Archive | April, 2021

Corbin Travis: 3 Years

27 Apr

Corbin turned 3 on March 22. Nana Beth and Papa Al came down after Corbin’s nap for dinner, and cake and ice cream. Corbin got a marble run, battery-run race track cars, and a Melissa & Doug Dress-Up Figure from us. They are going to build Corbin a sandbox, and got him a sit-on digger to put in it.

Size

Corbin just had his well-child check and is now 34 lbs (80%) and 3 ft 2 inches tall (58%). He is wearing a combination of 3T and 4T clothes. He still has shorter legs, so he almost exclusively wears jogger sweats with tighter ankles so we don’t have to worry about them covering his feet. But he’s outgrowing his 3T footie sleepers already, so he’s not that short! He’s right in the middle between how tall Emma and Annabelle were at this age.

He’s still wearing size 6 diapers (no, not potty trained yet), and size 8 shoes.

Sleeping

Corbin is still a really great sleeper overall. He almost always sleeps through the night, going down between 7:30 and 8:30, and waking up around 6. He still takes a solid 2-3 hour nap (and he needs it!!), usually going down between noon and 1.

Right after Thanksgiving 2020, Corbin decided he was done with the crib and started climbing out of it. A day of that, and we moved him to a toddler bed. He still sleeps just as well (the transition really was not bad at all), but now either Travis or I have to stay in his room until he falls asleep (usually 15-20 minutes). I was planning to work with him on breaking that habit before baby comes, but I always take a nap with him in the afternoon, so that hasn’t happened.

Whenever Corbin gets bored or feels tired, he grabs his cakey (blanket) and asks for “Baby Truck, night night.” (Baby Truck is what he calls watching iPad or Phone, though if asking for that doesn’t work, he does use the other terms too.) He also asks to “Sit chair” when he wants to watch a screen.

Corbin went through a period of time last spring (2020) where he’d get tired and fall asleep mid-morning lying on the floor in the living room, sucking his thumb and holding his cakey.

Eating

Corbin has gotten *slightly* better at his eating habits, but he is still very unpredictable. We have started being more intentional with making him try foods, and at least eat something healthy before getting dessert (his sweet tooth is going strong!). Often the only way to get him to take a bite of something healthy and newer to him is to get out a piece of candy, and show him a piece that he will get if he takes a bite of the other food. My goal most days is just to get him to eat real food, even if it’s not the most nutritious (like crackers or toast). That also often means that he eats while watching a screen, because that gets him to sit down long enough to eat. I figure, he’s a boy. One day he will want to eat and not need bribing!

There are some foods that Corbin consistently likes: carrots and dip, jelly toast, cheese, milk, strawberries, pizza, french fries, and pancakes. Other foods that he eats with some regularity but isn’t completely predictable with are: fig bars, other fruits, yogurt, crackers, dried fruit, raw broccoli with dip, cereal, chocolate protein shakes, applesauce, turkey lunchmeat, hot dogs, breakfast sausage or bacon, and chicken nuggets. And as I mentioned, he still has quite the sweet tooth, and LOVES popsicles (or “cones” as he calls them). We also learned the hard way last summer that if we went to DQ, we had to buy him his own ice cream cone, and just let the mess happen. We tried sharing a cone, putting the ice cream top in a cup, etc. and he freaked out every time. Even still, he will get mad if you take a bite of his food, to the point of refusing to eat the rest.

The biggest news here, though, is that Corbin no longer drinks bottles. I honestly can’t completely remember, but I think it was sometime late last fall that we finally got Corbin to transition. Travis had been really pushing for him to be done with the bottles, but I just wasn’t ready for the fight. Well, eventually the bottle nipples we were using had so many holes and tears in them that they were pretty much like drinking from a sippy cup! I showed the nipples to Corbin and explained how they were broken and going in the garbage. And then I threw them away. Good thing too because there were a few rough days where Corbin asked for a ba-ba no less than 50 times, and I probably would’ve pulled them back out if I could have. But it only lasted a few days, and then he was over it. He still asks for milk at naptime and bedtime, but it’s hit or miss on whether or not he actually drinks it.

Development

Considering that I haven’t posted on Corbin since he turned 2 years old, a lot has changed in development! Even just in the past couple of months, Corbin’s vocabulary has exploded. I am constantly surprised by the words he knows, and more and more by how well he can say certain words. He’s also started putting several words together into short sentences. He’s still a little hard to understand sometimes, but he’s definitely making progress! A few things he says that I think are adorable are:

“I can’t reach!” or “I can’t see!”

