Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Saturday 7

1. Last Saturday, after writing my Saturday 7, I sat down to play with Levi. For some reason I stuck my finger in his mouth and suddenly felt something sharp. I immediately pried his mouth open to peer at his gums, and sure enough, there's a tooth poking through! Bottom middle. I was shocked! The girls didn't get teeth until the week before their first birthdays. I've never thought he's teething, never imagined he'd get a tooth so [comparatively] early!
Can you see it? Lol. It's there, I promise! It's totally visible in person. I just can't capture a picture of it. He's the most compliant tooth-shower-offer I've ever known, though. He loves opening his mouth and letting me take pics. Haha.
2. Lucy only had two days of school this week. On Wednesday, Justin took the girls on a "Daddy-Daughter Date" so that I could hardcore purge their bedrooms. Lena is a pack rat to the nth degree and Lucy insists on saving every piece of paper she's ever scribbled on. But neither of them ever notices if I get rid of things. So I spent hours going through every box, bin, shelf, and drawer in their rooms. I filled a huge trash bag with random pieces of games, old papers, dollar store trinkets, and dirty kleenexes. Then I filled another box with things to donate. Finally, I cleaned and reorganized everything. From start to finish, it took me 6 hours. But their rooms look amazing, and hopefully there will be space for Christmas presents now!

3. Thanksgiving was wonderful. We spent it with my family at Niki's mansion. We ate tons of food, shared what we're thankful for (and recorded it on index cards to look back on in 10 years!), and played cards. The girls had a blast playing, Levi had a blast eating new foods. He hardly nursed all day because he was so full of pumpkin pie and rolls and ham.
Pumpkin pie with Grandma
Thanksgiving craft time
Big, happy family!
4. For the first time in 15+ years, we did not go Black Friday shopping!! We got everything we wanted online, so we didn't even need to go out in the cold with the crazy people! It was kind of sad to miss out on our tradition, but it was also kind of nice to just go home and sleep. Haha. I'm 95% done with my shopping already! Kind of sad it's over. I love hunting for deals and finding fun gifts.

5. Today, I worked at the family store. My sisters and I man the store one day a year while the owners (our cousins) have their family day. We get paid in store credit, and I spent it all on stocking stuffers and Christmas presents. I actually had to pay $10 on top of my store credit. Plus the $10 I spent on lunch. Lol. Not a very profitable day. But a fun one! Love my sisters.

6. And now, what you've all been waiting for . . . my thoughts on the Gilmore Girls revival! It premiered yesterday. I originally stayed up 'til midnight to watch the first episode, but then I realized it was premiering at midnight Pacific time instead of Eastern, and I'm not that devoted of a fan. So I started it in the morning with my breakfast and coffee (it only seemed right).

I wasn't sure if I wanted to savor all 4 episodes or devour them. But I don't know who I was kidding. I devoured them. I watched them all (6 hours worth!) yesterday. And for the most part, I loved it. I loved that they jumped right back in to their rapport without missing a beat. It felt natural and seamless . . . not like it had been 10 years since they were last together! I was amazed by how many of the old actors came back (and how much better so many of them look in modern clothes and hairstyles!). The nostalgia game was strong - and I'm a sucker for that kind of thing, so this is not going to be a very critical review. I will say that I was disappointed in some of the story lines. And I felt like they dragged out a lot of the scenes to fill the promised 90 minute episodes.  As for the ending . . . I predicted it in broad strokes, but not exactly as it worked out. At first, I hated it. But the more I thought about it, the more I decided it was perfect and I love it. But I still want more. I always want more!

7. Pictures of the week:

Apparently I only took pictures of Levi this week! Lol.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Saturday 7

Sorry about the lack of Saturday 7 last week. I had nothing nice to say after the election fall-out and didn't trust myself to keep my mouth shut.

1. This week our septic system backed up. We couldn't use the washer, dishwasher, or bathtub. And the toilet only flushed 50% of the time. It was lovely. We had our septic tanks pumped but the problem wasn't resolved. So then a camera guy came and sent a scope down our pipes. Finally, they determined the problem was in a pipe, so they dug up the yard and replaced the pipe. I do not envy any of those jobs! And I've never been so grateful for indoor plumbing! We live in the country, so it's not like I can just run over to the neighbor's house to use the bathroom. Thanks to Niki for letting me bathe my kids in her tub. Thanks also to the library, church, and Libby for letting us use your bathrooms. Haha.

