Jul 092014
 

As you know by now, my wife and I welcomed number 4 into our family 2 weeks ago.  It has been wild this week as he has only been home for this week.  We have been trying to get him trained to sleep at night, as well as remember what it is like to raise an infant.

My youngest daughter is now 4 and I kind of took for granted the independent and “grown up” ways of a 4 year old, not to mention 7 and 10.  I have been trying to remember how to be the complete caregiver to an infant.  Strangely, it is not difficult to handle 4 kids when the older ones are so helpful.

Here is the rub, I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.  We have always wanted 4 kids and now we have been blessed with 2 boys and 2 girls.  Our family is now complete.  While I wouldn’t trade this experience I am glad we are finished having our family and getting ready for the next step in our lives.

Family is very important.  Family is the only thing that will endure any other trial or hardship.  As you go into this weekend remember your family.  If you have kids, do something with them that doesn’t include electricity.  Go play baseball, go fishing, read them a story.  Just spend time doing something that isn’t distracting.

If you don’t have kids, do something without electricity with your significant other.  Or even go by yourself.  Get away from the computer, the television and all of it.  Go be with your family.

Have a great weekend folks.

-Justin

Jul 092014
 

This title proves prophetic today.  I had forgotten just how much an infant forces you to slow down certain things.

Over the past 2 weeks I have had to slow down many times, with my writing and housework and yard work.  I have watched more movies and tv shows in the last 2 weeks than I have in the past 6 months when I started this whole online venture.

I have been writing about unplugging the past few days and I think that he has a lot to do with this.  Now, if you have read any of this blog in the past, you know that my family is very important to me.  I love doing things with my kids and I really am excited to watch them grow and develop.

It is so much fun to see them grow and change through all of the ages.  It is fun to see their tastes in music and movies change and mature as they grow.  It is also fun to see what the new one will choose when he can control what to watch.  My 4 year old is finally gtting into some of her own things and not just copying her older sister.  My son has always kind of done his own thing, it will be interesting to see if my new son follows him or does something totally new.

I think it has been good for all of us to just slow down.  It has been good for me to get off of the computer and just hold the baby for a couple of hours at a time.  These are the times you can’t get back if you miss them.  This is exactly why I am a dad.

Being a Stay At Home Dad allows me to see all of these milestones.  These 4 kids I own make me want to work my butt off and be able to stay home with them and all of the things that they accomplish.  I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Have a great weekend!  We get to watch fireworks tomorrow!

-Justin

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Jul 092014
 
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**editors note, for some reason this didn’t post Monday or Tuesday and I didn’t check it.  Pretend it is Monday to read this.  You could then pretend it is Friday and get a head start on the weekend.**

This title sounds like some sort of bizarre philosophical question but it is really more like a game show.  This is the sleep deprived thought that came into my head last night.  Why would this come into my head?  Well, that is what I intend to regale you with today.

Yesterday was Superbowl Sunday.  Due to a variety of circumstances including kids, church, scout meetings and just general noise, I have yet to view all of the commercials that are so lauded during the game itself.  The game was pretty good though.  I will report on the commercials maybe tomorrow after I look them up online.

As a part of Superbowl Sunday, as everyone should know, there is food.  Copious amounts of food, layered in salsa and jalapenos.  I actually made a turkey on Saturday and we had sandwiches.  It was pretty good.  For dessert, and here is where the point starts, my wife made brownies.  She even looked up a new recipe just for me.

See, I like the fudgy type brownies while she usually likes the cake style.  She made fudgy.  And they were good.  “Is there a real point, and when does he get to the poop?” you may be asking yourself.  It is coming I promise.

The family also gets to eat dessert of course.  If you have forgotten, or are not here from my other domain, I have 4 kids aged 11, 8, 5 and 19 months.  My story now centers on the 19 month old.  You can probably guess the direction now.  I went to change the babies diaper and there were little brown balls all over his pants and diaper.

Some of them I was not sure exactly where the brownie ended if you know what I mean.  I didn’t try any.  So, I got the kid changed and had this great idea for a game show or at least a sketch on SNL.  Behind a glass wall there is a plate of brown.  Behind another is another plate of brown.  Both look almost the same and the trick is to choose….Poop or Brownie?  Debate as long as you want and then you have to eat.  Could be one of those Japanese game shows where you pick wrong and not only have to eat but get a shot to the gonads as well.

Anyway, just some random thoughts of a deranged mind.  I am eagerly waiting for the wacked out things I come up with when I go off of these meds again.

Thanks for reading.

-Justin

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Jul 092014
 

Well folks last week was a mess.  I don’t really want to get into the journal or this is why I need to be coddled trap, but let’s just say last week was, well, a mess.

My Son was born on July 1st as I have documented on here, and then we spent 4 days in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit.  It would have been 14 for antibiotics if my daughter who had the kidney transplant didn’t decide to get an infection herself.  Anytime a transplant patient gets a fever over 103.5 degrees, they worry.  And then they admit to the hospital.

We were lucky that we could get my son transferred to the childrens hospital to at least be in the same building as my daughter.  I didn’t get much done over the week however.  I finally got my computer up there on Wednesday night and was able to do a bit of work and even record a podcast but good grief I am behind.

I did however come up with some good ideas for posts in the near future.  I even started a new ebook that I am planning on giving away with my email list.  I am excited about it, but I need a new title.  I googled my title and got a couple of older blog posts out there.  I don’t want anyone to feel ripped off.

Well here we are then, another week of blogging and creating and no worries about last week.  I am sorry about Fiction Saturday though, you guys are getting ripped off the last month with that one.  There will be more story this week I promise!

Thanks for reading and sticking around, I will have more pics of the new baby on my pics page, check it out!

-Justin

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