Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Weekend of Anniversaries

The third week in August will always mark a weird time for me. One of the hardest days -- August 22 -- of my life followed by one of the happiest -- August 23.

August 22, 2014 marked the two year anniversary of our first loss, Baby Elsie. I can't believe its been two years. I'm still surprised by how difficult the day is for me, how sad it still makes me -- even with Nora here. I have a post about the losses and Nora's birth -- but I haven't had the emotional strength to finish it.

This year we did our best to distract ourselves -- at the Minnesota State Fair. We did have a wonderful time. We got there around 7:15 a.m. and left around noon. There was food, animals, rides, smiles, a sleeping baby, and fun.

Henry enjoyed all the food. And went on the river raft ride -- he was exactly 36" talk the exact minimum height required to go on the ride. And he ate that entire giant cotton candy!

August 23, 2014 was our 6th wedding anniversary. Our wedding day was one of the happiest days of my life and completely worth celebrating. Morgan, our children and our marriage are all that matters to me in this world.

Morgan, Nora, and I went on a day date to celebrate. A museum, a nice lunch, some shopping! It was great just to have some time with him, even though Nora and I both have colds and really didn't feel great. 


Monday, August 18, 2014

Nora 2-months-old

Friends, how are we here? I will never stop being amazed at how fast life with a baby goes. I just want to bottle time up and come back to these days. Some are really hard, but so many beautiful moments are also happening.

Nora at 2-months-old is great. This girl, my goodness, is taking it easy on us. She coos, she smiles, she really wants to laugh. She sleeps -- at night! She has consistently been sleeping 5-7 hours in a row at night for the last 3 or so weeks (knock on wood it continues)! After the long stretch she is less predictable -- sometimes she will wake every hour after or sometimes sleep for 2-3-4 more hours. During the day, she cat naps -- 20 minutes here, 40 minutes there. If I babywear, then she will sleep for a lot longer during the day -- usually a couple hours.

Nora is still nursing continuously during the day. Like pretty much every hour. I'm convinced she does it so she'll sleep at night, she just eats everything she needs all day. We did have a case of thrush this month, but after a little over a week of treatment we both were back to normal. Otherwise, nursing is going great. 

And it seems to be paying off, because she is growing! Nora is now 11lbs 3oz (50%) and 22 inches long (50%). She wears a size 1 diaper but won't for too much longer. She is solidly in 0-3 month clothes. Much to our amazement, her eyes are still blue and are very light. Her hair is starting to grow back and her skin is clear. I still think she looks a ton like Henry, just smaller with different coloring and slightly different eye shape.

Over the last month, Nora definitely peaked on the fussy front. 4-6 weeks were much more fussy and gassy especially in the evening. But, she seems to be getting happier and having longer stretches of time where she is just content.

When she is awake, Nora likes to be part of the action. She likes to be held outward to see what's going on. She likes people to talk to her. She has even come around on Henry screaming in her face -- most of the time! Nora loves sitting in her bouncer seat and tolerates her swing.

She's not a fan of tummy time on the floor and usually doesn't like to lay flat on the floor on her back either. She doesn't like to be where she can't hear or see people. Nora is also developing a strong mommy preference -- when others hold her she will root and pretend to be so hungry and crabby, but the moment I take her, she is all smiles and happy as can be again. I both love and hate this! 

Like Henry, Nora is super strong. She has excellent neck strength and control over her head. She never stops moving. Her little legs and arms constantly wiggle around. It's kind of crazy. I'm not convinced she's as strong as Henry, but that's probably a good thing too -- I'm not thrilled about the idea of another 9 month walker.

I'm also not thrilled with the 2-month shots. I hate seeing my baby in pain, so I hope she does alright with them. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Montessori Homeschool Classroom

I know it seems like we have a new tot school classroom every few months, but this is it. IT. We're done moving spaces, and I'm so happy with this room. It gives us much more space than we've ever had before. The natural light floods the space. 

You'll see the same shelves we had in our last room. The open shelves on the left are for our weekly trays that match our theme of the week. The shelves in the middle (with the bins) is where I keep work that I keep out for a month or two at a time. It's mostly just practical life trays. The bins beneath are filled with my supplies and are not meant for use by Henry or the co-op kids. 

On the right side of the room are some new shelves. One of them holds all our sensorial materials. The other shelf has some pre-writing materials and some math work. The bins on the floor are the start of our new continent boxes. 

On the back wall of the room, we have some miscellaneous work -- mostly related to language. We have our felt board with movable alphabet, sound object box, sandpaper letters, and non-fiction letter books. I would love to place a large floating shelf on this wall -- if my wonderful, amazing, super super nice husband agrees. If we end up putting a shelf in, I want to use it for science and math work. 

So, that's it! I can't wait to get co-op started in this space soon!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Day.

One day. Every hour.

7:00 a.m. -- Early Wakeup

8:00 a.m. -- Breakfast and Laundry

9:00 a.m. -- Morning cuddles

10:00 a.m. -- Morning Nap

11:00 a.m. -- Pet Store

12:00 p.m. -- Lunch

1:00 p.m. -- Nursing

2:00 p.m. -- Afternoon Nap

3:00 p.m. -- Snacks and Crafts

4:00 p.m. -- Outside time

5:00 p.m. -- Working, nursing, cuddling

6:00 p.m. -- Pizza Night

7:00 p.m. -- Baseball

8:00 p.m. -- Mowing

9:00 p.m. -- Witching Hour

10:00 p.m. -- Goodnight