Sunday, February 28, 2010

He's MINE!

Lana doesn't always share Tucker with us very nicely.

Life with Lana today (3 years, 7 months)



Physical 
Lana is still very tall for her age.  Although she is one of the youngest in her class, she is nearly the tallest!   
She is sleeping 10-11 hours at night, and naps about an hour each day, although she goes to bed much easier at night if she doesn’t have a nap.  Still, though, on preschool days her body just REQUIRES that post-school rest.  If I don’t want her to take a nap, she’s very good about playing quietly in her room for up to 2 hours while we all have a rest time. 
Her taste in foods just delights me.  Yesterday, I made her a lunch that included pickled okra, sliced red bellpepper, cucumber slices, and fruit, and she declared it “the best lunch I’ve ever had!”  Music to this mama’s ears.
She’s had a pretty sick month – nothing serious, just one head cold after another.  We’re ready for spring time!

Emotional
We know clearly that our little girl’s love language is quality time.  She likes nothing better than to curl up on the couch with us and read, do a puzzle together, go for a walk, cook dinner, even clean up together.  These things are so much more valuable to her than anything else we can give her.  I read in a book recently that a generation or two ago, receiving a new bike was a wonderful occasion for celebration for a child!  That’s because back then, quality time was plentiful, and “things” were in short supply.  Now, it seems that quality time is in short supply, while our kids have an abundance of “stuff.”  This means that in order to love my child well, I’ve got to clear out the stuff, and make time.  I’ve got to quit being so busy and just be.  I am working hard to make some adjustments in our daily rhythm that will permit this way of living.  It’s so wonderful to watch her just blossom when we love her in a way that she understands. 
We love Lana’s sense of empathy.  Just this past week, Dan got hit in the eyebrow with a bungee cord, and it split his skin open enough to need 6 stitches.  Right after it happened, he came inside and was applying pressure to stop the bleeding.  Our sweet girl, after a brief moment of panic, immediately left the room.  I assumed that she was going to get in her bed, and was going to go comfort her as soon as I made sure Dan was okay.  But just a minute later, she came back into the room with a band-aid and her lovey for Daddy, to “make him feel better.”  Then she sat down at the kitchen table to make him a Get Well Card – all as I am on the phone with Urgent Care!  She really does have a tender heart, and is quick to care for others as she is able.  

Mental
One of the things that I enjoy most about Lana is her willingness to soak up anything I teach her.  Although we have no idea what we will do about her education yet, I know that she would be a delight to home school!  She is learning so much these days.  She’s mastered her letters and sounds, can orally spell and write her name, Tucker’s name, Mommy, and Daddy, and is working on Davis.  She loves to rhyme, and is grasping many of the print concepts she needs for kindergarten.  She’s not quite ready to blend sounds yet, although I keep modeling it for her in the hopes that she’ll pick it up soon.  The most interesting thing so far is her love for numbers!  She loves to talk addition, and can quickly identify how many things are in a group of objects.  She is rapidly learning how to count to 100.  She sure doesn’t get this math brain from me! 

Spiritual
This is a new section that I’m addressing in “Life with Lana today,” and although I can’t imagine how I haven’t written fully about it before, I’m having a hard time capturing it all to write down.
Right now, Lana’s spiritual development is a moment by moment process of surrounding her with the Truth found in the Word of God.  Every single thing we do from disciplining to comforting comes back to the Scriptures and provides an opportunity to share with her about what the Bible holds for us.  It’s amazing to me how often gospel conversations take place between me and my 3 year old….when we’re sitting at home, when we’re riding down the road, when we’re lying down, when we’re waking up….if only I am walking in the Spirit, I can seize these opportunities to share the Way, the Truth, and the Life with her.
By the summertime, we want to begin doing catechisms with her – we’d love to hear from any of you who have done this with your children!
An area of growth that we’d like to see in her, and our family, really, is an increased involvement in memorizing the Bible.  She is very capable of hiding God’s Word in her heart, and I just have not been disciplined enough about having a verse for us to learn together each week.  Any suggestions or encouragement in that area?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Greatest Show on Earth!


You might know my friend Melissa.  She was my college roommate, and remains a dear friend to this day. We manage to see each other a few times a year, and Lana and Tucker know her as "Aunt Melis."

This year for Christmas, Aunt Melis gave our family a wonderful gift: tickets to the circus!!  In the days before we actually went, Lana wanted to watch the internet clip over and over:
 
She had never been before, so when the night of the show finally came, we arranged a babysitter for Tucker and took our firstborn to see The Greatest Show on Earth! 

(The show didn't start until 7:00 p.m., so Tucker was happily at home with dear "Ms. Megan," a wonderful family friend.) 
Check out these SEATS!!!  Melis really outdid herself....Lana will never be able to go the circus the regular way again!  We got to sit in the very front row, and because we were "Circus Celebrities," we got the amazing treat of actually going in the ring.  We were thisclose to the acrobats and clowns and animals!

