Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Overheard

Sophie:  Mom.  The thing about Henry is...  He needs a new thing to stop crying.  A stopper.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

What Sunday afternoons are made for:

Cuddling with Henry

Getting every last drop of the creme Anglaise that Elliott made to go with his flour-less chocolate cake

Trying to get Henry to smile

Success!

 Enjoying his chubby thighs

He is so much fun!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Babywearing

I'm a firm believer in holding my babies as much as possible.  But with five children and a busy household, I need my hands available to get work done, so I'm really grateful for the abundance of babywearing options on the market today.
Henry seems to like being worn too...  He usually falls asleep pretty quickly after being put on, in fact, sometimes, if he is having trouble falling asleep, I put him in the sling and he is out within five minutes.

I really love my Sakura Bloom ring sling.  I've used pouch type slings before, but they never really fit very well.  I love my ring sling because it is adjustable, so it fits perfectly!
Babywearing with the proper sling or wrap really does allow you to accomplish a lot while still being able to hold your baby.  I do laundry, make dinner, bake, sweep, vacuum, and many other household tasks.
(the sling in action at the park recently)
I also really love my Lovey Dud.  This is a stretchy wrap, so it will only work while Henry is still pretty little.  But it keeps him secure and snug right next to me.  It will be especially nice in the winter, when I want to wear him under my coat with me.
Of course,it's always great when the kids can hold Henry for me too.  Sophie and Emma especially like to hold him while he's sleeping.  They settle onto the couch with a favorite book or two, and can read and hold him for an hour or more.  This is so helpful for me!


(Unhappy he isn't being held!)

We love our little dude!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

It's no fun being sick

This week we started a new rule in our house.  If you don't eat all of your dinner (especially those green things on the plate), you don't get to buy lunch at school the next day.  We're harsh, I know.  But I want to assure my kids are actually getting the nutrition available to them.
Last night we had chicken kabobs for dinner, which Elliott grills with tomatoes, green bell pepper, and onion.  Totally yummy!  Unless you are under the age of 30, in which case it seems they are totally not yummy.
Ethan looked at the lunch menu for today, and saw that the school was serving cheeseburgers, one of his favorite foods, so he knew he had to tackle the veggies. 
He almost didn't make it, as he was gagging on the tomatoes (what doesn't kill us only makes us stronger, right?), but he persevered and finished his whole meal.
Unfortunately, he woke up this morning with a severe sore throat and barking cough.  No school for him, which means, as he told me, he ate his veggies for nothing.