- University of Detroit Mercy Pep-Band Director...that would be Jon :)
- Underwire bras
- Understanding the things Nathan says more and more everyday
- Unaccompanied choirs (aka a cappella)
- Unbraided hair...when it's all wavy after having braids in for a while
- Undercooked brownies and cookies, so they are still a bit doughy
- Unguarded sweets, especially chocolate
- US government and history courses (yup I'm a dork)
- Ultraviolet lights that make your white clothing glow
And now for the "it's been a while" part of the post. I have been a bad blogger with this blog and both kid's blogs. So consider me lashed 50 times with a wet noodle. I guess a quick update for each family member is the best way to go.
Starting with the youngest.
Emily- She is going to be 7 months on Sunday, can you believe it? She is working hard on sitting up and she loves to roll all over the place. She grabs at anything in her reach. She finally started eating solids yesterday. We were trying every week or so to see if she was ready but she has had the tongue reflex up until yesterday. She loved eating carrots. We were gonna try peas tonight (she's had carrots before as part of our weekly test so we know they are safe and we can move on) but she fell asleep early. Thankfully she is still not close to crawling (imagine mommy doing a happy dance). She still doesn't have any teeth but she's been teething for months. At her 6 month appointment she was almost 17 pounds and 26.5".
Nathan- Oh this child, words just can't describe him. He is all boy and so full of energy and the sweetest, cutest boy ever. He is so smart too. He sings songs and says nursery rhymes. He knows all his letters and their sounds, all his colors, several shapes, speaks in sentences, counts to 10 (although not always counting objects properly), and can usually recognize his name when written. He loves to play in water and swim. He loves to be read to and play the drums. Unfortunately Nathan does have some trouble with hitting and being disobedient, but we are working on it. Today at the mall he only hit once at the play area and that is a huge improvement (considering he's now been kicked out of nursery at church 3 weeks in a row for hitting).
Nathan had an interesting week last week after having a febrile seizure (seizure brought on by high fever). Nathan woke up and came to our bed in the morning like he always does. He and I were cuddling while I tried to get just a few more minutes of sleep. I heard him coughing and that woke me up a bit and I realized he felt hot and before I could even sit up to further examine him he was having the seizure. After two ambulance rides (one after calling 911 and one to transfer him to our Dr's hospital) and 2 days (one night) in the hospital he is just fine and now we know that he is prone to febrile seizures and can be even more vigilant in preventing them. For those unfamiliar with febrile seizures, they are fairly common in small children and a child who has one has about a 50% chance of having another at some point. By age 5 or 6 they typically don't happen anymore.
Michelle- I have been keeping busy doing the mom thing. Not too much to report about me. I am going to an oil painting class on Saturday and if I like it I may have a new hobby.
Jon- He has been doing some extra U of D stuff because of the Final Four. U of D is actually the host university so he is involved in several events. We even had the chance to buy great tickets pretty cheap but we still couldn't afford them so we offered them to family. Jon's brother took us up on the offer and he should be enjoying the games this weekend. Spring break is just a week away and we are all looking forward to having Jon home for a little over a week.
And some general family stuff- The kids are both enrolled in a swim class so Friday afternoons the whole family (since it's a parent/tot class) gets in the pool for swim class. We took family pictures yesterday and I will post them when I can. They turned out great. We are still waiting to finalize Emily's adoption (we are hoping that will happen in June). Once Emily is finalized we will decide what our next step is in regard to having more children, we think we have it figured out but we want to wait to be sure. Stay tuned to find out what our next plan is. Michelle's cousin is graduating from HS so we will be heading to NJ to visit family and celebrate the graduation in June as well.
So there is a basic update.