Tuesday, April 22, 2014


We had a super-fun girls afternoon having lunch and going to see Annie!  
Sarah Graves was so excited to be one of the big girls!  She proudly sported a headband and carried her purse (filled with snacks).  Before we left, she told me in her most grown up voice, " if you see me leaving my purse, just let me know."  

Mom planned the afternoon and treated us to the event.  So much fun to spend the afternoon all together!

The stage show was a little different from the movie, but very well done and fun to see.  Sissy was focused pretty much throughout and wasn't put out by the parts that differed from the movie.  We had fantastic seats, so that helped.

I look forward to more big girl outings with these ladies!

Spring is Here!

I think spring has finally made it to Atlanta!
We bought some flowers to plant and SG wanted to make sure they had enough water!  Hopefully, she got a green thumb.

Our dogwood in the backyard is blooming and looks so gorgeous!  I love how beautiful all the trees are in bloom.  Of course, with that comes allergies.  It's worth it!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Cast All Gone

Charlie got his cast off on Tuesday!  He had it on for 8 weeks and we were all glad to be done with it!  He was happy to get it off, but a little nervous too.  I think he wondered what they might do next.  After all, he had two other casts. 
Dr. Lourie examined his hand and checked the x-rays.  The bone in the finger is straight now, but a tendon is tight and causing it to turn in a little.  We met with the occupational therapist and she made a splint for his finger to pull that tendon and try to stretch it.  She also showed me how to stretch his finger in order to help the tendon relax and allow the finger to be straight.  He doesn't like any of it!
He rips the splint off after just a minute and he pulls his finger away when I reach to stretch it.  I manage to stretch it, but we will have to do something different for the splint....
Here's a picture of the signatures he acquired from the Easter Bunny and the lady who cut his hair!  He was very proud of his Easter Bunny signature!
We helped him celebrate by taking a big, long bubble bath!  He watched Sissy splash around in the tub all that time and really wanted to do it too!   He has definitely enjoyed the freedom of not having the cast!  He is a little protective of his finger, but he is getting more comfortable.

Friday, April 18, 2014


Sarah Graves had her four year well-visit with Dr. Pitts.  She is in great health and growing well.  Because she is a little older now they gave her a paper gown to wear.  She was delighted with it!  
She is 41 inches tall (57th percentile) and weighs 36 pounds and 4 ounces (47th percentile).  Her hearing is great and she is doing all the cognitive things a four-year-old should do.
The pediatrician wanted to be sure she gets enough exercise and that her screen time is limited - both of them are just right.  He was a little concerned about her eating habits and would like me to speak to the occupational therapist and insist that we focus on oral motor activitiy.    We did an evaluation with OT, but haven't had any therapy sessions yet.
She received a vaccine for Hepatitis A and also had her iron levels checked.  She wasn't thrilled about having needle sticks, but she was very brave and got through it with ease. 

Hop! Hop!

Charlie knows that's what the Easter Bunny does and he told the bunny that as soon as he sat down.  He was also fascinated with the glasses and told the bunny about those, too!  The highlight for Charlie was when the Easter Bunny signed his cast!
Sissy was much more focused and willing to pose!  She really is getting so grown up and proudly sat with the bunny for her picture.  She also has lots of ideas about what the bunny might bring her and it isn't all candy!
Love these two!

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Charlie loves to watch Frozen on the iPad!  He got himself situated like this to watch!  


Sarah Graves loves play-doh and now she is hooked on this air dry clay.  It's a little messy, but she loves it and works at it patiently.
You have to love the tie dyed shirt with her tiara!

Easter Craft

My kids love marshmallows, as in, they go crazy for them!  When I saw this Easter craft making a bunny face using marshmallows, I knew it would be a hit.  The person who posted it said that she keeps her kids from eating all the marshmallows by telling them after every 10 marshmallows they glue on, they can eat 2.  This worked for Sarah Graves.  Charlie claimed he didn't know anything about counting and all marshmallows should be for eating!

Friday, April 11, 2014


With mom's help, I took both kids for well-visits.  Charlie loved the aquarium in the waiting room.  Charlie is growing like a weed, surpassing the height and weight increases expected for this time period.  He weighs 27 pounds and 3 ounces (79th percentile), is 32 1/2 inches tall (33rd percentile), and has a head circumference of 18 3/4 inches (50th percentile).
He is in great health and the doctor agreed that he has amazing verbal skills.  Dr. Pitts is very experienced and so good that Charlie doesn't resist at all.  He even showed off a few of his animal noises for the doctor!

He received a polio vaccine and had blood work done to check iron levels (standard practice).  He barely fussed about the shot and was as still as could be for the bloodwork.  Such a trooper!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sleepy Boy

Charlie has been struggling with going from two naps to one.  Some days he still wants that morning nap, then struggles through the afternoon only to fall asleep on his way home.  He is so sleepy and so beautiful to watch.   He will work it out soon enough.  For now, we will just relish being able to hold a sleeping baby.