The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Kayte

Pop! Out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.

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On Wednesday he ate through three plums, but he was still hungry.

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On Thursday he ate through four strawberries, but he was still hungry.

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On Friday he ate through five oranges, but he was still hungry.

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Then he nibbled a hole in the cocoon, pushed his way out and … she was a beautiful butterfly!

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Happy Halloween!

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Back to the GI

by Kayte

Monday we had another follow-up appointment with the GI. I think we left with more questions than when we arrived, but that’s sort of a good thing because he didn’t immediately diagnose her with a “problem.” Since she is still following her own curve he still isn’t immediately worried. But since she’s also not exhibiting any “catch-up” growth there could be an underlying issue. He said we’re sort of at a crossroads where we have to figure out if her size is constitutional (the way that she is meant to be) or pathological (a problem that can be treated).

He thought a visit with an endocrinologist would be a good idea. He also ordered some bloodwork that may or may not tell us something conclusive. In the meantime we’re just supposed to keep doing what we’re doing.


Lil’ Punkins

by Kayte

On Saturday we went to a Halloween party at a friend’s house with about 20 other kids. I think it was our first real kid party, and while it was a bit overwhelming, we had a great time. It is always fun to see Max & Lola get along in new situations and interact with other kids.

I’ve been busy at the sewing machine making Max & Lola’s costumes for Thursday, but a friend got us these Disney outfits a long time ago and miraculously they turned out to be the perfect size for Halloween. Max was a 101 Dalmatian and Lola was Rapunzel (which I found out after asking the mom of one of the other five Rapunzels at the party).

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Not-So-Sweet Sixteen

by Kayte

So apparently when I talked to the doctor last week about Lola’s weight he didn’t have her chart in front of him. When he went back and graphed her weight gain on the growth chart, he decided he wasn’t as happy with her progress as he originally thought. It’s great that she is gaining weight, but he wants to see more catch-up growth to get her on track with her actual age. To give you an idea, Max is already 10% for weight un-adjusted/actual (18 months) while Lola still isn’t even ON the chart for her adjusted (15 months) age. They stop adjusting preemies’ age for development at 3 years, so we’re already halfway there.

We’re going back to the GI to see what he says, and have also made an appointment with an endocrinologist to see if the issue could be hormonal. Part of me wants to believe that she’s perfectly healthy and just small, but if there is a bigger problem that we are able to address it could help her catch-up in other developmental areas (like PT) too. We’ll just have to wait and see what the experts have to say about it all.


Chicken & Waffles

by Kayte

My BFF Autumn (from MI) and Lisa had a long layover at LAX this morning so the babies and I picked them up for a quick brunch visit. We ate at Roscoe’s Chicken ‘n Waffles – somewhere I’ve always wanted to go in LA. Max & Lola chowed on some fried chicken and delicious waffles – new food! It was a great start to the week.

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Fall Harvest Festival

by Kayte

We drove to Underwood Family Farms today to celebrate the season. Max & Lola watched pig races, rode on a train, picked pumpkins from the patch, met goats in the petting zoo and played on swings. Max even rode a pony! (I didn’t let Lola do it since she still tips over sitting on solid ground.) It was a fun day, but hot! Our weather may not feel like fall yet, but we still managed to enjoy the festivities.

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Eighteen Months

by Kayte

Max and Lola are 1-1/2 years old today!


Sweet Sixteen

by Kayte

I took Lola in for her monthly weight check and she came in at 16 pounds even – a 7-ounce gain from September. That’s twice what she was gaining previously, so our ped thought she looked good and we’ll continue as-is with the PediaSure.

And then there’s Max…my big boy. He gained 1-1/2 pounds since last month for a total of 22lb 9oz. Wow. I may need to start feeding them different diets if he continues this trajectory.


Jailbirds

by Kayte

Or maybe more like monkeys at the zoo?


Snap Conversion

by Kayte

I LOVE our bumGenius cloth diapers. They have served us well this past year, but since most of them were hand-me-downs to begin with, the Velcro fasteners are now starting to give. I did one Velcro refresher earlier in the spring, but it’s no longer holding up to Max’s increasing activity level. After a few incidents where the Velcro has come undone on a poopy diaper (!?*#) I decided we needed some stronger reinforcements. I after a little research online, I found KAM Snaps and set to work converting our old Velcro to the new snap style.

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Old Velcro (left) vs. New Snaps (right)

So far so good! I was impressed with how easy it all was, and I know this fix is going to last. If anyone else is considering cloth for their little one(s) bumGenius has our full endorsement – just make sure to get the snap diapers for longevity.


Shoe Shopping

by Kayte

Let’s get some shoes.

We bought Max his first pair of big kid shoes this past weekend. Now that he wants to walk more we needed something to keep his feet clean when we’re out of the house. He was measured at a 5W. We picked out a pair of transitional shoes which are still soft to allow for crawling, but supportive enough for walking. He’s really unsteady in them – we’ll have to do some serious practicing before he’s comfortable walking.

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Lola’s has the narrow-cursed feet of her father. Her feet are just as long as Max’s and probably half the width. The store didn’t have anything that would fit her, but since she’s not walking yet we won’t need them for awhile.


Coastal Challenge 2013

by Kayte

Brody was doing great training for his MS Bike Ride until about two weeks ago when he sprained his ankle while out with the dog. Luckily it was not his surgery leg, but unluckily he wasn’t able to ride with his team today. Instead, we drove to Ventura to cheer on the Rowdy Riders. It was a lot more relaxed than last year: the babies were able to get out of the stroller & interact, and we weren’t so paranoid about germs! It was a long, fun day. Hopefully next year we’ll be there cheering on daddy!

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Blackberry-Ricotta Parfait

by Kayte


Coldy

by Kayte

In the last week our weather has dropped from highs in the 90s to lows in the 40s. I’ve had to rummage through the babies’ closet trying to find socks and hats…pieces of clothing we haven’t used in months. It was 50* on our walk this morning – probably not that extreme to many of you, but we consider that winter temperatures in SoCal!

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Family Dinner

by Kayte

We had a rare weeknight dinner together as a family. Gamma & Papa brought Italian. Brody got home early from work. Julie, David & Booker came over after nap time. And we all sat down together for a meal. It was a nice departure from our usual routine.

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Booker, Max & Lola had a blast running around playing with each other. And I thought Lola barely fit in the Weerol


Flying Solo

by Kayte

The next *big step* for Max in PT is getting him more comfortable with flying solo. Rather than us launching him, we want Max to initiate the walking. The therapist has been coaxing him to walk from one piece of furniture to another, rather than drop down to crawl. Max is definitely getting more confident. I’ve looked up to see him toddering in the middle of the room a couple times now. Good thing he’s getting better at falling too!


Monkey Boy

by Kayte

We have a climber.

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Matzoh Ball Soup

by Kayte

We’ve all been feeling a bit under the weather these past couple days, so daddy brought us some matzoh ball soup to help us feel better. Max chowed on the matzoh while Lola preferred the broth and some of my corned beef.

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Anna Banana

by Kayte

After a year in LA, our cousin Anna is moving on to her next adventure. She stayed just long enough to steal our hearts, and now she’s taking them with her! It’s been great having her near, and we wish her all the best on her journey. Plus, she promised to come back and visit lots. Love you, Anna! xoxo

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Balls, Beans & Trampoline

by Kayte

We had our double-duty therapy day at the clinic today. Max & Lola did great – they both tolerated everything really well, and had some fun doing it!

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