Tonight, Conner was inducted into Toddlerdom. Somehow being a year old does that.
We had family and friends over for a birthday party after the evening service today. Most of the attendees went to the service because my brother-in-law was preaching tonight. (I need to get a copy of the service!) So we had dinner when everybody got back from that. It made for a late dinner and even later cake and ice cream but I really think everyone had fun.
What was especially fun though was to see Conner be included as part of the "group" by his older sister and cousin. It was like having a birthday all of a sudden let him into their "club" and now he was interesting enough to play with. They''ve played with him before but not quite like this. This was the first time it was truly a 3-some intsead of 2 kids and a baby brother.
Conner didn''t know what to think of the singing. He just sort of stared at us like we were weird. When it came time for the cake, he didn''t really dip into it. But once he got a handful, he sure wasn''t a very neat eater. His face and hands were covered.
Then it came time for presents... he really got into this. The paper had to be taken off a small piece at a time and he had to carefully drop each piece of paper on the floor. The good part about this was that he gave me lots of time to take pictures! (Thus speaks a scrapbooker.)
I am happy to report that though Conner did have a few favorites among his gifts, he seemed to really like all of them. Katelyn was a bit jealous of some though and wants some items put on her Christmas Wish List... Ask if you want more info. I can share that privately.
Now hopefully Conner will sleep well tonight so that I can get some sleep.
I''m going to be putting a link to some scrapbook pages that I''ve done lately in the links section. Not tonight though... I''m tired and need to go to bed.
Negotiating a late, late, late, late night snack with a 2 year old is, well, interesting.
She asked for spagettios. I said it was too messy and we could do that for lunch instead.
She asked for candy. I said no.
She asked for a bottle of gaterade, I pointed out that it wasn''t food and she wanted food.
I suggested cheese crackers (usually a favorite) and she said no.
We finally agreed on... frozen peas. Yep. Peas. Right out of the freezer, no need to heat them up, just pour them into a bowl.
Both kids are curretly awake and eating pears and frozen peas in the kitchen.
Another bump for Conner (poor boy). He made his way over to visit his friend again. :D I took him back home the first time but he ran right back over where we were invited inside. Conner thought it was great!
But while we were there Conner tripped over his own feet and into a glider ottoman. He hit right on his cheekbone just below the outside corner of his ete. It looks like it''s going to bruise but we were able to keep ice on it long enough to minimize the goose egg that was showing up.
Ok... this just upsets me. I can''t do much about it from where I am but I can spread the word.
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I first read about this young girl when it was on the MSNBC news page. I was shocked. And I''m even more shocked the longer this goes on. Basically, pray hard that your child never has cancer where you decide you want a second opinion about treatment.
This girl''s parents decided to ask for a second opinion about what course of treatment to take and told their primary doc that they were going to do so. He immediately called CPS and said that they were refusing their daughter medical care and that she would die within a week if she did not start the treatment he wanted immediately.
CPS took her (and her two brothers) and then didn''t start treatment for 45 days!!! So much for start immediately and die within a week, huh?
It turns out that her primary doc isn''t even an expert in cancer treatment (they wanted a second opinion from a specialist). And while she''s immunocompromised, they have placed her in a foster care home with sick kids (very bad when she can''t fight off infections well right now) and her foster parents do things with her like take her to football games where she''ll have to deal with who knows what germs.
There''s more to it but if I keep typing this''ll turn into a huge rant (not that it isn''t already).
The frustrating thing is that this is not the first case I''ve heard of where doctors have called CPS when parents dared to question the prescribed treatment. And each time, it''s not been a case of the parents saying, "No, we will not treat our child." It''s been the parents saying, "Is this the best method of treating? I''d like to know more. Can we talk to someone with more experience?"
It''s started already... Conner is trying to sneak out of the house to visit girls. Luckily for me, he''s not very good at it yet. He can only get out if someone else opens the door. But when that door opens you''d better watch out. He''s quick!
Usually I catch him and bring him into the house but this time (Wednesday evening) I decided to grab the camera and see where he would go. He carefully went down the sidewalk, down the driveway, through the culdisac, up the curb, through the grass, around the planter, down the sidewalk, up the steps and stopped at the door to his friend Ainslie''s house. Unfortunately, she wasn''t there that evening because of play practice. So I took Katelyn and Conner down to the bike path to take a walk. Conner struggled and cried the entire way to the path because he wanted to go back to Ainslie''s house. (Does this count as his first crush?)
We all walked the entire way down to the playground. Even Conner! It was rather slow going but he had a lot of fun. Katelyn took two trips down the slide and then we headed back home because it was getting dark. Conner walked part of the way back but I decided to carry him after he repeatedly turned around to go follow doggies that were going the opposite direction.
Katelyn learned about consequences on that trip. And before too. I told her that she had to have clothes on to go outside. She agreed but wanted Dad to help her. Ok. But after she took her clothes to Dad, she wasn''t letting him help her. So I told her that she could either go to bed or get her clothes on and go for a walk. She still didn''t want clothes on so I calmly picked her up and took her to bed. Boy, she sure didn''t like that! She got down, picked up her clothes and put them on very fast.
Then when we were out on the walk, we saw two very cute, very little dogs. They didn''t have a puppy look to them but they couldn''t have been over 6 inches tall. The man walking them kindly let Katelyn pet them. She said no. So after I pet them and asked her again if she wanted to (No) he continued on his walk. Katelyn cried big ol'' tears from that. We discussed that when you answer "No" that it means you don''t want to do it. Then I told her that this was called a consequence. She didn''t like that very much at all.
Conner had a goofy milestone today. He managed to drink from his sippy with tipping it (which may have been a first) and even did it while walking! Ok... do all parents think about things like this as a milestone?
