Jumpy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 13:56

I am a pet killer.

That may sound harsh, but it's reality. I never mean to kill my pets, but low and behold, it always happens. My hamster? I forgot to feed it, and it died. In fact, that poor hamster tried to get out of there while he still could. If I remember correctly, while we were on vacation, the hamster somehow climbed out of its tank, jumped off my dresser and crawled in the trashcan to hide. Unfortunately for Cuddles I found it and returned it to the tank. Prince, my bird that I loved oh-so-much? Forgot to feed him too. I woke up one morning and he was just lying in the bottom of his cage lifeless. I was a wee bit upset. Zachariah's very first pet was a fish, and I killed that too. He had just turned three and was so excited about having a pet to call his own. But dear ole' Mom didn't keep the tank clean enough, and that fish caught a disease and died.

I'm too forgetful to take proper care of a pet. In fact, my track record has made me be totally at peace with not owning a pet ever again.

That being said, we have a new pet! Rather, Zachariah has a new pet. Don't worry, Daniel is the primary one responsible for this poor little animal that has entered our home.

 

Meet Jumpy. He (we are assuming it is a "he") is a crested gecko and he is just about the cutest reptile I have ever seen.

Yeah, I never thought I would be saying THAT.

 

Jumpy got his name honestly. This gecko loves to jump. He jumps from your hand to the floor, jumps from one person to another, jumps from a red shirt to a green shirt, jumps from one of us to his terrarium ... he's a jumper. And once Zachariah realized this little guy's jumping capabilities, the name Jumpy just seemed perfect! ;)

 

While we have only had Jumpy McJumperton Titus (yes, that is his full name) since Christmas, we have already learned a little bit about the guy. For instance, he loves the colors green, blue and black but hates the color red. Every time Z holds Jumpy while wearing his red Angry Bird pajamas Jumpy tries his darndest to get away from him, often jumping over to Daniel for refuge. For that reason, Zachariah tries to wear green a lot so that Jumpy will stay put and like him more. And it has worked! :)

 

When he eats (geckos don't eat a lot during the winter months, AND it takes them a while to settle after a big move), he eats a diet that consists of a powdered crested gecko food and crickets. He only eats the crickets two or three times a week, which means we have a cricket keeper with about ten crickets in it at any given time. So not only do we have to feed, water and care for a gecko AND his terrarium, we also have to feed and water crickets. And coat them in a calcium powder before giving them to Jumpy. So yeah, not very low maintenance, but I don't think many pets are. And Z ADORES him, so it's all good. Plus, Zachariah is learning how to do most of this stuff himself, so that's a plus!

Except for the crickets. An adult changes out their food and water, because I am NOT chancing a child accidentally knocking over that container and letting crickets loose in my house!  *shudder*

 

Anyway. That's about it as far as our new pet is concerned. Daniel and Z have been taking GREAT care of him, and Micaiah and I have kinda kept our distance. It is taking us a little longer to get used to the idea of having a lizard crawl all over us. ;)

 

Welcome to the family, Jumpy. I hope and pray you stick around for a while!

 
Elijah: 8 weeks old PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 12:46

My sweet baby is eight weeks old. Eight weeks! I would say something like, "I can't believe he is growing up so fast." or "It seems like just yesterday that I was in the hospital holding him for the first time." But it doesn't feel like that at ALL. In fact, I can't believe that he is ONLY eight weeks old! It seems like he has been with our family for years now. So I can't even deal with the fact that he has only been here for eight short weeks. He just fits in so wonderfully around here!

 

Elijah is a GREAT sleeper and has been since day one. In the hospital he slept for 4-5 hours at a time. Which, considering my other boys only slept for two hours at a time at that age, really threw me for a loop. But boy am I thankful! Him sleeping for long stretches and going so long between feedings really helped me ease into the whole being a mom of three thing. So yeah. Great sleeper. And he is just about sleeping through the night now! Which is SO exciting. Usually he will go to bed around 10 or 11pm and wake up once a night (usually around 4am) to eat. But there have been three nights this week where he hasn't woken up until 6am. Score! Here's to hoping he keeps that up! He is still sleeping in a bassinet in our room, and both of the other boys were moved to their own crib at two months, but I think he's going to be staying for a little while longer. :) I just love being able to bring him in bed and snuggle with him when he wakes up during the night. And sometimes he still needs to lay in my bed with me to fall asleep. So. You know. I am in no rush right now. These baby snuggles are basically irresistible!

