Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fenn Turns 4



I have yet to get too sappy about my boy growing up, until this year. This 3-4 has been the BEST , most FUN year with him yet, and it makes me sad to put a bow on it. You can literally see the transition from little boy to KID. And what a KID he is!! He is so full of personality and creativity and sweetness and ENERGY. I see lots of my dad in him, and lots of Erik too. 

Weight:
Height:
( will update after his 4 yr check up)

Clothes: 4T is a perfect Fit, but buying 5 for fall. Shoes are 12.5 or 13

Milestones:
- Dressing himself. He could do it before but refused. It was a crazy screaming scene to get dressed last year, and now he wants to do it himself. hooray for progress! 
- Counting to over 100
- Speaking random languages he picks up off you tube.
- Saying the ABC's backwards and at warp speed
- talking about every shape under the sun and how many sides it has. I don't know where all this obsession comes from. He memorizes EVERYTHING. Decagon anyone?
- He is just now getting into storyline type play. I think little girls do it at like 2, but I have noticed him lately acting out scenes with his toys, and generating a whole story and plot. So funny and cute!
- Social behaviors have come a long way! I have witnessed him several times just go up to a kid and ask their name and then say " You wanna pway _____ whiff me?" Generally gets along with most kids now ( instead of pushing on the playground etc). 









Sleep:  Bedtime these days is 7:30-8pm. We have bent on that a lot this summer and live to pay for it. He gets super whiney and difficult on lack of sleep. He wakes up about 6:30 am every day.  We are back to using the Tot clock to try and keep him in his bed till 7am. NO NAPS! What used to be my daily moments of heaven, are now avoided like the plague because if he naps he will be up till midnight.
Gone are the days of easy bedtime too I think, he has been protesting and crying and acting all kinds of fool when we say its bedtime.  He also wants us to lay down with him, and not all nights but most will cry out for me about 4am-ish.
He has told me recently that he is " scared of the dark" when I asked why or what he was talking about , he told me " a giant beetle bug and a giant ant live in my closet and come out when it is dark" So I opened the closet and sprayed lavender water AKA Giant bug spray and told him they died. He seemed really satisfied with that and said " Thank you so much momma" 


School: 
He will be attending Harpeth Hills Church of Christ Mother's Day Out Program again this year, 3 days a week.  That place is amazing and was such a blessing to us last year during our tough months of transition. I am so excited for him to return now as the bright and well mannered little boy instead of the wild one who disrupts the class every day.



Interests:

You tube. I do not know how he discovered or learned to navigate you tube, but he masters it and learns SO much on there. Both random and useful knowledge but I say this first because all of his interest are things he picked up on you tube. Busy Beavers is his fav. you tube channel, full of educational songs.

I thought we had managed to skip the train obsession but I guess not. He is SO into them now. He watches all these Thomas the Train videos made by this random dad and his son and he knows all the names of the trains and such and so I bought him a huge grab box off craigslist and he plays with them, basically all day long.

Marble Run. Another you tube sensation and mostly is an asian thing I think. He watches these videos of these Asian kids making marble runs and they always say something, in what I think is chinese and he will say those same things when he plays with his marble run. As soon as I can find those videos again, I plan to share them so y'all can tell me what they are saying! 

Kinder Eggs. I had never heard of them till he discovered on youtube, then I asked about them in instagram and you guys educated me! Italian or european chocolate eggs with small toys inside. Super hard to get in the US but we managed to get some for his birthday and that blew his mind.

Play Dough
He has always liked play dough but even more so now that he has watched people narrate making all these items on youtube out of play dough. so weird.

Magnet Blocks, blocks of any kind are still pretty fun. He is starting to show interest in super heroes and disney characters which he also , You guessed it, learned about on you tube. and all that sounds like he watches a ton of you tube, but he doesn't. he will be really into it for a day or 2, then not pick it up for a week or 2. But when he watches it, he REALLY absorbs.

Cooking!

Talking:
It's just like most of you always told me! It's hard to believe there were ever days of him not talking.He talks NON stop. and if he is not talking, he is singing. He still has a lisp with certain words which is so cute to me, but I know I need to start correcting it. Generally " L" is hard for him and is said like a " w".  He also has some Fenn-isms which I can kind of get used to and not notice but since we have a regular nanny around this summer, she notices them, which makes me notice them. 
"Carrage" = Garage   "duck pie" = fudge round " ssert" = dessert  

Right when he is getting in trouble he looks at me and says " But mom, i fink I wuv you"  

Regularly he tells me " just a wittle minute momma" 

He has been calling me " Honey Mom" which made me DIE laughing the first night he broke that out. " OKAAAAAAY Honey.. mom" the inflection was awesome. I don't know who he picked that up from, because Erik and I say " bubs" not honey. HA











TV Shows:
Octonauts are finally starting to appeal to him. 
Baby Einstein. He still loves these!
Paw Patrol
Sherriff Callie 
Jake & The Neverland Pirates


Books:
The Little Critter Series Dominates us for the past 6 months. CoCo gave him a Little Critter Anthology back in January and he loved it so much we bought several more from the series. 
"Just me and My Mom" 
"Just me and my dad" 
" Just a Little Storm"
"Just a Little Music"
" The Best Yard Sale Ever"

And some random books we get from the Dolly Pardon Imagination Library Mailing. Luke goes to Bat, Molly Lou Melon, Ladybug Girl.. 

