Monday, August 4, 2014

End of summer 2014

Well, tonight I have been dealing with a bout of mastitis due to Karina not nursing much during our busy Sunday. I had a low fever, major headache, and achy legs. I napped a little this afternoon, which is probably why I am still awake at 2am!

It's hard to believe summer is drawing to a close and it's almost time to begin another year of homeschooling. It's been a good summer, full of lake house visits with NY family, Marissa getting baptized, swimming lessons, VBS, and beginning a membership at a local recreation center. Marissa finally came into her own with swimming this year, and can tread water, swim underwater, float to rest, and is learning the crawl. She finally gets why swimming is so fun! Roman is a pro at maneuvering around deep water wearing his froggy life jacket, and Arianna is finally venturing beyond her comfort zone to duck her head under. We plan to keep swimming at the rec center so they can progress even further in their water skills.

Karina will turn 1 in a few weeks and I'm struggling to hold onto her babyness. She has 4 big front teeth, not much hair, and the cutest grin. She doesn't like to sleep longer than 2-3 hours at a time (even at night), but I try to remind myself that I'll miss nursing her like crazy and getting to kiss her cheeks every 2-3 hours all night.

I started attempting to get some running exercise in this summer. After 4 babies, my super skinny days are over and I'm finally resigning myself to actually needing some exercise. So far I still hate it and am really bad at it, but that's mainly because it's so hard to find time to do it kid-free. I'm hoping the rec center membership will help in that area.

This year Marissa will be in 3rd grade, which is weird because I actually have memories from my 3rd grade year. Arianna will officially begin kindergarten (although she is reading fluently thanks to her big sister and completed her K math book already), and in my spare time (HA!) I hope to do some preschool activities with 3-almost-4 year old Roman. I'm sure this year will be challenging because of teaching 2 kids instead of just 1 and dealing with a toddler and 3-4yr old, but I'll do my best and that will have to be good enough.

We are using Classical Conversations again this year, doing new-to-us Cycle 3. It's our final year before Marissa starts Essentials and next year Roman will join the fun as well. This year Roman and Karina will be in the nursery together, which will give me the freedom to roam between both big girls' rooms.

Marissa and Arianna will start their second season of soccer this fall. They were in a short season this past spring, and both decided it was something they wanted to do again so we signed them up in the homeschool league. I'm looking forward to them having fun, but not looking forward to the soccer part since I still hate it! I will try to embrace being a "soccer mom" for their sake though, and Roman and Dan love watching them play. I wish Roman could play in their league too because he is crazy good for a 3 year old (so says Dan). I'm really hoping for NO RAIN every Saturday!

Our church recently had a big push to raise funds for a new children's area to be built, and as of last week, God provided OVER the requested amount. It's an exciting time in our growing church and I can't wait to see the new building completed.

I don't expect to ever get back to blogging on a regular basis, but I do like to fill in the blanks when I can. The cooking/dishes and laundry of a family of 6 are enough to kill me, to say nothing of TIME, especially during the school year. I wouldn't trade it for anything, but I wouldn't say no to a maid or cook!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Things to remember - early 2014

-How Roman wants to cuddle all the time, especially at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bed time
-Arianna says "You Nork" instead of New York
-When Roman is scared, he says "Mommy, I scary!"
-The way Karina softly rubs my belly, arm, and chin and holds my finger while she nurses
-The intimate chats Marissa and I have while I wash her hair
-How Roman keeps informing me that I "*gasp* have a big bottom" and he has a "yittle" bottom
-How Roman says the plural of some things: "mouth-iz" "wolf-iz"
-How Roman can't say the sss sound, but only sometimes: "horry"= sorry, "hissors"= scissors, "webhite"= website, "mommy, can we watch hid the hience kid?"
-Slushy = "flushie" (R)
-Arianna, after getting a giant push on the swings: "That, like, really freaked me out!"
-"Is today March twenty-tooth?" -A
-Karina is 7 months old now! She was rolling around the living room and suddenly sat up again! She's not sleeping well, but is finally slowly eating more solids.
-Arianna said "I triple pegasus promise!"

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Karina update

Karina woke up this morning saying "dadadada" - she is almost 6 months old. No matter how many babies I have, I'm never prepared for how fast they grow up. She's delightful in every way. She's happy almost all the time, and if she's upset, it's always an easy fix. She grins at her siblings like crazy and they all adore her, fighting to sit in front of her and talk baby talk to her. Karina is close to sitting up on her own, and rolling around everywhere. She plays with anything she can get her hands on, and that usually involves eating it. She nurses about every 1.5 hours if she's awake, and takes two solid naps of about 2-3 hours, plus an evening cat nap. She's not sleeping all night, but I still get a few good chunks of sleep most nights and she goes right back to sleep after nursing. She's very destractable and adorable when she nurses, grabbing my face, lips, hair, the nursing cover, and anything she can get her one hand on. I finally gave in and put her in the nursery at church and she's happy for a little while, but every time so far they've had to page me a few times. I think she's a mommy's girl, and I won't lie: I kinda love it.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Roman is 3!

Drinking asparagus soup with straws, "I made a mess on my forehead!"
The Tuesday night before Roman's 3rd birthday, the girls were sick and I was worried Roman was next. He started crying in the middle of the night, so I went to check on him cuz he never wakes up at night. We ended up cuddling and goofing off at least 4 times throughout the night, and I loved every minute of it. At one point I was just looking at him and he whined "me too", which is how he says "i love you back" sometimes, but I hadn't even said it yet. I can't believe my tiny preemie baby boy is so old and smart and talkative!
I put him down for nap/rest time and he was fine. A few minutes later, he started whining so I went in to see why. "Mommy, you cuddle with me?" How could I resist that?!
Roman, while watching ice skating on tv, "I have arms. That boy has hands like I do." "You're adorable.""I not 'dorable, I a big boy!"

A: "Let the show commence! That's a fancy word for begin."

R - potty training! The first day and a half was awful and I had pretty much decided to give up and try again in a few weeks/months. Then suddenly he totally got it and has been doing awesome! He is adorable running to the bathroom yelling "I go potty really bad!" And he's really only had one accident since then and that was because we forgot to remind him. The only weird thing is he hasn't pooped in the potty yet. Not for lack of trying, but I put a diaper on him for nap and he is now only pooping at nap time. Lol. I'm sure he will be fine eventually though.

A: "I don't even LIKE lettuce!" [While pointing her finger at herself]

Karina is 4 months old and so adorable! She's rolling like crazy and starting to sleep on her belly no matter what I do. She's still a great sleeper and all around a happy girl. She weighed 12#11oz and was 25.5in long at her checkup.

Christmas was kinda crazy but fun. It was just our "little" family (which isn't so little anymore!) But I just mean no relatives. The grandparents and great grandparents showered the kids with gifts and EVERYTHING was a huge hit. They exclaimed over everything they opened and were just delighted the whole day.

Well even though this is kinda all over the place, it's time to post it or it'll never happen. I've been adding to it since Roman's birthday and planning to spend more time on it but oh well!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

snippets 2

  • This morning the girls woke up and played in their room, Dan was at a church event, and Karina slept late after nursing at 8:30am. I went into Roman's room and cuddled with him for a bit. Then we went to my bed and read book after book after book. Love that sweet boy.
  • Yesterday morning on our way to CC, Marissa asked why Merida from Brave wanted to "change her feet" - "change her fate" with a Scottish accent. Haha!
  • The other day I finally got around to giving the big girls their first piano lesson! Marissa learned cdefg on paper and every octave on the piano. Arianna learned cde on paper and every octave on the piano - and they both actually remembered what they learned so far.