“Bud’s room!”

“Where’s guys?” (what he calls Emma & Annabelle together)

“Go outside. Kick ball!”

“Let’s do it!” or “Let’s build!” complete with enthusiastic fist pump

“Mommy, help me!” or “Help you mommy!”

“It’s scary.” (whispering, while pretending something is scary)

“Baby truck, night night.” or “Milk, mommy PLEASE. Please mommy? Please?” when he wants milk and iPad.

“Mommy, play blocks/trucks/cars/marbles.”

“Guys, school!” or “Play Barbies!” when he wants the girls to go do something else and leave him alone with the iPad.

Corbin calls Emma by her name (it sometimes sounds like Memma though), but Annabelle is Gucky (Ducky), I’m Mommy, and Travis is Da-duh. Corbin knows all the colors, knows some shapes, and is interested in letters but can’t really name any yet (but is willing to repeat them). He can also count to 10.

Corbin learned last summer how to swing on a big-boy swing, and this spring, he has already figured out how to pedal a trike. He’s also learning how to cruise on a balance bike.

Corbin is always trying to keep up with sisters, and if he sees them doing something, he wants to join in or try it too. “Bud try it!” (In the picture above of him swinging, he has a ball under his shirt pretending to be pregnant, because that’s what sisters were doing.)

At the beginning of the COVID pandemic, Corbin went through some intense phases of wanting to do the same thing all day every day. It’d last for a week or two, then he’d move on to something else. Right around the time he turned 2 (end of March), he was really into reading books. Then it was doing puzzles, and we did almost every puzzle we owned every day, multiple times. We even had to get out the 200-300 piece puzzles, because he was insatiable. I would find the piece for him, show him where it went, and he would place it.

The next thing he was into was this marble run I bought (all the way from China, turns out) that fits with Duplo blocks. We played that every day, and I actually kind of got into building some elaborate marble runs with tunnels and fun drops.

He also got into painting for a while (especially when we painted rocks for a service project at church, he asked to do that for several weeks afterward!), and then baking (“make cakes!”).

Corbin can be kind of a drama queen at times. He definitely has a stubborn streak, and has thrown several amazing tantrums over not getting his way. One was when he wanted to buy a garbage truck from Fleet Farm. One was when I took the kids to Itasca State Park with my in-laws — he wanted to take off his clothes and play in the water, and we told him no. He has gotten better about not throwing things when he’s mad — he’ll usually just run to his room and slam the door. But if he’s REALLY mad, he is a force to be reckoned with.

Corbin loves trucks. For a while, “diggy” (excavator) was his favorite, then it was cement mixer, and most lately, it’s been crane. He has a t-shirt that has a crane on it, and he will frequently ask to wear that shirt. He will also carry trucks around with him like a baby, and just in the past couple of months, he has started doing imaginative play with his trucks, using one to ask another if he wants to “go buy treat?” or one will yell “Help me!” and another truck will come to his rescue. It’s one of the cutest things ever. Corbin will also ask to play Barbies with his sisters, and sometimes he’ll just grab one of his trucks and use that as his Barbie instead of fighting them for a doll.

We spent the month of February in Florida this year, and Corbin LOVED the beach. He also was so comfortable in the water at the pool with his life jacket on that he would just motor around on his own (he had gained a comfort level even last summer, but now he doesn’t even try to stay by us). We had a couple of close calls when he was refusing to wear his life jacket, so now we know that he is not scared of the water and must always be wearing one.

Our trip to Florida also meant that Corbin flew on an airplane for the first time. The trip down to Florida with him was absolutely terrible. He had woken up at 4 AM that day so he was majorly overtired, and instead of waiting where we were supposed to, he just wanted to ride all the escalators. During the flight, he did well for the first 30 minutes or so, but then he had burned through all the activities I had brought (even iPad!), and just wanted to get out of his seat and walk around. He ended up falling asleep on the floor right before we landed, so obviously didn’t sleep long, then we had to go get our rental car and drive 6 hours to PCB from Atlanta. Whew! We barely survived. Thankfully, the trip back to Minnesota went much better.

Corbin still loves nesting with pillows, blankets, and laundry. He also loves playing with balloons and balls at the bottom of our stairs (there’s a door down there we can shut). For some reason, he always wants his clothes off to do that!

A couple other firsts this past year for Corbin were going ice fishing (he carried one of the fish we caught around like a baby) and going on carnival rides down in PCB.

And here are some pictures that I just find so darn cute:

And that’s Corbin at 3 years old!

