Friday, July 18, 2014

Tiny Man is Three!

Noah may still be tiny, but he's quite the grown up little guy now. We celebrated his third birthday this year with a firetruck-themed party (more about that soon!) for friends and family on Saturday, and on Monday, he officially turned 3!

Here's a fun look back at each of his birthdays! His Hungry Caterpillar party for his 1st birthday, his fish party for his 2nd birthday, and now 3! Wow. He's grown so much, but he still has that sweet little face, gorgeous blond locks, and beautiful blue eyes!

On Monday, I took Noah to his pediatrician for his 3-year well-check. Everything went great and he appears to be right on track with his peers. He actually was able to complete all but one item on the developmental milestones checklist (which went up to age 4), so that's good! He weighed in at 29 pounds (up 4 pounds, 6 ounces from his 2-year check, and 1.5 pounds from his 2.5-year check), and measured up at 38 3/4 inches (up 4.5 inches from his 2-year check, and 1.75 inches from his 2.5-year check). This puts him right at the 80th percentile for height and 24th percentile for weight. Looking at both figures, he's down to below the 3rd percentile for height-to-weight ratio, with a BMI of just 13.5! He was up-to-date with all of his vaccinations, so no shots for that visit. Yay!

Noah still sleeps around 10-11 hours a night and is still taking one nap a day, anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours, in the afternoon. We've recently moved the boys' schedule a bit with Ethan starting kindergarten last week. He shares a room with big brother, Ethan, and it works well, as they enjoy talking and laughing in their beds (when they should be sleeping!! Haha!). They now go to bed no later than 9, but preferably by 8 pm. Wake-up time is between 6:45 and 7 am on school days! Before school started, they were going to bed between 9 and 10 pm and sleeping until 8 am normally.

Noah still has a pretty good appetite and is willing to at least sample most foods. He'd live on pasta and dessert alone, if we'd let him. How in the world does he stay so skinny?!? Pancakes and ice cream are two of his favorites. Pizza is another one he can normally tear through quickly. He always has room in his tummy for those! ;)

Highlights of the past year:
  • Teeth 17-20 made their appearance
  • Moved to a big boy bed
  • First movie in the theater
  • Became a big brother
  • First putt-putt golf game, minor league baseball game & bowling experiences
  • First barbershop haircut
  • First sled ride in the snow
  • Completed his first year of preschool
I don't really remember the rest of the teething process being bad for Noah. I think I remember at some point thinking he was a little crankier than normal, then realizing later that he was getting his molars in. So thankful he made that easy!

Not long after his 2nd birthday, the boys moved into a room together, to get the nursery ready for Amos's arrival. They love sharing the bunk beds and the move went very well. He still doesn't like to get out of bed himself when he wakes up, so he calls for me to come get him. :) Last summer we also went to the theater for the first time so that the boys could see Disney's Planes. It actually went much better than I expected, and it's something we need to do again soon!

I wasn't sure how Noah would do with the arrival of little brother, Amos, but he actually loved him from the beginning. Giving him kisses 24/7 on his head and wanting to hug and hold him was a much different reaction than Ethan had to Noah! Haha!

Now that he is getting bigger, we've been able to enjoy some fun things like putt-putt golf, baseball games and bowling! Noah seems so big, I think in part because he wants to do everything that big brother does. He can hold his own, and keeps up well, so it works!

Daddy used to give Noah his haircuts, but he has now started going to the barber like big brother. He looks so handsome, even though we're now cutting off those sweet curls he gets when his hair gets longer in the back. :'(

Other fun things Noah was able to experience this past year included his first sled ride down the hill in our backyard and his first year of preschool! He had a great year with his little buddies and is excited to go back this year!

Noah had another good year overall. Not long after his birthday, he lost his status as the baby, and became the middle brother. I think he took this kind of hard. That, paired with starting preschool twice a week and being away from me for the first time, made for a kind of rough time for him. I think he also struggled a bit with wanting to be more independent, but wanting the attention that comes with being more dependent. Fortunately, after a few months, he seemed to settle into his new position in the family and has been doing well since.

