Friday, March 9, 2018

Eli completes PreK2

Eli completed his first year at Nepomucene's Children. He was in the PreK2 program and thrived in it. He started out in the Tuesday/Thursday class, but was quickly added to the Monday/Wednesday/Friday class because it had more structure geared for three year olds.
He loved going and learned about his faith and what he needs for PreK3.
We were so pleased with this program. To see my child light up on school days and come home singing songs about Jesus showed us that this was a very positive and faith-filled environment for children. 
Eli on his "graduation" day!
So proud!
Eli's first day of PreK2 on the left and PreK3 on the right. 

We can't wait for what's in store for this little guy. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Wandering Wise Men 2017

We began our Advent adventure on December 6, 2017. Eli and Andie were excited to get the guys and join in on helping them find baby Jesus. Eli really got into the spirit as he came up with creative ways for the wise men to explore new places in our home. 
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Day 01: St. Nicholas dropped off our wandering wise men in hopes that we could help them on their journey to find baby Jesus. Eli and Andie were excited to help them as they began their quest and Leo watched with amazement/confusion 
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Day 02: The men stopped at a local bakery for some tasty treats 
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Day 03: The guys invested in some not so reliable travel arrangements 
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Day 04: The wise men are starting to wonder if they're even on the same planet anymore?!? What a journey this will be 
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Day 05: The boys had to exchange some currency for their traveling 
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Day 06: Gaspar is excited to be the first one done with his Christmas shopping 
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Day 07: The men got lost in a sugary red velvet forest 
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Day 08: The boys stumbled upon a quaint cottage where a beautiful princess was baking something scrumptious 
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Day 09: The guys met some new friends who offered them a lift 
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Day 10: Goofy taught the men how to make frosted sugar cookies 
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Day 11: The guys saw large portraits of the famous Doris and Mr. Bates whom they've been told are gentle giants 
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Day 12: The guys helped an old friend load up his sleigh for his big adventure in a few days
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Day 13: The men encounter the abominable/friendly snowman 
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Day 14: They were told that the child would be lying in a manger. Close, but this is not the Christ-child 
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Day 15: Cinderella and Belle invited the guys over for a Christmas feast 
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Day 16: Eli wanted the guys to help us bake Christmas cookies 
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Day 17: To keep warm from the bitter cold, a local told the men about a pub that served an interesting concoction that would warm them up. The men were quite pleased with the taste, but not the after effects. Gaspar said he should've brought aspirin for this trip 
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Day 18: To escape the torturous 2 year old, the men hop aboard a friendly unicorn who will take them a little bit closer to the King 
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Day 19: The men partied too hard celebrating the new year last night and spent the day drinking hot tea and catching up on Netflix 
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Day 20: There are signs everywhere pointing them to the right direction
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Day 21: They have found Him, the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace, the Savior. May we all be overjoyed that our King has come to forgive our sins so we may have eternal life. Matthew 2:10-11 "The sight of the star filled them with delight, and going into the house they saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling to their knees they did him homage. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh."
Thank you for following our journey. As my children grow it has become one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Merry Christmas!! 

Here are the links for our previous years with the Wandering Wise Men

Leo's Birth Story

Leo's birth story is unique as his older sibling's birth stories. His goes back a week before he was born. 
At my 37 week appointment, I had a sonogram to check on his kidneys. My doctor was about to go on maternity leave and I would be seeing a new doctor starting next week. During the sonogram they noticed that he was breeched. I was told that either I could have a procedure where doctors manually try to move the baby in the correct position or I could have a c-section at 39 weeks. Neither of these sounded like fun options. I went home and tried different home remedies to get this baby to turn. After a few days, I called my doctor to say that we would go ahead with the manual procedure to get baby to turn so that I could have my best chances with a vaginal birth. 
I had a few days before the procedure and gave all of my worries and fears to God because the process scared me. I was scheduled to go to the hospital on Monday and I would be in the Labor and Delivery Wing in case something went wrong and they needed to conduct an emergency c-section. After signing paper after paper and hooking me up to several machines, the doctor came in and checked the baby on the sonogram. And sure enough, this baby had turned on his own!! What a relief. We were sent home and I kept my 38 week appointment that was scheduled on Wednesday. 
At my 38 week appointment, I was dilated at a 1. I wasn't in any pain and we scheduled my 39 week appointment for Friday, July 14 with another new doctor as this new doctor would be on vacation the next week. 
That night, I woke up around 2am with contractions. I started to time them for the next few hours and became concerned. They weren't very close together at first, but then started to become 5-7 minutes apart. About 5am, they tapered off. They became less intense and were about 20 minutes apart. I just thought they were Braxton Hicks and went about my day. 
Thursday night, same thing. I started having contractions for a few hours that were intense and 5-7 minutes apart, but once again they tapered off after 5 hours. I was in a lot of pain and told Chris that we needed to go to the hospital to make sure I wasn't in labor. I got checked in at the hospital and I could already tell that my contractions were about 10 minutes apart and not as intense. I was pretty tired from lack of sleep and annoying pain. The nurses said that I was only dilated at a 3 and wasn't in active labor. And because I was only 38 weeks (I would be 39 weeks the very next day) they couldn't electively induce me. I walked around the hospital for about an hour, stopping every few minutes to breathe through contractions. I went back up to the Labor and Delivery Wing where they checked me again and told me to go home and rest. I felt so defeated and exhausted. I went home to research my contractions that would start and then stop, (DON"T GOOGLE YOUR SYMPTOMS..when will I learn???) and found that someone went through this for weeks before giving birth. I couldn't go through that pain for another week. 
I went home to try to rest. I would fall asleep for about ten minutes and then be jolted awake by my contractions that would last about a minute. They were getting more intense, but not any closer than ten minutes. I would start singing my favorite Marian hymn "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman" in my head to get me through the pain. Around 8pm, Chris brought me dinner, but I couldn't eat much because the contractions were making me so sick to my stomach. About 10:30, we decided to try to sleep. By this point, when I had a contraction I would have to grab Chris' hand to breathe through it. During one of these contractions I felt my dinner coming up. I ran to the bathroom and everything came up (sorry TMI). I then felt like my water broke. I told Chris to get dressed because we were going back to the hospital. We alerted our family and headed to the hospital. 
Because it was so late, we had to go to the emergency room and then walk over to the Labor and Delivery Wing. They asked if I wanted a wheelchair, but I couldn't sit down at this point. Everything hurt and I just wanted some relief. 
The nurses checked me in and I was at a 4, which meant I was staying!! They also checked that my water wasn't broken, but it was leaking. They asked if I wanted an epidural and I couldn't say yes quick enough. I had thought that I would go natural, like I did with Andie, but at almost 48 hours of agonizing pain I was DONE. 
I met the on-call doctor, who reminded me of my former doctor. He was very soft spoken and to the point. The anesthesiologist came in and gave me the epidural, after missing once and making my back bleed for a bit. Once that epidural kicked in I was a different person. Almost all of the pain disappeared and I just felt so happy that we were about to have a baby that we'd been waiting to meet. I could no longer feel contractions so they had to tell me when I was having contractions. The baby was still a bit high so I wouldn't be pushing for a bit. My sister came in to visit and hung out with us for a bit. 
At about 4:20am, they checked me and I was at a 9. They told me that I would be pushing soon and all I could think was that they better tell me when because I couldn't feel a thing. They asked if I wanted my sister in the room too and I said if she wanted to. My sister came in just in time before pushing. 
I felt so happy and elated during delivery, mainly because I wasn't in any pain, and that we were finally going to meet this baby boy or girl. I pushed through 2 1/2 sets and our baby was here. The doctor said, "It's a BOY!" We were so excited!!
They put him right away on my chest. He was just perfect. He was so tiny and cute. I couldn't believe that after all that pain that he was finally here, our little Leo. 

