Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bag Contents

My cousin Emily tagged me with this task. I was told to show and list the contents of my bag without cleaning it out here it goes. You asked for it.

I definitely have a mommy bag. There is no doubt about it.
I bought this lovely black diaper bag when I was pregnant with James. I was so sick of carrying around ugly diaper bags so I bought a nice looking one that was made to keep me organized. It still doesn't do its job most of the time because its so big that it become a pit, but anyway, here is the list:

Fruit snacks, raisins, Hershey kisses, a Winnie the Pooh book, But Not the Hippopotamus book, Diaper, Wipes, Desitin, Teething Tablets, trash (lovely), a sucker, my wallet, a hand held mirror (from the family pictures we had taken on Saturday), an empty spider-man Easter egg, a block, a couple pictures of the kids, receipts, two pens, and a prescription I just picked up from the pharmacy.

So now I tag Emily Benson, Emily Aune and Nicole Willard! :) Have fun ladies. (anyone else you wants to just leave a list in comments is welcome, its fun to see!)

Monday, April 28, 2008

You Are a Blue Crayon

Your world is colored in calm, understated, deep colors.

You are a loyal person, and the truest friend anyone could hope to find.

On the inside, you tend to be emotional and even a bit moody.

However, you know that people depend on you. So you put on a strong front.

Your color wheel opposite is orange. Orange people may be opinionated, but you feel they lack the depth to truly understand what they're saying.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

2 and 1/2

That's right my little girl is 2 1/2 today. She is getting so big! Every time I look at her I can't believe how big she is. She's turning into this little girl. She talks CONSTANTLY. Sings little songs she makes up all the time and dances around. She has the most active imagination and is so loving. I've been feeling kind of yucky lately with the before mentioned root canal and migraine and she just keeps kissing me and hugging me and rubbing my face and telling me it'll be okay...what a sweetie. She drives me up the wall too, don't get me wrong, she is two. But really she has been in a pretty good place lately. And she is still the biggest ANGEL when it comes to sleeping. She sweetly and happily skips to bed at nap time and bedtime and climbs in bed with no complaint. Its the best! Happy half birthday Beth...he he.

On a side note, I totally caved on the bottle thing yesterday. Since I was feeling miserable and James was already cranky from teething, it was not a good day for cold turkey. He had one bottle less than usual and drank more milk from a cup than usual so we will call that progress and not beat ourselves up. We'll see how today goes, it is going to be a very busy day so it might distract him, or might make him want a bottle more, I'll have one in back up just in really won't be the end of the world if we have to wait a little longer until I'm feeling better at least, right??

On yet another side note, our backyard is almost done!!!! The landscapers did their work in 3 days last week and got the weeds out (no small task) the sprinklers in, two loads of beautiful topsoil down, and cement curbing in. Its lovely! This morning the sod was delivered!! Yay! Tonight we are having a sod laying party (if you feel like getting your hands dirty you are all invited :) ) and then we will have beautiful grass. I will finally have a place that the kids can play! I've been shopping around for swing sets and climbers and such the last week or two and its been a bit of a frustrating search, but hopefully soon we'll find what we want. I've found two things I like but both of them so far are only available online (that I can find anyway) and I would have to pay over $300 shipping, that's a big waste of money if you ask we're still hunting. Anyway, I will post pictures soon. Our computer is on death's door I think and still doesn't like to let me download pictures from our camera, so sorry, but I will try and get some of the yard soon at least!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Bye Bye Bottle

As you all know, James turned one a couple of weeks ago and that is the time they tell you to ween kids off of their bottles. I intended to do this slowly, as I did with Beth. Beth didn't make it too hard. I waited a couple of months with her because we were moving and I didn't want to make it too traumatic, but it really wasn't too hard to get her off bottles. James on the other hand has always been a little more attached to his bottle because he doesn't have a binky so it has always kind of been his comfort object (along with his favorite blanket, Aka Bippy). I didn't think it would be too bad. The week of his birthday we got him from 5 bottles a day down to 3 without too much trouble, so I just thought we would keep doing that until we were down to just the bedtime bottle and then do what we had to do to get rid of that...but he seems to be getting MORE attached instead of the other way around. This morning he was just pointing to where we keep the bottles and whining. He knows what he wants and is very persistent about it! So I guess we are going to try the cold turkey approach. UGH! He will drink from a cup, but when it is those bottle times he takes a few sips and then throws the cup because it is not what he wants. He usually drinks a bottle at nap/bed time too so this means its going to disrupt his sleep schedule probably. He was already a royal stinker about going down for his morning nap and then only slept about half the time he usually does, if that. Ugh. It is going to be a long few days. He is already so whinny, which is not my James! We picked a bad day too, I have the mother of all migraines...what were we thinking exactly? Plus that dumb root canal is still bothering me, how can a tooth that no longer has nerves hurt so much, I never understood that... Anyway, if anyone has any advice on surviving this or any better ideas, please send them my way! I'm so sad to let go of my baby and my bottle snuggle times, but we have got to end this I guess...*sniff*

Friday, April 18, 2008

It Begins...

