Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August 2015 Menu

We usually only make 1 big trip to the grocery store each month. I sit down and create a list of meals for the month and list the ingredients we need to buy. I don't usually plan out each days meals, I just list the meals and then decided that day or the day before what I'm going to make. I may try to actually plan it out again, but for now this is working out.

I thought I'd list what's on our menu for this month and give a review about the dishes. Some of them are new, some we've had before.


Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers
Chicken Veggie Meatballs with Fettuccine Alfredo
Juicy Apple Turkey Burgers and Oven Fries
Sweet Potato and Kale Chicken Patties, with Cheesy Broccoli Orzo
Grilled Bruschetta Chicken, Salad, and Butter Herb Fettuccine
Skinny Chicken Cordon Bleu and Zucchini Casserole
Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes
Pizza Turkey Burgers and Crock Pot Italian Potatoes
Baked Chicken, California blend, and Baked Potatoes
Veggie Cheesy Quinoa Casserole and Salad
Cheese Tortellini Veggie Lasagna Bake
Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti and Garlic Bread
Creamy Beef Noodle Bake
Roasted Sausage, Sweet Potatoes and Peppers, with Buttered Noodles.

I haven't decided if I'll post individual recipe posts on each meal, or one at the end of the month reviewing them all. You can click on  the links to find the recipes.

What's on your menu this month?


Monday, August 3, 2015

Eden's Edition... 8 Month Update

Eden turned 8 months on 7/2/15.
She weighs 15lbs 12oz.

This month she got her first 2 teeth on the bottom on 6/13/15.

 On 6/14/15 She met my Grandpa Prior for the first time and started really sitting up on her own. She hasn't really been interested in sitting, before then, she will just crawl away or pull up to standing.
 On 7/2/15 she started saying Mama.
Getting her pictures this month was hard, because she just kept trying to crawl away.
I have a ton of pictures of the top of her bow, because of this. This picture sums up what this photo shoot was like.
She is in 3-6m clothes, size 2 shoes, size 2 disposable diapers, and small rise on cloth diapers.
She goes to bed between 7 and 7:30pm and will wake up around 8:30-9am.
Occasionally she will wake up in the night to eat, but not usually.
If she wakes up early (around 7) she will take a morning nap around 9 and another afternoon nap around 1. If she wakes up normal time she will just take one afternoon nap around 12 and sleep until 2:30-3
. She loves to play with Kanaan and follows him around the house.
She likes everything we've given her to eat, but she would rather not eat green beans.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Eden's Edition... Eden Hope 0-7m

Eden's monthly pictures 0-7m to get caught up on our sweet little girl.

9lbs 14oz 21in at birth

10lbs 7oz 22.5in

11lbs 7oz 23in

12lbs 3oz

12lbs 10oz 25.5in

13lbs 0.5oz 26in
13lbs 7oz 26.75in


14lbs 3oz 26.75in



Monday, July 13, 2015

Kanaan's Kidney and Shriner's Update

We met with Kanaan's new pediatrician/nephrologist last week. She is very nice and very thorough. She took labs and his labs were overall good, his creatinine was stable. His vitamin D was low so we have started him on a supplement. His sodium was at the low end of normal, and his potassium was a tad low so she suggested we give him things like juice and fries occasionally. He asks for fries every single day, so that won't be a problem. We will re check his labs in a few weeks. She does want us to see a nephrologist in St. Louis at St. Louis Children's hospital in August. Basically  because she doesn't have the resources here that the nephrologist would there. Also once his function gets worse, we'll need to see the nephrologist there anyway, so we are establishing care now, to be prepared. We go to STLCH on August 24.

We also had Kanaan's appointment at Shriner's Hospital for Children last week as well. Kanaan is still not walking more than a few steps, and his physical therapist mentioned that his legs look knock kneed. Kayla had surgery at Shriner's when she was young for being knock kneed so, we definitely wanted to get it checked out.

We saw a Nurse Practitioner, Radiologist, and Physician. His xrays were normal, so he isn't knock kneed. It just looks like it because of the way he stands. They did say he has really loose joints and low muscle tone in his lower body. He was fitted for orthotics (SMO), they are small braces that will fit inside his shoe, they will help give his ankles support when he is walking. They also want us to meet with Neurology, regarding his low muscle tone. They said he doesn't have any other signs they would be concerned about, but they want to look into everything. We go back on August 14, for the neurology appointment and to pick up his braces. They warned us that the neurology appointments can take 2-3 hours, because they are very thorough.




Friday, July 3, 2015

Pregnancy #2

 A year ago March we found out we were pregnant again! I was of course being a terrible blogger and never mentioned it on here, so I'll update with pictures.

