Sunday, November 21, 2010

Curious Kids Museum

Calvin was a pro at the climbing wall.

Cute one!

Water works!

He really liked the space exhibition.

Calvin on Mars!

In the space shuttle. Too bad we didn't get any pics of him and AJ together in their Star Wars costumes...it would have been a perfect backdrop!

There was no sound coming out. I guess he was trying to stretch his face muscles as far as they would go? It cracks me up every time I look at it.

There's my sweet boy :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Calvin 20 Months

I wanted to document all these new words that Calvin has been saying before it's too late and I forget. He is now 20 months. He is becoming more and more of a little boy every day. Sometimes I go to get him up from his nap and I promise he looks bigger than before he went to bed. I have noticed that his hands seem bigger especially, and other people have told me he looks taller too.

Things that feel different at home: He can focus on certain things for longer periods of time. So it feels like he is his own person a lot more. If that makes sense? For example, on some good nights, I can be making dinner and he can sit at his little computer game or look at books in his room for several minutes without interrupting me. Maybe 10-15 minutes tops, but that is very different from before.

He will try to say a lot more words, if you preface it with, "Can you say...?" He can say and understand what hat means, hot, please, honey(thanks to Pooh), go, eyore (as of last night), I love you (sort of), bubbles, papa (for Dan's Dad), and tigger.That's in addition to the words he already knows.

He is also throwing more fits and having struggles of the will with me. I have been using time-out, which seems like he's really young, but surprisingly he kind of gets it I think. I sit him on the bed and say time out and turn around with back to him, not saying anything for awhile. At first he would try to crawl away immediately or play with something, or try to talk to me, but now he sits there quietly until I turn around. I'm not sure if he's really connecting his behaviors to the consequence yet, but I'm sure that will come. And eventually I'll be able to use a timer and not stand there. But overall it is working I think. I really need to read some more material on toddler behavior management. I'm not sure what to do about his little tantrums where he throws himself on the floor and kicks, or kicks while changing his diaper now. I just stand there and wait for him to finish. I wonder if any other moms have ideas for that one?

I am feeling a little better lately and I'm trying to be a more interactive mom with him, rather than lounge around and watch him play all day. But it is tempting some days when I am so tired. Overall, it has been fun to watch him start to say more things and become his own little person.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention what his new favorite word is..."No." with a scowl on his face. It's actually kind of cute right now, but I'm sure that it won't be for long!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Take a Vote!

So I've decided that periodically I will give you insight to all of the hundreds of wives tales about whether or not I might be having a boy or girl. And you can then vote for a boy or girl with my new poll ----->see right.

I'm not sure if I will keep the same poll, or use new ones with every tid bit of new information, but nonetheless, let the voting begin!


According to this ancient calendar, you look for where your due date and your birth date come together on the graph and it looks like....I will be having a girl, according to them.(Also, I don't have my official due date yet)

They were right however, with Calvin. So what do you think?
Another consideration is that Dan has 3 brothers and one sister. There are a lot of boys!

What is your vote?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hibernation and other cool ideas.

I think all pregnant women should be given the option to go into hibernation if they so desire. That is what I feel like doing. With the exception of spending time with my son and husband. I do admit though there have been days these past couple of weeks that I have felt so sick and tired that I would have payed someone to take over for me.

I am learning to give myself special grace. I am not going to be as good a mom as I was before I became pregnant. It's inevitable that some days Calvin will have all white flour based breads and crackers and no veggies, just because I can't stand the smell of things cooking, even if they smell kind of good... I do feel guilty about this. Poor kid, I'm sure he doesn't care though! And I don't always feel like moving around all that much to play with him, but I do force myself to be somewhat present with him throughout the day.

Oh no, you say, just another gripe session from the pregnant lady. Yep, yep it is. It's therapy you know. If you were pregnant and sick all the time you would want to complain, at least a little, to feel a little better. I think it's working.

I looked up on babycenter.com today the development calendar of my little babe. They should be about the size of a blueberry by now, which if you live in Michigan, really doesn't make it all that clear- seeing as we have gigantic monstrosities for blueberries. And then there's the typical grocery store blueberry which also varies in size. Ah, I digress....

You may notice a slightly different sounding voice within these new posts. I think with the hormones, it brings out the sassier Katie. I am much less afraid to voice my opinions. I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

Another topic of note lately is that I am discovering just how weighed down with emotions the idea of being pregnant is among fellow young women my age. It seems that these young women fall into one of a few categories:

1) Still single and desperately hoping to find Mr. Right...and their deepest desire to start a family someday.

2)Married, but have been disappointed in trying to get pregnant thus far.Or their husbands are dragging their feet. Or a financial situation may be preventing it.

3) Married, with a child already and have either had one or multiple miscarriages since then or no positive results thus far.

I have, again and again heard stories from so many young women lately, pouring out their hearts to me about wanting a husband and a family so badly and fearing that that may never come to pass. Or meeting women who have had multiple miscarriages.

It is so sad that such a joyous thing is so tainted with sorrow. I must admit it did take us awhile to get pregnant this time, and just in those 6 months of sitting in the bathroom feeling disappointed over and over again. It was ultimately way too easy to lose faith. And I think I did my friends. For a time. Or maybe it was just the acute sense of longing and perhaps a trace of panic that we wouldn't be able to conceive again. And alas, God is faithful, just when I began to lean on his strength and to stop obsessing over it-it happened.

I count my blessings, believe me. I never dreamed I would marry such a wonderful man. Nor that I would have one healthy, beautiful boy. My life is not over though, and I'm sure there will be more sorrows placed on my heart in the meantime. I am thinking of you tonight, my friends who are grieving the loss of hope. I am saying a special prayer that you would find peace in God when you let go....and TRUST. In the words of a great woman of the faith. "It will come up."

Monday, November 1, 2010

May the force be with you.

Happy Halloween! Calvin celebrated as any child who has secret nerds as parents would.

I made his costume. That is the first time I've ever sewn a hood or sleeves like that. It was a challenge at first, but then it was easier in the end than I expected. Just wait until next years costume. Look out!

AJ was Yoda and they enjoyed a saber fight together.

I hope that your Halloween was memorable. I'm hoping by next year Calvin will actually be able to say "trick or treat"instead of me awkwardly saying it for him. Oh and maybe he'll be able to eat candy next year too. But hooray for dressing up small kids in cute costumes and laughing at them!(I think he had fun too)