Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy -- meditate on these things.
4/3 - I said to Jeremiah, "Your shoes are on the wrong feet, sweetie." He replied, "I not 'sweetie'. Joy is 'sweetie'."
4/10 - Joy and I spent a grueling but satisfactory three hours earning our yellow and orange belts, respectively.
4/14 - Jeremiah, "It will be so so so fun if I get lots of drums toys for Christmas." [Note from Mom: maybe not so fun for me.]
4/15 - Noah, "I am King Excalibur, and my sword is Arthur!"
4/15 - We were just about to leave to go to some friends' house for dinner when Faith came runnung inside, "Mom! Nathaniel's bleeding!" I grabbed a kleenex and ran down the side porch stairs. There is blood all over his shirt, pants, shoes, and the sidewalk. After a quick check from toes on up, I discovered that the cut is in between his eyes (a little higher and to his left than Jeremiah's similar cut.) I clamped on the kleenex, scooped him up and brought him to the kitchen sink. By that time, Daddy had been alerted also and he came to the kitchen to check it out. When I took the kleenex off, it had already stopped bleeding, and we could tell that, though significant, it was not as bad as Jeremiah's had been and we figured it probably did not need stitches. After we took off his clothes and cleaned up the blood, Jon applied a butterfly closure with a couple of regular bandaids on top. Nathaniel was really good about the whole thing. Only 15 minutes later than we meant to be, we went to our friends' house for dinner. The wound did ooze blood that evening, but it was fine in the morning. He has amazingly not been picking at it. I hope that continues even as it starts to itch. We don't even know exactly how it happened. The kids were playing in the driveway and no one actually saw him fall, or what he fell on.
4/16 - Jeremiah counted to seven correctly on his own.
4/16 - I have been doing knee pushups ever since starting karate. This year, I made a goal of doing ten pushups every day in February as a kickstart to the habit of daily pushups. After my karate test, I figured I could up the count to 20 a day. But, partly due to Jon's encouragement, I gave full pushups a try. On Friday, I did it! Ten full pushups! And again yesterday, and I'll do it again today. Very exciting and motivating. Proof that a little can grow with consistent work!
Joy can tie her shoes! She got some sparkly Hello Kitty shoes on her birthday shopping trip with Grammy, and it only took a couple of weeks for her to get it consistently. She's still slower than the rest of us, but she no longer needs help.
3/4 - "It's like somebody chewing on a guitar string lengthwise." Jonathan was commenting on a squeaky artichoke.
3/11 - Faith lost lower left 2nd incisor. (R one was a couple of days earlier)
3/12 - Nathaniel was interested in the potty and went a couple of times. I have not been consistent helping him be on it, though.
Jeremiah sings "Butterfly Amazing Grace" and asks me to, also. I didn't know what he meant when he first asked me, so I just sang "butterfly amazing grace" to the tune of amazing grace, over and over, and he liked it.
3/13 - NPD "here ya go" giving Jeremiah a piece of paper. (sounds like hah-ya-doh)
3/15 - Joy can wink both eyes.
3/22 - Jeremiah asked for "some of those green berries." He meant grapes.
3/22 - We were talking about how pencils keep disappearing from our house. Noah said, "The Greeks would say the pencil gods were mad at us."
3/23 - Nathaniel can run.
3/30 - Overheard, Joy explaining to Jeremiah, "'Obstacles' means 'stuff in your way'."
3/31 - Nathaniel pointed to a raisin and said, "Ray-rih". Jonathan asked, to be sure he heard right, "You want raisins?" Nathaniel replied, "Yeah." And he also said "more" later.
April 4, it snowed six inches. The next day, I wrote this:
Today the snow is still there and the sun is out and the sky is bright blue. It feels like a gorgeous February day! But since it is April, Nathaniel is just that much more developed that he can enjoy this snow day to the max! He can walk with his snow boots on, and he walked the farthest outside he has yet in his life. He loved it so much! He swished through the snow just like the big kids; he patted it (his arms are still short enough that he didn't need mittens, but just kept his hands inside the sleeves of his snowsuit); he rolled in it. He was so happy, it was such a joy to watch him. By the time we came back inside, his cheeks and nose were bright red, but there was still a smile on his face. Such a blessing for a late snow!
