Monday, June 27, 2011


I'm going to announce it officially, and hope it doesn't come back to haunt me! Meredith is FINALLY potty-trained!!!! Turns out, all I had to do was to sit down with her and have a serious conversation about how she's a big girl now and she will wear underpants and she will use the potty and will not potty in her pants anymore. So, she's done with pull-ups (except for bedtime). It's been almost 2 weeks now and she's only had one pee-pee half accident (caught herself going while distracted by playing). I don't/haven't reminded her to go; she just does everything by herself... most of the time she'll tell me she's going or ask for help getting undressed/dressed, but she does everything else on her own. :)

Meredith also is learning her letters with Michael... she asks him all the time what a letter is or how to write one. She knows almost all of the letters and what all of the letters "say." Her favorite letter is "D." I don't know why she likes this one, but she really does!

She is having a Princess Party for her birthday - just ask her! So, if you're interested, just let me know you're coming... maybe August 20? Everything will be pink, and sparkly. Just so you know. If you want to know what to get her, just go with those things ^^^; you can't go wrong. Ooh, especially if you have a book about princesses that are pink and sparkly, or maybe even ballerinas, or fairies, or pink princess ballerina fairies.

Meredith loves Jonathan. I don't think that needs much explaining, haha. She is a great big sister, unless she's smothering him trying to give him kisses. Her best way of helping is to sing "The Jonathan Song" to calm him down... this song mostly consists of saying "Jonathan, Jonathan, Jonathan;" repeat until the poor guy gives up and stops crying. Actually, it really does work and makes him smile most of the time!

That's it for now. I'll try to get some pics up on Picasa in the next few days. We've been crazy busy around here lately and I've hardly had any time online in the past few days. :)

Sunday, June 26, 2011


So, last night Jonathan was playing on his play mat and started to roll over. We were very excited, since he hasn't even appeared to be interested in that yet. He got most of the way over before getting stuck on his arm, haha. He tried a few more times before getting too frustrated and having a snack before bed. :)
Then, this morning he got on his mat and pretty much immediately rolled all the way over! He looked both surprised and proud, like he had been thinking about it all night, but wasn't sure if it would work. Anyway, he rolled a few more times back and forth before being done with it.
He can also sit up a little bit while holding himself up like a tripod. He doesn't last very long before folding though. If we prop him up on pillows or on the couch, he can sit for quite a while. He likes that very much since it lets him see what everyone is doing!
Basically he is an awesome baby; rarely crying except when hungry or bored/lonely, and calming quickly when we fix his problem. He's even in his own bed/room now and sleeping from 9ish to 5ish... no complaints here!
We're still calling him Giant Baby. He's getting ready to outgrow his 3-6 month feeties! He's doing okay with the onesies, but his legs are right to the end of the feeties. :) Of course, this giant size does help him hold up well against all the loving he gets from his siblings!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Meredith and the Deer

So, we went to Target last night for groceries. We park and start getting ready to get out; Meredith suddenly shouts, "A Deer!!" Confused, we look out the window into the car next door and see this (approximately)...

For some reason, this was extremely funny and we are still laughing about it now. :) It really did look like a tiny deer (maybe a dik-dik?). Either way, we tried to take a picture of the dog, but it kept hiding behind the steering wheel.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Michael's 4 Year Appointment

So, Michael finally had his 4 year well visit today. He was very good and Dr. Brassart's only advice was that he should work on his imagination and personality, haha! He got his last 4 vaccines - yay and boo! He's done until booster shots at around 11 yrs. :) He did not enjoy the shots, but was very brave and stopped crying pretty quickly.
He weighs 36.5 pounds and is 40.5 inches tall. He's moved up to the 50th percentile for both - yay!
I love my Michael-man and am soooo proud of him. It's hard for me to see how fast he's growing up, but so much fun at the same time. I never thought I would spend so much time crying and laughing at once. :)
After his appt, he came with me to my post-op check-up. He thought it was pretty awesome to see the stitches and to watch the nurse remove some. However, he was also quite concerned that it would be painful for me. I love his sensitive heart! <3
We followed the appts up with some Chick-fil-A and now he is swimming happily (and nakedly, lol) with Meredith in the pool. Oh, but first he removed all the beetles... he's so proud of his beetle-removal skills!

Saturday, June 11, 2011