Monday, September 8, 2014

Three and a Half!!!

My tiny little babies are turning into big little kids! It's hard to believe they are already three and a half!

Emily has started to be a little mommy. She loves to take care of her babies. She feeds them, changes their diapers, changes their clothes, and makes then take naps. She also likes to tell her brothers what to do! Emily LOVES her brothers. She loves telling people she has three brothers and referrers to them often as "my boys." We ask her often "Who is in charge?" She normally says "Mommy and Daddy" but recently has started to give a smart alack answer of "Emily!" and always says it with a little smirk on her face.

Emily still loves pink and purple, princesses, skirts and dresses, and other girly things. But she also likes to "play" sports and play cars with her boys.

Kyle is a wild and crazy little boy... or as much as we will let him be wild and crazy! He loves to run around in circles, sing loud obnoxious songs, and wrestle with anyone who he thinks might enjoy getting pushed over and squished!

Kyle still loves blue and brown, cars, trains, and firetrucks. His toys of choice are cars and puzzles.

In the beginning of the summer, Grandma and Grandpa Franks got the kiddos bikes. It took them a little while to get the hang of riding them, but they finally got it figured out. We took a break (a two month break!) when Kyle broke his arm, but they have been riding them again the past couple weeks. It seemed like it took them a time or two to get the hang of it again, but for the most part, they do pretty well on them. They still need help getting going sometimes and going up hills in they don't start with enough momentum.

Kyle and Emily are being coming familiar with their surroundings and how to get places. They know the general way to church, the library, Meijer, Grandma and Grandpa Eubank's house, Grandma and Grandpa's Franks' house, the Zoo, and the children's museum. If we go a different way somewhere, they know and say who ever is driving is being silly!

Emily and Kyle still love going to church. They enjoy their class and doing "projects" and learning about the Bible. They normally can tell us a general idea of what they learned about in their class. They also love reading the Bible as a family at night. Most nights it doesn't seem like they are paying attention, but they have a good idea of what most of the Bible stories that are in their children's  are about. It amazes me often listening to how much they actually remember from what we read and talk about. Not only do they remember the stories, they also know/use some of the application!

Kyle and Emily enjoy singing songs. In we are in the car for more than a few minutes and they don't have something electronic (their LeapPads or a movie) to entertain them, they usually start singing. It's kind of cute, but kind of annoying when they start arguing about whose song is whose. Apparently, they own rights on certain songs! Favorites include Jesus Loves Me, Twinkle Twinkle, Old MacDonald, Let it Go, Life is a Highway...

We started to do preschool last week. They've been really bugging about school, so we decided to do homeschool for preschool. We are working on letters, numbers, shapes, sorting, patterns, and animals. They already recognize most capital letters, so we are working on lower case recognition, letter sounds, and writing letters. For number, they can both consistently count to ten (and sometimes beyond), but don't recognize any numbers. So we are working on using numbers to actually count things (not just recite in order) and number recognition. They can recognize all their basic shapes, We are using shapes to work on coloring skills and drawing shapes. We are also using shapes to learn about patterns. For sorting, we are working on matching and grouping similar things. For animals, we are just talking about their favorite animals, where they live, what they eat, and other simple things. So far they are loving school (we've only done three days). Emily has done really well with everything. Kyle gets frustrated (he's still figuring out how to hold a crayon again after breaking his right arm) and doesn't want to do much beyond color when it comes to our "worksheets." Hopefully it will continue to go well and they will keep being excited about "formal learning!"

One of Emily and Kyle's favorite adventures is to the zoo! They love having maps and reference their maps often to make sure we are seeing all the animals. They both love to watch the animals and make noises at them. Kyle's favorites seem to be any type of hop-a-roo (such as a kangaroo) and monkeys. Emily's favorites seem to be the reptiles and fish; she also loves horses, but those aren't are the zoo.

Potty training, most days they are accident free! They are pretty good about telling us when they need to go and have started sometimes just going by themselves. They both still want help wiping when they poop, but can handle peeing all by them selves. We do take Kyle to the bathroom before we go to bed at night, otherwise we are almost guaranteed he'll wet the bed.

