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Devon is 8

My cute boy. My sweet boy. You experience life very intensely and still keep me on my toes. You would happily spend all day playing elaborate games with made up characters named after some of your favorite American Ninja Warriors – and in fact – some of those kids had to come with us for your birthday celebrations. You could spend hours, and sometimes do, talking about which kids are with us, how they’re loaded into the car, what they’re eating…

You love Harry Potter, all things LEGO, and making weird faces in pictures. Breakfast food is some of your favorite of all time, which is why we had apple cider donuts from the orchard and pancakes for dinner on your birthday.

Math is probably your favorite subject, because it’s easy for you and you get to do it on the computer! Anything that requires you to hold a pencil and write is your least favorite. All school work is better when you get to snuggle a dog while doing it though!

You have a very generous heart, when you want to, and you’re growing your hair out so you can donate it, and you don’t even care that people mistake you for a girl more often than not. You’re running low on teeth these days, but you still managed to eat corn on the cob this summer. I was mighty impressed!

I’m excited to see the person you’re becoming, but so, so grateful that you’re still into huggles (one of my favorite Devon-isms “It’s a hug and a snuggle combined!”) You give some of the best hugs in the world, which I guess we have Goofy to thank for 🙂

What is your favorite color? Blue. 

What is your favorite toy? Legos.

What is your favorite fruit? Bananas!

What is your favorite TV show? Full House.

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Mac & Cheese and fish sticks.

What is your favorite outfit?  “My ‘Iowans: The few, the proud, the extremely cute!’ shirt and my patterned gray shorts.”

What is your favorite game? Taco vs. Burrito.

What is your favorite snack? Homemade trail mix.

What is your favorite animal? Dog.

What is your favorite song? “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman. (He’s learning it on the piano and so excited!)

What is your favorite book? “Oooh, that’s hard. Honestly…. Harry Potter.”

Who is your best friend? Judah! (even though he’s lived 4+ hours away for 6 years now…)

What is your favorite movie? The Greatest Showman

What is your favorite thing to do outside? Hula hoop.

What is your favorite drink? Frosted Lemonade

What is your favorite holiday? “Halloween. No Christmas, Christmas, Christmas. Make sure you write that all down, Mom.”

What do you like to take to bed with you at night? “Douglas (the prairie dog.) Chompers. And Louie (the longhorn.)”

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pancakes!

What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Breakfast!

What do you want to be when you grow up? A baker.

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Devon is Seven!

And loving that his name and age rhyme! Life won’t be this good again until he turns 11 🙂

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Devon is taller, has bigger feet, longer hair and fewer teeth than last year. But I could write the same things I did last year:
“Oh, sweet boy! You continue to challenge me and love me every day. You have such strong opinions, about everything, and I hope that you learn to express those opinions in such a way that you can change the world (instead of just driving your mama crazy!) You still give some of the best hugs I’ve ever had and love to snuggle while we do schoolwork.”

You love American Ninja Warrior, Harry Potter and living in pretend book-worlds with your sister. You have been in Tae Kwan Do for about a year now, but are really excited to try basketball later this fall. You want to do everything as quickly as possible, including brushing your teeth and playing piano, unless we ask you to clean something.

Since you can read now, I had to turn the computer away from you so you couldn’t read last year’s answers, but you were excited to answer these questions, none the less.

What is your favorite color? Blue. 

What is your favorite toy? “Probably the dolls.” (Dollhouse.)

What is your favorite fruit? Frozen blueberries, probably.

What is your favorite TV show? Paw Patrol.

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Mac & Cheese

What is your favorite outfit?  Minion shirt with my jeans.

What is your favorite game? Tier auf Tier (Animal Upon Animal)

What is your favorite snack? Goldfish.

What is your favorite animal? A dog

What is your favorite song? “The Other Side” (from The Greatest Showman)

What is your favorite book? Minecraft how-to books

Who is your best friend? Judah! (even though he’s lived 4+ hours away for 5 years now…)

What is your favorite movie? The Greatest Showman

What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play with the floating steps.

