Thursday, February 28, 2013

Seth is 8 months!

I have a picture of all three boys in this sweater. It's one of our favorites!
Technically, Seth doesn't really hit the 8 month mark this month because there is no February 29, but we are celebrating it anyway. Seth can do lots of things now. He still can't crawl, but all of our kids were late bloomers in that department, so we're not too worried. He does love to dive for toys. Seth sits up and then sees a toy he wants (usually one of his brothers' toys) and he suddenly lunges for it. Then he ends up on his tummy, which makes him angry. Just this week Seth finally figured out how to roll from his tummy to his back. He has been going from his back to his tummy for at least 3 months, but the tummy-to-back rolling was a challenge for him.

Seth loves to eat what we are eating. He'll put up with baby food a little bit, but he really wants whatever I have on my plate. He is starting to pick up food by himself, so he LOVES those baby puffs and goldfish.

Seth finally loves books, well, the right books. He has about 10 books that we must read to him every day. Whenever I try to introduce a new book to him, he usually pushes it to the side and tries to grab one of his favorites. I did get him up to 10 books, but it has taken me 8 long months.

Seth is almost as big as Dax, but he loves his brothers!
Seth pulls up on everything he can, or at least tries. He really, really wants to walk like his big brothers, so who knows? Maybe he'll skip crawling and go right to walking. Seth would have me walk him around the house all day if he could have his way.

Seth loves baths. He loves to sit in the water and splash and chew on toys. He has so much fun in there that Dax and Mark always want to take baths with him now. Rub a dub dub... three boys in the tub!

Seth is a very good and happy baby. He isn't a big laugher, but he will smile at anyone. He is easy going and flexible about his schedule. I guess he is a third child, so he just has to be. We are so glad to have this chunky monkey in our family.

I tried really hard to keep this picture G-rated!

Don't you love his fluffy hair?

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Big Idea Natalie

Randy has a new nickname for me: Big Idea Natalie. It is usually when I am spending a lot of time on something that he reminds me of my "big idea" problem. I'm just trying to do a good job. Here are a few of my latest big ideas.

Dax's preschool teacher asked me to make the Three Little Pigs houses for a family literacy night she hosted at the beginning of February. My big idea began when I thought it would be way cooler to use large boxes instead of just butcher paper on the wall. So I sent Randy to the furniture store to pick up some boxes they had put aside for me. That's when he knew we were starting a Big Idea. Here are the final products--I only have a few glue gun burns!

The straw house.
The boys never played with this one in our house. It was quite a mess!

The stick house.
I had to hop the fence into the cow field to find sticks.

The brick house.
Definitely the easiest since it is just paint.
 Well, the next big idea came shortly after I finished these houses. I am on the teacher appreciation committee at Mark's elementary school. One of the traditions at this school is to decorate all the doors with a thank you message the Friday before teacher appreciation week. Well, I volunteered to do two doors since no one else was signing up. My plan was to make the door decorations at home and then run to the school to hang them up. When I spent two hours on the first one, Randy started calling me Big Idea Natalie again. But they are done and hanging up. I always follow through on my big ideas. I wonder what's coming next!

For the art teacher--she teaches all grades.

For the custodians!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Good News?

Hooked up to the EKG machine.
Seth went to the cardiologist this week. They just love him there because he is always happy and smiley, but mostly because he is so chunky. Most heart babies have a hard time gaining weight, but not this guy! He weighs 21 lbs now. My back is breaking.

Anyway, our appointments are pretty much the same. Weigh Seth, do some blood pressures (which take a lot longer now that he is so wiggly), do an EKG, then talk with the doctor. Well, unfortunately for us, we know a lot about the blood pressures. So when the numbers come up how they aren't supposed to, we start to get a little bit on edge. In fact, Randy starts freaking out, and at this appointment he was no different. He closed his eyes, put his head on the table, and went to sleep (or maybe he was praying). I wish now that I had taken a picture.

(Clearly an exaggeration! ~R)

Seth's blood pressure should be higher in his legs than his arms, and that was not the case at this appointment. So, the nurse always says, "Maybe the machine is acting up." Seriously, she has said that to me every time and she calls the machine Phillip because it is manufactured by Phillips. Then the doctor comes in and he listens to Seth's heart. We always talk about the slight murmur he hears because Seth has a bicuspid valve which one day he will probably have to have replaced (probably as an adult). Then the cardiologist does the blood pressures himself instead of with the machine.

This time, when he got done, he said that he was getting a different number for Seth's blood pressures. The arms were lower than the legs. Yea! I felt so much better even though they weren't more than 20 apart which is what they like. The doctor said that he felt things looked great, and Seth didn't need to come back for 6 more months.

I was feeling positive and glad that Seth is doing okay, not perfect, but good for a heart baby. Hey, we aren't heading to Primary Children's anytime soon which to me is a victory. Randy on the other hand was feeling a little bit down. He thinks the doctor just said that stuff to make us feel better. He sees it is as, things are bad, but not bad enough to do anything yet. I guess we have a classic glass is half empty or glass is half full kind of dilemma.

(Technically, all glasses are full. Some are just half full of water and half full of air. It's science, people!  ~R)

Our biggest problem is we have to come to grips with the fact that Seth's heart will never be perfect. We will always be worrying about him more than the other boys, at least with health stuff, and that is hard for us.

We just love Seth so much!

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