I wanted to give everyone an update on Aub's most recent doctor's appointment!
Thursday was a rollercoaster with my emotions. First of all I'm mom. So anything related to my kids whether good or bad I tend to get emotional. Nothing major happened, but I guess I had though things were a little different than they appeared to be!
Aubriella's appointment was to check in and make sure she was meeting her baby milestones and to get x-rays of her hand.
(if you have not yet read my Introducing Aubriella post or have met my daughter, please read that post first! otherwise you will be lost)
Aubriella's specialist is in Deleware. They are amazing!! Her doctor takes so much time with us and constantly asks if we have questions. Also if I leave the appointment and forgot to ask something, all I have to do is e-mail her!
We arrived and Aub's got her x-rays. She was such a champ and actually laughed through the x-ray. We then went back to talk with her doctors.
Dr. Ty was so pleased with Aub's hand and how much she uses it. At this time Aub's does NOT need any physical OR surgery! Awesome news! Her doctor did say that maybe down the road if need be we could look into lengthening her pinky. With doing that it would give her a better pinch for her to grab and grasp items. At this time they don't do surgery unless its necessary. But at this point she is doing extremly well and we don't have to make any decisions.
Aubriella has met all of her baby milestones and once again is doing great! We got to review the x-ray with the doctor next. The x-ray showed that Aubriella does have a full thumb, bones in her hand, and currently no bones in her 4 fingers. The doctor did say that the bones could just be cartilage and that when she comes back when she is 1 that there maybe some bone growth. As for now there is none.
I had really high hopes that she did have bones in her little fingers. I truely thought there were. Especially for how well she uses her hand. Time will only tell if she will have some bone growth or not. I am trying to stay very positive about this, but it is a little difficult to wrap my head around.
Secondly, I don't remember if I shared or not about Asher having to see a Neurosurgeon. When he was about 18 months the pediatrican recommended we see a pediatrician & a plastic surgeon due to his head shape.
Around 4 months old I questioned that Asher had an indent in the back of his head. I was always advised that it would pop out when he was older and that it was nothing to be concerned about. The Neurosurgeon & Plastics said that Asher did not have anything wrong with him and that sometimes that just happens. They said there was no need for a special hemlet and that possibly the indent could pop out. We left it at that and found peace in the answers we recieved.
Well at Aub's appointment Dr. Ty had pointed out that Aubriella has the exact same indent in the back of her head. I was already aware of this & had questioned the pediatrican, whose was once again not concerned. Since Aubriella was born I was afraid that she would develop this indent & that maybe I had failed Asher as a parent and did not give him even tummy time. With that being said Aubriella is constantly on her belly & I had decided to baby wear the majority of the time. Well appreantly none of that had helped, because we are back in the same positon.
Anyways her doctor has referred us to a Neurosurgeon in DuPont and we go in 2 weeks. We were advised to take Asher so we could talk to the doctor about him and compare their heads.
I'm trying not to freak out about seeing a Neurosurgeon again because I feel & know in my heart my kid's heads are fine. If you have ever met Asher you know how smart he is. He can count to 40, knows his ABC's, knows his colors, shapes, and is potty trained. (i am very proud of him so it felt fitting to brag a little there). If there were a Neurologial issue he most likely would not be that advanced is what we were advised. Plus Aub's is hitting all of her milestones and then some.
Saturday we went to a upper extremity event at the the hospital. Can I just say WOW!! So this is the first place where I did not feel that people were staring at Aub's hand. Also I met some wonderful people! It was so great to talk with others that have kid's just like mine. I was able to ask questions and got amazing responses. It felt so amazing to be there.
Afterwards I felt so much better. I always want to be strong for Aubriella, but I am human and I am mom. I worry alot. Especially about her future. I felt like being about to talk about fears and have questions answered lower alot of that anxiety and what if questions. I know this is not always going to be a smooth road but having a support system surely helps!
So overall the appointment was great! We go back in June 2019 for more x-rays. As I said I had hoped for somethings to be different, but you know what she is doing well without and will continue to do well. I am anxious for the Neurosurgeon but I am remaining positive!
If your a mom, you probably have a ton of broken crayons! I know I did. Instead of throwing them out we made new crayons with them! It was a great activity!
Asher loved the concept of breaking the crayons into even smaller pieces. Plus he loved telling me the colors as well.
I then did a coloring activity with the new crayons we made! This was a 2 day process. Here's what you need!
I am super excited to announce that I have opened an Etsy store!
Aubriella has so many headbands. They were all just thrown in a drawer and I could never find which one I wanted. So I decided to make her a headband holder! She currently now has 2 headband holders and both are filled!
