Monthly Archives: November 2011

Cleaned out the diaper bag tonight …

…for the last time.

Somehow I blinked and my babies are now little boys. 

My diaper bag.  I fell in love with it while pregnant in 2005; and promptly stuffed it full of anything and everything I thought I might need.  Most of which, honestly, I never touched.  Then found it too bulky to carry with a baby or toddler in the sling (where Big Brother lived outside the house for the first 18 months of his life) and ended up leaving it in the car, dragging it in to momma-dates (I admit the play dates were for me, not him) or leaving it to Daddy (self proclaimed family pack mule) to carry.

Now, as the boys grow, I have grown too.  I now have a backpack that I find too cumbersome to wear with two little people dragging me to different directions, trying to keep two little imps alive getting across parking lots, and half the time wearing or carrying the now-four-year-old.  So the backpack sits in the car, in the place that used to hold the diaper bag.

I still carry extra clothing, a tubbie full in the back of the van.  I still carry a full first aid kit, again in a tubbie in the back of the van.  There is still a bag of toys in the van. 

 

No more diaper bag.  No more adorable wallypop cloth diapers, no more cloth wipes, no more teethers, no more cute board books, no more breast pads, and no more burp rags.   Now my pack is full of coloring books, crayons, tiny aliens, match-box-cars, bubbles and playdough.  I never used the bottle carrier on that diaper bag, but now I carry 2 or 3 water bottles all the time. 

It is a whole new reality I find myself in; I love it, would not trade it for the world, but still find it sad.  I’ll keep the diaper bag, I can’t give up babyhood just yet.  

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Brain Squbilblier and Obedience

Big Brother and I have been talking about obedience al lot recently.  In Bible each day we do a Bible reading, both boys practice their Awanas and then Big Brother is doing his first real Bible Study.  We are working though You Want Me to Do What?!: A Bible Study Workbook on Obedience for Ages 6-12;  it says for ages 6 to 12 but frankly it is almost too easy for Big Brother already, granted he can’t do the reading on his own; but the comprehension questions are easy for him.

He and I have also been trying to sit down and talk about the choices he has been making, and how he acts sometimes (mainly over-the-top silly, or ‘wild’ and his continued habit of NOT stopping many actions when asked to).  We’ve been talking about the difference in what he seems to know he is supposed to do, or should do, and what frequently happens.  Tonight Big Brother and I have a very enlightening, and pretty interesting, conservation.

Big Brother told me (and this is a quote to the best of my ability) “ see you have blood in your body and it moves all over, you’d died without it.  In your blood there are cells, all kinds of cells.  In some of these cells there are these creatures calls squ-ig-le-ers.  When they go into your brain they jump out and mess things up.  When you try to do something but can’t stay on it, that is a squ-ig-ler; when I get too silly and I know I want to stop but I can’t.  That is them again.  I can’t control them, they are just there.  Sometimes they are ok and sometimes they aren’t.  Even if I feel like I want to be good, they don’t let me”.

So there you have it, next time you miss your turn and drive miles out of your way, or the next time you just can’t pull yourself together when you have to – blame the squ-ig-le-ers!!

 

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10.29.11 Birthday

 

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Molly’s First Pheasant

Oct 29 2011 Opening Day for Molly’s first pheasant season.

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just a few from halloween

 

 

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Measuring up:

Measured the boys today:

Little Brother (4 years and 4 days)

  • 39 pounds –> 74th percentile for weight
  • 40.5 inches –> 3 feet 4.5 inches –> 53rd percentile for height

 

Big Brother (5 years, 11 months, 2 weeks, and 6 days)

  • 43.9 pounds –> 41st percentile for weight
  • 46 inches –> 3 feet 10 inches –> 63rd for height

 

If you do Big Brother’s stats based on a 6 year old (since the site only allowed me to make him 5 years and 11 months) he drops to the 38th for weight and the 59th for height.  Since he is only 11 days short of 6 years old, these might be more accurate.

 

Used:  http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/usefultools/l/bl_kids_centils.htm for the percentiles

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Little Halloween

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