Everyday lives of the Meabon Household

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thumbs Up Thursday

Thumbs up for The Story for Little Ones by Josee Masse, Max Lucado and Randy Frazee
Harper is currently OBSESSED with The Story for Little Ones.  She asks to read it about 15 times a day (I'm not kidding either).  There are times she'll disappear and we'll find her sitting in her room just flipping through the book on her own.  Max and Randy give simple messages to go along with each Bible story and the illustrations are perfect for kids.  If you're looking for a good Bible book or even an Easter present, I highly recommend The Story for Little Ones.

Harper hugging her book
I received no compensation for these reviews - I just like the products. 

Fun with Props

We had Harris's newborn pictures taken on Monday and I'll post them once I have them.  I borrowed props from my mom and Cindy Knocke for the pictures.  So on Tuesday, Mom and I decided to have a little photo session of our own to play with this great wagon that we didn't end up using on Monday.  After about 350 pictures between the two of us, here were some of my favorites.

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Over the last week, Harper has become a very diligent "mama" to her baby dolls.  They now mimic her little brother by being put in the swing, in the bassinet, in the car seat and by being held on the boppy.  She'll run off at full speed into her bedroom and come back toting "Baby Ella" and "Baby Hatcher" (named by Honey, the second is named after her boyfriend from school).  I'd say she's warming up to the idea of a little brother.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Texas Bluebonnets

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong somewhere close to me
Far away from your trouble and worries
You belong somewhere you feel free
- Wildflowers by Tom Petty


Friday, March 16, 2012

Harris - One Week

A little easier said than done with baby #2 but I'm going to do my best to keep track of milestones for Harris.  So here's the official one week old pictures:


Sister & Brother


 I've been getting alot of questions about how Harper is doing with Harris.  To be honest, we were prepared for utter chaos but overall, Jared and I are pretty pleased with the transition.  It hasn't been silky smooth but compared to some of the horror stories I've heard, we're happy.

I'm sure it's not easy having the world revolve around you for your entire life and all of a sudden, BAM!, there's this new intruder in your life.  Suddenly, those people who love you so much aren't able to give you every single second of their time and energy.  There's this thing here now that's loud, demanding and taking the attention off of you.  Just think about it - it must be awful.  But Harps has taken it in stride.

When she first met him, we made sure that we gave her lots of attention.  She pointed up, said "baby, baby" and then it was off to explore the hospital room.  She came to visit every day at the hospital and still didn't seem to into her brother at all.  I tried not to make a point of making it all about Harris when she came to visit but more about the Squirrel.  But since we've gotten home, she's seeming to warm up to him more and more each day.

Don't get me wrong.  She's definitely been more sensitive than normal with a few total meltdowns and has developed a new habit of hitting that we're working on.  But Jared and I totally get that this is pretty crazy for her so we're trying to be as patient as possible, spend plenty of QT with her and making sure we involve her in everything that we're able to....and explaining a few times a day that hitting is not nice, we need to be gentle, practicing "gentle touches" and, yes, timeout for repeated hitting.

While I'm feeding Harris, she'll bring me books, toys, dolls, etc and it give us some time to play - although a couple of those books have been chunked into Harris's head when set down on the couch but no major damage done. Honey also brought Harps a new baby doll bed complete with blankets, burp clothes and pillows.  Harps will disappear and we'll find her tucked away in her room playing with her babies.  It also helps that she's had plenty of attention over the last week from Honey and Grandy, Grammie and her cousins.
Little does she realize that in just a few short months, she'll have a completely captive audience.  And in just a few short years, she'll have a little boy just begging for her attention that she can dress up as a princess and play tea party with - well, until he discovers Transformers or whatever the rage for little boys will be at that time!  I can't wait to see the bond between these two develop.  I'm sure I"ll have more than a few bumps and bruises stories before we get there but for now, they've only been minor.  

Happy One Week Harris!

A week goes by so fast!  Here's a little picture montage of the first week of Harris's life.