04-12-2014

Zachary Turns 2!

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It never ceases to amaze me how quickly they grow up! Even Sydney kept saying, “I believe our Zachy baby is TWO. Who said he could grow up?” What I want to know is who let HER grow up?

My sweet boy is 24 pounds (no longer failure to thrive!) and 34 inches tall! He’s taller than both his sisters were at the same age (only 1 inch taller than Sydney but 3 inches taller than Audrey.)

Some highlights over the past year:

-When he doesn’t like something he says, “Ow! Ow! Ow!”

-He loves to play with balls! He usually has about 2 tennis balls and several rubber balls in his arms. He loves to throw them.

-Over the last year he learned to sign “more,” “please,” “thank you,” “milk,” and “help me.” He pretty much only uses “help me” and “please.”

-If he can’t find me he runs around yelling, “Mama? Mama!”

-This was the year he became obsessed with his blanket.

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-He will try to sit in your lap, even if you aren’t sitting down and there is no lap. It’s awkwardly funny.

-One day he was wearing footy pjs and he insisted that Daddy put his Batman shirt over the pjs.

-At every meal he always says “Ooooo!” when the food is presented. Even if it’s just cereal.

-We were at JoAnn Fabrics and he sighed and said, “Daddy.” I replied, “Daddy?” and he goes, “Yeah, I like Daddy!”

-He calls cell phones “hello.” He will find my phone and say, “Here-ya-go! Mama’s hello.” Or he’ll say, “Me hello daddy!” I haven’t bothered to correct him yet. It’s adorable.

-He LOVES the song “Let it Go” and he asks for it every time he plays with Mama’s hello.

For his birthday party we celebrated with family and had a Cars themed birthday party!  He is such a funny little guy! He woke up that morning and told Daddy that he had “pee” so when I asked if he wanted a new diaper he said, “No it’s mine!” Possessive much?

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After having been through a few Sherman family parties this kid knew exactly what to do! He instantly leaned forward and tried to blow out the candle I had to keep my hand there while everyone sang to keep him from blowing out the candles prematurely. As soon as he had them out he picked up the lighter and said, “more!” So we lit them again and let him blow them out one more time.

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Zachary and his amazing presents! <3

Happy birthday to my amazing little man, I love you more than words can say and I’m so grateful that I get to be your mama!

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03-24-2014

Ear Infections, Bye!

If you’ve been around for a while you’ll know that my poor Audrey Thyme has had a really rough go with ear infections in her life. And if you don’t already know here’s the story:

By the time she was a year old she had had 8 ear infections.

The 6th ear infection didn’t respond to amoxicillin.

The 7th ear infection also didn’t respond to amoxicillin. It also didn’t respond to omnicef. So 3 weeks after we initially discovered the ear infection her poor ear drums were close to bursting. I held my 10-month-old baby down once a day for 3 days while she was given penicillin shots. Which, by the way are NOTHING like a vaccine. I cried. She cried. The poor nurse had to comfort us both. And then I had to wait for an hour to make sure she didn’t have a bad reaction. At this time we were told we needed to go see ENT.

The ENT told us to wait until she was 12 months, and the summer came. Hopefully that would make it better.

On July 3rd, 2011 I woke up to my husband panicking. Audrey kept throwing up, she had a temperature of 103 that wasn’t going down, and she had diarrhea. My baby who rarely cried was screaming her head off. Immediately I rushed her off to the emergency room and was told that my poor girl had ANOTHER ear infection, and that this time it had caused her to become severely dehydrated. I can’t even remember the name of the antibiotic they had to use that time, but the ER doctor told us that in all his years of practicing medicine he had never prescribed it to a 1 year old for an ear infection, and it would be best if she never had to have that strong of antibiotics EVER again. We called the ENT the next morning, and her tube surgery was scheduled for July 15th, 2011.

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After her tube surgery life was pretty uneventful, until November 2012 when she woke up on Thanksgiving with yucky goopey eyes. The next day I took her in, assuming she had an eye infection. Turns out her tubes had come out (which we knew they would soon) and she had an ear infection that had drained into her eyes. It was time for another tube surgery, which happened when she was 2.5 years old on December 11th, 2012.

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Only about 6 months went by before she had another ear infection. But both tubes were firmly in place?! We were at a loss until our pediatrician told us that her tonsils were unusually giant for someone who doesn’t have a current cold. And so, when she was a few months past being 3 years old, her tonsils and her adenoids were removed on September 11th, 2013. This was the hardest surgery of all. The recovery period was awful. My child who can out-eat teenage boys refused to eat and then would cry because she was hungry.

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And then, guess what, less than two months later she had ANOTHER ear infection! Her tube fell out. She woke up with the goopey eyes again. When the doctor told me what was going on I had a new emotion about this whole process. ANGER. My child had had THREE surgeries in 2 years! She had two sets of tubes, no adenoids and no tonsils! What gives?! I had spent the last 6 months fixing her gut problems with probiotics and lots of yogurt. She was FINALLY pooping like a normal person for the first time since she was 3 months old!  And now they wanted me to throw it all away and give her more antibiotics? My 3 year old had a tolerance to two different antibiotics. AND from all the scar tissue of 2 ear surgeries plus all the ear infections she had a borderline hearing loss.So yeah, I was pretty stinking angry. And I wasn’t going the antibiotic route again, at least not yet.

