Thursday, October 27, 2011

Jack Sparrow, number 1

Noah and Auts and I went to a pet shop to get a ball for our dog Spurgeon, and we came back with...Jack Sparrow the fish. Noah and Autumn came up with the name, cause they reckoned a Japanese fighting fish fights just like a pirate. My kids have never seen the movie, they just somehow know that Jack Sparrow is REALLY cool, and a pirate :)

They often climb up on the counter with some kind of string and pretend to "fish" off the edge of the counter, and then talk about Jack Sparrow
Autumn will lie down and look at him and get excited when he moves

It's bonded their little friendship

The day we took these photos Jack Sparrow was found outside his bowl, he jumped out! Clint says he commited hari kiri. So we had to bury him and get another Jack Sparrow. It didn't seem to bother the kids too much they were excited to go back to the pet shop. Whew.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


So for the last year or so every day/other day I'd try and do something school-like for the kids. Either long story times or counting or learning our letters or memorizing bible verses or whatever. We tried to do it every morning at 10am...and after going through a few bible books and exhausting, I started running out of ideas. So I ordered My Father's World Kindergarten curriculum to go through with Noah. He was totally ready for it, and the last few weeks we've been starting to go through it together!

Here's my little preschooler/kindergartener. I don't really know what to call it cause he's technically in preschool but we are going through K curriculum :) All of the preschool type curriculums I looked at were just a bunch of storybooks, which I can get at my local library anyway, so I thought we'd jump into a more fun/tactile one since he's reading first words already.

And I included this pic cause this is usually the perspective I see of him, looking up at me asking a question. His mind is quite inquisitive.
The first week was Ss is for Sun, and we learned all about the Sun and how it gives light and heat, and how the earth revolves around it, and how when it's light in SA it's dark in America, and tons mroe. He learned how to draw an S....
And we did experiments on how the sun gives heat. We put ice in the sun and in the shade to see whose would melt the fastest. The experiment had to be done over though cause they were both touching the ice when I went to settle Jude, so they both melted evenly at first :)
We are also trying to make grapes into raisins, but there haven't been enough sunny days for that yet! I also want to do a sundial, but we ran out of sunny days this week, we will do it next.

The curriculum is quite "tactile" which I love, so we made Snakes in the shape of an S.

Autumn got into this one too, she'd say "look at my baby snakes, ssssssss"
It comes with this cool puzzle thing too where you put these rods in the shape of an S or a Sun or a Snake or whatever starts with S. We are also learning how to count to 100, and go over a calendar every day. "Yesterday was, today is, tomorrow will be" etc. They also included this classical cd, and have ideas for kids to do to the music. (Dance with a beanbag on your head, etc etc). So one day we spent the whole morning "painting to Mozart"...although my kids called it "painting to milktart" (a South African dessert!) So I kinda go with the flow, if we don't get through that days curriculum, it's ok so long as the kids are learning and having fun.
Every week has a bible verse, and this one was "Jesus said I am the light of the world." That verse is on one of Noah's Seed's cd's so we just sing the song every day to review the concept that Jesus is the light of the world. We are also doing the children's catechism found in "Big truths for little kids." It's a great question and answer type way of learning great doctrines of the Bible, and I get quite a few interesting questions from him about it. It's fun!

Monday, October 17, 2011


For the last year every Wednesday I would take Noah to playball where they learn "ball skills." It's really been great for him, cause he's not really the sporty type (I usually have to encourage him to go outside and play rather than be read to etc). But over the course of the year he's really grown to like it.
The coach behind Noah is Nick, and he would say things that at first were confusing to Noah, but now make him laugh. Like he'd say "if you don't get the ball in the goal I'll throw you in the trash bin" and Noah would look at me and say "really?" but now he just knows to laugh.
He's one of the youngest kids there, so it's cute to watch him learn new skills, and fun for me to learn what to teach him at home. Now we do hopscotch and jumping and hockey and other things outside every week.
We are taking a break till the new year cause I can't drive him to practice after my Ceasar for 6 weeks, but we will probably pick it up again in January. He's my cute superstar.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

2 weeks

At two weeks post Caesar I am still quite sore....I was fine with my other two at this point. Maybe it's cause I'm in my 30's now, or maybe its cause I have 2 older ones to take care of (and clean up after)...but I'm hoping I heal a bit faster than I am currently.

