Friday, October 16, 2009

State of the Children

I'm thinking it's time for a long overdue update on my children. So here we go.

I can tell that the weather has changed since Sy's horrible cough is back with a vengeance. He had a few minor colds over the summer, but they only lasted a few days and never included his nasty old man cough. He's now been sick for 7 days and he's still a coughing fiend. Ugh. So it begins.

He's seeing a physical therapist once a week, and she's very happy with the progress he's made. While wearing his orthotics, he can stand unassisted for about 5 seconds at a time, and he's getting better with his walker, though his preferred mode of transportation is still crawling. That boy can put holes in the knees of his pants after wearing them only 2 or 3 times!!! I need to start buying his jeans at a store that will give you a new pair in the same size if they get holes before the child outgrows them. Anyone know of a place that does that?

An occupational therapist also comes to the home once a week and works with Sy on his fine motor development. About six months ago he had the fine motor skills of a ten month old (12 months behind). His therapist seems to think that his delay has been due to his significant vision deficit, and since getting his new glasses, his fine motor skills have improved rapidly.

What Sylas lacks physically, he more than makes up for it intellectually. He can recognize many number and letters, he knows the words to numerous songs and books, he's putting 3 words sentences together, and is starting to follow more complex instructions. Ryan and I are so excited about this, because there was a time when he was very small that we wondered if he would have the mental capabilities to live on his own or be able to hold a job. We now have no doubt that he is going to succeed in whatever he sets out to do.

Oh, yeah, and did I mention he's funny. Really, really funny.

And he loves tractors. A whole lot.

Did you notice the dirt ALL OVER HIS FACE?

Now for little miss Ivy. She is growing right before our eyes. At nine months, she sits, crawls, pulls to stand, stands unassisted for a couple seconds and cruises around furniture. She has a temper and SCREAMS.HER.HEAD.OFF every time her brother takes a toy from her, which is at least 50 times a day.

She is a mama's girl through and through, and loves to be held by me, rocked by me and fed by me. "Mama" is the only word she is saying, though on occasion it has sounded like she's said "Hi." She loves mamas milk and plain yogurt, but won't eat much of anything else. She has her two bottom middle teeth, and one incisor on the top. Weird, I know.

Ivy really is a delightful child who makes our hearts happy every day.

Plus she has a huge, silly grin that is so endearing.

Anything else you want to know? Ask me in the comments and I'll do a follow-up update post.


  1. Hey!
    Thanks for the update. I love hearing about your family. I know Sears has a program for kids clothes. I have never used it but I copied the info below. Maybe it will work for you.

    !The kidvantage program that is offered is the best thing for Mothers with children that stain and wear out their clothes faster then they are growing out of them! This program offers pretty much a warranty on all of the children's clothes (If they wear them out before they grow out of them just take in your reciept and get a new one to replace it - and it is a free service!).

  2. Hi Bri! Enjoy hearing updates about the kids. For the pants, Sears at one time had that very guarantee... if you joined the Kid's Club or whatever (for free) they would replace any worn clothes with the same size, plus every $100 or so you get a coupon for $10 off or something. It's been awhile for me, so I don't remember the exact details, but it was a godsend for my active toddler boys!

    Another idea is to check out places that supply school uniforms for private schools. We buy uniform pants at about $15 a pair, MUCH better quality than I can get anywhere else, and they have a "knee guarantee," where if you buy 3 or more pair, they will replace any that wear out the knees. I know Sy is still too young for school sizes, but some places sell all sizes, not just uniforms.

    I do recommend buying the better brands for boys' pants, at least for awhile, Osh-Kosh, Healthtex, Lands End (they used to sell some with reinforced knees, basically a double layer of material... we just passed some down to my two-year old grandson, so they went through 4 boys and are still alive!). If the budget is tight, remember they resell well at consignment shops. I couldn't shop at Wal-Mart for pants until my oldest was a teenager!

    Have fun!

    ; )

  3. Oh Brianna you updated!! I've been waiting for updates :D

    They are so cute! I love it! Isn't it amazing how quickly they change? Cherish these moments, as they pass too quickly, as I'm sure you already know.

    I'm so sorry about the pants issue, no good. Hopefully Sears can help you out-as others have posted!

    Praying for you always!!

