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My son was born in 1974 and I kept the newspaper on the day he was born and every birthday until he was 18. I also kept his special drawings and award certificates. He passed away in 2007 at 32 so these are so special to me.
When you have her, get one of Justin’s unwashed shirts and put it on or wrap her in it so she can smell Justin while she’s with you. Might make her more familiar with being just with him. Good luck! You guys are such good parents!
My dad passed away 6 months ago, and I was given a box of all the things he saved of mine from when I was younger, it means the world to me!! It's great you're doing this for your kids❤️
I love how organized you are! Emma is getting so big and independent…where has the time gone!? 💜
I remember when Ruben went thru that. It will all be ok. You're wonderful parents ❤️
Great video Rachelle, just loved Emma’s drawings and seeing her progression bless her a real artist in the making. Loved your pumpkins, those pumpkins Asher and Reuben did what a good idea 👍 loved those and the unicorn Emma did very good ❤xxc
I always try to pass my husband our babies whenever he's around, it helps them bond and he even ends up being the favorite parent. In my husband's family its definitely not the norm for the dad to be very involved with their especially babies, but I have always encouraged him to be different and he definitely is a great dad and his kids love him so much, but I do think he could still improve just a tad bit by helping more with homework and stuff because its hard with 4 kids in school now and a baby going through a clingy phase also being pregnant (totally not planned pregnancy but we are happy to welcome this little blessing its just hard with the stages our other kids are in).
As a way to keep the story of her picture- write her exact words she uses to describe her art. Then put the date on it. We know that they usually forget real quick what they drew…
Idk why but this video is making me v nostalgic, and makes me wanna go back and watch from the beginning. So incredible to see where you are now vs when I started watching your vlogs 🥰🥰
With both my kids I used to pump and have someone else feed them breastmilk with a bottle atleast once a day. With my oldest it was absolutley something I felt I needed to do since I was a single mother. I worry a lot about everything but this way I didnt need to worry about what would happen if I got very very sick or if I ended up in hospital. And when my daughter was born it felt natural to do the same thing and if that was the reason or not she bonded extremley well with her father from the start and has maintained that close bond with him until this day (she turned 18 today).
You can always take pictures of her artwork and then make an album so you can keep more and save space
@Rachelle and Justin get those plastic covers that have the three holes placed it in there and put it in the three-way binder and put the child’s name on it that did the art place into the 3 way binders When they’re adults and you can give it to the child
Page protectors in a binder to
I have heard they make pictures and convert to a book of those photo
That's what i do too!
@Rachelle and Justin Her suggestion could work WITH keeping the actual artwork as you're doing. There are days, I'm sure, that you want to keep everything the kids do for the memory. Keep the very special ones in the file box and take photos of the kids WITH their work on those you like and want to remember. There, best of both. :-) I loved that 'self portrait"! I hope Faye overcomes separation anxiety quickly.
I am amazed at the amount of material many, many moms now collect and save for their kids. I am collecting photos of three generations of our family to give to my twin boys, now 51, with two children each. I feel all these pictures should be in the hands of my kids and grandkids, with explanations of who and where the pictures were taken, including their early years, school stuff and team sport memories. I don’t know how I would possibly cope with 20 years of “stuff” even for my two, let alone four. I was not part of the scrapbooking generation, and used to feel slightly guilty, as that became popular, for not having that kind of artful creation to hand down. My perspective as a 79 year old has completely changed. It is really my grandkids who need the continuity of our families’ lives. My boys have enjoyed looking at the initial album I made for each of them, no doubt about it. But report cards from elementary school hold absolutely no interest. For me it is another story, and sometimes, for their kids, the same. The pictures, movies, graduation programs, etc. all belong in the hands of future generations to cherish what they will. It does not seem important now if the album is arty, or how many of their drawings I kept. I am only happy to pass on instruments that will keep the story of our family alive for the future. I know, when kids are young, every phase produces memories you want to hold on to. That you must do at the time. I guess I feel that you almost have to hold on to it all when they are young, but time imposes another perspective.
The "hey i was doing it" "oh sorry *out it back*" is such a big part of my daily life with a toddler. Made me laugh. 😂😂😂
Loving your new hair color! It looks so good and really makes your eyes pop!
Love all the cute pumpkins! The file 4 art is so cool!
