By Jen


24
Mar 17

Review: The First Years Dinnerware

If you have a toddler you know how much they like to dip food into sauces and dips. Every time any of us puts ketchup or honey or anything on our plate Harbor grunts at us until we give him some too. Sometimes food never even makes it in his dip, just his little fingers, straight from the dip to his mouth. So he was pretty excited when I put The First Years Inside Scoop Dip Plate down in front of him for dinner the other day. And the big boys were a little jealous, exclaiming, “oh he has a bowl for dip on his plate?! Do I get one too?”.

The great thing about a plate with a little bowl built in, is it eliminates the problem of the dip spreading out thin, like what happens when you place the dip directly on a plate, making it hard for little fingers to effectively get their food “sauced up”. Another benefit of this plate is that it has a higher rim on one side helping keep food from being pushed off the plate as they learn the tricky task of getting food onto their forks or spoons.  The rim is also removable for when kids get older, though I feel like all the boys could still benefit from it. Somehow Kingston is the messiest of the bunch, how that’s possible since he’s the oldest, I don’t know. We may have to give this plate to him instead. LOL. One potential problem I see and will have to watch is sometimes cups and such with multiple pieces get icky if every piece isn’t taken apart and dried completely before putting back together so I will have to remember to always take it apart. Another negative to me, is that it isn’t dishwasher safe. I know some of my friends don’t use the dishwasher (something I can’t wrap my head around), so that feature doesn’t make or break it for some.

On the subject of cleaning though, the Stackable Sippy Cups are dishwasher safe and there are no extra little pieces in the lid that keep it spill proof, it is all contained in one piece. Yea! That is always where our cups have ended up gross before and we’ve ended up tossing them because we’ve forgotten to take something apart. Sooo, not having those pieces is exciting to me! Also, they are stackable (hence the name, haha) which is another great feature. Harbor uses mostly straw cups these days, but he literally pulled these out of the box and immediately wanted to use them because of the dinosaurs on them. And I have to agree they are a really cute design.

The last thing in the box actually turned out to be my personal favorite. The Take & Toss Double Duty Plates come four to a pack with one fork (seems like it should come with two forks), are dishwasher safe, and can double as lids. The plates themselves wouldn’t hold enough food for a bigger kid, but are perfect size for a toddler. It has two sections with a small spot in the middle to hold a fork and they all seal so you don’t have to worry about something dripping into the other section. At first glance I didn’t think that the plate doubling as a lid was a big deal, but THEN…the first time we tried them Harbor didn’t finish his food and instead of having to cover his plate in clingwrap or put it in a storage container I simply took another plate, snapped it on top and put it in the fridge. SO EASY. And easy makes this Mama happy! And so I’m sold on these little Double Duty Plates.

* I was provided with these products in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


26
Jan 17

Harbor’s First Haircut

Harbor we broke down and gave you your first haircut on January 26th. Overall you didn’t need it, you are actually very sparsely haired still, but you did have these two long curly wisps behind each ear and even though I didn’t want to cut them, it was looking a little silly. :( So we bid them farewell in hopes that maybe your hair is like a plant and you have to prune/trim it a little to make the rest come in and fill out. LOL


22
Jan 17

Balanced

The boys got a slacken for Christmas. This is the first time they got to play on it.


18
Jan 17

Baby Sandwich

When your big brother is laying on the floor and you tackle him, and then your other brother tackles you.

 


17
Jan 17

Firehouse Tour

You can never tour too many fire stations when your kids are little. At least that’s our current theory. 😛 January 16th, my mom’s group did a tour of the Longwood fire station which was one we hadn’t been to before. We saw where they eat and how they have three fridges and food cabinets so each shift has their own food space they can lock up so other shifts don’t steal their food, haha. We saw their bathrooms and bedrooms, patio, workout room, and laundry room. But of course the best part to the kids was seeing them get dressed in gear and checking out the fire truck and ambulance.

