I miss you guys!!! I really do, I think about you all a lot, but there is a tiny time thief that steals all of mine! Good thing she is cute, or I might have a problem with it:)my 4 month old precious daughter
Peyton and Conner and I have been having sooo much fun too. Their homeschooling is getting for real! I had to look up some answers in the back of Peyton’s book the other day-my brain is rusty-ha! I have been enjoying my time with the boys even more than usual. I have had this over arching emotional reaction the last few weeks of how lucky I am to get to spend so much time with my big boys. They are so cool and sweet and special, I feel so happy to call them my friends and sons.
Vesper has thrown us for a complete loop this past week! We bought her this…big mistake….she thinks she is a big girl now.
When we got it a couple weeks ago, she was still a little larvae. On day 1 she started to play the piano with her feet. Day 3, she started to grab the toys that were dangling overhead. And then on day 6, she freakin rolled over from her back to her tummy! Mothers of newborns-never put your baby down, keep them in their pouch forever!!! (hehe)
Ha! The transformation has brought us all so many laughs and freak outs. I love the newborn stage, but I had forgotten how fun this stage is going to be:) I love each stage so much, I always have growing pains for a day or two, and then I remember why I love the next stage just as much too!
Speaking of stages, I had to share one of the most amazing books I have ever read on parenting. I ordered the Waldorf Oak Meadow 3rd curriculum for Peyton, and this is part of the teacher’s manual. It explains how children learn and act from ages 1-7, 7-14, and then 14-adult. It is AMAZING!!! I felt so comfortable in the early years. This book made me miss the 1-7 year time period, full of imagination and play. It really made me sad and long for those years I will never get with Trek.
I have had more curiosities about the middle years. The years when you start to give more control back to your children, how that looks and feels, and the growing pains that your children now feel alongside you and you have to take into consideration.
It was so enlightening and made me just as excited about the next 7 years with my 2 big boys:) It’s an expensive book, but sooo worth it. My other favorite parenting book is Raising our Children, Raising Ourselves is just as good, and a little cheaper.
The weather is cooling off a little, but we are still sweating and in shorts. It has been raining for days on end, which we LOVE. My coffee pot has been brewing all day, the boys get a cup every once in a while with me, but they have been asking for hot tea and honey most of the time. It is a fun change after living in Maui and then travelling in hot places. I think this winter might have its charms, even though we are all cold wienie babies.
The mosquitos are horrendous. Its like something out of a horror movie. In our effort to repel them, we somehow succeeded in becoming a breeding ground. I am not joking-we really did. Our SCREENED IN front porch was solid black in every corning and all over our door! We did not leave the house for over 24 hours b/c we would have to walk through them. I finally braved it the next day and fogged the crap out of it. They all died which brought me great joy and and totally grossed me out. The internet said that mosquito season is over by October, they best be gone in 2 days!
Peyton turned 9 on September 6th-NINE!!!!! I wrote the best blog post about my love for him and how freakin amazing he is, but it dissapeared:( I am so sad, I am not sure what happened, but I will do a redo. I have not been able to blog as much as I would like, but I have to at least do the highlights of this season of our lives! I still have to finish the birth story of Vesper!
So this sweet baby girl is 4 months old! And she is totally acting like it! Peyton did everything the fastest out of my babies, but she is beating him by a couple weeks on the first few milestones. It totally took us off guard! I can give her toys and she plays with them and we can’t leave her rolling self anywhere anymore.
she discovered her feet and is obsessed with them!
keeping her baby book updated and comparing with her brothers
She is still in her 0-3 month clothes which delights me. She has some cute outfits and I am glad she is getting lots of wear out of them. She is also still in size 1 diapers. She is our smallest baby so far at this stage. That along with her need to succeed makes Trek’s onesie she borrowed just perfect for her:)
it was also worn by our precious Trek-he was the perfect guy for Tiny and Tuff:)
my laundry helper
Trek as my laundry helper at 4 months old too:)
Vesper wearing a special diaper. When I was shopping for cloth diapers for her, I came across this one named “Quinn”, so of course she had to get it to honor her.
Vesper wearing Trek’s t-shirt and his surfer diaper. She is getting into some of Trek’s 3-6 month clothes which is the size Trek wore his whole life. So it is special and bittersweet.
Trek in the same shirt with Conner in Honduras
4 months apart:) Same hair bow, same outift-size preemie and 0-3 months
She loves her swing and was napping great in it, but then reverted back to our bed for naps. Her favorite place to nap is still in my arms. She sleeps a good 30 minutes longer when I am holding her, so she naps most of the time there:)
Vesper wearing my baby dress and socks:)
family dinner outside in this nice weather
it’s waaaaay too much fun dressing a baby girl
she loves her awesome brothers
I couldn’t find a hair bow to match this outfit (which is saying something since I am sure she has over 50 of them!), so I made her one out of a vintage handkerchief.
she loves to stand up, which looks so cute and funny b/c she is still small
I’ll post more later, but handsome Peyton got a laptop for his 9th birthday (and new mama-made fire pants:)-he was so happy! and so was I to have such an amazing son!
the shirt/dress I made for Vesper out of a vintage napkin. We went to visit my grandparents, so I borrowed my Granny’s sewing machine. Jarrett is getting me a new one next week, I feel ready to sew again now that Vesper is a little older, and it will be just in time for Christmas sewing!
holding her first toy! of course it was baby Trek’s, Conner got it for him for his 1st birthday:)
am I lucky or what?! who are these precious children?! I heart them
a day at the beach across the street
we tried a bottle of breast milk for Vesper, she drank a little-it was so cute:)
these two! Most people don’t know, but Jarrett is a big ol’ marshmallow. But it has reached epic proportions since Vesper came along, seriously, the biggest pile of mush EVER!
my dad’s mama-MawMaw getting a smile from Vesper
this Moby wrap is pure magic for Vesper: insta-nap
I hope you all are doing wonderful too! I love you all so much!
so much love, Chelsea