I've decided to ditch the blogger, well maybe not ditch it, but move posting to another site, where I don't have to worry about uploading, or how much space I have left for pictures. So the new site, is here.
I've already posted, so go check it out!
About 6.5 years ago I started this blog, I didn't tell anyone, but I thought my Dad would really enjoy looking at the pictures. My Dad really enjoyed all things technological (yes, it is a word). So I know he would have really enjoyed looking at the blog. Sadly, I never got a chance to tell him about it. So, in honor of his birthday, it seems like I should do a little update.
It seems like a long time since I've just gotten on here and told you how it is going here. We are doing well. Gwen just got her first report card for the first grade. And we had conferences, Gwen is doing well. Since then she seems to have the "click" that comes with learning to read. She is reading all the time now, and she is no longer sounding out words. She isn't perfect yet, but she is doing really well. We have some things to work on with her, like using silverware and being respectful to every one in our family. She has also developed a fear of the dark and other random fears. When she isn't dealing with her random fears she is a sweet girl and we are very proud of her. She also has 3 lose teeth, 2 on the bottom and 1 on the top. I should really start a pool for the teeth and if when they will ever come out and which one will be first. Seriously, the bottom tooth is hanging by a thread! But at this point I think the top one will just fall out first!
We also had a conference with Nate's teacher. He is also doing well. Better than we were expected. We weren't sure how he would be in school, he doesn't listen real well at home and he often forgets our rules and to do what he wants. We've been real pleased to find out that he is very good at school, he doesn't get into trouble, is real sweet and smart. (ok, the teacher didn't say that, but one of the subs told me he is smart!) He loves school and was supposed to be child of the week this week, but he has been sick, so he missed the last 2 days of school and Mother-Son bowling. I think we'd be pretty disappointed by that, if he wasn't so tired, he is kind of just rolling with it. He isn't 100% better yet, but he's getting there (I hope!)
Rachel, well Rachel is I think our happiest baby yet. She is a watcher and when she gets excited she kicks her feet, which is making it difficult to keep her socks on. She is getting very distracted during the day. She has a really hard time staying focused while she is supposed to be eating, which I think why she is getting up more at night than she used to. Blast her! Of course, we are pleased she really doesn't cry anymore, like she did when she was first born. She does mostly just go with the flow, but she does let me know what she wants. Eric is convinced that she likes him from a distance. Oh she is all smiles when I'm holding her and looking at him, but then I pass her off and she is all about me. She is cute and heavy and sometimes I like to just sit with her and do nothing when the kids are at school. With Gwen, she cried a lot, I cried a lot, with Nate, I had Gwen to also contend with, so with Rachel, I am enjoying the quiet time, while they are at school.
Eric is sick, which is a big bummer, since his birthday is Monday. Oh well, he mentioned Monday birthdays are a bummer, so I guess the universe is getting him back? He keeps telling me he is working on his last experiment, but it seems that it has been going on for quite some time, amIright, Mom? But, I guess these things take time. Then we are on to the writing and the waiting and the job hunting, no pressure! I think he will be done before the end of next year...I was hoping for earlier, but I'm not on his committee.
I am doing well, I've been super busy. I feel like my part-time job is more like a full time job. Of course, I think if I hadn't had the baby and the boss hadn't decided to change the whole lunch for the school, I probably wouldn't be so busy. Well, that and the 3 kids!
We did enjoy some time outside today, I am apparently going through some kind of cleaning binge, probably because I missed spring cleaning, while I was preggers. But, with Eric sick and my "let's clean out your toys" We started out really well with the toy cleaning, but it turned ugly quickly and the kids decided not to get any toys for Christmas. We will try again tomorrow. I at least got the trash out of their room.
And, what would this "updating post" be without pictures you ask? Well, of course a boring post, so here's a slide show of pictures over the last couple of weeks or so. Gwen decided to make a leaf fort. She worked pretty hard on it. Without further ado:
*disclaimer, truly this post had very little to do with retrospection, but I am running out of titles and cleverness after 6+ years. And, when I first thought about this post there was more retrospection, but after I sat down to write it became a completely different post. Happy Birthday, Dad! We had beautiful weather, thanks for that but I think we could have used a win! ;) WAR EAGLE!
