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Elliot is ONE

Our littlest turned ONE in May, and he continues to be a joy. He seriously cannot stop smiling, and makes others feel welcome simply by looking into their eyes, smiling, and waving. He loves to get down and dance at every opportunity, like while the blender is running. Drums are his favorite instrument, and he does a great job keeping the beat. He’s beginning to like reading – especially the BabyLit and Duck & Goose series – after not caring much for the first year of his life. Now, we read many books a day to him. He plays quietly by himself for a good amount of time, just checking in with me periodically to give me hugs. It’s lovely. 


Elliot’s Stats:

  • Weight & Height: At his one-year checkup he weighed 20 lbs (~10th percentile) and was 29.75 inches long (~50th percentile). He’s growing right on his curve and was in the 25th percentile weight for height. 
  • Clothing: He’s just now wearing 12-month clothes, and will be for a while. 
  • Diapers: size 3
  • Teeth: 4 on top, 3 on bottom
  • Sleep: He goes to bed between 8:30 & 9 and wakes up for the day between 7 & 8, with usually 1 nighttime wake up (but sometimes more than that if something is going on with him). He generally takes one afternoon nap for 2-3 hours starting around 12-1pm, but sometimes still does a quick morning one that messes up his afternoon one. Sleep has been a challenge, but hopefully will continue to get better. On the plus side, he goes to sleep easily, just doesn’t stay asleep. 
  • Nursing: He continues to breastfeed a lot – primarily before he goes to sleep and when he wakes up. He takes at least one nursing break in the middle of nap, and doesn’t seem like he wants to give it up anytime soon (although I’m feeling more and more ready to be done, especially when he’s biting me!)
  • Food: He prefers to feed himself, which can be messy! He doesn’t love food, but likes cantaloupe, strawberries, yogurt, green beans, beans and rice, and peas. Plus, he enjoys snack food like chickpea puffs and yogurt melts. I offer lots of food to him, but he’s picky about what he actually consumes. 
  • Movement: E began walking at 11 months (Easter Sunday) and is now working on running and climbing. 
  • Words: Mama, Dada, Dog, Head, Hi, Bye, Door


Other Things: He understands so much more than he can say. For example, if we say you need to sit in the chair, not stand, he will sit down. We’ve started working on getting him to stop doing things that hurt (like pulling brother’s hair)…although we continue to work on that with Henry so we know it’s an ongoing process. He gives fantastic hugs, and sloppy, wet kisses and we are all so in love. 

Henry is FOUR

I have no idea how Henry is four years old already. 

At his four-year-old checkup, he weighed 38 pounds and has grown to 41 inches tall, putting him in the 69th percentile for weight and the 58th percentile for height. He’s growing healthy and strong. He did NOT like getting two shots, but had no reaction and was fine within minutes of receiving them.


Sleep remains a challenge. It takes several tries to keep him in bed following a lengthy bedtime routine, and once he finally falls asleep he wakes up and we frequently find him in bed with us. This frustrates me, but his extroverted self just doesn’t enjoy being alone. We have recently created a sleeping bag pallet for him next to our bed for him to go to if he has a bad dream; hopefully, it will work. He still takes one nap a day, usually for 90 minutes or so, except for when he’s at Oma and Opa’s and he sleeps for several hours. He spends two days a week at Oma and Opa’s, which allows Elliot free reign of the house and Henry to get one on one time. Everyone wins.
 
His favorite things include playing at playgrounds with other kids, dancing (especially to the Go Noodle app), Star Wars toys, building ships, going to Sunday School, and reading. He’s taking swim lessons this summer in the hopes of making him a more confident swimmer, and he loved (except for when he flipped out) playing soccer at the YMCA this past year.

We had a family birthday dinner the night before his actual birthday with the theme – Dragons Love Tacos – because everyone loves a taco party! Instead of having a friend party, we invited his best friend, Maddie, to visit the Lowry Park Zoo with us on his birthday. Henry loved the dinosaur exhibit (Maddie, not so much), and they both loved seeing the animals, riding the rides, and especially playing in the splash pad. We had a fun day, capped off with ice cream for dessert.

 
He starts part-time VPK at Little Lambs, our church’s preschool, in August. He is excited and optimistic about it, but sad to leave mama and Elliot at home in the mornings. I’m sure he will forget all about us after school starts. May the force be with whoever gets to be his first teacher, he’s a force to be reckoned with.