This was Lana's favorite clown:                                       Thank you, Melis, for a magical night.
                                        

Afterwards, even though it was SO late (11:00 p.m.!), we made a stop by the Waffle House - Lana LOVED it.  Here's her plate:

Here are a few more pictures from our cell phones, that we managed to take after our real camera died:

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Daddy's helper

Dan was installing a new faucet; he couldn't have gotten the job done without his helper.

  

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Life with Tucker today (5 months)



Sleeping: The good news is that he’s done with being swaddled!  We just went cold-turkey, and he has done so well.  Sometimes he’s even seemed to sleep better without it.  The bad news: about two weeks ago, he got a little stomach virus that wreaked havoc on his little hiney.  So as soon as he made the first peep, we hurried in his room to change his diaper and clean off his cute little booty.  Now that the yuckiness is done, he can’t figure out why we’re not zooming in at the first peep he makes.  : )  He is waking up in the early morning hours, around 4:00, and talks/plays/fusses for as few as ten minutes but up to an hour.  He eventually falls back asleep, but is up for the day at 6:00.  Finally, Dan suggested that we just try to feed him and put him back down – we did that this morning, and he slept until 7:30.  With his last feeding of the night being around 7:00, maybe he just can’t make it 12 hours without eating again.  His naps have been off, too…and we’re thinking maybe it’s because he’s growing and hungry!  We’ll see.  In any event, 6:00 is not a favored wake-up time for Team Davis.  We much prefer 7:00 a.m.   
                                                         
Eating: We started solid foods!  He loves his veggies, didn’t turn down one of them.  We are now introducing fruits.  He likes them okay so far: bananas were tolerable; applesauce was totally rejected!  I tried just mashing up some of our food, which is my favorite way to make baby food, but the texture is too much for him and makes him gag, so for now we’re using store bought baby food because it has a smoother texture.  (In two weeks, we will begin to see the solid foods therapist to work on this.)  He is still eating about 8 ounces 4 times a day, and 2 or 3 times a day we give him solid foods after his bottle.    
                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Other happenings:                                                                                   
*He has learned to roll over from back to front, but can’t quite get himself back over yet.  This makes for interesting nap times!!  We hope he masters this skill soon.                                                                                            *He has ended up asleep on his belly in his crib once or twice; it’s so cute.      
*He is very social, and just loves for anyone to talk to him.  Just a few words, and you’re sure to be rewarded with a smile.  He will break his neck looking for his sister if he hears her voice in the room.                              
*He still has those fingers in his mouth all the time.  Funny, but he doesn’t put them in his mouth to go to sleep – this is strictly a wake-time thing for him.  I don’t know if he’s teething or what.                                                
*His eye hand coordination is impressive.  Although he won’t hold onto objects for long periods at a time, he has no problem reaching out and getting what he wants – including Mommy and Big Sister’s hair!                  
*He is not a big fan of the Bumbo or exersaucer, much preferring to be on the floor.  I’m guessing this is because he’s working hard to master rolling and just wants to practice.                                                                                        
*He is a happy boy at preschool....the two mornings a week that he goes with me, they always tell me what a happy baby he is!  He loves interacting with the other babies, too.  Here's a picture perfect example of that:
                                                                                            


Tucker's schedule today:
6:00 a.m. Woke up fussing, not happy at all.  Ate 8 ounces, went right back to sleep. 7:30   Woke up happy and cooing, playing with his feet 
9:00   Ate 4 ounces; too tired to eat 
9:30-11:30   Nap
12:00         Ate 8 ounces and an entire container of solid foods
12:00-1:00  Played on his mat, rolled around, sat unhappily in his exersaucer
1:30-3:30    Nap
4:00          Eat 7-8 ounces and solids
6:00-6:45   Nap  
8:00           Bath, eat 7-8 ounces, bed

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Rub-a-dub-dub

One afternoon while Dan was at work, Tucker was having a FUSSY day.  Usually heading outside is enough to turn his attitude around, but this particular day was way too cold and windy for my baby boy.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.  I filled the sink up with warm water and stuck my fussy boy in:

Lana thought it was hilarious, and did a great job of entertaining him with the water: 

And then she decided to join him: 

Monday, February 1, 2010

The great snow of 2010!




It's snowing!
One of the reasons we love living in North Carolina is that we can count on a good snow about once a year, it sticks around for a little while, and then that's done.  We like the snow for a little bit, but not too long!

This year's snow was lots of fun.  We played with the Carson family quite a bit...you'll see some of the highlights in our pictures.

However, this snow was also really horrible, too.  It snowed over two weekends, and one of those weekends, Dan literally got snowed in at work.  The roads just weren't safe to drive on, so he and others had to stay in a hotel overnight in Henderson.

