Friday, December 22, 2006
Kellen was very happy to have his Daddy home today. It seems like the holidays have begun. Dad got some good action shots of the tickles. Ian was suppose to be working today but got feeling really sick again this week. When he agreed with me that he should go to the doctor, I knew he was really sick. So now he is trying to recover from tonsilitis.
What a big boy Kellen is now! I can't believe how much he has changed in the last couple of weeks. He is so mobile now. I think he has had a big growth spurt. He seems so much taller to me all of a sudden. It is such a miracle to watch a baby grow and learn so quickly!
Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I probably won't be back here until 2007!
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
I learned a lot as I tried to get 3 kids ready for church. I finally left the vacumm out because everytime I turned around Kellen or Nolan had gotten into something and made a big mess.
Kayla was such a help, I couldn't have done it without her. And she is shaping up to be a good table tennis player!
Thanks for visiting, Kayla and Nolan!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
This fall we (I should say, Ian) added insulation to the attic. He found boxes of Christmas decorations and an old artifical tree stored up there. A lot of stuff headed straight out to the garbage, but there was enough to make a pretty decent looking tree! How fun was that. I think alot of the vintage decorations are pretty cool.
I'm now having a real fun time pulling Kellen away from the tree every couple of minutes. We'll see how long I leave it up for.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
I haven't had Kellen in the swing for months but I hadn't put it away yet. So I gave him one last ride in it. He clapped and seemed to enjoy it, for a few minutes anyhow.
The other day I was watching Oprah and he was on the floor busily playing by himself. When the audience clapped, Kellen's head snapped up and he began to clap along with them. I was kind of impressed with how quickly he recognized the noise and joined in. I think he's so smart...hee, hee!
Oprah was about the documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. Heard of it? Check it out. Made me even more concerned about the health of our planet. It convinced me to buy energy saving light bulbs. I clap for Mr. Gore.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
I have not left the house since Saturday, when I only went out to get something for my sore throat. I have been thinking about how hard it would be for someone who has a chronic illness and who is always confined and so limited to what they can do. How hard that would be. I feel like I'm going crazy after a few days.
On Sunday, while my dear husband did the dishes, I laid on the couch and watched a stupid show about ghosts. I think I have an over active imagination after I watch stupid scary shows, because I was having a really hard time leaving the safety of my bedroom to go the possibly ghost infected kitchen to get a glass of water. (Am I the only one with this problem after a scary show?) I of course used all my resources (prayer for safety and my husband) to get my glass of water. I thought about people who have real fears and obsessive compulsive disorders that control their life. That would be really hard to live with.
I remembered a girl in one of my abnormal psych classes at York College. She had just gotten happily married and they were such a cute lovey-dovey couple. Schizophrenia was one of the disorders we were studying. This girl was absent for a while and when she came back she looked very glassy eyed and not bubbly self. I heard that she was diagnosed with schizophrenia (i hope i'm not lying, maybe it was another disorder). I sometimes think about her and wonder how she is. I wonder if they are still married. I can't even imagine having to go through that (myself or as the spouse).
I am thankful that my health will soon be better and I will forget about the scary ghost. I may forget to be thankful for each easy breath I take. I hope I will not forget my renewed conviction to help and to be understanding of the sick of body or mind.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Some people have asked me how he's sleeping since I last posted about sleep. I haven't updated, because it changes so fast, I'm never sure what to say. I have learned to trust my senses. I'm glad I did all the reading I did, because it definately gave me ideas and some direction. However, in the end it's never as clear as some authors make it sound. I tried the gradual, no cry approach, but that was 2 steps forward, 2 steps back... When I felt he was ready to sleep better at night, because he was napping really well and going to sleep on his own, I tried letting him cry it out at night again, and this time it worked! He cried for 45 minutes at midnight. Slept until 4, when I quickly nursed him and put him right back down. I heard him stir at 6, but he actually went back to sleep on his own! He didn't get up till 8!!! I was a believer. The next night he woke again at midnight, only cried for 2 minutes and repeated another perfect night!
Of course, that didn't last. He went back to his old patterns. It got bad again when we went away for 4 nights. I guess I should have expected it. I spent a week bouncing him to sleep for naps and at his night time wakenings. I couldn't get anything done. He'd wake up as soon as I set him down. Travelling just really messed him up again.
