Okay, I love that shirt color on him with his bright orange hair. haha Seriously, too cute! ❤
Obadiah weighs 24 lb 13 oz and is 32 inches tall. We’ve been pretty concerned about his growth (or lack thereof rather) because he isn’t really gaining and he’s definitely not growing any taller. I know kids go through phases, but he has been sort of stuck for a long time. This is while eating barely less than the five year old and clearing his plate at every meal. We took him to his Iowa City appointments back in May – neurology and genetic counseling and were hoping for some answers shortly afterwards. They said it’d be 4-5 weeks so I waited and called back after that time. “Um…. oops… we didn’t actually get that sent in somehow. We’ll do that right away. It’s going to be another 4-5 weeks…. sorry!” *sigh* So much for that.
We’ve been consistently concerned about a lot of Obie’s odd behaviors and tendencies. He has very poor hair growth (I’ve only trimmed it with scissors four times in his entire life), poor weight/height growth (in fact, seems to have stalled), global hypotonia (stemming from….?), and has an obsession with all things food or drink and still has no concept of stopping when he’s full. Although we have been having him eat more and more independently, he has to be constantly monitored or he quickly begins to shovel food into his mouth and chokes. I have lost track of how many times I’ve had to back thump him from genuine choking. (This is with me ripping his food up small and trying to monitor consistently.) It’s actually been the longest period of time since he has last choked now, which is great news! He continues to throw massive freak out fits with anything food related. If I say it’s almost lunch time, he will go into an almost panic mode. He stands and watches me the entire time I’m preparing food and throws fits over things like me microwaving something or putting it in the oven or cutting it up. Even after he finishes a large meal, if someone goes back to the kitchen for something he will be ON their heels thinking he’s getting something else. He is very interested in the garbage, especially when there is something edible thrown in. His toenails grow up, he has odd OCD behaviors with strange things, he has a very unique body shape with legs that almost appear to be retaining fluid and have a swollen appearance to them, he scratches his skin to the point of bleeding unless I am on him to stop, has a high pain tolerance and will often hurt himself when he’s upset (example: hit his head with his hands or crash his head onto the floor or wall hard), flaps his arms when excited or angry, and other things I’m forgetting now. Anyway, we have lots of concerns for our little man and would love to have some answers. It’s amazing how slow the medical stuff can all be…..
Just within the last few months, I started getting a lot of, “Wow! He’s really got an outie bellybutton doesn’t he?!” Until someone asked me, “Does he have a bellybutton hernia?” I was like, what? But, apparently that’s a thing. I showed his therapist and she it definitely looks like that and shouldn’t be a big deal, but I should ask at his next doc appointment if he would like her to tape it or something. Who knows. I need to research bellybutton hernias apparently. Hopefully not a big deal though. Doctor appointment in August (with his new doctor finally – yay! His old one was sooooooooo bad).
Poor Obes often gets stu ck with girl hand me downs because it’s cheaper than buying brand new boy stuff. One example was his pink snow boots he sported all winter. Poor kid. Thankfully he didn’t seem to notice/mind. ha And if I remember right, I did find him some nice boy boots at a garage sale for this coming winter. Woo!
Mulberries from one of our trees were a huge highlight with the kids this year.
Mowing up some tennis court. The pace may be slow, but he made it across by the end! haha
That one time when Obie found a mud puddle…. er….. the mud puddle found him. He was trying and trying to get up and out and kept splatting back in it, shoes, braces, and all. *sigh* I was running out to get him, but it was one of those slow motion, can’t get there fast enough to fix the situation kind of moments. ha
Although it’s sometimes hard to see in the midst of life, Obie has made quite a bit of progress since turning two. He finally figured out how to climb up the short ladder on our Little Tike’s playground. He still struggles to get in a sitting position to go down the slides, but he isn’t shy about plummeting down head first. His head takes the brunt (intentionally on his part) a lot of the time to be honest. He really has a high pain tolerance, although he loves to pretend he’s dying when he knows someone sees him get a slight bump. I have to be careful not to overdo the, “Awwww, did you get hurt??” stuff with him because he immediately escalates in response.
