Three Kids

Three Kids

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Eating Cereal!

I mentioned in the previous post that we have started Jaxon on cereal! He has been getting it in his bottle for about three weeks to help with reflux, but now he also gets fed cereal once a day.

He loves it! It did not take long for him to catch on - he ate a huge bowl the first night! He was definitely ready for it! We've been pretty fortunate that all three of our kids have loved rice cereal!

I just can't get enough of this cute smile! :)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Jaxon ~ 4 Months

Jaxon is 4 months old, which hardly seems possible! It was almost a year ago at this time that I found out our big surprise was on the way!

Jaxon ...

... is growing so fast! He weighs about 17-18 pounds. His 4 month check up is on Monday, so we'll know exactly how much he weighs then.

... wears 6-month and 9-month clothes and size 3 diapers!

... LOVES cereal and is a pro at eating it! We have been putting cereal in one bottle a day now for a few weeks in hopes that it would help with the reflux. We started spoon feeding cereal to him this week. He acted as though it was no big deal and he knew exactly what he was doing. He eats a huge bowl every night around 6:30/7:00. Jordyn and Jayla love to watch him eat his cereal.

... drinks about 5-6 ounces of formula in one feeding. He is doing well with the formula since I had to stop nursing.

... rolls all of the time. He doesn't roll too often from his tummy to back, but he rolls very easily from his back to his tummy.

... loves to play with toys. He's great at grabbing things to hold onto.

... enjoys standing in the exersaucer and sitting in the bumbo. He also still likes the swing. He is almost to the point of growing out of the bouncy chair - which isn't a huge deal since he's never really liked it.

... sleeps from about 10:00-6:00 each night. I am so thankful he's a good sleeper!

... still continues to be rather fussy for a two to three hours each night. We are so hopeful that this will end soon. :)

... LOVES when his sisters talk to him. He gets so excited when they are by him. He almost giggles each time they talk to him.

Happy 4 Months, Jaxon!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

What a week!

It was a rough week for me - I'm so glad the weekend is here!

We struggled with bedtime this week ... the girls are still not sleeping well - waking up often, screaming, wanting someone to stay in their room. Jaxon is throwing huge fussy fits in the evening. Justin and I are exhausted. It has to get better soon! :)

Justin was out of town on Wednesday and Thursday. My mom came to stay with me on Wednesday. We struggled to get the girls to bed, and Jaxon screamed hard from 6:00-11:00. He was so constipated. (Poor daycare got to deal with that mess the next day - but I got to deal with the laundry from that mess. Ha!) While my mom and I both tried to calm Jaxon down (taking turns), the girls so nicely dumped out every. single. basket of toys they could find. They dumped out every puzzle and every little thing they could find. Maybe they were mad that my mom and I were giving so much attention to Jaxon?! :) So on top of crabby kids, our house looked a tornado went through it.

I finally got the girls to sleep, and my mom had to break it to me that my fridge was not working. Everything in the freezer was thawed, and the items in the fridge were not very cold. So, here it is almost 10:00, Jaxon is screaming, Jordyn woke back up and is on the couch, Jayla was in her bed screaming, and I have a fridge/freezer that don't work. We have an extra fridge in our garage, but since the garage is not insulated and it was super cold here this week, everything in the fridge out there freezes. We couldn't use the fridge as a backup.

I called my neighbors (so thankful they didn't mind a late phone call) and Dave brought over a cooler for us. I filled that one and our cooler, and we put them in the garage. Of course our freezer and fridge were full - I had just gotten groceries the night before. I was in a bit of a panic because I wanted to make sure we had milk for the girls and that Jaxon's medications would stay cold. Thankfully the coolers worked. By 11:00 that night, my mom and I were exhausted ... and the girls were still waking up crying. Jordyn ended up sleeping in my bed with me, and Jayla slept in the pack and play next to my bed.

The girls were super tired/crabby the next morning, which didn't make getting ready for school very easy. We made it though!

Justin's mom came to help on Thursday. My dad had brought my dorm fridge to Justin's parent's house so that Shelli could bring it up to me so that at least I would have a little fridge to put things in until ours was fixed! Justin's mom was able to get ahold of a repairman - and through some begging from her, they came to the house on Thursday afternoon. She was here while they fixed it, and thankfully, it was a just a $150 fix. So much better than having to buy a new fridge! She also picked up Jordyn from daycare so that I only had to make one stop to get Jayla and Jaxon in this cold weather. She and Jordyn cleaned the fridge and the house for me. SOOOOO appreciated! Jordyn also got to go run an errand with her and pick up happy meals for supper. She was pretty excited!

We are so incredibly thankful and blessed with such wonderful parents who give us so much help and support!

I have some random pictures of the kids below. The pictures are from about two weeks ago. :)

Totally random - but Jayla's hair is finally long enough on the top to put in a pony. The problem though is that she HATES having anything in her hair! I have to work fast, but I'm getting pretty good about getting the hair into a ponytail! :)

Jordyn loves to wear Mommy's boots!