Eating
We have made some good progress with eating this year, but it is still no where near where I want to be. I have been mulling over the idea of throwing down the hammer, rather than catering to all his food preferences. Not sure yet. 
He currently eats " Lucky Charms, Pizza, Apple Sauce, Yogurt, Honey, Turkey ( but only boars head with a pepper mill edge), buffalo pretzels, Sweet Potato Mash Packs,  Ritz Crackers, Graham Crackers, .... I think that is it.

He finally understands and goes along with the " if you want dessert, you must eat ALL your suppers"






Funny Behaviors

He has picked up my saying " Get your Goat" and says " Hit your goat" and tries to physically tickle in order to " hit your goat"

He told me last week when I was changing clothes that he " reawwwwwwy reawy likes my boobies. They gone grow bigger soon"  WTH man! That was crazy, and random and I had to leave the room to laugh.

He is really into "picking up rubbish" in a train called " Toby". He also notices and comments on trash on the street. We were cruising flip houses in the ghetto one day and he was VERY vocal about all the Trash "EVERYWHERE Momma." Funny how much he notices because he is always looking. I never see stuff like that either because I am used to it, or preoccupied.

He loves doing chores and does them quite well.

He loves wearing hats. 


Discipline 


  • He has been so much better behaved these past 6 months or so. Very sweet and fun.
  • He has learned how to WHINE and has been doing that lots when he is overtired or when he gets sent to his room.
  • Finally, he cares enough about toys that I can take those away as punishment when needed, and that REALLY gets his attention.
  • Something we still really struggle with is having him not interrupt, ESPECIALLY if I am on the phone, and taking NO for an answer. He will drive you MAD with all his appeals. 
  • He is pretty good with sister for the most part. Every now and then I catch him dragging her by the neck away from his trains, or stealing her toy just to make her cry, but 75% of the time he enjoys her and talks to her in a high pitch baby voice just like we do. HA 
  • He has picked up an very annoying habit of telling me I have " hurt his freewings, and need to say sorry" whenever either of us disciplines him.  This week he topped that off with telling me that I had "hurt his freewings in purposes" :)
Medical
Last year in this update, I had to write about Fenn's first trip to the ER and getting stitches, and this year he also had an accident almost the same day! He ran over his finger in his easy rider car and ripped off his fingernail ( it hurts me to type that !BLEHK) He was pretty cool about it. It happened with Ms Weeeee ( Lee) and he cried until she gave him popsicle and he let her clean it. I took him to the pedi and he said it was fine but would be painful and slow healing. My poor tough little dude!! It was disgusting looking for about a week and is finally able to be without a bandaid.






It amazes me the difference in this past year from the one before it. 2-3 was so full of challenges and hard ships ( I am sure that was somewhat jaded by my pregnancy) but this past year, everything was *mostly* awesome. 

He had some behavior issues at school for 2 months which wore me out but after that he has just been so fun and easy, and intelligent and interesting. Where it was so hard to have all day with him at home before, now I look forward to the fun we can have now that he can understand and interact so well.

SO it makes me sad to say goodbye to this wonderful year of watching my boy really blossom, and as cheesy as it sounds, I literally do thank God every day for this perfect and healthy child he has given us, and for this phase of life that is so fun, challenging, interesting and will probably be referred to, in the not so distant future, as the best years of our lives.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fenn's 4th Birthday Party




I resolved this year to be better with birthday parties, and failed miserably on my boy's special party. The week of his "party" my neighbor reminded me.. " you know Saturday is the party right?! Have you called and found a place etc?" and it hit me like a ton of bricks!
I was late to plan, invite, reserve a place , blah blah blah. I originally planned to have a water party at our house, but as luck would have it, that weekend in JULY it was COLD and rainy.
So week of the party I ordered a "Sunshine" Cake per Fenn's numerous requests for a " Sunshine party" ( which reminded me of how he wanted to be a "butterfly" on Halloween when there is no such boy butterfly costume available. ) That kid knows what he wants, let's just say that!

Anyway... long story long.. the sunshine cake was lost in translation ( literally...person who took my order did not speak great English. ) so we ended up with red cupcakes with ants on them and a party at Monkey Joes. I forgot to invite probably 1/2 of our friends ( sorry guys) but it's hard when I am working 15 hour days to be that productive at night! 

