Posting....

I wonder why it is that I don't post more often?  It's not that I have nothing to post about, I do.  I guess it's just that I wonder who cares anyway?  Who even reads this anymore?  (um... I guess nobody since I don't post?  haha)  Okay, so who would read this if I post should be the question.  It seems every time I post I end up playing catch up.  Let's catch you all up on my life for the past oh... 6 months?  I don't even know how long it's been.

Let's begin with the children.  Since they take up oh, 90% of my time and energy, that's a good place to start.  Grace is 2 1/2.  More accurately, she is 32 months old.  And she is not a baby anymore.  Oh sure, she still wants her cuddles every now and then, she still wants me to sing to her at bedtime, and yes, she is still in diapers.  (more on that issue later...maybe)  But she is for the most part, a beautiful, independent little girl who is simply blossoming before my eyes.  I am blessed every day to see her grow and change and learn new things.  She now wants to sit and read her own books (which she has always loved to do, but would eagerly bring me piles of books to read to her, as well).  She can play for hours (it seems) by herself, playing dress up, singing, telling her dolls stories, coloring or whatever else she feels like doing.  At least I know she still needs me.  It's evident in the fact that she still comes to "check in" with me every once in a while, showing me what she's doing, asking for a hug, or to sit in my lap for a moment.  Sometimes she wants to "help" me with whatever chore I happen to be doing.  She loves to help me cook or bake (especially when we use chocolate chips which she calls raisins!)  She can talk my ear off, and tells amazing stories.  (um...sometimes they are about poop.  Where did that come from?  No idea.  I thought only little boys thought it was funny to talk about poop!)  She calls herself a princess (or more recently a queen!!!) and she is certainly a daddy's girl.  She loves to go on dates with daddy!  (Could be the icecream, but really I know she just craves time with him.)  She also loves to pray, both at meal times and at bedtime.  She likes to thank God for everything and everyone she knows and loves.  One of those people that she loves is her brother Sam, and let me just tell you.  Watching her with Sam just melts me into a puddle.  You could mop me off the floor when she tries to comfort and love on him.  She gets this little maternal look on her face, leans into him, talking in this high voice, "Oh my sweetie!  Come here sweetie!  It's okay sweetie..."  It's so stinking adorable. 

And speaking of adorable...

Sam.  That boy is 10 months old next week!  Where did the time go?  He's recently learned to sit himself up from laying on the floor, and just today started to get up on his hands and knees.  About a month ago he started to pull himself along in an army type crawl, when for a couple months previous he had just been rolling wherever he wanted to get (boy was he fast... he'd get anywhere he wanted to go!)  This morning he got his knees up under him and started rocking back and forth!  He's been waving for a couple of months (at least), playing peek-a-boo for a couple of months, and a couple months ago he was saying mama and dada.  He hasn't said it as much recently, though.  Sam is nursing like a champ, and eating 3 meals a day.  Unfortunately, he seems to have the same gag reflex issues that Grace does, and anytime he has food that is not pureed he gags, chokes, and throws up his whole meal.  So for now he gets only pureed foods and those little puffs that melt when he puts them in his mouth.  Even those though are a step in the right direction for him, and he's only had them very recently.  I'd say most of his nutrition still comes from good old breast milk!  :)  Now if he's just sleep through the night...  haha.  He is a very happy, content baby, and I constantly have people asking me if he's "always this good?"  Yes.  Really he is.  Am I jinxing myself?  I hope not!  The kids is just one happy boy, and if he's fussing I know something is wrong.  And usually when I thinking he's fussing other people look at me crazy.  "That's fussing?!  He seems okay to me!"  They don't understand that for him to whine at all is fussing!

And I have to say that it is a darn good thing that he is SO easy.  Because my job?  Not so much.  My job is to watch 2 little boys here at my house 3 1/2 days a week.  It equals about 30 hours a week, but most weeks I feel like I've worked twice that.  I won't go into much detail, just enough to say that I watch a 4 1/2 year old and a 2 year old, and they are both tough kids.  The 4 year old has issues I can handle, but the 2 year old has issues that I'm not sure I can some days.  If we didn't NEED me to be doing this financially, I would quit tomorrow.  But we need it, so I do it.  

In actuality, Chris and I could both use a change job-wise.  Chris just finished his first year of seminary.  It's been tough on us, and honestly something will have to change before the fall semester.  We are praying every day for a new job for him.  He's looking at going back to the school he used to work at, or going into a ministry position.  Last fall when he accepted his current position, he felt that it would be a good move financially and be something he did while he went to Seminary.  We've found that not to be the case in either category.  So he's looking.  Please pray that God shows us where to go from here.  

