First week of school….Ethan 3.5 weeks.

23 09 2009

Well, Let me tell you it has been a busy week in our home….but a wonderful one as well!!!  God has been so gracious to us.

Our first week of school is going GREAT!  Let me tell you, my little ones were itching to get started….I on the other hand wanted to hold off a few more weeks.  Dave and I decided to get started….the public schools started 10th and we didn’t want to be too far behind their schedule (we have lots of cousins here we wanted to be with in the summer time).

We got the Level K for Sonlight and LOVE it!  I was happy with the PreK 3/4 we did with them last year, but felt like they weren’t going to get enough in K.  I felt like they would be behind or not get enough info etc.  I was SOOOO wrong.  The K level has questions, vocab and background on each book they read and each chapter!  They have a big map that they pinpoint things on etc.  The Science is GREAT!  I love how it tells me what to add to each book or say especially on topics we don’t agree on that are in the books.  (evolution etc).  Sonlight tells you what to say to your children and how to show they a Christian Worldview with each book they read!!!!  Also, we love the Book of Time.  THey will use this book every year together.  We place a sticker of a person on a big timeline so they know when each event happened when compared to another event.  🙂  very cool.

We are still doing Math U See and love it as well!  THe kids are learning so much and can’t wait for daddy to do Math with them on Tues, Thurs. and Friday mornings.

We have also added Spanish in this year.  We are using Hooked on Spanish Level K and love it too!  Isaac asks everyday to do his next lesson.

Ethan is 3.5 weeks (will be 4 weeks on Friday) and is growing so well.  He has put himself on a nice schedule these past few days and it looks like it might last.  He eats, plays for about an hour then sleeps for about 2 hours.  At night he is going much longer (5-6 hours before his first night time feeding).  This will slowly get longer so that is nice 🙂  Mama likes some sleep.  He is such a precious little boy and we are so thankful for him!  God has truly blessed us with him in our home, I couldn’t imagine life without any of my children.

Well, there is the update for you all!


9 09 2009

We are a little behind on getting everything bought, but we finally have it all done. We will start on Monday! Isaac and Gracelyn are really excited. We are going to make a cake shaped like a pencil and have Kool Aid. I am getting them all dressed up and making them take a picture on the front porch. Then they will walk around to the back and come in the side door and be greeted by their teacher…..also known as….ME. LOL.

We are really trying to make Kindergarten a big deal and exciting. He really wants to go to school with his cousins and doesn’t understand that we can’t do that right now. I really love the school they attend, we just don’t have the money for that right now. God is good and provided all he needs for this school year.

Please pray for me, Ethan will only be 2 weeks old and Owen is a typical 2 year old. I have things planned for him to do….lots of table time activities and movie time. Ethan has been sleeping in til almost 9:30 everyday, so if that continues that will  help out a lot!  Grace will be doing much of the same thing as Isaac will be doing so we might as well call her a Kindergartener too. 🙂

The Birth of our 4th…..

2 09 2009

We want to welcome Ethan Roy Ferraro to our family.  He was born on August 28th, 2009 at 10:43 pm.  He weighed a whopping 9 lbs. 2 oz. and was 21 inches long. 

Now, for those that want more details here they are.

We went in to be induced on Friday morning the 28th at 8 am.  They started the antibiotics for the strep B at 9 am.  After a couple hours they started the induction (11 am).  The contractions did not start right away.  It took a few more hours before I was in pain.  Then later in the evening I requested an epidural.  That was going fine until about 8:00 pm or so.  The contractions were coming and I could feel a lot of pressure.  At 9:30 pm I was still at 5 cm….and then bang.  I had a bad contraction.  The Dr. checked me and said….still at 5 cm.  One more contraction she checked me again and I was at 8.5 cm.  One more after that and I was “full” the nurse said.  They did some stuff in the room to get it ready etc.  The Dr. was there the whole time watching me.  At about 10:15 they had me get ready to push. 

I pushed for what felt like an hour (but was only a few minutes).  His head finally dropped and then quickly came out.  The next few minutes are a blur, they mesh together and for everyone there seemed to stand still.  There was no “get the camera moment”, there was no ” Oh, my we have a ________ moment”.  There was no…” come on one more push and your baby will be here” moment either. 

After the head all I remember is pure pain!  Pure fear!  The bed was put into the laying down position.  I remember looking at the ceiling and seeing my dr.s face looking at me.  She was now on the table kneeling over me.  There were two nurses holding down my knees like I was able to do the splits (I can’t do the splits, but they were going to make my body do them anyway).  I remember that Dave was no longer at my side, he was moved from me to make more room for the Dr. and nurses.  I remember looking at my Dr.’s face with pure agony.  I remember closing my eyes and screaming from a pain I have never felt before.

Then there was a baby on my chest, everyone was rubbing him like crazy and I was screaming “It’s blue, It’s blue”.  I never remember being told it was a boy, I don’t even remember caring what it was.  I was in pain and I was hurting.

Come to find out by Dave and my mom the Dr. got on the table and took both her hands and reached in to pull out Ethan.  Dave said she tugged on his neck for awhile and then just took both hands and put them in me to get pull him out.  During that time I tore quite a bit. 

They never planned on him being so big or that his shoulders wouldn’t make it through the birth canal.  Had we known all of this we may have had a c-section, but once the head is delivered the body must be too, there is no going back at that point.

He wasn’t named right away, I was expecting a girl so I didn’t plan on a boys name as much.  I loved Ethan, but I loved Ian as well.   Then after a little bit they said that his sugar was dangerously low.  They wanted us to feed him so much formula etc. which I was not a fan of.  They then told us he was at risk for a seizure or brain damage if it didn’t get up soon.  They allowed me to nurse him then bottle feed him.  If the numbers weren’t up in 20 mins. he was going to the special needs nursery (we were at a birthing center, they didn’t have a nursery for babies, only ones that were sick) for an I.V to get the numbers up.  We are thankful that God took care of it and his numbers went up.   They then took blood every 3 hours for the next 24 hours our of his foot.  His little feet still have scabs all over them from all the pricks etc.

We are thankful for a wonderful baby boy and a God that cares for us in our time of need.  He gives us what we need and is always good to us.

After this birth Ethan got a temperature.  It was low for the next day but at 1 am on Sunday during his vitals check it went to 100.4 (which is high for a 1 day old) so they took a full line of blood cultures on him.  He then lost 6 percent of his body weight by 24 hours old so they were worried about that as well.  He had been on formula (25 cc’s) after each nursing session due to his sugar so they couldn’t figure out why he was losing so much weight.  They decided to keep him until Tuesday (he would have gone home on Sunday) just to make sure the cultures didn’t grow anything.  They didn’t so we were able to finally take our little man home.  God is so good to us!

This is one of our first pictures we have after the birth.  Everything is calm now.

This is one of our first pictures we have after the birth. Everything is calm now.


Sweet baby toes.

Sweet baby toes.


Our sweet Ethan Roy Ferraro

Our sweet Ethan Roy Ferraro


Isaac, Gracelyn and Owen meeting their newest member of the family.

Isaac, Gracelyn and Owen meeting their newest member of the family.


Sweet mommy and daughter time.  This is after she told me "mommy, now that your belly is back you can have a girl."

Sweet mommy and daughter time. This is after she told me "mommy, now that your belly is back you can have a girl."


Ethan wondering if he is going to be lunch for those little people he met earlier in the day when he gets home.  We promised him they won't eat him.

Ethan wondering if he is going to be lunch for those little people he met earlier in the day when he gets home. We promised him they won't eat him.