Sunday, November 19, 2017

FDR is THREE Years Old

Dear Franklin, 

You are now THREE years old. My middle child. The mischievous one. Full of love. The one who connects the oldest child to the baby. Fiercely stubborn. It has been a true joy to have you in our lives.

From the minute you entered the world to the minute you turned three years old, it has been a such a whirlwind ride to have you in our lives, and there has never been a dull moment with you! 

Why, you are such a mischievous little boy. You love getting into things that you should not be really getting yourself into! When you are being called for, told to quit doing something potentially damaging or dangerous to yourself, or to be reminded to behave in an appropriate manner; you are lost in your own wold of a selective hearing, and it can be quite difficult to snap you out of that world. Some other times, you just absolutely do not care. You want it. Therefore you have to have it.  Grandma Bobbie has said several times how you are your dad's mini me, given with how he had acted like you from when he was a little boy. There have been days when Daddy and Mama jokingly  want to sell you to the zoo (Just like how it is from the book, I Love you Forever)!

Oh my, oh my. You are STUBBORN as a mule. Daddy says that you got it from Mama, and guess what? He's right. Being stubborn is a very good thing. It enables you to stay on the course, be persistent, and not to give up so easily. It will become one of your biggest strengths...and also, it has a potential of becoming one of your weaknesses if you don't mollify it to become your strength. Just make sure you are not so stubborn that you are unwilling to see others' point of view, to work with others, and to be able to ask for help. Use it to your advantage to overcome obstacles in your life, and this trait will never fail you. 

Your sense of adventure is apparent, and you love exploring. That means you have a tendency to wander off! You have a seemingly restless soul. On the other side of the spectrum, you often show a lot of caution. You are usually very willing to try new things, and approach them cautiously until you learn that it is safe, then you go town! Your aim for independence is clearly shown by you wanting to put on your own clothes, and shoes! While you seemingly to be quiet to the strangers, for those who know you dearly are very aware of how much of a spitfire you are! Your crime in the partners are Forrest, and Beatrice. Ah, yes, especially so, you and Beatrice can be thick as thieves, seeing that you always share your food with her, and she conspires to help you get food for her.

Patience isn't your strongest virtue. It is partly due to your age, and partly because of your personality! However, you have been gradually improving your patience by learning that missed opportunities are not fun. Your impatience isn't necessarily a bad trait. It simply needs to be channeled into a right form, which can become a way for you to find solutions to your problems. To be impatient can enable you to strategically think of a next step. Nonetheless, your impatience is apparent during your speech sessions. Once you lose an interest, you no longer want to work with Kim, your speech teacher, or with Daddy to properly say a word. More often than not, Kim often has to come up with creative ways to keep your interest piqued!

You often switch between languages of speaking, and signing. There has been periods where you prefer signing over speaking, and speaking over signing. It is usually when your vocabulary has exponentially increased in the numbers. It is so fascinating to watch how your mind develops, and it shows through your language use. Mama and Daddy are encouraging your level of confidence by playing games with alphabets, letters, and numbers. However, when you are around people you do not know very well, you can go mum, and not say a word either verbally, or signed. This sudden shyness reminds Mama so much of her from when she was a little girl. It is funny how Mama see so much of Dad, and herself in you at times!

Because you are three now, you've been officially released from early intervention program, and has been transitioned into the school system for speech therapy. You are starting a speech class with Mrs. Smaurva right after Thanksgiving. Dad and Mama thinks that it will be really great for you, because after a month of being one-to-one with your speech teacher, other two boys will be joining the class, and you will have a bit of socialization with them. Hopefully, you will make friends, and be excited to talk. It is possible that you will be entering 3K for 2018-2019 school year! It is hard to believe that you are getting to be big enough to be attending school.

It is a bit hard for Mama to let you go into that next step in your life, but that is what life is about--for you to grow up, explore life, and live to your fullest. You will love school so.

You have such a big, big, big heart. We cannot even begin to describe how your heart can hold so much love for everything, and everybody. You give out the best hugs, and kisses. You are also the best cuddler! You love to cuddle, and relax next to especially Daddy while watching movies. You love hard by squeezing, holding on tightly, and long. You share food with Beatrice, even though it is probably not in Beatrice's best interest for her waistline, but you can't bear the thought of her going without something. You two are truly best friends, and love each other so. Along with Bea, you enjoy sharing food with family members, and friends. More often than not, you beg for a bite of our food, and helping Mama with cooking. If you are unable to help Mama to prep food, then you throw a biggest fit, because how dare she to stop you from doing something you love doing. Mama hope that you will grow up with a love of cooking, and baking.

