sick day

today, my man stayed home from work because he has the stomach flu.

he is still dizzy and achy from when it hit hard yesterday morning, but he made an appearance in the living room today!

we decided to call it a ‘sick’ day for all of us because i was feeling a little tired (need to get my thyroid prescription refilled!) and so we watched tv while playing with caleb.  we have a very strict policy for watching tv: none while caleb is awake.  it’s the most he has watched in the last 6 months so i hope he’s not more stupider because of it. 🙂 we did throw in his first episode of sesame street to balance things out?

there’s only one word to describe caleb these days…sweet.  he kisses, hugs, flirts, and loves on his family (and stuffed monkeys).  he even touches my hair as if he were to comment on how soft it is.  he never pulls or yanks, just caresses.  he also kisses everyone in his family picture book. he’s just really into the LOVE right now. ha! i love that he is at the age where he will hang out with you for a few minutes on the couch before heading off to play with blocks or cars.  he especially loves being with his dads.

caleb – 14 months

wow. let’s see here…14 months…what’s new:

  • he took two steps last week! but, that’s about it! ha! he pulls up on everything and maneuvers around the couch and chairs just great, but i guess he just likes the way of the crawl. 🙂
  • i moved his high chair out of the living area yesterday and replaced it with a kiddie table and chair (the one dane’s mom painted and his dad made!)
  • started using a spoon by himself more often.  i still scoop the food onto the spoon, but he picks it up and puts it in his mouth.  next step is eliminating the sippy cup! ahhhh!  i know it takes determination and a LOT of patience, something i feel i am lacking these days!
  • he LOVES his new kitty roommates, ninnymuggins and scribble, but they don’t really love him.  i think he’s only been able to touch them a handful of times.
  • he is still sleeping really great on his floor bed and sleeps from 8:00-7:00 during the night and is still taking two naps.  although, this past week has been hit or miss with the morning nap.  i KNOW he still needs it because on the days he misses he is so unhappy and miserable by his afternoon nap. i think he might be teething.  he’s just been a little more irritable than usual.  we’ll see if anything pops up.
  • speaking of teeth, he still has 8.
  • we go to the doctor next month so i’m not sure what he weighs.  i’m guessing around 26lbs?
  • he is sooooo tan.  we jog 3 times a week for about an hour and EVERYONE comments on his skin.  he was lucky enough to get his daddy’s genes.

this is what he looked like yesterday morning.  i went out to get the paper and there he was (as usual) standing at the door to greet me.  it melts my heart every time!

jello orange slices

 

 

i made some jello orange slices for dessert one night last week.  i got the idea from my pinterest board and the original site is found at http://www.cutestfood.com. 

ideally:  cut the oranges in half, scoop out the insides, pour in jello mix, let cool in the fridge.

my tips:  use a smaller orange, put EMPTY oranges on plate and pour jello inside while they are already in the fridge (use a smaller cup for pouring), and let cool for about an hour longer (5 hours or more).

i kinda messed up and so some of the oranges looked a bit wonky. aaaand they were still kind of frozen since i didn’t let them sit long enough in the fridge…i decided to put them in the freezer and then forgot about them! mombrain!

i want to do MANY different flavors and colors like the original site has.

they were pretty good with the extra pulp from the orange.  and they were fund to eat. 🙂

caleb ate the WHOLE orange. lol.  he loved all of it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

this and that from the point and shoot

these are in reverse chronological orger starting with the most recent.  these first few photos were taken this morning.  joel and nicole have two cats – ninnymuggins and scribble.

they are both terrified of caleb.

caleb LOVES them.

so, yeah, you can imagine what that’s like.

so here is caleb and ninnymuggins having a special moment.  he picked up their snake/feather toy and started to wave it in front of her.  she couldn’t decide if she was frightened by his squeals or if she wanted to pounce on her toy!  caleb was GIGGLING and LAUGHING the entire time (which was only about a minute).  then ninnymuggins’ fear got the best of her and she lept off the chair.  i think it’s good progress. 🙂

he’s not walking yet (he’ll be 14 months on tuesday!), but he is going EVERYWHERE!  he is all over this house!  his favorite thing to do is open all of our cupboards.  he usually just likes to open and close them…except for the one under the sink…he likes to take out all the bottles and play with the candles. 🙂 

he’s wearing his little gpants (cloth diapers).  we’ve been using them for 6 weeks and i really like them!  dane is on board, too, since it will save us about $600 this year in diapers.  i’ll try to ‘review’ them soon. 

