in Grapevine! We really miss having Isabelle and Chase in Primary - I'm glad they're making new friends and having lots of fun! Tell them hello! Thanks for keeping us updated (even if it is every 4 months or so - that's way better than I'm doing!)!

Malsy (THE Moe of DMOE) said...

I love your updates- especially the pictures! It has been so long since I have seen everyone! and of course the baby is the usual Turner/Taber GORGEOUS!!! March 3rd was a day all villians want to forget! but I remember how happy I was to meet CHASE! give Isabelle a BIG hug from all of us as well as Chase!

Tanya said...

Congratulations on #3! Loved reading your update.

breanna said...

Yay Anne! We get to be pregnant together! When is your due date? I'm only 6 weeks along, so I'm just praying for the 2nd trimester to come faster. Congratulations. I'm so glad you updated your blog. We've missed you!

Kelsey said...

It is so awesome to see how you guys are doing. I am glad Chris became friends with me on facebook! Your kids are looking so cute....and you have another one on the way, that is very exciting. You have been blessed with a lovely family!

leslie said...

Congratulations Annie & the Taber fam! I'm so excited to hear about your upcoming new addition.

Love reading your blog, keep the updates coming.