What is your favorite drink? Sparkling Water

What is your favorite holiday? “My birthday!!” (And then we had a discussion about how it’s not technically a holiday, but we do celebrate it- just like last year and the year before. So then he said…) “Or Christmas. Everyone I know celebrates my birthday though…”

What do you like to take to bed with you at night? “My stuffies and my blankets. And my clock and flashlight and my pillows. And my sheets. And a whole bunch of books.”

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pancakes!

What do you want for dinner on your birthday? El Azteca

What do you want to be when you grow up? Probably a baker. Or an artist. Or a runner. (After reading him last year’s answer, he said, “Well, at least all of these are reasonable answers.”)

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Deja Vu – How Quickly We Forget

When Devon started solids, there wasn’t anything the boy wouldn’t eat.  And he would eat impressive amounts.  But recently, we’re struggling at mealtime.  I decided to look back at my blog from when Chloe was 9 months and see if we’d dealt with this.  Apparently, we did.

At dinner tonight, Devon had sweet potato cakes, quinoa, bread and applesauce.  He happily let me sneak in bites of applesauce in between his ‘big kid’ bites of other food and there was a heck of a lot less screaming during the meal.  The quinoa and sweet potato cakes had to be served from my fork or he wouldn’t eat it though.  Silly boy!!

There was even some clapping.  Or signing for “more.”  I’m not sure.  He’s cute either way.

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6 Months & It’s Getting Good

I love my babies, but I also love to see them grow and learn new things.   I would even go so far as to say I like them more after about the 6-month mark.  My kids have both had a rough start.  Chloe was definitely a colicky baby.  Devon wasn’t quite as bad as his sister, but he’s still an intense little guy.  There hasn’t been a magical switch that flipped where they became happier kids overnight (like many people claim) but gradually they get happier, or maybe I just figure out what they need from me, and by 6-months I’m a pretty happy mama.

Devon can roll from his tummy to his back, and back to tummy, although he still hasn’t realized he can use it as a mode of transportation.  He shows no interest in crawling, but I’m okay with that for now.  He sits pretty well on his own, but I still put a pillow behind him, just in case.  He LOVES to jump.  Luckily we have a jumperoo, or my arms might have fallen off by now.

He slept through the night last weekend.  Once, but it happened, so I have hope again for the future.  (Note: I did not sleep through the night, because I kept waking up, wondering why he hadn’t woken up yet.  But, I did get a pretty darn good night’s rest!!)  He’s been doing a lot better about sleeping until about 4AM, eating, then going back to sleep until 6:30 or so.  I can totally handle that – for now at least 🙂

Devon has not yet met a food he doesn’t like.  He happily gobbles down everything we give him – apples, pears, peaches, blueberries, avocado, banana, carrots, sweet potato, cauliflower, peas, parsnips, potatoes, brocooli, butternut squash, green beans, risotto, rice cereal, oatmeal cereal, barley cereal and his newest conquest – The Puff!  For each solids feeding we added, he dropped one of his ‘previously scheduled’ feedings, so we’re sticking with just breakfast and dinner for now.  He gets a little angry at lunch, especially at MissK’s when his buddy who’s a month older than him is eating lunch, but I’m not quite ready for the self-weaning that seems to be taking place.

He’s a big boy, but not quite as chunky as I thought.  He weighed in at 19 lb, 7 oz (75th percentile) at his 6-month check-up.  He was 27 in. (60%) long and his head was 47cm (98.95%).  His head size jumped a bit this time, but our doctor wasn’t worried, since Chloe’s did the same thing and has stayed big without any problems.

The traditional lion picture:

And now he’s old enough and wiggly enough to make picture taking interesting.  Luckily, I got an assist from a purple arm.

And then the whole purple girl got in the picture, which made her brother very happy!

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“Baby Devon” is 5 months old!