Oh, and let me just say, thank you JESUS for the baby k'tan wrap. I bought it when I was pregnant with Micaiah, and this baby loooooves to be worn in that thing. In fact, that is his preferred napping spot. I can put him in the wrap and he will fall asleep within ten minutes every.single.time. It's wonderful. And wearing him is really the only way I can get ANYTHING accomplished around here. Cooking, cleaning, laundry, Zachariah's school work... it's usually all done while wearing a baby. Which slows me down sometimes, but I'm able to function while keeping my baby content, so you won't find me complaining too often!

 

And take a look at that grin! Is it not the cutest thing? He has been smiling for about two weeks now, and his smiles just melt me. His brothers get the majority of his smiles though. Well, he smiles at them and the ceiling fans. In fact, he will often stare right past us and grin his head off at those fans! But out of all of us, Micaiah got the very first smile out of him! It was adorable. Micaiah was sitting on the floor playing next to the bouncy seat and Elijah just looked over and smiled at him. Micaiah got all excited and shouted, "MOM! He likes me! He is showing me his smiles!" :)

Elijah was recently diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect, also known as VSD. For those who are not familiar, that basically means he has a hole between the two chambers of his heart. It's a small hole and it should close up on it's own by the time he is four years old. It could happen as early as a year old though. In fact, when we met with the cardiologist a couple weeks ago he seemed to think the hole was already starting to close up, which is GREAT. So in short, this is nothing to be concerned about. Just something we (aka: our pediatrician and the cardiologist) are keeping an eye on until the hole is fully closed! Needless to say, we were very thankful for the positive report we got back from the cardiologist!

 

So that's a little bit about our boy. We love him to pieces and I am SO enjoying going through this newborn stage again! I cannot WAIT to watch his little personality grow. I am so incredibly curious to find out if he is going to be a sensitive intellectual, like Zachariah, or a hilarious crazy child, like Micaiah), or if he's going to be more serious and quiet. Quiet doesnt seem like a "thing" in this house, so I am not getting my hopes up on that one. What I AM sure of is that his brothers are just counting down the months until he is able to run and play with them! I am pretty sure they have already decided that he is going to be Michelangelo when they play Ninja Turtles. ;)

 
One Week Pictures PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:41

Disclaimer: I am NOT a newborn photographer. I suck at taking "newborn" pictures. Sure, I can get a snapshot or two of a baby while he/she is sleeping. But that's about it. I can't for the life of me pose newborns, I don't have the patience to sit there for half an hour while they get comfy and settled, and I sure enough don't have a stash of awesome props to use. I just don't enjoy trying to do a photoshoot with a newborn. I have only attempted it twice, and it was for friends of ours, and each time I felt like I should have insisted they go with a professional newborn photographer. I just can't photograph newborns and it makes me oh-so-admire all of you newborn photographers out there!

All of that being said, I try to take a few snapshots of our babies when they are a week or two old, just to document the newborn phase. And that is what I did here. I wanted to get a certain shot to print for Elijah's nursery, and once I felt I had a few options to choose from I stopped. Because I seriously just can't handle the pressure of feeling like I am doing a photoshoot for a newborn. Ridiculous? Absolutely. But it's how I roll. ;)

Here are some of the snap shots of my sweet baby Elijah! (I saved mine and Daniel's favorite for last.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Wednesday!

 
Elijah Howell Titus PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 November 2013 09:10

Last Friday our sweet Elijah Howell Titus was born!

My one request with this birth was that my baby NOT be born on Halloween. Not because I think it's awful to be born on Halloween, but because my boys look forward to trick or treating SO much and I did not want this baby to start his life on the wrong foot by ruining their Halloween. ;) And sure enough, this sweet boy waited until we were done trick or treating to start the process of coming into the world!

We got home from trick or treating with our friends around 9:30pm, got the kids to bed and Daniel and I got to bed around 11:00 (there was Halloween candy to go through, folks!). I woke up moments before my water broke, around 1:45am. After several failed attempts at waking Daniel, I finally made enough noise in the bathroom to wake him and we started getting things ready to go to the hospital. My mom came over to stay with the boys, I sent my midwife a text to let her know what was going on, we let my mother in law know we were headed to the hospital, I went in and tucked the kids in and kissed them goodnight, then Daniel and I were excitedly off!