Obie has been talking a lot lately! Him and Elly are both in the repetitive stage, so I heard a lot of things a LOT of times in a row. He loves to go, “Mom. MOM. MOM.” until I answer. It’s the best….errrr…..
-“Soooo……” (he uses this a lot when he wants to say something, but can’t think of anything to say)
-“Mom!” What? “Ummmmmmm……..” (this is another he uses when he wants to say something, but has nothing to actually say ha)
-“A tuh-tle!!” (a turtle – he points at pretty much everything and says this lately….. ummm? haha)
-“Cucky’s crowin’!” (Clucky’s crowing! He would announce this every single time our now deceased, mean rooster crowed)
-“Rooster. Er-uhroooo!” (His description of what a rooster sounds like. haha He’s obsessed with our chickens)
-“Meeeeeow! A kitty!” Obie is completely in love with our cats. He is always finding them and petting them. He seems to love animals in general! I can’t wait for him to enjoy a puppy!!
-“I on’t WAN to!” (I don’t want to – he uses this when the girls are trying to get him to play and he’s grouchy or when I tell him to do something and he’s being naughty. haha It doesn’t work out for him the best though….)
-“I fwop!!” (I flopped – this is usually when he’s in a crabby mood and has intentionally thrown himself on the ground and is pretending he can’t get up. lol Oh boy…)
-“I DID it!!!!” (his proud proclamation after he accomplishes any and everything haha)
-“Hoe my hand!” (Holding my hand – he loves to announce to me when baby is holding his hand or Elly holds his hand while they’re in car seats in the van because I usually say, “Awww, so nice!”)
Obster loves learning and books. I mean, LOVES! He knows all of his letters and sounds mostly from watching Evie get taught them. He also loves the alphabet cd I made and will walk around quoting it daily. He will hear someone say a letter and instantly follow it up with what I had in the cd. Example, I’ll ask Evie what letter ‘G’ says and he will start up, “G! Guh, Guh, Goat! G! G! G!”
He loves it when big sister, Abby reads to him! This is such a classic thing for Obie to do – the whole bend your face into whatever you’re looking at until you’re so close it’s comical. This is totally the same thing he does when I tell him to watch his feet while going up/down stairs etc. He often gets distracted and then his feet are all over the place. He has to really focus to be able to handle it.
Reading with four of the kiddos. Pretty sure I was having morning sickness in this picture which is why no one was crowded on my lap. Just trying to survive some of the time. hahaha
Riding the pony at Emmy and Papa’s!
This kid is completely obsessed with rocks. He loves squatting and just digging in them fooooooooorever.
We went to a park that had small rocks and you can imagine what he wanted to spend the entire time doing. haha
Throwing rocks in water is pretty fascinating too.
Obadiah is pretty funny with water. He usually likes it once he gets in, but he will be pretty stubborn about actually getting in.