I called up some friends who had been through similar experiences and they all said the same thing, chiropractics and essential oils.

And so, my long winded posts leads us here. I took Audrey in every other day to see a chiropractor, we put Garlic oil in her ears, and rubbed basil, OnGuard (thieves), oregano and melaleuca (tea tree oil) around her ears multiple times a day. She smelled a bit like a spice drawer for a while ;)   We were told that it would take about a week for it to work, and at the end of the week I took her back to her pediatrician to see what she said. She said Audrey’s ear infection was cleared! A few months later the second tube fell out and we repeated the same process, and since we knew what to look for we were able to stop it before it got bad at all! Her eyes watered like crazy (which is how they start) but never made it to the goopey stage.

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02-27-2014

All About Learning

Yup, here’s an update for you!

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Sydney passed off All About Spelling Level 1! I think she already spells better than I do ;) She was so excited to pass off the last of her lessons and then help me get prepared for Level 2, her favorite is the Word Jail for those pesky rule breakers. After her first lesson in Level 2 she complained that our jail didn’t have anyone in it.

Jordan told me I’ll need to devote a whole room to all the rule breakers in the English language. He’s very supportive that way.

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This year Miss Audrey has been working her way though All About Reading Pre-Level 1. They have it divided into 3 sections, capital letters, lower case letters, and then the sounds. She just passed off all the capital letters, so we were getting ready to change our chart, and start reading a new book! She was very excited to be 1/3 of the way done. She can’t stop talking about how she can’t wait to learn to read next year. <3

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02-14-2014

Happy Valentines Day!

Love, The Sherman Kids

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12-26-2013

Christmas with the Shermans

So it’s taken me a while to get these up. Why? Because I was slightly upset when we did these pictures. Because they weren’t “perfect.” Not everyone was smiling, I was running back and forth to my camera, that sucked I really should buy a remote. After torturing my family tying to get what I thought was the “perfect” picture I gave up and realized I had several good shots, I’ll just change out faces and completely photoshop my family’s Christmas picture.

I loaded the pictures all into Photoshop, picking out the best ones for each of us where we look our best. I started swapping before I suddenly realized: HELLO?! You’re family isn’t perfect! Zachary’s silly smile is great. But Audrey’s face where she’s trying so hard to show her “pretty” smile is JUST AS GREAT.

So here’s my family on Christmas Eve and on Christmas NO PHOTOSHOP.

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Speaking of not always looking perfect….

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This year we did a Secret Santa, each kiddo drew another siblings name and then I took them on a date to pick out a $10 present for their Secret Santa.

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Zachary had Sydney and he bought her a My Little Pony t-shirt.

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Audrey had Zachary and she bought him a plane.

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Sydney had Audrey, and she bought her a Princess Aurora barbie and Hello Kitty socks. I love the look on Audrey’s face here!

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12-22-2013

Sydney’s New Milestone

Here’s a story for you. A little over six year ago I had this beautiful baby girl named Sydney, who had an amazingly beautiful head of hair.

At around 3 months she started drooling like crazy and biting anything she could get in her hands. Clearly my beautiful child was an over achiever and would be getting her first tooth very soon.

When she turned six months I eagerly checked her mouth daily, but was disappointed that my screaming, drooly, teething monster baby’s pain was not to be relieved anytime soon. There was no tooth coming in yet!

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Around 8 months old she stopped sleeping through the night, and started screaming and running temperatures. Surely that tooth must becoming in soon, right?

At 10 months, that tooth finally broke through, and a week later it was met by a friend. There were no more teeth that first year.

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Fast forward to Kindergarten and all her friends were losing teeth. If I had a dollar for every time she told me, “But, Mama, Hannah is younger than me! Why did she lose a tooth first?!” or “Mama, Taylor has lost FOUR teeth and I don’t even have a wiggly one yet!” I’d be rich. Jealousy was very high for my Sydney Capri. And all she wanted to do was have gaps in her teeth like all her friends.

Well, on December 10th, 2013, Sydney’s dream came true when she lost her first tooth.

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Upon inspect this first baby tooth I remembered all the time I spent rocking her back to sleep, trying to comfort my very unhappy and very upset baby. All the times I pinned her down to make sure her teeth were perfectly brushed. No cavities yet. All that work and she just goes and yanks that tooth out of her mouth. Seriously? It was very humbling.

While I was astonished by this tiny tooth, Sydney was over the moon. She walked up to Audrey and goes, “You might have a hard time understanding me now, because I lost a tooth. So I might talk funny, because I lost a tooth.Can you even understand me? I lost a tooth, so you might not be able to!”

Audrey just put her hand in Sydney’s face and told her, “Don’t care!” (Secretly she really does care, and now she cries because she’s “never going to lose a tooth!”)

