Since Easter, Caleb has had an invisible friend. He isn't around all the time, but he comes out a few times a day. His name changes once a week or so, but his friend is always a bunny. He has been called Easter Bunny, Bunny, and Hop.
Elinore has been sitting on her own for awhile now, but this weekend she mastered getting herself into a seated position! My mom and I first witnessed it Sunday and she did it several more time and again this morning. Keith has yet to see it and she'll still lay down and whine until someone sits her up, but she can do it!
One of my goals for 2013 was to spend more time outside. It's early in the year, but we've done a few things in our yard that will hopefully help motivate me.
First, we're gardening again this year! And we're much more focused on it than in past year. Usually we needed the help of our neighbors and their equipment. They moved away last year, and I was expecting so we didn't garden at all last year.
This year, Keith bought himself a tiller from Craig's List and he's committed! He's got a co-worker who is menotring him along the way. So far, the soil looks better, which I suppose is a great first time.
Second, we're composting! I've been wanting to compost for a few years now, but Keith has been very against it. His co-worker/gardening mentor is a big composter and got him on board! Keith built us this awesome composter and we're using it! We have a 5 gallon bucket with a lid in our kitchen next to our trash can we collect it in. We…
I was at our church serving the SOUP supper tonight when a man I'd never met before walked up to me and asked if I was Edson's granddaughter. I thought about it for a second as my Grandpa has been gone for almost 15 years, before I said yes, yes I am.
He went on to tell me that he had worked for my grandpa when he was about 14 years old. He said he was hired to do farm work many many years ago. He talked about how my Grandpa always had a story for everything, and that is so true.
He told me my Grandpa once told him that marriage was like bath, once you're in it for awhile it's not so hot.
We chucked and I listened to him talk about the farm work and the people who worked on the farm for a bit.
Later I found out he is actually now married to my Dad's cousin. They were married last year and coincidentally he and my dad share the same first name too!
In a recent performance review I had at work, my boss complimented me on my ability to "play" in the gray area. My job is very full of gray area. There is little black and white when it comes to underwriting. I've always known this about my job and just gotten on with it, never giving it much thought.
Then my boss called it out in my review, and I started thinking about it.
Playing in the gray area is something I do often, more than just when I'm at work.
Parenting is a very gray area.
There are so many choices we make as parents, and none of the are right or wrong, just different. We all choose what works best for our kids and our families.
Aside from those bigger decisions, I find gray area every day in parenting in trying to decide how to teach them about respect and appropriate behavior. I pray about how to handle situations sometimes, though not nearly as often as I should.
It's all about being comforatable playing in the gray area and dealing with a ch…
The first weekend in April, Elinore and I started a parent-tot swim class.
I was so looking forward to it. Based on Elinore's limited exposure to water, I thought she would like it. She loves bathtime and she really enjoyed playing in the water when we went to Great Wolf Lodge earlier this year.
We went to a new to us rec center to take the classes because it's closer to home, and I'm so glad we went and tried it. We'll certainly be back with the boys for swim later!
Elinore did excellent at swim class! She was the youngest there; there were 5 kids in the class. Most of them were toddlers, but there was one other baby there with his dad. Elinore did really well with most things, as much as expected for a tiny one who can't follow directions! She didn't cry in the water and she splashed and kicked and played. She wasn't a big fan of floating on her back after awhile, but she still did well.
I'm looking forward to continuing classes with her…
I've noticed that I've been getting compliemnts on my clothing and a lot of "is that new?" questions asked lately at work.
The answer is almost always no. I mean, when do I have time to shop? And honestly, if I have some time, shopping is generally not what I want to do!
However, most of the clothes I've started wearing again have not been worn for a good year or two now! Things are looking new because they haven't seen the light of day as they've been packed away to make room for my maternity clothes and then stayed away because of the cold winter weather. I can't imagine what it'll be like to have even more clothes when am no longer breastfeeding. That will open up more of my wardrobe too.
For now, I smile and say thank you for the compliemnts!
When we added Belle to our family back in 2010, we had great intentions of her being a good family dog, but Belle has never gotten along real well with Caden and Caleb. We thinking they may have been to rough with her early on and they never bonded real well. Caden still is too rough for her liking and she growls at him, and Caleb isn't real interested in any of our pets most of the time.
Belle quickly became my dog. She slept with me on my side of the bed, she snuggeled with me and she listened better for me.
Then I got pregnant. We were still bud for awhile, but she started to annoy me in the bed. Sleeping between my legs was no longer an option while I was struggling to get comfortable. She started getting kicked around in the bed more.
When Elinore arrived, Belle quickly saw a decline in the attention she got. The boys had moved on and she still wasn't interested in them. Keith and I were busy with the kids, the house, and more. She was jealous.
In March, the elementary school held a Mother-Son Dance for students. Caden and Caleb were very excited to go!
The night before the dance, however, Caden got sick. He was feeling better on Saturday, but he was still laying on the couch and relaxing most of the day. It was evident he still didn't feel real well, so he opted out of going, which was a wise choice I'm sure. (Although part of me wonders if he wasn't too interested in going in the first place. He told me he didn't want to dance because he didn't want his friends to see him.)
So Caleb and I went to the dance. We danced, very little though. Generally he just ran off with his friends and played in the gym. I talked to a few other moms and watched the kids run around and play.
