Thursday, May 28, 2015

Easter Morning 2015

I have a friend that posted pics of her family the day before Easter...they ask the Easter Bunny to come Saturday morning rather than Sunday morning. Does anyone else do this? Because it's genius. Sunday mornings are always a rush anyway with church and Easter just adds an extra element to the mad dash! We stuck with the normal Sunday morning thing but I think the Saturday idea is SUCH a good one!

Growing up the Easter Bunny always put an egg in our Easter shoes :) The kids were excited to leave their shoes out and even Britt remembered that it's something special the bunny does. I actually revolved all three of the kids Easter outfits based around Britt's shoes. She told me months ago that they were the special shoes that the bunny was going to put an egg in! She was SO excited to wear them :)


Tess doesn't even wear shoes (I'm super anti-shoes before they can walk. What is the point of them!?!) But she liked participating in the tradition!


More interested in the shoe than the egg ;)







Tess's 1st Easter!


Lined up and ready to hunt for eggs!


Tess was cracking us up...she was being very much a "little sister" this morning!



Zach took this video of the kids hunting eggs while I kept Tess busy!
I was very proud of Kye and how he made sure to let his sisters find eggs too. 
And Britt cracks me up b/c she is terrible at finding things at home...like she always loses stuff and can't find it. So she was glad to have Kye's help!
Sidenote: Britt also busted them by throwing them too hard in her basket as she found them haha






Mom fail: letting the baby play with a blue dyed egg. Hello blue mouth and lips!


The Easter Bunny puts the kids baskets on the fireplace and I move them into the laundry room so they can't see them until the egg hunt is finished. I'm not really sure how others do this but I know if they were sitting out when the kids woke up that they would be distracted trying to look for the hidden eggs rather than enjoying their baskets?








The Easter Bunny also gets one package of Peeps and splits it up between the kids so they have some sitting loosely in their baskets and they are allowed to eat them right then. Trust me: this is an EPIC moment for them ha!



Sorry Tess, no Peeps for you!






Every year I buy the kids new clothes for Easter. I like our whole family to be coordinated (shocker) and usually I have to buy myself something new to wear too. It adds up quickly in expense! This year I decided to have a personal goal of using things we all already owned. I found Britt's dress with the tags still on it in her closet. Kye's shirt also still had tags on it and Tess's dress was Britt's as a baby! The only item I bought this year for Easter outfits was the bow Tess is wearing! I only bought it b/c it was on clearance for $1.99 and I got an additional 30% off of that. Less than $2 total for all of our Easter outfits? Pretty awesome :) Dave Ramsey would be proud! And I was still really happy with how the looks all came together!!!






Usually on Easter we visit Zach's family's church but this year Kye really wanted to participate in the youth sing they had that morning. He had been practicing for the performance and I was also looking forward to seeing him. We went to our church that morning and I was shocked to learn that Britt was also singing. She NEVER told me! I literally had no idea!!! Zach took this video of it while I got pics. It was PRECIOUS. She was so, so proud and it was the first time I've ever seen her in any type of performance situation. She gets her performance skills from her mama. When I was in chorus in middle school I often just moved my lips and didn't sing anything at all. She spends most of her time just looking sweet and not even attempting the song ;)


I know you can't really see her but I love her "I'm so cute" look. This is the look she does ALL the time around non-family. She's got it on lock. During church services she will hug and kiss all of us then look at the people behind us and do this look bahaha




After Britt's age was finished then Kye's group came out. It's crazy that he's with the big kids now! He was so cute with his little buddies. I asked him later what they were whispering about and he said his friend Michael was asking him how my toe is doing haha! Kye ALWAYS asks people to pray for my foot issues, isn't that so sweet? Zach also got this video of Kye's performance.  Kye is our "loud and proud" singer. He must get it from the Parkers ;) I remember visiting their church for the first time and being a little taken back by how loudly they all sing haha. They should  have started up a family band like the Partridge Family. Kye practiced a lot at home and you can def hear him even in the crowd. He was so funny at home trying to sing all three parts for me ;) I truly can see him someday leading the congregation in songs!





We had a great start to our Easter! Following church we headed over to Zach's grandmother's house for our yearly family traditions of lunch and an egg hunt...more to come!

Just for fun you can also see Kye's first Easter here (he was SO TINY) and Britt's first one here! Sidenote: it's super funny to me that at the time of Kye's first Easter I knew when Levi's birthday was?!? I have NO CLUE what his birthday is now. Sorry dogs, I have a hard enough time keeping all my kids straight! One more side note but I always think of Britt's first Easter because it was the last legit holiday we celebrated with my mom. Thankful for those pictures and memories! 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kye's 6 Year Well Visit

A couple years ago we took both Kye and Britt to the same appointment to get checked out. I think it's wonderful that our dr office offers combined visits, but it's not something I plan on doing again. Now that the big kids only go once a year I want to really be able to focus on the individual child and make sure everything is covered in that visit!

Kye's 6 year check-up didn't include any shots so Zach stayed home with the girls and I took Kye solo for the appointment. He's such a sweet daddy and loved getting to play with them!


Just like in Britt's visit, I had to fill out another questionnaire that is issued by the government. It did help pass the time as Kye and I discussed all the things it said a child his age should be doing. It legit said a 6 year old should only be able to name at least 4 colors and be able to write some letters? 

