Eli''s 1st Birthday party was yesterday and I think he had a lot of fun. I think both boys did. They took naps right after everyone left and slept until 6, then turned around and went to bed at around 8:30. Eli has been playing with all of his new toys today and has really been enjoying all of them!
Today is the first day of snow and the boys are really excited. Eli''s been looking out our big window in the front room and just giggling and Ethan''s been begging me to go outside. I know it won''t last but it sure it pretty.
Eli said "dog" a few days ago. He said it plain as day too. I think he''s been trying with a few more words too.
Ethan had his first dentist appointment yesterday! He did so well!! I couldn''t believe it! I mean I knew he would do well but he was excellent! He sat on my lap in the exam chair and immediately opened his mouth for the assistant. She took out the little mirror tool and told him what it did. She asked him if he wanted to wear sunglasses because of the bright light but he said no. So then Dr. P came over and Ethan opened big and wide as soon as he saw him. He let him put the mirror is his mouth and everything! He bit down so Dr. P could see how his bite was too. He got to pick out 3 prizes for being such a great little boy. I even got commended because I brought him in so young. They said that it''s really important to bring them in at this age so they get a feel for the Dr and the office. He just loved the girls there too because of course they gave him his prizes. We were in and out in 10 minutes and most of the time taken up was him making up his mind on which 3 toys he wanted. :) So needless to say, Mom and Dad are very proud of their boy!
Eli had his first visit to the emergency room this afternoon. He''s actually the first out of both boys. He had been running a fever for a day or so and it got up to 105. We decided that it was time to take him in. They told us it was just a virus but gave us a script for antibiotics to start on saturday if he still had a fever.
I think I can officially say that we''re potty trained! Ethan hasn''t had any accidents (with the exception of the night time pull up) for about the last 2-3 weeks. It''s almost like as soon as he turned 3 a light bulb came on. He''s doing so great and mommy and daddy are very proud of him
We had his birthday party on the 28th with family and it was so much fun! Ethan loves hanging out with his family so much! He got loads of toys and is very thankful for them all!!
Eli is crawling normal now although he still results to army crawling when in the house because he can really scoot on these hardwood floors. He likes to yell at the cats and dogs and it''s so cute! I can''t believe he''s already almost 10 months old. Time is just flying by us. We''re absolutely enjoying everyday but I want my babies to stay little a while longer. :)
I haven''t updated the boys'' page in a while. Let''s see if I can get it all into one post.
At 6 months (June) Eli got his first 2 teeth. At 8 months 2 on the top came through and then 2 more followed about a week later. So they''re still working on coming through all the way. But he''s officially got 6 teeth now.
At 7 months he really started to army crawl. He''s still not a crawler but he can boogy around army style.
At 8 months he pulled up for the first time on the bouncy chair we had in the office. It''s pretty low to the ground but he got on his toes all the way. Now he''s pulling up like a pro. Still a little wobbly and likes to stand on those toes but he''s getting better every day. Now we''re just waiting for that first step.
I took him to the Dr today for his 9 month check up and he''s a healthy 22lbs 4oz. He did great and she said he''s a healthy little boy!
He''s starting to wave "hi" and "bye" now too. It''s so cute because my ex boss was talking to me at the clinic and wasn''t paying attention to him. He was screaming and waving at her so she would pay attention to him instead.
Ethan goes in for his 3 year old check up on October 1st. He''s been to the Dr a few times in the last few months for ear infections and I''m thinking he''s probably close to 35 lbs.
He''s always been a picky eater when it comes to vegetables but we''ve been telling him that they make his muscles grow and it''s worked!! He ate a whole helping of green beans one night, broccoli the next and potatoes the night after that. Crazy little kid! We''re working on his ABC''s now and recognizing letters. He''s great with colors and shapes. We''re also working on numbers. For some reason he likes to count 3,4,9 instead of 1,2,3. :) But he''ll catch on. We''ve been going to the Cherryvale football games on Friday''s and he LOVES it! I can''t believe how well behaved he is for a 3 year old. Yes a little onry but what 3 year old isn''t. I think Eli''s got him beat in the onry department though. This little one is going to be a handful when he starts walking. He''s already testing us when we tell him no.
That''s about all I can think of right now. I''ve been super busy with school, talking a full time schedule this semester, and JR''s been busy with work and house stuff. I promise to update this more often. I plan on putting some more pictures on here soon too. Ethan''s birthday party is Sept 28th at 4:30 at our house (in case you don''t get the invite).
Eli had his 6 month check up today. Still growing like a weed! I think he''s going to be a little smaller than Ethan was at this age. Mostly just shorter. :) I''ll be putting some new pics and videos on here soon!
We took Eli to the doctor for his 4 month check up on the 25th. He was 16lbs 10 oz. It amazes me how close in size the 2 boys are. He is 6 oz away from what Ethan was at 4 months. He got his shots yesterday and did really well! Hardly cried at all. He really just did this little pouty face. I was impressed.
Sorry I haven''t updated in a while! We''ve been super busy with doing things around the house. The fence is almost done! Woo hoo! Let''s see, we''re still working on potty training Ethan. He''s doing great though! The weekends are the easiest and today he''s only had 1 accident. Now if we could just get him to tell us when he has to go, he''d be done. He''s added so many new phrases to his vocabulary too. It amazes me some of the things that he says. Right now his favorite movie is Monsters Inc. That''s all we get to watch on movie night. But that''s ok. We like it too.
