Our First Fillings

I’m not sure if it’s her brushing habits, a diet that revolves around carbs and sweets, or just bad teeth, but somehow Addie has 6 cavities. Yesterday, she finally got one side of her mouth fixed. She was super nervous, but in true Addie fashion, she did amazing. A 3.5 hour appointment ended up taking just over 1 hour. She drank “happy juice”, played for a while, and went back with the dentist and got rid of those sugar bugs. No problems! She didn’t like how her mouth felt after and it took about 5 hours for the droopy smile to wear off. I’m so proud of this brave girl!!


Preschool Days for Coen

OK, this milestone needs an appropriate post. The last week of August, this big boy started Preschool! He’s officially a Brown Bear! He goes three days a week because mom guilt thinks this middle child needs some <almost> one-on-one time in his life. On his days off, he usually ends up coming to my office with Holden and me. I think actually, school would be much more fun, but for now, it is what it is. He absolutely loves school! His favorite friends after the first month are Tory (Addie’s friend G’s sister), Jazlyn, Abigail, Ben, and Andrew. Aside from Tory, I don’t know who any of these kids are at this point in life 🙂 My how things have changed from Addie until now!

The best part of every day is “sliding down the slide”. The worst part is a baby punching him in the tummy. I have no clue on that one, but every day, it’s the same answer. I highly doubt he’s getting punched in the tummy every day, but something, at some point, stuck with him.

Anyway, all is wonderful, he’s finally going potty at school (after two days of holding it allll day long). He’s napping with the rest of the class. He’s learning to write numbers…so far, just a one, which is really just a straight line, but progress, right?! He’s crazy happy and loving every minute!


A whole month since my last post…I guess this crazy life has gotten away from me for a while. This will be more of a photo dump, but here’s the condensed version from the last month.

Fun day at the zoo with Miss Haylee Rose and her awesome mama

Solar eclipse

Sound of Music with Addie’s friend Giuliana

Pool days

Fun times with Holden while all the others are at school

Monster Hair, Don’t Care…note on this one, we missed one of our fave’s birthdays this summer and his mom made these amazing hats as party favors. We just got ours recently and Coen’s obsessed!






Coen, Coen, Coen

Any guesses what’s in the toilet. Poop? Yes. And a Doc McStuffins toy? Yep. That, too. Never in 6 glorious years with a girl did I fish anything out of the toilet. I guess, technically, I can still say that because immediately upon learning of the unfortunate Doc swimming experience, I called Jimmy to do the literal dirty work. I did supply him with a shovel. See, I’m helpful! But seriously, what’s with boys? I will say he was a little traumatized to see poor Doc swimming in poop and insisted he wasn’t going to throw Lambie in. Fingers crossed this was a first and last…at least for Coen.

On a more positive note, Coen finally slept in his own bed for the first time since Christmas! Every night, he insists on sleeping in my “cozy bed” and he wants to “snuggle” me. I saw this Minion blanket at Target and told him there was a surprise in his room. He squealed with excitement! And I let him jump on the bed. I think that sealed the deal. Four jumps, then bedtime. Worked like a charm two nights in a row. Though last night he woke up at 3:30 needing to go potty then never fell back asleep. Man, 3 is tough. At least he’s cute!

Holden Does the Dentist

It started out ok. The chair was pretty fun. He was listening to this awful little happy meal radio on repeat. I’m sure the other patients in the office loved it.

And then Dr. Trujillo came to check things out. It was all downhill from there.

The other three had exams and cleanings, too. No cavities, except for Addie. We’ve been putting off her fillings for a year now. The cost will blow through our max allowable cost for the year, plus we have to pay a ton out of pocket, so that sucks. But, no new cavities and the current ones haven’t gotten any worse in a year, so that’s good news. 

Ack…first day of school. Am I the only parent who finds it hard to sleep the night before? I remember just how I felt on the first day. So many nerves. This year was especially hard for me to stomach. A last minute decision to move Addie had me in tears for two straight weeks. On top of that, we took Beckett out of the school district and moved him to a brand new charter school with no track record for services in the school. We’re literally building the entire process as we go. It’s terrifying and so insanely exciting at the same time. For Beckett, I’m feeling nothing but positive for how everything is going so far. The principal is amazing and so hands on with building the resources Beckett needs in the classroom. His teacher rocks…and has five kids of her own, one named Addie. It’s fate! He has a full time aide who has a nephew with CP. He’ll get OT, PT, speech, vision, and assistive technology all in school. One of the board members is on some state board for special needs or is the director of some state program (I was a little distracted when we met) and went out of his way to come meet Beckett and introduce himself to us. Too good to be true, right?! Oh, and numerous parents made it a point to introduce their children to Beckett. I’m not sure why I’m so impressed with this but it really meant a lot that he was treated like any other student. My fingers are crossed that this all works out and he can just stay put through 8th grade.

Now for Addie. She’s having a blast. Thrilled to be back in school. Already has her favorite new friends. Every day has been a great day. It’s me with the anxiety. She’s brilliant. I know this is a thing parents say, but really, she’s such an intelligent, driven, eager to learn little person. I’m so worried she’s not going to be challenged at the current level in which she’s used to learning. She voluntarily went to her old school to take reading tests over the summer. Learning just comes so easy to her and I feel like if she’s breezing through at an advanced level, shouldn’t we keep her in an environment where that level is the norm? I know she’ll do great regardless of the school but if the bar is set higher at Brookfield than it is now, aren’t we doing her a disservice by only expecting her to reach that lower standard. And now here’s the tough part. I LOVE this new school. She and Beckett are together. It’s STEM-based curriculum with arts intergration. All good things but a completely new school so I have no idea where the bar is set. 

Ugh. Sometimes I hate adulting. Can’t someone see in the future and reassure me they’re both going to be fine?

On a side note, it sure is hard being the little brother left behind when the sibs go back to school.

Back to school time meant hair cuts for the whole fam! Thank goodness our hair stylist is a saint and has four children herself, so our entire crew invading her space was totally normal. Holden was not thrilled…this is becoming a common occurrence with this one. But Stacy managed to groom his baby mullet and now everyone looks presentable and school-ready!

Don’t mind all the slobber. He got two new teeth last week.