I suspected it for about 2 weeks, but we officially found out on 3/14/14
Our first peak at Baby King 2.0 4/2/14



How we announced it! 4/1/14


Gender Reveal Picture!




Eden Hope King 11/2/14 9lbs 14oz 21in 6:54pm

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Kanaan's Kronicles...Getting Up to Date

It's been a crazy long time since I've blogged. I'll try to do a few update posts to get the blog up to date.

Here's an update on Kanaan. He'll be 22 months on the 4th! I can't believe he's almost 2! His last kidney appointment was in January. Our doctor ended up leaving the practice, so we will be seeing a new doctor next week for his kidneys. The good thing about the new doctor is that she is Quincy and does regular pediatrics as well, so we just transferred all his records to her. That way she knows everything from here on out.

He is talking a ton and taking steps on his own, but still not walking completely on his own. We go to Shriner's in St. Louis next week, to see what they have to say about it.

10 Months! 16lbs 6.5oz

11 Months! 17lbs 12oz

12 Months! 18lbs 2oz

15 Months! 18lbs 6oz 29in

18 Months! 19lbs 10oz 29.75in

21 Months! 21 lbs 2oz 32in

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Kanaan's Kronicles...9 Months!



Kanaan you are 9 months old! As of June 10th you are 16lbs 15oz and 27.5 inches. You wear 6-9 months clothes and 3-6 month shoes. You can still wear some 3-6 month clothes but I've packed most of them away. You wear size 3 in disposable diapers and are on the medium setting in our one-size cloth diapers. 


You go to bed at 7pm and will wake up anywhere between 7-9am. You take two 2 hour naps. 


You eat 3 meals and 4 bottles each day. You refuse to chew anything and gag and cough if I give you anything with too much texture. 


You started sitting up by yourself on May 25th and your second tooth came through on May 26th. You have your two bottom middle teeth now. 


Firsts this month: We moved! First memorial day


Thursday, May 29, 2014

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kanaan's Kidney Update!

On May 13th Kanaan had an appointment with his nephrologist. His labs looked great and his doctor was very pleased with his progress. He said that based on when he was born he expected him to be on dialysis by now. He had a growth spurt since his last appointment and Dr. Seifert was pleased with his growth. Also since we haven't changed his medicine dosages since he was born and his labs are improving, he is weaning himself off of them. We were able to stop adding salt to his bottles and when we run out of his other medicine we'll do labs 2 weeks after the last dose and see how he tolerates it. We don't have to go back to see Dr. Seifert until September!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kanaan's Kronicles...8 Months!


Kanaan you are 16lbs 14oz and 27 inches long. You wear 3-6 months clothes and size 2 shoes. You wear size 3 diapers now.


You go to bed at 7pm and will sleep until 7am. You take a 2 hour morning and afternoon nap and 30-45 minute cat nap in the evening. 


You are starting to eat more food and have liked everything we've given you so far. 

You got your first tooth on 4/27/14 it's the bottom middle left (on the right if you're looking at you)! You are such a good teether, you didn't fuss or show any other symptoms other than drooling a ton. The drooling has been going on for awhile now. 

Firsts this month: First Easter, First Tooth.



Sunday, April 27, 2014

Easter

This year for Easter Kayla came back and stayed with us. We met my dad and had breakfast at Village Inn, then went to church. After church Andy, Kanaan and I had lunch at Andy's parents, then we went to supper at Dad's. We were exhausted by the end of the day. Here are some cute pictures of Kanaan.
We had Kanaan's picture taken with a live rabbit. It turned out so cute! Kanaan just laid his head on his arm like this himself.

Meeting the Easter Bunny at the mall
His Easter Outfit!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Kanaan's Kronicles...7 Months!

This month started out a bit rough for Kanaan. He had small cough that ended up being RSV. Kanaan spent some time in the St. John's Children's hospital, but did really well with it. He seemed to have a milder case and was just admitted to keep an eye on him with his kidneys.

He is 15lbs 9oz and 27 inches long. He still wears 3-6 clothes and some 0-3. He is now in size 2 shoes.


 He is in size 2 diapers, we are using disposables while we are in the process of selling the house.

He loves to bounce in his Jumparoo. He is still too short to reach the floor on level one, but too tall to use a pillow under it on level 1, so he is on level 2 with the pillow.

He started eating baby food this month. I make most of his food, because he is on a low potassium diet and most store brands add potassium as a preservative. He can eat jarred applesauce, so I don't usually make that one. He is eating 1 "solid" meal/day and the rest is formula.

Kanaan's firsts this month: First ER visit, First ambulance ride, first hospitalization since we came home initially, first food (carrots).



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