Eva is 11 months old!

Today marks Eva's 11 month birthday. I just looked back at her 10 month update (which seems like was just yesterday—how time flies!) and I realize that a lot happens in just one quick month.

At her last update, she wasn't yet pulling herself up to stand, and now she pulls herself up on everything. (The little scratch you see below her eye was from a kitty—not ours, thankfully—and we were lucky it wasn't any closer to her little eye.)


Also, last month she didn't have any teeth. This month she is sporting two new bottom teeth, and probably soon to get more! Teething makes her a little cranky, but in general it doesn't affect her too much.


She has been having the most fun playing with her magnets at the fridge and can usually be seen toting one or two around the house.

She is now sleeping through the night (most of the time—I don't want to jinx our progress), except when we are away from home. Last weekend when we were out of town for my brother's wedding we spent the first torturous night with her having nothing to do with her Pack n' Play. Instead she spent most of the night in the crowded double bed with us, causing us all to get way too little sleep. The next night we fastened her into her stroller, paced the hotel room until she nodded off, and got a full night's sleep with her tucked snug in her stroller the whole time! She also napped in the stroller during the wedding festivities. Whatever works.

It is hard to believe that in one more quick month we will be celebrating her first birthday. I fret about her growing up to fast, but surprisingly not as much as I remember fretting with Abby. Now I know how much fun they are as they progress (and how much easier things are when they are more independent) so I just embrace every milestone!

a gigantic haven't-posted-forever big-update post

I know, it has been an eternity since I've posted. I'm having such a time balancing everything that needs to be done around here! If I'm caught up on housework I'm behind on everything else. But, I'm not going to whine about it. Being here on the farm and at home with my kids—I wouldn't have it any other way. Gotta love and hug this baby while I can...

Anyway, here is a roundup of highlights and lowlights since I last posted.


1. After Christmas we went to the "center of Montana" (Lewistown) to visit my Grandpa and swim in the Yogo Inn pool with friends. The Yogo was a swanky hotel in its time... it's time was 1950 I think. Oh well, we had lots of fun.


 2. And then, for New Year's, we spent the weekend at a cabin (or "cabbage" as Sarah calls it) in West Yellowstone. "Mom, remember at the cabbage how we got to see our cousins?"

Here are a few of my favorite photos:

On the way down to Yellowstone we saw a couple of mountain goats, some elk, and a moose. That almost never happens. Pretty cool!


3. Abby is in Little Dribblers right now (as in basketball, not drooling as you might assume.) They each get to team up with a varsity player and get introduced on the floor at the beginning of a varsity game, and then they sit on the sideline for the first quarter. I thought that was a pretty cool way to get them excited and motivated. They get to have a scrimmage during halftime of a varsity game this week.


4. We've had plenty of snow so far this winter. Around here the wind usually comes along and does funny things with it.


The warm winds come after a few days of below zero weather, and the snow packs down to make a thick layer of ice on the roads. It rains on them and makes them really slick like a zamboni. Then it gets cold and snows and the cycle begins again. Point is, we are putting our ranch limo through its paces.

I do love the snow, though. We are getting more than we did for many years when I was growing up. The farmers around here hope its a sign that weather patterns are changing back after too many years of drought, bringing more moisture and better crops.


5. We love games. It's a favorite way to wind down around here, and we feel very lucky to have family around to play with often. (We do miss game night with our old neighbors, though! Hi S & A!) Speaking of games, did you know you can play scrabble on Facebook? Tom and I have a game going right now with Brad and Amy in Bozeman. Amy is kicking our hineys.


6. We had a little retirement/going-away party for my Uncle Bob & Aunt Marilyn. They are our closest neighbors and have been farming around here since before I was born. It will be sad to see them go for sure. This could almost go in my lowlights column except that would be selfish. it is happy occasion because we know they are excited and we are thrilled for them!


7. Progress has been a bit slow on the basement. This is because the guys have needed to haul grain to the elevators, mostly. You may wonder why slow progress would be in the highlights column. Well, that grain is our bread and butter, and if we don't sell it, there is no butter. No butter, no basement. I am just happy to have the guys spend their spare time on the house.

This is what has happened lately: Everything is painted, trim is going up, and doors are being hung. The bathroom is almost ready to tile. Carpet, cork, and tile have all been acquired. It is coming together! Tom has posted pictures on his page since he is really the one making the progress. He and my dad. We are so fortunate to have my dad's knowledge, skills, and efforts to get this project done as well.



(Is that even a word? It's not allowed in the scrabble dictionary. :)

1. We've had some sickies around here. Sarah had a mild fever for a couple of days. Abby had one solid day of throwing up and staying in bed, then bounced out of bed the next day ready for school. ??? I guess she hasn't learned how to milk it yet. Eva was sick for at least a week. We thought it was her ears. But then she was throwing up and not eating. I am soooo happy she is feeling better now and we are slowly gaining back lost ground with sleeping (not through the night yet) and eating. 

Speaking of eating, she hasn't been catching on to eating solid food very quickly.