They did his weight and height measurements right at the beginning. I was a little nervous about the height. Last year we got cleared from needing to get checked anymore regarding his growth delay stuff. He had grown 3 and 3/4 inches in just one year! While I was thankful for that growth...I was nervous that it'd mean he wouldn't grow enough this year and we'd be dealing with the whole mess all over again! The "goal" is to have children see a 2 inch growth in height each year. Thankfully Kye went from 42 3/4 inches last year to 45.5 inches this year. So almost 3 inches in growth!!! 

At this visit Kye was 45.5 inches tall and weighed 46 pounds. He is currently in the 50th percentile for height as well as the 50th percentile for weight. At this age they discuss BMI and it's in the 65th percentile at 15.97. I know nothing about BMI but she said it's fine and he's healthy. It's also down from where it was last year (it was 85th percentile last year) so that's good!

Milk was our big topic of discussion. We continued giving him a decent amount of milk this past year due to the growth delay stuff and the advice of both our pediatrician as well as the growth doctor. Milk ain't cheap. Especially because we use organic. And Tess is about to enter the milk drinking world too so we'd LOVE to cut back on Kye's milk drinking.

She and I discussed how his BMI is probably a tad higher due to the milk drinking but it's also what is probably helping us see the consistent growth in his height. So we decided to give him half a glass of milk at each meal and if he drinks it all he then gets water. It cuts down on the milk intake but we also have to make sure he's drinking 2% or whole and not skim. She said she'd recommend 16 oz a day of milk and then 2 additional servings of some type of dairy (we do yogurt and cheese often).

Kye did great on his vision test. My eyes have been bugging me and I stood behind him and took the same test mentally to myself and I did awful. I'm putting off going to the eye dr until I'm done nursing though as I have often had a change in vision while breastfeeding. I was glad he got 20/20 vision on his screening! I was planning to take him to the eye dr at age 6 since I got glasses at a young age myself but will probably wait until they suggest a need for it at his yearly visit. 

Although I may just go ahead and take him when I will probably need to take Tess. I showed the PA the pics of Tess's eye and discussed it with her in depth. Her son had something similar and it improved at 12 months old so we may just wait until then. She said it's called Ptosis and I just now looked it up while I'm writing this and reading about it has me FREAKED OUT. I will still probably wait until her 12 month visit but I can't imagine not taking her into the eye dr to be seen...hers is NOT a bad case AT ALL but if there is something we need to be doing to help correct it and/or prevent it from getting worse or affecting her vision then I'm ALL for going to the dr with her! It wouldn't hurt just to take her in and be seen by someone who specializes in the eye! If nothing else, I'll have a peace of mind about it :) 

I had her look at Kye's toenails. I know it's random but since he was a BABY his pinky toenails have been so close to the skin. It's a little painful for him when I trim them and I always have this concern that he's going to get ingrown toenails. I don't honestly even know what ingrown toenails exactly are but I assume it's when the nail grows into your skin? And that freaks me out haha. She said to keep them trimmed short like I do and that they seem fine. She probably thinks I'm nuts huh?

Another big thing I wanted to talk to her about at this visit were seizures. When my brother was in kindergarden he fainted at school and had a seizure. He went through a phase for awhile where he'd have seizures and they found they were caused by pain. I have no idea if that stuff can be hereditary or not but I just mentioned it to her to have it on his chart in case something does come up. All I can really do is keep an eye out for it. Thankfully I remember my brother having them and am pretty confident that I'd stay calm if it were to happen to Kye. Hopefully it won't though!

I meant to ask her about some little bumps Kye has on his arms...almost like little pimples? But I forgot to ask. I also forgot to have her look at his moles. But we did a skin cancer screening and had him looked over then and he's fine. Zach's family has raised moles and both Kye and Britt have a few already! It's funny b/c I have one on my neck and Kye has one in the same spot. Zach has one in his hairline and both Kye and Britt have one in the exact same spot of theirs too! We're just a bunch of Mole Twins ;)

She was very impressed with Kye's vocabulary and commented about how inquisitive he is. It was nice just having him there and allowing him to shine ;) We had a pretty long wait and enjoyed the time together. I didn't bring any toys or anything with me. We just talked and visited. We talked a lot about the different colors of flags on the doors of the rooms and what they all meant. So when the PA came in she explained it all to us! I love that they never, ever make us feel rushed and I truly leave there feeling like they got to know me and my children!

He had to pee in a cup to get it checked and it was funny because he asked what "urinate" means haha. I did help him to make sure he got it in okay, he thought the whole thing was pretty hilarious. Which I mean I still think it's funny too. I always feel bad for the person who checks the pee. So gross, right? I'm sure if you work in the medical field every day then you probably don't even think about it!


He got a sticker and a prize :) 


When I got home I couldn't help myself. I headed over to the Height Predictor just to see what Kye's predicted height is now with his new measurements. When he was 2 it predicted he'd be like 5'9". We learned at his 4 year visit that he had some growth delay stuff going on (his bone age is younger than his actual age...when he was 4 his bone age was that of a 2 year old). Now that he's out of those concerns I put in his current stats and the height predictor now says he'll be around 6'2" at age 18. Zach continued growing past age 18. He was 6'4" at 18 years old and is now closer to 6'6". Assuming Kye follows the same pattern he could be around 6'4". Who knows how accurate it is but, hey, it's a lot better than the 5'9" it said when he was 2! (Not that there is anything wrong with being 5'9"...my dad is like 5"10" I think? But when your dad is 6'6" I'd assume you'd prefer to be on the taller side!). 


I'm probably rare in this but I really enjoy going to the kids well visits. I like getting to ask about my concerns and I enjoy getting to see their stats and getting to spend that quality time with them! Plus, what mom doesn't love hearing how healthy her child is?!?! Always such a blessing and something I never take for granted! 



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