Sunday, March 17, 2013

On my night stand

I've been able to do quite a bit of reading recently, since we've been trying to get the boys to bed a little earlier these days. That along with the time I spend nursing Gabe, I've been able to start and even finish some great books. It's a fairly long list, but that's because I always have a whole bunch of books going at one time. Then I have something to match my mood. If I'm feeling productive, I read a how-to book. If I'm needing to be entertained, I read a pleasure book.
-"How to be Black" by Baratunde Thurston. I picked this up from the library in order to educate myself on black culture here in the United States. Although Wedly won't have the typical African-American upbringing, there may be a day where he really identifies with black culture. I've been trying to read some books to help me understand what it means to live life as a minority. This book was extremely entertaining and eye-opening.
-:Square Foot Gardening": We are currently working on putting in our garden. The fence is going up and tonight we will pick up some lumber to start building the boxes for our square foot garden. I didn't anticipate reading the book straight through, but that's exactly what happened. I can't wait to really get started on it!
-"Endurance:Shackleton's Incredible Voyage" This book turned out to be quite the page-turner. It is about a group of men who set sail on a mission to cross the continent of Antarctica. Things did not go as planned. It was an adventure that I'm sure I wouldn't have lasted a week on and I consider myself to be fairly adventurous. What these men went through is astounding. If you've read and enjoyed books like "Undaunted Courage" you should read this one as well. But you should be prepared with a stock of tea and/or bubble bath because you'll find yourself getting cold just reading about what these men went through.
-"Going Public" This book is a how-to on putting your kids through public school. We haven't come to a decision on if our kids will be home-schooled or if they will go to public or private school, but regardless of what our decision will be, this book has been a great read. It has a lot of great tips on parenting in general. Whatever our decision will be, I want to be very intentional about how we go about it, doing our best to point our kids to Christ. I have no doubt that this is a book I will look to many times in the future. I highly recommend it.
-"No Ordinary Home: The Uncommon Art of Christ-centered Homemaking." This is another book that will stay close at hand as a reference because it has some great specific ideas on how to make your home 'holy at the heart' as she would say. Again, the main thing is about being intentional. The author, Carol Brazo, happens to work at George Fox as an associate professor in the MAT dept.
-"Crazy Love" by Francis Chan. Alls I have to say about this book is it's CONVICTING. Oh, and a good quick read.
-"The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes" I've been enjoying this book, though I imagine it might take me quite awhile to actually get through it. It's nice to be able to read a mystery, then set the book aside for awhile only to be picked up again when I'm lacking something to read in the moment.
-"Mercy Triumphs" by Beth Moore. This isn't a book, it's a Bible Study work book and has really been wonderful. I'm about 3 weeks in and I look foward to my 6 to 7 am wake up call by Gabe because I know it means I can grab myself a cup of tea and have some quiet time while he plays with at the train table.

Kids books: We've spent some time in our local library and have checked out a fair number of books. Let me tell you, there are some really dumb kids books out there. And 'dumb' is putting it lightly. Here are a few that not only weren't painful to read, but were actually enjoyable.
-How to Babysit a Grandpa
-Samantha on a Roll
-The Ant and the Grasshopper
-Crunch Munch Dinosaur Lunch
-Cock-a-doodle Dance

How about you? What are you reading? I've just about finished the stack of books and am needing to find some new ones.

Friday, March 15, 2013

My 'Birthday Party'

Sunday was my birthday - thirty one-derful, as my friend Darla put it. :) Gabe's little gift to me wasn't so wonderful, though it was bound to happen. We noticed his first tooth! I'm a little saddened by it. I adore his little toothless grin. It might be awhile still before it's really apparent. We have even debated as to whether it really is his tooth that we're seeing, because it is just a teeny-tiny speck on his lower gum.

