Caden is now 4 years old! It is hard to believe how quickly time goes by. Four years ago, my baby was born in Bethesda, MD. He was so small, and we looked forward to the future. I remember wondering what he would look like as a little boy. I remembering wondering what sports he would like, what he would be like, who he would look like. And now, here we are. He is a big boy. He loves swimming, running, jumping, rhyming. He has the best sense of humor, and we love him so much!
In the morning, I took a few hours off of work and went to Caden's school for his Halloween party. I had volunteered to bring some food and to help out with the party. I was feeling sick though, and unfortunately I don't think I helped as much as the other Moms there, but I did have a good time seeing Caden's class! After the party, I took Caden to Rob (who had the day off with Liam), and he took him to the doctor. Caden had a runny nose for about a week, and we were pretty sure it was a sinus infection by that point!
Caden the Dragon--with Sinusitis!
Liam, my little peacock!
Liam had his 6 month appointment on the 20th. He weighed 16 lbs 13 ounces which was in the 55th percentiled. He was 27 inches long--75th percentile. He had to get several shots, including the DTP and HIB boosters, as well as the flu shot. Poor baby! I am fairly sure that he picked up the virus while waiting in the Waiting Room to be seen. There were several coughing babies there, and Liam came down with the virus a few days later! All in all, a good month with a lot of growing for Liam!
He has also memorized several sums. For example, he knows that 4+1 = 5 and that 2+2=4, 3+3=6 without having to count on his fingers! Its so amazing to me to see him picking up on things so quickly!
We went to the Homecoming Football game (Saint James vs. MA) on Friday, September 26. It was our 2nd game of the season. We had hot dogs, popcorn, and a lot of fun! Caden enjoys playing with his friends, Gibson and Drew, while Rob and I try to keep them from falling off the bleachers. It is a lot of fun to hang out with the other parents at the football game, and Rob and I enjoy taking Caden to them. Liam went for the first time this week. He cried at first, but then decided it wasn't all that bad. He just looked at everything and took it all in! He loved when Drew, Gibson and Caden were doing silly things and laughed out loud every time he would see them!
September 12, 2008It is amazing to me how quickly kids develop. Last year, Caden didn't know his alphabets or all his numbers, and now he knows them all. I came into the kitchen the other day and Caden had lined up all the letters from A-Z on the fridge. He then told me what each letter was.
At Caden's school they do a new letter and sound each week, and it really has resonated with him. When he sees an "S" he tells me what it sounds like. He can also tell me what a lot of words start with just by hearing it said. Next step is Sight Books!!!
Cute story: Yesterday, we were driving home from Big Mommy's house, and Caden said, "Look Mommy--the sun is setting! I love it when the sky looks orange when the sun starts going down!"
He is becoming such a big boy! It amazes me every day how much he knows.
Liam trying cereal for the first time-sorry for the fuzziness!
September 6 -- September 13, 2008
Well I decided to give Liam solid foods this weekend. He has been intently watching us eat, and he seemed ready. He absolutely HATED the rice cereal and screamed on Saturday. I was going to wait and feed him some more next week, but I decided on Sunday that I would try it mixed with pears. He LOVED it!
Since Sunday, we have introduced peas too. He has a mixed reaction about those. He sort of looks like he will throw up at first when I put it in his mouth, but then he swallows it. He opens his mouth very wide for food and gets excited when I get it out!
Caden is such a swimmer. Now at 3, almost 4, he jumps into the pool, swims in the deep in, can swim all the way down to the bottom of the shallow end, andgenerally loves swimming. The other day I was watching him swim, and he was doing the side stroke. I hadn't even showed him how to do it. The kid just loves to swim.
I really cannot wait to get Caden into some kind of sport, because he just is so energetic and seems very athletic to me.
This is the sight of a 1 year old having his first bite of refined sugar! We went up to Nashville for Rowan's first birthday this weekend. He had a wonderful time eating the cake. He didn't blink when everyone there (about 35 people) sang him "Happy Birthday," either.
Liam enjoyed himself. My Mom had cataracts surgery on Thursday, and she hadn't seen Liam for a few days, so she held him a lot at Allison's house. I think she was going through withdrawls. He is such a good traveler. He slept fine in the tiny hotel we stayed in. He stayed on his schedule the whole time. I have said it before, and I will say it again, that he is the easiest baby! I just hope it stays that way!
Caden's time in Nashville consisted of chasing after Rowan, arguing like an old married couple with Jeff's niece Ryan, and salivating over birthday cake whilst Rowan was being sung too. It is hard for a 3 year old to wait patiently for birthday cake! Caden did well though. He was very good on the trip, and he said he had fun eating the chocolate cake and ice cream and couldn't wait for his birthday! He also serenaded Rob and I at a restaurant with "Happy Birthday to Rowan," in preparations for that evening's festivities. How funny!
We also were able to see my grandmother, Gigi, when we were there which was great. She met Liam for the first time. She held him for a few minutes. She will be 95 in October, so we were glad she was able to see Liam. She enjoyed the birthday party, and as always it was good to see her!
