Youtube Addiction

Tonight I was tucking Kylee into bed and we did our usual bed-time prayer together. Usually when we pray I pray first and then she prays. Her prayers have been getting better in the sense that she is not repeating the same thing every night. But tonight she closed her prayer with a very unique ending that I had never heard anyone close with before. I believe it is something that might be a little eye opening to her use of her iPad especially along with the previous post.

You know that your 3 year old watches far too many youtube videos when she closes her prayer with, “If you liked my video please comment below.” Amen!!

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Kylee’s Question About Heaven

Tonight during prayer time with Kylee she prayed and thanked Jesus for dying in the cross. Now this is the first time that I have heard her pray that specifically.

As I was exiting the room she paused me to ask a question like she normally does, to delay going to sleep. She asked why Jesus died on the cross and I talked to her about sin for a 3 year old. Then that led to talking about heaven. During that explanation it led us down the road of the fact that Jesus is going to return and take us to heaven one day.

Then she posed the question that caught me completely off guard. Dad, “Will I be able to take my ipad to heaven?”

Well it appears we might have bigger obsession issues with the ipad than I thought. I could not help but laugh. The things kids come up with.

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Kylee Rejection

Today both Kristee and I both experienced a rejection from Kylee.

The first one came when I neede to pick her up from Kamra’s house. Usually Kamra drops her off at the house after picking up her kids, but today due to a meeting I couln’t pick her up until close to 5:45 pm. That means she had been hanging out with her cousins for most of the afternoon. I walked in and she was sitting around the table with the other kids and she was eating dinner. She leaned away from me and gave me a death stare. She was mad. She looked at me and told me to go away. She did not want to go with me at all. She made it very clear several times that she wanted me to leave without her so that she could hang with her cousins and aunt.

Kristee picked her up from childcare tonight at church about 15 minutes early. She was sitting around the table playing with playdough, her favorite thing. She did the exact same thing to Kristee. She leaned away, gave her the look and told her to come back later. She wasn’t happy because they had not had snacks yet. The teachers even tried to help telling her that she would probably have better snacks when she got home, but she wasn’t hearing it. Kylee still wanted Kristee to just come back later.

She is quite the independent little girl. I just have to laugh at her response to the both of us. She was rude acting there is no doubt about it, but it was cute, at least at this age.

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Kylee the Thief

Another incident happened today after being rejected when I was picking her up. I had finally convinced her to come with me and was trying to get her to put her shoes on so that we could leave. She had this little purple spikey ball that apparently did not belong to her. She placed it in one of her shoes and then worked to get her foot in with this little ball under her foot. It took her a little while but she got it in there hidden. Then she walked before putting on her other shoe and was walking funny, obviously. She sat down to put on the other shoe and I told Kamra that I think she was trying to get away with the little spikey ball that she must have gotten from one of the kids.

Again, not good, but too cute when she is that little, but it is amazing how such a little girl thinks she needs to hide something to get away with it. Honestly a little scary for this dad.

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Difference in Life Stage

Today, being Monday I work from home so that I can take care of Kylee. I use to take her to work with me and work in the nursery at the church. It became evident quite fast that I was going to need to do something different once she started being able to open doors and go where she wanted. Things have been working out a lot better for the both of us to be able to be at home during the day. Kylee does take a much longer nap that is still much needed at her age here at home. At the church it was a struggle to even get her down to take a nap.

This evening I was taking Halee out to WSU for her oboe lesson and we were talking a little the way back home, as we were talking I had one of those moments that may be hard to describe. It was a facing reality of the life changes that we are going through at this stage in life. There was an issue with her phone that I for some reason was not able to figure out. I took it to Verizon to see if they would be able to help and the guy helping me asked a question that prompted this thought that it me later on. He asked, “How old is your daughter that locked up her phone?” After a quick thought I said, “13”. At that point in the store I just laughed, but then as we were driving and talking about friends at school it hit me. (On a side note Verizon wasn’t going to be able to help the way that I wanted, got back home and had one more thing that I hadn’t thought about and we got it resolved fortunately.)

