I realized I inadvertently took a 2 week hiatus. I’ve been busy, but not that busy. I just haven’t felt like blogging. Or maybe it was because I knew if I sat down to write a quick blog, it wouldn’t be quick. (Probably like this one is going to be.)
I haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions this year, but maybe that should be one – learn how to write a quick blog post and try to do it more often!
We’ve all been well. We’re back into the ‘normal’ routine after the holiday craziness and it is definitely nice.
Nathan is doing fantastic in school. It is amazing how that boy can do a 180. He was driving Nate & I nuts by the 2nd week of Christmas break – just getting into all sorts of trouble. Nothing malicious, but out of sheer boredom. The boy has plenty of things to do, but if his mind is bored – as in not being challenged with new and interesting things (ie school) – he acts out. So now that we are back to school, he is my sweet, very energetic, yet helpful Nathan.
We finished our second “quarter” and he received straight “A’s.” I consider myself to be pretty strict and hold very high standards, but he did excellent. As his reward, Nate is going to take him rock climbing at an indoor “gym” (I’m not sure what you would call a rock-climbing place?) this Friday. Nathan is very excited. (I think Nate is too – he finally has someone he can do rock climbing with. I am afraid of heights, so it will take a lot of persuasion on his part to convince me!)
Emily has hit the “terrible three’s” which in my opinion and personal experience, are harder than the “terrible two’s.” Forget two, three is when the behavior issues really start! Ugh. And the moodiness – oh my! But I won’t go there. This is a happy blog post and I’m going to keep it that way!
Good news with Emily – she is officially potty trained! She’s been pooping in the potty on her own without me having to remind her for over a week now! That was our last final hurdle (she’s been peeing in the potty for awhile now.) I am very happy. She was very stubborn at the end, but I found the key was to just be more stubborn. Easier said than done, but it is well worth it now to not have two in diapers. Actually Emily is still in pull-up’s at night, but then again so is Nathan.
Which reminds me – a friend from church lent us one of those alarms that wakes up the child (and parents) at night right before they pee. It’s supposed to be pretty effective. We haven’t tried it yet, mainly because I haven’t had a chance, but I think we’ll pull it out this weekend. I’ll report back on that later. Fingers crossed, right?
Okay, so I know you’re all waiting to hear how our littlest guy is doing, right?
Joshua is now 7 months old! According to our at-home baby scale, our “little” guy now weighs 20 pounds 7 ounces. I know my scale runs a little higher than the doctor’s but regardless, he’s put on at least 1/2 pound this past month. That’s fantastic!
He is happy and doing very well. As I reported before, we introduced avocado and he is doing really well with that. No reactions and he gobbles it up and screams for more. Yes, I fed him an 8 ounce bottle and then 3/4 of an avocado and he still screams when I put the spoon down. Hmm.. methinks he is definitely his father’s son!
After about a week of avocado, I tried sweet potatoes. Well technically, it was yams.
I had sent Nate to the store to get some sweet potatoes and he came back with yams. While the doctor said sweet potatoes, I figured yams are pretty much the same right? So I baked them and gave Joshua some. He really liked it. I sent Nate back to the store, this time to get actual sweet potatoes. He came home with white sweet potatoes (or so he says.) They look exactly like yams, only they are the size of sweet potatoes. I’ve never heard of white sweet potatoes before, has anyone else? Note to self: I need to pick them up myself next time.
I’m not sure how Joshua did with the sweet potatoes. Sometime early last week, he went through a couple days of being fussier and starting to spit up a little more again. I almost called the doctor to ask about increasing his dosage of Prevacid, but Nate & I decided to drop the sweet potatoes/yams from his diet first. I did and Joshua seemed to get better. But the tricky thing with him is that sometimes this happens. He will be fussy and spit up more for a day or two – with no changes to his diet – and then go back to normal. So I’m not sure if it was from the sweet potatoes or not. To be safe, I waited a week without anything but applesauce in the morning (with the reflux meds) and avocado for lunch/dinner. I introduced squash on Monday and so far, Joshua seems to be doing pretty good.
