Monday, September 28, 2015

Kanaan's Kronicles...2 Year Update!

Kanaan turned 2 years old on September 4th! I can't believe he's old enough to say his age in years rather than months now.

He is 21 lbs 11oz and 32inches. There seems to be some discrepancy among doctors offices regarding his height. One place says he's almost 31.5 one place says 32 and one place says 32.5. I'm going to go with 32, since it's in the middle.

He has almost all of his teeth except his 2 year molars in.

Kanaan is in size 18m clothes. Mainly for length, some of them even fall down when he walks because they are big around his waist. He can still wear his 12m shorts fine.

He is in size 3 shoes without his braces on. When he's wearing his braces on he has to wear size 5 shoes to get them to fit in though.

He is in size 3 disposable diapers and large rise cloth diapers.

Kanaan started walking around a lot after his Shriner's appointment on 7/9/15. By the time we went back on 8/14/15 he was pretty much completely walking. I do think he walks better with his braces on, to give his ankles some stability.

Kanaan says a lot of words. Way more than I can count. He pretty much just repeats whatever we say. He says consistently says 3-4 word sentences. He recently starting counting, and can say the following number when we stop counting, up to ten. He also recognizes numbers he sees. He always knows 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 He sometimes will call 6 a 9. He knows 9 comes after 8, because Kayla and I were counting something and we stopped at 8 and he said "9" completely unprompted.

He sleeps from 7-7 and takes one 2-3 hour nap around 12.

Kanaan loves most fruit. Currently he isn't really fond of melon or blueberries. He loves applesauce, bananas, strawberries, fresh pineapple, grapes, etc. He also likes most vegetables. He isn't a fan of green beans very well, but loves peas, carrots, corn, mixed veggies, etc. Kanaan is currently going through a no meat phase. He won't eat hamburgers, chicken, ham, turkey, hot dogs, lunch meat, etc. The only way I can get him to eat meat is if it is really mixed in with other stuff, like spaghetti or a casserole. He will also eat the gerber graduates chicken and carrot ravioli and turkey and veggie ravioli. I don't buy them very often, but they are nice to have on hand when I need something quick that I know he will eat. He isn't really into eggs at all, but will eat peanut butter. Beans are hit or miss on whether he will eat it. He will always eat cheese. Cheese and crackers, mac and cheese, grilled cheese, quesadilla, etc. He also will eat tuna mixed with mac and cheese and veggies.

He started Preschool Story Hour at the library in Mendon the beginning of September. It is every Wednesday morning. He was the youngest one in the class, 3 kids were almost 3 and one was already 3 or almost 4. At first he couldn't understand why he couldn't go read the all the books and had to sit on the carpet. But he quickly caught on. I will say in some ways you could tell he was the youngest, as far as his attention span. They had an activity that had stars with numbers written on them, then the kids had to match the stars to stars written on the white board with dots in the middle. Each kid got one number to match up.  Kanaan was the only one out of all the kids that recognized and would say "3 star" "2 star" "5 star". He loved this game, because stars are one of his favorite things. He got the 5 star to match up and 5 is one of his favorite numbers. They even sent home numbered and dotted stars home with the kids to match on their own. I was a little nervous about how he would do at story hour being so young, but he did really well. They alternated reading with some songs, the star activity, and then they did a coloring craft and had a snack. He was also excited to bring home some books to check out. He loves to "reap".

His favorite characters are Sesame Street and Mickey Mouse. Sesame Street is a little higher on his totem pole. He can name: Elmo, Cookie Monster (he calls him "Me" I think because that's how he talks), Ernie, Bert, Oscar, Murray, Zoey, Abby, Big Bird, and Grover. He loves to watch Brainy Baby, Bilingual Baby, Signing Time, and of course Sesame Street and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

 He loves blocks, books, puzzles, trains, cars, balls. Kanaan is still really good about playing by himself. He also really likes to play with Eden. He will often say to me "Play" and go back to the play room to play while I'm cooking. Eden will usually follow him back there too and they are entertained while I'm cooking, which is nice. Before we made the play room they used to just cry for food at my feet while I tried to cook, which wasn't helpful for anybody.

