Friday, March 11, 2016

Kanaan's Kronicles ... 2 Year 6 Month Update!

This boy is a hoot! He cracks us up daily. 


Kanaan is 24lbs 0oz and 33.5in.


He is wearing 18 month clothes, although some of the 18m pants are getting too short. 24M clothes are way too big, and 18m pants still fall off him. (evidence is in the pictures at the end of the post)


Kanaan can identify and name most of the alphabet. He also knows what letters some words start with. For instance "A is for Abby, K is for Kanaan, W is for Water, X is for Xylophone" those are the ones he always knows for sure. 


He can count to 20. He gets 1-10 right every time, but will occasionally skip a few numbers from 10-20. 


He loves singing the alphabet song, and requests Mama to sing it several times a day. I occasionally have caught him singing it, but I can't get him to sing it when asked. 


He loves reading books, doing puzzles, and coloring.



He wears size 5 shoes. 


He is in size 4 diapers(for absorbency), although they sometimes will fall off his butt. Size 3's did the same though.


He's in Large rise in cloth diapers. 


His favorite foods are fruits, veggies (except green beans) and bread.


He talks nonstop. 


He has such a good memory. He will remember stuff from months ago!


Before he goes to bed he wants a "Kanaan Sissy Samwich Squeeze". Basically it started every night before we put Kanaan to bed, Andy or I would hold him and we would hug with him in the middle. I always called it a Kanaan Sandwich and Andy called it a Kanaan Squeeze. Well now if we call it one or the other, he will ask for the other too. Plus he always wants Eden involved too. So now Andy holds Kanaan, I hold Eden, and we hug, while we say "Kanaan and Sissy Sandwich Squeeze".


He loves Eden so much and will cry if he wakes up before her and we don't get her up right away.



His favorite show is "Brainy Baby". Every morning when he wakes up he comes into Andy and my room and asks for "Brainy Baby". He always wants to watch it on our bed. Apparently it's better in our room than in the living room. 



He still likes Mickey, Sesame Street, Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol. He recently has been asking to watch Henry Hugglemonster too. 

He wanted to "hold the wall" in this picture. I have no idea where that came from but we went with it. 
This time he was really into getting his pictures taken. He wanted to "take pictures with numbers and chair" lol. 



He has one of the Llama Llama books almost completely memorized. 


He loves to sing almost any song. His favorites on the radio are "Sound of the Saints" by Audio Adrenaline and "If  We're Honest" by Francesca Battistelli. (click the song names to hear them)


He likes to watch "Will and Zoe" AKA "The Little Couple"


He loves "Padeki"(Spaghetti)




















Ooops.. His pants fell off!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Eden's Edition ... 15 Month Update!

Eden turned 15 months on 2/2/16! How did she get so old so fast?! She's almost 1.5 years old. 


Eden is 20lbs and 30.5 inches.


She walks all over chasing her brother.


She says about 30 words, and has 12 teeth.


Eden is wearing 18 month clothes.


She is in medium rise cloth diapers and size 3 disposable diapers.


She is wearing size 3 and 4 shoes, depending on the brand. Mostly she's in size 3 though. 


She is a crazy little girl, that keeps us on our toes. 


We love you so much Eden Hope!!!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Kanaan's Kidney Update!

It's been awhile since I did an update on Kanaan's kidneys. When I last updated I mentioned that we were going to switch to a doctor in Quincy. We did meet with her and we really love her, however, she also wanted us to be in touch with a pediatric nephrologist in St. Louis as well. Mainly because they would have access to more resources if Kanaan's kidneys decline or a complication arises. We met with a doctor in STL and did not have a good first impression. Kanaan's kidneys and labs were stable and he was more concerned with the fact that Kanaan was short, than anything else. Yes Kanaan is short, he's always been short. He's still on his own growth curve, so none of his other doctors are concerned. This new doctor wanted to put Kanaan on Human Growth Hormone injections. It would be a shot everyday until he's puberty age. The doctor said it was very expensive and that the insurance companies will fight paying for it. It won't help his kidneys in any way it will just make him grow taller. Andy and I were not wanting to do this at all. I mean his kidneys are doing really good, and why mess with it? Who cares if he's short, really? Plus the side effects of the medicine are not good. Andy wanted to switch to a new doctor immediately, I wasn't sure if we were so disenchanted with this doctor because we loved the old one so much, or if he just really wasn't a good fit. We decided to wait until we went back in 6 months to give him a second chance. He once again kept bringing up the Human Growth Hormone and we just didn't feel comfortable with him. So we are going to switch to a new doctor. I called STL Children's Hospital to make an appointment with a different doctor and they mentioned that a pediatric nephrologist will be going to Springfield again. So we are going to try to see that doctor for Kanaan's next appointment. I tried to make an appointment, a month ago, but she wasn't set up to take appointments yet. I will try to call this week to get that scheduled. Springfield is so much easier for us to get to for his appointments. The new doctor trained under the doctor we were trying to switch to at SLCH. After Kanaan's labs in January we found out that his phosphorus was high, so he's now on a low phosphorus diet. So he can't have peanut butter, cheese, any dairy, nuts, seeds, soy, etc. Plus phosphorus is added to a lot of foods, to make it creamier or tastier. Your body absorbs 40% of naturally occuring phosphorus, but it will absorb 100% of artificially added phosphorus. So now we have to read labels and avoid anything that has "phosphate" in it such as: phosphoric acid, pyrophosphate, polyphosphate, hexametaphosphate, dicalcium phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, aluminum phosphate, sodium polyphosphate, sodium tripolyphosphate, tricalcium phosphate, trisodium phosphate, sodium phosphate, tetrasodium phosphate. It is in a lot of things! He's also on a medication to help bind the phosphorus 3 times a week. Hopefully his phosphorus will be back to normal at his next labs.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Christmas Photo Dump

We had 7 family Christmases this year. The Stremmel's (my Mom's Mom's family), The King's (Andy's Dad's family), The Brown's (My mom's family), The Ancell's (Andy's Mom's family), The Prior's(My Dad's family), Andy's Parent's and Sister, and Our own little family Christmas. We've done this every year since we've been married, and frankly it's exhausting, and the house is a disaster by the time we've been to every place. However, it's so nice to spend time with our families and the kids have so much fun. I know there will be a time when we only have a few christmases to go to and we'll miss the crazy busyness that we have now. 


















This was Andy and my Christmas present to ourselves. Andy hit a deer and totaled his vehicle, so we got this as a replacement. 












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