Wednesday, September 6, 2017

3rd grade!

Summer is done! We had such a fun and eventful summer, so we definitely feel full and are ready for the next season of change.
The boys have settled easily into 3rd grade so far and seem like pros. Jax isn't too bad in the mornings, but I can tell we need to work on a few things again as we get back into the routine. We are so lucky to have decently easy mornings since the bus comes just after 8am.

We had an interesting little loop of events with Jax and his leg. Last week he had complained that his left calf was hurting him and he'd hobble when he'd run. I kept telling him to just wait it out and it would feel better soon. Once we got to the week-mark, I called the pediatrician and she had us come in for an exam. We ended up going in for an X-ray the night before the first day of school. The results from that were good, so after Jax got off the bus that day (still hobbling) we had to go in for another X-Ray of his hips to make sure his growth plate didn't slip (being an hGH). That also ended up being good. So, we assumed it was a pulled muscle and wanted to see how he was after the holiday weekend.
Enter Monday/Labor Day... Jax came in the house late morning unable to WALK! Jason and I were shocked and finally worried. I had my pediatrician paged and she had us go to the ER. Once we were there the doctors were concerned as well, so they did a full blood work up and more X-Rays. After about 5 hours, the doctors and I were able to get the story from Jax (a bruise formed on his knee) that he was running in the yard and fell and hurt his knee.
So... while his calf was still mildly sore, he fell on his knee causing the inability to walk - two different (most likely) benign issues.
With a little ibuprofen and a night of staying off his leg, he was FINE for school in the morning. He is still hobbling slightly from that darn calf, but we're not very concerned. The ER doc assumes Jax's muscle was pulled and his muscle tone is just taking a long time. Jax will see his endocrinologist for his 6-month check in 2 weeks, so we will certainly circle back around to him.

This kid.

So my little boys aren't so little anymore. At dinner, I asked them all about the kids in their class, and who were old friends, and who were new friends. I asked if there were any cute girls, and Brady's response,
"Mom, that's so inappropriate to ask me. I'm not ready to talk about it."

((blink blink :::stare:::))

Ok then.

I cleaned out the supplies and made a large donation to hurricane Harvey kiddos - we hope it helps!

The boys enjoying some go carts on the last day of summer (it was chilly outside!)

Trying to see the darn eclipse on the cloudy day!

Last days of summer fun.

We saw an awesome Lego display at the mall. We toured the entire place and saw tons of different US buildings!

Jax got a new pair of eyes!

A super cool birthday party!

Talk about a neat birthday party!

There was ONE sunny warm day to see the pool!

Brady at his open house!

Big boy desks!

First day of 3rd grade

They were pretty excited

So were we!

New fro-yo place across the street!

Fun annual Labor Day party. We found all the kids watching a movie projected on the garage door!

Jax and that darn leg.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Summer Goals

The kids are really enjoying the last part of the summer. We always keep our goals in mind as well, which we seem to be on a decent pace with.

The boys have started level 3 swim camp this week, so they're finally 'learning to swim'!! It's kind of a pain to haul them (and shower them) every single day, but it's really the only way I see them learning. They've always needed constant repetitive coaching for many of their developments and this is certainly one of them.

Goal 2: Learn how to tie shoes
I've got one out of two kids tying shoes now :) You can probably assume which one has caught on. The other kiddo is struggling pretty badly, but with his fine motor issues, it's not surprising.

Goal 3: Read the 3rd Harry Potter book
We are also half way through the book! We are on pace to get to be able to watch the movie before school starts!

Goal 4: Jax's eating
Well... I hate to ever make this goal, since I have little power over this, and it's also not just a kid having a discipline issue. But, we also always want to keep up the effort to some day hit the ultimate goal of being a full-time eater. We attend feeding therapy every single week and also continue with the plant based tube-feeding food. Jax was REALLY doing well and I feel like he's sliding back just a bit again, but we will continue to always try really hard and hope for the baby steps to continue.

I've also reached a personal goal. I wanted to find a part time job this fall/winter (other than doing bookwork and HR duties for Jason from home). Last month, a past work colleague referred me to an open position for contract work with a small non-profit looking for help with their operations/marketing/admin. I didn't want to pass up the opportunity, so I submitted my resume!

I met with the board of directors and we really clicked. It's for the Shaken Baby Association, so the subject matter of children with disabilities (and really preventative this is) really pulled me in. I was offered the position this past week, and I accepted! I'll begin in mid-September. It's a tall order as a part-time home based position, but I'm ready for the challenge.


