Tuesday, April 20, 2010

muddling along

Yes, we're still here. It's been awhile since I posted anything, and even longer since I posted some personal family news. Truthfully, I haven't been keeping up with much online--even my email inbox got horribly backed up!

So what have we been up to? Mostly just little pieces of this and that. We've had some positively gorgeous spring weather. Sarah has played outside in it, we've eaten supper on our deck, and we've even had a couple of fun play dates. :) We've visited my parents a few times. We've toured a homeschool co-op to see if we were interested in joining next year (Sarah loved the kindergarten room and already knew one of the girls attending there, so she is VERY interested). ;) We finished our preschool homeschool curriculum and are over halfway through our "learn to read" curriculum (I am so impressed with this--Sarah is reading very well, and I can't wait to see how well she's doing once we've finished the whole thing!). I am going to go to a curriculum sale in May to look for deals on what we need for next year.

I have been very tired. Natalie stopped sleeping for awhile. She was waking up throughout the night, screaming in pain, thrashing around, and sometimes passing a lot of gas. I started watching more closely what solid foods she was eating each day. I started giving hefty doses of Mylanta. I talked with her doctor. I began to wonder if we would ever sleep again.

The culprit, apparently, was lactose. She can eat yogurt just fine. But drinking milk or eating ice cream just killed her. So we switched to rice milk (and on those occasions where a treat was warranted, frozen yogurt). Natalie started sleeping again, and I feel halfway human! Yay! (I really need to start making my own yogurt.)

Natalie is cruising around like a pro. She can stand alone for a moment or two, but no steps as yet. She likes to be outside in the fresh air and sunshine, but she does NOT like to be put down in the grass! She can hold up her arms for you when you putting on her shirt. She says Ma-ma, Da-da, Daddy, hi, hello, okay, and peep eye (sounds more like ghee-ga, but it's peep eye!) She says something that sounds like "ee-ah" which I think is supposed to be Sarah.

Sarah is enjoying a weaving loom that my parents got for her. She has made a coaster for us and is working on others for various family members. She's getting really good at it!

I need to get pictures on here, and on Facebook....hopefully soon. :-p

That's us for now. Hope everyone else is doing well!