Before we knew what we were naming BabyD, we just talked about the baby in my tummy with Chloe Mae.  Once we decided on a name, he became Baby Devon in our conversations with her.  It quickly became habit and stuck with us even after he was born.  But the other day when I said something about “Baby Devon” I hesitated and fumbled my way through it, because I realized how quickly he’s growing up and becoming less of a baby every day.  Now, at almost 3, Chloe Mae is still my baby girl and I know Devon will always be my baby, he just won’t be a baby for long.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I apologize, but I assure you this makes a lot of sense in my head 🙂

I’ve been working on this post for a couple weeks now and now Devon will be 6 months old this weekend, so… I deleted most of my jumbled mess of a post and decided to go with the condensed version.

Devon is still ridiculously cute.  He can have good nights of sleep, but other nights we struggle a bit for a few hours in the middle of the night.  I’m not ready to go for the cry-it-out method, so we’re working through it and hoping it’s a phase that ends soon.  In the last week or so D’s started having ‘breakfast’ every morning and has so far enjoyed sweet potatoes, carrots, applesauce and butternut squash applesauce, as well as oatmeal cereal.  He’s not a fan of the rice cereal, just like his sister.  He’s a drool monster, but we still can’t see any teeth.  Devon has definitely enjoyed the nice weather we’ve been having and seems to love being outside.  In addition, he loves his big sister and thinks Chloe Mae is generally awesome, which she pretty much is.

That’s it for now.  Hopefully I’ll get his 6-month update done in a more timely fashion 🙂

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4 months and counting

Devon has hit the 4-month mark – this happened a few weeks ago, but we just had his check-up at the doctor’s office this week.  Here are his official 4-month stats:

17 lbs, 10 oz (80%)
26″ long (75%)
45cm head circumference (95%)

4 months - and thrilled to be photographed

He’s a pinhead compared to his sister, whose head circumference has been in the 99th percentile since she was this age.  He’s also a bit more proportionate since his height and weight are in highter percentiles.  That doesn’t, however, mean getting shirts over his head is any easier 🙂

He’s rolled from his tummy to back a few times (because he hates being on his tummy) and loves playing with his left foot and rolling onto his left side when he’s on his back.  I think he’d be rolling by now if it wasn’t for his diaper-induce-ghetto-booty.  By this point with Chloe, we were dying for her to start rolling, then crawling and walking…  This time around, we’re more content to have him stationary.  We like knowing where at least one of our children is at any given moment!

We haven’t started him on solid foods yet, but he’s definitely interested in what happens at meal time.  I’ve given him the tiniest little tastes (barely bigger than a grain of rice) of banana and sweet potato within the last week or so and he’s loved both.  Given his weight, he’s obviously doing okay without solids at this point.  I think, again, it’s a second kid thing.  I know how quickly he’ll grow up, so I don’t feel the need to rush it.

Devon’s still not sleeping well, but I’m going to blame it on being sick for about a month now.  He got a nasty cold which turned into an ear infection.  The antibiotics to treat the infection did a number on his tummy and he was miserable for about a week until we got the all-clear from the doctor to take him off the medicine early.  Almost immediately, he got another cold that he’s still fighting.  After a few hours of sleep at night, he’s up every hour or so the rest of the night, because he’s so congested.  He only eats once a night though, so if we can just get him healthy again, there might be hope for sleep for this Mama!!  Chloe Mae was a horrible sleeper and didn’t consistently sleep through the night until she was a year old, but it happened eventually, so I know it will again 🙂

And I think I say this pretty much every time I update on the life of Devon, but I have to mention again that he has an amazing big sister.  She’s thrilled to see him when he wakes up in the morning or from a nap.  When he’s upset, she’ll try to get him a toy or sing or read to him to make him happy.  She’s anxiously awaiting the day when she can share her food with him and she loves to hang out while he gets his diaper changed – even if they are “yucky poopy.”

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Bath Time

At dinner about a week ago, we were talking about how it was bath night.  Chloe said she wanted to take the first bath, but then she dilly-dallyed and it was getting late.  Devon was going to need to go to bed soon, so I suggested that they take a bath together.  I rolled up my pant legs, sat on the side of the tub and held Devon while DaddyMort soaped him up.  Anyone who has bathed a baby before knows that they’re slippery when wet, and even slippery-er when lathered up, but we made it through.