Let me just tell you.  This mama doesn't like being without Dan on the weekends.  And she REALLY doesn't like being snowed in without Dan on a weekend!  Without having too much of a complaining spirit (I AM grateful he has a job!), I'll just say that I hope that never ever happens again.

Here are some of the highlights of the fun part of the snow:

Dan and Hugh took the big sisters sledding...

while the mama's held the littles in the Ergo's:



I LOVE that our kneeboard gets lots of use when it snows!


And this, my friends, is why I ALWAYS carry disability insurance on my man:
  

Lana LOVED sledding even more this year than she did last year.  
It was so fun to watch her face as she zipped down the hills.
Could her smile get any bigger?!

 


As you can see, Tucker was very impressed with his first snow:




Mama got some sledding in with my girl, too....couldn't let Daddy have ALL the fun!




After sledding with Mommy & Daddy the first day, Lana decided she wanted to go down by herself.
The only problem was that we had moved our sledding adventures to a bigger slope.
Dan gladly sent her down; I held my breath the whole time.
I really do love that she has her daddy's sense of adventure.
   

When the snow started melting, it left great puddles for stomping.
Please note the camo sweats and purple flowered boots.  Gotta love my girl!

  

Tucker's first haircut

Tucker has so much hair!  We fought the comb-over look by styling it into a mohawk, but even the mohawk had gotten too long.

Before:
  

Today Dan was getting his haircut, and the kids and I were with him.  Mrs. Kim, who cuts Dan's hair, loved Tucker's hawk, and volunteered to trim it up for us.

If you would have told me a year ago that I would have voluntarily let someone cut my 8 month old son's hair into a mohawk, I would have laughed at you!  But I L.O.V.E. it!

He did so well sitting in Daddy's lap and getting his hair cut.


 

And after:



My two favorite boys....can't get over how much I love these two.  Look at those blue eyes!

Tucker's growth chart

09/10/2009 
(birth)
Weight: 8 lbs. 12 oz.





Height: 21.75 in.











09/24/2009 
(2 weeks)
Weight: 9 lbs.
Height: in.







10/12/2009 
(1 month)
Weight: 11 lbs. .5 oz.





Height: 24 in.





80th percentile for weight 
Off the charts for height










10/26/2009 
(6 and a half weeks)
Weight: 12 lbs. 3 oz.
Height: 24 in.







11/12/2009 
(2 months)
Weight: 13 lbs. 6 oz.





Height: 24.75 in.





80th percentile for weight 
90th percentile for height









01/15/2010 
(4 months)
Weight: 16 lbs. 12 oz.
Height: 27.25 in.
80th percentile for weight 

97th percentile for height







03/10/2010 
(6 months)
Weight: 18 lbs. 12 oz.





Height: 29.5 in.

75th percentile for weight
Off the charts for height




06/11/2010 
(9 months)
Weight: 21 lbs. 12 oz.


Height: 30.5 in.

70th percentile for weight
Off the charts for height


09/17/10
(one year)
Weight: 22 lbs, 14 oz
Height: 31.5 inches
50th percentile for weight
75th percentile for height

Lana's growth chart

07/30/2006 
(birth)
Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz.
Height: 21 in.






08/15/2006 
(2 weeks)
Weight: 7 lbs. 15 oz.
Height: 21.75 in.





09/08/2006  
(1 month)
Weight: 10 lbs. 13 oz.
Height: 23 in.
50th percentile for height and weight



10/02/2006 
(2 months)
Weight: 13 lbs. 1 oz.
Height: 24 in.
90th percentile for height and weight




12/08/2006
(4 months)
Weight: 17 lbs. 11.5 oz.
Height: 26.5 in.
97th percentile for height and weight






01/31/2007 
(6 months)
Weight: 19 lbs. 8.5 oz.
Height: 27.75 in.
Still in the 97th percentile for everything!





04/25/2007 
(9 months)
Weight: 21 lbs.
Height: 29.5 in.
Still in the 97th percentile for everything






08/06/2007
(1 year)
Weight: 23 lbs. 3 oz.
Height: 32.75 in.
80th percentile for weight
97th percentile for height





10/31/2007
(15 months)
Weight: 25 lbs. 13 oz.
Height: 32.75 in.
85 percentile for weight
97 percentile for height



01/30/2008
(18 months)
Weight: 27 lbs. 11 oz.
Height: 34 in.
90 percentile for weight
96 percentile for height





07/30/2008
(2 years)
Weight: 32 lbs. 8 oz.
Height: 35.5 in.
96th percentile for weight
90th percentile for height



08/06/2009
(3 years)
Weight: 35 lbs.
Height: 39 in.
86th percentile for weight
84th percentile for height