Monday, June 28, 2010
For a long time Mike wouldn't let Tyler drive with the little girls in the vehicle but I guess they are both getting more confident in Tyler's driving skills. I try not to think about it and trust God. I also realize that if I was pregnant there would be no way I could stand riding in the back with his herky-jerky, not-so-smooth driving!
You may remember how we all used to fit in the van. Amanda reached the rear-facing weight limit for her seat so now Christiana is in the middle position of the second row. Talitha is behind the driver's seat. That's the only seat in our van with the LATCH anchors.
Tony sits in front of me next to Christiana and Amanda sits in middle of the back seat in her new seat which has a rear-facing limit of 45 lbs. The middle was the only position where I could get a secure fit.
On Sundays when we all go to church together, Mike or Tyler will carry Talitha out to the van and snap her seat into her base. Mike will flip Tony's seat forward and have Amanda climb into her seat. Then he buckles her in through to back lift gate. Tony carries out the bags and I carry Christiana. I buckle Christiana and climb in back next to Amanda. Then Tony flips his seat into position and we are ready to roll. When we get to church the driver grabs Tali in her car seat, Tony grabs the bags and the stroller frame, and I unbuckle Amanda and carry Christiana.
If I'm going somewhere by myself, I will carry Tali in her car seat, the diaper bag and Christiana out to the van. (Don't tell my chiropractor.) I put Tali down outside the van and have Amanda climb back to her seat. Usually that passenger seat is flipped forward. I buckle Christiana into her seat and then buckle Amanda's. Then I pick up Tali and snap her seat into the base. Upon arrival, I get the stroller frame and snap Tali's seat into the frame. Then I push the stroller to the other side and unbuckle Amanda and then Christiana. I usually put Christiana into some kind of carrier at this point, too.
It's quite a production getting everybody in and out and we haven't completely got a handle on how much extra time that requires, but we're managing.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
The extra kids belong to my friend Jamie. Our husbands were good friends and played softball together, so we've been hanging out together since high school. She is really the only friend from high school that I have kept in contact with. That is, before joining Facebook last year.
She's been my steady support, accountability and partner in crime. She has truly impacted my growth and development in so many good ways. When I said, "I have no desire to drive to Florida." She said, "But your husband does." She's a real friend.
We were hanging out inside getting our baby fix. They have five kids, too. They were staying in the area for the week while the kids were in a play. It's a really neat week long program. The kids practice the play intensively for a week and then perform on Friday night and Saturday morning. This year they performed a story from Huckleberry Finn. It was the story about the con man who claimed to be the king of France. I wished the boys had come with. Mike read Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn to the boys so I wasn't familiar with the story.
By some bit of insanity, I decided to take the three little girls up to watch the play and take some pictures. The girls were so good! It was in a school gym and we ended up sitting on the floor in the front. Christiana was in a pouch, Amanda was in my lap and Talitha was in her car seat snapped into the stroller frame. After a bottle, I let Christiana get out and crawl on the floor. She never went very far away from me. Amanda never left my lap and Tali was quiet through most of the play. Thankfully, it was only about an hour long.
Jamie's three older kids were in the play. The girls were River Rats and her son was a bat. His job was to run back and forth across the stage "eeping." It was too dark for pictures but I caught it on video.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
This winter Mike bought a Veggie Tales Lullabye CD for Amanda to listen to in the van. I thought it would like their Silly Songs so it was a long time before I listened to it. It turns out that it's a really great C.D. It's full of cute lallabyes and lovely hymns. I taught Amanda how to turn on the C.D. player so we listened to it all day everyday for several weeks. When the C.D. isn't playing Amanda is singing the songs. These are a couple of the songs she was singing on the way home from church.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
At eleven months, Christiana weighs about 18 lbs. and is about 27 in. long. She is crawling and beginning to pull herself up on furniture. She claps her hands, bounces to music, waves "Bye-bye" and makes kissing sounds with her mouth. She is generally cheerful and giggles and laughs very easily especially at the sight of her sisters. She is often fussy in the evening between 5-6 pm before she goes to bed. She usually goes to bed around 6 p.m. and sleeps until 7 or 8 a.m. She still takes two naps during the day. She has four bottles of breast milk during the day along with meals consisting of things like sweet potatoes, kale, broccoli, peaches, oatmeal, carrots, garbanzo beans, green beans, peas and applesauce. She can feed herself toasted oat cereal and she can hold her own bottle although I purposely cuddle her while she's eating most of the time.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
These are photos I took while standing with the patio door open and looking out onto our deck.
Pretty soon this little bug crawled out the open door. She can be so fussy about certain things so I thought she's be upset about the cold rain falling on her head. She wasn't. She thought it was pretty funny.
While I had been taking the rain photos, Amanda had been standing between my legs. She never considered going outside. She was a little worried when Christiana crawled out until I told her that she could go outside, too.
They had such a good time romping around the wet deck. They're so silly.
Mike came home while this was going on and thought I was bit crazy.
I figured they needed baths and their clothes needed to washed anyways. They came in and warmed up in the tub. I'm glad Christiana is enjoying her baths again.
Why was Christiana wearing a bib? To keep her shirt dry, of course. You know, because she drools so much.
Monday, June 14, 2010
It happens like this. I get an email from my friend Amber. "Do you know anybody who needs a toddler bed?" (Last time is was a crib.) I email her back quickly, "Me!" I had been watching Craigslist and checking out the occasional garage sale looking for a toddler bed. We had a single bed that Amanda was sleeping in but her room is so small and when she would occasionally wet the bed is was such a chore to wash all the bedding. She tells me to contact Deacon Dave because he has the details. Apparently, generous people contact him because they want to donate an item. So cool. God rocks and provides for all our needs.
Amanda loves her little bed and she loves Mickey Mouse. If fact she's so excited about sleeping in her new bed that she is still awake at 10 pm. However, for once, Tali is not awake so I best try to get some sleep in case she doesn't stay that way.