Inadvertently added the wrong video- so here is some counting before the next itsty bitsy!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Looking pensive and wondering what "don't pee" means.
Up and off down the hall.
(mommy edited out the bottom of the picture for teenage Eli's sake)
Heading into his room to look for mischief. Do you love those cheeks?
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
But, I'm happy to report the tide has turned! I was initially hesitant to blog about it, as if drawing any attention to it (albeit attention Eli would be unaware of as he is not a frequent reader of my blog) would bring us right back to the bland food strike he's been on for a greater part of his life. It's been a few weeks now and he's venturing into undiscovered food territory on a regular basis. Just yesterday he delighted in a chicken quesadilla (with big chunks of pepper) and guacamole. That's right, my little buddy loves guacamole! A child after my own heart! He's also delving into the world of real fruit, instead of the goo he's been eating for months. Blueberries, raspberries, maybe a little melon have all been added to his list of 'will eat' foods. Amazing!
You may wonder why this matters to me. After all, he's obviously a healthy child, on track with the growth chart, hair and nails that get girlishly long seemingly overnight. Well, we moms have a built in guilt-o-meter and this has been one of the things that I occasionally stress about. If you've ever hung out with me during a meal when Eli is chowing on something that isn't beige I'm sure you've heard me say how happy it makes me when he eats fruits/veggies. I feel like I've accomplished something great when he has ingested a healthy, well-balanced meal. Seems silly, but isn't life all about the little accomplishments?
So, we are going to be on a mission to bring in more things for him to try during this food exploration phase, and I call it a phase because I'm well aware the tomorrow he may turn up his nose at anything except potato chips (kids are fickle like that). But do be on alert for a distraught post if that happens because this mom has been riding high on that 'good mom' feeling and coming down from that can be brutal!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
.....finding a spot on your pants to wipe snot that you know your shirt will cover- thanks goodness long t-shirts are 'in'!
.....being okay with your little one eating old cheerios off the floor because if you weren't you'd be constantly sweeping and who has time for that?
.....squeezing your hips down park slides, water slides, into swings because your baby isn't quite old enough to do it alone but he loves it all!
.....putting buckets on your head and 'sneezing' them off 92 times because he thinks it's hilarious.
.....still checking for breathing well past the stated SIDS risk age during long naps.
.....counting ketchup on fries as a vegetable for at least one meal a week.
.....kissing your baby on the lips whenever he offers them up for one despite the ever-present snot that inevitably strings between you as you pull away.
.....being delighted when your little love learns how to pull his own shirt up to wipe off aforementioned snot.
.....packing no less than 25 different snack options for long road trips and emptying no less than 24 of them out of his car seat at our destination.
.....loving every day and stage more than the last one!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
6am- Up with Eli, give him milk to drink so that I can doze on the couch instead of mustering up the energy to actually feed him. Tell myself he probably doesn't really want to eat that early in the morning anyway...
Between 6:30 & 7:30- Put Eli in highchair, feed him cereal/fruit/more milk. Clean him up. Change diaper/clothes. Do hair(mine)/face/teeth(both). Get myself dressed. Load car with stuff/baby. On the road to Pam's by 8am to allow time for a mocha and yes, a mocha was a must that day....
Mornings with CJ/Eli/Eva- These involve feedings the boys, greeting Eva at 9am when she arrives, playing amongst the children, changing 2 diapers, laying down Eli, laying down Eva, laying down CJ, taking deep breath, and giving thanks that all three are down at the same time! Can just feel the crowd's amazement....
Lunch- Sister and brother-in-law came for lunch and brought delicious DQ. Must have forgotten to let the kids know so they all woke up 20 minutes before she got there and appeared to be starving- thus the scene when Cammie arrived was Eli and CJ in their seats and Eva on a hip with a large bowl of Chef Boyardee, one spoon, and three orange faces. Lunch is a success and then on to the next big endeavor- the pool!
12:45 to 2:30- Babies are sun screened, undressed, redressed, and wrestled to the pool. Once there, everyone is a fan of the water despite 2-year-old bullies, manic 3-year-olds, and 30-year-olds who clearly could care less what their manic bullying children are up to. After playing, snacking, and playing more, the undressing, redressing, and wrestling 3 greasy kids back home commences.
3pm- Two boys go down for an awesome nap. Eva decided against the nap and headed to the store with her mama- then on to her own bed.
4:45- Boys are up, still greasy, and seem ready for the next adventure. filled diapers are changed and unfilled cups are replenished then on the road to Mahomet.
5:15- Dinner with Dylan and the boys. The pork tenderloin was a hit, the green beans were not. Eli flipped his chair backwards and this necessitated holding him for the next 30-87 minutes as well as doing dishes with him in tow. Hence the back pain....
7:15- Bath time, play time, diaper time, pajama time, milk time to the second power.
7:45- Pam arrives for her little guy, chatting around whining (mine) and crying (still mine). She heads out with hers and mine gets into bed about 8:15pm.
8:30 to 10:30- Work on school, doze off repeatedly during my editing, decide this might mean that there isn't really any learning occurring....
10:30- Clean up house, pack back for tomorrow.
11:00- Read my book, hate myself for staying up so late, lights off at 11:30 anyway......
So there is my fun-filled day with my boys! You needn't tell me if you dozed off during this post, I have re-read it, and in my sleep-deprived state think it is utterly interesting so let's go with that! :)
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
As a follow-up to the dancing video, we have a super exciting walking video! We can both finally say "Yes, my child IS walking"! They are getting braver by the day- what a change to see them both toddling around :) Thanks so much Cammie for downloading these fun videos on my computer!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
The first reason I named this 'One Good Walk' is because not only does it give me a sense of accomplishment to wrangle my slightly sick (cold/cough) toddler into socks, jacket, blanket, and finally stroller accompanied by milk, goldfish, and minkie, but I walked my long town walk today- that's about 2.6 miles. Not bad! The second reason this blog is so named is that while we were walking, it started to rain. Not a deluge but definitely wet. With my fleece draped over the stroller front, Eli remained warm, dry, and happy for the duration of the rain. I, on the other hand, must have looked like a drowned rat because not one but TWO people stopped in their cars to ask if I needed a ride! Isn't that amazing? One nice lady even turned onto my street, going out of her way to see if I needed help. It's things like this that really revive your faith in humanity!
So, that's why Eli and I really did have a good walk, no, make that a great walk this morning. Now, he's down for a nap and I better get showered and get rid of the soaked clothes!
PS- My next blog is going to be pictures of Dylan and I's first attempt at cutting Eli's hair. Funny, right?
Friday, April 24, 2009
Eli coming to get my camera while I take pictures of him from the floor...
Eli getting up close and personal with my lens. Thanks for the finger prints buddy...
Eli playing with my flash (it flips up and down in a fascinating way)...