Sidenote: I'm just gonna throw some pictures in. And yep, some of them are from the summer. Okay, a lot of them are. So they might seem random and totally unrelated to the post, but at this point, you get what you get. And one more thing... seriously, I'll get on making a new header hopefully this week. What an insult to poor Scarlett that her beautiful little face isn't included! Alright. Moving along now.
So yes, Brooklyn started grade 1. Her first day Chris was off work and was able to come drop her off and pick her up, which made her happy. She got in line with her friends when the bell rang and went right into the school, never looking back. I didn't cry (I did for her first days in JK/SK and preschool). Her first couple of weeks of school were a bit difficult for her; she is in a 1/2 split and the teacher has commented that she is bored in class. Not to mention in kindergarten, after they complete their work they get to go play - in grade 1, they get to sit at their desk quietly and wait for the rest of the class to finish. Can't say I blame her for finding that boring! But she was saying that she hates school and never wanted to go, and would be near tears every morning because it was "too boring". But now that the teacher has kind of figured out where everybody is, she's been able to give extra work and activities to the children who need it. We haven't had any issues with Brooklyn complaining about school over the couple of weeks or so and she's excited to go in the morning. Thank goodness.
Miss Scarlett is so much bigger now - both physically and cognitively! She is a happy little butterball (she weighs more than 14lbs now) and has become quite a social sweetheart, flashing her gummy grin wherever we go. I am constantly receiving comments from people about how good natured she is, and it is so true - she is really such a wonderful, happy baby. We are so very lucky to have her! Scarlett finally has started giggling, and she is getting so very strong. She rolls on occasion when it strikes her fancy, and she is well on her way to being able to sit up unsupported - in fact she can sit on her own for a short time, but she's not quite independent with it yet. She chews her fingers constantly and drools like a faucet. I'm pretty convinced she has some teeth on their way, but I could be wrong! We are waiting until she is 6 months to start introducing foods as we see absolutely no reason to introduce them any earlier, especially since it could risk the health of her gut. We introduced solids at 5 months with the older two girls and right after that they both suffered from constipation issues through toddlerhood - it could be linked, or maybe not. Either way, Scarlett's perfectly content with her diet of breastmilk right now so we see no reason to rush things. Although I will admit that we have given her tiny tastes of some things on her tongue, and I did give her an apple to suck on when we went apple picking a couple weekends ago. She thought that was pretty great!
I've been working at Carters/Osh Kosh for I think about 7 or 8 weeks now, and I have to say it - I love my job. I'm so enjoying getting out of the house and being somebody besides "mom" a couple times a week, and my coworkers are all easy to get along with and I quite like them. Chris has been doing his best running things on his own in the evenings and on the weekends when I'm not around, but I know it hasn't been easy for him. I think he thought it would be easier than it is, so it's nice to know he realizes all I do when I am home with the kids on my own. The girls all seem to have adjusted pretty well to me working outside the home but sometimes the big girls do get upset when I have to go, and they often say they miss me while I'm at work. I get it - I miss them too! However I think it's been beneficial for all of us to have some time apart. Working definitely takes up some of my personal time, which is partially why I have been MIA! By the time I get home from work and get settled, the very last thing on my mind is editing pictures or catching up on my blog. I'm pulled in so many directions these days! It's hard to prioritize and do things for me when the needs of the kids always need to come first. But I love them so much, and it's all so worth it.