You love going on adventures with Forrest. You look up so much to him. It is evident by how much you love him, and even if Forrest is bossy toward you at times, you tolerate it, because you want very much so to be in his presence. It is rather sweet. You and Forrest get into squabbles quite often, and one of you are often guilty of striking at one other. The culprit is usually over a toy. Despite your squabbles, you love Forrest quite fiercely, and remain loyal to him. You come to his defense when he is in trouble by blowing raspberries, or scream gibberish at Mama or Daddy. Ah, your loyalty will come in very handy, my little one, especially for those who are true to you. Just keep in the mind that it is okay to cut loyalty to those who are not conductive for you. You are very sympathetic, and must suffer the same fate as Forrest. If Forrest has a pain in his elbow, then you also have a pain your elbow. You two are so crazy together! More often than not, Mama often find you two in the cahoots! You love wrestling with Forrest, and causing chaos with him. More often than not, you and Forrest erupt in loudest laughter, and screams as Bea run by your heels around the house.

You love kissing, patting, and laying your head against Fox's cheek. You desperately want to hold him, even though you are a bit too young yet to do this alone. Never once have we both seen you strike at Fox out of anger. As Fox gets older, you enjoy helping Mama bathing him, and encouraging him to roll over while doing tummy time. You are such a wonderful big brother, and show so much love to Fox.

You have been pee trained for a few months now! It must be from watching Forrest using toilet, and you no longer want to be the baby anymore. One day, you decided that you are done with your diaper, threw it away, and used your potty. Ever since, you had not looked back. You prefer either going bare-butt naked, or underwear over your pull-ups. It did not take you too long before you wanted to pee standing up...just like Forrest. You do not want to sit to pee. You have to have STAND UP. Okay, so be it. It just means Mama have to clean the toilet more often than not.

Pooping is still a work in the progress. You are a bit afraid of using the big toilet to poop. Mama and Daddy aren't overly worried. They know you will get a hang of it before you know it! To be honest, Mama and Daddy are just really happy that you are able to get a hang of using potty to pee! Hopefully after Christmas, you will attempt to start going number two on the toilet with some ideas that Mama has up her sleeves to help you to feel less afraid.

According to our scale, you are 34 pounds! You're dubbed as Frank the Tank, and you love food. Matter of fact, Mama can detect when you are becoming sick, because you turn up your nose to food, and that is not normal for you. Then Mama knows you are on the verge of becoming sick, and arm herself with the arsenal to prepare for the Armageddon. With you being the biggest kid in our family, Dad jokingly says that you are our linebacker of the family. You recently went through a growth spurt, and completely bypassed 3T to 4T winter clothes!

You had your first dental appointment with Dr. Tom at First Impressions! You handled it like a champ, and allowed Dr. Tom to explore your teeth. Dr. Tom explained that you yet have had your 2-year old molars, but he wasn't worried upon learning that you were a late teether. He did say that for your next check up in 6 months, you may need x-ray to check the whereabouts of your molars if they had not erupted by then. He was impressed with how calm you were with being examined. He gave you and Forrest a clean bill of health! Absolutely no cavities for you two. You were quite glad to be able to pick out a toy after the exam though! 

Oh be still my heart, you are so funny. The way how you scrunch your face when you smile, little mannerisms that you have, and how you present your sense of humor all are so endearing. It is not often that Mama doesn't go without a laughter in the day. You make Forrest, and Fox laugh. Daddy loves joking around with you. Your smile beams from your face, and it is one of the best thing to see from you.

We are so blessed, and lucky to have you in our lives, our sweet Franklin. You are our sunshine. We look forward to what you bring to us in year three!


Mama, Daddy, Forrest, and Fox

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fox is 5 Months Old

Dear Fox,

You are now FIVE MONTHS old. Your fifth month arrived with a lot of wonderful changes. You are on the cusp of discovering so many new things in your short life. Those are one of the best things to witness. 

You have recently accomplished an exciting milestone! You are able to roll from your back to belly. You grunt, moan, and kick furiously until you are on your belly. Then you erupt into a biggest baby laugh. It is quite evident that you are absolutely proud of achieving this task. It is nearing to that time when you will be able to do a complete roll. You have such a strong abs; you continue to do "crunches" when you are on your back, and it won't be in no time before you are able to sit up by yourself! You are always on the move! Your legs, your arms, and your trunk are always wiggling. It is extremely rare when you are sitting still. Mama and Daddy think you will be up and off before you know it, because you are so desperate to keep up with your older brothers.

You continue to visit Dr. Katie to manage your torticillis. She says that you feel great, and you are very strong. You also get cranial massages to make sure your head stays round. It is quite fascinating how chiropractic care is helping you. You get stretches on some days when Mama feels that you are more stiff than usual, which doesn't happen very often these days, and it is more apparent only when you are becoming sick. Aside from plenty of tummy time, and chiropractic visits, one barely can tell that you have this condition. It has not affected you physically, or will it cause any long-term struggles for you.  

