We celebrated Cecilia’s 1st Birthday on March 20th.
We had a low key, simple 1st birthday celebration with our family.
The boys picked out presents for her. We colored on our art paper to make colorful wrapping paper and they helped me wrap her presents. It was fun watching their excitement for sister as we colored and wrapped.
We kept the decorations simple and made two pink, purple and white paper chains. One hung behind her high chair and the other was between our living room and kitchen. Making the paper chain was a fun art project. We also blew up several pink balloons and all 3 kids enjoyed playing with those.
After lunch, the boys were ready to give her presents and they helped her open all of them.
Weston was so excited about her new book that he started ‘reading’ it to her immediately.
This year, her gifts were ‘need, wear, read.’
Summer pajamas were a need. (Her brothers picked these out!)
She can wear her new sandals all summer. (These are soft soled Robeez.)
She can read this touch and feel board book, Just Like Mommy. (And, it’s fun that the author of this book’s name is Cecilia!)
We took the birthday girl out to dinner at a local barbecue restaurant. This girl LOVES barbeque and her daddy loves that she does.
When we got home from dinner we lit her candle, sang happy birthday and let her eat a soaked sourdough applesauce muffin. She loved the muffin and it was fun watching her eat the entire thing!
Our celebration was simple, but it was a wonderful way to celebrate one year of our sweet baby girl. It’s crazy to think that a year has already passed since she was born but it’s been one amazing year with our darling little daughter!
To be completely honest, I was dreading this trip since he told me about it several months before.
When you have 3 kids under 5 years old, the thought of doing it alone isn’t exactly exciting.
I’ve learned that my attitude makes all the difference in all things. During the weeks leading up to his trip, I stopped dreading it and started planning what we would do with our days.
I wrote out a big list of things we could do that would be fun. Included on my list was go out for lunch, go shopping for baby sister a birthday present, go to the library and get lots of books and watch movies..
Instead of just having the mindset of simply surviving while daddy was gone, I wanted to enjoy these 5 days with my children and make some memories.
The first day he was gone, we ran a few errands, stopped in my favorite local resale store and went to the library. We came home, read library books, snuggled up and watched a movie. It was a fun day! After finishing our movie, Weston was very calm and quiet which is a sign of sickness for him. Sure enough, he had a fever.
So now not only is my husband is gone and I am alone with 3 kids but one child is sick.
I put Weston in bed early and my plan was to get Cecilia down around 8 and spend a little bit of quality time with Paxton before turning in myself.
I nursed Cecilia and tried to put her down twice between 8 and 10:15 before she finally let me walk out of her room without screaming. At this point, I get Paxton ready for bed (he’s a little grumpy because the baby interrupted our l time). I go check on Weston who is moaning and seems very uncomfortable. And, I finally start getting ready for bed myself when I hear the baby crying again.
Her crying, my sick Weston and pouting Paxton makes me want to cry and give up.
I felt so torn as to whose needs I needed to meet first.
I wanted to call my husband and say, ‘You have to come home. You cannot leave me, this isn’t fair. I have sick children and I am all alone.’ (I didn’t call him, but I did send a few text messages about the situation because I needed some encouragement.)
His encouragement, coupled with prayer helped my attitude.
I tried to soothe her back to sleep. I was unsuccessful and then her crying shifted to unconsolable screaming which lasted for 45 minutes until I propped my knees up, placed her in a sitting position, rubbed her head and whispered ‘shh…’ I sat like that for probably another 30 minutes, too afraid to move for fear of waking her up, before I finally realized it was after midnight, I was tired and had a full day alone with 3 little ones ahead of me the next day!
The next day, I sent my husband this message “Honestly, the hardest night of parenting with a sick little one and an unconsolable, clingy baby.”
It was a rough night but I knew that just because we had one hard night, didn’t mean the rest of the days were going to be awful. I examined my attitude and started fresh with the new day.
Thursday we had a lazy day. We stayed in our pajamas most of the day since Weston was still feeling bad and we had nowhere to go. We watched The Jungle Book and Monsters Inc, read books and played with Legos.
