Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Almost 2 lbs more!

I don't have a bunch of time today, since my parents finally got here from Phoenix. Yes, they are some of the crazy ones who came here in such subzero weather to visit their new grandson. We went for another check up for Elias today, and he is now 8 lbs, 13 oz. He gained nearly 2 lbs since the doctor saw him 2 weeks ago!! Wow! I don't think it will take long at all for him to chunk up! I'll have to show pictures of our chubby boy soon.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Go ahead and laugh...

Most of you know that we use cloth diapers on our kids, and some more of you might even know that I sewed diapers for Elias, which are working great, by the way. I learned so much about diaper sewing from a lovely group of ladies on the internet who call themselves the diaper sewing divas. I'm quite out of their league as far as creativity and sewing ability goes, but they have become some good online friends (I feel so hip for having online friends) and they threw me a diaper shower after Elias was born. Some of these things were from trades I worked with them for wool baby pants that I knitted, and some were just sent for fun. Anyway, I thought I'd share some pictures, because to me, these are so much fun!


This is an ooga booga set that I just got in the mail today. There are 2 one sized fitted diaper and one size cover with matching shoes. The ooga booga fabric is very sought after in the diaper sewing community, so I'm so amazed I got something made from that fabric.


They're called one sized because they're supposed to fit from about 10 lbs (it says 8, but I would say 10) to past David's size, so they should last awhile.


The inside is made from organic bamboo velour, which is super soft, and she put in snap in soakers so they will dry faster in the wash. I wish you could feel this. Knut said that after wearing these diapers, Elias won't want his butt to touch flannel, or some other cheap fabric that I use for diaper making.


Here are some more things sent to me...2 diaper covers with embroidery on them, a homemade outfit, and some homemade pants that have a large enough butt to fit over cloth nicely.


The x-small cover has "Hi, I'm new here" embroidered on it, and the small cover has "Uff da!" embroidered on it, and she purposefully made that one the colors of the norwegian flag. How sweet is that.


Here's the little sleeper close up.

Knut gets a pretty good laugh that it made my day to get ooga booga diapers with bamboo velour inners in the mail today, but hey, whatever floats your boat.

O by the way, the next post is from today too, so read on!

Lots of pics!

Hey there. Just trying to get more baby pictures up. He's in his bouncy chair for many of them, because he's so awake and happy in his chair!

Here he's looking at Daddy,

Just chillin' over here

Thinking about something...

And so the other kids don't feel left out, here are some of the things that they have been doing. I asked Silje to set the table the other night, and she decided to set a place for one more...her baby.

They were playing Candyland together so nicely for so long, but by the time I got the camera, Silje was upset because David won...and he had drawn the ice cream palace card, which she believes belongs to her, and her alone.

Knut took them out to play in the snow over the weekend, and they had so much fun! I don't think the snowpants will make it through the winter, but at least I won't have to buy more until they're on sale!

We also worked as a family on some Christmas cookies. They didn't all get done, just the peppermint bark and peppermint truffles. The kids had the job of unwrapping the candycanes.

And, as you might be able to tell from David's face, they also had the job of licking the bowl.

Here I'm stirring chocolate into cream for the truffles. We all had so much fun!

Friday, December 5, 2008

But wait! I don't even know your name!

Silje and David's new favorite game involves them running around the house in a circle, over and over and over again. Silje puts on one of her princess dresses, and purple fuzzy slippers, and runs in front of David. She drops one of the slippers, and David picks it up, running behind her shouting "But wait! I don't even know your name!" I think we have watched Cinderella a few too many times! He gives her back her slipper when he catches her, and then the game resumes from the beginning.

Although the adjustment to 3 has been pretty seamless so far, David is still going through a difficult stage for us. I say "stage" because that's what I hope and pray it is! Since we have moved into this house last spring, he seems to destroy most things he comes into contact with. Besides tearing down wallpaper and drawing crayon "roads" on the nice carpet in the living room, he's breaking toys constantly, both his and Silje's. He doesn't seem to be vicious in all of this, he just wants to see what will happen if he does it. It's almost like you can see his mind thinking, "I wonder what will happen if I pull this hard." "I wonder how this works." It's getting very frustrating. This morning while I was changing Elias, David got ahold of the brand new bottle of baby gas drops, and dumped it all over the kitchen floor. Unfortuantely, since they're so mild, they don't have the childproof cap, and I didn't think to put it up high. Even if he drank the whole tiny bottle that costs $7 he wouldn't have gotten sick, but it's still such a waste! I'm sure he just thought "I wonder what's in here...I wonder how much is in here, I can't tell..." Lord, please let his great curiosity be part of his sucess one day!

Since he has turned 3 a few months ago, his will has also been shown in full force. Just the other day we were sitting at the dinner table, and he was refusing to eat...again. Knut told him, after trying to get him to eat for quite some time, that if he didn't take one bite, he would be disciplined. David looked his daddy in the eye and said stubbornly "go ahead and count!" Uff da! Knut's favorite is David's phrase that he says often. "Mommy, (or Daddy) you can't say no...that's my rules." I've learned not to ask him to do anything without fully preparing myself to enforce that it gets done, because if I ask him to do something and he doesn't do it, and I don't have the hands available to make him do it, he grows more defiant at an exponential rate! So I choose my dealings with him carefully! We're holding our ground as best we can, but I sure hope this is just a phase!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Some new but random pics

Ahhhh, baths are lovely, aren't they? Here's Elias enjoying a little soak. He just loves taking a bath in our kitchen sink, and arches his back to get as much of his head in the water as he can!

Well, this picture isn't sideways on file, and I can't get it to be straight here for some reason. Here's Elias with his new cousin, Isaac, born exactly 1 week after him. (Elias was due a little over a week after him. They both came early.) This was the day that Elias was double the age of Isaac. (Elias was 2 weeks old, Isaac was 1 week old.) For those who can't tell yet, Isaac is the one on the left (er...top) and Elias is the one on the right (or the bottom.)

Here's Silje at Grandma's house, playing with Barbies and dress up in Rondi's old clothes. She has a pretty serious expression on her face!

Here's Great-grandpa Madsen holding Elias.

And another one of them hanging out together. It's been busy for Dennis and Dorothy, as they got 3 new great-grandsons within one week. (You can see the baby cousin born between Elias and Isaac by clicking on the Thompson link.)

This is just from Elias and I just hanging out during the big kids' nap time. Isn't he handsome?

Monday, December 1, 2008

Finally some pics!

Well, here's the latest of Elias. I don't have a ton of pics, but things are busy!

Elias, and Uncle Lars, (and Silje)

David holding his brother

Silje holding her brother

Elias in his terrible hip harness. He wore this non stop for a week, and today at the doctors, he said he could take it off, as he saw no reason for it anymore! Yeah! I hated that thing! It kept his legs seperated and bent. It's so nice to have my cuddly baby back! He weighed in at 7lbs even at the doctor's today! (He was just over 6 lbs when he left the NICU last week.) He's going to get big quick I think!

And here's one reason why there haven't been any updates. The transformer by the grain bins started on fire in the middle of the night last week. We were without power for awhile, and for some reason, without internet for longer. It was pretty busy for 3am around here that night, with the fire department and power company, etc. hanging out. Too bad David wasn't awake to take a ride when it was all over.