Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mastering the fundamentals


Oh, hi!  Joshua here!  Today I wanted to talk to you about the fundamentals of eating solids.  Mommy and Daddy have told me they like to employ the method known as baby-led weaning.  As you can see, I have my trusty food net all loaded and ready to go so let's get started, shall we?

First, reach for your food net and grasp the ring to bring it up to your mouth.


Hang on a second....


Pincering! Pincering!  I'm going to do the pincering!


Maegwin, no!  Can't you see I'm filming here?

What you need to do is pick it up like this and hold it out and use your mouth, baby Josh.  That's right, Bubby.  Do that!


I can't work like this.  Can somebody get her out of here?  Anyone?


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Is this on?  Are we back?

And welcome back!

Now, as I was saying you want to get a good firm grip on the ring portion.  See here I grab the side part.


Too slippery, this is not the place to hold this particular food delivery device.


Once you have the ring, bring it up to your mouth.  Note that the ring itself contains no nourishment.


Gnaw, bring down, and repeat as many times as necessary.


Now, for your smaller foods you'll need to vary your technique.  Here I have some puffs to demonstrate.


Reach out whilst extending your thumb and forefinger for maximum pincer grip.


Make sure not to squeeze the puff too hard or you'll crush it into dust before it reaches your mouth.


Insert the food into your mouth and that is how it's done!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  See you all next time!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Camping time and the livin' is easy

Whew, ok if blogging with one child was difficult...two makes it well nigh impossible.  I have wanted to, but work has been busy and when I get home I basically nurse Joshua and play a bit with Maegwin and then it's time for bed.  Note the lack of mention of housecleaning?  Yeah, no time for that.  The last few times that Maegwin has dumped out all her toys in the living room though she has put them all back in her baskets so I think we are making real progress.  I'm so proud of her!  On to the fun!

Last month, we went camping again and it was our most successful trip yet.  Our Prius is definitely at full capacity though.  We have the water jug under Maegwin's feet and the area under Joshua's car seat stuffed as well.  I have to have both dogs in the front on the floor at my feet because there is nowhere else to put them.  Hopefully by next spring we can buy the pod to go on top of the car.  Something like that at least.  We basically want to put our chairs and tent into it.  That would free up a lot of space in the trunk for other items.

As soon as we got there, Maegwin found an open dirt area and started giving herself a dirt bath.  "Just like the elephants do, Mommy!"

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Needless to say, she spent most of the trip dirty. I did find some waterless soap to use for a sort of bath which was good.
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Those shoes behind her also WERE new tennis shoes. Yeah, not so much anymore. lol! They did help with hiking later though. Joshua helped keep the tent bags in order while we set up camp and unpacked the car.

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He was so good for it all and had tons of fun just worming around.  I love this shot because it looks like he is posing.  LOL

Ready for my glamour shot, mommy

It was cold in the mornings so we made good use of our knitwear and wooly underthings.  Even the dogs had a fairly good trip.  Last time Planck spent a lot of time coughing but this time his heart murmur didn't seem to bother him.  This red hoodie was from when Maegwin was a baby.  It barely fits Joshua but it worked.  I also knit him a pair of mittens last minute and we used them often.

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Maegwin took charge of her own outfits.  She even buttoned her own shirt!

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Josh made some great fires and great food.  Yep, my California family, that is how we roll out here in Ohio.  Big open fires with no thought whatsoever for sparks or embers.  We throw caution to the wind!  Some of our wood was so wet that we couldn't get it to take.

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I had also just finished my Ishbel shawl which I threw in my bag at the last minute.  I was so glad because as I said, it was chilly!  I also threw in the bunting that Mom knit for Maegwin and it is just the right size for Joshua.  He slept in it both nights and it kept him toasty warm.

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The second day we went on a hike and it was very fun.  The dogs had great stamina all the way through.  I hope I get around as well as Planck if I live to be 100.  Seriously, he's about the equivalent of that and he charged up some stone stairs that were the same height as he is tall.

We found some cool fungus that looked a bit like cauliflower.

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These cool roots went all across the path.  They were neat to see, but definitely obstacles when walking around with dogs and a baby in the Ergo.

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Josh and Maegwin walked out on the rocky bed of the river to explore.  The dogs stayed back with Joshua and I.  I didn't want to trip.

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I caught this picture right before Maegwin plunged her foot into a huge puddle.

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We found some wild black-eyed susans.


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These are some of the kinds of rock formations more prevalent in the gorge, but pets aren't allowed on those trails anymore.

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We explored a bit off the path and found a cool tree that we agreed looks like fairies could live there.

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We also found this cool caterpillar.  A smaller version of this stowed away in our pillow and found its way out onto our bed.  :O  He was safely put out in our bushes though.

