Sunday, November 27, 2011

I am thankful for..... first successful holiday as a family of four.

Ash is wearing the same outfit Spenc wore
on his first Thanksgiving, except Spenc
was nearly 4 mo. old.
Our Thanksgiving weekend was filled with family and friends. We spent Thanksgiving day at Grandma Amy's and Marmer's and our big, dysfunctional family. It was a bit loud and chaotic, but would you have family gatherings any other way? Friday was filled with more quality family time butchering deer (well, they butchered; I played with the kids) and then dinner with some good friends. Saturday we actually relaxed at home, except for a quick trip into town. Sunday was my Grandma Faye's 80th birthday party. Spencer woke up with a fever and a runny nose and nasty cough, so he stayed home with Daddy while Ashton and I made the trek home for the party. Seeing my family and old friends was a great way to end to a holiday weekend.
I am thankful for my boys.

After bath hair.
One of my favorite moments of the weekend was seeing the mom and sister of my friend who passed away this fall. They gave me some jewelry that belonged to Annie. I will cherish the bracelet, necklace and earrings,  and think of my dear friend when I wear the jewelry.

We did manage to do a few projects this week. I didn't take a picture of the card we made for my grandma. I recycled some old projects of Spencer's to make her card. I traced Spencer's and Ashton's hands and cut out a heart from the old projects. Then I measured the length of their arms from hand to hand with some ribbon. I attached the hands to the ribbons and then to the heart. The heart said "I LOVE You THIS Much, Grandma" (meaning the length of their outstretched arms).

Spencer tracing his shoe.
The other project was Thanksgiving-themed. Again I traced their hands and their shoes. I used their feet as the body of the turkey and their hands as the feathers. It's neat to compare the size difference between the two turkeys.

Here is the latest growth picture. It's hard to believe Ashton is already a month old! He has his one month well check-up this week; I'm curious to see how much he weighs now.
1 month old.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Finally F.....

It's been a little crazy in the Mahlke household, so I'm a bit behind on our letter projects. We spent two weeks on the letter F for two reasons: (1) we just didn't have much time for projects, and (2) there was a lot of things I wanted to do for F. Unfortunately, I didn't get to do them all, but it's time to move on to G.

One of the reasons we were so busy is because Ashton was sick. It started with a stuffy nose....and then landed us in the ER. I took him to the doctor as a precaution. Because he had a low grade fever and "rattly" lungs, they sent me to the ER for further testing. It was a little scary taking my 2 week old to the ER, but luckily nothing serious was wrong. After a few tests and a chest Xray, they said he had an upper respiratory infection, or your basic cold. I made a follow-up appointment with our regular doctor for the next day. She said his lungs still sounded a bit rattly but nothing too serious. She was more concerned about the slight weight loss he had from the day before, so she wanted to see him again the next day. The next day his weight had was stable and the doctor said he was fine. What a scare, though!!

Another reason it's harder to do projects is because of the challenge of balancing two kids! I swear it's more than double the work. Ashton is an angel--the complete opposite of Spencer as a baby. But Spencer is still a handful to this day. He now decided he can't do simple things he's been doing for a long time and he constantly needs my attention. Even when Dave is home to help it's still hard because Spencer only wants me. He's really good with Ashton, but he is having some adjustment issues to his decreased Mommy-time. Sadly, I am running out of patience and I find myself being short with him. I pray this stage will pass soon!

Finally to the letter F....We started by coloring on a fabric softener sheet. I then cut both lower and upper case Fs and glued them onto a flashcard.

We also made a fort under the dining room table. We read stories with a flashlight and drew on a chalkboard. This was cut short when Ashton decided he needed to eat.
We made homemade finger paint and then set up different stations on the kitchen floor. Spencer doesn't like getting his hands dirty, so finger painting the real way is out of the question. Instead we used feathers, cars, real paint brushes and sponge brushes to paint.

The last time we focused on the letter F we did family foot prints. I decided since our family has grown since then that we should do an updated one. I bought canvas stretched across some boards for a fancier picture this time.

Then here is the photobook picture for F. Spencer really enjoys the photobook. He likes looking through it and answering me when I say, "A is for..." 

We visited with family, too. Aunt Katie and cousins Samantha and Hunter stopped by to meet Ashton for the first time. The cousins had a great time playing.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

My Little Oink Butt

Ashton had his one week check-up today. He now weighs 8 lbs 15 oz. My little man is an eating machine, apparently!! It is a nice, comforting indicator that nursing is going so well this time around. I was so shocked that he gained so much weight in a week, I forgot to ask what percentile he is in. It would be weird to have a kid in a high percentile for once!

 In honor of his one week birthday, here are some pictures I like to call Mommy Photography.

(In case you're wondering, he did pee and poop all over the blankets since he was photographed naked. Twice. Hey, at least it wasn't on me!)