Sunday, September 13, 2009

Autumn Should Be Here!

Right now, we're all struggling with some sort of sickness! Elyana had a cough and mild fever. She's mostly better. J had congestion and sore throat. I had sore throat and achiness. It's been since Wednesday, but still hanging on. I feel like it's so mild, it's just been hard to shake. Yesterday we all felt better, but J & I didn't wake up feeling too good. I'm grateful we've been so super healthy so far, and have very good immune systems. This is Elyana's 2nd illness, and her first was only 2 days of runny nose, fever, crankiness. I am thinking of buying her the Tri-Vi-Sol finally (a vitamin supplement of Vitamin D, A and C). They're great at boosting your immune system. I haven't gotten it for her yet, because she gets 30 minutes every day outside, if not more. (A walk is one of our non-negotiable daily activities, like music or eating!) But with the changing of the season, and her now getting immunizations every month, it's probably smart. (We're doing a very modified vaccine schedule, based roughly on Dr. Sears alternate schedule, but with my choosing to eliminate some and delay everything from starting until 6 months. I'll post more if anyone has questions.)

This Saturday was opening day of Bow Season for Deer. It's an exciting time for Jonathan! I have been practicing on my bow, but won't get to try until we go home and family can watch Elyana. We did go Labor Day weekend to dove hunt, and I got one. Yes, just one. I was only out about 2 hours, because of a small-group committment, but it was fun! J got 5 so we had our traditionally delicious sauteed dove-breast in salted butter, thyme, and marjoram. So good!

Once Labor Day is over, Jonathan feels like autumn is on its way. I have waited and finally got to put out my fall decor! I think it's my favorite (with Christmas coming in a close second)! I have all sorts of orange and brown flowers, foliage, etc around the house. Then of course there's my wonderful candle collection! I have different scented oils and candles in Mulled Cider, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, Autumn Leaves, Harvest, Cinnamon and Cloves, and Creamy Caramel. They all add an ambiance and scent that I love! And ushering the day in with Pumpkin Pancakes with Hot Cider Syrup all the more convinced me that autumn will be here soon!

Elyana is such a beautiful, wonderful, precious baby! I love her so very much!!! She babbles a lot more, saying "dadada" "mamama" "bababa" "lelele" "gagaga" "uhgauhga" and other such noises! I love it! She is crawling around now, which we adore! But I don't think she realizes that if we're in the other room (and she can see us) she can get to us as well! It's more her way of getting to an out-of-reach toy! She continues to love being outside. At Grandma and Grandpa's they had a baby swing she could sit in, as well as a hammock and a sandbox! Can I say she adored all of those? We definitely need a sand box. She'd play for about 30 minutes, loving touching and eating the sand (I know, yuck!). Then we'd bathe off! She loves going HIGH in the swing. Same as when she sits with me on a big-person swing. If I'm not going high she's bored! :)

The eating thing she's gotten kinda funny about. Three times a day is more than she likes. She also now would prefer our food to her own. If we're eating or drinking something, she has no end of curiosity about it! But if it's her own mashed food, I'm good to get her eating a "full" (2-3 TBSP) serving of each at one sitting (oatmeal, fruit, veggie). She used to love it all. I'm not worried, because honestly I think babies are being pushed to start solids a lot sooner than they ever were, and the most nutritious thing for her right now is my milk anyway! It's more I have to stand my ground if I feel intimidated by other mothers who think my baby should be eating more solids. I am getting better at this and for the most part people are kind and non pushy anyway.

I still love cloth diapering!!! But I do wish I'd gone with Fuzzi Bunz, as my BG velcro holder seems to be wearing out. I have been putting off contacting them. Actually, I should be doing that instead of blogging. But what's more fun? Anyway, I know they'll replace it, but there's only a year warranty, and I know I'll just face this again with another baby. :( Ok, I just found out, I have to mail them my diaper covers, but at my cost (bleh). Oh well. I'll tell you how it goes!

