Saturday Social

Here are a couple of new blogs that I am loving!!

1. Homeschool Creations – I love the printables that she has available and I love that she blogs about the different school lessons all the kids are doing!!
2. 1+1+1=1 – I love this blog because she had TONS of really great ideas to do with toddlers and preschoolers!! If you have toddlers or preschoolers at home, check out this blog for some new, fun activities.
3. This website is great! I love this idea of raising our kids to be “Rock Stars!” Check it out to see what I am talking about!!! If you want some ideas on how to intentionally teach your kids about Christ, this site is for you!

Be a Yes Mom!

After reading Nicole’s blog and then hopping over here, I decided to also take the “Yes” Mom Challenge. Daily I tell my kids no they can’t do something because I don’t want to deal with the mess or the clean up or because it is just easier to do myself. I am going to try to let my kids do more fun, messy things that they ask to do.
I actually already had an opportunity to say “yes” to my kids today. Lucy asked to wash the dishes today. I realize that I should look at this as a great time to teach her some responsibility, but normally I would tell her “not right now” because it is less messy and goes much more quickly if I do it myself (our dishwasher is broken, by the way – has been for about 2 months). Today, I decided to let her help and she had a great time and she worked really hard. Norah also asked to help with something so I let her snap the green beans for dinner. She, too, worked really hard and I only have to do 1/2 the bag! There are green bean ends all over the counter and floor, but who cares!!
As Nicole and Jill Savage stated, this is not about permissive parenting. Our kids obviously need boundaries, but it is about saying yes when we are only saying no for selfish reasons!!

No One Said Parenting Was Easy

I know I haven’t posted recently – we have had a rough week with Norah. I’m not going into too many details – I know Grandpa Steve doesn’t like to read the negative things about his grandkids. Let’s just say we are experiencing some behaviors that are typically seen in 2 year olds – but Norah never did as a 2 year old.

We (when I say we, I mean me – Kevin was at work) were faced with a situation today that was incredibly frustrating. We have taken things away from her and sent her to her room, but nothing has worked. Today I had had ENOUGH.
She was supposed to go to a birthday party tonight of one of her good friends from church. Since it was time to step it up a notch and I told Norah, “You are not going to the party and I am calling Kate’s mom now.” I called Karen right away and told her – I knew if I didn’t call right away, I might change my mind.
So in the end. . . Lucy and I went to the party (the whole family was invited) without Norah. It was a really tough decision because I knew Norah would be DEVASTATED, but she has to learn that she has to be kind and obey.
Hopefully, the rest of the weekend will go smoothly.
On a lighter note, Daphne is now rolling over both ways. She is now a girl on the move. She hasn’t figured out yet that she can get to something she wants, but it won’t be long!

Whew!

Hard to believe that we are 2 weeks in already.  So much to post about –  but my brain is in zombie mode so this will not be the most organized post ever.

Daphne is doing well – though not gaining weight as quickly as the doctor would like so we will be back in a week for a weight check.  She is a decent eater when she is awake enough for a full feeding.  That’s the trouble, though, she does not want to wake up to eat.  The last 2 days have actually been better and Kevin gave her a bottle last night so I could go to bed a little earlier.  She actually drank 3 ounces and then went 5 hours between the next feeding!  I think we will stick with a bedtime bottle for a while so I can get an extra hour or 2 before the next feeding.  

Kevin and the girls went to church without us this morning.  We typically try to avoid too many public places for the first month or so of life.  Norah was about 5 weeks when she got sick for the first time and we have been doing breathing treatments basically ever since!  Whether or not getting sick so early affected her breathing issues or not, I don’t know, but I am not willing to take a chance on that.  Probably next week, Kevin will go to church on Saturday night and I will take the girls on Sunday – that’s how we did it for a few weeks when Lucy was a baby.  
  Lucy has officially become a middle child.  She just seems out of sorts.  I’m sure having grandparents here for 10 days and having NO routine hasn’t helped, but, wow, that girl is giving us a run for our money.  She isn’t sleeping well – naps or nighttime!  She is waking up at
 the crack of dawn – often before Daphne is even up.  She screams if we try to take her back to bed – waking Norah, of course.  Any suggestions on getting her to stay in bed are welcome!!!!  She spends most of the day crying or whining about  being tired, yet somehow is able to keep herself awake all of naptime.
I have homeschool stuff to post – mostly for my own sake of getting thoughts together, but I will do that in a separate post.  
Now for a few pics (I know I am a few days behind on my photo blog – I  have the pics, just haven’t posted them).

I need to try to get a good picture of Daphne’s hair and post it next to a picture of Norah at the same age.  For those of you who knew Norah as a baby and were thoroughly amused by her hair, I think Daphne’s is going to be the same.  Not even kidding – Norah’s hair stuck straight up for the first 3 or 4 months of her life.  It was long, too – not just 1/2 inch or so.  She had about 2 to 3 inches standing end to end.  Every where we went random people would comment, “Oh!  Look at that hair!”  

One of Those Nights

Last night was one of those nights where both girls were awake at different times.  I think Lucy was awake 4 different times in the night (2 of which we were still up).  Norah was awake once – crying.  Now, it is 8:00 and both girls are still sleeping.  In fact Lucy is in our bed sleeping.  She came into our room about 6:30 and climbed in bed with us.  Neither Kevin nor I could fall back to sleep so we got up and there lies Lucy – sound asleep.  

I should be doing something productive – instead I am blogging!!

Not Much to Blog About

Not a whole lot to blog about.  We had my nephew’s birthday party yesterday – my sister blogged about it.  The girls had a great time with their cousins!  

Lucy is as feisty as ever.  Can she sense that her life is about to drastically change?  She is wearing us out!!
Norah is napping again almost everyday.  If she misses – she is fine, but she seems to crash pretty quickly if she is in her bed.  
We might be a little closer to names for the baby.  Well, for the boy we are probably down to 2 or 3.   If we have another girl, I don’t know how we’ll choose.  Our list is atleast 5 long.  We don’t have middle names either.  
We have less than 6 weeks to go – hard to believe.  I know I haven’t posted any belly pictures.  I may have Kevin take one this week so this child knows that I did in fact carry him/her.  I just try to avoid too many pics of myself when I am pregnant.   
Had dinner with the Morrison’s.  It had been a while since we had seen them – sad, I know, since we live 4 minutes apart.  The kids played great together!!
That is about all the randomness for now.