a new season

Here we are on the first day of fall and all I can think about is, “how on earth has my baby been here for a whole season?”  Born just a few days after the summer solstice, Thacker is 3 months old tomorrow.  Being that fall is my favorite season, I am excited for pumpkins and sweaters and wool socks and sunny afternoons.  I am excited to see my babe sit up, roll over, giggle more and graciously supply us with smiles.  What a wonderful season we have spent with him!

Thacker, you are a mellow fella.  You get toted everywhere, you get squished, held, passed around and put down just about everywhere and by everyone.  You get put in the car when you are tired and when you are just waking up, you get passed around by brothers, you get faces in your face ALL THE TIME- so basically you are smothered with love everyday.  You smile at these yahoo brothers of yours even when I think you couldn’t stand other persons face in your space.  You are too good to them.

You are a light sleeper and wake up almost as soon as you are put down- but then you surprise me sometimes and stay asleep for a couple hours.  Consistency is something we are not mastering yet.  When you are tired you want your pacifier and will pretty much sleep anywhere (as long as you are being touched).  The other day a friend texted and asked where you took naps.  I laughed, that day you took a nap in the Moby, on the floor of the school room, on my bed, in the car and in the Ergo.  Hmmm, fourth child problems…

You love the bath- another water baby in our family.  But, like your brothers before you, you hate being taken out of the bath.  You may want ear plugs if you are near our home when it is time to get pajamas on- we are not happy.  Otherwise, as long as you are fed when you are hungry and no one has been too rough- you are smiles and coos.

What a joy you have been these past few months.  Your Dada and I collapse in bed every night just exhausted (well, I suppose I am more exhausted than your Dada, but he has his nights too)- four kids is a lot of work!  I have no problems curling up next to you though- you are perfect.  I can’t believe I have been lucky enough to have you and your brothers in my life.  And I may accuse your brothers of smothering you with love all day, but I am guilty of covering you with more kisses than I can count.  It is just a reflex- must kiss squishy, delightful baby.  Love you Thacker boy- welcome to your first fall!

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See what I mean by all the loving…

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Our first day of school this year- 1st and 3rd graders!

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And this guy, didn’t want to be left out, we will call him the class clown🙂

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And our class pet, isn’t he cute?

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Getting back into it…

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Do you think he had a good time at his first day of wilderness school?  Um, yeah.  Apparently it was “AWESOME” and he fell in a pond…

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in august

Good bye August and hello fall!  However sad I am to say good bye to our care free days and that summer is coming to a close, I do have to admit I love fall and am excited to start our new school year.  I have been planning and organizing when I get a free moment (Thanks Chris) and am getting antsy to see how this year goes.  But I must back track to what we did last month.

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Dada took the last two weeks off and we so enjoyed having him home.  What was suppose to be a planning week for me turned into a book buying, a little planning, doctor appointment going week.  I said good by to my midwife who has been my advocate for the last three pregnancies.  It was so weird saying good bye for the last time.

We also said good bye to our Flanders.  Buddy, I know you are somewhere where there are no fireworks or thunderstorms and someone is always there for you to follow.  We miss you, but are glad you are no longer scared.  Camping last week felt very strange without our furry guy.

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We went camping!  In William!  For the first time!  Camper camping is so nice when it is raining!  Which, in true Northwest fashion, it was , at the end of August…  We also dealt with feverish a Dada and a sick kiddo, a very tired and non-listening three year old, oh, and a two month old.  Even with rain and sickness we did have a good time- we hiked, played in the lake, saw a snake, some bats and a lot of deer and got to sleep in a dry, off the ground rig which was very nice indeed.  We need to work on becoming camper people- we still don’t really know what to do with ourselves yet.

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And some pictures by Henry (do you think Chris was telling me something interesting…?).

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Thacker turned two months old.  I know, HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE.  He is smiling, cooing and being his charming delightful self.  I really can’t get enough of him and based on the amount of smothering love he receives everyday, I know I am not alone.  He really loves his pacifier and sleeping while touching someone.  We starting using our legs to stand up and show off and to get a better view to talk to people.  Oh, this kid, he really has us wrapped around his chubby, dimpled fingers…

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And that was it, August… that went by fast.

keeping busy

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Days have just been flying by here- keeping boys fed, dry and happy makes for busy days.

Chris took a couple of days off and we spent one morning at the beach with our cousins.   He also made me a chair for my birthday- he is so cool.

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We have finished swim lessons for the summer- the boys all did great.  Rory became VERY comfortable in the water, Henry is moving up to his goal of starting swim team and Bennett just needs to gain a little endurance (his strokes are awesome!).

Henry started soccer this last week.  I know, I know, soccer season already.  That is what I said.  Luckily everything fits from last year!

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Bennett lost his first tooth.  It was quite traumatic for this fella who does not like to be uncomfortable.  But… one bite into a sandwich, a little blood and a yank and he was back in business!  How is he old enough to be losing things from his body?

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Thacker started smiling.  A lot of smiling.  I must have some sort of allergic reaction to them though, I tend to get watery eyes every time he does it.  Boy is he cute.  In addition to smiling he has been cooing and becoming more alert.  We still fight over who gets to hold him- such a lucky boy.  All of his brothers ask to hold him from the moment that he wakes up to the moment it is time for bed.

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We are now deep into Olympic watching (the boys are so excited they get to watch it every night- the TV on!  Every night!  And we get to watch!)  Oh the let down will be hard…

And just as the weather started FINALLY warming up- we have two boys down with fevers and sore throats.   Such a bummer- luckily the Olympics keep us entertained…

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Summer has finally returned to the area after only being here while I was nine months pregnant…

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Our Thacker Boy turned 5 weeks old- he has started smiling (just a little) and has started liking the pacifier (which makes us very happy at our usual grumpy times).  We are such a noisy breather sometimes and have spent the past few days only happy while eating and sleeping (can we say growth spurt?  But who knows where that is going to leave that tank of a kid.. or the state of his parents backs).

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