Max Baby Summary: Week 31

Max has been very clingy this week.  His second tooth is here, and he is chewing like crazy with his side gums, so I am wondering if he is getting more teeth?!  But I’m not sure.  For the most part this last week was good.  Minus the screaming.  Oh my!  The screaming.  And it isn’t screaming like, “Oh, I’m mad so I’m screaming.”  Or “feed me now!” (though he does that sometimes while I get a bottle ready.) No, it is just screaming.  For FUN.  A high pitched “Wheeee!” sounding scream.  He was doing this while we ate lunch the other day.  Lexie leaned over, put her hand on my forearm and said, “Mama.  I do not like that sound.”  Oh sweet girl, neither do I!  Hopefully he will grow out of it before long.

He is signing milk all the time now.  While I make his bottle, that little hand is just going to town signing for “milk.”  It’s so sweet.  He has been eating okay, but not great.  Since the first tooth broke through he has good days and bad; he usually is only taking 4-5ounces, but will finish the rest mixed into cereal.  However, because his new meds are working for his reflux, he is able to eat lots of real foods he couldn’t eat before, and now protests plain oatmeal!  The boy wants real food.  haha  So we have been doing lots of avacado, carrots, peas, green beans, pears, apples and blueberries, etc.

His sleep has been better this past week, with only a few short naps.  This weekend he had *perfect* sleep. All. Weekend. Long.  It was amazing, really.  I also found the activity table; it was hidden in the garage.  We started using it this past weekend, and he did really well.  For a baby who doesn’t seem the least bit interested in crawling or moving around at all, really, he stood up on his own for a long time playing at the table.  He hasn’t mastered the art of bending his legs when he falls; so rather than fall onto his bottom … he just topples over like a stiff log.  haha  He doesn’t think it’s very funny, and usually gets really scared when it happens, so I try to avoid it… but the boy needs to learn how to fall onto his booty.  So we are working on bending his knees and bouncing while standing, but those feet are firmly planted; I just don’t think he’s ready for all that yet really.

Considering Mister has been having such good sleep as of late, it is fitting that Lexie has been a little hit or miss.  A few weeks ago, she went from not wanting to go to bed at night (read: saying she is tired, wanting to sleep, but also wanting us to pat her or rock her, which we don’t do because she has always gone right to sleep) to sleeping in her rocking chair.  For some strange reason she has decided she wants to fall asleep in her rocking chair; and despite our attempts at keeping her in the bed, she gets up.  But we have been going in and putting her back in the bed.  The craziest part about all of this is she has been NAPPING.  Consistently.  For an entire week!  I think this is partially because she is done teething.  All her two year molars are in, and now she is back to eating and sleeping well.  We considered taking the rocking chair out of the room, but I think we will just wait and see how long this phase lasts.  Maybe she is just ready for a big bed… I am not sure.  The 2.5 year mark usually is a developmental milestone for children when you generally see added clinginess, sleep disruptions, and new fears develop.  She is definitely more clingy to both JTom and me, and has mentioned being afraid a few different story characters were going to “get me.”  We have reassured her nothing is going to get her; she doesn’t mention this at bed time or anything, just sometimes while playing alone in her room.

Moni, Shelby, and Lilly watching us play doll house

Her imagination is wild!  We still have engines that are beyond wearing out their welcome.  haha  I think I tell them things 200 times a day. “Will you tell me engines what I am eating?  Will you tell my engines they need to sleep at nap time?  Will you tell my engines they need to stay on the swing set and leave Scarlet alone?…..”  Oh my.  Then, the other night we had dinosaurs.  On the ceiling.  The engines go everywhere with us; she even includes them in her stories during stretching at gymnastics.  They really like the museum.  As long as I don’t have to feed them, I guess they can stay.  😉

Right now, Lexie is really into reading her devotional and Bible.  I mean … like they are attached at her hip.  As a matter of fact, the devotional is falling apart, and she can read every day, word for word, from January until today.  Not kidding.  That’s what we read for every nap and bedtime.  It is her favorite.  She is now acting like a little Mama to Max and her dolls.  When Max cries she says, “Oh!  Let me go see what is wrong to Max.  Max, what is wrong to you?  Tell me why.”  haha  I am not sure why she says “to” instead of “what,” but I’m sure she will figure it out soon enough.  Her new favorite words are “fantastic!” and “earlier.”  Hearing her say earlier is hilarious.

chewing on a pear
dyeing Easter eggs … a week late  =/
painting her fingernails

We visited a church this past Sunday.  It was really nice; it reminded me of my church growing up, which was a Full Gospel church.  This is a non denominational church, it is small but has many young families.  I am excited to maybe visit it again this coming Sunday.  J.Tom was raised Presbyterian, so it is different than he is used to.  But I actually felt like I was in church.  For the past 5 years in Hot Springs I just didn’t get what I needed from our church; provided I didn’t give much back to them in way of serving.  I never felt like it was home.  The sermons were more like the new school way of thinking-motivational sermons or get people involved in serving the church, but let’s not talk about sin, salvation, the devil, or how to grow in Christ.  That’s how I felt, anyway.  The church we visited Sunday had an amazing sermon, though a little long, and a great worship service.  Lexie walked into children’s church like she owned the place.  haha  She enjoyed herself (although she was supposed to be in the nursery since she isn’t 3 yet..)  I don’t know if we will visit a different church this week or try this one again.  We will just pray about it and see. We just hope to find a church that gives us what we both need, and that we can be a serve as well.