  4. Hello! I'm not sure if I've ever commented before, but I've been following your blog for a while. I was in the hospital on bedrest with my twins when your babies were born. I was facing the possibility of premature twins with one of them being severely growth restricted, so I was soaking up every bit of information on anyone that had had premature babies. My sons were born at 29 weeks, but the little one (Ben) was only about the size of a 23 weeker. I'm happy to say that they are both happy and relatively healthy. Ben has a G-tube and still struggles with lung issues. He only started walking a few months ago (they turned 2 in June) and even still I struggle with seeing him compared to his brother.. he's so much smaller and can't do everything Cooper can... YET. Anyway, that's us in a nutshell, but I wanted to ask a question. We are debating the H1N1 Flu Shot... have you gotten it for Silas and Ivy? I obviously don't want any of my kids to get sick, but I'm nervous about that shot... it was just cranked out really really fast. Just curious. Also, I'm not sure where you live, but when we lived back West, there was a store called ShopKo... they had a "if your kid ruins it before they grow out of it, you get another for free". I'm not sure if they are online or not. You don't have to post this book if you don't want to.. I just wanted to introduce myself and delurk. ;)

  5. Sears is the place to replace those jeans. My son went through tons of jeans and then I found out Sears did the replacement thing. It was awesome. I bought 3 pair, and never bought again for 2 years. He stayed the same size. So great.


  6. It sounds like they are both doing wonderful! Your children are beautiful, and I love reading their updates. Hope Sy gets to feeling better soon.


    PS: I was going to recommend Sears too.

  7. Hello Brianna, Ryan and family!
    Don't those babies just grow sooo fast! It is simply amazing. I love seeing what you and your family is up to and think of you often (prayers, too).
    I think I noticed a program like that at ShopKo. I quick checked their website and couldn't find it, but it could just be I didn't know the special name for their program. Anyway, I am pretty sure I've seen advertising for t exchanging the same size in the store itself.
    Good luck finding indestructable clothes!
    Naomi (Wayne and kids also)

  8. Sylas and Ivy, you are so dern lovable! We love you and continue to pray for you all, Bri!

    Your friend,

  9. Hi Brianna

    Thanks for the update. I've been reading for quite awhile now, but never commented. It's so great to see the kids growing and you guys are doing an awesome job with them both! As for the pants, everyone has said it, and it's the only place I know. We used the Sears Kidvantage program growing up. We had almost nothing and with 3 kids, my mom didn't have to buy too many pairs of jeans because they fit boys/girls (and us girls preferred dresses and things anyway). I even used them on my shoes a lot. I wore the same size for about 3 years I think. In that time frame, mom only bought one pair of shoes for me.


  10. do you have video of Sylas standing? I would love to see that! That is awesome!!!!


    There is the link to Kidvantage information at Sears.

    Shopko also has the "Kids Tough Promise"

  12. Thank you for the update. i loved it! Your kids are a miracle and I'm sure you know that! Someday, when you are ready, I'd love to read your story, Parts Two, Three, etc.

    have a great day!

  13. Love her dress!! How precious they are.


  14. Hey,

    Are you guys still living with your parents, or did you venture out on your own? Would love a "virtual tour" as your style is awesome!

  15. She is such a gorgeous little one -- and close to the age of my babe. Gretchen was born Jan 29th/09!

  16. Lands End and LL Bean also have lifetime satisfaction guarantees on their clothing, and they mean it. If Sy wears through the knees in just a few wearings, send the pants back and they will replace them or refund your money, with no questions asked. I think someone mentioned that Lands End also makes a lot of pants with double knees, which is a nice feature if you don't mind your kid wearing pants with one layer shredded. :)

    By the way I've never commented before but I've been following you since you were pregnant with the sextuplets. I can't even remember how I found out about your family, but it's great to see Sy so healthy and intelligent and growing, and with a little sister now too. I'll keep praying for you from here in Israel!

  17. love your update! what a smartie you have on your hands! I love reading about Sy, because my son and Sy are the same age, kind of. I think we had close due dates anyway :)

  18. I'm not sure if you any Shopko's in your neck of the woods, but here in Utah, they have a "Kid Tough Promise" that they will replace any clothes that wear out before your child outgrows them.


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