Eli''s growing like a weed! We had to change his 4 month appointment from April 11th to the 25th so he''ll be more like 4 1/2 months. I''m guessing he''ll weigh somewhere around 17-18. He''s such a chunky monkey. He''s so giggly too. His baptizm went so well and he was soooooo happy during it! I need to get some pics from family members because I forgot one of my many cameras. Too much on my mind that day. Ha! He had his first overnight with Grandma Sheryl last weekend and I think (hope) that went well. She also had Ethan and cousin Lexy so she definitely had her hands full. He''s been teething like crazy and drooling all over the place so I''m hoping he gets some teeth before Ethan did. We made the switch to cloth diapers too! And I really thing he likes them. I actually put one on Ethan last night (they''re 1 size which is super nice) because he''s been peeing out his pullup at night and voila! No wet pj''s this morning! Woo hoo makes for a happier momma that I don''t have to wash the sheets everyday. :) They have cloth training pants that have snaps at the sides that we''re looking into. Just something little that we can give back to the environment.
We''ve been working on going green around the house. Cloth diapers, reusable or paper sacks, no additive detergent and no additive all purpose cleaner. I''m currently reading a book about green gardening. Once the fence is finished I might put some of that to use. We''re also working on getting our recycling bins together. I think the little things that you can teach your kids is what matters most. Hopefully they''ll catch on. :)
Eli rolled over! From his back to almost his tummy. He gets his legs kicking and just goes right on over!! Woo hoo!! And now he''s pretty much sleeping though the night, with the exception of getting up once at the most. That makes mommy and daddy very happy. :)
We can''t believe Eli is already a month old and growing like a weed. He had his 1 month check up the other day and he''s doing great! Only a 2 oz difference from what Ethan weighed at 1 month. Hopefully he''ll start sleeping a little more through the night now. That would make mommy and daddy very happy. :) Big brother is really proud of Eli too. The other day we were at Walmart and Eli got a little cranky in the cart. Ethan turned around and gently rocked his carrier and was telling his "Shhhh Shhhh baby". Then he picked up his pacifier and tried giving it to him. He was so gentle! It was so cute!
Eli Mason arrived on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 12:24pm. Everything went as planned. I was nervous of course but it went much better and more smoothly as I expected. I''m so happy for that. Eli had swallowed a bit of fluid when they pulled him out and he didn''t want to breathe on his own. But they fixed him up and he is just perfect! He was also born with baby rash and was allergic to the detergent that the hospital used. But as soon as we brought him home, his face cleared right up.
He''s a strong boy too! He''s already interested in lifting his head. He''s sleeping 4 hour stretches at night which makes mommy and daddy very happy. :) He a screamer too. The only time he really cries is when he''s getting his diaper changed or taking a bath. He really doesn''t like to be naked. He looks just like Ethan did when he was born. They could be twins in the pictures. It''s amazing!
Big brother is getting more and more interested in him too. The first few days he really didn''t want anything to do with him but now he''s helping us out by getting the diapers and putting the bottles back on the kitchen counter. I think he''s going to be pretty protective over little brother too. Whenever Eli cries, Ethan comes over to make sure he''s not hurt or anything. It''s so cute!
We''re so fortunate and happy to be a little family of 4. I love my boys!!! All 3 of them. :)
Just wanted to add that on 11/16 my platelets were 86. They hadn''t changed in a week which staying stable is a good thing. Hopefully the prednisone that I''ve been on will make them go above 100 soon so that I can have an epidural c-section instead of going completely under again. I get them checked again on 11/23.
I can''t believe I haven''t updated since July. I know I''m slacking and I need to update Ethan''s page too. Anyway ~ Not much has been going on. Let''s see 3 months ago my platelets were 75, then they went up to 101 in a month but back down to 96. I''m due to have them checked again today so we''ll see where I stand. As far as I know I don''t have to go back and see the specialist any time soon, so that''s good news. We''ve settled on the name Eli. Which I think compliments Ethan very well. We''re still up in the air about a middle name though.
My platelets were 96 again!! That''s a great thing! Now if I could somehow get them up to 100 before I hit 34 weeks, I won''t have to do the steroids. :) Little boy is kicking away in here. Ethan really likes when I sit on the couch next to him and he can rest his arm on my belly. lol He even kissed baby brother the other day. It was so cute and I wish JR would have been home so he could have gotten a picture. I''ll have to see if he''ll do it again sometime.
IT''s A BOY!!!! We''re so excited and there was no mistaking that this one is a boy. He wasn''t shy at all. Everything looked fine so far at my ultrasound and I''m measuring right on track. I have to go back for another one because they couldn''t see the face. His head was right behind my belly button so it was casting a shadow over his face area.
Appointment went well on Monday. I''ve only gained 1/2 a pound. I think I was up about 6 by this time with Ethan but the Dr didn''t seem too worried. I''m starting to get a little pooch too! We got to hear the heartbeat and I''ve been feeling flutters which makes me feel a whole lot better about everything.
I had my appointment with the specialist about my platelets yesterday. She said there''s really nothing to worry about until later on or if I start having nosebleeds. She said that now they will start steroid injections after 35 weeks if my platelets are below 100 (which they''re 83 right now). This way they go up enough to where I won''t have to be under general anesthia and can just have an epidural c-section. We got to see bean again and the heartbeat was a healthy 170!!
Had my appointment today. I''ve only gained 1 pound!! That''s pretty good. Seeing as how I feel like a cow. The baby is measuring right on track and we got to hear the heartbeat again. I''ve got another ultrasound pic, just need to upload it.
I went in for an appointment today just kind of spur of the moment. JR couldn''t go with me but I did get to hear the baby''s heartbeat!! Makes us feel so much better!!! I also got a pic too. I''m measuring 3 days ahead of what I had originally thought too.
Something clicked for Ethan today. He figured out that he can go potty in the potty chair! He''s went every time I''ve taken him in there, which is about every 15-30 minutes. He''s only had 2 accidents too!!! We''re so proud of him and hopefully we can keep this up.