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one week old!

one week old!

I can’t believe that it’s been almost a week that Connor has been here! This week has gone by really fast! I hope that I can get this whole thing figured out… try to figure out a schedule and a routine that is  going to work for everyone. This week has been very good. Luckily, my mom has been here taking care of everyone! When we were in the hospital, eric started having dizziness problems again associated with his inner-ear injuries a couple months ago… what crappy timing! So the first ½ of the week, we were really a sad case for my mom to watch over! I don’t know what I would have done if she hadn’t been here! I know it’s been a lot of work for her. She did all our laundry, has kept us fed and the house clean! Man, I really owe her big!  Dad came down on Thursday-I so appreciate them coming! Means a lot to me that they want to have special relationships with each of my children, and that they make a special effort. it’s so much harder when that relationship is long-distance. But, they do a great job! We realized just the other day, that not only is Connor born on 7-7-07, and is the 7th member of our little family, he is also the 7th Grandbaby for my mom and dad… as well as the 7th grandbaby on eric’s side!!  Isn’t that crazy!

I am a little worried about mom leaving! This whole pregnancy, when people would ask me how close Capri and the new baby would be, and I would say: 11 months… the response was ALWAYS the same: “wow, you are really going to have your hands full!”… (as if they think that I wasn’t FULLY aware of that).  as it turns out, even that prediction was a gross understatement of what it’s like with these 2 little ones, plus the big ones… plus my seriously neglected workload! I think it will take a few weeks to get used to things and make necessary adjustments! It’s so great having kids that can help out!  I am LUCKY that way!

  • Rachel B

    13 July, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    So glad your Parents were there to help your family out for the week! I know when ever I have a baby it’s so nice to have my mom here helping with the other kids and like you said feeding everyone and keeping the house clean in the meanwhile… How they do it? I will hopefully learn and be as good as my mom some day. Thanks for the update on baby Conner he is still as cute as ever… And Capri seems all of the sudden so much bigger now that he is here! Crazy! Well back to being too pregnant in this hot weather November can’t come soon enough… Thanks for the post!

  • Shawni

    14 July, 2007 at 12:05 am

    Congrats on your new BEAUTIFUL baby boy! Take care of you and the rest will fall into place! HUGZ Heidi!

  • Brigitta

    14 July, 2007 at 3:05 am

    that little boy is soooo cute!!! congrats to you and your family!!! So sweet of your parents to stand by you and yes, it will be difficult at times, but I’m sure you’ll manage somehow. Maybe you can take a nap when the little ones are, so you can recharge your battery ;-). Good luck and enjoy it

  • Grace

    14 July, 2007 at 3:39 am

    We all need our Mommies once in a while. Thank God for Moms young and old even if at times we don’t see eye to eye. You can and will do this and if you need to get help for a little while there is nothing wrong with it. You are still the “Super Mom”! But take time to breathe also. Hugs.

  • Cindy Bosch

    14 July, 2007 at 5:34 am

    Hi Heidi
    Congrats on the beautiful baby boy!! My youngest are 14 mths apart – the first little while is hard – but trust me, it is the BEST when they get a little older!! My daughter is now 6 and her brother 5 and they are BEST friends! They have kept each other occupied and happy for hours! I wouldn’t do it any other way if I was doing it again!
    Enjoy them and have fun…they are all beautiful!!

  • Cindy McDannold

    14 July, 2007 at 5:48 am

    My great niece and nephew are not quite as close in age as capri and conner, but I’m sure you will be surprised at how close they will become. Emma and Elie are inseparable. They entertain each other and show their love for one another at every chance. It’s wonderful to see how they always think of the other one. I watch them play and wonder if this will last as they get older..I hope so. In your loving family I know this will happen also. Cindy

  • Ally

    14 July, 2007 at 6:03 am

    Hey Heidi,
    Belated congratulations! I’m sure that once you figure it all out, it will be great! You’re a strong woman and I know that you can take on and accomplish great things regardless of the challenges! One day at a time – just remember to try to revel in each one! Take care!

  • paige

    14 July, 2007 at 6:34 am

    it always bugs me when people feel they need to comment on your situation…puhleez!!!
    you will be an awesome mom!
    you will do an incredible job raising those “close together babies”!
    you have the most creative line out there!
    all that & you are too stinkin cute.
    so take that!

