Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lola Colette

Yesterday morning, Lola woke up from an early morning nap (too early). I was in the middle of something, so I asked the boys to go get their sister. I continued with my task while the boys were suspiciously going up and down the stairs with arm-loads of ‘stuff.’ I figured everything was fine as long as there was no crying. When I finally finished, I headed up the stairs to see what was going on.

Lola and the Boys

Levi and Luke had spread blankets all over the floor, set up an elaborate play area with their playmobil, and set Lola in a pillow throne to watch and be entertained by their play. Did I mention that they live for loving on Lola? Awesome.

I’m loving the four-letter L words. Levi, Luke, Leif, Lola, Life, Love. Yep. That’s as good as it gets.

Lola 6.5 months

In other Lola news: She’s 6 1/2 months. That just slays me. She is sitting well on her own. She grabs at toys (and puts them straight in her mouth). She puts her arms out when I go to pick her up. She adores her Daddy and boys. She is very observant of all that goes on around her. She loves attention. She loves to be loved on. She is extremely good-natured. Oh, and she LOVES the warm-water swimming pool!

On the not-so-great side: eating solids isn’t going so well. And she doesn’t sleep any more. Seriously. Not during the day. Not at night. How did that happen? She used to sleep more than any baby I knew. I’m tired.

In other, other news: Russ started a new job this week. After 6 (1/2) months of being off/working from home/flexible (chaotic) schedule, this is going to be a huge adjustment for all of us. We have been SO BLESSED to have him around so much for this time, and blessed that he found a new job in this rough economy.

I’m still planning on starting the Whole30 food challenge next Friday. I’d start earlier, but I have THREE food-related events next week. I’d rather not sabotage myself right out of the gate. I’ll post more about this in a few days.

Hmmm. What else? I think that is all for now. Any general questions for me? Anything going on in your life you’d like to share? I’m feeling chatty today. Maybe it is the lack of sleep. Or creative procrastination…


Unknown said...

This is something I TREASURE myself as a homeschool mom! If my boys weren't at home with us all day, I just don't think they would love their sister and interact with her as much as they do. The most heroic and rough & tumble boys transform to little gentlemen when they are caring for and playing with Sadie. Melts my heart!!!

Bethany said...

Awww I love this! I hope I get to experience this some day too.
My five boys have begged for a sister (well okay, only the oldest three beg for a little sister...the 4 yr old and 2 yr old have no clue and could care less haha).
I can see them doing something like this. They love to hold and dote on their little girl cousins.

Heasleye said...

Love seeing and hearing about your sweet kiddos! Lola is such a doll, and I can't believe she is 6 1/2 months old!

About the Whole30 Challenge...I've been going to CrossFit 3-4 times a week for 2 1/2 months, and I love it. I've lost some inches and gained a lot of strength as well as a regular exercise routine. The trainers always encourage the Paleo diet as a way of life, but I have not fully embraced it. Next Monday, they are starting a 6-week Summer Slim-down Challenge, and I know I need to commit to some diet changes in order to take full advantage of that and my workouts. I'm thinking the Whole30 would be a good jump start for that. I still have some questions (I want to eat beans!), and after reading The China Study, eating meat is not always appealing, although I'm good with fish. I've known for years that non-dairy and non-sugar is the way to go, but I've not always adhered to it (obviously). I've never tried to be gluten-free. Yikes.

Anyway, I'll be cheering you on as I'll most likely be doing this as well. Maybe we can share recipes!


Andrea said...

Beautiful moments. It is so great to capture and treasure them. I've had four babes. The first two I started solids at 9 months. The second two were almost year before they ate solids. They are just as healthy and bigger than the older two were at their age. So I say if you've got lots of milk than let Lola take her time. It's a time save for you too if you don't have to sit for hours feeding her! My babies always fed themselves from the get go---fingered only first. I know, I know, she is your fourth and you're no rookie but I just had to offer my two cents. Thanks for your awesome blog. I always look forward to reading about your education and the lovely photos.

carole said...

I read this post shortly after it went up and was planning to "chat" with you but then ... I got pulled away from the computer by someone or something. I am glad to hear that Russ has a new job. I hope it turns out to be a good fit for him. I need good book suggestions as I am trying to have "fun" books around for myself to read. Maybe I'll go poking around in your archives for some ideas. What are you reading for Choclitguild right now?