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Quick notes on the upcoming election, work in progress.
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SAM has been getting really excited about school, because all the neighbor boys go, and we drive past the playground every time we leave the neighborhood. He doesn't make the age cut-off this year (and I'd be inclined to wait until he was at least six anyway...), but he says he wants to do "practice school".

I posted about this on Facebook, but I feel the need to get the details down in writing. I still have a lot to get ready, we're starting Wednesday!

I think playing is still the most important thing a four- (and five-, six-, seven-, eight-, etc) year-old can be doing, so I want to keep the formal lessons short and fun. The fun part is what worries me most. I have to remember to keep a good attitude and not get frustrated when he's acting silly. I want to have everything well planned and organized and thought-out on my end, but flexible and rich in choices on his end. (A mix of classical education and unschooling, if such a thing is possible.) :)

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Now I just have to get my folders and things ready and organized!
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Off the top of my head...
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So, chime in, loyal readers, or people who wander by anyway - what other must-reads should be on this list? I've left off a lot of great stuff that I want him to read himself (Harry Potter, Watership Down, etc), this is just for read-alouds. (Except now, two years later, I'm changing things up.)
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I was looking at books to recommend to my cousin, and figured it wouldn't hurt to make up a list for future reference. Everyone, please comment! What have I left out?

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BAM is ten weeks old today! Well, no, that was when I started writing this. Now he's more than eleven weeks. It is crazy how fast his tiny baby time has gone by. He's growing so fast! Every time we go for a checkup, the doctor seems quite pleased to report that he's still off the charts in height and weight. :) We had some slight trouble with oversupply in the beginning, where he would sound like he was drowning every time he tried to nurse, but I think that's more under control now. He still eats extremely fast, which probably accounts for the spitting up all the time. *shrug* Some days I wonder how he has anything left in his belly - maybe he produces his own spit up from nothing.

We've made it to several LARP events now, with a high rate of success. I'm surprised by how well things have gone. There was the one drive down that took more than 8 hours instead of five or so, but some of that was that was letting SAM play when we stopped. I'm lucky enough to have a mom who's willing to drive all the way to Georgia to babysit - she's just that obsessed with the grandkids. :) No complaints here. Our routine has been for me to nurse Ben and make sure he's happy (all you have to do is look at him and he is filled with joy), then I'll head out to site for 1.5-4 hours. I have to pump a good bit to feel secure, since we don't really know how much Ben's capable of eating if he put his mind to it, but usually he's not very interested in the bottle. I like having it, though, in case he decides he's starving, even though it's not far usually from the group camp to the cottages. It's nice that he's fairly predictable at night, when I don't want my mom to have to be woken up too much. Even at this last event at FDR, where I had basically no cell reception, I was able to time it so that I got back to the cabin before he woke up both times during the first night. It's nice that he likes his Grandmommy so much - I'm hoping that he doesn't revert to how Seth was as he gets older and cry for everyone but me.

What else do I need to update about? SAM is still awesome, though we've been having a bit of frustration getting him to listen to us. Part of it is that he'll get so absorbed pretending or looking at books that you just can't get his attention. Good problem to have. I can't complain too much, because I'm guilty of the same thing. He's very sweet with BAM and has been spending more time talking to him as he gets more responsive, which is great.

I'm sure there was more, but this will never get posted if I don't post it now. :)
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Sick drama.Collapse )

I just want to feel all healthy again!

In other news, BAM is awesome. :) He's a month old now, way bigger than SAM was. He's outgrowing all his little newborn clothes, it is sad! We're getting a lot more smiles out of him, and over the last few days there's been a real increase in cooing too. :) Now the fun begins. He is very snuggly. He also spits up all the time, but one can't have everything. With the weight he's gaining, I think it's okay. :) SAM is very cute with him - no negativity related to the baby so far. He's had some serious potty-training backsliding, after having so few accidents for such a long time that I wasn't even taking spare clothes with us anywhere, and he's been testing us pretty strongly at times, but all he wants to do with BAM is give him kisses. :)
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I'm going to try to keep this to a reasonable length... Birth story!Collapse )
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Belatedly but happily announcing the birth of Benjamin Arthur Miller! (For those who aren't on Adam's LJ.) He was born at home on Tuesday the 23rd, at 6:56PM. 8 pounds, 10 ounces, 20.5 inches, with a 37cm head, just like SAM. He looks a lot like Seth too. Pictures and a birth story will be forthcoming at some point. :)

The baby is doing well, nursing all the time. I'm tired and sore, but also doing well. SAM is very cute about the whole thing, when he notices that there's a baby around, anyway. Unfortunately he was up most of the night with an earache, which was not good timing, but he seems better now.

Baby! :)

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Woke up at 2:30 dreaming that I was having painful contractions, but that they weren't really labor for some reason. However, dreams lie. If this isn't labor it's doing a very good impression. Contractions started out very strong right away, I'd rate them as strong as transition-contractions with SAM. I've got pain radiating down through my hips to my legs, and back labor again... I guess it wasn't from SAM being breech. *shrug* They stayed 10-12 minutes apart all night. I dozed a bit between them. SAM came in at 5 or so, and I let him have some snuggle time for a while, then hoshiadam took him back to his bed. Got up around 6:30 and had some breakfast, then computer time, of course, what else does one do in labor? :) Now that I'm up contractions are from 2-7 minutes apart. Not lasting a minute yet, but still strong. Now everyone is up, hoshiadam is starting on his labor chores, SAM is having applesauce for breakfast... Guess we'll probably call the midwife for a heads-up soon, and possibly my mom.

With SAM took 18 hours from the time my water broke, but the first 9 hours were painless. It will be interesting to see how this one goes, since it's started so differently. No broken water yet.

Large amounts of banging coming from upstairs, I think someone wants more applesauce.
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Symphony #40 in G Minor - Mozart
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