The Start of February

Playing games:

Doing schoolwork (reading fun books and books for Ethan’s big Faces and Places in Ancient History project, doing a mega brief art study on Durer, diagramming sentences – we sent this one to Aunt Mel to get it corrected!, and Micah admiring his schoolwork thus far for the year:

Ethan went to his first drop-and-go birthday party while Micah and Daddio had eye appointments.  I was thanking the Lord for all of the growth we’ve seen in both boys this year.  Ethan was a-okay with someone else driving him around and playing at Dart Warz solo and Micah was able to use the letters for his eye exam, rather than the pictures.  Woot!

And, finally…this is a little glimpse of parenting boys.  They throw snowballs at the kitchen window to get my attention.

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Micah’s Check up

So, we went to Micah’s 3 year check up earlier this month.  It went well, with the small exception of Micah not wanting to stand on the scale to get weighed (I can laugh about it now….but it was not pleasant at the time!!).  He didn’t even flinch when they pricked is finger for the iron/cholesterol check, but didn’t want to keep that pesky bandaid on for long.  Here are the gory details:

Weight: 33 lbs 2.5 ounces

Height: 37 1/4 inches

Total Cholesterol: 222 (138 last year); 85 HDL (40 last year)

Our pediatrician is concerned about Micah’s cholesterol…we’re not.  We were actually pretty pumped to see how awesomely high his HDL is now.  It’s certainly interesting to try to have a conversation with someone in the healthcare profession about differing views on what’s healthy, but we believe that high HDL cholesterol is great for his developing brain and his heart, so we’re not worried about it and are not planning to slow down on the egg yolks or red meat. 😉

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Afterwards, we got a salad as a little special treat for the “trauma” of the appointment…and, yes, it had eggs in it. =P

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All Things Micah!

Here’s some fun information on sweet little Micah who is 2 years old now…wow!

Height: 34.75 inches (AKA almost 3 feet tall)

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Weight: 27.4 lbs

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Temperature: 102.3 was the high on his actual birthday. poor kid.

Size: 2T

Likes: cars, sitting at the counter in the kitchen playing cars, coloring, racing E around the house, eating, drinking milk, being held by Mommy, Christmas lights, watching “Cars” or “Life” (“huge bubble!” -Micah), building tall towers with legos, and hiding in the pantry.

Dislikes: being told “no”, not being held by Mommy when he wants to be held, watching a show that Ethan picks if it’s not “Cars” or “Life”, and having any of his cars taken away from him

He sleeps from 8 until 6:30 most days and almost always takes at least an hour nap.  He’s a big snuggler and is starting to talk A LOT (though we are still having some trouble understanding everything, we can probably understand about 85% of what he says).  He shares very well, but is definitely stubborn about some things.  Such a gift to raise this little boy into a brave, kind, Jesus-loving young man!!

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Doc Appointments

While my mom was here a couple weeks ago, I was able to take our each of our boys to their first Georgia doctor appointments.  We did Ethan’s 4 year and Micah’s 18 month check up.

Ethan:

Weight: 43.5 pounds (90-95%) and length: 43 inches (90-95%)

He had to get a few shots, but thankfully we won’t be doing any more until he turns 11 years old.  He had a great appointment.  Crazy side note: they check 4 year olds’ cholesterol.  What?!  His was great. =D  We did find out, however, that E has a slight heart murmur.  She had no reason to be concerned about it since it stopped as soon as he was standing up…but it was the first we had ever heard about it.

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Micah:

Weight: 24 lbs 12 oz (25-50%) and length: 33 3/4 inches (75%)

Unfortunately, I went to this appointment alone right before lunch and nap time.  All that to say, Micah was not such a big fan.  He’s healthy, though, so all is well.

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Doc appts

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We went to the doctor last week for Micah’s 1-yr check up and for a basic visit for Ethan (3.5 yrs). Both boys are healthy, although we need to work on porking Micah up a bit. He’s pretty tall, but a light-weight. So we’ve started whole milk and feeding him basically anytime he fusses. 🙂

6 month check up

Micah had a late 6-month check up on Tuesday.  And by “late” I mean that he is nearly 7 months old.  He’s doing very well and handled his shots like a champ (I nearly cried seeing him cry, as usual).  He is mega long/tall!  

Weight: 18 lb 4 oz (50%)

Height: 28 1/4″ (90%)

Head: 44.5 cm (60%)

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Today I pulled out some more old clothes of Ethan’s – 18 month outfits – for Micah. Yikes!  Mostly, he will wear 12 month stuff, but Ethan had a lot of 18 month summer clothes, but not so many 12 month.

Eye Doctor

Ethan and I went to the eye doctor last week.  Micah joined in the fun – very interesting trying to hold him while telling the difference between a “D” and an “O”.  We were a little concerned for a bit that he might be color blind, but it turns out that he just doesn’t know his numbers all that well (or is very funny).  He said, “20” a lot; they only do 1-10.  At any rate, our eyes are in good shape and Ethan can distinguish color afterall. 

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Dentist

Ethan went to the dentist on Friday – his second time.  He was absolutely wonderful.  He was very polite and did everything they asked him to do.  He loved wearing the sunglasses and holding the puppy dog – he named it “Sah-wow” or something ridiculous like that.

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Going to the Doctor

Last Sunday night, Ethan got very sick.  His voice sounded a little hoarse when he was on his way to bed that evening, but we thought that might have been because of all the shouting he did when he wrestled with Daddy.  Around 11 pm, Ethan was coughing so loudly and so often that we knew something was wrong.  He was moaning pitifully in between each of these hoarse, seal-like coughs.  I just held him while he cried and coughed; Mike called the doctor.  They recommended that we go to the ER right away, so we headed over there.  On the way, his coughing subsided and he was telling us he felt good and was being very charming.  We couldn’t go to the ER with him claiming to feel great and not coughing anymore.  So, we went home and made a follow up appointment for Monday morning.  As it turns out, he got croup.  =(  It can be pretty serious in younger children and we were told that that night was likely to be even worse.  We are SO thankful that that was not the case.  Ethan is progressively getting better and sounds pretty much back to normal now.  Micah caught a little bit of it, but he is handling it like a champ.

Ethan stats: 39 inches tall; 36.4 lbs

While we were at the doctor, our pediatrician did a 4 (er…4.5 or 5) month check up on Micah.  She rocks!!  She squeezed us in so that we didn’t need to come back the following week after we made an appointment. 

Micah stats: 2 feet and 2.75 inches tall; 16 lbs 1 oz  (he has officially doubled his birth weight)

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2 month check up

Micah had his 2-month check up this past Tuesday.  He was such a champ!  He had a couple of shots and had to drink a vaccine, too.  The nurse said that she had never seen a baby not spit up any of the vaccine and the doctor was very impressed with how well he sat up and kept his head up on his own (I think they say things like that to everyone, but it was nice to hear anyway). 

Weight: 13 lbs (that’s a gain of 5 lbs since birth) 58%

Height: 23.5 inches  48%

Head Circumference: not sure what this ended up being…the first person measured and got 5%…that was later changed to somewhere around 50%. =)

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