Time for another massive update! I think about this blog every day and how I should be writing here more often so I can capture more details about the fun things we’re doing but then I get tired or busy or something else and just never make the time for it. So then I have to come here and do these massive updates with lots and lots of things. Oh well.
Saturday was a big day for Annika. She got her ears pierced! She was so excited that morning and wanted to get going. I told her we had to wait until Daddy got home from work (around lunch time) and she was so disappointed. But as soon as he was home and we’d eaten lunch we loaded up the truck and went to the mall. We went to Claire’s in the mall and got in the ear piercing line. There were two girls ahead of us. One was a girl of about eight years old who was getting her ears re-pierced. Apparently they had grown closed (according to conversation overheard between mother and daughter) and they were getting them re-done. I felt so bad for that little girl though. She was so upset and crying. I think if it had been me we would have left. To me, ear piercing is not a big deal and if Annika hadn’t wanted it done, we wouldn’t have done it. This was entirely her idea and if she had changed her mind at the last minute, that would have been just fine with me. Anyway, the girl in front of us was 15 years old and was getting two more holes put in each ear for a total of four in each ear! Because she was underage her mother was with her to sign the consent form and told her repeatedly that this was the last consent form she was signing. No more piercing her ears until she was an adult. I was giggling about it all. The teenager was all “Yes mom” and the mom was all “I mean it.” They were cute though and both mom and daughter were talking about it with Annika trying to boost her confidence. They were sweet. Next it was Annika’s turn! She crawled up on the big chair and was so excited. I took lots of pictures of her looking excited and smiley. We signed the consent forms and put the purple Sharpie dots on her ears for approximate placement. The lady showed Annika the piercing gun and then she did the first ear (Annika’s left). It was at that point that Annika’s face fell. She knew it was going to hurt “just a little” and she looked both irritated and mad at us. She said “That didn’t hurt a little! That hurt a lot!” Then she got tears in her eyes and looked so sad. I stood next to her and she put her head on my chest. When she did that the saleslady grabbed her right ear and pierced it quickly before Annika could change her mind. And then that was it! We were done! Annika shed just a tear or two but then composed herself again. She was still a little sad but that faded too as her ears starting feeling better. A little while later Kris asked her if it hurt just a little. She said a little is this and put her thumb and pointer finger about a half inch apart. Then she sad and it hurt this much and put her fingers about 2 inches apart. So I guess it hurt more than a little but not a lot. We’ve been cleaning her ears three times a day and so far she hasn’t had any issues. So far, so good! And she is very glad still that she did it. She has been very excited to show people too. My normally shy girl has not hesitated in the least to whip her hair away from her head to show everyone her ears. I’m so glad she likes it! (Now, the perfectionist in me is slightly unhappy that one ear is just ever so slightly off center. I know, I know. I need to let it go. I said I was only slightly unhappy. I just want it perfect for my little girl!)
Sunday was also a big day! It was Levi’s baptism day! He was baptized at the 9:30am service at our church. His sponsors are Krystle, Mathias, Dusty and Carrie – all the siblings. We had discussed many times who should be the sponsors this time. Annika’s godparents are Dusty and Krystle – the older siblings. James’ sponsors are Carrie and Mathias – the younger siblings. We talked about going with friends or in-laws but decided to go “all-in” and ask all our siblings to be sponsors for our last child. I hope they didn’t mind! I was so happy that all four could be there too! Mathias was home from Texas and Carrie and family drove up from Iowa. How special are we that all of them could be there with us! Levi was such a perfect baby during the baptism too. He slept for a little while before church. I woke him up just as church was starting so I could put his baptismal outfit on him. Then when it was time he was awake, alert and fed – basically a happy baby! He was looking around at all that was going on with big eyes. Pastor Will took him and when he put the water on his head he didn’t make a sound. And Pastor will really got him good with the water too! At the end of the actual baptism the pastor always brings the baby into the congregation and has someone from the crowd bring the baby back up to the alter and give the baby to a godparent. This is a welcoming gesture from the congregation to the baby – welcome to our faith family baby! Levi just looked around at everyone when Pastor Will brought him down the aisle. Everyone was smiling at him and how cute he was being. My baby was perfect! After church was over everyone went back to our house for a BBQ. We were celebrating both Levi’s baptism and Annika’s birthday. There was lots of good food (especially the food brought by others!) plus cake and cupcakes! Yum! My children were thoroughly spoiled. Even James got presents!! James was so cute too. When Gramme arrived with presents for Annika and Levi, James asked where his present was. I took him aside and told him we were celebrating Levi’s baptism and Annika’s birthday so he probably wouldn’t get any presents. He was fine with that. Then when a couple presents showed up for him too he was really excited! First though, before presents, we had to eat and do birthday cake/singing of course. Annika did a great job blowing out her candles. And did I mention spoiled? My kids are spoiled. They both received so many generous, awesome presents. They’ve been entertained for hours since playing with all the new fun things. It was also a lot of fun to see the kids playing with their only cousin, Isak. Well, only cousin so far. Krystle and Pierce’s baby is due in February and we found out on Sunday that Carrie and Adam are expecting their second!! We are so excited!! Congratulations Carrie and Adam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Annika was playing hide and seek with Isak. She would hide in the entertainment center and Isak would open the door and squeal when he saw her in there. Then he’d close it again with her still in there repeat. Annika and Isak were both giggling.
