06-29-2015

5 Months Old! | Ruby Lyndis

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This sweet babe is 5 months old, can you believe it?!

She weighs 13lbs 6oz, but she is SO chunky! I didn’t know it was possible to have wrist and ankle rolls! I’m so in love with it.

She is super smiley and gives great smiles to everyone who talks to her.

She is now rolling over like a champ!

Still eating 6oz bottles.

Sleeps through the night.

She pinches and pulls hair.

But she also gives slobbery kisses, so we go with it.

She LOVES to stand up, any time we put her in a sitting position she is trying to stand.

She loves to kick her legs and bathtime has now become a shower for mama as well.

She gets super giggly, especially when it comes to her brother.

She found her feet!

She will still take a pacifier, but sometimes she prefers her thumb.

She wears size 3-6 and 6 month clothes.

No interest in food yet.

Her favorite toy is a stuffed giraffe that Jordan named “Gentleman Giraffe.” She thinks he’s pretty awesome.

She won’t fall asleep on her own, and will fuss like crazy until you turn her on her side, then she snuggles in and puts her face in the crook of my elbow and falls asleep.

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06-22-2015

5 Years Old | Audrey Thyme

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Just whoa.

Happy Birthday, Audrey bug! <3

My sweet girl turned FIVE. She’s getting ready for Kindergarten at the end of August.

Ready for the funnies of our amazing girl?

Daddy threw away a package of gummy bears. Audrey suddenly ran to the bathroom and locked the door (which is unusual that the door was even shut) and when she came out her mouth was bulging. When asked how many were in her mouth she could barely talk but said, “One!” as two fell out.

 We went to the Olive Garden for dinner and Audrey special requested an olive. Just one.

While at the dentist he made a comment about her lack of tonsils. So on the drive home she bursts into tears, sad about missing her tonsils. Then at Family Home Evening we asked if there was anything anyone wanted to discuss, Audrey raised her hand and starts crying, “I don’t have any tonsils!”

 Audrey was poking herself in the eye and then told us, “My eye hurts, RIGHT HERE!”

 “How about you name that baby girl so you can hurry up and have her? Deal?!” [When I was 6 months pregnant with Ruby.]

Mama had a bunch of 5 gallon water bottles in her car that Daddy forgot to take out, when she turned a corner one fell over. Audrey said, “Just ask Daddy really nicely to take them out of your car. And if he doesn’t do it then you kick him out of the house!”

Me: Do you know what that says? That says Thyme, like Audrey’s middle name and mama’s middle name!
Audrey: I didn’t know that was my middle name!
Me: why do you think we call you Audrey Thyme?
Audrey: ‘Cause you’re silly.

Sydney: Did you know the pioneers came to Utah and built the salt lake temple?
Audrey: They built it all by themselves?!

Me: Audrey don’t run with a pencil!
Audrey: How about an eraser? Can I run with an eraser?

 Audrey decided it was time to watch the first Christmas movie of the season. She choose Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, when it finished she sighed and said, “Well that was awful!”

 Audrey: Why does Sydney get a baptism towel?
Me: She’s going to be baptized in August, because she will be 8.
Audrey: Why does Sydney get to be 8?!

 Jordan: Where are you going?
Audrey: I’m leaving! Sydney won’t play with me, and Zachary is stinky and he will stink up my toys!

 Audrey: Mama, why does Zachary have cracks in his belly?
Me: Those are called veins.
Audrey: Are you sure? I think he’s cracking.

Me: First day back to school, we don’t have another break until Ruby is born!
Audrey: WE DON’T GET A BATHROOM BREAK UNTIL RUBY IS BORN?!?!?

Our little lady is still as dramatic as ever, she loves her baby sister. For the most part she and Sydney play so well together! Zachary and her are frienemies, and it changes every four seconds. She loves to sing, and is still enjoying gymnastics. She is 3’4″ tall (9th percentile) which means she grew 3 inches in a year.

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05-29-2015

4 Months Old! | Ruby Lyndis

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Miss Ruby is now 4 months old! I can’t believe it’s only been 4 months, it feels like she’s been in our family forever!