Are my kids really old enough to be fighting? They have been bickering all morning! Pushing each other and stealing toys and yelling at each other. And James just tried to take a chunk out of Beth's arm with him finger nails because they were both trying to see the dump truck out the front window and she wasn't sharing the window very well...*sigh* I'm not ready for fighting kids!!

It feels a little like this

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Sweet Sweet Sedation

Yesterday I underwent a root canal. As I have mentioned on previous occasions, I HATE the dentist. I do not think hate is really a strong enough word. I am really truly traumatized by them. I wouldn't consider myself a person with phobias, with the exception of dentists. Whenever I think of going to the dentist I basically want to curl up in a ball on start screaming and crying. Its really that bad. Even cleanings are bad, not as bad as drilling, but bad. So when I get diagnosed with something really bad like needing a root canal I pretty much lose it. I've had one before in my life and I was pretty sure I was not going to survive it. I cried a lot, before, during, after. It was bad. A year or so ago I was told that I would most likely need another one, but it wasn't urgent yet, so of course I didn't do anything about it. A few weeks ago my new dentist told me that if I didn't do it soon I would be regretting it with major pain, so I finally scheduled it. But this time, I had picked a dentist who does sedation dentistry. Its not full on anaesthesia or anything, but it was worth every cent!!! I took one pill before bed, one an hour before my appointment and then they crushed two pills and put them under my tongue at the office. I was a little loopy and sleepy, but very calm, something I am NOT at the dentist office in general. I also got laughing gas and Novocaine, so I didn't feel anything, and mostly slept through the procedure. I was in and out and didn't really think I slept that much, but when it was over I definitely didn't think I had been there 4 1/2 hours. They were able to do everything (a couple of fillings and the root canal, usually a two appointment thing) in one sitting. I am sore today and a little quesy from the antibiotic they are giving me, but I seriously can't remember anything about the root canal. When I try I can't remember if what I remember really happened or if I dreamt it. Its fabulous! I wish they could erase the memories of my first root canal. I can remember getting to the office and the first 45 minutes or so when they were drugging me and getting me to relax, and checking my blood pressure and stuff, but otherwise, I remember waking up and drinking apple juice. I came home and slept for a couple hours and that was that. I will forever be grateful to those little pills and I will never suffer through major dental work again! Why didn't I know about this option sooner!!! Sure my jaw hurts from being forced open for 4 hours, but it would have hurt if I was awake too cause I would have been tense and stressed, and crying! Hooray for drugs. Hopefully it'll all heal well and the crown will go on well and fit right and everything and this tooth will cease to be an issue for me. But all I know is, I love sedation! Okay, i'm done now. :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

1 Year Stats

James had his Doctor's appointment on Friday, shots and all. He was very brave and showed off for the doctor.

His latest stats:
Weight: 23 lbs. 7 oz. (a mere 6 pound less than Beth I think)
Height: 31.3 inches
Head: 49.5 cms

That puts him in the 58th, 86th, and 98th percentiles respectively. His growth has slowed considerably, thank heavens, but he is still tall, and that head of his just keeps getting bigger, but he is so dang smart it has to fit somewhere!

His vocabulary as of now (in order of most used):
whastha? (What's that?)
whostha? (Who is that?)
No no

He can also repeat lots of stuff to you, but those are his favorite and most oft repeated words. His doctor was very impressed that he had that many in his repertoire already.

He is also making some good strides toward walking. He has taken 2-3 steps at a time on many occasions now, often without prompting. He also stands on his own all the time now with great balance. He can even stand, bend down and stand back up without falling. He gets a HUGE smile on his face when he takes steps. He is so proud of himself for being so big. It won't be long now before he's running...i'm not ready, i'm not ready, I'M NOT READY!!!! Speaking of I'm not ready, he also seems to be trying to move to 1 nap, its been 2 days so far of only one nap. I hate this transition. He still needs two. I still need two. But oh well, we'll get used to it if he insists on keeping this up.

Anyway, here are a couple of shots from birthday celebrations. As you can see, he thoroughly enjoyed his cake, or the frosting at least...

Friday, April 4, 2008

More of San Francisco

Okay, so I got more pictures from our trip so here is more of the run down of our activities...