Noah adores his big brother, Ethan. He wants to do and say everything that he does. It's adorable. Fortunately, for now, Ethan doesn't seem to mind, and actually usually likes having a little guy that listens to him and does whatever he says! Haha! Noah also loves his little brother, Amos. He could give him hugs and kisses all day long. For real. He is always wanting me to take pics of him giving him hugs. He does a great job of playing with both of his brothers!

Noah's personality is really showing now. He can be quite the funny man like his big brother, and has no shortage of orneriness in him! He can also be quite the "cool" little guy, loving to listen and dance to rock music like his Daddy. He's also creative, like his Mommy, enjoying art. He likes putting together puzzles and playing Legos with Ethan.

We sure love our fun little middle!

Like I did last year on his birthday, I asked Noah some questions that I'm going to ask every year now, to see how his responses change over the years. Here they are, in case you can't read them in the picture:
  1. What is your favorite color? blue
  2. What is your favorite toy? Legos and dogs
  3. What is your favorite fruit? strawberries and oranges
  4. What is your favorite tv show/movie? Frozen
  5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? peanut butter and honey
  6. What is your favorite outfit? light blue shirt with excavator on it
  7. What is your favorite game? Hide and Seek
  8. What is your favorite snack? fruit snacks
  9. What is your favorite animal? giraffe
  10. What is your favorite song? Awesome God
  11. What is your favorite book? Little Pink Pup
  12. Who is your best friend? Ethan and Amos
  13. What is your favorite cereal? Frosted Mini Wheats
  14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? play with chalk
  15. What is your favorite drink? water with ice and apple juice
  16. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
  17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? dog
  18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? pumpkin pancakes
  19. What is your favorite dinner? mac 'n cheese, pork and squash
  20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Daddy, or Darth Vader
Noah continues to keep us on our toes, as his own little person. The twos were tougher with him than they were with Ethan, so I hope that trend doesn't continue with the threes! Haha! He amazes us daily with the things that he says and does and we look forward to what this year will bring with it. Happy 3rd birthday, Noah. We love you!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Amos is Ten Months Old!

Age of Baby: 10 months

Size of Baby:
Hmm, funnel cake is pretty amazing.
Why have I not had this until now, guys?!?
  • Weight: 17 lbs 6 oz (still at the 3rd percentile), +14 oz from last month
  • Length: 28 inches (down to the 25th percentile), no change from last month
  • Head circumference: not measured
  • Height-to-Weight ratio: up to the 10th percentile
Amos is still wearing a size 3 diaper and mostly 9-12 month, or 12-month, clothes. He still wears a size 3 shoe.


None this month.

Doctor's Visit Summary:

No visit this month.

Picture of Baby:

Here is Amos's 10-month picture in the 12-month onesie. It was "fun" trying to wrangle him into laying still for a pic this month! Yikes! This boy wants to be on the move 24/7.

And here is a comparison of all three of the boys at ten months, just for fun. Ethan and Noah were still bigger at this point (Ethan was 28.5 inches long and weighed 18 lbs 10 oz and Noah was 28 inches long and weighed 19 lbs 2 oz), but it looks like Amos may finally be closing the gap a bit.

Ethan, Noah, and Amos (each at 10 months)

Accomplishments this Month:
  • First trip to the beach and swimming pool
  • Saying "dada"
  • Climbing the stairs
  • Standing unassisted, without holding anything, for 3-5 seconds
  • First baseball game
  • Top two front teeth emerged!
  • Love. Yes, Noah is wearing
    an Indian feather headband
    from Thanksgiving.
  • Growling
Amos was able to enjoy his first trip to a Florida beach this past month. Unfortunately, I haven't recapped the details of that trip yet, but it's safe to say that he had a great time. He appears to be the beach-loving babe that his big brothers are, too! He also really loved taking a dip in the swimming pool at the house. I think the boy could splash all day.