Enjoy some end-of-July and early-August photos!

Visit with cousins before they went back to Texas

Jason and the boys caught a Brewer game one afternoon

Attending a petting zoo at a client's veterinarian clinic.

The boys won figit spinners, and you'd have thought they won cars.

Loving up on Piper

Baseball with Aidan at Nana and Papa's

And basement-ping pong

And dinner games

Jay and I FINALLY got to a fun summer-night dinner with friends

My Nanners the Shanners

The boys picking out some end-of-season flowers with me to replace some overgrown pots. They seriously crack me up.

An example of Brady's Lego talent. He put this together rather quickly after receiving it from us for his birthday.

This was Jaxon's which they started at the same time. Brady was so annoyed that he disassembled this and plans to rebuild for Jax. I told Brady that everyone has different things that they're better at. Small parts with instructions requiring patience is not high on Jax's list of enjoyment. 

Fair fun!

Jax made it half way up this year - big improvement!

Brady danced NON stop!

Jax throwing diving rings into the pool for the kids to race and get. I love that so many neighbors belong to this gym to play in the summer!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

9 is fine!

The boys are officially 9 and with an 8-day baseball tournament that wouldn't end, the celebration was pushed back, making for a long drawn out weekend!

The boy's little league team kept winning thru the week, which made me worried it would run into their bowling birthday party on Friday night. Well sure enough, it did. I had to go on a search to try and find the information of the parents who the kids gave invites to back in the last week of school!

I was able to find most of them, and crossed my fingers one of them didn't show up. The kids and I ran and got cupcakes to bring to the game to mark the occasion at least that night. They were in heaven!
The next day we had to leave for a 2 hour drive up to a family event, but the kids made it to the championship game that morning. We literally had to leave straight from the field in their uniforms to not be too late! The great news is that the boys won, so they were on cloud 9 and not putting those trophies down.

I was able to move their bowling party to Sunday afternoon, and even able to still scrape some kids together to attend. Thank goodness for neighbors to fill in the holes :)

The boys had their 9 yr old physicals last week, and all is good! Jax has a few cafe au lait spots (one on his lip to always look like he has food on his face), and he's really destroying his finger nails being fidgety, but otherwise the boys are growing nicely.

They weigh the exact same weight at 48.5 lbs! Jax has almost caught up to Brady in height, which is amazing given the fact that Brady has a beautiful growth curve (50.5" and 50"). So the hGH injections are still working really nice.
Brady needs to work on drinking more milk with meals, but otherwise, he eats a lot and isn't picky, so it's the only thing we can think of for now. A lot of genetics at play there it seems!
Jax has been eating pretty great lately. It seems that the new plant-based tube food at night may be helping his hunger during the day. He's been eating about double the amount he ever has, which has us and the feeding therapist SO hopeful! Our fingers are crossed and my heart is praying that it continues.
The checkups were great, we love seeing the doc (who we see much less of with better health!). The only snafu was that the boys each have a bit of a vision issue. They need to see the eye doc - boooooo... I'm hoping so much that they don't need glasses already (Jason and I had glasses as children and are both equally blind as adults) - so we'll see where that all goes. ugh.

The boys have graduated to level 2 for swimming (omg it took a YEAR) and Brady is tying shoe laces now :) I'm working with Jax, but it's so frustrating for him, that we'll be working on it for awhile. I think Brady could've gotten it sooner, but I haven't gone back to teach him in so long! (my bad)

We are going to enjoy the rest of July with a lot of swimming, backyard play, getting into the next Harry Potter book and loving the weather!

Does this cake scream 9 yr old boys or WHAT?


The day before their birthday, we had an awesome lunch with the Bonins!



This kid. With being out of school, he's started picking his fingers more than usual. He got a lecture from me and the doctor that he can easily get an infection!

Birthday afternoon fun with dad during lunch

Birthday evening baseball game with some cupcakes for the kids


They never put the trophies down during the 2 hr ride!

Nana brought cake

Aunt Denise is a new grandma! Ryan and Brittany had a baby, Aria!

Klassy guys

Birthday bowling

I thought the boys on the end were hilarious trying to focus on their lunch with a game on the TV.

I may or may not have given the boys a game that I wanted for myself... bottle bash!

The boys learned how to pit cherries!

Pool fun with the neighbors

My dining table has turned into a lego station for the month.