Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Caleb is SIX!

I seriously can't believe that Caleb is a whole six years old!  That just seems so old to me!  Here is what Caleb is like at 6 years old:

  • He weighs 33 lbs 5 oz.  That's 5 ounces less than he did on his fifth birthday.  :(  He got up to 34 lbs 15 oz in February, and we tried an informal tube wean during the summer, since he went through a phase where he cried every time we needed to give him formula, saying he just wanted to eat by mouth.  He is doing a fantastic job eating orally, but even with a bolus of formula when he's asleep at night, he just can't eat enough to grow.  So now we're stuck with the perpetual dilemma of tube-feeding: trying to give him enough formula to grow, but not so much that he's always so full of formula that he's never hungry.  I hate having to pick between a kid who eats or a kid who grows.  It seems that we just can't have both.  :(
  • Measures 42 inches tall.  I don't have a record of his height when he turned 5, but he seems to be a whole lot taller!  
  • Wears 4T and barely started wearing 5T clothes.
  • Makes friends easily at school.
  • Has a hard time handling frustrations.
  • Loves to sing.
  • Wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up.  I made him this paleontologist cake for his birthday, with a dinosaur and dino eggs hidden between the layers.  He loved it!  It was also gluten-free (this recipe, but I subbed in an all-purpose gluten-free flour) and dairy-free, to accommodate Caleb's dietary needs, and also happened to be free of the top 8 most common allergens!  And it was actually pretty fast and easy to make and decorate!  Win-win-win-win!

  • His favorite color this week is red.  He has never been able to decide on a favorite color, so we'll see if this sticks!
  • He is very indecisive.  Whether it's picking a favorite color or a piece of Halloween candy to eat, it takes him forever to decide anything!
  • He is coming along well with math.  The other day, after being tucked in bed, he called me back to his room to tell me that he had counted to 300.  Just yesterday he asked me what 6+6+2 was.  I asked him if he knew, and he thought for a minute, then gave me the correct answer.
  • He is doing quite well with reading, too.  He can read a lot of things by sight, but he doesn't feel confident enough to sound out words (even though he knows all of the sounds of the letters).  He can sound out words, but most of the time he just figures out what the words say based on the context and pictures on the page.  I don't see any problems with that!  Although it would sure help if he would just start sounding them out.
  • His teacher said at parent teacher conferences that he is doing great in school.  He is nice to everybody (which is what's most important to me!) and he scored as high as possible on the testing she has done (basic stuff, like being able to identify all uppercase and lowercase letters).  She also said that his attention span is completely normal, hallelujah!  
  • He has started spelling and writing his own words:
     "Russell: I
    love you Caleb.  To Caleb." (He was writing a note from Russell to himself, having Russell tell him he loves him.)
"[Cat picture] your a a god bhyr," when interpreted means: "Captain Hook, you're a good behavior."
(Looking back at this, I should have let him finish putting on the "ll" at the end before taking the picture.)
  • He has a curl in the middle of his forehead that's so stubborn and prominent that he even includes it when he's drawing pictures of himself.

And in keeping with tradition, here is an interview with 6-year-old Caleb!  He was in a somber mood, which made it easier to record him, but it doesn't accurately show his crazy personality.  Still, he's got some good stuff to say!  It's a bit long, so if you don't want to watch it all, the best parts are the beginning and at about 6 minutes.

Sometimes it feels like just yesterday that my life turned upside down when you came 13 weeks early at 2 lbs 7 oz, and sometimes it feels like another lifetime.  You are the most positive, energetic, forgiving, clever, silly person I know.  You test my patience every day, and I'm sure I'll thank you for it some day.  You've always been my inspiration and my example and I cherish you and the chance I get to be your mom.  We love you, Crazy Cal!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

6th Annual Pumpkin Patch

2010, 2011, & 2012

This year we had six adorable little boys in the pumpkin patch.  Two 5-year-olds, two 3-year-olds, a 7-month-old, and a 5-month-old.  Perfect best friends!

 The mandatory picture with this jacket on.

 Betcha can't tell which ones are brothers!  ;)

 My boys and me.  :)

 The weather was unseasonably warm this year.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


We all know how my body hates pregnancy.  This time (and last time, too), I've been diagnosed with postpartum thyroiditis, a temporary condition in which my thyroid overproduces, causing hyperthyroidism.

I've had hypothyroidism for 10 years now, and my thyroid levels have been stable that entire time with me taking 88mcg of levothyroxine.  Without that tiny green pill every morning, I'm very, very sick.  Thyroid function sometimes changes during pregnancy, so I've always had my thyroid checked during each trimester and 6 weeks after delivery.  My numbers have always been fine except for after delivering Russell and Zachery, when my thyroid goes into overdrive.  With Russ, the doctor just wanted to watch it with extra blood tests  and see what would happen.  It normalized after a few months and all was fine, although I suspect that had to do with my postpartum depression and awful milk supply.  This time around, my OB wanted me to cut my thyroid pill in half and follow up with an endocrinologist.  What did the endo find?  We are grossly under-treating my thyroid and he wants me to go back on my full dose and get my blood checked again in two months.  Also, I'm very vitamin d deficient and need to take OTC supplements religiously.

I haven't felt that tired lately.  Only as tired as I would expect to be with three small, crazy boys and too many 8AM doctor appointments.  I have felt an unhealthy amount of anxiety lately, so hopefully that will improve when my thyroid normalizes.  And maybe I'll find out how it feels to be able to hop out of bed easily in the morning, and keep up with my kids all day!  One can hope....

Also, the endo ran some tests to see where I'm at with my PCOS.  I'm glad to report that I'm NOT pre-diabetic (which is a common concern with PCOS).  Not even close.  Whew!  And my liver and kidneys are happy, which is good.