I than decided why not do a same style hat holder for Asher! Adam and I are always running around the house asking who saw his hat last so he can go outside and play! Now the headbands and hats are both organized and in one place! This makes me very happy!
After having Aubriella in May this year, we decided it's silly for me go back to work full time. We would pay out more to have someone watch both kids and I would miss out on a lot. I do enjoy my days off with the kids and being very active in their lives. I love doing activities with them. So I am now part time. By opening this Etsy store I am hoping to provide a little extra income for my family!
I have expanded pretty quickly and have been adding new items continuously. I have started making bows & headbands! ALSO one of my favorites is a matching sibling pocket T-shirts and Bows! Definitely check them if you have 2 or more children. I also can do matching brother shirts or sister bows.
I am doing a giveaway to promote my Etsy shop. Once my Facebook page(Asher&Aubs Creations) reaches 100 follows I will be giving away a free headband or hat holder of the winners choice. If they chose specific colors it will take 1-2 weeks to process.
So if you would like to be entered, click the Facebook icon above and click follow! You also can share my post on facebook!
If you would like to browse my Etsy store:
So let's spread the word together! Free item once Facebook page Asher&Aubs Creations reaches 100 follows!
Also I will be doing custom orders for specific colors and will be adding Names soon!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions!
I am so excited to start this series! When Asher started eating baby food I did not have my blog. I wish I did because I homemade all of his baby food as I now do with his squeeze pouches. I was able to pull out some of the same recipes that I found all crinkled in a drawer.
Aubriella is just about 4 months old. We will be introducing her to foods really soon! I know everyone has their own opinion as to when a baby should start foods. I always check with my pediatrician. Plus every child is different. My kids are hungry babies. Constantly hungry! My pediatrician recommended at 4 months we introduced foods to Asher. All I can say is from my experience, Asher was a completely different baby once starting foods! Not only did he start sleeping longer, but just his whole demeanor changed. He became more content, happier, and so pleasant to be around! Aub's is definitely following in his footsteps!
Asher never cared for the rice cereal. Rice cereal is suppose to be a good beginner food, but there is also a lot of debates about how nutritious it really is. Once again I can only speak from my experience and my son did not like it, so we skipped right over it! I plan to do the same with Aubriella.
There are so many options for first foods. I'm going to share 4 of the first foods I try with my babe's, how to make them, and how to store them.
The first food is PEARS. This was Asher's absolute favorite. He still loves pears to this day. Pears don't have a strong flavor which makes them desirable. They also are fairly easy to digest.
Pears & Apples w/ Cinnamon
The following day you can label baggies and dump the cube into baggies. These cube's are good in the freezer for 3- 6 months. 3 months is more desirable.
Thawing: The night before I will get what foods I want to feed my baby the next day. I will place them in separate kiddie bowls and cover with plastic wrap and place them in the fridge to defrost. Then when I am ready to feed my baby I will warm the puree for 7 seconds in the microwave. I then stir the puree and check for hot spots.
When introducing baby food make sure to only introduce one food at a time. I allow 3 days of introducing the same food before I introduce another. In those 3 days I'm checking to make sure my baby does not have a reaction. Making sure there's no rash, constipation, diarrhea, or any other signs of a food reaction.
If you are using rice cereal try mixing one of the fruit puree's in with the rice cereal!
Again I am not pediatrician, you should always consult with them first. I am just sharing my recipes and my personal experiences! Enjoy!
* You can also put these recipes into squeeze pouches*
I used to make trail mix snack bags for Asher once a week. Now that I am a mom of 2 I am still getting down a routine. I have the basic day to day routine down, but now I need to add in more things I used to do.
Anyways, I had sometime over the weekend during naptime and made Asher a new snack mix with items I already had in the kitchen.
Once Asher woke up these did not last long at all! Pretty sure he ate 2 bags a day!
I love Annie's Brand! They have so many Organic items. Mac-N-Cheese, Fruit Snacks, Cheddar Bunnies & Graham Bunnies, just to name Asher's favorites!
Place them all together in a bowl & mix. Portion out into snack baggies!
So this week has been full of rain! A lot of on and off rain.
Friday we managed to do an outside activity right before it down poured!
I really didn't have anything planned for Friday, but I knew whatever we did had to use items at home and I wanted it to be a learning experience.
We went outside to watch the butterflies on our butterfly bush (as we call it) and Asher than wanted to get all of his toys out of the shed. I did not feel like getting everything and then having to clean it up. Plus I wanted to teach him something. So I headed to the garage to see what I could find. CHALK! There are so many things I could teach him with chalk.
I decided we would work on our shapes! I was pretty blown away though. As I started drawing the shapes Asher started calling them out! I was very impressed!