Kyle and Emily are starting to become more opinionated about what food they eat. At our house, their option is to eat what mommy makes or not eat, so normally they just suck it up and eat it even if it's something they "don't like." Kyle does not like peppers and onions (he's tried them several times), so normally I try to leave those off his plate and the same with peppers for Emily... but she LOVES onions! Neither of them like mashed potatoes either, but will eat potatoes pretty much any other way. Emily's favorite food is most defiantly mac'n'cheese, but also really likes strawberries and green veggie s. Kyle's favorite food is hot dogs, but also really likes french fries and cheese. They both LOVE their "cow milk" and probably drink more than they should.

Naps rarely happen around here anymore. We still try to do rest time every afternoon, but most days it turns into WAR! Most days, they both still really do need to take a nap, but they really don't want to. If they lay still and are quiet for long enough, they normally fall asleep and will sleep for a couple hours. If they actually rest and don't fall asleep, they do okay attitude wise for the afternoon. But if they won't even rest, our afternoons are filled with one meltdown after another and two tired kiddos ready for bed by 5pm. Right now, if they are actually quiet for at least a half an hour, I take them their LeapPads in to play with.

Schedule wise, not much as changed. Their clock "wakes up" at 8am and lets them know it's time to get up. Most days they are quiet until their clock wakes up. We eat breakfast shortly after they get out of bed. In the mornings, we do adventures, school, or just hang out. We normally eat lunch between 11:00 and 12:00, and then do rest time after lunch. After I give up on them actually resting, they get up and play until dinner time around 5:30. After dinner, we pick up toys, takes baths, read the Bible, pray, and go to bed. Normally they are in bed between 7:00 and 7:30.

Both kiddos love books. They love to "read" them and love to have people read to them. Most of their favorites are their Cat in the Hat books. They both love going to the library and picking out books to take home and read. They've been really excited when we do school to read their library books.

I asked questions again... there are lots of answers still the same from six months ago... Click here if you want to see...

Emily Kyle
What is your name?  Emily Eubank Kyle 
How old are you?  Six Three
What is your favorite color?  Pink and Purple Blue and Brown
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Balls O's
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Noodles Cookies
What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner?  Hamburgers French Fries
What is your favorite snack to eat?  Fruit Snacks Fruit Snacks
What is your favorite fruit?  Strawberries Oranges
What is your favorite vegetable?  Carrots Nothing
What is your favorite thing to drink?  Juice Milk
What is your favorite animal?  Horses, Snacks, Giraffes Kangaroo and Crockadile
What is your favorite toy to play with?  Princess Kitty Queen Mater Toys
What is your favorite book to read?  Buzz and Woody Queen Mater Book
Where do you like to go?  Bounce House Home
What is your favorite song? Let It Go Life a Highway
Who is your best friend?  Mommy Mommy and Grandpa
What is your favorite thing to watch on tv? Frozen Mater Change
What do you want to be when you grow up?  A Mommy Tractor Driver
What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Ribe my bike Ride bikes
What is your favorite thing to wear?  Costume Bathing Suit and Coat
Who is your favorite person?  Grandma Mommy

Friday, September 5, 2014

Colby's 18 Month Well Visit (at 19 Months Old!)

This morning Colby had is 18 month well visit..the visit gets pushed out a bit when you will only see one doctor and forget to schedule more than 3 months ahead...

We actually went in for a sick visit yesterday because the poor kiddo had a fever that we couldn't get to break. Last night it was thought that the fever was mostly likely from all of the teeth Colby is getting. He would have wanted to recheck him today, so it worked out well that we already had the well visit scheduled for today.

As far as his fever and such goes... he woke up this morning way early and was very warm and just plain crabby. Once he finally ate breakfast, Colby seemed back to normal and his fever broke on the way to the doctor's office.

Our pediatrician is still pretty sure his fever and crankiness is just from ALL the teeth trying to come in.... all eight teeth trying at once! Poor kiddo!

We talked about food and what's changed in the past couple months. The doctor is still very much agrees with the Celiac diagnosis.

Developmentally, aside from vocab, Colby is doing things that are considered milestones for two and two and a half years old!

