Thursday, September 19, 2013

Ivy lost her first tooth

A few days ago, Ivy showed us that she had her first loose tooth. The excitement was uncontainable. She's been wiggling it and showing it off constantly.

Today at swimming lessons, she learned that her friend Maddie Jo got "8 quarters!!" for her tooth last week. Eight quarters!! Can you believe it??

At bedtime, the kids were all in brushing their teeth, and Ivy started FREAKING out. I mean, serious, full-on panic attack. Her tooth was bleeding, and she just can't take it. She lost it so bad. And then Jamey was screaming, "What's going on? What happened to Ivy? Can I see?"

So I sent Jamey to get his jammies on, pulled Ivy's hair back, and tried to jam a tissue in her mouth.

This all happened in the span of about two minutes.

Then I put the tissue in her mouth, and the tooth just fell out in my hand.

Ivy went from freaking out and crying to jumping up and down screaming "It came out! I lost a tooth! It's my first tooth!!" She was dancing and jumping and screaming; it was very exciting!

The tooth. I'm surprised at how tiny it is. 

The empty spot

She put the tooth in a cup waiting for the Tooth Fairy. 
There were lots of questions about how the Tooth Fairy would get in and what she would leave. I told the kids that the Tooth Fairy is tiny and magic like Tinkerbell. Jamey said he's going to keep one eye open all night so he can see her. Ivy really hopes she's sparkly. 

She's really so excited to show off to "the lady in the gym after school," and her friends Bella and Maddie Jo. And she wanted me to take a million pictures.

I know there are pregnancy hormones involved, but I almost cried. The milestones never stop, and she just keeps getting bigger. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Big Brother/Big Sister Class

When I was pregnant with Livy, I signed Jamey & Ivy up for the New Sibling class. It seemed beneficial and fun, so we signed up again. It was last night at St. Francis.

They watched a short video about life with a new baby and then talked about how babies are born. We toured the birth center quickly and saw a brand new baby. I was hoping to catch a glimpse of the water birth room, but they just had a birth. We'll maybe go up there another day.

Ivy and Jamey were very knowledgable about how babies are made and get out, thanks to "It's Not the Stork." 

Practicing diapers

Certificates :) 


We signed Ivy up to play volleyball with PLAY in Prior Lake. She's been once so far and had a great time!

The 1st/2nd grade team doesn't really play games or divide into teams. All 38 girls do drills and learn about the game. Ivy was excited that a girl from swimming lessons was there.

 All ready to go

Monday, September 9, 2013

Starting Preschool

Jamey is starting 4-year-old preschool at Shepherd's Flock this fall. It's affiliated with Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church here in Prior Lake.

Parent Orientation
Jeremy & I went over to SOLLC for Parent Orientation the other day. The director read through the handbook, and we filled out a bunch of paperwork. He got a t-shirt and will get a Spark Story Bible with his name on it.

On the way out, we happened to meet one of Jamey's teachers, Ms. Kay. She seems super nice and hilarious.

We had forgotten a check to pay for field trips, etc., so the kids and I ran over there to drop it off this morning. The director is also super nice, and all the teachers seem so peppy. We met his other teacher, Ms. Kerry. Again, very friendly, nice, and energetic.

Meet the Teacher
Jamey, Livy and I went over to Shepherd's Flock Friday morning to meet his teacher and drop off his school supplies. I was expecting a really low-key kind of "do nothing" event, but it was scheduled for an hour, and the whole hour was full of fun activity. The preschoolers had a little "scavenger hunt." They did an art project, read a book, found their favorite color on the Circle Time rug, ate a snack, and played with toys. Jamey was excited to find his cubby and backpack hook.

Miss Kay

Coloring and cutting out a leaf for the Fall bulletin board

Miss Kerry

Snack Time!
BTW: Livy is dying to go to school. 

Pretending to work like Daddy

"It's my chair!"

