Saturday, March 8, 2014

Littles Memorizing?? It can be done!!

Each summer our Presbytery holds a week long camp for our churches. Its unusual in that its open to ages 5-college! The kids are divided up into four teams and each team has a even amount of littles, middles and bigs. They spend the week working, playing, and learning together as a team. Each team earns points throughout the week, so its a competition to see who can win. :) I've seen older teen boys sit patiently with little ones, helping them memorize verses and review sermons partly (or maybe mostly haha) to earn points, but also to teach them truths about their Saviour. Its an amazing thing!

Anywho, to get to the point of this post, :) the men of the Presbytery chooses 1-2 passages of Scripture that will be taught on all week. The kids are encouraged to memorize it and most of them do! I haven't been for several years now because I didn't have any kids who could participate. This year though, our oldest gets to join in! So, we've been memorizing I Corinthians 13 in school, as its one of the chosen passages.

If you think littles can't memorize, I'm here to tell you its not true!! I have my 9, 5, 3, & 2 year old memorizing this chapter. And guess what?! The 3 & 2 year old are doing an amazing job!!! I knew they knew bits and pieces, but Micah (3) just totally amazed me yesterday. Josie (2) kept repeating something to me and at first I couldn't figure it out, then I began to wonder if she was saying part of a  verse. Micah steps in and says "I told Josie that! 'If I speak, in the tongues, of men and angels'". I got so excited!! They had had a conversation involving scripture!! A three year old and a two year old!!

VERY excitedly I asked what came next, and with only a few prompts, he quoted I Corinthians 13:1-6. I was ecstatic!!! We've learned verses before in school and he and Josie have done a great job of memorizing them, but they were individual verses. This was a passage and I didn't think he would be able to do it all like that.

Its so important to teach our kids the Truths of GOD's Word. Especially at a young age. Their minds are like sponges. Take the time to teach them. The dishes will still be there, so will the laundry and the hundred other things you have to do today. Our mission is to raise warriors for Christ and we must start now. Take up this amazing challenge of raising warriors and keep training them! Don't grow weary, Mama!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Swaddling - yay or nay?

Do you swaddle your baby? Its an interesting topic that I've discussed with other mamas. Its amazing the differing opinions and how each mama feels about it. What also amazes me is that whatever that mama chooses to do, works for them! I love how uniquely we are all created and what works for one mama, might not work for another. It doesn't take much to fascinate me. hehehehe

I choose to swaddle my little ones and see great benefits from it. Soon after they are born they are swaddled up to keep them warm and to mimic their cozy environment that they just left. I figure they were kept warm and cozy for at least 9 months, they probably would love to continue feeling that warm, cozy feeling. Once they start moving around and flailing their arms around, I find it a needed thing to swaddle. Mine have all either woken themselves up or kept themselves awake by hitting themselves in the face. :) If they are swaddled they can't do that. :)

Its also a great sleep cue for them and such an easy one! I have a routine for my infants - eat, wake time, then sleep. When its their awake time I have them unwrapped, then when its time for them to sleep, I swaddle them up. Once they learn that cue (which doesn't take long if you start doing this right away), they relax right away......generally speaking anyways. :)

Personally I love swaddling, but I know several mamas that don't do it at all. If it works, it works! Its what you think is best for your little one and how you want to train them. I didn't really swaddle my first and had a hard time teaching her to sleep. The others I've swaddled and had a much easier time.

So what's your preference?
                                                              Having some awake time

                                Swaddled up in Mama's arms outside while the other kids play

My happy, swaddled, contended, pirate baby :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Happy Birth Day to Me! :D

Five years ago today I gave birth to my second daughter. We were living in Oregon at the time and I was able to have a wonderful homebirth. Our oldest was almost five before the LORD blessed us again. Those five years were so very hard. I would have times where I was upset and depressed because I still wasn't pregnant. I had a very hard time learning the lesson of contentment with the LORD's will. We thought the LORD was only going to give us one precious Blessing and I was working so hard to be content with that. Then one day I found out I was pregnant. I was ecstatic!!!! 

During those five years of waiting I learned about midwifery and homebirths so right away I knew I wanted to use a midwife. At first, we were going to have our baby at a birthing center. THEN I learned they did homebirths! We lived in a very small community and the birthing center was an hour away, so to find out they did homebirths was very exciting on many levels. I was given such wonderful care during my pregnancy from the midwives at Alma Midwifery in Portland, OR. (if you live near there, you should totally check them out! :D) 

I started having contractions very early in the morning and they jumped to 3 minutes apart and were getting stronger very fast. So we called our midwives and one came out sometime between 5-6am to see how things were going. I was so hoping to have a baby by noon or so......I didn't have my little booger until 9:08 pm!!! Oy! :) My mom and sister had arrived two days before, so they were caring for our oldest and my mom was in and out, supporting and helping me. 

Being my first homebirth I was nervous, but I was so relaxed and comfortable (as much as you can be in labor anyways) being at home. My first was a hospital birth and I hated it. Homebirths are an amazing, peaceful, empowering experience. Felicity Lynn had a headful of dark hair and looked almost identical to her daddy when he was a baby. She has his brown eyes, which I absolutely adore! 

She is such a good big sister, loves to make us all laugh, and is a joy to be around. Knowing she has claimed Christ as her own already is such a blessing! I love hearing her tell her siblings about Jesus! Each of the kids have a special bond with each other, but some had an extra special bond with one or the other. Felicity and Sophie are developing that already and its such a joy to see! I'm so looking forward to what the LORD has in store for my Sweet Felicity. 

I have a four month old!!

I can't believe its been four months since we had our sweet baby girl. Time sure does fly!! Sophie May was born to us on Sunday, November 3rd, 2014 at 12:42am...ish. :) I started having light contractions Saturday morning, but they weren't too consistent or too strong, so I thought I'd have a couple days to go. I texted my midwife, giving her updates as the day went along. I had to stop and breath through them, but they still weren't terribly strong. And it was getting super annoying. And I was getting super tired. :) I told my midwife I'd text her between 8-9 that night and then hopefully would leave her be until morning. We put the kids to bed around 8pm and they started getting stronger. We called my midwife around 9 and she heard me go through a contraction. "Um.....I think I'm going to come over and see how things are going." was her response. I started wondering if maybe things were actually moving along!

When I get to the transition point, I always give my husband this look that says "I can't do this. I'm done." and he always encourages me and then I'm able to handle it better. I never got to that point! I was mentally handling the contractions so well that I didn't realize I was that far into labor. I started feeling kinda pushy, but just like the others, I tried not to push until I couldn't stand it anymore. I was on my way to sit on the bed in preparation for birth and the next thing I know, my water broke and Baby was here! (when my water breaks, baby is born within seconds) I never actually pushed! It was crazy.

I was 100% sure I was having a boy, so I was quite shocked when my husband announced she was a girl. :D I asked a couple times "A girl?! You sure??" *snicker*

My mom has been able to attend all my births so far and its been such a blessing to me! She s a great support to me and knows just went to step in and when to step back and just let my husband and I be. Along with my husband and mom, I had two amazing midwives attending me. This is my third birth with this midwife and my fourth homebirth. *sigh* I love homebirths! :)