To Tie a Tie

A couple weeks ago Fritz decided to wear the dice tie he got for Christmas to church.

It’s a regular tie that needs to be tied.

Fritz had never worn a tie like that before.

All his other ties have either been clip-ons or bow ties.

So Cameron walked him through tying a tie for the first time.

Cameron had to help quite a bit for some of the steps.

But in the end Fritz had his first ever properly tied tie.

Purple Belt!

Fritz has been going to Code Ninjas for over a year and a half now. A couple weeks ago he finished the requirements for blue belt and moved on to purple!

In blue belt he learned Lua using Roblox. He really enjoyed that one. He liked it better than JavaScript. He spent about 100 hours working on his capstone project. His game ended up pretty cool.

In purple belt he’ll be learning C# and Unity 3D. His first few times, as he was with JavaScript and Lua, have been a bit overwhelming, but he’s slowly catching on and getting it figured out.

The coolest thing about him getting his purple belt? He was the first kid to reach it in San Antonio and the second in all of Code Ninjas!

Goals

“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”
Luke 2:52

Starting, well, today, the Church’s program for kids 8-18 is totally changing. It doesn’t even remotely resemble how it was when I was that age. And that’s really cool.

The new program seems really open ended and involves coming up with personal goals to achieve. No more “this is what you must do.” It’s all designed to help kids improve themselves. What amazing training for success in life in general this program will be!

There are four areas based on the scripture above for kids to make goals in: Spiritual, Social, Physical, and Intellectual. So we’ve been talking a bit with the boys about setting goals in those areas. They’ve come up with a few ideas so far.

Cameron
Intellectual: Figure out plan for continuing education (and possibly graduate from high school a semester early)
Not sure where this fits: Make twice as much as parents did at same age this year
Not sure where this fits either: Buy house?

Fritz
Intellectual: Finish purple belt at Code Ninjas
Physical: Take Lola for a walk twice a week
Social: Start D&D sessions with friends (he already did one with two boys from church yesterday)
Spiritual: Read the Book of Mormon again

Adrian
Intellectual: Learn how to shuffle cards
Physical: Go on a a walk twice a week with Fritz and Lola
Social: Play Yu-Gi-Oh with friends (one of the boys who came to play D&D also played Yu-Gi-Oh with Adrian while he was here)

And the diaper winner is…

Mama Bear from Amazon!

We have tried so many different diapers over the last few months. With twin babies, they both have different issues with diapers so finding the right one for them both has been quite the experience.

The worst diaper? Luvs. They stink, they leak, and they left Baby B with a mega rash and Baby A with a mild one. No good. They claim to last up to 12 hours. In reality they last maybe two pees. And neither baby only pees twice in 12 hours. Luvs are the only diaper we didn’t even finish the pack.

Pampers are okay. They smell weird and the tabs rip off way too easily. They don’t leak which is a huge plus, but they kind of keep the babies’ bottoms too dry. The liner in the diaper sticks to them because it’s so dry. But the worst thing about them is the SAP in them is always stuck to their bottoms at every single change. I don’t like that at all.

Wal-Mart brand (Parent’s Choice) are about equal to Pampers. They fill up really fast so while they are cheap, we need to change the babies much more often making them not so cheap. What makes them a little better than Pampers is the fact they don’t leave SAP beads all over the babies’ bottoms.

Second place goes to Kirkland’s (Costco) and Huggies (because they are essentially the same diaper). They fit the babies well and don’t leak. Well, they don’t leak pee. They don’t have a weird smell and the tabs are very secure. They get second place because Baby B blows out of them (up the back) constantly. He blows out of most diapers, but Kirkland’s and Huggies seem to be the worst offenders for him. Not sure why. (We used Huggies with Adrian, though he was a bit older than the babies are now, and they worked fantastically… plus they looked like little jeans so I couldn’t resist.)

So why are Mama Bear Gentle Touch diapers from Amazon the best of all the diapers we tried? No leaks, no blowouts, no SAP beads all over their bottoms, no weird smell, and they hold lots of pee. The Mama Bear diapers are a little longer than the Kirkland’s/Huggies and the elastic gathering at the back is much tighter. That combination keep the poop inside the diaper. The leg gussets are also bigger and so contain messes that way, too. They don’t leave any marks on the babies chubby waists or legs like some of the other diaper brands do. Just an all around excellent diaper for these two babies.

Oh, and our favorite wipes, after trying four or five brands is definitely Up and Up (Target) for sensitive skin. They have just the right amount of wetness to get the baby clean easily, they are a good size, and they don’t smell bad. They are our favorite by far.

Picky Eating

Adrian is a picky eater. We even have a series of YouTube videos all about him trying things and (almost always) hating them. He was picky before he went on Adderall, but he was picker when he went off. It’s been over a year since he stopped taking it, but the number of foods he’d eat was getting smaller and smaller. So we decided to do something about it.

We went with an idea usually used for toddlers. We got him a tray with six spaces in it. Every dinner, we fill up those spaces with a variety of foods. At this point we’re only putting in things he likes. If there is something on the table that he’ll eat, that goes in one of the spaces. As time goes on, we will gradually add things he doesn’t currently like in the hopes that over time he will begin to accept more foods and flavors (so far it appears to be working).

Medicine and Babies

One of our foster babies was sick a couple weeks ago and needed to take amoxicillin twice a day. The first couple days were a disaster. He’s scream and fight and spit it out and even projectile vomited it up once. But having never dealt with a baby fighting taking medicine before, we were at a loss of what to do. Until Ani came up with a genius solution.

One person would feed the baby while another person stuck the tip of the syringe in his mouth next to the bottle nipple and squeeze in the antibiotics a little at a time. He didn’t love it. In fact, he regularly gave the medicine pusher some epic side eye. But, he didn’t cry and didn’t spit it out so he swallowed all of his medication and got all better and is now back to his usual very happy, smiley self.