Friday night we took the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) Train down town to Union Square to see all the fun stores and mostly so the kids could ride the train. Beth had been talking about it for days, so I had to make sure she got her chance, and boy, did the kids love it! We ate dinner in the big Macy's store and then made our way through the rain back to our train and home again to get the kids to bed because we had big plan for Saturday!

Here is a picture of us in front of Tiffany's and Sak's. (It was raining but we enjoyed it anyway...)

Saturday morning we woke up and plans changed a little bit, Beth and Chelsie were both not feeling very well, for different reasons, but sick none the less. So my dad stayed home with the kids and Chelsie and Ryan, my mom, and I took the train down the the waterfront the see all that we could see! We walked about 4 or 5 miles we think. We walked from pier 1 to the end of the piers (49 I think). We saw a farmer's market, about a dozen street performers, lots of cool boats, lots of wonderful shops, and of course, lots and lots of wonderful food! Here are some of the highlights.
This is near the beginning of our adventures, that is the Bay Bridge in the background.
Pier 39, cool crab sculpture huh?
Mom in the midst of Pier 39 shops, probably shortly after buying me a pearl necklace, thanks mom!! (I got to pick my own oyster and watch the find a pearl in it and everything...very cool)
Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop while we were waiting for our massive hot fudge sundaes. Yum! The pink box on the table is the cupcakes we bought to enjoy with the sundaes, this was halfway through our walk, we had earned a treat!
Almost back to the train, we were pretty tired by the point! We found this lovely little park in the middle of the bustling city so we stopped to take a rest and enjoy the scenery. It was very nice. We felt a little sad that the kids and Chelsie had to miss it all, we bought them chocolate and souvenirs to lessen the blow.

Sunday we went to Church and then sadly had to forego our plans for Golden Gate park and get in the car and head home. The weather forecast for our drive was not good, and we still had sickies. Beth was running a fever and Chelsie was still miserable, so we decided to get home as quickly as we could. James screamed for a good while in the afternoon because he wasn't used to being in the car that long when it wasn't night time, the weather was horrible in the middle of the night, but luckily not while we were in the Sierras, and Beth threw up in the car 3 hours from home, but we survived and made it home about 2:30 am Monday morning. It is now Friday morning and the kids have yet to be back in their car seats, no desire for some reason! Haha. So the trip was fun, obviously we had some bumps in the road, but what family vacation doesn't? I don't know what we would have done without my parents help, thanks again guys!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

My Birthday Boy

Today my baby boy turns 1!! I am in total shock. I can't believe that it has been a whole year since the day he came into this world. It seriously feels like yesterday. I can remember everything about that day very clearly, and I am not known for my memory! He came by scheduled c-section. The surgery went so well and I felt so good afterwards that I truly got to enjoy him from the first moments that I got to hold him. He has been a pleasant baby since day one, and for that I am truly grateful and feel very blessed!

I adore this little boy. He is a complete joy in our lives. He has an infectious smile and laugh. He is very affectionate and makes my heart smile with big hugs all the time. He loves music. I catch him dancing all the time to whatever music he hears, on the tv, from a toy, on the radio. He warms up to people easily and shows his affection with hugs and very loving head butts. Its the sweetest thing you will ever see. He absolutely adores his big sister. He will wait around in the hallway in the morning for her to wakeup and follows her around like a puppy all day. He plays really well with her and on his own. He is such a happy, playful kid too. As long as he is fed and gets his sleep he is happy. He is easy to console and there is no drama with him (generally, he is starting to learn from his sister. haha). I just love this kid!

He was a surprise to our family and I am so grateful for him. I truly don't know what I would do if we wasn't part of our family. He is a good little friend of mine. I count on our little times together every day. One of my favorite moments of the day is first thing in the morning. James wakes up and we come out to the living room, leave the lights off, and sit in our favorite rocking chair while he drink his morning milk. We talk and giggle and snuggle and he is just so precious. Every day I realize how much more he is growing up and I miss his babyness, but I look forward to the little man he will become.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


I am having the most incompetent day of my life, I swear! My kids have colds so I've been tired and they have been cranky, so that always makes me feel like i'm not doing things very well...but man, its really showing today!

- I sprayed myself with the water sprayer while doing the dishes

- I knocked both my kids over at some point today

- I've been majorly cranky with the poor sick kids

- I spilled red Tylenol all over Beth's just washed PJ's

- I bonked James head on the door frame walking through the door, doh!

- and to top it all off, I was backing our car out of the garage to go buy food so that I wouldn't have to cook dinner and burn the kitchen down or something and didn't see our friend's car parked in our driveway and scraped our car against his, damaging both! So now I have to call the insurance tomorrow and get the both fixed. Luckily they don't look too bad, but you never know with car repairs...Geez, what is my problem!! This isn't even a complete list...its just one of those days. Ugh!!!