Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Spring Break 2013

Last week was Jenny's spring break. We didn't have many plans, mostly just several doctor and dentist appointments. We tried to do a few fun things though. My mom was also on vacation last week, so she came with us sometimes too.

On Monday, we went with my mom to Stone Mountain. We have gone to Stone Mountain several times, but this was our first time to go there and ride the "Ride the Ducks" ride. It was a lot of fun! The ride started out on land, where we took a tour of the park. Then, before we knew it, we ended up on a dirt road that led down to a lake. On this road, our driver floored the gas pedal and we took off into the water! Water splashed up around the sides of the boat, but none of us got wet. Children 9 and under had to wear life jackets. Jenny and Aiden didn't mind them, but Sophia didn't like her's at all. Eventually she fell asleep on the ride. We also saw an animal show where they brought out several baby animals for everyone to look at. There were even a few that we could touch if we wanted. We also rode the Sky Lift, walked around on the top of the mountain, saw the 4D movie "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island", and the kids played in Geyser Towers. By the end of the day we were all worn out!

On Tuesday the kids and I went with my parents to Suwanne to let them play in the fountains. Jenny always loves the fountains. Aiden has never liked them. I keep hoping every year that he will like them since he is older, but he never does. He just runs around them and tries to avoid getting wet. This was Sophia's first time to get in the water from the fountains. She didn't mind touching the water with her hands, but once we put her any closer, she wanted nothing to do with it!

On Thursday we tried a new place that we had never been before. There is a children's museum in Atlanta called Imagine It! I have been wanting to take my kids to a children's museum for a long time, but just never found the time to go. So, after a quick doctor appointment for Jenny on Thursday morning, we headed to Atlanta to the children's museum. There were lots of things there for Jenny and Aiden to do. They even had events at certain times of the day. We missed the first couple of them, but we made it in time for the dancing one, the science one, and story time. I think the dancing may have been Jenny and Aiden's favorite part! Some of the exhibits included things like: a grocery store with grocery carts and a cash register, a farm with a cow that could be milked, a washable wall that could be painted on, a pond full of fake, magnetic fish and fishing poles, and lots of other smaller exhibits. There was also a small section of toys for children Sophia's age. When it was time to go, Jenny and Aiden both weren't ready to leave.

We had a great spring break and we are looking forward to lazy, summer days! It was a nice preview to the summer.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

One Year

Dear Sophia,

It is hard to believe a whole year has passed since you came into our lives. I don't even know where to begin to tell you just how wonderful this past year has been. I just hope your Daddy and I can show you how much we love you everyday. You have made our world so much better, Sweet Girl!

You are getting closer and closer to walking every day. You have stood on your own and even taken a step or two, but then you sit right back down. I am not rushing you to walk at all. I know you will do it in your own time, when you are ready. For now, I am enjoying getting to carry you everywhere with us. I know once you start to walk, you won't want to be held as much. You are an expert crawler and cruiser. So, for now, you get where you want to go on your own, and it doesn't bother you that you aren't walking.

I don't know what your height is yet, your one year check up is next week. You went to the doctor yesterday because you are sick, and your weight was 17lbs 14oz. You are usually in the 25 percentile in weight, so I imagine that is where you are at. Developmentally, you are right on track and I just praise God for your good health!

You make lots of noise all the time, and you know a few words. You can say, "dada", "mama", "Aiden", "Jenny", "uh-oh", "baby", and you recently started saying "Grandpa" too. Your brother and sister are quick to give you whatever you need/want, so there really isn't much reason for you to talk just yet. I have to remind them to be more patient, and wait to see if you can say the word for whatever it is you want at the time.

You are really good at giving us kisses when we ask for them. You are such a sweetheart! Sometimes you will come up to me and just lay your head in my lap. It is the sweetest thing! You are such a love bug! You have also started trying to blow kisses at us. You have been waving bye-bye for several months, but sometimes you are so funny about it. A few days ago you crawled over to your car seat, climbed in, and then waved bye-bye at me. Silly girl! You also love to put your hands over your face and then I will say, "where's Sophie?" and you will uncover your face and I'll say, "there she is!". After you uncover your face you will also try to say "there she is!". It is precious!

You love to dance! Every time you hear music playing, whether it is on the TV, the car radio, our phones when they ring, or even if someone is singing, you bob your little head and shake your hips. If you are standing up, you will move your whole body up and down along with the music. It is the cutest thing! You also love when we sing to you. Your favorite songs I sing are: Jesus Loves Me, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Mary had a Little Lamb, and The Itsy Bitsy Spider (you are learning the hand movements to this song). Sometimes you even try to sing along.

You also love books! I usually read to you every night before bed, and sometimes during the day. You like to look at the pictures and I point stuff out to you in the book. I love reading, and I hope you will always have a passion for books.

You are getting really good at "Pat-a-Cake". Grandma started teaching it to you a few months ago, but lately you have gotten really good at doing the hand movements. Sometimes you'll be doing them even when we aren't singing the song. Cutie pie!

