Fighting dragons in our fairy tale world

For Daddy Hat. I thought of this song when I read your fairytale post this morning. I think of my dad everytime I hear it and now I will think of you too. The line that stands out the most is “Only a King would do anything to protect His kingdom.” I know that is what you are doing by fighting this dragon and I know you know that your dad,my dad and our heavenly dad are cheering you on. I also know that you will never quit.

 

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One Month Already

Melissa and Old Hat you had me laughing at myself when you mentioned that boiling bras and baby pictures together was probably not a good idea! I thought about editing the title but decided to keep it.

As promised here are pictures of miss Z.

One month already. Time flies.

We love you!!

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Boiling bras and baby pictures

No, the title is not a mistake. I am boiling, not burning my bras in an effort to kill the yeast that might be lurking in them. Probably TMI for some of my readers…sorry.

I have dealt with thrush since Ace was 6weeks old. Yes, for almost 22months. So, after 4days of being purple from using gentian violet and decreasing my refind sugar to almost nil (yes I ate some strawberry cheese cake icecream) I think we are thrush free!!!! She doesn’t have any in her mouth and I am no longer in pain so I think that indicates that it is gone.

 

Ok and now on to some baby pictures. After I downloaded these I realized that we don’t have as many of just Z as I thought. So we will take some pictures today and post tomorrow in honor of her being a month old!!

Telling stories to mom and dad

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Lovin’ on Uncle Josh and Nana

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All the girls and Nana

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Unschooling

My friend Erin asked me if I would share about unschooling and how we were inspired to take this journey. With all the kids currently asleep I am going to attempt to share with you all a bit.

We started out homeschooling in a structured way. We started the year our oldest would have gone to Kindergarten. We didn’t have much money but I worked to find curriculum that would fit our budget. That year I caused more tears to flow from the two of us than the Hoover dam sees water. So I backed off a bit…ok a lot and began to search for something better.

During that time I met an unschooling mom online and then made a friend with an unschooling mom in real life. Between these two women I really began to journey ever faster toward unschooling. We were much more relaxed but we weren’t there yet. Even in the relaxed atmosphere I still felt something was missing.

So I read. Better Late than Early by Raymond and Dorothy Moore, The Teenage Liberation Handbook by Grace Llewellyn, anything by John Holt I could get a hold of as well as John Taylor Gatto and I read online articles written my unschooling parents.  And I prayed. I prayed and asked God what I was supposed to do. What I was doing wasn’t working. I felt that I was supposed to back off even more and trust that the child that He created was equipped with passions that were uniquely hers and that she was equipped to discover them and to pursue them. I was to be a facilitator.

So life was full of library trips and late night reads. Games, games and more games, play dates, conversations, observations and just plain living. Living and learning were not separate things; they were intertwined. One cannot exist without the other.

We have been total unschoolers for almost 7 years now. It has been a fun and interesting journey. I have had panic moments when I felt that they weren’t where they were supposed to be. I have to pull myself back and remind myself that they are neither behind nor ahead they are just where they need to be. I have had to deschool myself.  We don’t apply grades although my oldest likes to say what grade she is in. I don’t test them; there are no set hours of learning during the day. I have kids that stay up late and sleep in late. They become inspired at 9pm and their learning energy flows until the wee hours of the morning.  I make suggestions, I bring home books from the library based on what they have shared with me in conversation, we talk, and I ask questions about what they share with me. Nothing is ever forced.

Our days are varied. No two look the same. We live and we learn and we go where life takes us. The best part is that I get to learn along with my kids.

Feel free to ask anymore questions you might have. I will answer them as time and children allow! 🙂

 

 

Late Night Learning

I am a morning person, have always been that way. Staying up late was always hard for me. I was usually the first one asleep at sleepovers and the first one up. So it makes perfect sense that I have given birth to at least 3 night owls who seem to get into a learning mode at about 10pm until the wee hours of the morning.

Right now the Aly is up doing an African dance workout video. Emily (3yo) is trying to workout too which is causing some distress for Aly. SiSi and I have been searching for letterboxes in our area that we can search for this weekend.

Earlier Aly was reviewing the geneology information her great grandmother gave to her. She plans to do searches on the surnames in the family tree. SiSi decided she wanted to sew something so I set her up on the sewing machine and she started sewing. She didn’t have a specific thing in mind to make and wound up making a fairy bed.

We looked up the teen labor laws for our state to find out when Aly could actually go to work. She has to wait one more year so she thinks she is going to look into doing some volunteer work with a local vet.

Now as I end this post Aly is doing a hip hop work out video,SiSi is asleep on the couch, Emi is cutting construction paper and Zoe is waking up to nurse.

Living and learning, it’s a 24hour thing!!

Can you say busy??

Still here and doing better. Thank you for all the hugs and advice.

All of the littles have had a cold. Poor Z had a rough night about 2nights ago. Now she is sleeping better at night but the congestions seems to be a pain for a little while in the morning. We are nursing, nursing,nursing. I have added extra vitC and some eccinacea to my supplements in the hopes that it will help clear this cold out faster. It wouldn’t be so bad if she could breath through her mouth but since newborns don’t know how we have been sleeping proped up.

My days start earlier than they used to. I have been busy but it doesn’t bother me because I can do everything easier without my big belly.

Last night when we were getting the littles down for bed I was stretching out on my stomach and it felt wonderful!! Then there is the ease of bending down now. Tasks just don’t overwhelm me like they did those last weeks of pregnancy.

I have had wonderful help this time. I had two friends come in the first two weeks to do post-partum doula work. That was fantastic. We had several meals from Jorry’s work family that were awesome. My friend Pam has had my girls over to her house,made a meal and washed my comforter in her washer for me. Jorry’s parents came the Sat. after Z was born and brought venison,fresh veggies and a wonderful home made apple pie. Then his Grandmother just came Tues- yesterday. She made home made bread, cleaned my kitchen,let me nap and made a wonderful meal for us on Wed. night. Today a friend from Indy is bringing another meal. Sunday my mom comes in for a week and hopefully we will get to put a few more things in the freezer.

Z is back to sleep now so I will end here. I need to get diapers going and the dishewasher unloaded.

I’ll have more pictures in a few days.

Bad Postpartum Afternoon

I had a rough afternoon. I’m not sure where it came from but I wish it hadn’t happened.

I still need to apologize to my kids.

I’m glad to no longer be pregnant but these hormones can really make things challenging.

I have been thinking about my dad a lot. Watching the movie Finding Neverland yesterday really started the water works. That is really a depressing movie. I like Johnny Dep but I don’t think I will be watching that one again.

I do have placenta capsules to take to help with the moods and to avoid post partum depression. I haven’t ever dealt with that after a birth but I was worried about it this time.

What are placenta capsules you ask? They are capsules that contain the dehydrated and powdered placenta that belonged to both Zoe and I.

I have two friends that have started doing this for moms. It helps, it really does. I don’t have time to go into great detail about the benefits but if you are curious you can go to this website and do some reading.

www.PlacentaBenefits.info

I would have avoided my meltdown if I had taken a capsule or two. I know because I have avoided several by taking a capsule.

Now I am off to go grab a treat for myself and Aly so we can regroup after this afternoon.