Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Blessing and Binky

Let me just tell you about Easter Sunday (the day Bethany was blessed) and you will understand why we never got any pictures of Bethany in her blessing dress with anyone else in the family. It all starts at about midnight Easter morning...

Wesley wakes up with an asthmatic coughing attack while Bethany is screaming (I have still not gone to bed yet). I take him into the bathroom turn on the shower to get him steam, feed Bethany, get Wesley back into bed, feed Bethany again, walk around bouncing her and trying every position to try and get her quiet. I feed her again and finally get to sleep around 2:00 a.m.

At 5:30 a.m. the boys all come into our bedroom because they are awakened by a thunderstorm. I try to go back to sleep, but it doesn't work and I get up and get ready so that I can make it to ward council at 7:00 a.m. After ward council, I get Bethany all dressed up in her blessing outfit (my mom made the dress and bonnet for Bethany--we love it and it is even more special knowing it was made by Nanny) and set up the Primary Room with a Easter Egg hunt for Primary and then Sacrament Meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. and my primary secretary gets released :(

Ken gives Bethany a wonderful blessing and she doesn't cry at all. Yeah! Dick Norman (grandpa), Don Putnam, Bishop Hopkin, Joseph Fluckiger, and Tyler Petersen are all in the circle. Right after the sacrament I have to go to the mother's room and feed Bethany and so I miss all the beautiful musical numbers :(

I am then in charge of conducting Primary, doing Sharing Time, and getting the Valiant Classes to sing a song in Relief Society. Of course, Bethany wants to cry and so a few sweet teachers try to hold her and settle her down...she doesn't. They try and find Ken, but he has taken Carter to my mother-in-law's house because Carter accidentally urinated on his pants while going to the bathroom.

Well, we are finally on our way home with Bethany screaming the whole way. When we get home, I feed her and fall asleep for 4 hours. When I awaken, Ken and the boys have gone over to Gram's house already for dinner and Easter egg hunts. Bethany and I hurry and get ready and get over there just as Ken and the boys are packing up in the van. It was a nice two minute visit at my in-laws.

This is where we got this picture. We just draped the dress on top of her, but I think she looks like a cute little doll:

We get home, color some eggs and then Ken falls asleep on the couch. So, I get the boys in bed and it is just Bethany and I at around 9:00 p.m. I put her dress back on and try and take some pictures, but this is the best I can get:

Finally, after a few feedings and lots of trying to console her, we fall asleep at midnight. What a day! Even though it was crazy and exhausting, it is worth it. This life is a time for trials and testing right? Opposition in all things. It made my Monday and Tuesday seem even better :)

Some cute girly pictures. I know the bow is kind of over the top, but I just can't help it!

And of course, Carter has to be in the pictures too! Yes, Wesley and Cameron are still in our family and we love them.. I will post some pictures of them next time.

Bethany was 9lbs. 12 oz. at her two month appointment and 22 inches long. She has grown 3 inched in two months. She is 25 % for head and weight and 40% for length. I am posting this picture because I think that most of the pictures I take of her don't look like what she really looks like in person, but this one does:

Last night Bethany finally took a binky!!! Ken and I just about started singing the Hallelujah Chorus at the top of our lungs. She is quite a fussy baby and we have been trying to give her a binky almost every day for the past two months. The binky did calm her down and she has used it several times today as well. Maybe when she is three and still sucking the binky I might think differently, but right now we are loving the binky!!


Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

Primary president is the most exhausting Sunday calling ever. You have my empathy. I hope you get more naps; you deserve them! She's darling.

Hmachine said...

I'm glad she's taking a binki!!! I know there is contriversy over binki's, but we are HUGE binki fans at our house!! Horay for self soothing! :) She really is sooo cute!

Holly said...

Oh Wendy...that did make for a long Sunday! I'm sorry. For what it's worth Ken gave Bethany a beautiful blessing and the primary children sang beautifully in RS. You didn't know your secretary was being released?! Ouch! And one last thing...in my opinion, there is no "over the top" when it comes to bows!!!! You probably already know I feel that way though!!

Beam Family said...

I love the dress, it's darling, not too extravagant but beautiful. So when you put her next to Carter, they don't look as much alike and she does look different in that picture that you said looks like her. She's a cutie.

Cook Family said...

I will hold her anytime :)

Bridget said...

Ahhh I am sorry your Easter was such an event, but to the rest of the world, her blessing was absolutely beautiful and I'm sure years down the road, you will remember the day fondly! She is already so big, and I love the bow, too- you waited for a little girls for a long time, so now, there is no over the top. Hope the binkie soothes her and you are able to find a few quiet moments here and there.

Eliza said...

Wow, that is a wild day! So I guess we missed her blessing (apparently we were late that day?) because I didn't even know she was blessed. The kids did sing great and you didn't seem frazzled, so congratulations for that! Bethany is darling, by the way.

Abby said...

I love being able to catch up on my friends' lives through blogging! She is such a doll....sorry about your crazy Easter Sunday!

Dana Home Academy said...

I am not sure if I should laugh or cry for you. It's a good thing we love them, isn't it? :)