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Kinsley 11 Months

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My beautiful girl!  Even though she's my third child, it's still fun to get to see her personality come out and really get to know who she is.  This will just increase more and more!  

Kinsley:

-LOVES, and I absolutely mean LOVES, snuggly, furry, soft things.  She will snuggle soft blankets, stuffed toys, or even real live animals.  A few weeks ago we were at a ward activity and a family brought their tiny 2 month old puppy.  My mom was holding Kinsley and they put the puppy out for Kinsley to see.  She just grabbed on to that puppy tightly and wouldn't let go.  The poor little dog was so scared.  But Kinsley LOVED it.  She was kicking and squealing.  I also recently took her to the pet store.  Here she is once she saw those furry guinea pigs.

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And with a blanket!

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-just got her 8th tooth this month.  And she knows how to use them.  Ouch!
-eats pretty much anything now.  There are the few high allergenic foods that we don't feed her, but as long as we cut everything bite size, she eats it.  I would guess her favorite foods are fruits and veggies since those are what she eats first off her tray.  She also finally likes french fries.  The first month I tried to give them to her she would gag like they were the grossest things ever.  

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-is pulling herself up on furniture, the bathtub, the baby gate more and more now.  And she's starting to steps along the furniture as well.  It's been hard giving her a bath lately because she just stands up.  I put her down and she instantly stands up.  Corbin has been helpful about holding her in the bath while I bathe the other kids so I don't have to constantly worry about her falling down.  

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-is still our tiny little girl.  I had to take her for a weight check since the doctor was slightly worried about her falling off the chart.  Even though she was still tiny, at least she is back to 5th perecetile.  The doctor said she was really happy about that and to keep doing what I'm doing.  16 lbs 15 oz was her weight at 10 1/2 months.
-points ALL the time.  Corbin didn't point until really late, maybe almost 2 but Kinsley has been pointing for a few months now.  She mostly points at people, but sometimes she'll point at objects.  If she sees someone she points at them.  It's pretty funny and cute.

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-is still sort of a mama's girl but she is less and less as time goes on.  
-is a very social baby.  The doctor commented how she doesn't seem to have any stranger anxiety.  And it's true.  She will go to anyone.  If she sees me then she might fuss a little but if she is fed and changed then she has no problem being held by anyone.
-is not super smiley or easy to get to laugh.  We have to work very hard for her to laugh and even then it's a very girly, dainty laugh.  Very rarely does she full on belly laugh.  
-is signing "all done" even when not prompted.  Sometimes I can get her to sign "more" but that's not as often.  She is saying dada, mama, baby, hi.  
-can wave and clap and shake her head no.  She likes to shake her head no to things I ask her to do.  She thinks she is pretty funny.  And she is.

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-is a little dancer.  She will shake her little body when there is music going and we ask her to dance.  It's stinkin' cute.

Her schedule:

6:30am: Wakes up and plays around in crib until we come get her.  If we wait long enough, sometimes she falls back asleep.
7:00am: Eats breakfast.  Toast, yogurt, fruit, cereal, water
8:00am:  Nurses and gets dressed
8:15am: Plays while I take a shower and get ready for the day
9:15am: Morning Nap
11:00am:  Wakes up and plays or we run errands
12:00pm: Lunch time.  Meat, cheese, veggies, crackers, bread, fruit, water
1:30pm:  Nurses and goes down for a nap
3:30pm: Wakes up and plays or we go for a walk or get dinner ready
5:30pm:  Dinner.  Whatever we eat just cut up bite size
6:00pm: Family play time.
7:00pm: Bath, jammies, scriptures, books, songs, prayers.
7:30pm:  Nurses and then to bed!
Night Wakings:  She tends to wake up a few times at night.  Sometimes just for her binky.  Sometimes for hours and hours.  I recently read that if a baby is waking up around the same time every night that they should be gently roused half awake about an hour before the time they wake up at night.  Connor has been doing that and it has seemed to help.

We love our little "Kins my Bins".  (A common nickname we all use for her.)

Mother's Day and My Birthday

Since my birthday always falls either on or close to Mother's Day, I figure it's jsut easiest to celebrate them together. This Mother's Day was definitely a success.  Connor is a great husband and gave me a wonderful day.

The kids and Connor came in to wake me up with breakfast in bed and cards.  The boys picked out gum for me!  Connor said he wanted to let me sleep in but wanted to wake me up in enough time to not be stressed about getting ready for church.  Does he know me or what?

Church was good and as always glad I was able to go even if it's hard to pay attention with an almost 11 month old trying to be on the move everywhere.  

We got home and took some pictures.  This is what I wanted most for Mother's Day since I just don't have many pictures with my kids individually or together.  

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After the kids went for their nap, I read and was not expecting to take a nap, but I did.  I probably slept for 2 hours!  It felt very nice!  Although, I was still tired for bed that night.  I guess my body is still trying to catch up from all the lack of sleep over the last several years of having babies.  

Connor made a wonderful dinner!  It was so good.  He even made me a birthday cake that he has been doing for years now!  We had my family over and it was a really good evening.  We used the china that we got from Connor's Grammy!  It was nice to remember her in that way.

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Yes, I am one of those lame people who took a picture of their food!

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For my actual birthday, the kids silly stringed me when I came down for breakfast.

I spent most of the morning trying to set up a Cars track for the boys.  Corbin kept telling me I could do it.  Well, I sort of did it.  It was set up, but the cars wouldn't go very well on it.  I never did figure it out and the boys had moved on by that time anyway.

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We went to lunch with Connor at Aqui.  It's not his favorite so I was grateful he said that was fine.  Then my sister watched the kids while we went to dinner at one of my favorite places, Dish Dash.  It was a wonderful birthday!

Science and Religion

I read this quote the other day and I have no idea where to put it so I won't forget it, so here it goes.  It was written by Henry Eyring, Reflections of a Scientist (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1983), 47.

I have trouble understanding why people drift away from the Church.  I'm sure the reasons are different and varied.  I can understand if a person wants to misbehave and has to rationalize to himself.  He has to think he's all right.  But I also understand that people who think they have to be as smart as the Lord, understand everything, and have no contradictions in their minds may have trouble.  There are all kinds of contradictions that I don't understand, but I find the same kinds of contradictions in science, and I haven't decided to apostasize from science.

In the long run, the truth is its own most powerful advocate.  The Lord uses imperfect people.  He often allows their errors to stand uncorrected.  He may have a purpose in doing so, such as to teach us that religious truth comes forth 'line upon line, precept upton precept' in a process of sifting and winnowing similar to the one I know so well in science.


Corbin's Mothers Day Program

Corbin had his Mother's Day Tea and program today.  This is something I always look forawrd to and was very happy!  I was a little worried this morning since he couldn't fall asleep last night becasue he was coughing and I had to wake him up at 7:15 this morning.  I thought he may be sick but once he got a little food in him, he seemed to perk up and feel fine.  

I'm not going to lie.  The video is long but all three songs were just so cute.

Then we ate the sandwiches the kids made and got his gift!

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The picture of Corbin as he was making my present!

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I love myy sweet Corbin!

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