This sweet pea is now 12lbs 2oz and 24 inches long!

She talks all the time, and loves to chew on her hands. Occasionally she still shoves that right thumb in her mouth.

She drinks 6 ounces of formula at a time.

She goes to sleep around 9 p.m., and wakes up around 6 a.m. Sometimes she wakes up once between that but just wants to cuddle and then goes back to sleep.

Most of her sleeping now occurs in her own bed, which is nice! Occasionally she still wants to cuddle though.

She’s started to giggle!

She’s also started to roll, but only rolls half way over and is content with that.

She adores her big brother.

She LOVES to be naked and enjoys having her diaper changed. Big smiles and lots of giggles when she’s naked.

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05-21-2015

When You Think You’re Failing

Since I’ve spent this entire school year pregnant, and then with a newborn it’s had it’s challenges.

Especially since this is Audrey’s first year doing school with us.

And unfortunately she’s gotten the short end of the stick.

 Preschool hasn’t gotten done.

And not because she isn’t cooperative. Unfortunately it’s just the opposite, she’s been begging to do school.

The cute assignments have gotten done. Eventually.

Reading took a back burner and we just worked on flash cards.

The stories I was suppose to read to her just didn’t happen.

And our coconut tree? Yeah, it’s got the letters A and B on it. :(

In short, I was failing Audrey.

First step? Realizing it.

Second step? Make a plan.

Luckily I’m great at making a plan.

So one Sunday night I opened up that weeks folder for school, grabbed the four books for the week. I made four piles, one for each day of the school week. I stacked them on top of each other (the books being the divider) and I left it on the table. With our All About Reading book on top.

I also realized that piano practice had slipped through the cracks. So when it’s time to do school I sit down with Audrey first, while Sydney plays the piano. When it’s time to switch Audrey to reading out loud I have Sydney start her math worksheet.

Audrey and I work through her pile of things to do, finishing with a book being read her to. Often I do this while I’m feeding Ruby, but the point is that we do not leave the table. We stay right there, because if we get up it won’t get finished. After I read her book to her, she reads to me from All About Reading.

We are going back over the first book and making sure she can read each of the stories fluidly with little time spent sounding out each. and. every. word. We are going slowly to make sure the concepts are reinforced.

After a few months of using this method I can say that our school work goes a lot smoother, Audrey is happier and her reading has improved drastically!

So what do you do when you’re failing your child? Stop. Fix it. Make a plan. Start again. Make it work.

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04-29-2015

3 Months Old | Ruby Lyndis

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This girl is SO sweet! She’s also three months old this month!

She’s a pro at holding up her head.

She’s starting to support her weight when lifted into a stand.

She’s smiling at everyone!

She loves to talk!

She’s slept through the night a couple of times.

Around 8pm she gets really fussy and wants to snuggle until she falls asleep, and then you can move her to her bed and she’ll stay asleep for at least 4 hours.

We discovered this month that the poor babe was really hungry. I nursed her for two hours straight and she was still frantic and angry!mad screaming so Jordan gave her a bottle only to have her chug 3oz, which was unbelievable because she only drinks 4oz at a time. Poor thing. Since we started formula she’s happy all the time and rarely cries, unlike previously where she’d be labeled a fussy baby and the doctor thought she might have colic. Nope, she’s just hungry!

She’s now in the one-sized bumGenius diapers, on the smallest setting.

She wears size 3 month clothes.

She LOVES her brother, and he adores her!

No interest in rolling yet.

She’s a slobbery baby! She is always blowing spit bubbles or drooling on something.

She discovered her hands! Now they always go in the mouth.

She got her ears pierced this month, and she got pretty garnet earrings, which is her birth stone.

She celebrated her first Easter this month, and survived her first Sherman kid birthday party (Zachary turned 3.) As per tradition we did a Bunny picture of Ruby’s first Easter. She and Zachary were not amused.

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04-05-2015

Three Years Old! | Zachary Orlo

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Whoa. Zachary is THREE.

