Sunday, January 31, 2010

But when Mama’s home we don’t take a bath every day, right?!

Marc started a blog post but this was pretty much as far as he got. I hope I won’t be disappointing too many people by writing my own blog again. It was shocking how many comments were along the lines of, "best blog post ever." Don’t worry, I didn’t write your name in my big book of shame.

Marc had a great time with the kids. One story he related to me was that Isa said without mommy we are a pretend family with just me, dad, and jimmy. “Dad”, that’s something new too.

“Mommy’s not in the house anymore because it’s just me and my Dad.  pretend to be a real family”
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Isa and Jimmy in the Castle. (Marc and I keep referring to the fort but it’s clearly not a fort and is a castle.)
castle with isa and jimmy
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Jimmy and Isa close-up in the castle.
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Marc training Jimmy with the sippy cup. Mostly he just let Jimmy play with the sippy cup.

Tonight was a night with a new first. We have Isa strapped up to a bed wetting alarm. As soon as the sensor, that is connected to her panties, senses moisture, the alarm goes off. It’s quite loud and should wake her up. Even if it doesn’t wake her up, it will wake me up, and then I have her get out of bed and have Isa walk to the bathroom. She peed just a drop and the alarm went off and off we went to the bathroom. She was pretty peeved about having to wake up but we didn’t have to change the pad or sheets, just her panties. Fingers crossed, in two weeks, she will be conditioned to wake up when she has to pee in the night time.  Sadly, Jimmy may also be conditioned to wake up when Isa needs to pee. The alarm woke him up and probably made his mouth of pain more noticeable. I gave him some Tylenol and hope he can get some rest.

My weekend was great. It was amazing to sleep 8 hours two nights in a row. Plus, I took a long nap on Saturday. It was all about getting some good R and R and I did.
Now for all you Marc Blogging Fans…

# of times # of mustache sightings # of times I was eating when…
Marc Called 5 0 5
Marc sent photos 4 0 4
Isa referenced me while I was gone 17 0 17
I was glad to be away 25 1 25


link to some scrapbook fun!

FYI, when I scrapbook, there is rarely less than 5 pictures on a page. The link above is what the hardcore scrap bookers do. I am only average in comparison to the hardcore folks.
I can add random stuff too!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Under New Management

So, Christi decided to take off this weekend and leave me all alone with the kids.  She does this every year.  She left this morning like the house was on fire (food still in bowls, lights on).  I’m surprised the water wasn’t running when I came home from work.  She took Isa to school, dropped Jimbo-tron off at Grandma’s and was on her way to freedom.  It’s a scrapbooking vacation for her, and a chance to take over the former TKAHAMCH for me. 

This is where she is:

Map picture

In the spirit of this blog, I will now tell you all about what the kids and I did today and make it sound like Xt doesn’t exist (except for that whole first part, which was pretty much exclusively about her and her weekend of scrapping fun).  I will also be using all of the available features, because that’s what they’re there for. 

Here, a link to a Hungarian website hosting a mostly proofed copyright infringing copy of one of the best short stories: 

For Esmé - with Love and Squalor

Worth a re-read today, I think. 

On to the next feature:

 

People I know: Have mustache? Eat Gyros Regularly?
Tax Lawyers 2 0
Chicago Cops 0 (?!) 1 (25% of total diet)

Wait, crap, neither of those were about the kids either. 

Yes, the kids…that reminds me of:

young-screech

Jimmy woke up last night around 2 in the morning and I went and sang him some songs.  It was cool, because I was already up (practicing law) and Jimmy is a happy boy even at 2 am.  Later, I’m told, he woke up again at 3 and remained awake until daylight. I was asleep for that part of the night (my sleep is impervious to sound)… probably dreaming…

Hopefully, Xt will edit this down a little because the blogging power may be too much for me. 

Anyway, Isa told me that we should go to a birthday party tomorrow.  I said, “who’s birthday party?”  “I don’t know, Daddy, it’s tryin’ a be somebody’s birthday…it’s gotta be Saturday ‘amorrow.”  She replied.  This is a girl with a lot of friends.

2006 Jan Pictures by Tessa by Tessa

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ni Modo todo!