This weekend we are looking forward to a nice break from the norm as we head to a friends lake house for a reunion with some of Chris's college friends.  I am SO excited to see everyone.  Unfortunately, it seems that this weird weather is going to follow us through the weekend, so we may be confined to the indoors most of the weekend.  Kind of disappointing since we'll be on a lake, in the woods, in a beautiful location.  Oh well.  It's the fellowship I'm looking forward to.  Chris had some amazing friends in college, and I'm so glad that we've kept in touch with them and they've become my friends as well.  

How's that for a post?



Journaling

I'm determined to start posting on here more often.  I haven't written down any milestones for Sam yet, and this is one place where I could really quickly type up some of the things he is doing once in a while.  If I just do it once a week that would be much better than I'm doing now!  At his four month appointment (almost a month ago now, though!) he was 16 lbs and 27 1/2" long.  That puts him at the 95% for height and 70% for weight.  Crazy long boy.  He's already in 9 month clothes, and in fact I'm quickly running out of clothes that he fits into!  I had some hand me downs when he was smaller, but somehow I have a gap between 6 months and 18 months.  I have a few 12 month things, but hardly anything for 9 or 12 months!  Whoops!  He got a few sleepers for Christmas and right now I'm washing those a LOT and rotating through them!  It's cold in our house, so those are the easiest things to put on him with layers.  Sigh.  Need to find someone else who has hand-me-downs!  :)

For my own reference, Sam is cooing, smiling, laughing (at random things, like my parents dog running by, or Chris rolling around on the floor with Grace- she loves to roughhouse with him in the evening, SO cute!), "talking", almost rolling over, he loves to stand, we put him in the exersaucer for the first time a couple of weeks ago and also tried the bouncy seat in the doorway (he loves them both!).  Other than that he loves to nurse and he is a decent, although not a great sleeper.  He's been taking great naps, but at night he wakes up a bunch of times to nurse.  He's still in our room, in a crib across the room from us, b/c we have not figured out a solution to our space issues.  We have 4 bedrooms, but 2 are on our first floor, and 2 on our 2nd.  Right now Grace's room and our room are upstairs.  I don't think that Grace would do well sleepwise with Sam in her room waking up every few hours.  But I also don't like the thought of her on a different floor than us.  Any ideas?  I'm wondering if I should just TRY putting Sam in her room and see how it goes, we could always put him back in our room.  I wish he'd just sleep through the night, then I could put him in there with her!  What to do, what to do...

Grace is amazing.  She turned 2 on Halloween, and she is just an incredible little girl.  She has been able to say her alphabet and count to 10 for about 6 months now, she knows tons of sign language, verbally she is beyond some 3 year olds I know,  her favorite songs that she sings are "Twinkle Twinkle," "Jesus Loves Me," and "Away in a Manger."  She knows all the words.  Most of her books she can recite to us, and she is starting to get quite the little sense of humor.  She is also a little mommy!  The other day I was sitting on the couch nursing Sam, Chris was in the kitchen, and he had me go look in the playroom (off the kitchen).  There was Grace, sitting in her little rocking chair, nursing her baby (complete with a blanket over her baby's body), talking quietly to her "sweet sweet baby".  She loves to help me with Sam, loves to take baths with him, hold him, burp him, get his paci, etc.  She's a great big sister, and has really never shown any jealousy at all.

I'm in love with my children.

In other news, Chris finished his first semester of seminary, and just started his 2nd.  He's doing well, and we're adjusting to the hectic schedule he has to keep.  I'm looking into a couple part time childcare jobs, watching children here in my home.  I'm talking to a family with a 4 month old (actually 3 days older than Sam, it'd be like having twins!) who needs someone on Mondays for almost 10 hours (!), and a woman with a 5 and 7 year old (girls) who would need to be picked up from school 4 days a week and watched until 7:30.  When we origionally talked this was only going to be 2 days a week, but it has changed now, and I'm not sure I can do all 4 days.  It would be Tuesday-Friday, which means I'd have other children here every day.  Financially it would be enough (although still not ideal) for me just to do it 2 days a week.  For me I think I need a couple of days when it's just me and my children.  So I'm going to talk to her about maybe doing it 2 or 3 days and seeing when we can come up with.

Gotta go make dinner!

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Sorry guys... I can't figure this out right now... maybe later.  Kids are waking up, I'm baking bread, and I still need to make a dessert for dinner at our friends house night.  

