Happy Birthday Alex! WOW! You are now 3 years old! Where oh where has this time gone? It seems like just yesterday we got to meet you and hold you in our arms for the first time! You are growing up so fast. You are such a sweetheart and have a heart of gold! You bring us so much joy and we love you so very much!
Just reactivating again...sorry! I PROMISE to do a real update soon!
Happy 1st Birthday to you Jaret! How this year has flown by! You are such a happy little guy and bring such joy to our lives! We are truly blessed to have you in our lives! We love you so much!!!!
Sorry, but another quick update. We''ve been battling illness for the past couple weeks and that''s taken up most of my time!
Jaret wound up with a 102+ fever last week. Brought him in thinking ear infection, but surprisingly none. Just a virus. That lasted 3 days. Then couple days later he woke up and 1 eye matted shut. Cleaned it out and kept it clean all day. Next day = both eyes totally shut. Needless to say, this freaked him out (I don''t blame him) and I brought him back in. They gave me drops. Said it was a bacterial infection leading to pink eye. Although it wasn''t pink eye yet. This was Tuesday. On Thursday I brought him back in, this time it is an ear infection! Yeah! Poor kid! We''ve been healthy all winter and now he''s on eye drops, nasal spray (Little Noses), amoxicillan and Tylenol! Alex has a bad cold, as do I and Peter. Hope it passes soon! :)
OK, so it''s been awhile so thought I had better get this updated. Especially since we recently got the e-mail that they are ending the About My Baby website at the end of the year! I need to get it updated more often! (I need to update their other baby books too! But it''s all on the calendar at least?!?!)
Anyway, here''s a bit about what we''ve been up to:
It was a cold wet Fall, so it got hard to get things done outside. However, we did get to ride in the combine, truck and tractor with Grandpa Orval. We also got to ride with Papa Jerry in the beet truck. Alex LOVED that! It was so muddy we even had to get pulled out by the tractor...that kids dream! Jaret even took a nap in the beet truck. That kid must be used to living with Alex...he can sleep through anything! ha ha
For Halloween Alex was a cowboy and Jaret was a pony. Or so the package said. But after opening it he looked more like a cow (there wasn''t even a mane). But it was OK. He was adorable anyway! They both were. Alex really enjoyed trick or treating. But it was so cold we didn''t walk around the blocks at all. Instead we went to the Mall and just our friends homes. But that was more than enough! We still have candy left. We also went to our cousin''s new cabin by Alexandria in October. It is beautiful and we had a great time!
We spent Thanksgiving in Crookston and the boys and I went shopping on Black Friday with my Dad. My Mom and Sister went too, but we split up to accomplish more. It got to be a long day, but we got some good deals. Peter went to a couple stores in Fargo.
One of the stores he went to was JoAnn Fabrics to get me some fleece. For Christmas this year that''s what I wanted, fleece to make tie blankets to donate to the YWCA (Rape and Abuse Crisis Center) here in Fargo. So far I''ve donated 17 blankets, and have quite a few more to get done and brought in. I''ve also been doing some major house cleaning and bringing in toys, etc. for them there. There were 37 kids in the shelter with their moms over Christmas. I can''t imagine.
After Thanksgiving we joined the ECFE group in Glyndon and both boys love it! Alex thinks that it is great he gets to go to school and loves to talk about it. We found him a backpack (I got in trouble the first day because I didn''t bring one and when we got to class he wanted one..oops!) and he enjoys playing with the other kids. Jaret loves it too. He especially loves music. We are all excited to go back next Friday and have some more fun!
Christmas was celebrated in Crookston a couple different times. It was a great time and both boys loved opening presents. Of course, Jaret was just as excited about the paper as to what was inside, but Alex was all about Santa. They got all they could have wanted and then some, which made Mom donate that much more old toys to YWCA! :) Due to the Christmas blizzard the kids and I went a day early to Crookston and Peter came Christmas Eve for a couple days. It''s good to be together for the holidays. And what a storm! I wanted a white Christmas, but not quite like that!
Alex: He is the best big brother ever. He is so good to Jaret and is always watching out for him. However, he now thinks that Jaret is a little bigger than he really is and wants to play with him/wrestle! Jaret is going to be one tough kid! Everyday Alex is saying more and more words and sentences and makes us laugh every day. He has quite the imagination. The first time I gave Jaret a biter biscuit he dropped it on the floor and Alex exclaimed "Mom! Jaret dropped his bone!" to which we then had to talk about they are different than Daisy''s (the dogs) bones. It was pretty funny. The latest is my parents dog died a couple months ago so we told Alex she got sick and had to go live with Jesus so we can''t see her anymore. Today I told him that one of his friends got sick so he wouldn''t be coming to Dinosaur Playland with us and Alex asked me if Dalton had to go live with Jesus because he got sick! So then I had to TRY to explain that Dalton just had the flu and would be fine and he wasn''t sick enough to have to go live with Jesus. Might have to try and figure out a new way to describe death...
Alex''s favorite things are his Little People playsets and HOCKEY! The kid lives for it. He runs around the house in his gear (tonight he ate supper wearing a helmet and elbow pads) and constantly wants to play hockey. His Auntie Stacy got him hockey skates for Christmas and that''s all he wants to do. He does pretty good when we''ve gone to open skating. He likes to kick the cone around the ice. (He still needs help of course). He doesn''t want to get off the ice no matter how cold he is. We now play hockey in the kitchen cuz it is slippery like ice. Today he met the Schwann''s man at the door in full hockey gear. The Schwann''s man laughed. Probably looks like quite the place when your kid has to play in hockey equipment! ha ha
He also is into Johnny Cash and the song "Ring of Fire." (Thanks Papa Jerry) We drove to Crookston, about 70 miles from our house, with that song on repeat the entire way. Don''t get me wrong, I like Johnny, and I like the song, but you can only take so much! Alex can sing most of the words, which is so cute because he tries to lower his voice when he''s singing!
Jaret is quite the little man too. He is growing like a weed and doing more things everyday. He is a crawling machine and is into EVERYTHING! He even climbed up a step already! So gates had to come out again! He doesn''t like to be out of the action and is usually in the kitchen watching us play hockey. He pulls himself up and has actually stood up by himself for a few seconds. He''s also teething up a storm. He''s gotten 6 teeth since the week of Christmas! He is such a happy little guy and is full of smiles for everyone.
He is FINALLY showing some interest in food other than Mom''s milk. He doesn''t really like it awhole lot, but wants to try it all the time. He also likes sipping on a sippie cup. He thinks he''s pretty cool stuff with a big boy cup!You would think that he eats everything he can get his hands on, oh wait! He does! :) But food wise you would think so to for how chubby those little thighs are! He also does "so big" and waves goodbye. He loves to play with Alex and gets right back up when he''s knocked down. He also loves to dance. When music is on he just bops around. It''s pretty cute. He has the most adorable little giggle to and is easily made to laugh.
When we were at dinosaur playland today I let him crawl around and where did he want to be? Right at the slide where majority of the kids are. So I put him up and he came shooting down with a huge smile on his face! So that''s what he wanted to do the rest of the time. He thought it was great. Other people said "he''s going to get scared when he starts sliding" but then he came down (He held my finger a couple times and just came himself a couple times with me standing next to him) and laughed the whole way. They couldn''t believe it.Crazy kid! Another one with no fear! Yikes!
Now that the weather is a little nicer out we are hoping to get some sledding and snowmobile rides in.
They are both such blessings to our lives. I am so lucky to have them! I know that I am missing a lot of stuff, but at least you got a little update! Hope that you are all doing well! Try to do this more often...promise!
Merry Christmas everyone! God''s blessings to you as we celebrate our Savior''s birth!
WOW! So it''s been over 2 months since a true update huh?!?!? Needless to say, it''s been crazy around here, so it''s going to be a shortened version.
First, Jaret is sound asleep and Alex put Peter to sleep on the couch downstairs. (Yes, I went down to check and Alex was watching Elmo eating Oreos--he got the bag himself--while Peter was sound asleep on the couch. Anyone else see a problem with this?!?) Anyway, Alex is now watching Elmo minus the oreos and should be asleep in a few minutes so that means Mom has time to herself! WOW! That doesn''t happen!
SO here it goes:
July started at the Fertile Fair. Alex, Jaret and I went everyday with my parents. Peter came Saturday for a bit. HE brought Alex to the demo derby, which he loved. He also loved the rides and again the motorcycles and fun house were our favorites! The Fertile Fair was over the 4th of July this year, so we went to the lake for the day and the fair that night. It was fun but got to be a long 5 days!
The next weekend we went on our first family vacation...all the way to Bismarck! Peter had his monthly union meeting but this time me and the kids went along. We stopped in Jamestown on the way there to break up the trip and did the whole buffalo thing. They were right along interstate when we drove by but by the time we got there...gone. Figures! We got a motel room where there was a kiddie pool as well as a big waterslide and Alex had a blast. He enjoyed the big waterslide, but wanted to go himself instead of with Mom. Not happening. The kid has no fear. He jumped right back in the deep pool when I was climbing out because he wanted to climb out himself! Ahhh! Luckily I was still in the water and right there but it still scared me. Eventually he decided the kiddie pool was more fun. That had it''s own waterslide and before to long he was coming down head first. Crazy kid. He had a blast though. We enjoyed some time with our friends that live there (that we hadn''t seen in WAY to long!) and went to the Dakota Zoo. It was a great day to be there, but a long day. They had some neat exhibits and Alex loved all the animals. The most "exciting" exhibit was the Bengal tigers. They had the little viewing areas of course on the outside of the fence where it was just glass between you and the tigers but they also had a tunnel you could go through and pop up in a little viewing area in the middle of the tigers area. OK, so by the main viewing glass there was a tiger pacing back and forth. He would stop and just stare at Jaret. A little unnerving for his mother taking pics. Peter brought Alex through the tunnel and held him up in the "bubble." The second the tiger saw Alex in the bubble he ran over there and circled him. Alex''s eyes got huge and he looked down at Peter. Who saw the tiger and got Alex right down and out of there. Very freaky for mom! I didn''t appreciate anyone looking at my kids as lunch!
The next weekend the kids and I went to Crookston for the weekend and Peter went canoeing down the river with some friends. They had a good time.
Alex is in this huge Elmo phase right now and I decided that we should go to Sesame Street Live: Elmo''s Green Thumb. I got the tickets last minute but wound up with GREAT seats. Front row (of the seated section...we didn''t want floor) and right on the aisle. Alex was really good except for the last little bit. Got a little close to nap time. He couldn''t believe it when the characters walked out on stage. When we told him we were going to go see Elmo, he thought we were going to watch it in the van! What a nice surprise!
I decided not to work We-Fest this year. It would have been to much and the weather wasn''t great either. My sister Stacy did though and so my Mom came down and hung out with us during the day and met Stacy at night for the concerts. They had a great time and enjoyed watching the shows. I think it was a real "eye opener" for Grandma! ha ha
The middle of August was the annual Ox Cart Days in Crookston. It was a rainy weekend, so missed te kiddie parade, but luckily it was nice for the main one that night. Alex loves parades! My cousin and his wife were here from North Carolina so we had a family get together that weekend too. It was nice seeing them again! It had been a couple years!