In addition to "mama," Amos is now saying "dada" pretty regularly, too. I definitely think that he's associating them with the correct people.

I'm officially in trouble. Amos discovered the stairs and he loves to climb them!! Without a gate on the bottom of either of our staircases, I have to watch him like a hawk, or I find him halfway up the staircase if I turn my back for a minute. Fun stuff. Not!

He has started to get brave and let go while he is standing now. He can balance for a little bit before plopping back down to his bottom. I figure it won't be long now before he attempts some steps as well.

We checked out a Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball game on a recent weekend trip to the area. Amos wasn't really interested in the game, but he did enjoy people-watching, and some of brother's snow cone. ;) He did make the big screen, though, for his first trip!! :)

Of course I had to get a pic! #pictureofapicture
Finally. Those top two front teeth finally broke through the surface at the end of this last month. I'm hoping that means a little relief for both of us now soon! Sigh. Meanwhile, I finally caved and bought an amber anklet for him to try. It's supposed to be the magical cure for teething pain. I'm undecided on if it actually works or not though. It doesn't appear to have helped his night waking at this point (nearly a week in), unless he's just made that a habit now, and maybe the teeth aren't actually bothering him anymore, and he's just waking up because that's what he's been doing for so long now?? With those teeth through the surface, I don't know if they are actually hurting anymore or not. I guess we'll continue to give it a try to see if it makes a difference at some point. He doesn't really bother it there on his ankle (amazingly), so we'll go with it!

The boys loves to growl. He growls when he's hungry. He growls when he's tired. He growls while he is eating. He growls all the time. It's pretty funny.

Blueberries are extra yummy in pancakes!
New Foods tried this Month:
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Blueberries
  • Asparagus
  • Turkey
  • Hamburger
  • Milkshake
  • Funnel cake! (Yeah, this boy is going to have a sweet tooth like his brothers! Haha!)
Amos continues to enjoy table foods and seems to like trying new things. Veggies still seem to be his favorite, closely followed by meats. I've also continued to nurse him every 3-4 hours during the day (around 8 am, 11 am, 2 pm, 6 pm, 9 pm) for around 5-10 minutes. He has also figured out the organic baby food pouches I buy now, which is really helpful for getting him a snack while we're on the go, in the car, or at a restaurant. He can suck down that 4.2 ounces in under a minute! Wow!

Not STTN, but he's happy!
Amos had another rough month in the sleep department. He is averaging around 12 hours of sleep a day (10 hours at night and 2 hours during the day). He is still going to bed between 9 and 10 pm, and sleeping until between 7:30 and 9 am. He has continued to wake most nights this past month. It has been tougher this month, because when he wakes up, he is wide awake. I don't know if it's because he stands up and starts walking around the crib and that wakes him up more? So, after feeding him, I have to work harder to get him back to sleep before putting him back down. Needless to say, coffee has been my friend this month. He is still hit or miss on a morning nap. If he does take one, I can sometimes get him to go back down later in the afternoon for a 2nd short nap, too. I'm hoping with the emergence of his teeth, he'll start sleeping better this coming month. We shall see! He is growing up so fast and I can't believe we'll be celebrating his first birthday in just 2 short months!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Wednesday One: Week 23

Well, since I'm almost a week behind here, I guess I need to get this posted! It was a hard week for us with the loss of our Daisy. I wish I had pics of her from every day to use, but I don't.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Rest in Peace, Sweet Daisy Duke

Daisy Duke Seeley
February 2, 2006 - June 7, 2014

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."  - Dr. Seuss

She'd been with us since she was just 6 weeks and 6 pounds.
As I sit here at the beach, during our annual Florida vacation, I have to keep repeating these words to myself. Our sweet baby girl is gone. As you know, she was diagnosed with lymphoma just about a month ago. We made the decision at that time to try chemotherapy, to see if we could rid her little body of this vicious disease and hopefully give us a little more time with her. Though she spent her lifetime with us, 8 years was much too short, but it was plenty of time for her to get us to fall head over heels in love with her. If you would've asked me 8 years ago if I could ever love a dog as much (or more!!) than most humans, I would've laughed at the mere idea. But Daisy quickly stole our hearts and became our "first" baby. She truly was the perfect pet and our best-behaved child. Her almost humanistic expressions never ceased to amaze us, and made us love her even more. Boxers are a special breed.

