Monday, February 8, 2010

More of my little model!

I took a few pictures of Gracie in her nursery again today. I love taking pics of her because she's so beautiful and can't run away from me yet! lol

Breastfeeding and Car Seat Safety

Since Breastfeeding and Car Seat Safety are two things very important to me, I thought I'd make a post about them. Over the past couple of years I've done a lot or research, learned a lot and even changed the way I do some things.

I did not breastfeed my first 3 boys and I regret it a lot now when I look back. I had no reason not to, but I made excuses. I understand it's not for everyone, but for me I should have given it a shot with them. Breastfeeding my last 2 children has been a great experience for me. It has it's challenges, but the benefits and the bonding is so worth it.

Here are some sites for information on breastfeeding.

Now on to Car Seat Safety. My views on this subject have drastically changed over the past couple of years. Between my own research and recent studies I have read about, I could not help but change how I feel about it.

I have all 5 of my kids in 5-point harnesses, even my 7 1/2 year old. Now I don't think everyone should have their 7 year olds in a 5 point harness car seat, but my son is small for his age and he's WELL under the weight and height for the car seats I own. He also has no problem still being in a 5-point harness, in fact he always says he's safer and he's happy about it. All 4 of the boys are in Radian 65 and Radian 80 car seats. Gracie is in a Graco Snugride until she grows out of it and we already have a Radian 80 waiting for her (a pink girly one of course!). Sunshine Kids Radian car seats were my choice for several reasons, but the main reason being they are the slimmest seat on the market so they are able to fit 3 across in the third row of my 2008 Chrysler Town and Country. They also have a steel frame and are one of the highest reviewed seats for safety.

Keeping my kids in a 5-point harness for as long as possible isn't the only thing that has become very important to me. I am also rear-facing until at least 2. Children under 2 are 75% less likely to be seriously injured in a car crash rear-facing. Those statistics are enough to make me keep Zayne rear-facing until he's at least 2 and the same goes for Gracie. I absolutely do not look down on parents who choose to do things differently. These are choices that make me feel comfortable and I like to pass on the information I have :).

This article says a bit about the study.

This site is very helpful when it comes to ALL things car seats! Safety, brands, reviews etc.

The most rewarding job

For me, being a mother is the most rewarding job I could ever do. I stay home with my children and some may not look at it as work, but I do. Besides the fact that it isn't easy, I am also shaping our future. The way I raise my children will have an impact on our future. There is no other job I would want to do right now. Homeschooling is also so rewarding to me. When I watch my oldest son read, I have the satisfaction of knowing that I taught him how to read. It's a good feeling. Just about everything about being a mother and homeschooler is rewarding to me. Being here for my children every day, breastfeeding, serving them all of their meals etc. all of it is an experience I am grateful to have. I know I'm not a perfect mother, but I try.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

A couple new pictures

I haven't taken pics of myself in a while, so I snapped a couple of myself and one of my husband and I. I wish his head wans't cut off, but the 15 inch height difference makes it hard lol.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Time really does fly!

really want to know where all of this time with my children is going? It is insane how quickly they are growing. It's exciting to see them grow, but sad at the same time. I love them being babies and 3 of them are definitely not babies anymore.

Today, Annabella is 3 months old. I really can't believe how fast the past 3 months have gone by. Wyatt turns 4 tomorrow. He is such a big boy. He's so smart too. We're having a small party with just us here tomorrow for Wyatt, as we usually do for the kids birthdays. His theme is "Monster John-Deer". His cake will be decorated like a monster truck ring and I have a new John-Deer truck that is like a monster truck with big wheels that will go on the cake, running over hot wheels. He'll be absolutely tickled by this idea. We have John-Deer plates and stuff as well.

Tonight, Tony is taking the 3 older boys to Monster Nation, which is a monster truck show, just not as well known as Monster jam. They are going to have a BLAST! They think monster trucks are the coolest thing ever! I wanted to go with them, but it'll just be too loud for the babies. I told Tony that he has to take Alex's camera and get pics for me. We don't want him to chance breaking mine. Mine is also a bit large for him to carry. Alex has a nice little Kodak video camera that takes still shots. Wont be the quality pics I like, but better than nothing! Boy do I wish I was going to be there to see their faces in person though!

On a not so exciting note... This past couple of days the older boys have just been terrible. Completely trashing their playroom, giving me a hard time cleaning it and not listening very well. They are very lucky to be able to even go tonight. In fact, if they don't clean their playroom Tony just might not take them because he warned them last night and again this morning before he went to work, that they better behave and do their chores today. So far, they haven't been holding up their end very well. It must be the weather or something. My boys are usually so well behaved and something has just gotten into them. They aren't being horrid or anything, but not as good as usual, that's for sure.

Here are some pictures of my little Bella Grace I took earlier today! My little 3 month old princess!

Sitting on Daddy's desk last night :).