Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Zane - 15 Month Check Up

Monday the entire family loaded up and went to Zane’s 15 month well check appointment.
He is almost 16 months…but this is when his appointment was scheduled.

Current weight: 21.13 lbs.
Current height: 34.5 in.

This puts him in the 11th percentile for weight and 22nd percentile for height.
He is a little small…which is funny for how big he was when he was born…
but he is perfect!

We talked through all the normal well check stuff…
food, poop, pee, sleep, play…and all is well.

He is a happy, healthy, growing boy!

I did have concern over a few spots on his legs that were infected.
So she looked them over, recommended and antibiotic cream
and ordered us a new antibiotic to take for 10 days.
And already, after 2 doses…his legs are looking much better!

He was due for a couple of shots…but because those spots on his legs were very near
where the shots would go, we opted out of shots yesterday.
Once his legs clear up and he is healthy for awhile, I will reschedule the shots.
That made for a happy boy!

After our appointment we did a few errands, window-shopped, ate lunch
and found a school playground near where we were.
We let the boys run around and play for awhile.
And they had a good time.

And yes, Jaxen was there - but it’s honestly hard to get pictures of Jaxen at his age - ha!
Here are a few I captured.
Jaxen was having a great time having Nik ‘wind’ him up,
and then letting him ‘fly’ 

And because you know I love comparisons of my boys…here you go!
Jaxen left (15 months) / Zane right (almost 16 months)

Jaxen’s weight: 24 pounds / height: 32 inches

I think they must have changed the way they keep percentiles in the past 4 years,
because Jaxen was always 50-70 percentile on charts…
but Zane is taller than he was at that time, and only weighs 2 pounds less.

So…Zane is not really as small as I think!
However, I have met a few babies (9 months - 1 year) who are bigger than Zane!

I just love these two boys of mine!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

While Nik is Away…We Play!

This past week Nik has been gone for Sr. High Camp. He left Monday around noon. While Nik is gone, things are a bit more relaxed around the house. I try to have lots of fun, I like to wear the kids out, I don’t pick up the toys everyday, and I am bad at cooking actual “meals”.

So here is a look into our week…

Monday - we went blueberry picking! 
Well...Jaxen, Russell and I went. 
We picked almost 6 pounds I think, and had fun doing it. 
Jaxen was a big help in picking them (although he would not eat them) 
and this was Russell’s first time ever picking.

We ended the day with swimming and hot dogs!

Tuesday - we were at the beach by 12pm and stayed most of the afternoon. 
We were supposed to meet one friend there, and ended up seeing a lot of people we knew. 
Which meant, my boys had a great time!

Later we had dinner with Kay and Russell and the boys enjoyed blowing bubbles.

Wednesday - I had plans to spend the day with a friend, but that did not work out. 
So we had a relaxing day at home. 
We played a lot outside in the morning, watched a lot of tv in the afternoon and 
I got 12 small loafs of zucchini bread made (and now in the freezer).

Thursday - We spent the morning outside!

and the afternoon at a friends pool!

It was 6pm by the time we made it home and so I picked pizza up, 
we set up a towel in the living room and had a pizza picnic! 

Friday - I needed to feel like a real person so I showered, fixed my hair, 
put on a bit of make up and put on “real” clothes. 
I got the boys ready to go and we made the trek to Target. 
I had a return to make and picked up a few essentials. 
Afterward, I treated the boys to lunch at Wendy’s and then we headed home. 
They both napped in the car and it was a nice few hours out!

Later that afternoon Jaxen and I helped out at our church. 
We were hosting a food pantry for the community and had a great time working it…
through the sunshine and pouring rain!

It was a good week, overall, even with Nik being gone. 
But, I’m sure glad it’s Saturday and I’m sure glad he returns today!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Summer Faves

We have had the best couple of days this weekend…weather-wise, that is. It reached 80 degrees and the sun is shining! Woo-hoo! But…we have been stuck at home, indoors the last two days. Jaxen came down with some kind of cold on Saturday. He is super stuffy, low fever, no appetite, throat hurting….and he has been laying low. Seriously low. This kid has watched so much tv and has been horizontal a good majority of the last few days. I’m hoping he perks up a bit so I can take the boys to the pool this afternoon - I guess we will see.

So I thought I would share a few of my summer favorites with you…

1. Sunscreen. I love the smell of sunscreen and I love the smell of my kids when they have sunscreen on. Sunscreen just smells of summer for me. And freshly mowed grass. That too.

Sunscreened baby, hanging out at the pool

2. Pool. Now…I don’t like swimming or getting wet really. However, I love for my kids to swim, and play in water and be wet all summer long. To me, that is just what summer is about. I do go in sometimes and I try to be a good sport about it…but really, I just want to put my legs in and sit on the sidelines watching them.

3. Campfires. I love campfires. I love friends and good conversations around campfires. I love the smell and I love the food that is normally consumed around a campfire.

4. Outside in the shade. I really like being outside (in the shade) during summer. I love to eat outside, watch my kids play, and I even like taking work outside to do.

Hanging with this guy in the shade, last year (left) and this year (right)

5. Ice Cream and Hot Dog Stands. Ice Cream is not necessarily a favorite…but I love stopping at Ice Cream stands and Hot Dog stands in the summer. I just think that is what you should consume. Last year, we were a bit better about doing this - searching them out and driving out to them and eating. This year has been a bust so far. But…there is still time!

Last year, at a hot dog stand

6. Fun Activities. Vacation Bible School, crafts, going to the parks…any kind of activity that you can do on a whim (because it’s summer) I love to do. One day last week, we had “Activity Day”. And today, we made slime. Fun.

Superhero VBS

Building a tower


7. The Beach. Again…I don’t really care to ever go in the water…but I love the beach. The sights (always an awesome view), the sounds (waves, kids playing), the smells (again, sunscreen), even the food. Snack food always tastes better at the beach, right?! It is my goal to go to the beach more this last half of summer.

This is a happy place for my boys

8. Blueberries. I love to go pick blueberries. I love to eat blueberries. I love to bake with blueberries.

5 pounds I picked this weekend, plus 2 huge zucchini’s from a friends garden.

Those are just a few things I love about summer!!! 
What about you??