Monday, November 30, 2009
And, as typical, Grandma M's food was wonderful.
rough housing with Aunt Liz & Uncle Jon earned many giggles & squeals of laughter...
After which, J was rewarded for being such a good eater...
Grandma M presented him with his own - homemade - Elmo cake....
to which, he quickly devoured....
Leaving Mommy to wonder.... Where does all that food go?
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The diagnosis... A double ear infection. The Dr said J's left ear was pink, as if that might be on the tail-end of what caused his fever to spike last Thursday, but his right ear was a flaming red. As this is his 2nd, basically undiagnosed ear infection (we caught the first at his 1st flu shot appt), we now have new ground rules for bringing him in for a check up. Prior rule of thumb was fever of 101.6 for 24 hours, now it is any low grade fever coupled with him not sleeping through the night.
He is also being watched to refer him to an ENT (ear, nose, throat Dr) as we believe this is genetic, as opposed to viral or contagious bacterial. (I had my tonsils & adenoids removed before I was 4 and tubes twice as a child. His cousin C had her adenoids removed and tubes before she was 3)
Now... For the important stuff...
He measured in at 36 inches ~ above 95th percentile *
He weighed in at 27lbs. ~ between 25th and 50th percentile*
*according to the calculator on Babycenter.com
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
(read: time to disguise my roots & get my brows back to looking like a female)
What Liz did not know was… J had all kinds of plans for her… Nor, that she would be getting 2 or 3 weeks worth of workouts in the 2 hours I was gone.
At first, he was content to sit & ride...
Sporting the new Sox hat Aunt Liz arrived with...
But then, he decided having Aunt Liz chase him, while pulling the wagon, would be more fun...
Then he slowed down, as he found he can do his Grandma M trick outside with a bigger broom...
Aunt Liz enjoyed a moment of catching her breath...
And then, in a total like me style, enjoyed relaxing a few more moments, while J entertained himself safely....
She said, he took these out of the garage, lined them up, then she'd say "Okay J, let's clean up" and he'd return them to their appropriate location... Only to redo it a few moments later...
Monday, November 23, 2009
Welcome to MckMama's blog train of "Not Me! Monday's"....
Are you feeling guilty about anything? Or did you have any embarrassing event happen that left you hoping no one witnessed it? Or witness your spouse, child, dog... do something that horrifies you in "how did that just happen" sort of way?
If the answer is yes, then listen to Mama - MckMama that is!
"Well don't be! Not Me! Monday was born out of my desire to admit some of my imperfections and reveal a few moments I'd rather forget. You may find it therapeutic to join in and do the same thing!"
Write about what did not happen in your house in your blog, use her MckLinkey to link up your blog entry. What, you don't have a blog - that's okay... We'd still love to read your "not" happenings in her comment section.
Mr M. did not make me a single mom this weekend (okay, just Sunday). Nope! Not My Husband! He'd never do a thing like that... Never... He always ranks me higher than Bruce (Springsteen, that is) in his hierarchy of what is important in his life.
This would not happen in the same weekend that I find out J has not 1, but 2 ear infections. These ear infections would not have been brought to my attention simply by listening to my Mother's Gut phenomenon, as I'm always on top of these types of things... His Dr would not then tell me to start bringing him in when he stops sleeping through the night AND running a low grade fever, as those are his only sign's he's sick.
I did not book a trip for me & J to go visit my parents in FL. Nope! Not Me! I'd never plan a trip without Mr. M. I would not be so excited about this trip that I bought J clothes for it over the weekend, having already washed AND packed said clothes.
While shopping, I did not walk into the Stride Rite store to get J's feet measured, with zero intention of buying shoes. My son's feet did not measure larger than the size 7 shoes he was wearing. Oops! This did not send me into a shoe shopping spree. J does not now have a new pair of Nike's, a pair of loafers, AND a pair of boots all in size 8.
And I did not lament on how all of his too small shoes were brand new in August, being big on him then...
Lastly, I'm not soooo excited to share the Christmas season with my son this year, that I've bought Holiday DVDs, and boat loads of books (from Frosty to Why we celebrate Christmas? The story of Jesus) to read to him in place of his normal nightly books.
Oh... 1 more... I'm not so thankful that I don't have any real confessions this week, that I'm smiling as I type this.... Nope! Not Me! I'd never be grateful for the small things in life...
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Hmm... I knew I was doing something wrong... I'd hear from other mom's on how their kiddos help them clean... And in my inexperienced first-time-mom brain, I thought it was J was just too
Learn something new every day... As he was even back to work on Sunday....
Monday, November 16, 2009
No fever, not hungry.
Nothing.worked.to.stop.the.escalating.tears. BUT me walking around carrying him...
Finally, after 3 hours and my being close to tears myself, I tried sitting up in bed with him - he fell asleep. After a couple of hours sleep, I moved him to his crib. At that point, he transitioned to sleep perfectly (so long as I slept on his floor - okay totally doable).