Monday was another big day for Levi. He had his first meal of something other than breast milk! I mixed up some rice cereal with about 2 oz of breast milk, put him in the high chair and gave him his first taste. He liked it! He ate the entire bowl! Sure, it was a little messy. But most of it made it in his mouth and in his belly. And he opened his mouth for more each time I had a spoonful ready. He’s only had the cereal that one time and so far there have been no ill effects. I’ll give him a second bowl tonight with dinner and see if he tolerates it so well again.
Monday afternoon we went to a BBQ at Amanda and Dean’s house. It was chaotic! We are right in that timeframe when most of our friends have kids who are babies to middle-schoolers. And there are a lot kids! The kids had a great time playing together but kids can also be quite noisy! Normally we’d kick them outside but with rainy, dreary weather that day it wasn’t an option. That’s OK. Squeals of laughter and fun aren’t that bad! Annika warmed up very quickly and was off playing with Jessica and Jean and the other kids right away. James isn’t as shy and he took off and started playing right away. I loved hanging out with my friends and Kris does too (isn’t it great when you and your spouse can have common friends?!) so we all had a great day!
One last big day! Yesterday was not only Annika’s actual birthday but also James’ first day of preschool ever! We started the day with Happy Birthday donuts (complete with candle and singing). The kids played all morning and then at lunch time we got James ready for school. He got his backpack and put on his shoes and stood by the door for the mandatory first day of school pictures. Then I put him in the car and drove him to school. He was chatty and smiling the whole time. When we got to school I showed him where the bathroom was (he was asking about that) and asked his teacher where his locker was. There is a little girl named Jamie in his class and her locker is right next to James’. He kept trying to use hers instead of his. He’ll have to pay more attention to the whole name on the locker, not just the beginning! We put his backpack and jacket in his locker and then as soon as his teacher opened his classroom door he was the first kid to go inside. He found his name tag and put it on the “I’m here!” board and then walked off to go play. I asked him to come back and give me a hug good-bye. He ran over happily, grinning from ear to ear, to give me a hug and then ran off to go play again. I was happy there were no tears, well, at least from him! As I walked away I was all choked up. I just dropped off my baby boy for his first day of school! I pulled it together as I walked out of the school but man, that is hard to leave them there the first time! When I picked him up later he was still grinning. When he saw me walk into the room he jumped up and squealed “Mommy!” before running over. His teacher had to stop him to hand him his art project on his way by and then she had to come over to give me the rest of his papers. He talked the whole way home about all the fun things he did (art, played with trucks, circle time , sang 1 song!, etc.). It sounds like he had a great day. Yay!
And there are even more fun, big things coming up too. Tonight is Annika’s first dance class of the year. She’s learning both ballet and beginning tap this year. Tomorrow our friends daughter is going to be on “Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader” at 5pm – set your DVRs! Kris has a follow up doctor appt tomorrow about his kidney stone. Friday is Pam’s Pampered Chef party and Saturday is Annika’s friends birthday party at Skateville again (she invited a couple neighbors and friends from school this year). We’re always busy! I’m also working on pictures and I’ll announce here when I have them updated. I’m so behind on those!