Puddles, on the other hand, he could mess in all day. This turned into a clothing disaster shortly after these photos were taken. ha
Physically, Obadiah has made quite a bit of progress, but is still noticeably behind. He doesn’t WANT to use his muscles either, so it sometimes feels like I am constantly reminding him to get up and trying to have him not just lean on furniture to support his weight, etc. It’s encouraging when the therapist comments how good that is for him and how she has another very similar child his age who is not yet even walking because everyone just holds her and doesn’t make her work for anything. Obie is cute and he loves to ham it up with other people (this is from being in foster care and learning how to use people very well). If anyone else is around he instantly tries to have them hold him or let him lay on them to avoid movement and others (that don’t get it) are usually happy to oblige for long periods of time. haha
Within the last few months, Obie has really started enjoying to be outside a bit more. He will, on his own initiative (which is HUGE) go and pet the kittens, climb up his park, or find sticks, etc. in the yard. This isn’t all the time, but it has been happening a little more as time goes on. He still prefers things like plopping on the ground and not moving from that spot until I have him get back up, but with encouragement we’re making progress. Some of his favorite, I’m not actually just sitting like a lump tactics are putting his hands on the ground with his butt in the air (again, until I have him get up or move from this position), leaning on anyone or anything within reach, or squatting until he’s magically sitting on the ground while in the squat position. It looks very uncomfortable, but he prefers that to actually walking or moving. I know it’s not as natural or easy for him to move around like the others who are perpetually moving, but it won’t get better if he isn’t working at it and forcing those muscles to develop. Plus, he enjoys life SO much more than when he is just standing in one spot moaning (this was his pretty much constant outdoor occupation for a really long time)
It seems like everything Obie has learned physically has been by us actually teaching him how to do it. He was so old with crawling that we actually said things like, “Move this leg! Okay, now move this arm!” to get him going. Same thing with walking, standing himself up, climbing stairs, etc. Nothing comes super naturally to him and he doesn’t often attempt things if they require much effort. He is always very proud of himself for accomplishing things though once he gets it done! Here’s his “say cheese” face. hahaha
While I potty trained all the girls by 19 months, Obie has been a lot more challenging for me. I started around 18 months and he was doing his number twos in the potty (most of the time) for the majority of that time, but pee was a little slower. Somewhere between 2 and 2 1/2 he has made a lot of progress and now stays in the same [dry] diaper most days. I could switch him to underwear, but every once in a blue moon he will do a little squirt and I’m glad I didn’t. I think he’s more than ready though and I probably will in the next few days. I just need to embrace the risk. haha For the most part he does a great job telling me when he needs to go potty and that’s been getting better and better lately, so I think he’s very ready.
Obes loves to help me with things. He is the best at offering to throw things away for me (diapers, garbage, wrappers while I’m cooking, etc.) and is always excited to help with whatever he can. Hopefully that trend continues with age! ha!
Plucking grapes is always exciting stuff.
“Helping” Emmy with the lilac planting. haha
Music is this guy’s FAVORITE. He knows the words to most of the hymns we sing at church, although you might not know it because he tends to just stare at me singing them. I know he does though because if I remind him to sing he will usually jump right in and has every word down pat. I am pretty sure he knows most of them better than the older girls even! Once he does start singing, he gets really into it and will emphasize with his hands, head and body movements, etc. haha
Learning colors has been Obie’s recent fascination. He knows a few of them pretty well although others he mixes up. It’s not for lack of trying though. He loves to bring Duplo pieces over to me and Caleb asking, “Red? Red?” or whatever color he thinks it is. He has also been trying to build with Duplos, but that continues to be pretty difficult for him. His hand muscles have such a hard time lining a piece up and then pushing it down to connect. Usually his attempts end with him just piling the Duplos on top of an already assembled building (thanks, sisters) and cheering for himself.
Walking with all five kiddies and one in womb is always an adventure – in the best way of course! Obie always has to hang on to either the stroller or my hand or his pace inevitably slows to a stand still.
This half smirk has been Obie’s new thing lately. I have no idea where he got it, but it’s so goofy. ha
We went to our town’s special days parade months ago. Got enough candy that the kids are STILL getting one piece a day if they do a good job over Quiet Time. haha I mean, if you have candy in the house, might as well use it as a reward.
These two have such an interesting dynamic. They are generally either spatting like cat and dog or loving each other and being over the top sweet. There is no middle ground, guys. This was a cute moment. haha Getting ready for Daddy’s cousin’s wedding.
Getting ready for bedtime = another of those cute moments…… ❤
Spotted something super important no doubt!
All of our sweet babes. ❤
We love you Obie Job! We love seeing you grow and learn and are blessed to have you! ❤