This is pretty much what she thinks of it. But we are slowly making progress. We've discovered that she eats much better if she can feed herself, so we've been known to just dump a pile of mashed peas on her tray and let her go at it.

She absolutely refuses to take a bottle. She was taking one fine before she got sick, but now she won't have anything to do with it. I am still nursing her, but it would be nice to have a back-up option. It's been awhile since Tom and I have had a date.


But, fortunately, there have been no more lowlights besides the sickies. We try to make a practice of not complaining—it's a much happier life that way. And we just plain don't have much to complain about.

I hope I haven't bored you through this long haven't-posted-forever big-update post. I will probably have to sacrifice sleep to keep up with my posting going forward, but do I have some things to blog about. You know how everything in January has to do with either weight-loss or organizing? I have some things planned in both vents, so check back soon.

Eva—6 month update

Eva reached the 6 month milestone on Saturday so we had to have a little photo shoot. I've chuckled at various Photographer friends of mine that post about 20 photos of their kids that look virtually the same because they can't narrow it down any more than that. I love it. Well, this momma can't bear to leave out any adorable chubby faces either. I started out with the intent of picking one good photo. You're really lucky there are only 8 posted here. I took about a million.

At her checkup today she weighed in at:
19.2 pounds (94th percentile)
27 inches long (86th percentile)

She is almost sitting completely on her own. She still topples over sometimes.

We think it won't be long before she is crawling, too. She does very well with her tummy time and rolls all over the floor.

In the food department, she doesn't seem too interested in eating from a spoon. We have tried a few things (mostly fruit and sweet potatoes) to test the waters and usually we are met with a grimace and a turned up nose. But hey—she has no lack for nourishment and I guess she will eat when she is ready. I was excited when yesterday she had her first bottle of formula and she drank the whole thing without complaint, even holding her own bottle. I was surprised because she has actually had very few bottles. I'm not planning to wean her any time soon, but it is nice to know she will take formula in a pinch.

In the sleep department—oh, the sleep department. Well, lets just say we have some work to do. She has a very very strong attachment to nursing and doesn't want to fall asleep without it. This presents a problem with night wakings because she always needs me to nurse her back to sleep. (For like an hour.) She wakes at least 3 times a night, sometimes a lot more. Most of the time I give up and bring her to bed with me because its the only way I can get some sleep. I'm really hoping bottle feeding her once in awhile will help.

And I am reading this book, thanks to a friend's recommendation:

Because I'm soft, I guess. Actually, I let her cry sometimes. I just refuse to let her cry for hours, and I'm afraid that is what it will take to get her sleeping through the night.

All I can say is, while I would really really really love to know what it feels like to my first full night of sleep in at least 6 months, I wouldn't give up the cuddle time I have with this sweetie for anything. Even at 3 in the morning.

Eva at 4-1/2 months

Isn't she cute?

But how are you supposed to get these little stinkers TO SLEEP???? At her 4 month appointment her doctor said I could start her on cereal anytime. So last week I decided to give it a try to see if it would help her sleep longer at night. For awhile now, Eva has been falling asleep at around 9:30 PM, waking at around 2:00 and 5:00 AM to eat, and then waking up for the morning about 7:30. Not terrible, but not great. (My first two slept through the night at 6 weeks!) Anyway, I tried the cereal and got the exact opposite affect I was going for. For several nights now she is waking up just about every hour and won't go to sleep without being nursed. This little chubbers doesn't need to eat that much! She just loves to nurse and won't take a pacifier. Last night around 3 AM I gave up and went to bed and listened to her scream for a good half hour. Finally Tom got up and walked her around for awhile and put her in her swing, where she finally slept for a few precious hours.

Any suggestions? She would be happy just going to bed with me every night (latched on almost all night!) but that is not a habit I want to encourage. Help! (I stopped the cereal after the first two nights of this. And I think she is teething.)

Oh well, we still love her to peices! I'm sure there will be a day when I will get to feel what a full nights sleep feels like again.

Eva is 4 months old today!

Eva at four months is a whopping 16 lbs. 14 oz. (96%)! She is about 83% for height. The doctor said she is doing great. But we already knew that. :) I told my mom today its a good thing she is so cute or we would send her back and get a better sleeper. No, we would never do that. But we might have her "reprogrammed" to sleep better. Ha. If only.

Nevertheless, we are enjoying her so much. Her newest pasttime is rolling over onto her belly. Or doing the half twist as shown below. She doesn't know what to do with herself once she gets there, however.

We braved taking all 3 girls in at once for their well-child visits. Eva and Sarah both had 3 shots each (poor things!) but now Sarah is all ready for Kindergarten. Sarah weighed and measured in the 40% range, while Abby was her typcial 96% for height and low 70s for weight. Tall and slim.

After the doctor visits we did a little scouting for things for our home—a preliminary look at lighting, tile, carpet, etc. It was very overwhelming. I'm actually quite glad I'm not planning the entire house at the same time. I have a feeling I would make alot of rash decisions and compromises if I had to do the entire thing at once. Hopefully, though, I'll be able to show some progress before too long!