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10-25-2013

The Pumpkin Patch

One of my favorite family traditions is to go to the Pumpkin Patch every year!!! We have so much fun!

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We asked the girls what they wanted to do first, but there wasn’t much point, they ran straight for the pony rides. This year I decided that we would go earlier in the October. Normally we go the week before Halloween and it’s usually packed, cold and muddy. Last year it rained on us. I was not disappointed in my decision to go at the beginning of the month! The girls ran right up to the pony booth and were able to get right on! In the past we’ve waited through three pony rides before finally getting to get on the ride!

After the ponies they decided they wanted to get their faces painted. Sydney got her usual mask, and this was Audrey’s first year getting a “big girl face painting” (last year she got a stamp) and she chose a rainbow. Zachary got a stamp of a pumpkin on his face for the first time!

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Next we launched pumpkins, and because my kids have the best/silliest daddy in the whole world they each got a chance with Jordan to launch their pumpkins. Zachary was super excited!

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While we were washing hands after the petting zoo, Audrey ran over to the stand where they sold kettle corn and caramel corn, and swiped a bag. She walked over slowly, grabbed a a bag and RAN away quickly. No one even noticed until we yelled after her. She looked so proud of herself! A few hours later, after we’d gotten our pumpkins and were waiting for Jordan to come back after he loaded them, I bought Audrey a kettle corn. Excited is an understatement.

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Looking forward to carving theses pumpkins!

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10-15-2013

Zachary is 18 Months

So I guess it’s time that I admit this…but Zachary is now 18 months.

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Crazy, isn’t it? I hate how quickly time flies! :(

My little “failure to thrive” baby is now 21lbs 2oz and 32 inches! He’s taking after Audrey and growing like crazy after his first birthday.

He has started to talk up a storm! He says:
-Hi!
-Daddy
-Mama/Mommy
-Sissy (Sydney)
-Aubee (Audrey)
-Kitty
-Noooo
-Ow
-I need more
-More (he also signs this)
-Welcome
-Here you go
-Peek-a-boo
-Uh huh
-Uh no
-Uh oh!
-Gukka! (A family word for “gross” thanks to Sydney.)

He LOVES to play peek-a-boo, and if anyone says it he instantly starts to play.

He blows raspberries.

He loves to jump up and yell “boo!”

He loves to play with cars. The girls have a Barbie Slug Bug, and he loves to go “Vroom!” and then kill it in a fire explosive crash (I can tell by the noises he makes.)

He now climbs onto chairs, which leads him to climb onto the table.

He’s finally starting to get hair!! Yey!!! Fohawks EVERYDAY! Or at least on the days that I remember.

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10-14-2013

School Doesn’t Need to Be 36 Weeks.

We have entered into our third year of homeschooling, and I’ve learned a very valuable lesson.

School doesn’t need to be thirty-six weeks.

Really, it doesn’t.

It can be 37, 38, 40 weeks. And that’s just fine!

One of the wonderful thing about homeschooling is that we get to do things our way, and on our time schedule.

We have several subjects this year, all of which I have deemed necessary and important.

Some days we do great, and other days we don’t do so well.

This has made me very stressed out trying to stick to a schedule that is all very well planned out. I wasn’t giving myself any wiggle room, for life things that happen. You know the things that happen that you don’t plan for? Like Audrey falling out a window, or Audrey getting into a car accident, or Audrey having her tonsils removed.

Audrey adds a lot of unexpected events to our lives.

So I’ve added a few weeks randomly in the school year, and plan on adding weeks to the end of the school year as our “catch up weeks.” If something gets missed during our 4 weeks on, 1 week off schedule I’ll just keep going, and catch up during one of those built in catch-up weeks.

But what if we’re caught up? Well, then we get a bonus week off!

I already feel a lot less stressed!

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09-13-2013

First Day of School

We started school on August 19th, Sydney is in 1st grade. As as per tradition, we made up our white board.

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It’s become a bit of a tradition to torture all children take pictures of these beautiful siblings on the first day of school, regardless of who is actually being formally taught. I’m not exactly sure why Zachary wasn’t in this picture….

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This year we are participating in a church co-op preschool called Joy School. Audrey’s first day happened to be the day before her tonsils were removed, so she missed the second day, unfortunately. Her first day was September 10th.

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This sweet girl could probably have fit in her Hello Kitty backpack, but she insisted upon having it, and she LOVES it. She had a blast and was so excited about Joy School. I didn’t tell her she would be missing the second day or that she would be missing her first day of dance class. Shh, it will be a secret ;)

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See? I tortured them attempted to get a picture of the three of them together.

Audrey and I debated for almost an hour about her outfit for her first day of Joy School. She HATES jeans, and even sweat pants. She recently discovered leggings and told me, “I like it when my pants are CLOSE to my body!” She has about 10 pairs of adorable Sydney-hand-me-down jeans that she refuses to wear. And all the leggings she has go with specific outfits (I’m kind of a fashion police to my kids…) but we finally agreed on an outfit. I’m glad too, because the last time I tried to force her to wear jeans she tried to take them off in the doctor’s waiting room. That was awkward.

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