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Did you know that carseats expire?  Oh yes, they do.  #thingsyoulearnwhenyou’reamom

Well, our infant carrier just expired and we moved baby Ben up to a non-infant seat one this weekend, so our infant carrier is officially retired.

Goodbye old friend.  You served us well with all 4 of our babies!

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From left to right, top to bottom: Finn (Phinehas), Stephen, Sam (Samuel), Ben (Benjamin)

1) I’m kicking myself (not really) for not getting a picture of Stephen in his carseat as we left the hospital. I thought I had everyone.

2) Sam isn’t in his official “going home” outfit as he soiled it quite thoroughly right before leaving. He’s got his hat though.

3) I see now how itty bitty my babies are — I think I found out later that Finn was technically too small for the carseat as he came home at 5 lbs, 1 ounce.

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Finn graduated from Preschool!  (Which is a strange thing to write – since when did preschools have graduation?  I don’t think I had one?)

Anyway, they just had a little program where the kids walked up in their little graduation hat and tassel and hugged their teacher.  They sang some songs before and after and that was it.  Short and sweet.  He was beyond fascinated with his tassel – kept touching it during the program.  The tassel of the kid next to him kept falling off, so Finn helped him put it back on his hat a couple of times.  It was cute.

We went home and had brownie sundaes in our pajamas.

Anyway, I was the mom who forgot to take good pictures of him with his teacher or at his program.  So I had him “re-enact” it a couple of days later in front of the fireplace with his hat and tassel.  He humored me!

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Graduation

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Ben is 11 months old!  Growing well.  Sleeping horribly.  (Well, compared to my other kids)!

His scrapbook page:

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A recent picture:

(With Jeff’s mom — Ben’s Granny)

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Finn’s 5!

A couple of weeks ago, Finn turned 5!  {Insert comment here about how fast its all going…}

He’s really starting to grow up – his personality is showing itself more and more every day. He’s a great storyteller – both of true things that have happened AND of things that could be, like what things we should invent.  He has a great idea for how carseats should just be bubbles that attach to seats – you put the child in there, but you don’t have to buckle them, they’re just already safe.  That’d be great for me!

He’s a wonderful big brother.  Usually.  He’s often looking out for what needs his brothers may have.

He’s all about numbers these days. Adding numbers together.  Counting things.  Figuring out the differences.  He kind of likes letters, but not nearly as much as his numbers.  His preschool teacher says he’s one of the few students in his class who plays with their math games, by choice.

He’s a ball of energy.  Having at least one little brother (I’m looking at you Stephen!) to always rumble with doesn’t help, but he’s almost always on the go.  He does focus well on tasks when he needs/wants to, but the energy is there!  He’s doing really well with the diet restrictions we’ve been trying (both in terms of being agreeable to them AND responding well to them).

He’s our Finn!

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Easter 2017

I kind of forgot that it’s a thing to buy Easter clothes.  So I didn’t.  But I did manage to put them all in jeans.  That’s gotta count for something, right?  Probably not.  Ain’t no shame in my game though.

Here are my boys though!

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Ben: 10 months old!

Ben is 10 months old!  Such a delight!  He’s likely to be our last child and it’s bittersweet to experience some things for the last time.

His scrapbook page:

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A recent picture:

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Different

Do you have a “different” child? Or just a child not quite like you? Or a child that you don’t really understand?
I’ve recently read “Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him” by Sally & Nathan Clarkson.
LOVED IT! We don’t have the same battles she & Nathan faced (ADHD, OCD, anxiety), but I found their story to be very encouraging – particularly as it relates to parenting the child we actually have, not the child we think we have or the child we thought we’d have.
We’re at the stage of parenting where personalities are starting to develop.  Where correction seems constant.  Where it’s a more than just “keeping the baby nourished and well slept”.
Some quotes I really enjoyed:
“If Nathan had grown up in a home where he was constantly put down and corrected, I think the oxygen of God’s love would have been strangled from his heart, which needed a wide berth of unconditional acceptance.”
“As a family, we told our other children, our message was clear: “If it is God’s will for Daddy and me to have Nathan as our child (for you with your issues), it is God’s will for you to have Nathan as your brother.  All of you are what make up the design of our family.”
“Because Nathan did need to be trained, some correction was unavoidable.  But when I put myself in Nathan’s shoes, I realized that my constant correction could easily be a source of frustration, insecurity, and anger in my already-fragile child.  That constant feeling of just not measuring up can build a lifelong legacy of insecurity and even despair.  Feeling like a disappointment on a regular basis can actually shape the brain patterns of a growing child.  Failure and helplessness can become self-fulfilling prophecies.”