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Sunday, November 30, 2008

November 2008

11/23/2008 3:02:45 PM


11/23/2008 3:02:13 PM

The other day Cole told me what sound every letter made from A-R. He is one smart 2 year old. He’s been watching a Leap Frog DVD that teaches what the letters are and what sound they make. He’s picked it up over the last couple weeks. I’m really impressed with that little guy! He has also been doing great with staying dry too. He stopped his little phase of having little dribble accidents several times a day, so we are good in that area too! For awhile after he had the last tummy bug, he was even pooping in his underwear. We were concerned but at least he’s turned things around now and is better than ever with it. He goes for a couple hours now without going potty and stays completely dry. Yay!
Rylie is doing good with it too. She wears undwear every now and then but that is mostly to help with her diaper rash. She stays dry for a while but isn’t ready to be in underwear all the time yet.

Toys are fine for Christmas. :) I won’t restrict it so much like with Rylie’s birthday. I do want to ask people to avoid large items as we are really cramped here! Once we move we’ll be able to have more space for toys, but for this last Christmas in the condo we’d like smaller gifts if possible.

I have spent a long time today picking out items for Cole’s wishlist. I’m working on Rylie’s right now. I found a lot of stuff that I think he would really enjoy. I tried to pick out many different priced items so there is a good variety for whatever people want to spend. If you buy something from the wishlist, send me an email and I’ll remove it right away so we don’t get repeats. The prices on here seem very good and most of the toys have free shipping if you spend a total of $25 or more. It’s a pretty nice deal! Many of these toys you can’t find at Target and Walmart. I have tried looking in retail stores and really don’t find much for Cole’s age. Most of the stuff is too babyish or too old for him. He is really in need of some big boy toys though. He’s very bored with what he has for the most part. Again, just let me know if you get something off the list and we’ll make sure we take it off right away! Thanks!

11/9/2008 8:16:27 AM
Rylie Update
To start off, I forgot to write about Rylie's 1 year doctor's visit. She was 19 lbs 14 oz which is only the 30th percentile for weight. Her height and head are still in the 75th percentile so the doctor is still concerned (he was a bit worried at her 9 month check up for the same reason). They want to see the percentiles match up a bit closer than 30 and 75, so we have to work at putting some weight on her. He said to give her Pediasure once a day and to just keep feeding her as much as she'll eat. It is amazing how much food that little girl can eat when she wants to. It is frustrating because she does eat a lot, but yet she isn't gaining weight as fast as the doctor would like. I'm trying to stay positive about it because she looks fine. I really don't think she looks too skinny. She has chubby cheeks and a big ol belly so I'm not too worried. She is just a very active baby and she seems to have a fast metabolism. Now we have started offering her more snacks and keep trying different foods at meals until she is stuffed full. She likes the pediasure, so no problems there. She was healthy in all other areas.

She had 4 shots one being her first flu shot. She didn't do too bad. She cried but calmed down quickly. Cole also got a flu shot and did great. He cried but was fine and happy with the nurse right away after. She was happy he didn't hold a grudge. Rylie broke out in a bumpy rash this week so I figure it is probably from the shots. She's been running a really low fever also, so I'm guessing that is from the shots too. I think Cole had a similar reaction one or two times.

Rylie is still going on the potty regularly. She does tell us poop sometimes when she goes, but she still goes in her diaper too. She went 2 days without pooping in her diaper and went poop in the potty 3 times each day so that was awesome. We haven't caught her at the right time today, but it still helps. I'm trying to keep her from pooping in her diaper since she always has such a bad diaper rash. So far, the rash is gone! We hope we can keep it that way.
11/4/2008 5:36:26 PM
Rylie goes potty!
So I know this is hard to believe, but Rylie has gone poop and pee on the potty several times now. She went poop and pee (separate occasions) for the first time last Friday, and has gone several times every day since then. In fact, Jessa said that she went 5 or 6 times already today with several different people at daycare. It looks like she could very well be potty trained before Cole was fully in "big boy" underwear at 20 months. She has 8 months to get there.
11/3/2008 7:07:03 AM
Halloween and Rylie's First Birthday Party
Friday was Halloween. We started out going to school (New Horizon where I work). All the kids in the building went on a Halloween parade dressed in their costumes. It was adorable to see them all dressed up, especially the babies and toddlers. Cole of course wouldn't walk with his class, he had to walk with me. I pushed the 6 seater stroller with Rylie in it and Cole helped. They all seemed to like it. Both kids were monkeys. After school/work we went to Great Grandma's house and visited for a little while. We stopped at Auntie Janes and then headed to Grandma and Grandpa Case's for trick or treating with Jayda. Cole loved trick or treating. It took a good 5 houses of Cole walking very slow and cautiously before I realized that we forgot to put shoes on his feet. The poor kid was walking in the street with just his socks on!! I felt bad and carried him the rest of the way. He said "trick or treat" over and over again at every house. He pretty much said it all the way up the driveway. They got TONS of candy and had fun.

The next day was Rylie's first birthday party. It was a crazy morning getting all the last odds and ends for the party. I decided to put Rylie on the potty before her bath because she has been pooping in the bathtub a lot lately. I told her to go poop, and sure enough she did! 12 months old-very impressive! Rylie took a nap while I ran out and got her balloons and a few last food items. It started at 10:30 and we had egg bake( thanks to Grandma Score), muffins, cinnamon rolls, and fruit. We ate, opened presents, and had cake and ice cream. Cole had a rough day understanding why it was Rylie's birthday and not his. He pretty much opened all of her presents, but she didn't care. She was happy playing with the paper and watching. It turned out well and we had fun. Afterwords was Jakob's birthday party at Grandma and Grandpa Case's. Cole had a blast and didn't want to leave like usual.

On Sunday I tried putting Rylie on the potty again in the morning and she peed right away. I guess she gets what the potty is for, so we are going to start putting her on the potty more often and let her go at her own pace with it. I'm so proud of her. She is a little smarty pants.