Monday, January 28, 2008
Here are some pics from a park outing over the weekend. We had such a great time -- J was FASCINATED by the guys playing basketball; he kept breaking away from TH and trying to run into the game. When I look at pictures like this, I CAN'T WAIT until we move and finally have a backyard!! Vegas does not exactly have alot of greenery - this park is about as lush as it gets around here.
(BTW - if you're wondering why the pics are so small and are randomly arranged - my camera isn't working so these are pics off of my phone. I was surprised they came out this well.)
It amazes me how much baby stuff becomes "obsolete" within a year of buying it. Pretty much everything we got at the baby shower is now in storage or awaiting the consignment store or Goodwill. The swing, high chair, bouncy seat, boppy, bottle warmer, bottle sterilizer, Snugli, Exersaucer, infant carseat,
activity mat, breast pump and all of its paraphenilia, Angel Care monitor, infant bathtub....all totally useless now less than 2 years later. That is, until the next one comes along.
Sorry, next kid. You're doomed to a life of hand-me-downs already.
Note: Sorry for the lack of pictures recently. My camera has been acting funny. (TH, if you're reading this -- remember the link I sent you before Christmas with that camera I wanted? My birthday is coming up....)
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
"Do you want cereal?"
"How about a hot dog?"
"No! (pause to think about it). No."
"Green beans, mac n' cheese, yogurt?"
"No. No. NO!"
"Seriously? You're saying no to juice? Your own personal crack? And you're saying no. How conflicted you must be...."
Finally we settled on "cocoa" which is basically warmed up chocolate milk. I know. He had chocolate milk for dinner. But how do you force a kid to eat? He's already picky to begin with, so hopefully this phase won't last long.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
We're so excited but it's also one of those waiting for the other shoe to drop moments. It seems too easy so far. The seller is giving us what we want. The mortgage company approved us for the amount and interest rate we hoped for. Even the closing date (Valentine's Day) works out perfectly for us. So after running around the house yelling and jumping up and down, we stopped and said a very thankful prayer this morning. Thank You, God for whispering in our ears to "wait a little while longer" when things didn't look promising. Thank You for making us go through money struggles 4 years ago which forced us to grow up and get our financial act together already (can anyone say, "budget?"). Thank You for leading us to a nice house with a decent-sized backyard and a safe neighborhood for our little family. Thank You Thank You Thank You. Amen.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Fast forward to January 16, 2008. Here's the scene: I'm cooking dinner and J is happily coloring with his markers that a friend gave him as part of an art set for Christmas.
(of course he was so cutely engrossed in coloring that I had to take a picture):
That's right. While my back was turned for less than 2 minutes, J colored all over his face, climbed out of his chair without knocking over the art set on his lap or making any sound, came into the kitchen right behind me, and COLORED ALL OVER THE REFRIGERATOR IN PURPLE MARKER. THE REFRIGERATOR THAT WE DON'T OWN. BECAUSE WE DON'T OWN THIS HOUSE.
And being the good mom-blogger that I am, after a little lecture (well, yelling) at J about how we don't color on anything but paper, and look what he did to our fridge, and wait til Daddy sees this, etc...I took a picture of it. What else can you do? Obviously there will be no more markers in this house for a long time.
(Thankfully the markers were true to their advertising and were completely "washable." That is, after about 5 applications of 409 and twenty-seven paper towels.)
Monday, January 14, 2008
Me: Were you naughty today at daycare, J?
Me: I heard you were hitting and pushing people.
J: Yeah! "No no no!" (wagging his finger at me.)
Me: Well guess what? Granny's coming to see you, and I suggest you get it together and be good while she's here. You know why?
J: (Blank look.)
Me: Let me tell you something about my family. It's a bunch of women, and well, we like to talk. About each other whenever possible. So if you're bad while Granny's here I can guarantee you she's going to call your aunties and talk about you. I'm just letting you know how it is. We like to gossip - I'm not proud of that fact, but there it is. And of course if they talk about you, they're really talking about ME. Which is very annoying. So long story short good behavior would be appreciated.
J: Wow, that was quite a speech Mommy. (well actually he said, "Diego!" and jumped off my lap to go watch Go Diego Go on the computer.)
Whatever the case, it worked. J and Granny have gotten along famously the last few days. They have a very symbiotic relationship. Granny spoils the crap out of J, J accepts the spoiling and throws her a kiss or hug every now and then. We've been out shopping, to restaurants, to the park, and even the bank without one single tantrum or meltdown! J has been strangely obedient, too. If he was like this all the time I wouldn't have anything to write about on this blog LOL. Me and TH were actually able to go house-hunting for 5 hours on Saturday while Granny stayed with J and according to her they had a great time. It was SO GREAT to be able to leave him with someone that isn't charging us by the hour. That's the big drawback to us being out here in LV with absolutely no family around - J never sees anyone except us and daycare, and our one dependable babysitter - she's worth every penny but it's not the same as grandma, ya know?
