Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Realness

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and deal-bustin' Black Friday.  Our week was great, although E was in Ireland.  We had quite a few play dates and tried to keep busy with our Christmas card.  But I just wanted to post a couple of photos that I took during the week.  This is our holiday realness.  This is what my kids look like during a regular day.  Crusted over with old baby cookies, face smeared with ketchup from lunch and hair brushed hours ago and napped on.

We have gotten up all our trees (all four) and all our inside & outside decor for Christmas.  The final touches finished today and now we are completely ready for the holiday season!  And I do have to say that we were in the holiday spirit weeks ago.

Finn already knows the eight reindeer of Santa as well as who the most famous reindeer of all is.  She knows who Frosty the Snowman is and we have watched Elf (aka "the green boy" according to Finn).  For me, there is just something about the holiday season and makes everything look better, brighter, and happier.

We spent Thanksgiving with our neighbor and their family.  It was a really nice dinner and Finn had a great time with a puppy that was running amok and visiting for Thanksgiving.  Below are the photos of the kids before we went over to their house.  This is typical of the Power of the Sister.  I thought they were dressed so cute that I wanted some photos of what they looked like, nothing fancy.  But Fish wasn't cooperating.  All it takes is Finn smiling to make him smile.  He totally loves her.

Monday, November 24, 2014

This week

--Last Friday was Munk's 9th birthday.  We celebrated it big because I feel so guilty about not giving him the time and attention that he wants/needs.  We bought him a couple of toys, some canned dog food, as well as some fancy-made biscuits.  We put a marshmallow in the center of a doggie-bagel with frosting & sprinkles on it and it was all topped off with a candle.  Yes, this photo is not in focus, but this photo represents exactly what happened during our puppy's birthday song.  We tried to sing as Munky backed away in fright from the flame, Finn refused to sing, and Fish was like a moth to the flame.  This was literally .25 of a seconds that I could back up far enough to get everyone in frame and snap a photo.

--'Tis the season!  I know already, right?  But I've been 'tis'ing the season for the past two weeks, including listening to the Xmas radio station on IHeartRadio.  We have already watched Rudolph at least 15 times (Finn's big favorite) and also have watched Elf ("the green boy" according to Finn), Frosty, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Xmas, The Year without Santa, and a Lifetime movie or two.  Damn you AT&T for not carrying Hallmark Channel -- seriously damn you!  Last year we switched from our local provider to AT&T, but we had to wait until after Xmas because I was pregnant and lived & breathed for Hallmark Christmas movies.  Well, I'm not pregnant this year, but I am still missing my Hallmark Xmas movies.

--Okay, I was debating on whether to post this photo or not & have been sitting on this photo for two weeks -- looking at it no less than once every other day.  But what the hell...  You can't really tell what our card is going to be from this anyways.  HOLY CUTENESS OVERLOAD, Imma right?!?!?!?  So this was the night that we took part of our Xmas card.  And this was also the night that I realized that I need to start wearing clothes.  A little more background?  Fish was petrified of me that night.  With my hair done and a dress on, he refused to stop crying or staring at me in fear until I took out my hair and put on yoga pants.  I ordered our cards yesterday and hope to have them mailed by early next week, which means the card will be posted here in about two weeks. 

--Okay, I took this photo of Fish a couple of months ago.  But everyday I'm amazed at how much my two kids look alike.  At least five times a day, I'm struck at how much Fish looks like Finn.  Good lookin' kids if I do say so myself.

--E is in Ireland this week.  So we are rollin' solo -- and shooting for Mom of the Year with breakfasts of donuts and iPad movies.  I'm clearing a spot on my bookcase for the award this very minute.

--And this guy is having some serious issues with something.  I'm hoping it's his teeth.  He has been fussier than normal and I just want my little dude back.  Granted I love the snuggles, but not when I have to transform my house into a holiday wonderland and E is gone.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Gone fishin' at 41 weeks

