Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Weekend

First weekend of summer break was also Memorial day weekend and we had some visitors. :) My sister and her four kids came to visit and the cousins had a blast playing together. We attempted to go to the splash pad one of those days but it ended up pouring rain on us so we didn't stay long. Memorial day we got together with our other siblings close by for a barbeque at the park. The kids went on a "treasure hunt", which was actually following a geocache GPS and clue from a phone. We couldn't find the first one, which was disappointing, but we found the second! I also got to take pictures of little Ezri who was almost 6 months. She was such a cutie. It was such a fun weekend and a nice start to our summer. :)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Last Day of School

Claire graduated from Kindergarten! :)  During the last week of school she participated in a dance festival, which was pretty cute. All the grades did different dances from different decades.

Then on the last day of school we came for a graduation party. They didn't really have much of a ceremony or anything, just a little root beer float party. :) They did a little dance, handed out little progress reports in front of everyone and then we went outside to eat the root beer floats. It was a fun day. :)

Here is a comparison of Claire from her first day of Kindergarten to her last. I can't believe how big she's gotten just over the school year! She grew two whole inches and learned so much this year. :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Seth's 9 Months

1. Seth is 9 months! :)

2. He weighs 21 pounds, 10 1/2 ounces, and is 28 1/2 inches tall.

3. This puts him in the 82nd percentile for weight and the 58th percentile for height.

4. I thought Seth was taking a little longer to scoot around and move around and I realized it was probably cuz he didn't get enough opportunity on the ground and didn't need to. We held him a lot and kids came to him to entertain him. I started putting him down a lot on the ground to play and we tried "helping" him figure it out like pushing on his legs. For the longest time he would just raise himself as high as he could on his arms and plop down on his chest. He could wiggle himself backwards and would get frustrated when he couldn't get where he wanted. Once he figured it out though, which was probably a week from turning 9 months, he was army crawling so fast and getting everywhere. :)

5. I'm having a hard time sleep training Seth. He naps really well and initially falls asleep in his crib. He's not dependent on nursing at the beginning, but seems to have a problem with it later in the night. I've tried letting him cry it out, but either I've gone soft or he doesn't give up. Lately, I don't have to feed him, but just hold him and he'll calm down and sleep in my arms. As soon as I lay him back down though, he's up crying ten minutes later... It's been rough. I'm just hoping, eventually, he'll get it if I just keep trying.

6. Seth likes most of his baby food. It took him a while to be able to handle the more solid type food without gagging on them, but he's pretty good with them now. He seemed to like most of the fruits and vegetables I've given him, even though he'd make a disgusted face whenever he tried something new. I feel like he's definitely weaning himself from me, at least during the day time. :p

7. I do catch Seth sucking his thumb occasionally. It's not a full-on suck though, like it doesn't soothe him like I kinda wish it would. Like most babies, he puts everything in his mouth, which I didn't have to worry about as much with my other two, but now those other two make messes and have little toys that they tend to leave out and we have to be on constant vigilant.

8. I love seeing the different relationships developing between Seth and Claire and Seth and Everett. Claire is very sweet and motherly and helps make him happy when he's sad. He definitely loves her and smiles when she's around. With Everett, he's often laughing. Once Everett discovered he could make Seth laugh, they've developed a more playful relationship. Seth follows Everett with his eyes everywhere and smiles or laughs when he comes close to him. It's pretty cute.  

9. Seth can be pretty loud sometimes. He was always screaming and squealing before. He's starting to really talk and make more of a variety of sounds with his mouth now. He also likes to make this moaning sound at times. Usually when we're driving in the car he does it. It's a drawn out moan which is kinda funny. He also tends to do it in his sleep. Usually right before he falls asleep or when he's waking up. I hear it and I've gone into his room to get him only to find him still closing his eyes and sleeping. 

10. I can see many similarities between Seth and Everett, not only looks wise, but also personality wise. He's definitely his own little person though. He's growing and changing constantly and it's fun to see the differences. He brings so much joy into our home.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Roughnecks Roar!

We started a new adventure with Claire. This spring she played on a "real" soccer team. She got to play in actual games this time and as parents we got to sit on the sidelines and cheer her on. Her team was called the Roughnecks and she had a blast. She said once, she "loves soccer" and she "wants to marry soccer". Not sure where she got that expression, but she obviously enjoys playing. You could see the joy on her face. Kindergarten soccer isn't very serious or competitive at all, which is just the way I like it, but it was really interesting to me seeing kids of all extremes. For some, it was obvious they had played before with parents and took it more seriously, but some kids would goof off and dance on the field, or in Claire's case, skip around the field. :) They didn't play with goalies or really keep score at all and they all received a medal for participating. It was just plain fun for everyone. We really enjoyed watching her. :)