Saturday, January 8, 2011

Life is beautiful...

So, I had a baby. She's lovely and perfect, and the easiest baby I've ever had.  She already does a 5 hour stint at night (the tough part is it doesn't start until midnight), doesn't mind being put down, and even demands free time on the floor!  She sociable and chatty, and loves a clean diaper, although she doesn't much like getting dressed or undressed.  I don't remember how long it took Tristan to go blonde, but it looks as though we might just have a brunette!  And of course her eyes are blue, though what kind of blue is still a mystery.

Tristan is doing well. He listens in on Kael's school lessons, and sometimes comes up with the answers before Kael. Yikes! He knows how to sing the alphabet, and can recognize all the letters, lower- and upper-case. He can also count to about 13 without skipping, and then proceeds to 40, skipping the numbers that end in 3, 4, and 5.  He can also tell you what sounds certain letters make.  I don't know how I'm going to keep him intellectually interested until he's old enough to start kindergarten!

Kael is loving online school at home, which we do through the AZVA.  He just wasn't socially ready for public school, but has proven repeatedly and beyond doubt that he's smart enough.  He recently took a state standards test, and scored WAY above what was needed for E (the highest grade) in all but one category, in which he got an E but was being a perfectionist and so he didn't get as far.  It's been fun to watch him as he learns, seeing the light come on, and the excitement for learning in his eyes.  We'll definitely be doing this again next year.

Elizabeth came home for school for this semester, too.  It was what I wanted, but in the end, she wanted it too, citing many reasons: she was often bored in school (sounds familiar... and who knew?), the kids were naughty a lot and it bugged her, especially when they got her in trouble too, she wanted to be able to sleep in, and she wanted to learn at her own pace.  It's only been a week, but so far, we both love it. It took me a couple of days to get a good rhythm, but it's coming together, and I think we're going to have a lot of fun.

Yesterday, I hit the six week mark postpartum, and started to exercise again. I started with some DDR (Dance Dance Revolution), until I get a little more in shape, and then I'll start running to train for the marathon with my dad.  Also, I re-entered the singles scene on New Year's Eve with a dance for the YSA's in our area. I went with my brother, Rhydon.  I had a lot of fun, just meeting a bunch of new people and dancing to music that I didn't recognize, but had a good beat.  Except for a few songs that were remixes of songs I knew when I was "young;" I'm so old!!!  I even danced with a few cute guys my age.

So that's life for us right now.  Hope all of you are doing well too!

Happy New Year!

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