Sunday, October 31, 2010

the dog and the cat

Gavin and Miriel were a dog and cat for Halloween. We took a few photos and visited a few neighbors but didn't spend much time on Halloween other than that. They were super cute, though, and Gavin was excited about being a dog and knocking on doors to get candy. We'll see if he asks tomorrow if he can do it again... (he did last year!). We also saw our friends the Laceys and the Austins and took some photos of all our kids in their costumes together (Ella, Charlie, Miriel and Gavin). Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me, so hopefully I can snag a photo of theirs in the near future!

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pumpkins

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We went to Kreuger's Farm a couple weekends ago and enjoyed picking out some pumpkins, the corn maze, some tasty treats and the tractor ride (thanks to a gift from our sweet friends the Closners!). Everyone had a fun time and we enjoyed the beautiful, sunny day. I don't really have much else to say about it but I do have a couple photos.

My two pumpkins

Miriel and the Pumpkins


In other news, Miriel is now CRAWLING! She's been at it for about a week and seems to get better (and faster!) by the hour. And here's a funny video of her "dancing" to Gavin's backhoe music.



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Monday, October 11, 2010

Snapshots, for Real

I took these today, so they are real snapshots of life right now. Enjoy!


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Saturday, October 9, 2010

3 years 2 months, and 8 months

I am not going to try to even think about summarizing the 3 months since I last posted. Instead, I just want to take a snapshot of right now. Gavin is 3 years and 2 months old, and Miriel is 8 months old. Gavin, please forgive me for not posting anything anywhere about your third birthday. We really did have a fabulous time celebrating you and we love you very much.


Hanging Out on my Back


Miriel is overall still a super happy and cuddly baby, though she's a little crankier than she was a few months ago. She still smiles a ton (although she's not in this photo... sorry!) She has been teething since before 6 months but still has not cut a single tooth. The doctor and I even saw the two bottom middle teeth just below her gums at her 6-month appointment (and she was 8 months yesterday).

Miriel is still totally in love with me. She likes Chad and Gavin a lot, too, but she will always come to me from anyone else and desperately wants me when she is tired, hungry or generally unhappy. She has been up on her hands and knees and rocking back and forth for at least a month now, and I keep thinking she is going to take off crawling at any moment. Today she was somehow managing to propel herself forward to get something she was interested in, so we will see how much longer she is (mostly) immobile. She loves her food but is a little particular about texture and not too fond of several fruits. We pretty much don't feed her purees any more and just give her soft cooked foods. We also have to be very careful about keeping her from getting constipated, so although she loves bananas and puffed rice, she rarely gets to eat them. The newest things she likes are tiny chunks of prunes and halves of freeze-dried blueberries.

As far as sleeping goes, Miriel has been taking two or three naps a day, usually a shorter one (or two - about an hour) and a longer one (1.5 or 2 hours). If she takes only two naps then she goes to bed around 6pm, otherwise it's about 7pm. She wakes around 7am. Completely contrary to her older brother at this age, she likes to be set down in her crib awake so she can go to sleep by herself (and we are so grateful). She has been waking at least two times a night (and up to 4-6 for a few weeks recently) to nurse since she was born, but Chad has gotten up with her the last couple nights to help her get out of the habit (and it seems to be working with very minimal crying!). We are not hoping to eliminate night waking altogether just yet, but it would be so nice to be up only once every night instead of two or three times.

I am really enjoying Miriel and love that she likes to cuddle. Sometimes when she wakes up earlier than I'd like in the morning, she will lie beside me in bed and just suck her fingers and burrow into my side for half an hour. (OK, sometimes she claws my face, too, wanting me to open my eyes and interact with her, but I still like it.)


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Gavin is not a toddler any longer and has really become a little boy! The transition happened in about a month, right around the time he turned 3, and we were actually aware of it at the time. His sentences became more complex, his imagination took on another level, he started asking why and how, he grew taller and his face became thinner. (He also started throwing massive, crazy, unstoppable fits. Thankfully, he eventually responded to our discipline and quit after a week or so.) Not that he doesn't continue to mature and grow and learn, but it was very marked then.

Gavin doesn't really sing (although he has started recently and has absolutely no pitch whatsoever!), but he loves music and has such an strong sense of rhythm. For a really long time (maybe since he was 18 months?), he has enjoyed walking around the "circuit" in our house on the hardwood floors, stomping his feet to "play a song." For the longest time it was da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM, with his right foot always a significantly harder slap than his left. Right around when he turned 3, it changed to da-da-da-DUM da-da-da-DUM, with his right foot alternately tapping normally and slapping hard. (This is really hard to explain with words. I should just get the video camera out soon and post a video. It's actually really cute.) The funny thing to me is that he does this every day, multiple times a day. Same with his "guitar" (which is actually a ukelele). I can't think of a day that we have been at home for a decent amount of time that he hasn't played his guitar since he got it for Christmas almost a year ago. (He is actually learning how to strum pretty well now.)

This school year, Gavin and I are doing a little tiny bit of "preschool" at home. We have been learning some basic math concepts (counting and subtraction at the moment) and using the book "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" for reading. At the moment, he can look at a group of things with up to three items, recognize how many there are without counting them and tell me how many there will be when we take away one, two or three. Also, he sounded out and read his first word (that was not in the reading book) just a few days ago - it was "big." I am really enjoying teaching him and trying to make sure we are keeping it fun for both of us. It is so amazing to watch him learn and absorb new things!

(By the way, these photos aren't really a snapshot of right now because the previous two are from about 3 weeks ago when my parents were visiting and we went on a walk in Discovery Park in Seattle and this one is from a week before that when Gavin was picking flowers for me out of our yard.)

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That's all for now!

As a sidenote, I've started a food/recipe blog. If you happen to be interested, come visit at http://thoughtfulkitchen.com.