Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Before and After Haircuts

Levi in the swing (just thought I'd add this one)


THE BEFORE


THE AFTER


THE BEFORE


THE AFTER


My three precious boys






Monday, May 28, 2007

Not Quite Used to This

I'm not used to my kids getting sick. I have to say that overall we have a pretty healthy family. None of our children have ever had an antibiotic. Caleb and Josiah have had an occassional cough and runny nose, but nothing big. At Caleb's 7 year check up, Dr. Bob responded that they rarely see Caleb. He hadn't been in since his last well check visit the year before.

Last Wednesday, Josiah got a fever sometime during the night. That was his only symptom and it lasted all of about 24 hours. He was wound up on the motrin I gave him to bring the fever down. Motrin does not calm my children down. It gives them extra energy for some reason. This morning, Caleb complained of his head hurting and for some reason it didn't concern me. He was acting like his normal self. Well, tonight at dinner, he didn't look well at all. He could barely hold his head up and had no energy. When I went to feel his head, I knew before taking his temperature that he was sick. I don't know if there is a 24 hour fever virus going around, but I hope the rest of us don't get it. Hopefully, Caleb will be feeling well once again in the next day or so.


On a random note, the big boys got their hair cut on Friday. I will try and post some pics of their haircuts once Caleb is feeling better.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Purse



Do you remember that very special first gift that you picked out for your mom or dad with no one's help? That it was your very own idea? I remember one Mother's Day I was determined to get my Mom a flower. My Dad tried to get me to get her something else, but I knew I wanted to get her a flower. I was in first or second grade. The night before Mother's Day, my Dad took me to the store and let me get her a flower. I don't even know if she remembers that year, but I will always remember how I was able to get her what I thought she would love, and I was so proud of that flower.

This year, Caleb had an idea for my Mother's Day gift. After Kidquest one night, Kerry calls me on their way home and suggests I give them a list. I expain that it didn't matter what Caleb got me. I would treasure the fact that it came from his heart. Kerry went on to say I really needed to make a list. I started envisioning some really random idea. Later, he told me that Caleb wanted to get me a purse. At bedtime, Caleb asked me what I wanted. I gave him a few ideas and then he said he already knew what I needed. So, when Kerry and Caleb headed out to shop, I mentioned to Kerry that if a purse was the gift, to encourage a small one that would fit in the diaper bag. And guess what I got? A purse! Caleb picked it out all by himself and it is small enough to fit in the diaper bag. I will probably keep this purse for years to come as a reminder of Caleb's love for me and what he thought was the best gift for me at that time. He does have good taste!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Getting Bigger

It's hard to believe how big Josiah looks in this picture. He's beginning to lose that baby look and growing into a little boy. I love his face in this picture. The vest and shirt are on loan from Brock. Thanks Brock! Josiah sure enjoyed wearing them to church tonight.

Caleb is very into posing. He no longer has those spontaneous smiles for the camera. They are pretty much planned smiles. Once again, his hair has grown really fast and we're definitely getting it cut shorter this time. I can't believe he's seven, but he acts like he's 8 or 9 in most situations. He still loves to snuggle up at night. I know the snuggling days are numbered so I'm treasuring them.
Levi is growing like a weed! He is out of 0 to 3 month clothes completely. He can wear 3-6 month clothes and some 6-9 month clothes. He's not even three months old yet. Both of our other boys were like that too. RyAnn bought this outfit for Caleb 7 years ago. I remember her calling me saying she had found a cute little shop that I would love called Angel Babies and they were having a big sale. The owners soon recognized me and a friend of mine when we would come as we would frequently visit the store. They went out of business after several years.

End of the Season


Levi at home after the game. He's 10 and a half weeks old!


Josiah insisted on having his picture taken with Levi.



Go Reds!


Caleb and Daddy after the game.

Yesterday marked the end of the spring baseball season for our family. Caleb had a wonderful experience playing in the single A division this year. He was the youngest player in the entire division but managed to hold his own pretty well. He's already looking forward to playing winterball this fall.

Yesterday morning, Caleb's game started at 7:30am! I am not a morning person but couldn't miss the last game of the season. Unfortunately, our team lost this game, only the second one for them to lose out of 19 games this season. The trophies that were given out after the end of the game changed their solemn moods. Then we had their end of the year party at the park at noon. Caleb and Josiah had a blast being free to run about and play. Caleb loved the new park and playing ball just for fun with his teammates. I think several of them would have played until dark if we would have let them. I'm so glad Caleb enjoyed playing again this year.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The New Bike


Kerry has sold his street motorcycle and purchased something known as a dual sport. I have no idea if I'm spelling that correctly or even saying it correctly. Basically, it means that he can ride it on the street and in the dirt. I'm not for sure what it's name is or anything like that, but all the boys are excited. You should have heard Caleb and Josiah's excitement when Daddy came pulling into the driveway yesterday! The boys insisted that this exciting day be mentioned on the blog. I don't see how this could be more exciting than a mattress. Just kidding! I know my boys are huge dirt bike fans, and I love them just the same.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

We finally got a new bed!



Kerry and I started off our married life on a full size mattress. Looking back, I can't believe we managed that, but we did. I also can't believe that we managed to co-sleep with Caleb in that bed for awhile after he was born. When he was almost a year old, we purchased a queen size bed. I thought that was the biggest we'd ever want or need. We bought what we thought was going to be a great mattress. I should have researched what kind of bed was right for us. We came home with a plush soft bed and really needed a firmer mattress. It took us a couple of years to admit to each other that this wasn't our ideal mattress. And then Josiah was born, a tosser and a turner. A queen size bed did not fit him whatsoever. We definitely needed a king, but managed to survive without one. Now, we have three kids who end up in our bed every night. I'm not complaining, but I definitely wanted something bigger.