Sidewalk dining at Brasserie Jo in Chicago
Anyone who knows us knows how big a part of our family Daisy was. She went nearly everywhere with us (including a trip to Chicago, where she was able to dine with us) and we've tried to include her in as much as we could. So, our annual vacations have been trips to pet-friendly beaches for the last several years. Daisy loved the beach, which was kind of funny seeing as how much she normally hated water. Even as a puppy, she quickly learned that if the concrete outside the back door looked wet, she did not want to go outside to potty. She was a princess from the beginning! But when it came to the beach, she couldn't get enough of it. She loved chasing the birds and the waves here on the gulf coast of Florida. So, a few months ago, we planned another trip back to the beach. Then we found out that Daisy was sick and we didn't know what would happen. We hoped to still be able to take her one last time, so she could enjoy the week at the beach with her favorite people.

Our sweet princess
We took her to the vet on Wednesday last week, to get her checked out, as she seemed to be having a rough time again after her 2nd chemo treatment. The vet wanted to see if it was just from the chemo, or if the mass was still enlarged, so she did another ultrasound to check. Unfortunately, it looked like the chemo wasn't working, and though that may have been part of the reason she wasn't feeling great, it was probably because the mass wasn't shrinking, and may actually have been getting bigger. :( So, at that point we knew that she probably wouldn't be undergoing any more chemo treatments, but we would continue to give her the prednisone as palliative care, to keep her comfortable. The vet thought she would have a good week with us at the beach, and didn't see any reason that we couldn't take her with us. By starting the prednisone, a steroid, again, her appetite returned and she was eating well and had her familiar pep back in her step. So, Saturday morning rolled around and we were up early to start our long road trip to Florida.

Tucked in the backseat. Comfy on her favorite pillow.
After nearly 12 long hours in the van, we finally made it to the ocean and Daisy watched the birds from the backseat as we made our way across the big bridge over to the island we're staying on. As we pulled through the gates to the subdivision, Josh asked if Daisy was ok. She didn't respond and we started to worry. We pulled over and realized that her body was limp. She had taken her last breath. We were literally 5 minutes from the house that we would be spending the week in, and she was gone. As it was happening, it was traumatic. We'd been driving all day, we were tired, and the unthinkable had just happened. We were devastated. We arrived at the house and got her out and tried to see if we could revive her, but it was too late.

Now that we've had a couple days to process it all, we're coming to terms with her death, or at least the way it all happened. We would've loved to have been able to spend the week with Daisy at the beach, but it wasn't meant to be. We're glad that she went peacefully, on her own terms. She was laying on her favorite pillow, able to see all of her people from the back of the van (where she spent so many hours over the years), surrounded by love. We didn't have to make the difficult decision to put her down. I still don't know if I could've done that, even though I know that is sometimes the best option. Even though we didn't know it was happening, I'm glad that we were all there with her. She knew we loved her and that's what mattered. Now she's up in heaven, watching over us. As Ethan says, she's an "angel dog," keeping us safe and sound. Though it's been a difficult week so far, we're trying to remember that Daisy would want us to have a good time and enjoy our beach vacation, just like she would've if she had been here. We love you and miss you, sweet girl.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Amos's Nine-Month Check-Up

Age of Baby: 9 months

Size of Baby:
  • Weight: 16 lbs 8 oz (down to the 3rd percentile), +8 oz from last month
  • Length: 28 inches (up to the 42nd percentile), +1 in from last month
  • Head circumference: 17.5 in (down to the 26th percentile)
  • Height-to-Weight ratio: down to the 3rd percentile
Amos is still wearing a size 3 diaper and 6-9/6-12/12-month clothes. He wears a size 3 shoe.