August 22 and 23 was the Fargo Airsho. They do it every other year. We went on Saturday and WOW! What a show! The Blue Angels were there. Alex thought it was awesome sitting in the different planes and helicopters and "driving" them. He was quite surprised at some of the airplanes tipping over in the sky but was really impressed with the jets. It was a great show. Jaret slept through the jets. I couldn''t believe it! Even with the ear plugs in it was loud! I guess he''s used to sleeping with Alex around though!
We helped our friends Tom and Susie move to Wisc. also. Well, we helped them pack up in Crookston. We aren''t ready to travel to Wisc. yet!
Over Labor Day weekend we went to the Lake on Saturday and spent the day there. The boys went on the boat and Isaac tried kneeboarding and water skiing. All Alex said when he got off was "Isaac keep falling down." Poor Ike! Alex has no patience for beginners apparently! :) Although Peter said he did get concerned when Ike would fall and Alex couldn''t see him. Peter had to keep showing him where he was and that they were going back for him. Alex missed his buddy over the summer and is glad to have him back!
We also went to Rollag with my parents on Labor Day. Jaret went on his first Merry Go Round and Alex loved the tractors and the horses. Jaret really enjoyed the horses too and got really excited. We even got to ride the train! Both boys fell asleep on the train ride so we headed home.
So that is the brief summary of the last couple months. This Saturday we are celebrating Jaret''s 1/2 birthday with the family. Crazy to think that he''s 6 months old already on Saturday! WOW! Time sure flies! He''s rolling over and pulling himself along on the floor. He watches everything that you do, especially what his big brother is doing. He is so easy going and smiley and we are blessed to have him in our lives.
Alex is doing well also. He is SO BUSY and constantly saying new things. He is definitely pushing his boundaries and pushing us to the limit. It''s hard to keep a straight face sometimes. (Like when he tells me "Mom don''t talk to me" when I try to tell him something.) Yeah, and he''s only 2! He is a great big brother though and would do anything for Jaret. He is always watching out for him and making sure he has toys, blankets, etc. And Jaret just lights up when he sees Alex. They are going to be best buds!
Just re-activating. Sorry! More coming soon--promise! Just to hard to type with one hand while feeding Jaret! :)
Miracle of all Miracles...both boys are down for a nap at the same time! I sometimes wonder if it''s a secret conspiracy that they have worked out to sleep at different times to make sure I get NOTHING done! ha ha Or so it seems. Don''t get me wrong, Alex is a great "helper" but sometimes I do better without the help!
The past months have flown by. They are both getting so big. It''s hard to believe that Alex turned 2 yesterday! WOW! Here it seems like yesterday I was holding him in the hospital and yet we already have little Jaret too! They are both such blessings in my life and I don''t know what I would do without them. I sometimes wonder what did I do before kids? I must have been extremely bored...but I don''t remember not having things to do?!?! And what did I have in my house? It must have been empty without the toys, etc.?? Nope..don''t remember that either! ha ha
I know it''s been a while, but I am going to make this short. I always have a list of things to do, but with Alex''s party this weekend, the list is extremely long!
Alex is growing up so fast. He is such a character with the biggest heart. He can be naughty, don''t get me wrong, but he is a great little boy. He is constantly talking and saying new words every day. Not even words anymore, we''re onto phrases and working on getting an actual sentence down. You never know what is going to come out of his mouth though! But he is so much fun and makes us laugh everyday. He is a very loving brother who is constantly handing out hugs and kisses to Jaret, whether he wants one or not! Alex is super happy now that it is warm enough (a couple days! ha ha) to be outside again. I can''t believe it''s June, seems about April!
Jaret is growing like a weed. He''s going to be my tall man I think. He is such a content and happy little boy. He is constantly smiling and loves to talk to you. The only things that get him upset are empty tummy and full pants. But I don''t blame him, I get crabby when I am hungry and the pants...well, I guess I don''t have that problem. :) He completely holds his head (he''s always had a strong neck and held it good on his own...but we have that down pat now) and has even sat in his Bumbo seat a couple times. He thinks that''s pretty neat. He has to be able to look around ''ya know. Gotta'' keep tabs on what''s going on!
I can''t wait until this summer, uh, I mean, when the weather FINALLY gets nice and it seems like summer so we can go outside. I am getting tired of these dreary rainy days, as are the kids. Well, at least Alex.
Otherwise, things have been going well. I am happy at home with the kids and we enjoy out outtings and getting together with friends. It''s nice being able to be at home with them!
Wow~ does time ever fly! It seems to go even faster with 2!
Well, here''s an update of the past 3 1/2 weeks already! Yikes! They grow so fast.
First, miracles do happen...they are both sound asleep for naps at the same time! Yeah! Mommy is going to get something done! So what do I do? Clean house? Laundry? Dishes? Nope...computer time! :) That''s the hardest to get done with little ones around!
Things are going very well around here. Jaret is growing like a weed and Alex is the best big brother ever. Of course, the first couple days were spent on being gentle with Jaret and he has owies on his head so we only kiss the cheek and pat soft. He is doing awesome with it now. He loves to give him kisses and is quite possessive of him actually. If someone is holding him and he doesn''t like it, he actually tries to pry Jaret out of their hands and hollers "Help!! Mom!" It''s kinda'' cute, but he is so serious about it, I don''t want to hurt his feelings for worrying about Jaret either. He is great about sharing, but night time is still Mommy time. We go to bed together and then after Alex has fallen asleep he goes to his crib and Jaret and Mommy go night night. That gives Daddy and Jaret a little time to hang out too.
We are so fortunate to have such wonderful family around here to help out. The first week home Peter wound up working (although around the area so he still got home at nights) so my sister spent the first couple days of her Spring break here helping me with the 2 kids and then my Dad came when she left to help finish off the week. The following week Peter didn''t work because they were predicting flooding. And did it ever! We were hit with overland flooding but it wasn''t good. For about a week we had lake front property! In reality, we were basically our own little island. Needless to say, with all the roads going under water and the rivers hadn''t crested yet (we aren''t by the river, but that would make the overland water higher also) Peter suggested that me and the kids head to Crookston and I agreed. He stayed to watch the sump pumps. The water was about 20 feet from the house when we left, which meant the septic tank/drain field was under water, so water usage was at a bare minimum. No washing clothes, the toilet didn''t want to flush right, dishes were a minimum, etc. Try doing that with a newborn and a toddler. When we left, we actually had to drive through water to get to the highway. Scary with kids in the car! And we''re only a mile on gravel. Well, we were. Now we have to detour to the one road that is still open..about 2 miles out of the way. The road we''d usually take has a sinkhole in it about 40 feet long and 5 feet deep. If I only had the General Lee....ha ha.
Anyway, it worked out. The kids and I stayed at my parents and went to my grandparents during the day. It was a BIG help and Alex enjoyed the extra playmates. We were thinking we''d only be gone a couple days, but since both highways between our place and Crookston (well,without going totally out of the way) were shut down besides, we stayed 10 days. We are now safely home and can use water! Yeah! We''ve been out driving around and looking at the roads and it could be quite awhile before some are fixed. That''s for sure! The good news is that we didn''t have any damage to the house (water got about 5 feet away) except a little seepage into the basement, which is just storage anyway, so no biggie. Better than what it could have been! For the most part, Fargo and Moorhead both made it through round 1 too, so that''s good. Some homes are gone, but better than entire cities. They are now predicting another crest close to the same as we just had, if not higher, so that should be intersting. The overland should be OK though, so we are hoping to stay home.
My concern is baptism. With the roads gone, and our yard still under water, it''s postponing Jaret''s baptism. We are trying to figure out when we can do it. I always feel better when they are baptised!
While we were in Crookston Alex got sick (first night there) and I brought him in...croup. Then Jaret got it so it was back and forth to the Dr.''s in Grand Forks because Crookston doesn''t have a pediatrician. Actually, I brought Alex to Crookston the first day and the Dr. said to bring him to GF to a pediatrician...nice huh? But at least he was honest with me about it. Anyway, we were all concerned about both boys, but Jaret scared us the most as he was so little which such an awful cough. He also wound up getting an upper respitory infection and a little bit of "grunting." For the most part, they are both doing much better now, with just little coughs. Jaret has his delayed 2 week appt. at our regular pediatrician here in Fargo on Thursday, so we''ll get re-checked then.
Other than that, not much new. The flood basically took up most of the past couple weeks. Jaret is an awesome baby. He sleeps good and is a great eater. God has truly blessed us with 2 healthy, beautiful babies to love and raise!
We are going to Crookston this weekend for Easter. Friday we''re celebrating birthdays with my family and then Sat we got a poolside room at one of the hotels so Alex can go swimming. (Peter won a free nights stay so figured we should use it) We''ve invited all the cousins and stuff to so they can all come and play. Should be fun!
Happy Easter Everyone!
Jaret Carl arrived at 12:28 pm this afternoon after a busy morning. After 2 weeks of contractions and being dialated to a 3-4, they broke my water this morning at 7:45. That got the contractions a little more consistent, but still not strong enough to get things done, so the put me on pitossin. (sp?) That worked.
They started that at 9am. At 11 am I was up to a 5. By 11:30 it was a 6, and 11:45 a 8. Things went fast from there. My Dr. didn''t even make it! She came by and I was at a 5 and thought she had time for her surgery she was scheduled for, so she scrubbed in for that. However, she just got started, and the nurse was calling her for me! So instead they called over to the clinic and said whatever Dr. could get here first, come. We wound up with another Dr. that I have heard is very good, and she did a good job. However, they had everything set up for my Dr. so they were scrambling for her size scrubs, gloves, etc. They got everything EXCEPT a hairnet/hat etc. to keep her hair out of her eyes. So she got to wear Daddy''s hat (Peter''s) for the delivery. The nurses thought it was quite funny. Mom thinks it''s funny now, but wasn''t as amused at the time. I was just glad she was there to "catch!"
Jaret came and scored a 9/9. Perfect to us. He is absolutely wonderful and a great eater.
He is getting a bath now and Mommy''s supper just got here, so going to try and grab something to eat quick. Will try and update more tomorrow.
Oh, Alex is doing great. He has been a great big brother, can say "Jaret" and loves to give him kisses. It''s adorable!
OK...here we go. Things have been pretty busy, and I''ll try and remember most of what we''ve been up to!
In the last entry I forgot to mention that when Daddy went to this fishing tournament, Alex, Mommy, Grandpa Jerry, Grandma Cindy, and Auntie Stacy went to the bullriding in Grand Forks. It was a lot of fun. Alex thought it was pretty interesting and kept somewhat entertained. Not to big about the breaks though. But he did like watching the horses and bulls.I won tickets on one of the local radio stations, so it was something fun and different to do.
February has been fairly cold, so not a whole lot of time outside, but a little bit. Alex loves to spend as much time out there as possible. I''ve been busy with Dr. appointments. Things are progressing nicely, but maybe a little quicker than I''m ready for! It is exciting and I can''t wait to meet our new little one, but I hate the thought of them having to be out in the cold weather. So hopefully it is a nice and early spring! I don''t think (and neither does the Dr.) that I''ll be waiting much longer.
