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Maia is Four Months Old!!!

by Chrissie Wainright on April 17th, 2014

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Maia is four months old today! She is such a sweet baby. She just loves people and smiles so adorably whenever someone talks to her. The other moms at dance class just love on her the whole time we’re watching the girls in class. And Maia loves the attention, smiling and gurgling up a storm. =) They say, “she just doesn’t ever cry!” And it’s true. She almost never does. She just makes enough sound normally to let me know she’s hungry and tired, and that’s all there is to it. On the few occasions she has been truly upset… it’s more of an indignant shriek than a true cry. I don’t remember hearing that particular cry before, I think it’s all hers and I wonder sometimes how that will translate to later communication efforts. =) But for now I just revel in her sweet smiles and the occasional giggle.

 

She’s moving a lot more than she used to, of course. She loves standing up in my lap, over and over again. And she prefers to be held sitting up instead of lying down when she’s awake. Almost any time I put her in tummy time these days she rolls right back over. And when I lay her down in the exercise mat to go do something, like get a drink for one of the other kids, she’s not ever in the same position I left her in. She wiggles her way right around 90 degrees from where she started.

 

She loves the toys in the gym now, especially the butterfly. She grabs that one and pulls it down almost immediately, and then she plays with the kitty that she can’t pull loose. Her favorite toys are still her hands though. She often chews on both hands at the same time. Although, if she can get ahold of your hands she does her best to chew on those too. She adores watching her siblings. They get the biggest smiles, and the love helping with her. Donovan brings her soft toys to the point that I have to tell him to replace toys instead of continuing to pile them on her. Serenity has made her giggle the most by doing absolutely crazy silly things. She is a big help, and I trust that she will come and get me if Maia needs me or gets fussy if I need her help. She picks Maia up on occasion, but she’s always very careful, and doesn’t try to lift her or move her far from where I’ve put her. So far at least. And Maia is just as thrilled as Serenity is when they are together.

Maia had her doctor appointment! She’s 16lbs 8oz, so she has more than doubled in size since birth!!! She’s 25.25 inches. Yay Maia!

 

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She can still fall asleep on Daddy's shoulder.  So sweet =)

She can still fall asleep on Daddy’s shoulder. So sweet =)

Such a good sister =)  She reads to Maia.

Such a good sister =) She reads to Maia.

Papa and I built a new swingset for the kids.  I LOVE it!  I can swing them all at once!  They've already logged hours of swing time on it and it's only been finished a few days.  And this is Maia's first time in a swing!!!

Papa and I built a new swingset for the kids. I LOVE it! I can swing them all at once! They’ve already logged hours of swing time on it and it’s only been finished a few days. And this is Maia’s first time in a swing!!!

She LOVES the swing =)

She LOVES the swing =)

Maia under my new weeping crabapple tree =)

Maia under my new weeping crabapple tree =)

Remember this onesie Abbey?  I still love it!!

Remember this onesie Abbey? I still love it!!

My morning snuggles =)  This is the time I absolutely cherish.  One by one all my sleepy kids end up in the blue chair with me.  We cuddle under the covers and I get to hear about their dreams or just listen to their quiet breathing as we enjoy the snuggles.

My morning snuggles =) This is the time I absolutely cherish. One by one all my sleepy kids end up in the blue chair with me. We cuddle under the covers and I get to hear about their dreams or just listen to their quiet breathing as we enjoy the snuggles.

Donovan in March

by Chrissie Wainright on April 10th, 2014
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Snow cat!

 

 

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Today Donovan pointed out that he is just like a shark, he has teeth.

 

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He said” Lets say a funny story.  Once there was a monkey and he was scared!  He was scared from the dinosaur.  And he said help, help, ayudenme!”

Then I said the Dino was scared of the monkey.  Then they laughed and made friends.

Another time he told stories with magformers, using them to illustrate his story. He said
“The monster trapped him!  He trapped George.  The dinosaur chomped the monster and saved George.”

 

It's hard to believe we were still getting snow in March!  A lovely snow dinosaur was Donovan's request =)

It’s hard to believe we were still getting snow in March! A lovely snow dinosaur was Donovan’s request =)

He sticks his hand down the neck of his shirt a lot these days =)

He sticks his hand down the neck of his shirt a lot these days =)

Playing computer with Daddy

Playing computer with Daddy

His first experience with regular glue =)  He sorted colored squares and glued them down.   He liked this so much we did it several more times that week

His first experience with regular glue =) He sorted colored squares and glued them down. He liked this so much we did it several more times that week

Snacking with his toolbox from Evan with Jaggy the Jaguar

Snacking with his toolbox from Evan with Jaggy the Jaguar

Lion!