Spending the day with a 2 year old and going through everything that she is going through at her age, then turning around and spending some time with a 13 year old made me think of just how blessed I am. There are still times when I am amazed that we have Kylee, when Kristee and I were both at the place in life in which we were good with just 2 kids. As we drove and these thoughts of just how drastic the difference in life changes that my 2 daughters and son are going through all at the same time is absolutely wild. I am so grateful for God blessing us with a 3rd child, even though she gets into everything and very much wants her way. I am amazed daily at both Halee and Gavin as they are into and approaching their teenage years.

I thank God everyday for giving me such wonderful kids, even through the frustrating things each of them can do at all of their different ages. I must treasure each day that I get with them because time has flown by too fast already. It is hard for me to fathom what life will be like with these 3 in the next 5 years. But I look forward to getting to invest in each of them, and enjoy the mess out of all 3 kids.

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Potty Training

Potty Training
We are now in week 2 of potty training with Kylee. I have to be honest in saying that last Monday when this all started I wasn’t all that excited that we were starting on my day with Kylee. But part of it was out of my control. She made the decision on the day after we got back from Colorado that she wanted to wear underwear and not a pull up. So obviously since she was ready, I had to be ready.

Day one she did quite well, except for an accident that was my fault. I put her down for a nap without a pull up. The 2nd accident was later in the day and it had been awhile since we had gone. The rest of the time we did a decent job, but it definitely felt like I was the one always asking if she needed to go. It had been so long since we had done this whole potty training thing that I had forgotten that the first couple of days was more of reminding her that she might need to go potty.

Fast forward to the rest of the week and she begins telling us that she needs to go. There have been a few times when she tells us, but she has already gone. But in reality those were very few incidents. The weekend went quite well with her coming to us more and more.

So as we begin week 2, I am far more optimistic as I have seen quite a bit of progress made. Even starting out today was great. She has done it all and just as she finished the week, you can see the excitement in her with going and using the potty.

I must admit, now that we have made great strides it has been really good to not have to deal with diapers. (other than nap and night-night) I know we will look forward to not spending as much money on buying diapers.

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I Love You ________

Kylee has really started putting together little sentences. Halee has been working on getting her to say

“I love you Halee”
So Kylee has started saying several little phrases like that over the past couple of days.

Today as she and I were getting ready to leave for work, she looked back at Bentley and said,

“Bye, Bye Bentley”, she paused then said, “You want a hug” (with her arms open wide)
She went over to Bentley and gave him a hug and said,
“Bye, Bye Bentley, see you later”

It is too cute to see her start to put these little words and phrases together. She is getting better at pronunciation although there are still a few things that she says and I don’t have a clue, but it is clear that she is trying to tell you something.

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Kylee 18 Months

Looking back it has been since Kylee’s 11 month old post that I really updated anything about her and where she is at in life. Reading back through that post I realize that she is doing so much now it is amazing to me. She is now in that stage of life in which she is becoming more and more independent. I am just waiting for her to look at us and say, “I do it”.

Kylee is walking/ running all over the place. She is getting more and more stable at her “higher” speeds. The only real issue is that she loves to wear shoes and there are a few shoes that she really doesn’t need to be running in. But it sometimes doesn’t stop her from trying even when she falls down. Without a doubt she thinks she is quite the big girl and feels like she needs to keep up with her older siblings.

We recently decided to take down the gate that prevented her from going down into the basement. I know that we were all happy to see it go. I will say we were a little concerned about her going downstairs and getting into all kinds of stuff. The one good thing that we have noticed (as long as we keep all the bedroom and bathroom doors closed) she won’t spend a whole lot of time down there when we are not down there. She has taken a few tumbles down the stairs. Most of which have just scared her a little bit and a few that she has just bounced right back up from. Too be honest I think that they scare us a little more than it scares her. Needless to say, when the kids are all down there playing she feels like she needs to be down there and in the middle of it all. Halee and Gavin do a good job of “dealing” with her when she is wanting to participate in whatever they are doing with their friends.

