Here are 3 more questions you asked…and my answers.
Dorothy asks: What is your favorite flavor of cake?
In general, I’m not much of a fan of cake. I’m the girl who will politely decline wedding cake…not because I’m on a diet…but because I don’t like it. Especially cakes with heavy layers of frosting. Ick! I prefer to scrape off the frosting before eating.
All that said, I DO love cheesecake and apple crisp (especially when served with vanilla bean ice cream).
Vanessa asks: How do you handle naps for both your girls?
My 3-year-old hasn’t napped for about a year (maybe longer…). My 11-month-old typically takes one nap per day, for about 45 minutes. I realize that this may shock and surprise many of you because I hear stories all of the time about kids napping happily for 3 hours until age 5. More power to ya!
Tim & I have come to the conclusion that all children are different and our girls just don’t need the long naps that so many of the “sleep experts” recommend. And that’s 100% fine with us. They are happy, content girls who sleep well at night so we have no complaints.
We don’t have set “nap times” or “sit-in-a-crib-and-be-quiet” times. We take a more laid-back approach and tend to let our girls lead the way. If it’s a struggle to *make them* take a nap, then why force the issue? That’s the way we see it.
Well, first of all, thanks so much for the compliment.
For those of you who don’t know, there are indeed 6 of us – five girls, one boy. I am the third child, a middle child.
Here is a not-at-all-recent picture of me with my mom and four sisters. It was taken circa 2000 (I think it’s high time for a family photo shoot, don’t you think? Perhaps we’ll do that this summer…we’re going to have a mini “reunion” of sorts).
There are many things that my mom did right. A few that come to mind include limiting TV (we didn’t even own a TV until I was 8-ish), homeschooling, and encouraging many of my dreams [my parents let me travel across the world to Bangladesh and Pakistan when I was a freshman in high school, for example].
Other things that I admire about my mom: She had 5 (FIVE!) home births and she breastfed all six of us for a year or more…in a time when both of those things were generally frowned upon by the culture. Love that.
YOUR TURN: What is YOUR favorite flavor of cake (and do you like frosting)? How do YOU handle naps with your kids? How many kids are in your family and what do you admire about your mom?