Ni modo. What does that mean? It doesn’t have an exact translation, but it sort of means, so be it, what’s the point, oh well, it will be it what it will be, and if you can’t change it…accept it. It was a term I learned very quickly during my time in Mexico as it was used often. Todo means everything! That's my new philosophy.


After Marc got home I went in bed to lie down. I had the worst headache and was super tired. Marc, just being silly, asked Isa, “Why is mommy so tired.” Isa answered, “ I don’t know, she took so many naps today. I wanted to play with her but she wanted to sleep.” That made me feel kind of bad but Isa hasn’t figured out how to compromise. Hee hee. I beg her to play things with me while I lay down but she refuses. We have to play under the table or a game where one can’t stay in one place. It has been such a short time but she is already tired of me telling her I am too tired to play.

Today was the worst because out of thin air Isa took a nap but Jimmy didn’t. If I put him down in his bed, he screamed bloody murder. I was desperate to get him to sleep. I walked from one end of the house to the other over and over hoping he would conk out. I watched the clock tick and I kept thinking, Isa is going to wake up and I won’t get to nap. It was horrible. I never did nap. I did go and lay down for a few minutes here and there (all the naps I was taking according to Isa). She got a 2 hour nap. Bah humbug.

Ni modo todo! What can I do? It’s hard for me to move past the exhaustion and play but I will keep trying.

PS Jimmy is feeling much better. He's an eating, fever free, playing man!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Passing Out...

Isa fell on her booty today and cried. I went to her and was checking her booty when all of a sudden, she passed out. It was crazy scary. She made a weird noise, her eyes went to the back of her head, her face tensed up, and she passed out. A second later, she was back to crying about her booty and said her tummy hurt. Something similar happened last Saturday and it was so strange that Marc and I kind of talked it away till it happened again today. I was very scared and thought, seizures, what if Isa gets seizures her whole life. I called the pediatrician, explained both stories, and he said that it’s fairly common. Young kids get so emotional about something they forget to breathe and then pass out. WHAT?!? I am thankful he doesn’t think it’s serious. I went from thinking she needed a CAT scan to nervously laughing away Isa’s scary behavior. My mother in law noted that she was sick and probably still isn’t 100% and that may have something to do with it. I don’t know. I just hope it doesn’t happen again. I feel like every time she hurts herself or cries uncontrollably about something (which is often) I’m going to be a nervous wreck and worried she is going to pass out, fall, and hit her head. She was lucky that both times Marc or I had her and prevented her from hurting herself.  

Jimmy is still sick. He ate a tiny bit of food today and then cried afterwards till he fell asleep in my arms. I think today he was a tad better than yesterday. Let’s hope it continues.

Today Isa told me my butt was big and I told her that wasn’t very nice. She laughed and then said, “you have a little big butt.” Oh the honesty of our youth.  

Monday, January 25, 2010

still sick and housebound

Instead of eating Jimmy sucks his thumb ferociously. I worry about his thumb.



Jimmy is still sick. I thought he was getting better today, and then boom, he has a fever again and won’t eat or drink anything.  Poor kid. I took him to the doctor mostly because I was hoping he had something, anything that medicine could help. But, no, it’s a viral infection, and there is nothing one can do but wait it out.

Isa had a good day. At the doctor’s office she made friends with a sick girl. I abruptly ended that friendship. We don’t need anything new coming into our household.  Isa was saddened but got over it quickly.

I am tired and feeling quite nauseous most of the day. I hope for a decent nights sleep soon.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sickness continues

Jimmy at Grandma's house, playing with his reflection. He can't get enough of himself. He's like, he is one good looking fellow!

Isa at Olivia's house dressed up as Belle (something she did with Grandma Jo).
I just can’t believe it. Isa was sick Monday and Tuesday and much better Wednesday, Wednesday night I was horribly sick and it continued through Friday, today Jimmy is sick as a dog. I have heard of this happening, an illness slowing passing from one member to the next, and then back to the first member. I pray that doesn’t happen. Please end with Jimmy.

I want to thank my in laws for taking my kids at moments notice so I could feel horrible alone. It was a huge improvement in how I felt. And, I want to thank Marc, who worked nearly the whole night before, came home, went straight to the store for supplies, returned, and took care of me.

