Thursday, April 14, 2016

Jane: 11 months

Jane turned 11 months while we were at Disneyland. Lucky girl!

Here's what's new this month:

Jane has officially been diagnosed with Reynauds Syndrome. This pretty much means her feet (and sometimes hands) turn purple when temps are below 72. Seriously, that's her baseline. Colder than that and we need 1-2 layers of socks. 
Here she is in a 72* house in a warm bath after being outside. At this point we are just watching it, but if things don't improve soon, Jane may have to take blood pressure meds to help her circulation. We've had an EKG to rule out heart issues, and her oxygen levels are tested regularly, but so far, they have been normal.
Jane can now roll over both ways! Lots of physical therapy has helped with this new skill. Rolling is a struggle and makes Jane VERY unhappy, but at least she's improving. Our PT thinks the Reynauds is related to her motor issues, but the Pediatrician isn't so sure.
Jane can also sometimes scoot backwards on a wood or tile floor, and is working on trying to learn to pull up, but we're not quite there yet.

Jane is a great eater! She even likes sushi!

Her favorite foods are anything I'm eating. The only thing she refuses is a bottle...and formula. She went on a nursing strike after we were reunited in CA, but after many tries, she finally gave in at Disney's Baby Care Center. DL for the win!

Jane has been such a happy baby lately. Leaving her has been really helpful for her  social skills. Jane now waves (even to strangers!) and is much happier leaving mom for a minute or two. So that's a plus. She also signs the word "more", which usually means more food, so that's been good as well.
I just LOVE seeing that happy face and those 2 little teeth! 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Threenagers No More


It's hard to imagine that these little guys are now 4! 
We've experienced the full spectrum with these two. They are silly, happy, lovable, smart, and mischievous.  Sometimes they love each other too much and other times, not hardly at all. Caleb and Lily are the best of frenemies. I used to be constantly feeding, holding or changing someone; now they can pack their own suitcase and make their own lunch. It's been a wild ride since the day we discovered there two in there and today was no different! We've had many great birthdays in between and hope to have many, many more!

Happy Birthday Caleb and Lily!!!!


Caleb is really into Octonauts right now, so he got a Gup cake with all his favorite guys on top.

And we've decided to start up the yearly interview with these guys.

1. What is your favorite color? Dark green
2. What is your favorite toy? Octonauts
3. What is your favorite fruit? Watermelon
4. What is your favorite tv show? Octonauts
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Turkey sandwiches
6. What is your favorite thing to wear? Buzz shirt
7. What is your favorite game? Hungry Hungry Hippos
8. What is your favorite snack? Bananas
9. What is your favorite animal? Sharks
10. What is your favorite song? Follow the Prophet
11. What is your favorite book? Octonauts
12. Who is your best friend? Madeline
13. What is your favorite cereal? Cheerios
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride bikes
15. What is your favorite drink? Orange juice
16. What is your favorite holiday? My birthday
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Baby Simba and elephant blanket
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Birthday waffles
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Corn dogs, watermelon, sweet potato fries.
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Lion


LILY

Lily had a hard time deciding between princesses for her birthday this year. For awhile, we were going with a Sofia cake, but then I had the genius idea to show her mermaid cakes (and we could kind of stick with an ocean theme.  Lily LOVES Ariel, so this was a huge hit.




1. What is your favorite color? Purple
2. What is your favorite toy? Lady
3. What is your favorite fruit? Grapes
4. What is your favorite tv show? Sofia
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Pizza
6. What is your favorite thing to wear? These clothes. (It's not. It's anything princess).
7. What is your favorite game? Hungry Hungry Hippos
8. What is your favorite snack? Goldfish
9. What is your favorite animal? Dog
10. What is your favorite song? I See the Light
11. What is your favorite book? Frozen
12. Who is your best friend? William
13. What is your favorite cereal? Mini wheats
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride bikes 
15. What is your favorite drink? Rootbeer
16. What is your favorite holiday? My birthday
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Lady, snuggle blanket
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Birthday waffles
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Corn dogs, watermelon, sweet potato fries
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? First, she wanted to be a lion like Caleb...but #2 choice was a Mom!