THREE. How? How did that happen?

He is 30lbs and 3 feet tall!

He is IN LOVE with Toy Story, so naturally we had a Toy Story themed party for our little cowboy!

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Instead of saying “excuse me” Zachary says, “Beep beep!”

“I seepy.” (I’m sleepy.)

He loves “puppy gogs” and loves to give “puppy gog kisses.” (He licks you in the face.)

He points blame at EVERYONE. “Audee did it! Daddy did it! Papa took Woody’s hat!”

Grandma Sherman told him to go get a “Ronald McDonald Frankenstien.” We all laughed, because how on earth was he to know what that was? Three seconds later he was back down stairs with Ronald McDonald Frankenstien in hand.

He LOVES Mama’s deodorant and is often found cuddling with it!

“Tickle my toes!”

He and Daddy were playing and he took Daddy’s sword away, “No, that’s bad, that hurts…I HIT YOU!” then he started hitting daddy with a sword, when Daddy grabbed a sword to block it, Zachary’s stick bounced back and hit him in the head.

He’s obsessed with putting all water stuffed animals in the “ocean.” Which is the stairs.

“No, please.”

“I peed on my baseballs!” (Baseball underwear.)

“Frosty the Sherman” was a favorite during Christmas time. He was obsessed! When Mama got out her snowman wood decoration Zachary was upset that he didn’t have a hat. We were able to convince Zachary to do ANYTHING if it meant Frosty got a hat. “Do you want Frosty to have a hat?” “Yeah!” “Then you have to let Mama change your diaper!” “Okay!”

When we say something he doesn’t like he folds his arms across his chest and tells us, “Goodbye!”

He’s obsessed with the idea of everyone going to work. He wants to go to work too.

We took the kids swimming and Zachary instantly death gripped every bit of Mama’s very pregnant body he could while screaming, “I dying! I dying!”

Mama: Say, “Zachary Orlo Sherman.”
Zachary: Zachary Orlo COOKIES Sherman.

His prayers always include, “Cookies and candies.”

“I not ZZ! I Zachary Sherman!”

“PRETTY PLEASE GET ME MY BLANKIE NOW!”

“No me didn’t!”

Put Zachary down for bed, ten minutes later he comes down the stairs, “Good morning, mama! Daddy go to work? Good morning, mama!”

Me: Get back in bed, Zachary.
Zachary: I need cookies!
Me: Nope.
Zachary: I gotta pick apples!

He watched Mama feed baby Ruby and he told her, “Ew, boobs. I don’t wike boobs! Icky, baby! Boobs are icky!”

 

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03-29-2015

2 Months Old! | Ruby Lyndis

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My baby is two months old now! Holy cow, time is just FLYING.

This month marked the her first cold, which she is still recovering from. Her cough is about the saddest thing I’ve ever heard.

Thrush came back, and it hurts like heck. We are powering through and have gotten some nystatin to make it go away, after that I’ll be doing a doTERRA yeast cleans in hopes that it won’t come back.

She’s a mama’s girl and smiles and coos for me daily.

She loves to be naked!

Which luckily means she likes having her diaper changed.

And she loves bathtime!

She fights going to sleep and will cry for about 1-2 hours every night starting around 9 pm, around 10 she will finally stop fighting and will fall asleep. It gets tiring.

Luckily she doesn’t cry much during the day. She saves it all for the night.

She loves to be swaddled still, and loves to be wrapped up in warm blankets. She gets that from here mama ;)

She rolled from her front to her back this month.

She’s still working on getting that thumb in her mouth. I think she’s given up and just goes for the entire fist.

She doesn’t sleep well on her own, so we get lots of baby cuddles!

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She’s adored by her siblings.

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She really liked her bumbo, until she got tired.

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03-07-2015

How I Organize All About Reading

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Audrey is learning to read! Yey!

For her we choose to use All About Reading, it has a ton of fun games and does an awesome job teaching phonics. All things I’m a huge fan of.

My only issue I had was I had no idea how to store this curriculum! It felt like a waste of space to put all the lessons in file folders, so I was at a loss.