She is now eating just about anything that we are having and even wants to use a fork or spoon. She is getting better at using utencils, but still is much better at using her hands. We have now moved her from her high chair (she kept standing in it since the strap was broken.) and she is sitting at the bar in one of the stools. It is crazy how much older she looks when you see her sitting there with Halee and Gavin eating what they are eating. One of her favorite things to “eat” is anything that she needs to dip. Whether it is fries, carrots, or chips she loves dipping them into a dip or sauce and think just suck the sauce or dip off the food item. I would say she definitely double dips, or I guess you could say triple or quadruple dip. Sometimes I am not even sure that she takes a bite of the food until she has dipped it several times.

She has a smile that will light up a room. She has so many little teeth and will make some of the cutest little faces. Early on she understood that shaking her head back and forth meant no (she hasn’t said the word yet), she has finally added the nod of yes. Which is good she can now communicated what she likes and doesn’t like. Although she definitely goes to the “no” head shake more often than the “yes” head shake. She understands much of what we tell her and has her way of communicating with us. Sometime she will talk to you saying all kinds of different things without even a clue as to what she is saying. I usually just sit there and talk back without having any idea as to what she is trying to say to me.

There are a few words that she seems to say on a regular basis, but sometimes it seems that they might have multiple uses. One is Da which is what we think she uses for Dad. Ma for Mom. There are several things that I think she is saying in the form of phrases, but sometime I wonder if I am just hearing what I know she is trying to say. One example is she has a way of saying “shut the door”, (She loves closing the doors when they are open.) She is good at closing the door, and fortunately not able to open the doors yet.

It is amazing to see just how much she has grown and how many more things that she is doing everday. I am sure that I have left out a few things that we get to see on a regular basis. I hope to do more frequent updates to her developments as she continues to get older.

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Kylee (11 Months Old)

It is hard to believe that Kylee is going to be 11 months old tomorrow it seems just like yesterday that she was born into our family. For some reason I started reminiscing about the first few weeks we had when she joined us, which is the reason for this post. Obviously I will be posting again in about a month when she turns 1. It is amazing the difference 11 months makes in a babies life. 10.25.Metts9790 - 01.jpg Looking at these 2 photos alone I can’t hardly believe it. It is hard for me to remember what she looked like when she was a new born.

Now I look at her and all I see is a little toddler. She is up and walking all over the place, we can’t hardly keep up with her. She has truly transitioned to a walker (not stable walker, but a walker). It is without a doubt her preferred mode of transportation even though she could crawl somewhere faster. It is amazing to see how much she has changed over the past 11 months.

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A couple of things I thought about today:

The day she arrived…

We felt rushed going into the whole hospital situation. She seemed to be overdue, according to all our calculations she was due on the 18th of October. The doctors discovered a loss of fluid and felt the need to get us into the delivery room immediately. It all seemed rushed, but we were excited. We were thinking that we were going to have a new baby by the next day around noon. But that isn’t how it all played out. Kylee decided to be difficult and tie a knot in her umbilical cord causing decreased in her heart rate whenever there was a contraction. Ultimately leading to a long day of labor and eventual c-section. She was here and we were excited regardless of how she got here.

Kristee’s 1st week back in the office…

I didn’t take much time off right after she was born. But my schedule is fortunately flexible enough that I could help when needed. I decided that instead of taking time off right after Kylee was born I would save it and take time off when Kristee went back to work for her first week. Hopefully easing her back into work and getting her use to be at the office with this new born little baby to care for. I got to spend the week in Kristee’s office taking care of Kylee when needed. I did my best to only care for her in needed situations so that Kylee and Kristee could do ok when I wasn’t there. I really cherished that week that I got to spend with her.

It brings great memories to think about these early points in her life. I look forward to many more memories throughout Kylee’s life as she gets older.

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