Big Boy Changes

Since my last post, Caleb and Wyatt had their one year check up with the pediatrician. Shane and I always try to guess how much weight they’ve gained since their last appointment. Let’s just say we were really off this time. Caleb and Wyatt are only 20lb1oz and 19lb15oz, respectively. They’ve maintained their ranking firmly in the 9th percentile for kids their age. They seem so much bigger than that to me! It’s pretty funny how they’ve gained the exact amount of weight within a few ounces of each other. They don’t call them identical for nothing, I guess.

Exam room paper = best toy ever

The pediatrician we saw (I’ll call her Dr. H) is the same one who first prepared me for the fact that Caleb might have cerebral palsy during what I’ve affectionately dubbed “the shittiest week ever.” Nice, huh? I’ll never forget that visit in April, which was full of tears and even a desperately-needed hug.

Fast forward to this week and Dr. H could not get over all of the improvements she’s already seen in Caleb in 3 short months. His hands are open and being used independently of one another. His grasp is great and his movements are more intentional, rather than random. He sits up straighter and his core is becoming stronger. These are all things I’ve noticed to, but to have the Dr. H marvel at such remarkable progress felt really, really good.

We were given the go-ahead on whole milk and said good-bye to formula this weekend! Hallelujah! Between daycare and home we were averaging almost two, $29 cans a week! We’ll have to wait and see how much milk they go through now, but $3.99/gallon sounds much more manageable!

The doc was impressed with the wide variety of foods we fed the boys. They love meatballs, fish, every type of fruit, yogurts, cheeses, and sweet potatoes. We’re working on more types of green veggies but have struck out on petite peas (too small! maybe regular peas?) and green beans (not cooked enough?). Wyatt has great dexterity and Caleb is even starting to graduate from the “scooping” method. We’re just so thankful that he can feed himself at all. From what I’ve heard, that can be a big obstacle for kids with CP.

Now don’t hate me, but until recently our boys were still napping 3  times  a day! I’m not sure why, but they would wake up at 6, have their bottle, the breakfast and a little play time and were ready for a nap by 7:30 or 8. Granted, these were mini-naps lasting about 20-30 minutes but it often gave me time to take a shower or drink a hot cup of coffee. They would then have another nap later in the morning and a third nap in the afternoon. We’ve noticed they hadn’t been consistently taking 2 morning naps any more, so we’re trying to have them take one morning nap from 8:30/9:00 til 9:30/10:00.  It worked pretty well this weekend and their super awesome 2-hour naps in the afternoon cause Shane and I to wander around aimlessly wondering what to do with ourselves without two babies toddlers to take care of.

The boys are still pretty attached to their binkies (pacifiers) so the Dr. suggested we limit the time they’re allowed to have it. So now, they use their binky only at naps and bed time. They’ve been adjusting well, except Wyatt had a meltdown on a long drive back from DC without his beloved binky.  I know the longer we wait to take it away, the harder it will be so here’s hoping that we can transition to a binky free house in the next couple months.

Lots of changes this month but perhaps the biggest change of all is that the boys are now potty trained! Just kidding! I’ll be changing diapers forever… *cries in corner*

New big boy wagon!



I'm a working mom of three fantastic boys: Caleb, Wyatt and Parker. My husband, Shane, and I live in the Washington DC suburbs where we enjoy playgrounds, pools and never getting to sleep in. This blog is a journal of our day-to-day lives as well as a chronicle of Caleb's progress after a recent spinal surgery to alleviate the effects of his cerebral palsy.

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3 comments on “Big Boy Changes
  1. Megan says:

    Ali, the progress Caleb is making is AMAZING! You and Shane should be so proud of yourselves as well as him.

  2. Kristi Boyes says:

    Love the exam room picture. There is no way you can look at it and not smile!!

  3. Michelle says:

    That is the cutest picture of them in the exam room!

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