Monday, January 9, 2012

Talking to Annie

So, this weekend I got to spend a night in the hospital again. I'm taking medicine every day that is supposed to stop contractions, getting a shot in the hiney once a week to prevent contractions, and laying down all day to flipping prevent pre-term labor and my body decided to give all of that stuff the finger. Thankfully, my contractions slowed down a few hours after they gave me a shot of terbuteline and I didn't have to stay a week like last time. I got back Sunday morning and briefly saw the kids before they went to church. We hung out with my parents and sister's family after church (I was down the entire time) and so I didn't really get to see my kids very much because they were running around with cousins. This morning made up for it.

I am not a morning person. I never have been. I would be perfectly happy sleeping in till noon every day. In fact, right now, technically I'm allowed to. But my 4 year old daughter didn't get that memo. She is up at 6:30 am (or before) every morning, no alarm clock necessary. It doesn't matter what time she goes to bed, either. Normally our morning routine consists of Dan turning on a show for Karah before he leaves to drop Jayden off at school and head to work so I can take my time waking up and not bite anyone's head off. He forgot to do that this morning, though, for some reason, and I am glad. We had a thunderstorm last night (and if you know me, you know I have an enormous phobia of thunderstorms) so I was already awake when Karah woke up. She hung out with Dan and Jay and "helped" them get ready. When they left, she came in to hang out with me. I normally don't like interacting with people if I haven't gotten a good night's sleep. Because I'm cranky. But Karah changed all of that for me this morning. She was SO SWEET! She laid there and snuggled me quietly for a little while. Then she told me to roll over so she could "hold me". I did, and she rubbed my back and hugged me from behind. While she was hugging me, Annie kicked her hand. Karah got so excited! We've tried to get her to feel Annie kick several times, but Annie has been shy about kicking when someone is trying to feel it. I suggested that Karah talk to Annie. This is how the some of the "conversation" went:
Karah: "Hi, Annie. How 'ya doin' in there? Um...(what else should I say, Mommy?)"
Me: "Tell her about the world."
Karah: "Well, there's lots of stuff in the world, Annie. And Jesus and Heavenly Father made the world. There's houses, and cars, and tvs so we can watch shows. We can ride bikes, and play at the park, and run around outside. There's lots of different foods and pancakes on a stick that are SOOOO yummy. There's games, and clouds, and lots of animals. You will need to listen. Listening is really good. If you don't listen, you will get in TROUBLE. So always listen and obey. Because TROUBLE is NOT fun. We need to be good. Like Jesus. He was so good. And He loves us. He can do anything we need. Because He is a grown up who died and came back to life again and NEVER DIED AGAIN. He is God's Son. And He loves all of us. Like I love you, and Mommy loves me."
Goodness! Tears were streaming down my cheeks as I listened to my daughter talking to her soon-to-be baby sister. It is moments like these that makes pregnancy and labor worth it. I sat there and listened to Karah tell Annie all about the world for about 10 more minutes. Karah then wanted to tell me a story and snuggle me some more. I cannot believe I have allowed myself to miss out on these morning moments with her just so I could lay there and be ticked off that I was no longer sleeping. I think Karah and I will have a different routine in the mornings from now on.


  1. This is soo sweet. I hope Noa says sweet things like this to her future sibling!

  2. Adorable. What a sweet girl, you've obviously done an amazing job raising her so far. :0)