Friday morning we headed to town for a few fun errands. We bought baby sister a birthday present, had lunch at Chick-fil-A, bought some party supplies for Paxton’s birthday party (which he is super excited about) and spent time looking at toys. When we arrived home Papaw David was here. The boys were super excited to see him and so was Cecilia. By later Friday evening, Paxton was running a fever and slowing down too.
Saturday morning, Paxton woke up feeling much better but sweet little Cecilia was running the fever. I fixed breakfast while Papaw held Cecilia. Papaw played with the boys all morning and left early afternoon. We also had a surprise visit from Papaw OB and Nana (the boys great grandparents). When they left, we watched another movie and then had dinner and a calm evening.
Sunday we went to church, played outside all afternoon and then the boys went to AWANA that evening. After AWANA, I got them tucked into bed and John David was home by midnight!
We had survived and enjoyed 5 days without daddy!
My attitude makes all the difference.
If I would have continued my feelings of dread in the days leading up to the trip, I would have went into these days with a bad attitude which would have rubbed off on my children, made my husband feel guilty for leaving and made me miserable.
Keeping a positive attitude even during sleepless nights with a baby and sick children made these 5 days with my husband away good days. We were able to make some memories, my husband was able to enjoy his trip and I learned there is so much truth to the saying, ‘when mama’s happy, everyone’s happy.’
Disclosure – This post contains affiliate links that help support this site.
It’s hard to believe February has already come and gone. I can hardly believe that March is here and my baby girl will be one in a few weeks.
Here are some of the happenings for the Boreing family in February:
Weston loves being in the kitchen with me. He’s learning to wash dishes and is doing a great job with them. Wearing his little cowboy hat in the kitchen is just too cute!
Paxton is such a big kid these days. We’ve been teaching him to play Uno and he’s doing quite well. We’ve spent several of our winter nights playing games with him. It’s so much fun having a child that is old enough to really play games!
My days are spent doing lots of snuggling with my little people and the cold February days have been perfect for this!
We didn’t do anything special for Valentine’s Day but I did make sure to take a picture of Miss Cecilia with her daddy on Valentine’s Day! This is a tradition I plan to continue with these two.
Cecilia was 11 months old on the 20th!
Here are some milestones from 10 to 11 months:
Weighed 19#4oz at her checkup
Nosy – pulling things out of drawers and cabinets
Cut her first tooth (bottom left). It poked through on February 5th
Has 2 teeth (bottom)
Can stand up without holding on to anything
Wearing 12 month clothes
Loves feeding herself
Nurses about 5 times a day
Mostly sleeping through the night – wakes every few nights
She is an absolute joy and such a blessing to our family!
John David’s parents visited in mid-February and brought a lot of Legos that belonged to John David as a child. We’ve had a lot of fun building with Legos in the past few weeks! We have been playing ‘The Lego Game’ as a family. We take a dice and our container of Legos and start building. Whatever number you roll (1-6) is the number of Legos you can add. We all enjoy playing this game. It’s fun creating a wacky Lego structure and it’s great for preschoolers because nobody wins or loses – we just have fun!
We woke up to a surprise snow on February 24. There wasn’t a lot of snow but there was enough to get out and play for a bit. The boys enjoyed making snow angels.
Weston makes an adorable little snow angel.
Cecilia and I even dressed up and went out for a few minutes!
She really liked touching the snow and she probably would have stayed out much longer and ate a lot of snow but I thought it was too chilly for a baby to be out too long.
We had a ‘big snow’ the next day. It started snowing on Wednesday evening, February 25th and we woke up to a winter wonderland the next day! The boys had a big time playing in this snow!
They built a pretty big snowman with their daddy and even gave him a real carrot nose (they were tickled that I gave them a real carrot!)
Cecilia is more of a toddler than a baby these days and she’s into everything! Her favorite spot in the house currently is a drawer in the bathroom that contains her daddy’s hair cutting kit, beard balm, nail clippers (nothing dangerous or hazardous). If the bathroom door is left open, you better believe she’ll be exploring that drawer! She also enjoys the ‘kid’ drawer in the kitchen and rearranges the dishes in there and she also enjoys pulling clothes and diapers out of her dresser. It’s adorable to watch her pull things out and then put them back in – such serious work for a little one!
