Addison getting her first bath. Look at all that hair! Brynlee and Addison. Brynlee was 1lbs. smaller when she born than what Addison is. Look at how big Bryn is now. She is now 5 months old!
The proud mommy!
Grammy Larsen and Bryn
Papa Larsen and his 3 grandbabies! George (Makenna), Spider (Brynlee) and Cricket (Addison)
My sister-in-law Danielle, Tyler's sister, had her baby today. She went into be induced Wednesday night around 8pm. She was in labor all day yesterday and was not really progressing. Today she will still at a 4 and wasn't progressing so the dr. said she needed a c-section. Mom and baby are doing fine. Addison is really cute. She has a ton of hair. I am now officially an Aunt, Tyler an Uncle and the girls finally have a cousin! You did awesome Danielle! Congrats!
Ryder was so cute with Bryn. He kept saying, "I lub her"
My friend Jen had her baby yesterday. I went up today to visit her and her new son Cash. He is so adorable. While I was there I told her I could take her son Ryder home with me so he could play with Kenna. Kenna was so excited when he came home with me. They ran around the house, played game and watched movies. They have so much fun together. Ryder wanted to hold Bryn. He was so cute with her. He will be a great big brother. Congrats Jen, Greg and Ryder to your new addition, Cash!!
So Bryn is turning 5 months old next week. My crazy little girl has been rolling over for a few days now. She rolls herself into walls, into the coffee table and off her blankets. I can't leave her on the couch by herself anymore and I can't put her in the swing without strapping her in. She also arches into a banana. She is hilarious. Bryn also loves to growl and grunt. She army crawls around a little bit. She is using her hands a lot more and is developing like any other 5 month old baby.
Also...an update on my children post. I saw Lily today at church when I was holding Bryn. The first thing she asked me was, "Does Bryn have thumbs today?" haha...it was so cute. She was so sincere and curious. I told her no...that it would be a few months before Bryn has thumbs!
Kids crack me up. You never know what they are going to say. They are also so innocent and sweet. Tonight we were over at a friends house. They have a 5 year old little girl, Lily. Lily looked at Bryn's hands and said, "Her hands are so small. They are so cute." A few seconds later she said, "Doesn't she have any thumbs?" I told her no...that Bryn was special and only had fingers. I told her that Bryn had pinkies and fingers like her, but just didn't have thumbs. Lily said, "That is so cool. I wish I didn't have any thumbs." Then she was so excited and was telling her brother to come look at the cool baby without thumbs. I love how sweet children react to Bryn. My cousin's daughter, Landry, always talks about Bryn. She says she thinks Bryn is so cute without thumbs. She seems to have spent a lot of time thinking about it because she says that we shouldn't give Bryn thumbs. My cousin told her that it would be hard for Bryn to do things like hold the bars at gymnastics and hold a telephone. Landry said, "Mom...you can hold the phone with your shoulder." Kids are so funny!
So we met with the eye dr. again for Bryn. All is well. He said things look great and he will check on her again in 9 months. If you are looking for an awesome pediatric eye dr. let me know and I will give you his name!!
Yesterday was Tyler's birthday. He is an old man now...haha j/k :) We celebrated Tuesday night with his family. We did family dinner and his mom made his favorite dinner ... waffles with strawberries and whip cream. Then yesterday he went to lunch with his law school buddies. Last night I took him out to our favorite pizza place. I also made him his favorite dessert...walnut brownies...and he got one of his favorite ice creams....black walnut. I hope you had a great birthday honey! We love you!
Makenna loves to hang out with boys. We are in big trouble seeing how she is only 3 years old. haha! One of her favorite playmates is her friend Ryder. They are so funny together! It's awesome because they are in primary together. She does gymnastics with Blake and always has a good time with her "cousin" Kale. Don't get me wrong...she loves to hang out with girls too, like her "cousin" Landry. But...she loves hanging out with the boys!
Today is a nice rainy day here in good ole Oklahoma. We got up and went to church. Church starts at 8:30am so we had to leave early. We let Kenna take a peek at what the Easter bunny left and we did the egg hunt when she got home. She got a my little pony that you could put hair clips in, a baseball and baseball glove, an apron, balloons, stickers, dora glasses and the movie Bedtime Stories. Bryn got an outfit, bibs and some socks. We are having Easter dinner over at Tyler's parents. Little Miss Bryn is crazy! She won't calm down for anybody but me. She does okay with papa and daddy, but it doesn't last for long. She screams and wants me. I am going to beat her! haha! j.k!
