Archive for June, 2013

We will soon have another walker in the house!  Carter has just started pulling up on furniture and even took a couple of steps to cruise around it.  Exciting times, but also freaky….pretty soon my little baby will be a toddler!

It is also freaky for my back.  I remember spending countless hours bent over holding my new, unsteady walker’s hands so they could practice toddling around.  Thanks to the Juppy Walker, I get to skip that this time!  My Juppy as already been used on my sister Rachel and my niece Josie and I have to say it’s a pretty awesome piece of baby gear!

The Juppy Walker is a small cloth walker that is small enough to fit in your purse or diaper bag.  You put the baby in it and hold onto the straps while standing upright.  Now Baby can practice walking to their hearts’ content without Mom or Dad having to hunch over.

Additionally, the Juppy Walker is far safer than traditional baby walkers.  The parent is right there assisting Baby to make sure there are no dangerous falls down stairs.

In addition to providing me with my own Juppy Walker a couple of years ago, the kind people at Juppy have given me a Blue Juppy Baby Walker to give away to one of my fantastic readers!

This giveaway is open to the U.S. only until July 9th at 12:00 a.m. CST.  The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. I will post and email the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond. If winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.
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Disclosure: I was provided with a Juppy Walker to do this review, but was not compensated in any other way.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Chad and I both played the flute as teenagers.  Sometimes Ava asks me to get out “that instrument with holes in it”….which is 6-year-old talk for an armstrong flute , of course! LOL  I’m really looking forward to the day when I can start teaching her to actually play it…so far she can’t even get it to make a noise, so it’s safe to say that it’s going to be awhile!  Luckily, we have two (Chad’s and mine) so maybe we’ll get to do duets!

Carter had an appointment with his pediatrician today to get his weight checked and discuss his eating issues.

He had lost some weight…about 6 ounces in a week.  For the record, I don’t think he lost quite that much because last time he was weighed with clothes and this time he only had his diaper.  But I still think he lost some.

So he’ll start seeing an occupational therapist to work on his swallowing and his oral aversions.  I’m not 100% sure how they’re going to accomplish that, but we’re going to see!

His pediatrician also wants him to start drinking PediaSure or Carnation Instant Breakfast drinks.  I don’t know that I’m going to be able to get him to, though.  I gave him some Carnation mixed with almond milk (he’s not on dairy yet) today and he took a couple sips, but that was it.  I guess something is better than nothing, though?

Since a Discovery Center opened up near us a couple years ago, we have really enjoyed visiting it numerous times and seeing all the improvements they keep making.  Even though we visit often, they always have some new and different things each time we go.

This time, they had finished an awesome outdoor area.  They have a wooded area outside and you follow a path through it to different activities.  Too bad pets aren’t allowed, because it would be neat to be able to walk the dogs on those paths.  But alas, the dogs will just have to stay home and enjoy their best eggcrate dog beds while we play!

One new addition was a treehouse!

They also had a shed filled with different bicycles and other riding toys….they were enjoyed by children and adults.  I even got on one while carrying Carter in the Boba!

The boys enjoyed a wagon ride, too.

You can see their pond area in this picture:

The kids got to build their own boats and float them down the “rapids” leading into the pond:

See that chubby little Carter-man up there?  He may look like he never stops eating.  But that’s not exactly the way it is.

I held him off from starting solid food until six months, even though he seemed desperate to eat earlier.  I was a little surprised because he tolerated solids, but didn’t go crazy on them like he seemed like he was going to.

He quickly started throwing me for loops when it came to feeding him.  For awhile, he only wanted purees in pouches.  Then he wouldn’t touch a puree, but he wanted to eat bites of soft food off my plate, chew them up, and spit them back out.  Then he stopped eating any food altogether and went back to a newborn diet (exclusively breastfed), complete with newborn poop!  I also noticed that he is not at all oral…most babies stick things in their mouths to learn about them, but he pokes things with his pointer fingers instead.

I gave it a couple months to make sure it wasn’t teething or illness.  But I finally took him in and the pediatrician was a little concerned right off the bat because he hadn’t gained any weight in a month.  {I honestly think he had gained some and then lost it before the appointment}  She decided to get a stool sample and start him on probiotics for a week to rule out any type of intestinal infection that could have caused his lack of appetite.

The stool sample came back clean and he is going back in tomorrow to get his weight checked and discuss the next step, which the pediatrician said would be a referral to a speech therapist to work on his swallow.  I just hope we can get his oral aversion corrected quickly….my weight loss from him exclusively nursing has been fantastic, but I’m excited for him to eat like a normal 1-year-old!  I’ll have an update soon.

While the kids and I were in Wisconsin last month, Chad spent many hours building an extension on our deck.  We already had an average-size one, but he added onto it so that it wraps around our house.  He also added a gate on it to keep the dogs off of it.  This makes it so that the dogs can have the yard and the kids can have their pool, sandbox, water table, picnic table, and other outdoor toys on the deck and not have to worry about them being chewed up.

Now that the deck is bigger, we also got new patio furniture ! I love it!  It’s so nice to be able to eat dinner outside as a family, or be able to relax while the kids play in their pool.

I am so looking forward to enjoying this new improvement to our house this summer….and in years to come!

It’s been a little quiet over here at the blog because we have been busy running all over creation this week!

The kids have been doing swimming lessons and soccer camp every day, plus we’ve had baseball games, library programs and MOMS Club activities sprinkled in for good measure.  It has been CRAZY!

Baseball has been hilarious to watch.  Our kids only had one practice (they missed the other one because we were still in WI), so they’re still learning.  They run to 3rd instead of 1st, overrun 1st all the way into the outfield, stand around filling their baseball gloves with dirt instead of chasing the ball, etc.  It’s pretty funny!

Soccer camp is awesome.  I wish this place had leagues that had games on days other than Saturday, because we would totally do that.  Even with a ton of kids in the same class, the kids are still learning about soccer and I love it!  This picture was taken on Crazy Hat Day at soccer camp:

I still need to get a picture of swimming lessons.  I thought about it today, but it was pouring rain all morning….and yes, we went to swimming lessons and soccer camp in the pouring rain.  Not our most favoritest morning.

Our crazy weather here kind of continues.  When we had snow at the beginning of May, I thought that was the last of the cold weather for us for awhile and it would finally be safe to pack away the burton snowboards . And it was, but it still has not been normal June weather for us…it has only been a high of around 70 each day! The kids have been freezing their little behinds off at swimming lessons!

While 70 may not be good swimming weather, it is fabulous park weather!  Carter has been to the park before, but I hadn’t put him in the swings until yesterday.

He looks pretty unsure in the picture, but he really did love it.  I know I’m just setting myself up for punishment later since swings at parks are a pet peeve of mine.  I bring kids to the park to burn off THEIR energy, not MINE!  But while they’re this little and cute, it’s a totally different story.  🙂

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