Sunday, February 21, 2016

Back to Brookfield

We are back and all back to the daily grind. The boys had a fabulous week at home with Miss Gina while Jay and I were in San Diego for the Mass Mutual Agency trip. I had anxiety leaving them, but with each passing day and our face time moments, it was clear they were totally fine. Miss Gina is pretty AMAZING as well. Thankfully she's available to care for the boys when we're gone in May for another Mass Mutual trip all the way in Maui. The boys would kill us if they weren't with us for the third trip in June, so I'm SO glad they will be!! I'm pretty sure we'll hibernate until 2017 after that one...

We had a great weekend of basketball, church and a birthday party - also what felt like 15 loads of laundry - and now back to a typical week ahead, with hopefully nothing exciting to report :)

Lots going on in this photo... but I just thought it was interesting how much the  boys can look alike in photos at times lately.

Dinner cruise in San Diego

The boys and a some of their teammates. And yes, even as the oldest, we still make up the tiniest!

My husband "relaxing" on the beach... It's safe to say he still worked 50% of the time there, gotta love him!

Up in the USS Midway

At a birthday party on Sunday - I'm not sure what they're talking about, but I thought it was cute.

And Brady and Jason are practically twins with different hair.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Keepin' On

Things are going well in Casa de Lettenberger (rolls right off the tongue doesn't it?). The boys are doing well in school, basketball and with health. Jax's incision is being a bit odd again with a bubble coming back up - GRRRRR! I emailed a pic to the surgical nurse and she called to discuss it. So far, it's fine to leave it be and hopefully it will work itself out, but oh my goodness, heal already!

Jax had his first little mishap at school with some less than to be desired behavior toward a student. I got the story from the teacher in an email that Jax was overheard on the playground threatening to kick a student if he didn't punch another kid. And Jax was kind of 'pushy' in the lunch line lately.

HUH! Neat!

Needless to say, when I brought it up to Jax, he started to sob and I couldn't really get a full story out of him. Brady started telling me that story and I said, "Wait, you saw all this and didn't tell me?". I can't wait to see what these two will be like as teens covering for each other.

Anyway, I couldn't understand why Jax kept bringing up the name of a boy who wasn't even involved in this incident and then I also realized all the kids involved were in Brady's class. Well, after some long talks (read: lectures) about being a bully and how to be a good person, I finally figured out WHY Jax did this. I was worried he was displaying pre-serial killer traits since there was no reason, but now it sounds more like a gang-relation trait, so that's nice. ((I hope you laughed there instead of giving me the side eye.))

It turns out that this kid who we'll call Bob, is friends with Brady and often tells Jax that he's going to come to his house and play with Brady and not him. This kiddo Bob likes to make Jax nuts and act as if he only like Brady. Well, Bob punched this other poor kiddo, who we'll call Joe, the day before. So Jax, trying to get in good with Bob, threatened this other kid to punch Joe too, the next day. Real nice Jax - get someone to do your dirty work to fit in. LOVELY.

So, after a lot of tears and a few emails with the teacher, I found out Jax wrote an apology to 'Joe' at school, and had all electronics taken away for the week at home. The teacher didn't seem to feel like Jax deserved a punishment at home since he wrote the apology at school... hmmm, well the letter wasn't a punishment in our opinion, that was an expectation of being a good person. We feel re-enforcing at home can only help school behavior. The teacher mentioned that Jax was very upset when she told him she was going to tell me and that he didn't want me disappointed. He obviously knows there will be consequences at home and hopefully that helps him think twice in the future.

Jason came home from a work trip late that night, and when he came down in the morning, Jax started to sob immediately. Jason was very calm with him and said he was disappointed but he didn't need a 3rd lecture from him. Unfortunately, Jason was going to give Jax a reward for a perfect score on his math test that day, but Jay wanted Jax to earn that reward back by having a stellar week at school, which so far, has happened. We don't reward for good behavior, since that's expected, but he earned a reward prior that we just didn't feel right giving at that moment, so it has been moved back a week - Jax understood.
I will say, it's been a full week after tonight and Jax hasn't asked for an electronic once. This kid takes his punishment and seems to feel awful, so at least there's that. ((siiiigh... good times))

Otherwise, we've been making Valentines, and I'm getting ready to host the 1st grade Valentine party tomorrow. Jason had been gone to Boston all week for some pretty hefty training for some special license. We leave first thing Sunday morning for an incentive trip to San Diego through his company. I can't wait to have a couple days in the sun to decompress. So, in the meantime, you can imagine, the chaos of organizing and planning I've been doing this week to get the house and everything ready for the sitter to be here :) I always send myself to the edge of crazy in preparation.


Loving the new board games from Aunt Rachel - late Christmas presents are fun!

I looked over into the 'kid area' of my neighbor's basement during the Super Bowl. Ugh.


Using the 'big boy' spacer for his inhaler now!

This crazy incision is going to give me grey hair.

My monkeys waiting for the bus!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

It's official...

I've been suspecting this for the past couple weeks... Jax officially weighs more than Brady! About a pound and a half more, huh!

Jax has been gaining weight really nice lately. His tummy is round and he has meat on his back and on his legs. His low muscle tone isn't as obvious in his legs. His arms are from his mama, so they are still twigs, but I've loosened up his inner-pant-belts which is kinda cool :)
Since Jax is 2" shorter than Brady, he's still about one size smaller in clothes, but he's right behind in shoes suddenly! Jax's feet grew 2 sizes on us after being stalled out for SO long. Brady was 3 sizes larger than him and now he's only 1 size larger, it's crazy!
I wish I could say this is because he is suddenly eating more. He's drinking a lot of his protein drink during the day and he also has a large tube feed at bedtime. He's keeping it down, with having less illness this year, so it's so great to see him growing like this. His BMI is decent since he's short. The endocrinologist told me that once Jax is able to have a great run, his hGH will work better in his body and make his stronger and bigger, thus equalling better health, so I think we're just starting to see this really work.

Now, of course... Brady's weight is a little bit of a bummer since he's not gaining much at all with having Jax catch and pass him like this. He weighs just over 42 lbs, so that means he's only gained about a pound since his birthday last July (Jax gained 5 lbs). So, we're going to start having Brady drink a protein drink at breakfast or before bed. He eats like a baby horse, so clearly it's just a high metabolism. This kid likes his snacks and treats, and we have high calorie real food, real butter etc... so it's just his genetics I assume.


Jax is a maniac on the court.

My monkeys!