Sunday, August 12, 2018

{Crew} Three Years

Stats: Crew's THREE year old well-child check up isn't until August 16. But according to my scale he weighs a whopping 31 pounds. I'll update with what the doctor's scale says on the 16th...along with his height and percentiles. *At today's appointment Crew weighed 31.2lbs (50th%)and measured 37.75 inches (50th%).*
Sizes: Crew started wearing 3T clothing late Spring/early Summer (when we headed into shorts/short sleeve season). He wears a size 8 in the shoe department and a size 4 in the diaper (Kirkland brand) department. Yes he's STILL NOT potty trained.
Food: Crew is still a pretty good eater. Willing (most often) to try anything out. If he doesn't like it he just spits it out. (Hoping we can force the no thank you bite now that he's three). He likes most dairy (yogurt, cheese, ice cream, {chocolate} milk, etc). As for fruit he'll eat grapes, strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, watermelon, and apples. He dislikes all vegetables except will occasionally eat corn on the cobb. Likes most meats. Faves include sausage, chicken nuggets, and hot dogs. He still loves breakfast foods. Such as dry cereal, french toast sticks, pancakes, donuts, and waffles.  He prefers chocolate over white milk. Also likes pretty much any kind of juice but still loves him some water. Oh and of course loves all things chocolate, candy, chips and cookies.
Routine: For most of the last year (or at least lately) Crew wakes between 7-7:30am. Crew goes down for a nap between 1:30 and 2 if we're home but if we're out and about as late as 3:30. He typically sleeps for 2.5-3 hours. Crew goes to bed around 8pm during the "school year" and no set time in the summer. He thankfully stays in bed but always falls to sleep much later than Mase and Mols. He does a lot of talking to himself. His bedtime routine includes pretty much just brushing his teeth and saying his prayers. Although during the "school year" we do a book and a devotional. He wants to sleep with his Mario blanket. NOT sister's comforter. (He and Mols share the lower double bunk bed). And he still needs at least one paci but prefers more. (Although tomm is the start of losing the beloved paci).
Loves: Crew loves his toy mower (and finally got a string trimmer and blower for his birthday which he's been asking ALL summer for). Crew loves going for mower rides with dad. Crew loves his blue jeep. Crew loves his bops (pacis). Crew loves watching YT Kids on our iPhones/tablets. Crew loves swimming (in lakes where he can touch) and taking tubbies. Crew loves dinosaurs (especially T-Rexes). Crew loves loves loves being outside. And Crew loves wrestling.
Dislikes: Potty training.
Other Things I Don't Want To Forget:
  • You love being clean. After eating you always want your hands wiped and you have no problem when we wipe your face clean. Big change from last year.
  • You had the longest phase of loving Little Blue Truck. Sadly that phase ended as all stages do. {Tear}.
  • Tried potty training you at 2 and a half months and again two months later. You wanted absolutely NOTHING to do with it either time. You are as stubborn as they come.
  • On the subject of stubborn you refused to let the dentist fill your cavity end of April as well. Didn't expect this extreme stubbornness from you since you were my easiest kid until you hit 2 years 1 month.
  • Can't remember when you got your 2 year molars but they sure kicked up your attitude a notch. 
  • Mama loves it when you rub my cheeks. Doesn't happen as often these days but I certainly treasure the times you do.
  • You so wanted a John Deer mower for your Birthday. Maybe for Christmas lil man...maybe for Christmas. Until then just enjoy all the rides daddy gives you on his John Deer.
  • As of these last few months (since twins crawling maybe?) you push/shove/hit your lil brothers. Not sure why you're so mean to them?? Sometimes your tender and loving giving out kisses and cheek rubs and occasionally you make them laugh but more often that not when they're screaming we know its because your near (them). We just keep telling you before long they'll be bigger and teaming up against you.
  • Love when you randomly say "I love you mommy."
  • You're favorite phrase this past year has been "that's so boring" when you don't like something or are told no. Oh and if mommy yells at you...you cry for daddy or vice versa. 
  • You are a daddy's boy. Although you do love your mama...you generally want daddy for most things.
  • You solo play so well. Way better than your {big} brother or sister at this age.
  • You and Mols have a love/hate relationship. You and Mase love to wrestle.
  • You became obsessed with all things shark and dinosaur so any shark movie, Dino King and Jurassic World have been your fave movies as of late. You also enjoy Goosebumps.
  • You went back to sharing a room this past Winter. Mase and Mols and the bunk beds joined you in the smallest bedroom in our house. You didn't love it the first night but then quickly came to terms with it and now love sharing your room with your {big} brother and sis.
  • We still call you Boozer, Crewsers, and Crew Bryer. Mommy no longer calls you Angel boy or Best boy.
  • Daddy took you to what I thought would just be another haircut/trim but instead he had {Ann} cut off all your curls (in early June). Mommy was a little peeved at first but you loved your new cut and so I loved that you loved it so.
Before (hair NOT done) above and After (hair done) below...

