20 Months


Mr. Jack is 20 months old today. I can’t believe it. I have had blog ideas running through my head for the past month. I have started and stopped several entries. But, since Jack is 20 months today, I thought it was time for a post! Jack finally weighs well over 18lbs. I’m not sure on his length, but he is looking longer to me. He really had stalled out at 16-17 lbs over the last 6 months. So, we were thrilled to see the number 18! Speaking of weights and measures, Kendrick had his 5 year old checkup last week. He weighed 39 pounds and was 42 inches tall. He landed right in the 50th percentile for height and weight as well as height to weight ratio and BMI. He impressed Dr. Emery with his skills and personality of course. Our pediatrician’s office implemented new software in the last year. Now, with each well child visit, we receive an actual copy of the growth chart. When Kendrick was born, he was at or below the 5th percentile. We knew he was going to be small as he was also diagnosed with intrauterine growth restriction. My OB was actually surprised at his size, at 5lb 14oz she said she thought he was going to be much smaller! Anyhow, back to the story. KP remained at or below the 5th percentile through his toddler years. Looking back, we did not stress much. He was a good eater and he gained weight steadily. So, here we are at his 5 year appointment and we are handed his growth chart. At 2 years old, KP was around 30 inches and not even on the growth chart! I don’t even think I realized it at the time. Probably, because our pediatrician was so reassuring and he was healthy and happy. The moral of the story is, Jack is close to 30 inches at 20 months and I’m thrilled! I have short kids and there is hope that one day Jack too will make it on the chart!
Now, back to Jack. He is still not walking, but getting more brave. He will stand unassisted for a few seconds at a time. In PT last week, he took some steps holding on to a makeshift cane. We used a long Swiffer handle as a cane or walking stick. It was quite comical, but it worked! He had taken a few steps and was really working hard when Kendrick turned the corner and screamed in excitement. Then, Jack sat down and refused to try again. I have gotten the Swiffer stick out again to try and he tells me “NO”. So, that is where we are. Jack has the ability to walk, but he is also exerting his independence and toddler attitude and doesn’t want to try sometimes.
He is learning new words every day. He will repeat about anything you ask him to. He is still not putting a lot of words together, but I am starting to notice it more. He sure is polite and loves to say Thank You! He thinks water means yellow and is constantly asking for a drink of yellow. I’m not sure where he got that one…
We are still working with feeding issues as well. We have made great progress with trying new foods. Our issue now is swallowing. Sometimes Jack swallows his food, sometimes he does not. Today, Jack ate very well at school. Apparently he ate a second helping of sausage with his waffles. He loves really healthy foods like chicken nuggets and oatmeal cream pies too! Jack still drinks 3-4 bottles a day of high calorie formula. He will not drink much of anything other than water from a sippy cup or straw, so the bottle is our main means of nutrition still. An almost two year old still taking a bottle? He eats chicken nuggets, sausage and oatmeal cream pies? Hold your gasps… I think because so many people have different parenting beliefs on bottles, diapers, first foods, breastfeeding and the list goes on, I really have to step back and think. How much does it really matter? Please just be thankful that your child is healthy and has the ability to eat and poop. I move on…
A few weeks ago I was thinking about two goals for Jack before he turns two. I would like for him to weigh 20 pounds and be walking. But, if he doesn’t reach those goals it’s okay. This past week has been tough. A former student lost her 14 year old daughter in an ATV accident. Another friend’s infant son has been hospitalized at Riley in the PICU with pneumonia and feeding issues. This special little guy has been through a lot the past few months. He had a new G-Tube placed and is going through a lot of genetic and neurological testing. He has two older sisters who are around Kendrick’s age and I just really feel for this family. We would love for you to keep both of these families in your prayers! We were blessed with so much love and support during Jack’s trying times. So, I’m asking “Jack’s Pack” to please keep these families in your prayers as well. Seeing these struggles made me so thankful for Jack and Kendrick. We are very blessed to have them both. If Jack isn’t walking and still drinks from a bottle at 2, it’s okay. We know he does things at his own pace….



Happy 5th Birthday, Kendrick Nelson!

It’s hard to believe Kendrick is 5 years old today! He came in to this world at 2:08pm on August 2nd (also his Aunt TT’s birthday). He weighed a whopping 5lbs 14oz and was 18 inches long. Everyone thought he was so tiny! We obviously now think he looks huge after Jack!  Here’s a look at Kendrick’s birthdays over the last 4 years..

I asked Kendrick these same questions almost 8 months ago. Some of his answers have changed, some have not! At least he has moved on from the stinky animals!

So Kendrick, How old are you? 5!!!!!

What’s your favorite color? Blue AND Red

What’s your favorite food? Orange Chicken and Broccoli (That would be orange chicken from Trader Joes)

What’s your least favorite food? Mashed Potatoes

What’s your favorite snack? Goldfish

What’s your favorite movie? Cars 2 AND Transformers

What’s your favorite toy? Cars

What’s your favorite animal? My dog, Leela

What’s your favorite thing to do? Go to Orange Leaf

Where do you go to school? High School

Who is your favorite teacher? Miss Deborah

What do you want to be when you grow up? Baseball Player

What’s your favorite book? Thomas and the Big Big Bridge

Where’s your favorite place to go? Pappy’s House

If you had a lot of money, what would you do with it? Buy Clutchgoneski (This is a car on Cars 2 that is not sold)

Happy Birthday, Kendrick. We are very proud of the little man you are becoming. You are a terrific big brother and a joy to be around. If you know Kendrick, he has never met a stranger. When we are out shopping or out riding bikes in the neighborhood he talks to EVERYONE. I told him tonight that not everyone wants to talk to him. He replied with “Well, why not?”  Seriously, the kid talks to everyone. I can’t wait to see him continue to grow and learn! We love you, KP!