Sunday, October 24, 2010

Birthday Boy!

I can't believe my baby boy is 2 today! Although he does have many moments of being whiny and stubborn, I wouldn't say it is terrible. This is such an adorable age! I have definitely become one of those moms who thinks that everyone loves hearing about all the cute things my child has done as much as I love talking about them. For that, I am sorry. I just can't help it!

As I have mentioned before, I have failed miserably at keeping up with Will's baby book. So, I will take some time now to document what he is up to these days!

He loves to play at the park; The big slides, swinging high, hanging on the monkey bars and dropping into your arms. He loves kicking and throwing balls in the backyard and in the house. He loves to stack anything and knock it down. He loves jumping off the couch into a pile of pillows (or onto daddy)! He loves watching videos of things crashing and exploding. He loves doggies and kitties, cars and trucks. Veggie Tales.

He still doesn't have a huge vocabulary, but it's the cutest thing hearing him talk when he does! He knows where a lot of his body parts are, and Dean claims he knows the colors blue and green.

Still doing great on the sleeping front. He has his little routine at night: He will go into his room, turn on his sound machine, turn off the light, and come out to say goodnight to Bob, all his toys, and kiss daddy goodnight. I'll sit in the rocking chair, and he'll climb onto my lap. Resting his head on my chest, belly to belly. He still has his binky's. He will mostly just hold on to them, but sometime will have one in his mouth. He has never been one for lullaby's; It would just distract him. He will usually figit for about 5 to 10 minutes, trying to get comfortable. If possible, he prefers to have his cheek resting on my bare skin, and will pull at my shirt to try and accomplish that. Sometime he will zonk right out, but I usually end up laying him down in his bed awake, put on his blanky's, kiss him on the head and tell him I love him. He'll respond with a "yeah" and the sweetest "bye" you'll ever hear. He sleeps right through the night until about 7:30am, and still takes a great nap.

He hasn't showed any signs of wanting to potty train. I used to say that I would never have two in diapers. Yet here we are! But actually, I am glad I didn't put in all that effort to train him, because his time in the cast would have just shot that all out the window.

He had his 2 year check up this week. Measuring in at 35 1/2 inches (70th percentile) and 33 lbs (90+ percentile). The doctor called him overweight. Ha! Maybe I am blind to it, but he just doesn't look fat to me! He is even losing his buddha belly. I say it's all the muscle he has. Doc said he looks great! She wasn't worried about his lack of talking at all.

It is so much fun looking back at his 1 year photo's we took, and seeing how much he has grown! Here are some cute comparisons:

I remember having a tough time getting him to crack a smile at 1 year old, but this time all we had to say was, "Smile Will!" and we'd get this winner of a face.....

And yes, that is a black eye you see. His first day walking on his own after getting his cast off, he got his feet all twisted up while at the park and smashed into a metal railing. He was quite the site limping around with his swollen, purple eye. Such a tough guy!

I love my little man so much! Happy 2nd Birthday, Will!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Pregnancy Diary: Week 34

I am just loving these Autumn days! As much fun as Summer was, I am not missing it. I am having a tougher time with the heat this time around, and this cool, crisp weather is perfect! Usually by this time the furnace would be up and running all day. At bedtime the knee socks would be pulled out along with long pants, and a sweatshirt. Occasionally warming up the sheets with a blow dryer before creeping in. But now? The socks are off. Tank top is on, and pants are an option. I sometimes wake up sweating! I don't remember this being the case while pregnant with Will. But, I am notorious for being cold, so I am enjoying this while it last.

I really have no complaints. Getting a bit more achy these days, but nothing I can't handle. The babe is in good position; Head in my bladder, feet in my ribs. I reached my cringe weight this week :-/ It's been nice getting back to the gym after having 6 weeks of nothing while Will was in his cast. I workout at the YMCA where I used to work (and occasionally still do) in their Childwatch. One lady is adamant that I have "dropped" since she saw me last week.

"Oh no, I was just never up to begin with."

"No, you've dropped."

"Ok, if you say so."

The lady janitor (who knows me) is pretty certain I am much smaller then I was with Will.

"You are much smaller then you were with Will."

"Oh no. I've gained just about the same, and am measuring right on track."

"No, you're definitely smaller."

"Ok, if you say so. I mean, you do know best."

Oy. I need to learn to just smile and nod.

