Monday, May 30, 2011

Muffin Tin Mondays!

My First Muffin Tin Monday!!

Every Monday I am going to prepare one of Jacob's meals in a muffin tin. Each muffin cup will have a different food. Sometimes I will do a theme and sometimes it will be random. I am hoping this will get Jacob to eat more and hopefully help him gain weight. I was inspired by this blog, Muffin Tin Mom. Such a cute idea. And a big THANKS to my friend Bri who is doing it too at All About the Maray Family. She told me about this blog and I can't wait to continue to do it every monday!

Today I did his favorite breakfast foods:

Watermelon Stars, Sausage, Strawberries
Fruitloops, Airplane shaped french toast, syrup

He absolutely loved it!
He loves airplanes right now, so i figured airplane shaped foods would be perfect!

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Are you ready for it?

JACOB IS 23.4 POUNDS!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!! It has taken a year to get over the 23 lb hump and he did it!!! Not only did he get to the 23 lb mark but he is 4 ounces more than the plain old 23. I AM SO HAPPY!!!!

Thats all!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


I am now a Spark at Blackman Elementary school.

I accepted a job position to teach Kindergarten. This is a new challenge that i am super excited to take on. I am going to miss West Creek and my West Creek family so much but ready to work closer to home, ready to spend more time with my family, ready to meet people in the mboro/smyrna area, ready to save money on gas, and ready for a great change! I have been commuting to work every single day which is 150 miles a day. My poor car needs a little break. My birthday is tomorrow and this is a wonderful present!! HOORAY!! Things are finally starting to look up!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mother's Day gift

I know Mother's Day was more than a week ago, but I just got back Erin's gift from the paint-your-own pottery place. The fervent pottery painter that I am, I should've known it would take a week to fire. Oops. I'll be sure to teach Jacob better.

I at least was able to take it home after it quickly dried to show Jacob's gift to Erin on Mother's Day. Then I took it back to get fired.

Jacob did the prints. The calligraphy was already done; we were just lucky enough to find one with "Jacob" written on it.

At first I painted Jacob's hands and placed them neatly on the tile. Then Jacob wanted to do it himself...

It was his gift to mama, after all. He did a great job!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Growth update

Jacob will undergo a scope procedure on June 3 that hopefully will give us definitive answers as to what's impeding his growth.

The medical procedure, called a sigmoidoscopy, is a minimally-invasive operation that will primarily check for inflammation on areas that impact the absorption of nutrients. Of course, the doctor will check for other things that I shall avoid explaining until I complete my marketing residency at Williamson Medical Center.

Erin and I have been concerned with Jacob's slow growth ever since he was born. He has always been a picky eater and never one to overindulge. Even when he was on formula he struggled to finish a six-ounce bottle. It got to the point that we had to put him on an unusual feeding schedule of every two hours, per a nurse's orders at our original pediatrician's office in Clarksville. That just made it worse because he was always full from the previous feeding.

But he did continue to grow, albeit along the bottom curve of the growth chart. Our pediatrician in Clarksville, who was the only reason we didn't want to leave that town, kept telling us Jacob was just small-boned and petite, based on the number of vertically challenged people on all sides of our families.

We recently changed pediatricians in our new hometown of Smyrna because we didn't think the first one was listening to our concerns. We always thought we were just another number at this popular private practice.

So we found a new pediatrician near our house, and it was one of the smartest moves we've made since Jacob was born. Our current pediatrician, who's practice has been open for only a year, gave us the attention we'd been yearning for since leaving Clarksville. He listened to our concerns and set us up with a GI specialist at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

What really concerned him was for the first time Jacob had actually lost weight, booting him off the growth chart altogether. In the past couple weeks, for example, Jacob's weight dropped from 22.6 to 22 even. A few ounces may sound minuscule, but it's equivalent to a ton for a 25-month old who's already 13 pounds below the average weight.

So we met with the GI specialist last week who recommended the scope procedure because we've exhausted all dietary supplements--Carnation instant breakfast and other high-calorie foods--to fatten him up without medical intervention. The doctor was especially concerned with Jacob's weight loss.

We also told him Jacob had negative results from testing his kidney function and for Celiac disease. He said the Celiac test Jacob yields few false negatives, but he will check for it nevertheless.

We'll post an update following the procedure.


I would be remiss not to end on a positive note: Jacob finally got his appetite back! I don't know if Jacob's two-year molars have complete poked through because he always has his hands in his slobbery mouth, but they're certainly not affecting the little piglet's appetite.

It helps that he now can TELL us what he wants to eat. He can say cracker, cheese, noodles, cookie, eggies, juice and waffles. He enjoys taking ownership of his meals. He had a waffle for dinner a few nights ago. Why?

Because he said so.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

No, no, no, no, no.

When Jacob was younger, he said "uh-huh" in response to every question we asked him. Now he is in his "no" phase. When someone does something inappropriate, Jacob will wave his finger at that person and say "no, no, no, no, no." Erin taught him to say "no, ma'am," which has become his favorite response to Dolly after she steals food out of his hand.

Sometimes he says no because what we're offering him actually is not what he wants. Most times, though, he says "no" because it's new and fun.

Here is an actual conversation I had with Jacob following a short run:

Jacob, do you want to play outside?


Do you want to play inside?


Do you want to play in between?


Where do you want to play?


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Jacob reads!

Jacob has memorized many books.
Here is a cute video of jacob reading "moo, baa, lalala"

Mothers Day

I had a fabulous Mothers Day.
I was able to sleep late (8:00) and was woken up with breakfast in bed. Yum!!
I spent the morning playing with my boys.
I went to get a pedicure while Jacob naps.
We drove to Clarksville after Jacob's nap and met Eric, Bri, and Waylon at Outback. It was so much fun and good to see Eric again since he just came back from deployment. The boys got along really well.
After dinner we went to get some yummy FroYo at Beary Bear. And talked for a while.
On our way home, we stopped in Joelton to see Kelly and Eric and hung out for a while. It was nice to see them. Its been a while since we have hung out.
I couldnt have asked for a better mothers day.
Jacob painted a tile at the pottery place. I love it! He did such a great job.
Cute video of Jacob and Waylon playing

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Couple of new videos

Jacob Feeds the Geese

Jacob and Nate went over to Megan and Josh's apartment Sat. night to feed some geese.. Jacob had a great time and fearless Jacob went right up to them! So Brave!

Jacobs first haircut

A quick video of Jacob's first haircut