Sunday, December 30, 2012

Post-Flu Christmas Celebration

John's fever finally broke on Thursday, which meant that we got to celebrate Christmas with Jay's family (Gramma and Papa Al, Grampa and Miss Gail, and the Montgomery Wamsteds) on Friday and Saturday.  They all came to Atlanta and stayed in a hotel, and we had a big dinner and opened presents on Friday night.  It was really fun!!  I'm trying to decide if my tolerance for chaos has increased or if it wasn't too terribly wild (considering we have 6 kids under 5).  Either way, everyone had a great time and we even managed to snap a few pictures.
From left to right: Simon, Kira, Anne Perry, Addie, Audrey Kate, John
On the health front, we have no fevers in the house but several bad coughs.  Poor Simon is among the ill.  A 1-month-old's cough can sure break a mother's heart.  We plan on using the rest of Christmas break to rest and get everyone well.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Notes From The Siege: Day 8

Still a fever for John, who in addition to being really sick is also getting a jump start on his two-year old attitude. Kira, Simon, Jay, and Millie are all exhibiting what they call "flu-like symptoms" without actually having much of a fever. Our attitudes are all pretty normal (whatever that means for a 4-week-old), though the adults are pretty exhausted. Christmas went well, against all odds, despite a rather big re-writing of plans. For instance, we ate tacos for Christmas dinner last night. Not exactly traditional, but you make do with what you have on hand. We did have a big crock pot full of hot chocolate in the afternoon, and there was Peppermint Schnapps left over from a gathering we had a while back. So, that's pretty festive (and helpful for exhaustion!).

Today presents saved the morning for the second day in a row. Kira kept calling out, "Let's play with everything!" and they proceeded to do exactly that. It was pretty cute.

If we don't get to leave this house soon, though, things might actually fall apart. Supplies and spirits are high, but moods turn on a dime here. Hoping for a fever break any day now...

Sunday, December 23, 2012

John, Flu, and a Haircut

John still has the flu.  Jay took him to the doctor on Friday, and the doctor said it would probably last 5-10 days.  Yikes.  Looks like we're having a flu Christmas.  Anyway, we took advantage of John's fever-induced docility and cut his hair in front of Finding Nemo.  Now if only Jay would cut his own hair...

Friday, December 21, 2012

How Are The Kids?





Normally Ebullient John


Simon = Cute as a Button!

Quick story on Kira. Right before bedtime on Wednesday night she came out to say good-night to Scruff and decided to show him her jump & twirl (or something). End result: back of head meets end table. She was really brave about the whole thing (once the initial shock & scream wore off) and she and Jay actually had a pretty good time in the hospital watching TV and talking about all of the medical equipment. So, three stitches in a little bit under two and half hours door to door, and she got down to bed around 11 or so. All in all, could have been worse.

True story. Jay got stitches so many times as a toddler that his mother, on their fourth visit under the age of two, was separated from him and questioned at length by a military detective. So, he thinks he pretty much had this whole thing coming.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Checking In

Simon was born two weeks ago yesterday.  We are doing remarkably well thanks to lots of help and support (and food!) from family and friends.  Jay goes back to work on Monday, but he only has to teach for three days until Christmas break.  It's good to be the wife of a teacher!  All in all, Simon is nursing and sleeping very well.  He actually slept for four hours in a row last night, which means that his Mommy slept for four hours in a row!  Quite a victory!  Big brother and sister have had their fussy and clingy moments, but they have been pretty flexible and adaptable over all.  They are both very interested in Simon and very sweet to him.
Oh, and have I mentioned how cute our newest child is?  See photographic evidence below.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Few Pictures

Even with Jay at home the past two weeks, we have had a lot of trouble keeping up with picture taking & blog posting. Poor third child. At any rate, here are a few photos from our last week. None of them are particularly awesome, but they kind of capture the mood around here.
Again, not a great picture: but kind of cute. Simon gets more & more alert every day.
We bravely had a few friends over for Christmas Carols the other night. This shot (magically captured by Scruff, I think?) represents basically 90% of Kira's non-family friends. From left to right: a blurry, happy Kira; Eloise Seelinger; Alice Faulkner; Margot Seelinger; Harry Alexander; a blurry, ringleading Charlotte Alexander; and a slightly sleepy looking Griffin Alexander. Kira was in heaven every second of the gathering.
Jay was in heaven too. We sang for probably 30 minutes--doing "Jingle Bells" at least 3 times in that span. This stomp & clap breakdown probably occurred during "Frosty the Snowman," as no one really knew the chords.
The next morning, Thursday TV time. John is teething right now (perfect timing, right?) which explains the hand in mouth. Simon is on the verge of sleep, which is just as well, because "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" might just have confused him had he tried to watch. It is what Kira chose, however. John was super excited about it in the lead up, though he did confuse Millie a bit when she woke up, as he calls Charlie Brown "Pabo!" It is confusing, though when he says "Pabo and Snoopy!" it at least gives you some context clues.