We went to cousin Taylor''s skating competition in Moorhead last weekend. It was the first skating competition for Daddy and Alex. She did awesome! It''s hard to believe that she''s old enough to be competing already! It was fun to watch her though. Alex enjoyed dancing to the music.
Daddy is still working in the Cities. Last Thursday was supposed to be his last day, but they put his "unpaid vacation" off for another week, so he isn''t home again this week. Luckily he''s working 4 day weeks now, so he''s home last on Thursday night. Grandpa Jerry has been staying with us and Alex has enjoyed the time with him, as do I. He''s a big help! I''m anxious to get things done, and with Peter gone, nothing has gotten done. So it''s been driving me nuts. Luckily Grandpa helps out!
For instance, last Fall (about Sept.) the plaster in one of the closets started falling in. No idea why, but it did. Anyway, Daddy still had not fixed it. (Daddy is really good about helping out other people, but takes his time getting things done around our house. It drives me insane and I usually wind up doing it myself or having someone else--like Grandpa Jerry--help me do it. I grew up getting things done, especially important things like if your ceiling starts falling in, fix it. But he just lets things go.That plaster dust probably isn''t the healthiest thing to have around the house either.) Needless to say, more and more kept falling in and I couldn''t take it anymore so Grandpa Jerry (and his helper Alex) redid the closet for me this past week. IT LOOKS AWESOME! We decided to put up wood instead of trying to redo plaster. The whole was pretty big to patch, plus plaster is a mess. The wood looks and smells much better! It is nice to have it done. I am very thankful to my Dad for doing it!
This weekend we went to Crookston for Ice Buster Days. Peter did the fishing tournament and I brought Alex to watch some of the snowmobile radar run. (Congrats to Cousins Jim and Derrick for getting 1st place in each of their groups!) Anyway, it was to cold so we didn''t stay long and Alex wasn''t happy about it, so we left. He SCREAMED and was super mad at me. Later that afternoon Alex, Daddy, Stacy, Grandma Cindy and Noah and Ella (2 kids that Stacy was babysitting) went sledding at Central Park and did a little skating. Mommy stood at the bottom and took pics. Didn''t want to start anything! They had a great time. It was a little cold, but not bad. Daddy rode down on a grain scoop shovel and pulled Alex behind him in his infant sled. (It was a little to big of a hill to send Alex down himself) Yes, we had more sleds, but Daddy prefers a shovel...another thing from his childhood I guess. Then Daddy pulled Alex onto the ice rink and let him spin on the ice and do a little "skating" in his boots. He thought that was awesome that he got to play hockey! He loves hockey and actually sleeps with his hockey sticks that Grandpa Jerry bought him. It makes the bed a little crowded, but he sleeps good. It''s in his blood I guess.
After sledding Daddy, Alex and I went to the Eagles for the supper and then Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Jerry babysat Alex while Daddy and I went to the dance for a bit. It was fun to get out and visit for awhile. I can''t believe that I even was awake at midnight when we left! Way past my bedtime these days! :) But it was fun. I didn''t do any dancing...again, didn''t want to add some unplanned excitement to the weekend! ha ha
Sunday Daddy went back to the Cities early and Alex and I stayed in Crookston a little longer and went to Great Grandma Hilda''s and Great Grandpa Orval''s for dinner and to visit with the family. Nice afternoon so we asked Cousin Bill to come give Alex his first snowmobile ride. HE LOVED IT! He wasn''t to sure what was going on, and I am not sure he blinked for about the entire 15 minute ride, but that''s all he talks about now. "Bill, vroom, more." It''s pretty cute.
I am subbing again today and tomorrow. I am getting really uncomfortable so we''ll see how it goes. Those are my last days of subbing. Go to the Dr. again on Wednesday. She had talked about inducing me, but I don''t want to go through that again, so said as long as everything is OK, I''d rather wait. I think that she is suggesting it because I already have a little protein (which is OK still) but my blood pressure is still good. However, if that goes up, I''m not going to have a choice. It would be nice if Peter was here though! Might be a quick trip back from the Cities if baby decides to come! I am feeling good though. But ''ya never know! Kids! :) ha ha I have things ready, it''s just the "waiting game" now...
We''ll keep you updated...PROMISE!!!!!
Hey everyone! I''m busy subbing today, but they have a student teacher, which means I FINALLY get time to get some stuff updated on here! Yeah! I got the pics updated yesterday, today onto the journal!
Well, we''re working our way through the winter, trying to get ready for baby #2. I am definitely in the "nesting stage" which I never really experienced with Alex. Yeah, I wanted to get things ready for him, but that was about it. Now, I am going insane with my house. Toys, dishes, etc. drive me nuts! Poor Alex! He takes something out, walks away, and Mom puts it away again! Well, I try too. He is faster at taking out than I am at putting away, but I try!
Last night is a prime example. I left him, sitting on his fuzzy chair in the living room giving his baby a bottle for about 1 minute while I walked into the kitchen to check on supper. I stirred the noodles, checked the chicken and was going to open a can of corn when Alex came running in the kitchen and hollered "MESS! MESS!" Thinking that he had thrown all the books on the floor or something that we do 500 times a day, I finished the can of corn before heading into the living room. While I was working on the corn, I asked him "DID you make a mess?" to which I of course got a big "NO". I then asked who did and I got no response. (He kept saying "uh oh, mess" this entire time. That should have been a sign of what had happened.) Anyway, I picked him up and headed to the living room. I got to the living room (walking through the dining room)and said "what mess?" noticing nothing worse than when I had left. That''s when he pointed to the dining room table that I had just walked by. "MESS MESS!" Good grief. He had gotten up on the chair, grabbed the big salt shaker that I had just filled last week, pulled the bottom plug out of it and dumped it all over the table, chair and of course the floor. But to make him look innocent, he had placed it back on the table right side up, only empty. He pointed again and said "uh oh, mess!" What could I do? I burst out laughing and said "Oh my gosh! What did you do?!?!" Once he realized he wasn''t in trouble, he got a big smile on his face. Then we called Daddy and told him what we had done. I explained to him that it was naughty, but couldn''t really punish him since I had laughed at first. So before supper I got to wipe it all off the table and chair and vacuum under the table. (Who ever put the carpet in the dining room should have their head examined). We are definitely 1 busy little boy!
It''s been nice enough outside to go play outside a couple days. He LOVES it! He gets so excited, and the dogs love it too. They don''t get the attention they need during these cold winter months. I feel bad, but none of us (including them) feel like playing outside when it''s 30 below! Sunday we were out for a bit in the afternoon. Daddy brought Alex up on the snowpile and they "slid" down. Alex thought that was the best thing. Once they had a little slide going, he set Alex up and hung onto his legs as Alex slid down towards him. He just laughed and laughed. Then Daisy came running and jumped right over the top of him. He almost choked he was laughing so hard. He just hollered "DAISY!" He thought that was pretty funny.
We''ve had a busy couple weeks. With the baby coming shortly, I decided that I HAD to wean poor Alex. So we started at Gma and Gpa''s house. It was more habit for him than anything else, but it was still hard. He''s getting better now and sleeps MUCH better at night now that he''s not getting up to nurse. After some suggestions from people, I decided the best way would be for him to decide he didn''t like it anymore. Well, in order to do that, I put mustard on so when he went to nurse, he got mouthfulls of mustard. Of course, I had to do this in "secret" and when it was dark so he didn''t see it. Because he only did it at night anyway, this wasn''t a problem. But the first time he latched on, he rolled over, sat up, gave me the biggest frown I''ve ever seen and just cried and cried. "Boob ish!" Then we kept saying that he''s a big boy and needs big boy milk and that boob is for babies. (I want him to understand it isn''t ishy for the baby so he isn''t totally confused when I''m nursing the next one!) My Dad then took him for the night and walked and walked and walked. Poor kid. It was heartbreaking, but it had to be done. It got a little better night after night and he''ll say baby boob or ask for it and we just tell him he''s a big boy with big boy milk and he''s OK with it. No more crying thank goodness! He''s understanding. It only took twice of him trying it with the mustard on to decide that wasn''t very good. But it''s been a long week and a half. It''ll be 2 weeks on Friday. I think that it''s been just as hard on Mommy as it is Alex. I really miss that cuddle time! But he does sleep much longer at night. To bad Mom still gets up 2-3 times a night to go to the bathroom again! So much for sleeping all night for Mom! :) Oh well.
He is constantly having to do things just like us and coming up with new phrases and words daily. He is quite the chatterbox...where would he get that from? ha ha He makes us laugh everyday and is such a blessing to us. He is growing into quite the little man and it makes me sad to see how fast he is growing up.
We also celebrated Daddy''s birthday at the end of January. He went to a fishing tournament. He didn''t win anything this year, but had fun. It was 5 below zero for the high that day, plus the wind chill. I can think of better things to do on my birthday, but he had fun! :) (Since it was a tournament, they had to sit outside on the ice. No shelters--otherwise it wouldn''t have been so bad)
This last weekend was Great Grandma Hilda and Great Grandpa Orval''s 50th Anniversary so we had a small party for them. Just mainly family and a few close friends. They really enjoyed it and it was a beautiful party. Alex had fun playing with all the cousins, that''s for sure. He really enjoys the other kids.
Daddy is still working in the Cities, so it''s me and Alex for part of the week and Grandpa Jerry has been AWESOME at coming down for at least one night a week and helping. Alex loves the time, as does Grandpa! And it gives Mom a few minutes to get things done. We are so blessed to have good family so close to us. I don''t know what I''d do without them sometimes!
However, Peter is going to take a layoff soon for the baby, so we''ll both be at home. We are going to take Alex out of daycare too. It doesn''t make sense for both of us to be at home and either bring him to daycare or pay for it even without him there. I am not sure what we are going to do about the Fall yet. If I go back to work full-time we''ll find another one. I hope! :) It will be good to stay at home with both the kids though. I will enjoy the time. Alex is a good helper and it will be a good bonding time for all of us as a family.
Anyway, hope that you are all doing well and we''ll keep up updated on baby. I am on my weekly appointments now, so we''ll see! :)
Hey! Got a few minutes to write a little update.
