2013 Memories

I found some things I had written down and want to put them in a safe place so I’m putting them here.


At the McWane gift shop R3 picks up a gorilla w/a baby on it’s back and says, “Aw, look it has a champoo on it’s back!”

Feb 2013


I was making up silly words to a song we sing and R3 joined in. When I laughed she said, “R1 and R2 don’t always think I’m funny.” Typical youngest-born, wants everyone to laugh at her jokes.

R3 learned to whistle.

R3: Mommy, when you change the station in the car does it change in ALL the cars?
Me: No
R3: I don’t understand how the radio works.


R1 and R2 won 3rd place in the Science Fair!


To JoNell – R3: My name means Princess Warrior, so I can kick my brothers butt!”


Mr. Fox took R3 into the men’s bathroom at Pizza Hut.

R3: I wish you were a girl.
Mr Fox: If I were a girl I couldn’t be your Daddy.
R3: Well, you could dress up in girl clothes!

Smart Baby

Last night R4 was trying to unplug Chris’ cell phone and couldn’t manage it so she grabbed my hand, put the phone in it and grunted – effectively asking me to do it for her.

Then this morning when I sat in the rocker to nurse her for a nap she refused. She kept sitting up and reaching for the bed. So I laid in the bed with her and she nursed to sleep and slept for 1.5 hours!

Constantly Amazed (R4 is 6 Months!)

Our wonderful little bundle is now 6 months old!


It blows my mind but Remy wakes up mostly dry every morning and FILLS the potty. There’s maybe one pee in her overnight diaper! I haven’t changed a poopy diaper all week! She goes in the potty first thing in the morning.

She’s just so wonderful. Her siblings fight over who gets to hold her, potty her, change her diaper – they’re still mesmerized. Everything she does is adorable!

What EC Looks Like Here…

I did EC for a short time with both R2 and R3 but didn’t stick with it. This time I did more reading and gave it a shot, and almost quit again until I realized that even though I tend to be an all or nothing person, it IS possible to do EC part time. I figure I’m not the only one like me so I wanted to share how EC is working for us to encourage others.

Honestly the only time I’m consistent is every time she wakes up. I put her on the potty first thing in the morning (she FILLS IT UP!) and after every nap. There are other times when I can tell she’s getting ready to poo that I put her on and am sometimes successful in catching but, really, I don’t know what her cue is, if she has one. I’m busy with 4 kids, getting ready to move, then we’ll be home schooling… so I’m not going to beat myself up about “not being in tune” with her. I know when she’s hungry, tired, etc and that’s enough! LOL

The way I see it, EC is a chance for her to be more aware of her body and be used to the potty when she’s ready to be done with diapers. :)


Even the big kids get are into it!

Shut It!

Mr. Fox’s FB status tonight:

Here’s how my phone conversation started tonight with the sweetest little girl I know…

Me: Hello?
R3: Hey Daddy.
Me: Hey sweetheart.
R3: Hold on…
R3: Sorry, had to tell them to be quiet ’cause I’m on the phone with you.

Sweet Kids

R1: Mommy, I think Daddy needs you.
Me: He’ll call me if he needs me.
R1: But he’s throwing up! He needs you!
Me: Adults don’t really need anyone when they throw up.
R2: What? Why NOT?
Me: Because we’re adults, we can handle it. There’s really not much anyone can do.

They’re so confused as to why I didn’t jump up and run in to help like I do when THEY are sick. <3

YL KidScents Aren’t Actually Safe for Kids

They are claiming that they created these specially formulated pre-diluted because they take safety for kids seriously… so why do they contain oils that are NOT safe for kids?

GeneYus™ Essential Oil Blend: Caprylic/capric glycerides, Boswellia sacra, Callitris intratropica (Blue Cypress) wood oil, Cedrus atlantica (Cedarwood) wood oil, Melissa officinalis leaf oil, Picea pungens (Blue Spruce?) tree oil, Bursera graveolens (Palo Santo) wood oil, Ferula galbaniflua (Galbanum) resin oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) peel oil, Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh) oil, Santalum paniculatum (Sandalwood) wood oil, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil, Aniba rosaeodora (Rosewood) wood oil, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) flower oil, Hyssopus officinalis (Hyssop) leaf oil, Picea mariana (Black spruce) leaf oil, Rosa damascena (Rose) flower oil

Melissa officinalis – avoid topical use on children under 2
Ylang Ylang – avoid topical use on children under 2
Hyssop – avoid using (all routes) on children under 2

This blend also contains Sweet Almond oil, which could be a problem for those with nut allergies. But if you go to YL’s website it is only listed in the ingredient list by it’s plant name – the words “Sweet Almond” are NOT on the label!

Owie™ Essential Oil Blend: Caprylic/capric glycerides, Abies balsamea (Idaho Balsam Fir) needle oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree) leaf oil, Helichrysum italicum flower oil, Canarium luzonicum (Elemi) gum oil, Cistus ladaniferus (Cistus) oil, Chamaecyparis obtusa (Hinoki) oil, Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove) bud oil

Clove bud
– avoid topical use on children under 2

TummyGize™ Essential Oil Blend: Caprylic/capric glycerides, Mentha spicata (Spearmint) leaf extract, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) oil, Citrus reticulata (Tangerine) peel oil, Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel) oil, Pimpinella anisum (Anise) seed oil, Zingiber officinale (Ginger) root oil, Elettaria cardamomum (Cardamom)seed oil

Peppermint – avoid using (all routes) on children under 6
Fennel – avoid using (all routes) on children under 5
Anise – avoid using (all routes) on children under 5
Ginger – avoid topical use on children under 2
Cardamom – avoid using on children under 6

SniffleEase™ Essential Oil Blend: Caprylic/capric glycerides, Eucalyptus bicostata (Eucalyptus Blue) oil, Bursera graveolens (Palo Santo) wood oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil, Hyptis suaveolens (Dorado Azul) seed oil, Cinnamomum camphora (Ravintsara) leaf oil, Myrtus communis (Myrtle) oil, Eucalyptus Globulus leaf oil, Origanum majorana (Marjoram) leaf oil, Pinus sylvestris (Pine) leaf oil, Eucalyptus citriodora oil, Cupressus sempervirens (Cypress) leaf/nut/stem oil, Eucalyptus Radiata leaf oil, Picea mariana (Black spruce) leaf oil, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) oil

Myrtle – avoid using on children under 6
Eucalyptus Globulus – avoid using on children under 10
Eucalyptus Radiata – avoid using on children under 10
Peppermint – avoid using (all routes) on children under 6

Note: There is NOTHING on their website that tells what ages these blends are appropriate for, which implies that they are safe for all children.

Info on EO safety from Learning About EO’S

Leap #4


Leap #4 was 5 loooong weeks long. R4 has made some obvious advancements like being able to bring things to her mouth (including my hand), using consonant sounds, searches for people when they walk away from her, grumbles when impatient.

There are other new skills that I may not have noticed or haven’t kicked in yet.

Leap #4 in my mind is “the leap of cat naps.” R4 rarely slept more than 30 minutes at a time unless I was holding her and even then sometimes it was still only 30 mintues. Luckly she slept really well at night except for nursing a lot more often.

When this leap ended it was like a switch flipped. She took two 1.5 hour naps in the bed! I didn’t know what to do with myself! I made blueberry muffins with the berries we picked last week and dinner!! I also realized she’s not nursing NEAR as often! She’s back to doing a 3-4 hours stretch at night like she was before this leap and going 2-3 hours during the day (instead of every 1-2).

I wish Wonder Weeks had been around when The Bigs were little I am finding this app really useful!