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Not sure what happened with the lighting on this photo, but proof that I did indeed hike with everyone.  That's the leashes all twisted around my legs.

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As soon as we got home, Maegwin set to her Duplo building.  This was a berry shooter.  Don't know what that means but she was very specific.  One was supposed to shoot strawberries and one was for raspberries.

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That's about all I have time for this morning!  We are going camping sometime this month for the last one of the season.



Friday, September 5, 2014

Random conversation with my four year old

So yesterday I was getting ready for work and Maegwin comes into the bathroom from waking up, looking bleary eyed and with tousled hair.  She looks at me steadily and says "Mommy, we need to do demolition."  I am used to such off the wall comments by this time, but I'm intrigued.  I said "What do you mean, Maegwin?"  She said "That means when you knock down a building so you can build a new one.  You should reuse some of the materials and some new materials to make the building strong."  Aha!  Now I know she has been watching Bob the Builder and man, does she pick things up!  I said "Well, what would we build?"  She doesn't miss a beat.  "A new house.  With double ovens!  And four sinks so we can all wash our hands!  And four bathrooms so we can have privacy while we wash our hands!"

That kid is hilarious!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Three months

Yep, again not a ton of time to write anything.  I went back to work at the end of July and between that and now two children there just isn't time to sit down and put together blog posts.  Fear not though, because there are pictures!

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Joshua is growing very nicely and he's such a laid back and fun little guy.  He hasn't laughed yet but he is full of smiles.

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He and Maegwin look alike, which is to be expected.  I make consistent children.  LOL

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Maegwin just adores him.  We often have to tell her to leave him alone when he is napping because she wants so badly to cuddle him or play with him.  I think once he can sit up she will enjoy him so much.  She is very patient and good with him though and has never been jealous or angry about him.  She does sometimes want me to put him down and play with her when I really can't because he is nursing but otherwise I'm very proud of how she's just adapted right away to him being part of our family.

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I do bite my thumb at you, sir.

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I believe he is around 15 pounds or so right now but no checkup this month so that is purely from using the bathroom scale.  Speaking of bathroom scales, I'm down to needing to lose about 5 pounds to get to my pre-pregnancy weight.  I'd like to lose another 5 on top of that to be back in top form but let's not get hasty.  I'll take just being the weight I was before being pregnant.  Being back at work helps with that because I walk so much going back and forth between our two buildings and going to meetings and going to the mothers' room to pump.  I also take the stairs whenever I can (obviously if I'm walking with someone who prefers the elevator I take that).

Josh has also started the couch to 5k program when I was out on leave still.  He is doing very well with it though we think he may have started running intervals a bit too soon.  He hurt one of his knees so he went back to a previous week's schedule for now.  It is basically a program to build up to running by using intervals of walking and running.  He made a path all around the perimeter of our yard and walks that.  Maegwin loves it and will walk on the trail with him or he can walk on it with Joshua during the day with an eye out for her playing in the yard.  It's been great!

We also had a bit of tragedy in the family.  My stepsister Shelly was killed in a car accident and it was a shock to all of us.  My niece, Chelsea, who is 14 will now be coming up to live in Ohio again.  We hope to see more of her because she is a sweet girl and I can't imagine how hard it must be to lose your mother so young.  It's just such a horrible shame.

I've done a bit of drop spindling and I'm getting better at it.  I need to do more of it.  I had figured out how to spin while I had Joshua in the Ergo but then he decided he didn't like being in the Ergo with me.  I think maybe he is a bit too long for the infant insert but not quite big enough to do the legs around my torso setting without the pad.

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I will definitely get back to it though because I was having a lot of fun spinning up this fiber and I have some pretty stuff I want to be skilled enough to spin well.

I finished a shawl!  The pattern is Ishbel and Joshua was in love with this yarn.  Whenever he was nursing and I was knitting he would grab at it or just stare at it.  I bound off the last stitch and held it out to him and he snatched it and curled his head up on his daddy's chest with it.  So precious!

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Like, you know this is mine, right?

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And with the magic of lace, it blocked to fit me.

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I also finished a cardigan/coat for Joshua but it won't fit him til at least the winter.

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That's about it.  I'm almost done with a pair of socks for me and I'm working on pullovers for Joshua and Maegwin.  Josh will get a pair of socks when I'm done with mine.  He wants to see what the handknit sock thing is all about and I think they will be great for camping this fall.  I also want to get a shawl done for me for camping.  A nice big one that I can wrap around the kids and I when we are cuddling by the fire and that is in rugged wool so I don't care about it getting smoky and camp-y.

First alarm is going off so I need to wrap this up and get ready for work.  I leave you all with some fun outside.

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