  • Lyn

    14 July, 2007 at 6:44 am

    Congrats, Heidi, I came to check in to see if your little one arrived on 070707… and he did! We got married that day! So much fun! Best wishes to you and your family!

  • Amber

    14 July, 2007 at 6:48 am

    So happy for you – you are a strong woman…I have no doubt you will get everyone on a schedule 🙂
    I had to take a double look at the picture of your mom…looks just like you!
    Much love!~

  • janalee

    14 July, 2007 at 7:14 am

    Congratulations Heidi and family. Conner is beautiful. I hope you start to feel more settled in your new role soon, being mom to five (I think you have five) is not an easy task as you well know. I am a mom of five(four homegrown boys and a sweet baby girl from Taiwan)and while I love love love it, somedays the schedule goes out the window before we even wake up! I also am so LUCKY to have bigger kids to help me and they are so willing it is hard not to take advantage of them. Good luck finding your new normal, it will come.

  • Rachel

    14 July, 2007 at 7:25 am

    He is beautiful! It makes me think about another one!!! I have 4 all 16mo. apart. Just keep that great sense of humor and you’ll be fine. Try not to take things to seriously the 1st few weeks and you’ll find the right groove for you and your family!!! How blessed you are to have your hands so full! Now when people look at you and say “my you have your hands full” just look at them and smile and say “happily so”! Next year this time you’ll be thinking “what was I so worried about! And maybe have another:)

  • Brittany

    14 July, 2007 at 7:30 am

    Don’t worry about your schedule right now. Everything will fall into place. My boys are 12 months apart and are now 2.5 and 3.5! FUN!! Enjoy!!! It all works out!

  • tammy b

    14 July, 2007 at 7:57 am

    you look FANTASTIC!
    congrats on mr. connor

  • Talia

    14 July, 2007 at 8:10 am

    You are doing an awesome job, Heidi! How nice that your parents have been there to help…I only have 2 and often don’t know what I would do with out my mama! You are the perfect example to me that it CAN be done! Take care fo yourself!!

  • Yvonne

    14 July, 2007 at 8:14 am

    you are allowed to take a little maternity leave you know! 🙂 You look so much like your mom!! You can do it!!! Wasn’t Connor also born in the 7th hour that day!?

  • Yvonne

    14 July, 2007 at 8:15 am

    oops… not the 7th hour… but he was a 7 pounder!!!! sounds like a great 7 scrapbook page!!!

  • Annie Adams

    14 July, 2007 at 8:29 am

    Hi Heidi, I don’t know if you want advice or not..maybe just good wishes but I do know how it is w/3 close in age and the best advice that was given to me was
    that when the youngest turns 3 it will get easier….my youngest will be 3 in Sept…I will let you know if that is true. But time certainly has proved to be on my side….and it is o.k. to not be super mom..I made the mistake of trying to prove the people wrong who would make comments to me about “having my hands full” and ended up with a little life detour at the therapists office…just breathe and have as much FUN as possible!! Just because it is hard, doesn’t mean you don’t LOVE every second of it!!

  • DisneyCyndi

    14 July, 2007 at 8:30 am

    Congratulations Heidi. Ok, people say I look young for my age but your parents are looking pretty good there. As a mother of children who were 11 months apart I so get waht you say. Now that they are grown up I wonder how I did it. And I only have three! The good thing was that they were like having twins so I just treated it as that. They got along ok, I had another one 12 months later and we just got use to doing what we had to do. God has blessed and kept us so that is all that matters in the end.

  • Trish

    14 July, 2007 at 9:12 am

    You are so blessed. What a wonderful family and great parents you have. Hope Eric is feeling better. My husband is a diver and has never had an ear issue but, friends of his have. Not fun. Hoping for a speedy recovery so, he can enjoy his families new addition. Congrats.

  • psmullican

    14 July, 2007 at 9:22 am

    Hang in there, Heidi! you have been in my prayers lately with the new baby and all you are juggling. You are indeed very lucky to have parents who make the effort to see your kids and help out. Hope Eric is feeling better soon. Take care!