Eric had a rough day at work today. Just pray for him and the situation. Thanks.
Katelyn had a friend knock on the door and ask if she could come out to play today. That was a first, I think. Gannon was so cute about it though. I told him that Katelyn was napping and he said, "No she isn''t. I saw her in the window." Sure enough, she had woken up from her nap. So we got shorts, socks and shoes onto her and she went outside. But by that time Gannon had left his house for an activity and was no longer available. But she and Conner were able to play with Ainslie instead so they were very happy. (Thanks Ainslie!)
A great thing about her waking up was that Conner was in the room with her and she didn''t wake him up when she woke up! This is a great step towards him being able to sleep in there. Now to get to the point where they can both fall asleep in there on their own without keeping each other up. I''m not expecting that any time soon but this was a movement in the right direction.
Conner has been in that room for a little under a month now. We took down the crib and changing table and took out the bed frame for the twin bed after we got back from Pennsic. That left the box spring and mattress in there for Conner and Katelyn is sleeping on the bottom bunk of the bunk beds. It''s a little crowded with two twin beds taking up floor space but not as crowded as it was with two twins and a crib and changing table. This is much better.
I''ve been exhausted lately. Conner just hasn''t been sleeping as well. We''re trying to keep him up in the morning so that he''ll sleep in the afternoon at least close to when Katelyn sleeps. I get a break then and get to do my bible study and Conner can start sleeping on more of a schedule. I''m also trying to get him to go to bed earlier then midnight. So far it''s working a bit... he''s alseep right now which is a good sign. But his sleep in the wee hours of the morning haven''t been that good.
Saturday night I figure I got about 3 hours of sleep. Try going to church with that. It''s not fun and I was a bit late getting there because I kept trying to sleep in.
Last night was better but I''m still very tired today. I told the kids to not bother me because I was taking a nap and let them play downstairs. That gave me about half an hour of sleep this morning. Katelyn seemed to understand the mom is taking a nap concept fairly well. Maybe I can use it in the future? This is the first time I''ve tried it so I was very pleased.
Conner has decided that his sister''s hair is really cool. He''s always trying to steal it for himself... that is, he pulls it. Which Katelyn (understandably) doesn''t like much. I suggested to Katelyn that today we braid it so that Conner wouldn''t pull it. We already know that ponytails don''t work to disuade boys (Josh *really* likes to pull ponytails) so I thought braids might work. She agreed and picked out some hairband from her hairband box.
I told her I was going to find a brush and went to do that. While I was doing it, Conner took off also... he went around the stairs the opposite direction of me and climbed upstairs. I thought he was looking for me so when he fussed, I just called to him to try to get him to come downstairs while I braided one side of Katelyn''s hair.
But he didn''t stop fussing so when I was done with the one side, I went up to get him. He was standing in the hallway holding a brush and wondering why I hadn''t come up to get it from him! What a kind, thoughtful (and very smart) brother to go get a brush for his sister and mommy!
I took him downstairs, finished braiding Katelyn''s hair and then took Conner intot he bathroom where he sat at the sink and watched me brush my hair with the brush he''d found. Big smiles there!!!
Grandma''s funeral was yesterday and we were on the go all day as a result. Good on the go but still, it was super busy.
The funeral was in the morning. It was a very nice though short service. Pastor did a great job.
Then we went to the cemetary. It brought back memories from when my Grandpa S. died. I spent the day at the house that my parents now own, which was then my grandparents house. It''s right across from the cemetary so my dad ran over to get me right before the graveside part of the service. We stood behind and a litle to the side of every body so that I could see what was happening. Then we stayed and watched Grandpa''s casket be lowered. Dad likes to stick around and make sure everything is being done right. That has now become tradition for me and I''ve been there for each of my grandparents now. I''m glad my dad was there though... the casket hadn''t been locked shut yet and he was able to catch it before it was too late.
Then we went to Grandma''s room to see if the grandkids wanted anything of Grandma''s that was left. I took a couple of items but not many. That felt odd.
Sweetie (the cat) came in to see us and to look for Grandma. We talked to one of the workers there (one that Grandma really loved and who loved Grandma right back) and he said that he hadn''t see sweetie at all since Grandma died. Apparently she''s greiving too. The poor cat spent the night after Grandma''s death sitting in front of the door to her room wanting to go in there to sleep on Grandma''s bed. She snuggled up to Grandma after Grandma died too.
After that, there was just enough time to change and go to meet the family to go out to eat. We enjoyed that... Das Essenhaus if you''re from the area. It''s a wonderful place. Katelyn really enjoyed the area and had fun looking for horses.
Katelyn didn''t get a real nap yesterday so she''s been exhausted today. Little things have really set her off. So after Bible Study and lunch, I put her down for a nap. She was laying her head down while we read which is a true sign of tiredness for her! She''s totally zonked out right now.
Conner did take a nap yesterday but the schedule has been rough for him. He''s pretty tired too. But not as tired.
I''m having a blah day today... it''s hard to get motivated! I think I''m going to turn down the a/c and see if that helps.
Visitation is tonight. The funeral is tomorrow morning. Morning makes things difficult because my normal babysitters are all in school.
I don''t think Katelyn took a nap today. She went to her room for a while but I don''t think that she slept. That''ll make things difficult for tonight. I might have to leave early. It looks like I''ll be going with the two kids by myself. Eric called and said he might not be able to leave work on time tonight. He explained a little of what was going on but he lost me in the explaination. So just pray for him please!
