27 February 2012

Everett is 9 Mths Old


Our cute little baby turned 9 months old yesterday. Sniff. He is one smiley boy! At his 9 mth well baby appointment he measured 28 inches long and weighed 18.5 pounds. Weight for age is in the 18th percentile, length for age he is in the 45th percentile. His head is now in the 75th percentile! It was in the 50th last visit. I sure noticed the head growth since all the cute winter hats no longer fit him.

He hates going on his tummy, I mean HATES. Maybe he will not learn to crawl until after he turns a year old. That is just fine with me. He is very interested in finger foods now, puffs, cheerios, cheese, peas, etc. I have to really watch him because he is still learning to masticate so often chokes on the little things. I came upon the baby and cheerio photo idea on some photographers website last year. It seemed a fun idea to try out at his age. He is one cute little guy!!

26 February 2012

Weekend in Denver

Wow! We enjoyed a fun weekend down in Denver. Our YW watched about 16 little kids on Saturday while the parents attended a temple session. Divine! Justin and I decided to make the weekend a bit more fun with an extra day down in Denver. We packed up and left early Friday morning. Amelia decided to visit the Children's Museum for our special activity. We arrived there around 11:30 am and spent an hour discovering the bottom floor. Everett loved the infant area. Pretty much Amelia and Phillip were so involved with all the fun activities we just turned them in a direction and let them loose. Amelia really liked the bubble room. It was pretty spectacular. Her little tongue was out quite often as she concentrated on making huge bubbles. Phillip liked pretty much everything because he could touch and not get scolded. It was VERY Phillip friendly.

We took a lunch break at Whole Foods Market. It is a total hippy grocery store...with an amazing deli. We felt really out of place but enjoyed the sandwich, salad, and olive salad. The kids ate finger foods from the salad bar and yogurt. Phillip is on a food hiatus so is not eating much, he sipped a bit of yogurt and played with the rest.

We went back to the museum and stayed until it closed at 4 pm. I took the kids into the animal room. Phillip wanted to dress up. He chose a lamb suit that doubled as an opossum costume. He crawled around "baaaaa"ing with a huge pink tail on his back. Pretty funny. The kids also really loved painting some artwork. We ended our visit in the animal hospital. Amelia was so cute fixing up poor kitties with shots and bandaids. The kids were tuckered out after all that fun. Phillip fell asleep on our way to the hotel. I convinced Justin to let me off at Hobby Lobby for some "essentials." I needed at least another hour and a bigger allowance in that store. We tried to eat some dinner at Outback but it was too popular on a Friday night. So we backtracked to a Chipotles that was not so busy.

The kids were hopping up and down like goofy balls once in our hotel room. I suited them up while Justin went to fetch some things from the van. I sounded like an old witch trying to contain Phillip from banging the walls, floor, cracking the mirrors, and calling 911. We made it to the pool with our sanity hanging by a thread. It nearly snapped when I looked over to find Phillip underwater in the hot tub. Little dork head jumped right in with not a thought about the water. Justin seemed to take his time getting him, but it was actually a fast rescue. Did that incident impact Phillip? No. He tried to drown a couple more times. This was Everett's first time swimming. He took to the water like a fish. Amelia said swimming was the best thing in her entire life.

I got to sleep with both boys. Everett screamed when placed in the crib so he ended up on one side and Phillip on the other. I am not a back sleeper but had to sleep with one arm on each boy. At one point I was so exhausted that I curled up at the bottom of the bed with my feet on the boys. Yeah, hotel sleeping is not fun with toddlers and babies. The temple was awesome. I was so proud of myself that when the session began I was wide awake. That only lasted about 5 minutes. Sheesh. Embarrassing. I could not keep my eyes open to save my life. I hope the the other person was listening! I am grateful to the lady next to me with the sharp elbows who kept me on cue.

We made our way back home the slow way. First some lunch then some driving. We stopped in Sterling for gas. The kids were going crazy so we let them blow off some steam at the park. It was almost 60 degrees outside! As the sun went down a cold front came through. We tried a new restaurant for dinner. Before we went in it was a little breezy outside. By the time we left for home the winds raged at about 50-60 mph. All night our roof rattled and twitched under hurricane strength winds, sustained winds in the 50 mph range. The power flickered on and off most of the early night too. The kids were so tired that I actually got some sleep! Phillip only woke up 4 times! Hooray!

23 February 2012

Tired, Exhausted, Sick

Check out those two bottom toofers...

The wink

It's been quite the long week for us. Everett developed a nasty case of RSV on Friday. He passed it on to Phillip on Monday. Both boys got RSV from Amelia, who also gave it to me. Justin so far is unscathed. Not much else to report! I stayed home from church again this week. Justin took Mia and Phillip while I stayed with Everett. The boys are cycling through our bed at night. Most nights I end up on the basement couch cuddling one coughing boy while the other screams. Tuesday night I was so exhausted that I let Phillip sleep in our bed for longer than 10-15 minutes. Imagine sleeping with an octopus with a cute little voice, declaiming, "Daddy?! Daddy, pepping. Shhhh!" Over and over. Justin stayed home from work for a couple hours Wednesday morning so I could catch a nap. That was gold! Phillip is rather fond of Yo, Gabba, Gabba; a silly TV show that reminds me of the Teletubbies. He LOVES it and asks for Gabby, Gabby in the highest pitched voice he can manage.