First things first: Big news happened at the Mattson home on the night of Saturday, January 17, 2009...Alex slept all night! Yep, from about 9:30 p.m. to 7 am. It was a miracle. Unfortunately, Mommy didn''t sleep as well! We started off as usual, with Alex in bed with me, but he decided he didn''t want to go to bed, although he was dead tired. So Daddy put him in his crib. (Last time we did this, he slept for about 2 hours before the screaming began and I brought him back to our bed). Anyway, I woke up at 3:30 to go to the bathroom and thought, "Where''s Alex?!?! Oh yeah, in his crib!" I looked at the clock and realized how long he''d been in there. I went in and checked in on him and he was sound asleep. I went back to bed, but couldn''t sleep. Then the tears came. I missed my little snuggle bug. I was certain that he would wake up for his Mommy and I didn''t want to miss the call, so I laid there waiting and crying. Finally, I gave up, grabbed my pillow and headed to his room. I thought I''d get some sleep on the floor at least. Then I''d hear him for sure. Needless to say, 7 months pregnant isn''t the time to camp out on the floor next to the crib. I laid there about 15 minutes before I decided if I stayed much longer I wouldn''t be able to get up for about 2 weeks, so back to bed I went with tears in my eyes. Baby #2 started moving around as if to say, "Mom, I''m here!" and I just rubbed my belly and thought, but I can''t cuddle you in my arms yet! So I tossed and turned until I heard the "Mom" call come from Alex''s room. I dashed in to find him happily smiling from his crib proclaiming "DONE! EAT!" I took him out, hugging and kissing him the entire way downstairs where we had breakfast before heading off to church. What a long night for Mommy! Since it was Sunday, Daddy had to leave again that night for the Cities for work, but Grandpa Jerry came to stay. So we tried it again. He slept in the crib until about 12:30 before he woke up...Yes! :) Unfortunately, I went in to get him but instead of stretching out his arms, he pushed me away and cried out for Papa! So I went downstairs, got Dad (Papa) up and he went and got Alex, brought him down to his room and put him in the pack and play where he slept again for the rest of the night. Another lonely night for Mommy! But I did much better this time around! I think that I was so tired I couldn''t have made it another night up anyway. Last night didn''t go as well. He slept in there for awhile, then with Papa for awhile, and then wanted nothing but Mommy. I think that it is harder on me than him! But I know that we need to do this before the baby comes or there is going to be huge amounts of jealousy. But it sure is hard! Papa goes home today, so we''ll see how the 2 of us do on our own. He isn''t so willing to lay down and sleep by himself when it''s Mommy who puts him down for his naps, night time might really be the challenge! We''ll see...When I told Daddy about it on the phone, his first questions were: 1) How did you (meaning me) fit in the pack-n-play? 2) Did you kick your Dad out of the bed and make him sleep on the couch? 3) So no sleep again huh? Isn''t Daddy a funny guy?!?!?!
Anyway, that''s the newest big news. The holidays were a great time. We celebrated numerous times with Alex (and us too, but Alex really seemed to be the good boy this year!) getting tons of wonderful presents. I am not quite sure where we are going to fit a baby in the house! :) I''ve been going through the toys and picking out the ones we haven''t played with for awhile and put them away. I figure if I put them away, take them out in a couple months, it''ll be like new toys again. At least, that''s the advice I''ve been given! We''ll see if it works. But thanks again to everyone for all the great gifts!
Christmas was a lot of fun this year since Alex really got into opening his presents. He thought it was pretty cool that people kept giving him things to open! He did really good. Although, after we''d open up a toy, he wanted to play with it immediately of course. Now they are all over the house and the amazing part is, he remembers where everything is! He knows what cars are upstairs in his room, the living room, or his toy room! And where they are. He is quite the smart little boy!
He again made it up for New Year''s. He played while us adults played games and Daddy, Mommy, Papa, Mama (Grandma Cindy),Stacy and cousin Billy took turns playing with him mostly. Of course, he made sure he got attention from everyone, but we were the lucky ones to get most of his attention! :) He was tired, but refused to go to sleep until we got to Papa and Mama''s house. What a monkey.
He still makes us laugh every day! He is quite the ham and has discovered how to be "sneaky." He won''t look at you, but has his head turned to the side while watching you out of the corner of his eye. Then he''ll come dashing and jump on you when he thinks that you aren''t watching! It''s pretty funny because he has the mischevious grin on his face the entire time. That might not be quite so cute when he gets older! :)
Anyway, my time is about up. We''ve been trying to survive the 40 below weather and enjoyed nice weather this weekend FINALLY. We even got to take Alex sledding for the first time this winter season. It''s crazy that he hates putting on his jacket to go somewhere, but if he knows he''s going outside to play, he sits quietly while he gets on his snowpants, boots, coat, hat, scarf and gloves! he loves playing in the snow and getting pulled in the sled. He thinks it''s funny to get a handful of snow and throw it. Today is supposed to be another nice day and I didn''t get called into work, so I''m hoping to get some outside time after nap.
Hope you''re all staying warm! And I promise to try and keep this updated a little more often! :)
Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I added some new pics...18 month, Family pics, December, and January.
I will try and update the journal later when I get a chance about our happenings...but at least you can see the pics! :)
Happy Belated Thanksgiving Everyone! We hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving!
Well, it''s WAYYY past my bedtime, but I was trying to find some other info online tonight and decided to update this since I couldn''t find what I was looking for! :) Alex is sound asleep and I am still up. Usually bedtime is about the same for us, and I am ready for bed, so this will be short.
Things have been pretty crazy around here. I am BUSY subbing and Peter has been working on the road. He''s down in the Cities and will be there until probably Christmas, if not after. He is only working weekdays though, so he''s home for the weekends (and Thanksgiving of course). This was actually his first week back on the road, and of course, Mommy gets a horrible case of the flu. Luckily it lasted only Tuesday for the most part. Wed. I was feeling a little better but still not real great. At least I could keep a little food down though! Luckily Grandpa Jerry was able to come and help watch Alex those couple days. No way Mommy could have done it on her own! We are very lucky to have such wonderful family living close by.
Thanksgiving was spent at my Grandparents in Crookston and then to Hoffman''s. This morning me, my Dad, my Mom, and my sister Stacy got up and headed to Grand Forks for shopping. Crazy I know, but it''s worth the deals you get...I think anyway! And besides, it''s fun! Peter stayed at my parents with Alex and then went and played with Ashton for awhile.
We came back this afternoon so that we could get ready for this weekend. A busy weekend as usual. I was going to do a toy show tomorrow but now I can''t due to overlapping times. (I thought it was different hours than it is...) so can''t do it. We are having some of Peter''s family over tomorrow for a belated Thanksgiving/going away party for his cousin David, who is getting reactivated Dec. 1st for his 3rd time. He''s been in Iraq twice, and more than likely that''s where he''s headed again. Please keep him and all soldiers in your prayers, especially during this holiday season!
Well, promise to keep trying to get more pics up soon and update more often. Can''t believe Christmas is only a few weeks away! WOW! It''s gonna'' come fast!
Hey everyone! I am so proud of myself. It only took about 5 hours, but I got a bunch of pics loaded on here! :) The new albums are:
June, September, October, November, Belly pics Baby #2, Misc. pics, 1st Birthday, and 1st Haircut.
I still need to get the rest of the 1st birthday pics up, and some from Uncle Matt and Auntie Jenna''s wedding of course, but I am doing good! At least this is a start for you guys to get caught up a bit! Sorry it''s taken me so long!!!!
Big news at the Mattson''s!!!
Before bath time at night, we always let Alex sit on his potty chair just to get him used to it. Well, last Wednesday night, we did that and Peter turned on the water faucet. Alex said "more" so he turned it on again. This went on a few times and pretty soon the music started playing from the potty chair! He actually went! He was so excited, as were we obviously! We clapped and cheered and yes, Mommy even took pics! Now he sits there all the time and says "more" but he hasn''t gone again since. He can say "potty" but he doesn''t understand to say it when he has to go. He just says it when he''s in the bathroom. But hey, it''s a start right!?!?!? And he isn''t afraid of it and was excited about it too, so that is great! It would be wonderful to have one in diapers when the baby comes, not both of them. But he is pretty little to count on that yet. But at least he''s interested! We are not pushing him, but letting him do it at his own pace. We''ll see how it goes!
Happy Birthday to Uncle Matt (Oct. 30th) and Grandma Cindy (Nov.3)!!
Well, it seems the holiday frenzy is in full swing! It''s hard to believe that it is already November!
Halloween was a lot of fun with Alex this year. He was a skunk, yep, our little stinker! He got lots of compliments on it and I must admit, he was adorable! I am going to try and get the pics up here soon. Alex started the day with a Halloween party at daycare for a few hours while Mommy and Daddy went to the Dr. for an appointment. Everything with the baby is going great. Throughout the pregnancy I''ve been measuring right where I am supposed to be, but this time I measured 25 weeks, even though I am only 21. So I basically jumped up 8 weeks of measurements in 4! She said not to worry about it now, since I am still in the 2nd trimester and sometimes that happens, but if I continue to measure that big, we''ll do another scan to see how big the ''lil one is getting! I said "I don''t want a 12 pound baby!" and our Dr. said "Me neither! Those aren''t fun at my end either!" But I am glad that the baby is growing and had a very strong heartbeat. He/She was also busy moving around during the visit, so that is always fun.
As for trick or treating, we started at about 4 pm on Halloween Day and went to our neighbors first. He would put the candy they gave him in his bag, holding out his little hand and in his most innocent voice asking "More?" which of course usually got him quite a few more pieces! After saying more once or twice, then he''d ask "Mom?" and some people even gave him some more for me! It was so funny. He would keep taking it as long as they''d hand it out! After going to 3 of our neighbors houses, we already had half a bag of candy. His method was working!
After the neighbors we headed to town and met our friends, the Chandler''s, and walked up and down their street with them for awhile. Alex really got into it and would head to the door and shout "hi" as someone came to the door and then keep asking for more candy and some for his mom! What a ham! By the time we left there, the bag was getting pretty full but we headed around town driving to our friends'' houses to make sure they got to see the ''lil skunk. We didn''t make it to everyone''s houses, but I promise to get the pics up so you can see him. We left the last house at 9:45 and Alex fell asleep almost instantly on our way home, as did Mommy!
As for us, well, as we were getting ready for the Dr. I asked Peter what he was going to be and he replied, "I think I am going to be Sarah Palin and you can be my pregnant daughter that promotes abstinence." (Yes, we are for Obama) Oh Gosh! I didn''t think that he was serious until we stopped by the stores for Daddy to get his outfit after the Dr. appointment. He wound up wearing a leopard dress, black wig, glasses and clip on hoop earrings. He couldn''t find shoes that fit, so he wore his work boots. What a fashion statement! When we got home we made me a t-shirt that said abstinence across my stomach. Honestly, he didn''t look totally like Sarah Palin, but it got a lot of laughs. He liked to remind everyone that he was even a realistic Alaskan by not shaving his legs. One of my prouder moments! Luckily, Alex was to young to care! But he did stare as Peter got ready and even pointed at him and said "Mom" as he walked out of the house. I laughed and laughed. However, Peter is a little backwards and only wore the costume for the first few houses for the people that we knew. He didn''t feel comfortable wearing it in front of strangers and changed before we went up and down the block. I explained that most people would rather wear it in front of people that they don''t know, that won''t recognize him, that he''d never see again or that wouldn''t give him crap but he didn''t want too and wore it for the people that know him instead. What a goof! Oh well. It was a little chilly that night to be wearing a dress anyway, but it was a beautiful night for Halloween!
The rest of the weekend was just as crazy. On Saturday friends came over and grilled and the kids played. Then Sunday, Grandpa Jerry and Grandma Cindy came and visited and we took pics outside in the giant leaf pile Daddy made with our pumpkins. It was about 60 all weekend, which is wonderful for November! Alex was also quite excited because they are FINALLY hauling beets by our house, so he sits and watches the trucks and tractors all the time. it was still quite muddy though and most of them had to get pulled out of the field. More excitement for Alex to watch!
