Reading aloud, learning every day

Isaiah loves for us to read books to him. He enthusiastically tries to turn the page, and sometimes tries to put the whole book in his mouth. It’s been fun to explore the books that we’ve accumulated. I thought I had SO many books but I’ve realized that when you read a few every day, you quickly become familiar with the story and can say it back without reading the words.

I came across a blog post this week about children and literacy, introducing language and listening skills and letter knowledge to children at a very young age. It is too advanced for Isaiah right now, but makes me excited for the preschool years and the seasons to come.

The website includes a great reading suggestions list for young children. We already have some of these books but it makes me excited to collect more of them.

www.themeasuredmom.com/reading-skills-kids-need-theyre-ready-sound-out-words/

I hope you were as inspired and excited about the learning potential of our little ones as you read her blog post.

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Two great Dad’s in my life

This Fathers Day I got to celebrate not only my amazing father, but also my husband as a father. What a great day to celebrate two incredible men in my life.

For Jon we woke up and made a special breakfast. Isaiah “helped”… err… really he watched.

DSC_2858Then we gave him his gift. Part of his gift was Isaiah’s hand and foot prints. Isaiah was a bit reluctant to let me dip his hands and feet in paint and press it into a canvas, but he did fairly well all things considered. He later examined his work.

DSC_1055After church our little family went to a classics car show. Jon gave Isaiah a lesson on classic cars.

DSC_2872Then we went to Mom and Dad’s place to prepare and celebrate Fathers Day for my Dad and also his birthday which was the day before. We made kebabs and steaks and Greek salad. Dad was up for barbequing even though it was his party.

DSC_2875We ended the party with an epic multi layer ice cream cake that I made over the course of two days. The layers consisted of: cookie dough, peanut butter ice cream, oh henry bits, cookie dough ice cream, and then a final layer of caramel and chocolate chips.

DSC_2884All in all, it was a great day to celebrate two men who mean the world to me. A father who has loved me well, who has taught me commitment, perseverance and dedication; who has served us well and sacrificed so much for us.

And a day to celebrate my amazing husband and his first year as a father. So many people have already said it but it’s my turn to say, what an amazing journey to watch the one you love become a father and pour out his love and sacrifice on our little one. Jon has been a great father to Isaiah; loving him through playing with him, reading to him, watching him grow, and supporting me to be the mother I’ve needed to be to Isaiah in this first six months when his need for mommy is the greatest.

My heart is full and I am so thankful that God has blessed my life with these amazing men.

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Six month check up

He’s a little past six months but we had Isaiah’s six month doctors visit today. I was excited to see what his weight is now since he hasn’t been weighed for a while. 17 lbs 1 oz. The goal is to double their birth weight by 6 months? Done! Good job buddy! His length today was 71 cm. So for weight he falls in the 40th percentile. Height? The 85th. Hmmm. Is he going to be tall like his uncles, I wonder?

I wanted to take a picture of him being weighed but it was a bit crazy, having to wake him up to weigh him and the nurse was in a rush so it didn’t happen. But after the appointment I walked around the lake in Meadowvale for a bit while I waited to meet a friend and I took a photo there. I thought I’d include that picture here instead.

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Girls day out

Within six months all four of us girlfriends had our first baby. It was pretty crazy then and is pretty crazy now. We are all on maternity leave together. We grew up going to the same church and going to youth group together, and now we are in this stage of life alongside one another. We have two other close friends that are also in this stage, but they are both on the west side of the continent. Those of us who are around have been trying to be intentional about time together while we can. So last week we took a day and went to The Beaches in Toronto for a walk and picnic. It was a beautiful day and we had a great time!

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Cooking, Cleaning; productive day

Yesterday was a busy day at home spent cooking, cleaning and organizing the house. Isaiah did so well, spending a lot of his awake time sitting up playing with his toys. My new cooking experiments of the day were kale and sweet potato chips (inspiration credit: Sarah Geerlinks)

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And then I made gluten free lasagna. I clearly don’t make it enough. So delicious! I brought it over to Mom and Dad’s to share with them, since Mom cooked dinner for us the night before. All around a great day!

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Sports Fan in the Making

Jon’s love for sports is contagious. He can get excited about almost any sports game. So when I suggested that we go to a Toronto Blue Jays game, he had the tickets bought in a few minutes flat. It was at a busy time in our lives; just a couple weeks before Darrell and Steph’s wedding. And we needed an afternoon just to have a little family time. So off we trekked to Toronto. We ended up getting stuck in pretty terrible traffic and arriving during the third inning, but it didn’t matter, we had a great day together! Isaiah was so interested in everything going on. Jon tried his best to begin teaching him the game. And we made sure to capture it all on camera.

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Sitting with confidence

DSC_2524The week of May 19 Isaiah suddenly learned to sit. From one day to another he gained so much confidence and muscle strength and started sitting. For the first while we still had pillows or blankets around him for the occasional tumble, but for the most part he did so well. He was obviously very proud of himself. He was no longer a fan of lying on his back. It was like he was thinking, “Mom that’s old news. I’m bored of that”. Here’s some of his sitting time and his favourite toys. That giraffe book is a definite favourite right now.

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