He loves his "emament" elephant. Which is a small light blue blanket with white stars and an elephant head. It also jingles. He latched on to it when I was in the hospital having Eden, and doesn't sleep well without it. The rule is that he has to stay in his crib, but he will often go in there and grab it out and carry it around before we catch him. I had to buy a second one because with his kidney disease he wets so much overnight that when elephant was in the wash Kanaan wouldn't sleep at night. Now we have two so one can always be clean. I also bring elephant when we go to a dr appointment that may need testing like ultrasound or xrays just in case we need a distraction.

Kanaan gets very concerned about where people are if he can't see them. For instance, if we go shopping as a family and Andy and I each take a cart with one kid in it, he will say "Where Mama Sissy?" or "Where Dada Sissy?" if he can't see the other people. He doesn't like it when other kids cry. He usually starts crying if Eden is crying, and does not like it when Eden gets in trouble. Sometimes he is more upset than Eden is about it. He doesn't like loud noises such as the vacuum, public toilets, hand dryers, car alarms, my mixer(which isn't really loud, but I guess I usually do mixing when the kids are napping so he isn't familiar with it).

Every time we see a restaurant he asks for fries. Even whenever we drive through somewhere, including the bank. He constantly takes off his shoes in the car, and can sometimes get his braces off too. We have to include an extra 5 minutes of shoe putting on time when we go places. I'm thinking once rainy/winter weather starts I will just take off his shoes when I put him in the car so he doesn't get mud and gunk all over the car seat. I can't put anything to protect them because since I have a car not an suv or van, my backseats don't have a back to them, and I also don't have any headrests in the back seat to attach anything to protect the tan fabric.

Kanaan will give something to Eden, like the remote, and then say "no no Sissy" and take it away from her. He also loves Pogo. He calls him either "Popo" or "the Pogz" He will also randomly say "Beat it Pogz" We call Pogo either Pogo or Pogz(p-OH-gz).

One of his favorite games is to put his hand in his sleeve if it's long and say "Where's a hand?" then pop it out and say "Oh a hand!" LOL

He still LOVES music. He is always asking me to sing something to him. His current favorites are "Hurrah" (The Ants Go Marching), and "Happy to You" (Happy Birthday). We had to practice the Birthday Song before his party, because we had a birthday party for one of Andy's cousin's a few weeks before Kanaan's birthday and he burst into tears when everyone started singing. Luckily at his party he liked the song. We were outside instead of all in one room, so that may have helped too. He sings Happy Birthday all day long. "Happy to YOOOUUU, Happy to YOOOUUU, Happy to YOOOUUU Pogz" sometimes he will add different people, but usually Pogo is the recipient. If a song comes on the radio or tv he likes he will stand up in the middle of the floor and clap.

He also loves to "rock rock". He will climb onto my lap, lay his head down on my shoulder, and say "Rock Rock" and I sing "Rock Rock, Rock Rock, Rock a little Kanaan" and then he will go through a variety of names for me to "rock" usually Mama, Sissy, Tayta(Kayla), Dada, Elmo, Pogz.

Kanaan is so funny and makes us laugh every day! He is such a blessing, and a joy to our lives. We can't imagine our life without this little boy

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Eden's Edition ... 9 Month Update

Eden turned 9 months on 8/2/15.

She is 15lbs 10oz 28.5in.

Ignore me in the background. Getting pictures this month was quite the challenge.
She has 6 teeth, four on top and two on bottom.

She is a great eater and likes pretty much everything we give her. She tries to eat things we don't give her too ;)

She usually sleeps from 7ish until 8-9. A lot of time when I go into wake her up, she is already awake just playing in her crib, so I'm not sure when she usually wakes up.

She takes 1 nap around 12-2:30ish.

She is in 3-6m(6m) and some 9-12m(9m) clothes.

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

I'm not sure about shoe size. We have some shoes that are 0-3m and some that are 3-6m that both fit her. I feel like they don't make baby shoes sizes very consistent, at least not in girl styles.

I started working 2 days a week this month, and she is doing great with a bottle while I'm gone. We are using the Dr. Brown's bottles, that we used with Kanaan.

She is always on the go, loves to explore, and follows Kanaan wherever he goes.

She takes her baths with Kanaan. This isn't really new this month, but she will cry in the tub and try to climb out unless he is in there with her. However she had her first experience swimming in a big pool this month and loved it. I put her in her floaty and she just kicked and traveled all over the pool. Kanaan was scared at first but then decided it would be ok to try it out since Eden was having so much fun.

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