Where did April go?

*ahem* I found my phone. It was under the back porch stoop. If my minutes are up this month I’m gonna be hunting down a certain groundhog I know.

It’s been a weekend and a half, by my standards. Curt’s older sister Stacy went in 4 weeks early to have baby #4 due to some completely wacky health stuff that has left the greater Grand Rapids medical field “stumped.” I say that with the flippant air of a person who was less than 24 hours ago taking care of 3 nieces while the rest of the family rushed to the hospital in a panic when enzyme levels shot through the roof and livers malfunctioned and brains didn’t cohere anything remotely coherent. It’s sort of funny now. Sort of. It also may or may not be true that Hailey and Marli can both fit in the chicken coop… at the same time… yes, even with chickens in there. My lanta.

Welcome to the world, Miss Ellie Jean (6+ pounds and 18″ tall)! You are the 4th in a line of sisters that are simply remarkable. I’m thinking you are destined for greatness, if my little blonde one is any example of what a “4th” can become. And, don’tchoo worry. We’re gonna figure your mom out before you even know anything is amiss.

Hailey (pink hat and a ponytail she did all by herself don’t fuss with it) and Marli (drunken smile that is the result of being shifted amongst family members for a week and a morning of chasing chickens to within an inch of her life) are big sisters a few times over now and have this gig down pat. Sydney (1.25 years old) has no idea what she’s in for. We hid her at the grandparents house for the initial introductions. They can meet a bit later when things are calmer. And we give her a toy first. And maybe some food.

We had to scrub up to visit Ellie. She’s 100% healthy but spent a night being observed since she was a month early and all. We convinced the girls it was necessary to walk around “hands up” for the rest of the evening lest they have to scrub up again. Humor. It’s so very needed at times like these.

On to the rest of the week. Giddyup. Let’s hold all emergencies until next week, ok? I’m all used up.

Here. Laugh at my kid. She wants to be a cowgirl.

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TexasNorth is a little farm in Western Michigan. It's home to 5 chickens, 25 longhorn cattle, a coonhound (Banjo), 1 barn cat, a husband, and 3 ridiculously funny children. The mom of this zoo has been known to mow the lawn in a skirt and roast marshmallows after dark. View all posts by texasnorth

12 responses to “Where did April go?

  • diane

    My niece, Grace, is happy all the time. She sings in her sleep, she plays by herself, she wakes up happy. Her parents walk around and say sarcastically, “We just wish we knew how to make Grace happy.”

    I see you have the same dilemna. Don’t you wish Rylie was HAPPIER? my goodness. Let those giggles roll!

    And congrats on being an Auntie again!

  • Jessica, Myron and Rylie

    So sweet. that is my all time favorite sound…a little laugh!

  • Mandi

    What an infectious laugh! I love it! Congrats on the new niece!

  • The VanderPloeg's

    love the video!
    lainy laughed out loud and here is what she said:
    “baby rylie funny. she pray to jesus!”
    I think at one point rylie folded her hands, and yes, lainy thought she was praying! too cute.
    love you guys,
    jo

  • The VanderPloeg's

    love the video!
    lainy laughed out loud and here is what she said:
    “baby rylie funny. she pray to jesus!”
    I think at one point rylie folded her hands, and yes, lainy thought she was praying! too cute.
    love you guys,
    jo

  • The VanderPloeg's

    love the video!
    lainy laughed out loud and here is what she said:
    “baby rylie funny. she pray to jesus!”
    I think at one point rylie folded her hands, and yes, lainy thought she was praying! too cute.
    love you guys,
    jo

  • KatieKate

    Oh my, Lainy. You make me giggle. Rylie “prays” a lot- she has always been so busy with her hands!

  • Shanna, Adam and Gracen

    so happy to hear you found your phone. gracie likes to lose mine. she also likes to lose thermometers. and, yes, i realize it’s irresponsible to let a baby play with a temp-stick, but they make her so happy. she’s lost three of them. and ALWAYS right before she gets sick.

    congrats on the new family addition. you people seem to make a lot of girls.

    and rylie’s giggling made gracie giggle, which was MUCH needed, as we’ve had very few of those this week!

  • OurMrsMikrut

    Ohhhh, The Boy should know better than to put his shoe’d feet up on the coffee table like that…for shame…

    Oh giggles. How I love them.

  • sunday

    that is the sweetest video. she seems like she has such a fun personality. i love her smile!

  • Lia

    They have all girls in their family.. for the love.
    (Actually I am from a family of all chick-eroos and i looooove it.)

  • Chelsey Meek

    I always knew you’d have a happy baby.

    Can you take a video of your plantation for me?
    cjm

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