Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Adrian Jeremiah
Christmas 2006

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving
to my friends and family. Love You!!
Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
1Thess 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

What Are You Into This Month?

This Month...The Book I Am Really Into (or one you want to get into!): The book I want to be into is Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron...this manual/cookbook/reference guide is packed with detailed information on homemade baby food, nutritional data, feeding schedules, cooking techniques, recipes, and other invaluable feeding tips. Yaron builds her compelling argument for making baby food at home on the simple premise that food profoundly impacts health, especially when an infant's developing digestive tract is involved. Parents will learn why babies should start out on rice porridge, bananas, avocados, and sweet potatoes before advancing to more difficult-to-digest foods such as wheat cereals and milk products. While Yaron's passionate stance and vegetarian bias may turn off some parents, others will be grateful for her strict attention to potentially harmful additives and chemicals. No matter what their eating philosophy, most parents will appreciate the economy and surprising ease of making baby food at home. This is not gourmet cooking; all you have to do is learn how to boil water and operate a blender. For veggies, simply steam some vegetable chunks and blend. For baby porridge, just grind some whole grains in a blender and boil. It's that simple. And when you're feeding your baby, simple is best. --Sumi Hahn
I loaned this book out, and am desperatly wanting to read it. Savannah is really starting to take an interest in solids (read: pulls platefulls of spaghetti off in her lap during dinner prayer).

Magazine I Really Liked: No Greater Joy A free magazine about Child Training, Family Relationships, Homeschooling, and Bible Training by Micheal and Debi Pearl

TV Show Worth Watching: are there any...really???

The CD I Can’t Stop Listening To: I have been too busy to listen to much of anything this month.

The Candle I'm Loving: Yankee Candle: Harvest

Blog I Am Always Visiting: my entire blog roll...of course. Considering editing/adding to it soon.

What I'm Most Looking Forward To Next Month: Christmas of course!! Christmas shopping..not so much. I have a list, so I guess I should stop procrastinating and get going. I bought hubby's gift yesterday. (Thanks Kelli)

Please let me know what YOU are into this month!!!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Savannah: 5 1/2 months old.
Silly picture. It was an extra. What you couldn't see was her plaid jumper, red tights with black velvet bows up the legs, and black patent leather shoes.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

My weekend in a Nutshell...

My weekend started out rather nice. Comparatively speaking. Friday morning we got up early, got the kids dressed in their new duds. It was picture day!!! Drove over an hour to the mall for pictures, and then waited another hour. The kids were very patient considering. They even attempted to smile..even if it was the I've-been-waiting-an-hour smile. But we made it thru the session without any poopy-ruin-my-new-dress-blowouts, or spills, or tears. So life is good.
Saturday I baked pies for the annual church play and Thanksgiving meal. It was really good. The parts I actually saw. Savannah sat thru 30 minutes or so, the rest I watched from the nursery.
Did I mention my head cold is back? Or sinus infection, and larangitis...whatever. It's horrible, I hate being sick. I am downing everything (herbal remedies) that I can come up with to be well ASAP. I do not have time to be sick.
I stayed home from church this morning. No sense getting everyone sick.
OH!!!!! Savannah calls ME "Da-da!" It is her only word, and she screams it when she wants me. It's funny. I quietly say in her ear "ma-ma". We assumed a few weeks ago when she started saying it, that it meant Daddy...but no way. She looks right at me every time. And her other new thing is that when she wants something, she squeals. Loud. Jeremy is not too excited. But I'm thrilled!! My baby is communicating. Sort of. :)

Friday, November 17, 2006

My handsome little men Jackson, Austin and Adrian, and my beautiful baby girl Savannah. This is about as enthusiastic as they could be after waiting over 2 hours to get their pictures taken.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Baby Wearing 101:

Babywearing is the act of wearing or carrying a baby or child in a sling or other form of carrier. Babywearing is far from new and has been practised for many years around the world. In the industrialized world babywearing has gained popularity, partly under influence of advocates of attachment parenting.

Why Wear Your Baby in a Sling?