It was a great time, and I hope Caden will join us next year!
I remember when the boys were toddlers trying to teach them how to make a fishy face. It took awhile, but they were committed to it and loved it. I'd have to say they looked pretty darn cute doing it too.
Elinore seems to have mastered the fishy face already.
You turned 9 months old. 9 months! I know I'm late again to getting this down, but it's probably because I'm too busy playing with you and your brothers to sit down and write.
You are developing into your own little person; you know what you like and you aren't afraid to let us know. You are delightful, and generally a very happy baby!
When I hold you, you like to bite my shoulder. You usually leave a sloppy mark on my sleeve and you drool and chew on my shoulder. It's always my right shoulder too.
You make the cutest fishy face.
In the last week you've finally started waving! You started waving to Daddy when I was holding you and you've been practicing a lot! Sometimes I'm not even sure what you're waving at. I keep hoping you're going to wave to me one day when I leave you at the sitters for they day, but you just sit and smile. Your hands are too busy with toys to wave. You waved one day after I left at lunch time last week, b…
This past Wednesday, I took Elinore in for her 9 month check-up. She's doing well and growing! Although the nurse had me mighty nervous at first.
I took all three kids in at the same time. The boys had their 7 year well check as they turn 7 next month. (SEVEN DOESN'T SEEM POSSIBLE!)
The nurse working with Elinore must be new to the office. Her measurements were low and registering alerts when she tried to enter them into the computer. The second nurse brought the boys back and tried and came back with much better looking numbers!
She's meeting all their developmental questions except for pulling herself up. She's not, and doesn't seem to have much interest in it. She's not crawling on her hands and knees either, but the doc isn't concerned with anything at this point. Yay Ellie!
Elinore weighed in at 14 pounds, 7 ounces and is in the second percentile for her weight.
She is 27.25 inches long and in the 30th percentile for her height.
This past Saturday was the first Miles for Madison 5K held at our local school system in support a SJS, which an elementary school student has.
It was a great fundraising and awarness raising event that had over 600 participants! It was a great turn out and so wonderful to be a part of!
The boys were registered to run the fun run. I was registered to run the 5K. I ended up not running the 5K because I double booked myself and chose to take Elinore to swim instead, but the boys still were able to run the Fun Run!
They also had a great time despite the freezing temperaturs we had.
They ran almost the entire time. They were to run one lap around the high school track. Around turn 3 they walked for a VERY short time and then ran through the finish. They stuck together the whole time and did so well!
They are already asking to go back next year and do it again!
Maybe in a few years we'll be running the 5K together!
Last night the boys attended their first 4-H meeting as Cloverbuds.
I am excited for them to be 4-H members as I have such fond memories of it growing up. I also think it has a lot of great development opportunities in their future and has a strong focus on community and other life lessons I hope they find valuable. I hope they continue to be as excited about it as they were yesterday!
They planted tomato seeds in small plants to grow and water. They are sitting on our kitchen window sill to get sun and easy watering for them to sprout!
Almost two months ago now, we started cloth diapering full time. This far in, Keith and I are both happy with the change and no longer even like disposables the very few times we've had to put her back in one.
I was quite anxious about getting started and felt like I was a bit under prepared to start, but once I committed, I dove right in and picked it up along the way. I'm fortunate to have a couple good friends who also cloth diapers. I used them as resources to help me get started and have reached out to them a few times since we got started too when I've had questions.
I wanted to consider cloth diapering before Elinore was born, but Keith was very against it. I wasn't willing to try it without his support. By the time Elinore was about 5 months old, Keith was ready to switch to generic diapers of lesser quality to save money, which I wasn't against, until I realized I didn't like using those diapers at all once we tried it!
I cannot stand the use of the word spoiled. It never bothered me until Elinore arrived. Now I notice the word is thrown around frequently, usually directed at me. As in I'm spoiling Elinore.
This began very early on in Elinore's life, and I was frustrated. First and foremost because she was too young to be spoiled then. Her needs were met and I loved taking care of her.
Her needs are still met, and I still love taking care of her.
I put a lot of things off until Elinore was 6 months old. At 6 months we made quite a few changes to her routine and got into a new rhythm, which helped us out a lot. We used the cry it out method and she puts herself to sleep at night now in her own room in her own crib.
She's well fed and happy, and loves her mommy.
Excuse me for paying attention to her and meeting her needs when she cries. Last I checked knowing your child and their needs was a good thing.
Call it what you want, but I call it taking care of my kids.
For the last couple weeks, Caden's been wearing pajamas when we tuck him in at night. Then I started noticing he was already dressed when I would go to wake him up in the morning. Although, waking him up in the morning is a very rare occasion because he is a very early riser. I thought he was getting up early in or in the middle of the night and getting dressed.
Then I started noticing then when I would check on him before I went to bed in the evenings he was already dressed.
One night last week or so, I had put them to bed and was in the living room outside their bedroom. I heard lots of noise and lights in their room and told them to get back in bed. That's when Caleb said: "I am in bed, Caden's up getting dressed for tomorrow!"
And now we know. Caden wears his pajamas for about 30 minutes, waits for us to put him to bed, get up, gets dressed and then goes back to bed. Then he wakes up dressed to leave.