Today Jimmy’s fever was as high as 104.7. I don’t like that at all. He won’t eat or drink anything. Tomorrow we are taking him to the pediatrician’s office. On the bright side, he has two top teeth. Marc discovered them earlier today. We hoped his fever was teeth related but then he threw up. Sigh. Worst of all, since I got sick, I stopped nursing Jimmy, and he cried every time I put the honey bear in sight.

Oh and did I mention I am pregnant, nauseous as hell, and exhausted like I haven’t slept in a week. I’m guessing posts will not be coming very often.

Go Away Sickness! For REALS!!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Thank You!

Today has been AWESOME! Thank you everyone for all the congratulatory notes. It's been fun being called, texted, emailed, commented on blog and Facebook, it's like every media outlet is trying to say, being a mom of three is cool!

Today a couple of other things happened. Jimmy crawled again! It was two crawls in a row. We were all ecstatic. And, when Jimmy's occupational therapist left, Jimmy waved and said, "bye bye" clear as day. The OT and I just looked at each other like we had won the lottery. After she left, I fed Jimmy lunch, and all he wanted to do was practice bye bye over and over again.

Isa woke up without a fever but she is still not 100%. I think over the course of the entire day she has eaten one meals worth. I hope tomorrow her appetite increases.

Unexpected and now Confirmed!

Baby Zana Nana



January 20, 2010
It has been confirmed. I am pregnant and saw a tiny heart beat this morning. I’m 7 weeks and 3 days and the due date according to Mrs. Bennet is September 5, 2010. I don’t think I can make Poppop’s 90th birthday party but hopefully the rest of the family can. It was a great morning but there was one downer. My doctor was really pushing all these prenatal test, and the more she described them, the more I decided I didn’t want them. I told her that I would like to do the level two ultra-sound at 20 weeks and then she pushed and pushed for me to get the ultrasound at 11 weeks. I told her I had heard so many stories of false positives and false negatives and wasn’t feeling it. She said it was 90% accurate but that it only gives you your odds. For example, I might have a 1 and 50 chance of having a kid with Down syndrome or 1 and 4000. Ehh, I had a 1 in 800 chance with Jimmy (just basic odds) and now it’s 1 and 400 (more or less)…that’s good enough for me. At 20 weeks I may change my mind about the level two ultrasound. At this point I’m not curious about the Down syndrome part, although, I hear it’s really cool, 3D, and you get a glimpse of what your baby will look like.

And, just in case you are wondering, we were NOT trying. In fact, we were trying not to get pregnant.

Dec. 29, 2009
Was I surprised?, yes, but did I expect it, yes again. I’m freaking pregnant. Holy &#!T! I sat there on the toilet, peed on my stick, and before I could get my pants up it read, “pregnant.” I smiled from ear to ear, but I think it was kind of like an OMG, what the hell, is this for real, kind of smile. I called Marc immediately. He was equally surprised. Baby #3 will be two years and three months younger than Jimmy, just like Jimmy is two years and three months younger than Isa. What is up with that time frame?

I asked Isa if she would prefer a baby brother or sister. She said, “sister.” She named her Zana, Zana Nana that is! And, she wants a baby boy too, his name will be Nana.

Rough estimate of due date: August 29- September 8, 2010.

January 5, 2010
It’s been a week and I feel super normal. It’s very strange. It makes me wonder if I am even pregnant. I forget about it during most of the day and when I do think about it, it’s more of a wonder, am I really pregnant. I set up my first appointment for January 29th. It’s seems very far away right now. I might call again and see if I can get something a little sooner.

January 9, 2010
I still feel very normal. I called my doc to move up my appointment to Jan. 20th in the AM. That’s only a week and a half away. I will probably be puking by then and wishing I had just relaxed more at this time but I do what I do.

January 13, 2010
I went grocery shopping and I was so nauseous. Jimmy laughed in the cart the whole time and I could barely smile back at him. I would make my eyes look silly and get close to his face as a way to respond to him. He will probably hate me when he’s older! Jk

I just got home from a very nice dinner with Marc and I’m exhausted and nauseous. A great combo. I am pretty sure something is growing inside me. One week till we find out for sure…

January 19, 2010
This morning has been tough. Isa is sick with a high fever. I woke up feeling nauseous and had two kids to work with before I could get any food in me. After throwing cheese puffs on Jimmy’s tray I ran to the bathroom to gag. Thankfully that was it. Tomorrow I will see the doctor. I might have to take both kids if Isa isn’t feeling better. Good times ahead.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sick Isa and Happy Jimmy!

