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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.”

April is a packed month for my family when it comes to birthdays.  2 of my kids have birthdays.  There’s a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law and 2 nieces.  And my sister is currently overdue for her 4th child.  May also has a lot – both of my in-laws, another niece, plus Mother’s Day.  April kind of kicks off birthday season!

BUT…this post is about Samuel.  Aka: Sammy.  He turned 2 yesterday!  We celebrated simply: just pizza, cake & ice cream, and presents at our house.  Jeff’s parents came into town to join us.

It’s hard to buy presents for a 2-year-old, especially when he has 2 older brothers and already has lots of toys.  We keep things simple for birthdays anyway, so he got some bath toys, a couple books, a bulldozer for the backyard and a movie-watching-blanket.  So far, the bulldozer is the favorite toy – well, at least for Stephen as he’s kind of hijacked it!

We’ll go to the doctor’s office in a couple of weeks and I’ll get his official height/weight stats, but he’s growing well!

Highlights of his life:

  • He loves watching his older brothers, trying to join in when he can.
  • He loves “helping” Baby Ben by trying to feed him (and eating his puffs instead), get him a blankie, or change his diaper.  He also likes to run to his room when he hears Ben awaken.  “Ake!  Ake! Ake!” he yells.
  • He’s been potty training for the last 6 weeks or so.  He’s doing great!
  • He does great at going to childcare when I go to Bible Study or MOPS. He grabs his little bag that has extra clothes/diapers in it and walks right in by himself, handing the bag to the teacher.
  • He’s finally learned to love baths!  This took a LONG time and he still dislikes them about half the time, but now, he does so much better!
  • He’s a major FOODIE.  It’s like I can’t feed him often enough.  Kid’s pretty darn thin, so I don’t know where he’s putting it.  But he always wants to be eating!  He starts whining for food as soon as he sees me start dinner.
  • He loves his blankie still.  Must have it to sleep.  Grabs it randomly to just hold.  It’s quite the treasured possession.
  • He shares a room with Finn and they do pretty well together.  Occasionally, they’ll play too long and I’ll have to break it up, but usually they do great together!

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Hooray Benjamin!  You’re 9 months old today last week.  That officially means you’ve been OUT of my tummy for as long as you were in it!  You’re a joy and delight and a great addition to our family!

(And for the first time, I have a baby turning 9 months old, but I’m NOT pregnant with a sibling…feels a little strange!)

Your scrapbook page:

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A recent photo:

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