Friday, August 27, 2010

32 Weeks Already?

Sophie has officially been a part of our family for 32 weeks--well, outside of the womb that is.  WOW!!!  Where has the time gone?  There are times when I don't even remember her not being a part of our family. 

She continues to grow more and more each day.  Sophie pretty much sits up by herself now, but we do keep pillows around her--just in case.  She stills gets pretty excited and will flail her arms or legs which usually ends up with her hitting the ground.  We have started putting her up on her hands and knees.  She does a good job balancing on all fours and will even rock back and forth from time to time.  She can go from a sitting position to a standing position when she is holding our hands.  I'm really wanting her to crawl because there is some research out which says how important crawling is to reading.  I don't know though--this girl really wants to move!!!!   She has figured out how to pick up cheerios and put them in her mouth.  She was so cute as she was learning how to do this.  She could pick up the cheerios and get it to her mouth, but she didn't know how to let them go.  She has mastered drinking out of a straw sippy cup and when she wants her cup, you better watch out!!!!  We introduced turkey to her this week, and she did really well with that.  There isn't really anything that she doesn't like to eat.  She will be playing nicely, but as soon as she sees her food, we can't get her to her chair fast enough.  She will get to fussin' (it's not crying, it's a lot of yellin') and then part way through her meal she turns into the sweet Sophie--we think the food must of hit her stomach.  So as you can see, Sophie keeps us on our toes, but we are sooooo thankful that she is a part of our family. 

Josiah continues to amaze us each day.  He is such a little sponge.  I have started doing school work with him a couple of days out of the week.  Often times, he asks me if we can do school work.  Right now, I'm just doing a workbook with him, but I decided that in September we will have a little more structure with our school.  I don't want him to associate school with doing a workbook, so we will be doing some more hands on activities.  We will have school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays--if he wants to--later on it won't be an option, but he is just two, so I'm not going to stress about getting each lesson done.  During our school time, we will have a calendar time where we will say the date and track the weather for the month. I will also be doing a Bible time with both of the kids.  When Sophie goes down for her morning nap, we will have a Language Arts time when we will learn a letter of the alphabet and do an activity.  In the afternoon, we will have a math lesson, read a story and do a craft.  Our themes for the month are apples and farm animals.  I plan on taking the kids on a couple of field trips---one to an apple orchard and the other to a farm.  So we shall see how this goes.  I'm way excited to have this time with him and look forward to teaching him many new things. 

In the middle of September, the  Greenwood Family will be going on our first family vacation.  Yes, we have been on trips to visit family in the past, but on this trip we will be staying in a hotel and it will just be the four of us.  We will be heading to PA to go ride Thomas the Tank Engine.  Thomas is a life size train that pulls passenger cars.  We have made a chain to count down the days until our Thomas Trip.  Josiah is way excited and looks forward to tearing a link off each day.  We will also be going to a children's museum, so we're pretty excited about that---OK, maybe I'm pretty excited about it!!  I have fond memories of a children's museum that I used to go to when we lived in NH, and I want Josiah to have some of those same memories. 

Well, that is all for now.  I do go back to the doctor on Monday, so we shall see what he says about the ol' foot.  I've tried walking on it without my boot---well, let's just say it hurts.  I can put weight on it, but the motion of walking just doesn't feel right.  I'll put a post up if there is anything new.  Keep us in your prayers, and we will update soon

Monday, August 16, 2010

Back in the Boot

Today, I went back to the orthopedic doctor.  I did get my cast off---WOOO HOOO!!!  My foot is still swollen and bruised.  For the most part, the pain is tolerable.  Usually, night time is when it is sore--I think from being up most of the day.  The doctor wants me to go ahead and wear the boot for 2 weeks and do some exercises to see if those will help my foot. He also wants me to elevate it more during the day to see if that will help with the swelling.   So I go back in 2 weeks to see how I am doing.  I have no idea what will happen next if my foot is not feeling better. 

The first thing I did when I got home for the doctor was take a shower and shave my leg---it was so WONDERFUL!!!!   I told Chris that taking a shower for the first time after a month was close behind getting married and having our children.  I'm one of those who really likes to feel clean and will take two showers a day if needed.  My leg and foot are pretty itchy, which is really weird since they didn't itch when in the cast.

