Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Stats, birthday, illness

We're coming up from another round of hard and fast illness. Sunday evening at the end of spring break, I was completely fine one minute, and 10 minutes after that I was very ill. It happened so suddenly and so completely. And then 10 hours later, same things happened to Brian, so I had to get up and take care of the kids while I was still very sick. I called and begged Mel to take David to the dr to see if he had strep again (he did - this makes 3 this year for him) because I could not fathom leaving the house. It will go down in my memory as one of my most difficult parenting days. Blech. Then the next day (yesterday) Katy came down with strep again as well, which means that the tonsillectomy will likely be this summer. Boo. But knock on wood, we're approaching 72 hours since initial stomach bug, and the kids haven't gotten sick? Another 24 hours and I'll feel clear...I keep stomach flu at a distance, I don't trust it even with 72 hours in the clear...

David and Anna both had well visits last week (I took Anna early for her 15 month because there's a mumps outbreak at Brian's work, even with a confirmed case in his building. She was due for the vaccination in a couple of weeks so we bumped it up). They have both grown like weeds!!

David at 6 years:
50 lbs (75 %'ile)
46.25 in. (70 %'ile)
(he has gained 8 lbs and grown 3 inches in the past year...compared to Katy who has grown an inch and maybe gained 1-2 lbs? And I'd like to point out the significance of one of the children in our family being 70th percentile for height?!?)

Anna at 15 months (14.5):
20 lbs, 14 oz (50 %'ile)
29.75 in (30 %'ile)

David had a great birthday. The evening before his birthday, he had a couple of friends over to eat cake and watch Star Wars Episode 1. They had a blast and were so cute. I got them blow-up lightsabers, and they spent a great deal of time hitting each other with them during the movie, but then a certain scene would catch their attention (pod racing or lightsaber battle) and they'd freeze their eyes to the screen for awhile. Then go back to their own battle. They had a blast.

*side note: my photos have been terrible lately. I've been trying to figure out how to take photos in low light without flash, I looked it up but the setting I'm using don't seem to be right...urgh...anyone let me know if you have advice*

He was soooooo excited.

Siblings hung out for the food but went to Oma's during the movie.

I need to explain...he wanted the red icing, I had never used foil wrappers before and they baked differently. Not my best birthday cake ever, but it worked.

Warming up for battle...

Frank even came in full costume, he looked awesome.

On his birthday, Dad and Sue met us at a big (awesome!) bounce place with laser tag and ball games and just lots of active things to do. The kids had a blast (while each of the grown ups took a turn going next door to buy running shoes...a treat for us as well).  Then we had cake and gifts back at the house. 

He was so excited to get roller blades like the big kids (and a skating helmet!) from Grandpa and Grandma Sue.

Singing happy birthday never gets old at this age.

We got him this over-the-door basketball hoop and it has been a huge hit.

This child LOVES Crocs, begs me to wear them all winter long. I loved these Lego Crocs I found online.

Then Oma's birthday is the day after David's, so we grilled out and had another cake and gift session with them on Saturday. David's birthday is the week that never ends! And he got his beloved Rainbow Loom. Yes, the kindergarten boys are trading bracelets these days. Love him!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Updates times six

Life feels very busy, but in a good way. We are on spring break this week, and we're getting ready to celebrate David's birthday. Grammy and Papa John were in town this weekend and the kids really enjoyed their visit. It doesn't feel much like spring break when it's 22 degrees in the morning! But overall lately we've been spending a good deal of time outside, which is a welcome change.


Anna is running around everywhere now. She loves being outside and bangs on the door to go out. She's doing the typical one-year-old thing in which she clings to my legs crying for most of her waking hours (at least when we're at home), but she's so darn cute the rest of the time. She knows whose jacket and shoes belong to whom, and she'll pass them out to the appropriate person when we're trying to leave. She LOVES to "draw" (with a pencil is best in her mind), play ball, and dance to music.


