Saturday, August 28, 2010

...Three, Four, Five!

You may be wondering how days three, four, and five went of swim lessons! Did we discover the next Michael Phelps or did we have a new tadpole on our hands? After day one we wondered if we would be back for day two. Day two we wondered if he would actually smile while in the pool. Day three, well, day three was a good day it just kept getting better.

Day Three

Day three Quinn was willing to float on his back and on his front with some direction from the teacher. He really didn't want to put his face in the water and wasn't sure about trying what she was asking him to do. When it came time to jump from the side into the water...well that last picture shows Quinn starting to sit down on the side...then he would kind of s l i d e....into the water. And we were all about encouragement!

Day Four

Day four brought a sub instead of the regular teacher and she did a good job with the three little boys. While the continued floating on the fronts and backs, Quinn told the teacher a couple of times that he didn't want to try a few things she was asking them to do. It was so interesting watching him and observing the progress of the week. While he wasn't eager to do everything, he didn't cry and he did participate. The teacher carried the kids over on her back to go off a little slide into the water. Quinn wanted no part of that plan and would again stand on the side, move to sitting, and then slide into the pool. Grandma and Grandpa Jessup came and Quinn really liked have a few more spectators to cheer for him!

Day Five...The Final Day!

We made it to the last day of swim lessons! Quinn laughed and smiled in the pool. He enjoyed playing with the two other boys in his lessons and he really tried everything the teacher asked him to do (this was after a mom "pep" talk about trying new things)! He put his face in the water, moved his arms, kicked his legs, and you could tell his confidence had grown! He had a chance to go down the little slide again...he actually went down the slide! Well, he went down the slide but before he went down he figured out how to wedge himself in the slide so that he wouldn't actually land in the water. The picture above shows him sitting at the end of the slide before he wiggled off directly into his teacher's arms. I was impressed with his planning :)

Aunt Danae came to watch too and Quinn was excited to see her. Quinn finished up his lesson with a little certificate and a LOT more comfort in the pool. I'm looking forward to taking him back to the pool soon! We went over to the little playground outside the pool and played on the equipment for a bit before heading home.

It was a good learning experience for us as parents too. We won't always be able to control his circumstances but we can help him navigate through those experiences. I loved seeing his confidence grow!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Swim Lessons...Day Two

We weren't sure how Quinn was going to do on this second day of swim lessons. This morning he told me that he didn't want to go. After I told him we were going, I didn't hear anything else about it and didn't notice any nervousness. Instead, as the time got closer he seemed to get a little more excited and was eager to change into his swim stuff.

The lesson went really well for Quinn! No falling off the dock today! He still looked as stiff as a board in the water but he did everything the teacher asked and actually cracked a smile or two. Aunt Danae and Uncle John came out to watch which was a BIG deal to Quinn as he had called them to extend a personal invitation to come to the pool.

When we left today I asked what his favorite part was and he said, "Coming today!" So thankful he had a good day trying new things!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Swim Lessons

Today was the first day of swim lessons for Quinn! For a half hour every day Quinn will get to be in the pool and learn a few things about swimming. It is crazy that we've waited this take him to the pool! My goodness! It will be an interesting week. Quinn likes the idea of swimming but isn't so sure about getting his face wet or feeling cold and wet.

Quinn and two other little boys were a part of the lesson and Quinn tried everything the swim teacher asked him to try. The tricky part is that on the raised dock that the kids stand on, Quinn got too close to the edge while jumping up and down to stay warm and jumped right off the edge of the dock into the deeper water.

It really freaked him out and I wound up talking with him while he was out of the pool coughing. And when Quinn gets scared and starts coughing, he typically throws up too. Sure enough, he threw up. I told him I was going to shower him off and he was going to get back in the pool. He cried and really didn't want to but we got back out there and he cautiously rejoined the lesson.

At that point the kids were jumping off the side to the teacher...and he did it too! He lasted until the end of the lesson and then he was ready to be done!

We asked him what his favorite part of the lesson was and he said:
"The end. When I got to come see you guys!"

I'm hoping tomorrow goes better...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Of teeth and toothpaste

Teeth have been a big part of the Dougherty household the last few days. We've decided that Sela should be the new poster child for teeth-brushing. She still has four teeth but I'm pretty sure that dentists across the country wish all kids would brush their teeth like her.

