Thursday, June 30, 2016

Play House!

The girls have been asking for a swing set for a long time. We've been looking on Kijiji for a few months and finally found something we thought would work. Unfortunately it wasn't quite up to par interms of strength, but the slide, swings and the majority of the lumber was used.

A number of years ago Ben built a sandbox with a lid that turns into benches. We wanted to incorporate that into the swingset as well, so we had to go custom. We moved it to the opposite side of the yard where the swingset would go and Ben built the playhouse portion around/above it. We kept the lid (I'm paranoid about neighbour cats) and it still opens and gives enough room for playing.

The swingset portion we basically kept intact and Ben reinforced all the beams and supports. We have two VERY happy girls who have spent hours each day swinging and swinging. Katie learned to pump last year and Emma figured it out within two days of the swings being hung. That was a good day in my books!

Eleanor at Six Weeks

Hard to believe our girlie was six weeks on Saturday! Some notes about our sweetheart:

She has completely stolen Ben's heart. He loved our other babies too, but this girl has him wrapped around her finger. It's very sweet.

She nurses 7 or 8 times a day: 8/9am, 11/12pm, 2pm, 4/4:30pm, 6/7pm, 9/10pm and 3:30/4am. She'll often sneak an extra feed around 8pm and push her bedtime feed back to 10:30/11pm.

The last week or so she's been sticking fairly closely to that schedule. Sunday night(five weeks) she nursed at 10pm and then slept until 5am! So nice; we're hoping that becomes more frequent.

Eleanor is a very content baby; she doesn't fuss often and when she does it usually very shortlived and easily diagnosed: burp or laying in a puddle.

She's a major puker and gives me a fair bit of laundry, but thankfully she doesn't seem bothered by it. We've put her on probiotic drops which I think have been helping. She is still puking, but it is less. Her stomach is still getting back to normal after her first week of antibiotics. It can take a while for the body to right itself.

She started smiling super early and we've been enjoying her smiles for the last number of weeks; she's very intent when she's smiling, looking right at you and listening to every word.

She's a nosy girl and loves to know who is talking. She's always searching for the voice talking to her and often full of smiles when she finds it.

We did one amazing night at the six-week mark. After I nursed her at 10pm, she didn't wake up to be nursed until 8am!!! wow! Didn't happen after that, but we push for longer night since she's obviously capable.

We started cloth diapers at six weeks. Her diaper rash finally cleared up enough and I finally had the energy to add that to my daily routine. It's not that much extra work unless she poops of course.

She's a content little girl and rarely needs extra to be settled. Her "fussy" time is usually in the evening before we go to bed which is really the best time since I'm usually 'done' by then anyways and just want to sit.

The girls both adore and are super good 'moms'. They love to hold her, rock her, sing to her etc. Alex is also very gentle with her and mimicks the girls, which is very sweet.

She is very sweet and calm and we are thankful for her in our not-so-little-anymore family!

 Thrilled with their own doll!
 My Opa made me this cradle, which when turned upside down, functions as a bench or stool.
 Eleanor on her quilt from Grandma

 One month!

 So full.... so sleepy.....

Monday, June 13, 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016


Emma: "Is Auntie Corina a mom?"  
Me: "Nope."
Emma: "But she has a purse!"

Katie, "Mom, Where is North Mountain?
Emma: "well, if Mom says, go North, then we go north and when we see a mountain there, then it's North Mountain."  Not bad reasoning for a four-year-old

Katie while outside in the sunshine, "Mom! There's a bee upon my head!"  not, on, mind you, UPON!

Katie while inspecting new plant shoots coming up, "Mom! Look the bikinis are up!"  She mean peonies.

Katie when telling a story, "....and they lived happily ever after. Amen"

Katie tattling on Emma, who was pulling up a plant of some sort, "Mom! Emma's wrecking God's creation!"

Emma one morning, "Mom, I want to smell you. Hmmmm, you smell like a Mom."

After a conversation(while I was nursing) about breathing and lungs I took a deep breath and Emma say Eleanor rise and fall on me. She exclaimed, "Mom! Is she sucking air from your lungs?!"

Talking about a field of soybeans and who the field belonged to, Katie says, "They're going to eat ALL those beans!?"

Katie read a sign that said, "All you can eat Perch."  She questioned in disbelief, "All you can eat is Perch?"

The girls were playing with cars and firetrucks and Katie pretending to be the person in need and starts singing, "Help! I need somebody. Help! Not just anybody....."   Yes, that's a Beatles song. Our kids are cultured.

Monday, June 06, 2016

May 2016

The first two weeks of May were busy prepping for baby's arrival. I cleaned and cleaned, and baked and baked and put even more meals in the freezer. Before Eleanor was born I had 17 full meals in the freezer and half a dozen meals half prepped. I had enough baking to last a month and then some!

We had a number of meetings we wanted taken care of and out of the way and of course the regular midwife appointments too.

The girls started soccer every Wednesday night, but Emma only made it through two weeks until we decided to pull her out. She was glued to Ben's leg and was just so overwhelmed by the environment and hundreds (literally) of people on the many fields. Katie on the other hand is thriving and loving it! Her confidence is definitely being boosted!

The two weeks before Eleanor was born were spent in "ready" mode for the most part. The day before Eleanor was born, I had all my to-dos for Saturday already done. I had done my portion of the church cleaning and went grocery shopping juuuuuust in case I had a baby the next day. I actually said to four different people the week prior that Saturday, May 14th would be a good day for a baby. I even jokingly asked my mom if that Saturday would work for her to have our kids because I thought it was a good baby day.. little did I know!

The last two weeks were filled with baby. The week after was of course spent in the hospital with Eleanor, so there's not much to report there.

The week we got home was an adjustment, to say the least. The kids had all be gone here and there and they had great fun and were well behaved at the different places. Of course, that all came crashing down when they came home and everyone had to get used to regular life again.

Ben started working on a play house for the kids too. He's been working on it here and there as he's had time and the kids have been patiently waiting for it to be all the way done!

May in Pictures

Only a few since the second half of the month was taken up with pictures of Eleanor!

 I used an old skirt and made it into a backpack for Alex. He doesn't need a full diaper bag and more and it needed to be filled for stuff for the new baby anyways. He loves his backhoe, just like Daddy's!
 My boy
 I think they were playing Elsa.... again.....

 Ready for their first soccer practice. Emma lasted two weeks before we pulled her out. She spent every single second glued to Ben's leg and despite her initial excitement had no interest in playing.
Ben took out the Rose of Sharon bush to make way for a playset for the kids. More pictures of that coming soon!

Friday, June 03, 2016

My people

These are my people. Each one owns my heart in a different way and each one melts me completely.