Thursday, November 26, 2015

10 months

This little guy is getting adventurous. He is crawling normally now and pulling himself up on furniture. He loves to play under the table and put EVERYTHING in his mouth. He loves to go into the bathrooms and check out all the fun action in there....since it seems someone is always in one bathroom or another at our house. He has been observed crawling out the front door because siblings have trouble remembering to shut the door behind them. He loves to smile and laugh at his goofy brothers and sister....whom often fight over getting the most of his attention. They all love to hold him and play with him when it is their idea ;). Feeding Rydon baby food is still tough. He has great difficulty moving food to the back of his throat due to the open palate. I am looking forward to being able to let him feed himself soft food like peas, mashed potatoes, fruit, and crackers. I think he will quite enjoy the "big boy food" when his mouth is fixed. We all love this little roamer of ours!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Lots of home time

November has been full of teacher inservice days...which means my boys are home way more than I am used to. Our days are full of house cleaning, laundry, homework, and cleaning the floor of everything bigger than a kernel of rice so Rydon doesn't choke on it. The kid loves to put the tiniest piece of something in there and then proceed to gag and barf until it either comes out by itself or I sweep it out.
 She was giving me "Elsa hair"
 His shirt says, "If I don't scare you, my diaper will."
 The best play area in the whole house. He just loves and loves to crawl under the table and see what he can find....hence the constant choking problem.
 Eating is exhausting work for everyone involved.
 Ammon's school project visual. It's a topographical map of Alaska...made out of pizza dough, cheese, Halloween candy, and an egg carton.
 Cool panorama of Brady's day at work.
 Soccer is finally over!!!

 We went to Parhump to watch some dirt track racing last Saturday. All five kids had a pretty good time. It was really windy, so it felt significantly colder than it was. Even after hot chocolate and using blankets we were cold. All five kids zonked out in the van on the ride home.

This little trouble maker was playing with ice cream cones while I was putting Rydon down for a nap. Here is a rundown of the text conversation I was having with Brady while the laughing was going on. He said: My kids are adorably crazy. Exhibit A:

Exhibit B: "Two sleeves of crushed ice cream cones. Nothing a little vacuuming won't fix....but I just laid Rydon down for nap." Followed by the photo of Ayla above. I never did get mad this time around. I highly encouraged them to help me clean it up after Rydon woke up two hours later. They weren't that fond of helping me use the vacuum.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Birthday boy

Another year is past and this boy is 11. He had a fun day at school in his Harry Potter costume, playing outside after school, no homework, hotdogs with Doritos and cottage cheese for dinner, soccer practice, and waffle cones at Thrifty. He got some money in the mail, a skateboard, helmet, pads, book, and a boy scout shirt. He is so excited to ride the skateboard all day tomorrow since there is no school. We are so glad this cute boy is in our family.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

School for Ayla

Guess who finally got to start school? While I was brushing her hair she asked for Elsa hair. So that is what I did. While taking the picture she was proudly saying CHEESE! She was so excited to ride the bus....until the bus got here. The driver let me take her up to her seat. She got to sit by a cheerful girl who was excited for a new friend. I think Ayla will like her. I know Ayla will love school, but she may be resistant for a week or two. I am thrilled she is finally in a speech therapy program with other kids so she can be fully ready for kindergarten when the time comes. I cried after she was gone though because I was feeling her nervousness with mine. As much as we both need a break from each other I think I will miss her a little.

Monday, October 26, 2015

9 months

I love his sweet smile. He has a smile for everyone. He has finally gotten on the growth chart at the doctor's office, at a whopping 4th percentile. That means 96 percent of the kids his age are bigger than him. He LOVES his bottle. Whenever he sees me coming with it he kicks his feet like crazy, and his face gets very animated. He is doing okay with solid food. It still comes out his nose, and he still makes a mess all over the place. The doctor said to just keep at it, but solid food isn't his food staple anyway, so it's okay to have it once a day and have formula the rest of the time. For him, solid food is about developing motor skills not getting calories. He has upgraded to an 8 oz size bottle because he drinks 5 oz of formula almost every feeding. 5 oz in a 5 oz bottle is hard to shake and hard to not spill while filling. With the special needs nipple the 8oz bottle is HUGE! I feel like I am feeding a calf not my baby. Rydon inchworm crawls like crazy. He can sit up from laying down all by himself all the time. He is starting to climb over larger things on the floor. I have also seen him try getting on his knees. I am sure in the next few weeks he will attempt standing next to furniture. He sure loves to explore the world around him. He would rather be playing on the floor than being held most of the time.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Birthday party for the boys

