May 2017 Update
I can't believe it's already time for our May update! Where does the time go? The beginning of this month was pretty low key, I was still feeling quite miserable from 1st trimester woes. I'm finally starting to feel better in the last week! We've enjoyed getting to explore our neighborhood more. We also had a couple hot days earlier this month, so we got take a trip to the AMNH water fountains, which is always so fun! We released our butterflies that we were growing in our apartment (lol!). Gigi, Bop, Uncle Jason, and Aunt Lexxie came to visit for Aly's first ballet recital! We wrapped up the month with our 6th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Getaway with the Schmidts and Fields. We kept it low key this year, and just spent a couple days at the Schmidt's home in New Jersey, which was still a much needed relaxing retreat for us! And finally, we spent a family day at Governor's Island. We rode bikes down to Battery Park and took the ferry over. There was a family festival happening that day, so there were lots of free activities for the kids to enjoy! And I survived biking 12 miles while pregnant haha!
This month, Aly has had quite the thirst for learning. She started writing this month. She asks for a pen and paper almost daily and practices writing. It's amazing to see how she's improved in even a few weeks! She has also started to try to read. She is constantly sounding out words and looking for words that she knows, like "stop." I am quickly readjusting my summer tot school plans to fit her new interests!!
One evening Aly was pretending to be a waitress. She asked Ron what he wanted to drink, and he asked what she had. She said, "pancake juice." Who doesn't love to drink syrup with dinner?!
Aly can count to 100, and she can count by 10's to 100 as well.
She had such a great time with everyone coming to visit. As usual, her and Fynn wore them out!
Also, this month, Tio Kevin and Tia Beverly moved to NYC. So this week we got to see them and meet our niece Adriana. Aly was over the moon with her. She wanted to hold her nonstop, get toys for her, read books to her, and kiss her. She has such a sweet heart, and she's going to be an amazing big big sister, ha!
Alynne had her very first dance recital this month. This whole year, we were honestly a little skeptical on whether or not she'd even get on stage, because she is a very shy child. Boy did she prove us wrong though! Her teacher did an amazing job preparing them for the performance, so when it was time for the show, she didn't even know she should be nervous! She loved every second of it. She loved having hairspray in her hair with a big bun ("I look like a real ballerina!"). She danced so well on stage too. I wish I had captured her face at the very end. When everyone started applauding, she had the biggest grin on her face, like she couldn't believe they were all clapping for her! She was the last one left on stage, just grinning from ear to ear. This Mama was in tears!! She was fabulous ;)
Fynn's speech has absolutely exploded this month! I don't think I could even write out everything that he is saying these days. But some of my favorite are when he says "no thank you!", "amen," and "night night." My all time favorite (which will probably come to haunt me later), is when he says "no." It is the sweetest little "no", and he wags his finger when he says it. He usually does it when we are asking for hugs!
Fynn is so fearless. It still surprises me sometimes. He'll go on these huge slides by himself, climb all over everything, try some things that even Aly is too scared to do. We also went to a splash pad this month, and I was curious how he would do, because I remember Aly being very timid with the water fountains at that age. But of course, Fynn had no qualms and jumped right into all of it!
Fynn is still a champion eater as well. I'm so glad we haven't had to deal with the pickiness this time around (at least not yet!). And this boy can still put down some food!! He can easily eat a whole burger and fries, yet he is still barely on the charts for height and weight haha.
Fynn is starting to learn colors. He can say several of them, but often mixes them up. I'm looking forward to some intentional teaching time with him this summer!
Finally, an update on this morning with Fynn. It was like stepping into a time machine really. I went to wake Fynn up and almost immediately knew what was wrong. He was whimpering and couldn't keep his eyes open when nursing, so out of it, and just wanted to get back in the crib and sleep, despite having just slept 12 hours. I rushed to check his blood sugar, because these were some of the exact signs that used to trigger us with Aly when she was his age. Sure enough, it was 49. I quickly got it to come up, and he came around to himself again. It was a scary moment, but I am so so thankful that I knew what was going on and how to help him. But at the same time, I hate this all over again. It was so hard watching Aly go through what has now become years of testing, all the needles and blood work and hospital visits. My mommy heart can hardly stand to think that this may be the path for Fynn too. We thought we had escaped it with him at this point, but perhaps not. So we will start rounds of testing with him soon and go from there. I would greatly appreciate your prayers as we travel down this road (with an unlikely answer/reason) again.