 

A few fun facts about the night...

The sweet lady who was checking us in happened to be the same lady who bought our house from us earlier this year. So that was fun!

We sat in the waiting room for thirty minutes waiting to get into a room. Which was a PAIN. Literally. Contractions were coming, my water was still breaking (aka: making a mess in my pants, if you know what I mean.) and there was some gosh awful reality tv show on in the waiting room. Gah. Daniel and I were about to rip the tvs out of the wall. Anyway. Once we got to a room I realized exactly how busy they were and why it took so long getting us back there! Those poor nurses. They had three of us who were about to give birth, and only four nurses working that night!

When I got there I was five centimeters dilated. Which was fabulous. I got my epidural within the next hour or so and seriously folks, I was just as happy as a lark. Sure the contractions were not fun, but they had not started killing me with pain yet. And once that epidural was in, boy howdy I was set!

I progressed to 8cm rather quickly, but then stayed there for an hour or two. All of a sudden I started feeling pressure and the need to push down, so I let my oh-so-sweet nurse know, she checked me and BAM. I was 10cm and ready to go!

My midwife came in, told me to start pushing, and four minutes later he was out!

At 8:31am Elijah was born, weighing 6 pounds 15 ounces and measuring at 19 inches long! He was crying his little eyes out and as SOON as they cut the cord and placed him on me he stopped. Like, just stopped. I hadn't even spoken to him yet. That was the coolest thing to me. :)

 

So, this was yet again, another easy delivery for Amy Lynn Titus. I am SO incredibly blessed with easy and quick deliveries! It's such a refreshing end to my miserable pregnancies!


Our hospital stay this time was SO much more enjoyable than our other two. The hospital has recently changed some things and now are considered "baby friendly". Which means they do skin to skin immediately after birth, don't take the baby out of the room/to the nursery for any reason, encourage breastfeeding by not offering formula or paci's, etc. Which may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but for THIS town and THIS hospital, it was a big deal! And it was SO wonderful to be able to bond with my baby without feeling like I was being a pain in the butt patient. :)

And in the interest of full disclosure, they DID have to take Elijah out of the room a couple times to do some tests to make sure he didn't contract Group B Strep. (I test positive every time and never stay in labor long enough to get my antibiotics.) But had I NOT been Group B Strep positive there would have been no need to take him from the room!

 

Anyway, the hospital stay was great. Everyone was SO nice and helpful and wonderful. We had the best nurses ever and I am SO thankful for that!

 

We have been loving every minute with this sweet little guy. He is a GREAT sleeper and is doing a great job nursing. (The first few days were ROUGH though. By far the hardest time I have had nursing a baby. I have never been so close to wanting to quit. But I looked things up and figured out ways to help his latch, and we are doing much better!)

The boys LOVE their little brother, and continuously let us know that! They both love holding him, Z loves singing to him and Micaiah loves picking out his outfits and "patting his head". They have done wonderfully with him.

 

Thank you so much to everyone for the well wishes and the meals and the prayers and the kind words. We are settling in nicely at home and enjoying these baby snuggles! Yay for being a family of five!

 
A Titus Halloween: 2013 Edition PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 October 2013 08:35

We LOVE Halloween. Choosing themed costumes, dressing up, pumpkin carving, trick or treating with friends... it's all so fun!

This year we did a pirate theme. The boys are still really into superheros, but since we did the superhero thing last year we decided to change it up a bit this year. Which was fine and dandy with both boys, considering how much they love pirates and love dressing up and fighting each other with swords! :) And since the theme was pirate, Daniel and I were both able to throw together a costume for ourselves! Any other theme would not have been quite so easy for a pregnant woman in her 38th week. (Many thanks to my cousin, Miranda for loaning me some pirate garb!)

Here are a few pics from this years Halloween fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh how I love my cute little family. <3

And here are the previous years Halloween costumes, if anyone is wanting to revisit them. Halloween 2011 and Halloween 2012. And here is 2010, which was before Micaiah came into the world. My children sure know how to choose and rock the Halloween costumes!

Have a safe and super fun Halloween, everyone!!!

 
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