After getting firehats and stickers and bracelets, a group of us headed to Chick-fil-a for lunch and for the kids to play. And boy did they play hard! Kingston and Zekie were sweaty from all the running and climbing and sliding. They had the best time playing with their friends while us Moms somewhat got to chat, yea!


14
Jan 17

Zekie’s 4th Birthday Party

Zekie requested a Paw Patrol birthday party theme this year. Since that was Kingston’s theme for his birthday last year, that made it super simple. Pull out the old decorations, add a few new things and done. And since the weather decided to be in the 80s we were able to party outside, which is always a win in my book.

We started the party off with food, all puppy themed.

We mostly let the kids run free with the toys already in our backyard, but we did provide two games.

We had a dog bowl toss and a “kibble” eating contest. The kids were so cute trying to eat “dog food” (Reese’s Puff cereal) out of dog bowls without using their hands. Kingston won, though he may have had an advantage since we had practiced the day before when I was trying to figure out how much to put in their bowl. We practiced with a cup of dog food, which was wayyyy too much, they couldn’t finish, which is funny because it didn’t seem like too much in the measuring cup. So during the party we tried 1/3 of a cup, which also was a bit too much, the kids still struggled a bit and some never finished. lol. Still fun to watch!

After the game we let the kids run off some more energy (and sweets) before serving cake. Zekie was so excited to have everyone sing to him. So cute! And per usual Jeremy did an amazing job decorating the cake.

As the party wound down, guests were encouraged to take a Paw Patrol mask, some birthday tattoos and adopt a puppy.

It was a fun morning and Zekie had a great time!

 


13
Jan 17

Four Years Of Zekie!

Happy 4th birthday Zekie Bear! Sometimes it’s hard to believe you are only four. The way you talk and how your little mind works are way beyond your years. You keep us all on our toes, never knowing what you are going to say or do next! You have the sweetest, kindest heart and are great at playing on your own. You are content building Legos and reading books all day, though I do have to constantly remind you that our furniture is not for climbing on and jumping off of. My little dare devil who doesn’t think the rules apply to him.

You are always just trying to keep up with Kingston, and even though there are two years between you, you are right on his heels, giving him a run for his money. I may be biased, but I think you are a genius for your age. The things you say and the reasoning behind it, is amazing. You have big things in your future Zekers! Love you so much!!!

Your birthday this year was low key. Daddy had to work, so we got up early to sing to you and have special birthday donuts. You picked the “Christmas donut” also known to everyone else as a sprinkle donut. I don’t know where Christmas came from, but that’s what you called it, haha.

Once Harbor woke up, we headed over to Grandma Boothe’s to play for a bit. It was a Friday and Kingston had speech so I left you and Harbor there while I took K to speech and ran some errands for your party the next day. You got to watch your favorite show, Paw Patrol, while we were gone. After lunch over there, we came home for Harbor to nap and we practiced one of the games for your party the next day and played until that night.

For dinner, everyone came over to celebrate. Even Aunt Denise was in town and she joined us too. Grandma Kennedy made us some personal pizza crusts and we all make our own pizzas and then had the chocolate cake you requested Grandma make too. And we ended the night spoiling you with presents. You liked everything, but the Rescue Bot Transformers were your favorite.

Here’s some updates on things you’ve done or said these last six months:

Your idea for keeping the squirrels from eating our tomatoes, “Dig a big hole, then the squirrel will fall in, we’ll cover him up with dirt and fill in the hole and then the squirrel won’t be able to eat our tormatoes“. That is definitely a valid idea you presented on August 27th.

We were talking about the plagues in the bible on August 29th. We got to the plague of the frogs and were discussing how they were covering everything and hopping everywhere when you brought up this idea. “If we put them in the washing machine, they will loss their legs and then they won’t be able to hop“. This is probably true, how you came up with this idea is astonishing to me.

When I grow up big like Daddy, I’m going to stay home with Daddy. I’m gonna be a parent.” When I asked him how many kids he intends to have, he stated, “Five kids.“. Will be fun to see how many he does end up having. – September 11th

On the evening of September 10th, Harbor kept fussing so I went in to check on him only to find you in his bed playing and keeping him up. Brother love.