Anyhow, last week one night I thought I should try the cry it out again thing, it didn't work. I gave up after 1.5 hours. I really worked on trying to get him to nap well and go to sleep on his own at nap time. Last night I thought he seemed more content in his crib and decided it was time again to let him cry. Last night was definately better, but he still woke up too many times. So, I've decided there really can't be any miracle cures. I do lots of the recommended stuff. But, I try to mostly pay attention to him and his patterns, and just help him sleep where I can. Getting him to bed in his window of opportunity ("I'm slowing down...but not to the point of I'm rubbing my eyes" stage) is the biggest thing that seems to help. I think he likes sleeping in his new spider man suit too!
Anyhow, now that I've probably lost most readers, I'm sure there are a few (Sarina!) who are interested to learn from my experience. Any other sleep advice, moms?
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Looking pretty cool with Grandma's cloth napkin on his head! (Until he realized it was there and ripped it off. Not a big fan of hats.)
Kellen seemed to think bath time in the bowl at Grandpa Bill's and Grandma Mary's was pretty fun!
Watching Mommy's cookies bake was very exciting! Kellen wants to stand ALL THE TIME. It keeps me prisoner since he's not too good at it yet.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
Better late then never. Halloween seems long gone, but here's the pics of the cutest clown. The young trick-or-treaters told me so. We didn't go out, too cold for this clown. We had a busy night with very close to 200 trick-or-treaters, maybe we should have gone out and turned off the lights for a bit!
Friday, October 20, 2006
...and from Grandma...
...and Grandpa. And his cousin. I especially enjoyed this moment of Grandpa and the boys playing on the floor after church while waiting for lunch to be ready. I think it brought back that cozy Sunday afternoon family feeling I remember when everything seemed to slow down and Dad was around.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
And, in this one...I see all Jenn! So strange. Nolan in quite enjoying Kellen's leftover squash in a jar. Not sure if he actually liked the taste, or just the idea that he was eating baby Kellen's food.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
We've had some beautiful fall days. Today not so nice. But last week I did get some fall pictures of Kellen in the leaves before all the rain. Wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. I had just a moment to try snap a picture before I had to pull leaves out of his mouth again. I think these may have been the only 4 out of the 50 that didn't have a hand full of leaves on the way to his mouth.
Friday, October 06, 2006
I am thankful I got to have supper with my parents tonight. I am sure their steady faith has been the greatest influence in my life. I am thankful for my husband who can always make me laugh. I am thankful Kellen has a father who loves him so much. I am thankful that Kellen has fun cousins who are excited to see him... I know he will have great memories of fun with cousins, as many of my childhood memories are with my cousins. God has blessed me with so many people around me that provide support, encouragmnet, inspiration, thoughtfulness,...
I am thankful that I do not struggle with drug addictions that muck up my life. It hurt to see these problems today among people that I know. I am thankful that God loves them and will not give up on them. I am thankful that God is there working even when I do not know what to do. I am thankful God works on me in ways I don't understand despite my getting in the way and avoiding the growing too often.
I am thankful for new life. Linaya Grace Taylor. New babies are absolute miracles. Each and every one. I am thankful for the amazing things God teaches us through the little ones. I am thankful I more fully understand the depth of love when I look at Kellen...which helps me to understand God's love just a little bit more.
I am thankful for our mom's groups that connect me in our community and make my frustrations validated and make me feel normal. I am thankful for spinning class and getting out of the house.
Now that I have started, it is hard to stop. I am thankful for so much. I am also thankful for a warm, comfy bed when I am exhausted.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
- Very, very happy lately. Lots of smiles and laughs. (I'm so glad this side of Kellen is back now that the teeth came through.)
- First flu (?) last night. Vomit all over the wall beside his crib. He continued to throw up repeatedly for an hour until he collapsed in a deep sleep. Very scary. I laid on the bed and watched him sleep for a long time before I could go to sleep. He looked so pale. But, they sure do bounce back fast! He was happy, happy this morning!
- He learned how to scoot himself backward while sitting up. Goes in circles very well.
- Loves to eat (not surprising considering who his father is). New favorite: sweet potato. I've been trying to teach him the sign for "more", but he communicates it very well with his scream.
- Went to a spinning class demo. Love it! NEED to take it!
- Frustrated today (for reasons that would just take too long to explain). Something I read really was just what I needed. Wonderful thoughts, so well written...here.
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Pella, this picture is mostly for you. I think its a little blury but it shows you that I finished my art project. It's perfect for the empty basement wall. Thanks for the idea!
I thought it was very interesting how many comments there were on the previous "sleep" post. Definately an issue for many people. And many people relate. I'm sad to say that we have reverted to our old ways. Kellen gets what he wants, to be in bed with us and nurse all night long. How embarrassing, I've failed miserably at my plan. Thanks to lots of encouragement, I think we are ready to let the "cry it out" method into our lives (I think).