This week is busy with work and the election. I am working the polls tomorrow, should be interesting. I am just excited for the election to be over so that the stupid commercials STOP! It is sad that I am excited for regular commercials to come back on the air! This weekend we are celebrating Halloween with my family in Grand Forks plus we are going to Marit''s Tinkerbell Birthday party. We are excited about that since she is usually in Texas but this year she is here for her birthday ''cuz of the hurricane. That should be fun. It is Alex''s 1st birthday party that he got invited too! (Well, that we''re not related to of course or that wasn''t conducted at daycare). And then we are celebrating birthdays on Sunday. Everything always at the same time! But with the holidays coming, that''s how it''s going to be for awhile! Busy busy busy! But it keeps us entertained and we love visiting with everyone!
I am especially looking forward to the holidays this year. When I was pregnant with Alex, I was so sick, I didn''t get to eat the food! But this time I am pregnant over the holidays I am feeling great and have that excuse for splurging on those extra goodies! :) I also think that Alex is going to be much more enthused by the holidays since he''ll get into gift openings, etc. much more this year than last year.
Other quick highlights, Alex has 3 of the molars in and the 4th is almost through. Unfortunately, he was drooling so bad his lips got chapped and got infected, which turned into impetigo so we were on meds for awhile. We caught it instantly and brought him right to the Dr. so it wasn''t so bad, just meds for 10 days. He didn''t even get the sores, just little pimples, so that was good. (I brought him in because I didn''t know why he suddenly broke out...luckily!) Other than that, he is constantly saying more things and copying everything we do. He is so smart and definitely a ham. Attention getter he is!
Well, hope that the rest of you are enjoying the beginning of your holiday season too! Hope to see you during the season!
Hey everyone! Guess what?!?! I FINALLY got some pics up! Well, just the ultrasound pics of baby #2 from yesterday. I still need to get Alex''s up on here. Sorry that it takes me so long!
Just a brief update. We''ve been super busy arond here. Peter went out west to work in the power plants for about 9 days, so it was Mommy and Alex at home. We missed him, but we easily survived and enjoyed even more bonding time. It was kinda'' nice having 1 less "kid" to clean up after! Although doing the cooking wasn''t much fun...Daddy got home Thurs. night in time for the ultrasound. We brought Alex with, but after about 5 minutes he had seen enough of baby and was ready to leave, so Daddy didn''t get to see awhole lot of it. Baby wasn''t the most cooperative and was moving around, so we didn''t get a body profile shot, but that''s OK. We got some of those on our first ultra sound pics. I should get them on here too. We are keeping it a surprise again, so not sure what the sex is. She made sure she cut those parts off the pics for us!
I have been doing a lot of subbing and enjoying getting into the other districts. Alex is busy busy busy and always on the go. He is constantly coming up with new words and makes us laugh every day. He is getting to be so big already, it makes me sad. He is one smart kid though and knows exactly what you''re talking to him about. It''s fun interacting with him. 2 of his top molars FINALLY came through and 2 on the bottom are almost there. He''s a drooling machine again and actually has broken out on the side of his mouth from the constant drool. Poor ''lil guy. We''ve been putting stuff on it and that seems to help. He is constantly chewing on everything though. Hope they poke through soon!
He has also mastered his climbing techniques. he now pulls the dining room chairs away from the table, climbs up on the chair and onto the table. All in about 10 seconds. Nothing is safe anymore!
Our friends from Texas have been staying with her parents and we were lucky to go visit them a couple weeks ago. Hope to see them again soon! Alex had fun playing with them, and it turned out to be a very exciting afternoon! The 2 oldest kids decided to go outside and play (Alex stayed in the house with Mommy)in the rain. Well, the little girl decided to tap on Grandma and Grandpa''s patio door with a garden shovel. I heard the tapping, went running and shouted "No! No!" and luckily she stopped. She also took a step backward, just as the window shattered into literally millions of pieces. Luckily, the window still stayed in tact and no one was hurt. That was the big thing. But needless to say, she had to pay Gma and Gpa''s deductible and get them a new patio door! (The names have been withheld to protect them!) ha ha ha What a day! I was just glad it wasn''t Alex and that no one was hurt. It actually looked very pretty when it was all broken~but dangerous at the same time. They are going to be here until at least Thanksgiving, so we are looking forward to more playdates together. Hopefully, minus the broken window! :)
Anyway, that''s a brief update here. Hope you''re all doing well!
Oh, one more thing. Please keep our dear friends, the Seegers, who live in Galveston/League City Texas in your prayers as well! Hurricane Ike was not nice to their beautiful house and things aren''t real great right now. They are all safe and sound and evacuated before the storm, but they still have a lot ahead as they clean up. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and all the families devastated by this horrible storm!
Hey everyone! Know that it''s been awhile...sorry! :) Things have been pretty crazy around here.
I''ve been pretty busy subbing the past couple weeks. So far it''s just been at DGF and Moorhead, but I''m still busy and turning down jobs actually because I''ve already agreed to another job for that day. So that''s good.
Alex has been having a rough time lately. His molars are FINALLY coming through and it hasn''t been pleasant. (At his 12 month check-up the Dr. said he could feel the lumps, so either it''s taken forever for them to make it all the way through, or they went back down and now are up again). Anyway, he has been pretty busy, not sleeping real great and just not himself. It''s hard because there isn''t anything we can do to help him out either, besides a little Tylenol or Ibuprofin every now and then. We''ve gotten out the teething toys again too, and try to remember to keep some in the fridge at all times. He chews on everything, poor little guy. We can actually see the ones on top now, so they should be through any day, but we still have those darn bottom ones left. Wish they''d all come at once!
He still loves to be outside as much as possible and is pretty happy when we''re out there. However, we''ve gotten a lot of rain, so everything is all wet and on the nice days, the mosquitos are out so bad again that we can'' stay out long anyway, even with bug spray on! But I am not ready for winter yet, so not going to complain to much! :)
His favorite things to do outside right now involve the horses and the garden. He heads straight to the fence and calls the horses (Yes, he actually calls them and they come over to the fence to him) and he pets each of them on the nose, waves, and says good bye and heads to the garden to look for tomatoes. That kid loves tomatoes! It''s a good healthy snack, but it''s funny because he even knows where to look in the garden for them! Smart little cookie he is! After eating his fill out tomatoes we head back to the horses or to the toys until we get "carried" back inside by the mosquitos.
Earlier this month we had a sad week as a friend of my family''s from our church was killed in Crookston. She was hit by a semi and killed instantly. It was a total shock for everyone, especially her husband and 4 children. She was crossing the street to go to to work. Not sure of the rest of the details or anything, but a tragedy none the less. Apparently the semi driver didn''t even see her or know he hit someone but thought something was wrong with his truck and pulled over a few blocks later in a parking lot. That''s when police contacted him and let him know what happened. That poor man also. Please keep both families in your prayers. So Alex and I spent a couple days in Crookston with family for the funeral and stuff.
Last weekend we went with some friends from daycare (actually our daycare lady and her son and husband) to the Fall Festival at Rheault Farm here in Fargo. They have it set up with games, horse drawn wagon rides, clowns, a pumpkin patch, cookie decorating, etc. for the kids. Alex did some of the games and loved the wagon ride behind the horses. They also had a ride where the kids sat in a barrel looking thing and they pulled them behind the lawn mower as a train. He loved that ride. They even have a steering wheel for the kids to "drive." It was funny watching them turn the wheel as the lawnmower turned and some actually thought they were doing the driving! They also had a petting zoo, which could have been one of the highlights of the day, but turned into the worst part. They had 2 small pens. 1 had 2 reindeer and 1 had a lhama and a small donkey in it. They also had some small bunnies in a basket. Well, Alex headed to the donkey/lhama pen and just put his hands on the railing and was standing there when the donkey came over and "nibbled" his fingers with his lips, like the horses do. Not a big deal, it''s their lips. Then all of a sudden the donkey opened his mouth and bit down on Alex''s finger! I couldn''t believe it! I instantly grabbed the donkey''s mouth with both hands and pulled up while taking my fingers and pushing on it''s teeth trying to get it to open up. All the while Alex is screaming. I wanted to beat the stupid thing but didn''t want it to bite harder and I didn''t want to pull his finger out obviously. Anyway, it opened it''s mouth and I grabbed Alex. Peter looked at the finger and saw a bad mark, but it hadn''t broke the skin and it wasn''t broken, so that was good. He didn''t even cry very long considering what had happened. Other parents instantly pulled their children away and left the area. I went to find some of the workers. There were 2 that were in charge of that area sitting on a blanket a ways away not paying attention at all. They had to have heard Alex screaming. Anyway, I went over and told them what happened and the lady said "that''s a donkey''s nature." I said "No it''s not. And if it''s that donkey''s nature you should be watching him or warning the kids to stay away from it. It shouldn''t be in a petting zoo!" Just then, as we were both watching, the donkey leaned over and bit another little girls finger and wouldn''t let go! The lady wasn''t even concerned about that! I was not impressed and my comment card wasn''t to friendly. She showed no concern or anything. She didn''t even ask how Alex was. Some people!
Anyway, well, suppose I should get going. I''m subbing today in Mhd, but on my "prep" period! This subbing thing is pretty nice actually! Pick my schedule, no meetings, no after hour things, I get to see different schools and best of all if I am out of that environment I was in at my previous job! :)
Just a real quick update to make sure we stay "Active!"
August has come and gone. Crazy! Things sure are busy with a running toddler! We''ve been spending quite a bit of time in Crookston with family as I haven''t been feeling real great lately. We sure are lucky to have family so close! Alex even went for his first combine ride! He loved it, well, until he got tired and fell asleep!
The Dr. appointment went well for #2, but they changed the date on me. The first appointment they said Feb. 27th, and then when we went in for the 10 week ultra sound they changed it to March 12th. I know my dates aren''t 2 weeks off, so I am thinking end of Feb. or early March. We''ll see. I am keeping the first date for right now!
Other than that, just busy with every day stuff. I got a couple job offers around Fargo, but decided to just sub in the different districts in the area this year instead. That way if I am sick, Alex is sick, we have Dr. appointments, crappy weather, etc. I don''t have to worry about heading to town. Should be interesting. There is a shortage of subs, so I should keep busy.
We also went to Ox Cart Days in Crookston and celebrated my 10 year reunion. It was fun seeing everyone again!
Well, as I said, it''s gonna'' be short ''cuz Alex doesn''t want me on here right now. But will try and get those pics up soon!
Hey! Where does time go?!?! Well, chasing a monkey is where most of my time is now!
Yep, Alex is now a full-fledged walker. Well, kinda''....it''s more of a full run. I was afraid of that! He had been taking 15-20 steps and then sitting down, but last Wednesday he decided he had enough of that and just took off and hasn''t stopped since...literally! :) Unfortunately I haven''t been feeling the greatest with this pregnancy now and Mom (Grandma Cindy) has been staying with us last week, and this week Alex and I have been in Crookston. We are so blessed to have family close to us to help out like that! I don''t know what I''d do on my own! I have figured out though that if I eat every hour, I don''t get as nauscious. I haven''t been as throwing up as much with this one...but feel icky all the time. But if I snack at least once an hour, I do OK...so I''ll be HUGE by the time the babies born! Oh...and it''s a girl! :) Well, that''s what I''m telling myself. Of course, we won''t know until the baby is born...doing another surprise, but we''re thinking pink! I had a feeling that Alex was a boy, and that''s what it was. This one feels differently, but they say every pregnancy is different, so God only knows! As long as the baby is healthy! But a little girl would be nice because then I could be done for sure! I am not sure I could go through this again, especially with 2 little ones!