On Saturday, March 26th, Jonathan, Faith, Joy and I participated in our first karate tournament. The whole family rose bright and early so we could drive the two hours and 15 minutes to Standish, Maine. This tournament is relatively small, with only about five dojos participating. Each division had two to eight participants, with an average of about four (though I didn't do the math.)
Faith's division, 5-7 year old purple belts, was first. There were six other kids competing with her, including her friend Evelyn from our own dojo. In the sparring category, she lost her first match, so that one ended pretty quickly. But when it came time for forms, that is when her practice and hard work shone. She was confident and crisp in her movements. She remembered everything and performed smoothly. She was first to go, and for whatever reason, they allow the first person to go again if he wishes, so she did it again after all the other kids had gone. She told me later that she almost told them that she had already had her turn, and then realized by how they said it that they knew she had gone already, so she just did it. It was so fun to watch her. And then the judges, not her partial mother, awarded her first place! Evelyn got second place. (More)
On the evening of March 4th, we were on our way to the church to get our portraits taken for the upcoming new photo directory. It was a bit chilly outside, but I didn't put my hood on because I didn't want to have to fix my hair when we got there. Jeremiah had just woken up from a nap so I carried him piggyback.
About halfway there, I commented that my ears were getting cold. Immediately, Jeremiah put his mittened hands up onto my ears. It was such a sweet gesture, I had a hard time keeping from crying.
It has taken me a while to post this mostly because it evokes so many emotions for me. The thoughtfulness and compassion coming from him surprised me. There is something precious inside that boy and I've been missing it because of his stubborn persistence to get into trouble. But this gives me hope for a great future for him. Stubborn persistence to see justice done for the oppressed, to find a cure for a disease? The possibilities are endless!
2/2 - Noah and I walked past the food pantry on distribution day, and saw a friend of ours heading there. He asked if she was donating food and I explained that she was receiving food. He wondered why she needed to get food from the food pantry, and we had a good discussion about the various reasons someone may need it. Our friend is an older single lady on a fixed income. I also brought up the idea that sometimes people make poor spending choices and that's why they don't have money for food. He picked right up on that, talking about people buying cigarettes instead of food. I also emphasized that it's good to have compassion for people even when they don't make the same choices we do, and try to help them make good choices if they're willing. And also how it's good to make sure kids get enough food even if their parents are irresponsible with money. It was a good discussion.
2/2 – Nathaniel came downstairs with help. He sat down facing forward and carefully scooted himself down each step.
2/3 – Nathaniel did the first four steps down holding my hand, all the rest all by himself. He was cautious careful and kind of wobbly. He was very proud and satisfied! That same evening he did the whole stairs all by himself!
2/3 - Noah came in holding a very small piece of fuzz and exclaimed, "With my microscope, I can see tons of colors in this piece of stuff!" He then examined lots of other things with the microscope.
2/6 - Jeremiah, eating a hard-boiled egg, "Look, Mom! A sun!" Me, "Yes! That's called the yolk." Jeremiah, "You call it 'yolk', I call it 'sun'."
2/10 – Nathaniel wiped my nose with Kleenex.
2/11 - Nathaniel can open the microwave door. He'll be playing somewhere in the kitchen, hear the beep and jump up and run to the microwave and open the door. So now we have to be on top of that, because usually the stuff inside is very hot! He also likes to open the door before it's done.
2/11 - Nathaniel was kicking a bottle around the kitchen like a soccer player.
2/11 - Nathaniel said "hello" with a clear 'l' sound. He copied me several times that day but has not said it again since.
2/11 - Joy remarked to me, "You can't count by zeroes. Zero...zero...zero...zero..."
2/12 - I took the baby gate down because Nathaniel wouldn't come down without me, but just stood there at the top and yelled.
