Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Owen's last day of first grade was Tuesday this past week. What a year he's had. Have I mentioned (just a time or two, right?) how phenomenal his teacher was? We were so lucky! He learned so much in first grade. He now can do 100 math facts in 10 minutes. He's started learning multiplication and division. He's writing how to stories and journals. He learned vulgar cheerleading songs about girls w/ sexy legs. And, he brought home many phone numbers and "I love you" notes. Oh...and he's a bit of a wise guy know it all. You take the good w/ the bad, I guess. On his way out of class the teacher lined everyone up and said goodbye one by one to them. I was there watching, because I always take the boys out to lunch (their pick...he picked Chili's) on the last day of school. As she said goodbye to each student she also said a little comment, such as "have a great summer." or "don't forget to practice your reading." When she got to Owen she said, "Owen, I just know you are going to do great things." Owen puzzled over that a bit as we left. "What do you think she meant, mom?" No idea...but I'm fairly certain she wasn't referring to soccer. The world is your oyster, kid.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Grandma arrived Saturday, the day before Henry's baptism. The boys (and I) are over the moon. She hasn't seen Henry since March (he's grown a bit since then :)). Toni and Tyla were still here awaiting Henry's baptism, so we all got to hang out. It was super fun! And....due to delays w/ her airplane, Toni and Tyla got to stay another day. Yeah!
Henry was baptized Sunday at our church, Liverpool First United Methodist Church. It was a beautiful ceremony. I was a little sad because although Toni (his Godmother) and my mom were there, I was really missing the rest of my family. But, I wanted to have him baptized in our church and we were surrounded by our church family, so it was OK. The gown he's wearing has been worn by all my boys. My mom made it from her wedding dress. I absolutely adore it and I'm so thankful to have such a special heirloom that will be passed down for generations. Doesn't he look absolutely cherubic?
Doesn't the light make this photo look positively heavenly? And, you can see the Sacrament of Baptism w/ his name on it.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Yeah! We are having so much fun! Tyla is running around and keeping the big boys busy. Owen thinks she's awfully cute, but Emmett is starting to tease her. Stinker!
Toni is such a wonderful friend. We have done NOTHING!, but sit and chat and run to the grocery store but it is SO much fun!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Henry has completely (I mean, COMPLETELY) stopped sleeping! He went to bed at 8:30 last night and was up by 1130. We let him cry about a half hour, went in to put his pacificer in his mouth...no go. Finally, I tried feeding him. He fell asleep. The second we laid him down, he started screaming again. So, we got him up. And, he played and played and played in our bed while we slept on each side of him. Not sure how long that lasted, but at least until 12:30/1:00. At which point he went back to bed and slept until 4:30. I fed him and he slept until 6. Then, up for the day. This would be bad enough, but it's even worse because he wouldn't nap today either! Every time I laid him down, he screamed! UGH!!!!! What is this about????
I think it might have something to do w/ his new "trick" ...sitting up! He loves sitting up and will sit and look at toys for a long time. It's funny, because it's the same toys he had when he could only lie down, but now they apparently look different, because he is MUCH more interested in them. So, maybe he doesn't want to sleep because he is so excited about his new talent. Who knows. Suggestions?? I need advice!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Happy Father's Day to all the daddies out there. If you are half as wonderful as my dad and husband, then our children's future is pretty bright. My fab father is always true to his word. I know that what he says he means. He read me Shakespeare at night through high school, and explained what was going on to me. How many dad's do that? I can call him at any hour and he's ready to chat w/ me. (and I often do...on my way home from work at crazy hours). He's the most honest person I know. He always does what's right.
My husband lights up when he sees his kids. He genuinely, truly loves every minute he spends with them. He never complains. He plays endless board games and soccer games with them. He reads to them. He swings with Emmett any time he asks. He could stand and hold Henry all day long. He has fun w/ me. He's never stressed (unlike me), and he laughs with them constantly. He gets up in the middle of the night with the boys. He lets me sleep in. He's always thinking and questioning the way he does things. He wants to be the best dad around (I think he's already done that). I'm so lucky.
We went to a father's day picnic at a friend's house today with lots of great friends, great dads, great food, great weather, and great fun. Perfect day.
I think I'm officially to the point where I could let Henry cry at night without feeling guilty. I'm SO tired and there's just no reason he should be getting up as often as he does. Case in point, last night: fed at 9:30 PM, fed at 1230 AM, up at 2 AM, up at 3:30 AM, and fed at 5:30 AM. I AM DONE! He gets one more week (just in case he still doesn't feel 100%), but then his goose is cooked. The all night cafe is closed.
Friday, June 13, 2008
After many repeated efforts, Henry is still not a fan of baby food. Anyone else have this problem? He doesn't mind baby cereal (although, I wouldn't say he's thrilled w/ it), but if I mix it w/ any baby food he's done. Recently, I've been cooking vegetables (not a fan) and trying different fruits. He seems to think bananas are OK. Suggestions?
