Saturday, November 26, 2016

Honest Thankfulness

With Thanksgiving behind us and entering into this season of gratitude, I’m so thankful for my now four children. I’m thankful every day for them. They are my greatest blessings in life and they give me such joy. With the baby now being 14 months (who needs to be the last baby mind you), I’ve definitely felt myself clinging to her last little baby-ness, which is one of the reasons I haven’t stopped breastfeeding even though I’ve been saying I was going to stop early with her for months.

Being able to nourish my children has been a gift for me. I’ve exclusively breastfed, I’ve formula fed, or done a combination of both at various points in my life. I’ve also breastfed well into toddler hood. I love breastfeeding….It’s a beautiful and natural thing and it gives me great pride to have nourished my babies. Women should be able to breastfeed anywhere and they shouldn’t need to hide, or be made to feel ashamed for feeding their babies. They also shouldn’t be made to feel bad if they’ve formula fed. A mother has to do what’s best for her and her baby. If the baby is being fed, that’s what matters.

Learn more about your feeding options from The Honest Company.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Ava's 1 year pictures!

I can't believe I didn't post Ava's 1 year pictures. She turned a year on September 12th and we had just a quiet party at home. My mom and some of H's parents were able to skype in when we sang her happy birthday so that was nice. Currently she's 14 months and I'll be doing an update on her soon. 

Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Birthdays, birthdays, birthdays.

Super late on this since Serena's birthday was on November 12th. As always it's hard to believe she has turned another year. She's 14 now! I'm so proud of the girl she's turned out to be. First children don't come with a manual, so it's often on a parents mind if they've gotten the child rearing right. Serena is kind, helpful, smart and caring. I think maybe we got some things right. ;)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Happy 4th birthday Mariam!

Yesterday November 5th was actually her birthday and it was a great day! I'm feeling so thankful this spunky, free-spirited little wildflower is ours. 

Have a great Sunday!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hello October..

I've been absent from here again lately. Always something I tell you...

October has felt, I dunno, weird in a way, and mundane. Not boring for sure since there is always, always something to do. I think October and I got off on the wrong foot here. Maybe the beginning has started off a little quiet in regards to running around like a chicken with it's head cut off, and it feels out of my element. Regardless, it's about to pick up again and pretty soon I'm going to be complaining about how overwhelmed I am with it all.

Onto the usual, Mariam has been doing great with her schooling at "mommy school". She's usually eager to work on her letters and numbers, and it's been awesome to see her really grasping things and understanding. Her temperament has much improved as well. Now if she could stop asking for snacks like every 30 minutes that would be cool.

Layla is doing great in Kindergarten. She loves doing her homework as soon as she gets home, and she never gives me a hard time about waking up early. Serena is doing fantastic at school as well and has been occupied with church choir, her keyboard, and training for the track team lately. Onto Ava. Hoh boy. My stage 5 clinger lately. She's been hard lately. Super attached. Hardly wants me to put her down or else she cries. She's also still sleeping terribly. At this rate, maybe I'll get a decent nights rest by the time she turns 2 and a half. I really need this child to sleep. It's been hard trying to get some of my business needs taken care of and also to enjoy some down time. I tried letting her cry it out one night for about an hour last week--nope! Not doing that again. My next step is trying to cut down her night feedings, but she gets so upset and I'm so tired that I end up giving in after she won't calm down. I fully understand I'm part of the problem. Sigh. We'll see what happens.