Yesterday was a much better day with Makenna. I really tried to stay calm all day and speak with her about her decisions. We still had some squabbles, but that is to be expected! I am hoping things continue to keep getting better!
I watched conference yesterday! There were a lot of good talks. Some of the main points I got out of conference were:
- service/serving others/strengthen family
- there is opposition in all things/have sunshine in your heart
- the only place that can be compared to the sacredness of the temple is the home
- laugh instead of complain
- focus on your blessings and not your trials and tribulations
I was so excited to start the week. I have been trying to work with Makenna and be calm and speak to her in a calm manner. I want my home to be one where the spirit can dwell. I want my children to feel safe and loved at home. But, it has been so hard this morning. I have been praying for help with Makenna. Her crying, whining, not listening and everything else has gotten me to the end of my rope. She expects to get what she wants, when she wants it. I lost my patience this morning after a long night and early morning with her. Why does satan have to attack the family? Why does he have to cause problems at home? It makes me want to try even harder to not let Kenna get to me because then satan wins. So for now...I am venting on my blog. I am yelling right now on here so I don't yell at Kenna. I love her...I really do. You have all been there. I am not the one who will deal with a defiant 3 year old. So I will just take the words of President Uchtdorf--it takes faith, diligence, patience, and long suffering to grow! So I will have faith Makenna will change, be diligent in working with her to help her change, patience when she doesn't change and hopefully endurance to get through the long suffering of helping her change!
So today Makenna said, "You aren't my mommy anymore." So you know what I told her...I told her to leave my house because my family was the only one allowed in my house. I also told her that she could not sit on my couch because it was for mommy's and daughters and she wasn't my daughter anymore. She was all upset. I told her that it was her decision. I could be her mommy and we could hang out or I could not be her mommy and she could leave. She didn't like that answer! haha. I know it sounds mean, but I am tired of saying nothing when she tells me that I'm not her mommy or that I have ruined her life. I am the one who bathes her, feeds her, takes her places, lets her watch tv, eat candy, go to the park and all the other things she does. So if she says she has a bad mom...I am going to show her what it's like to have a bad mom!! ERRR...Don't mess with me!
I have had such a hard time lately. I have been so overwhelmed with taking care of 2 children. Bryn is a baby that needs a lot of attention. Makenna is a 3 year old who wants even more attention. Yesterday Makenna said this to me, "You ruined my life." All I did was ask her to put her clothes on so I could take her with me to the bank. I think she is just trying to learn what she can and can't do, but in the prcoess is driving me bonkers. I am going to lose my mind. Sometimes I feel like I am the worst mom ever. Other times I feel like I am doing a good job. Somedays Makenna is a perfect angel and others I can see her horns. She is being so defiant and bossy. I have tried speaking nice, yelling, time outs, spanking, threatening and giving choices. Nothing seems to affect her! Oh well...maybe she is getting all her bratiness out now and will be a good teenager! haha....at least I can dream right?!
Makenna started gymnastics about 2 weeks ago. She goes with her friend Blake. She has 6 kids in her class. She loves it. They swing on the trapeze, go down slides, jump on the trampolines, walk on the balance beam and much more! She has so much fun. And her favorite part....is at the end of class the teacher gives them stamps on her hands and feet. She calls them her tattoos. She does pretty well in class. I was surprised at how well she does. Also...Yesterday we were waiting at the dr.'s office for one of Bryn's appts. Grammy Larsen bought Makenna a puzzle to do while we waited. It was a 63 piece puzzle made for children 5 and older. Kenna sat down and started working away. She worked for about 10 minutes and was almost finished with it! The nurse called us back and Kenna insisted that she stay in the waiting room to finish her puzzle! And she did. She is way too smart!
Bryn had her 4 month well-child check on the 31st! She weighed 11lbs. 11oz (8%) and was 23 inches long (9%). The dr. said she was a perfect little girl! Now all we have left to do is her wrist and hand surgeries, a nose scope, and one last check-up with the eye dr. The nose scope is to check out behind her nose and see what it looks like. The dr. wonders if her passages are open enough to move enough air through. That will be done in June along with our next visit with the hand dr. She is going slowly, but surely. We love her!!