Joshua is now almost crawling. He gets up on his hands and knees and rocks back and forth. He gets very excited, probably because of all us get so excited too. Lol. It’s fun to see Joshua doing “normal” baby things. For awhile, he/we were just stuck in that cycle of him being in pain/spitting up/irritibility and he just wasn’t able to enjoy and learn new things like crawling. I rarely did “tummy time” with him for a long time because everytime I put him on his tummy for playtime, he would spit up terribly – even an hour or two after eating!
So again to see Joshua learning new things like this is so fun. He is scooting backwards now and it’s hilarious. I took a couple videos but I haven’t yet figured out how to upload videos to the computer yet, so I have to wait for Nate.
Our winter has been pretty good. We’ve been very healthy (not trying to jinx us though! Lol. Not that I believe in that kind of thing!) and the weather has allowed us to get out plenty and visit friends and go to activities/church. It’s been nice and I haven’t had the winter blues that I’ve had so often in the past. In fact, I really enjoy it when we get a nice snowfall like we did today. Granted, I was very disappointed that my mom’s group at church was canceled, but it was nice to be “snowed in” with the kids and get some chores done.
Okay, so here’s a couple “funnies” from the kids:
He lost a tooth on Saturday night. He was so excited to put it under his pillow and wait for the tooth fairy to bring him some money.
I wrote a note on the fridge that said “Nathan lost his tooth!”but – you guessed it – the “tooth fairy” forgot.
Nate & I were woken up Sunday morning at 5:45 am to wailing. Heartbroken wailing from Nathan. I got up and stumbled into the boys’ room and started hushing Nathan because he was waking up Joshua. (Too late – Joshua’s little head popped up and he excitedly started squealing at me) I asked Nathan what was wrong and he sniffed “The tooth fairy didn’t come! She FORGOT, Mom!” And then he dissolved into a fresh set of tears.
The “tooth fairy” forgot alright. (I wonder if that wine cooler the night before helped…) The mommy guilt was piling on so thick that I was almost in tears.
I assured Nathan that the toothfairy hadn’t forgotten and we would talk about it more a little later. (I needed to regroup and let myself wake up before handling this one.) Nathan went back to bed sniffling, but slightly reassured, and I tried to get back to sleep too. Oh. That one more hour of sleep was totally not worth it. I dreamed about the stinking tooth fairy and woke up more out of sorts than the first time! I kid you not!
Once I got up and had time to sort my thoughts, I told Nathan that the toothfairy hadn’t forgotten him. That she was probably really busy last night and would come that night for sure. (Oh please do NOT forget this time, do NOT forget this time, do NOT FORGET!) Nathan was relieved – that made sense to him – and informed me that she would probably come that night “at 12 am.”
The toothfairy did come and even left a “sorry note” (as Nathan called it.) Nathan was very happy.
Another Nathan story:
Well not so much a story, but just something random. The kid loves our guinea pig’s “Vitakraft Yogurt Drops.” They’re guinea pig treats, yet Nathan has eaten 3/4 of the box. He knows he’s not supposed to be but I caught him twice today and once yesterday with a whole mouthful. Crazy kid. I told him he’s buying Pumpkin (the guinea pig) another box because I’m not! Those things cost $7 a box at the petstore (less online) and I don’t even spend that much on snacks for my own family!
Oh and just so you know, I blame Nate for that. There is no way Nathan gets that from me!
An Emily “funny”:
On Saturday, Emily and I were out running errands together. Just us girls, which doesn’t happen often. I was unbuckling her from the carseat and said something like “So are you going to push the cart for me, Pumpkin?” Emily stopped and looked at me like I was crazy and said “Mom, I’m not Pumpkin!” (Remember our guinea pig is named Pumpkin.) I laughed and said “Oh yes, you’re right. Silly mommy!” (Because how am I going to reason with my stubborn 3 year old that it’s just a term of endearment? She won’t get it.) We started walking into the store and Emily stopped and looked at me again. “Mom, Pumpkin is at home!” And then she shook her head at me.
She must really think I’ve lost my marbles if I’m calling her the guinea pig’s name.