Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Four Year Well Check

Today I had my four year wellness exam. 

 Here are my stats:
Weight: 35.5 lbs (45%)
Height: 39.25 inches (30%)
Blood Pressure: 92/52 (within normal limits)

Growth has slightly decreased - may be related to steroid use this year. Hopefully, with my new asthma action plan, we will use less oral steroids and just stick with inhaled which is significantly less overall.

If you'd like to compare to last years, click here.

Initially, I was a little worried and feeling shy so I tried hiding under the exam table with Daniel (my special meow) and my new Tokyo Mater Car. However, once it was Daniel's turn to be examined, my shyness disappeared.

I took Daniel to get a check up, too. We weighed him on the baby scale and wearing his winter hat and scarf he was a whole 7 oz. His blood pressure was also normal (I helped check that) and the nurse practitioner who examined me also examined him. He was a very good patient. (This was also who Mom did her pediatric training with this semester so I know Daniel and I were in good hands.)

I've been focusing on trying new foods and drinking more milk. This has been one of my 2011 resolutions. It felt good to report my food repertoire had expanded and I drink at least 8 oz of milk each day. My umbilical hernia has shrunk significantly in the past year so no surgical referral is necessary. I see specialists for my asthma and strabismus and those are well controlled and closely followed. Bebe Sister was especially concerned for me during my exam which was totally fine and not scary. I did find the reflex portion to be kind of funny.

What I'm doing...
- Lots and lots of pretend play. At the moment it is mostly surrounding Cars but Thomas the Train is still a big deal, too. 
- I talk a lot - mostly about Cars but I'll chatter about just about anything.
- I've started telling jokes. Currently, my favorite is "Knock, knock? Whose there? Babie. Barbie who? You want to have a barbeque?" or "Where do cows buy their clothes? Cattle-logs"
- I insist on privacy when utilizing the facilities.
- "Happy Birthday" is my favorite song at the moment.
- Daniel and Daniella are my most favorite "babies" and I have to sleep with them wrapped in my special blankets. They have many adventures with me and every night I detail my days events to them.
- I continue my reading, spelling, and Spanish studies. I am on the verge of full on reading. I can write my name with little assistance.
- I still take a daily nap usually about 2 hours. 
- Favorite books: Toy Story books and Jenny Linsky Cat Club Books, and Sesame Street books (still little screen time and no computer games yet)
- Favorite foods: pizza, spinach, freeze dried strawberries, fruit snacks, dino nuggets, fries
- Favorite drink: tepid water but I will drink orange juice (with calcium) and milk

I was declared healthy and doing great. I was kind of sad there were no Cars stickers like last year (memory like a steel trap) but I was pretty happy with the soccer ball sticker and insisted Bebe Sister get one, too. 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Birthday Highlights...

I had a wonderful birthday.

The day began with my requested breakfast of toast with butter. 

After breakfast I opened my gifts from Mom and Dad and G&G. Note the classic Dad-wrapping job.

UFO Mater from G&G...

Tokyo Mater from Mom, Dad, and Bebe Sister...

Then some playtime with my new toys followed by lunch (I requested wagon wheels pasta) and naps. Dad came to greet me during my nap time at my exact 4 year birthday date.

Then off to dinner at one of my favorite places - I chose the location. Dad took this photo of me on our way to the restaurant. Mom calls it my contemplative look. I was probably thinking about the Raffi song I was listening to.

Aunt Shelley and Uncle Rich were able to take a break from their jobs in time to join us. They brought this cool present with them.

Once we were back at home, we took the RC Cars for a spin. Luckily there are remotes for both Lightning McQueen and Mater so Bebe Sister was able to drive one, too.

As bed time approached and Bebe Sister was trying to sleep (when she was not getting out of her bed), we played a couple of rather intense games of CandyLand. 

I'd say a pretty great birthday. 

Four years old is off to a good start.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Last Day...

T Rex Mom guest writing here...

As I write this, it is my little guy's last night as a three year old. It is the last time I can say I have a 1 year old and a 3 year old.

Four years ago I was experiencing incredible pain at home laboring. The 56 hours of labor and 42 weeks of pregnancy was completely worth it. With 14 people in the labor room assisting  - including a very special nurse - our little guy made his grand entrance. It was the hardest work of my life but worth every moment. How happy I was to finally meet him and that he was declared healthy.

The past four years have progressed so rapidly. I can hardly remember life without him in it. I see photos of life before our son but it seems odd that he's not there or in them. I love his gentle spirit and early morning deep voice accompanied with snuggles. I love that he adores his sister. Best of all, though, is the special bond he shares with his father.

I marvel at this young man and pray daily that he will grow strong and healthy to an old age and do many wonderful things but especially be the man he wants to be. I just hope he knows how much we will always love him - no matter what. 

Right now I enjoy being able to ask for hugs and snuggles any time and play cars and "just be" with him as I know all too soon he will be grown and gone and hopefully someday snuggling his own kids. For now, though, I am honored and blessed he is in our charge and so very grateful for the pure joy and happiness he has brought into our lives. It really is life changing.

On a lighter note, the almost four-year-old is much more relaxed and laid back about growing older. Here is an interview with him on his last day as a three-year-old. I have to say some of what he said was news to me.


From my birthday/Thanksgiving celebration...

Making a wish and blowing out my candles.

Playing Turkey BINGO...

Opening presents...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Here are some photos of me wearing my Cars PJs and playing with my Cars. 

Definitely a favorite hobby.