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Happy 3rd Birthday, Titus!

Happy Birthday to my sweet, energetic, silly, loud, stubborn, compassionate, shy, truck-loving little boy!!

I constantly say that you are “all boy.” And you are. You love to play with your cars and trucks…and it never ceases to amaze me how you just know what noises to make. You can name the construction equipment that we pass on the roads…and you get so disappointed when they aren’t moving. You could run and dig in the back yard for hours! And, if I don’t (or can’t) let you go outside to play, you run around the living room, and climb on the furniture.

I’m convinced that you would be happy if I would let you live on peanut butter sandwiches, oatmeal, and strawberries. You know what you like. Of course, it does make your mommy’s life easier!

You are in a unique position in our family. You are the only boy…a little brother and big brother! And, you manage to fill both roles so well. You love to play Legos with your big sister…although your version is decidedly a bit more destructive than hers. But, you love any chance to be with her.

You have grown into a wonderful big brother. I loved seeing your excitement when Rebekah was born, and I love seeing how it has continued to grow over the last year. I know she takes your cars, and messes up your games (just like you do to Hannah). But, I love seeing you learning how to share, and how to be kind, and to be patient. Even so, it is so obvious that you adore her. You take care of her, and protect her. And you always try to comfort her when she cries, or gets hurt. (Even when you were the one who hurt her.) And, I am looking forward to watching you love your new little sister when she comes. I love watching you get so excited to feel her move, and it just melts my heart when you already want to give her hugs.

You definitely have your mommy’s stubborn personality (sorry, bud!). And, at the same time, you can be so sweet, and sensitive, and compassionate. You definitely have your mommy wrapped around that little finger. I love how you ask to hold my hand, and to tuck you in to bed at night. I love your sweet hugs and kisses as we say goodnight, and how you ask in the morning if they are still on. And, how you often pause in your playing just to say “Mommy, you’re my best.”

Yes, you may be a bit of a mama’s boy right now…and I’m enjoying it while it lasts. But, you love your daddy so much! You get so excited when he gets home from work…or when we get to go visit him at church (as long as there aren’t too many people there). You want to dress like him, and pretend to “workout” like him. (Keep watching your daddy. I can’t think of anyone better for you to imitate as you grow up!)

You are an amazing answer to so many years of prayers! 
Happy 3rd Birthday, Titus!!! We love you!

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It’s A…

Okay. I’ll admit it. I’m a “peeker.” I like that I can find out baby’s gender before he or she is born. I like using pronouns other than “it” to describe my child. Plus, I like to plan.

I know that “gender reveal” parties are quite popular right now. But, just like waiting until baby is born to find out if we have a boy or a girl would make me crazy, I don’t think I could stand not knowing my baby’s gender – even for a short time – while other people know.

At the same time, I do kind of get the appeal. It has been fun to come up with creative ways to announce what baby is to the big siblings. So, we do our own version of a gender reveal party.

When we found out Titus was a boy, we went to Target and bought some blue onesies for Hannah to open up. I guess we made it a tradition by buying some pink jammies after Rebekah’s ultrasound.

So…

Today was our “big” ultrasound! Of course, our first priority was to make sure that baby was healthy and developing normally.

All Snuggled Up

All Snuggled Up

After the appointment, we headed home to tell the big brother and big sisters the news!

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We got a neutral bag so we wouldn’t give anything away.

It was so fun to watch the news sink in after they opened the bag!

Big Brother

Big Brother Titus holding the PINK Burp Cloths

It's a...

Pink???

It's a girl?!?!

It’s a girl?!?!

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Oh brother… (No. Despite how it looks, he really was excited. He has been saying that baby is a girl all along!)

Daddy & Big Sister Rebekah are Excited!

Daddy & Big Sister Rebekah are Excited!

The Happy (and Surprised!) Big Sister

The Happy (and Surprised!) Big Sister

Yes, it looks like Titus is still outnumbered. It’s a GIRL!!!

Our Baby Girl

Our Baby Girl

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Our little girl is growing, and developing right on track. But, during the ultrasound, it was discovered that I have a slight placenta previa. I am not overly concerned, as I had a “low lying” placenta with Titus, and placenta previa with Rebekah. In both cases, the placenta moved as baby grew, and my doctor seems confident that is what will happen this time as well. But, I would appreciate your prayers to that end. If things don’t change, we will be looking at a C-section, which, Lord-willing, I would prefer to avoid.

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This One is ALL Boy

I can now say that I have spent time in Urgent Care wondering if something was broken. I guess that makes me an official boy mom.

Titus and Hannah were playing, and Titus fell…and landed on his nose.

Owie!

Owie!

I’ve discovered that it is a fine line with boys. On the one hand, I don’t want to unnecessarily freak out over every little bump, scrape, and bruise. But, at the same time, I don’t want to ignore something that could be…well, something.