Making 30 Valentines, 25 kids, 4 teachers, 1 extra!

Sick Isa with no appetite.

Injured Jimmy. He was in the laundry basket and tipped it over and hit his head on a box. Totally my fault, ughh, but he's happy now! You can barely see it but it's at the top right corner of his head.


Today is day 2 of Isa having a fever and a horrible cough. Yesterday I thought it was just exhaustion from a super fun weekend, but now I know it’s something stronger than that. We went to the doctor this morning to rule out anything serious. He checked her blood count and thinks it’s probably a viral infection. Those viruses. This is the first time I can remember Isa having a fever two days in a row. I hope tomorrow things start looking up. She is napping, the second day in a row, and a choice she made herself. CRAZY!
Jimmy is happy as can be. He, nor the rest of us, are sick, and I really hope it stays that way. I seriously think he crawled today. It was the tiniest of crawls but he moved forward a centimeter on all fours. Pretty cool! He is also trying to imitate sounds more and more. All his sounds sound the same but he’s trying. We worked on animal sounds and it was cool to see him do it. His roar is the most distinguishable sound of all of them. It has been awhile since he has said Daddy. Why does he do that? He definitely wants to keep his audience on its toes.
We did accomplish one thing today. Isa and I made valentines for all 25 kids in her class and her 4 teachers. The joy really starts to seep out of you at #10.  They are cute but I’m guessing the simple Dora and Batman Valentines are going to be way cooler than our homemade ones.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

NPH


From 5am on, I kind of half-slept. I was imaging what my brother was doing and how the drive would be into Haiti. My brother Jacob is a volunteer at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos Orphanage, www.nph.org, in the Dominican Republic and he and a group of others were/are taking supplies into Haiti. I’m guessing the drive would be around 5 hours pre-earthquake but who knows how long it will take them. I just called my dad and no word yet. What he’s doing is scary (at least to me) but it’s got be an awesome feeling to be able to help with your hands and not just give money and standby. Below is an update from NPH Haiti. It's a great read with lots of hope. I highlighted one sentence in red because that line is referring to my brother Jacob. I'm so proud!

NPH HAITI - Hospital and Orphanage Update

Update Saturday evening
January 17, 2010 - Haiti


A patient is carried by medical staff for treatment.
A patient is carried by medical staff for treatment.
The hospital continues to be swamped with patients. W are not able to assess where they are coming from. They are desperate to find medical care. Overall the estimate is 500-700 patients in a hospital which is built for 200. Out of that 700, 200 are children and one third are under 12 years of age.
Approximately 100 x-rays have been performed daily and there are still people awaiting x-rays. There is one operating room functioning at this time for amputation of arms and legs. We are trying to prioritize surgeries, but we still do not have a working system and people are awaiting amputations. Most of the injuries we are seeing are fractures to the extremities, external fractures and wounds that are a couple days old; it is impossible to fix the smashed and soft tissue injuries.
Basic utilities, including water and electricity, are up and running. The pipes to the well were damaged, but they are now functioning properly.
Due to the dedicated staff, we are able to maintain a high level of hygiene, on all levels in the hospital. A truck arrived today from Food for the Poor, which delivered rice and beans, surgical supplies and disinfectants. Also a donation of 2500 family rations was delivered from CVS so that everyone that leaves the hospital has a supply of food.
The hospital grounds are open on some sides due to the perimeter wall falling down and there are slight security concerns but no major incidents. There are security issues all over Haiti and the UN is stepping up patrols with their limited resources.
Most patients are on the ground floor of the hospital. The second floor is empty with no patients. It is clear that the rooms were left in a hurry; there are still plates of food on the tables. People are afraid to go inside the buildings and apparently there are still aftershocks. According to the government's advice, we are not to be in the building. There has been no assessment of the buildings, only according to eyesight there is no damage. Some of the ground floor rooms are being used for intervention and wound casting and dressing.
The front yard is full of patients that we are trying to move into the courtyards. Luckily, we have not had any rain. Plastic sheets have been set-up to provide shade wherever it is possible.
Today, two people died...one adult and one child, but there were also two births. One boy and one girl. It was delightful to see the physician from Italy running around trying to find a rubber band for the ambilical cord. He then found a band in an office, sterilzed it and used it.
The Italian army is setting up tent offices in our backyard, flattening the land and waiting for their supplies to be delivered. We anticipate they will be attending to patients as well.
Fr. Rick is providing medical care to patients, giving hope and talking with people to re-instill hope. He is providing pastoral care to everyone, including the staff. Among his many other duties, Fr Rick and Fr Peter (American) have also taken medical supplies to visit the injured around the city and performed funeral services at the general morgue.
Doctors from all over the world are coming to volunteer. It is amazing and impressive to see that considering all the languages, people are all working together and working hard to alleviate suffering. Staff and volunteers are sweating like crazy, everyone is tired and exhausted. It is amazing to see that 14-years after I worked here, there are so many ex-pequeños still here along with the staff. Dr Arty was with us all day. She is like Fr. Rick, helping to motivate the staff. She is a great support to the Haitian staff if they have difficulty understanding a volunteer.
At 5 pm, the lights are back on. You can hear the sound of the generator, all the cars have left the compound and the city has lights again. It is quiet where before there were many people yelling and crying in pain.
The local mobile phone service is up and running but still jammed and the satellite service seems to be jammed. We are trying to have a central communication command and we brought our own satellite phones (if they work) but we need radios on the compound to find people. The stores are not open but we are receiving re-enforcements from the Dominican Republic.
The children in Kenscoff are doing well and everyone is safe. There is hardly any structural damage. Currently there is enough food, but they are running low on diesel. Since we have close UN ties, there should not be a problem replenishing our supplies. There are still lots of vegetables, fruits and potatoes in the market, though the prices are increasing rapidly.
Ferel is working in Petionville and Port-au-Prince to help with the external youths, ex-pequeños and staff. Alfonso arrived today to help with coordination at the home. Margo (Ferel's wife) is also helping along with Sr Altagracia.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Isa looks good (watching herself do her dance moves)!