Reading a story about loving preschool

First Day
Jamey's first day was today. He's so super excited! I think he was up before 6 this morning--got dressed and made his bed before 7.

This was shortly after he combed his hair. 

All ready!

Livy asked for her "pitchy" too.

Some Highlights: 
  • He walked into the room by himself and didn't even look back for a "Goodbye" or kisses.
  • He asked if he could go every day.
  • Three Circle Times! and three stories!
  • They got to play on the playground. 
  • He got sent home with two "Special Notes" that he had a lot of fun with his new friend Blake and he worked very hard on his art project. (Funny thing: he told me they didn't do art today.)

He got to pick lunch at any restaurant. At first he chose the Pizza Ranch, but he changed his mind because Ivy was still in school and would be sad that she didn't get to play basketball. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

All healed up

It's been three weeks since Jamey's surgery. That first week, we tried to keep him down as much as possible. I arranged play dates for Ivy so she wouldn't be here begging Jamey to play, but even without her here, we were hard-pressed to keep him in front of the TV for long. He didn't want to watch movies, play cars, read books--he wanted to ride bike and run around outside.

He did have a couple rough nights. He woke up crying, so we gave him more medicine, let him suck on ice, and even put an ice pack on his throat. But that was only two nights (not even two nights in a row).

He started eating really well in the hospital, so he ate scrambled eggs and PediaSure for a few days. He was eager to eat real food though.

He's all healed up and doing well!

Monday, August 26, 2013

First Day of First Grade

Ivy started First Grade at Grainwood Elementary today.

MEET THE TEACHER (last Wednesday)
We walked over to meet Ivy's teacher, Mrs. Houck, and to drop off her school supplies. Mrs. Houck seems super nice and has been really interested in learning more about Ivy.
Ivy & Mrs. Houck

Ivy after filling up her desk. She'll sit in a cluster of six desks. There aren't any kids in her class from kindergarten, even though a few kids from her K class are at Grainwood. She said today, "I don't have any First Grade Friends yet." 

A little ice cream after meeting her teacher.

School starts at 8:30, and as a "walker," she doesn't have to leave until 8:20 or so. Jeremy stayed home to walk with us over there.
Getting ready to leave

Walking down the block

Hot Sunny morning

We got to the school, and Ivy asked me to walk back to her class with her. She said, "Mom, I'm a little scared." So I signed in and walked her back there. But then she gave me a kiss and didn't want me to go into the classroom. I did help her get her locker open. 

I told her that the kids and I would be waiting for her in the driveway when she walked home in the afternoon. She was excited to walk alone.

While Ivy was in class, I "snuck" in and decorated her locker for her. Honestly, it hadn't occurred to me before this morning. Our friend gave her some picture-frame magnets, but I can't find pictures that fit in them. 

And she's home! We were waiting for her outside--Jamey was playing with the hose. But then, he wanted to walk up to the school to meet Ivy. So we did. When Ivy came out of the gym, she said, "I thought I was going to walk alone." Later she said she was excited to see us, but wanted to walk alone, too. She's going to meet up with a neighbor friend (a 5th grader!) tomorrow morning to walk together. 

Some Highlights: 
  • She ate almost a whole hot dog on a bun and an apple and chocolate milk for lunch. And Cheez-Its for snack. At lunch, she has to sit at Table 10, 11, or 12. She said she sat by a boy--she didn't know his name--maybe he's in her class.
  • They toured the school looking for Clifford. 
  • The library "was very quiet" and has computers.
  • At first she said she was the only girl in her class, but then laughed and said there are 12.
  • Three bathroom breaks. 
  • In the morning, they "learned all about what they're going to do in school" and had Circle Meeting.
  • Recess was inside because it was too hot to play outside.
  • The only thing she didn't like was "all the loud noises and beeps." From her description, it sounds like an PA system and maybe some doors have alarms on them. 
  • Her overall assessment: "It was AWESOME!!"  

We celebrated her first day with dinner out wherever she wanted: Chipotle!