How did you find your church home? Is it one you grew up in or one you found after marriage, college, children…?


Waldorf Dolls … I have fallen in love!

Okay, so if you are a never-ending researching Mama (or educator) like myself, you may have heard of the Waldorf Method.  **UPDATE* I just found another, better link for the Waldorf Method information, click HERE to view it- it’s just amazing ….** In my mind it is based on nature and all things natural and fosters a love of learning and adventure.  Children learn to do things with their hands like garden, work with fabric, paint, etc.  The foundation of their educational philosophy is similar to other proven methods (which we in America see to have strayed from, btw)- children learn through play and use of their imagination.  Here is an excerpt from the link above:

For the Waldorf student, music, dance, and theater, writing, literature, legends and myths are not simply subjects to be read about, ingested and tested. They are experienced. Through these experiences, Waldorf students cultivate a lifelong love of learning as well as the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities to be individuals certain of their paths and to be of service to the world.
Developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, Waldorf Education is based on a profound understanding of human development that addresses the needs of the growing child. Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child—the heart and the hands, as well as the head”

My fondest memories from my childhood are those of my brother and I running around the pastures and woods at my Memaw’s house, pretending.  I would dress up in all sorts of spare fabrics my grandma had stashed for me.  My absolute favorite piece was a super shiny, silk black with shimmery gold patterns on it.  Interestingly, in my research on all things Waldorf, I learned that this method uses what Mamas call “silks”- large, soft, silky fabrics to enliven the imagination!  They can become forts, dresses, blankets … anything a child wants!

Have I ever mentioned how GINORMIS my imagination was as a child?  Wow .. I had a basket of flowers that acted as my chicken when I was Dorothy from Return to Oz.  Weekly I dressed in my very best attire, hat and umbrella included, to rescue children as Mary Poppins, and my personal favorite- Jeremy and I stomping through the woods, BB guns and walking sticks in hand as Conan The Barbarian, or characters from the XMen comic books he so loved (I was always Jubilee or Storm).

Okay, back on topic.  So, how did I come about this whole Waldorf thing?  Long story short, the wonderful girl who made Lexie’s birthday outfit, also makes clothes for Waldorf dolls.  I didn’t know that’s what they are called, but the minute I laid eyes on the absolute to-die-for yarns and colors of these dolls, I had to have one for Lexie (or me? … no no no. lexie…)

So, I did a little research on these unique dolls, with their very emotion neutral and simple faces they are very old fashioned and SO NOT CREEPY (yay). They have these soft chubby bodies made of 100% pure cotton for the skin and warm, carded and washed wool insides.  This is so the doll picks up the smells of home and also become warm when snuggled and loved.  Their hair is hand spun and dyed from different wools, all of which which is usually harvested by a local family to the doll maker, yes even today!  Of course there are commercial versions of these dolls, but they lack the love, care, hard work, and detail of a real Waldorf style doll. 

Can you tell I am in heaven?  She had to have one… Due to the great, natural fabrics and high quality materials used to make Waldorf dolls, they do not come cheap.. fortunately for her, I put back a bit here and there for special Lexie gifts.  You can have a Waldorf doll specially made for your child, but these are usually quite more pricey ($140+) than buying one ready for a home.  There are makers on sites like Etsy, which is where Lexie’s new friend came from.  When she is a bit older, and continues to show a love for dolls, I will get her a larger, more personalized doll (or maybe attempt making one myself?).   But for now, this one screamed “Lexie Raye!” at me for several days until I finally decided to get it for her.

Her name is Shelby, which just seemed like a perfect little Southern name for my country bumpkin’s doll, and she is 11″.  This is a small doll, as many of the Waldorf dolls are 13-18″.  Can’t you just imagine toting her everywhere and playing with all that hair?!  Aaah, having babies really does bring out the inner child in you.

Here is the description from her creator, Lemonsandlimesutah

“Miss Shelby is ready for some fun. Would you like to join her?

Shelby is an 11 inch Waldorf inspired doll made with love. She is made from 100% cotton interlock knit in the tone of blush. She is stuffed with 100% cleaned and carded wool. Her hair is made from 100 % Fine Merino Wool with shades of red with blue highlights. Her eyes are a blue that matches her highlights. Shelby is made to stand, but can be sewn so that she can sit as well. If you would like her to be able to sit, please make a note in the notes to seller box. She weighs 9.7 oz dressed.

Miss Shelby comes wearing a dress in a red and blue themed fabric with complementary shorties. This dress has snaps for its closure and the shorties are elastic.”

My next big excitement is trying to make some doll clothes for her!  I think I will start with a night gown, so she can get ready for bed, like Lexie.  That can’t be too hard, huh?  And I would really like to knit her some shoes.

Funny story … when I started knitting while I was pregnant with Lexie, I picked up some beautiful worsted wool yarn at Tuesday Morning- Guess what I am going to do with it?!  I hope to try to make her doll a few things, but we will see.  I am not a seasoned knitter.  Anyhow, this is it for now.  I am very excited and hope Lexie loves her doll.  If she isn’t quite ready for her yet, I will put her up on the shelf and try again sometime.  If she decides she likes having a doll friend, I want her to have that one special doll that she loves forever- not a bazillion store bought dolls with fisher price stamped on their butts.  I think this one will do the trick!

Did you have special toys, or props like “silks” when you were growing up?
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