As for this month, here''s what we''ve been up to. I obviously haven''t gotten pics up yet, but will work on it...promise! We went to the Fertile Fair with Alex. He LOVED the rides..especially the motorcycles. He would sit up front and one of us (Me, Dad (Grandpa Jerry), Auntie Stacy, Uncle Matt, or Auntie Jenna--yep, we all got a couple turns--would sit behind him. He would hang on to the handle bars and push the button like that''s what made it go. He had a blast. Until the ride stopped. Then he would stand up and scream at the carnie. It was like baby swearing. Then as we pulled him off (literally) he would cover his face with his hands and cry. It was hilarious. He had the other people in line even laughing at him! So we''d get back in line and go again. It was a super cold night, so we went home by 10 pm, but that was plenty! Daddy (Peter) had a meeting so he didn''t make it, but we took pics. Just to get them on here!
The next weekend we had a family reunion in South Dakota, so we were there for the day. A lot of driving, but fun to get together. Alex had a blast playing in the sand at the beach with the cousins.
Well, suppose I should get going. I know this isn''t much, but I am actually at the library doing this quick so that I could get it updated. I PROMISE to get pics up soon! Hope all is going well, and remember: THINK PINK!!!! :)
WOW! What a whirlwind of a couple weeks!
We left last Friday for Garrison for Uncle Matt and Auntie Jenna''s wedding. It was beautiful and we all had a great time! Alex did OK, but didn''t make it through the ceremony. Luckily Daddy had planned for that and sat in the back row with him! Mommy cried of course, but it was great. As a special surprise they had a horse and carriage to bring them to the reception and old classic convertibles for the rest of the wedding party. I think that we tripled the size of Garrison that weekend! :) It was tons of fun and I can''t wait to get pics on here. We are trying to get high speed internet at the house, which will make that a much easier process.
Then off to Medora. A great family trip. We went with my parents, Stacy, Great Grandma and Great Grandpa and Vickie and Randy. We just hung around town that first night and went to the cowboy museum. That was pretty neat. The next morning we got up early (5:30) and headed to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. We saw tons of wild horses and the buffalo and prairie dogs of course. Alex thought it was great seeing all the animals. He kept making his horsey sound (which is basically spitting on you but it''s cute) for all the horses. But the mean mommy I am, I wouldn''t let him pet the buffalo (imagine that) and he screamed and screamed so we headed back to the car just in case we made one mad! :) He wanted to get the horses too, but didn''t get as mad about those....
That night we went to the Medora Musical and Pitchfork Fondue. Great food and a wonderful musical. I watched some of it from the top with Alex, who decided it was enough to sit down front. It was a special anniversary of the musical, Teddy Roosevelt and the town of Medora, so they had a special show. That was pretty cool. Alex even got a special birthday hat for the "party!" There was a huge fireworks show afterwards.
We came back home late Tuesday night. Alex slept most of the way back. We stopped in Bismarck and visited with our friends Kent, Tracy, and Josh to split up the trip. We waited until bedtime to head back. Worked pretty good.
Wednesday was recovery day and Thursday we headed to Crookston to share some important news with our families. Yep, Alex is going to be a big brother! We found out a week before the wedding, but decided to wait and tell people afterwards...that was Uncle Matt and Auntie Jenna''s special day! It was definitely sooner than we had anticipated, but apparently God thought that now was a good time to make an addition to our family. So here we go again! I made him a t-shirt that read "I''m Gonna'' Be A Big Brother" and just waited for everyone to notice it. Most of them were quite surprised, but now they are all excited. I think that we were the most surprised though! But what a wonderful surprise...now that the shock''s wore off! :) They''ll be just under 2 years apart...am I gonna'' be a busy lady or what? Alex keeps me on the go already! Everything will be fine as long as I don''t get sick again!
The 4th of July was a busy day. We went to the lake to tell "Gma and GPa" Hoffman, Uncle Che and Tracy, and Uncle Chris. Then we went to our friends to grill for supper. Then off to Moorhead to watch the fireworks with some of our other friends. Alex wasn''t as into the fireworks as we thought he''d be. He did alright at first, but then got bored with it. He did enjoy the sparklers afterwards though at their house.
And that leaves us with today. I am not feeling the best yesterday and today, but think it''s the flu cuz I got a sore throat too...let''s hope so anyway! :) Pray for us! :)
I am SO SORRY! I can''t believe that it''s been that long since I updated this...I apologize! Now that I am home for the summer, we only have dial up and it''s hard to get pics uploaded, and I haven''t had time to write. But thought I had put a little note on here to reactivate it again! :)
What a month it''s been! We''ve held Alex''s 5 birthday parties...yes, he had 5 first birthday parties and I "quit" my job! Well, I didn''t totally quit. I took a leave of absense for the next year. I just can''t tolerate working in that environment anymore. It''s very stressful and totally unhealthy. I requested a transfer, which they denied, so I requested the leave. Not sure what I am going to do this fall. I can always sub. I have my MN and ND licenses. I thought about staying home, but Alex already misses the social interaction with the other kids, so a whole year just him and Mommy might not be the best thing for our ''lil man. So if he''s going to daycare, I may as well be working! :) We''ll see what happens. God will have it work out. I feel awful leaving the kids with him and in that environment, but my health and my family have to come first. We discussed it at great length and it still wasn''t an easy decision. So I''ve had to pack up my room forward all my e-mails and save all my stuff on my computers to CD so that I didn''t lose everything, so the little bit of time I have had, I tried to get that done.
Now, about the more fun stuff. Alex! He had 5 birthday parties and got so much great stuff. We''re gonna'' have to add on to the house just for his things! :) A little bit about each party: 1) My (Mom''s) extended family with all our aunts, uncles and cousins. 2) Mom''s immediate family. This was also a joint 1st birthday party with cousin Kendra, who turned one a couple weeks before Alex. 3) Daycare party..we brought him to the daycare so he could have some cake with his buddies. He was so excited to see them (and they were excited to see him) which really emphasized he''s missing the social interaction with them. So periodically over the summer I am going to bring him back there for a bit to visit. 4) Actual birthday (june 8th). He opened his presents from Mom and Dad. 5) HUGE birthday with friends and family at our house. There were about 60 people here for the big day. He''s sure a lucky little guy to have so many wonderful people that care about him! Thanks again for all the wonderful gifts you gave him for his "big day!"
A couple other things that have been going on: Getting ready for Uncle Matt and Auntie Jenna''s big day, which is Saturday! I can''t believe how fast it''s been! We bought a tux for Alex and used it for his 1 year pics too...it''s adorable and fits him perfectly! It should be interesting at the dance. Alex loves music, so we can''t wait!
We also had the bridal shower in Garrison that Alex, Mom (me), Grandma Cindy and Auntie Stacy went too. It was a fun weekend and gave us the chance to see the church, hotel, meet more of Jenna'' family, etc. That made us even more excited for the big day! The next weekend was the bachelor and bachelorette parties...it was a blast!!! It''s been a long time since I''ve gone bar hopping...even though I wasn''t drinking! :) It''s been awhile since I was up that late too... getting to old for that! :) ha ha ha
We did have a daycare scare my last week of work. We switched daycares in January and all of us absolutely love the new ladies. However, for a brief period of time, they were "over the limit" in the infant section due to an overlap of birthdays. It was only going to be for a bit, not a big deal. They are very organized and I felt comfortable with the situation. Well, a mom called them in for something totally different (1 of them had to run an errand, so there was only 1 there for a bit and she called them in for that) which means they found out they were over the limit and Alex and a couple other kids couldn''t come back anymore! Well, last week of school I couldn''t take off, Peter had a semi of material coming so he couldn''t take off, Grandma Cindy was in the last week of work so she couldn''t come, Grandpa Jerry was back at work so he can''t come so that left Uncle Matt and Auntie Stacy. I called Stacy first, she had the flu! Oh no! I thought for sure Matt would be busy but God had it work out that he had nothing scheduled those 3 days that we needed him...so he and Auntie Jenna came down that night and watched Alex the next 3 days for us!! Boy, are we lucky to have such an awesome family close enough to do that huh!?!?!? They saved us big time. Alex loved the special time with them, and I think that they enjoyed it too! Although Uncle Matt did admit that he was exhausted after those couple days! :) The daycare ladies felt awful about it and cried, as did I. They did keep Alex on their list and now that the other boy turned 2, Alex has his spot back and can go anytime. That''s why I can leave him periodically over the summer and he has his spot for next fall! Whew! I thought Oh no! We found an awesome daycare and now we''re going to lose it! But we didn''t!
Anyway, Alex is waking up, so time here is done. I will try to update more often..promise!
Oh, and I''ll get some pics up soon!
Daisy Duke is home! Last night we had a call from some people that live about 4 miles away. Daisy showed up there a couple days ago, they called the pound who gave them our number after determining that Daisy fit the description of our lost dog! Yeah! I think that the lady was a hoping that she would get to keep her to be honest, as she sounded sad that it was our dog and said "she sure is a nice dog though." Daisy was super excited to see us, although she had made herself quite at home there. She was laying on the front steps like she belonged there! They had a black lab too, so she had company. And we were happy to see her--especially Alex! He just squealed! And he was SUPER HAPPY when he realized that she got to ride in the car with us! She looks great and was happy to be home. She had better keep her buttocks there though, or she''s going to wind up being tied or kenneled or something when we aren''t home, and that just isn''t fair to her, but it''s better than her running. But it''s just good to have her home and have our family complete again. Bo and Luke were sure happy to see her too!
OK, here we go!
It''s been a wild couple weeks. We are getting very impatient for the snow to stop coming down and the sunshine to begin. Every chance we get we head outside to play, we all enjoy that! Alex even crawls across the grass. He wasn''t to sure about it at first, and would lean down to crawl and jerk back up when he felt the grass under his hands. But he wanted to get at the dogs and horses so bad, he eventually took off for a couple feet, stopped, looked at his hands, must have decided they were OK and took off again! And he hasn''t stopped since! If it ever gets nice enough to take off the winter hat and coat and long pants so that he can wear shorts, we''ll see what he thinks about the grass tickling his knees!
His passion for animals just keeps getting more and more intense. He now has an obsession with the horses. If he''s outside, he''s headed for the pasture. They are not quite sure what to think of him. He does his "cheesy" grin when they try to sniff him. When we give them their treats he gets all excited! He gives the dogs their bones now when we leave in the morning. Well, kinda''. He holds them out to the dogs and then just as they are about to grab it, he jerks it back and laughs. We have to work on the "giving it to them part". But the dogs just sit and look at him knowing eventually they''ll get it. They are so awesome with him, very reassuring! He pulls on them, climbs over them and they just lay there and love it. We''re going to have so much fun this summer!
Our sad news is that Daisy has been missing since last Thursday. We have looked and looked for her, driving around, putting up fliers, calling the neighbors, etc. but no luck. We are hoping that she comes home soon, we really miss her! She was there is the morning, and gone when we got home. I think that Alex even realizes she is missing and looks for her when we go outside. He would laugh at her as she "hopped" around and wrestled with the other 2.
