Preteen Chickens

Our babies are now almost 4 weeks old and getting so big! We’ve been taking them to the backyard for outdoor playtime when the weather is a bit warmer and they love it. We hope to have their coop and run finished in 2 weeks so we can kick these stinky birds out of our garage.

Each member of our family got to name a chick. I’ll post some glamour shots of each chick at a later time, but for now, here are some group shots of our girls: Sunshine Marigold (named by Emma), Lucy or LuLu (Rachel), Esmerelda Valentine (Josh), and Monster Truck (Gabe). Yes, you read that last one correctly. I’d love some ideas of nicknames for her!

Our New Additions!

We are proud to announce the arrival of our quadruplets! We finalized the adoption today and got the cute little fluffy butts settled in their new little home, a Guitar Hero World Tour box. What can we say, they are some rockin’ chicks! They are four days old and will be growing fast, so stay tuned for updates to the Bancroft Backyard Chicken adventure.

Thank you!

Many thanks to our family, ward family and friends who helped us out when I was in the hospital from the 21st-25th. Our kids were well taken care of (they basically thought it was one big extended playdate and sleepover), we received yummy meals and treats and we are thankful for all those who expressed their concern, prayers, and willingness to help. We feel so blessed to know such wonderful, giving people!

In case you missed the details of my Hospital Drama 2009, here’s the short version. After being treated in the ER for painful stomach cramps and vomiting (there’s just no pretty way to say that), a CT scan showed some inflammation/blockage in my small intestine and a lovely blood clot near an ovarian vein. I was admitted to the hospital and immediately put on blood thinners and IV fluids. Needless to say, being in the hospital for the next 3 days was not fun and I missed my kids terribly, but Josh was there by my side the whole time. I am so grateful for him! I got home Wednesday evening, relieved to be home, but exhausted. Who can sleep in a hospital bed when nurses (who were fantastic) and other staff come in every 2 minutes (a slight exaggeration) to check vitals, poke and prod and make sure I’m passing gas?! Anyway, I’m feeling much better now, have several appointments with specialists to figure out what the heck is going on, and I’ll be on blood thinners for a while. And don’t worry, I have some kind of hospital drama about every 2 years, so you have something to look forward to in 2011.