Friday, July 13, 2018

{Asher & Jax} ONE Year

Stats: The boys ONE year appointment (well child check-up) was 7.9.18. Asher weighed 24lb 9oz (75th%) and measured 30.25 (50-75th%) inches long. His head circumference was 18 inches (50th%). Jax weighed 23lb 8oz (50-75th%) and measured 30 inches (50th%). His head circumference was 19 inches (75-90th%).
Sizes: Still wearing 18-24 month and 18 month clothing but do still have 12 and 12-18 month shorts in the closest. Size 4 {Kirkland} brand diapers. And size 12-18 month shoes or size 4.
Food: Whole milk b-a-b-y (ran out of formula on June 24) and table foods. Sippy of milk when they first wake up and with lunch and dinner. Finish their night with a 6oz bottle of whole milk.
Routine: Boys still sleep A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Been going down a touch later (around 8pm) but still waking between 6:45 ad 7:30am. Once up they immediately get a sippy followed by breakfast and first nap around 9:30. Wake or get woke around 10:30/11am. Get another sippy with lunch and their second nap around 1:30/2. They (typically) sleep 2-3 hours at this nap. (Asher still more often than not wakes first). Third sippy with dinner. And a bottle at 7:30/8 followed by bed.
Developmental Milestones: Another HUGE milestone month in the Helmholdt house. Jax can now stand without pulling himself up on anything. GO Jax!! He also took his first solo steps a couple days before his birthday. Can walk behind a walker. Can walk holding just one hand. And can walk along furniture. Jax can also wave if he wants to. Asher has pulled himself up (with no help) only a couple of times thus far (and a few days after their birthday). Asher can walk behind a walker, along furniture, or with the help of one hand as well. Has not taken any steps on his own yet. Still loves to wave. Both boys are great at going up the stairs but going down is still a milestone to learn. Jax did do the stairs once on June 22.
Loves: The boys still love love love their momma and daddy!!!  Still love their milk!!! Still love to suck/pull on anything and everything (especially remotes, paper, and hair when they can get their hands on it). They still love their blankies (both) and pacis (still more so Jax but Asher when tired). Asher still loves his tongue and opening/closing doors. Both still love sister/brother's sippys and reading books/pulling books off shelves. And they still love iPhones and remotes. Oh and (when outside) they also love putting everything and anything INTO their mouths...especially rocks/stones/grass/wood chips/etc. But when I say no-no spit it out. Right on command you do!! And you both LOVE wagon rides!!
Other Things I Don't Want To Forget:
  • Jax has 8 teeth (4 on top and 4 on bottom). Eighth teeth (bottom left) came in mid June. Asher has have 7 teeth  (4 on top and 3 on the bottom). No bottom left yet.
  • Both boys have started to like baths a touch more. Wouldn't say despise like last month but also wouldn't say like a whole lot. Both still feel the need to mostly stand during tubby time. (Super annoying and each of you has slid out while I was washing the other). But as much as you don't like baths you love playing by the beach.
  • Jax is still more clingy than Asher but not as bad as last month.
  • First trip to G&G Vugteveen's cabin (and over your birthday to boot).
  • Still scared of brother Crew (and I can't blame you guys). He still constantly tries to wrestle you, shove your faces into the carpet, throw things at you, or hit you.
  • Feel like I've run a marathon every time I have to change either of you boys diapers. Even if handed something entertaining neither of you typically sit still.
  • Went on your first boat ride. Didn't mind it initially but then half way through were OVER it.
  • Asher still can throw a fit on demand. If he doesn't get his way (or Crew does something mean) he throws himself down and has the saddest (yet cutest) cry.
  • You guys are definitely double trouble. You get into EVERYTHING. I pull one of you away from trouble and the other scurries to that same spot to continue the raucous. A favorite is exploring the lower kitchen cupboards (spice pantry, lazy susan, and tupperware cupboard.
  • Still obsessed with unrolling toilet paper and playing in the toilet if the lid is left open.
  • You both still detest getting your faces wiped.
  • Celebrated your first Father's Day.
(Didn't get a pic of you in your church outfit on actual Father's Day and go figure the next weekend Jaxy had a fever so no church for you guys. Made the rest of your siblings reenact the prior week by wearing the same outfits...lol...only me). 
  • Celebrated your LAST first holiday...that being the Fourth of July.
  • Each of you (mid June) had a 3 day bout of fever, fussiness, and decrease in sleeping and eating (a week apart)...took both of you to the doctor (after 3 days worth of fevers) but only Jax had an ear infection.
  • Got rid of the {stair} baby gate June 21. Honestly was just sick of it and neither of you have fallen to date. Score!!
  • Had your first birthday party with G&G Helmholdt on the 4th of July.
  • Helped celebrate your sister's 8th Birthday.
YOU ARE SO LOVED MY LITTLE LOVES!! It's been a crazy but fun year!!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