Turns out, the world’s best big sister loved having her brother in the tub with her and wanted him to join her on her next bath.  So we tried putting his little tub in the big tub.  We thought that if the little tub had more water than the big tub, combined with his weight, that it would stay put.  Not so much.  So – I rolled up my pants again to help hold his tub in place during the bath.

The next bath night, we tried the Bumbo.  It still floats, but has been the best option by far.

Here’s the very happy big sister, with the leary little brother.  You can tell by the look on his face that he’s worried about being squirted by Chloe’s unicorn…

We’re thinking about getting one of these to make bath time easier.  Has anyone ever used one before??  Or have any other ideas about bathing a little one with an older sibling??

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4 weeks

We’re 4 weeks in and I’m needing to remind myself that this too shall pass.  Turns out, we weren’t blessed with an easy second child after surviving a very difficult first child.  I’m exhausted, impatient and frustrated.  As a result, I feel like I’m not being a good mother to Chloe or Devon, a good wife to Aaron, a good friend, sister, daughter, etc…

I don’t know why Devon is often so unhappy.  We’re trying medication for acid reflux and probiotics to help with digestion.  I’ve tried cutting out the dairy from my diet.  We’ve used gas drops and inevitably we bounce – at least we learned (and mastered) that trick with his sister.  Since we haven’t had a lot of success, we have an appointment with his pediatrician later this week so we can hopefully come up with a solution.

DaddyMort wrote about hitting his stride.  I haven’t gotten there yet.  I know it’ll happen eventually.  I just have to remind myself of that when I’m on the verge of tears (or in tears) because Devon just won’t stop crying; because I lost my patience with Chloe; because when Aaron gets home I haven’t even thought about dinner, even though I’ve been home all day.  I’ll get there though – Chloe’s proof that we can survive.

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Sleep Advice

Chloe Mae was not a good sleeper – in fact, I don’t think she slept through the night until after  she was a year old.  There are many things we adore about our daughter, but this was not one of them, and we’d prefer if her brother didn’t follow in her footsteps.  Unfortunately, he seems to be taking after her at this point.  Now, I shouldn’t complain too much, because there are many nights when he gives us a good 4-5 hour stretch between feedings, and I know Chloe wasn’t doing that this early, but he’s a horrible sleeper during the day.  As a result, I feel like we’re already creating bad sleep habits.

At (not even) 4 weeks, I feel like he’s too young to do a whole lot about it.  I’m certainly not going to let him cry it out at this stage.  I feel like I need to start arming myself with information, though, so I can start on a path too good sleep habits ASAP.

That brings me to my question for all you expert parents out there: What books or sleep methods do you recommend?

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2 Week Check-Up

I’m lucky to say I’ve had two healthy pregnancies and two healthy babies as a result.  However, Devon decided to make us worry, just a little.  When the pediatrician saw him the morning after he was born, she heard a heart murmur.  They postponed his circumcision and checked it again later in the day.  It was still there, so they did some tests (chest x-ray, EKG, … some other things I didn’t quite understand) which all came back normal.  And at his 2 week check today, they didn’t hear a murmur, which means it was probably just a flow murmur that worked itself out as his body learned how to work in the real world.  Great news!!

While in the hospital, he also failed the hearing test in his left ear, twice.  They assured us it was most likely just due to ‘gunk’ in his ear, but we still needed to have it re-checked.  Like the murmur, this turned out just fine.  And check out just how cool he looked during the testing!!


He weighed in at 9lb, 9 oz and is 21 inches long.  We addressed the fussiness issues he’s been having and the doctor prescribed some medicine for reflux.  We’re hoping this helps him feel better. I’ve already eliminated major sources of dairy from my diet with no improvement, although I plan on continuing until we get to 2 weeks with no dairy, then I’ll re-evaluate. If it doesn’t seem to be dairy or reflux, the next step is trying out a hypoallergenic formula for a few days.  Hopefully it doesn’t come to that!!

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