Archive for October, 2016

Holden – 6 Months

Last week marked 6 months with our littlest love! He’s 16 pounds, 12 ounces and 27 1/4 inches tall. In case you’re keeping track, he’s our chunkiest baby at 6 months. Coen and Addie were nearly 1/2 pound lighter, though Coen was slightly taller at 28 inches. Beckett didn’t hit 16 pounds until he was a year old so clearly he’s out of the running! Holden is now 25th percentile for weight, 75th for height and head. Still working on rolling, sitting, sleeping. Sunday night, we had 20 minutes of crying followed by 40 minutes of sleeping in his crib before waking up and ending up in our bed. The next night, 20 minutes of crying, 10 minutes of rocking, then still ending up in our bed. Last night, 20 of crying, 10 rocking, then almost and hour and a half in his crib! Baby steps 🙂 

A few nights ago, we tried solids for the first time. I was putting it off because Coen hated it so much in the beginning but not Holden, it was love at first bite! Sweet potatoes to start, then we’ll add green peas and mango to the mix this weekend. He’s doing great in his jumpy gym and we’ve experimented a little sitting at the floor piano. He’s also spending a some time in the bumbo since he’s outgrown the bouncy chair. 

Such fun with this precious boy! I’m so excited for all these first holidays coming up!

Week 26

Week 27

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Each year, Addie’s school does Chautauqua. Each student selects a historical person to become and speaks as that person in front of the class. The best from each class then gets to present in front of the whole school. I was a little concerned about how receptive Addie would be to this assignment, so we selected someone she had heard of, Pocahontas. Researching Pocahontas was interesting, many events are believed to be exaggerated, including her saving John Smith, but I managed to write up a pretty accurate script which Addie reluctantly practiced for the past three weeks. Last week, she told me she wants to go to a different school next year so she doesn’t have to do Chautauqua again, but by the end of last week, she was coming around and got super excited to present. She was a little nervous the morning of her presentation but when I told her no one would know if she forgot something the weight was lifted and she was ready to go! She did such a great job! We couldn’t be more proud of our little Pocahontas!

Franz Marc, Mr. Rogers, Amelia Earhart, Princess Diana, Pocahontas, and Marie Curie. Not pictured, the most adorable Buffalo Bill.

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Early voting starts one week from today in Nevada. I know I’m not the only one who can’t wait until this election is over. I’m so tired of the candidate bashing filling my Facebook feed and coming across my TV all day long. Having a daughter who picks up on everything and asks a million questions, I’m particularly annoyed this year with so much hate. When did we become a country where it’s acceptable to trash-talk every one and criticize every action? 

Love or hate the current administration, Michelle Obama is right on point in her recent speech (I invite you to watch it here https://youtu.be/r7e3QKKOp50 if you haven’t seen it already). I would hope that we can all agree that the words spoken by Donald Trump are not acceptable by any standard, especially by someone who hopes to be president. I don’t want my daughter or my sons to grow up thinking this is an appropriate way to speak of women. I’ve read countless excuses as to why this shouldn’t matter. This was NOT a one-off comment made 11 years ago; it is very telling of his character and his view of women. It’s irrelevant that Bill Clinton has also treated women poorly; also not acceptable, but ultimately, he’s not running for president. Also irrelevant, the fact that the Obamas are friends with famous people who write inappropriate song lyrics; those people are also not trying to be elected our next Commander in Chief. 

I’m especially disappointed at the level of disrespect being thrown at both candidates. I don’t know about you but I haven’t seen so much name-calling since middle school. Since when is is ok to treat people so poorly? Why does social media give anyone the right to bully others? And why is such childish behavior so widely accepted? Let’s focus on the facts instead of spewing hate at “Crooked Hillary” or “deplorable” Trump supporters. I’d rather hear actual intelligent discussion about why someone should hold the highest office in our country. 

For the record, I’m voting for Hillary. I agree with her position on many issues that are important to me, stricter gun regulations, the environment, marriage equality, a woman’s right to choose, healthcare, and higher minimum wage, to name a few. I also strongly believe that it’s time for a woman to be president and she’s actually qualified for the job.

I will not vote for Trump because he disrespects women, has racist agendas, has multiple failed business ventures, has screwed many people out of money in those ventures, is hot-tempered and openly mocks many people (I’m especially disgusted by his treatment of that disabled reporter). Not to mention, he is not at all qualified for the job. This is not the type of person I want to represent our country. Nor do I want my children being influenced by his words or actions for the next four years. 

I justified my vote without any name-calling. It’s possible!

If you genuinely support Trump and what he stands for, I will not judge you. I honestly don’t understand but if you have a reason greater than “never Hillary, ” I respect that. If you’re not sure which candidate represents your values (with all the mudslinging it can be hard to even know what the issues are anymore), I encourage you to take this survey https://www.isidewith.com/political-quiz. It was dead-on for me. 

All that being said, if our democratic process does elect Trump to be our next president, I will accept that outcome and not name-call or otherwise degrade him or those who voted for him. I pray that if Hillary is elected, the same would be true, because regardless of the outcome, we are still one nation facing the world together. Stop the hate. Be kind. Let’s make this a safe country for our children and let’s raise them to be accepting and inclusive.  Until then, I look forward to a utopian day when I don’t have to read hurtful comments online about people, whether political or not.

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Holden Week 25

This boy…so squirmy. Look at those hands and feet! We’ve attempted sleep training this week. I managed to get him in his crib asleep twice but he woke up within 5 minutes. We tried to cry it out. After about a half hour of screaming, I put him in our bed and he was asleep within minutes. So, no progress there. But, we’ve pulled out the exersaucer and Coen outgrew his high chair so now Holden gets to sit at the dinner table with us!

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Holden Week 24

I pretty much covered everything in the million posts I wrote earlier this week. So today, just some pics from week 24. Next week, we’re back to our normal routine!

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Beckett’s been doing so great at therapy these past few weeks. He’s holding his head up so nicely and seems really engaged. He loves pushing backward in his chair and still works on crawling with the scooter board at PT. He loves swinging now and even tried out the hammock at Judy’s. He’s working on standing and taking steps again now that we have functioning AFOs. And we’re almost approved (after 10 months) to get a gait trainer at home.

We’re nearing the end of horses for this year. I think Beckett’s benefitted greatly from it. Addie’s had a blast and even Coen enjoys watching their lessons. Thanks to all our friends and family who donated to their fundraiser. We’ll definitely be signing up again in the spring!

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Last Friday was the jog-a-thon at Addie’s school. Gram had to rush out while we were gone to buy her some tennis shoes to wear. Poor girl doesn’t own any shoes with laces 🙂 She was a little nervous since she didn’t know what to expect but ended up loving it! Holden was my little sidekick for the day helping hand out medals, water, and apples. Addie ran for the full 5 minutes. The older kids ran for 10 getting in nearly a mile. Now, Addie wants to run at home. Guess I need to get my butt in shape!!

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