Angelina Ballerina!

Jimmy got a cool truck!

Isa got a cool Angelina Ballerina book too!

Isa is now a present!

Isa using the Sham Wow!

Isa and Eloise before ballet class.

I took Isa to ballet this week and got to witness her class firsthand. It was funny to watch. I think about 50% of the class was spent with Isa checking out her moves in the mirror. The other half was spent inching closer to her friend Eloise.

After we got home we spent a lot of time playing with her new Angelina Ballerina set. It’s super cute. She got a belated Christmas gift from her Aunt Janet, Uncle Kit, and cousins. Christmas in mid-January is a nice way to spend a Friday night.

Isa is with her Aunt Tessa right now and is probably having the time of her life. Marc and I have had a relaxing afternoon with out her. I read, Marc watched football, and Jimmy played happily. It’s amazing how quiet it is here without her.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I wish, I wish, I wish

After we drove home from playgroup Isa asked where the wishing star was. I told her I didn’t know and then she found it. She wished she could go to dragon land. Then she let me know that it didn’t work. So then, she wished and wished and wished and wished. I explained that one, the light post does not grant wishes JK, and two, it takes lots of hard work to get to dragon land. I wonder if there is one somewhere in the United States of America excluding Alaska and Hawaii.

Jimmy is scooting across the floor. He will scoot up to 10 scoots in a row and he doesn’t seem tired after it. Pretty cool!

I forgot to mention this in my last post but at playgroup on Tuesday Isa and her friend Evelyn reenacted Cinderella. It was incredible. Each part involved a costume change that Evelyn directed. Since Isa was Cinderella she didn’t mind being directed one bit. She had her cleaning dress, her pink dress the mice made, the shattered pink dress, her gown for the ball, and her getting married dress. At one point they were full on fighting and I was about to intervene till I realized they were acting. Evelyn was the stepsister ruining Cinderella’s dress. Isa was screaming, “the mice made this for me, stop, don’t ruin it.” Isa was so angry her cheeks were red. They were both in heaven. I told Isa to get ready for playgroup today and she talked about doing Cinderella again. I told her we weren’t going to Evelyn’s house and she had a melt down. Poor thing.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Mr. and Mrs.

Mr. Man (I think Isa gave him a mustache). Don't you love his outfit? He's is sporting a pale green and silver striped jumpsuit with a sparkly brown belt and purple boots. He also has purple eyes and jet black hair with a red mustache. Gotta love the crazy dude. I think he's ready to hit the disco floor.