You have been drinking milk for several weeks now. Occasionally you still get formula, but not very often. You are still taking a bottle, but you can also drink from a sippy cup. We will probably take your bottle away soon. Right now you usually only get it at nap time and bedtime. You are a great eater! You love all kinds of foods, and so far, you haven't been allergic to anything. Your favorites are: scrambled eggs, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, spaghetti-o's, cheetos, cereal bars, bread, apples, mandarin oranges, strawberries, and bananas.

Jenny loves to take care of you. She helps me out a lot! She loves to carry you around and teach you things. She reads to you a lot, and is so caring with you. Aiden just adores you! He loves to play with you. You like to chase him, and you like when he chases you. He has so many nicknames for you: Soph-a-loaf, Sophie Girl, Sophie Baby, and Soph. They both think you are the best little sister! They are both genuinely happy when you learn new things, and genuinely upset when you are upset. Every time they go to your doctor appointments when you get vaccines, they cry right along with you! I just love watching the bond between the three of you develop and flourish. You have an incredible bond with Jenny and Aiden, and I pray that it always stays that way. I hope that the three of you will grow up to be best friends.

You are just the sweetest little girl, and you are so petite. I just love spending day in and day out with you. I cannot describe what a blessing you are to our family! We all just love you so much, you are every one's little baby.

God has amazing things in store for your little life, Sophia. I pray that you will seek Him, follow Him, and live out all of the big things He has in store for your life, sweet baby. You are a masterpiece, created for your Daddy and me right now, but for the rest of the world later. I love you so much, you will always be my baby girl.

Love always,

Mama and Daddy

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Birthday Virus

It was pretty cold in our room last night, and Sophia won't stay under her blanket, so we put her in the bed with us last night. This morning, I woke up in a sweat! I tore the blankets off of me and found Sophia laying right up against me. She was burning up!! I knew right away that she had a fever. She felt me move so she woke up and immediately began to cry. Poor girl, you could just tell she felt horrible! I checked her temperature, and it was 101.5. I gave her some Motrin and she and I cuddled on the couch. Eventually her fever went away, and she started to act normal. She ate some breakfast and was playing in the floor with her toys just like she does every morning. I was hoping that it was just a fluke, and that would be the last we would see of her fever. 

She took her nap around 11:00, an hour earlier than usual. I figured it was because she didn't feel well, but at the time she still didn't have a fever. However, when she woke up from her nap, her fever was back and it was even higher this time, 102.4. I called her doctor and made an appointment. 

We had a few hours between the time she woke up and the time of her appointment, so we hung out on the couch or in my bed. She was pitiful! I have never seen her feel so badly. She had no other symptoms, just a fever. 

Her doctor appointment went well. Her ears looked good and her chest sounded good too. Her throat was a little red so they tested her for strep. It was negative. Just to be on the safe side I asked them to check her for the flu virus too. They did, and it was also negative. So, chances are, this is just a virus. There's nothing we can do except let it run its course. I've been giving her Motrin every four hours since she is still running a fever. If she still has a fever on Friday, or her temperature gets to 104 or higher, I have to take her back to the doctor and they will check her out and run the tests again to make sure it hasn't developed into something more serious. 

Here's to hoping that she wakes up in the morning and feels all better! Her first birthday is tomorrow, and no one wants to be sick on their birthday! Plus, now Aiden has a stuffy nose and is complaining that he doesn't feel well. After all day with a sick baby, and now a sick 4 year old too, I've had about all I can handle. Luckily Jaime is off tomorrow, so even if they don't feel well, I will have backup. So, if you don't mind saying a prayer that my children feel better soon, I would appreciate it! Please also pray that no one else in our house catches it. A prayer or two for my patience tomorrow wouldn't hurt either! ;-)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Phone Dump

The past few weeks have been such a blur! My children are growing up faster and faster every day it seems. All three of them just blow me away with how grown up they seem. When I was a kid, I felt like I would be a kid forever. I couldn't wait to grow up! Now that I'm a mother, I feel like my kids are growing up too fast! They will be adults before I know it! Funny how it seems so different from a different perspective.

These pictures are from a few weeks ago. For Christmas, Santa brought Jenny "Just Dance 4" for the Wii. Jenny loves it! Aiden isn't usually a big fan, but he played with her this night. His facial expressions crack me up!

 Jaime and Aiden got their haircut a few weeks ago. The place we go to has a basket of suckers for the kids. Aiden always gets one after his haircut, but Sophia had never had one before. She wasn't happy waiting for them to finish with their haircuts, so I gave her a sucker to distract her. She loved it!

This picture is from one of Aiden's games. Somehow I only brought two chairs instead of three, so Jenny sat in the stroller when Sophia wasn't using it. 

Just a random picture of Aiden and Sophia. Sophia loves to sit on this bench. She isn't tall enough to put herself on it. She tries. She backs up to it and then tries to sit, but she always ends up sitting in the floor in front of it. Poor girl!

Sophia decided she wasn't ready for bed when I wanted her to go to bed, so she stayed up with me and watched TV and we took pictures of ourselves. 

