Milestones and Upates

I’ve been in the process of moving all the posts that I had on the kids’ websites over here so that I don’t have to go to so many places to keep track of what everyone is up to…so I hope you don’t get annoyed with all of the little things that I want to remember about the kids! I haven’t updated any of their sites in quite a while, so this is going to be one long post trying to catch up on all of that!


Ryan has been SUCH a good boy lately!  He’s still the ball of energy that he always was, but his temper tantrums have come less frequently, he’s become more pleasant and helpful, and he’s communicating so much better.  I don’t know if school is finally helping, or if he’s just having a good phase (doesn’t it stink that even the good stuff is sometimes just a stage?) , but I’ve really enjoyed having him home during the Christmas break.  He really caught the spirit of Christmas this year, knowing that it’s when we celebrate Jesus’ birth, and that Santa would be coming to his house.  He’s had a lot of fun playing with his new toys and has quite the imagination.  For the last few days, he’s designated each of us as characters from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and has been very strict on requiring us to talk to him with the right voice!  He STILL isn’t potty trained (we’re going on 18 months now), so our monthly diaper bill is still eating up quite the chunk of money.  I feel like I’ve pulled out all the tricks I had as a special ed teacher dealing with un-potty-trained kids his age, and nothing has worked yet.  He can spell his name when asked and enjoys drawing “shapes”.  Last Sunday was his last day of nursery….it’s hard to believe how fast he’s growing up! 


Owen has had a rough month.  He has always struggled with constipation, and the last few weeks have been especially hard (pardon the pun 😆 ).   The poor kid was just so uncomfortable!  And to top that off, he’s been too lazy to figure out how to move around, so if we sat him on the floor, that’s where he stayed until he cried hard enough for someone to come and move him.  Not only could he not figure out how to get out of that sitting position, but he didn’t seem to have much desire to even try.  In the last week, we finally started seeing some progress on the constipation issue, and he figured out how to scoot a little bit.  On New Year’s Day, he hit a major milestone by crawling a short distance!  He’s much happier now that he has a bit of freedom!  He’s inherited his great-grandpa’s curly, curly hair, much to Joseph’s dismay.  Once or twice  week, I get my way and let it go natural.  The rest of the time, I have to gel it flat to his head to keep his daddy happy.  He’s got 7 teeth already and LOVES to eat!


Emmy is still our happy-go-lucky girl.  She’s got her army crawl perfected and recently spent a few days attempting a traditional crawl…and just like Owen, she finally figured it out on New Year’s Day.  She crawled a bit again the next morning, but is back to her trusty ‘ol army crawl.  She’s such a bossy little thing….if she sees someone (usually Owen) with a toy she wants, she scoots her way on over and takes it right away.  She likes to sabatoge Ryan’s train tracks and explore all over the house.  We often find her in the bathroom or under Ryan’s bed.


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