Mason, Rylan, and Elli
We started out this month with another road trip to Florida. We had a 5 day reunion with college friends to celebrate 10 years since we graduated. Even with both of you boys having fevers for much of the trip (the whole trip for Mason and half of it for Rylan- 6 days for each of you) we had the best time. We had 15 kids in the house, and only 3 of them were girls...and Elli was the oldest girl there! But surprisingly enough, it didn't seem like a madhouse. The kids got along so well, and it was a really, really great trip. On the way home we stayed in Knoxville for one night to break up the trip, which made it a little more relaxing. On the way down we drove the whole thing in one shot! Oh, and Rylan, your favorite part of the beach house was "your room" which was the big walk-in closet in our room. Haha!
We got home from the reunion trip just in time to watch the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics. And even though I like summer Olympics better, Daddy would choose winter, and we loved watching everything we could together. It was definitely trickier, Mason, with you being in school, but you still got to watch a lot of events. We even pulled out the couch bed in the living room and had an "Olympics bed" which made watching it even more fun!
We had 2 doctor visits this month (plus 3 other sick times when we didn't go to the doctor and the sicknesses resolved themselves.) Rylan got strep again and Elli had another ear issue; we were at least able to treat hers with drops instead of an oral antibiotic now, though. Rylan, I'm scared the antibiotics are trying to take over your little stomach, despite the probiotics and kefir you've been having this whole time. Mommy and Daddy got fevers/colds this month too, which wasn't fun, but we made it through.
In random news, we found out that Tiptwo is a boy this month! Kippa is a girl, like we thought. We're still having a hard time changing our pronouns from "she" to "he." Also, we spent some time at the rental house this month, trying to get it ready for someone new to move in.
Mason- you lost your first tooth!! The tooth fairy, who you say is ME, gave you 50 cents, and she will hopefully remember that amount the next time you lose a tooth. ;) You are also signed up for t-ball, so you have practiced that a couple times with Daddy and with Poppy.
Rylan- you had a little phase in your room this month where you wouldn't sleep during nap (or would fight it forever) and would fight to get out of your room the whole time. We ended up taking almost everything out of your room, and at this point you just have a mattress on the floor but seem to be loving it. (I'm glad I got that picture of you in the crib before we took it out.) Before you know it, you'll be sharing a room with Mason, and Elli will be in your room. Your current favorite night time song that you request every day is Little Bunny Foo-Foo.
Elli- you are starting to have quite the attitude. Lately you've decided to be picky about food (so unusual for you!) and just a little moody about everything. You stomp your foot - a learned response from Ry - when you're mad. You have even started trying to do it when you're sitting down, but you realize it isn't getting enough emphasis so you stand up just to stomp harder. Your little attitude reminds me a lot of Rylan at this age. But in more uplifting news, you're walking now!! It only took 17 months, but you're pretty good at it. You also say "uh huh" and nod your head a lot. To people outside the 5 of us, you seem to say that and agree with others all the time. It's very cute and funny. You especially love Daddy and Poppy lately. You still want Mommy when you're tired, but you seem to be particularly drawn to the two of them at other times.
Here are some quotes from this month:
Ok, cuties. Until next month!