2. In slightly less disgusting news, Lucy lost 3 teeth in one week! Her top two teeth have been loose for months, but a random bottom tooth popped out first. Then one top tooth came out, which left the other dangling by a thread. It was so ridiculous, but she refused to yank it out.
It finally came out the next day, and she's looking so adorable with her toothless grin!

3. Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving already? You know what that means. Christmas is just around the corner!! I've been scoping out deals and doing tons of online shopping. I have a huge chunk of my Christmas shopping done already. I have a couple things to get on Black Friday, and a couple hard people to shop for. but my kids are almost done. Now I just have to stop buying them things . . .

4. After Levi's 8 month update about how he's a bump on a log, I think he's starting to think about moving. I've been trying to put him on his belly and entice him forward with toys. He's doing better about holding his head up and not immediately rolling to his back. And I can see the wheels turning in his head trying to figure out how to go forward. He wiggles his legs and rocks his body back and forth. I've propped him up on his hands and knees a couple times.

He usually holds himself like that for ten seconds, then ends up like this:
Lol. Face plant.
He's also recently started to roll over from his back to his belly in bed. This is terrible of course because he hates being on his belly, but it's progress in the movement department!

5. Justin and I went to our first ever marriage conference last weekend. Our church hosted "The Art of Marriage" - which is a branch of the Weekend to Remember conference put on by Family Life. It was nice because it was Friday evening and all day Saturday, but no overnights and a few breaks in between where I could run home and feed Levi. There was nothing earth shattering, but it was good for us to get talking and kind of assess the state of our marriage.

6. Well I can't believe I don't have more to share after two weeks, but I really can't think of anything else. So here are some pictures:
I hate it when Justin does this. He hasn't dropped a kid yet, but I still can't stand to watch.
Such a man. Already in love with the remote.

Every night Lena lays out her clothes like this for the next day. Haha. 

Meme of the week

Lena's reaction when she found out that my mom's going to Florida for a month in February. 
Snapchats from Lena. Lol.
He seriously loves pickles. So weird.

Pretty little fox baby.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Saturday 7

1. Ladies' Retreat was wonderful as usual. Levi hardly napped, but he slept great at night, so that was a relief.

When I got home, Justin had done dishes and laundry and even washed and changed all the sheets! And then I found this from Lena:

2. The first night of Ladies' Retreat I slept on a terribly uncomfortable sleeper sofa and my back has hurt ever since. Apparently after you turn 31 you start to have back pain. It's actually been really bad and isn't getting any better so I went to the chiropractor. It's the first time I've been to the chiro since being pregnant, so he wanted to do x-rays and the whole "consultation" thing. We met our deductible with Levi so I figured now is the time to do it. Oy. He was pretty surprised with my results. My lumbar region is severely out of whack, my neck is leaning inches to the right, I hold my head way too far forward, and I have bone spurs on my spine! He said the bone spurs are the result of trauma 20 years ago, but I can't for the life of me think of what that could have been. I was a pretty cautious kid. No broken bones, no rough-housing, no sports. I did fall down our steep wooden stairs a few times. Think that's enough to cause trauma? Anyway, he talked me into coming back 3 times a week until the end of the year. So I guess I'm one of those people now. Haha.

3. Halloween was a blast on Monday. The weather was gorgeous - which is uncommon for Michigan this time of year. And we had so much fun with our friends. Lucy was Elsa, Lena was some kind of snow queen (her costume was amaaazing), and Levi was a lion. All costumes courtesy of Once Upon a Child!
With our awesome friends.
The girls loved trick or treating. Levi tolerated it. Haha.

4. My sister-in-law is home from Florida for a wedding this weekend. My girls adore her and were thrilled that she came over to play yesterday. They were even more thrilled when she offered to stay overnight and have a sleepover with them. She hung out in Lucy's room with them, doing make-up and playing with dolls until I finally told the girls to go to sleep at 10:00. Then she slept all night in Lucy's twin bed with poky springs. She's the best.