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Our big boys have been joining us in our room around 1 AM every night. Emmett climbs in the bed between us, and Owen climbs into his sleeping bag on the floor between our bed and the well. Check out this photo of him sleeping. That can't possibly be comfortable!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I had to go in for a quick meeting at work this AM and while there my babysitter called and said she couldn't get Henry to calm down...that he would not stop crying. This is so unlike him (Emmett as an infant, yes. Henry, no). When I got home, I took one look at him and knew he was sicker again. So, back to the pediatrician. She said that he has an ear infection now in the other ear (that was clear yesterday) and it's really ugly. More antibiotics, please....
T, I promise we'll be healthy while you are here :)
Monday, June 9, 2008
Henry slept from 7 pm - 5 AM last night, which sounds wonderful, right? It would be except for the fact that my boobs were on the verge of exploding and I had to get up in the middle of the night and pump! UGH! We took Henry back to the pediatrician today for a follow up visit and his lungs sound better, but his ear is still bad and so we are starting round 2 of antibiotics. The good news is he has gained 10 ounces in the last four days. Over the past 6 weeks he has only gained one pound, so this is a huge weight gain. This is even more impressive, because he is hardly nursing and he wants nothing to do w/ baby food. He must be get something. :)
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Today was the Laurie Berkner concert and it was SUPER FUN! It was in an outdoor ampitheatre near Rochester, NY (it brought back memories of Riverport for those of you from St. Louis). We had great seats, the weather was wonderful, and it was an all around super fun time. Eddie and I debated the whole ride home whether we enjoyed this concert or the Wiggles more. Tough.
It's tragic really...Owen is now "too cool" to enjoy all the things he should. It sucks! He LOVES Laurie Berkner and has forever talked about wanting to sing w/ the Laurie Berkner band (he even wrote that in his bio for Christmas Carol), but he was too cool to get up and sing and dance w/ the rest of us. He went down to the pit w/ us briefly just to see it, but then resumed his seat. Don't let him fool you...he certainly enjoyed himself. He sang along to every song and even did some foot tapping, but he wouldn't sing or dance like no one was watching. Sad.
We went to the concert w/ our good friends, The Spindlers. In this picture is Emmett, Keaton and Carson Spindler w/ the stuffed animals they brought for the Pig on Your Head song.
at Emmett's graduation. Henry got sick the night before Emmett's graduation (Tuesday). High fever, cough, runny nose, etc. By Thursday, his breathing was more labored he was throwing up and having diarrhea. He has bronchitis and another ear infection (his fourth). We are nebbing him three times a day, plus she put him on an oral sterioid and antibiotic. She threatened that if he wasn't better by Friday, she would send us back to the hospital. Thankfully, he seemed to improve. Today (Sunday) he seems on the upswing but is super irritable and not sleeping or eating well. The inhaled and oral steroids I think are contributing to his disposition (poor baby). Interestingly, he had only gained 2 ounces since his 6 month check up two weeks ago. She wasn't concerned, so I guess I won't be either....
The last day of Emmett's school was spent at the park where Emmett collected caterpillars (see the entry below).
Emmett and his other best buddy, Jadyn Kantak. She is the only other one in his class returning next year.
Emmett and his wonderful teachers, Mrs. Cooper (left) and Mrs. McCard (right). Mrs. McCard was also his teacher last year and Mrs. Cooper will be his teacher again next year.
caterpillars were so hardy? Emmett found these 12 caterpillars at the park and they are still alive today! 8 days later! I was seriously hoping that they would meet their demise many days before since Emmett carries them everywhere and sleeps next to them at night. GAG! We can't let them go, because they're the kind of caterpillars that eat trees. That's all we need.....
Good-bye caterpillars. Go towards the light.......
Eddie had his first soccer game, and he was like a kid in the candy store. His first game just happened to coincide w/ Emmett's preschool graduation...which he tried unsuccessfully to get out of going to by saying that Emmett is not technically graduating from preschool this year...he has one year left. Very true. But he still went at halftime. They won their first game by some crazy score...15 to 1 or something like that. They (meaning Eddie's co-partner in crime, the assistant brew master, Charlie) have strategically asked some soccer pros to play on their team, and shockingly four of them have said yes. Two of them were there tonight....the African-American man, Freddie, and the guy across form him, Jon. Eddie and Charlie know these two men (well...they're really still boys! In their young 20's...remember those days?) , because they coach Owen's select soccer team. Anyway, I think the soccer pros have agreed to play on their team simply because of the promise of free beer. Since a lot of the guys on the team are AB folk, there is always a cooler full at both practices and games. It's amusing to watch. These soccer pros are so exceptionally good that they look like they're half playing....toying around w/ everyone else. Although, Jon got his foot on the ball for a long kick at one point, and I tell you, he came real close to taking Eddie's head off. WOW! can they kick! The big test is this Wednesday when they play what has been historically the number one team in the league...Soccer Central. Stay tuned.