Katelyn pulled a cute one today... we were eating dinner with my parents and Katelyn all of a sudden started hitting her spoon on the table. The spoon was totally vertical with the tip of the spoon part hitting the table. We were trying to get her to stop when she started making noise and showing us her spoon. So we started to remind her to use her inside voice... then I suddenl realized that the spon she was using had Peter Rabbit on the end and she was trying to tell us that she was trying to make the rabbit jump. So we allowed the rabbit to jump for the rest of the meal. We''re wondering now what she''ll do when she uses a Peter Rabbit plate...
Conner took another milestone... he''s well into walking now. And today when we were going out to the car to go to my parent''s house, I let him come out of the house on his own. Normally he turns around and crawls down the steps backwards. Not today though... he grabbed the door frame and stepped down like a big boy. Then carefully toddled over to the step off the porch and had grabbed the porch railing and was ready to step down there too when his Dad grabbed him. We were worried that he''d hit his head on the sidewalk again and we didn''t need blood just before leaving the house.
Speaking of which... that happened on Thursday. Just as Katelyn and Conner and I were ready to step out the door to leave, Conner came out to me with blood streaming down his chin. He wasn''t in pain (or wasn''t crying like he was) so I grabbed a wet paper towel to find out what was wrong. Apparently he''d tripped and cut his lip with a tooth. The poor guy... he''s been beating up on himself this last week!
Right now he''s standing next to me as I type... He found a pair of his sister''s underwear and is trying to put it on his head like a hat... He''s caught on to the little brother tricks early! (Ok... which uncle taught him this?)
Wow... a whole month since I updated! I didn''t realize it was that long.
Pennsic was great! I''ll update on that later.
Conner is walking now. We''re so pleased with him. The technical date for him starting walking was last week Friday. That was when he started trying it on his own instead of us trying to stand him up, let go and then encourage him to take a step. He started with just standing at an object and then taking off across the room and now can make it completely across a room. Time to move to the walker side of the nursery!
Two days ago he pulled a cute one... the phone was ringing and he picked up a reciever and held it up to his ear and then brought it to me. The phone was backwards and upside down but he sure knew what he was supposed to do with it. I was reading to Katelyn so I originally wasn''t going to pick it up but since he brought it to me, I answered it. It was his Aunt Sandi and she was rather surprised that Conner had brought me the phone.
Yep, he''s growing up!
On Monday of last week Conner bumped his head on the sidewalk. He was trying to carefully crawl down the step from our porch to our side walk but didn''t want to turn around backwards. He ended up with a light scrape. It scabbed over so it looked big but the scab was really thin and flexible. It came off Thursday when Katelyn touched it gently with her finger. I''d been putting neosporin on it to soften it because it was already coming off on it''s own and apparently that was enough.
But then on Wednesday Conner was climbing up the stairs and Arthur was a little too enthusiastic and bumped into him. Conner was only a couple of steps high but he fell and landed on his forehead. Big goose egg. We called the doc because one pupil wasn''t responding as well as the other. After discussing it, we decided to simply keep an eye on him for the night and see how he did. There weren''t any other signs of problems and he did well through the night. There''s still some left overs of the goose egg but you can only really see it if you carefully compare both sides of his forehead.
He''s defintely a boy! Katelyn had bumps but they didn''t seem to be quite so frequent or as obvious.
Undertunics: 4 completed, 1 almost completed
Overtunics: 1 completed, 1 almost completed, 1 planned
Need a cloak still & some sort of hat/veil
T-tunics: 2 completed, need 2-3 more (they sew up quickly so I''m waiting to see what scraps I have)
Need a poncho/cloak and a hat/hood
Undertunics: 2 almost completed, 1 half completed, 2 to go.
Overtunics: 2 completed, 1 almost completed, want 2-3 more.
Cloak is in working order, veil is fine but a 2nd wouldn''t hurt if I have time.
And I have a week to do this (but I want to finish them by the weekend.)
We leave either Thursday or Friday to go to Pennsic.
If you want to follow the Pennsic News, check out the Pennsic Independent online version at http://www.pennsicindependent.com/
I know that''s not a clickable link but you can copy and paste it. I don''t know when the first issue reporting on this year''s war is but it''ll be there.
So what is Pennsic? It is a medieval war between two halves of the US (basically). Check out http://www.pennsicwar.org/penn34/index.html and read all about it. Katelyn, Conner and I are going this year!
Digital scrapbooking... I just got back some spreads that I''d created and sent out to be printed and all I can say is, "Wow!" They look better on paper then they did on the screen. I''m quite impressed.
I bought a new camera this year... or rather, I was given it for Christmas since many very nice people gave me money to pick one out with. It''s a Nikon D70 (a digital SLR). I really wanted a new camera because my pictures that I was getting printed out just weren''t looking very good. And I was pretty sure that the 1.3 megapixel camera was part of the problem. But I also wanted to learn to do more with the pictures I took. So I decided to get an SLR. I''ve been so pleased with it. But then I discovered that part of my problem with the quality of prints wasn''t the camera... it was the developer. So as I was reading about digital scrapbooking, I found out about a place online that prints scrapbook page size photos for a very reasonable price. I tried them out and was amazed at the quality of the "test prints" I sent them. (They gave me 5 8x10''s free! They offer it to all their customers. I guess that''s a good idea when you''re catering to professional photograpers instead of complete newbies like me.)
My grandma isn''t doing well. She, along with her daughters and doctor decided not to treat her pneumonia any more. She has aspiration pneumonia which means that everything she swallows that is liquid goes into her lungs as well as into her stomach. Even saliva. And that''s what made the decision. She could drink thickened liquids that wouldn''t go into her lungs but every time she swallowed saliva (which you can''t thicken) she''s adding to the fluid that is there.
I''m sad but I agree that it''s the right decision. The doctor said that if they treated it agressively, she''s spend months in the hospital and the end would be the same. This way she spends time at home at Park Place with her friends. She''s on oxygen and is getting comfort measures by way of pain meds and stuff.
