The Christensen's slice of family life in a rural small Iowa Town
Welcome to our Family blog. We are currently living in Iowa Falls, IA.
We hope that our everyday things will brighten your day. It is my hope that this blog will be a way to communicate to our family and friends. I also hope that once we get more free time I can communicate fun things going on in our world, new recipes and crafty things I have done as Chloe will allow me too.
So all of our stuff is on a moving truck, waiting to be unpacked tomorrow at 9am! We are officially homeowners! It's so nice to get movers to move our crap, I mean stuff, however we do have a lot of crap that we will be getting rid off, in late August we are having a get to know the Christensen's garage sale...how does that work? I mean we (I) have a lot of stuff and in order to keep our nice stuff nice we have to get rid of some of this stuff! Ive heard from several resources that late August is the time to have one so we will have two, one in Iowa Falls and then the stuff that doesn't sell will go to Des Moines at which I hope the rest will sell. So I have learned a lot about living with out "all" of your stuff for 5 months, that is:
1. you really only need so many clothes, the rest can go... you don't need to keep every single shirt from the last 5 years because you might wear it someday 2. I don't need more than 1 of the same kitchen tool/pan. 3. just because their was sentimental value to it doesn't mean you need to lug it around, take a picture of it and scrap book it, so you have the memory. 4. I don't need all that extra crafting fluff, you crafters know what I am talking about, extra stickers, paper scraps, fabric scraps, ribbon, cheap stamps, hobby lobby clearance crap... I could go on and on 5. if you haven't used it in 6 months you really really don't need it, however I always seem to make exceptions to this rule...
To make you understand, it took the movers, 7 hours to take everything that we have, that is with everything broke down like the beds and desks, all they had to do was sticker it and load it and it still took them 7 hours to do this. So your next question is omg how did you get all your stuff in your little two bedroom apartment? It's true I am a pack rat,that's my only explanation. I hope to break this cycle when we move and I have to unpack everything... if it's not important Its gone!
Growing by leaps and bounds, two very important milestones happend in a week of each other, here they are on video! It's so crazy that Chloe is 4 months she has brightened up all of our lives! one of my favorite things about Chloe is the way she communicates, we have yet to capture this but she will talk and talk and squeal when she is happy, Her giggle is still more of like a squeal or a scream but it's so cute.
Chloe is such a big girl! She is 14.5 lb and 25.5 inches long! She is called our little Chloe bear, chunky monkey (she plays with her feet more than she plays with her hands) our little peanut and little Bit yes all fun nick names. Her Doctor’s visit went very good, the immunizations put her to sleep most of the day yesterday so today she is ready to play. She has been eating rice cereal for about a week now and loves it! She even brings her mouth to the spoon, and is learning where her tongue goes. She is getting very independent all ready she doesn’t want to be held all the time and likes her space when she is sleeping. .. hum sounds a lot like me.
So our doctor came in and said that she is healthy and we are doing a good job, Yay we passed the 4 month cheek up. Then he asked how the sleeping patterns are going, she will sleep for about 7 hours until she wakes up and wants to nurse, it takes some time to get her to sleep, around 1-2 hours at night and she will not take an afternoon nap, how she can stay wake for so long is beyond me. He then said that when it’s time to go to sleep, she should be placed in her bed when she is drowsy and have her go to sleep on her own, if she cries and she will then let her cry it out, come in every five minutes and put your hand on her and tell her it’s all right and then leave for another five minutes and then repeat this cycle until she has fallen asleep. Do not pick her up, that will undo all that you have been working for. It will be hard at first but it will get better for you. OK WHAT is he talking about? I find joy in rocking her to sleep, I only have so long until she doesn’t want to be held and I want to cherish those quiet and intimate moments while I still can. I have some problems with this advice, 1. She is 4 months old she needs cuddling time 2. As a mom isn’t it your right to soothe her when she needs soothing? 3. I don’t like hearing her scream when I know all I have to do is hold her to calm her down. I know that eventually we will have to deal with a “bed time ritual” we have one that we don’t deviate from it’s small and not always the best way , but we have one, and part of that is holding her until she goes to sleep. So what do you say? I would love to hear your comments because the thought of letting her cry it out is crazy. Do you think I am right in holding her since she is only 4 months or is she old enough to self soothe herself? And isn’t there a law when it comes to babies, you can never spoil them enough? For now I will hold her when she is upset, and hold her while she falls asleep.