Monday, March 20, 2017

Dentists, Braces and Retainers

A couple weeks ago Palmer and Brody had their check up with the dentist.  The dentist discovered that one of Brody's permanent teeth was very loose.  He was very concerned and made an emergency appointment with a specialist right after our appointment.  I had all five kids with me, thinking it wouldn't be a big deal to take them to the quick check up appointment.  The follow up was made immediately after, so all of us went on to the next appointment, including a very hungry, cranky baby and the twins who were supposed to be going on to preschool.  I had to rearrange the carpool I was supposed to fulfill, and for some reason neither dentist office had warm water to make a bottle.  Needless to say, it was a crazy morning.  The second dentist was not quite as alarmed as the first, but did say Brody would need to get braces as soon as possible.  He has a very exaggerated cross bite, which was pushing on one of his lower front teeth, making it loose and unable to graft to the bone.

A few days later we met with an orthodontist.  Thankfully, he said we could correct the loose tooth with just a retainer.  It's a combination of three types of retainers, so it's quite a mouthful, and makes it difficult for Brody to talk, but still better than the pain and discomfort of braces on a seven year old.  He needs to wear it day and night, all the time unless eating for a few months.  He was able to pick the design and chose a rainbow colored retainer.  He is doing really well with wearing it.  Brody has some sensory processing issues. so I was worried about how he would handle the retainer.  He doesn't like it, but is dealing and getting used to it.

I know retainers are seen as nerdy, but I think he looks cute!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Seven Month Old Violet

Violet is seven months old.  I can hardly believe how quickly she is growing up.  She is such a happy girl and is so fun to have around.  She really loves Greg, myself and the kids, not so much anyone else.  She often cries when others even look at her. Although, I have noticed that her stranger danger anxiety isn't really present around children, which is interesting.  There is always some child playing around her or with her when I work in the daycare and she seems to enjoy them.  I just discovered her third tooth popped through yesterday.  She's been putting those few teeth to good use, eating everything which we eat, that she can.  She has also begun to prefer the bottle to nursing, which is just bizarre as in the past she has hated the bottle and formula!  She seems to be gaining weight well since taking to the bottle.  We've started the process of weaning her, which I'm a little sad about, but think it's for the best. This is what is going on with Violet at seven months old.

She has learned: to roll from her stomach to her back (she's had back to stomach for a while), to sit for a very short period of time and to wave

She likes: table food, her bouncer, being held, her family (she's really into Dad especially right now and will reach for him when I'm holding her sometimes), blowing raspberries, saucers, baby toys, rolling around on the floor, sitting up

She dislikes: being alone, losing her toy

Things she does that makes us smile/laugh: her very loud unfeminine laugh - sort of like a cackle, constant wiggling, how she has to sample a very small amount of her food at each meal before taking a real bite, big smiles and funny faces she makes when feeling her teeth with her tongue and lip

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Six Months Old

Violet is half a year old!  She had her six month weigh in and for the first time ever, she went up in her weight percentile!  She is now 1.1%, which of course is still quite light, but we are very excited that she is making progress.  We attribute the weight gain to acid reflux medication, supplementing higher calorie formula and the introduction of solid foods.  She regressed in her sleeping habits and is waking up once a night most of the time.  She is a happy girl and loves to be around her parents and her siblings.  She is nervous of most everyone else and cries if someone other than her family is holding her, talks to her or even looks at her.  This is what is going on with Violet at six months of age.

Stats: weight: 12 lbs. 6 oz. 1.1%, height 87%

She has learned: almost to sit, just needs a little support

She likes: baby food, especially the stage 2 mixed flavors, her bouncer, the Bumbo, being held, her siblings, baby toys, splashing in the bath, Elmo

She dislikes: being alone, being on her stomach

Things she does that makes us smile/laugh: constant wiggling, putting everything in her mouth, big smiles and laughs

Monday, February 13, 2017

Greg's 35th Birthday

Greg turned 35 on February 2nd.  I asked him if there was anything he'd like and he said a 22 caliber rifle so he could go shooting with our kids.  I told him to go for it.

He and I celebrated with a date night dinner to Olive Garden.  The next weekend, Greg's dad, Kelly, came into town, and he and Greg took Palmer and Brody shooting.  Archer wanted to go as well, but was too young for the range that was open that evening.  The next morning Greg took just Archer to a different range, and let him shoot as well.  All the guys/boys had a great time!  A week after that we had both sides of the family over for Sunday dinner and cake and ice cream to continue the celebration.

Happy birthday Greg!  You make 35 look good!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Jazz Game

Greg's been able to go to several Jazz games thanks to his work connections.  He's been saying for a while that he'd love to take me and the boys to one.  I've never been to a game, and the boys hadn't either.  So for Christmas, I gave him four tickets.  They were nose bleed seats, but we didn't care.

We ate at Cupbop, one of Greg's favorite restaurants.  The boys thought the stickers in the bathroom were hilarious!  It might have been their favorite thing about the whole night actually.

After a quick dinner we took the train to the arena.  Riding Trax is always a great time for the kids!

We had nosebleed seats, but we didn't care.  The Jazz played the Memphis Grizzles.  It was a bit of a heartbreak to watch.  The Grizzles seemed to make about every basket they shot for, the Jazz not so much.  Our team trailed behind 6-11 points most of the game, and eventually lost.  However, we all still had a great time!  We cheered emphatically, shared some kettle corn and bought the boys a jersey each.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Five Month Old Violet

Violet continues to become more content every month.  It has gotten to the point that this once fussy baby is now a very happy baby.  She is smiley, giggly and generally good natured 99% of the time.  It's great!  She is still treated like a celebrity at the house.  All the children are thoroughly enthralled by her.  They love her so much, as do Greg and I.  She brings a lot of joy to our lives.  I'll be sad to see my last baby grow up and no longer be a baby, so I'm trying to soak in as much as I can of this stage!  She is still struggling to gain much weight.  She is a very distracted eater.  Often I have to nurse her in a quiet, dim light room, just the two of us, to have a successful feeding.  She sleeps through the night a couple times a week.  I'm very ready for that behavior to become regular!  This is what is going on with Violet at five months of age.

She has learned: to sleep through the night, to roll over, to transfer items between her hands

She likes: baby food and cereal (especially squash, pears and oatmeal), her bouncer, being held, Mom best closely followed by Dad, her siblings (they make her laugh most often and more emphatically than anyone else), baby toys, baths, chewing on her fingers, Baby Einstein and Elmo

She dislikes: being alone, being confined, the bottle, peas

Things she does that makes us smile/laugh: constant wiggling, plays with her feet, bites her lower lip, baby talk (she says "bub and poop" a lot), big smiles and laughs

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Years at Bear Lake

We spent New Years (Friday-Sunday) at Grandma Nancy's home in Bear Lake, celebrating the holidays with the Hess side of the family.  We ate well, exchanged gifts, played games and attended church through out the weekend.  We also had the chance to go snowmobiling!  It was the kids' and my first time on a snowmobile, and we loved it!  I can't wait to go again!