Some good news is that Uncle Matt graduated from UND this past Saturday! YEAH! We didn''t go to the ceremony (A little long for a 11 month old) but we went to the reception afterwards for Matt and Auntie Jenna, who also graduated Saturday. We are so proud of them and know that they''ll make a great teacher and a wonderful nurse! Jenna has a job at Altru in the ICU, so they''ll be staying in the Grand Forks area. Uncle Matt is looking for jobs around that area too.
More sad news: Another double ear infection for our little man. We celebrated Mother''s Day by going to town and doing some shopping and out to dinner at Red Lobster. He was fine. We got home and he started getting crabby and didn''t sleep at all! We got about 2 1/2 hours of sleep. Most of the night was spent with me walking him back and forth, rocking him, etc. Then I hurt my back and things got worse as the night went on! Monday morning I went to the Dr. for my back and we brought Alex to the Dr. to find that he has another round of ear infections, so back to the medicine! I am starting to get concerned with all the antibiotics. I am afraid that he''s going to get super sick and they won''t work cuz we''re using them continuously for these darn ear infections! We are trying to hold off on getting tubes in and see how this summer goes. Hopefully he outgrows it a little bit and we won''t have to deal with it next year. Otherwise, I think we''re going to get the tubes. It''s just not fair to him to have his little ears continuously hurting! How miserable! Last night was our first dose of medicine, but it seems to be helping. He slept AWESOME last night and was in a great mood this morning. Hopefully we keep getting some sleep so we all feel better!
Other than that, we''re just hanging out at home, counting down the days until Mommy is done with work and can stay home with her little man everyday and enjoy the summer!
Where does the time go?
Alex has found a new favorite toy...his outside swing! He''ll point and lead you to the door and just point at it and grunt. We haven''t gotten outside awhole lot, since the weather hasn''t been real cooperative, but as much as possible. He just loves the swing, especially if you get him going pretty high. He''s a little daredevil, that''s for sure!
We are battling yet another ear infection. Actually, our entire house is getting sick I think. Alex started showing signs on Sunday, so I brought him in Monday and it''s both ears again. But this time his tonsels are also swollen from the nasal drip, so basically a sinus infection besides. He''s so congested, and I think that''s what gave him the ear infections. It is really going around his daycare. Then the loving son he is, he passed it on to Mommy. Monday I woke up with a super bad sore throat and it''s progressed from there. I can barely talk now and breathing through my nose is no longer an option. I am going to try and get back to the Dr. and see if there''s anything I can have to help that won''t affect Alex while he''s on his meds. Then Daddy has had a sore throat to a little bit, but not as bad as us. So far, that''s where his symptoms have stayed. Hopefully that''s all he gets! It''s no fun!
While in the house Alex loves to push his toys and walk around. He hasn''t gotten the turning part down and will stand and wait for you to turn him around, then he''s gone again! I am not ready for the walking on his own stage yet though, so that''s fine with me!
I added some pics for April, and a few new ones in March...tomorrow my Mom is coming and we''re going to do the shopping to get ready for the bridal shower on Sat in Crookston for Auntie Jenna. Stacy and I are putting it on. I hope that it''s nice weather!
He''s also the little chatter. He''s got "Da" down (and he knows who it is...he''ll call for him and look until Peter comes to see what he wants) and recently started saying "Mum", which makes my day. He''ll come crawling behind me saying "mum mum mum" until I stop and get him.
Anyway, that''s a brief update. Hurry up Summer! No more colds/ear infections/etc!!!!
I put on some of the pics from Penney''s that we did for his 10 month shots. They didn''t turn out real great, since I downloaded them from the site and put them on here, so sorry that they are blurry. Best I could do until I get my actual prints, but wanted to share them with ''ya. Enjoy!
Hey! I added Alex''s 9 month pics. Sorry that some of them are blurry, but I was in a hurry and scanned them in at a lower resolution to get them done faster. I will try and redo them, but at least you can see them right?!?!?! :)
We''ve been busy again. Our ear infections have been over for a week and no signs of them returning! YEAH! Hopefully the nice weather will continue. Last weekend we got about 8 inches of snow. It melted just in time to get about another 4-5 inches this Friday! But the rest of the weekend was beautiful and we even spent some time outside yesterday with the dogs. I am not sure who enjoyed it more, Alex, Mommy or the dogs! It''s so nice to be out there again and making a mad dash from the house to the car and back again! Of course, now everything is absolute mud, but it''s drying up fast! We even have some green grass again! Whoo hoo!
Anyway, not a whole lot new here, but wanted to get the new pics up. Alex is doing great. He''s got 7 teeth now and pretty much doesn''t want a whole lot to do with baby food. He wants what we''re having. He''s also a crawling machine and pulling himself up and getting into everything! Helping Mommy with that spring cleaning! :) He walks behind some of his toys, but hasn''t dared to let go yet. That''s just fine with us, we aren''t ready for that yet anyway! He''s so funny and just makes us laugh and laugh everyday. He''s just a blessing and I thank God every day for him. What a wonderful little boy we have!
Wow! What a weekend! Friday we went out for supper and enjoyed good ''ole Felton Bar Karaoke. It was so fun to watch Alex dance to the music! He just loves it. He was even singing along to some of them. It was so cute.
Saturday morning we got up and headed to Beltrami for Easter with the extended family. It is so nice to see everyone and let the kids play together. Adam is walking, Bryn is talking, and Kendra is scooting (Literally) all over! It''s amazing how fast they grow up and the changes they go through. About Kendra''s scooting, it''s one of the cutest things I''ve ever seen! She just sits ther, extends her legs and pulls herself forward with her heels and literally scoots across the floor on her butte! It''s so cute!
After Easter we went to Crookston to watch Taylor, Jasmine, and Brianna in Crookston''s Ice Show. They all did AWESOME! Alex enjoyed watching the skaters, lights, and listening to the music just long enough to watch all the groups we went to see. Then he lost patience and we left alittle early, but he did great. There was a guy with a video camera behind us so Alex was acting super cute trying to get his attention. It was funny. He kept looking at the guy, reaching for the camera and smiling and doing his "so big", clapping, etc. What a ham! And boy was he dancing to a couple songs! Auntie Lisa had a hard time hanging on he was all over the place! :)
After the Ice Show we headed to cousin Stephs''s house (and Taylor, Jasmine & Kendra) where Grandma and Grandpa babysat while Mommy went with Uncle Matt, Auntie Stacy, and our cousins Steph and Rachel to a friend''s wedding dance. We had a great time! I felt guilty leaving Alex at first, but it was nice to get a little time away too and have some fun. But I was anxious to head back and get him at the end of the night! Daddy didn''t want to go to the wedding dance so he went home to our place instead. Alex and I stayed at Grnamd and Grandpa''s house and they brought us back on Sunday after church, Sunday School, dinner and visiting Great Grandpa and Great Grandma''s house for awhile.
It was a super busy weekend! That''s for sure! Daycare has been going better this week now that Alex''s medicine has kicked in and his ears are feeling better! This week we''ve been working on re-arranging the house. We''ve been taking down the "baby items" and putting up the "toddler" ones. So we replaced his swing with a toy box and took away the coffee table. He enjoyed pulling himself up on the coffee table, but then thought it was great fun to take a toy and bang on the top. Not an issue except it had a glass top! :) Anyway, we also gave him the Fisher Price toy where he can push it and walk behind it...yep, picked up on that right away! He was walking all over pushing that thing around! He can''t turn around yet, so when he hits something he stops and looks at you to get him turned around, but he does pretty darn good! I am not sure if I am ready for that yet though! :)
Well, that''s it for now.
Wow! Has it been a couple of weeks!
Alex is now a crawling machine. He also quickly figured out how to pull himself up on anything and everything. He is getting braver all the time and will stand without holding on sometimes. This only lasts a couple seconds, but it''s getting longer and longer all the time. He''s also taken a couple "sliding steps" along the edge of the coffee table. I am not ready for walking already! He''s just growing up so fast!
Friday Grandma Cindy and Auntie Stacy came down and we went shopping at West Acres. The Easter Bunny was there so of course we had to have our picture taken! Alex did so good. He just looked at hime at first and then sat there and smiled. Wasn''t scared a bit!
Saturday morning we went to visit Gladys and came home to decorate our Easter Eggs. Then Dann & Kathy stopped by to visit. After that, Alex and I went to Crookston and visited Tom and Susie and then stayed at my parents. Easter Sunday we were up early for church (Daddy met us there) and then spent the day going all over to visit everyone. We started at Grandma and Grandpa Flikka''s, then on to Uncle Chris''s, Tom & Susie''s and then the Hoffmans. Needless to say it was a LONG day but Alex was a trooper and did great everywhere we went. We were going to go home that night but we didn''t because it was such a long day by the time it was over Alex was getting pretty crabby. So Alex and I stayed in Crookston again. It was a great day though and the Easter bunny was very good to Alex! :)
Monday morning we visited my Grandparents before having dinner with Uncle Matt and Auntie Jenna, Auntie Stacy and Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Jerry. Then we headed home. Grandma and Grandpa came with us because Grandpa had to get Grandma''s car from our house. (The ignition switch or something went out on it Friday when they were there so Grandpa came down that night to get them). Anyway, Alex was sleeping in his car seat and I took a nap too, so Grandma was driving. The weather started turning icky and 3 miles from our house in the ditch we went! :) Nothing major and luckily Grandpa was behind us to pull us out. However, he was pulling the car trailer and just as he was passing a semi the ball hitch broke off his pick-up and the trailer swung in front of the semi! Luckily the safety chains held it on and he got swerved to the side before he got hit. So it took him awhile to get to us. After he got us pulled out we hooked the trailer up to my Jimmy and we pulled it the rest of the way! The good news is that when we got to our house their car magically started so they didn''t have to try and pull it back on the such icky roads. (Grandpa was going to use my ball hitch on his pickup to haul it home).
Then we got to this week. Tuesday morning I get a call that my Grandma is in the hospital. They aren''t sure what''s wrong but she is expected to get released today (Thursday). Alex started feeling icky and wasn''t having great nights, but everything was fine at daycare. But yesterday I brought him in and what do ''ya know...ear infections'' again! The Dr. doesn''t think that the last ear infection totally went away and there was enough to cause another round of them. So we''re on stronger medicine now and hopefully that clears it up. I am glad I brought him in. But on the way (I was in a hurry to get him of course to get him to the Dr.) I got pulled over. Yep, got a good ''old speeding ticket!
Well, that''s been our couple days...it''s gotta'' get better from here right???
OK...here''s the latest update:
Our poor ''lil man had another round of double ear infections. We got him back on meds, which decided to quit working last Sat. His temp was over 102 so we brought him back in on Sunday. They said his ears were actually worse than Tuesday (when I 1st brought him in and got the amoxicillan)They gave him a shot and switched his meds. Monday the temp still wasn''t down and had actually hit 103 so back to the Dr. again. Of course, now Mom isn''t feeling good either, although I think it was mostly lack of sleep! They didn''t do anything and just said give it time. Fever broke on Tuesday, thank goodness! Glad to say that he''s feeling MUCH better now and is almost back to his super happy self.