  • maryjo

    14 July, 2007 at 9:37 am

    you’ll rock it just like u do everything else. it’s only been a week so enjoy the journey for now. you have an awesome family & that conner is so stinkin’ cute! congrats again. maryjo

  • Laura plunk

    14 July, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Hey, looks to me like 7 (SEVEN) 7 is your lucky NUMBER !!
    laura P

  • heather

    14 July, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    My fourth and fifth are 12 months apart and my oldest at the time was only 7. Yes it was crazy! I remember one day specifically holding two crying babies, surrounded by an undone house and thinking if people could see me now they would be soooo glad they weren’t me. It was then that I decided to laugh at the thought instead of cry. You just have to laugh at the craziness sometimes. Now my kids range from 5-12 and it is heaven on earth. They are all so close and have so much fun together. It is worth it!!!!!!!

  • Kristin Olichwier

    14 July, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    Congrats on your little one! My birthday is 7/7/73 — so I love that he was born on that day! You look fantastic & Conner is so cute! 🙂

  • Sally

    14 July, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    Congratulations to you all…my girls are 16 months apart and I got alot of the same comments- how I was CRAZY! The first year is a little whacky but it’s a fun blur. And the diapers all go away at about the same time!! What you are accomplishing is amazing- best of luck to you!

  • sulu

    14 July, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    congrats on your little boy…and blessings to all.. One word makes it simple…
    first priority is your family – children and husband. If that means you cut back on your work, then that’s what you do. No one would want you to put your family and kiddos second for even a moment because of work/deadlines. Be a good mom and wife…we all understand that! 🙂

  • Dawn Bibbs

    14 July, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Heidi, so glad to hear that things are going well in and with your family. Wow, 7 IS a lucky number, huh? 🙂 It’s always been my favorite number.
    What a blessing that your parents are there for you and your family. I’m sure you could handle things without them there. But just knowing that they are, I’m sure makes things really easy on you as you start this new journey.
    I also wanted to let you know, while I have your attention, that I went to Georgia Scrapbook Expo today. And just so you know, I spent the most money in the booth with all your stuff :-). Oh my goodness…what great deals we got. I was so excited when I saw the ladies with the cute “Heidi” shirts on and the little flowered lanyards around their necks. I grabbed my friend and said, “LOOK…it’s Heidi Swapp stuff!” We got some really good loot. I even spoke with one of the sales girls about your new addition. I HAD to let her know that I keep up with you via your blog :-).
    Anyway, take care and keep up the good work. You ROCK!!

  • Rebecca Geach

    14 July, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    All those 7s… that is freaky 🙂
    I hear you… I can not even begin to imagine how difficult some days will be… but mostly you will manage… and you will manage well … NO DOUBT.
    Bek 🙂

  • Julia

    14 July, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    And you have time to BLOG?? Superlady. Seriously, for an entry on day you have to write down what you do every hour for one whole day. I can’t imagine having a business AND five children. I admire you so much!

  • kerry davis

    14 July, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    hi there –
    so funny that people think that is YOU holding Capri… anyhoo – I laughed when you wrote about people saying you have your hands full. whenever I am out w/ my kids (ages: 4, 2 1/2, and 7month old twins) everyone says – My, you have your hands full!!! As if I don’t know!!! Too funny – I guess people just don’t know what else to say…

  • Mary Larson

    14 July, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    He is just precious Heidi! You will have your hands full, but you will love it! People said that to me all the time when I had the twins in a stroller and the older 2 boys next to me. I would answer “hands full, heart full”. I hope I get to see that baby someday! 🙂

  • Sesil in Chicago

    14 July, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    Congrats!! I understand the comments about your babies being 11 months apart. I just had my third May 3 (so she is two months old now) and my second just turned one May 19. My oldest will be three this Sept. 11. So people just look at me and say.. you are truly a woman three under three. So far so good. I am excited for you and your family.
    Now…off to get ready for CHA for me. Hope is all well with you. :)SESIL

  • laura blue

    14 July, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    you are a srong lady and will figure it all out. good luck with everything. you look great!

  • sheri

    14 July, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    Just remember to BREATH. Work can wait, the house can be messy and take-out is a lifesaver. Remember to be YOU.

