Saturday, March 21, 2015

SUPERMOM




After the birth of baby numero 6, I had the opportunity to go to a "mothercare" class that was offered for free.  I figured, why not?  It was a four week program, with a class every week.  A great idea for a new mom to connect with other new moms and discuss various topics.  Overall it was nice.  I kind of just smiled and nodded the whole class time..the other moms (with exception of 1) were all first-timers.  I'm certainly not an expert, but after six births and six different personalities etc., I'm fairly comfortable with the way we run things around here etc.  Its not a new topic.
I found it extremely interesting that "society" feels the need to label everyone.  Some questions for discussion included the "supermom," attachment parenting, helicopter parenting, baby-led parenting, and the list went on...SERIOUSLY?!!  Can't we all just be parents?  Everyone has their own parenting style and as long as the children are healthy & happy--leave it be!  It can create serious judgment and envy of others and their choices. 
 Supermom is a myth, just like superman.  
We are ALL supermoms so long as we are making the best decisions we can for the best care for our children.  Maybe your house is not spotless, maybe your kids don't wear brand name clothes, maybe you don't feed them organic food and maybe, just maybe you weren't able to breastfeed--or maybe you only eat whole foods and never allow them to have sugar or dyes and breastfed until 2 years old (+).  Maybe you MUST have the floors spotless and the grout sparkling white in your shower, or maybe you MUST have home-cooked meals EVERY night or maybe you indulge in takeout and fast food.  OR maybe you send your kids to public schools! (gasp* wink*)..we all have our priorities.  

I know I've said it before, I baby-wear when it works for us, I breastfeed when it works for us, I will co-sleep if the child needs it and so on.  I hate the labels.  I'm a parent.  I'm a super mom to MY kids and YOU are super mom (dad) to YOUR kids.  We all do things a little bit differently, but as long as the end result is the same--please ignore those labels.  
I just looked around at those new moms and could see that no one wanted to really speak up for fear that their choice "style" of parenting would be met with judgement from others.  What a horrid way to start parenthood.  Be you.  Love your kids.  Do the very best you can do with what you are given.  Pray often.  Did I say, love your kids?  Yeah, we all make mistakes but love one another as well.  I'm thankful to a GREAT and AWESOME God for the privilege of raising children and equips me with what I need.

End rant.
I could go on.  I'll spare you though.  I just felt the need to comment.


Friday, March 20, 2015

WHICH ROSE IS WHICH?

Can you name all the boys?







HAPPY SPRING!

Though you can't see the flurries, it is currently snowing on the first day of SPRING!


Just when we could see the ground peeking through and the driveway only had little patches of ice left--Happy Spring!
The good news is it won't last too long.  I think we're supposed to be in the mid 40's again next week.

Monday, February 23, 2015

DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN?


In January, we attended a snowman building craft at the library!







It was fun and cute and the kids enjoyed it.

PIRATE-BANDIT





Doncha just love that little face?
Mr. J is two and still not really verbal ( 10 words?), though he is trying and adds a word or two to his vocabulary every so often. A month ago or so, we were at the dinner table and he said "agua" clear as day (copying his big sister)--so we thought maybe we're speaking the wrong language!  ;)  He is a little lovey, but some attitude has emerged in the last month and a half.  He is in a big-boy bed and we're (very loosely) working on potty-training.  I'm not at crackdown point yet--probably summer time.  Just a little update on him.  Enjoy your evening!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

3 MONTHS

The past three months have flown by..and boy oh boy has our little one grown!
He went from being the smallest to being the Fattest!  LOL.
His thighs are enormous!  I guess the only time in life it is totally acceptable to have "more rolls than a bakery."

Grant is a happy guy.
He is pretty laid back and just content all around.
We got off to a bit of a rocky start, but he settled down around 1 month old.
He started responding right around 6 weeks old with smiles and coos--er..complete conversations.
I think he is the most verbal out of the kids at this age, if I remember correctly.
He sleeps well..8 hours on average per night.
Eats well..as evidenced by those thighs..
I don't have a height or weight on him..but he is solid that is certain.

Here are some pictures from the past couple months.





This was baptism day.
January 11th.




It is such hard work to sleep all day!



These two were from yesterday--his three month birthday.


I actually started a post over a month ago on "life with six" but....well, I feel like I can only get one "Extra" thing a day done--whether it be blogging or a big cleaning job or craft project etc.  Obviously, blogging has not been priority.    We'll see what the future brings.
For now, enjoy the pictures.

NEW HOBBY

MJ had several opportunities this fall and winter to go out hunting with Mike.
He even went deer hunting and sat in a tree stand.




As I've said before, apparently he is a pretty good shot.
So hopefully in a couple of years he can up the odds of us filling the freezer.


He also was able to shoot a quail during a private hunting excursion.
Not bad for 8 years old.