This delivery was so special. To have my sister and husband both in the room made this experience much more comforting. My parents patiently waiting in the waiting room wondering if they would get a grandson or granddaughter meant so much. We immediately called Chris' family in the UK and Spain to deliver the good news. Everyone was eager to hear what Baby G #3 was.

Leo Richard Gilburt
July 8, 2017
4:40 am
6lbs 13oz
19.5 in

Monday, July 24, 2017

Wandering Wise Men 2016

2016 was another fun year of the Wandering Wise Men entering our home. Eli had a lot of fun moving the wise men around and Andie got in on it too. Every year this becomes a bit more fun as my kids love to get involved and learn more about their faith. 
Day 01: A little delayed as the Wandering Wise Men were wandering in the dusty sand of the mysterious attic. But they are ready to begin their journey in finding the Christ child.

Day 02: Our Wandering Wise Men stopped to sing a few Christmas carols with Mickey. "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" is their current favorite Advent song.

Day 03: They heard a snowman singing a song in the woods and sang along to a summery song

Day 04: They stopped for a little game of pool. Balthazar owes Melchior two camels and has to tell everyone that Melchior is the baddest pool shark that ever lived.

Day 05: The Wandering Wise Men decided to take the escalator before the ferocious one year old attacked

Day 06: A large group of dalmatians, almost 101, guided the Wandering Wise Men to their next stop

Day 07: The Wandering Wise Men got hungry for a snack and found a cream cheese roll in the arctic freezer

Day 08: Their sweet tooth got the best of them and they had to take a break because their tummies hurt so much. Gaspar says he'll never eat another piece of chocolate again 😉

Day 09: Spider-Man took the boys out for the night and led them in the right direction

Day 10: Santa helped the Wandering Wise Men and told them about the King that was born last night

Day 10: The Wandering Wise Men took a break on traveling by enjoying a day of sledding

Day 11: It's been fun at the North Pole, but it's time The Wandering Wise Men headed back on their journey

Day 12: The guys got hungry so they stopped to bring cookies for the King, but I don't think these will make it Bethlehem

Day 13: The Wandering Wise Men stopped to watch a few shows with Eli

Day 14: The guys needed to catch up on lost time so they found a faster ride

Day 15: A helpful three year old showed the boys how to play "Jingle Bells" on the piano over and over and over...
Day 16: The Wandering Wise Men have searched far and wide for baby Jesus, but they've only found these two angels

Day 17: "The sight of the star filled them with delight, and going into the house they saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling to their knees they did him homage. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh." Matthew 2:10-11

They made it!! They finally made it to the newborn King! Through thick and thin they kept on going until they reached the King. May we always be seeking Jesus in our lives and keep the message of Christmas in our hearts. Thank you for joining our trip with The Wandering Wise Men. See you in December!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

26 Weeks

Here are my stats for Baby G #3:
Baby size: the size of a scallion
Weight gain: I hit the 10 pound mark
Sleep: Sleeping ok, but Andie is still not sleeping completely through the night so that interrupts sleep. I'm also getting up more to use the restroom.
Cravings: Chinese food, Mrs. Grass soup, McAlister's Deli
Repulsions: beef
Miss anything: not being so tired and out of breath, walking normally
Looking forward: Easter with my family, meeting our new Gilburt, finding out if we have a he or she

Mother's Day 2017

For Mother's Day, we went over to my mom's for a barbecue.

These two came for the dip
All the kids at the kids table
With my sister
Blowing bubbles with Daddy
Her expression is priceless
Let them be little
Mother's Day isn't Mother's Day without these ladies who've helped me become the wife and mother that I am.