  • Laura

    14 July, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    Such an adorable family. When my twins were born I had four kids five and under. It was/is crazy at times. The great thing is just that you do adjust and so do they. The first few months feel sort of blurry (still do at times). I totally relate to someone saying, that people sometimes would wish they weren’t me. We all have days like that. You will/are doing great. You DO look a lot like you mom. I am sure your older kids will help out a lot with Capri.

  • julie

    15 July, 2007 at 7:42 am

    Totally understand the “hands full” thing. Two of mine are 13 months apart. The hardest part is the beginning when you still have to spoonfeed one and bottle feed the other. (I gave up on bf early with my third simply because it was so hard to schedule the needs of those two.) You’ll do fine, you have an awesome support system!
    I’ve been following your pregnancy with interest because I was pregnant the same time as you! So many new scrappy babies with you and Emily Falconbridge and Samantha Walker and May from Fiskars…not to mention the whole group over at 2Peas. I wasn’t due until end of August but was completely surprised by my little gift on 07-11. So surprised I never made it to the hosp and ended up with quite the birth story!
    So just remember that we Mom’s may not have a snazzy unitard and cape, but we are all superheroes in our own right! We make it work and make it work with love–that’s our superpower!

  • Charin Reed

    15 July, 2007 at 8:25 am

    I think 7 is going to be his lucky number 🙂
    I know that you are going to do a great job being a Mama to your newest little one, you will get the schedule worked out!! 🙂


    15 July, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    Belated congratulations!! I do know what
    you are going through. I have 6 children
    and I had 2 girls 15 months apart and it was
    tricky, but it was really fun.. I think it is so
    wonderful that your parents were there to help. I know that I miss my Mother a lot !!
    Well, you will do great, and adjustment is part of life and everyone will learn to pitch in and do a little more and it will all work out. I wouldn’t have it any other
    I was wondering about the cabbage idea? My
    oldest daughter just had a baby a month ago.
    and she is not having success with the breast feeding. Does it relieve the pain?
    If you could let me know I would be most
    grateful. I breast fed all 6 and never had
    any trouble but, I do think there should be
    no shame or guilt if it doesn’t work for everyone… Take care.. and enjoy the children, they grow so fast!!!

  • chris

    15 July, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Hang in there Heidi. It will all work out. You are so LUCKY!

  • Sherry

    15 July, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    Oh Heidi!
    How I wish I lived closer and could give you a helping hand. Please let others help you when they offer…….it will be a blessing to them as well as it will be to YOU! You need to cut yourself all the slack you can right now! I can only imagine your anticipation of what it is going to be like when your dear mother leaves. What a sweet momma! (I did the same for my daughter and it blessed ME as much as her, I loved the bond I created with the new little one!) plus the special time I could spend with her daughter. Your parents are precious people apparantly….and the apple does not fall far from the tree.
    You are an incredible woman Heidi, you constantly amaze all of us in your AY2R class with your adominable spirit, endless energy, and profound love for your babies…all 5 of them! But there are no judgements, no criticisms….just YOu being the mom you are and the wife you are…..not letting those negative thoughts/words anywhere close to your sweet heart!
    No doubt this is gonna be a tough road for a while….acknowledging it is just being real….lest you get knocked off your feet in the first day!
    You can do this…….but when you struggle, do not feel like you are failing, just admit that it IS a LOT for any one person! Get help!!! Take help! Do what you can the easy way when possible….
    If us at AY2R have to take a week off, we will live!
    I will be praying for you!

  • kim Loewen

    15 July, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    It’s always nice to have family around to help…especially moms! Enjoy being taken care of and hope everything and everyone gets adjusted to the changes! You are doing an awesome job and always amaze me! 🙂

  • erre54

    16 July, 2007 at 1:15 am

    che Connor sia fortunato gia’ appena nato l’ho detto in un post sul mio blog ,
    I had’nt no help from My mum because she worked.you have a fortune
    excuse for my English
    Rita from Italy

  • Chris D

    16 July, 2007 at 5:55 am

    Belated Congratulations Heidi!
    Wishing you and your family much joy, happiness and love! Conner looks adorable!
    And don’t worry, it all falls into place. Good luck!