*Babies whose mothers wear them in slings are calmer and cry less. In most cultures, where babies are held almost constantly, they are typically in a quiet alert state and rarely cry for more than brief periods.
*Slings provide a gentle way of transitioning babies from the calm environment of the womb to that of the outside world. Babies in slings continue to be rocked by their mothers' movements and to hear their mothers' heartbeats. This helps them to regulate their own systems.
*Babies in slings are more receptive to learning and display enhanced visual and auditory alertness.
*It facilitates bonding. When babies are held closely, the adult and the baby can see each other's faces, leading to frequent verbal and non-verbal interaction, enhancing speech development.
*Babies who are carried in a sling facing away from the adult get a bird's eye view of the world and its wonders. This kind of gentle stimulation enables babies to learn about their environment at their own pace.
*Experiencing a wide variety of stimuli helps babies' brains to develop to their full potential.
Mothers are more easily able to calm their babies if they are frightened, providing a safe haven.
*It is easy to nurse discreetly when the baby is in a sling as the fabric shields both the baby and the mother from the public view.
*Mothers find it easier to carry on their normal daily activities when they wear their babies. *Both their hands are free and their babies are quickly soothed. Housework, shopping, walking for exercise and even using computers become more manageable tasks. Some mothers even take their babies to work in their slings.
*Older children appreciate that their mothers' free hands can attend to their own needs, like tying shoelaces or making snacks.

For more information on babywearing click here.

My favorite babywearing website is this. Take a moment to look around on her site, there is lots of great info, directions, etc...

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Psalms 98:4 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

Not real sure if it is a joyful noise, but it is a loud noise. (Laughing!)

...all children can be well educated...

—Shin'ichi Suzuki

The central belief of Dr. Suzuki, based on the evidence of universal language acquisition, is that all people can (and will) learn from their environment. Thus, the essential components of the method spring from the desire to create the "right environment" for learning music. ....

Early Beginning
The early years are crucial for developing mental processes and muscle coordination. Listening to music should begin at birth; formal training may begin at age three or four, but it is never too late to begin.
Children learn words after hearing them spoken hundreds of times by others. Listening to music every day is important, especially listening to pieces in the Suzuki repertoire so the child knows them immediately.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Wordless Wednesday: Dreamland

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Jeremy won again. Savannah says: "Da-da-da-da-da". On cue. Every time. We kind of "compete" with each baby, working with them everyday, to get them to say "Mama" or "Daddy". And now 3 out of 4 have said "Da-da" before "Mama".

This is her post while I cook dinner each night.

She chews on her exersaucer while I cook dinner.

Can you see my 2 bottom teeth Grandma Jo??? They are in there! Just ask Mama.

Mama thinks I am the cutest baby girl ever!!!!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Mr. Serious

Jeremy took Jackson duck hunting on Saturday. They didn't do as well as they did last weekend. Jackson is so happy to finally be big enough to go along with his Daddy. All week long he counts down the days until Saturday. It's also good incentive to get all of his school work done.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Cool breastfeeding facts
Did you know....
1.Human milk has over 300 ingredients, including interferon, white blood cells, antibacterial and antiviral agents, while formula has only 40 ingredients.
2.Human milk has been shown to kill cancer cells in a laboratory dish and has been used in oncology.
3. The human breast "custom-makes" antibodies to fight whatever pathogen the infant is exposed to in the environment.
4. Breast milk has been used to treat eye infections, ear infections, pimples, cold sores, and nail fungus and prevent infection in scrapes and scratches.
5. In some parts of the world, donated organs are bathed in breast milk for the protective factors.
6. There were 22 "significant" recalls of formula for potentially life-threatening situations.
7. Human milk lactoferrin is patented for use in killing E. Coli in the meat packing industry.
8. Donor milk is being used to treat malabsorption and short-gut syndromes, renal failure, inborn errors of metabolism, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, immunodeficiency diseases, burn cases, cardiac problems, and infectious diseases such as intractable diarrhea, gastroenteritis, infantile botulism, sepsis, pneumonia, and hemorrhagic conjuctivitis in both children and adults.
9. Adoptive moms, grandmothers, and yes, even men (!) have been able to lactate for an infant.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Savannah's room is finally finished.
This is something Grandma Becky bought for her from an Amish vendor at a craft fair this past summer.

This is a quilt Grandma Becky made Savannah.

These photo's don't show it very well, but the colors I chose for her walls are "princess pink", and the half wall is "romantic rose"

Some of the decor in her room.

Savannah's crib.

Jeremy wants to know if she is ever going to sleep in there LOL

Dresser full of cutsie clothes!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Wordless Wednesday