Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Operation Gillespie

Since becoming a mom, I sometimes find myself using military terms to describe life with my kids. For example:

Airborne (refers to kate jumping off high landings)
AWOL (i hear birds; the kids are not in the house)
United Fortress (Dad backs up mom; mom backs up dad)
Secure the Perimeter (Deadbolts in place)
etc. etc.

Well, during the last month of pregnancy and now having 3 kiddos, I've been formulating a new philosophy on how to be a happy, enjoy-every-minute kind of mom. It's called I SURRENDER.

I surrender trying to have everything be perfect, my house clean, everyone's hair done and clothes in order. I give up, universe, and it feels great!
I was up every 2 hours with Dash last night. At 6:30 i went back to bed. Thirty minutes later i awoke to the smell of nail polish.
"Uh oh."
"What happened?"
"No, I don't think so."
"Fez?" (Kate's cat)
But since I had already surrendered, I wasn't even upset. With Anne's help we cleaned it all up. Just in time for kate to take her diaper off and make another kind of mess . . . which i will spare you the details.
My mom was talking about helping me lock things up in a cupboard. But . . . kate is vertically mobile. She climbs, uses chairs, and can balance on just about anything. I mean, sure, lock up the chemicals, the super glue . . . but, sugar? handsoap? toilet paper? spoons?
I SURRENDER. And I love being a mom. Even today.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Please call Kyle Keelay

Merry Christmas, everyone! Here are a few pictures from our christmas eve fun. Kyle has taken to calling himself Keylay this holiday. He is also sporting the Edward Cullen hairstyle. His spikey hair is getting spikier.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

yes, her vision is really that bad

my sister and her family made the drive from texas to hang out for a few days. we showed them the highlights of demopolis:

1. quality eye care: karin is getting reading glasses.
2. the neighborhood dog "balls". he's got jangles the size of your head.
3. the duck pond.
4. the country club and a couple rounds of golf.
5. the goldfish pond, tombigbee river, tugboat, and park.
6. local entertainment: the shumways didn't know kyle sang

recovery is going well. i'll have a sappy post soon about being a mom of three. its funny how the more kids i have the more i want. dash is perfect!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

miracles, blessings, and happiness

Dash Morgan Gillespie
Dec 11 @ 4:58 p.m.
7 lbs 2 oz
18 1/4 inches long

Yeah, baby! Let's talk about timing. For weeks I have been having consistent contractions, about 10 minutes apart. Thursday, kyle went to work and I went to my doctor's appointment. They hooked me up to a monitor and unbelievably they started coming every five-seven minutes. mom arrived at the airport from utah at 2:0o p.m., my lifesaver tricia took my kids, shuttled my mom to the hospital, my water broke, and kyle arrived two minutes before surgery at 4:30 p.m., just in time for some real action. It couldn't have worked out more perfectly.

He seemed so alert for only being 12 hours old!

first bath, getting all cleaned up.

grandma anne is awesome. she is like having a personal vacation package on wheels. she brings food, entertainment, reading material, child care, emotional support, and a variety of other services at one low price! FREE. thanks, mom! you made this weekend perfect.

here is the handsome kyle holding his handsome son. love you, babe.

the mischevious katie-kate.

we seriously need a king bed. there just ain't enough room anymore!

lifesaver tricia! thanks for everything, girl! not having to worry about my kids on thursday made all the difference!

ella, the new big sister. she is saving up for a princess bed and is already begging me for babysitting appointments.

dash, throwing a peace sign with his toes.

i loved the santa hat. i couldn't think of a better christmas present.

one of the few moments where he has cried this weekend. he is so absolutely perfect, and we love him so much! merry christmas, everyone! thanks for all your prayers, emails, and calls! we love ya!

Sunday, December 07, 2008


so, i've been reading too much non-fiction this year. decided to try out the twilight series, since i'm pretty much on bedrest anyway and can't sleep.

thursday: twilight
friday: new moon
saturday: eclipse

check out their cool music video

stephenie meyer uses lots of the same albumns to curb writer's block, so i feel a bit of a bond :)

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

yeah, jason bourne 3000

so, i think kyle is hot. can't wait to see how many he can do with 3 piled on.