Someone want to walk me through this?  That might help.  I'm just getting frustrated.  I don't know why only one of my pictures showed up...

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Baby pictures, as requested...

Well.  I think I'm going to split this up in a couple of posts, b/c I just realized that I have posted all of ONE picture of Samuel since he was born in August.  How pathetic.  So I'm going to catch you all up and start at the beginning.

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Ugh

Last night I went to upload pictures to the computer (there are about 300 pictures on my camera right now!) and had a problem doing so.  Turns out my hard drive that I store my pictures on crashed.  I might have lost everything and I'm devestated.  I had pictures of Sam's birth on there, his newborn pictures, of course all of Grace's pictures!  Oh my gosh I can't even think about it without wanting to vomit.  I know they're just pictures, but I just don't have words...


In other news, Sam is 3 months old and the other day I got him a 9 month outfit.  His 6 month outfits are starting to get hard to snap, and short in the sleeves/legs.  Oh my big boy!  He's such a happy talkative smiley baby.  He's not sleeping well anymore.  He did a coupole weeks of sleeping 8 hours.  Now he sleeps 3 hours, wakes up, and then wakes up every 1-2 hours after that.  Fun for mama! 

This post is mostly for me... :)

Well.  Grace turned 2 a couple weeks ago, on Halloween.  We took her to Friendly's for ice cream for her birthday, then brought her to church where they have a "Pumpkin Patch" night for the kids.  She loved the bouncy house, but mostly wanted to push around the stroller with dolls from the nursery.  That's my girl.  She was dressed up as a ballerina again this year, since when I pulled out her tutu from last year she screamed, "PRETTY!" and then wore it around for the next hour.  I bought her cute little pink slipper shoes and she wore baby legs as leg warmers over tights and a pink long sleeve shirt (I could not find a leotard).  We dressed Sam up as a rock star, although I didn't go crazy.  We spiked his rather awesome hair, and he wore a t-shirt that said "You're looking at a rock star" with jeans and a jean jacket.  He also had on little fake cons.  The whole thing looked adorable.  We did get a nice family picture that night as well.

I can't believe my little girl is two.  I have a two year old.  She loves to color, dance, sing, and take baths (such a savior at the end of a long day!  She can be whiny and cranky, and the moment I ask if she wants to take a bath it changes everything!).  She also loves to eat cereal in the morning "milk, poon, bowl, ceral!", she loves icecream (a couple weeks ago she went out to dinner with my brother and family tried to order just icecream "Icecream, please!"), she loves Pooh, Veggietales and Signing time, she loves her cousins and her Aunts and Uncles and grandparents.

She is quite the character these days.  She loves to pray before we eat, even if she's already started eating.  She often claps loudly at the end of our prayer, but sometimes she's just too busy going right back to stuffing her face.  While I type this she is taking a bath and lining up her 20+ rubber duckies on the side of the tub.  Something else she's recently started doing- lining things up in rows.  The other night Chris brought home a back of 24 waters to take to work with his lunches.  She pried the plastic off a corner of it and started taking them out one by one.  She then brought then accross the kitchen and put them in a line, walking back and forth.  I wonder what was going through her mind!!!

She's also been using the potty lately.  Usually I have to catch her when she's about to poop and we run to the bathroom, stripping her as we go.  But she's going, and I hope eventually she'll realize she'd rather go in the potty than her pants.  Boy would it be nice to be down to one child in diapers, especially with cloth!

Sam is already almost 3 months old!  Just 3 more days and he'll be 3 months.  I'm not really ready for him to be that old!  That newborn period just goes by too quickly.  He laughed today for the first time.  Really laughed.  He's come close before, but this was the real thing.  He "talks" to us all the time.  He loves it when someone spends time just talking to him.  If he catches your eye he breaks out into this huge grin, kicks his feet, and starts cooing.  He's very alert for his age, and always has been.  He seems older than he is because he's so big and alert.  Sam is ticklish under his arms and on his belly and chest.  He squirms and gets this great big smile on his face.  That was actually how I got him to laugh today!  Grace loves Sam, and has started to include him in prayer at dinnertime.  She likes to hold hands while we pray, and now I have to reach down to the bouncy seat next to me and hold Sam's hand while we pray.  She likes to include him in everything we do, which is very sweet.  She even helped give him a bath the other night!  It was really adorable.

vaccines

Can anyone tell me according to the Dr. Sears delayed vaccine schedule what vaccines he DOES recommend at 2 months if any?  Thanks!