Wedly gave me a pretty sweet little gift. He went out in our field and picked some dead hay for me. He came up to me and told me it was my birthday party. Even after we told him several times that it was his birthday present for me, he still kept calling it my birthday party. I guess he's got birthday parties on the mind, since he's got one coming up on Saturday. Here's a picture of my 'birthday party.' A little hard to see, but it really is sort-of pretty.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The brothers

Yes...sometimes Wedly is fully clothed. I really need to do a better job about that! Although right now he'd much prefer to run around in his underwear all day every day, someday he might not appreciate the pictures that prove it!

Playing chase in the Johnny jump-up.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Gabriel - 9 months

This is a long overdue update on our little Gabe. As I sit here, I am also trying to feed him lunch. It's a bit difficult  though, because of his growing interest in his brother. He is so easily distracted, which can certainly come in handy at times, though right now I'd much prefer him to focus on the task at hand. I certainly do appreciate their camaraderie that is growing by the day. I'll have to do a separate post with some pictures of their shenanigans.

And I just have to post a picture of what he currently looks like. He went down for a late-morning nap, which ended up being a long one (2 1/4 hours long!). He woke up with quite the bed-head.

9 month Stats: 20 pounds 11 ounces (49th percentile), 30 1/4 inches (95th percentile), and I can't remember his head circumference, but it too is in the 95th percentile. He grew out of his car seat...we have another on the way and I hope it arrives soon!

Gabe is now moving all over the place. He still army crawls, though he on occasion will crawl a very short distance in a typical crawling fashion.  Then he gets tired of trying something new and goes back to what he knows and is good at. His army crawling is pretty funny - almost like he is swimming. He pushes off to one side, then switches sides and pushes off on the otherside...back and forth.

He is also pulling himself up to standing on just about everything and is doing a little bit of cruising. He makes his way slowly around the train table and will pull himself up in his crib and make his way from one side to the other. I wonder how long it will be before he starts walking. Yikes! He's getting pretty strong, since he spends a good portion of his day standing, but his balance is still pretty poor. He likes to practice walking.

Gabe's favorite past time, as can be seen by the pictures that follow, are to play at the train table and to play with electronics. 

Guilty as charged - he LOVES to press the buttons on our sound system. And he usually does it when we are trying to watch or listen to something. 

 He still loves bath time and splashes away happily. We were giving him sink baths until he decided that he liked trying to pull himself up in the sink...then we went back to the bathtub where he and Wedly play and splash together.

And a few cute snapshots of our sweet little boy...

This is the thing that probably most freaks me out - him climbing up and touching our wood stove. Heaven help me...

This is after I told him he 'no' to climbing up by the wood stove. He was pretty sad. 

He is now eating quite a variety of foods, though some days he just doesn't seem very interested in people food, much preferring mama's milk. He enjoys bananas, apples, pears, carrots, chicken and potatoes, fruity yogurt, zucchini, avocado  blueberries, egg yolks, bread, and grated cheese. Depending on the day, he'll also eat some broccoli, peas and cottage cheese. I've been feeding him some off our plates and he does much better with his vegetables when I let him feed himself.

Daddy loves. :)

 Other things he loves:
-Outside - If I am holding him and come close to an exterior door only to turn away from it, he cries. Or if I go outside with him for too brief a time he gets very sad.
-He loves to play the piano
-He loves to swing with us on our swing.
-He loves to go exploring around the house and I recently found him standing up by the toilet. I guess we are going to have to do a good job of keeping the lid down or the door shut.
-He loves door stops. He always seems to find his way to them and I have to shut him out of certain rooms if Wedly is sleeping because they are so loud.

He is not too fond of strangers and can be shy even with people he is familiar with. When someone talks with him, he is very likely to turn his head against my shoulder. It is so easy to get smiles when we are at home, but when we are out and about he becomes very stingy with them. He also isn't super fond of reading, which I WILL cure someday. He's just too wiggly and only wants to chew on the books. Then he gets mad when I don't let him.