---Apparently, this is just a annual crazy time of year -- in looking back, I did a 41 weeks update with Finn as well (when I should have done a 40 week update).  This post should have been posted two weeks ago for 40 weeks, but I didn't get a photo taken until last weekend, so it's a 41 weeks update (even though today he is 42 weeks). And being that they are only two weeks apart on their birthdays, I will throw my arms up in the air and admit that I was huffing some holiday fumes -- we didn't even get dressed for this photo.
---Unscientifically, Fish weighs 22.4 pounds and is 30 inches long.  We had a doctor's appointment two weeks ago and he was 21.9 lbs and 30 inches long in the office (75% and 94%).
---He is still in size four diapers.
---The clothing sizes are body part specific.  We are in 9-12 month onesies (although we could easily move into 12-18 month).  We are also wearing 9-12 month pants, but we have to put on leg-warmers to cover the lower parts of his legs because he is too tall for them.  That size still fits him well in the stomach (and I don't have a lot of pants in 12-18), so we are hanging out in this size for a little longer.  Jeans are 12-18.  And socks are a huge bone of contention with us -- I have him in 12-24 month socks, but those suckers don't seem to stay on -- so sometimes, maybe, I put him in Finorah's socks that she just grew out of (those that are still in her dresser but are too small for her).  So most days, he is wearing socks that are pink and purple.

---We are still breastfeeding.  He isn't the scheduler nurser that Finn was, but I'm also not working.  So we just eat whenever he is hungry.  Most times, we have to try more than once as he also has a sister that is a huge distractor.
---We have also stopped with the purees at dinner.  He is eating whatever we eat and a lot of it!  Finn was also a dainty eater (in toddler terms) that she would only put one bite in her mouth at a time. Not this one!  He must eat all the foods as quickly as possible.  This leads to LOTS of coughing and gagging.  For some reason, it's scarier this time around than it was with Finn.  Maybe that's because he does it more than she ever did.  But I keep telling myself that the gag reflex on an infant is a lot farther to the front which helps them not choke on things.  There have have been at least 2-3 times where my adrenaline was pumping because I didn't know if I was going to have to start the Heimlich or not.  Some of his favorites are pretty much EVERYTHING!  He likes carrots, peas, any type of meat, yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream, cheese -- you name it, he likes it.  But his face usually lights up when we get to the fruit portion.
---He only has the two bottom teeth.  I keep checking for the top ones, but not showing up yet.  But the drooling is still out of control as well as the ear tugging.
---Big development?  He started crawling at 37 weeks!!  And there was no tentativeness there.  Once he started, he was off to the races!!!  And he goes and goes and goes.  He usually stays within my eye sight or in the same room.  But some of his favorites to get into that he isn't suppose to?  Any cords that I haven't picked up (we have an old cable cord that sticks out of the floor in one of the corners of the room -- big favorite) and the dog and cats water bowl.  If I don't react fast enough, he is usually elbow deep in the water before I can turn around.
---Another one?  He started crawling stairs!  Not well yet -- but he can get up the first 2-3 stairs before he thinks that he is big sh*t and turns around to find me and then falls down (into my arms -- definitely NOT comfortable with him around the stairs without me).

---He is also pulling himself up to a standing position and has been doing that for the past couple of weeks.  He pulls himself up on anything that is available:  legs, floor mops, tables, high chairs -- pretty much anything.  He is also starting to try to stand up from a sitting position.  He will get into downward dog and then not figure out how to get the rest of the way up.  No steps or any attempts at steps yet.  He is cruising along furniture as well, much to his sister's dismay.  One of his favorites (and her LEAST favorite) is pulling himself up next to her on the sofa.  He usually gets a foot to the chest and pushed over if I'm not paying attention to stop her.
---He is a big noise maker.  He says "baba" and "dada" and I keep trying to get him to "mama" but no go on that one.  He likes to smack his lips and blow air raspberries.  There is also lots of high pitch screeches (seriously, lots).
---He is a wrist roller (and has been for the past couple of months -- just don't know if I ever wrote about it).  When he gets very excited (especially when it's dinner time or I'm coming to pick him up), his little wrists start rolling in big circles and his arms push out.  He gets so excited that he can't contain himself and has to release the energy somehow.
---He is a HUGE snuggler.  It's the best!  When I'm holding him, I'll say "Where's the Mama?" and he will put his head down on my shoulder and snuggle into my neck.  It's the cutest!
---He is a little drama queen as well throwing temper tantrums when I don't pick him up fast enough.  The tantrums can come in bed, while he is sitting on the floor, in the high chair, pretty much anywhere.  It is the END of the world when I leave the room if I haven't asked him permission.  He is very much attached to mama (when he wants to be).  A lot of tantrums also ensue when Sister takes away one of the toys that he was playing with.
---And we have entered into "stranger danger" mode.  He eyes strangers at the beginning, but always goes to mama.  E and I tried to go to dinner for E's birthday and my friend who was watching them said that he cried for about an hour before he finally settled down and resigned himself to the fact that Mom had left the building.
---He is a big dancer.  Any type of music comes on and he is bopping to the beat.  Finn can get out a little toy guitar that we give her to "rock & roll" and he will start dancing to her music. Loves music.
---His sleep has been disrupted in the last two weeks.  He got sick a week ago and his sleep sucks since. He will wake up just whining.  At least it was due to his stuffy nose, but now that I don't hear the wheezing, I'm not sure what has led to this broken sleep.  Hope it rights itself soon.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A month (and then some) in the life (v2014.24)