I own a lot of totes. And I like the clear ones best. You can see what you want or need. And the kids’🎃 are so cute! Emma’s masterpieces too! Good job everyone!
Emma's art is so good!!! I love it! & I love the pumpkins for each child! Maybe you could use duct tape on the inside of the witches hat to keep it in place! Duct tape fixes everything 😂 haha! You're such a good Mama to those kiddos!💗💗💗💗💗
Keep a file system for each of your kids with their art projects in school work
Or attach a piece of elastic to hat.
I’ve followed quite a few family vloggers thru out the years, but now I’m only subscribed to your channel and Karen & Khoa’s. I just love how real you all are and both of your families are raising such sweet kids.
I would 100% recommend getting your photos and children art work scanned professionally! As a Californian myself, my family decided to go this route last year because of fire scares. I know you guys had a fire near by and they can move fast. Artwork is the last thing you will be grabbing in a situation like that. That’s why we decided to do it!!! ❤
Adorable drawings! It;s fun to be able to see the progress.For the really special drawings I used to write on the back what the picture was.
You are the best mom and just the sweetest human!!! Remember that the difficult little behavioral bumps in the road won't last that long in the grand scheme of things. When my twin boys were little, and I was struggling( no help from my husband,) I would just repeat under my breath," This too shall pass." It seems kind of silly but it really did help. Sending my love&hugs from GA. 💜🤗👶
I remember when you guys went through that with rhuben . I remember justin have a hard time . As someone with anxiety ,i feel for you both , but you both are doing an amazing job as parents. You set a great example to new parents. ❤️😊
We love you.. and Justin! It will get better! Mom guilt is hard.
Love your family! And love watching your videos. 🥰
You and Emma sit together and create a story using her artOrJust take the art its self and make a book using an online service.Definitely note the date/age too!
Emma is a good artist 🎨 🥰
Their pumpkins is so telling of their personalities ❤😂
Praying for you mama 🙏🙏❤️
we love you & are here for you,Btw I love your hair :-) xx
You both got this !
I went through that with my middle daughter, it went on for at least three years. Even in kindergarten she did not want to leave me.
Great idea to keep soem things and pair down as you go but also just something you can kinda keep in mind- they most likely won’t have as much to add from about 6th grade on so if you have a bit more to keep now, you can always compensate for it later if that makes sense 😂 also I would recommend (if they go to college down the road) keeping all of their college acceptance letters!!
Rachelle, just wanted to say that you look terrific!!!
Could it be like socializing a puppy, perhaps? More people need to be interacting with her for short periods of time at the start. Let Justin do more with her, not less. She may fuss for a while, but as soon as she realizes you will be back, it should get easier to leave her with others. Good luck!
Look how close Justin and reuben are now. This too shall pass
Let your husband take Emma to dancing,no stress no problem! So many go through the same thing especially when you are nursing. Once they start school they break away. Make life easier by not creating the problem by leaving when you do not have to, it goes by so fast.
I take photos of my kids artwork and post on Facebook as a memory visible only to me in the privacy settings. I usually group a number of them together. Another option is having the photos of their artwork rotating on a digital photo frame. I keep originals of some very special ones.
You could buy a 3 ring binder and buy sleeves and put the artwork in that! You could have one for each kiddo and that way they can flip through them and see all the artwork! 🥰
there is going to be so much artwork the kids make... I saved my favorites but took pictures of all the rest... which you could make into photo books
Another way to save space with the kids crafts is to take pics & put them on USB's by the years. Also include a pic of the child with the art/craft work.
It gets better I promise! My son was colic but didn't have separation anxiety tell he was 2 or 3 but it was so bad and broke my heart my daughter had it from the start and I had a hard time with it she has her moments (she is 1 my son is 4) but usually now after a few minutes she is calmed down from what everyone says
I hope Faye won't go thru that phase but if she does you know it won't last 4ever the kids may argue someday who gets to go to the store with daddy awwwww!
Never done it but there is a company that will make a drawing of your child’s into a stuffy. Looks fun!
It’s so hard. My son is almost 2 1/2 and he’s still like that.
For CA you have a really big yard. Beautiful area. I have family in Hemet.
In Belgium they sell an art frame called my little davinci.. its in A3 or A4 size.. it stores up to 50 drawings.. you can display the latest drawing in the frame itself.
Has Justin tried keeping a shirt you’ve worn while holding Faye so she still has your smell?