Sometime last week was Halloween, did you notice? If you have any kids, then you probably noticed. We had the Halloween carnival the week before, and once I get Nate's pictures from his class Halloween thing together, I'll try to post those. The kids had a great time at the school carnival, it was the first time we have gone where it was pretty nice weather. Not raining, and not cold, so it seemed much calmer.
We had friends come over again for the Halloween trick-or-treating. It was good weather for that also. Not super cold, not raining, we were very lucky! The kids had a great time, much less whiny than last year. Rachel, didn't seem to care, have I mentioned how heavy she is lately? Lord, is she heavy, no wonder I sling her all the time!
The kids got a lot of candy, they have really enjoyed eating it, since they didn't have school the next day, we let them stay up a little late and I told them they could eat as much candy as they wanted to, I don't think Eric was on board with that, since he kept saying, um, I don't think you want to eat that...everyone survived!
The princess is now 4 months old! Ok, the second princess, Gwen gets mighty offended if I call her princess, but fortunately I happened upon a book at the library called The Second Princess and just have to remind her that 2 princesses are ok, she is still the first princess. Ah, the joys of multiple children! Back to Rachel...
Our happiest baby, that I recall. I don't really remember Nate as happy, just cuddly, Gwen as crying, so currently happiest baby. She smiles a lot and giggles, and is officially rolling over front to back and back to front. Sometimes she rolls over if you lay her down for her nap (as you see above) and has actually fallen to sleep on her belly, but I did not get a picture of that. (I didn't want to wake her while I searched for the camera, Nate was home, need I say more?) This is also making the diaper changing a bit more challenging, since she is mostly laying on her side when I am trying to get the diaper off and on.
She is currently drooly, a finger sucker and has a runny nose. Whether she is sick or teething we will never know. But, she doesn't seem to mind the bulb as much, I mean sometimes she lets me without screaming...not without wiggling.
She LOVES watching things, is very distracted by everything and likes to look around. She just watches and watches and this complicates the "schedule" (ha, schedule, I crack myself up!) Unless she yawns, it is hard to tell when she is tired, she doesn't just nod off to sleep, she just kind of stares into space and you think, gosh, is that it, time for bed?
She is a chatter, she just starts babbling on and on, but she usually only does it at home and it is often a sign that she is ready for sleep. Which is hard to reconcile, because it is so cute and I just want to chat with her...see here.(sorry about the fuzziness, the boy may have been taking pictures and I might not have realized that his finger print was on the lens until after I started the video)(this video might be too boring for anyone but my Mother and Mother-in-law! I hope they enjoy it.)
She is almost ready to sit up and is starting to grab stuff with her hands and bring it to her mouth. She's not real good at it yet, she's at that hilarious point where you can see her trying desperately and then her hands/arms not totally following the directions her brain is telling them to do. Fortunately she doesn't get frustrated, she's more nonchalant about it, like oh well, I've still got my fingers. Now me leaving the room, that is another story. She seems to not like it when I walk out of eyesight these days, fabulous, isn't a little early for separation anxiety? With the kids and/or husband around this isn't a problem, but I was just getting used to dashing off to the potty, by myself, oh well. I guess that was a short-lived dream come true!
Overall we have a pain in the tail screaming infant, that is turning into a pretty fun contented baby! Yay Rachel!
Today I have sad news. Rachel has the sickies, we are not quite sure what, and she appears to be fine (and she's my third) so, I will not be taking her to the Doctor. She just has a runny nose and is rather congested, but she isn't acting any crankier than usual. I just feel bad for her congested self, she isn't so pleased with the bulb thingy, but she is pleased with the results. But I tell you her sneezing and coughing is rather pathetic, fortunately it is not frequent. I have a picture in the slideshow of her today. All smiles!
Rachel is getting more and more charming everyday. She has those chubby checks and in a couple days she will be 4 months old! The kids still adore her and Gwen loves showing off that she can carry Rachel. Nate still loves hugging and kissing her, but we still have to work on that she isn't a doll with movable parts. She loves watching them, so that's cool.
I'd like to say more, but you know, I desperately need to go to bed. Well, after I make the kids lunch, who knows how many time the mucous one will get up tonight, so I'd better be prepared!