Pregnancy #4: 36 Weeks

20 Apr

Only 1 month left! I waffle between being totally ready for baby to be born (and to be done being pregnant), and wanting baby to wait until we can get some more stuff done. Not like I have much choice in the matter though!

OB Appointments

I went in at 32 weeks, and my OB told me I didn’t have to come back in until 36 weeks, which honestly surprised me a bit. I feel like I had more appointments with my other pregnancies, but oh well, they are most often pointless until the end anyway. I have my next appointment this Friday, when they will test me for Group B Strep. I tested positive during all my other pregnancies, so am guessing I will during this one too.

Symptoms

I’m still having a lot of Braxton Hicks, but they have been very obviously not real contractions, so I haven’t worried as much about going into labor early. I still have quite a bit of downward pressure, and when I go to bed at night, it often seems like baby is trying to escape by punching my cervix and bladder. Everything I read online says that baby doesn’t drop in subsequent pregnancies until you go into labor, so I must just carry low, because I really am not sure how baby could get any lower without being in the birth canal.

My inner thigh/pelvic pain hasn’t been bad the last month. If I use my legs to move or close something, or carry something that is too heavy, it comes back with a vengeance for a few days, but otherwise, I’m feeling pretty good. Unless I have to pee. Then I can barely stand up and have to walk like a grandma to the bathroom.

I’m actually sleeping pretty decent at night — I’ve been taking 1 mg of melatonin, and it is a lifesaver! I have also been using my wedge pillow for the entire night. I sleep mostly on my back, and alternate with my sides a little too.

Similar to pregnancy #3 with Corbin, there are times when it seems like the skin on my belly cannot stretch any further. I see a few new stretch marks around my belly button (boo). I’ve gained about 25 lbs so far. It’ll be interesting to see how big baby is when she’s born. Emma was 7.7 and born on her due date; Annabelle was 7.15 and born at 38 weeks 2 days; and Corbin was 8.15 and born at 39 weeks 3 days.

Clothes

The number of shirts that fit over the belly continues to decrease. I have 4 pairs of leggings and 2 pairs of pants, but only 4-6 shirts that I wear at this point. I actually just broke down and bought a pair of maternity yoga/bike shorts to wear underneath the maternity dresses I have (just in time for winter to return, go figure!). It seems like wearing some type of bottoms helps hold the belly up, and it is just a good idea with kids (I had actually started wearing shorts under dresses even before this pregnancy). Hopefully the weather warms back up soon.

Food/Cravings

I have reached the point of pregnancy where nothing sounds good, and I just wish I had a personal chef to make all my meals. If someone else is making the food, I am fairly easy to please. But alas, even my husband who enjoys cooking is currently too busy with work to think about dinners, so we have been eating a hodge podge of frozen food and easy dinners. Whenever I get busy or tired, dinners are the first thing to drop off the priority list. I don’t mind going grocery shopping; I just don’t carve out the time to plan the meals. Fail to plan, plan to fail.

I do still have a fairly strong sweet tooth, though (and with the kids’ 3 birthdays back to back, we have eaten a lot of cake in the past month!). For breakfast every day, I have been eating an English muffin with PB & J with a glass of milk.

Nesting

The nursery is FINALLY set up. It’s not 100% done, but it’s so very close. The only thing I really have left to do in there is hang a couple shelves above the changing table. I will post more pictures when that is done. I am really loving how it has turned out so far though!

I also set up the baby swing that we borrowed from a friend, and pulled the rest of the baby stuff we’ll need right away (like the infant bathtub, Rock ‘n’ Play, baby toys, etc) out of our utility room. (It is very exciting to think that I will never be putting that stuff back into storage. Once baby is done with it, it’s gone!) I also got all her NB and 0-3 month clothing washed and put away, and bought a box of size 1 diapers at Costco (it seems like we always come home from the hospital with enough NB size ones — babies grow so fast!)

The next thing I need to get done is start packing my hospital bag, and make a list of all the last-minute things to pack.

Other things I want to get done before baby comes are:

  • Decorate the girls’ new room (there’s nothing on the walls in there yet)
  • Deep clean the house
  • Finish school/do standardized testing. That’s on the schedule for the first week of May.
  • Get the barnwood up on the new wall we built in the basement
  • Organize Travis’ office (it is still a disaster from moving upstairs for a couple months and then moving back to a different room in the basement)
  • Make a run to the dump
  • Find places to store the stuff I got from my dad and stepmom

I’m guessing that we won’t get all of that done, but having things to get done helps me be more patient in these last weeks of waiting.