Three Kids

Three Kids

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Jaxon ~ 2 Months

Jaxon is 2 months old! :)

We just love his adorable smile!

And how cute is this Under Armour outfit?! Our friends, The Sernetts, brought this for Jaxon when they visited us in September. I just can't believe he is already big enough to wear it!

He loves tummy time!

Jaxon ...

... weighs 14 pounds 9 ounces (90th percentile) and is 24 inches long (90th percentile). He's growing very fast! He had his two month wellness check yesterday and the doctor said he looked great! :)

... wears size 1-2 diapers.

... wears mostly 3-6 month clothes now. Wow! There are still a few 0-3 month outfits that fit him, but I have already packed up the 0-3 month pj's and onesies!

... smiles and coos when we talk to him.

... loves the swing and his carseat and sometimes likes the bouncy seat.

... doesn't really like bath time. He usually screams through most of it.

... is still a great eater! Most evenings he gets one formula bottle ... once 7 PM hits, he wants to eat about every 45 minutes, which is totally exhausting to me, so he usually gets one bottle.

... still wakes up once most nights. Some nights he'll sleep from about 10:30-6:00, but most nights he wakes up around 3:00-4:00 to eat. He usually only eats for a few minutes in the middle of the night.

... is still sleeping in the pack and play next to our bed. It just seems easier for me to get up and feed him with him right next to me.

... is very strong and holds his head up very well...and he loves tummy time!

... still is a bit fussy for us in the evening, but not as fussy as he was for a while. He used to be fussy for about 3 hours, but now it's more like 30 minutes to an hour.

... still takes Prevacid twice a day for reflux. He still spits up, but he doesn't seem to be in pain with the reflux. Hopefully he won't have to be on that medicine as long as the girls were.

... recognizes and responds to our voices. :)

Happy 2 Months, Jaxon!

Monday, November 28, 2011

We were wrong ...

Jayla started acting up last Wednesday. She was fussy, she wouldn't eat, she was chewing on everything ... we assumed she was teething. She has a lot of teeth that need to come in yet. Jordyn had all of her teeth at 14 months ... Jayla is 19 months and has 11 teeth (3 of those are only part-way in).

Her fussiness, lack of interest in food, major drooling, screaming, and not sleeping started on Wednesday and continued through the weekend. She had a little fever on Friday night and on Saturday night we noticed a little rash on her knee, but we didn't think much of it.

Fast forward to today ... Jaxon had his 2 month wellness check (blog post coming soon), and while we were there I asked the doctor if he had any advice for teething since Jayla was really struggling with it. I told him the symptoms, and he said that none of that should happen that long if she was teething. He mentioned a few things to look for and mentioned hand, foot, and mouth disease. Sure enough, not long after Jaxon's doctor appointment, daycare called saying they found blisters on her hands. I went and got her, called the nurse even though we knew there is nothing we can do since it's viral, and brought her home. We feel awful ... all of these symptoms that we just assumed were teething, were not. We were able to look in her mouth with a flashlight (it took both Justin and myself to do this) and we found some huge sores. We were totally wrong about the teething thing.

Right now she has a few small blisters on her hands and sores in her mouth. The ones on her knees are gone. She has had the symptoms since last Wednesday, so she can go back to daycare tomorrow if we think she is feeling okay. She was finally starting to act like herself tonight, and she ate a little food. She has hardly eaten since last Wednesday. She is constantly wanting to drink and eat things like applesauce and yogurt.

Hand, foot, and mouth is so contagious. We are praying that Jordyn and Jaxon don't get this. Our biggest concern is Jaxon since he's so little.

I was sick all day yesterday with body aches and a fever - and I have one sore in my mouth. Not sure if it's a canker sore and coincidence, or if I have what Jayla has.

I was just thinking about how healthy we have been in our house ... and then we get this.

Poor Jayla has just been miserable. Her screams of pain are so sad. We hope the pain ends soon for her. Thank goodness for tylenol.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Tree Decorating

We usually put our Christmas tree up the weekend before Thanksgiving, but since we were gone for the weekend we did it on Monday instead. (and I finally uploaded the pictures today) The girls had so much fun and were great help! Jayla helped at first, then played and read books, and then helped again towards the end. Jordyn helped the entire time and was sad when we told her we were done putting ornaments on the tree. (Thank goodness she gets to help Gpa and Gma VB decorate their tree tomorrow!) So far, the girls have been pretty good about leaving the tree alone. Jayla has a bell ornament that she will take off and put back on, but she has done pretty well staying away from the tree. :)

Jordyn was so interested in every detail that went to putting our tree up ... she didn't want to miss out on anything!

Gizmo, on the other hand, could have cared less. Ha! :)

This little cutie was super content just watching everything from his bouncy seat.

And Jayla was busy checking out everything under the tree. :) But she was great help as well!

The girls were super silly while we were decorating ... and they may have been tackling each other. I love to watch them together!

Hugs from a big sister and best friend. :)

Both girls wanted a turn at putting the star on top of the tree ...

