Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Homeschooling :: 7 months In

We are 7 months into our homeschooling journey, and things are going great! Will is a little smartypants which has helped make this transition of becoming a teacher and a student much smoother than I had expected. Don't get me wrong. We still have our challenges (i.e. getting a 5 year old boy to sit still and concentrate and a mom who continually fails to have enough patience), but I am so thrilled with the progress we have had. 

Will finished his Kindergarten math book back in January. We went right into 1st grade math, and he has continued to fly through that too. No surprise, if you ask him what his favorite subject is, it's this.


He also completed his Kindergarten Letters and Sounds book last month. I would consider him a reader now and hearing him read is so much fun! Learning this crazy language with all it's silly "rule breakers" hasn't seemed to faze him at all.


I wanted to bring up this picture that I posted on Instagram last Fall, a few weeks into our school, year with this caption:


"One thing I want to be sure I pay attention to in our homeschooling journey is how each individual child learns best. There is a time and place for being proper, but if he wants to sit on the table (in his outfit of choice these days) to do his work then by all means I'll let him."

My husband saw this, and didn't fully understand what I was trying to say. There is for sure a time and place for structure and discipline in schooling our children. There are moments when Will standing on a chair or sitting on the table is just him goofing around and it becomes a distraction. But if, like in the picture, he is concentrating and completing his school work, while siting on the table, than great!

We continue to take things one day at a time. Some weeks are more productive than others. With some nicer weather coming our way I am excited to spend less time sitting at the table pencil in hand, and more time in the backyard digging in the dirt and reading books in the grass.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Charlie George :: 8 months


See Charlie's army crawling in action!

 


See Charlie at 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 4 months, 5 months,
6 months and 7 months.
See Sam at 8 months.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Boys and their blankies

I have made it a priority to make a blanket for all my boys before they are born (and hope to do so for anymore kids to come!) As soon as I find out the gender while pregnant, I can't wait to go buy my yarn (my favorite kind is this) and start crocheting! 

I have never been pushy on trying to make them super attached to it, but so far Will and Sam's blankies have gotten lots of love from them. 

About a year ago, just out of the blue, Will stopped wanting his blanky at bedtime. I must admit I was a little sad about it at first! Although, he doesn't need it to sleep anymore it is still right on his bedside. Every so often he will pull it into bed with him and wrap himself all up in it, and it sure does make my heart happy. 

When I made Will's blanky my personal sense of style was pretty non existent (there was no Pinterest yet!), and I went with the generic blue's and green for him with a simple double crochet pattern.



Sammy boy still loves his blanky. He has gone back and forth when it comes to what stuffed animal he wants to sleep with (or as of late hard plastic dinosaurs), but has always loved his blanket. I went with a more classic neutral style for his with navy blue and white with the same double crochet pattern.



Charlie boy! He sleeps with his blanket every night, but is still a bit to young to become attached to anything (with the exception of his mommy, that is). My crocheting skills had gotten more advanced since having Sam, so I wanted to do something completely different for his blanky. I decided on a granny square style pattern (I used this one!) with some more funky and modern colors. I love how it came out!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Maternity photo shoot :: Jenny

I've gotta say, it's 50% weird 50% awesome seeing your younger sister pregnant for the first time. Jenny has wanted to have 100 babies since she was nearly a baby herself, so I am 100% percent thrilled for her. She is due with a little girl in just about a month, and is simply gorgeous with her beautiful belly.

I was so excited to finally get to take her maternity photo's this past week! I am mediocre at best when it comes to photography, but I find it to be very fulfilling. Especially doing pregnancy shoots! I know how much I love having pictures of my pregnancies to look back on, so I hope you like these pictures Jen!

Here are some of my favorites!



If anyone ever wants some amateur maternity photo's taken for free...pick me! Pick me!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Feeding a baby :: Charlie's first foods


I am pretty passionate when it comes providing healthy and nourishing food for me and my family. Especially when it comes to my babies first foods. Starting a baby off with the best foods can be critical for their future health. It's a continuous learning process. With every baby I have gained a better understanding of what the best, and not so great, foods for them are. 

Charlie is 7 months now, and although it isn't out of the norm for a baby his age to not be eating food yet this is the longest I have ever gone. Honestly, if I could I would love to go a whole year with little to no solid foods at all. But this small chested mama just doesn't have a big milk supply to fully satisfy a growing babe without having him on me ALL THE TIME.

I started giving Will baby food at 5 months. He was a big baby, and wanted to nurse every 1.5 hours, and I needed more of a break! Sam was around 6 months when I started him on solids. He was a little guy, and I thought some extra food might help plump him up (it didn't). With Charlie I have been in no hurry at all to start feeding him real food. Being able to pull out a boob wherever and whenever it is needed is way easier than keeping up with food prep (I (mostly) make my own food), and remembering to bring along food when we are out of the house for a long period of time. Not to mention the change in dirty (cloth!) diapers once food is involved. Bleh.

Charlie has been showing signs of wanting more though. If you have food, he's trying to get it, and he's wanting to nurse at least every 1.5/2 hours if not more. I absolutely want to keep nursing too, and will continue trying hard to keep up the milk supply I have! So, thus begins my third journey in feeding a baby.

I plan on doing a few posts on this topic. In this first one I will talk about babies first foods!

What not to feed your baby

For over 60 years now, we have been led to believe that a baby's first (solid) food should be rice cereal, but this couldn't be further from the truth! Not only is it highly processed, but babies lack the necessary enzyme amylase needed to digest ANY type of grain until they are AT LEAST a year.

"If babies are not producing amylase, they are not digesting grains.  Undigested grains can destroy your baby’s intestinal lining and disrupt the balance of good bacteria in the gut." -Ohlardy.com

Keeping your gut healthy is key for having optimal health at any age, not just as babies. An unhealthy gut can result in a whole host of problems, including allergies and behavioral problems.

What should you feed your baby?

Some of the best first foods for a baby are:

Egg yolks (cooked soft)

Avocado

Banana

All super easy to prepare (just mash em up!), easy to digest and loaded with nutrition!

I gave Charlie his first taste of avocado and egg yolk the other day. As you can see he had a blast playing with it. Not much ended up in his mouth, but it was a good way to start getting him used to the taste. I have spoon fed it to him as well. At this point most of it comes right back out, but he'll get the hang of it soon enough!


If you'd like to read more about the dangers of rice cereal (which I highly recommend you do!) here are a few other articles about it:

http://todaysmama.com/2013/05/stop-feeding-baby-rice-cereal/

http://ohlardy.com/why-your-baby-should-not-eat-baby-cereal

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/12/20/get-the-white-out-of-babys-first-foods.aspx