We''re visiting nearly daily and the family as a whole has made sure that she''s never alone because she doesn''t like to be.
Yesterday when we visited, Katelyn elicited a huge smile from Grandma simply by saying, "Hi". Usually Katelyn just waves and doesn''t make any noise. Since Grandma is legally blind, this doesn''t do much for her. But hearing her great granddaughter did. Conner decided to play peek-a-boo while we were there and had roaring giggles going on. Grandma liked that a lot too. Those kids sure do like their Great Grandma and will miss her as much as I do.
I think what makes this hard is that she is so on top of things mentally. She''s not a shell of a body that is waiting to catch up to her spirit which is already gone. She''s totally here... her body is simply shutting down. I don''t like seeing her waiting to die like this. :*(
Katelyn''s been showing signs of feeling left out because of the computer. This weekend, I was on hardly at all and we spent the weekend baking a cake, making finger jello, doing art projects for her Aunt and Grandpa and doing puzzles. She loved it. I think I need to focus more on her.
Ok... now her aunt, the one who reads here, is probably wondering if she''s the one the art project is for!
We''ve been impressed with Katelyn''s puzzle abilities. But she''s doing amazingly well with the 100 piece puzzle. I told her that before she opened it, she had to finish her Clifford puzzle because she hadn''t finished that one at all yet. Wham, Bam, she finished it up. Amazing what the power of a reward can do! She''s been working on the 100 piece for two days now and is about 2/3 done. We have been helping her a lot but she''s still the one doing the puzzle. For example, we''ll give her a group of pieces and tell her that they all belong to the sun and she''ll put them together. Or we''ll find a piece and point out to her that it has parts of a window on it and she''ll figure out which window and where the piece goes. But was is really great is the number of times that I''ve simply handed her a piece that I know connects to pieces already in the puzzle and said, "Can you figure out where this goes?" I use a tone that implies that I don''t know where it goes and she takes it, studies it and then puts it into place. Wow.
Conner is walking with a walker! The kind that he hangs on to and pushes but that he controls the speed of and still has to do a lot of the balancing on. He thinks those are great toys and is on the go and then some now!
We spent the day today with friends for college and their spouses. 3 couples in all and a total of 4 kids. This was the first time I got to meet the wife of one of my college friends (and fellow Barakel counselor) and that was great. I really like her! She is such a great match for her husband and they are so obviously in love and following God''s will for their lives. It was really great to spend the afternoon with them.
Conner got tooth #3 on Thursday! That was a blessing because for the 3 nights prior he''d been super restless... he just didn''t want to sleep but was obviously very tired. Holding him didn''t work, nursing him didn''t work, he was just uncomfortable. Then Eric thought of the Hylands teething tablets and we gave Conner two. He fell almost instantly asleep and slept for 4 hours. So we repeated that each night that he woke up restless. Those tablets are amazing. But they don''t seem to work for all kids. I''m so glad they work for mine though!
Tooth #4 is getting ready to pop. Conner''s gums are sore there and he doesn''t like them to be touched. He''s restless during the day for this tooth though. Whiny and clingy and generally uncomfortable. I''ll be glad when that tooth pops through.
Conner is loving his foods. On Friday we went out to Pizza Hut and discovered that Conner loves peas. Yep... this boy who hates applesauce adores peas. Weird, huh? He picks them up individually and carefully puts them in his mouth and then as he chews (gums) them he just looks at you and grins and turns his head joyfully from side to side. It''s a hoot to watch.
Katelyn now has four "pretty dresses". The kids and I are going to Pennsic this summer. It''s been 10 years since I was there last so I''m really looking forward to it. But it also means medieval clothing for us all for a week. And for my mom! She''s going to go with us! The kids are going to love having her there. Whenever I finish a dress for Katelyn, she puts it on immediately and then doesn''t take it off for anything. We have to wait until morning and then offer her a bath (a favorite activity) and then we get the dress back. Apparently they''re comfortable. If you want to see pictures, there are some listed under "garb" and I''ll add more as I get them.
Katelyn''s new "thing" is puzzles. The 24 piece interlocking ones. She adores them. And she memorizes them. It''s so cute. She had two (until today) and we''d go back and forth between them all day. One would go together, then it''d get put back into the box and then the other would get put together, be put back into the box and the process would repeat. So today we bought a third puzzle to give her some variety. I also bought a 100 piece one to have ready if she appears ready.
The only problem with today''s puzzle is that she had buyer''s remorse over it. We let her pick out her puzzles and today it came down to a choice between Clifford and kittens. She deliberated back and forth and finally chose Clifford. But when she got home and found out that we didn''t have the kitten puzzle, she was very sad. She kept signing cat and looking really confused. The poor girl apparently forgot that she''d chosen Clifford and thought that she had the kitten puzzle.
Katelyn is also all about "art projects". She loves these. It doesn''t seem to matter what it is as long as it''s an art project. She especially likes making things for people. And she''s very specific about who each thing is for and who she wants to make something for next. It''s adorable!
We found out yesterday that Katelyn thinks of her two different dolls in different ways. One is "baby" and one is signed "doll". Doll gets played with and walked around like a stuffed animal except that it''s humanoid. Baby is treated like a little baby and goes everywhere with us and does things with Katelyn. One evening baby even flossed, had her teeth brushed, her face washed and dried and then her diaper changed. Baby goes to church with us, shopping with us, just about anywhere with us. She is carefully and lovingly buckled into the car with a seatbelt too.
Conner apparently climbed up onto a box yesterday. It was a low rubbermaid. I need to teach him to go backwards to get down off things now. I don''t remember when I taught that to Katelyn. I don''t think it was this early though because Katelyn was still rolling around the house instead of crawling.
