We had both kids well visits today and I wanted to post their stats so that I could remember them later.
She is very healthy and is SUCH a sweet little girl. The doctor said that most kids are very difficult during their third year, bu I have to tell you- she's SO much easier than she was when she was two! I think some kids just hit the terrible 'twos' earlier than others, and Karsyn definitely hit if full force at about 20 months old! She is now fun to take shopping, out to Wal-Mart, on errands, you name it! I love having her around and like to take her everywhere that I can (this is definitely a new development in the last 6 months). She is a natural nurturer and desires to help others. One of her VBS teachers sent me an email to tell me that one night in class one of the boys in her group was upset and crying. She said that K went over to him, sat down beside him, put her arm around him, and began whispering to him "it's okay, everything will be okay". I am so proud of the person she is becoming and how I can already see God's little light shining from her heart.
Mack was NOT so happy to be at the doctor, but held it together with the help of a dum dum lollipop. He weighed 24 lbs. 8 oz., which put him at 35% for weight. He was 32 inches long, which put him at 60% for height. Mack is now not only walking, but also running. In the last week he has really learned to balance well and is very quick on his feet. He enjoys carrying around things in his hands or on his head while he walks around the living room. His other favorite pastime is running at full speed when I open the refrigerator door or the dishwasher door and trying to grab things that he's not allowed to touch before I get the door closed.
This past Friday he broke out in some sort of strange rash that as far as we can diagnose is very similiar to hand, foot, and mouth disease. He doesn't meet all the criteria, but some of his blisters look like the characteristic ones for this disease. He has been SO happy and delightful, though, (not so typical lately), and has had no fever. We've stayed at home just to play it safe, but he's recovering and the blisters are looking better each day.
Mack is beginning to talk more and more and now has a vocabulary of about 8 words. My favorite one is when he stands outside my door and says, "MOMMY! MOMMY!". Sometimes it's just Momma, but lately it's been Mommy. He also really likes to grunt and does it often. It worried me some, so I asked the doctor about it, but she says she thinks it's just him learning to use his voice. His torticolis is indeed gone and also his plageocephaly!
Karsyn is such a good big sister and helps take care of him for me. They are starting to really enjoy playing together in her room and are learning better how to get along. Karsyn's favorite thing to do is to build towers with either her lego blocks or her wooden blocks. Once she's done, she calls Mack and lets him knock them down. It makes both of them happy, which in turn, makes us happy! Mack doesn't love sitting in his high chair right now (or sitting anywhere for that matter) and throws his food on the floor at every meal time.
They are both such incredible blessings in our life. I cannot imagine life without them! I'm thankful that they're healthy and that today's visit went well. I'm also SO thankful that we don't have to do that again anytime soon! Two hours at the doctor with two kids is not for the faint of heart!