But, 2/14, he decided to just step down into thin air and fell down to the landing. So the gate went up again.
This is our major birthday month, Jon turning 39, Jeremiah 3, Nathaniel 1, and Joy 5. We had our traditional big party for Jon, and a record number of pizzas were consumed (8). Jeremiah and Nathaniel just had Grammy and Papa over for small family celebrations. But Joy had a girls-only party, which was overall fun, but I like whole family parties better.
Jonathan has started being mistaken on the phone for Jon. He is thrilled with this development.
2/16 - Joy, remarking about three people on a see-saw, "It's a three-saw, because, one here, one there, and one there."
2/17 - I picked up Nathaniel and hugged him and said, "Oh, my baby!" He answered, "Oh, my mom."
2/21 - Overheard, Noah to Jonathan, "I'm allergic to dizziness, so count me out."
2/21 - Jeremiah practices screwing in a knob on the microphone stand in the cry room at church.
2/22 - Noah can whistle!
2/24 - You know you're a mechanical engineer when your one year old slams his bowl into yours and even though it doesn't break, you can see in your mind's eye the microscopic stress lines forming.
2/28 - Nathaniel practices putting a cap on a pen.
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1/4 - JPD, breaking off celery stalk, "Wow! Big whacker! Bad guy come in our house, me whack him!"
1/4 - NPD signing "more"
1/5 - Joy, holding necklace, "I made it symmetrical, with yellow in the middle."
1/7 - NPD said, "amen" after we did at dinner. This has happened a few times now.
Jeremiah says, "gacky bame" which means "exactly the same".
1/8 - JPD, "mine toes-es" (and nearly all other plurals end with -es also.)
1/11 - NPD signed "more" and said, "mo"
1/12 - NHD adding up prices quickly at Goodwill
1/13 - Noah called 1/12, "one dozenth"
1/14 - Faith progressing quickly in skiing. Her instructor said she should go to level 5 next lesson.
1/14 - NPD, wandering around, looking this way and that, "Where? Where? Where? ..."
1/15 - JPD, "2, 8, 9, 1, buckle my shoe!"
1/16 - This week, Nathaniel has started making this whine that sounds just like a power router digging into wood.
1/17 - Joy, "knock knock." "who's there?" "carrot" "carrot who?" "carrot you" "carrot who??" "carrot you and your mother!"
1/18 - JPD balance on one foot, spinning also
Also, knee...knee...knee...knee...knee...carrot...carrot you glad I didn't say knee again?"
1/20 - Jeremiah, "Does this one [points to his left nipple] have juice, Mommy?"
Jeremiah, "Sho yucky"
1/24 - NPD can stack two jars.
1/28 – Jeremiah, "I like it! Thank you, Mom, making dinner."
1/28 – Nathaniel said "ba" as he pointed to a ping-pong ball
1/30 – Nathaniel might be a lefty too. Still up in the air, though.
1/31 – Jeremiah, "Potty in your closet, Mom." Me, "What? There's a potty in my closet?" Jeremiah, "Yeah." Me, "No, there isn't." Jeremiah, grinning, "Me so goofy, Mommy!"
1/31 – Jeremiah knows how to get to the bank. We went on a very long walk. He directed where we would go. At the front door of the bank, I showed him the sign that said it was closed on Sunday. So then we went to the back door of the bank. Then we went to the Methodist Church. We checked to see if Mediterrano restaurant was open but it was also closed. We watched two cars getting washed at the gas station. We went down to the other gas station and then up and around the side roads and visited Papa at his house and then we walked home. Later that week, when we visited the bank again, Jeremiah pointed out the sign that said it was open.
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11/2 - Jeremiah, "Aunt Prudence gave us this one." perfect grammar
11/3 - Jonathan, "Mom, did you know that if you take the 'c' out of 'record' and add 'er' at the end, it becomes 'reorder'?"
11/3 - Jeremiah, walking backwards with finger in front of his face, "Me try to pick [scab], but me go 'way."
11/3 - Nathaniel recognizes his name. Jeremiah calls from the other room, "Nan-el!". He turns and crawls to Jeremiah.