5. I've been thinking that Lena's behavior is getting better lately. I think she's finally starting to outgrow the hard stage that she's been in for a few months. She's still whiny and she has a sudden affinity for talking in a baby voice, but I've noticed that I'm enjoying her more. She's so affectionate and sweet. She says the funniest things. She's so gentle with Levi. She can play so nicely by herself. Thank the Lord we made it through that!

6. Although I suppose the reason I'm enjoying her more could be my new depression meds. I think these ones are actually working! I've been much more even-keel lately. Whew! It just took 100 mg of Zoloft to do the trick!

7. This week in pictures:
Not a fan of the leaves
Or the car. Lol.

"Take a picture of me throwing the leaves!"

Lena and I made an apple pie this week. She couldn't get enough of the sugar-coated apples.

Stripes with stripes matches right? Haha.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Levi: 8 Months

This entry is woefully late. #thirdkidprobs

Levi turned 8 months over the weekend while I was at Ladies' Retreat. I don't feel like that much has changed since last month.

He's a sitting pro now. I usually don't worry about putting pillows around him anymore. But he's still not moving at all. He refuses to stay on his belly, so he never scooches or gets up on his hands and knees. I've tried coaxing him forward a couple times while he was on his belly. He wiggles his butt and fidgets his legs, but doesn't move his arms and can't figure out how to go forward. Haha. Both of the girls were scooching by this age.

He also doesn't stand. You'd think he'd love standing after being in the Jumperoo so much, but I'm starting to wonder if it's impeding his progress instead of aiding it. He doesn't pull up on anything. If I stand him up next to something, he just folds in half and falls over. Even if I hold him upright on my lap, he usually won't put much weight on his legs. I'm trying to remind myself that all babies are different and he's just taking his time. But I'm getting a tiny bit worried.

Sleep is still abysmal. He takes a morning nap after we drop Lucy off at school - usually 8:30-10, another nap in the afternoon - usually 1ish to 2:30ish, and an evening nap around 5:30 (that usually only lasts an hour, but he's currently 1.5 hours in to his evening nap). And then night time sleep is a disaster. He usually goes down around 8 or 9. But then he's up every three hours or less. And he won't go back to sleep unless I nurse him. I tried to make him cry it out once last week and he screamed for 2 hours. I don't even understand how someone so little can have so much stamina.

I'm realizing that part of his sleep problem is my own fault. I've somehow gotten in the bad habit of nursing him to sleep all day long. It's just how his schedule works. Instead of eat, play, sleep we've fallen into play, eat, sleep. So he won't ever go to sleep without nursing first. Bad, bad, bad. I know better. The problem is that I'm exhausted from being up with him all the time so I'm too tired to work on it during the day. It's a vicious cycle.

We're still easing into solid food. I'm still doing largely purees and squeezies just because I want him filling up with vegetables. I give him a chunk of my bagel most mornings. He's had baked sweet potato slices, canned carrots, pears, apples, frozen banana, and grapes in the mesh feeder. I haven't given him any dairy yet. I don't know what I'm waiting for. Just being lazy I guess. He does great with everything I've given him. Although his pincer grasp is still terrible. He doesn't pick things up off his tray. He only eats what I hand to him.

He is a very laid back, content baby. He happily plays with his toys on the floor for much of the day. I keep telling myself that he's not blowing through milestones because he's just so chill. Justin is very much like that, so hopefully that's a good sign that Levi will have Justin's laid back, easy going personality. (And Justin has successfully met all his milestones. ;-) )

Levi still loves people and doesn't have too much stranger anxiety. He still prefers me, and I do occasionally get called out of church while he's in the nursery, but for the most part he likes other people.

He's still a big babbler, although he pretty much only says "Da da da da" and "ya ya ya."

No teeth in sight, but the girls didn't get any 'til they were almost a year. I love his gummy smile.

He loves playing pat-a-cake and so big. He's very ticklish. He loves splashing in the bath.

I change my mind every day about what color his eyes are going to be. I think he's just going to have Justin's eyes which change depending on what he's wearing. Look how dark they are here:

His hair is getting long and flops over his ears sometimes. Haha. Is he old enough for a haircut? This boy mom stuff is new to me.

He's such a sweet, happy, snuggly boy and we love him so much!

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