  • cheryl

    16 July, 2007 at 7:01 am

    My oldest daughter, Regan, turned 10 on 07/07/07. She is eactly 10 and a half months
    (46 weeks) older than her brother Lucas, and
    we’ve made it this far! The fun part is for
    the month of June, I have two children the same age who aren’t twins, which stumps all the people who ask the obvious ???..”Are they
    twins?” I just say no and tell that they’re both 9, for example and let the admirers do the math. People are always surprised that they’re that close, but not as surprised as my husband and I were!!!
    You’ll get in the groove, and be glad that you have two little souls who probably met in heaven before you got ’em, they’ll be good for eachother!

  • Katrina of Southern California

    16 July, 2007 at 9:27 am

    Hang in there. It will all work out. Try not to be so hard on yourself and take each hour as it comes instead of looking at the day. I know you can do it. “SHE listened to her heart above all the other voices”.Have a great hour (day).

  • Nina

    16 July, 2007 at 9:51 am

    Congrats on your beautiful new baby!! What joy! And everything will fall into place…..my middle child and youngest are 12 months apart. that first year is a little tough but after that….piece of cake. Jacquelyn & Jake became the best of friends when Jake was around 1 yr old and now at the ages of 20 and 19 yrs old, they are still the best of friends.

  • Lori Hudson

    16 July, 2007 at 10:23 am

    I have 2 boys 12 months apart and another that is 3.5 years older. When my youngest was born, I got a nanny. I still stayed home with them, but the extra help was invaluable. It let me nap (when I had been up all night with them). Feed them at the same time, so one wasn’t crying waiting to be fed. She cleaned the house and did the laundry, so I didn’t stress over that. We only needed her for the first year and a half, then I felt like I could handle it on my own. It was truly the best money we ever spent. My advice – get help.

  • Kayci

    16 July, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    I can relate… I just had my second son three months ago and my oldest is two now, so they’re not terribly close but its the overwhelming guilt of not being able to accomplish all the things I used to be able to do in a day, or trying to divide my time equally between them that drives me nuts! I have been told by a dear friend of mine that the groove comes back- it will take time and it will teach me patience. Just remember to take take each day as it comes. There’s always a tomorrow to look forward to!

  • Elizabeth Woods

    17 July, 2007 at 12:41 am

    That is called one LUCKY baby! 🙂
    ((((Hugs)))) to you all

  • Isolde

    17 July, 2007 at 2:22 am

    congratulations with the birth of Connor!! Hope you still find some time to scrap, girl.
    Greetz from Belgium, Isolde

  • Linda Gagnon

    17 July, 2007 at 4:51 am

    He is beautiful. I pray you and your family are adjusting to his sweet arrival.

  • becky peterson

    17 July, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    i admire you so much. i have three kids and they take so much time and plenty of messes. i love your products and just can’t get enough of them. but i can’t understand why my local stores have a hard time getting your stuff in. i guess because its so popular.

  • Julia S

    17 July, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    Many many congrats to you and your family! My first is a Connor as well and still an amazing amazing kiddo at now age 13!
    Congrats to all of you!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Christie

    17 July, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    Congrats Heidi!
    I have written you before. My “Colton” is 15 months and Shane is 4 months. I only have the 2. Somedays are hard, really hard. Like when Colton is teething. And Shane has reflux. But ya know what, you just do what you got to do. Its getting a bit easier. More good days than crazy (Knock on wood)
    Im sure when they get alittle older it will be much better!

  • Natalie

    18 July, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy! I have two 14 months apart – so I feel your pain. People would always makes the craziest comments. Sure makes me think now before I speak. BTW – you and your mother look A LOT like each other. How fun!

  • christine

    21 July, 2007 at 11:33 am

    As a mother of four year old triplets, I can offer you a little advice… Start interviewing nannies. Not the live-in kind, the ones that spend the afternoon at your house and help out with the baby & children’s laundry, the dishwashing (all those bottles) and other important everyday things we sometimes don’t get two when there is more than one baby involved… Not to mention the other children in the house…
    Best wishes…

  • Andrea S.

    21 July, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    wow! Talk about Lucky 7! he is just so precious!!

  • Laurie

    24 July, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Congratulations! He’s beautiful. I’m so glad you’re going to take a little time off to get all settled. I’m so happy for your family.