As of today Elliott is drinking from a bottle. Hopefully things will be a little easier for Ilana and I can start taking over some feedings. Elliott took to the bottle easily and enjoys eating volumes and eating quickly.
September 16, 2012
In the center of the corn maze we found a viewing platform. There may have been other areas to discover as well, but we didn't explore the maze extensively. Instead we spent a lot of time with the horses, donkeys, and baby goats who were very friendly and sweet. There were also two snooty cows that would not let us pet them. There was a giant pile of hay bales with a long irrigation-tube-slide down one side and an irrigation tube tunnel through the middle.
It was our first whole family outing, although Elliott did not participate fully.
September 15, 2012
September 13, 2012
Elliott continues to grow and wiggle. He had a spell of about four days of crankiness, but that is gone today and he seems back to his pleasant self.
He is still living his life in roughly three hour intervals. A couple hours of sleep here, a few hours of feeding there, a few hours of cranky, a few hours of being pleasant, repeat.
September 12, 2012
We caught our first opossum today. I don't think they are bad pests, but Alden insisted we name him Julia and take him away. I am thrilled to have a captured a new kind of animal.
September 8, 2012
Sophia was sick for her birthday this year, but Alden and I went anyway. Sophia is kind of Alden's sweetie and there was a big party planned that had to be canceled. We thought it might be really sad if no one came... of course was more floppy than sad, but I think she enjoyed seeing Alden.
Last year Sophia had her party at the Botanical gardens. This year it was just Alden and another friend named Georgia who was dropped of at 7:30 before everything was called off. Sophia got some medicine and the kids had a pretty good time after all.
September 6, 2012
September 5, 2012
September 3, 2012
New yellow hive in case bees swarm next season... hopefully they will just move into this hive.
Mite count time! For three days we put these sticky pads on the beehive floor and see what gets stuck. Then you do a little math and get a mite count per day per hive. "A medium frame will hold about 1,250 bees, a deep frame will hold about 2,000 bees (10 frames per hive). If your sticky board count shows more than 2 mites per thousand bees per day in mid-August or more than 4 mites per thousand bees per day in September, you should find a way to reduce the mite population."
Depending on the source, if you have between 50 to 200 mites per day you should do a treatment.
Green Hive = 226 (sorry no picture)
Beige Hive = 200
Grey Hive = 450
Purple Hive = 350
September 2, 2012
We tried to give mom as much time as we could with Elliott, however that was difficult to do since he needs his sleep and needs his food. His dance card is pretty well filled with mommy time, so my mom helped by taking Alden on some trips, which took pressure off Kerstin and me. They went swimming a couple times and various lakes and the ocean.
They also went to the aquarium, the botanical gardens, the Portland Children's Museum, the Children's Museum in Augusta, on shopping trips, to the airport, LL Bean, the Gardiner park/playground, and also played games at the house, read stories and watched movies.