At two weeks Jude sleeps and eats really well. He wakes up usually just once in the night for a feed if I give him a "dream feed" at 10pm, he'll wake at 2am, and then sleep again till 6 or 7am. This is totally do-able. Especially if I can make up that hour of sleep in the day, that is if my kids all nap at the same time.
I just love his little handies
His eyes seem like they might go blue, which is always a shocker to Clint and I that we might have 3 blue eyed kids since Clint's eyes are SO SO dark brown.
So far Jude is a super content little guy unless he's naked. He really really doesn't like his diaper being changed. I also took him for some newborn photos with my friend Hayley (hopefully I'll get those back soon!) And I wanted those super cute "sleepy newborn" shots where they are like lying in a basket or in a wagon all curled up naked. NOT HAPPENING with Jude. As soon as the clothes come off he cries, and wees. So...I had to apologize for my son weeing all over my friends studio and crying the whole time. I caught some today of him just lying on our bed. With clothes on of course.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Morning and Evening....

In the morning when we eat breakfast I put Jude in his little doughnut, and afterwards Noah and Autumn curl up and get cozy cozy with him.

And at night, they each have to have him in bed with them to give him some little hugs and kisses.

They usually ask for just "a few more cozy minutes mommy." It's really so fun to see how much they both just love him :)
Noah is so so excited for the day when Jude outgrows his cot and he can have a big boy bed with Noah in the same room. Children really are a blessing from the Lord, and it's so fun to watch them interact every day.

Friday, October 07, 2011

1 week old

In just one little week he's totally got our hearts captured :)

And he likes to listen to his daddy...and figure him out

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

from 2 to 3

I was a little nervous about the transition from 2 to 3 kids, but the Lord has been SO SO good and its really gone super smooth, and even better than I could have imagined. Noah and Autumn REALLY LOVE Jude. Which is something I prayed the whole 9 months every night before they went to sleep, that they would love their brother....and the Lord has answered abundantly.

Autumn gets REALLY excited whenever Jude does anything (opens his eyes, moves his hands, makes a noise) she'll smile, clap her hands and say in her super excited voice "Look mom, he's opening his eyes" and then laugh really loud. She likes covering him in blankets when I feed him, and loves pushing him in his little swing. She keeps saying she wants to teach him how to clap his hands and wave goodbye.

Noah is quite protective and very gentle with him, he'll stroke him softly and say "it's ok" and gets very concerned when he cries. He often wants to get very cozy with him and will give him big hugs every time he sees him.
Granny came to visit and I moved the mattress she slept on in the living room for the kids to jump on, and then after I was done with a feed one day I put Jude down on the mattress so I could go make coffee...and when I came back this is what I saw.....
Jude FAST asleep, and Noah stroking him SO gently on his forehead and arms, and moving his little giraffe in and out of his hands. He looked up at me and said "Mommy I'm falling in love with him, I'm just MAD about him." And then he asked if he could shizzle him every day (our word for giving him little loves). It was one of my favorite mommy moments ever. He laid there for about an hour with Jude just LOVING him, so cute.
We were SO thankful to Granny Anne who came down to look after Noah and Autumn while I was in the hospital. I know how full time that job is :)
Jude's first wakey time play in his cot....
I just love newborn feet
He kept looking to the side at his little cars and helicopters on his bunting...I'm glad he likes it!

Sunday, October 02, 2011


Jude Hudson Archer
Born on September 29, 2011 at 9:01am
Weighing 3.64kgs, 8.25 pounds
55 cm long, 21 inches