Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Math

Abby has exactly 30 math lessons left. My goal is to finish by the first week in August. Time to start doing math on Fridays.

Vera drew two cats with chalk at the park...


Monday, June 27, 2011

Boobies, Boobies

I had my sonogram today. The lump is gone, and all is well. It must have been reabsorbed or sucked out by Penny. I'm still thinking it was related to the break between weaning Vera and nursing Penny. I had a nice three month break from nursing. The dr said my breast was "lumpy" to begin with. Thanks. It was a long wait to see the dr too. Penny was a bit antsy in the waiting room. She wouldn't nurse, and she hadn't pooped yet for the day. Penny fell asleep after many tiny nursings and rockings and Scott took her for walk in the Mei Tai. I told one of the admins that I wouldn't be able to wait much longer because Penny would need to nurse again. She took me back 10 minutes later. So for a 9:45 appointment, I got seen at 11:20 or so. Penny finally pooped when we picked up the girls. She couldn't hold it any longer.

The past two nights have been smooth with Vera. I downloaded the audiobook player for my phone from the Brooklyn Public Library, and Vera, Penny and I listen to an audiobook in bed with the lights out. We're listening to "The Railway Children" now. Vera lays quietly and has been falling asleep within 20 minutes. Hopefully, this will continue. I love that I can download ebooks and audiobooks from the library.

The Rainbow Resource catalogue came in the mail. Scott and I picked out most of next year's books. He wants to do some science projects with the girls, and he chose two. We're staying with Saxon Math, Handwriting Without Tears for both girls, and the second grammer book. We're still working on the first volume of Story of the World, and Writing With Ease. For reading, I'm back to Ordinary Parent's Guide to Reading (which I believe goes up to a fourth grade level when all is said and done), worksheets I download, and books of course. Oh, and we'll be doing Spelling Workout level 1 since I already have the teacher's guide and only need the student book.

Penny is sleeping next to me right now. She's chunking out nicely. :)

I worked on Saturday. Penny tagged along. She slept pretty much the whole time. There's nothing better to help sell carriers than a sleeping, content baby in a carrier. It felt good to be back at work. I truely believe in babywearing and I love helping new parents discover the joys and wonder of babywearing. All babies should and need to be held.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Rainy Day

It was cloudy and rainy today, so we stayed home. It was a quiet laid back kinda day. We woke up, had breakfast, and I picked up while the girls played. Then we worked on sewing little teddy bears. Abby almost finished hers. She worked a good hour on it, before moving on to something else. I finished Vera's. Vera had no interest in the actual sewing. She was happy helping me and rearranging all the pieces and floss. Then we made egg burritos for lunch. Abby played some more and I read to Vera and Penny. Around 3pm, I was able to get Abby to sit for lessons. I needed a day like today. I was up most of the night with a constantly nursing Penny, and Vera was having nightmares all night and wet the bed. I'm assuming both Penny and Vera are having a growth spurt.

I have the sonogram on my boob Monday. I'm not worried about my boob, I'm worried about Penny. It's a long appointment- 2 to 2.5hrs. I hope there's no issue with me nursing her if I need to. Scott is coming with me.

Scott's birthday is on the third. He's turning 32. The girls and I will make a cake. Maybe some friends will come over to help us eat it.

I feel confident enough with my ec'ing to take Penny out to the park in just a prefold and prefold belt. If we're traveling far, I'll use a cover. But, wow, no poopy diapers and we're going three to four days between washing diapers. Soon we'll be down to one load a week.  

Abby dressing Penny. :)


Monday, June 20, 2011

Cleaning Up

I've been slowly cleaning out small areas of the apartment trying to declutter and downsize a bit. Mostly because I've been in the city for months without a break. I'm starting to feel trapped, and getting rid of things is my way of coping.

Vera has had several wicked melt downs. The worst was Friday night before bed. It lasted an hour, then she passed out. Vera woke again around 2am and continued her melt down for over an hour. I nearly lost my head. I was just way too tired. Scott tried to help, but interfering in Vera's melt downs just prolong them. It's best to sit where she can see you and not say anything. Then it passes and she usually asks to be hugged and kissed and held and all is well again.

Penny is a charm. Some days she never cries. I have to remember to nurse her. What a little sweetie.

Today's lessons went smoothly. No complaints. There was the usual procrastination from Abby, but after several hundred gentle reminders to continue what she was doing, Abby finished in little over an hour.

A conversation I had with another mother in the park-
Woman: How old is your baby?
Me: 7 weeks.
Woman: My son is about the same. Does your baby cry a lot.
Me: No, but my middle daughter cried.
Woman: My son cries all the time.
Me: There's nothing to do but hold them.
Woman: Oh! I don't hold him! Well, just a little bit, then I put him right down.
Me: ok. (And I put my sunglasses back on.)
Oh. My. God. I don't get it. I seriously don't get how a mother can leave her barely 7 week old to cry. Or any kid at any age. Vera has cried a lot in her life, and I have never abandonded her.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

6 Weeks

I had my six week post partum today. So let's see, some highlights. Penny weighs 12.5 lbs. An interesting side note, I checked Abby and Vera's weight at six weeks and all three girls were over 12 pounds. What's amazing to me, is that Vera weighed 7.5 pounds at birth and she caught up to her sisters at six weeks. She had a whole extra pound to gain. And my midwife found a lump in my boob. Fun times. It's most likely nothing. Probably related to breastfeeding. To be on the safe side, I'm going for a sonogram since my mother had breast cancer.

Scott gave Abby some of her lessons this morning. It was kind of funny to listen to. Abby's still having a hard time with math right now. Well, to be more precise, with the drill sheets. We've gone through this before. Once whatever it is that needs to click in her mind clicks, it'll be smooth sailing again. Her reading improves every week. Once we finish Math 2, Abby will be officially done with first grade. I'm thinking by the end of July.



Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hot!

It's so damn hot right now! We've been taking short trips outside so we don't overheat.

Penny is such an easy baby I'm in awe. Last night she only woke up once to nurse! I actually had to wake her up this morning to nurse on the other boob. Penny stayed dry all night too! She's been staying dry while sleeping more. It's amazing how if she needs to pee/poop I can say to her hold on I'm getting the potty, and she'll wait! One time she started to pee in her diaper and I started to take her diaper off and she stopped midstream and waited for me to sit her on the potty. Such a different expirence from Abby or Vera. I'm wondering if it has to do with ec'ing right from birth. Though back to the nursing, Penny nurses so fast I worry if she's nursing enough. Crazy thing to worry about, I know. She's obviously growing and my boobs are empty when she finishes. I'm not used to a quick nurser! Most times she doesn't fall asleep at the boob, and she'll fuss until I bounce her in a wrap.

Thank goodness for older sisters! Penny loves her sisters. She smiles at them all the time and tries to look at them if she hears them. Abby and Vera are great entertainers if I have to run to another room for a second. 

Vera has let Scott tuck her in three nights now. This is huge! It makes the evenings much smoother. The evenings are still kinda hectic, but they are improving. Vera takes forever to fall asleep.

Abby has greatly improved her reading. She made a huge jump forward. Only problem is, she took a step back in math. We always go through this. This constant give and take. If Abby makes a leap in one subject something else will suffer. So once again, we are taking it slow in math and speeding up in reading.