The last weekend of the month, Paxton and I had a date. We ran several errands and went out to a favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch. What a joy this boy is and it was neat to have a child with me running errands but not have to undo any carseats (he is able to buckle and unbuckle himself in his booster)! We also decided that dates need to happen more often.
Things I enjoyed in February:
I watched all of seasons 4 and 5 of Downton Abbey. I’m now all caught up and have no plans to get sucked into another series anytime soon!
The months are just flying by it seems! I’m doing my best to just savor the everyday with these 3 sweet little ones of mine because they are growing so quickly.
Here are some highlights from the month of September:
We started ‘school’ on September 2. We’re currently using the Sonlight P3/4 reading list and activities for our planned learning. Here’s a post about the Sonlight Curriculum: Choosing Preschool Curriculum
Our philosophy on preschool learning is lots and lots of reading, fun activities, following the child’s interest and a lot of outdoor play. We’re not focusing on ‘academics’ but we’re making learning fun and we’re amazed at how much they’re soaking up.
Our library has story time once a week. The children’s librarian reads 2-3 stories, has an game or activity that goes along with the stories and sings a song. We’ve been attending that pretty regularly so the boys can be around other kids their age and be read to and taught by someone else. We all enjoy our library days and picking out stacks of books to read. (We really love reading around here!!)
Paxton was just a little excited about his first day of Pre-K!
I’m letting Weston join in the learning fun! That’s the beauty of Sonlight, it works for multiple ages. While I wasn’t doing anything formalish for Paxton at this age, I’m letting Weston join along with Paxton’s learning. He has an amazing attention span for a 2.5 year old little boy and is learning so much too.
When I had the camera out snapping the first day pictures, they wanted me to take pictures of them! Of course I said yes. Love this loving shot.
We attended the Home Depot Kids Workshop at the beginning of the month. We let Weston attend this month. They built and painted little birdhouses and both boys really enjoyed building and painting. They didn’t get bored the entire time but worked hard getting their birdhouses together.
We also found a Little Free Library at the park up the road from our house! We put 2 of our books into the library and picked out new to us books to read and then return. This was a fun little find for this family of book lovers. We’ve also found Little Free Library’s at 2 other parks in our area!
This sweet little lady was 6 months old on the 20th.
Here are some milestones:
Rocking up on her knees! Rolling, scooting, army crawling wherever she wants to go!
Almost sitting up unsupported.
Playing with toys and other objects (like leaves, blades of grass). She studies them and of course they go into her mouth.
Sucks on her fingers to soothe
Wearing 6 month clothes and starting to wear some of her 9-12 month fall clothes on cooler days!
Exclusively cloth diapered – bumGenius One Size on medium setting with regular insert and doubler.
Exclusively breastfed up until the day she turned 6 months. Nursing every 3-4 hours during the day.
Sleeping through the night almost every night!!!
Loves splashing in the bathtub.
Loves being worn in the Boba. I took some pictures of her outside in a sweet little dress on the day she turned 6 months. She wasn’t too excited about me taking pictures, she wanted to move around and explore the grass so the pictures aren’t great but I managed to get a few sweet shots.
Mama and baby girl! This little sweater was mine when I was a baby – my mama kept it and brought it to me when Cecilia was born. It’s such a sweet little sweater.
We wait until 6 months to introduce solids to our babies. Cecilia’s first food was a soft boiled egg yolk from a pastured egg. (Just egg yolk, no egg white!) She seemed to like it and did pretty well eating for the first time. The next 2 weeks after starting solids, she wasn’t too into food but she’s getting the hang of it now and really enjoying her foods! (We’re using these stainless baby spoons.)
Messy baby girl after eating her first solid food. Love those rolls on this healthy baby girl!
And, here they are all together. These 3 little people keep me busy wiping bottoms, feeding seemingly bottomless bellies, doing a ton of laundry and a lot of cuddling. Many days it feels like I get absolutely nothing important done but nourishing my growing children, loving them and teaching them that Jesus loves them really is the most important thing I can do with my life.