The Yearly Birthday Survey:

  • How old are you? Four.
  • What is your favorite color? Pink.
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? Zoo protector.
  • What is your favorite animal? Flamingos & cheetahs.
  • What is your favorite food? Chicken.
  • What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Strawberries.
  • What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Peanut butter on a spoon.
  • What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner? Chicken and rice.
  • What is your favorite thing to drink? Orange juice.
  • Who is your best friend? Maddie. And Lucas.
  • What is your favorite toy? Rancor rumble.
  • What is your favorite TV show? Hmmm…Oddbots
  • What is your favorite movie? Trolls.
  • What is your favorite book? The Hobbit.
  • What is your favorite thing to do? Crafts. And collecting money.
  • What is your favorite thing to do with your family? Going on vacation. Like to Milwaukee.
  • What is your favorite holiday? Halloween. 
  • What is your favorite thing to wear? Superhero shirts.

Happy Birthday, Grandma!

This year, my mom celebrated her birthday with us, and I think she had a great day! My parents, Henry, and I headed out to Busch Gardens to play despite it being five-thousand degrees outside because we have passes courtesy of my sis-in-law, Amanda, who works for the company. It is super nice because we don’t have to spend all day there trying to cram everything in, and can take time to enjoy and focus on seeing only a portion of the park. 
  
This visit, we saw a few types of birds on our way to the Sesame Street Safari of Fun (http://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa/attractions/other-attractions/sesame-street-safari-of-fun/). Henry loved the pink flamingos sunning themselves by a pond, and my dad loved the toucans who were goofily flying about. When we reached our main target for the day, Sesame Street, Henry was in heaven. He hugged and high-fived Big Bird, and rode a few kiddie rides solo and with me. I think he liked Rosita’s Djembe Fly Away the best. But not as much as he liked the Elmo Rocks show, where he watched Elmo, Zoe, Bert, Ernie, and Cookie Monster rock out to classic rock songs and he danced along with them. It started pouring halfway through the show, so we had a 10 minute or so intermission, but the Sesame Street gang came back out and finished, slipping and sliding a bit on the stage. The giant thunderstorm prevented us from riding more rides or seeing any animals besides the birds, but Henry loved racing in his stroller through the park steered by Grandpop and getting wet in the process. The adults were just happy to be home afterwards, dry, and napping. 

   

 

We finished the day with a family birthday dinner at Cody’s Roadhouse since my mom wanted steak (her favorite), and the Walbolt’s joined us, too. Henry had a blast with both sets of grandparents at the same time, and we all had an enjoyable dinner time. 

  

Party Like It’s 1985 (or 1776, Take Your Pick)

Happy birthday to the USA, and to my bro-in-law, Brent, who celebrated their 239th and 30th birthdays over the weekend, respectively! We did our best to celebrate both, attending four parties which is totally unlike us. 
First up: a party for Brent turning 30! We arrived late because the Hen napped for forever (loving his long naps these days so I can’t complain) and missed out on Sip and Flip but made it for some Beer Frisbee and swimming. It was really fun hanging out without the Hen (who was being spoiled by the grandparents) even if Brent had a bit too much fun (& scotch). 

Saturday afternoon and evening we got together with some of Keith’s high school friends who are some of the nicest people ever. The Hen had some playmates (all boys for once!), and he loved splashing in the pool and kicking the ball around. We also trekked up to Clearwater Beach to see the fireworks and hang out with some of our fav Clearwater friends and family. The Hen had fun splashing in the pool with Uncle Brent (pretty much the only photos I took over the weekend) until the thunderstorm kicked them out. We couldn’t stay for the fireworks because the Hen needed to go to bed and he absolutely cannot sleep if there’s a party happening in his vicinity (he thinks the party is for him). We did see some lovely, colorful fireworks on our drive home, however. 

   
    
   
Sunday night, Margo and Tom hosted Brent’s family birthday dinner where we ate all of his favorite things (including one of my favs – shrimp)! Henry loved helping Brent open his gifts and playing with the Walbolt/Rosenblatt/Meister clan. We had a blast all weekend, but our introverted selves definitely are looking forward to a much quieter one coming up.