Archives – September, 2011

Keely at 8

Happy 8th year my big girl. You have grown and matured a lot this past year. You started going to public school last year for a few reasons. Luckily, you can go to the same school as daddy. We were nervous wrecks last year worrying about you every day. Our little baby out in the big, wide, crazy, world. I fell into depression over the choice to stop homeschooling you. Thankfully, you transitioned pretty well. You made friends fast and enjoyed all the socialness of school. You do not enjoy the school work at all nor the homework. We don't either. You excel at reading and still really struggle with math concepts. Your third grade teacher feels she can help you this year. We hope so.

We had a pretty good summer. We made a trip to Asheville, NC to visit Grandpa Don and you loved the experience. The hotel, the car presents, being in a new and interesting house, exploring his property and being tourists in their town were all really fun for you.  The car ride is the major downfall though. You get carsick so easily and moan, cry, yell, and complain endlessly.  I hope you outgrow it or maybe just learn tricks to deal with it better, until then- our travels are limited.

You turned into a sweet and mature girl over the summer. You and I were close again. You enjoyed looking at the baby scrapbooks I made for you when you were little. You read them over and over. I'm glad you liked them. You wanted to be with me and sometimes you even helped me out with the boys. You weren't having many meltdowns and things were pretty nice with you. You and Milo were even entertaining yourselves with silly games and adventures. That was good. You also spent a lot of time swimming and playing ISpy computer games with Milo.

 
 

We had your 8th party a few days before the actual day. Your real birthday was on the first day of school this year and boy were you upset about that!  I tried to give you a really nice party to lessens the blow. You wanted an ocean theme. We had blue balloons and streamers. I made a blue layered cake with chocolate shells and starfish cookies. You were so thrilled with it all. You were happy. I love to see you happy Keely. Your smile and joy just fills a room. 

You are into Pet Shop Animals right now and playing school. That's about all you do with your free time. Sometimes you will draw and you often read. You read really fast and can just fly through a chapter book. After you finish a book you often go back to all your favorite parts and reread them over and over. Daddy loves what a great reader you are. He will always keep you supplied with books. He and you have had a rocky time with school. You fight him in the morning and you fight him when it's time to leave school because you want to play. You call him names and hurt his feelings. He loves you dearly and wants to protect you and guide you, but you just get mad at him. You blame him for all the things you don't like about school I guess. I don't think you know how lucky you are to have your daddy there with you.    

Since you've entered school this year you are back to being a little sassy at home. I think you have to separate yourself from us a little so that you can be your own person and deal with the alone-ness of school.  It hurts me.  I try to give you space, but I miss my summer Keely. School life is hard on everyone. 

You love to eat and you eat a lot. You still have a crazy sweet tooth. You would eat candy all day if you could. You make yourself sandwiches any time you want. Your current favorite is Chickpea and also cream cheese with strawberry jam. You also love eggs and oatmeal. Who knew? You are quite independent in many ways. You make you own food often, make your own bed, pick out all your clothes, take showers.  You try to avoid all things that seem baby-ish.

You like to dress fancy and always want to look grown-up. You don't want to be cute, only pretty. You wear skirts and sequined shirts. Jewelry and headbands are also on you each day.  You do not care what your hair looks like though. Personal grooming is not your bag. We have to chase you around with a brush just to get you presentable. You are so tall I can't believe it. I think you'll be taller than me in a couple of years.  You're still skinny as can be too. 

I don't know what is in store this year for you or us. I hope it will be good. I love you so much my Keely. You are always my first baby. I have such a hard time being without you in the day and not knowing how you are or what you are doing.  I miss you. We just keep trying things until something works for everyone.  Your daddy and I want such great things for you and we will always be there for you on your side. Thank you for being my girl Kinder. 

Leave a Comment September 21, 2011

Lucas-7 months

Seven months Mr. Lucas. You are full on crawling everywhere. You zoom across the house so fast now. You want to stand up so much. You flip every bucket and basket over so you can use it as a little table to pull yourself up on.  You fall a lot too.  You scream crazily for a few seconds and then move on.  I think you've grown a foot and gained 20 pounds. You seem huge and not at all little baby-ish anymore. So sad.

You like to wake up many times a night and sometimes stay awake just for fun. Some nights you just let out rounds of ear piercing screams for unknown reasons. I'm not terribly fond of being awake so much, but I tell myself that I'll never get another baby to be with at night. You are my last. Tomorrow is a new day and all of these baby times are quickly fading away.  Each day you are older.  We'll spend this alone time together tonight and it won't be bad. Eventually, you'll fall back asleep and we will cuddle together smooshed in Milo's little bed. Your heavy breath on my face and the smell of warm baby around us. That's not so bad at all.

We are in the middle of rearranging our house and you got yourself your very own room now. We thought you and Milo would share, but I think it's nice to have your own space if you are so fortunate. It seems to have been a good decision. You squeal with delight every time I take you into your land. It is filled with all baby safe things and you are free to roam. Unlike in the rest of the house where we have to pick you up and redirect you every 5 seconds. You have a few favorite toys that you go to right away. You also love trying to climb inside of the shelves. You also like to flop on the little baby mattress and eat Sophie. It doesn't get any better than that baby.

You are now dropping things just for the fun of dropping them and maybe a little bit for getting us to pick them up for you a hundred times. We fill up your walker tray with things so that you'll let us eat dinner without chasing you and you go to town flinging things across the floor. You love to watch us eat and make lots of mouthing movements. You also enjoy watching us fill up our water at the refrigerator and smacking your lips together.  

Things that are musical or light up capture your attention. You zoom to grab anything Milo has that is making noise. He doesn't like that to much, but he is nice to you and offers you a different toy. You only want his.  Both of your siblings have been nothing but sweet to you. They love you so much and are so amused with all the funny things you do. They sing you silly songs and songs about how cute you are too.  You love it.

I think you are having a lot of teething pain lately. You are more cranky than normal and have spurts of crying that aren't really you. Giving you something cold to suck and taking you for a walk around the backyard usually calms you down. You don't like going for stroller rides and you aren't too crazy about your carseat for very long. You are all about being carried around to see what's happening or be allowed to crawl and stand anywhere you please.  You are determined to make it in the bathroom to play this week. I'm keeping the door closed. You crawl to the closed door and and stare at it and make some noises. You'll figure out how to get it open soon I'm sure.

You like to rub your head against my forehead and when you are sleepy you hold my head with your hands and softly moan. You like to nuzzle your face in my neck too. You take 2-3 naps a day. You still aren't very scheduled though. It whenever you are tired and for as long as you want. It could be 30 minutes or an hour and a half. I never know.

Keely is back in school now and it just Milo and you. We are trying to work out a schedule or at least a daily rhythm that works for everyone. 

You are a beautiful baby and I love you dearly Lucas. Happy 7 months!

Leave a Comment September 20, 2011


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