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Someday I’m going to forget all kinds of things.  I hope I don’t forget these things.

  • Finn (age 4) sings song so proudly.  At the beginning of this school year, he hated singing time at both church (Awana) and preschool.  The teachers made him stand with the group, but he didn’t have to sing or do the movements.  When asked about it, he said it was “too loud”.  He’s slowly coming out of that, but even in the beginning of the year when he hated singing time, he was learning the songs. And he’d come home and just randomly start singing them.  It’s fun!
  • Finn also tells great stories about how things have come to be.  He’ll tell me all about something he’s built with blocks.  Always an elaborate story.
  • We were going to the movie theater the other day and I asked Finn about the rules.  His answers: “Don’t Hit.”  Okay.  “Stay in your seat.”  Okay.  “And if anyone gets on the roof of the van and they want to ride up there and they beat on the top of the roof like it’s a drum, we should tell them to get off.”  What!?!
  • When Stephen (age 3) falls or something and I ask him “Are you okay?”  He always answer “I’m okay.  I’m fine.”  He always says both phrases and in the cutest voice.  (He voice is still baby-ish.)
  • Sam (almost 2) is so observant.  Call it being Kid #3, but for months now, I only need to mention something and he’s all over it.  I can just casually say “I’m going to go get the mail” and he’ll bring me my shoes.  If the baby spits up and he sees that I don’t have a towel, he’ll go get me one – without me saying a word.
  • He’s also always watching his older brothers and mimicking them.  They start dancing – he will too.  If they sit down for lunch, he will too.  If they start running around all crazy – he will too.

But I do think the thing that I’ll miss the most is right after bathtime – especially when a kid has gained confidence in their new walking skills.  I think I’ll miss seeing little naked baby bottoms running down the hallway to their bedroom.  Is that weird?  It’s weird I know.  But seeing a kid who is just so tiny but fully capable of walking is fun. And seeing them run is even more fun.

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Ben: 8 months old!

Ben’s 8 months old!  Well, he’s 8 months and like 2 weeks old.  I’m behind in my blogging.  I forgive myself. Doesn’t bother me!

Here’s his scrapbook page:

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And a recent picture:

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Ben: No Helmet Needed!

Summary: Ben doesn’t need to wear a helmet!
Details:
We must have something going on in our genes.

Son #1 (Finn) had surgery for craniosyntosis when he was 1.  It’s a condition where the skull fuses too soon and growth is restricted.

Son #2 (Stephen) We had no concerns with his head.

Son #3 (Sam) is still being evaluated for possible craniosyntosis and/or abnormal head shape.  Follow up appointment this summer still.

Son #4 (Ben) was evaluated today.  We knew he didn’t have full-blown craniosyntosis due to head CT scans last fall; his skull hadn’t fused yet.  But our pediatrician was still concerned about his head shape.  So, off to the Helmet Clinic to be evaluated.  That was today.

A Physical Therapist evaluated him first and she had no concerns at all.  She was looking to see if he was (in general) meeting his milestones – particularly around head & body movement – things his head and neck muscles would influence.  He’s meeting them (even crawling and quite mobile).

Then the Surgeon came in with 2 of the nurses to evaluate him.  They looked at his head shape and reviewed the CT Scan.  He had no concerns at all.  Ben doesn’t have a flat spot on the back of his head (which could be fixed by a helmet).  Ben doesn’t have an irregular forehead where one side would protrude farther than the other (which could also be helped by a helmet).

Ben’s head shape is symmetrical – it’s just really long.  You can measure it and it’d still measure just as “long” as any other baby’s.  But it’s shaped like a football instead of more like a basketball.  Long instead of round. It isn’t distracting or anything.  We all feel that as he gets older, it’ll get even milder.  Let him grow some hair.  Let the hair get darker and you probably won’t even notice it. No helmet for him!

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Ben: 7 months old!

Ben’s 7 months old!

His scrapbook page:

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A recent photo:

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Ben – 6 months old!

Baby Ben is 6 months old!  (Well, he will be tomorrow.)  He is not a great napper, but is usually in a great mood, so I won’t complain about that.  This was a rough month for him as he developed a cold with a bad cough for a couple of weeks – that threw him off his routine!  But he’s on the mend and the cough is on its way out.  Just in time for Christmas – which is awesome!

His scrapbook page:

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A recent picture:

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Ben – 5 months old!

Ben is 5 months old!

Here’s his scrapbook page:

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A recent picture:

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And a video taken a couple of weeks ago:

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So, here’s how our Halloween went this year:

About 2 weeks before Halloween:

  • Stephen wanted to be Thomas the train for Halloween.  So I ordered him a costume in time for him to open it for his 3rd birthday.
  • Finn kept changing his mind on what he wanted to be.  I got all kinds of answers: mashed potatoes, a super hero, a bad guy, a monkey, a puppy, a bad guy who eats people (what!??!)  I finally pinned him down to a super hero lion because we already had a lion costume and I’d just make a cape.  He picked red for his cape.
  • Sammy was going to be either Tigger (from Winnie the Pooh) or a puppy, depending on the weather.

1 week before Halloween:

  • It was Stephen’s birthday.  He opened his costume.  Unimpressed.  Still said he wanted to be Thomas though.
  • I made Finn’s cape.  Didn’t do that great of a job, but he liked it.

1 hour before Trick-or-Treating on Halloween:

  • Finn put on the lion costume.
  • Stephen refused to put on the Thomas costume.  “I don’t want that.”  So on went a puppy costume that he also got for his birthday.
  • So Jeff put the Thomas costume on Sammy.  Fit great.  He refused to wear the neckerchief thing and the hat.  Kept ripping it off. Oh well.
  • Ben got put into the dalmatian costume that we had.  Very itchy costume so it was on just long enough to take a picture.

30 minutes before Trick-or-Treating on Halloween:

  • Finn said the lion costume itched too much.  But he still liked the cape.
  • So we debated if he could go trick-or-treating with just a cape.  We nixxed that idea.
  • But we didn’t have another costume that fit him.
  • We went down to the basement to grab another lion costume that I had planned on giving him for Christmas.  But now he no longer wanted the cape.

 

So..here’s our picture:

(Not a great shot, but it’s the best I got!)

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And here’s Finn in the costume-he-really-went-Trick-or-Treating-in:

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