he is so tall!  i really wanted to get a picture of him by the trashcan.  he is tall enough to reach his hands up and open the top by pushing it down (it’s magnetic).  he will stand there and open and close the lid for 20 minutes.  thankfully, we empty the trash pretty regularly. 

it’s a bit blurry, but i just loved his face in this one.  this was a few weeks ago when dad got home from work. 

earlier that same day…LOVE THIS BOY!  you can almost see all of his teeth (8).

best smile ever…there he is again with that cat toy!

this was back in may. had a few friends over for a lil’ party.  love my man. 

here’s my buddy, erin.  she’s moving in a few weeks to iowa. *sniff*  she’s awesome and i’m gonna miss her!

ok, i really need to take more pictures!  i’ve got the summer lazies.  i feel like it’s too hot to do anything but eat ice cream and take a nap (oddly enough, i haven’t done either one of those in a while!

floor bed: why and how

these are the two questions asked most often when i tell people that caleb now sleeps on a floor bed.  i thought i would write this out because i didn’t find many resources on starting a floor bed at such a late age (12 months).  i hope this might help someone out there considering it. 🙂

let me just get one out there before i start… i was very insulted by several people calling it “weird” and “crazy” when i told them about the floor bed.  these were my friends, family members, PARENTS.  we have the WORLD, the devil, that is trying to steal the purity of our children and it’s sad to think we are ‘fighting’ over trivial issues such as these.  and for those of you who were an encouragement to me throughout the whole process, thank you!  it means a lot that you would trust dane and me as parents even though you may not have understood it yourself.

and here they are, the reasons we LOVE the floor bed:

  • falls asleep naturally – in a crib, caleb would exhaust himself just crawling around.  he would only fall asleep after 20-30 minutes of crawling, bumping into the sides, pulling up and sitting down, etc.  i would check in on him before going to bed and find him in the weirdest positions.  he looked completely worn out…like when you find your kid asleep in his food or asleep on a toy. i was so frustrated with myself for not being able to help him fall asleep in a more natural way.
  • teaches boundaries – the mattress is in the corner and we placed a pile of blankets on one side.  in the mornings, when i checked on him in his crib, i would find him in another random position or completely shoved up against the bars. just like with falling asleep, he would wake up in the middle of the night and just toss and turn until he couldn’t move anymore. now he usually sleeps in one or two positions with his covers still on! that is a big deal since we have hardwood floors and it’s usually pretty cool at night. it forced us to sit with him and teach him that he stays on his bed during nap and bedtime…more on how we did that later in the post.
  • convenient – on several occasions, caleb was having individual room time and decided he was tired.  i walked by the doorway and saw him laying with his buddy bear sucking his thumb on his mattress.  i went in and talked to him, asking him if he was tired.  he just looked at me and didn’t get up so i turned off the light and cleaned up his toys and he took his morning nap. 🙂 best kid ever!  also, when we went to visit my dad (around week 4), we forgot to bring the playpen for sleeping.  i was a little stressed out since our bed wasn’t big enough for all of us and it was a different place.  but, we just piled some blankets at the end of the bed and he slept fine!  he even stayed put when we put him down for bedtime at 8 and didn’t get to bed until 10 or later. no more playpen!!! aaaand i read that when we move him to a “big kid” bed, there isn’t really any transition period since they are used to sleeping without boundaries.
  • it’s more fun! – do you ever get on the floor with your kids and just lay down with them? we do all the time! usually when dane comes home we will camp out by the dining room and talk about our day and let caleb crawl all over us.  it’s kinda neat to see things from waaaay down on the ground.  i think this is what excited me the most when i was reading about a floor bed.  as they are falling asleep, they can look around their room (they say to use a plexi-mirror on one side of the bed to create even more ways to look around) and when they wake up they are able to just crawl off their bed and get to work playing!

how we did it:

it was definitely a challenge. especially since we moved him at 1 year.  i read that it takes 3-6 weeks for a toddler to get used to their “big kid” bed once they are moved from a crib.  so i told myself it would take 6 weeks for it to really ‘work’.  well, it took us 7 weeks.