My sister and I had a lot of fun doing a little amateur maternity shoot a couple weeks ago. Here are some of my favorites!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pregnancy Diary: Week 32

Not too much going on over here these days. At an appointment with my midwife this week she asked how I was doing, and I had to stop and really think about it for a second. "Hmm, I'm doing pretty well. I think." Mentally going over the checklist: Achy? No, not right now. Gotta pee? Well, yeah. Hungry? Nope, I'm good. "Yeah. Yeah. I'm doing well." Everything looked great. Belly's growing on right on target. Weight is being gained. Baby's moving. Heart rates were good. Definitely a low risk pregnancy.

The first time being pregnant you are aware of everything!  It's all so new. Scary. Exciting! This time is so different. Time has flown by! It's kind of a going with the flow, been there done that mentality. Not that I am any less excited about this new baby of mine. If anything, I am more excited! Much more relaxed knowing what to expect. Isn't it amazing how you forget about how labor really felt? In the throws of laboring and pushing out Will I was convinced that we would only have one child. But now I am actually looking forward to labor! I look at it like a challenge against myself. Try to do it even better then last time. Maybe not scream as much.....

Slowly, but surely, I am getting my house in order. Really trying to plan ahead, and would like to have all baby/birth related items taken care by then end of this month; leaving November to complete all Christmas related things before baby comes. Google searching "hospital sized sanitary pads" and "waterproof plastic mattress cover" is the extent of excitement around here.  

Thankful to have some sunny weather, so we can take walks and go to the park. Looking forward to getting back to the gym once Will is up and walking. When he was in his cast I got so achy from carrying him around, that the last thing I could do was workout. Don't worry mom. I won't be running marathons or jumping lunges. Just a nice ride on a stationary bike, and some light weight training will do me good.

So here we are at 32 weeks. Ignore my face. I was concentrating.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Aaaand It's Off! Alternately titled: Aaaand He's Off!

Yay! 5 weeks to the day that he broke his leg, Will's cast was able to come off. It is such a relief to have that whole ordeal over with. Oh, sure he had adjusted just fine. Just went on livin' his (almost!) 2 year old life as if it was no big deal. But it sure was tough on his pregnant mama! It feels so good to hug and squeeze him again!

I wish I was able to get a video of his cast coming off. When I first lay him on the bed, he wasn't very happy. But I was able to stay right there with him, and hold his hands. He cried a bit when they were getting things situated, but as soon as the loud, hand held circular saw started up he was quite intrigued. Whenever they would turn it off for a minute he would clap, say "Yay!"and then sign for more. They cut along his fully casted leg first, and when they finally pried it open along his hip he let out the biggest sigh. It was great!

My family all wanted me to keep part of/all of his cast, but I think they will thank me for NOT doing just that. Will had gradually ripped up the plastic lining on the inside over his belly, which then exposed the layer of cotton, which then absorbed...well, everything. I warned the two men that would be doing the cutting about the smells that might would most definitely be lingering in and around his cast. They were all macho, "Oh, we've smelled it all." They hadn't even opened it up yet when one of the guys backs away, and was like "Whoa". The other man responded that he must not have kids. The whole inside front of his cast was this nice bright yellow. Oh, and there was only one lone crumb down his back.

 The doctor said it could take a few days for him to even try to start walking, and even then he could be walking with a limp for a good 2 to 3 months. We are just letting him go at his own pace, and he'll figure things out on his own. It has been very funny watching him today though. He is still army crawling around, and will lay there on his tummy, legs parted in a perfect V formation, with his one little foot bouncing up and down at the knee. I sat him up to play with toys, and every so often he would just topple over not quite sure how to get back up.

He had lots of fun in his much needed bath! Usually I have to tell him every 10 seconds to sit back down, but he happily just sat there playing with his toys.

This boy needs a haircut!

 One thing I have realize in these past 5 weeks is that he sure isn't like his mama when it comes to change. His life was turned upside down, and he hardly batted an eye. Plus, in the midst of this I was able to stop nursing him, cold turkey AND transition him into his big boy bed. Which he has been sleeping in for both naps and all through the night for a week now. Only, somehow, managing to get out of bed 3 times......without me knowing! Even then he would just fall back asleep on the floor! Ahhh, I love that kid. I sure did miss this, too.....

The end.