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Teeth

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

It is so much easier taking Gabbie to the dentist than it is to take Zachary. I am sincerely hoping that Simon will follow Gabbie's lead in having zero cavities by the age of 5 3/4 - unlike Zachary, who had 8 at the age of 2.  The last time Zachary went to the dentist, he had to have a root canal due to falling on his tooth and developing an abcess.  We had the choice to do the root canal or remove the tooth. Needless to say, I did not attend that dental appointment! (Daddy did the job of holding down a fighting child while his tooth was fixed).

As for Gabbie, she had her teeth, minus the missing 2 on the bottom, cleaned today. The no cavity report eases my mind for the time being, although the xrays frighten me. There does not appear to be very much room for those new adult teeth to come through. The top two look to be sitting crookedly as well. The dentist also says she has a cross bite, which will need to be fixed.

When I was 8, I had braces on just my front two teeth, followed by braces on my front four teeth. Once my teeth were next to each other again, there was the matter of my overbite.  I then had braces again on my entire mouth from 7th-9th grade. (I got my braces removed the day after I got over the chicken pox at the age of 14). I don't wish this on my children!

Gabbie, however, says that if she has to get "bracelets," she will get Rebecca (the American Girl doll) "bracelets" as well. And all will be happy in the land of Gabbie.

Snow Day

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tomorrow is yet another snow day and I never even wrote about the last one we had. Last time the snow days were on Monday and Tuesday, so the kids were home for 4 days. This time, Zachary is off school on Friday and Monday for teachers' in-service, so he'll be home 5 days in a row! Today I went out and bought a few things in preparation for in-home entertainment for tomorrow, so hopefully we will survive the day.

As for the last snow day set, some friends took Gabbie and Zachary out in the snow. Here are the cuties:








  





Simon is 5 Months Old

Friday, January 14, 2011

Simon is 5 months old today. As Dave said, "that's almost half a year!" He is still doing well and growing fast. His newest trick is rolling over. When I lay him on his back, he usually quickly turns over onto his belly. He gets frustrated that he can't figure out how to play with his toys. I'm sure he'll get there soon!

5 Months - in the middle of rolling over
Almost all the way rolled over!
Last month - 4 months

Snow?

Friday, January 7, 2011

The above picture was taken in January, 2009. Because we're not in Jersey, we didn't have a blizzard here two weeks ago, nor is it snowing today. However, snow is predicted for Monday. I am not looking forward to the possibility of a snow day! My kids will go crazy if they are stuck in the house for a whole day, and if they are crazy, I am too. Since I don't like the cold, I'm not one to want to bundle them up and take them outside. Maybe if they want to play in the backyard they can do that!

Other ideas: we can make the cookies from the dough that we bought from a friend's fundraiser. That will probably take up half an hour total. Hmm. I honestly can't think of anything new and different! Maybe I will give them the Zhu Zhu Pets I bought on sale for possible birthday presents and hope that they find them more fun than any of their other tons of toys they already have!

Winter Break

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Today is the last day of a long two week winter break for Gabbie and Zachary.  I have seen a lot of great things happening for all three kids these past two weeks and just wanted to share them here.

Starting with Simon - he has made a lot of advances just lately! He now reaches for toys and tries to play. If you hold up your hand, he will reach for it / "give 5." He is almost growing out of his 3-6 month clothes - and he's only 4 months! My other kids always wore the size marked for their age at the time! He's also almost outgrown the baby setting of our Phil and Ted stroller. He's rolling onto his side, and yesterday he just about rolled the whole way to his belly while lying on my bed. He's becoming even more interactive and will smile at people easily. He is starting to listen to us read to the other kids at bedtime. He had a lovely time with Grandma and Grandpa while they were here!

Gabbie and Zachary were able to spend a lot of time with Grandma and Grandpa as well during their first week of vacation. They went to a program at the JCC where they watched Toy Story 3. Zachary even won the grand prize - a bag full of candy which there was no way I was letting him eat! They visited the Money Museum and the Omaha Zoo, as well as the Johnson County Museum - Kidscape.

Gabbie had a great time reading Rebecca and Ana with Grandma.  She also worked on her winter break homework and was able to complete both her Hebrew and English homework packets.

This was my favorite page of her homework because she had to write her answers on her own and I think she did a great job sounding out words. In case you can't figure out what she wrote here, her favorite night of Hanukkah was the "first night," her "visitors was Grandma and Grandpa," during the break she went to "winter camp," she played with "Zachary," and the new year is 2011 - she wrote it 2111.

Zachary's big news right now is that he is using the potty. He has been wearing underwear for 2 weeks now and has varied sucess. He has gone more than a few days without any accidents at all, and some days he has had multiple accidents. I am really proud of him though, as he is doing a great job.

For the second week of break, the kids went to Winter Camp at TLC.  It was a great program and the both Gabbie and Zachary enjoyed it a lot. They went swimming and bowling, saw a magic show, went to Jumping Jax, and baked both cookies and challah as well as making various other projects such as the candy sushi shown in the photo above!  Both kids also enjoyed various play dates with their school friends.

Dave and I also took advantage of our out of town babysitters right up until last night when we went to a birthday party / welcome back party for a friend. It was really nice seeing all of the younger people in our community together and it made me feel good to be able to call so many people our friends.

So, overall we all had a nice two weeks and hopefully the transition back to school will not be too difficult for any of us!