  • weeks 1 and 2 – lay him down as he was getting tired and sit beside him and pat his back.  if he ever tried to get up, we would gently, but firmly lay him back down.  we tried not to speak to him too much.  we wanted our actions to speak louder than anything. this was entirely new to him so the these were the hardest times.  i remember two different naps where i sat with him for 2 hours each until he finally got the message.  then he would have a few easy days and then it was back to an hour.  i would expect to sit with them for 30-45 minutes AT LEAST each time they lay down (again, this is because we started at 12 months instead of the desired newborn age).
  • weeks 3 and 4 – lay him down and sit beside him, but no patting.  completely hands off unless they are still getting up.  at this point the maximum i ever had to stay with him was 30 minutes.  no more hour long battles. 🙂
  • weeks 5 and 6 – out of the room! lay him down and then step out of the room.  keep a watch through the crack in the door until they are completely asleep. if he got up, we would quickly help him back into bed.  we wouldn’t even let him make a move for the floor if we saw him get up.  we wanted him to understand that once we put him on the bed he had to stay put.  the first week we did this was hard…almost like starting over.  because he was dependent on us being in there, he didn’t quite understand he had to lay down.  so some nights it took him 45 minutes to fall asleep.  i just hung out outside the door and read something.  if i could do it over, i might have only spent 3 total weeks in the room with him and then stepped out by week 4.  by week 6 he got the message: stay on the bed when mom or dad lays me down.
  • week 7 – floor bed trained!  he went the entire week without getting up to ‘play’ while we were out of the room and he waits until we come to get him when he gets up from a nap and ‘talks’ to us. SUCCESS!!!
we are currently on week 8 and we forgot to really celebrate.  it was tough, but i’m thankful that i have a great helper in my husband.  i wanted to quit several times because i wasn’t able to get anything done during the day (it seemed), but he encouraged me and even took the crib down because he had so much faith in the method!  last week we took the blankets away from around the bed.  i was nervous and sure enough he’s fallen off two times.  i waited to see what he would do…he was a bit startled, but he just crawled back into bed and went back to sleep!  now sometimes we find him with half of his body hanging off the bed, but it’s usually right before we go to bed and we are able to help him back up. 

i really did love everything about this ‘trial’.  it kept me accountable to my baby’s sleep pattern and to disciplining him.  i had never prayed that much over him until i was standing outside his door with nothing to do.  my relationship with dane grew since he fully trusted me with this decision and then backed me up and encouraged me.  he took over several ‘shifts’ when he knew i was having a hard day.  i’m glad the hard part is over…now we all (especially caleb) get to enjoy the benefits of the floor bed!

hope i was clear in my explanations.

i’ll get back to posting more photos sometime soon!

 

annual lake trip

each year, after memorial day, my dad’s side of the family gathers at lake proctor for a weeklong vacation.

when I remember my days as a tyke, I always think about our time on the lake. this annual reunion was our formal intro to the summer. afterwards, my dad would continue to live at the lake 4-5 days a week and just commute to work. he owned a tent trailer and a boat then. us kids would stay in our tent with as many friends that would fit.

I have some of my most favorite memories at those campsites (as well as some of my more embarrassing and wilder ones, too). nevertheless, we venture to the lake just once a year now and it’s about making different memories.

memories for my kiddo.

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full home

 

saturday morning we woke early and headed to the park to play some disc golf (dane) and jog (caleb and me).

when we arrived home, the table was set and a beautiful arrangement was made for the centerpiece (which didn’t surprise me since we live with a talented florist).

i remember thinking, “how lovely! what a completely full jar! it’s just bursting with beauty”

 

and that’s how i feel about our home right now.

dane’s sister, nicole, and her husband, joel, moved into our office two weeks ago. i still cannot believe it.  we have been praying over our living space for about a month and the Lord has truly blessed us by giving us the perfect siblings, roommates, and friends.  i have loved every minute of them being here and i know i will be terribly sad once they find jobs and a place of their own.

that morning when we came home to that beautiful arrangement, our roommates had prepared a wonderful breakfast for us!  once it was set on the table we shared a prayer and began passing plates of food around the table.  we listened to swing music and chatted about our plans for the day.  caleb had us laughing when he started eating his pancakes. the kid loves him some pancakes (like his mama!).

those are the times i want to remember forever.

when my home is full, my heart is full.

summer sun

i was taking clothes off the line last thursday evening in our backyard and noticed the summer sun was back!  i love the way it falls in our backyard through the trees.  so i rushed dane and baby outside for a few snaps before bedtime.

i love them so very much.

and i love that baby belly more than i could ever explain.

 

 

 

dinner

 

warning: messiness ahead

i would not recommend reading this before a meal.

you’ve been warned.

last night we had fresh salad and caleb was able to join in by eating these finger foods. 🙂

ok, it wasn’t that bad. all the really messy ones were blurry since these were taken right before the sun went down.

oh, and see that little wisp of hair on the left…it’s gone now.  he had his first official haircut today and he looks like a BIG boy!