January & February Books

February 27th, 2013 by Rachel

I actually read several books this month. Granted, they were all fiction, but developing/redeveloping a habit takes baby steps. With Speedy’s frequent night-wakings, I had to keep it light or I was fast asleep. I got an iphone in January and have read several books on the kindle app. I found it was so much easier to pick up my phone and read a page here or there while waiting in the car, eating lunch, etc.

1. Wool, all five parts, by Hugh Howey – a friend from my book club recommended this collection of short stories, and I was hooked after reading the first one. These were the first books I read on my iphone. I really didn’t get much done during the few days I was reading these. This is a similar genre to The Hunger Games, and I hope he writes more. I am waiting until I finish our tax return to read the Shift series.

2. Divergent by Victoria Roth – another futuristic dystopian teen novel. It was pure coincidence that I read these books back-to-back. I had been on the waiting list for this book for so long that I forgot all about it. I read it in two days. It was a page turner. Not as good as The Hunger Games, but it was really entertaining. I am getting frustrated waiting for my turn with the sequel. I know it doesn’t take you three weeks to read this book, people. Hurry up and return it so the rest of us can read it!

3. Outliers by Malcom Gladwell – I read this in bits and pieces in December and January. It was fascinating and has changed the way I think about things. Thomas has read this a few years ago, and I remembered some of it from conversations we had about it, but it was still good. I had to skim the last part because it was due back to the library.

4. Miss Perigrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – our library had this ebook and I read it on the Kindle. It was another young adult book (I am liking this genre more and more for its PG/PG-13 ratings). It took me a few chapters to get into it, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down.

5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – this book had such mixed reviews that I couldn’t decide whether or not to read it, but I ended up getting into it early on. This was a sweet, sad story of a boy who loses his father in the attack on the World Trade Center. He goes on a journey throughout New York to find the meaning behind a key he found in his dad’s closet. It helps him grieve his father’s death and he has some sweet adventures. However, this book was really depressing. I have a hard time with books that are so sad as this one, and they can often put me in a funk for a few days. The chapters about his grandparents almost made me stop reading it, they were so depressing, but I skimmed those and eventually those characters just seemed unrealistic to me. Anyway, another mixed review to add to the rest of them! I just realized this book was made into a movie recently. I will have to see it when it comes out on DVD.

Speedy is 18 Months Old!

February 27th, 2013 by Rachel

I have officially abandoned the monthly update for the Speedster. I had hoped to make it to two years doing it, but this poor third child will forever bear the shame of receiving a quarterly update for awhile.

Speedy is a very busy toddler these days. He is running now and it can take me a few seconds to catch him. He thinks it is hilarious to run away from me, and I need to stop playing chase with him because he doesn’t know when it isn’t a good time. He is proficient at climbing up playground structures and going down a slide on his belly. He thinks this step stool is a truck to sit in, not a stool. We showed him a video of a man falling from a dunk tank hire in Perth. You know, those seats hovering above a water tank where kids throw a ball at a target and “dunk” the man if they hit it. He laughed so hard, it’s clear from the reaction that he wants to try to dunk someone too.

He is fascinated by things that go–trucks, cars, buses, tractors, trains, etc. He talks about these thinks all day long. We took a field trip to a fire station earlier this month, and Speedy was so excited, he just ran around the trucks the whole time.

We have had a rough two months with Speedy. He got three molars through his gums (#4 is slowly working its way through now), and it has caused many fussy days and long nights. I never knew when Bud was getting a tooth until I saw it in his mouth. Sugar had a more difficult time, but it meant she woke up more frequently for a couple days during the worst of it. But Speedy takes the cake with teething issues. I tried everything I could think of, but thankfully, his daytime crabbiness is lessening and he isn’t waking as frequently at night. On top of all that, he had an ear infection earlier this month. Poor baby!

Speedy is talking a lot these days. Some of his words include: sock, shoe, pants, hat, eye, mouth, hand, tickle (this means belly), high (this means swing), tractor, truck, backhoe, trash truck, digger, dump truck, bus, car, sit, chair, yummy (said “me” when he is hungry), mine, nana (banana), cheese, fish, hot, ouch, no, momma, da-da, Ya-Ya (brother), Eess (sister), ball, b-ball (basketball), strawberry. He has other sounds/gibberish that he says for other things like a tongue-click that means cup, and he can communicate very well by pointing and such.

He will eat as much, if not more than his big sister at many meals. He has quite an appetite, and he snacks often throughout the day. I don’t know how I fed my other two without those baby food pouches. They are so handy when we are out and about! He still nurses 2-3 times a day.

Speedy keeps us laughing and smiling at his cuteness. I love this age and getting to hear more of what he is thinking about. He loves to dance if there is music on and will now watch a little of a movie, especially if it is about trucks. He even started singing some songs this month. You have to know what you are listening for because he only sings two words of them, but it is so cute. We sure love our little guy!