I go in every night and check on you all before I go to bed. On September 12th, you weren’t in your bed and you weren’t on the floor. I found you under the bunk bed, all the way in the back corner!

We took the training wheels off of Kingston’s bike also on September 12th and put them on a bike for you. But we could not get you to try the bike. You told us you were “afraid of heights“. Meanwhile you climb up on everything and jump off, but the bike was too high. LOL kid logic.

Harbor was wearing a romper on September 28th, so the leg holes come down lower than a regular onesie. You asked, “why does Harbor wear his shirt as pants?“.

Kingston was set on being Batman for Halloween so we were trying to convince you to be Robin. We told you he was Batman’s sidekick and then from then on you wouldn’t call him Robin, you referred to your costume as “sidekick“. Ahaha. – September 24th.

You ate a screw on October 9th!? And it exited on the 12th. Ekkk

You are a great encourager of others. Always cheering others on in whatever they are doing.

One night while staying over at Grandma and Grandpa Kennedy’s you walked into Grandma’s messy office and stated, “this is a catastrophe!‘. Oh Zekie always telling it like it is. LOL – October 13th

You slept in your new twin sized bed for the first time October 17th.

You were swinging and you exclaimed, “This is magnificent!” Then you leaned a little too far back and flipped over backwards and landed on your stomach with your heels hitting your head. After the shock of that fall you brushed yourself off and kept playing, only to be sliding down the slide a little later and fall sideways of the side of the slide. Rough day. – October 21st.

You are so clear with your words but every now and then there are still a few words you don’t get right, and it’s so cute. You also have a little country accent on a few words too.
Glube – Glove
Thurrr – There
Menja – Ninja
Let’s watch Thisflix – Anything on Netflix
This is a spicious box – Suspicious
Sockings – Christmas stockings

I heard you crying from your bed on November 7th, so I got up from the couch to check on you. By the time I got there you were standing in your doorway, without pants. At first I think you must have peed yourself and I ask you if you have to go the bathroom. You responded by letting it flow, sprinkler style all over our hallway and everything in it. I started screaming stop and tried to push you into the bathroom, but it was too late. After getting you and everything else cleaned up, I asked you what happen, why were you crying without pants, why didn’t you walk to the bathroom? You told me you got lost and couldn’t find the bathroom. Poor kiddo, I think you might have still been asleep.

Your bedtime prayers are precious. “Thank you God for jelly, thank you for peanut butter, thank you for the ducks. Praise God! Jaysname Amen!” LOL my favorite is that every prayer includes the ducks and that instead of “in Jesus name” it’s “Jaysname“. The best. – November 15th

We were talking about dancing and I said that Daddy and I had taken dancing lessons. When I asked you if you knew what kind, you asked, “barenia dancing?“. Ballerina dancing, and no we did not, thought that probably would have been entertaining to see Daddy do. We took ballroom dancing. – November 20th

Can you inside it?” – Asked everytime you need me to turn a clothing article inside out. – December 11th

Remember that time you were driving me to Africa? I saw really long dolphins.” Lol, um nope, don’t remember that trip at all. – December 13th.

December 14th, you and Kingston were so proud to show me what you had been so quietly working on. “Look Mom I made Zekie a cheetah!”

It first happened December 17th, but you have said it many times since now. When something doesn’t go your way or you don’t want to do something you say, “Cancel bedtime (shower, dinner, cleaning up, etc…)”. I know this is because sometimes when you aren’t listening I will say, “That’s okay you don’t want to do …, I’ll go ahead and cancel…, we’ll try it another time when you are ready to listen“.

