Tuesday, June 30, 2009

"Throw Out The Schedule"

My friend Sheri wrote a blog post about attachment parenting and nursing on cue. I hope you'll take a moment to read it. And after reading her experience today, I felt like sharing my nursing experiences.

When my first was born, I was told to buy the books BabyWise by Gary Ezzo. It was a disaster and a complete failure. Joshua simply did not comply to the "alone time" and he was far from impressed with my forcing him to wait the four hours between feedings. It was killing me inside and my heart was breaking for my crying baby boy. After only a few days of misery for myself and my baby, Doug insisted that the books were to leave the house. They had become an inhibitant on my mothering and my dreams of what being a momma was about were shattering moment by moment. Once the books were out of the house I immediately did what my heart and body felt were natural and held my baby. LOTS. I also became one of those who was to whip up my shirt after just a few cries and nuzzle him against my chest to nurse. I slept when he slept and he slept in my bed with me until he was 18 months old.

Sixteen months later and much wiser, my daughter was born. From day one she slept in the bed with me and I went out and bought my first sling. She was an attached baby who was fortunate enough to be nursed on cue. She's now a fiercely independant 8.5 year old.

When Arianna was born, I was more knowledgable about extended nursing and had planned to breastfeed her until at least 12 months. Well, a new sling and months later, she finally weaned herself at 18 months. Another independant child of mine growing up... 5 years old now.

Sarah is now a 12 month old nurser and loves being "wrapped" or slung in the hotsling. She nurses frequently and I offer it to her many times during the day even for just a 2 minute drink. She wakes up at least once, sometimes more during the night and although she prefers her crib to sleep, she spends much of the day in my arms or at least in the arms of a willing sibling. I have no end goal when I will stop breastfeeding her. I am thankful that she is intolerant to milk and I know that my milk is the best for her.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The 2008/09 School Year

For the second year, Joshua and Andrea attended a part time school program that works with the homeschooling. I can't believe how much they have grown up physically, in maturity, socially, and spiritually. They've come a long way in 10 months and although this was a fun, exciting and successful school year, I am really looking forward to the summer break. Next step, grade 4 & 5! Way to go kids, I'm proud of you both!!

September 2, 2008

June 25, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


On Monday, June 22, Sarah turned one! I can't believe how the year has flown by. Here's some pictures of how we celebrated the day!

She loved being sung to!

Not too sure about this cake business...

My dad giving her a small taste of the cake.

Starting to get into it.

YUM! She ended up having a great time with it. She actually made very little mess other than some icing on her face.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A Year Ago...

My baby is one now. I chose just a few (ok lots) of my favorites and I'm happy to admit I actually narrowed them down. It's tough to pick just some to watch how the year went by. Lots of doctor appointments at the beginning as she was so slow to grow, all the testing to prove there was nothing wrong and she was just going to be little. Praise God! Enjoy Sarah's year in review!

Repent and be Baptised

That's exactly what Joshua and Andrea did last night at church. We are the classic "born and raised in a Christian home" family. Quite a few weeks ago, there was a baptism service at church and both kids came up to be at separate times telling me that they wanted to do that. We spoke to the children's pastor and arranged to attend a class. At home, we talked to Joshua and Andrea asking them if they understood what it was all about and it seemed very clear that they knew what they were doing. They each wrote out their testimonies (ok, they dictated, and I wrote) and the weeks went on. It was wonderful to see the immediate change in each child even before last night. Simply committing to following Jesus in obedience had affected their actions and behaviours. Initially, each child wanted Doug and I to be in the water with them but after some discussion and having them understand that this was THEIR deal, we all agreed that they would do it alone.

Romans 6:3-4: Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

I am so happy that my children took this step last night. It must mean I am doing something right. So often I wonder if I am parenting well and if my kids are able to make such a wonderful, life changing decision on their own, I must be doing a good job so far.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Photoshopping Sarah

So I am s-l-o-w-l-y figuring out some of the tricks and tips for PSE. Here's a few of my favorite edits of my most favorite picture of Sarah. She was about 10 months old at the time. Even the original just captured those baby blue eyes that I love so much.

Original photo


Glitter Background added

B&W w/ adjusted opacity

Sepia tint/Adjusted levels

Thursday, June 18, 2009

He's Growing Up So Fast

Joshua had waited all day for Doug to come home so he could help mow the lawn. Finally supper was done, the hedge was trimmed, the edging complete and he was ready to take on his job! He was more than happy to do a few rows of mowing to help his dad out. Such fun for a boy!

Getting started...

"Hi Mom!"

Now THAT was hard work!

CHEERS to a job well done!

Joshua and Photoshop

Thanks to Sheri and Jenifer T. for their quick helps in some of these editing pictures.

Such a learning curve!

Original Photo

Removed the dirty face and puffy eyes

Black & White + Color Enhance

Black & White + Enhanced Eyes

A lot of changes. My favorite! :)

1:00 In The Morning

And the house is quiet and still. I sit and rock in "our" chair nursing Sarah. Yes, at nearly a year old, she still wakes up to nurse. I hesitate to say "eat" since she only latches for a slight 5 minutes and that she is simply looking for the comfort that only I can provide. I know full well that I am just satisfying and perhaps encouraging her nightly waking habit and yet I hold no frustrations to being wakened by her cries. There is something about holding her close to me with no distractions, kids, phones, or computers. It is the only nursing session in our day that she falls asleep in my arms and I know that one day, my baby will no longer sleep with me as she does now.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Dance with all your heart!

Arianna-The CUTEST elephant ever!

Andrea-Stunning as a butterfly

Joshua-A monkey... charming as ever

We have the three oldest kids in dance at KaRAR Studios. Arianna is in ballet, Andrea in hip hop and ballet and Joshua is in hip hop. Every June, the studio puts on a show that is a spin off a Disney movie. This year was The Lion King and it was [again] a phenomenal show of dancing, acting, and choreography put on by countless performers ranging in age from three years all the way up to adult. I also must credit the studio manager Natalie D. for her countless hours of prep work, teaching and training. Volunteer parents who helped backstage, organized kids, and even sewed costumes all helped pull an amazing show together.
I love seeing my children's creativity come through in this "art" form. I have noticed a huge change in Joshua's coordination and rhythm after two seasons of hip hop. Andrea is a true performer and her abilities shine on the stage. Arianna is in it for fun yet as she is only five years old. They love what they do and I love how they glorify God in their actions. They are dancing for Jesus with all their heart!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Computers... a mixed blessing

On Monday night, my laptop shut down... just. like. that. A slight feeling of panic entered my heart as I thought of the hundreds of pictures, videos, digital scrapbook pages and the many 'papers' and 'embellishments' I downloaded. Doug brought the laptop to some good friends of ours who did something called "imaging the hard drive" (like taking a picture) and then returned the laptop to us. We will send the computer off to Sony and hope that they can fix it. With any luck and much prayer, our techie friends will put all our information back onto the computer and I'll be back in business.

A few things have happened this week as I have been computer-less. When I went to bed on Monday night, I felt somewhat convicted by God that perhaps I have been spending too much time in the cyber world and not enough time with my Father. I have taken such delight in watching Sarah become more confident in crawling, had a wonderful day with my mother in law and two little girls, played video games with my kids, and I have noticed a change in all of us. I can't believe I let a machine consume so much of me.

I am still praying my laptop can be restored with all the information and programs but I know I will keep myself in check and be much more aware of the amount of time I spend online. I am also trying to take the time that I normally would have spent on the computer and spending it with the kids.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


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