Lately we’ve been experimenting with Ben’s feeds, trying to get him to grow a little since we can’t quite get him to that 10lb mark. Last night didn’t go too well; he actually woke up crying at around 5:00 am because he was too full. That is VERY unlike him. He usually sleeps through the night even if he isn’t hooked up to his feed at all (a disaster which has fortunately only happened a couple times, with extremely messy results!) This morning he was up for over an hour, mostly in a very smiley mood. We worked on his oral motor skills until he fell asleep again.
Today we had yet another gorgeous, warm fall day. Since it was Veterans’ Day, we all went outside this morning for our local parade. I don’t have any pictures of it because Mark convinced me that if we didn’t leave the house immediately, we would miss the whole thing. So I left without having showered, put on socks or drunk coffee; it’s no surprise that I forgot my camera. The boys all loved it! I even forgot Ben’s hearing aids, but it turns out he didn’t need them – the music was quite loud enough.
We went shopping afterward mainly for craft supplies. Isaac’s kindergarten teacher likes to send home “projects”. This particular one is a large drawing of a turkey that we are somehow supposed to decorate in a creative manner “as a family”. As if we don’t have enough to do around here already!! Isaac ended up choosing an interesting assortment of shells, feathers, glitter and google-eyes. (He informed me, “Beads are for girls!”) We’ll have to see how it turns out. We then went to Borders and did some early Christmas shopping. Ben was an angel during all of this; he just loves to be out of the house.
Mark’s note: Karen forgot to mention Jonathan’s behavior in Borders. There I was checking out at the cash register and Jonny was eyeing the chocolate truffles sitting by the counter. He kept saying “I want chocolate! I want chocolate!” and I kept saying “NO. You have been very naughty in the store.” And the girl working the register is talking to me about their frequent buyer club, and when I turn around I see an empty truffle wrapper sitting on the display. In exasperation I ask “Jonathan! Did you eat a chocolate!?” His reply: “Yeah.” So I take the empty wrapper and give it to the girl at the register. They were only 40 cents, I should have gotten a couple for me!
Tonight Isaac and I went to see my sister Aliyah perform with her college dance troupe. Isaac behaved really well and we both enjoyed the show. How I wish our parents could have been there to see Aliyah do a belly dance 😯 routine! Alas, I forgot my video camera and my still pictures leave much to be desired.
Both older boys had their trying moments today, inspiring a new Behavior Chart – they get tokens for good behavior each day with a small reward at the end of the week if they do well. I have tried this before with Isaac with only modest success – I think I was trying to monitor too many things at a time. This time we are trying to focus on just a few things (like putting away toys, at least trying new foods, and most importantly, staying in their beds at night). We’ll see how it goes. I don’t remember my parents having to resort to such fancy tactics to encourage good behavior! 😉