Friday, May 11, 2012

Neil "graduated" from this . . .

to this. 

He has grown so much. A few weeks ago he was 19 lbs. 8 oz. and just about 29 inches long. 
He has had many firsts since I last updated. 

-He had his first swing ride, and in this picture you can see his first tooth.
-He is a great eater. He will usually take whatever I give him. The first time we tried peaches he pushed them back out, but that was very early on in our baby-food-eating trials and he ate a jar without incident just yesterday. 

-He is mobile. He has been rolling for a long time. For a while he was like zoolander- only able to turn in one direction. Now he rolls, rocks, army crawls, scoots, and has recently been pulling himself up on his knees, like a partial stand. He also is doing a move kind of  like Down-Dog in yoga. He is pretty cute. 
He is quite strong which is making diapering kind of akin to wrestling. 


-He had his first nebulizer treatment a number of weeks ago. Izzy and Neil had Bronchitis. Neil's was a worse case. They had us get a nebulizer to use at home. It was a rough week. Dave was in Canada that week. 

 -His brother and sister still adore him. (We all do.) 
They want to hold him, carry him, feed him, bath him, etc. 
Izzy has even changed a few diapers. I should let them help more. I just get protective. 

He is such a content and happy boy. I am a lucky momma.

Random Pictures and Thoughts

-Neil loves his daddy. He even ditched me and did his first "lean" transfer to Dave the other day. He normally picks me over everyone.

-Corban and Izzy in the car. Yes, we shaved Izzy's hair. It was a matter of follow-through. She loves it unless someone mistakes her for a boy. She is amazing though. The other day I reminded her to get a headband before leaving for school. Her confident response, "It's ok, mom. They already know I'm a girl." You can't argue with that. She is a spunky girl with a unique sense of fashion. She loves her brothers.

-Corban's grade had a Mother's Day celebration. They had an adorable program, shared some artwork and poems (see above. Apparently I like lizards and eating fish.). He just made my heart melt. Some afternoons are hard for us. We are both stubborn and sometimes I lose my temper when he gets in a mood, but lately we have been doing better.
Let me 'splain. Raising children has been such a joy and a challenge. I often find myself having to step back and reevaluate how to better handle certain situations. I don't want to explain everything, but Corban and I were butting heads more and more frequently.
Corban and I were having such a struggle almost daily after school. He would get mad, and then I would get mad. We were taking turns crying, etc. So during conference I tried to listen for answers. I am not sure if I have even earnest sought answers to a specific issue before, but I learned that if you seek you will find. Maybe it sounds cheesy or you think I'm being lame, but I know the Spirit truly taught me. There were a few times I heard things that helped, and this talk had some great things in it including: "We will teach our children to understand as we take advantage of every teaching situation, invite the Spirit, set the example, and help them live what they learn."   I have learned to repeat the words "invite the spirit in" silently to myself. It has helped diffuse some crazy times between us. The more loving and patient I am the shorter and less violent the outbursts. Sorry for the tangent. I am just very grateful to have found something that helps.

-The last picture is Neil in the tub. He loves to play in the water. I can't wait to take him swimming again.