Mrs. Chick in a purple strapless dress with silver stripes, accented with a red belt and red shoes.



Jimmy took a class at the gym this morning and got a serious workout. I think it will be great for his physical development especially since he won’t have physical therapy for a few weeks. They had him throwing sand bags, scooting through a tunnel, dancing to music, and just having a good ol' time. Jimmy took a long nap after his workout and I really tried to take one too but Isa forbade it. The craziest part was she was tired. The night time potty training is breaking up her sleep as well. I can tell it's hard on her. It's hard to say if we have made progress but we are going to keep her pull-up-less for now. During Jimmy's nap we ended up making some paper clothes for paper dolls (one of the project kits I bought at the Paper Source). The packet is really cool and has 20 paper figures and different stencils that you can trace out their clothes with. We made two people today: a Mr. Man and a Mrs. Chick. Isa had the two figures getting married and kissing over and over again.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Chicken and Dumplings

First, you make the chicken broth.

Second, you make the dumplings



Third, the roux.




Today I made chicken and dumplings. I thought it was superb but Isa took some convincing. I got the recipe off my friend’s blog, http://thebakerandthechef.weebly.com/6/category/dumplings/1.html. I think Isa would have enjoyed it more if I made the dumplings super small. I finally cut them super tiny and then she finished it with minimal complaints. I left the veggies in the broth and Jimmy ate the carrots and celery like a champ.

Isa made an heirloom for her sister-brother. Fancy Nancy made one for her sister so I think Isa wants Jimmy to be her sister but will settle for sister-brother.



Sunday, January 10, 2010

Jimmy's Shadow!

Isa went to her first ballet class this morning and loved it. Marc took her and only took one photo. She had a blast. Marc noted that Isa listened the least to the teacher and offered her own thoughts on each dance move the most. Ohhh, our little Isa!

Jimmy and I had some fun playing at home. He played with Isa’s beloved keyboard and sang into the mic. If only I had a working camera, I could have recorded it.

Jimmy playing with his shadow. He loved his shadow and had a long conversation with it.

Jimmy on Isa's mic. Shhh, don't tell her!

Isa is in the hot pink leotard.


Tonight we went to Grandma’s house for dinner and Jimmy talked up a storm. I’m pretty sure he said Daddy and imitated a few other sounds like lala and woof.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Da....Dee


Marc was putting on a movie for Isa and I was holding Jimmy walking toward them when Jimmy said, “Da (2 second pause) dee, Da (2 second pause) dee.” Marc and I were just beaming with pride. He is also consistently signing more and eat. He is such a big boy. Oh and his scooting average is up to 3 or 4 scoots before a break. We are very proud parents.

Isa and I walked down Central St to do some shopping today. She got some light pink tights and pink ballerina shoes for her class that starts tomorrow. She is super excited. We hit Starbucks and we each got a drink. I love that they have the kid size hot chocolate and then we went to the Paper Source to get two birthday gifts and some project fun for us. We finished off at Subway and got ourselves a sandwich for lunch. I love Central St and that we are a minute from it. It will be hard to find a house that’s comparable in location to fun restaurants, a grocery store, and several schools to choose from. 

We went to 5 O’clock mass at St. John Berchmans and during it Isa asked, “Where’s God?” Grandma answered, “He’s inside you, in your heart.” She didn’t buy it. After church there was a spaghetti dinner and Jimmy played the cup on the table like a drum and Isa danced next to the musician playing the accordion. A very nice evening indeed.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Colt :(

Two days ago I missed the Fed Ex guy by 5 minutes. Yesterday I was home all day with two short exceptions, when I dropped and picked up Isa from school, but they did not make an attempt yesterday, although my package was on a truck the whole day. Today I was home till 1:50pm when I left to get an oil change and Fed Ex came at 2:07pm. The craziest part is that I am going to return what they are mailing me. UGH! I will probably end up driving to Fed Ex to pick up the laptop and then drive to UPS to mail it back to Dell. I am so annoyed.

Texas Fight, Hook ‘Em!, Go Horns Go, Make them eat &h!*. I’m nervous already.

It’s half-time and I am so bummed. What happened to Colt? Come on Texas, beat em with your second string quarterback!

