Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Bulllet Points

Since it is almost 11 am and I need to take a shower still and shouldn't be blogging I will quickly update all 5 of you on Markwort news:

-I had my first midwife appointment yesterday and got to hear the little 13 week heartbeat. What a precious sound that is!

-I have been extremely faintish lately which I also was with Bennett's pregnancy. I am also a bit underweight which seems hilarious to me because I have actually seen myself in the mirror. The dizziness might just mean I need to eat more and more often. Yuck, I hardly want to eat at all, so that is a tall order. It all seems so Victorian to me and I wish I had a fainting couch, although I would do without the corset.

-I have read 5 books in the last two weeks. I haven't read a book prior to that in the last year. I am not a very balanced person.

-Ellie weighs 16 pounds. The last time I weighed her, she weighed 9 1/2 pounds at 4 weeks. She is following the same pattern that Rachel did. She is really low on the weight curve at a year old and then she will spike big time in the next year. I doubt she will get as gigantic as Rachel is (previously known as the world's largest two year old.)

-I am taking Ellie with me on a trip to Minnesota to visit my dear friend next week. Jeromy is going to take the older two camping by himself. Yeah, I totally think he is crazy, but he is much more of an optimist than I am :)

-I am working on a reading program with Bennett called the Victory Drill Book (I used it when I was in Kindergarten. Yes, it's still around!) It is a "how many words can you read correctly in one minute" test that you pass when you reach 30 words for a Kindergartener. It is broken down into short vowel sounds to start with and he has already passed short a and e. I also have been working on phonics rules with him loosely while we are reading books that have them in it. I have started using first grade curriculum with Bennett as he was bored with the Kindergarten stuff. He is more challenged and alot happier now.

-Rachel has learned: letters in her name, counting to 20, recognizing most numbers 1-10, saying her alphabet correctly- still working on l-m-n-o-p, counting 10 objects, knows all the basic colors and shapes, draws a circle and a line. Boy she is a squirmy one. Homeschooling her will be more challenging than Bennett.

That's about it. I better go do what I should be doing now! (I still need to go make hamburger buns too. Yes, make. Gluten-Free eating is labor intensive, and I haven't felt up to baking lately, so we are out of everything!) Have a great Tuesday!


Brianna Heldt said...

I've heard good things about the Victory Drill book. What curriculum do you use with your kids???

I hope you feel better soon. Pregnancy is just plain hard, no two ways about it!

Kristen Borland said...

i hope your appetite starts to return soon. i have to say i've had more trouble with this pregnancy than the others because the aversions keep coming even at 8 months.

i have some dizziness problems (mostly because my illness are flared up because of the pregnancy), but i learned that i need protein first thing in the morning. now, most protein doesn't sound good (not even whole wheat bread) in the morning, but it's something to try.

i always wanted a fainting couch. not for fainting of course, or for being dramatic, but because i like the look of them. :)

Rachel said...

I fainted in Walmart when I was 16 weeks pregnant with Ainsley. Be careful and sit down if you think you are light headed. I ended up in the Emergency Room for hours and it was really scary. I seriously had a bump on my head for a year!!!

And I love the l.m.n.o.p thing. We are working on that too.