Sunday, January 31, 2010

Upward Basketball

It's hard to believe we are already 1/2 way through Seth's first experience with Upward Basketball. It's been great so far...he really enjoys it! He is playing on the kindergarten team, and even though he's the youngest, he's doing a pretty good job of keeping up with them. He's definitely figured out the "hands-up" defense strategy. They do a really good each kid a wristband...and then they "guard" the kid on the other team w/ the same color wristband. The baskets are a little lower so they are able to have some success w/ shooting the baskets. His skills have improved dramatically...considering at the evaluation, he could barely dribble and now he can all the way down the court. I'm so glad he's got such an interest in organized activities...and seems to really enjoy them. Can't wait to see how the next 4 games go! GO LEOPARDS!

Toothless Wonder finally happened today...that tooth hung on for a lot longer than I thought it would! Today, while playing fell out and the look on Seth's face was priceless. He looks so grown up's hard to believe he's not my little boy anymore.

I just finished playing tooth fairy...we settled on $5 for the first tooth (the rest will be much cheaper) I was so nervous he would wake up...but he was out! What a fun milestone for all of us.

And...since we're talking teeth...Grant's first tooth on the top popped through today.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Slacking Again

And here it is another Wednesday and no more posts! Really...I just don't feel like there is anything exciting to say.

--Andy had 2 snow days off last week (we still don't know why) and Seth had was fun to have some family time together
--We all went to the circus and had a great time
--Grandma & Ted came to Seth's b-ball game. Seth went back to Portland for the night
--I got to spend some time scrapbooking...slowly getting Grant's book up-to-date
--Watched the Colts make it to the Superbowl
--Worked out several times at the Y! Andy & I are actually getting into a routine I think!

The biggest news around our house was the anticipation of an email saying we won a trip to Disney. We found out that Disney was having a contest for families who volunteer together and inspire others to volunteer. We got pretty excited and wrote our essay telling all about how our whole family volunteers with Kate's Kart and have inspired other families to volunteer with Kate's Kart and the growth of the charity. I actually thought that maybe we would have a decent shot at winning one of the 3 free 5 day trips.

Well...we didn't...(after checking our email about 1,000 times on Monday) I'll be honest...I'm a little disappointed. This was one of the only contests that I actually felt like we had a shot at winning. But...I guess it's all good. Although it was mostly free, there would have been some expense for food, not to mention the taxes we would have to had to pay for the gift. Plus...we were just there 18 months ago...and Grant is awfully little...(look at me justifying it).

So...somewhere there are 3 happy families going to Disney! I'm just telling myself Disney didn't want to look like they were "endorsing" our charity. It's my own fault (my pride got the best of me)...and I'll get over it...although for now...I'll just be disappointed and dream a little dream about winning a nice little warm getaway in February.

30 Weeks

Wednesday, January 27
30 Weeks

At 30 weeks, Grant:
--added blueberries & green beans to his diet and is NOT a fan of green beans AT ALL!
--ate oatmeal again and didn't break out---so YEAH for no allergy
--is lovin' his juice fix everyday
--POOPS all the time...seriously like 7-8 diapers a day! And usually...he looks a little like this during the "process"
--discovered for himself that he is indeed "a boy" ... thanks to all those diaper changes
--went to the circus...sat on my lap & watched every bit of it
--sat up in the shopping Kart for the first time on a trip to Meijer
--loves grabbing my hair
--still HATES his tummy...has NO desire to push up or spend any time rolling on the floor
--is experiencing some "baby boot camp" in an attempt to get him to get himself back to sleep at night...he wakes up several times a night. Usually he's on his tummy and he's mad!
--has a top tooth so close to busting through
--has no awareness of stranger danger...will go to anybody as long as they hold him
--is our little cuddle monkey!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

29 Weeks

Wednesday, January 20
29 Weeks

At 29 weeks Grant:

had his 6 month photo shoot--HOW CUTE IS HE!

--added oatmeal, applesauce & peaches to his diet
--broke out in a strange 12 hour rash after the oatmeal---needless to say we haven't tried the oats again (not sure if that was it...but we'll see this week when we try again)
--is trying to get the hang of a sippy cup--hasn't learned out to get anything out yet...just plays with it

--LOVES to have his hair brushed
--gets the cutest little rosy cheeks every once in a while
--continues to make new sounds every day
--can now pretty much roll where ever he wants to go
--LOVES LOVES LOVES giving wet kisses...will give them me every time I pick him up (awww!) --Is not sleeping well at night at all! He wakes up 3-6 times a night...crying! Usually, a trip in there, replacing the paci, and turning on his singing birds...and he's good to go! But still...mommy & daddy aren't getting any sleep!
--is going through baby boot camp to teach him how to get himself back to sleep! Over an hour of screaming and kicking...yes...the the little stinker just kicked his legs up & down. I think he may have a temper
--Speaking of tempers...starts screaming when he drops (or is out of reach) something he wants
(here he is happily playing with his favorite bath toy-a whistle)

(here he is 3 seconds later after dropping said favorite toy)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A major milestone has come our way!

Is it me...or is this a little too early for this to be happening?

Seth had been complaining a little that his teeth were hurting when he put them together...well..tonight before dinner, he realized why! Yep...that bottom tooth is obvioulsy wiggly...I really don't think it will be long now!

That week...

