I had every intention of teaching the boys yesterday since it was very rainy and cold and we weren't heading anywhere. I didn't want them to spend the day just watching TV and playing video games. Then I got an e-mail from my sister asking if we'd be home. She wanted to come visit with her little 5- day old baby girl! I was so excited and told the boys we wouldn't be doing school since I didn't want to be in the middle of anything when they arrived.
The boys haven't had a newborn around in many years and I think Evan and Alec were a bit nervous at first. Ian was a natural though. He readily offered to hold her and was all smiles. At one point during the day he was holding her and she started to fuss so he started bouncing her up and down in his arms lightly while singing to her softly! "Lullaby, Lullaby, Lullaby little baby..." It was so adorably sweet! I'll admit I was pretty proud of myself too. It was one of those moments where I thought to myself what a wonderful job we were doing raising such a sweet little boy. I don't know about you but I always wonder what the boys will turn out like as adults and hope that we're raising caring, compassionate kids.
By late in the afternoon, Evan was feeling brave enough to try and hold her too. He has held a baby before but he was so small himself that he doesn't' remember that. He was nervous and as soon as I put the baby in his arms and stepped back to take a picture he started giggling like crazy. He told us she tickles! I'm not sure how since she was asleep, but he thought she was tickling him and I thought he might drop her so he had a very quick turn.
Alec avoided the baby at all costs. He didn't hold her, touch her, and I'm not even sure if he looked at her or not. All attempts to draw him in caused him to get further away. I'm not sure why he was so skittish but I figure in time he'll get used to having another baby around. He's going to have to since we have even more babies being born into our family this year. We did talk about how soft the babies hair was, why she had so much hair and some babies are born bald. We talked about why mom's can't drive after birth, where babies get their food from, and how tiny all the hands, feet, finger toes and nails are.
Even though we didn't do any "real" school work the boys did play The Scrambled States of America game again and I was amazed when Evan picked Tennessee out of the pile and said "oh good, Tennessee, I've had this one before." I asked him how he knew what the card said and he just shrugged but I liked that he's already recognizing states! They also played Wild Kratts on the computer and learned about shapes, animals and animal habitats. They started a game of Monopoly and worked on math skills, reading, and good sportsmanship. We read several books before bed and worked on predictions, retelling and sequencing of the stories as well as learning many science concepts through Alec's non- fiction books.