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
So this past Friday night, I reached my breaking point. It was 3am and he was rolling around restlessly and waking every 5 minutes. How had it gotten so bad? Where had my pre-baby ideas of having a routine and even letting him "cry it out" gone? He was banished to his crib. I walked to his crib to comfort him every few minutes. At times, he would fall asleep but wake in 5 minutes again. It was 6am before I got to sleep. Ouch.
In just 2 nights, things got amazingly better. He sleeps very good in his crib. He goes to sleep quite well. I'm using several different ideas, which seemed reasonable to me, from books I've read. Thinking back to what a good sleeper he was for the first 3-4 months of his life, I wonder where it all went wrong. He used to get up just once in the night, but I was eventually getting up about 5 times with him! I wished I had some knowledge and a more specific plan on encouraging healthy sleep before the trouble started, I really think I could have avoided it all. And if anyone is an advocate for co-sleeping, I'm not saying it can't work, but it sure wasn't working for me (or Kellen).
Anyhow, my question(s) to those who care...what did you do to help your babies sleep better? OR how are you planning to manage the sleep issue/encourage healthy sleep in your babies?
Thursday, September 21, 2006
I couldn't say what the best part of last weekend was. My trip to Saskatoon was full of good things. Definately one was seeing Uncle Stan. Regardless of what he says, he is inspiring to me! His steady faith is amazing!
FINALLY spending some time with Julia was, of course, absolutely magnificantly marvelous! I love good friends! I can't wait for her little one to arrive!
Time with Brad & Pella was so fun, regardless of the flood in their apartment. So many good moments (including Pella's yummy curry chicken) that it would be hard to make note of just one memory...but being able to laugh about Kellen doing his "business" in the tub will remain a fresh memory for a very long time.
I got the car fixed on friday (coolant leak) and the leak was worse already on saturday. It was bad enough that I had to extend my stay in Saskatoon (thanks P&B for putting up with me). But I guess it was just teaching me what I heard at Sunday sermon and the small group study...troubles can actually be blessings. Although frustrated to not get home, I loved small group sunday night and all the extra visits I got in. I tried to recall that lesson tonight...
Tonight I was on my way to Katepwa to have supper at the Koops' and the relatives visiting from Norway. The low fuel light was on in the car...tsk, tsk Ian, I am not suppose to have to fill the car (although after he hears what happened I probably never will have to again). So I go where we always go (they know us there) and the guy (the owner) comes out to fill and is visiting away with his friend. He didn't ask if I wanted in filled or what but i didn't interupt. All of a sudden he has a look of horror and asks if its a diesel! Of course it is, it says so on the cap and he should know, shouldn't he?!?!? Okay, so maybe I should have said something too and been paying more attention. Good thing he was good natured (and yes it was a blessing he realized before I drove off). So we push it into his garage...this story could get long...he ended up having to take off the tank to drain it, Kellen and I had to walk home, we missed supper, and I thought I was going to miss meeting up with my sisters in Regina tomorrow since he said it would probably take him all day. But I tried hard to count my blessings (and a phone call to sister Jenn helped). I've been so tired since Kellen is getting up 100 times a night, it was nice to relax at home for the evening (after I quit feeling sorry for myself stuck at home without Ian or a vehicle), and I'm SOOO glad the car is okay. So, there's a long story for you (oh, yeah, he called later tonight...he stayed at his shop until he finished and he even delivered it to my house). And Dear God, I get the lesson. I don't need any more frustrations to practice finding blessings and a postive attitude.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Not quite so dramatic with some barely visible rice cereal on his face. The rice cereal has been more scary for mommy. Did you know milk powders are added to rice cereal? If you know that babies shouldn't have cow's milk until 9 months (due to allergy risk), you can understand how confusing that is. I'll let you (any moms who care) know what I learn when I do a little more research. For now Kellen is eating organic brown rice cereal from the health food store. Downside is there is no iron added. And, infant liquid iron supplements = torture. Kellen has sporadic shudders for an hour after I give it to him. I tried it and it made me shudder, yuck. If you try rubbing a fork on your teeth, you would probably understand. I think I'll try to add some meats soon...
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Kellen usually sleeps for most of the walk. Often with both hands turned upwards like he's meditating. Of course the day I took my camera, he didn't.
I know this trail will soon be covered with snow, so I've been trying to get out everyday with Kellen. Is anyone else mourning the ending of summer as much as I am?
