Friday, February 18, 2011

11 Months–1 More Month Until the Big ONE

One more month until Charlotte’s first birthday!  Guess I should get going on all of the party planning!

Charlotte has had a busy month.  She started out her 11th month in the hospital for a pseudomonas infection.  Follow up tests showed that she has grade 1 vesicoureteral reflux, which is normally treated with antibiotics, but since Charlotte has been on so many medications, we're just keeping an eye on it.  We go back for more tests in 6 months.

Less than two weeks after we got out of the hospital, we were back in the ER with a high fever.  Any time Charlotte gets a fever above 102 degrees, she has to get her urine checked, and since her fever spiked on a weekend, that meant a trip to the ER.  Thankfully blood and urine cultures came back normal.  The culprit of this high fever was an ear infection.  Charlotte is seeing an ENT doctor next week so that we can talk about tubes.

Now on to the fun stuff!

* Charlotte is eating more and more table foods and less baby food.  She is definitely NOT a picky eater and will eat pretty much anything I put in front of her.
* To see if Charlotte’s milk allergy has passed, I’ve started slowly introducing her to dairy.  She loves cheese and has done well with yogurt too (she had been eating soy yogurt).
* Charlotte still has just two teeth with no signs of more coming in any time soon!
* I had to put the baby gate up at the bottom of the stairs again because Charlotte is an expert climber!  Any time I had tried to get her to climb, she couldn’t get her leg up high enough.  I figured that her legs were still too short.  One day after lunch (Feb. 10), Trenton Charlotte and I were all in the formal living room playing.  I was helping Trenton with his magnets, and I looked over toward the stairs, and Charlotte had climbed a step!  I told Trenton to climb up a few steps to see if Charlotte would follow him.  She followed Trenton all the way up to the top of the staircase!  
* After Charlotte started feeling better after her last hospital visit, she got very brave and started letting go of things and standing unassisted.  I knew that she was getting close to taking a step, but when that first step came the evening of February 15, I was surprised.  Since that evening, she has taken one step pretty regularly, and even strung two steps together once.  Trenton is really excited about having his little sister walking, but he thinks that just because she can take a step, she can walk anywhere.  He likes to tell her “Baby walk!” while pointing at somewhere for her to go.

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 We can’t wait to see what this little ham does in her 12th month!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day

We had a great Valentine’s Day here in the Smith home! 

Jarrod wasn’t here to share the day with us, but he made sure that he wasn’t left out of the festivities.  He was able to call me first thing this morning to tell me that he had hidden my Valentine’s Day gift in the closet.  I got a wonderful box of assorted candies and notes from him and the kids. 

My parents sent a Valentine’s Day box for the kids that got here a few days ago.  One of the things in the box was a package of pink pancake mix, so I whipped up the pancakes this morning for breakfast.

Charlotte sat patiently waiting…

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Trenton LOVES pancakes (he ate 5 the other night for dinner), so he was really excited about his breakfast!

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I was going to take a cute picture of Charlotte with her pretty pink pancake, but she had a different idea.  I guess she was tired of waiting patiently!

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After the kids finished eating their pancakes, I let them open all of the cards they had gotten in the mail.  Trenton’s favorite was a Cars card from Nanny & WaWa that sang “Life is a Highway.”  We listened to that song all day!  He even had to show the card to his speech therapist when she came over this morning!

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A call from Jarrod and the smiles on these kiddos faces made my day!  What a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Spread the Love One-Day Sale at Jenny’s Little Bowtique

Jenny’s Little Bowtique is spreading the love this Valentine’s Day with a one-day sale on Monday, February 14th.  Enter the code VALENTINE2011 at checkout to receive 14% off your entire order. 

Check out these cute goodies for St. Patrick’s Day!

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Friday Funnies–Backseat Driving

Yes, I realize this is a day late, but better late than never, right?

I’m wondering why I ever decided to teach Trenton about traffic lights.  The kid LOVES backseat driving! 

It would be one thing if he was advocating safe driving, but he rarely alerts me to red lights – just green lights.  Any time we’re at a red light, he watches anxiously waiting for it to turn green.  Every time a light turns green, I hear, “Geen GO!”  Every once in a while I’ll hear, “Red stop,” but he’s not near as excited about stopping. 

