Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Noah is talking a lot now, and is really good-natured and funny. He's just all out, all the time--very happy. He's also HUGE!--wearing size 3T clothes and can almost fit into Ami's shoes. Oh, yes, shoes...he loves his boots...that's one of his favorite things--clomping around the house in them. Now that Ami has recieved cowboy boots for Xmas, he is always trying to get into those too. He loves his sisters--always trying to get Ami to dance with him--even if there is no music on--and kisses Eden on the forehead, saying "I love Eden" and "Hi baby Eden!" He is just the coolest little boy on the planet. I hope he stays two for a while....
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Birthday: November 11, 2007 at 1:48 PM
Weight: 7 lb, 6.5 ozLength: 20 inches
So far, she's a great eater, sleeps a lot (almost all the time!).
She rarely opens her eyes. This pic is a bit blurry/fuzzy, but it's the best I can do right now since she is always dozing....So who do you think she looks like? I don't think she looks like either Amelie or Noah, and not sure how much she looks like either of her parents either?
Proud big sister. Amelie's been very helpful. When there's no more to do, she asks what can she do next? Noah is interested and curious about her, but he has a cold now, and is such a bulldozer that we can only let him touch her with one finger haha. But that's all her really wants to do anyway. So far, life for Noah hasn't changed at all, there just happens to be a baby in the house to comment on every now and then.
Brief birth story:
Water broke at 3:30 am, left for hospital at 4:30 am. A friend came to stay with Ami and Noah so they didn't have to be woken up. Arrived at hospital at 5:30 am. No real contractions until about 10:30 am, but still just moderate--no big deal. So, basically, labor didn't really start until about 11:00 am and she was born at 1:48 pm, so only about 2 hrs 45 min hard labor, which was really intense, but I did it, and now it's done and that's that! She's here, and she's healthy, and perfect, and Life...Goes....On!
Eden -- as in Garden Of...place of peace, pleasure, tranquility, perfection)...
River -- as in "go with the flow," find your path of least resistance, and cut through rock when you need to....
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Everyday we are sure to do a reading and writing project, something in math, and a spanish exercise, all which involve a coloring project or other activity of some sort. She also gets to help direct where the lessons go, based on whatever interests she has, for example this week she is interested in maps, so we will do a map exercise, and she is really good at building things and creating things in complete symmetry, so she is learning about that (since she does it without realizing it--she's gonna be a math whiz this one, little miss patterned organization). She is REALLY enjoying her spanish lessons--and so am I. I hope we eventually can start speaking it together.
I rearranged the kitchen a bit so the kids can get creative any time, on thier level with a kid size school table and chairs. They can pick up thier crayon or colored pencils and get to work whenever the mood strikes. Noah is getting the hang of coloring "only on paper!" and Amelie is drawing drawing drawing up a storm. Tomorrow we will be doing a migration study with monarch butterflies. We will go on a caterpillar and cocoon hunt, then color paper butterflies to send via airmail to Mexican school children (the mexican children will recieve thier paper butterflies when the real monarchs begin arriving back in Mexico, to overwinter in the forests there, in early November). In the spring, Ami and the rest of her HS friends will recieve a butterfly and special messages back from the Mexican children (en Espanol!) Anyway, we are having fun, I hope we continue to enjoy it and have it work for us because the schools around here are terrible, and HSing fits in line with our sort of "anti-establishment" (I guess that's what you might call it?)--I hate for us to be held down by the scheduling of an "institution" and the "lowest common denominator" in the classroom, but we'll see how it goes, as I said. I am not against public school, just not sure about our schools here, and not willing to decide yet as I haven't seen if HSing can work for us or not, yet. Time will tell. Don't worry, Amelie is involved with the homeschooling group, playgroup, 4-H, Brownies, dance class, future pottery and music classes, library activites, state park and refuge activities, T-ball and whatever else comes along. Plenty of opportunity to socialize. Plus, she'll be able to visit relatives on our whirlwind roadtrip during almost the entire month of September into October because we can take our lessons with us. And she will be home to spend time and help with her baby sister, due in November. I'd hate for her to miss that, and so would she.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Ami on the shores of Lake Erie.
G&G E building sandcastles with Ami.
Chris and Noah cracking the whip.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Are you starting to think about potty training yet? Thinking, yes. Doing, no. He is showing signs of readiness to learn, but not to the point I think he'd be quickly successful now.
What is your baby's favorite food? Bread, milk, eggs (eggies--his word, not mine), watermelon and cantelope. He gets his bread and milk as treats after he eats his proteins and greens. Oh cookies are a favorite too (kee-koo? kee-coo? yeah? yeah? kee-koo?)
How is your baby sleeping? How many naps? He sleeps 12 hrs at night and takes a 3 hr naps everyday. It is awesome!
Does your baby have a lovey? Not really. He likes to sleep with a stuffed animal, though he is not picky about which one. Typically we choose his Charlie Brown, Gonzo, and Snoopy.
What's the newest thing your baby is doing?
Going to the refrigerator, getting out the gallon of milk and handing it to me so I'll fill his sippy cup. He is too smart. Also taking off his diaper and running away. And he has a shoe-fetish. Always with the shoes--on and off and on and off!
Is your baby talking yet?
He says Ami, ball, no, this, out, Elmo, light, shoe, oh no, all gone, balloon, doggie, kitty, nay (horse), baa (sheep), moo (cow) and many many others. He says "I love you," "dada car all gone," "oh no ball all gone," etc...
What is your baby's favorite toy?
He is nuts about anything with wheels. Trucks, wagons, baby carraiges, whatever. He points out cars like he sees each one with fresh eyes. Like its a miracle of existence. Laow! Laow! (hasn't mastered his C or R sounds yet, but dang it--thats a car! WOW!)
What is your baby's favorite summer activity?
Running in the sand on the beach and splashing in the water. Thankfully eating chicken poop has faded into memory....
Are you thinking about another baby yet?
She'll be here in about 3.5 months.
When the birds leave our yard it becomes quite silent, but we make up for it by visiting our nearby bridge roost, which consists of 100,000 martins from the coastal plain area, including our own. The sound of the birds coming in the roost over water is deafening. Recently we took a sunset boat trip where Amelie and Noah first experienced those 100,000 birds in flight all around them.
Noah knows what martins are, when they are flying overhead he points to the martins and "flaps his wings." Amelie was pointing out all the nice motorists who were obeying the new speed limit, and driving slowly on the bridge to avoid hitting and killing the birds. So now she understands what her mom is doing when I have to leave home to go "save the martins!"
Chris, being the handy-man, super-dad that he is, created this area in our backyard which includes a swingset, awesome ropeswing, huge sandbox and playhouse. The kids and thier friends have a great time out there. The playhouse had been sitting in plain wood and looking rather boring for a while, so Chris and Ami livened it up together with painted flowers, vines, clouds and a sun. It's a work in progress....