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.

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Weeeeee're back. From all of it. Slightly scathed, but happy and healthy as of today :)

We had a great trip to Washington D.C. with the boys. They loved it SO much and we've made a list of the things we still want to see on a future trip some day.
The boys loved the hotel-stay this year since they got their own room next to us. Brady always called us to check on dinner times, etc when we'd go back to the rooms to rest and change for the evening. We always answered, "Yes, Brady?" and then follow up with the fact he could walk ten steps and just ask, but he liked pretending he was in his own apartment. That kid!
Jax never called us once. So that tells me a lot of how the teen-years are going to go...

We saw some museums (not nearly enough!), many monuments, memorials and national points of interest. We had a trolley tour one afternoon for the hero sights, which was the coolest way to get around. We wandered into a restaurant in China Town that ended up being really yummy Chinese food, and even just wandered at sun set for some gelato. So even with the hustle and bustle of all the conference events, we still found time to wander around with nowhere to be, which is usually our favorite way to vacation.
All was good and well until the last night when Brady came in our room at 3am saying he was sick. Oy... he was vomiting so Jay slept next to him, while I took Jax out hoping it hadn't already been spread.
By the morning, we had very little choice of how to get home since flights weren't coordinating into our schedule, so we went for it knowing it was only a 90 min flight home. Well... Brady slept pretty much the entire flight, but not without getting pretty sick while we were on the tarmac to take off. There was a bathroom situation with Brady and I throwing away his shorts and underwear, and we'll leave it at that.  h.o.r.r.i.b.l.e.

So, we made it home, YAY! Then as we had two days to turn around and get back on the road to head up north to the cottage, I fell ill to B's bug. YUCK. It was quick, but horrible. By Saturday, I was recouping and we made the decision to get up north since I could always relax up there.

It was so fun!!
For a day.
Jax started puking in the night, so Jay and I were up all night helping him and keeping him away from the other kids. By 6am, we had to get him into an ER. I didn't have anyway to check his blood sugar, but knew he was still ok at the time since he had dinner, and a full night of tube-feeding before his vomiting started, but I still wanted it checked and to get him some support before an emergency was on our hands.
The ER visit was pretty amazing. They got his blood work done, and he was hooked up to IV meds and some fluid. The blood results showed he was starting dehydration and the doc said we came in at the perfect time to get the vomiting shut off and get him nice and hydrated. They gave me some dissolvable Zofran (I had the hard pills that I was trying to grind up and syringe in, which wasn't working).
We were out of there within 2 hours and we got back to the cottage and packed up and got out like thieves in the night!! I was SO nervous that we had officially brought the GI bug into the cottage around the Garber family, that I was BESIDES myself upset about it. Thankfully, Jax was the last victim and no one else was affected, WHEW!
Although, the doc did say, Jax could've been vomiting from bacteria in the lake getting thru his g-tube but since there was a GI bug in the house, it was most likely that. Jax's tummy has taken a week to get back to normal. I forget how long it takes him to bounce back compared to a typical kid. I'm just starting to get him back to regular nightly feeds now. His appetite has just started bouncing back too, so it's nice to see him EAT again! I don't think he'll make his goal weight of 50lbs for his birthday now tho.

We've been enjoying a calm week of summer. The boys started swim camp and they're in their final week of league-baseball playing each night in a tournament. They are also in a major countdown to their birthday for Friday. Which... I'm waiting to see if they keep winning in this tournament or not if I have to cancel their bowling party for Friday night. Ahhhh little boys, ce la vie...

I have a bunch of D.C. and cottage photos, enjoy!

Kelly Clarkson concert!

Amelia's plane!

I woke up to this scene after a much needed night of sleep! Sidney makes a great breakfast!

Macy and the boys played a lot of afternoon baseball! Too cute!

The boys jet ski broke down and Scott towed them in :)

The guys took the candle situation very serious.

We got to see Anesah and Aidan for the boy's game last weekend! Anesah has my hair GOALS!

They were totally unamused by the blazing sun and the loooong game, lol!
Select weekend tournament team, Braves, is done for the season!