Well Child Visits

I took Norah and Daphne to the doctor today for well-child visits – Norah’s 5 year and Daphne’s 2 month.  I thought I was being smart by scheduling them at the same time so I only had to make one trip to the doctor.  In the end it was NOT a good idea because both girls needed shots.  I’ll start with their stats. 

Norah’s weight: 32 pounds, 10th%
height: 40 1/4 inches, 10th%
Daphne’s weight:  10 pounds 2.5 ounces, 25th% (I thought she would only be 9 something!!)
length: 22 3/4 inches, 50th% (the doctor actually said, “What?  Swinigan babies aren’t that long!”)
Daphne did great!  She smiled and cooed at the doctor.  She screamed during her shots, but go over it quickly.  Later in the afternoon, however, she screamed non-stop!!  I spent the entire afternoon rocking her and walking her around, but she continued to scream.  She finally settled down in the car on the way to pick up Norah and Lucy from MDO.
I didn’t tell Norah she was getting shots until we were in the car on the way to the doctor.  I think she thought I had tricked her into getting in the car.  She said, “You didn’t tell me I needed shots!”  
She acted very shy with the nurses and they had to take her out of the room to do her hearing and vision test because she wouldn’t cooperate with me in the room.  
When the doctor asked her if she was going to kindergarten next year, she said, “no.”  I explained that we are homeschooling.
When it was time for Norah’s shots, she started screaming and wiggling in my lap BEFORE the nurse even started giving her any shots.  After the first one, Norah was screaming at the top of her lungs, “I don’t want anymore shots!  Don’t give me anymore shots!! No more!  No more!”  It actually took a nurse and me to hold her still while the other nurse gave Norah her shots.  After the shots, Norah acted like her arms were broken.  She just held her arms stiff at her sides and climbed into her carseat without using her arms.  She really calmed down fairly quickly, but WOW, those nurses earned their pay today! 
Note to self:  If more than one child is getting shots, schedule their appointments at different times!!!

Homeschool Expo

This weekend was the St. Louis Homeschool Expo.  I helped Max and Denise at their vendor booth for Foreign Language Friends.   We were very busy most of the weekend!  Quite a few people seemed very interested in adding Spanish to their curriculum.  A number of people said they have been looking around for something that is kid-friendly so they were pleased to find out about FLF.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of their booth, but I did take a picture of my niece, Contessa (my mom watched Norah, Lucy, and Contessa).

Happy Birthday, Norah

Today is Norah’s 5th birthday!! The last 5 years have really flown by – it seems like just yesterday she was as little as Daphne!!

Norah is a very passionate little girl! She puts her whole self into everything she does!! She has an incredible imagination and loves to pretend!

Over the last year, Norah has started reading. She reads a number of Step Into Reading books with little help. She is developing a love for writing! She writes notes to us all the time – espcially to Lucy.

Norah has a fascination with skirts right now. She wants to wear one every day. If for some reason I don’t let her wear a skirt, she wears a dress up skirt or dress.

She is a great big sister! She plays very well with Lucy and loves to interact with Daphne! She wants to hug and kiss on her sisters all the time.

Norah has had several little parties this year – one with the Swinigan’s, one with part of the Leitch side, and one with us today. She is also having a little tea party with friends later this week.
I asked her what she wanted for dinner tonight – she replied, “Breakfast for dinner, like pancakes.”  Like father, like daughter!  
God has really blessed us with Norah and we can’t wait to see what He has in store for us over the next year!!

I Love Being an Aunt!

I seriously have the cutest nieces and nephews!!  AND, I am going to be an aunt AGAIN!!!!  My sil, Denise, is pregnant.  She is due the end of October!!!  We are so excited and Contessa is going to be a great big sister!  She was so great with Daphne this past week (we were in Morton – more on that trip when I am not so tired and when I get pictures from Denise and my dad.  I forgot my camera!).

2 Months Old!

Daphne is 2 months old (yesterday actually)! She is a delightful baby!! She is a great nighttime sleeper – going to bed between 7:30 and 8. Kevin feeds her around 10 and then she sleeps until 4 or 5 a.m. Although I am tired – this is totally manageable!

We are still working on the nap thing. Some days Daphne fall asleep awake without making a peep and sleeps for a couple of hours. Other days – it takes forever and I have to put the paci in over and over!!! I’m sure she will get it sooner or later.

Although she smiles often – she seems to be like Norah, in that she doesn’t give out smiles freely to many people. She hesitates and really makes you work at it!! (Lucy smiled at anyone who looked her direction).

She already loves her big sisters! In fact, on Monday when the Norah and Lucy were at MDO, Daphne was very fussy all day – the first really fussy day we have had. As soon as Norah and Lucy were home, Daphne was happy as a lark. She tries to follow their voices and turns her head to see them. She often gasps in delight when they interact with her.

Daphne still eats about every 3 hours, but is pretty flexible. If we are in the car, she can go a little longer.

She just started batting at toys and reaching for things – cracks me up because you can tell she is REALLY concentrating to move her arms.

8 Weeks

Daphne is 8 weeks old tomorrow!  She had her picture taken today – she did great!!  

I know I say this all the time, but check out that hair!!!  
This one really shows how long (maybe I should say ‘tall’) her hair has gotten!!