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5 months!

It’s been 5 months since I’ve blogged and that’s got me feeling panicked about trying to recapture all that has happened in the last 5 months.  Fact is that I’m really bad at capturing moments in pictures and then actually writing about them.  Since I don’t keep actual photo albums, I worry that someday my kids will grow up and I’ll have nothing to hand them except for a hard drive and tell them to “go get whatever you want”.  Such is the risk of the digital age, I guess!

So…to recap the last 5 months:

  • Finn started Kindergarten at a private school called Trinity Classical Academy.  He goes 2 days/week and we homeschool the rest (using their curriculum and lesson plans).
  • He recently got tested and it’s been determined that he needs glasses and has a vision disorder.  We expect to start vision therapy in 2018.
  • He and I went to visit my sister & her family in South Carolina for a few days in October.  We got rained out at the beach, but had a wonderful time!
  • He learned to ride a bike without training wheels.
  • Stephen started preschool 3 mornings/week at Little Lamb preschool.  He loves it and sings songs from there all the time.
  • Stephen turned 4 years old.  Which he was obsessed about and told me every day what he wanted “for my next birthday”.  Everyday it was a new list.  Frequent items included a cupholder and a robot that will help him do a handstand without leaning against the wall.
  • Stephen had his Christmas program for preschool and actually sang!  He did great!
  • Both Finn and Stephen are in Cubbies this year and loving it.
  • Sam & Ben are home with me all week.  Both have had a language explosion over the last few months.
  • I continue to be a stay-at-home and Jeff continues to work at Union Pacific, having made it through a big layoff this past Fall.
  • Jeff has been working hard on our deck.  The coating put on by the previous owners was flaking off, so he’s been sanding it off.  It’s taken several weekends and only the “floor” of the deck is left.  We’ll tackle that in Spring.
  • We still don’t have a family picture of all 6 of us!  At least not a decent one.  I hope to fix that this Spring when the weather is nice and we can do an outdoor photo shoot.

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Sammy’s 2 years old!

April is a packed month for my family when it comes to birthdays.  2 of my kids have birthdays.  There’s a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law and 2 nieces.  And my sister is currently overdue for her 4th child.  May also has a lot – both of my in-laws, another niece, plus Mother’s Day.  April kind of kicks off birthday season!

BUT…this post is about Samuel.  Aka: Sammy.  He turned 2 yesterday!  We celebrated simply: just pizza, cake & ice cream, and presents at our house.  Jeff’s parents came into town to join us.

It’s hard to buy presents for a 2-year-old, especially when he has 2 older brothers and already has lots of toys.  We keep things simple for birthdays anyway, so he got some bath toys, a couple books, a bulldozer for the backyard and a movie-watching-blanket.  So far, the bulldozer is the favorite toy – well, at least for Stephen as he’s kind of hijacked it!

We’ll go to the doctor’s office in a couple of weeks and I’ll get his official height/weight stats, but he’s growing well!

Highlights of his life:

  • He loves watching his older brothers, trying to join in when he can.
  • He loves “helping” Baby Ben by trying to feed him (and eating his puffs instead), get him a blankie, or change his diaper.  He also likes to run to his room when he hears Ben awaken.  “Ake!  Ake! Ake!” he yells.
  • He’s been potty training for the last 6 weeks or so.  He’s doing great!
  • He does great at going to childcare when I go to Bible Study or MOPS. He grabs his little bag that has extra clothes/diapers in it and walks right in by himself, handing the bag to the teacher.
  • He’s finally learned to love baths!  This took a LONG time and he still dislikes them about half the time, but now, he does so much better!
  • He’s a major FOODIE.  It’s like I can’t feed him often enough.  Kid’s pretty darn thin, so I don’t know where he’s putting it.  But he always wants to be eating!  He starts whining for food as soon as he sees me start dinner.
  • He loves his blankie still.  Must have it to sleep.  Grabs it randomly to just hold.  It’s quite the treasured possession.
  • He shares a room with Finn and they do pretty well together.  Occasionally, they’ll play too long and I’ll have to break it up, but usually they do great together!

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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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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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All kinds of check ups!

Definition of Insanity #1: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Definition of Insanity #2: Taking 4 boys to the doctor’s office for 3 of their appointments at 8 am in the morning.

As you might have guessed, I took all 4 boys to the doctor’s office today – bright and early!  Stephen had his 3-year-old check up.  Sam had his 18-month check up.  Ben had his 4-month check up.  Only Finn didn’t have to be seen – I guess he just got to go along for the fun.

It went well – having the first appointment of the day probably really helped us as they were ready for us and running on time, which was wonderful.  I’ve learned a little trick and that’s to hole up in the doctor’s office and let the nurses do the running.  Mostly when its time to weigh the little ones, the nurse just takes the baby to the weighing station, does her thing and brings them on back.  It keeps me and the others from causing trouble, which is great for everyone.  Win/win!

(And, of course, I bring the double stroller – I don’t go anywhere without that thing!)

Here are the latest stats:

Stephen:

  • 37 1/2 inches tall (51st percentile)
  • 28 1/2 pounds (15th percentile)

Samuel:

  • 34 inches tall (87th percentile)
  • 22 pounds (5th percentile)

Ben:

  • 26 1/2 inches (90th percentile)
  • 13 pounds, 10 ounces (21st percentile)

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Now that I’m a stay-at-home mom, I attend a women’s Bible Study on Tuesday mornings.  They have childcare, so the boys go with me.  In typical ‘Jayme is out in public with 4 boys’ fashion, I always use my double stroller for the 2 youngest and Finn and Stephen are learning to walk by the side of the stroller.

I had just picked up 3 of the boys, heading to the 4th boy’s classroom when I passed 3 other women in the hall.  After I passed them, I heard one of the gals say “That woman [me] that we just passed has 4 boys really close together and they’re all CLONES of each other!”.  I chuckled because it’s kind of true.

Now I’ve never been very good at the “he’s got your eyes!” game that people play with babies, but I have thought that Finn and Stephen looked alike as babies.  But then Sam looked different when he was born, so I thought we broke the clone machine.

Then Benjamin was born and looked like Sam.  But as each week goes by, I really think they’re all starting to look alike.  They’re personalities are different, but I think we definitely have a specific look going for us.

Here are pictures of them all at 13 weeks old:

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Last year, I wrote that Samuel might have craniosyntosis and need the same surgery that Finn had.  Well, the decision is still to be determined.  We did a CT scan last fall and the results were inconclusive.  His skull wasn’t fused, but his skull bones are more “narrow” than they should be.

So in April, we had an appointment with the cranio-facial surgeons and the results were: still inconclusive.  It isn’t a “slam dunk YES” nor a “slam dunk NO”.  Check back this summer.

Last week, we met again with the team and again the answer is inconclusive.  So rather than solely waiting, we’re getting another CT Scan this week to see what the bones look like on the inside.  Whatever the result is, I just want an answer.  A straight up Yes or a straight up No.  And if surgery is ever going to be needed, then I’d like it sooner rather than later.  Surgery on a 1 year old is easier than surgery on a 5 year old.

Here we (maybe!) go again!

A recent picture of him – the best one that I have that shows what his head shape is now:

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