Lion!

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Potty Training week!  He has done SO well.  Day five and not a single accident, including poop!  Day four just had one accident, and it was probably because he swallowed half the pool.  The first day we went through six pairs of underwear.  I forgot how often kids have to go when they are first learning to use the potty.  Setting the timer on the stove for 20 minute intervals made for a long couple of days.  But by the third day he just had two accidents.  He still went through four pairs of underwear though, because he just loves his new underwear =)  And when  he changed into his superman pair that required an entire outfit change so his shirt could match his underwear.  So cute =)  He also wore his underwear on his head the first day several times.  He’s also discovered that potty training is a great way to prolong bedtime.  Yesterday he came down three times in an hour so he could use the potty.  I think he was holding some back on purpose, my little evil genius.  Tonight I thought everyone was in bed, since Eric had gone to sleep upstairs when the kids went to bed, so I took a bath.  Well, he climbed out of bed over Eric, went to the potty, and then located me downstairs.  He came in holding his pull-up, pajamas, and the tub of cookies, ready for his reward =)

 

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Donovan is such great company when it comes to yard work =)  He’ll sit and dig in the dirt the whole time I’m working =)  He likes to help with digging and he sorted out lots of rocks with me.  He’s the digging boy!

"I've big important things to do!"  He quotes from one of our favorite books.

“I’ve big important things to do!” He quotes from one of our favorite books.

Digger boy!

Digger boy!

 

Serenity in March

by Chrissie Wainright on April 1st, 2014

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Serenity has some new quirks. =)  She accepts the fact that she has to wear leggings under her dresses when she goes to school, but whenever she’s inside she rolls them up so you can’t see them.  She’s also taken to wearing one purple croc and one pink croc.  It’s a matter of style.

 

We played Obstacles at the family game night at school.  My favorite solution that Serenity came up with was getting through the dark tunnel using echolocation with her flute.

 

I said I wish you wouldn’t dump all the clothes I folded while you’re looking for your panties.  She said, “Well that’s what happens when you have a girl that’s all riled up.”

 

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Serenity has come up with a new game =)  Frozen unicorns!  Serenity is a unicorn, and she’s frozen and needs to be given food to more.  Pretend food or real food both work.

Serenity made a unicorn horn out of Magformers =)  The unicorn obsession remains =)

Serenity made a unicorn horn out of Magformers =) The unicorn obsession remains =)

Henry and Serenity are getting married for real, not for pretend.  Patricia gets to pick his wife, as long as she picks serenity

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We’ve started working on our garden!  Serenity’s new year’s wish was for a butterfly garden, so we are taking advantage of the beautiful weather to get it started!  I dug the flower bed in the front to a larger wavy shape, and had irrigation and edging put in.  We went shopping with Mom at Grogg’s for some butterfly bushes, viburnum, and alyssum to plant in it, and I got a weeping crabapple tree.  The tree should attract birds, and the butterfly bushes will be great for butterflies, obviously.  We’re going to add hawthorne and verbena for the butterflies as well.

 

Gardening.  She likes the planting part best =)

Gardening. She likes the planting part best =)

In addition to digging out this bed, I took down the raised beds in the back.  My major goal back there is to get rid of the rv pad to make space for a swing that holds three kids!  So I can swing everyone at once =)  Serenity and Donovan have been helping me separate the gravel from the dirt.  I offered to pay a penny per rock that they moved.  Serenity has kept a close count and is up to 278 rocks.  Donovan doesn’t count but he spends more time digging with me than Serenity does.  He doesn’t always move rocks though, sometimes it’s just enthusiastic digging =)  Both kids spent some time today using the construction trucks in the big pile of dirt leftover from the raised beds =) Such fun!!

 

This month Serenity got her chance to be the star student!  She got to fill a bag with show and tell things, and she answered lots of fun questions about herself.  She was thrilled to have her turn!  She changed her mind on two things on her questionnaire.  She decided her favorite stuffed animal was really Snowy, her snow leopard, which is definitely true.  And she decided she wants to be a cheerleader when she grows up =)

Ready to be the Star Student

Ready to be the Star Student

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Sticker organization =)

Sticker organization =)

Ready for Crazy Hair day at school

Ready for Crazy Hair day at school

Spring bird craft =)

Spring bird craft =)

 

I know I just had this picture in our Cali Trip update, but it is just so perfectly Serenity I had to put it in again.  Why stand still when you can dance? =)  I love her so much!

I know I just had this picture in our Cali Trip update, but it is just so perfectly Serenity I had to put it in again. Why stand still when you can dance? =) I love her so much!