Quinn also had a tooth encounter this past Friday. He somehow landed on the floor in the hallway while trying to bring a stuffed bear to Sela. He hit his top front teeth and gum on the floor which caused some serious bleeding. He was one sad dude. After a conversation with the dentist, we're keeping an eye on the gum and teeth. The teeth don't appear to be loose or pushed back but the gum is really tender. Quinn and Ryan were wrestling the day after and Quinn got a little bumped and it was back to ice and cold washcloths and more blood. Poor little man! He is a real trooper considering his gum area looks black!

Teeth, teeth, and more teeth!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Hay for the elephants

Quinn was having some "quiet play time" in his room this afternoon. An hour of uninterrupted play time and quality imagination building on his own while mommy does other projects and Sela takes her nap. Quinn often comes out to tell me something or show me something. Today he wanted me to come see "Farmer Brown and the elephants in their stall and the hay".

He said, "Mom, I'm using my clothes as the hay. That is a creative idea isn't it?" To which I said, "Yes, that is a very creative idea" while thinking to myself, I wonder if the clean clothes that were all folded in his laundry basket are now "hay" all over the room.

Quinn had created a stall for the imaginary elephants guarded by Mickey Mouse who was playing the part of Farmer Brown. And all of his clean clothes were in piles for hay. Lots of piles. Quinn said, "Is that ok?" He may have seen the initial look on my face but I said, "That is ok. That was a very creative way to make hay."

It didn't take me very long last night to fold them...and two times folding the laundry never hurt anyone. At least the elephants were fed.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Eleven Months

photo by photo macy
Sela Ruth Dougherty, 11 months old

Sela's verse: Ephesians 3:16-17 (New Living Translation)

16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

What can we say about Miss Sela? She is such an amazing little person!

She is full of smiles with four teeth shining through.
Ryan describes her as very joyous. He wonders if that quick smile is a connection with her fellow September 1st birthday partner, Uncle Derek. Her smile usually also involves some quality nose-crinkling...super cute! She has a serious side with a furrowed brow just like when she was born. Never really fussy or mad, she does have quite a loud voice! She babbles and chats and when she gets excited, man, she can let loose with a squawk and squeal!

Sela points and has a talent for clicking her tongue--LOUD! A month ago Sela began pulling herself up and now is sliding along the couches. She likes to find a chair, pull herself up to standing, and then push the chair around as she "practices" her walking.

Sela loves her brother. She wants to be near him and can find Quinn anywhere in the house. If he is sitting at the kitchen table, she wants to be standing by his chair. If he is in his room with the door closed, she will lay on the floor and put her fingers under his door.

Sela standing at Quinn's door

Quinn and Sela have fun together. Quinn likes to entertain Sela and wants to be silly for her. There are some things that I think are just a picture of the future as they both get older.

Quinn and Sela after a bath

Sela loves to eat! She loves cheese! Eating Ritz in each hand. Avacado. Sweet Potatoes. Oatmeal with kale. Applesauce. Broccoli. Nectarines. Brown rice. She is willing to try anything and for dinner tonight ate one egg yolk, 3/4 banana, bowl of applesauce, 1/2 piece of wheat toast, and two Ritz crackers. She really out eats Quinn with ease. We think her weight is about 20 pounds. She is still nursing although she wants to be up looking around so I expect there will be a conversion to a cup at a year.

She sleeps like a champ! She has been sleeping through the night for months now. She goes to bed with a pacifier, and I hum her the Mary Poppins tune "Stay Awake." She'll cuddle a little bit but likes to lean over her crib and get right in. She is happy in the morning and usually wakes up around 7...although there was a stretch where she was waking up around 6 and 6:30 and I didn't think that was the best arrangement. I was thankful for the 7am wake up call when it returned.

Sela's eyes have stayed blue and her hair is sandy brown. She has full pink cheeks and dimpled arms. People most often comment on her cheeks and her eyes. Her hair is getting longer on top but is growing pretty slowly in the back. I don't usually put things in it right now because everything winds up in her mouth.

We are so thankful that Sela is here and that we can enjoy the little person that she is! What a blessing from God!

September 1, 2009

Stay Awake from Mary Poppins

Stay awake, don't rest your head

Don't lie down upon your bed

While the moon drifts in the skies

Stay awake, don't close your eyes

Though the world is fast asleep

Though your pillow's soft and deep

You're not sleepy as you seem

Stay awake, don't nod and dream

Stay awake, don't nod and dream