Conner is sooo close to cruising. I''m sure that I could guide him through it and he''d just go with it but I''m rather selfishly letting him figure it out on his own. He''s going to be walking so soon anyways that I don''t really need to push it. I''m really going to be in trouble when he does start walking because he''s going to get into everything. I''m already having to clean much more then I did with Katelyn.
Katelyn likes to bake. A lot. We were making rhubarb pie together today and she had so much fun that as I went to feed Conner, she decided to make her own. The rhubarb scraps were carefully put into a bowl and white powder was dumped in and everything was ever so carefully stirred. Unfortunately, she didn''t remember that she needed flour and sugar instead of baking powder. And she doesn''t understand proportions yet. There was an entire can of baking powder for the few rhubarb slices that were in the bowl. I did take pictures... I''ll post them later.
Conner has become a crawling and standing maniac! He can now go anywhere he wants whenever he wants and he''ll pull himself up to a stand very easily. Today he used the Ball Blast, the laptop screen, the couch, a chair, and a few other things that I can''t remember to stand up with. Cruising is next! I don''t think it''ll be long before he figures out how to do that.
Katelyn is really enjoying her signing DVD''s. Today I found out that one of her dolls is called "baby" (by sign) and the other is called "doll" (by sign). So you have to make sure to get the proper one when she asks. And she happily asks for apples, bananas, cheese, cookies and water when she wants them. When I find out the sign for "hot dog" and "yogurt" then I''m sure she''ll be using those too. I think it''s time to start teaching her to sign sentences! We''re working on "stop please" instead of just "stop". That''s a great first step toward sentences.
All this signing is really helping her with her vocal skills too. She''s starting to speak the word as she signs it. It''s fun to watch.
Tonight Conner fell asleep without nursing or sucking on his pacifier. It was great!
I leave the computer on the couch for a couple of minutes to let a guest into the house and my 7 month old son manages to find the one key (Caps Lock) that makes a beep every time you push it. I came back to hear "Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep..." You get the idea. He was quite pleased with himself for figuring out his mom''s toy.
Conner took steps today! Not totally walking by any means. But they were steps!
He''d been sitting on the couch with me (today is a catch up on sleep day for us Larsons) and I''d set him down. He wasn''t too happy about that so he crawled over to the couch and I helped him stand up. His feet though were about a foot away from the base of the couch so he thought a moment and then took three steps to get closer to the couch so that he could stand up straighter.
We went upstairs and he demonstrated this new skill to his dad by taking two steps up there. Wow!
Right now he''s sitting in the toy area pulling legos out of the lego box one at a time and trying them out for chewability. He really likes legos (Duplos). Those are the first toy he''ll get out if you set him in the toy area. He recognizes the yellow container they''re in and goes straight there. He''s not figured out that he can build with them yet. So far they''re fun to explore the shapes of individually. There''s plenty of time for the building stuff.
Katelyn woke up this morning very tired. So she ate a little breakfast, took a bath with her dad and then fell back asleep (with some encouragment from her Dad). I suspect that we won''t get much of an afternoon nap in so I''m planning on taking her bike riding this afternoon. She had a late night last night (camp fire at Grandma and Grandpa W''s house) and she was acting tired yesterday already.
Yesterday was the pig roast at church. That''s always fun. Eric didn''t go though... his foot was hurting and he was read the riot act by his physical therapist about not overdoing things. His goal for this week is to get his foot to not be hurting at the beginning of every single PT appointment. Conner really likes pork btw. I broke off some small pieces (about 1/2 inch long) and gave it to him. At first taste, he wasn''t sure but then he moved it around in his mouth and let out a huge grin. He ate a pretty good portion for a baby who just started solids less then a week ago!
Sandi picked on me a little about not following the "rules" properly. I didn''t start solids at 4 months... I didn''t do yellow veggies, then orange etc. I totally skipped the pureed stuff(Ugg that bottled food takes awful!) and I obviously didn''t wait until 9 months to start meats. Sandi told me about the 9 months for meats "rule". I hadn''t known that one. So lets see... did I break every single rule yet? LOL!
Anyways... he really like zuchinni and pork. He doens''t like bananas and applesauce. We tried those things first. He made the funniest faces! And decided that maybe he really didn''t want solids afterall. He completely stopped grabbing at my food. Until Friday night... when I gave him some of my steamed zuchinni. He couldn''t contain his glee! He was bouncing up and down with excitement after tasting that. And all of a sudden he was interested in food again. My son is just weird. What kid doesn''t like applesauce? I''d never heard of that one being rejected. It''s usually a really safe food even for picky eaters. Nope... he prefers zuchinni. *sigh* Who''d a thought?
Well, I''m down to my pre-pregnancy weight. I''m very happy about that. It''s the first weightloss goal that I''ve had since I gave birth to Conner. The next one is to hit my mid-pregnancy (Conner) weight. With him I lost a fair amount during the first trimester. Not that I was trying to lose, just that Katelyn stopped nursing and so some of that weight wasn''t needed anymore. I thought of it as getting the pregnancy off to a good start by getting to a healthier weight. After that my goal will be to get to my pre-birth control weight. That stuff is nasty... it really packed on the pounds for me. I was very discouraged when I was on that. But now I''m not (it inhibits milk production in some women and as sensitive as I am to other stuff, I''m not willing to risk that!) on it and I''m looking forward to getting rid the results from it.
Ok... why in the world did I just tell you all that? I''m not sure. But I did so there you go.
"Hey mom, Lets just speed through these milestones... whaddya say?"
Last week Conner sat himself up. I set him down on the floor on his tummy while I ran upstairs after church and when I came down, he was sitting up. Katelyn sure didn''t help him because she was sitting at the table waiting for food.