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Fenn loved his party, and was surprised I think, when he realized it was HIS party. I will never forget him coming into the party room to hug me and tell me thank you for his "parwty" and then he told me later in the bathroom " Momma! you reawwy surprised me with my parwty"! Cutie




He has been telling me ever since that party something about "sitting in the coach" which i thought was some Thomas reference.. but turns out he was referring to the inflatable THRONE that he sat in at the party table LOL

Paw Paw and Sister having some fun!

These twin beauties are from Fenn's class at school and the one on the right was his best friend this year. She is the female version of him and wide open and SO cute! 

The arcade was a big hit and paw paw loved seeing the kids go so crazy. I got to practice my old school skills at the grab machine and won't at least 5 if not more spiky balls. Not gonna lie... I was pretty proud! ha

Cousin Chloe with the ball her daddy won! 


and sister missed her nap that day so she took a quick snooze in the Ergo Baby Backpack. She is a good sport that sister!


So I guess the end of these story is , I didn't have any decorations or balloons or the chalkboard or even a cute cake for heaven' sake or a nice outfit for my boy , BUT he loved his party and we all had a great time. SO I guess it worked out OK, but one day I would like to have him a planned party, with a legit them and goody bags and all that fun stuff. 

Fenn got a bike for his birthday, but he was SO not interested so I am thinking of returning it. He got this cool car for his birthday earlier in the month and prefers it to anything else. 





Monday, June 30, 2014

Sister's 1st Birthday!



Little princessa is officially one. It snuck up on me like WOAH. Although I love planning and hosting adult parties, i always really struggle with kid birthday parties! 
I vowed this year to do better, or at least try and I think I succeeded. Didn't want anything over the top, but at the least, I wanted some great pics, cause we all know Sister doesn't give a rip.

All my family came in town and Erik's siblings and their families came over and we grilled out in the back yard with mini sliders, some fun and interesting carbonated sodas and some french macaroons. 
Sidebar: Let me tell y'all about some macaroons. They might be pretty, and they are def pricey, but they are NOT tasty. GROSS in fact, or bland .. IMO. Cupcakes are way more fun and better use of the calories. I'm just saying.


Anyway, in true mom fashion I picked up my girl some pink plates and a birthday hat from party city the day of the big event. She actually wore the hat for a while 
which I was pumped about cause it is hilariously cute.

The balloons were my favorite decoration and I think I will have them at all parties from here on out. More is def more in this scenario. I ordered 20 but next time will get 30 to account for the breakage or fly aways.

Sister was super annoyed with everything at first, and was fussy and then I stuck some icing in her mouth and it was like the heavens opened up. She was SO into it. 
  And then, I made a totally idiotic #momfail mistake by having her candle in the cake lit while we sang. She dove her face into the cake and almost got burned and def got scared and cry cried.


CAKE! Glorious cake!  Next time you see all those Kate Spade bags and things talking about eating cake, picture this:
Satisfied customer:


brother took a minute off his water slide to come over and make sure she wasn't getting anything he didn't get was having fun.
(remember when strike through was the jam?!)

This is how she washed off her cake face.



So now on to the more important details! A week after Sister's birthday she decided to CRAWL. She has been uninterested in moving or doing anything for herself  until now so I am super excited to see her moving around.  
She also. has over night become SO HAPPY. It is the weirdest thing. I noticed it, but didn't really say anything about it and thought maybe she was just having a good day or 2. Then my mom noticed in pictures that she was smiling a lot lately, and then the ladies at the day care place mentioned it to me. 
Her diet has changed some lately and I also weened her that week so I am thinking she must have some sort of food allergy still going on that bothers her and this past week or 2 she has not been exposed to whatever it is. My first guess is eggs. I am going to ask the pedi about testing her for that later because it is such a DRAMATIC difference in her behavior and personality. She is reminding me so much of Fenn as a baby now with her giggling and smiling and happy go luckyness. 

Sister is almost 23lbs on last weigh in. 
Wearing 18-24 mos clothes
( I will update this when I get the correct stats from her 1 year check up)

She has some gorgeous eyes and long eye lashes that get her lots of attention when she goes out on the town.

She still LOVES her big brother SO much. She lights up and smiles every time he comes into the room. In fact she gets really excited any time she sees one of us, even if you just walk out of the room and come back in.

She pays much more attention to TV than Fenn ever did at this age. She just seems more aware or interested in all her surroundings and happenings than he was at 1. 

She babbles a good bit and is extremely ticklish and will laugh and laugh if you even pretent to tickle her.

She loves carbs like her momma. Ritz crackers make her start kicking her feet! 