To begin with, my wonderful hubby colored the entire curriculum for me. Personally, I despise coloring. I seriously am awful at coloring, how absurd is that? Jordan, on the other hand, is not only good at coloring but he actually enjoys it!

So we made a deal, he’d do the coloring and I’d teach the kid to read. Sweet, DONE.

Anyhow, the wonderful husband colored the pages and then I laminated them and cut them out. Put them all into individual baggies according to which lesson they corresponded to.

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I also put together the Word Flipper/Sliders and laminated the Fluency Practice. Then I trimmed down the lamination on the Fluency Practice so that they would fit into a page protector.

Each lesson has it’s own page protector, which holds it’s Fluency Practice and any game pieces that are needed. When I finish a lesson I take the page protector out and move it to the back.

Why did I have Jordan color the pages, and then spend the time laminating it?

Because I didn’t think that Zachary would want to play a game that Audrey colored. Plus, it probably wouldn’t survive Audrey and I like to make our curriculum last.

But, it’s in a pink binder.

Yup, and that’s Audrey’s color. After she passes off AAR Level 1 I’ll move the page protectors to a blue blinder and keep it in storage until Zachary is ready for it. And then I’ll get AAR Level 2 all put together in Audrey’s pink binder.

Anything else that might be helpful?

The front cover holds her Progress Chart, so that every day she can see the progress she’s making! The star stickers that we use are in the pocket on the inside cover, along with some lined paper. Sometimes Audrey doesn’t like the tiles, on those days we write the words on lined paper instead. Audrey is very visual and quickly notices word ending patterns (“All the words end in -an!”) and during the “switch the letters” game this is REALLY helpful for her!

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02-28-2015

One Month Old! | Ruby Lyndis

DSC_1038This sweet babe is officially ONE MONTH OLD.

Things to remember about Ruby’s first month:

-She sleeps in about 4 hour stretches, and has even had a few 7 hour nights! My hopes aren’t high for this to continue.

-She is 8lbs 14oz and 21 inches long.

-She still wears size newborn clothes and cloth diapers.

-She loves bathtime!

-The only way to get her to sleep is to swaddle her up tightly.

-If she doesn’t have her pacifier she substitutes with her thumb. Her RIGHT thumb. Great-grandma Smith is hoping this means we will have another lefty in the family. She’s a pro at getting just that thumb in.

-She had her first bottle this week, no problems!

-We’ve recovered from thrush! This resulted in a purple mouth.

-She hates her car seat, and screams when she is in it.

-She doesn’t cry much unless she isn’t being held, then she gets pretty angry about it.

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02-12-2015

2 Weeks Old! | Ruby Lyndis

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It never ceases to amaze how fast babies grow. In Ruby’s case I keep thinking, “Wow, with Audrey and Zachary I was still pregnant!” So even though she’s already 2 weeks old, I’m so grateful I’m not 42 weeks pregnant.

That doesn’t make it easier though. Time should still slow down.

This little girl is such an amazing baby! She’s a very considerate 4th child and adds another splash of sweetness to our lives that we didn’t know was missing.

At her two week check today she was 7lbs 5oz (up 3oz from birth weight, which is amazing for my babies!)

Her sleep schedule is still pretty irregular, but she’s new here so we forgive her. She will sleep anywhere from 2-5 hours stretches, and I love it when these stretches happen at night.

She had her newborn photoshoot last week and was a complete angel, nursed once and then was out for the whole session!

She’s a great nurser and does pretty well with my over abundant supply, usually my babies are choking, violently throwing themselves off and making a mess of the both of us in the process. She doesn’t have this issue. Unfortunately in order to keep up with me she swallows a lot of air and has a very gassy tummy.

Thank goodness for gripe water, but she isn’t any good at burping.

She HATES the car seat, and cries anytime she’s in the car.

She refuses to sleep in her own bed. We’re working on that because the queen sized bed isn’t big enough for me, Jordan and Ruby. Mostly because Ruby takes up the entire bed herself. I miss my California King sized bed.

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