I don’t know where Trenton could get it from, but he’s pretty impatient too.  Winking smile  The other day we were stopped at a light in a turn lane waiting to make a left turn.  When the other light for the other two lanes turned green, Trenton immediately noticed.  “Geen GO!”  I explained to Trenton that we were going to turn, and our light was still red.  Plus, if we were to GO, we would crash into the truck in front of us.  I guess he didn’t care about our light because he started in on the truck in front of us.  “Go truck!  Truck GO!  GO TRUCK!”  He was getting increasingly adamant about the truck in front of us needing to go.  The light finally turned green, and we were all on the go.  Trenton started clapping, sure that the truck had heard him.  Let’s just hope that this is not the beginnings of road rage!

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Krafts for Kiddies: Valentine’s Day

Daddy is out for a little while longer, so I can post these without having to worry about ruining his Valentine’s Day surprises!

I had a lot of fun thinking up cute homemade valentines for the kids to make this year.  Here is what I came up with.

Valentine’s Day Heart Collage

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What you need:

- Old Magazines
- Scissors
- Glue
- Construction Paper
- Marker

Directions:

1. Go through old magazines and cut out pink, purple, or red pictures.  Great for color recognition!
2. Glue pieces of magazine onto construction paper leaving no construction paper showing.

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3. After the glue is dry, cut your paper into a heart shape. (I did this step for Trenton since we haven’t conquered good scissor skills yet)
4. We were lucky enough to find a message for the center of the heart in a magazine, but if you can’t find one, print something off the computer and glue it to the center of your heart.
5. Have your child sign and date the back so you can look back on this cute Valentine for years to come!

Love Bug Hand and Foot Painting

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What you need:

- Paint – Red & Pink (or white to mix with red to make pink)
- White Paper
- Marker
- Paint brush
- Paper towels
- Pipe cleaner
- Glue

Directions:

1. Paint your child’s foot red.  I have a 10 month old wiggle worm, so I found that it was quickest and easiest to spread the paint with a paper towel.
2. Press foot down in center of paper.  Wash foot.
3. Paint child’s left hand with pink paint and press onto left side of footprint. Wash hand.
4. Repeat step three with right hand.
5. Let paint dry completely.
6. Cut a pipe cleaner in half and shape into antennae.
7. Glue in place at the top of the footprint.
8. Draw a face on footprint.
9. Write a fun message along with child’s name and the year.

I had a lot of fun working on these projects with the kids.  Trenton loved searching through the magazines to help me find pictures to cut out.  He isn’t a big fan of getting his hands messy, so he was very neat with the glue.  Charlotte thought that getting her foot painted was funny, but she was not so happy about getting her hands painted.  We had to move fast!  I can’t wait for Jarrod to get these.  I’m sure that he’ll love them!  I hope that you enjoy these quick kiddie krafts too!

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Trenton’s Toddler Tummy

Kelly over at Kelly’s Korner is hosting a “Show Us Your Life” linky party today, and the theme is “What do you feed your kids?”. 

Thankfully at 10 months, Charlotte will eat pretty much anything I stick in front of her – and a lot of it!

Trenton, on the other hand, gets his eating habits from my side of the family.  I’m pretty sure that the only vegetables that my parents willingly eat are potatoes.  I grew up a very picky eater, but I have gotten a lot better over the past few years.  I’m hoping that Trenton will become a better eater as he gets older.

Trenton does very good at breakfast.  He’ll normally eat oatmeal, cream of wheat, frosted mini wheats (Trenton has renamed these “hay”), or waffles, and fruit, milk, and juice. 

It’s the rest of the day that we run into a problem.  Trenton will eat chicken and fish – as long as they’re breaded.  He’ll sometimes eat sweet potatoes and occasionally a couple bites of carrots, but that’s about it as far as vegetables go.

Fortunately, I’ve got a couple of tricks up my sleeve!

We normally do breakfast for dinner once a week.  Trenton loves pancakes, but I put a twist on his.  I pull out enough batter for 3-4 pancakes and mix in some vegetable baby food (stage 1 or 2  - not anything with actual pieces of veggies).  Don’t try to mix in a whole jar or your pancakes won’t cook through.  I normally put about 1 spoonful of baby food for each pancake.  Trenton has eaten carrots, peas, green beans, and sweet potatoes, and always asks for more.  I always make enough to get at least one more meal out of it.

