Tuesday, April 27, 2010

He's here!!

Oliver Beck arrived on Saturday right in the middle of his baby shower!  We thought we could make it since he wasn't due until May 16th but I guess he had other plans...

There are a lot of similarities between his birth and Tyson's birth, which is precisely what I prayed for :).  He was early but not so early that he was unhealthy.  Quite the opposite in fact! Here are baby's stats:

Born April 24th at 4:41 PM
6 lbs. 5 oz.  
18.75 in. long
Lots of hair!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day, 2010!

First off, I am blatantly stealing this photo off of OhJoy because I just adore it.  Kids, cute yellow car, and a garden on top.  Amazing pic for Earth Day.  

Secondly, a simple looking pic but please, try and imagine the effort this 37 weeks pregnant lady with a baby at zero station went through to add a little more green to this world in honor of the day.  And you know what?  I am super grateful to have a front porch to put ferns on.   :)  

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Felt products

I stumbled upon this...I never knew what felting was before!  These first two are from StemellinaSupplies etsy shop.  I love the sweet egg in nest look of these-
I am thinking I may want to try my hand at making my own baby mobile out of some of these, kinda like this (stephmodo):

And as one who is always drawn to vintage, color, and ok, I admit it, kitsch, check out this creation  from latelierdeluluu's etsy shop:

Monday, April 19, 2010

Spring Break

This year was kinda boring for us as far as spring break goes.  I knew that at 36 weeks pregnant I would not be up for doing much entertaining of 3 boys.  Especially with a history of going into labor early!  I wanted to have fun, but keep things close to home.  Here are a few of the things we came up with:

We had lunch with Dad over in the Nissan building one day.  I didn't anticipate what anomaly we would be showing up as a group.  People's reactions to my expecting boy number four is pretty priceless at times. The most common reaction lately seems to be, "Welp, there go your chances for ever having a girl!"  I love the reactions when I am like, noooo I think we still have a chance.  :)

After lunch, I took the boys to see "How To Train Your Dragon."  They all loved it.  The only exception was that Zach was rather disturbed that the main character ended up with a metal leg in the end.  He wouldn't stop talking about it for pretty much the whole week.

We played out at the farm a bit, which they always love.  Then I pretty much ran out of energy and let them play at home for 2 days.  Its nice to have a home with a backyard and a hose.  :)

The highlight of the week for me was a visit to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens with some great friends.  Amazing surroundings, wonderful company and a picnic of huge sub sandwiches and Jared's caramel brownies.... so enjoyable and relaxing!  We checked out their American Impressionist exhibit and also the Faberge egg collection.  I was in heaven!  I was surprised at how much the boys seemed to really enjoy it too.

And yes, the basketball in my shirt has been replaced with a beach ball.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Feeling about to pop

I am feeling about as volatile as mentos and coke today.  This baby is OUT OF ROOM.  Ugh

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A musical curiosity...

My interest is piqued and I am currently really enjoying/taking in a Folk-Opera called Hadestown.  My good friend Dillon Hodges recommended it to me.

Hadestown is written (and partly sung by) Anais Mitchell.  Other contributing artists are Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Ani DiFranco, and The Hayden Triplets.  Take a listen...this is some seriously good and innovative stuff!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

What is your mothering style?

Are you a playful and energetic mom?  Are you a heart-to-heart mom?  What about a love-of -learning mom or the executive mom?

As one who has enjoyed reading up on personality types for several years now, this Parenting.com article caught my interest.  Take a read through...I would love to know which of the "types" describes you the best.

The cool thing to me is how many of the traits are similar and compatible.  Basically, I am glad there is not just one type, not one style of mothering that works.  I love getting to know other moms and seeing how they interact with their brood.  I feel like it broadens my own style, which I find personally fulfilling and beneficial to my own brood, as my outlook and abilities change and grow.

Take a read through and tell me your thoughts!  And if you have no idea what those 4 letter acronyms mean, take another 5 minutes and take this online personality test.

I guess I am what they call the "tuned-in mom."(INFP)    I love how they suggest I need large blocks of unstructured time.  Sooooo true.  :)
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