Thursday, August 4, 2011

Peaks and Valleys

It has been a week of peaks and valleys.

The Highs:

  • We had a pretty good start to the school year: Cecilia has almost perfectly memorized her first poem and begun to learn the pledge of allegiance. We actually got through the entire creation story without rebellion (unlike last year). Cecilia made headway in her math and phonics books. And Felicity practiced her numbers and has almost gotten down the sounds all the letters make. 
  • Teresa had her 4 month check up and weighed in at a healthy 15 pounds, 7.5 ounces (85th-90th percentile) and measured 24 3/4 inches (75th percentile) long. The doctor said she was looking great and was impressed with how steady she was when he held her standing up. 
  • We got Cecilia and Felicity bike helmets, which, in addition to being worn for safety when using a bike or scooter, will be necessary next month when they begin their ice skating lessons. 
  • I successfully moved "Quiet Rest Time" (aka Nap time) for Elizabeth from watching Fantasia in the living room until she fell asleep on the sofa to listening to me read Winnie the Pooh until she fell asleep in her bed. 
  • In addition to reading Winnie the Pooh to all the girls while Elizabeth falls asleep, I began reading The Wizard of Oz to Cecilia and Felicity. 

The Lows:

  • Cecilia is already losing patience with handwriting practice and wants very little to do with music if it doesn't involve playing an instrument. Somehow my explaining she has to learn how to read music to really play music hasn't sunk in very well. I can just begin either of these subjects and I get "When are we going to be done?" 
  • Teresa decided to have some difficult nights this week. As in waking every couple of hours leaving me very tired and sore in the morning. This was even before her check up, so I can't just blame it on the shots. I'm suspicious of a growth spurt. Now, true, being very tired only occupies one "low" on my week, but you know how much being very tired can effect everything!
  • Getting the kids to clean up their toys this week has been like pulling teeth! We really need to cut down how many toys they have available but it can be very difficult to decide which ones to keep out and which not. Those that aren't Felicity's favorites might be Cecilia's or Elizabeth's. I may have to pay the playroom another de-clutter visit. 
  • As I was racing to get out of the kitchen before Mass Sunday morning, I failed to notice my purse's strap had fallen behind a bottle of carbonated apple cider, a thoughtful gift after Teresa was born, and when I grabbed my purse to bolt up the stairs, it pulled the bottle knocking it over and shattering it on the countertop and all over the floor. Since it was carbonated, the explosion also sent sticky apple cider in every direction. I am still finding things with dried, sticky apple cider on it. 
Now for your amusement: Name That Baby!






BABY A = Felicity
BABY B = Teresa
BABY C = Elizabeth
BABY D = Cecilia

All the girls are about 4 months old in these photos. I'm about 3 months old in mine. Amazing how similar they all look isn't it? I have been tripping up the girls with these pictures and who is who and having so much fun with it. My mom contributed the picture of me to throw them a curve ball. 

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