Wednesday, July 29, 2015

29 Weeks Old

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Two and A Half

Stinker Boy is TWO and A HALF!

Colby is a very strong willed spunky little boy! He knows what he wants and doesn't know how to take no for answer! Most days he thinks he's four and can do everything that Kyle and Emily do.

Colby is completely potty trained. Most days he does good with going to the potty...but still does have accidents every once in a while. At night, we set him on the potty before we go to bed...other wise he wets the bed.

Colby loves Spidey, Elmo, and the color yellow.

Colby is very smart. He can identify most capital letters and can count to eleven all by himself! He also knows most of his colors. Colby can do pretty much any puzzle we put in front of him...he even helps with the "big people" puzzles! He talks in completely sentences...although half the time we have no idea what he's saying!

Allergy wise...
The only food allergies we are now dealing with are tree nuts and peanuts. He can eat pretty much anything else. He does tend to have GI issues though if we left him eat too much processed food (too much as in more than a "meal" of processed food every few days.)
He's still allergic to lots outside. He's talking three different allergy and asthma medicines to help him breathe easy. For a while we were having do two nebulizer treatments a day because his wheezing was so bad, but now we only use the nebulizer as needed. We also have an inhaler that we carry with us in case he has trouble breathing when we are out and about. Hopefully this fall we will be able to stop all the meds like we did last year and he'll be good through the winter.

Colby is still a boob boy! Most days he's only nursing at night, but every once in a while he will during the day. If I let him nurse during the day, he only gets give drinks. He knows this and is okay with it. I've started talking to him about being done and will continue to do so, but I'm not ready to force him to be done yet. We'll keep talking about it and hopefully soon he will decide on his own that he's done.

Our pediatrician and allergist have been said breastfeeding is most likely the reason that Colby's gut has healed form the damage done by gluten and has helped heal him of his food allergies. I'm really hoping that when we do stop, that he won't start having more issues with food again.

Colby still isn't a great sleeper. Most days rest time is a fight and some times bed time is too. If we are lucky, he goes to bed around 8pm and wakes up around 8am and takes a two hour rest in the afternoon. Lately, he has been waking up in the middle of the night crying (we think bad dreams) and it sometimes takes him a while to go back to sleep.

Colby loves being a big brother. He loves to "help" Peyton do things and loves to give Peyton hugs and kisses. He also likes to nurse at the same time as Peyton...when I let him, he normally holds Peyton's hand or rubs his back while they are nursing together.

Some days Colby really likes to play by himself. Other days, he follows Emily or Kyle around and playing with them. Him and Emily like to do a lot of imaginative play together and its a lot of fun to watch!

Colby has recently learned to stand on his head with the help of the couch or a's his favorite way to "sit" on the couch at the moment!

Colby loves the water! He loves to splash around in our little pool and loves to jump into big pools. We've swam a couple times in a friend's pool, a hotel pool, and Lake Michigan. Colby has no fear and has to be watched closely because he will just jump in with no floaties!

We are so thankful for the two and a half years we've been blessed with our little stinker boy so far and pray for MANY MANY MANY more!

I asked Colby the same questions I started asking Kyle and Emily at two and a half...

What is your name?  Colby
How old are you?  Three
What is your favorite color?  yellow
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Yogurt
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Noodles
What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner?  Noodles
What is your favorite snack to eat?  fruit snacks
What is your favorite fruit?  fishes
What is your favorite vegetable?  Noodles
What is your favorite thing to drink?  Apple Juice
What is your favorite animal?  Lion
What is your favorite toy to play with?  Spidey
What is your favorite book to read?  Spidey
Where do you like to go?  Zoo
What is your favorite song? Batman
Who is your best friend?  Peyton
What is your favorite thing to watch on tv? Elmo
What do you want to be when you grow up?  Adult
What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Blow Bubbles
What is your favorite thing to wear?  yellow
Who is your favorite person?  Mommy!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

27 Weeks Old

Hey look! I remembered to do block pictures this week! :)
It's not that I have forgotten the past three weeks... it just hasn't happened thanks to illness, missions trip, and day camp!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Doctors Doctors and more Doctors

Kyle's Cellulitis 
Last Thursday Kyle had a massive welt on his leg from a bug bite. He had some Benadryl, some cream, and some ice and it wasn't getting any better, so we went to the doctor. He was diagnosed with cellulitis and put on antibiotics and steroid cream. We were told that if it got any worse to give them a call or if it wasn't better by Saturday to call.
Saturday morning, the original spot was pretty much gone, but he had a new spot of cellulitis. I called and talked to the nurse at our pediatrician office and was told to draw a line around the spot and if it got any bigger or if he started to run a fever to take him to the ER. Saturday afternoon we ended up going to the ER because the spot kept growing. The ER doctor said that it wasn't to the point where he needed IV antibiotics yet, but his suspicion was the oral antibiotics were doing their jobs because the first spot went away. He said to keep doing what we were doing and to come back if Kyle started to run a fever.
Luckily, Sunday morning he woke up with no more cellulitis...just a bunch of big mosquito bites.

Colby's Ears
In the beginning of last week, Colby started pulling on his ears. There wasn't any drainage, so I was pretty sure he didn't have an infection. We used a flashlight to look in his ears and coud see chunks of wax, so I called and made an appointment with the ENT for him to get his ears cleaned out.
Friday morning we went to the ENT and he cleaned LOTS of hard wax out of Colby's ears. After Colby kept saying "ears all better!"
Colby's ears just make lots of hard wax and there's not a whole lot we can do about it while he has tubes besides go to the ENT every few months and get it cleaned out. Once his tubes are out, we can use drops to soften the wax and can clean it out at home.

