After the park I went to Jennifer's baby shower with my Step-Mom Kerry and Steve took the girls home to Papa's house for naps. It was a fun day.
After a few days of recuperating at Papa's house, MG seemed to be on the way up, with her medicine going down without a fight, her sores healing, and her beginning to eat food again. So, we decided to continue with our spring break plans. We headed out on April 4th and visiting Grand Coulee Dam first.
The next couple of weeks flew by as we tried to prepare for the upcoming birth of our baby girl. I tried to go through things and clean, while enjoying a total loss of appetite and some nausea. We got ready for Easter, made sure the nursery was completely ready to go, and just went about our lives. April 16th I taught my last classes, pulling back at work so I was only doing office work and wouldn't have to worry if I went into labor on my Tuesday work night.
April 17th was exciting as it brought the birth of our newest nephew. Jennifer was induced that day, and at 7:29 PM gave birth to Enzo Edmund Patrick Rose. He was the biggest baby in the family yet at 9 lbs 10 oz and 21 inches long. We weren't able to go see Enzo right away since I was just a few weeks from my due date.
We flew straight from Enzo's birth into a busy Easter weekend. We opened Easter baskets on the 19th, and although we had planned to do our egg hunt that day too, a combination of nap times, fits, and weather prevented our following through with those plans.
The next morning tried to get pictures of the girls in their Easter dresses, with only limited success as usual.
I love this picture. Our girls are young, but we didn't want to lose the true meaning of Easter, especially where our egg hunt ended up being on the Sabbath, contrary to our original plans. So, Steve brought up a video about the birth, life, crucifixion, and resurrection of the Savior from LDS.org and we watched it with the girls. They were so focused. I may have cried. Maybe.
Mckayla had her 18 month check-up and was 29 lbs (96th percentile) and 34.25 inches tall (98th percentil). She may make Ellie our runt... Also, being 18 months old meant that MG started attending nursery at church full time, just in time for me to only have one baby to care for at church. We had been taking her to nursery for the first hour starting a few weeks before to help her adjust, and it worked. About this time she started staying in class all on her own. It didn't actually last, but we did eventually get there. We have a fantastic nursery leader, Sister Hess, who was/is always great at reading Mckayla and knowing if she needs distraction, space, etc. We love her.
Steve also had to interject some science into our month. The high school he works at had some liquid nitrogen for another project, and he brough the left overs home to show the girls. They loved it, of course, especially Ellie. Here Steve is showing them how the cold shrinks a balloon, and demonstrating his 'teaching face'.
After all those adventures, April ended with our biggest adventure of all: Miss Kassidy. The story of our crazy doctors appointments, unexpected hospital trips, and eventual delivery of Kassidy is on another blog, so if you want to see that, you'll have to go back to it. But, she sure was worth it all. Yeah, March may have been rough, but April sure was a great month for the Bennetts!