The only concern again was Colby's weight. At his 15 month visit, Colby weighed 20 lbs 14 oz. Today, he was at 20 lbs even. We talked again about diet and the doctor agrees we are feeding him a very healthy and well balanced diet. So he wants us to come back in a month for a weight check and if he still hasn't gained at that point, we'll decide what's next.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Baby Boy has a Name!

Like all of our other kiddos, we wanted a name with a "y"...

Like all of our other kiddos, we wanted a middle name after one of our grandparents.

Peyton William Eubank

William isn't technically after a grandparent, but it's close enough! My (great) Uncle Bill was more like a grandpa to me than an uncle. He was my grandma's twin sister's husband; he passed away in the beginning of this year.

All three kiddos are already saying Peyton's name and continue to love on him through my belly!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

19 Months Old

Mr Colby Oley is 19 months old today!

Recently Colby has been eating almost everything and anything put in front of him. I'm expecting him to wake up huge one of these mornings... Favorite foods right now seem to be noodles of any sort (gluten free of course!) and strawberries. He's also fallen in love with dips... if something can have dip, Colby wants dip and enjoys dipping his food!

Colby still only technically has four teeth, but the past week or so he's had another six trying to break through, the next two on the top and his two year molars. I can feel all of them trying to come up, but only two are pokey so far. They haven't seemed to bother him too much. He's had a low grade fever on and offer and hasn't been a little fussy when he's sleeping, but other than that, he's his normal happy self!

The kiddo is still loving his "booooob" time. He's still nursing twice a day, but is still slowly decreasing the amount of time he is nursing. Hopefully he'll decide he's done soon!

Colby is now consistently sleeping through the night! Every once in a while he wakes up and just needs a quick cuddle and goes back to sleep. Most nights, he is still awake when I put him in his crib. Half of the time he is quiet and goes right to sleep. The other half... he cries for a bit, but normally falls asleep within a half hour or so. The sames goes for nap time.

Last month I said Colby has finally started to talk more... but really, this past month his verbal communication has exploded. He talks and sings and talks and sings almost constantly!

Colby is still loving his puzzles! He's getting better and faster at them too. We went to the library today and when we got to the children's room, he ran over to the puzzle shelve and happily sat there doing puzzles while Kyle and Emily picked out books.

Colby wants to do everything Kyle and Emily are doing. If they are running in circles, he is running in circles. If they are singing and dancing, he is singing and dancing. There is very little that he has seen them do that he hasn't figured out how to do himself.

Colby has started bringing us clean diapers when he wants his diaper changed. He also asks to use the potty every once in a while... and normally goes when we help him take his diaper off. Before baths, Kyle and Emily both sit on the potty, and he normally does too and normally goes. I'm thinking he might be easy to potty train next summer!

Colby has gotten tall enough to open our front door. It has a handle that you pull down instead of twist and unlocks when you pull the handle down. We normally keep the door locked, which makes it a bit harder for him to open and is loud enough we can hear it right away and keep him from wandering out into the hall way. Hopefully he'll get sick of spankings soon and learn not to open the door!

Colby has learned how to take off his clothes. He can easily take off his shorts/pants and sometimes can take off his shirt. He's sort of figured out how to put his pants back on, but has a hard time pulling them up. Once he's taken his clothes off and is just in his diaper, it's a real challenge to get his clothes back on him.

Colby has gotten a lot better at stairs and wants to walk up and down them like Kyle and Emily. It's kind of a pain because he's so slow, but as my belly grows bigger, it's better than he can walk and I don't have to carry him. It's not to often that he wants to be carried anymore anyways. Normally he wants to walk, and we normally let him as long as he will hold a hand. He also LOVES his stroller (we got a new one a couple months ago), so if he sees that, it doesn't take much to get him to ride.

Clothes wise, he's still fits into most of his 12 months stuff, but I think most of it is going to get packed up this afternoon (because I have the bins out that the clothes will go in and I'm too lazy to get them out in a couple weeks when he really out grows the 12 months stuff). The 18 month stuff fits him well for the most part and I'm expecting a growth spurt soon...

Colby is still cute and still a little stinker and he knows it!

I told him I would be right back with the camera and we would take pictures. When I got back to his room, he was sitting in his chair being all cheesey. He "helped" me find the right blocks and then tried to help set them up. After a few pictures with the blocks, he threw them all on the floor... but he did help pick them all up! :)