On a positive note, Jimmy ate some yummy oatmeal for breakfast and lentil soup for dinner. We have a student occupational therapist coming to our house to work with Jimmy and the two got along great. I think both parties will benefit greatly from the each other.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Make that two teeth!

Jimmy is such a rock star. He blew away our speech therapist today. She couldn’t stop praising the boy. She said she had never seen a boy imitate so well at his age. He was imitating the wolf sound of a dog, the sign and sound of stop, the monkey sound and a pig sound (he was imitating in his own way). Every time he did something the therapist was just jumping for joy. After Jimmy played with each toy, we sang a bye bye song, and Jimmy sang something like it with us. It was awesome to watch. He also did great in occupational therapy. He is getting stronger and better at pushing buttons he hasn’t been able to before. Two thumbs up for Jimmy! Now he’s getting a nice nap.  Oh and did I mention that Marc felt Jimmy’s second tooth. It’s official. Several sleepless nights but at least he, or we, have something to show for it (like we made the tooth come out!).

Isa returned to school today after a long break. On the way there she talked about how it's not nice to talk when the teacher is talking and that you should listen. I asked her if she listens and she said, "yes, I'm a good girl." That's what I like to hear. After school, while we were de-coating, de-scarfing and the like, Isa told me that she hit the mean boys that did not listen. Hmmm, maybe not such a good girl. She sounds a tad like her daddy when he was a youngin.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Please don't hurt my feelings...

Isa being her goofy self!

I really wanted to post something yesterday but there was no time. We got home late and I was exhausted from the many interruptions I got the previous night. At 2am I was sitting with Jimmy in the kitchen feeding him jars of baby food and a banana.

We got home late from Aunt Tessa’s birthday party. Isa made a card for her. She wrote it in her own script and I asked her what it said and it was something like this: love Tessa, love me. I’m very very sorry for hurting your feelings. I love you so very much. Please don’t hurt my feelings. It makes me sad. Happy Birthday Tessa!  Love Isa. When Aunt Tessa read the card, tears were falling, I was laughing so hard. Isa then recited it. It was hilarious (to me anyways!).

Jimmy is so close to having two teeth. He’s been such a pooper and drooler.   He’s been scooting a tad further than he normally scoots. Generally he will scoot two army scoots and sit up but he has been upping his average to 2.5 scoots and then a sit. His drinking has not improved at all which I find shocking. I thought he would be a pro by now. His eating seems to have worsened because he’s getting more picky. He used to eat avocado and now he avoids it…same with blueberries, raspberries, turkey meats and even cheerios. He needs a varied diet. I will have to get creative in the kitchen and that’s so not my strong suit.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

My boy is joining the Marines.

Jimmy with a fresh haircut compliments of his daddy.


We, Marc, Isa, and I, gave Jimmy a haircut this morning in the bathtub. Marc cut, I held Jimmy’s head kinda still and Isa entertained and brought toys. Jimmy screamed like we were torturing him the whole time. It was awful. He didn’t care about the toys or all the singing; he just wanted it all to stop. He needs a little more work done around his ears and neck but it’s good enough for today.


My two cutie pies!

Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 begins!

Sock puppets. Isa thought they were cool foot puppets.

Eloise and Isa put on a show for Jimmy this morning.


Bedtime was difficult for Isa, Eloise and me but we were all in bed and making a strong effort to sleep at 10pm. Other than bedtime, the sleepover was amazing. I think my problem is believing that you sleep during a sleepover. But, an hour or less of hassle is nothing compared to the many hours of fun. Even in the morning, when you would think they would be cranky, they weren’t…not a bit….not even I was!

After Eloise left, my focus was turned to NU football. It was a game of many highs and lows. It was so exciting. I can’t believe they went into overtime. They went down in the end by three, and that part totally sucked, but it was still a great game.

Jimmy woke up from his nap with a temp of 103. I gave him Tylenol and some love and he seems better now. He’s fighting something. Go Jimmy, beat that virus or infection. J

Spur of the moment Goals for 2010!
1)      get more sleep
2)      potty train Isa at night
3)      have Jimmy drinking on his own
4)      teach Jimmy to crawl and walk
5)      teach Isa to write all her letters
6)      go on an awesome vacation
7)      if the location is right, open a coffee shop