Monday, November 24, 2014

October 2014

My cousin Joel was married at the beginning of the month. We drove out to Barrie with the kiddos to celebrate with him and the family. It was great to see everyone including my tante Miriam who flew in from Calgary. The kids were pretty well behaved on the trip up and back again. We listened to our new CD of the Railway Children which we all enjoyed.

Ben and I went to a Word & Deed bbq in Brantford. It was a fun evening with all the staff and of course we had to leave too soon to head back to the girls who were being babysat.

My tante Mim came for my cousin's wedding and spent some time in St. Thomas. She came for a lovely visit one morning. You can see more pictures here.

Ben put in a patio paver sidewalk in for our neighbours. They also have an alley driveway, and like us, they have to walk the length of their backyard to get to their car. The grass just wasn't cutting it anymore, so they asked Ben if he could install a sidewalk for them. It was such a perfect job since they're right next door He could spend a bit of time each evening after work moving soil, sand, laying stones etc and still be within hollering calling range.

Emma fell down the stairs. The big stairs. From the top. My heart almost stopped. It was like watching a rag doll tumbling down, head over heels. I was helpless to stop her and couldn't move fast enough to catch her, but fast enough to see her make the journey from the top to the bottom. She landed in a heap in the bottom and thankfully cried and cried and seemed ok. Other than bruises and tears and my shaking and heart racing a million miles an hour, we're fine. No sign of concussion or anything else; we are thankful!

Katie learned to tie her shoes!

We finished reading Snugglepot and Cuddlepie at bed time and started the Trumpet of the Swan.

Katie lost another tooth!

My parents and I made apple sauce: 42 quarts and 30 apple pies over two days!  The following week Ben made apple cider! He fixed up the apple cider press that his dad built and pressed about four bushels of apples: so good! We pasturized it (basically heated it hot enough for long enough) and put it into jugs to freeze. Apparently if you can apple cider, it just turns into apple juice. Who knew!

October in Pictures

 my "train" of children
 One massive carrot; that's Alex's bottle for size reference.
Alex and his Papa, who by the way both share that half dimple. My dad's is just a little hidden in his beard.
Seriously ladies, can you get much better? A man in the kitchen, cooking?

My cousin's and his new bride!

Emma's colouring skills.
Planting tulip bulbs around our tulip tree!

Love this one!

Friday, November 21, 2014

My six-month boy!

I'm a little late considering Alex is seven months now, but better late then never! Some notes about my six seven month boy!

He weighs 18 lb 6 oz! (just under 50th percentile)
27 inches long (75th percentile)
Is SUPER ticklish. A slight poke at his side or belly will amost instantly result in giggles.
Is in size 3 disposables
Has two bottom teeth that he cut at 5.5 months and btw the way, they're sharp. I know.
He smiles for almost anyone!
Is fussy around supper time
Loves his sisters and is easily entertained by them
Can't quite sit by himself yet
Eats a lot! breakfast lunch and supper plus nursing/bottle 6ish times a day
If he's upset, he can be calmed down 98% of the time if I sing the chorus of this song. Truly Scrumptious
Is starting to prefer me to others. I can't lie and say I don't like it, because in reality it makes me happy.
Rolls over almost right away if he's put down on his back on the floor or playpen. Strangely enough he doesn't do it much in bed.
Loves jumping in his exersaucer
Drools all the time.
Still spits up a lot, but for sure less than he used to.
Is a heart stealer; seriously
Loves peek-a-boo

Seriously, delish baby!