Note on the house situation: So the house we REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted that we put an offer on last week - nope, we didn't get it. There were 4 offers put in on the same day, and I guess we weren't willing to bankrupt ourselves enough so (sob) it went to someone else. Oh, well. I kind of wish we hadn't even seen that house because now every other house we look at I just compare to that one, and of course since we really liked that one they don't quite measure up. Well actually we did find one we really like so we're putting an offer together today AGAIN. We'll see how it goes. It's a little discouraging but hopefully this time it'll go the way we want.
p.s. Happy Birthday Granny!!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
After undoing the topknot the eye was still bulging a bit so...I just pushed it back in with my thumb (stop laughing). Now looking absolutely normal, I take the dog back into the exam room and the lady is of course overjoyed that we somehow got the eye "back in." This is quickly followed by her raising a stink about me taking the topknot down, and she asks ME to redo the knot. Not having a little girl, I'm at a complete loss as to how to get the little bow back in this dog's hair. I try, and try, and I end up with a tangled, lopsided mess. After about 10 minutes I give up and the lady gets all huffy and actually says, "Geez, what kind of vet are you? You can't even do a decent topknot!" And has the nerve to storm out without paying her bill!
The moral of this story is, next time you're thinking about flying off the handle because your hairdresser messed up your hair, keep in mind that it could be worse. Your eyeball could be hanging out.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
(Disclaimer for my mom who I know reads this blog: When I say that there is a lot of cursing, it's true but NONE OF IT IS IN FRONT OF J. Or at least when it is, it's under my breath.)
So I wrote yesterday about how we've had this nasty cold/flu bug and finally it hit J last night. This morning he was coughing and had a runny nose, but was still running around like usual. I started to realize that something was amiss, however, when he was ready for a nap by 9:30am and then stayed asleep for almost 5 HOURS. [Cue audience gasping - need I remind you J is not exactly the King of Napland].
After J got up from his nap, I was doing dishes and suddenly water was flowing out from under the sink cabinets and not from the faucet. You guessed it, major pipe leak in the kitchen sink. So we started pulling out all of the stuff under the sink to investigate. Meanwhile J was quietly, for some unknown reason, opening kitchen drawers behind me. I went to stand up from under the sink and WHAM, gouged my back on the corner of one of these open drawers. (Seriously it drew blood and left a gouge 4 inches long). I had to bite my lip not to scream and scare J so instead I did the Stubbed Toe Dance around the kitchen, only clutching my back instead of my foot. [Cue audience laughter].
About 2 minutes after impaling myself on the drawer, TH and I both heard J...ahem...let loose in his diaper. We both looked at him and suddenly he looked kind of pale and nauseous. So TH picked him up to take him upstairs and change his diaper, when about halfway up I heard TH say, "um, come quick, the baby's vomiting everywhere." I ran up the stairs and OH...MY....GOD....when he said "everywhere" he was not kidding! Poor TH was covered from head to toe in gross curdled milk vomit and it was also all over the stairs and wall. I kid you not, it was the Mt. Vesuvius of vomit. And J kept going, spewing all the way into his room and continuing onto his bathroom floor. [cue hysterical audience laughter].
The sink leak, me gouging my back, and J's vomit explosion all happened within 5 minutes. You tell me, with a good Hollywood writing team (meaning someone probably on strike right now), would this not be a great scene in a sitcom? All we need is some wacky neighbors or something to flesh it out and we're number one in our timeslot.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Here's how the week actually turned out:
Tuesday (New Year's Day) - called into the clinic for an emergency, ended up being at work for 3 hours. Started to feel a little itch in the back of my throat.
Wednesday - Little cough in the morning but nothing major. TH and I went out to lunch and then to a movie. By the end of the movie I was hacking my brains out every 5 minutes and developing a pounding headache. I also started to feel nauseous. I had to go home and lay down while TH went to pick up J from daycare, and I was in bed (still coughing) at the same time as J, around 7:30pm.
Thursday - Woke up with a severe cough, a migraine-level headache, and pain in my chest from coughing so much. I tried to get up when J woke up and I felt so light-headed that I almost fell down on the way to his room. While TH was getting dressed, J basically wandered around our room getting into whatever he wanted (thankfully it's pretty well baby-proofed) while I "watched" him from my prone position on the bed. We were supposed to go look at houses that day, but I ended up sleeping until 2pm (!!). I thought I felt good enough to go pick up J from daycare, but by the time I got back I was wiped out and had another splitting headache so again I was back in bed before 8pm. [side note: I was actually supposed to have jury duty on Thursday but THANK GOD when I called in the day before they didn't need me to come in. I would have been screwed.]
Friday - Feeling much better in the morning but still coughing a bit. We went out and looked at houses and then had lunch. Of course when we went to pick up J....he was coughing. He also got his very first "bad report" from daycare, which was kind of a shocker because he has NEVER gotten a bad report. Apparently he was "grumpy" today and was "playing rough" with the other kids (hitting and pushing). Our daycare lady was nice enough to tell us that it didn't really worry her but she thought she should let us know because it's "so out of character for J to behave this way." After reading the report, I turned to J in the car and said, "Were you being naughty today? Hitting people?" To which he replied "whoo! Yeah!" (I'm not kidding. I don't know where he got this but he likes to say "whoo! Yeah!" all the time. Probably another daycareism.)
J continued to cough all night tonight, and I'm pretty sure he's going to be sick all weekend. Sheesh. Some "vacation" this turned out to be.
Oh yeah - we also put an offer on a house today....