Obviously, this isn't just a week -- it's more like a month...  I have photos on here from the beginning of October... Womp womp...

Mommy & Finn selfie

Finn got a gift from the binky fairy, which surprised even me! 

Seems the neighbor girls are also in good with the binky fairy...

Pre-crawling around the library

This is what my kid does at a playdate in the library.  Screw playing with the other kids -- she just sits in a little chair her size and pulls out book after book.

Trying to catch leaves that were starting to fall in the yard

Yummy sqaghetti squash stuffed with ricotta and meat.

Same day that he started crawling -- this is about as long as he can stand by himself before he falls.

Somebody wasn't happy that he was a lobster for Boo at the Zoo

And someone else was very pleased with her kitty-cat self

Lobster selfie

Kitty cat selfie

Hanging out at the library

He fell asleep all by himself one morning -- just like this (and then never again).

Tired boy

We hit up the Children's Museum one morning.  She got to "drive" a bus.

She and her little partner in crime also demolished the grocery store that they had set up.

They also climbed up quite high (too high for my liking).

Dorothy and Toto

My darling Toto

Ruff ruff!

"There's no place like home..."

Petting her puppy

Fly, my pretties, fly!

First they took off my legs and threw them over there!  Then they took off my chest and threw them over there!

Halloween crafts that got mailed out to some family (made by Finn).

Mimi had a cookie-decorating kit mailed to our house.  This is the result of Finn decorating cookies.

Chilling with pumpkin ale and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Our jack o'lantern this year.

For her gymnastics class, she got to wear a costume.  She was "Super girl" and Daddy was on the floor with her so I took take some videos.

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Part IV

Getting our Trick or Treat game faces on with a little Taylor

Someone was tuckered OUT when we got back home (and he didn't even go trick or treating)!

Our neighbor Bob dancing with the family to the soundtrack of the evening.

Her serious face...

The perspective of a lollypop

Doesn't she look like such a big girl?  No longer a baby anymore.

Yes, that is a box in his mouth -- his hands were full!

My little bag boy

This is how we roll on a Sunday shopping trip -- ruby slipper seriously do go with green yoga pants.

Bedhead for the ages!  This is honestly how she woke up.

Brother is trying to rock his own bedhead.

His reaction to seeing his first snowfall.

I've got a snow-dog on my hands.  He LOVES LOVES LOVES the snow.

We ended up getting about 4 inches in our first snow storm which happened in the middle of November!!!

This is us today.  Someone is a sick little dude.  Boo...

Friday, November 7, 2014

Pumpkin patch -- Ohio style

In our last "catch up" post, we hit the local pumpkin patch.  Our tradition (at least for the last three years) has been to go to a specific local pumpkin patch the weekend before Halloween.  It's not a large pumpkin patch, which is usually great for photos as we are normally the only ones there when it opens on Sunday morning.  After the pumpkin patch, we go to Squire's Castle which is a great park that has an old "castle" on it.  I'll brief everyone next week about how we are all doing.  So for now, enjoy the last of autumn as Christmas is right around the corner.

Funny story about our beautiful girl?  She was wearing a swimsuit that morning over her clothes (i.e. a pair of my undies) and I asked her to take them off.  We hurried out the door and as we were leaving the pumpkin patch, I noticed a pop of yellow lace around the back of her neck.  I pulled a little and realized that she still had her "swimsuit" on!!!!  The whole time at the pumpkin patch, she was wearing a yellow lace pair of my undies underneath her cape.  I took photo proof of that as well -- but decided against posting that.  Ha!

As we were walking out the door, E saw this photo on our frig.  It is our first pumpkin patch photo with Finn.  He realized that he wore the EXACT same outfit.  Now we have photo proof.