My Boys

My Boys

Monday, July 11, 2016

4th of July

Austin on the 4th of July

10 months old!
At 10 months old, Austin is pulling himself up to stand. This caused some problems with sleeping for about 4 days, but he's back to falling asleep on his own again.

4 boys in a tub

Carter pulled out his tooth yesterday in the middle of my Sharing Time lesson at church! He raised his hand and said, "Mom, I pulled out my tooth."

Wolf Rank

Caleb earned his Wolf in March, but due to baseball practices, he continued to miss Pack Meetings. So in June's Pack Meeting, Caleb finally received his Wolf award!

We've really enjoyed working on more Wolf belt loops this summer. Making mucus was particularly fun for all the boys!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Father's Day 2016

What a great bunch of boys I have in my life!
For Father's Day this year, my sister and I got together for dinner. We let the men be men and grill some steaks while we prepared the other sides/dessert. 

Matt has a special relationship with his boys, and they all love him to pieces. He wrestles with them and plays sports with them. He loves to take them fishing and camping. The boys all love building things with their dad in the garage. Matt knows how to turn their sour moods into laughter, fix all their owies, he's there when they need a listening ear, and he's their greatest champion as they get into sports and other activities. The boys all think the world of him!

I'm so appreciative of how seriously Matt takes his role of fatherhood. He works so hard to provide for our family, and puts family first after the Savior. I value his impressive abilities with babies, his help with babies/children in the middle of the night, and his help around the house. I'm so fortunate to have him as a partner in this parenting business!

Austin at 9 Months

In the last month, Austin has popped out two teeth and as of a few days ago, finally learned to crawl. (He's way behind my other boys.) He still does so well with adjusting to our crazy schedule; even if he's super tired he doesn't complain too much as long as I'm holding him. I love having this special connection with a baby--soon he'll switch to a Daddy's boy so I'm trying to enjoy it while it lasts.

He still has very little hair growth. It's funny to me that I was giving hair cuts to Carter at this age. Austin doesn't have much more hair than what he was born with.

There seems to always be a bump or bruise on Austin's head since he is pulling himself up on his knees and testing out his legs and arms, trying to get to a standing position.

Austin's schedule most days:
6 am wake-up and typically nurse first thing
7 am breakfast
8:30-10:30 am morning nap
10:30 nurse followed by a snack
noon lunch
2-4 pm afternoon nap
4pm nurse followed by a snack
5:30 pm dinner & bath
6:30pm bedtime

I wish we could adjust his wake-up time so that it doesn't interrupt exercise or scripture reading time, but even on the nights when he goes to bed later for one reason or another, he still wakes up between 6 and 6:30am.

The pediatrician was concerned at his check-up about his weight. He has leg/arm rolls and a big tummy and a healthy appetite, so it has never crossed my mind to be concerned. She is worried about my milk supply though. Austin nurses heartily in the morning and after his 2nd nap, but the other times I nurse him (after his morning nap and before bed) he is mostly disinterested. I just hoped he was getting what he needs, but most likely not. We're trying to figure out a game plan on supplementing. I'm worried though that 1) he won't take formula and 2) it will end up drying up my milk supply

9 month stats
Weight: 18 lb 11oz (32nd percentile)
Height: 27" (6th percentile)
Head circumference: 48.2 cm

I happen to have my other boys' stats easily accessible for my own comparison
Bryson's 9 month stats:
Weight: 20 lb 2oz, 56th percentile
Height: 27.5” tall, 16th percentile!
Head count: 48.5 cm

Carter's 9 month stats:
Weight: 22 lb 12oz, 80th percentile
Height: 30.25” tall, 95th percentile!
Head Count: don't have it recorded 

Caleb's 9 month stats:
Weight: 20 lbs. 13 oz., 55th percentile*
Height: 45th percentile
Head Count: 80th percentile for his head count

The boys are all great helpers with Austin. It's so nice! They all shower him with love and attention.

Just like with Bryson, it took 9 months to put on the weight and 9 months to take it off. I'm happy to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Lots of running and exercising!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Summer is Here!

Caleb's last field trip for the school year at a local YMCA that got rained out twice!

Caleb made the All-Star team for baseball! 
This is a huge privilege. They form an American and National League All-Star team of 12 boys each out of over 100 boys. Most boys that make the team have been playing for several seasons; this is Caleb's second season. All-Stars extended his baseball season by 3 weeks, and what a stressful 3 weeks those were! 5 practices a week and games were an hour away. I think we barely survived...

Caleb's All-Star team

Lots of flooding in this area due to all the rain. Our backyard couldn't drain fast enough, and we opened the gates on both sides because the water level was quickly rising. At one point the rain slowed down and there was no lightning, so I sent the boys outside to play. Bryson decided to go commando.
 We had several weather days where school was cancelled towards the end of this school year!

Matt and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary! We always talked about some sort of big get-away for #10, but with a nursing baby and my parents gone on a mission (in other words no one to watch the kids), it didn't happen. Instead, we bought a new mattress.

There are 9 roses and 1 sunflower: 10 flowers to represent our 10th anniversary and the sunflower is an inside joke. It represents one of our dates before we were married where Matt brought me a huge, honking sunflower that I thought was just weird!

I haven't been good in the past about setting a schedule for summer. I resolved to do better this year if only to stop the fighting amongst the boys. We had a family council at the beginning of the summer to set up the 4 things they need to do each day, M-F, in order to earn screen time: reading, school work, piano, and chore. We all agreed on a reward system; so far so good!

We also worked a Friends' day, waterpark, pool day, and library day into our weekly schedule.
Carter got his face painted like Spider Man at the Kick off to Summer Reading program at the library.

We also did a zoo day with cousins!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Kindergarten Graduation

Carter said he wants to be a policeman when he grows up so he can put bad guys in handcuffs.

Guild 2016

One of the things I love about Caleb's current piano teacher is how she gives her students many opportunities throughout the year for competitions and recitals. Caleb took a theory test for 3rd grade students in the spring and got a perfect score. He was signed up for a competition for 3rd grade students at the end of April where each participant plays the same two songs in front of a judge and then is ranked. 1st - 4th place receive a trophy, which Caleb was aiming to get, but unfortunately that competition was cancelled due to the non-stop thunderstorms/flooding that weekend.

On June 4th, Caleb participated in a guild competition. I was excited for this one because I did this competition as a girl as well. For guild, Caleb played 10 memorized songs + the scale and inversions chords for each song in front of a judge. He was in a nice big chapel, just him and the judge, playing on a grand piano. It's a nerve-racking experience! Caleb was ready, but there were a few songs I was worried about as I stood outside the chapel and listened in. He played 9 of his 10 songs pretty much flawlessly! I was so impressed with how he overcame any nerves and paid attention to all the details that his piano teacher and I had pointed out. The last song had a few mistakes, but he still played it very well.

 He got a "Bravo!" from the judge and high praise on his tone, technique, and musical details. For all the hours and hours of hard work, he received his report card and an itty-bitty pin.

(C represents what he did well and A represents areas where he can improve. There are always things to improve on, but the judge just chose to be positive I guess. He got 30 C's and 0 A's.)