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Our adventures started in amazing Alaska, but have since taken us to beautiful Spokane Valley, Washington. Our family consists of Nick (Dad), Becki (Mom), and our four boys: Alvin, Alex, Rilie, and Jackson. I enjoy homeschooling our kids and we're excited for what adventures Spokane has for us.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Our four boys, Samba Night, and Jackson Laughing

 Our four boys
It is quite difficult to get them to look at the same time.

Mystery smudge on the lens.

Trying green beans!


Sleeping Rilie

Saturday Night = Samba Night
We were quoting the movie Rio to each other, when we decided to have a Samba Night.

Jackson Laughing
He has the best laugh! Even though, he stops whenever a camera comes out. 
This is the best we could get. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Good Eats!

Welcome to Good Eats! 

Where we explore the delicious world of baby food. I'll be your host: Jackson Anderson!

 Early this week, we tried RICE CEREAL by Gerber. 

While my mother knows it's marketing, 
she can't resist buying the canister that claims to have 
all the brain building support no one else has.

Here's to being smarter!

A few days later, we decided to add banana.

This was MUCH better! 
I had accepted the rice cereal, but now that my palate has been 
introduce to such wonders, we will never go back. 

Num num, I think there is more on my thumb.

Oh and the back of my hand.

And a little bit over here.

These are those wipes she keeps cleaning me with.

My brothers were intrigued for a bit, but returned to their movie. 

This is my actual first feeding with the rice cereal. 

Mom's point of view:

This was a challenging week! Friday, Jackson went to his 4 month appointment (10 days late, because I forgot his original appointment). When they weighed him, I knew something wasn't right. He only gained 1.5 pounds. Our new physician, Cindy - an Advanced Nurse Practioner, was slightly concerned. Jackson had dropped from the 45% to 15%. We talked about possible reasons. She asked me to pump after feedings, offer nursing every 2 - 3 hours (even if he didn't show signs of hunger), begin solids, and 
come back in two weeks for another weight check. 

Over the weekend, things got more challenging. He didn't want to eat, and when he did want to eat he wouldn't stay latched. 

Monday, he only ate four times. Twice really, but he did try two other times. I called the clinic and they put me in touch with the Lactation Clinic. The Lactation Clinic was closed, so I left a message.

Tuesday, the LC told me to stop nursing and only pump. Jackson was to take bottles for the day. Needless to say, he did not accept the bottle. Home alone with a screaming baby is not good for anyone. I called my RS president and told her I needed a friend. She came over for two and half hours. She sent me to bed and tried to feed him over the next 45 minutes. The break was nice, but I couldn't sleep. She wasn't able to get him to feed either. She noticed that he was very happy and alert. He only cried when we tried to make him eat. This was true. He was happy unless, we offered or forced the tip of the bottle in his mouth. 

At 3:30pm, I called the clinic. Jackson hadn't eaten since 7am, the last time I breast fed him. They took a look at him at 4:30pm. He was happy, good color, no signs of dehydration, etc. The doctor that saw him said he looked great, low weight, but nothing that warranted starving him over a bottle vs. breast. He said the LC could extrapolate my ounces from the pumping I had done and to give him food however he would take it. I started taking Reglan, a prescription anti-nausea medication that happens to promote lactating. Reglan is known to cause depression and exhaustion. (I am feeling both sides effects from this drug).

Wednesday, I met with the LC. They weighed him, watched me feed, weighed him again. After 25 minutes of nursing, he took in 2.5 ounces! Yet, still a happy active baby. She said his stomach probably shrunk with my supply or vice versa.  They told me he is a "highly distractable" baby, so I have to feed him away from distractions... anyone want 3 kids for the next 2 - 4 weeks? He needs to feed 10 - 12 times a day, plus pump for 10 minutes on each side after each feeding. After an hour of feeding and pumping, I get an hour break and start over. 

I know I'm complaining. In the end, it's more important we get my supply back and Jackson nursing well. School is taking a back burner. We are working on it, but it's not the priority. We work on school during the hour breaks, then the boys have an hour break. They are not complaining. When dad gets home, whatever needs to be done he helps me with. Either he holds Jackson and teaches, while I make dinner or vice versa. 

Friday, Nick stayed home to help out. Overall, we're doing well. A few bursts of crying and thin skin, but I am practicing walking away, reminding the kids it's not their fault, and listening to ocean music in my room. I should only be on the drugs for a month. I should be back to "normal" by Christmas. 

Loves and Prayers Appreciated!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Grateful Sabbath and New Traditions

Thanksgiving Tree

For years, 
I've wanted to make with the kids a Thanksgiving Tree.
We finally did it!

New Traditions

Growing up, Nick's dad made amazing chocolate chip cookies each Sunday. The kids would enjoy these in their lunches throughout the week. Many have tried to replicate the recipe with no success. Because of this, Nick will never try to make chocolate chip cookies. Instead, he we will start the "Anything but Chocolate Chip Cookies" tradition. Tonight, Nick made INCREDIBLE no bake chocolate cookies. 

The kids loved helping out! 

I love this pictures! Rilie is using a teaspoon to scoop out his cookies. 

Alex is protecting the cookies from mommy. 
I can't help myself!

See Rilie's adorable teaspoon cookies. 

Alex can't help himself either... 

Videos: Daddy guarding the cookies, because no one wants to wait 15 minutes for them to cool.  

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Road Show

Road Show Time

Sometimes, our church likes to hold "Road Shows". Basically, it's a bunch of skits put on by different wards. They are fun to be a part of, especially for the kids. From what I hear, people would travel "on the road" to each church building to watch everyone's show. Now, we hold them in one place... but the name sticks.

This year's theme: We Believe! 

Our ward decided to let each auxiliary to create their own mini-skit, to demonstrate all the things we believe. Thanks Andrea for filming it. I'm sorry our camera was so buggy! This was, by far, the funnest road show we've ever been a part of!

Bishop Ric: I'm not sure... eating quickly between meetings?

Young Women: We believe in love.

Primary: We believe in being rewarded for reverence.

Elder's Quorum: We believe in moving people.

High Priest Group: We believe in home teaching.

Relief Society: We believe in decorating rooms.

Young Men: We believe in service.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Autumn Leaves & Halloween & Rilie's Birthday

Autumn Leaves

While the fall leaves here are varied in color, shape, and size, they are not as vibrant as the ones I'm used to in Anchorage. They are beautiful, nonetheless. 

We've enjoyed several walks around the complex.

"Wa hooo" is Rilie's new exclamation of excitement. 
The ending "hooo" is very higher pitched. I'll try to catch it on video. 

 My four boys!


Alvin wanted to be a pancake, but couldn't pass up the ninja costumes. Rilie picked Buzz Light Year. For the first few days, any time we tried to put it on... he would scream "MINE!", snuggle it to his face, and run away. Eventually, I decided to pin him down and make him put it on... I had mix feelings about that... but it worked. Once we got it on, he enjoyed wearing it. 

Jackson is my little toad. 

Our birthday boy!

Sewer grates... always keeping us away from the real fun.

Oh wait! A puddle!

I can almost reach it...

Oh don't tickle me... I'm fighting being tired. 

New coast guard helicopter from Great Grandpa Welsh. 

Rilie loves his mirror. 

More pictures to come!