11/3 - Nathaniel says, "Guh-guh-guh"
11/5 - NPD sticks his hand in oatmeal fresh from microwave. I rushed him to the sink for cold water right away, but blisters still formed in between fingers and on his wrist.
11/5 - NPD upper left 2nd incisor
Noah's favorite hobby - opening presents (More)
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9/2 - NPD definitely pulling up (on bathtub) - see Mom's post of Maggie P.
9/2 - NPD, "ma-ma-ma" "na-na-na" JDD is convinced it means "Mom"
9/2 - Joy, "2+3 is 5. [pause] I learned that in bed." Subsequently also taughtherself other addition facts.
9/2 - Joy making bracelet with paper and tape. She pointed out to me, "I made the tape not so it would hurt you." She had made sure to place the sticky side facing away from the skin!
9/3 - Joy and JPD get their own bath.
9/4 - Joy figured out 2+4=6 at breakfast.
9/6 - JPD, "I doved under water, no." (Means "I didn't dive underwater.")
9/8 - Me, "Tomorrow, NPD has a dr appt." JPD, ruefully remembering the doctor's office, "Lady poked me." Me,"Yes. Yes, she did." JPD, "Why?"
9/9 - Our kids like to count how many American flags they see on the way to karate (and other destinations.) Joy, " 'Merican flag!". JPD, "Merry gag!" (More)
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7/6 - Noah is building a paperboard New England village.
7/6 - Jeremiah opened the cupboard under the kitchen sink with the TotLok. He was so proud of himself. "There we go. Open!" (sounds like "deh-do. Opih!") He closed it and opened it several times, each time repeating his words with delight. The very first thing he did with his newly opened cupboard was to take out the dishwasher detergent, squeeze the correct amounts into the two cups in the dishwasher door, close the little detergent door, and put the detergent back in the cupboard. I'm sure he would have also started the dishwasher had I not been there to tell him it wasn't full enough yet.
7/7 - Nathaniel was doing pushups (hands and toes only on the ground) and Joy was counting them. At one point, she said, "Six! You just have four more to go!" And that session, he did twelve total (but that was, of course, after he got to her expected ten first.)
7/13 - Jeremiah had on the Jango Fett helmet and Nathaniel was getting worried. But then Jeremiah lifted the helmet and said, "Me, Nan'el!" and he was happy again.
7/21 – Joy, holding NPD, “You are my best sweetie ever.”
7/29 – JPD, “Open this door, please.”
7/31 – brass/organ hymn CD in car. Ryan, “It's like Grammy's church, but in the car!”
7/31 – same trip. Ryan, “Look! A wooden table in the middle of nowhere!” Joy, “My Dad goes there!” (No. Weare)
JPD answered how old he is correctly, at Shaw's before NY trip – and many times since.
On our Daley vacation in the Finger Lakes in New York, there was this great old-fashioned playground with merry-go-rounds, a big tall slide, and metal jungle gyms. It was great fun!
8/8 – Joy wants to marry NPD
8/15 - living history event in Hillsboro (not sure what I was going to say about this except that we went to it)
8/1 – NPD roll back to front, maybe the day before also
8/1 – JPD potty training day
8/7 – NPD on back, with soccerball. Dropped to right, rolled over to reach it.
NPD sitting if propped
8/18 - NPD crawl to sit
8/30 - Jeremiah was interested as usual when it was time to take communion at church. I explained a little, and his reaction was very similar to the disciples' in Jesus' day: "Eat body, gucky." "Eat blood, gucky."
5/6 - Jonathan is as tall as Mom!
5/7 - Faith, "Ramen numerals"
5/8 - Jeremiah, "Don't touch it." I think that's his first three word phrase.
5/9 - Jeremiah was looking at the New Bible Dictionary that has a painting of the last supper (or something like it - Jesus in the middle with a few disciples around him). I think it was rather in the syle of Rembrandt, with lots of browns and off-whites, with Jesus a bit brighter. He pointed at Jesus and said, "Scary" (sounds like geh-wy".) I never had really looked closely, but it did make him look kind of freaky...