This year we took the opportunity to rent a party place for the boys. We discovered an arcade with free games, tv room, bounce house, and  small kitchen to use. They told us for a flat fee we could bring any food we wanted, we could have as many people as we wanted, and all we needed to do was vacuum and take out the trash when we were done. Both Brady and I were sold. I had looked at a few places to rent out and all of them were for 10 people max, their food, and at one place their cake too. I didn't want  to limit the fun to only 10 people because our family would take up seven spots. Also I discovered by doing their party at the same time instead of one on each of their birthdays I saved almost $100. It was a total blast. I made each of them a cake.  Ammon's was the golden snitch from Harry Potter. One of the wings broke during transport so it doesn't look as good as it was supposed to. Zenock chose Beymax from the movie Big Hero Six. That was the easiest cake I have ever decorated. I didn't get any photos, and Brady only took one. We were too busy enjoying ourselves to worry about photos. I think we had about 20 families come. The boys loved playing with all of their friends. Both of them have already asked to do it again next year.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Zenock's birthday

This cute boy turned 9. He got to have yummy bagels for breakfast, a trip to Adventuredome with Ammon and Brady, BJ's pizza for dinner, soccer practice, and a birthday ice cream cone at Baskin Robbins. He got a big stuffed shark (the one thing he really really really wanted), How to Train Your Dragon legos, a predator book, and a gift certificate for more books from his next school book order. He had a great day.

Rydon's emergency

This is a raw journal entry.
Last night I was using the bathroom and the kids came rushing in saying Rydon was choking. Zenock brought him into my room and I could tell by his coughing and crying that something was indeed in his throat but I couldn't see it. I was also concerned about something being lodged in his cleft palate, but I couldn't see anything up there either. I put him upside down over my leg and did a throat sweep, just as I was taught in numerous CPR/first aid classes. Nothing but baby food came out. I kept checking his mouth and still didn't see anything causing distress, but I was still so worried. I laid him on the floor and called 911. Brady was at stake choir practice and I knew I should call 911 instead of hoping he would answer the phone and come home to help me. The operator asked me lots of questions and talked with me until the ambulance turned the corner by our house. I had the kids call Brady after I hung up with 911. The kids were excited to see the ambulance, as they all love to watch the EMS vehicles drive by our house. When three fire department EMT's came in the house Ayla got very scared saying the policemen were scary. By the time they arrived he had calmed down and was sucking his fingers. They checked Rydon over, listening to his lungs, looking in his mouth.  One of them picked him up and Rydon started smiling and playing with him. We never found out what he was choking on. I am so glad the 911 dispatch wasn't bogged down with callers so I could get right through to them on the first ring. I am grateful the fire station isn't far from our house. I am grateful I knew just what to do in this situation. And for the record, it is SO SCARY to call 911 for your own kids. Thankfully he was ok and didn't have to take a ride to the hospital.

This is what Brady had to say about the whole experience:
The worst phone call you've ever gotten? I got mine tonight. While at stake choir practice, I got a call from Keiza that I felt that I should answer but didn't in time. Normally, I would have just texted her when I was finished, but the feeling wouldn't go away that I needed to call her. Then I got a voicemail. So I listened to it as I went into the hall. It was Zenock, sounding frantic, all I could understand was "paramedics" and "come home". Worst. Drive. Home. EVER.
Turns out Rydon choked on something and she couldn't get it out. But she did by continuing to use what she had been trained to and practiced by the time the paramedics got there. They checked him out and he was fine. Nothing in his lungs and all his vitals were back to normal.
But holy crap! I did like 60 going home and pulled up as they left. Gideon was shouting "bye-bye" as they drove off, and telling me all about the firemen helping the baby so it seems that everything was ok by then. Ayla was scared of the "policemen" when four of them came in our house all at once. But other than that everyone was pretty calm and did it right. But holy crap!
I'm grateful my wife keeps her wits in emergencies, that the response time for our fire station was less then 10 minutes, the excellent CPR and first aid training my wife and I have had, and most especially the still small voice of the Holy Ghost who yells when we don't listen the first time.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Sitting up in bed

I just found this when I came in to get him from his nap. He looks pleased with himself for getting to a sitting position all by himself.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

School Projects

He wanted to make and learn to walk on stilts for his motin push/pull project at school.
Getting up by himself is really hard.

Ammon had a project about animals and plants adapting in the Nevada desert. I have never learned so much about Joshua trees, sagebrush (creosote), desert tortoises, and coyotes in my life.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Rydon laughing

Rydon was laughing at me after his nap a few days ago. Baby laughs are adorable!