And I think at least 20 times a day I have good ideas and intentions that never come to fruition because other things come up that are more urgent. Like eating. or showering. or feeding. or sweeping. or making a menu. or starting dinner. or breaking up toy-wars. or dressing little people. You get it. Not that I loathe these tasks at all. Quite the contrary actually. It's just that while I'm so busy being busy I still feel like there's so much more I should be doing to be a good, quality-time-spending-mom that I'm not doing. Anyway... why did I start rambling on? If I were talking instead of typing you'd hear that I don't have a complaining tone to my voice right now. I really am not complaining. I truly LOVE that I have three little sweet people that I get to be at home with every day. I am so glad that it's my job to teach them and not someone else's. Being a mom just all feels so much bigger than me and what I'm capable of sometimes.
I think it's time for me to start taking my happy pills again (fish oil, prenatals, etc). I feel a bit on the crazy side. Postpartum hormones are just whacky sometimes.
ANYWAY... I don't know where all that word upheaval came from. Moving on!
Here's some of our latest to remember:
1. Macie had her 4 mo check today. She's doing good with exception of her weight. In the past two months she's dropped from the 77th to the 37th percentile. The dr. just said to keep an eye on her and take her back in 2 weeks for a weight check.
She went through a feeding hiccup where she would hardly eat. She's started eating again but she's ultra efficient... as in, she will only eat for 5 minutes. I'm going to try to get my milk supply up and double my drinking efforts (water of course...)
For length she's in 87th percentile and head is in 68th.
She's still sleeping like a champ at night - about 9 pm until 7 or 8 am, with a late sleepy feed at about midnight.
Still taking the binky like a champ, but she's stopped taking a bottle.
And she's discovered her hands. I love catching her wide-eyed, staring at her hands in front of her like they're some strange creature not attached to her body.
2. And she rolled over for the first time a couple weeks ago!
just after rolling over...
3. Lincoln tested out of Kids on the Move (early intervention) coming in at about 30th percentile (not sure if this was speech overall or just articulation?) He would have graduated out in a month anyway at his 3rd birthday, but it's nice to know he's made so much progress.
His speech pathologist came for the last time today. Her name is Alyssa and she has been great with him in the short time that she's been with our family. Today she brought cookies to frost with him and she was working on sequencing today (first get a cookie, then frost the cookie, then sprinkles, etc and seeing if he could put the steps in order).
He's up to about 4 or 5 word sentences and his vocabulary has expanded so much. I haven't taken a good count so I would just estimate by saying he has somewhere between 200-300 words? Maybe?
5. I've started sewing for a lady who owns a costume company (Speedy Stitches) and it's been great so far. I just pick up a handful of sewing projects to work on throughout the week and take them back completed and pick up more. This is only my second week, but it feels good to be getting back to my sewing roots. This week I have a Jedi tunic, Snow-white tops and a corset to sew. Who knew there is such a demand for things like this?
6. We took the boys to see Wreck It Ralph the other day and we LOVED it. And it was so windy when we got home from the theater so we grabbed our kites and took them to the school to fly! I really can't remember the last time I flew a kite. You can't help but be giddy when flying kites. It only got caught in the trees three times and stuck on a roof once. Luckily it didn't drift over on to University Parkway. :)
It was so windy we were able to run all the line out. Can you see that tiny kite way up there?
7. And can I hear an amen for the warm weather this week? I know, everyone's talking about the warm weather, so this sentence is a bit generic. But for reals, this winter has been cold and long in my book.
We finally brought the boys back up to their bedroom to sleep tonight! It turns out the back half of our house (an addition) is super energy-inefficient. And on top of that it turns out we need a new furnace and better duct work (ha). Ever since winter has been around the boys' room has been freezing at night, even with the space heater running all night. And the boys were sleeping with 4 blankets each to stay warm.
So since the beginning of January they've been sleeping in the guest room in our basement where it is actually warmer then their room. Odd right? Anyway, this week has been so wonderfully warm that we moved them back up and they were so happy they were dancing a jig! Literally.
8. And the wonderful news is that we have been approved for Utah County Weatherization (wohoooo!) so in about 8 - 12 months when we get to the top of the list, weatherization guys are going to come do a big weatherization heat-blowing test on our house and make improvements on it that will help immensely for next winter. This really has been a huge blessing and relief for us!
9. Ben turned 33 last week! We went to dinner Saturday night (sans kids) with some friends to Pizza Pie - Ben's favorite. Then Sunday morning (his actual birthday) the boys and I surprised Ben with balloons, a happy birthday sign and sung "Happy Birthday" in Portuguese (tradition). Then we had a smallish party for him on that night with family.
Macie & Marm
Ben and his (quite dry) chocolate cake. The boys put the candles in. :)
10. Oh and I've had one consultation at the orthodontist (Trapnell) and I have another one on Monday (Graf). Braces may very well be in my near future... it's a good thing I'm already married and Ben is stuck with me, braces and all. Mwah ha ha.
The good news: I may only need them for 12-18 months AND it's looking like braces will cost much less than I originally anticipated (and we have funds in a health account that we didn't know about that can now only be used for dental and vision).
The bad news: I'm afraid that I may come out with horse teeth. My teetch are crowded so the solution to that is to bring the teeth out (expansion) and some filing on my bottom teeth. And I fear, too, that as soon as we indulge in braces for me that something BIG will come up that we need that health money for instead.
And that about wraps up this short novel. Peace!