Friday, May 14, 2010

3.75 mos


Yesterday, the little miss had a doctor appointment in which we pretended she was 4 months old.  She's been on something of an accelerated schedule there because we have to keep going back for weigh-ins.

Two major things:
 first, we're going to need baby gates by next month.  The doctor watched as Lilyanna flipped herself onto her tummy, held her head straight up, and then began pulling her knees under her tummy and scooting herself forward.  The good doctor then turned to me and said, "I don't really look for that until six months.  And, I'm so sorry!  It's going to be a long year with a baby who is this mobile this early."

second, Lilyanna has only gained 2 lbs. 12 oz. since birth and only another half inch since her last appointment.  So, we've been given the green light to start with rice cereal, even though it's a little early.  We have to go back in next month to get weighed and measured to see if it's helping.  If she's still not growing or gaining, the doctor is ordering many, many tests.  In truth, I haven't been that worried about her tininess because 3/4 of my babies have been tall and skinny.  Benjamin's growth chart was very similar, although, he grew longer more quickly.  And given her father's metabolism and how very active she is, I'm not overly surprised by her growth.  I agree with the doctor, though, that it's worth checking out next month if solids haven't made any difference.

In the meantime, we will continue to feed the baby bird whenever she wants.

Lilyanna is a delight to so many of us.   

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Little Spin Doctor

A couple of months ago, Caleb announced to me one day after school, "Mom, I'm doing really great this year at school!"

"Oh, yeah?", I said while getting dinner ready and only half listening to him.

"Yup!  I have only had to go down to the office ONE time this whole entire year!!"  He said this very proudly.

"Oh, real-...Wait? What??" He had my full attention at that point.  "Why did you have to go down to the office?"

Caleb shrugged.  "I made a poor choice."  And he strolled out of the room.  I decided to talk to his teacher about it before pursuing it any further with him, but she had a bunch of personal stuff happen, so I didn't get a chance.

A few weeks later, Caleb announced proudly one night at dinner, "Mom, I'm doing SO great this year!! I've only had to go down to the office TWICE!"

In my head, I was sure he was just repeating his story of a few weeks before.  And then the new number registered in my head.  "Wait.  What??  Twice??  Why?"

He shrugged, "Miles and I were breaking crayons and throwing them."


"Because I have a hard time following the rules in the morning.  I do better in the afternoon."

Me:  ".....  Um, Caleb, you know it's not okay to break crayons and throw them."

Caleb looked at me and continued, "I know that.  Besides, I've only been to the office Two Times.  Miles has been down there like a million times."

And then his brothers took over with stories of the famous Kindergarten Miles who has been to the office a million times already.

I've never had a kid who got sent to the office before.  I'm not sure what to do with him.

And it was really hard both times to wait until I got all the way up to my bedroom and shut the door before I started laughing.  I seriously love that kid.

Remind me to tell you about Caleb's Crime Ring next time.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


I have a fever/cold/sinus thing.  It makes me whine and feel very put upon indeed that I still have to fulfill all of my regularly scheduled duties as a wife and mom.  And then I see this:

And I remember how very very blessed I am.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Music for kids, part 3

Music for kids, part 2

Music for kids, part 1

My sister in law is about to have a baby and asked Todd and me for some music recommendations.  These are a few of the CDs that don't make our brains want to melt and ooze out of our ears with repeated listening.  I'll be posting more throughout the day.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Stolen from Heather

I just stole this from Heather's blog, because it makes me smile a lot. That's my kid!:

Here, for your edification, is the overheard discussion between Adam and his friend Caleb on the way to Gym, Snack and Swim class yesterday. We had just seen a most impressive, really huge snowman in someone's yard.

Adam: WOW! That snowman is HUGE!!!!!
Caleb: Yeah! He's the biggest I have ever seen!
A: He is reaching his hands up all the way to touch the sky!
C: He is reaching his hands up all the way to Jesus' throne!
A: ?! Jesus isn't a KING!
C: Yes he is, he is the king of kings.
A: Caleb, Jesus is DEAD.
C: Yeah, but he wanted to die so he could be with God his father.
A: ?!?!??!?!?!?!??!?

Methinks that our Sunday school program isn't as on the ball as the Smith family's. In our defense, we have only been attending meeting for 6 months, but still.