Friday, April 13, 2012

Colton's 15 Month Check-Up...

Colton had his 15 month check-up yesterday. It was the first appointment where he actually played with the toys in the waiting room and enjoyed looking at the huge fish tank and pointing to everything and saying “that?” which means “what is that?”

While he was playing, I heard the receptionist on the phone with a mother-to-be. She was giving her info about their prenatal hour and how the doctor visits the newborn in the hospital, etc. It was bittersweet for me knowing that it has been nine years since I was in the place (can’t believe she’s almost nine!!!) and here I was at the 15 month check of my FOURTH child! But to know that the baby days are behind me is nice :)

Once we were called back I got him undressed and we measured his length (tall boy!) and his head circumference (he did so well with that!). Then it was time to weigh him, and he was good enough to go on the big boy scale for the first time! I plopped his naked little butt on their and before he could step off we was weighed.

Then we waited in the room for a while. Very exhausting! He was all over the place! And he was especially obsessed with the stool…he kept trying to sit on it, carry it, push it – everything!

Once the doctor got in there he calmed down a little and let her check him out. It was a quick appointment – only issue is that it looks like he has eczema like Ryan does, but nothing we can’t take care of! Then it was time for his shots (three of them – MMR, chicken pox and a HiB booster).

He was only in the car about five minutes before he fell fast asleep.

My little cutie is doing so much these days…he’s walking very well (almost running at times), plays very well independently, eats like a champ, sleeps – well, like a baby :) and is saying so many words! His constants are “mommy, daddy, sissy, ry-ry, doshie, pappaw, memaw (supposed to be “grandma”), waer (water), off, et (out), no :), that, light, eat, cacker, teerios, and a ton of others that I can’t remember right now.” If you ask him what a cow/dog/lion/cat says, he’ll make the correct sounds. And he will attempt to copy any word you try to get him to say! He’s an amazing little boy!

Here are the stats from his 15 month check-up:

Weight: 23 lbs. 8 oz (40%)
Height: 32 inches (77%)
Head: 46 ¾ cm (38%)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Fabulous Easter Weekend!

Easter Weekend – what a fabulous weekend!

We started Friday night with just hanging out at the house. The kids did not have school that day so both Josh and Kylie went to friends’ houses during the day. I got out of work early and picked them up and we just hung out at the house. That evening, we headed over to a friend’s house for a House Church communion service. It was great being around friends from church and reflecting on what an awesome God we have and everything that He has done for us.

Saturday morning I took Kylie and Colton on my bi-weekly trip to Yutzy’s and Dings and Dents. Ryan stayed with my dad, and John and Josh headed off to their first football practice of the season. I ran some more errands, getting all of the Easter lunch stuff and then it was time to color Easter eggs! We never do this…I by the stuff each year, but it just never gets done. But this year, I boiled the eggs the night before, so they were ready to go, and we pulled out all the stuff I had bought over the years, and the kids had a blast coloring eggs! They, especially Kylie, were so creative with them! After they were done, I cleaned everything up and we played and hung out the rest of the afternoon. Dad ran and got us some Doritos tacos from Taco Bell for dinner (John and the kids LOVE those things!) and then we went on a walk because the weather was so gorgeous!

Sunday was Easter! I had been telling John all week that I wanted to get pictures of the kids before we went to church (clean clothes, hair done, not tired, etc.). So I got up extra early and we were able to do a mini photo session before church. Colton was a pain in the butt! He wouldn’t sit still – the minute we would put him down he would be on the move! But I did get some really cute pictures regardless – the one I have on my desktop now I think is one of my all-time favorites of all of them together. And I’m definitely looking forward to next year because I think that will be a good age where they should all sit there without moving (getting them to smile might be a different story).

We went to church and had a wonderful Easter service, and then came home and I got our big Easter lunch started. The kids went around looking for their Easter baskets (Kylie had seen hers before church, so there was no fun searching for her :( ). Josh thought he had found his before church, but it turned out to be Ryan’s, so he spent a while searching the house for his. He finally found it (I swear that kid is HORRIBLE at looking for things!) and the kids ate a piece of candy before our big lunch.