Still struggling with using a cup. she wont hold it or try and drink by herself. She also does not like to touch certain foods , like bananas. She can feed herself fine , but is selective about what she will actually feed herself, and if I'm not careful she will do the swiper wipe across the high chair tray and feed it all to Ralphie.

Sleep is still her strong suit! She generally goes to bed at 6:20pm and wakes up at 6:30am. She will happily play in her bed with those jellycat bunnies until we are all up and moving around.  She naps at about 9-10 and then again for 2 hours in the afternoon about 12:30-2:30.

I love dressing her, even still though most days she wears footless zipper pajamas . Does anyone know a cool brand other than Hanna Andersson? Its hard to find prints that I like or that are not so busy.

This last month was a hard one on sister because she survived:
- Getting bonked in the head by a door at the play place with a quarter sized goose egg/bruise on her forehead
- Fenn sneaking into the baby area ( also at the play place) and stuffing her mouth full of felt balls while she was sleeping. Thankfully the workers caught him sneaking out and were able to get all the balls out of her mouth without her choking.
- Then she got a virus with a sore throat and 104.5 Fever
-  and then the the birthday cake/candle incident

To say making the transition from SAHM back to working again has been challenging would be the understatement of the year. But that is another post, for another day. With a LOT more words. and less cute pictures.


So Happy Birthday to my happy little daughter! She is such a blessing and we thank God daily for her!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Sister is 11 Months Old






well.. I totally dropped the ball on Sister's 10 month post so let me sling out some 11 month stuff before she turns ONE! 
Time really flies by the 2nd time around!


Sister still is not crawling, much less walking or pulling up on things. I am really surprised because I figured she would do all of this faster than Fenn did since she is not as big as he was ( although she is still in 90%). She makes some good solid attempts but gets SO fired up when nothing happens. I know crawling will be a game changer so I have not tried too hard to push it.


video

She is eating table food about 75% of the time now. She has 2 teeth on top and 2 teeth on bottom and I think is working on some new teeth based on drool and the constant chewing on her fingers. She prefers real food most of the time and eats what we eat, and sometimes random stuff like ritz crackers or goldfish. Mash packs still eaten at least once a day.  She is only nursing twice a day still ( morning and night) but she is completely disinterested in it so it will be no problem to drop those I think, but I do want to keep her hydrated! 
She has finally started feeding herself both small and big things. Very exciting stuff!! Fenn always remarks now " Look!! he's eating his own cracker!" ( he always calls sister " he/him" )

She has begun babbling about the day she turned 11 months old! It is very cute and not super often but can be pretty loud.  She does not get much of a chance to talk, as you can see from this video. I have heard him many times sounding out things to her like his name to try and teach her to talk. Super cute.
video

Thankfully my girl is still a good sleeper ( terrible napper, but can't win 'em all!). She goes to bed about 6pm or 6:20ish and wakes up around 5:30/6am but stays happily in her bed babbling and playing with her toes till I retrieve her. Brother always BURST into her room like a wild hurricane of loudness and bright light every morning and says things to her he has heard me say " Good morwning seeeeester. Did you have a good sweep?!" etc. 


My girl loves water. Baths, pools etc. LOVES. She also loves other kids. She does almost continual noise making/fussing at home and I think that is because she is bored. When she is with or around other kids she watches quietly and happily. She loves carbs like her momma. 


She makes TONS of faces and expressions!




I am thinking sister may be able to wear cloth diapers the whole time she is in diapers ( Fenn got too big and none would fit his waist !). I am so happy about that cause I love using them. She wears Costco size 3 or 4 for she is at a public nursery etc. 

She still has a yucky skin rash. The pedi has discussed it and has 2 things he thinks it might be, but either way I really would like to clear it up. It is like dry skin bumps but red and all over her knees and arms. We tried this special lotion in Finishing Touches ( a gift shop in my home town Monroeville, AL) called Baby Pibu and it was a remarkable improvement but I only had a sample so my mom has purchased some for us and we are waiting to get it and try to heal her once and for all. It does not bother her ( just me), but if any of you deal with eczema related stuff this is supposed to be the miracle cure. ( You can call to order 

Finishing Touches in Monroeville, AL - 251-575-2066)



So my sassy little princess is doing great! 

Challenge of having 2 kids currently: Still going pretty well (all things considered) but the most aggravating thing at this time is that Fenn is starting to bother sister. Anytime I am not looking, and someone times when I am! 
For instance when I am feeding her in the high chair he will fun by and yank her hand kinda hard, which makes her cry. Even when he is playing with her he inevitably makes her cry ( within 30 secs) so just refereeing that situation is tiresome. 

All in all a good report on some sweet kiddos! Stay tuned for birthday parties!



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sister is 10 Months Old!



Height : 28.75"
Weight: 21lbs 8oz
Head : 17.91"




and that's all I got! She is now 11 months old and I never finished writing this post :( oopsies..

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