Here is an easy way to teach your kiddo's shapes. Also not alot of items needed! All you need is chalk and somewhere to use it!
Thursday we had a long over due playdate! I swear playdates always tire Asher out the most!
These are 2 girls that I went to High School with. We were all pregnant at the same time with our first kids. We all had boys first! Then again we were all pregnant with our second. Two of us had girls and the other had a boy this time. So all of are kids are super close in age.
We had a playdate once when the boys were really little. They weren't even crawling yet. Between all 3 of our schedules we haven't been able to find time. Finally we did on Thursday and it was awesome to catch up! We now are going to try and make play dates a thing and actually schedule them.
Not only does Asher love playdates and it keeps him busy, but I myself LOVE playdates. I love talking to other adults. I feel like some weeks I am only around my kids and husband and thrive for other human interaction. I feel it is really important to have mom's friends!
I could not be a full time stay at home mom. I would go stir crazy. I do love my current schedule. It's just enough time at work and just enough time with my kids. I work 3 long days a week, but have off 4 than with my kids.
What else I love about playdates, being real with your mom friends. Let's face it we try to act like we have everything together, especially portraying it on facebook. Playdates are where I find out I'm not alone. My 2 year old is not the only 2 year old protesting naptime, refusing to eat lunch, and having tantrums. Don't get me wrong we have some really good days, but some days are not as smooth.
Asher loves interacting with other kids. He is very sociable. It really helps him learn how to share and it's so cute watching him play with his little friends.
It was wonderful to talk and see how these other 2 mom's are doing it with 2 kids. It's always great to know that you are not alone. We actually just scheduled our next play date and I am so excited for it. Having mom friend's is amazing and very valuable to me! Enjoy our photos! ( Of course there was no way of getting all of us in a photo . Maybe next playdate we will get one!)
Aubriella & Ellie are 10 days apart!
Walker & Asher are 9 days apart!
Wednesday we stayed home and did an activity outside!I was a little upset with this activity just because our dog kept knocking the boats over. Axel is a 100lb Chocolate Lab that absolutely loves the water. Well he was outside with us and thought this activity was for him as well. Oh well, Asher still participated and learned some new numbers!
My best friend since middle school is a Pre-K teacher. We typically bounce ideas back and forth for activities. This one is all her. She sent me a photo the other day of these and told me how I had to try this with Asher.
Asher can count 1-10 no problem! He even knows 20 and some of the numbers in between.
So with my counting boats I focused on the numbers after 10.
I did by 10's and 11-19.
Yet again all these items were just laying around my house. Any activity lately has to be done with the supplies I have at home. Venturing with a 2 year old and a 2 1/2 month old is quite the task.
I did test them in my sink first to make sure they would float! I actually didn't get any pictures of Asher in the pool with his counting boats =[. I'm sure we will do the activity again and I will update the pictures!
Continuing with my week off with the kids, Tuesday we went to the park! As i was explaining in my last post I have been off all week with my kids and planned something each day to keep us busy.
I do not venture far with both kids without my husband, my mom, or a friend. Asher is 2 years old and Aubriella is 2 1/2 months. I am slowly venturing out and seeing how it goes. So far we have mastered the post office, the store ( only got 3 items), a few Park's, and I am fine with going to other people's houses. Just public places make me nervous! But we are working on it and going to the Park was a big one for me!
Tuesday we met our besties at our local park to let the kids burn off their energy. This whole week has been on and off raining! We were lucky enough to be able to enjoy a day at the park.
We went to Long's park. I enjoy taking the kids to Long's Park for many reasons.
I try to make every activity not only fun, but a learning experience as well! I feel when you incorporate a small amount of learning into a fun activity, your toddler has no idea and is just enjoying the "fun" part.
I am off all this week with the kids. So I had to plan activities to keep my 2 year old entertained all week. The weather is on and off with rain this week which does not help! Not only does he go crazy being kept inside, but Momma does as well!
With newly having 2 children I do NOT venture out a lot by myself with both kids. So I knew whatever activities I wanted to plan had to use items that are around the house. And that is how Cardboard painting was formed. This is a super simple activity, but a very messy one!
What you need:
On the cardboard I used the painters tape to spell out my son's name. Then on paper plates I poured out different colored paint. I sat Asher outside and gave him the paint brushes to go to town!
He started off doing really well only painting on the cardboard. At first he did not want to get messy. But that eventually changed and he wanted to paint himself. Reason for washable paint!
Asher played outside painting for 45 minutes. Afterwards I carried him to the bath tub for clean up. I couldn't believe how easy the paint washed off. I thought for sure he was going to have blue hair. NOPE!
How did I make this a learning experience? When Asher went to use the colors I made him tell me what color each was as he was using it. Asher is really good with his colors!
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