A Few Firsts

And these aren’t for Levi. I didn’t really think about all the “firsts” Abigail would experience this year-probably because of all the firsts Levi has had.

One first for Abigail was losing her first tooth. Her bottom tooth was quite wiggly a few weeks back. While watching America’s Funniest Videos Abigail saw a clip of a girl having her tooth yanked out with a piece of string. I convinced her to give it a try. I managed to tie a piece of dental floss around her tooth and proceeded to watch her s-l-o-w-l-y pull at her tooth. How could she be ok with this slow method? I suggested she let me yank it out. She agreed and a few squeals and 1-2-3 yank later it was out!

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Three weeks later she went ahead and pulled her second bottom tooth out on her own while I wasn’t looking. On Sunday night her third came out with the help of a chewy lifesaver. We’re waiting for her fourth to probably come out within the week. And we can already see two of her grown-up teeth coming in!

 

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Abigail’s second “first” was learning to ride her bike without training wheels. This was one of our summer bucket list items, but we didn’t get to it until September. Jonathan spent a little time with her one Sunday afternoon. She made progress but was hampered a bit as she was very discouraged each time she fell or lost balance.

A few days later though her determination got the best of her and she pressed on-on her own. First she tired out our neighbor’s smaller bike and then made several attempts on her own bike. Then BOOM! That was it. She can ride her bike all on her own without training wheels. What a girl!

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And here are a few more pictures of the others having fun outside.

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Apple Picking

We had our annual apple picking outing at Smolak Farms in late September. It was a beautiful warm and sunny day for it. The only problem was that the apples were pretty scarred (maybe from a rough winter?). We had to work extra hard to find apples with the fewest blemishes.

We were joined by Nonna, Papa, Auntie Laura, and Bridget. This made our outing that much more enjoyable! Before they all arrived we started off checking out the farm’s pumpkins.

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Despite the poorer quality apples we still managed to fill our bag with plenty of fruit for apple pie, crisp, muffins, sauce, and just plain eating. Plus, the girls had a blast as always. This was Levi’s first apple picking experience. He slept through most of it, but once he woke up we were able to help him pick his own apple.

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Celebrating a Little Pumpkin on the Way

My sister recently had her second child, a boy, back in October. I am finally posting about her shower!

We wanted to celebrate my sister and her little pumpkin with a fun fall-themed baby shower.

My husband designed invitations and other print materials. My mom planned the games. My Great Aunt hosted and helped with the decorating. And I cannot forget to mention that I made the cake and bacon-wrapped dates – everyone else helped me with the rest of the yummy goodies!

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Waiting for my sister’s little guy to arrive was hard, but now he is finally here! I’ll hopefully make a post about us all meeting him before he turns 1 (things have been a little busy around here :-).

Eight Months

Our not-so-little Levi is eight months old now. He is fully mobile and is always keeping us on our toes. He easily pulls himself up on all sorts of furniture and will occasionally use a wall to stand himself up.

He’s had plenty of table food (more than any of the girls did by this age). He just seems more interested-plus it is a great way to give him something to do while we’re getting his sisters to eat.

He still has only two teeth but may be working on his top two.

Slow down Levi! Part of me is very ready for you to reach toddler hood (hello more sleep, maybe?) the other part of me wants to savor babyhood for a little bit longer.

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Papa’s Concert

Every summer for the past four years my Dad has performed with his bluegrass band during a local town’s concert on the common series. We missed last year due to illness and were very excited we could make it this year.

This was Levi’s first concert. He seemed to enjoy himself-and the grass.

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The girls had a blast dancing, blowing bubbles, and running around.

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Did you know that my Dad is the World’s Okayest Bassist? You do now!

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We are already looking forward to next year’s concert!

Summer Bucket List – Camping!

We didn’t plan a “big” camping trip this summer. But with a nice back yard we could still have a stay at home camp out.

A few weekends ago Jonathan and the girls pitched our tent for a night out under the stars. We went all out and cooked dinner over a charcoal fire and had s’mores for dessert.

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I wouldn’t have minded joining everyone in the tent that night, but we figured Levi would be better off inside. I was looking forward to a quiet evening of school planning, snacking, and watching a little Netflix. The icing on my cake? Sleeping in the middle of the bed all by myself.

I need to learn that things often don’t go as “planned”.

Things started out amazingly, giving me a false sense that this would be one of Levi’s best nights in his short 7+ months of life. He fell asleep on his own. He didn’t cry at all. He just “talked” himself to sleep. It was awesome!

Well, he woke up maybe an hour and a half later. No biggie. I’ll just feed him and put him back down. Wait, why isn’t he sleeping? Oh, I see why he didn’t cry when I put him down for the night. He had a nice bowel movement before falling to sleep. I’ll just change him, feed him, and put him back down.  He slept for an hour before waking again. Between the hours of 1:00 AM and 5:15 AM he had a 30 minute and 15 minute cat nap. At least I got to nearly finish watching Breaking Bad on Netflix.

In the meantime, I could hear some rustling in the tent outside my bedroom window. Jonathan emerged with Lily. She wanted to sleep in her bed. She quickly changed her mind though once she saw what I was dealing with inside. She wanted to go back to the tent.

I finally got Levi back down at 5:15 and he slept for another hour (just an hour?!?!?). I got him back to sleep and we woke up right before 8. How do I know all this by the way? There’s an app for that.

It was a horribly long night for me, but the girls were happy to spend the night with their Dad in their tent ( both Abigail and Sarah slept through the night). So if I had to do it all over again I would (maybe?).

Seven Months

Guess what? Levi is almost eight months old now. Surprised?

Levi loves getting into things now. He scoots everywhere-it almost looks likes he’s swimming across our hardwood floors.

He still isn’t the best sleeper. But we are having a hard time working on that. It isn’t easy with three other kiddos. Maybe someday he’ll have a schedule and nap longer than 34 minutes consistently.

Here’s the growing cuteness.

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