Fifteen months later, Luke is finally potty trained!! After over a year of making him go every 2-3 hours, we tried underpants again a few weeks ago, and something clicked and he started taking himself to the bathroom when he needs to go. He insists on going to the upstairs bathroom, for some reason, and then he just plays and waits for you to come up and clean him up, get him dressed, wash his hands. So he's still high maintenance on the potty front, but much preferred over accidents! He's such a happy kid, except when he's not (then he's really mad). He spends so many hours of the day running matchbox cars and superheros over every surface of the house. Oh, and he is now suddenly interested in books! I could not get him to sit and listen to a book for a very long time, but now he is ready. This kid does things when he wants to do them and not a moment sooner! He is so tiny, that Lukey-loo. Now that he isn't wearing pull-ups, even his 3T pants aren't staying up very well.


Something has clicked on our street this spring, it seems, and there is a CONSTANT slew of children outside in front of our house, playing basketball on our neighbor's hoop (which is in the cul-de-sac). David is in hog heaven (all the kids are, but he especially loves hoops), and wants to be out there all the time. He is really excited to be turning 6 this week, and the big event in his mind is that we are going to allow him to watch Star Wars, Episode I. My kids are cautious movie watchers, so we have to be mindful about these things, but Brian and I read up on it and it seemed that his 6th birthday was good timing for this debut. He has really been into Star Wars. He's having a couple of friends over to have some cake and watch the movie together, so he's thrilled (and easy for me!).

David is also a budding reader which is so fun to watch. And...he lost his first tooth! He was playing with Luke and his friend Landon when it was suddenly hanging by a thread. I pulled it out the rest of the way and quickly took a picture - we were on our way out the door to take birthday treats to school on his last day before spring break!  Then he was showing the tooth to Grammy and Papa John and lost it. We never did find it, so Katy transcribed this note for him to the Tooth Fairy.

$1 is the going rate at our house, $2 for first tooth

Katy is doing well - happy at school, enjoying taking piano with my mom. When Upward ended a couple of weeks ago, her cheerleading squad performed a choreographed dance up on stage, I was really proud of her for doing it with confidence! The video is too big for blogger to handle, but I'm trying to put it on youtube for a short period of time so you can follow the link and watch it here. If you only have one minute, the 2nd half is a better shot of Katy.

One things that has consumed our thoughts is that she has had strep throat 4 times in the past 8 months, so her doctor sent her to the ENT, who promptly wanted to take her tonsils out. For now, we are putting it off until summer (the recovery is pretty rough and she'd have to miss a week of school), and we'll decide for sure when that time comes.


Brian's been working hard, as he always does with a full time job, a rental property, side work, a home, and 4 kids. This winter he rewired the basement lighting. Previously it was precarious large fluorescent structures dangling from the ceiling and you had to go down there to plug and unplug them. Now there is nice even canned lighting that can be turned on/off from the top or bottom of the stairs. He's also running several races this spring and summer, always challenging himself to be healthier.


I've been working on 2 projects: one is to get rid of 4 babies worth of baby weight. I've tried to overhaul the family diet which is no easy task, and I'm exercising 4 times a week (a sacrifice for both myself and for Brian to put in the schedule). I'm happy with how it's gone so far, but I still have a way to go.

Secondly, I'm doing 40 bags in 40 days again this Lent. I did it 2 years ago, and it certainly collects and requires attention again. The rewarding part this time is that I am planning to sell all of my baby equipment in a local consignment sale that is happening right after Easter. Every time I put something in that pile to go to the sale, I feel a release. Of course I will miss the babies themselves, but all the equipment that clutters up the house...after 8 years I'm ready to part with it. :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

On the Move

It's been a very gradual process, but Anna is full-on walking now! It seemed that every day she walked just a little farther, then 2 days ago, she was walking more than she was crawling.

Timid steps just 3 days ago... (video)


And then today, tripping over her blanket and talking to her brother while he's in the bathroom - we're classy over here! (video)