Trenton is also a huge fan of PB&J.  What is doesn’t know is that he normally has C-PB&J sandwiches – Carrot, Peanut Butter & Jelly.  I take about 3 baby carrots, throw them in my mini food processor, chop them up really small, and mix them in with the peanut butter.  He doesn’t suspect a thing!

I’ve tried spreading a thin layer of carrot, sweet potato, or squash baby food on the inside of a grilled cheese sandwich a few times.  Sometimes Trenton will eat it, and sometimes he won’t.  I still try though!

My favorite way to sneak veggies into Trenton’s diet is in smoothies.  I found a recipe for Green Monster Smoothies at Mommy’s Kitchen about a year ago.  I have changed up the recipe a little and Trenton has renamed it to Nana Mik, but it is essentially a banana-spinach smoothie.  I know, it doesn’t sound very appetizing, does it?  Well other than the green color, you’d never know that it was made with spinach.  I’ve tasted it, and it tastes just like a banana smoothie.  Trenton LOVES these, and I love that they are packed full of vitamins and nutrients.

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(No, I don’t give my 2-year-old his smoothies in glasses.  This glass was for picture purposes only.)

Nana Mik

1 banana
1 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup milk
1/4 – 1/2 cup crushed ice
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. honey

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Hope these ideas can help some other mommies of picky eaters.  If you have any other ideas, please share!  I’d love to hear them!

*Update*  I forgot to mention this the other day, but since Charlotte eats her food with her hands, Trenton has started wanting to eat his food with his hands too.  He’ll still use a spoon for oatmeal, cream of wheat, etc., but he refuses to use a fork.  He cries all the way through meals when I try to get him to use it.  Any ideas on how to reintroduce fork use?

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Charlotte’s Medical Mystery–Update

I took Charlotte back down to the children’s hospital yesterday for a VCUG test and a visit with a renal doctor. 

The VCUG seemed less painful (for both Charlotte and me) than I expected.  They were able to cath her on the first try.  All of the urine was pulled out of her bladder, and her bladder was then filled with contrast dye.  Once her bladder was full, they pulled the catheter out, poured some warm water on Charlotte, and then took a bunch of x-ray pictures while she peed.  We were out of radiology in no time and headed upstairs to the kidney center.

The renal doctor went over the VCUG results with us.  Charlotte has grade 1 vesicoureteral reflux (grades are from 1-5).  Charlotte’s urine flows backward part way up the ureter on one side when she urinates.  It doesn’t flow all  the way up to the kidney which is good. Grade 1 reflux is normally treated with antibiotics to prevent further infections, but because Charlotte has been on so many antibiotics the past few months and the infection she had was pseudomonas which is resistant to most medicines, the doctor elected to keep Charlotte of of antibiotics.  The doctor thinks that Charlotte got the pseudomonas because all of the different antibiotics she’s taken for ear infections wore her system down.  So, we hope that Charlotte stays healthy enough so that she doesn’t need any more antibiotics for at least the next few months. 

We go back in 6 months for another renal ultrasound.  The ultrasound they did on Charlotte the day she was admitted to the hospital showed everything looking normal, but the doctor said that Charlotte’s kidneys could have been swollen from the infection, making them look normal size.  The doctor wants to make sure that there is no/minimal scarring on Charlotte’s kidneys from the infection and that her kidneys are actually the correct size for her age. 

Hopefully I won’t need to post another update on this topic until 6 months from now.  Pray, keep your fingers crossed, and think happy thoughts that we stay out of the doctor’s office for a while!

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Thomas Saves the Day

Trenton came down with a cold over the weekend, but thankfully he was feeling well enough today for Thomas to save the day!

We traveled up to Richmond this morning to see Thomas and Friends Live with Trenton’s cousin, Aiden.  Aiden’s babysitter graciously kept Charlotte for us. 

The show was a huge hit with the boys.  I think Michael, Jeannie, and I had more fun watching the boys than watching the actual show! 

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I had a cute video to finish out this post, but it was dark to begin with and when I downloaded it to YouTube, it came out even darker.  If anyone knows how to not make YouTube darken a video, please leave a comment so I can try it out.