Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Starting Kindergarten - Sweet Baby James

Well, time moves quickly.  I know, tell me something I don't know.  Sometimes it seems like one day lasts 5 days.  And then, 5 years passed in the blink of an eye.  James started kindergarten yesterday.  Yesterday morning was awesome.  James wanted pancakes, so Landon got up early and made pancakes for us to eat.  We did our new devotion book together at the table.  It was an exciting morning.  James was a little nervous, but he made it great and didn't cry at all.  And, neither did I.  I had an opportunity for several meltdowns beforehand, so I was cried out by yesterday, I guess.  

Lots of school supplies

Open house

 James and his new teacher, Mrs. Tomlinson

 The first day!

 Leaving him at school - he's starting on his morning work

 All his uniforms lined up and ready the night before

 His lunch for day 1

When we picked him up yesterday - all of us :) - he told us about everything!  He talked about earning pennies to buy items from the Treasure Box on Fridays.  He talked about a time to rest your brain when the teacher played an audio book of Toad and Frog.  He said no one in class cried, except one little girl - and she just cried a little bit.  He said he raised his hand because he wanted to show Mrs. Tomlinson that his shoes light up, but she never called on him.  She must not have seen his hand, he said :)  He brought home a "Me" bag - a paper bag to put 3 or 4 things in that tell about thing himself - things he likes, etc.  We put in it:  Anekin Skywalker (no clue how to spell Anekin), Darth Vader, Harry Potter glasses, and a little figurine of Ron Weasley on a broom.  So...Harry Potter and Star Wars.  That's definitely what he loves right now.  

This morning was a little more of a different story.  Even though we put James to bed at 7:30 pm last night, he didn't go to sleep then.  He always has many questions and NEEDS to get up several times for very important reasons.  I think he probably fell asleep around 9.  I knew he was exhausted, but he just wouldn't give it up.  This morning, when I woke him, he was tired, sleeping hard, and I could tell.  He did get up, but he didn't want to sit at the table.  Didn't want to read his devotion with me.  Wanted to eat Publix french toast sticks, not the breakfast I'd made.  Wanted to watch tv.  Wanted to wear his light blue uniform shirt, and not his dark blue.  I sure didn't want him to get in trouble - second day of school and trying to be happiness and light so he would have a good day...so, I hung with him and we were able to get off to a decent start.  He ate in the living room and watched a Star Wars Rebels, but I made him eat the sausage biscuit I'd made.  I let him wear the light blue uniform shirt he'd wanted to wear.  LOL.  By the time we got in the van, he was great.  Oh, and he said, he just didn't want to go today - he wanted to only eat lunch at home, not at school anymore.  He only wanted to stay there for half a day.  Oh well, Buddy, it's a whole new world.

Just like yesterday, I can't wait to pick him up and see how he's done today!  I know he's having a great day.  Excited for the changes in him and the awesome growing he's doing.  So proud of our big kindergartner!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Silas...Son of the Forest - Months 1-5

Well, everyone told me, Siley, that when I had a second child, I wouldn't do the same things as far as picture taking and letter writing as I did with the first child.  I didn't really believe this until it happened to me.  Now that I'm living it, I can see that it's true!!  With Brother and YOU...it is BUSY around here!!!!  Brother started kindergarten today, and I thought that it would be a great day for me to write a letter to you and begin blogging about your sweet self.  Here you are still in the hospital...what a beautiful baby.  You weighed 8 lbs 3 oz when you were born and were 19.75 inches long.  

We had a pretty rough time when we first brought you home.  You cried and cried and cried.  We thought it was acid reflux, and it was, but we learned at a GI dr. that you had colic.  Oh my goodness!  Your crying was so rough that Daddy and I had to take shifts to take care of you at night.  We were both exhausted.  Thank goodness for help from Grammie (Grammie stayed 3 weeks!), and then Nana coming (for 1 week!).  Look at you at one month - you sure are precious - your 1 month stats were:

Weight: 9 lbs 14.5 oz (43%)
Height: 21.25" (30%)
Head Cir.: 15.5" (65%)

2 Month Stats:
Weight: 11 lbs 6 oz (40%)
Height: 21.5" (8%)
Head Cir.: 15.5" (33%)

4 Month Stats:
Weight: 14 lbs 11 oz (44%)
Height: 24.5" (33%)
Head Cir.: 16.75" (56%)

We haven't gone for your 6 month check up yet.  It is at the end of this month.  After about 2 months, you became a different baby as your colic subsided.  You are an absolute doll.  The main difference in you and your brother is that you are an EATER.  I mean, Buddy, you like to eat!  You are beginning to be able to sit up and balance on your own just for a few seconds.  You get mad on your back now and crane your neck so hard to be able to try to get up off the floor.  You do flip over lots and are on all fours oooooohhhhh...TRYING to crawl.  Trying so hard!  You try for a while and then get mad.  You are getting the backwards crawl down, but no front crawl yet.  You love James and watch him EVERYWHERE doing EVERYTHING.  He likes to play with you, but he hates spit up and stinky, so that kind of cramps your style of playing sometimes - hinders him being able to touch you that much since you are a big spitter upper.  

You have captured our hearts.  You complete our family.  You are loved more than you could ever imagine.  You are a joy, Sweet Siley, our lil' biscuit.