Monday, January 25, 2010


Eli and Joe love to go to the Y and swim during the winter. Ian is really starting to want to go everytime that the other boys leave. He L.O.V.E.S bath time! I decided to take him to the pool when we went the other day. At first, he was any thing but thrilled! He however quickly realized that he could splash and have fun and within ten minutes, he was trying to push himself away from me so he could go get his brothers!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Ian - 15 Months

I can't believe that Ian is already 15 months old! He is catching on to so many new things every day! Scott is teaching him to shake hands and say "Nice to meet you." So now Ian is randomly walking up and grabbing your hand and saying "Meet you". So cute! I have been trying to catch it on video, but of course he doesn't want to do it when *I* want him to! We had his Well Child Check this week and he is now 30 inches tall, 21 lbs. 9 ozs and his head is 18 1/4 inches. He is still just at the 10th percentile for everything, but at least he isn't falling off the chart! He is so busy and active, I think he burns off every calorie that he puts in his body! He is such a climber! He has already pushed the chair over to the counter to try to get up on it! BUSY! His speech is becoming less of a concern for me. I have been home all week since we haven't had school due to an ice storm and I decided to record every word that he said spontaneously and I am up to 25 words. He will copy almost any word that we say, it is just that he doesn't talk much spontaneously, but we will see how that comes along. His tubes have helped his ears so much, we go back the beginning of March for a check up. I am having a hard time getting him to slow down much for a picture, so here are a few of him on the go!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tubes Are In!

Ian's tube placement is done and he is doing very well. Grampy Jon picked us up this morning and took us to the hospital, we registered, were taken to his outpatient room, met with the anesthesiologist, the ENT doctor stopped in and we were set. They took him out of the room at 7:30 and Dr. Capper came out and said everything went well at 7:41! Ian is very much in a stage of stranger anxiety, so that was probably the hardest part of the day, just all of the different people he saw. He was very grump when he was coming out of the anesthesia, but he recovered quickly and we were home by 8:45. He played a little and got in my lap at 9:30. He fell asleep rocking with me (which hasn't happened for MONTHS!) and I fell asleep to. We slept until 11:00! He has been on the go as normal and seems to be doing very well. Hopefully this helps him feel better and keeps ear infections away!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tubes Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning Ian is getting tubes placed in his ears. He has had an ear infection since November. He has had a series of four medications, none of which has cleared up the infection. It is a quick and simple procedure, we will probably be home around the time that he usually wakes up! The hardest part will probably be keeping him from eating and drinking when he gets up! Will post pics of him in his cute little gown tomorrow!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Yummy Yogurt!!!

Ian loves to hold on to his spoon while we eat our meals. He doesn't use it really, just likes to hold on to it while he feeds himself with his fingers. The other day I decided to see what he would do with a container of yogurt and his spoon....and this is what happened!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I heart Ricky Stanzi

We are Iowa Hawkeye fans! If you don't know, they won the Orange Bowl last night. More important than that, Jenna Waters has won her fight against cancer! Almost a year ago, I shared this story with your here. Jenna was today declared cancer free!!! Praise God!!! She has to have her blood levels checked monthly and a few more scans completed before they declare her in remission. What does my title of I heart Ricky Stanzi have to do with this whole story you ask? Well, Jenna has received treatment at the University of Iowa Hospitals. We are very lucky to live so close to such a great facility. Jenna was visited by a group of Hawkeye players and Ricky and Jenna became close friends. Last night, during the bowl game, one of the reporters shared the story of their relationship. If any of you watched the game, you could see his "Pray for Princess Jenna" pink armbands which he wears every game. The reporter was talking about this relationship and she shared that Ricky wanted her to tell Jenna he loved her. This brings tears to my eyes right now, Jenna is a precious little girl and I am so thankful that God has taken her cancer away and I pray that she remains cancer free. She has been through so much in the last year. Ricky has become someone that she keeps in contact with daily. In today's world it is reassuring to me that there are still good, kind people who are role models in the eyes of our children. Here is a link to the news story that a local station did on Jenna and Ricky. Jenna's mom reported that Jenna watched the entire game last night and that when the announcer said that Ricky wanted her to tell Jenna he loved her that she shouted back at the TV "I love you too Ricky!" Precious!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Boys and Their Toys

For Christmas we purchased a train table and made it in to a farm scene so that Eli could pretend to farm. He had overtaken our loveseat for the purpose of "farming" and we had seen a farm setup (much bigger than this) at our county fair this summer that he has talked about playing with ever since he saw it. Well, as you can see the boys have decided to use the drawer for other purposes: