Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snowy Winter


So this winter I am not minding the snow because I don't have to go out in it! Staying home is so much fun :) We have started supplementing with Vitamin D3 which also helps the gloomy days. Abigail is taking fish oil and other vitamins also. This is great for preventing sickness in her and keeping her vitamin stores up.

My little girl is 3 1/2 months now. Her new phase is wanting to be held by mommy. I like this one because I love cuddling. Before I would have to try everything under the sun to get her to go to sleep, but now all I have to do is hold her and rock back and forth. I love looking down to see that she is peacefully sleeping.

Today she has rolled from her tummy to her back! She has mastered rolling from back to tummy since 2 1/2 months so this is big! She also has found her feet. Another thing she did today was put her right toes in her mouth. I love watching her grow and live life. It will be exciting to see her grow up...but I am happy with letting time not go too fast!

Last night I stumbled onto a new concept for me. Baby led weaning. This involves no baby food. You feed your baby regular food and just make it soft enough and small enough for them to eat. I am all about independence in children and that's why I am following Montessori guidelines. This seems to go right along with what I want for Abigail. There is no spoon feeding at all. You allow the child to discover independence with food. I think I may do this with Abigail. Here's a link to check out if you're interested like I am. Baby led weaning

As I continue to parent, my views and passions are forming on how to raise my child and future children. This is something I may put in Abigail's scrapbook...

"Abigail, I promise to intentionally parent you. I promise to show you the love of Christ and to teach you the truths of the Bible. I promise to not take anything for granted in raising you. I promise to not let time pass too quickly. I promise to let you live life with zest and excitement. To let you develop meaningful relationships with your grandparents. I promise to not stifle you by becoming overbearing. I promise to not hinder your learning by putting you in front of a TV. I promise structure, discipline, and planning. I promise to teach you how to live a healthy lifestyle by making exercise and eating healthy fun. I promise to live my life in view of God's mercy and parent with that understanding.
I hope and pray that my (and your Dad's) intentional parenting will lead you to have a relationship with Christ. That you will love to spend time with family and have special relationships with your grandparents that I did not have with mine. I pray that you would reach the potential Christ has for you. I love you so much, Abigail."

Revisions to come later, probably.

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