On Monday after school, Caden was eating at my Mom's house when we picked Liam up, and I felt his head and noticed he was hot. I took his temp and it was 100.3 (just low-grade), but he never has a fever. I told my Mom I thought he was coming down with something.
Well, Tuesday morning he woke up crying and upset. He said he didn't feel well and that his head hurt. Of course, I think the worse thing. To me Fever+Headache=Meningitis. Well he was miserable all day at my Mom's house. I have no sick time, so I wasn't able to take time off. :-(
Rob called and made a doctor's appt for him at 1:15, and they did a quick strep test that came back negative.
Well Wednesday he woke up in a much better mood, but it quickly faded. I got the call from the doctor's office around 11 AM that his lab work had come back and he did have strep. Thank goodness for antibiotics though, because after just one dose he was running around like the wildman he is!!!
He is all better now, and he went back to school today. They only have to be on the meds for 24 hours, and then they aren't contagious. I think he was happy to be back in his routine, and he actually got 3 stickers at school today, and he only has to get 2 more to get a surprise out of the Treasure Chest!!! How exciting!
Liam at birth (2 days old)
Liam at 4 months
We went to the zoo this weekend, and we had a wonderful time. We left early on Saturday, mostly because we thought it was going to rain, but also because if you get to the zoo early most of the animals are up and out.
The first stop was the snake house. Caden wasn't wasting any time getting there either. He sprinted past the Spectacled Bear (Mommy's favorite), the monkeys, the alligator, and the Maned Wolves. Daddy and Mommy made Caden wait a few minutes by the maned wolves as we watched one of the wolves take a drink, and then a fight ensued. It was neat!
Caden loves the snakes, lizards, frogs and dragons in the snake house. His eyes light up when he sees them. He knows that he cannot touch a snake unless a knowledgable adult tells him it is ok. He is still looking forward to seeing the snake at his new school, as they did not go to the Science Lab this week.After the snakes we made our way around to the Llama. He stuck his head out and looked right at us. About this time, a zoo employee came up to us and told us not to get too close b/c the llama spits. We backed up, butI got a few good pics of him in the meantime.
We decided we would go see the Elephants next. We stopped to look at the big open area where the Zebras, Bantangs and other animals roam. I Batang came right up to the area where we were standing and began eating the leaves. Caden was amazed by it, as were we. It was so neat!!!
Caden with me right before school
Caden started Pre-K today at Saint James! We were so excited. I decided to get up early and drive him to school. This meant a finely tuned orchestration of driving one kid to Big Mommy's and then promptly jumping back in the car to drive to Caden's school. But, it all worked out!
They only had class until 10:30, so I walked Caden in, put his bookbag in the bookbag box, showed him his cubby, and then found his name on the table. He was a little clingy, but finally he sat at the table and began looking at a number book (he is really into numbers right now!). I kissed the palms of his hands (as instructed by the teacher) and left. Apparently they read a story about a child who was told to kiss the palms of their hands when they missed their Mommy and Daddy. So cute.
Caden also has to wear a uniform this year. He looks so cute in it. He is one of the smallest in the class, and I think the uniform makes him look so tiny! He walked right into the classroom wearing his Lightning McQueen bookbag though.
When I picked him up he was so excited to see me, and he told me that "Mrs. Browning was nice!" She also gave him Smarties, so he was very pleased with the candy aspect of it all. They took a tour of the school, introduced each other, and read books today!
We will see how he does tomorrow, because he will be there all day not until just 10:30!
Well, Caden is starting a new chapter in his life: School! After having some problems with his daycare this summer, we decided to go ahead and enroll him in a local private school. They have a Pre-K3 program, complete with after-school care, so he will be able to be there all day. The greatest part about it is that 4 kids from his daycare are going to attend there, and one of the kids is in his class! I know he will like that.
On Thursday, we went to meet his new teacher, Mrs. Browning. Caden calls her "Mrs. Brownie." The Pre-K3 classrooms are all centered around a "pod," which is basically a big playroom. Caden walked in and made a bee-line for the Thomas the Train table which is located in the pod. I literally had to pry him away from the table so we could make it to his classroom to meet "Mrs. Brownie."
We walked into the classroom and there were 2 other children and parents there. The children were clinging to their parents. Well, Caden, with his little outgoing self, walked right in started looking at the books, found the blocks, and began playing.
Mrs. Brownie came up to us and said "What is your name?"
He looked at her and said, as easy as you please, "Caden Stanley Greene!"
I was so proud of him for not being shy. He felt right at home there.
Then Mrs. Brownie said, "Well tell me a little bit about yourself. What do you like to eat?"
He looked at her with a big smile and said "McDonald's and candy!"
I was a tad embarrassed, but I had to laugh, because those are his favorite foods besides peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!
Well Mrs. Brownie said "My girls love McDonald's. Would you like to take us there sometime?"
Caden looked at her and said "Um...maybe I'll take you there next year."
It was so funny. He really felt comfortable there. I'm glad he will start there this year and have a structured academic environment. I do think that Mrs. Brownie will have a lot of trouble pulling him away from that train track though!