5/9 - The girls and I went to our church's Mother-Daughter banquet. Afterwards, Joy said, "At church, I dreamed about hearts and ribbons and flowers." I replied, "How did you dream if you were awake? Were they daydreams?" She answered, very confident and matter-of-fact, "I have dreams *all* thetime."
5/18 - Joy counted to 100, only needing a prompt at 50.
5/20 - Noah said, "assumination" when he meant "assumption".
5/21 - Joy counted the odd numbers to 99.
5/25 - Joy counted the evens to 100.
5/27 - Jonathan followed the Betty Crocker biscuit recipe on his own. He mistook "shortening" for "thickening" so he used a cup of cornstarch instead of butter. The biscuits turned out surprisingly edible.
May - Jeremiah says "mung" for gum. Also, "now" for down. Other words I can't recall at the moment he also pronounces backwards.
5/28 - Amazing baby Nathaniel sleeps 8.5 hours. He consistently sleeps 6-7 hours at night. Thisis such a blessing for me.
5/28 - Jonathan likes to exclaim with an "evil" laugh. Jeremiah this time copied him, "Mwa-ha-ha-ha..." very cute.
5/29 - Jeremiah is starting to initiate going on the potty.
6/3 - Nathaniel can kick himself forward a few inches (on his belly and on his back.)
6/4 - Jeremiah recognized and named a circle.
6/4 - Nathaniel's first solid food. Jeremiah fed him some tortilla chips. Thankfully, Faith observed and called me right away. Nathaniel's gag reflex did its job and I got it out before he really choked.
6/5 - Nathaniel rolled from front to back. The first time startled him and he cried.
6/5 - Jon went to the station to do his shift chores. Faith, Joy, and Jeremiah went by themselves after him to help. They came back the first time, Faith unsure of which direction to turn at a particular cross-street. The second time, they made it successfully. And Jeremiah kept his promise to hold Faith's hand the entire time.
June - Jeremiah likes to pick flowers for me, and he always lets me know that they are from "my yard". (Because we are not allowed to pick flowers from other peoples' yards.)
6/9 - Joy washed the kitchen windows on her own initiative. She started with water, and then I showed her the window cleaner and squeegee, and she did a nice job on the windows she could reach (lower panel).
6/19 - Jonathan and Noah have a discussion with Dad-o about geography and time zones, latitude and noon.
6/20 - Faith transposed Journey By Camel from C to G. This included accidentals.
6/20 - Jeremiah counted, "one, doo, wee, doh"
Jeremiah says "way-way" to mean "this way" or "that way" or "the right way" etc.
6/20 - Jeremiah had a 12-inch ruler and went around measuring all sorts of things. Each time, he would exclaim, "Inches!"
Nathaniel has said "Hi!" several times in the right context. One time in the morning he said what sounded exactly like, "Please."
6/29 - Jeremiah climbed to the top bunk unassisted.
6/30 - Jeremiah climbed down from the top bunk unassisted.
Jeremiah consistently identifies the color blue correctly.
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From an email written to my mom on April 4, 2015 at 7pm.
Just after noon, Noah came screaming in from outside. He was holding one hand with the other and blood was dripping. I took him straight to the sink to wash off. He couldn't tell me what had happened and there was blood all over both hands and even his mouth. I pretty quickly determined that it was only on one hand (he had put his thumb in his mouth as anyone might at first and that's where that blood came from.) I grabbed some paper towels to press on the thumb to stop the bleeding and then saw that his index finger was bleeding, too. So I grabbed more towels for that. He still was crying uncontrollably.
I took him over to the couch so he could lie down. Carefully, I took away the towel from the index finger and found that it was minor. I sent Jonathan to get a bandaid for that and then it was time to investigate the thumb. A nice sized slash across the top, perpendicular to the nail. I had Jonathan get the bandaid box and some tylenol. I put a butterfly closure on it and then a regular bandaid on top of that for a bit more protection. Noah was still in such pain that he could not tell me what happened. But Jonathan made a guess and he was right - Noah was stripping the bark off of a maple sapling with his Swiss Army knife and slipped. (More)
3/2 - I told Jeremiah I'd clean up the (play) food because he was still playing with the cars. He came up to me, gave me a big hug, and said, "Thank you" (sounds like Duh-doo). So sweet!