Yesterday, all four kids had a WIC visit and were weighed and measured.
Emily - 29 lbs, 3 ft 2 in
Kyle - 30 lbs 7 oz, 3 ft 5 in
Colby - 25 lbs 4 oz, 2 ft 9 in
Peyton - 15 lbs 6 oz, 2 ft 2 in

Peyton's Six Month Well Check
Peyton also had his six month check up yesterday. All of his measurements were the same as at WIC. :)
He's growing well and developing like he shoud. We are continuing with his meds for his reflux and talked about starting solids. We are going to stick with just fruits and veggies for a long time and very slowly introduce new foods. Typically it's recommend to wait 3 to 5 days in between new foods, but we are going to wait 7 to 10 days. He said if we had any signs of allergic reactions to let him know and we would do allergy testing sooner rather than later.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Church Update

Even though this blog is mostly about our kids, from time to time I share about other stuff going on in our lives... it's been a while and we recently had a "big" change, so I thought I would give a quick update!

Last Sunday, Brent was voted in by the congregation at our church to be moved to full time status! So, as of July 1st, Brent is a full time pastor! The full time roll comes with a few more added responsibilities at church, but we are very excited for the change!

We haven't really felt the difference of this change yet, but are excited for the new work schedule for Brent... and the fact that he will not have to drive to Lansing two days a week anymore!

Last week, we took our teens on a missions trip to Chicago. We worked with a ministry called Inner City Impact and helped facilitate a soccer camp and their day camp. I'm not going to lie and say it was a lot of fun... it was a very long and exhausting week... but I'm glad that we went and excited for the impact we were able to have.

For me, the best part of the trip was listening to Kyle talk to another little boy. They were talking about Jesus and the little boy asked what the big deal about Jesus was. Kyle responded "Jesus died on the cross and then came back to life so that we can go to Heaven. We just have to tell Him we are sorry for being bad!" While I'm not sure he really "gets it," words can't express how it makes my heart feel to hear my son sharing to Gospel with another child!

This week is Day Camp for our church... it's pretty much a VBS type program. Kyle and Emily didn't want to go on Monday, but decided today they wanted to go see what Daddy was doing and see the puppets. They are excited to go back again tomorrow.

Six Months Old

Somehow time has rushed by and this little man is six months old!

In the past month, Peyton's personality has started to really show. He's a spunky little guy that loves to watch people and loves to laugh. He also loves to give big, wet, slobbery kisses!

Peyton has become very mobile. He rolls... and rolls...and rolls. He is also starting to figure out how to scoot and can easily get across the room when he wants to. He hasn't stated to crawl yet, but every once in a while he does get up on his hands and knees, so it won't be too long.

Peyton has sit up on his own for a few moments. If he has a toy in his hands, he stays up longer. If he doesn't have a toy, he starts to look for something to play with and falls over pretty quickly.

Peyton is wearing mostly six month clothes, but still has a few 3-6 month outfits that fit him. We recently adjusted all of his diapers to the next size up.

Peyton is very interested in food, but I'm being mean and waiting a little bit longer before we start solids. For the past few days, I have given him a sippy cup with water in it though. He knows it goes in his mouth, but he's really not a fan of the water.

Peyton still loves nursing. He gets all excited when I unhook my tank top and bra.. he knows the good stuff is coming! During the days, he normally nurses every two or three hours. He normally wakes up once in the middle of the night to nurse.
It still amazes me that my body was able to grow and develop another human inside me, and then has been able to provide all the food that little human needs for the first six month or so of life... and that this is the forth little human...

On Sunday, we started trying to cut back on Peyton's use of his pacifier. It's going okay... other than the fact the kid hasn't really taken many good naps. Today I did give him one after he fell asleep nursing and he took a two hour nap. So I think for the next few weeks, he's still going to get a pacifier for naps.

Peyton is loving his toys. He loves to play with anything that makes noise or that he can chew on. His current favorite toy seems to be his blue's easy to hold on to, makes noise when he shakes it, and he can chew on it.

We switched car seats a few weeks ago and Peyton seems to tolerate being in the car a little better. He does like to poop in his car seat and then get mad about having a dirty diaper. But in general, he's happy when riding in the car with his new seat.

Peyton's schedule, or lack of, is still pretty much the same. He normally is up for the day between 7:00 and 8:00 am. Typically he takes a long morning nap, then two short afternoon naps...but it sort of all depends on what is going on for the day. And he normally goes down for the night around 8:00 pm, having nursing for an hour or so. I've notice he tends to take better naps if I am wearing him or if he is in his crib. So when we are out and about, he's normally in a carrier or a wrap and takes a decent nap. When we are home, I've been trying to put him in his crib when he falls asleep.

Kyle absolutely loves Peyton. He is constantly asking to hold him, kiss him, hug him, play with him... Peyton seems to love Kyle too. He enjoys watching him, playing with him, and smiles and laughs at him often.

If you can't tell from the pictures, Peyton's eyes are for sure going to be brown. They aren't as chocolaty brown as Colby's, but still dark. And he his a little bit of a red tint to his hair.

This kiddo is an amazing little boy and truly a blessing to our family. The past six months have been pretty rough, but God has used this little man to help heal his mommy's heart and to help us all pull through. I love him more than words can express and am so thankful God has blessed me with a fourth little person to call one of my crazies! I'm excited to see what the future holds for the little man and excited to continue to watch him grow and develop and explore the world around him.