{Asher & Jax) Eleven Months

Stats: The boys next appointment (well child check-up) isn't until 7.9.18. Back on May 10 though both boys had ear rechecks and Asher weighed 23.13lb and Jax 22.3lb. So fast forward a month and guessing that Asher now weighs in the mid 24lb range and Jax low 23lb range.
Sizes: Wearing mostly 18-24 month and 18 month clothing but do have 12 and 12-18 month shorts in the closest. Jax wears a few 12 month (Nike/UA) outfits that Asher can no way squeeze into. Made the size switch right after turning 10 months. Size 4 {Kirkland} brand diapers. And size 12-18 month shoes or size 4.
Food: Nothing has changed since last month. Still get Enfamil formula. Still get four 6oz bottles/day. Bottles typically at 7/7:30, 11, 3:30/4, and 7:30.
Routine: Boys still sleeping A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Been going down a touch later (around 8pm) but still waking between 6:45 ad 7:30am. Once up they immediately get a bottle followed by breakfast and first nap around 9:30. Wake or get woke around 11am. Get their second bottle upon waking followed by lunch and their second nap around 1:30/2. They (typically) sleep 2-3 hours at this nap. (Asher more often than not wakes first). Third bottle around 3:30/4 followed by dinner. And fourth and final bottle at 7:30 followed by bed around 8pm.
Developmental Milestones: Another HUGE milestone month in the Helmholdt house. Jax is now a (85% of the time) actual CRAWLING machine. Jax can also stand by himself for shorts spurts of time and walks with hand help, along furniture, and (if helped) behind a walker. Asher's still crawling (and at a fast pace I might add. He'such quicker than Jax). Sometime in the past month he learned to wave. Asher can also walk really well behind a walker but typically does so only when put behind it. Also walks along furniture and with hand help. Both boys started going up stairs about a week ago. Occasionally sit and would fall if I wasn't behind them but for the most part have the going up part down. (Going down is a whole different story).
Loves: The boys love love love their momma and daddy!!!  Love their bubbas/bottles!!! Love to suck/pull on anything and everything (especially paper and hair when they get their hands on it). They love their blankies (both) and pacis (more so Jax). Asher loves his tongue and opening/closing doors. Both love sister/brother's sippys and reading books/pulling books off shelves. And they love iPhones and remotes. Oh and (when outside) you also love putting everything and anything IN your mouths...especially rocks/stones/grass/wood chips/etc. But when I say No-No spit it out. Right on command you do!!
Other Things I Don't Want To Forget:
  • Celebrated your first Mother's Day!!
  • Asher has 6 teeth. Currently 4 on top and 2 on the bottom. Jax has 6 teeth (4 on top and 2 on the bottom) but still seems to be working on 7 and 8 (on the bottom).
  • Both of you despise baths and basically water in general. Also you both always feel the need to stand during tubby time. You both straight up refuse to sit. If forced to sit you both start screaming.
  • Went to Aunt Courtney's pool for the first time. This was the preferred view...
  • Jax still always wants to be held. (Really clingy). Asher way more content sitting/watching/doing his own thing. 
  • First time double swinging it!! You boys loved it!!
  • Both of you are scared of brother Crew who is constantly trying to wrestle you. Asher (for some reason) seems to get the brunt of Crew's "aggression." If not trying to wrestle then he throws things (hard and soft) at them or slaps them.
  • Jax is 95% of the time a wild crazy boy when it comes to diaper changes. Even if handed something entertaining he typically doesn't sit still. I feel like I run mini marathons each diaper change. Asher is quite a bit better but does do his fair share of squirming.
  • Asher still can throw a fit on demand. If he doesn't get his way (or Crew does something mean) he throws himself down and has the saddest (yet cutest) cry.
  • Jax (still) will take a sip from his sippy and then toss it to the wind (throws it down from his highchair). And he likes to throw things down the stairs still too.
  • Obsessed with unrolling toilet paper and playing in the toilet if the lid is left open. 
  • I love watching you two chatter back and forth in the mornings after you wake (before I get you out of your cribs)!!
  • You both somehow manage to kick off most shoes. I have found one kind of shoe though that seems to STAY on. Score!!
  • You both despise getting your faces wiped. Although Jax fights us more on this.
  • Celebrated your first Memorial Day (and attended your very first parade).
  • Second trip out of the great state of Michigan. Went to Indiana (again) but this time to Indianapolis to visit the super awesome/amazing Children's Museum and Indy Zoo. First trip was also to Indiana but was to Michigan City with mom and grandma to shop.

And pictures just because too cute not to share...