Then he moved to really speeding around the house. Now he''s doing a true crawl.
And today he pulled himself up to a supported stand. He was so proud of himself too.
Eric went biking for the first time in a long time this evening. He was told by his physical therapist that it''d be good rehab for his calf muscle. So we took advantage of the new bike trail extension near us and rode it all the way out to Angling Road. I really like how they''re doing it. They didn''t put a pedestrian bridge over Oakland but they did make a spot so that you could cross one lane at a time and wait in the middle. Good planning.
I think Conner and Katelyn both just crawled into Arthur''s kennel... time to go check on them.
:D Conner is really enjoying having the freedom to go where he wants in the house. He''s exploring like it''s all new to him.
We''ve had Josh with us since his mom went into labor. Katelyn and he are extremely good friends so it worked out really well. Until today....
They''ve been wearing each other out every day. We''ve insisted on naps and normal bedtimes (except for last night) but apparently it''s not been enough. We''ve let them sleep as long as they wanted in the morning and after naps. But each day they''ve just been getting more and more tired. Today they were both tired and both getting on each others nerves. Still playing well for the most part but they weren''t as willing to share and were doing things to annoy the other. They just needed more sleep.
Glenn had already planned on picking up Josh this evening so it worked out well. He walked in and the first thing he noticed was just how tired Josh was. So it was *really* obvious.
The funny part about all of this is that Katelyn just put herself to bed! I changed her diaper and went to bring Conner up from downstairs. And when I came back up, she had her squishy pooh tucked under one arm and was asleep on her bed. Wow.
Conner has managed a true crawl as of today. Up on arms and doing the one-arm/opposite-leg thing. He''s a bit slow but that''s because he''s concentrating so hard on it. Way to go Conner!
This has been a really fun week with Josh here. It''s shown Eric and I that we can handle a third (no plans to ttc anytime soon though!) and that we''ll be OK. The house gets messier faster but at the same time it''s easier to clean because with 3, they play amongst themselves better. Of course, you also get more tired a lot faster which makes it harder to get things done after the kids are in bed... there''s tradeoffs all around. But we can do it.
I''ve heard that the transistion from 2 kids to 3 was hard and was wondering why I was handling it so well. Especially with Eric still recovering from his surgery. Then I remembered why that transition is harder... it''s because all of a sudden the kids outnumber the parents. But I''ve been outnumbered for months now with just 2 because of Eric''s surgery. He helps out more and more all the time but there was a good while that he wasn''t able to do anything. I had to do it all myself. It was almost like being a single parent except that Eric was still around. So not quite the same. But you get the idea.
Hey, take a look at baby Emily! Isn''t she a beauty?
Katelyn got her big wish today... to ride in our new bike trailer while I biked. Ever since we picked up the trailer, she''s been wanting to ride in it. One day it was raining and she was so disspointed. Then it snowed. We went out for a short walk anyways after she took a nap. She was thrilled. But still a little dissapointed that I didn''t put her bike helmet on.
So today with the weather a little warmer I told her that we could go for a ride after she took a nap. She did the lay down for a minute and then pop out ready to go. So we reminded her that a nap is going to sleep. She thought a little and then went and fell asleep. (Sleeping for 3 hours! She was one very tired little girl.)
We ended up riding down to the library. I should have brought my books to return. As soon as I find the bike lock we can go to the library and actually check out books.
Conner thought the trailer was fun... he fell asleep. But he wasn''t very happy with the helmet. I think that as his head grows more he''ll be happier with it. And as he sits better, he won''t slouch down as much and he''ll be more comfortable.
Next time I need to remember to bring my camera on the ride just in case we stop at a park to play. The bike trail is going to make a beautiful place to take photos of the kids.
Katelyn was not especially happy with her Dad today. We (everyone except Dad) when shopping and found the latest Thomas DVD along with a special edition gold colored Thomas. Katelyn was so excited that she took it up to show her Dad as soon as we arrived home. He helped her open it so that she could play with the Thomas. She really liked that. Then he said that she could watch the DVD with him *after* her nap. She was fine with that statement. What she didn''t like was that he wouldn''t count 1 or 2 minutes of laying on the bed as a nap. He wanted her to actually sleep and she thought that was horribly unfair.
She kept going into her room, shutting the door and laying on her bed for a couple of minutes and then come running out all excited. Her Dad kept sending her back. Once she fell asleep, she slept for nearly 3 hours.
When she woke up, she snuggled in to her Dad''s lap and they watched the DVD together.
On the adorable note, when we came home from shopping, Katelyn rounded up her other Thomas and her Percy and then found her Thomas t-shirt. She changed into the shirt and snuggled with the engines during her nap.
Can you tell she likes Thomas?
Conner totally slept through the night last night. I think the teeth coming through helped that out. Our normal routine is to put him into his crib when Katelyn goes to bed and then we''ll go in and get him a couple of times when he wakes up. When we''re about ready to go to bed ourselves, he usually wakes up and so we just take him to our bed with us. I love co-sleeping. He was nursing all through the night and if I''d had to go get him from the crib each of those times, I''d be a sleep deprived mommy right now. Last night we did the typical couple of feedings before we went to bed. Along with a couple of hours of wide awake time. But he was asleep in the crib when I went to bed so I left him there. I was shocked when I woke up this morning and he wasn''t next to me! I had to go in and check on him because I was worried that something was wrong. Nope... just sound asleep.
I suppose I should write that down... first full night not in mom and dad''s bed.
However... I did end up pumping 10 ounces before he woke up. Yikes!
