December 9, 2013

Half a Dozen



I've had a few people hesitantly ask me how it is to have six children, as though I would break down into a walking mass of pure insanity right before their very eyes.


Honestly?


It doesn't feel any different than having five.

Granted he's not quite a month old so who's to say what it will be like when he's crawling and walking... and coloring my walls with permanent marker.

But as of right now, it all feels perfectly natural and right to have him with us.


He's simply been swept up in all the already existing craziness.


Although Claira and Jackson look like buds now, they had a bit of a rough start.

I was changing his diaper while Claira was standing next to me, watching and babbling on about the "toot baby".

Perhaps I'm getting old, or perhaps my reflexes are just a bit slower due to the fact that I haven't slept in three weeks. But next thing I knew, Jackson was peeing and I wasn't quite fast enough to cover him before it all landed smack dab onto Claira's forehead.

A perfect bulls eye!

Needless to say, she did not appreciate it very much and spent the next several minutes screaming at me and Jackson.

But being the loving and considerate mom that I am, I was doubled over laughing.

Laughing so dang hard I was crying.


Seriously, cut me some slack! It's amazing what you'll laugh and cry over when you're sleep-deprived.

I was listening to a Christmas song on the radio and almost started crying.

True story.

Seriously people, it's bad.

But then of course, I could be looking at this all wrong! Maybe it's not sleep deprivation that's wracking havoc on my emotions, but rather the fact that we've been eating frozen pizza close to five days a week.

Maybe I'm simply turning into a preservative.



Anyhow, I wanted to show off a few photos that my ever-talented cousin Callie took when Jackson was only four days old.








She tried so hard to prop him up in all these cute poses but he wouldn't have it! Anytime she put him onto his stomach, he let her know how much he didn't appreciate it and refused to cooperate.

It's a sign.

He's going to be as stubborn and sassy as the rest of them!

Doh!

But Callie is so great and got all these super cute shots of him. LOVE them!

You can follow her work on Facebook at Callie Ann Photography.




UPDATE ON JACKSON'S UPCOMING SURGERY

I know some are wondering what is going on with his crainiosynostosis.

Hubby and I will be heading down to Primary Children's Hospital this Thursday for our consultation with the surgeon.

So we should know all the what's when's and where's by the end of the week.


I am already missing all of his ridiculously adorable hair. *sniffle*

A big Thank You to everyone who have included us in their prayers. We appreciate them more than we can say.


Dimple!

6 super cool people speak:

Mama Smith said...

OH...my goodness...It has been nearly a week...and I can hardly wait to get back...and ROCK this little man...He is so C-U-T-E!!!!!

Meagan said...

No! Is that dimple real and there to stay? How can he get any cuter than he is already...I have some serious dimple envy. Congrats and good luck with the upcoming surgery Serene!

Raelyn said...

Serene....
Thanks so much for the update, Friend!! You, your family, and Beautifully Unique little Jackson have still been in my prayers. He is so very handsome!! ;)
"I've had a few people hesitantly ask me how it is to have six children, as though I would break down into a walking mass of pure insanity right before their very eyes. Honestly? It doesn't feel any different than having five. Granted he's not quite a month old so who's to say what it will be like when he's crawling and walking... and coloring my walls with permanent marker. But as of right now, it all feels perfectly natural and right to have him with us.". Yes, yes, yes!! By the way? I love, love, love big families!! I somehow always have!! ;-D
One of the things which I have prayed for? That you keep and maintain your witty sense of humor!! Because. Humor makes every situation--sleep deprivation, five other children to nurture, craniosynostosis--so much more bearable!! Laughter truly is the best medicine!! ;)
What breathtaking pictures!! I love, love, love Jackson's red/white/blue hat!! And green. And red.... ;-D
"She tried so hard to prop him up in all these cute poses but he wouldn't have it! Anytime she put him onto his stomach, he let her know how much he didn't appreciate it and refused to cooperate. It's a sign. He's going to be as stubborn and sassy as the rest of them!". Hey, don't knock it!! Being stubborn and sassy will help get Jackson through craniosynostosis reconstructive operation{s}!! Trust me. I come from a little bit of experience with being stubborn!! Okay. A lot of experience!! ;)
"Hubby and I will be heading down to Primary Children's Hospital this Thursday for our consultation with the surgeon. So we should know all the what's when's and where's by the end of the week.". Keep us all posted, Friend!!
--Hugs!!--
Sorry. Long comment!! ;-}
--Raelyn



Raelyn said...

PS. I just swung by your Facebook page. The prayer for patience? I am not a Mom. But I totally get it!! ;)

Mommy Melissa said...

We're just 2 hours away from SLC, if you need anything I can make the trip. Will any of your other kids be with you? Lots of love from the Jensen clan.

Saimi said...

I've obviously been away for far too long, much has happened during my absence. First off, boy do you have cute babies, Holy WOW is that Jackson a cutie pie. Sorry about him needing surgery, I can only imagine how hard it must be to have your precious baby to go through something so traumatic.

He definitely will be included in my prayers Serene, I"ll even eat more chocolate on your behalf.

Such a beautiful family you have, good job mom!

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