Thursday, July 24, 2014

My three year old

Happy Birthday to my big three year old Mac! 

Helping set up the red stuff!
Gee, I wonder what his favorite color is. 

Watch out, he's got a shiney red trike!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Some randomness and Clare's first foods

I was planning to use Clare's nap time/the boys TV time today to write a post about Mac's 3rd birthday, BUT for some reason I cannot figure out how to get this laptop to read the camera's SD card to get the pictrues off it.  I have done it before and I made sure the card wasn't set to lock, but no dice.  So the bday post is on hold for now.  

I've been wanting to write about Clare's eating habits for a few weeks now.  I have been so pleased with how well the solid foods are going over with Clare.  It has gotten me thinking about how differently we've approached the introdcution of solids with each child. 
Hmmm, what is this stuff in my mouth? 
Instead of going by age, I went more by development this time, in telling when Clare was ready.  At six months old, she still wasn't sitting up quite well enough, I felt.  She would grab for anything, but she really didn't seem to get that food was for eating.  By seven months, I was much happier with how she was sitting, so we started a few purreed foods.  Baby brown rice cereal, peas, and carrots. 

Forget the food, gimme that spoon!
That first feeding was a blast.  She didn't seem to care about the actual food, but it was a great experience.  I am SO much more laid back now, compared with the boys.  That more than any other factor has made this such a good experience. 

Bright orange carrots + white dress = winning!  

I haven't been concerned with how much she's eating.  My only concerns are twofold.  One: that she's having a good experience and has the chance to feed herself.  And two: that she is exposed to a variety of healthy, naturally flavored whole foods.  We've addressed the first by making sure she always has the chance to hold the spoon (which usually means I bring 2 spoons to the table when she's eating purreed foods).  But also in this same thread, we've been introducing soft table foods such as, steamed chunks of sweet potatoes, stir fried asparagus, sauteed carrots.  She's also had brown rice, some (gluten free) pasta, little mushed up chunks of ground beef, avocado, mashed potatoes, minestrone soup, beans, and a taste of watermelon and grapes. 

Food to munch on! 
I'm not necessarily a big proponent of baby-led weaning anymore, but I think incorporating it with some purreed foods has made for a fabulous month of firts foods for Clare!  Fourth baby and I am by no means a pro at this, but I do feel a tiny bit of satisfaction that I at least figured out what works best for Clare this time around.  I haven't pushed anything on her, just offered things and after 1 month she is eager to eat so many different foods.  I still haven't introduced anything with gluten.  She really shouldn't have an issue with it, but knowing she's had absolutely no gluten for her whole life, make me just feel sorta weird about it. 

Now, with the balance of nap/TV time I am going to dig into some homeschooling stuff.  3-4 weeks (I haven't decided for sure yet) until we start!  

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

3 years ago tonight...

... I went to bed a little disappointed that Mac's birthday wouldn't be 7-9-11.  Huge, tired, emotional.  So ready to meet my new little man.

Three years ago he was keeping me awake with his movements, pains, a way too teeny bladder for two people, and the anticipation of waiting for labor (or should I say REAL labor) to start.  Tonight, that little bruiser is keeping his two big brothers awake trying to play till an ungodly hour.

 That little brother, Mac Attack, as I have called him from his fetal days, has shown us so much of himself these last three years.  He's lived up to that nickname as a feisty, often ornery, little man.  Often hot and sweaty, he looks the part of a true little Irishman.  A bit burly, a bit shy. He's always got mommy's back but he's also always ready for a fight! He could play with trucks outside for hours straight, or just hang out with me all day long.  He may be going through the most contrary phase of phases at the moment.  But luckily he stole our hearts a long time ago.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Interview with Henry 2014

What is your name?  Uh, Henry!
How old are you?  Uh, 4!  

What is your favorite thing to do?  Uhhhhhhhhhhhh.  Eat candy.

Playing with his bug game.

What is you favorite thing to play?  Uhhh, legos.
Why do you like legos so much?  Because they can build different kinds of stuff.
 What things do you like to build with legos?  Stuff that fixes cars and other cars and lego guys.

Henry has a creative side. He gathered scraps of yarn, old cereal, and other trash off the floor (after arts and crafts time) and created a sad garbage can. Complete with a blue tear.  And I think he is holding a smaller garbage can.

Where is your favorite place to go?  Uhh, places that have candy and other yummy stuff. (You'd think I was always buying candy from these answers!)
You mean places walmart and the gocery store?  Yes and other yummy stuff I like. Like orangies.

While I was taking this series of pictures of Henry, he was singing a happy song he just made up on the spot.  That is one thing about Henry: he is always making up little songs about whatever is going on or whatever is going on in his head. He's a happy soul. 

What do you like to do with your brothers and sister?  Uhh, play with beeb.  
What do you like to play with Clare?  Clare toys.  Like duplos.

What do you want to do when you grow up?  Be a doctor.
Why do you want to be a doctor?  Because I like bones.

What's your favorite book?  The busy town books.
Why do you like those books?  Because I like animals.

What's your favorite animal?  Grasshoppers.
We have a lot of grashoppers here.  Have you learned more about grasshoppers by seeing so many of them?
 Uh, they fly, jump and walk.


I love you, little man!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

family pics - July 2014

We had one of those wonderful, but way too rare, laid back afternoons at the park today.  We took along a picnic and afterwards the boys played hard.  Clare got to lay down in the grass, a delicacy for a New Mexican girl.  She even got her feet a little dirty from trying to scoot around on the ground.  Afterwards, we tried to snap a few pictures of all four of the offspring.  Here is what we got. 

James even got a picture of Mike and me.  Yes, pictures of us do exist!

I couldn't not include this delightful gem of Mac.  His grumpy nature is starting to shine through. After getting the kids to pose in front of the tree (with the sun in their eyes), I tried to talk them into standing in front of this neat boulder.  Well, Mac had had ENOUGH of picture-taking. 
Somehow, luckily he was cheered up enough to pose again!

Happy Independence Day! 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

They dig dirt

Recently I glanced out the window to check on the boys playing in the backyard and saw this:

Yes that is Henry face down in dirt.  Upon closer look I discorvered:

James and Mac piling dirt over Henry's back, legs, hair.  Uproarious laughter from all three.  Aside from grabbing the camera, I (like I'm sure many mothers of boys before me) went back inside to let them enjoy their dirt. 

This picture does not do justice to how dirty he really was.  Hint: his eyebrows are not naturally that dark. 
Yes there was a big mess, but I am just grateful they have this yard and all this dirt.  Dirt to run their fingers through.  To bury treasure in.  To find treasure in.  Dirt to manipulate into roads, construction sites, and buildings.  Dirt to drive their toy trucks in.  To gather into buckets, cups, shovels, and empty snack bowls.  Dirt to write in with used popsicle sticks.  Dirt to add water to and create muddy fortresses, garbage dumps, and parking lots.  Dirt to throw at your brothers.  Dirt to plant seeds in and learn about plants.  Dirt to capture bugs in. Dirt to get stuck in scalps, between toes, and under nails.
This is from another day. He started playing outside before he had finished his dinner milk. We called him back in to finish it and in those intervening minutes his fingernails had already regained their dirt status. 
 Dirt for dirt's sake.  

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Last day of kindergarten!

Our first day of school was 10 months ago.  Time flies on the one hand. And yet so much living, on the other.  Story of my life these days.  Pictures from our first day are here to compare.

Summer vacation!

My kindergarten graduate!
He's anxiously awaiting the start of his kindergarten year.
Teacher's assistant.
The guy in charge thought I'd need a second assistant this year, so he sent this gal.
Bring on the summer fun!