It's been that week...the 2 year mark of the loss of our little girl. Last Friday marked 2 years since we kissed her marked 2 years since her memorial service. Really...2 years? In some's been forever! A lot has happened in those 2 years...a lot of things where we wish she was with us. But in some just seems like yesterday. There are those certain memories that just aren't fading. For's those last few minutes with her. I can vividly remember everything everybody was doing...the things that were said. In fact...the nights I can't's usually that memory that won't fade! In some's a good memory, there was lots of love and peace. But's a HARD HARD memory to re-live over and over. On those nights...I have to force myself to think of other things. For's that memory of the last walk down the hallway, the night before!

So...we cling to those memories, as for now, it's all we have...the good and the bad. We are so thankful for the legacy that has been built through Kate's Kart. Everyday we are AMAZED at how many people "know" our little us, that means a bunch.
It has only been two years and we're still figuring out what to "do" on the 15th! This year...Andy took and 1/2 day and we all went out to lunch (and of course we had some ice cream). Then...we dropped off the boys with my parents and Andy & I did a running of Kate's Kart at the hospital. Then...just a quiet night at home...We did continue our "tradition" of sending balloons to Kate in heaven. I asked Seth what he wanted to write on the note to Kate...his reply: "Have a good time!"

I was looking back at last year's photo...Seth was wearing the same pants. I'm not sure what his fixation with orange/red and are...just know I don't dress him like that!
We appreciate the love and support we received this past still means a bunch to be loved on by so many! Thank you!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

So Much To Do...So Little To Say

Well...I've obviously been in another blogging slump this new year. If it weren't for Grant's weekly updates (which I hope to do for a year) who knows what I would have posted. It's not that we haven't been busy...we have. But for the sake of our own record keeping...I'll post a little of what's happened the past few weeks in the lives of the rest of us.

--Seth had his first Upward Basketball Game last weekend. They had 2 practices way before Christmas...and I was worried since they hadn't practiced due to a cancellation...but they did AWESOME. I was really impressed with the group of kindergartners. It should be an exciting 8 weeks...except that we have the early game at 8 most weeks!

--We rejoined the Y. Andy and I are feeling our age and know we still have a TON of wagon pulling, horsey rides and football games to play in the backyard. Grant is now old enough to go into the child-care area, so we felt it was important to get active. And...I have a goal of losing 40lbs for my 40th b-day in July. So...I am going most mornings after Seth goes to school. Plus...we can get back to our Friday night swimming at the Y and pizza night routine!

--Kate's Kart is continuing to go well...we had a very blessed December and received a ton of book and $$ donations. We are in the works of adding our 11th hospital and have applied for several grants.

--Andy is back at work...feeling the stress of the governor's announcement that funds will be significantly decreased for the schools. Their small system is trying everything to avoid cuts, but Andy says that may happen.

--Seth is fascinated with the Wii...he LOVES playing it and is actually pretty good at it...he beats me all the time. Anyone have any fun games their family plays that they recommend?

So...not much...which I guess is good. We're just living life...enjoying each other and watching our kids grow up way too fast!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

28 Weeks

Wednesday, January 13
28 Weeks

At 28 weeks Grant:
--has added peas, pears and prunes to his diet
--is still having constipation/stomach pains
--is getting 1 oz apple juice a day to help with the above...and is doing better the past few days
--ate a pear through his new mesh feeder
--is a messy messy eater..he just moves around so much
--therefore, has to take a daily bath and change clothes after almost every feeding
--does raspberries, especially during feeding time
--has long enough hair to play with in teh bathtub (just a thicker row down the middle)
--went to childwatch at the Y for the first time...has gotten 3 great reports so far
--loves putting small toys into buckets and taking them out
--attended his brother's first basketball game
--has been CRANKY...either the constipation or possibly another tooth...he just hasn't been his normal happy self this week
--loves giving kisses..big wet slobbery open mouth ones!
--giggles and giggles watching his big brother
--is still waking through the night...but is doing a little better (knock on wood)
--has the most beautiful blue eyes I know this pic is whited out...but the look is just so Grant

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

27 Weeks

Wednesday, January 6
27 weeks

At 27 weeks Grant:

--had his 6 month well baby check. He weighed in at 18lb 4oz (60%) and 28in (above 95%). All else is well...except that Grant needs a little more upper body strength. He has NO desire to push up with his arms!

--has eaten cereal, sweet potatoes, squash and carrots and LOVES them!

--consequently has very ORANGE poop!

--will consistently eat 2 jars of food at lunch and dinner (WHAT A PIGGIE)

--makes a complete mess when eating....wants so much to grab the spoon and usually successfully grabs it or or bats it out at least once during a feeding

--is waking up several times during the night still...usually is content once he gets his paci back!
(will probably start baby boot camp this week)

--celebrated New Years at the Children's Museum

--woke up just in time to see the ball drop on New Year's Eve at home later that night

--is already bustin' out of his 12 month stuff--YIKES!
--still has the most beautiful blue eyes ( I hope and hope they stay)

--got rid of his baby he sits in his seat in the tub! Seth chooses to take a bath with him, instead of a shower! How sweet is that! (Can't believe I'm putting more baby stuff away in the attic)

--is a GREAT traveler

--still has a bald spot..but you can now feel a little fuzz growing

--entered his picture in the snow baby contest for the newspaper

--went to Oompa's band concert...was mesmerized by the music...blinked his eyes every time cymbal played. Maybe he's going to be our musical one!
--no longer stays where you put him...can roll where he wants
--is no longer safe just plopping him on the bed or couch

--giggles and giggles when you play peek-a-boo
--hates it when we put the cover over his carseat..usually he can kick it off

--is growing up way too fast for mommy