Amelia is feeling better but due to a crabby mommy and brothers is enjoying a streak of negative behavior. She was Miss Contrary and Obstinate this week. It was a long week trying not to lose my patience. Everett lost almost two pounds this week. Every time he tries to nurse he gags. I have never gotten results using a breast pump. He might be the earliest baby to wean due to lack of milk production. Makes me sad. I am tired of eating oatmeal mush! LOL. We had a family Dr appointment on Tuesday. The dang Dr refused to medicate us all, only Everett whom the appt was scheduled for. I hate medical politics.

Everett learned how to flirt with his eyes. It looks like a prolonged blink. So darling. He said Ma-ma for the first and only time on Friday. I wish he would say it again! Melted my mommy heart. We are going to Denver tomorrow for a fun overnight stay at a hotel with a pool. The YW are providing babysitting on Saturday down in Denver so the parents can enjoy a temple day. Hooray! We are all terribly excited to have a little break. The wind was terrible yesterday and today. Just terrible. Mary Poppins would not be able to survive here with her fancy umbrella. She'd end up in Kansas.

17 February 2012

Potty Monster

I was in the shower this morning when Phillip starts yelling, "Help! Help me Mom! Help!" I jump out of the shower to find him sitting inside the toilet. He had a look of utter consternation on his face, like "Oh crap, I am in trouble now." As I rushed over to exricate him from the potty he started to pee. It shot up an out of the potty in a perfect arc. His eyes were huge with amazement. I was doubled over suffering acutely from severe laughter. I snorted and hacked until my breath was in danger of stopping. He flushed the toilet with his bum still sitting on the bottom. He shivered and declared, "I cold, mommy, dinosaur cold, brrrrr!" Have a good day!

***the photos are a recreation of the event.

16 February 2012

Valentine's Day

Amelia worked for a month on Justin's Valentine. It even has two sides! I let her use some rub on quotes from my scrapbook stash. She rubbed on "Who's Your Daddy?" as she rubbed she told me that Justin is her daddy. Now he knows. There is sparkly fabric, hearts, glitter glue, and stickers. She is a born crafter!

We had a really fun Valentine's day on Tuesday. We made a huge heart cookie to take to Justin's "ladies" at work. The kids picked out some balloons and bear for Dad, Phillip picked out a snack for himself (Reeces Pieces). The kids were beyond excited to visit Justin at work. We met him in the lobby then headed up to his office. The office was recently updated a bit so we enjoyed seeing the changes. Justin's posse crowded around the kids while Phillip passed out knuckles and high-fives. Amelia handed out some Valentine cards. Everett smiled and kicked around like a bird. The kids child-proofed Justin's office for a bit. Phillip went straight for the electronics and candy. Amelia went for the white board and markers. Everett drooled on Justin's important papers. We lunched at Pizza Hut for the fourth year. I wrote that this was the 3rd year but somehow miscounted! Time flies! The Grunig family sat next to us for a time. Phillip loves the concept of buffet style eating. He just wanted to fill plates and not eat. Once he tired of the buffet he focused his attention on the TV behind us (it was not wall-mounted). While sitting surrounded with our cute kids and exceptional husband the irony of life caught up to me. I shined a nice big smile Justin's way. It was a great time.

I hate finding babysitters. I have a hard time asking someone else to come care for my kids. Silly?! Not sure. The stars aligned and we actually got two sitters arranged to watch the kids while we had dinner. I don't think we've ever been out on Valentine's Day before. The place we wanted to go was out of reservations so we ran down the street to Dude's Steak House. We waited by the fire pit for an hour playing with my new phone and chatting. Novel idea, talking?! Our dinner was yummy. I had a filet mignon with shrimp, Justin a cowboy steak. Even though finding sitters is not so fun, going out with Justin is fun. The two even out in the end. LOL.

I think the art of babysitting is becoming a lost art. The skills and time I spent babysitting between 10 and 20 years of age are not as important anymore. I know this does not apply to all young ladies, but for the most part our society does not look positively on young girls who actually use their mothering instincts. It is better to have as few homemaking skills and get by on what your mother will do for you. I was shocked to learn that there is an entire generation who can barely sew on a button, clean decently, or tend a child. Instead of tending the kids, the cell phone or FB is earnestly attended. In many ways I feel more trapped because my trust in letting a teenager tend my kids for an hour or more is almost zero. I wish for those days when it was cool to be a woman with womanly skills. Thanks to my mom for kicking the feminist trash to the curb. She rocked my womanly education. Thanks, mom. Rampage over. Period.

PS: Phillip has grown 1.5 inches since Christmas. Amelia grew an inch. In less than 4 weeks is kindergarden registration. Heart palpitations! Time is racing by.

PSS: Yesterday we caught Phillip with a finger full of carmel dip. He was talking to his finger saying something like this, "hello! hello. Ha ha, I eat you. yummy." Sticks finger in mouth and eats the poor carmel.

14 February 2012

Happy Valentine's Day