If you're ever passing through town, make sure and stop for a beautiful little walk.
Friday, September 08, 2006
What inspires me? The topic caught my attention, because I think it's only half a question. Inspires me to what? To get up in the morning? To go for a run? To be a better person? Kellen inspires me to be a better person. The memory of the feeling of adrenalin inspires me to run. Thinking about all there is to be done today, usually inspires me to get up (but sometimes it makes me want to stay in bed.) I think the question was intended to go a little deeper than that though. So, I decided to look up more about the word INSPIRE.
1. to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence: His courage inspired his followers.
2. to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.): to inspire confidence in others.
3. to fill or affect with a specified feeling, thought, etc.: to inspire a person with distrust.
4. to influence or impel: Competition inspired her to greater efforts.
5. to animate, as an influence, feeling, thought, or the like, does: They were inspired by a belief in a better future.
6. to communicate or suggest by a divine or supernatural influence: writings inspired by God.
7. to guide or control by divine influence.
8. to prompt or instigate (utterances, acts, etc.) by influence, without avowal of responsibility.
9. to give rise to, bring about, cause, etc.: a philosophy that inspired a revolution.
10. to take (air, gases, etc.) into the lungs in breathing; inhale.
So I learned I inspire, because I inhale (yes, an irrelevant fact). I always thought that to inspire would be a positive thing, but I saw in the examples it can be negative (ie. to inspire a person with distrust). Here are the rephrased questions I considered after thinking about the word inspire. What fills me with animating influence? What arouses feelings and thoughts? What affects feelings and thoughts? What impels me?
The examples made me realize that I am inspired everyday: by things I see, things I hear, things I think... Seeing a truly needy person inspires me to be more generous and thankful. (I saw a mom picking out a sweater for her boy this morning at the Community Outreach and I thought about cleaning out the closets in the house that are overflowing and to be thankful for all that I have AND to not want more unneccessary things). Seeing someone who is hurting inspires me to pray more and to put things in my life into perspective. (A mother who cried and prayed for her daughter's struggles this morning at the Outreach). So really, people inspire me.
Memories, some good and some bad, can inspire me. (Memories of feeling far away from God or feeling lost make me want to deepen relationship with Jesus.) Thinking of others who are lost and how it must feel, make me want to share my faith with them. Thinking of Kellen, makes me want to live out my faith in truth so that he will see Jesus. So, once again in goes back to people.
I don't know if I've really explained myself in my examples and I don't know if I would if I continued on. But, I think it really is people that inspire me. Whether positive or negative experiences. And really, I guess it must go back to faith. Without faith and Jesus, I would view people differently. Now I guess I've come back to the easy answer that I didn't want to just give, because it seems to easy just to say...Jesus. Of course, while it may be easy to say he is my inspiration. It doesn't mean it is easy to follow through on all the things he inspires me to be and the way he inspires me to live. SO, its not really an easy answer after all.
Oh, yeah, I should say Ian inspires me too. (How could I forget him?) He has a zest for life that makes me want to enjoy life more. I guess I should have also talked about love. Love is very inspirational, without out it, I think all inspiration would be gone. Now I've lost my train of thought and realize I could rewrite this and something totally different would come out. More ideas, because so many things inspire me. So, trying to conclude...love, people, Jesus...all very inspirational. Hope this makes sense, cause I'm not even going to reread it or I doubt I'd post my mumblings...I'm going to hit publish...
Thursday, September 07, 2006
1/2 english cucumber sliced
3 tomatoes, cored and cubed
1 small onion, diced (I prefer red onion)
1 can chick peas drained and rinsed
1 cup olives
green pepper, chopped (optional)
3 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Simply combine ingredients and toss!
(Mom didn't have balsamic vinegar or olive oil so we used a Kraft greek dressing, which was also excellent)
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Kellen enjoyed the beautiful fall day (or should I say summer, it was hot...) while we cleaned up some of the garden. I'm thankful for the wonderful garden we had this year and already look forward to next spring to try again. Next year I'll be on the lookout for disease in the tomatoes before its too late. Next year I will not let Ian plant 5 hills of zucchini.
Somebody can let me know if it is summer or fall.
Friday, September 01, 2006
I think Kellen enjoyed his first harvest, first meal in the field, first combine ride, first truck ride... We really enjoyed our week at the farm. I had fun getting out a little bit in the truck and enjoyed seeing the trucker side of Sarina! We're off to Brianne's wedding tomorrow in Dauphin tomorrow, so I'd better go unpack our bags, do some laundry, and get ready to go again...