Some random tidbits about current life with the littles...
Seanin had his lip tie clipped on September 11 and has done beautifully with nursing ever since! I'm so glad we had the procedure done. He was fussy that day (understandable), but was back to his normal self the next day, and we noticed a big difference with his eating and sleeping habits. And I felt as if he were milking the breast much more efficiently. Praise God!
We did start putting Seanin to sleep on his tummy a few days ago with fantastic results. He really had not been a great sleeper at all--ever. Trying to get some sort of predictability to his daily routine was impossible, and you can imagine how difficult that made our school days (not to mention nights--oy!). I wondered aloud if sleeping on his tummy would help, since he seemed to prefer cuddling on someone's chest while sleeping. Ted tried putting him down that way, and lo and behold! It was like MAGIC! He goes 3.5-4 hours or so at night and has a fairly predictable 3-hour schedule during the day. He rarely wakes up in the middle of a nap cycle anymore, and I am SO THANKFUL God pressed that on our hearts to try!
Zaden is adding to his vocabulary daily, and it is so fun to hear him chattering away! One of my favorite things to hear him say is, "Bess-oo, Mommy!" whenever I sneeze. He will stop what he is doing, run into wherever I am, and say that if he hears me! Melts my heart!
Like Lucan, he went through a huge bus obsession. When he first started talking, "bus" was easy for him to say, and so EVERYTHING on wheels was a BUSSSSS! This led to great exclaiming in the car as he realized the power he had to name every. single. vehicle that we passed. "Bussss!" he would shriek. "Actually, that's a car." "No, bussss!"
Similarly, all liquid is "milk." If we are reading a book that has pictures of water, such as his Flashing Fire Engines story book that depicts a hose spraying water at a fire, he pronounces it "milk." "Actually, that's water, honey." "No, MILK!"
He is an amazing eater--pretty much anything he sees us eating, he wants to eat himself. Heaven forbid that we should scoop it up to cool onto his plate before we sit down to pray...no, he wants us to scoop from the pan just like all the big people!
Zaden's eyes are as big as ever and look even more so since Ted buzzed his hair. It was looking pretty ratty, since he twirled it while sucking his thumb, resulting in various bald patches where it got knotted up so badly that it either fell out of its own accord or had to be snipped. I almost cried when I saw his near-bald head, but we're getting used to it (and it's growing back!), and I do love how his eyes look bigger than ever!
He still loves "Baby Say-nin" and "holds" him frequently: that is, he holds out his arms, we hold Seanin out so Zaden THINKS he is holding the baby, and Zaden smiles, coos over him, kisses him, and then runs away. He also likes stealing Seanin's blankets and running around wearing them like kingly robes.
When Zaden goes down for a nap or for the night, he settles himself into his crib with his stuffed buddies arranged just so around him, lies down on his tummy, indicates that we are to put his blanket over him, pops his thumb in his mouth, goes to twirl his hair but remembers there is nothing left to twirl, removes his thumb, and says, "Daddy (or Mommy or Charis, whoever is with him), song!" and then we sing "Jesus Loves Me," just as we've sung with all the kids. It will never get old!
Lucan is taking on more of a big brother role now that he has officially moved into Zaden's bedroom! (That noise you heard was the cheering of Tobin and Arden who no longer have to share their space with a 4-year-old!) The two little boys shrieked with giggles and delight the first few nights but seem to have settled down and are used to sharing now. We kept Zaden in his crib since he doesn't seem to mind, and he is such a good napper...why mess with a good thing?!
Lucan still loves to build, anything from puzzles to train tracks to magnet structures to Legos to Math-U-See blocks. He's quite protective of his creations and gets extremely upset when Zaden messes things up. He will cry pitifully, covering his mouth in his distress. It's hard not to laugh at the drama, but it does show Lucan's passionate, sensitive personality! He even asks at times, "Mommy, will you please put Zaden to bed?!" because he knows that nap time is the best time for him to play without interruptions. Although...then he often has to fight his big brother Arden, who enjoys building with the same play sets Lucan is working with while I do our afternoon school reading!
Speaking of school, we have not officially started any school-ish activities with Lucan. I may start working with him on some writing. He has begun showing a lot more interest in coloring and drawing than he has in the past and enjoys creating elaborate picture scenes on the white board when I let him! The drawing below shows mountains with an orange tree and a blueberry tree on top and a person in between. There is a small crooked tree in front of the mountain with the fruit trees on it. To the right of that is Split Mountain (which we went to on Labor Day) with the Leaning Tower of Pisa in between the halves of Split Mountain. Love it! (Note that the green scribbles in the top left corner were NOT Lucan's doing and have nothing to do with his masterpiece, LOL.)
Lucan may be on his way to becoming a vegetarian; for some reason, he resists eating chicken in almost any form. (Chicken spaghetti? Hello? Kid-friendly meal...he wouldn't even touch the noodles.) On the other hand, he adores salad or veggies with Ranch dip and will often fill up on veggies and fruit, bypassing the main course altogether. Thankfully he does like cottage cheese, cheese, eggs, sausage, and other forms of protein, and of course good ol' PBJs!
A food funny from tonight's dinner...as I mentioned, Lucan really loves salad. Tonight I made a Caprese salad--fresh tomatoes and basil from our favorite farm stand, mozzarella di buffalo, plus some olives. Not all the kids appreciate this kind of salad, so we had carrot sticks on the table as well. Lucan decided to have some salad. He got halfway through eating it and then lamented, "Awwwww! There are LEAVES in my salad!" (Referring to the basil!)
Lucan has continued to do well with using the potty, although he still wears pull-ups at night. He still feels the need to proudly announce his bowel movements...since the weather has been nice and all the windows are open in the house, we can hear him wherever we are as he shouts, "I DID go poopy on the potty!" And he will continue to holler that over...and over...and over...until someone reaffirms him, "Good job, Lucan!" Lord willing, the announcements will stop before he graduates...