After asking around and everyone saying Custom Comfort was the place to go, we decided to go check their store out. They were super nice and not pushy at all. They walked us through all the different types of mattresses. They were kid friendly, but good about setting ground rules -- like it's okay to crawl or lay on the beds but no standing or jumping. To make a long story short, we bought a king size bed that Kerry really liked (I was most concerned about his comfort level.). They delivered it the next day and that was a good experience as well. They even vacuumed for me since my hands were full. We have slept on it for two nights and it's really comfortable. We don't have to move around as much at night now since there is plenty of room in our bed for little visitors. If you need a new mattress, I highly recommend them.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Results from the Doctor

We received Levi's test results from the doctor today. I called and left a message this afternoon since I had not heard from the doctor. Dr. Bob called Kerry (his cell phone) around 6:30pm. The results were pretty much what he was expecting. Levi has a Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). That means that Levi has a very small hole in his heart which should close on its own. There is nothing we will do at this time. We will go in when Levi is 3 months so the doctor can listen to his heart and again at the regular 4 month check up. If it hasn't closed up by the time Levi is a year old, then we will need to look at possible other options. But our doctor seems pretty confident that it will close on its own.

I've stayed pretty calm about this entire situation. Part of it is that we trust our doctor so much. Once again, I know God is keeping me calm about it all. I'm choosing not to make a big deal out of it. Levi is still a normal, healthy baby -- smiling, nursing well, and rolling over. God has blessed us with 3 healthy children and we are so thankful to Him.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Waiting

Today was Levi's echo cardiogram, basically an ultrasound of his heart. Caleb and Josiah went and played at Kendra and Drew's house. They both were pretty excited about it, but I was a little nervous about how Josiah would do. He did great. He went right to Mrs. Jessica when we got there and never looked back. He's only been away from Kerry and I at the same time 3-5 times his entire life. He's growing up!

Levi did really good during his appointment. I was able to hold him the entire time which made me feel better. The ultrasound took all of 12 minutes but it seemed to last so much longer than that. The technician told us nothing, except basic information like pointing out the four chambers of the heart, etc. I know they aren't supposed to say anything, but a hint would have been nice. Now we wait which seems to be the hardest part. The results have to be read by a doctor and then sent over to our doctor who will then call us. Our doctor should receive the results either tonight or tomorrow morning. Hopefully, we will hear from Dr. Bob sometime tomorrow. We're praying for great results!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Rolling Over and Other Things

*Levi rolled over (tummy to back) for the first official time this past Saturday, May 5th. He actually rolled over 3 or 4 times. I tried to get it on video, but he was tired by that time. He rolled over several times this evening as well. He still continues to be a really good baby. He loves being held which I will never complain. He doesn't really fuss if he is snuggled up with Mommy. I will take all the snuggling I can get since my other two are too busy most of the time to snuggle except at bedtime and naps. Tomorrow, we will take Levi for the ultrasound of his heart. I'm not sure how long it takes to get the results, but hopefully we will know by the end of the week.

*Josiah makes me laugh. He has the cutest expressions! For some reason, his favorite color is yellow. He can point out anything that is yellow but really has no interest in other colors even though we are introducing them to him. Tonight, he cut with scissors for the first time. Oh, what a special treat he thought that was. He worked so hard and actually managed to cut the paper quite a bit. I told him he could cut as long as he sat at the table. He did not move one time. He definitely is strong-willed but so full of life. He loves to scream and throw things. He is getting better about both of those. I love this stage!

*Caleb is my big helper. Both of his brothers love him. If I need to get something done and Levi wants to be held, he is content in his brother's arms. Baseball is almost over for the season. I know he will miss it and is ready to play winterball. I asked him the other day if there was any other sport he wanted to try and he said football. He knows I'm not ready for him to play football but for some reason he wants to try it. Maybe in a few years. He's welcome to throw all the footballs he wants in the backyard.

Friday, May 04, 2007

8 Week Doctor Visit


Levi workimg on lifting his head last week

Levi will be 2 months on Monday. Today, he went for his eight week check up. I always enjoy comparing the boys in their growth so here are the stats for the 8 week visit:

Caleb
Weight: 13 pounds, 13 ounces
Height: 24 3/4 inches

Josiah
Weight: 13 pounds, 15 ounces (95th percentile)
Height: 24 inches (90th percentile)

Levi:
Weight: 13 pounds, 5 ounces (90th percentile)
Height: 24 inches (90th percentile)

Overall, Dr. Bob said he looked great. Levi had his first round of vaccines today. He was a trooper. One was an oral vaccine for rotovirus and the other was the DTaP. We have to go back in a month for another two shots. I really like how our doctors space out the vaccines. It was so much easier on Josiah instead of getting four at one time like Caleb did. Dr. Bob's only concern was that he detected a minor heart murmur. That means that next week, we take him for an ultrasound to look at his heart. Our doctor is not very concerned and says it is very minor. We trust him very much. Monday morning, I'll call and make the appointment. God has definitely kept me from getting stressed about this. Typically, I would be very worried and thinking about this until the ultrasound, but I'm not worried or stressed or even emotional. I will post later with the results.