Monday, December 10, 2012


We attempted a Christmas photo shoot with all 3 kids.  I don't think we got a single picture with more than 1 kid smiling or even looking at the camera, but kids in Christmas pjs are still cute, right? Anyway, here are 2 outtakes.  The look on John's face is just hilarious.  And check out Kira's "smile."

Saturday, December 8, 2012

3 Kids

Some vigorous debate has been flying around about who Simon looks like. (Well, the grandmothers are interested at least). We kind of think that he looks a little like both Kira & John at this age, even though they never really looked like each other. His hair is harder to pin down. He definitely has less than Kira, but it's tougher to compare to John--we think it's thicker and darker, but shorter. At any rate, we've had a request for some pictures to keep the debate going. We think these were all taken within a week or two of Simon's age today.

By the way, the photogs out there will have to forgive us for the wildly different light in each of these pictures. Kira = natural light; John = flash; Simon = compact fluorescent. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Family of Five, One Week In

The first time I (Jay) ever really saw Simon's eyes open for more than ten seconds was this moment, when I caught him staring in deep thought at the bouncy seat monkeys.
This was quiet time about 30 minutes later. Millie & John are still asleep. Notice that rather giant cup of coffee there--my second of the day and it couldn't have been past seven in the morning.
Millie thinks this picture "looks like Simon." I think he looks kind of goofy. But, maybe that's the same thing. I've been thinking as much watching John lately--it would make sense if Simon follows in his big brother's footsteps.
To wit: John, a couple of weeks ago, blowing on one of those silly party whistles. Goofy, right? Like father, like sons, I suppose...

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kira & John Meet The New Boy

Simon Michael Wamsted was born today at 5:33 in the morning: 9 pounds, 2 ounces; 21.5 inches. Our new son is wonderful & amazing, and we are thrilled to finally welcome him to the family. Hopefully we will have some better pictures of him to follow, but here at least are a couple of this first meeting between siblings. I just want to note that those are stick-on thermometers the big kids are wearing, courtesy of the nurses' station here at the hospital. Also, John brought his best doll friend Sam with him I think as some sort of effort at bonding with "Baby Simon." We are more than a little worried that John has no real idea what is about to hit him at home. I think you can see that confusion in the third picture.

Friday, November 23, 2012

If Kira Bought the Christmas Presents...

Millie: Kira, what should I get Daddy for Christmas?
Kira: A Christmas book... and a cape.

As I've been looking online at various options, she keeps asking, "Have you found the capes?"

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Story Time

I rounded the corner this morning to discover John sitting in Kira's lap listening to an impressively accurate reading of Where the Wild Things Are.  Adorable.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


We made cookies as a family tonight after dinner.  Kira, a veteran cookie baker, took it very seriously.
John, a novice, was a little more light-hearted.
 But we all enjoyed them with equal gusto (although unequal amounts of mess).

Friday, November 2, 2012


Halloween here at the homestead was not all that we had hoped.  Kira came down with a stomach bug Wednesday afternoon, which put an end to her evening of trick-or-treating as well as any chance of an adorable brother/sister photo session.  Fortunately, Kira still got to experience "Trunk-or-Treat" at preschool on Wednesday morning.  Parents decorated tables (in lieu of car trunks due to chilly weather) and handed out treats.  The kids all got to wear their costumes to school.  Kira dressed as a flower fairy (last minute change from a ladybug).  She completed the costume with flowers in her hair and a freshly-picked bouquet for her teacher.  She was not keen on my taking a picture as she wanted to get to school as soon as humanly possible, but I did convince her to hold her flowers for me.  She winked in all the pictures... go figure.
My mom came to help me with "Trunk-or-Treat."  She was the brains and creative talent behind our Cookie Monster pumpkin.  My dad helped with the pumpkin, too.  If I can get my act together, I'll post pictures of my father painting this pumpkin blue with Kira to prove what a sucker he is for his grandkids!  Anyway, Cookie Monster turned out wonderfully.  Quite a hit at the preschool!
John refused to wear his costume at Kira's school.  Pick your battles, right?  But he sure got into the whole COOKIE aspect of the event!
Although Kira had to stay home at night, Jay still dressed John up in his monkey costume and took him to our immediate neighbors' houses.  All of the pictures of John are in the house because we missed the sunlight, and the house is a wreck due to the aforementioned stomach bug.  I'll refrain from mentioning any more details.  Anyway, John had a great time and was very excited about both his costume and all those shiny things he brought home in his pumpkin!
Please join me in wishing for a calmer, easier Halloween for the Wamsteds next year!