The three kids snuggling in Mom and Dad's bed ... nope, the bed is not made. Don't judge. :)

Oh - I was just about ready to post this, and I forgot to mention how my rough week ended. Ugh. I rolled my ankle after lunch on Friday. I was walking in the hallway at school and saw a puddle of water from melted snow, and I was being super cautious and before I knew it, my left ankle rolled. I was wearing boots with about a 2-3 inch heal on them. I didn't fall, but my left ankle went down far enough to touch the floor.  I've never sprained an ankle/broken a bone, and I have zero pain tolerance. I sat with my foot up and iced it for the next hour and a half, and then it felt pretty good. In fact, from about 3:00-5:00, I had very little pain. By about 6:00 last night, I couldn't walk. My ankle, the top of my food, the bottom of my foot, and my leg hurt. Finally by 11:00 last night I was able to walk enough to get up the steps to bed. It is doing much better today - a little swollen, but it feels so much better. If the horrible pain had continued, I would have gone to the doctor today. I already filed the work claim on it.

And one other update - I saw a urologist specialist this week. No infection right now, but I need an ultrasound done on Monday morning. I am hopeful they won't find any problems. :)

Today has been a good day. All three kids are napping right now. The house is quiet, and I am enjoying the peace and quiet! :)

The Snow Has Arrived!

We finally have snow in SD! I'm not excited about, but we have two little girls who couldn't be more excited! All the girls could do on the way home from daycare yesterday was talk about playing in the snow! They wanted to make snow angels, help Daddy shovel the snow, and make a snowman (or "noman" as Jayla calls it).

I knew Justin was going to beat us home so that he could blow out the driveway and sidewalks. He was just finishing as we got home, so we decided to let the girls play for a little while. The windchill was below zero, but after a lot begging, we decided we would let the girls play for 5-10 minutes ... which is kind of funny thinking about how it took me almost 15 minutes to dress both of them! Ha!

I quickly ran out (or hobbled out after rolling my ankle earlier in the day - that's a story for a different day) to take pictures.

Jordyn's favorite thing to do is throw the snow!

Jayla had never played in the snow! We didn't take her to play in it last winter. She loved using the little scoop!

These three had so much fun in the few minutes they were out there!

And not to be forgotten ... this adorable little guy stayed nice and toasty inside the house! :)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Jaxon's Baptism

Jaxon was baptized last Sunday! Our church does Baptism on the third Sunday of each month. Usually there are several families (we have LOTS of babies in our church), but Jaxon was the only one being baptized on Sunday!

We were nervous how the girls would act, but overall, they did well. Jayla did try to kick Jordyn in the head, and I told her no, so then she hit me and then hugged me ... I'm sure we'll get a good laugh out of it when we go back to watch the video tape!

Jaxon hates bath time, so we weren't sure how he would react. He was startled, but he never cried!

Baptized in the name of Father

the Son

and the Holy Spirit.

Can you believe we got a family picture in which no one was crying and everyone was pretty much looking!? :)

Then we tried to get pictures of just Justin and myself with Jaxon - but Jayla got mad, threw herself down on the tile floor, and hit her head. Picture time was over!

Instead of doing lunch at our house this time, we decided to book a room at a restaurant. I knew I couldn't have the house cleaned and everything ready for 25 people to come over. It worked out so well to just go out to eat. We didn't take too many pictures, but here's a few!

How cute is he?!!? :)

We are so thankful for the support of our families and a wonderful church family that Jaxon could be baptized into.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Jayla ~ 21 Months

Jayla is 21 months old!

She has a thing for playing with her Puma shoes ...

I had to post these pictures ... Jayla put on her sister's shirt (all by herself - after taking her own clothes off), Mommy's shoes, no pants, and "mowed" the entire house - over and over and over - I am no longer a fan of that toy! (Neither are my sisters - they hid it! Ha!)

What is new with Jayla?

Jayla ...

... weighs about 29 pounds, wears mostly 2T clothing (some 24-month yet), size 6 shoe, and size 5 diapers.

... fights us almost everyday to put clothes on. She loves to run around without clothes on!

... has been talking, talking, talking! She has been talking for a while now, but in the last 10 days she has really has started increasing the words that she says. She now has conversations with Jordyn. It's hilarious!

... loves pizza, dry cereal, string cheese, mac and cheese, and yogurt.

... loves to read books. Her favorites are books that have animals in them! She loves to say the name of the animal and tell you what sound they make.

... has 13 teeth. She recently got one more. Hopefully the rest make their appearance soon!

... is almost paci-free. She does not nap with it, but we let her use during the night. She is such an awful sleeper, so at this point we are willing to do anything to get her to sleep.

... is transitioning to the next room at daycare. She spends about half of her day in her old room and half the day in her new room right now. Ms. Talor (one of our favorite teachers) is in Jayla's new room, so we love when she gets to go play there!

... loves to kiss and hug Jaxon. She gets right in his face to say, "Hi Jaxy!" Then she kisses him, hugs him, kisses him, hugs him. It's so sweet!

... loves to dance, build with legos, make food in her kitchen, and color.

... likes to watch Yo Gabba Gabba (ugh), Barney, and Frosty the Snowman.

... thinks that all snow is called a snowman. We just got our first snow of the winter this week. Jayla was so excited and kept yelling "noman, noman, noman."

Happy 21 Months, Jayla!