Too much excitement wore this little guy out!

Our tree isn't fancy, but almost every ornament on it has a special meaning behind it. I love pulling out the ornaments each year and thinking about where they each came from. The first ornaments that we put on the tree were the girls' first Christmas ornaments. (Speaking of which ... I need to buy Jaxon one. I already bought one, and I'm thinking it fell out of the bag. I paid for it, but it is no where to be found!)

Jayla took a break from decorating long enough to dump out a basket of books!

More decorating ...

Jayla was so proud of herself each time she put an ornament on. She clapped every time.

Our tree may look a little silly in areas ... there are several branches that each have 3+ ornaments on it ... but the girls decorated it, and that makes it special.

The finished product ...

The rest of the house is not decorated yet ... that will hopefully happen on Monday.

The girls are loving everything about the holiday season ... the music, the lights (we went to the Falls on Tuesday night - beautiful!), the tree, the decorations, Elf on the Shelf (more about "Elfie" later), the Christmas shows on TV, seeing Santa at the mall, and getting ready for Jordyn's 1st Christmas program at church. It's so fun to watch their excitement!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Yay Raiders! :)

A couple of months ago, Justin won tickets to the Vikings/Raiders game, which was last weekend! They were perfect tickets to win since he is a Vikings fan and I am a Raiders fan! (I am finally able to admit that I'm a Raiders fan after many years of hiding it since they were so horrible!)

We left on Saturday morning to take the girls to my parent's house for the weekend. We drove on awful roads since it had sleeted/snowed. The ride was a very slow one. Justin's parents went with us, so they picked us (and Jax) up at my parent's house. We had a slow ride up to the cities. The roads were not good. Thankfully, Jaxon slept for the first 3 1/2 hours, so we didn't stop! We did stop to see some friends along the way - long enough to feed and change Jaxon and meet their precious little boy, Jae Miles, who they recently adopted!

We would have loved to stayed longer with Paul, Angie, and Jae, but we needed to keep going! 

Isn't Jae just adorable!!!

Justin's brother and sister-in-law live in the cities, so we stayed at their house. We all went out for dinner on Saturday night. On Sunday, Justin, his dad, his brother, and I headed to the football game. Jaxon stayed with Grandma Shelli and Aunt Kathryn.

It was cold outside, but we walked around the dome for a little while before heading in. (Sidenote: to make Justin happy, I did wear a purple shirt under my Raiders shirt.) :)

He covered up my Raiders shirt!

We only took in our little camera, so I wasn't able to get great pictures.

Three disappointed Vikings fans due to the Raiders winning ...

Our weekend was fun ... all of our children were spoiled by grandparents/aunts and uncles ... and we were of course worn out, but it was worth it!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Our Week

I thought having two small children left very little free time ... wow, three basically leaves NO free time! Our week has been another busy one - and Justin and I are completely exhausted!

This week we felt like at all times, we had one child crying. Jordyn and Jayla were throwing fits about random, little things, and Jaxon hasn't been real content this week. When he's awake he wants to be held and is fussy. He's not screaming, but he just isn't content. It has been a bit wearing on me during the day, and on both Justin and myself in the evening. We are missing that "quiet time" in the evening. Jayla goes to sleep at about 7:30, Jordyn is anywhere between 8:00-9:00 right now, and Jaxon is usually fussy from 8:00-11:00. Once he's calm and we go to bed, it all starts over at 6 AM the next day.

This week we woke up twice to find Jayla in our bed ... having no idea how she crawled into our bed. We were both so tired and sleeping so sound, that Jayla managed to walk into our room, crawl into our bed, and put herself in the middle of us! It's a bit funny to wake up and find one of our kids in our bed when neither of us have any recollection of her getting in there. Ha!

Jaxon is growing growing growing! We've moved up a size in diapers, and we're starting to move up in clothes sizes too!

Looks who's starting to smile a little for us! :)

The girls had ENT check ups yesterday. Jayla's tubes look great - she has had hers for 6 months. Jordyn only has one tube - they pulled one of them out a year ago, the other one has been in for two years! If it hasn't fallen out by about April, he will pull it out at that point. It's touching the eardrum, and he doesn't want a permanent hole created - but he doesn't want to pull it right now as we are entering cold season. He's trying to prevent ear infections for her by leaving it in.

We told Jaxon that he didn't need to play "catch up" to his sisters - we would be fine if he avoided getting tubes. :)

Last night we took the kiddos to the mall. It's nice to get out of the house for a little while, and it takes both Justin and myself to get all 3 in one place right now! Both strollers go with us ... Jordyn and Jayla in the double and Jaxon in the single. Jordyn is old enough/big enough to walk, but then Jayla wants to do it too, and she's a wild child - she runs everywhere! It's easier to put them both in the stroller. The girls saw Santa while we were there. They wouldn't sit on his lap, but they gave him high-fives. There weren't any other kids around, which was great - the girls could just go stand by him and talk to him - they weren't rushed - and since they're both kind of scared of him, this gave the girls the chance to warm up. Jordyn kept shouting "Santa is real!"