Silly girl! She loves to sit in front of this door at my parent's house and look outside at their dogs. My mom and I were standing outside and looked up to see her doing this! 

Sophia loves to sleep with a stuffed animal. It doesn't matter which one, but she does have favorites. Right now she likes Elmo, Tigger, Jenny's puppy, or her Minnie Mouse.

We went to the movies last week and saw The Croods 3D. We took Sophia with us too, but she slept through most of the movie. It was a cute movie! We went to Movie Tavern where they serve you dinner while you watch your movie. It was our first time going there. It was pretty expensive, and the food wasn't that great. We will probably just stick to the regular movie theater next time!

Jenny brought this box home from her mom's house last week. It was a spaceship she had made to bring home for her and Aiden to play in. I didn't expect it to be big enough for anyone but Sophia to fit inside of. But somehow she and Aiden figured out a way to get in there together! They used the toy from Sophia's walker as their steering wheel and control panel.

This girl has a love for books! She has lots of different books that she loves to "read". She also really enjoys when I read to her. When Aiden was younger, he would never sit still long enough for me to read to him even though I always wanted him to. I just love reading to Sophia!

One of Sophia's favorite places to play is in Jenny and Aiden's room. Jenny and Aiden also love to have her in there. The rule is, their room has to be clean in order for her to be allowed in. It doesn't have to be perfectly clean, but there can't be any small toys in the floor that she could choke on if she put them in her mouth. They have been pretty good about keeping it clean enough that she can go in. On this day, it wasn't clean enough. So they shut their door while they quickly cleaned it up so that she could come in. Sophia was not very patient, and was very vocal while she waited outside of their room. 

I took this picture of Jenny one day last week when she and Aiden were playing Just Dance 4. I wasn't trying to take a picture of them dancing together, but I was holding Sophia at the same time and she bumped my arm so this was what I got. I started to delete it and take another one, but at second glace, I couldn't help but notice how skinny Jenny looks! We have been trying to make changes to her diet and spend more time outside and being active. It is paying off! She has come a long way in the last year, and we really haven't even made major changes. I am so proud of her! 

I haven't really talked much about this on the blog, but since I use this blog mainly for documenting our lives, I figured I should mention this since it is a part of our life. Jenny has urine reflux. It isn't a big deal, but it does cause her to get lots of urinary tract infections. We have been giving her a daily antibiotic for a few years now to prevent infections, hoping she would outgrow the reflux. Unfortunately, as of late is hasn't been working well and she has been getting more infections than usual. Her last one was pretty bad, and she became dehydrated and had to spend several hours at the hospital getting fluids. I took this picture of her and I while we were waiting for them to bring her IV.

 Sophia's first time on a slide!

I was making dinner last week and Sophia kept trying to get me to pick her up. So, I gave her a couple pots and a plastic whisk to play with. She loved it! I think her big sister and big brother may have been a little jealous.

Spring break is next week and so far the weather is looking very nice! Looks like we will be spending lots of time outside and having a good time!

I have been such a slacker lately when it comes to reading. I try to set a goal of one book per month, but so far I haven't even read one book! I have started reading The Hunger Games a few times, and then I always get busy and stop reading. I started it again today, and I am hoping to read it everyday during nap time.

We went shopping with my mom last week, and we went inside The Disney Store. I showed Sophia this stuffed Minnie Mouse and let her hold it. I had no intention of buying it, so I put it back on the shelf. When I put it back, she immediately started crying! So, Grandma did the only logical thing - she bought it for her! Is this girl spoiled, or what?? Haha! :)

This is how I feel like I have spent the last few days. Doing laundry! I can never get caught up. With five people in our family, it seriously does feel like it is five against one when it comes to the laundry. It is never ending!

I just can't get enough of this sweet girl! She is so close to walking on her own, but she just hasn't gotten brave enough yet. She has taken a few steps on her own a couple of times. So it is only a matter of time before she starts walking by herself. I am excited to see her walk on her own, but I'm not sure if I'm ready for her to be walking yet. First of all, she will be much more difficult to keep up with. Second, she is my baby!! She shouldn't be old enough to walk yet, should she?! I am in total denial mode that she has a birthday coming up....ON THURSDAY!! I just can't believe it. 

I gave Sophia a cookie last week thinking that she would bite it. Instead, she shoved the entire cookie in her mouth! This girl doesn't mess around when it comes to sweets!

 While we were out shopping last week, I may have bought way too many clothes for my kids! I always buy too much. But hey, I got good deals, so that has to count for something. 

 Keeping me entertained while I work on laundry. 

Somebody found my markers! When I took the marker away from her, this is the face she gave me. Haha! This child is going to be a handful when she is older, I can see it already!

That pretty much sums up the past several weeks at our house. Some days it is crazy busy around here, some days my kids get along well and everything gets done. Most days my kids argue all day long, nothing gets done, and everyone goes to bed early because this mama needs some alone time! No matter what, I wouldn't change it for the world! It's not a perfect life, but it is my life, and I think it is as close to perfect as I need. Hope you are all having a great week!

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