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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.

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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. :)

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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!”

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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.

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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.

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What My Kids Read: Family Snapshots

These past two weeks have flown by! We are still in the haze of newborn sleep patterns and trying to take care of the basics, but still doing really well! [Read more...]

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Thank you for your patience with my haitus from blogging! For those who missed the announcement on Facebook, our little Hazel finally arrived 2 weeks ago. I had almost 3 weeks of pesky pre-labor contractions that kept me very tired and sore (related to a fibroid we had checked out earlier). Once labor finally started in earnest, the home birth went quickly, and both mama and baby are doing very well.

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We have had our hands full, adjusting to life with a newborn again. It’s a sweet, short season when they are so very tiny, and Hazel is a delight! Posting will be sporadic for the next month or so, but I managed to snap a few photos that I thought I would share with my faithful readers. :)

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The girls have been thrilled to gain another sister. Brontë was especially excited to finally have more girls than boys in the family. Both girls are eager to take care of Hazel, so I’ve had to keep a sharp eye on them. I can only reassure myself that newborns are sturdier than they seem. :) Just kidding – they have been very gentle!

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Our parents and most of my siblings came up to meet Hazel in that first week. It was wonderful to see everyone, and they all pitched in to help us out. David’s parents and grandmother took the boys back to Alabama for their annual trip full of swimming and shenanigans with grandparents. We missed Liam and Paul tremendously that week! Even though we had less children to keep track of, losing our oldest two meant less help. And we all had moments where we wished the boys were here to share in a laugh or to see something with us. I love that our kids have the chance to spend in-depth time building relationships with our families even though we live far away, but it sure it hard to say goodbye even for a week! They came back looking taller, more tan, and possibly a little older than when they left. It’s probably partly postpartum hormones, but I feel like I can see Liam growing out of the little boy he has been, and slowly (yet also suddenly) turning into the young man he will be. Makes me want to hold them closer than ever and quickly tell them everything I forgot to say (or didn’t know how to say) when we were all younger.

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Hazel has already surpassed the weight gain milestones, and already looks much chubbier! She was born with a severe lip tie and a more minor tongue tie, so we are planning to meet with a specialist to get that corrected soon. Even with those impediments, she is nursing like a pro and clearly thriving. It goes without saying, but she is beautiful and we are all very much in love. :)

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How have you been, dear readers? I hope all is well! Does anyone have experience with lip ties or tongue ties? I’m just discovering that all my kids have both in varying degrees, and now I’m questioning if we need to do something about the older 4 as well.  If anyone has insight, I’d love to hear about it before shelling out $50 per child for a consult visit!

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Most of our week has been expecting the baby to arrive any time, but he or she hasn’t yet. We had several promising starts, but nothing progressed to labor. As we waited, we all worked on the business and I spent quite a bit of time resting. Every morning, the children eagerly ask if we had the baby the night before, and every morning we tell them we have to wait a little longer. I had my midwife appointment and everything checks out fine. Baby is still healthy and apparently very happy to stay in there for now. Brontë loves to be at my midwife appointments. All of the children like to hear the baby’s heartbeat, but Brontë especially wants to hear it every time, and is very interested in everything the midwives do. [Read more...]

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This week had some crazy moments! The streak of beautiful weather lasted all week, and it was amazing to sit outside comfortably in July! The kids played outside, and we fit in another picnic before the normal hot weather returned.

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