At cousin Jasmine''s 5th birthday party on March 2nd, Alex started taking some "steps" at crawling. By Friday, Mom can''t keep up. He''s on the go-go-go. Hopefully this helps Mom get in shape for that wedding coming up SOON! :) Anyway, he loves to do things on his own, including feed ourself. He wants what we''re having, so much so that sometimes I have to put his food on my plate and feed him from there. He is awesome at getting the little Gerber puffs to his mouth himself and has started with a sippy cup. He holds it OK, but hasn''t really gotten the sucking down yet. Instead most of it gets bashed into the highchair. Oh well, it''s coming. He holds it himself anyway! :) He also really likes the Gerber Biter biscuits. He actually takes little bites out of them and chews and chews and chews. It''s funny. At least we don''t worry about him choking!
I know I might be a little biased, but he is one smart kid. He watches everything...there is NO tricking him! If he wants something and you take it away, he watches where you put it and heads right there. He also loves to show you "so big!" He even did it for the Dr. at his 9 month appointment on Wed, who was quite impressed that he knows that already. He can also do the chicken dance, well, sorta''. He does the flapping of the arms and claps, although it isn''t always right on time, but it''s adorable. He gets so excited when we play it for him (he has a duck--shouldn''t it be a chicken?--that moves it''s beak and flaps it''s wings as it sings it.) Alex just loves it. He dances all the time to music. We''re practicing for that wedding that''s coming up!
The downside is that he is a little bit stubborn. I have no idea where he would get that?!?!?! ha ha ha Must be from his Daddy''s side! :) He knows what he wants and when he wants it and that''s it. It even makes a difference who feeds him! Gee, I can''t wait until the "two''s" hit!
But he is a total blessing and we are so joyful to have such a great little boy. He makes us laugh everyday and we are in awe of everything new that he picks up constantly.
Where or where does time go?? March already? Yikes! Our ''lil man is going to be 9 months old already! Wow! Time flies. Sorry that I''ve been bad at getting this site updated, but it''s been pretty crazy.
Poor Alex has been sick. I brought him to the clinic again yesterday...more ear infections! Both ears again! So back on medicine! He takes medicine good anyway...been taking enough of it!
He also is working on his 4th tooth. The extremely weird part is that he has the 2 bottom teeth, which is normal. But his 3rd tooth (which is through) and his 4th, which is almost through, are the ones on the side on the top! So he''s still missing the 2 front teeth on the top! He has such a funny looking smile! :)
We have been busy most weekends, going to Crookston for birthdays, etc. But we enjoy the company, especially with Daddy working most weekends lately. Alex is super lucky that Grandpa Jerry lives so close, so on the days when Alex isn''t feeling good or it is SUPER cold outside, Grandpa Jerry comes and stays with Alex at home so Alex doesn''t even have to leave the house! What a lucky ''lil guy. Grandpa is trying to spend as much time as he can since he works so much in the summer.I wish Mommy could do it everyday,(and I do some days when he isn''t feeling good or if I am not feeling good Alex stays home with me too) but Grandpa really enjoys that quality time too. And does Alex get spoiled! Somedays I come home and they are dancing through the house! I am not sure which one of them has the bigger smile on their face!
I did manage to get his 7 & 8 month pics taken, I just need to get them scanned in and on here now! :)
We also met Uncle Matt''s future in-laws for the first time! Both of our families met at Jenna''s brothers house for pizza and some socializing. It was fun to sit and visit with them. We also got our dresses in for the wedding. They are super pretty, and a good incentive for Mommy to lose more weight! :) But I am sure Alex will be adorable in his little tux!
Crawling has also started, well, kinda''. Sunday he started taking the first "steps." He still goes pretty slow, and doesn''t go more than 5-6 at a time, but he''s got it down. Now the babyproofing really has to begin!
It is so much fun watching his newest accomplishments and watching him get so excited! He can now feed himself little finger foods and thinks that he has to have everything on our plates too, although we aren''t doing that yet! We do share little crumbs of different foods for him to taste though.
He also tries to repeat sounds that we make, which is adorable. Clapping his hands is also a big joy to him, especially if you do it back to him. He thinks that is hilarious. Or if you clap and say "yeah" when he does something, he just gets ecstatic! And can he dance! He''s practicing for Matt and Jenna''s wedding this summer. I wonder if the DJ will have "Spiderman and his friends...???" :)
It is so much fun and such a blessing to have such a wonderful little boy. Mommy is counting down the days ''til summer when she can stay home with him everyday and enjoy every single minute with him!
OK, here we go...
We celebrated Daddy''s (Peter''s birthday) at the end of January. He went Ice Fishing for the day and Alex and Mommy went to Crookston for the weekend. We celebrated Sunday when we got back home.
February has flown by thus far. Alex is so busy with new and exciting things every day, it''s just amazing the things he learns! Of course, we love it and get so excited when he does them, so he keeps on. For the past couple months he''s been doing his "fake cough" when he wants attention. It is hilarious. Sometimes he tries to hard to cough he''s literally bent over and then just this little sound comes out, but he looks at you for immediate sympathy. He''s also busy copying sounds that you make. He "clucks" his tongue back at you, which is quite comical.
Mobility is also surely coming. We still don''t have the total crawling thing down yet, but we''re close. He pulls himself across the floor to where he wants to go, and if that seems like to much work, he just rolls! Every now and then he''ll get up on all 4''s and just rock back and forth before the back end comes down and he just pulls himself or rolls. So we''re getting close...and I can wait! It''s so exciting, but yet I think that I need a little more time before he''s constantly on the go. I have a sneaky suspician that once he starts moving, he''s not going to stop AT ALL...just guessing! :) We''re already baby proofing everything as he comes a long to it, but we''ve got aways to go!!
Alex was sick again, unfortunately. He got bronchiolitis again, but this time got an ear infection in both ears to go with it. So back to the Dr. but this time we got meds (for the ear infections) and the bronchiolitis seemed to get better faster this time too. We''re done with the medicine now and things seem to be doing OK so it must have cleared it all up...thank goodness! We just feel so helpless when he''s sick ''cuz he can''t tell us what''s wrong, what hurts, etc. and he doesn''t understand it either. He just knows he hurts and doesn''t feel right. But through all of it he''s still just a happy little guy, smiling when he wakes up in the morning and giggling away. Of course, he wants to cuddle all the time, which is just fine with mommy! :) I know that when I am sick, laughing and giggling is the last thing I feel like doing! We are truly blessed to have such a good little boy!
We have gotten our 3rd tooth now too, but in a really "weird" spot I think. He has his 2 front bottom teeth, but his 3rd one is the 1st one on his left side on the top! (Not the 2 middle ones, but the one next to where the middle one should be!) No wonder he''s been chewing constantly...those are some big ones to come in and the front ones aren''t in yet! It looks like the one on the other side is coming in on the top too, so hopefully those 2 front ones come in too, or he''s going to have a goofy smile! :) Adorable, but goofy!
We celebrated Valentine''s Day a couple different times, with Alex having his first daycare party too! We celebrated with the cousins, daycare kids and at home with the 3 of us. Peter bought a card for me from Alex and traced his (Alex''s) hand in the card. But Alex was a little quick and ripped 1/2 the card first! :) I laughed and will treasure it always, as now it truly has Alex''s "signature" on it!
Last weekend it was beautiful out so after Alex and I got home from having his 8 month pics taken (I know...I still need to get his 7 month ones up here) we went "sledding" which means putting Alex in the sled and me pulling him around the yard. At first, he wasn''t happy to just get home and get all bundled up again, but once we got outside and the dogs were running around and we started moving, he LOVED IT! He laughed and laughed and just had a great time. He wasn''t quite sure what to think of the horses, as they were a little bigger than the dogs are, but we had a great time outside. It was 34 degrees ABOVE zero, so perfect sledding weather! I got some pics and put those on here. I still need to get the rest of the pics from Feb. loaded on here...I promise I''ll get to it! This weekend is supposed to be really nice again, so hopefully we can do it again. I know that Alex will love it. The fresh air is good for all of us, and the dogs love the company! They are so good with Alex...they just wanna'' give him kisses (which I have to stop them of course...) and run along side the sled with him. He thinks it''s the best thing ever and just has a great time. I can''t wait ''til this summer when we''ll be able to be outside more and really enjoy each other''s company! I feel bad ''cuz the dogs really didn''t get a whole lot of attention last summer with Alex being so little, and now this winter it''s just been to cold, so we''ll make up for it this summer!
OK...sorry it takes me so long to get caught up here, but at least I get pictures done! :)
We are proud to say we survived our first "illness" besides a cold. Alex started out with a cold, which quickly developed into a terrible cough overnight. Actually, during the night. We woke up and the poor little guy could barely breathe. I brought him in right away the next morning (didn''t want to go to the ER...just catch something else there!) He had bronchiolitis, which supposedly hits kids from 6 months - 2 years usually and is a virus so they can''t give them anything for it. It was way into his lungs, so you could just hear him wheezing and barking/coughing. It was terrible! When I called daycare to tell them he wouldn''t be there for the rest of the week, she said another little girl had gone to the Dr. too and she had bronchitis, so it was apparently going around. Anyway, lucky that we have Grandpa Jerry around in the winter. He came right down and stayed with Alex for the rest of the week so Mommy could go back to work. When we got home from the Dr. it was about 11 am on Tues and he didn''t go back outside until the following Tues morning when he went back to daycare! He is doing much better now and we are all getting much more sleep! Hearing him sound like that was just terrible! I am glad he is better!
Alex is getting 2 more teeth for sure, but we think it''s more like 4. We can see 2 more on the bottom, but the way he''s rubbing the top, those might be coming too. Hope that he gets some on the top! Look kinda'' funny with a full set on the bottom and nothing on the top! ha ha I would think that would actually hurt his top gums having those SHARP teeth from the bottom constantly rubbing the top gums! He loves having his teeth and gums brushed, I am sure it feels good. He''s a little fussy and has a slight temp, otherwise he''s in his usual good mood. I know I''d be crabby if my mouth hurt like that. We are blessed with such a good ''lil man! Although, he has learned that he can "scream" and it is high pitched! He is quickly getting to the "I know what I want and that''s all I want and I want it now stage!"
He has also figured out how to get out of his bumbo seat. He reaches down, and just eases himself onto the floor where he can "do the worm" to where he wants to go. He isn''t the best at moving once he''s down, but he''s just about got that crawling thing down, unfortunately! I am not ready for that yet! If he''s on the kitchen floor, he gets going pretty good across there on his belly, but luckily isn''t so good on the carpet. It is cute watching him get so excited though when he gets to where he wants to be. The first time he did it was to head off to his dancing Spiderman. He was so excited and proud of himself when he got there! It was adorable! I have to start taping some of those things instead of just sitting and watching him!
He is still happiest in the mornings, full of smiles and laughs for everyone. It sure makes our day start off nice with his big smile!
Other than that, we''ve been doing OK. Daddy''s birthday is tomorrow and he is going to a big fishing tournament for the day so we''ll celebrate tomorrow night. Maybe we''ll attempt a cake...we''ll see!