Oliver had his 2-year appt at the pediatrician. He's 27lbs, 6oz (50th percentile) and 35" (90th percentile). He was a good boy, bribing him with a lollipop helped! He had to get one shot and the nasal mist flu vaccination.
My mom arrived on 9/22 to celebrate Oliver's birthday. She's lost a total of just over 50lbs since beginning her diet approx. 2 weeks before Crosby was born. I can't even begin to say how proud I am of her. She didn't cheat ONCE and her hard work has certainly paid off!!
Oliver's construction truck birthday party was a huge success. September was an awful month for rain and it did rain the morning of the party but luckily, the rain held off for the rest of the day and we were even able to be outside for a good portion of the party. That was a treat b/c we were really feeling like prisoners with all of the rain we've had. Oliver got some great gifts and we had more delicious and gorgeously decorated cupcakes courtesy of Donna of Cake Bliss. :) My mom and I (and Marta) tried making cake pops for the first time. They came out pretty good! There were supposed to be orange ones too but the orange melties just weren't the right consistency for dipping. I didn't take a whole lot of pics at the party but my uncle did so I'm hoping to get some from him soon...Here are the cupcakes and the cake pops and the best pic I could snap of Oliver, drinking out of his "cone" cup...
Carter's been doing really well at school and private therapy. On Thursdays, he has 3 hours of back-to-back therapy - ST, PT and OT. It kicks his butt. So much so that today at lunch, he fell asleep. THAT was a first. :) Carter had an AMAZING session at horseback riding on Monday. His therapist, Catherine, sent me this email (Marta takes him to ride):
Dear Lisa,Carter was phenomenal yesterday!
Walked in confidently, saying he was coming to ride Peppermint. Stood waiting as I put the helmet on. Then did not use my hand to walk into the sand arena, walked straight to Pep through the deep sand. I asked him if he was ready to get up on Pep, to which he answered right away: yes. I put him on Pep, and he sat right up saying, "Let's go see the lights!. As you know, he has been fascinated by the windows(the lights) in the big arena, and now considers Pep his vehicle to go "see the lights".
He sang and told Pep where to go the whole time, not one "all done" the whole session. So I decided to try changing positions by turning him backwards. He was a little apprehensive but trusted me to turn him on the horse, and sat right back up when he was backward, singing and asking Pep to go see the lights again. When turned back to his original position, the same small apprehension, but an amazing willingness to try something so new and potentially scary, trusting me implicitly.
When we got off the horse, he said a confident thank you to everybody and walked out of the arena.
It is a real pleasure to see him turn into a confident young man!
Oliver's doing better at school. Today he didn't cry at all when I picked him up, that is a BIG deal! He had a field trip to the pumpkin patch at Great Country Farms on Tuesday. It was a fun time but it was SO muddy b/c of all of the rain that we've had. Shortly after we arrived, the guides were telling us about apples and all the varieties and then the kids were invited up to get an apple to enjoy. Oliver LOVES apples. The bees at the farm also love apples. We were all gathered around, listening to the instructions on feeding the goats and sheep when Oliver started to act funny. He was wiping at his face and it seemed to take him a long time to swallow his bite of apple. I asked him to spit out what was in his mouth and my hunch was confirmed. He had "eaten" a bee that was on his apple, he spit it out but it had stung him. The poor kid was such a trooper. He never cried. It was his 1st sting but luckily we found out that he's not allergic. I took him to the ped yesterday b/c his eye almost looked like it was going back and blue but he got a clean bill of health and with her light we could see where the bee got him, inside his lip on the upper left side. Here is a pic when the swelling was at it's peak.
Crosby is...Crosby. He's eating like a horse and still getting up in the night. He wants to stand ALL of the time. He is such a monkey. He wants to be around his brothers all of the time. They constantly make him laugh. We had a dance party in Oliver's room tonight after baths and Crosby was cracking up watching the boys dance. It won't be long before he's up there, dancing with them!
A couple of weeks ago, we had professional pics taken of the boys. We got a "sneak peek" tonight and they came out amazing! I was leery about going with anyone else b/c Bev has been our photographer since I was pregnant with Carter but since she's not currently taking pics, we had to go elsewhere. She suggested Stephanie with The Hip Studio and she didn't lead us astray. I am THRILLED with the pics! Here is a link to the blog-post on Stephanie's website - http://thehipstudio.com/children/brothers-ashburn-virginia-child-photographer/
That's about it from here...Tomorrow Marta and I are taking the boys apple picking. I bought a Groupon that's good thru this month and with the amazing weather forecast this weekend, I want to get out tomorrow before things get picked over this weekend...Pics to follow. :)