It’s time for another general family update. This is the time of year that we take the kids in for their general well-child checkups at the doctor. I’ve found that these are getting simpler the older the kids get. There aren’t as many concerns I guess with kids vs toddlers and babies. The main concern at this age, the doctor says, is keeping kids safe from injuries. I squirmed a bit as he gave his lecture about child safety: wearing helmets while riding bikes, holding hands in parking lots, and keeping seat belts buckled. I wasn’t sure if the lecture was meant specifically for me, or if it is one he gives to everyone with kids this age. He’s a parent too, so I know he is aware that this is a lot harder than it sounds. It sounds so easy, the ways you keep a child safe, but until you have had to try to get three kids safely from the car to the Walmart door (one oblivious to all sounds including your voice, one rebelliously defiant about holding hands, and the other trying to be helpful), you don’t have any clue what this involves. And then the dangers don’t cease once you enter the store. A few days ago, Seth almost fell out of the cart head first. He didn’t, but it was close enough to flash before my eyes, and he was promptly put in the seat where I could keep my hands on him instead of the back of the cart. I do think I do a good job with seatbelt safety. But recently, I did drive 2 minutes down the road to my sister’s house to find that Seth had ridden the whole way without being buckled because I had just forgot. That is very rare, believe me, but it still makes you think. And even if I were to do a great job at protecting my children from the known dangers we face in a day, they will always be sure to find new ones on their own. Kids (boys especially) seem to have a knack for that. But the talk did encourage me to renew my efforts in the areas I am lacking, while at the same time remembering to put my kids before God in prayer.
The kids all were declared healthy and whole by the doctor. All of them had a great time, as they giggled while the doctor poked and prodded their stomachs, declared how big they were to the nurse, and stood tall and still to get their measurements taken. Seth was last for everything, so most of the time he was jumping up and down shouting: “My turn? My turn?” Will, my introvert, would not for the life of him make any sound no matter how the doctor encouraged him to say “ah.” After a few encouraging attempts by the doctor, Seth, who has been watching, impatiently waiting for his turn, tries to be helpful and said it for him. The visit ended poorly for Will, because we made the unfortunate discovery that he was due for a round of vaccinations. Three shots and a few tears later, the appointment was over.
Once home with their height and weight in hand, I decided to look up what their percentiles are currently. I know these growth charts aren’t really that big of a deal, but I get a kick out of knowing where my kids are on the chart. I had already noticed that the difference in size between Will and Elise is a lot less than the difference between Seth and Will, even though Seth and Will are 16 months apart and Will and Elise are 4 1/2 years. So I looked them up by turn. Seth is smack dab at 50% for both height and weight. Elise is still hovering around 5% for both height and weight. And Will tops the chart at 95% for height and 80% for weight.
In other news, Arkansas weather has been incredibly mild this winter. We had one good snow this week, but the weather has already gotten back up to the 50’s. It’s often been in the 60’s all winter long, and we have been enjoying the chance to get outside frequently. Since we moved back into town, I have been enjoying getting out with the kids on their bikes as we have lots of options for bike rides around here. Here are some pictures of one of our recent outings to the park.