None this month.

Doctor's Visit Summary:

His visit this morning went well. Everything looked great...except his ears. :( Poor guy has a double ear infection, which is probably why he was running a low-grade fever yesterday and was up screaming the night before last. Sigh. Otherwise, the doctor said he looked good, just on the small end of the range. But, visually he looks nice and healthy, so no worries.

Picture of Baby:

Here is Amos's 9-month picture in the 12-month onesie. He's getting too big!! He has so much personality and continues to be his happy, easy-going self.

And here is a comparison of all three of the boys at nine months, just for fun. Ethan and Noah were still significantly bigger at this point (Ethan was 28.5 inches long and weighed 18 lbs 1 oz and Noah was 28 inches long and weighed 18 lbs 8 oz). He's still a good mix of the two. Not as crazy as Ethan, but not as serious as Noah was at that age. ;)

Ethan, Noah, and Amos (each at 9 months)

Accomplishments this Month:
  • Crawling correctly (stomach off of the ground)
  • Pulling himself up on furniture
  • Walking along furniture (cruising)
  • Saying "mom-mom-mom"
  • Using a sippy cup for water
I love these animated gifs! Haha!
Amos has had an explosion of accomplishments this past month! Of course it all happened while Daddy was away in China for 3 weeks!

He has mostly given up his "army crawl" now for a "true" crawl. When he wants to go really fast, though, he still drags himself. He is really quick at it, so I guess that's why! ;) He has also started pulling himself up on furniture and walking around, hanging on to some of it. It didn't take him long to figure out the crib either, so that was quickly lowered! He loves this new standing position, as he can reach, and help himself to, all of the toys his brothers have been trying to keep away from him! Haha!

Amos is definitely saying "mom-mom" now. It usually happens when he is hungry at the table and wants me to give him food! Haha! He also says it a lot when he is tired and ready to sleep.

I finally gave him a sippy cup to try out. He is able to get some water out of it, but for now, prefers to use it as a teething toy. Sigh. I probably waited a bit too long on this one, but hopefully he'll get the hang of it soon!

New Foods tried this Month:
  • Yogurt
  • Pancakes (pumpkin, banana, buttermilk)
  • Eggs
  • Pasta/noodles
  • Broccoli
  • Bread
  • Cheerios
  • Cake
  • Ice cream
  • Chicken
  • Pork
We've moved on to table foods for Amos now. He doesn't seem to mind being fed the purées, but it's definitely easier to let him feed himself, since he is willing and able. That may have been helped by the fact that Daddy was out of town! So, I let him try anything that he wants as long as I can break it into small enough pieces. I'm obviously avoiding things like honey and nuts, and other potential allergens, at this point. The boy loves pancakes just as much as his big brothers. Surprise! I already make double batches of those now. Soon I'll be feeling like a cafeteria worker with the amounts of food I'll need to prepare for these growing boys! Yikes! I've also continued to nurse him every 3-4 hours during the day (around 8 am, 11 am, 2 pm, 6 pm, 9 pm) for around 5-10 minutes.

Amos had a rougher month in the sleep department. He is still averaging around 13 hours of sleep a day (10.5 hours at night and 2.5 hours during the day). He is still going to bed between 9 and 10 pm, and sleeping until between 8 and 9 am. He has continued to wake most nights this past month, though, but goes promptly back to sleep if I feed him. Sigh. Half the time, he wants a morning nap, but half the time he waits until the afternoon to sleep. If he takes a morning nap, he usually goes back down later in the afternoon for a 2nd short nap. I thought the night waking was related to teething, but he has kept it up even after the bottom two teeth were in, so I don't know about that. :/ I'm hoping it'll get better again soon!
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