3/2 - Faith offered to ask Dad-o to walk them to Joyful Noise, "'Cause...I want you to have enough rest, Mommy."
Jeremiah calls Faith's headbands "crowns".
4/6 - Joy was counting, Jeremiah repeating after her. After she got to twelve, he repeated twelve and then said thirteen on his own before she did!
4/8 - Pinewood Derby. Noah won 2nd place in the kids' division. Jonathan got 5th. Jon got 3rd in the adult division.
4/17 - Faith went to ride her bike at St.Mary's parking lot all by herself.
4/22 - Dropping Jon off at airport, trying to get gas, turning wrong way on Brown Ave, all the way down to Hudson. Dunkin Donuts, directions even further south, then finally back up and at Lowe's with only Jeremiah and Nathaniel, lady at checkout "you have your hands full!"
4/23 - JPD can plug in toaster. "pug" Also, "ow-coke" = artichoke
4/24 - Noah, "I was racing myself around the car. We tied."
4/24 - Joy, about Nathaniel, "Oh! He smiled so much, I think he loves me!"
April - Jonathan makes placebo potions. The first one was for when someone gets mildly hurt outside - a poultice to rub on the hurt part to feel better quickly so you don't have to go inside to Mom. Then he made drinkable ones - water with xylitol, almond and vanilla extracts, food coloring. But then they sat around in jars too long and that phase was over. They still do the outside one, though, because it's easy to make from grass and twigs and dirt. (:
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Once again, we were blessed to have Grandma and Dad-o with us for a birth. Jeremiah was still too clingy on Mommy for us to be comfortable having him at the birth. He did well completely away from me, but had trouble when nearby and I was unavailable. That is exactly the situation a birth would be, so we decided that he should stay home with Dad-o when the rest of us headed to the birth center.
Once that was decided, we thought we should give the other sibliongs a choice. Do you want to watch the birth, or would you rather stay home? Faith chose to stay home. She said her favorite part is holding the babay, and she could hold him when we got home. She is a sensitive one and it was wise of her to want to avoid seeing her Mommy in pain. The rest of the kids wanted to come.
Friday night, February 13, I had some mildy crampy contractions. I drank some extra water and they stopped. In the morning, we went to church (switched to Saturday because of impending storm Saturday evening into Sunday morning.) In the bathroom, I discovered that those contractions in the night had done something. This evidence was present throughout the day.
Sunday, February 15, contractions at 1:45am, 2:45am, 3:00am. At that point, Jon went out to shovel the driveway which had 12" of snow already and it was continuing to fall fast. We got ready to head into Concord in the snowstorm. Normally, we wouldn't have gone so early, but Jon knew it would take much longer in the storm and we didn't want to take any chances. We left our house at 4am. The roads were "surprisingly driveable" - Jon's words. The snow was all powdery and not slippery. But it was hard to see the lanes.
I was quite aware for the trip, and had some mild contractions that started coming 5 minutes apart. We arrived at 4:47 to an unplowed parking lot, but Jon drove in Beth's tracks and it was fine.
Once we arrived at the birth center, my contractions slowed down. We were all able to get some sleep, except maybe Grandma and Joy because Joy was keyed up. When I woke up in the morning, we tried to get labor going again. I got into the birthing tub and Joy joined me. That was a fun little special time with her. Then we got out and dried off and tried walking up and down the stairs and around the center.
By 11:30am, it was apparent that my labor had paused. So we headed home on cleared roads on a bright sunny, very windy day.
I decided to act just like normal for as long as it took for labor to get going again, but really hoping that it would be less than a week.
So we did regular restful Sunday activities, like take a nap and read books to the kids, go to bed on time. (More)