Time has been a precious commodity around here lately! Life is good, but it feels like there are always more things to do than time to do them. The business is needing more attention than ever. Some of our plans on how to manage during my post-baby recovery time didn’t work as well as we hoped, so sales and income slumped a bit, and we have been working extra hard to boost those back up.
Hazel is thriving. She was a whopping 11.5 lbs at our 6 week check-up. I figured she was doing well, since my back was sore from lifting and carrying her so much! But it was still reassuring to have the concrete number. She has been more sensitive overall than the last three kids were as babies. She needs to be held more and just requires more attention to stay comfortable and it is hard for her to drift off to sleep or to even stay asleep without help. Since a few people have asked, I should add that the lip and tongue tie revision did help our nursing relationship in making it more comfortable for me, but she still has a lot of gas (from swallowing air while nursing), and I have stay aware of her latch and take extra care to burp her lots. The doctor had said that her upper lips was small, so she would have to grow a little bigger before her latch would be ideal. So, it is still a challenge for me to have much time for anything besides taking care of her, but we are managing as best we can.
Stella has been a source of daily entertainment lately. She will say something hilarious at least once a day. One day I had not gotten around to fixing her hair, and after pushing her bangs out of her face for the millionth time, Stella looked at me and said in an exasperated tone “I don’t love it when my face is blonde!” Later that same week, she came to me with a trouble expression and said “My legs are growing longer, but my pants keep growing shorter!”
This past week, we started attending a handwriting class that a friend is teaching. I take the boys once a week, but Brontë and I are also working on the homework with the boys. Although we had a tough time today with some letters, she has really been loving the class. I think her artistic interests combined with her attention to detail have made it a great subject for her to practice. We are learning the italic way of writing, which I think looks lovely and is also practical. I’ve worked on handwriting with the boys for years now (with very small improvements occasionally), and having someone else instruct them seemed to help their focus. It also helps that some of their friends are in the class, so there’s enough peer pressure to keep them trying hard. Here is a link to the book we are using in class, if you’re curious (it’s an affiliate link): Write Now The Getty-Dubay Program for Handwriting Success.
We’ve started a new family tradition that I hope will last. Saturday mornings, we are all in the kitchen cooking breakfast together. I’m trying to keep jobs open for all of the kids to do. It’s been a little crowded and crazy, but also lots of fun. And, by the time we get it finished, it’s more of a brunch. Hey, at least they are learning how to make things, and we’re having good time doing it! Speaking of breakfast, we were given a new french press, so my mornings have been a bit happier lately.
That is a little bit of what we have been up to lately. Hope you are all doing well! If you have any tips on how to keep boys interested in good handwriting, please share them with me! The class is helping already, but I know from personal experience that you have to keep practicing to maintain the standard of legibility.