Jaxon and I met some co-workers for lunch today. I always look forward to our Friday lunches!

Jaxon is just waking up - time to sign off!

PS - Who watched Regis's last show? And was anyone as ridiculous as I was and cried during most of it?! I can still blame it on the hormones, right? :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Jayla ~ 18 Months, I mean 19 Months Old

Jayla is now a year and a half old ... or so I thought! Would you like to know how tired I am!? She turned 18 months old last month, and I did her 18 month post then ... she is now 19 months. Lack of sleep and 3 little kids has me feeling a bit off! :) 

She would not sit/stand still for pictures. (Gee, that reminds me of our very difficult family picture session with her!) :)

What is new with Jayla?

Jayla ...

... weighs about 29 pounds, wears size 5 diapers, and 24-month & 2T clothes.

... has show a lot of interest in potty training! Yay! She has gone a number of times here at home and at daycare! We have a busy weekend ahead of us, but the following weekend we might try hard to get her trained. Jordyn wasn't fully potty trained until she was a little over 2 years old. We'll see how it goes. :) It would be so nice to be back to just one kid in diapers!

... can talk up a storm ... when she wants to. She can say many words and phrases, but only when she wants. Some of her favorites are ... I love you, I got you, thank you, please, Jaxy (Jaxon), baby, book, blanket, more, juice, milk, snack, and bath.

... knows part of her ABC's and can count to 10. Sometimes we will count if she is doing something that she shouldn't be ... "Jayla, I'm going to count to 3 and you better stop. One ..." and then she finishes with "two - three" ... and by that point we're all laughing and there's no way to give her a little "time out" for doing something naughty!

... loves books! She has about 2-3 books that are definitely her favorite, and I think if I never saw them again, I would be okay with that. :) We're just so happy that she is showing such an interest in books! It took a little while, but now she loves them!

... loves to work on puzzles, build lego towers, play basketball, color, cook in her kitchen, and give her baby a bottle.

... loves her baby brother! She calls him Jaxy. She loves to give him his paci, throw away his diapers, and kiss him. She gets so excited to see him when I pick her up from daycare - she often runs over to touch him or try to kiss him.

... is best friends with Jordyn. Of course they fight - they're sisters - it's going to happen ... but those two love each other so much and play so well together!

... is no longer sleeping in her crib. We decided to have Jordyn and Jayla share a room, and we put Jayla in a toddler bed since she HATED her crib. Overall, she's been doing pretty well in the bed. She's had some bad nights, but we think we made the right decision by taking her out of the crib.

... melts our heart every time she says "I Love You" ... so darn sweet!

Friday, November 11, 2011

6 Weeks Old!

Time is going so fast! Jaxon is 6 1/2 weeks old now. That hardly seems possible! He is growing so fast - closing in on 14 pounds! I noticed his 0-3 month pj's are starting to get a little snug. He'll be out of them before we know it!

I am so thankful that I am taking a 12 week maternity leave. With Jordyn I was only allowed 6 weeks because I was a new employee in the school district (since we had just moved). Six weeks was way too short. I had Jayla with only 5 weeks left in the school year, so I had the whole summer with her. I am going to back to teaching one week before our holiday break this time. It is actually perfect timing. I will teach for four days and have a work day to get ready for January. Jaxon will not be starting daycare until January. We will be in the middle of RSV season, so we are hoping that with him being a little older, we can avoid RSV - or at least avoid a hospital stay! :)

The girls are doing great at school. Most mornings they run away from me and don't even say good-bye. Sending them to daycare is so much easier when they love it!

Our weekends continue to be busy. We have had visitors every weekend since Jaxon was born! They haven't always stayed overnight, but it has kept us busy. We love it though - the girls always love attention from other people too. :)

Last weekend Kandi and Eric came and stayed with us ... and attempted to take our family pictures.  Kandi is an awesome photographer! Unfortunately, Jayla wanted nothing to do with pictures and screamed through almost the entire session. Ugh. Kandi was able to get a few of Jayla - not smiling, but not screaming! :) Ahhh ... such is life with 3 little ones! I was frustrated ... in my mind, I had the perfect family picture ... Justin and one of my friends reminded me that this will just be a reminder that life doesn't always go as planned with little kids and that our pictures will still be great!

Justin and I were able to get away for a little while on Monday night. It was so needed! We went to the UNI volleyball game. They happened to be playing at SDSU, which is about an hour from here. We had a great time.

And ... I am getting out of the house tonight! I am scrapbooking ... which have I ever mentioned I will NEVER be caught up on?! I am excited to see some friends again and have adult conversations without my 3 littles making lots of background noise. :) Justin's parents are coming over to help out with the 3 kids.

Leaving you with this sweet face today ... I just love him so much!

PS - Happy 5th Birthday to Gizmo! :) What a special Birthday for him ... 11-11-11!