This evening, Katelyn and Conner and I walked 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile. I''m not really sure how much it was exactly. Katelyn walked the whole way. Conner rode in the stroller. Katelyn was a bit tired by the end. But this encourages me. I might be able to go down for custard before we get a double stroller. I just need someone to help keep an eye on Katelyn while I push the stroller. But I''m thinking she can walk herself down and back. Wooo Hooo!
Eric wore himself out yesterday when his parents were in town. So he''s resting today. That''s probably good though because his muscles that keep the blood from pooling in his foot need more practice. So a day of effort and then a day of rest will help them build up.
I realized something today. I''ve been really surprised that Conner couldn''t sit and then all of a sudden could and was an expert at it. It seemed strange. But then I remembered that Friday was the first time that the chiropractor adjusted Conner''s lower back. I have no idea if that makes a difference but Conner acts like he finds sitting suddenly easier.
Today I finished the top for a crib quilt for Conner. It''s more of a toddler bed quilt. But I''ll probably use it as a floor blanket until Conner''s ready to have it in the bed with him. Or as a swaddle blanket when I''m putting him to sleep.
When I was putting away fabric onto the shelves that Eric put up for me, I found 8 extra squares from Katelyn''s bunk bed quilts. I wasn''t sure what to do with them until I laid them out in Conners crib to see if they covered it or not. They didn''t quite but the came close. So I sewed them up and added borders and it''s the perfect size to cover an older baby or toddler who is using the crib as a toddler bed. It''s wide enough to fit the crib with a couple of inches extra and long enough to fit the crib lengthwise but still leave room for a small pillow.
The inner border matches Katelyn''s bunk bed quilt and the outer border is an alphabet fabric in a similiar color. No flowers on the border for this boy. :) I''m very pleased with it.
On the exciting (for Eric and me) front, we heard from a friend of our from college. He was married about 6 months ago and it sounds like God really picked this woman out for him. She sounds wonderful and she matches the areas of service that God had lead him to in college. We''re thrilled for him!
Conner popped another tooth through today. Last night he was fussier then usual. We gave him some Hylands and that really helped. But it wasn''t quite through yet. We could tell it was close though. Today it broke through the last bit of skin.
Conner''s been sleeping a lot today. I wonder if it''s relief. Now to see if he can sleep more at night and nurse more during the day...
We have a tooth! Eric found it. And I know it wasn''t there last night because I checked. Katelyn popped her first tooth at about 6 months so this wasn''t a surprise but he wasn''t unduly fussy these last few days so we weren''t expecting it right now!
Eric is rather proud that he''s the one who found it instead of me.
Today was a walk to the park that''s just down the road. We went via the bike trail of course. Conner rode in the single stroller while Katelyn walked. There was an elderly fellow walking at the same time and he noticed that Katelyn''s shoe was untied. So he carefully kneeled down to tie it. He looked so happy to be doing so. And it took a lot of effort to kneel. I wasn''t about to stop him. I think he enjoyed playing "grandpa" for a moment. Katelyn held on to my hand and walked next to him while we went to the park and he just beamed. It was great.
I put some of the park pictures up. Check them out! I''m enjoying playing with my new camera. It''s a lot of fun to use. And the pictures are turning out really well. I''m sure I''ll get even better as soon as I learn how to do more then just use the "Auto" mode. But until then I''m really pleased with how well things are turning out.
Does exercise count if you stop for frozen custard half way through?
I''m thinking so. There is a new bike trail going past our house. So easy to get on to for a walk. So when my sister came over and wanted to go for a walk, I suggested we go on that. It was really nice. This is the first time I was on that section. I''m thinking I''ll have to use it more often this summer.
I took the double stroller with Katelyn and Conner. Arthur was on a leash with us and Sandi had Josh. Quite the group.
We started out just planning to go a little ways but then realized that the custard shop wasn''t much further so we went there. All in all, I''m guessing we went just short of 2 miles. Not bad, huh?
Arthur was soo tired by the end. He was given a bowl of water at the custard shop (they''re really nice to dogs there) but he was ready for a lot more when we got back.
The only bad thing about the walk was that the double stroller lost a wheel halfway back. It''s been a good stroller that has served many kids though. Katelyn ended up walking after that happened. She wanted to walk Arthur but didn''t quite manage so we took him off the leash as soon as we came back to our subdivision and he stayed really close. He was too tired to do much else.
I have a goal now. To be able to take the kids to the library in the stroller by walking. We can go the entire way via bike trails. And if we leave in the morning, we can stop for lunch at the library and we can stop to play at a play ground on the way there and for custard on the way back. My only question is what to do with Arthur while at the library. I think he''d really enjoy the walk though.
Conner had a chiropractor appointment today and he loved it. He just kept giggling the entire time except for right after the adjustment and as soon as I picked him up, he started giggling again.
I''d been in yesterday and he commented on Conner''s goopy eyes. Not a big deal, I thought. Then later I asked him about appointments for the kids and when I should consider getting one for them. He laughed and said that he''d been biting his tongue because he knew that he could clear up the goopy eyes with adjustments. So I made an appointment for Conner. This chiro usually has a 4-6 week wait to get in for a new patient appointment but a cancellation had just occured so Conner got in today!
There were a couple of tests that the chiro did that were interesting. The first was when he looked at Conner''s spine. He sat Conner up and then helped him balance by holding the top of Conner''s head. There was a definite neck bend to Conner''s right. Then he held Conner by the waist and slowly tipped him side to side. Conner would tip his head right to compensate but not left. Then he laid Conner down on his tummy and picked him up by putting two hands around his waist. Conner''s head hung down. He said that usually infants will pick their head up to look around during that. I also noticed during the appointment that Conner would frequently roll one way and not the other. The Chiro said that wasn''t surprising considering the other things Conner was doing.