We are training Elyana and she understands "no touch" although she doesn't always obey the first time (she understands though!). We realized she "whines" for things (toys, more food, etc) and so I'm working very hard to intentionally use signs every time this happens, and to not give her something at every whine. I try to let her stop whining, and tell her "more" (with the sign) and then immediately give it. Any success with this type of training?

Oh, and she's now quite the car traveler. She's done 8-hour car rides (or more) twice a month for the last 5 months, so she's getting very good in there. Minimal fussing! She plays, watches trees, and sleeps. I'm grateful for our little traveling buddy!

9 comments:

S and H said...

We've been decorating our house for fall too! Definitely the best season for decorating! Have fun with yours!

T. Carter said...

Hey denise, i'm not really a good blog follower, but if you start a workout blog i'll do my BEST to keep you accountable on it. ;)
love ya

Anne said...

Hey Denise! I enjoyed reading your update! You enthusiasm for Fall is helping me get excited. It's never been my favorite:)

I would LOVE for you to do a post on your vaccine schedule/decisions! We chose to wait on all vaccines until Kate is one. That is fast approaching and I am feeling overwhelmed with the process of deciding where to start since she is now so behind on what is recommended.

We have had good success in curbing Kate's whining for food with using the "more" sign (although, she claps her hands 2-3 times because she didn't get the nuance of the sign) We started trying to teach her at about 9 1/2 months and she caught on in about a week. I plan to teach her more signs but haven't gotten around to it yet. I've heard most babies will not start signing until 9-10 months. But that may not be right. It really is so helpful once they start learning! Keep it up!

Ok, this is the longest comment ever, sorry!

Darla said...

I am not up on all the baby/child "training" things (but need to learn for when we start having kids!).... I would be interested to know more about these signs you are talking about? Is there a book you could point me to?

I keep forgetting that fall is approaching so quickly. It still feels like summer outside, even though the leaves are starting to fall. I need to get on my fall decorating; thanks for the reminder! :)

Mary said...

Hi Denise ... love your blog. I remembered you telling me about it one day several months ago. Funny how these things come to a persons mind. We have been blogging too. With family so far away it's a fun way to keep in touch.
We are just starting fall deco. I bought some mums, Elisa is going to try a pumpkin brownie recipe. But the thing I really need to do is get outside and do some transplanting.
Happy Fall :)

Herb of Grace said...

It's funny, I didn't really start to feel the urge for fall till just today as the Countryside starts to look more and more familiar...

We had great success training our two to use signs in place of whining or squealing. I think we started by simply saying "no" (which by now she likely understands) when they whined and then moving their hands in the shape of the sign, then immediately reinforcing by fulfilling their request. I'm sure Susi will chime in with some tips as well :) The basic idea is to teach them an appropriate mode of communication (the signing) to replace the inappropriate one (the whining/squealing) they're using.

Herb of Grace said...

It's funny, I didn't really start to feel the urge for fall till just today as the Countryside starts to look more and more familiar...

We had great success training our two to use signs in place of whining or squealing. I think we started by simply saying "no" (which by now she likely understands) when they whined and then moving their hands in the shape of the sign, then immediately reinforcing by fulfilling their request. I'm sure Susi will chime in with some tips as well :) The basic idea is to teach them an appropriate mode of communication (the signing) to replace the inappropriate one (the whining/squealing) they're using.

Carolyn said...

Just piggy-backing on what Herb of Grace said, that is how we (speech therapist and me) taught Savannah signs. Perform the sign yourself, and then put your hands on Elyana's and help her form the sign and then immediately follow through with the action.

Susannah Forshey said...

Another thing I meant to post about before: whining. Violet began whining with a very limited vocabulary, but a good understanding of language. When she would say, "Hasssum, Hassum, Hassum?!" (have some) in a whining voice, I'd flick her leg and tell her, "No, Violet, don't whine. Say, 'Please Have some?'" in a very exaggerated, cheerful voice. Being the great copycat that toddlers are, she'd repeat it back to me tone-perfect, even mimicking my facial expression. Even now, when she asks for something she uses "please" in the most exaggerated, "pleeeEEEaSE???" in a magnificent crescendo with her little eyebrows soo high. :D It's pretty funny.