With this kind of start, I should have known what kind of
I got to experience (note* order not relevant):
- J's new tricks
- read climbing onto our dinner table & going after the light above it
- read also climbing on the couch, then up the back and finally onto the counter top
- J's strong affection for saying
- fun! "eewwweee" and shaking his head
- not so fun! "No!" while shaking his finger at me
downward sprialmigration to the terrible 2's
- read his strong desire to hit, pull my hair and earrings
- read also in general - melt down like only 2 year olds in training can manage
We did have some great moments. The moments that you want to capture on film, so I did... Just to remind me, on days like these... He really is a great & wonderful kid...
And this is just a phase....just.a.phase...just.a.phase...
Breakfast with my great friend Miss Kari
Snuggling on the couch...
Didn't he pull that blanket down like a pro?
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Um, you didn't just say that right? Wouldn't that be the exact type language you would tell me just set us up for a 'jinx'?
Yep.... And Yes, it is true. J is sitting at 102.6 degree fever last night. Only wanting to be held by mommy. Sleep, not really in his list of wants or needs. So we spent a lot of time watching Elmo & Comcast OnDemand Baby Boost DVD (Thank you Liz! Best Birthday present ever!) Most of all snuggling.
Thankfully, his snot is clear, while very runny, and his fever was down so I'm hoping this is just teething, but regardless, he gets a day of Grandma M loving to help get him back to full strength before he does his overnight there on Sunday so Daddy can go see Bruce in Milwaukee, and Mommy can work. Joy! Joy!
Okay, so Mr. M is going to work on Monday too, just staying Northside to do it...
(I get more pity ignoring this detail though, don't I?)
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Today, I'm running late, so I will make this short & sweet... But I had to share, from a pre-haircut Saturday, J taking time out to *work* while Mommy blogged.
Okay, so maybe it was just time for him to drink his
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
J did get a bonus of opening a Christmas present already though! He is much more into the whole concept, and now Mr. M & I are very much looking forward to seeing how he reacts this year to his visit from Santa.
Monday, November 9, 2009
I mean, aside from the meltdowns, repeatedly stating “No!”, and the general rapid migration into 3T clothes, he
Now, he’s a little man. (pause for sniffle moment)
After trying for 3 weeks to find a time when both Mr. M & I could take J to get his hair cut, Mr. M finally said – “just go do it. You will be better at capturing it on film, and it really needs to be done. J’s getting peeved in the morning when his hair is in his eyes.”
So off we went to Pigtails & Crewcuts…
J was plopped into the Taxi, as the fire truck was directly in the sun & Dianna (his hair stylist) thought the heat from the sun might add a layer of distress we just didn’t need during a 1st cut. Being very experienced with cutting kiddos hair, they promptly started Elmo. Then, when the
Which, by the way, was J's first.ever. However, he took to it like a seasoned pro!
Isn't he just too handsome???
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
So what do you think? Am I the worst mother ever for laughing? Mr. M was slightly
It certainly did NOT slow J down at all... As he got waffles for dinner, followed by a pudding pop, both of which were inhaled in the style only a hungry almost 21 month old achieve...
Yes, that is my son disregarding any and all manners to have his mouth full of waffle, hand full of waffle and be stabbing with his fork to obtain even more waffle goodness.
Which was followed by a pudding pop, in my attempt to ice his lip.
And with that, I'd better grab a certain child, currently struggling to get out of his highchair, and place his very messy self in the bathtub...
He got it thanks to an older woman named Addi.
(Okay, so she is only 6 months older, but that is a minor detail)
J was playing with his very manly truck. Miss Addi decided she wanted it. So she came over to him to take it. My son has not learned the art of sharing yet, so he grabbed it back.
A struggle ensued.
Miss Angie, the DCP*, directed Miss Addi to let go, as Jacob was playing with that first. (Yes, my son is one of her favorites) Miss Addi did. The car conked J right on the side his left eye with the full force of his pull to keep his car.
Okay, so now that I have the picture uploaded, it doesn't look sooo bad... But if you enlarge it & look to the left side of his left eye, you will see purple. Yes, that's what I'm calling his first shiner.
And when he is old enough to know that I blogged about this, I'm
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
So we started with a must have nap:
Isn't that belly adorable?
And of course, this came with goodies... of all kinds... Edible (cookie/cupcakes), wearable (White Sox gear), and we learned Sunday – tear-able. Mommy hates to see books get torn, but in the haste of the looming terrible 2s, J ripped a page out of his new Elmo book. Luckily, Mommy was able to reattach it, thanks to scotch tape. Lots of it.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Stop 1 - Daycare...
No pictures... Absolute Disaster... Will.Not.Repeat.
J is very much into a parent's phase, which defaults to a Mommy phase if I'm in the general vicinity. If not, then Daddy works. Regardless, it has to be
Back to our Daycare stop... J was so leery of being left, he would not leave my leg for a second. His DCP, Angie, tried holding him &
So after a half hour, we said good-bye and headed towards my work...
Elmo, err J, caught some rest on the way.
Monday, November 2, 2009
*Please Note* Due to Stellan's recent bout of SVT, I'm not sure MckMama will be doing her normal Monday blog... Regardless, I wanted to post mine in the "spirit" of her Not Me! Monday's!