He checked the spine near the neck and said that it was swollen on one side at the base of Conner''s head (the top joint in the spine). He got out a model of a spine and showed me what was going on and said that the swollen area coresponded with the nerves and such that control blood flow and a few other things around the eyes. Which explains the goopy eyes... the can''t drain the way they''re supposed to and the root cause is the spine stuff. It all made sense to me.
He also found a spot on Conner''s lower back that needed adjusting and explained that. I really appreciated the time this guy took. And Conner just loved it all. The chiro even let Katelyn participate and feel special by playing a tie the shoes game that Katelyn enjoys (she unties a shoe and asks you to tie it then unties the other shoe and repeats a few times). He just smiled and commented that Katelyn wanted to feel part of it.
He only adjusted Conner''s neck this time because he didn''t want to do to much at once. That was the one time Conner didn''t giggle. The chiro wasn''t surprised and had prepped me to expect that. It was really more just surprise at the adjustment. And Conner seemed to feel better after it.
The fun thing is that Conner''s eyes are almost completely clear right now! I don''t know how long it''ll last (since the body likes to go back to how it was) but this is really cool. And he''s holding his head straighter. Not completely straight yet but straighter. And when I tried to show Eric the tipping side to side test, Conner passed... he tipped his head both ways instead of only one way. So I''m very pleased with the results.
This chiro has 7 kids of his own and it shows in how he interracts with Katelyn and Conner. And in the gentleness that he uses both in talking and in checking things out.
I made an appointment for Katelyn to have an exam too to make sure that everything is OK with her. Afterall, I totally didn''t notice that Conner''s head tipped until it was pointed out to me. And I wish I''d gotten and adjustment for myself sooner so that the chiro would have seend the goopy eyes so that we could have started this sooner for Conner. I don''t feel like I was slacking or anything, I just wish circumstances would have worked out sooner. And I"m glad it''s this easy to fix! Conner has been getting really annoyed at me trying to clean his eyes lately. He''ll be thrilled to not have me fussing about them anymore.
Conner rolled from back to front this evening just before bed. He was trying to get his purple puppy (it''s attached to his pacifier and he loves to chew it) and it fell off his chest. He even managed to get his arm out from under him.
Then he rolled back to his back. Not a complete roll though. But that will come.
Katelyn nursed her Pooh today. She was copying me as I took care of Conner. She pulled up a stool and got ready to nurse. By then Conner had decided he was done eating but Katelyn insisted that we needed to be alike... so I had to put Conner into position and pretend to nurse while she nursed Pooh.
After nursing, Pooh got to ride in the swing (properly buckled in, of course). She didn''t like it when Conner displaced Pooh so we (Katelyn, Pooh and me) played "this little piggy" on the couch instead.
Tonight Katelyn just didn''t want to fall asleep. She''s doing so well at naptime so this was very frustrating. At naptime lately we read a book together and then she reads and draws on her magna-doodle while I leave the room. She quietly plays on her bed until she calmly falls asleep. It''s so easy this way.
But tonight was a different story... she just kept wanting to climb out of bed. She''d read a story with Dad, they''d prayed, she waited for him to leave the room and then after a while, followed him out of the room. And when I went to put her back, she was super full of energy. She just didn''t want to lay down.
After trying in vain to just put her back into bed, I finally laid down with her until she calmed back down. (She''d reached the point of hysterics before that which was not going to help her go to sleep!) As I was laying there, I thought back to her naptime and wondered why bedtime was so hard but naptime was rather easy. Then I decided to copy naptime... I turned on the light, found her magna-doodle and a few books, put some water in her sippy and tucked her in with it all. Then I turned out the lights, kissed her goodnight (she said, "Night") and walked out. Piece of cake. She fell asleep.
Same thing after she woke up to go potty. Once again it was easy. Now why couldn''t I figure this out before the hysterics?
It does make me feel better. Eric''s surgery is scheduled for March 22. For those first few weeks after the surgery, I''m going to be esentially single parenting (along with caring for Eric) and that could be a difficult time. I used to sharing at least some things with Eric. Even though he can''t do a lot right now because of his ankle, he can do things like bedtime. Right after the surgery, he won''t even be able to do that. I''ve taken over the bedtime stuff already except for the initial putting Katelyn to bed but I do occasionally call on him if Conner and Katelyn both wake up or want out of bed at the same time. I won''t have that after the surgery. So knowing that Katelyn and I are figuring out a routine that she will cooperate with is very comforting.
Eric was out late tonight so it was just the kids and I at bedtime. Katelyn wanted me to sit on her bed after I turned her light out so I did as I nursed Conner. He finished up nursing and wanted to be soothed to sleep so I started rocking him and "spanking" him. I had to laugh though when Katelyn promply sat up, scooched to the edge of the bed (so her legs were hanging off just like mine) and started doing the same to Pooh. She took a quick moment to "nurse" him (complete with smacking sounds and her shirt lifted up) and then went back to nursing, patting and shushing. Just like Mom.
I just had to let her do that... bedtime was put off a little so we could have a little bonding time. She later snuggled in to bed and was just about to fall asleep when her Dad got home.
It was adorable. She jumped up in her bed, squealed, slid out of bed and excitedly signed "Dad! Dad! Dad!" I told her that she needed to lie down because Dad would come up to say goodnight. She did, he did and we finally were able to get her to sleep.
At dinner (noon meal) today Katelyn saw her dad get a glass of apple juice. She decided she wanted some too. We told her to finish her milk first but she was tired so she threw a bit of a tantrum first. She even tried to dump her milk out instead of drinking it.
This afternoon (after a very helpful nap) she calmly found her cup on the table, drank the milk and then brought the cup to me so I could fill it with milk.