Caleb and Lily got to have their first friend party this year.  We did a Little Mermaid/Octonaut theme.  It's hard to really combine themes, but this wasn't too bad this year.  And luckily, I snapped a few pictures before the kiddos got to the decor. 




We didn't invite a ton of little friends, but luckily, there was still plenty of chaos.  
The one request from both birthday kids was a pinata.  Caleb went first...and then Lily knocked it right down after him. So, it was mostly just a treasure hunt. 
Presents X 2 is always chaos, but it's the kind of chaos that kids love.
Lots of games and coloring and outside activities.
Steve and I got them bikes and new helmets...we took them out for a spin after dinner.  It was a hit!


Overall, it was a lovely day.  A little crazy, a lot of mess and a lot of cake, but I think Caleb and Lily both enjoyed it.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Park Days


The weather has been bipolar lately. We'll have snow one day, and warm sun the next.
And even a couple of days with rainstorms.
                                                        
Because of this weather, especially with a baby who can't be in the cold due to her Reynauds, means we have been very cooped up. 
So we have started getting outside any chance we can get.
It seems like the kids don't usually want to stop what they are doing, but after I force them to go to the park, they are almost always thrilled to be there. 
Jane, especially, is a BIG fan of the swing.

William, tends to stick to climbing or playing in the sand.


We also spent an afternoon at Wheeler farm with friends. There were some super cute newborn cows and goats, but the boys were more interested in exploring.
Hopefully the weather warms up more permanently soon. 
We can't wait to put the park back into our  daily schedule!
 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Jane: 10 Months

Can you believe Jane is already 10 months???
NEW THIS MONTH:

Jane can stand!!!

It's taken a fair amount of work and multiple sessions with a physical therapist, but she's doing it! We've been referred to an occupational therapist for this. Our physical therapist thinks it could be a sensory issue, or potentially related to her purple feet (possible Reynauds). 

We're still working on posture and balancing on her whole foot, but so far, so good. 
                                                   
Standing is one of Jane's favorite things to do.

Other current favorite include: 

Siblings 

The Park

Dad

Feet

Baths

Peek-a-boo


Jane is also babbling a lot more and doing really well with eating.  She isn't quite talking yet, but does occasionally say bababa when she wants bananas, and she makes an "eeeh!" sound that means "I WANT THAT, GIVE IT TO ME!" So we're getting close. I love seeing her little personality blossom!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Snow Days

Winter makes me really miss California. I'm not really loving the winter when I have 4 little ones to bundle up before we can enjoy it. And Jane turns purple when she gets cold, so we've been mostly indoors this winter. But we have been able to have the opportunity for a little bit of snow fun. 

Last week, for example, Bill and Karen took us to the ice castle in Midway.  It was a warmer day, so Jane did well.  It was fun to have a snow adventure. 
Lily, particularly was a fan. She kept hoping we would see Elsa, and even came prepared in her Anna dress.
All the kiddos (and even Steve!) enjoyed the slide.

We've also had the chance to go skiing, and even help William try out the skis he got for Christmas. Steve has been busy at work and it's tricky for me to go skiing with 4 littles, so we haven't been much, but we are trying to get use out of his gift.
We've had multiple attempts at making snowmen.  The kids are almost to the point where they can do it themselves.
And we've been on a couple of nature walks when the weather was nicer.

I even got out my old dog sled. It's in need of a few minor repairs, and Cricket is in need of training, but it was really fun for the boys, in particular.

And of course, we went sledding. Caleb had a couple of crashes and didn't want to go again, but we were able to get him back on the sled so winter sledding wouldn't be so traumatic.
And speaking of traumatic, I fell on a new layer of snow while on a run and came down hard.  I had bruises and scrapes all up my arm and it was pretty swollen for a few days.  After a quick x-ray, I was lucky that I hadn't broken my arm, but it took weeks to be able to put weight on my arm and do a proper plank again.
For now, though, the snow is almost melted, and the weather is lovely again. We will probably have another big snowstorm or two (boo!). We enjoyed the snow while it was here, but we'll enjoy it more when it's gone away.