Saturday, December 8, 2012

a boy and his toys

He's totally all boy.  Couldn't wait to have his turn with his Uncle's new nerf gun.  Never mind that he can't pull the trigger, he just needed to try it himself!

This right here is Martin's Superhero (the green lantern, but he's just called Superhero around here).  I caught him singing him a bedtime song, covering him with a blanket, giving him kisses, and saying "I love you".  He kept doing it all day, and I loved it.

I caught him the other day with this little magna-doodle (which the kids usually fight over).  He found a wonderfully comfortable spot on my wheat bucket in the kitchen and just settled himself in there to color.  The kid loves to color!  It's such a difference from his older sister, who doesn't really care about coloring.  quick scribble and she's done.  But Martin, will color for a while.  And he doesn't like to be given pictures to color, he turns the paper over and colors his own picture.

And on the feeding front....

It's been about 2 months since we've used the tube.  And he's gaining weight.  This is HUGE.  This means we will soon be done with the tube.  We're going to wait and see how winter treats us, and how he gets if he gets sick this winter.  If the tube needs to be used or not.  That will be the deal breaker, but until then...We're pretty much tube free!!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

This boy

Can I tell you something about this boy?  We're weaning him off his feeding tube.

I haven't dared say anything, but in about the past 3 weeks, he's only been tube fed a handful of times.  Martin has a tendency to realize someone said something about him, and then do the exact opposite, as if to prove that he's the one in charge and he will not follow anyone's standards set for him.

It made the NICU journey that much harder.

If you're a praying person, could you say a prayer for us?  Or send positive thought vibes our way that his weight is maintained at his weight-check tomorrow? And that his appetite will increase and he'll try more foods?  This is really the last big hurdle for this boy right now, and it scares his mama!!

Sunday, September 30, 2012



Yes, that needed all caps. 

Martin has been willingly eating watermelon.  Not a lot, but this is SUCH a huge texture step for him.  This is a normally 'unsafe' food for him.  It's wet, and soft.  Two things that he will normally not touch, and freaks out a bit when I make him touch them.

And yet he grabbed a slice of watermelon and ate it up.  And was kind enough to offer a bite to Auntie Amber.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

He's definitively two

These are only the tantrums I took pictures of.  There were more.  But I didn't think every single tantrum needed a photo.  They're basically all the same. 

 Collapse on the floor.

Make sure I'm getting some acknowledgement.

Collapse again.  Very dramatically.

Smile coyly at mom.

At least his tantrums don't involved screaming.  {{knock on wood}}

Sunday, June 3, 2012


Still a process.  Still on the feeding tube for a majority of feedings.  But he has his favorites, things he'll always eat.  Pretty much anything crunchy.  Goldfish crackers, pretzels, graham crackers, club crackers, veggie straws, animal crackers.  

Sometimes he'll even be adventurous and try something new.  A fruit snack stolen from Katryn.  Cheese stick stolen from Katryn.  Well, almost anything that used to be Katryn's.  Still not very often though.  

Loves his water bottle.  Although sometimes he's not very productive drinking from it.  Seriously buddy?  That looks easy. . .not.

He loves having snack time with Katryn and sharing with her.  He really likes to do whatever she does (and vice versa actually--she mimics him a lot) which is helping him figure out this whole eating thing.

Breakfast is usually good--tube free!  Frozen waffles are a hit (with or without syrup) and so is french toast.  We're going to try peanut butter and jelly sandwiches this week, see how those go over.  If we can get a lunch meal, we'll be down to only 1 tube feeding a day, and could easily wean him off!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Happy Birthday!

I can't believe it's been TWO years!!  Those two years went by so fast, yet SO. SLOW. at the same time.

Happy birthday to my warrior!!  Here's to the next year, and all the new stuff you'll learn!  (like eating, let's get that taken care of eh?)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

New tricks

 This is one of this therapy toys.  I know, rough life right?  He loves it right now!  It's like his throne.  He climbs up and down all day long.

Throws his feet on both sides of it, and has even almost mastered some movement with it!

And uses it as a jungle gym.  Yeah, I'm only slightly worried about him pushing away from something, and falling and cracking his head open.  yeah. . .only slightly. . .