His nose started to turn purple almost immediately. So, I called his pediatrician, and he suggested getting it checked out…just in case. So, off we went to the local Urgent Care office. (Thankfully, one had just opened up down the street!)

Titus, what happened? I hurt my nose.

Titus, what happened?
I hurt my nose.

The doctor at the Urgent Care clinic checked him out. He pushed and pinched, and felt around his nose and eye sockets, until he was convinced that it probably wasn’t broken. (He said he didn’t like to do x-rays on kids so young if it wasn’t absolutely necessary. And, thankfully, in this case, it wasn’t.) The doctor sent us home with an ice pack, which stayed on his nose for maybe all of 30 seconds, and instructions to give him something for pain, if he needed it.

He didn’t.

The doctor was quite impressed with Titus’ high pain tolerance. He said he was pushing on his face pretty hard, and at one point, asked “Does this hurt?”
Titus just looked at him and said, “Yes.”

Oh, well, okay then.

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I love this smile.

He will probably have a bruise on his nose for a little while. And likely his first black eye(s). But, he’s still smiling.

This one is all boy.

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Rebekah’s 1st Birthday Party!

Invitation

We celebrated Rebekah’s 1st Birthday with a little party and few friends from church.

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Jessie & Alejandra

Johanna & Sophia

Johanna & Sophia

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Micah & Hannah

Grammy & Grampy came too!

Grammy & Grampy

Grammy & Grampy

Seeing as how it was October, a fallish-Pumpkin theme just seemed to fit.

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Dinner

Cupcakes!

Cupcakes!

Bethany & Hannah

Bethany & Hannah

Titus

Titus

Brookie

Brookie

Rebekah received some sweet gifts from her friends…although she was a bit overwhelmed by the unwrapping.

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Opening a Gift…with help from Hannah & TItus

Then it was time for cupcakes!

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Hannah lit the candle

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In keeping with our theme, I decorated the cupcakes with little candy pumpkins…and that is the extent of my cake-decorating ability.

Rebekah’s first taste of sugar…

What is this?

What is this?

She was a little hesitant at first…

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Licking the frosting off her fingers.

Just poked at the frosting…

Really? I'm allowed to eat this?

Really? I’m allowed to eat this?

But, then she got brave.

First Bite

First Bite

Yeah. I think she liked it.

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Happy Little Frosting Face…She even had it in her eyelashes!

Happy 1st Birthday, Rebekah!! We love you!

With my Birthday Girl

With my Birthday Girl

 

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First Day of {Home}School

I have spent the last several weeks planning and praying over our new school year, and this morning, we hit the ground running. My original plan had been to start last week, but, as we were still waiting on a number of books to arrive (thus rendering my yearly lesson plans woefully incomplete), we decided to put it off a week.

Planning

Planning

We made some big changes to our curriculum this year. We have been using a traditional textbook format for the past few years, from BJU Press. The material is great, and has been exactly what we needed as our family grew (unexpectedly!) over the past few years. And, I have had no complaints about it.

But, it has always been my hope to go back to a classical approach…someday. And, as I began to assess Hannah’s abilities, and needs, as well as mapping out the next…well, 18-20 years of homeschooling (yikes!), I realized that textbooks probably weren’t going to be the best approach with 4 students at vastly different developmental, emotional, and academic levels. And, because of those differing academic levels, I wanted something that they could still do together. Enter our return to Tapestry of Grace! I fell in love with this curriculum before Hannah could walk! And, as our family’s dynamics and needs have changed over the past few years, it is now a perfect fit, and I couldn’t be more excited!

So, this year, our style is what I have termed “classically eclectic.” Tapestry of Grace will be our “spine” for History, Literature (Reading), some Bible, and some writing. We are still using BJU Press to fill in Math, and Language Arts (Spelling, Handwriting, and English). We will be using Apologia’s Worldview series to fill in a little extra Bible. But, I think Hannah is most excited about our new science curriculum. My little wannabe zoologist was thrilled to learn that there was actually a Zoology curriculum, written from a literal, 6-day creation perspective! We are using Aplogia’s Zoology, and learning about the Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day. I think Hannah may have read the entire textbook the day I brought it home from the homeschool convention!

The other big change we made was adding another student to the mix! Yes, Titus has officially started “Titus School,” as he calls it. One morning as I was working on Hannah’s lesson plans, Titus asked, “Mommy, I do school too?” Well, how could I resist!? I wasn’t really planning on doing much formal school with him until next year, but he was so excited. I don’t want to push him too hard, or too fast, so we are going to try to keep it simple, and low key…we’ll be covering a letter/sound each week, plus numbers, colors, and shapes…as well as lots of time for puzzles, coloring, and Legos!

So, here are my students, ready for a new school year:

1st Day of School

1st Day of School 2014 ~ Hannah: 4th Grade, Titus: Pre-School

 

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