Thursday, March 3, 2016

Fun Unleashed

In an effort to keep you guys posted on the happenings in our lives, here's a little snippet of our day!

Today Ella, Caleb, and I went to a place here in town called Fun Unleashed. I've heard of it before, but lots of local moms gave it bad reviews, saying it was dirty and not well maintained. But lately I heard that it had been cleaned and the games were now in working order. A good friend, Lindsey, and her kids went recently and loved it. Lindsey said it wasn't grimy and disgusting, so we decided to give it a shot. Ella loves playing with Lindsey's kids, so we made a play date out of it.

The place was pretty fun! There's a big jungle area that's like a McDonald's play area on steroids. It was like a three-story maze that you climb through, with slides and tunnels and such. There was also a big trampoline, some arcade games, and even a lazer tag area.

When we first got there, Lindsey's kids went full force into the 'jungle.' Since they had been there before, they knew what was going on. Ella, on the other hand, was a little more timid. She tried to go up, but she's not quite tall enough to climb all the levels on her won. I was holding Caleb, so I wasn't able to help her find her way. Lindsey offered to take her through, and they found their way to a big slide. Lindsey went down first, then it was Ella's turn. I wasn't sure she would go down; the slide was fairly tall and pretty steep. She did, but she had a look of terror on her face as she went down! She didn't cry, but she was a little shaken up. For the next hour or so, she refused to go back into the jungle maze or jump on the trampoline. I finally got her to go through with me, and although she was afraid at some areas, she kept asking to go back in and go down the slides. Proud of her for conquering that fear!

Overall it was a win. I think it's definitely somewhere we'll go back to again. I have a feeling Mike will take here with another dad-kid combo someday this summer!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Caleb [2 months]

(i'll get a picture added soon! in the mean time, check out facebook and/or instagram for recent pics.)

Caleb's two month appointment was actually about two months + a week, but here are his stats:

Length: 22 inches (4th percentile)
Weight:  11 lbs 6 oz (15th percentile)
Head Circumference:  37.9cm (7th percentile)

So as you can see, he's climbing the charts! He has always been at or below the first percentile since he was so early, but the doctor had predicted he would catch up by two months. Guess she was right!

As far as development, it sounds like he is right where he should be. He's starting to get better neck/head control, follow your face and make eye contact, respond to sounds and activity, and he has even begun to smile intentionally. 

The next appointment will be at 4 months, and she expects that he will likely be able to roll over, sit support with a steady head, grasp a rattle, and laugh. So many fun things to look forward to!