I was going to suggest the same to have something that has your scent for Faye. Maybe a photo of your face and have Justin wear it.
We did with reuben and it didn’t work. I should try for Faye though!
Maybe you should step back a little when Justin is home and give them more time to Bond with each other. ❤
Please write on the bottom under each Pic who it is. I thought I'd always remember. With 4, I sadly, did not. When she graduated she LOVED looking back over things she did.
I love your family
Having him do something with her out of sight line of you might help. Like if he sits outside with her and watch the older kids play
My son Caelan is the same the first 2 years was hard
You both need to work with giving Faye bottles. Pass her off one you've got her having one and then slowly start moving further and further away. It's not only for Justin's bonding but for safety. If you end up injured or sick and on medications that don't allow you to be there for her she needs to be good with a bottle and Justin. I know kids live their routine and that it seems like a pain to pump when you're right there but planning to never leave for more than a few hours around her feeding schedule is stressful for any babysitter if the bottle is hit and miss, and if you still have a good supply and the personal space you may decide to never do formula and just have all the options, especially if formula shortages are a thing still in the next year... 🥺 Praying you guys can get ahead of this for all your sake! 🙏
You should date everything and on her “human” drawings label it so you know what she said it was… even if it’s on the back.
Aww great idea for pumpkin
I know it is hard with Justin away working during the day - you spend a lot of time caring for Faye. Maybe try to put Faye down more during the day though, giving her time to self soothe - and also try to have Justin intentionally hold/interact with her more when he is home. Not sure if this will help, but worth a shot.
@Jennifer Meadows When you get older you’re supposed to take care of yourself so self soothing is necessary
@Jennifer Meadows Yes they do
Babies do not need to self soothe. Stop telling people to ignore their children's needs. Don't believe me? Self soothing teaches them they can not rely on others to care for them
Have him put on the shirt you were just wearing 🤍 it always helped me when my sisters left and I couldn’t calm the babies.
That so cute the pumpkins are cute
I write on the back what the picture is supposed to be... 🥰
Love R’s idea
And add the date, too.
Maybe give Justin an old shirt you've worn and put it draped over his shoulder or wherever he holds her. So she can smell you and feel like you are holding her.
Scan the ones you dont save and make folder
Faye is getting so big
I feel like we never see you guys anymoreee ):
@Lori79 girl bye I was not even rude .
They still post at least once or twice a week
exaggerating much? They have a busy family.... give them a break
Maybe do it by age?? That way she has the stuff she has that year in school and at home all in one folder so she knows how old she was when she did it. Like kinder/age 5-6…1st grade/age 7 etc
If you leave Faye OFTEN & for short periods she will get adjusted to being without you.
Put the year on the pictures if you remember for each kids drawings
It looks like she drew a kangaroo!!!
Wallmart always has bins like that...
Has he tried skin to skin while giving a bottle or help her settle
Make wallpaper out of the drawings
Try the t-shirt trick did wonders for my husband and baby boy
Hi Rachelle and Justin
I don't remember the exact age my daughter was but she Did Not like men period. Not dad, not gpas, NO males. It was hard on me. My younger sister babysat for me when I went back to work thank goodness. Sometimes, sis, would have to stay bc she, dau, would not let her out of her site. Funny not funny. This too shall pass.
Have him put on an old/dirty shirt of yours. It will smell like you. Try to make it a point to pass her off while you make dinner. We sometimes tend to do it all and put baby down for a nap or make them content and then go off to make dinner quick or put the older kids to bed etc so the husbands can do their own thing…but that creates this issue. They are in our arms or settled in the swing or whatever…we need to pass them off and them hold baby while we do that. We try so hard.
Skellys hat what about a command strip?
i’m early!! ❤
Yes first one here! 🎉
I'm curious I genuinely don't know please nobody come for me. But could you leave Faye with Justin and if she gets upset just let her cry it out?.. kind of similar to some sleep training /issues where you let the baby cry and they eventually self soothe? Or learn they're ok with the other parent ? Or am I totally off base and she would make herself sick or develop trust issues later?
Maybe if you gave Faye a bottle instead of breast feeding her every time she might get use to being bottled fed by both of you.
@Rachael Nelson she wasn’t saying to not give breastmilk. She was just saying to give a bottle. You can give breastmilk in a bottle.
Breast milk is the best thing a baby can have