Chris and I have been staying pretty busy.  Our pastor is on vacation, so Chris preached on Sunday and will preach again this Sunday.  We have had quite a few youth over the last couple of days.  One night they stayed over until after 1am.  Chris and I were dragging the next day, but really enjoyed our time.  They came over again last night.  They ate dinner with us and then played the Wii.  We did shut down the basement a little earlier.    Chris and I are really enjoying our time with them.  Our whole vision when we rented this place was to have the basement as a youth hang out place.  It has taken a few months, but it is so great to see that they are feeling comfortable to stop by the house whenever. 

Not much else is going on, so I guess I will go.  God continues to be good to our family.  Please pray that over the next 2 weeks my foot will feel A LOT better, so we can be done with doctor visits

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Hobbling Around

Well, I'm FINALLY crutch free!!!!  I have been walking without my crutches since Tuesday, and I'm getting better and better at getting around.  I've started going up and down the stairs with Sophie--at a pretty slow pace!  It is so nice to have some freedom back.  We have throughly APPRECIATED ALL the help from our church, but it is always nice to get back to a routine.  I know people say that kids LOVE routines, but I know this Mommy LOVES her routines!!!   I go back a week from Monday to get my cast off.   I have no idea what will happen after that.  I'm guessing I will need to wear the boot for a little while, but we shall wait and see. 

I will spend a few minutes updating what the kids are doing.  I will start with Josiah---

*He is pretty much getting this potty training thing down.  He has pretty much gone the whole week with just a couple of accidents.  We start off wearing his Buzz Light Year "underwear" (Pull-ups).  He wears them all day unless he has an accident and then it is into a diaper.  We do put him in a diaper for nap and bed time though.  It is AMAZING how quickly he picked this up on his own.  Before I hurt my foot, we had started, but then I decided it was too crazy trying to potty train while on crutches.  Well, he was so into it that I didn't have much choice.  I'm glad that we went ahead and followed his lead because it has been a pretty painless experience. 

*Well, our 2 year old has out smarted us yet again!!  We have been using TV as a reward for potty training.  We started out with 10 minutes for each time he used the potty.  Well, after 2 days of rewarding him, he figured out that if he went pee pee, then he got TV.  So he would go pee pee just a little and then we would let him watch TV.  His time would be up, so then he would go pee pee again.  We would let him watch TV and then he was right back on the potty!!!   After a day of doing that, we decided we needed to rework the rewards system.  So now, he gets 5 minutes for each time, but has to go potty twice before he can sit down to watch Thomas (the Tank) or Bob (the Builder). 

*We have started doing "school" work.  I've picked up a few workbooks at Target for Pre-K/Kindergarten.  We have been working on same/different, numbers and the sounds the letters make.  We continue to review all the things that he already knows, but know that he needs to be challenged.  He often asks to do school.  If he gets to the point that he doesn't want to sit down, then we just pick up the materials and move on to something else. 

Now it is Sophie's turn---

*After a few days of fussing each time we sat down to feed her, she is now quite pleasant to be around at the dinner table.  Chris has said a few times, that we needed to go ahead and get some earplugs for meal time because she would get to fussing (it wasn't crying--just her way of telling us she was NOT happy!!!) so loudly that we could hardly hear each other talking.  We had to start "disciplining" her by turning her chair to face the corner.  It was amazing how she would quiet down.  At first it took awhile, but she eventually learned that her fussing wasn't going to be allowed at the dinner table. 

*She LOVES her sippy cup!!  One day, she was so interested in Josiah's cup (a straw sippy cup), so I went ahead and gave it to her.  Well, the next thing I knew she was drinking the water in it!!!  If you try to take her cup away, and she's not done---well, you better be ready to hear some fussing!!! 

*Sophie went swimming for the first time in a pool yesterday.  She absolutely LOVED it!!!  I think she could have stayed longer if we didn't need to get her and Josiah home for bed. 

*She has started sucking her thumb to put herself to sleep.  I haven't been putting her to bed at night since I hurt my foot, so I had no idea.  The other day when I went to put her down, I was in complete shock. Chris had informed me that she had been doing that for awhile now.  I wanted to give her a paci to suck on,  but Chris didn't think that was such a great idea.  I figure you can take the paci away, but can't take a thumb away!!   So we have decided to let her suck her thumb. 

*Sophie is really mastering the rolling thing.  She has started sleeping on her belly.  We try to get her on her back, since that is how she is suppose to sleep, but she just gets back on her stomach