You are a drooling, and pooping machine. It is amazing to see how much saliva is coming out of your mouth, and even more amazing to know how much you can poop in one day! Usually breastfed babies poop 1-2 time a week. Not you! You happily poop 3-4 times a days! At least we know you are being well-fed, and all the milk is going straight to your chunky stomach and thighs...which is the cutest thing ever. You are slowly fattening up, which happens to be one of Mama's favorite parts of babyhood--to have a chunky baby with a big smile! 

Oh how you love your brothers so. You laugh, and squeal when Forrest or Franklin sit next to you, and talk to you. You reach out to them to touch their faces, and welcome their kisses. Germs may be always exchanging between you three boys, but it is worth seeing the love among you. Mama hope that this will always continue throughout your lives. It is rather endearing with how much you love your brothers. When they are gone for a few hours to a day, you struggle with the silence, and have a hard time keeping yourself entertained, or have a hard time staying asleep. After all, chaos comfort you. 

The older two went out trick or treating for Halloween, you were very content sleeping by Aunt Wally, and resting until we returned. After all, it was a bit too chilly for you to go out that evening! You were content with watching the family carve up the pumpkins, and showed no interest in the pumpkin goo when one of your brothers gave it to you. Halloween came and went with an uneventful bang. 

You had a visit with Dr. Karbon for your 4-month wellness check. Oh my, you are right on the dot weight-wise. Just like your older brothers at this age, you clocked at little over 14 and half pounds! You are 26 inches tall, which makes you way above average for height. Having said all of this, it all means you are one tall and skinny dude! You are fitting in between 6 to 9 months clothes already. Whoa, what a big kid you are becoming! It is hard to keep up with your crazy growth spurts, and Mama keeps having to buy you clothes to make sure you are clothed! Dr. Karbon said that you are in a really good health, and she suspects that you will be able to do a lot of things sooner than later.

You are still being exclusively nursed. Mama is keeping up with the goal of making sure you get breastmilk until you turn 6 months old, and introduce you to solids! It is such an exciting moment to get you start tasting food, and join the family for meal times. Mama is looking forward to making baby food, and putting you on baby-led weaning diet. Mama is in a search for a 3-in-1 high chair for you. On top of looking for a high chair, you are on a verge of transitioning to a car seat instead of staying in an infant carseat. You will be getting Frank's Britax car seat, and Frank will get a brand new high back booster seat that he has been coveting for a while now. It's hard to believe that you are nearly done with your infant car seat. You are growing up way too quickly.

With so many transitions happening, it is not a big surprise that you are also facing a big change with from sleeping in the same room with Mama and Daddy to being in your own room! You have officially outgrown your bassinet by both weight, and height. So it is obvious that you need to be moved into the crib. It is also a perfect time to start scheduling a routine for your bedtime. You are consistently falling asleep every night between 7:30-8:30 pm. Mama is hoping to get you down for bedtime by 7:30 pm every evening. It is a bit more tricky to schedule nap times in the morning, because mornings are usually the busiest time of the day with older two boys in school, and errands. You usually sleep on the go. Nonetheless, you are doing well with napping in your crib for naps during the afternoons.

You have a big personality! You love to talk. You MUST be heard, and be spoken to. You hate being ignored, or put down for rest. You want to always be a part of chaos. You want to have your voice to be heard. You want to be a part of the shouts, and screams. Your eyes are always tracking Bea, and the boys around the house. You like to stand. Sitting isn't your favorite thing to do. You go as stiff as a board when Mama tries to put you down, because no way Jose, you have to be standing up, and watching. It is no big surprise that you love being in a jumpsaucer. You enjoy bouncing, and playing around you. You are very particular about certain things, especially when it is close to your bedtime, and you despite not being held before falling asleep. You love sleeping in every morning, and resent having to wake up for the day, yet you hate taking naps. You prefer stay awake for as long as possible until you fall asleep, or until Mama makes you go down for a nap. You hate being too cold, or too hot. You make yourself heard when you are hungry, or upset, because waiting is not your forte. You are not afraid to make things known.

You are about to experience your first Thanksgiving, and Christmas! Mama is quite excited for you to be exposed to the holidays, and be a part of the festivities. By Christmas, it is possible that you will be starting to sample holiday food! Will you be like Frank, and love food, or will you be like Forrest and be a grazer, or will you be in the between? Who knows!

It is hard to believe that you are on the verge of your half birthday. It has always felt like you've been a part of the family. While Forrest made Mama a mother for the first time, and Frank taught Mama that love can only grow bigger with each child that comes into the family; you are what keeps us rooted with hope, and be so thankful for what every of you bring to the family. Yes, we are extremely thankful for you, our little Rainbow, and for what you bring to us.


Mama, Daddy, Forrest, Franklin, and Bea