You’ve taken to stealing food from the pantry. We started noticing that you wouldn’t be hungry at breakfast and then I found some wrappers and other clues and crumbs in the playroom. Eventually I caught you in the act. Usually you would take something sweet or a treat before we got up in the mornings. So we started putting somethings on top of the fridge, but it didn’t take long until you figured out you could drag a stool to the counter, climb up on the counter and then stretch over the fridge to grab what you wanted. Too smart for your own good! We need a lock for the pantry and the fridge because punishment doesn’t seem to be doing the trick. :(

Maybe it’s because the rest of the house fells so cluttered with toys and just everyday life things, but I don’t like things on the refrigerator. I just want it to be completely clear. Little by little lately things had started to accumulate there too. One day I felt inspired to clear it off while you and Kingston were off playing. Later you came to get something from the fridge and exclaimed, “WHOA we got a new fridge!“. Ahahaha yep snuck it right in while you were in the other room. ;P

And for the grand finale to this post, I leave you with this most recent comment to your Grandma Kennedy on December 29th. “Grandma if I hold my nose (and blow) my ears toot.” Oh my Zekie! Only you my child, only you.

Here are your stats:

Weight: 34.9 lbs.

Height: 40″

Head: 20″

Clothes: 3T-4T tops. Bottoms you can still wear 2T in shorts. 3T pants.

Shoes: 9


8
Jan 17

Two Babies In One

My brother and his wife are expecting twins and it has not been an easy pregnancy. She’s been on bedrest practically since the beginning and every day those babies stay tucked safe inside is a praise so it was a big deal to celebrate with a shower on January 8th.

Her Aunt Cindy threw a beautiful shower at her house and they were spoiled with lots of baby supplies and clothes and diapers!

 

Can’t wait (but can cause they need to keep cooking for at least another month or so) to meet these little guys and kiss and snuggle them!


2
Jan 17

Uncle Bill and Aunt Liz Visit

Jeremy’s Uncle was in town celebrating an anniversary with his wife and they stopped by for dinner with Don & Terri and we joined in. I can’t remember the last time we saw them or if Kingston had met them before, but Zekie hadn’t and he was ready to make up for lost time. He was super chatty and wanted Uncle Bill to play with him right away. Not that Z is ever shy, but there was no hesitation at all and he wanted all their attention. Maybe he felt a “younger brother” bond with him, since Uncle Bill is Grandpa’s younger brother. 😛


1
Jan 17

First Lost Tooth!

Kingston lost his first tooth! We were eating Christmas lunch at my parent’s house and he came into the kitchen to ask a question as I was preparing a plate. Something caught my eye as looking weird and I stopped him and asked him to open his mouth. Sure enough, a tooth was missing! He lost his bottom left central incisor. When I asked him what happened and where his tooth was, he didn’t know what I was talking about or that he had lost a tooth at all! I went outside to ask my brother if he knew what happened since he was sitting outside with them, but he hadn’t seen anything happen either. So our best guess is that he took a bite and it came out and he swallowed it with his food. He said he didn’t notice anything hard, which is possible because it often seems the boys like to swallow their bites whole! He quickly moved on with his day, but I couldn’t believe he had lost his first tooth and swallowed it at that. I knew he was at the age it could start happening, but I felt unprepared when it did. No loose teeth wiggling for days, no looking in wonder at the first tooth that fell out, no putting it under your pillow for a Tooth Fairy. I felt a little robbed of making a big deal out of our first baby losing his first tooth. Haha.

Kingston loses his first tooth

A week later as we were eating New Year’s Eve dinner, he stopped eating and spit into his napkin a little blood and said, “yuck, there’s blood in my mouth!”. I had him open his mouth to look and low and behold another tooth was missing! This time it was his bottom right lateral incisor. And once again, he swallowed it. I asked if he noticed another hard and he said he did. I told him next time if you feel something hard when you are chewing don’t swallow it, spit it out! Then he was afraid to finish his dinner because he didn’t want to lose anymore. Haha.

Tooth # 2

So here we are two teeth down, one lost at lunch and one at breakfast, both on a holiday, neither one loose that we knew of. We’re thinking the next one will fall out on Valentine’s Day at breakfast. 😛

(And in case you were wondering, the Tooth Fairy doesn’t visit when you don’t leave her a tooth. Not that Kingston knows who that is anyway or that he missed out on anything.)

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