Lunch was wonderful! I was super proud of myself because I made deviled eggs for the first time! Mom always makes those, but I thought I would give them a shot this year. I found a super easy recipe that had some dill in it and we all agreed they were really good! Especially after I added Dad’s onions :) Afterwards, Ryan went down for a nap, and a little later Colton went down again.
Josh’s front two bottom permanent teeth have been all the way in for a while now, but they are much bigger than the space that was left after he lost his first tooth. The other tooth has been wiggly for a while, but Josh wouldn’t let John pull it out. John finally told him that he couldn’t play his iPod until it came out (we were so worried about him not brushing good enough and getting a cavity since his big tooth was practically on top of his baby tooth. Sure enough, after lunch John was able to pull it out! Unfortunately, the space is still not big enough for his teeth to move in, but we’ll deal with that later :)

After Ryan woke up, John and I went outside and hid 63 plastic eggs for the kids to find. We hid eggs for Ryan in my parents’ yard (we made them easier to find) and then the rest in our yard for Ky and Josh. The kids had a blast looking for them! Colton was walking around and then we put him in the swing and he was so happy :) When he wants to swing he says “wing” or “wee.”

After the egg hunt, Dad left for Athens and we went inside and played in the playroom until dinner. We ate a light dinner (lunch was that huge) and the dessert that we hadn’t eaten earlier. Then it was bedtime for the kiddos.

It was such a long and fun weekend. I had been telling everyone that I really don’t like Easter (as a holiday of course – definitely love the meaning behind it!)…I just don’t get into the food and the normal traditions like I do for Christmas (although I really can’t pinpoint why). But this year was really fun! I’m sure it helped that we had sunny, gorgeous weather and the kids are more and more fun each year! Hopefully I’ll like next year’s Easter even more :)

Friday, April 06, 2012

An Overdue Update...

I have been so busy at work and at home that I haven’t had a second to write about what’s been going on in our lives. But last night we had a fun evening and got some good news, so I had to make myself take a few minutes and write it down!

When it was time to pick Kylie up from gymnastics, we all loaded into the car to get her. After we picked her up, we went to Wendy’s. John’s been telling me about the cool new drink machines that they have and I just had to try them out :) As a side note, it’s absolutely disgusting that it costs our family $30 to go to Wendy’s…I mean it’s WENDY’S!!!

Anyway, the drink machines are so cool!!! If you haven’t seen them (not sure if they’re just here in Columbus since that’s where the headquarters are or not), but they look like huge refrigerators, and there’s a big touch-screen that lets you pick your “base” pop. So I picked Diet Coke (surprise surprise), and then the next screen had options like Diet Coke with lime, with orange, with vanilla, with cherry, etc. They had this for all the different kinds of pop. They claim there are over 100 different flavor combinations. The kids had a blast trying different combos (and let me tell you, some of them were gross, but I had to try them because they loved them and were so excited to share their new discovery).

The downside to the evening was Josh talking about his spelling test (which he always does perfect on). He commented that when his friend got up to get a drink, he looked at his paper to make sure he spelled a word right. We had to really hammer into him how wrong cheating was and how much trouble he could get in. The poor kid was bawling his eyes out and scared to death that he would have to move his clip to red (it’s never been anything but green) and that he would get kicked out school. Maybe I scared him a little with those things, but I truly think he got the message and won’t even think about looking at someone else’s paper again.

After we got home, we turned on Monster’s Inc. (Ryan is obsessed with that movie right now) and we played Apples to Apples. I have to admit I had never played that before and it was so much fun! Especially the arguments that John comes up with – hilarious!

Since the kids didn’t have school today (Good Friday), they went over to Pappaw’s to sleep. Then right before I went to bed I checked my e-mail and saw that there was an e-mail from Little League (Josh had tried out to play up since based on his age, he’s still supposed to play t-ball) and he made it! So I’m so excited that we will get to watch coach-pitch games instead of boring t-ball games (although he said he wasn’t going to play t-ball if he didn’t make coach-pitch).

So a great night and a great lead-in to what I hope to be a great Easter weekend!